Employment Support Allowance ‘easier to claim’ – joke

Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch welcome the discussion on 5th September 2014 comparing the ease of access to ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) with access to the old IB (Incapacity Benefit). However it is important to compare like with like. The new ESA is not equivalent to the old IB and they should not be compared directly. We would suggest that the new ESA Support Group alone should be considered as equivalent to the award of long term IB. If you compare these figures you will find that it is much harder to get in to the Support Group than it was to claim IB. The ESA WRAG (Work Related Activity Group) is a temporary, time limited benefit, suitable for people with short term injuries or illnesses, who will get better and return to work within a year. It only lasts twelve months. It is the equivalent of the old short term IB. We would also note other distortions to the figures including the time taken to process the initial application. If there is a short time to process, then all the short term injuries need to be counted, whereas with a longer processing period, these short term disabilities are gone before they are included. We have pressed for a cumulative impact assessment of these changes and slowly we are seeing acknowledgement that this must be done . We cannot wait much longer. We have always said that changes should not be brought in until the full effects are understood: they wouldn’t do this in any new transport system or construction plan so why are they allowed to experiment in this way on disabled...

Emergency Call for Ceasefire in Welfare Reforms

CALL FOR A CEASEFIRE FOR ESA STOP the SANCTIONS and TIME LIMITS in the WRAG – UNTIL EVIDENCE SHOWS PEOPLE ARE GETTING JOBS 19.04.2016 VIVA DEAD PARROT Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch have consulted with as many campaigners as possible and reached a conclusion. WCA should be a ‘can’t do’ test. The positive and optimistic ‘can do’ narrative has completely overwhelmed the reality of the ‘can’t do’ narrative. All sick and disabled people should own and be out and proud about both their narratives. Every one has a ‘can do’ and a ‘can’t do’ narrative. Viva Dead Parrot has had a great reception. Read all about it here and here and here 04.03.2016 Today John Pring followed Ekklesia and reported on the Dead Parrot campaign on the Disability News Service here Let’s bring the bar to the Support Group down to a safe level 29.02.2016 Ekklesis support Dead Parrot Campaign – here 28.02.2016 PP and CW launch the Dead Parrot Campaign please come and support here   ESA is a dead parrot 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...