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...

Inquiry – Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments

With  reasonable adjustments many disabled people can work as productively as anyone else so that they can compete in the competitive  labour market on an equal playing field. But many others can’t. This Elephant is not being addressed. It is sitting squarely in the road stopping further progress. Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch are submitting evidence to the Inquiry into  Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments being conducted by the Commons Select Committee for the   Department of Work and Pensions. Full details on link below We urge every one concerned about disabled people and carers to do the  same http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/esa-wca-inq-2014/ We will be drawing attention to the Elephant in the  room. Some disabled people have an impairment which means that, although they  can and would like to do some work, even with reasonable adjustments they cannot work as productively as people who do not have impairments. This means  that the potential employer will be faced with extra costs or losses.     Employers recruit through the mechanism of a competitive labour market and this puts barriers in the way of disabled people   who are not able to work as productively. No effort has been made to name this problem or to solve it. Who should bear the extra costs or losses to the employer of taking a worker who cannot be as productive because of their impairments? Until this problem is named and addressed the progress of disabled people in to the workforce is blocked. The Elephant is sitting in the road. As disability campaigners, we do not want to  undermine the image of disabled people who, with reasonable adjustments and enlightened attitudes, can compete in the labour market. But not speaking up  for disabled...

Employment Support Allowance is a disaster

Yesterday members of Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch met with Kate Green, Shadow Spokesperson for Disabled People. From there they went to Lambeth Palace to meet with Archbishops advisers. Proposed Reforms to ESA – Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch For many chronically sick/ill and disabled people the barriers faced in the open job market are so significant that they do not have the opportunity to compete on equal terms. This is the elephant in the room. The main Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Group – the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) – is based on the false premise that chronically sick/ill and disabled people can compete on equal terms. It makes no allowance for the barriers in the job market. Many can compete on equal terms. But many others have a lot to offer but can’t compete on equal terms. It is unfair to place sanctions and time limits on disabled people in the WRAG until this problem is addressed and rectified. ESA/WRAG is currently a disaster and we suggest the following reforms – 1. Find out how to make the labour market inclusive. Disabled people have a lot to contribute. Face up to the question of disabled people and open competition in a flexible labour market. Explore quotas, kite marks, subsidies, public pressure and any other option you can find. 2. Meanwhile place far more chronically sick/ill and disabled people in a safe, long term ESA group. The WRAG is not a safe group because of sanctions, time limits and means tests. The criteria to be placed in this safe group should be that you have an impairment which means you can’t compete...