Workfare by stealth – Employment Support Allowance

Carerwatch made the following plea to Ed Balls through the Compass site Mr Balls, will you read this article and believe me when CarerWatch tell you that every word written here by Madeleine Bunting is the truth as seen on the ground by disabled people, those with ill health,  and their carers. Talk to your cabinet colleagues and try and get them to understand how wrong it is to push ahead with these reforms. The idea of penalising the sick and their carers for not doing what an official thinks they should do is flawed. Past a certain level of sickness way short of where Mr Purnell is setting the cut off the basic decision about what you do about coping with the illness is down to the sick person and society should support them with respect. These reforms are flawed any way but at a time when they can’t be backed up with real help and real jobs they are cruel.  Mr Balls speak up for us in cabinet and help us defend those with ill health/disability from Mr Purnell. Workfare has arrived in Britain, smuggled in with slippery rhetoric This harsh, ineffectual and woefully timed welfare reform is sailing ahead with barely a whisper of debate Madeleine Bunting The Guardian, Monday 23 February 2009 This is shabby politics. The government has poured billions into propping up a bankrupt financial system, and only whimpers ineffectually about millions being paid out in bonus packages to bankers courtesy of the British taxpayer. But while its lavish generosity to one set of citizens seems to have few limits, it is hard at work...