Jun 042014

Disabled people’s experiences needed

Please send me short descriptions of disabled people’s experience on 3 employment related issues.   I can tidy the case studies up and make sure they are anonymous so you don’t need to spend too much time writing them up –  I just need proof of the points I’m making!  See details below:

·       If you have examples of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants where the loss of £40/50 will have a serious impact on the ability to pay for food and other essentials please let me know. There’s a consultation on the increase of ‘waiting days’ for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).  Claimants will lose, on average, £40 or £50 respectively.  More information is at: https://ssac.independent.gov.uk/news/press-releases/23-05-14.pdf https://ssac.independent.gov.uk/consultations/

·       I also need examples of disabled people that have experienced difficulties either obtaining or maintaining Access to work e.g. cuts in their budget etc., changes to BSL interpreters conditions for the Access to work inquiry at: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/access-to-work/

·       Lastly I would welcome recent examples (i.e. from beginning of Sept 2013) of difficulties caused by the WCA/ESA including issues around difficulties in paying bills due to benefit delays as above as well inaccurate assessments, lack of mental health champions or recording equipment or any other issues for the 5th and final review of the Work Capability assessment (to be announced shortly, see information below).   


Henrietta  Doyle

Policy Officer

Inclusion London




Twitter: @inclusionlondon



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  One Response to “Disabled people’s experiences needed”

  1. When I had my phoney medical assessment for ESA last year the atos GP awarded me 12 points, not enough, I know, but a lot better than none.
    However the DWP DM reduced these 12 points to just 6.
    I went to a tribunal and won, but the tribunal only had a dodgy medical assessment to work with (I spent most of the time in uncontrolable tears and had overdosed to get there).
    Of the last 3 Atos medicals I’ve had and complained about, all 3 complaints have been upheld.
    GMC took on one complaint (didn’t report the other 2 to them) but before the ‘GP’ was called to account, he handed in his license.
    3 x inaccurate, misleading, useless medical assessments one after the other and bugger all I can really do about it.

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