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Petition Launched To Make DWP Phoneline Get Rid Of Vivaldi Hold Music

04/04/2014 10:57 BST | Updated 04/04/2014 11:59 BST

A brave, intrepid soul has launched a petition the entire nation should back.

Ben Golightly has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to get rid of its infuriating hold music.

Anyone who rings the DWP with a query currently has to listen to Antonio Vivaldi's "Spring" on repeat for approximately 45 minutes.

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No Vivaldi, stop, please

Ben has said this type of torture is only inflicting more trauma on people facing unemployment at a time when the nation is gripped by austerity measures.

"If being unemployed or disabled was a choice, people would get jobs just so that they don't have to listen to it," he wrote.

"You don't need Atos or workfare; this is bad enough!"

The petition then demands two things:

1.) DWP need to create jobs so that people do not have to be unemployed. Give disabled workers support instead of closing Remploy. Give people who can't work the support they need instead of harassing them with Atos assessments. That way less people need to ring the DWP and we won't be kept on hold for as long.

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2.) Scrap the Vivaldi hold music

Bravo Ben.