Government Impact Report ignores the real Impact of ESA.

The way that this government Impact Report ignores the real Impact of ESA is shocking. Anyone with a long term illness or disability is already feeling the impact of the government welfare reforms. Incapacity Benefit has been abolished. Sick and disabled people are in the process of being forcibly migrated to Employment and Support Allowance. They are being subjected to Work Capability Assessments which are tests unrelated to their medical condition, tests which they do not understand and which have dubious validity. The government target is for two thirds of sick and disabled people to be moved off the new replacement for Incapacity Benefit. This will be done by ‘helping’ them find work along with a regime of mandatory activity and threats and sanctions. If this fails they may hit a time limit. The main impact on the lives of sick and disabled people is fear. Fear that the meagre financial support that they depend on will be withdrawn. Fear that they will not be able to cope with the requirements being put upon them. In many cases the stress is impacting on their health and making them less well. This is why the Impact Report published by the DWP on the recent proposed changes to ESA is truly shocking. http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/esa-time-limit-wr2011-ia.pdf It isn’t just the inaccuracies in the report identified by Steve Griffiths that are so appalling. http://carerwatch.com/latestcampaigns/?page_id=409 It is the tone and focus of the report that is the real wake up call. As far as the government is concerned the impact of these reforms is not about the fear being visited on vulnerable people but solely about...

ESA

Let’s fight video CarerWatch and The Broken of Britain say  ESA is not fit for purpose. The welfare covenant between the government and people with disability has been broken.  This campaign aims to persuade the government that ESA is not fit for purpose and must be changed. People with disability need a safe place under ESA where they can receive back to work help IF they want it on a voluntary basis and where they are not subject to sanctions, threats and conditionality.  The disability charities should step forward and just say NO to conditionality. Until ESA is made safe they should not take part in delivering it. But the charities stand to make so much money as contractors delivering the forced back to work programs that they have a conflict of interest here and can’t represent people with disability who do not agree with the forced conditions in ESA and want ESA changed.   This is a joint campaigning site to get ESA changed. Employment Support Allowance (ESA) replaced Incapacity Benefit as part of the Welfare Reform program. The Welfare Reforms are based on two guiding principles. 1. Work is the only route out of poverty. 2. Conditionality (which means mandated activity, threats and sanctions) is the way to ‘help’ people back to work.  Neither of these principles is appropriate for people with severe and enduring disability who need a safe place where they can control their own lives and move forward at their own pace. People with disability are being caught up in these reforms as collateral damage.  To the right of this notice is a sidebar that will direct you to information supporting this campaign. You can find –...