Groups from across the whole spectrum of disability campaigning have come together to call for a CEASEFIRE – until this is sorted out.
We call for an immediate truce during which the following practices are ended, while a new programme is co-produced with disabled people and carers –
* the use of sanctions
* timing people out
* means testing
* bedroom tax for disabled people
* repeated assessments
We also suggest that –
* anyone can use the current Work Programme – but only on an opt-in basis and without sanctions
This does not prejudice any long term changes, and we recognise that different groups have different aims.
These measures are not a long term solution, but together they would offer a period of safety in which to consider a better way forward.
Kate Green – Disability Spokesperson for Labour tells us –
We have been clear that sanctions must be used sparingly and appropriately, and that there must be no “targets” for the number of cases sanctioned by Jobcentre Plus.
Kate is also talking to us about the fact that people are allocated to the WRAG because they may get work at some point in the future. But the WRAG abruptly times them out after one year.
The following people have signed in support of this Emergency Call for a Ceasefire
Jonathan Bartley – Green Party Spokesperson for DWP
Leanne Wood – Leader – Plaid Cymru
Pat Onions – Pat’s Petition
Rosemary O’Neill – CarerWatch
Pam Pinder – CarersforumUK
John McArdle – Black Triangle
Carole Rutherford – Act Now for Autism
Phil Connolly – DRUK
Sue Marsh – Spartacus
Simon Duffy – Centre for Welfare Reform
Paul Swann – Disability Wales
Ian Hodson BFAWU
Rosemary Trustam – Community Living Initiatives Ltd.
Sue Livett – The Aldingbourne Trust
Simon Barrow, Director of Ekklesia
Prof Peter Beresford
Prof Alan Roulsden
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