Monday, 16 June 2014

Work Capability Assessments 'Leaving Sick And Disabled On A Knife-Edge'

Leading mental health charity, Mind, has today released a damning report that shows the coalition's work programme is failing to meet the needs of people with disabilities and is pushing them further away from work, rather than closer.

The report, Fulfilling Potential? – ESA and the fate of the Work-Related Group (pdf), authored by Catherine Hale, a Work Programme service user and endorsed by 18 other organisations, which include National Autistic Society, Disability Rights UK, RNIB, and Stroke Association, found that the provision of back to work support through the Work Programme and Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is causing severe anxiety for people with disabilities and pushing them further from the job market.

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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