Employment Support Allowance

Changes to Employment Support Allowance Will Only Push People Further Into Poverty - And Further Away From Work

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

There are strong feelings around the proposed changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for those who are in the Work Related Activity Group (those people found unable to work but able to take part in some activities that could move them closer to work). We strongly believe that rather than halving the employment gap it will push people further in to poverty and as such, further away from work. In fact a report recently published by Low Lord, Baroness Meacher and myself called 'Halving the Gap' found no evidence to suggest that reducing someone's ESA will provide the incentive that the Government believes it will.

The Waugh Zone January 8, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday January 8, 2016… 1) CAM THE EURO-SEPT? Nick Watt in the Guardian has an eye-catchin...

Cutting Benefits For Disabled People Will Not 'Incentivise' Them To Get A Job, Says Report

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics

Government plans to cut unemployment benefits for disabled people will make it harder, not easier, for them to get back into work, according to a Hous...

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Disgrace

Hugh Salmon | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Writing these blog posts, it is impossible to predict who will read them or where they might lead. Thus it is a pleasant surprise that my most retwee...

ESA - A Phoney Solution for an Unreal Problem

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Today these two very different problems have become completely muddled. The ESA system, with its demeaning assessments and its ineffective Work Programme, is a sprawling public policy disaster.

MPs Undergo Work Capability Assessments

Alan Cairns | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Cairns

Mental health charity Rethink challenged MPs to undergo mock Work Capability Assessments (WCA) on Wednesday, dubbed MP Capability Assessments (MPCA). The charity claims the real-life assessments, which determine whether or not someone continues to receive Employment and Support Allowance, are unfair to people with mental health problems.

Fit For Work?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

People with crippling illnesses like cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis are being found fit for work in tests branded "farcical" by charities. ...

Disability Living Allowance Disgrace

Hugh Salmon | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

I would like to take this sentiment and apply it to a particular social issue happening in Britain today. Once you have read this, you are no less guilty of turning a blind eye than the Germans to the holocaust under Hitler.

Government Suffers Three Lords Defeats On Welfare Reform

Huffington Post UK / PA | Michael Rundle | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has suffered three defeats in the Lords over welfare reform. Planned restrictions on employment and support allowance (ESA) affectin...