Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Disabled researchers propose alternatives to failed job tests

A report published today (9 April) aims to kickstart a significant new debate about the failure of sickness and disability support in the UK, why and what must be done to improve it, and how current systems should be re-designed so that all members of society can achieve their goals and aspirations.

The report, entitled Beyond the Barriers (, is based on the responses to five separate consultations receiving over 1,200 responses from sick and disabled people going through the ESA system (Employment and Support Allowance, previously Incapacity Benefit or IB) and the Work Programme.

Entirely researched, written and supported by disabled people, the report from the Spartacus Network - endorsed and backed by the think-tank Ekklesia and other NGOs and charities - draws on the widest
evidence considered and presented to date.

Beyond the Barriers makes constructive recommendations throughout every chapter based on evidence from both home and abroad, alongside a wide range of case studies.

It is easy to simply criticise the status quo, say the authors: but this report aims to offer a comprehensive alternative vision for sickness and disability support in the UK.

Disabled researchers propose alternatives to failed job tests

Via: Diary of a Benefit Scrounger
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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