Sick and disabled people, and their carers, are suffering every day – caught up in the disaster that is the failed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
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.
Jonathan Bartley – Green Party Spokesperson for DWP
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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