Employment and Support Allowance
Study reveals 2.3m people need time off and many face homelessness or bankruptcy.
Damning report says disability reassessments are destroying public trust.
Get your to-do list in order and make supporting disabled people your top priority
We see a system which has lost sight of the needs of the individual
Up until the winter of 2014, Mary (not her real name) was employed by a not-for-profit organisation helping jobseekers look
How The £30-A-Week Cut To ESA Will Have A Devastating Impact For People With A Learning Disability, Like Me
But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.
For too long, the government's approach to the welfare bill has been focused simply on cutting entitlements, rather than addressing the underlying causes. If the government want to reduce the number of people on ESA and deliver on their commitments on mental health, they should scrap these cuts and instead focus on prevention, on supporting people and on turning off the tap.
Removing £30 a week is a short-sighted cost-cutting move that will only backfire, causing a huge deal of extra anxiety as well as financial problems, with the potential that people are pushed even further from work than previously. We need a supportive, personalised benefits system that works with people, not against them.
David Cameron came under fire today after declaring that some benefit claimants were making a “lifestyle choice”. The Prime
'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?' Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked
There is a significant prize here for all concerned. For people with mental health problems, a chance to find appropriate work in a supportive workplace; for employers, the opportunity to support the mental health of all staff; and for the wider economy, the potential to deliver a significant change to our society.
Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...
So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance
When it's their word against yours, medical evidence is what proves you're not the one lying. Medical evidence is what says that you are in pain, or you are blind, or you are mentally ill. It's what confirms that you aren't making things up or exaggerating. It's what tells the decision maker to believe your evidence over what the Atos assessor said, or simply to believe your evidence at all.
The government's line - repeated several times - is that these claims were fraudulent or cheats. Without directly saying so, Grayling implied in 2011 that because "the vast majority of new claimants for sickness benefits are in fact able to return to work", it is right to assume that many current Incapacity Benefit claimants are able to work - interpretation, many are cheats, frauds or otherwise manipulating the system.
With the Paralympics not all that far in the rear view mirror, Duncan Smith's outlook sounds almost consistent with the theme tune of that superb tournament: that people with disabilities are Harder Than You Think, and therefore don't need so many of your tax-funded handouts. It's a seductively simple premise, but it looks to be at variance with the facts.
Yo Dave! I know you're a bit busy, but I was wondering if you could help me out with something? I like to think I'm fairly clever and that my comprehension is pretty good but I'm having a bit of trouble with the blog post you wrote here on Thursday.
The government has insisted that it will seek to reverse three significant changes to the Welfare Reform Bill made by the
People in the UK are rightly very protective of their welfare state; I have no doubt that it is this sense of ownership, that it is our welfare system that leads some to condemn those who they feel have broken this agreement between citizen and state.