Chris Grayling has written a piece in this weekend’s Guardian and Observer.
This is the comment I made on one sentence in it. I could have kept going. But my spoons are limited.
“This time-limiting will only apply to the better off who have the potential, with the right help and support, to make the journey back to work.”
Apart from the fact that the time-limiting amounts to the en…d of a Universal sickness benefit, many of those who will lose their right to ESA will not be ready or able to work.
Only 5-6% of people claiming ESA are making it into the support group. The majority are being found either fit for work, or placed in the Work Related Activity Group.
Many charities have spoken out against the procedure used, the Work Capability Assessment., as it is failing many genuinely disabled people, including people with schizophrenia and cancer. It ignores the evidence of consultants, and is carried out by a computer generated questionaire.
These charities include:
Disability Alliance: http://www.disabilityalliance.org/r66.pdf
At the end of a 12 month period, they will now find themselves losing the limited support they had on ESA, and expected to attend the Job Centre fortnightly, attend interviews, and compete for work with those who are not disabled, who may only recently have lost work. Do you really think they will have any luck?
These people are among the most vulnerable in our society.
Do you think this is ‘fair’? Are we really ‘all in this together’?
As for taking away the mobility part of DLA for those in care homes, this is just despicable. This is often the only money a disabled person has for themselves, apart from £18-£20pw, and is used to help them buy powered wheelchairs, or other mobility aids.
The changes to housing benefit are huge. Many people, especially those in social housing, those in inner cities, those under 35, those with disabilities, will be hugely affected.
Anyone can become disabled at any time. You might think these cuts won’t impact you, that they only impact the workshy, or scroungers. If you think that, you are buying into the propaganda. You need to educate yourselves, whatever your political leanings. This is not a party issue. This is about what kind of country we want to be, what kind of people we want to be.