ESA (Employment and Support Allowance ) has destroyed the covenant between sick and disabled people and the state. It has to go.
Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch working with other campaigners suggest the following basis for reform:
The replacement for ESA should be paid, without conditionality, to anyone who cannot find work because of reduced productivity.
The current labour market is ruthless. It will take people who can do the most work for the least money. People with reduced productivity, even after all reasonable adjustments have been made, will be rejected by this market. They need unconditional support.
The bar for entry into the Support Group is set far too high, leaving people whose productivity cannot be equalised with reasonable adjustments with no viable social security support.
The government could address this by intervening, in ESA criteria, employment & equalities law and the market, but it chooses not to.
Until this changes, people whose productivity is reduced won’t be able to gain employment and so need a safe secure income without threats and conditionality.
Statement issued February 28th 2016, by Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch.
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Time to accept labour market realities for sick and disabled people by Bernadette Meaden on Ekklesia
New campaign ruffles feathers as it takes aim at ESA ‘dead parrot’ by John Pring on Disability New Service
BREAKING NEWS… (1st March 2016) – ESA WRAG to be cut to JSA rate – even more urgent to lower the bar for the Support Group to the level at which people can actually work.
Professor Peter Beresford
Professor Alan Roulstone
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes
Dr Simon Duffy – Director, Centre for Welfare Reform
Gail Ward – Cross Border Alliance
Stef Bensted – Disability Researcher
Rosemary Trustam – Community Living Magazine
Ian Hodson – National President, Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union
Sean McGovern – TUC General Councillor for Disabled Members
Michelle Maher – WOW