‘Also from (this) day – the UN’s international day of persons with disabilities – if those in WRAG who have illnesses ranging from cancer to paralysis to mental health issues do not comply with such instructions, they can be stripped of up to 70% of their benefits and forced to live on £28.15 a week.’
‘With jobs in desperately short supply, especially for those with a health condition or disability, the choice facing unwell claimants sentenced to unpaid work will be whether to be worked to death or starved to death.’
The Guardian, Letters, 3rd December 2012
Applicants for employment and support allowance go through a gruelling assessment, widely criticised as arbitrary and harsh (Report, 1 December). Those placed in the ESA work-related activity group are pronounced not fit for work, though fit to prepare for it. Now it appears that they may nonetheless be expected to work, with penalties of up to £71 per week should they fail to comply. Perhaps employers will reflect on the implications of using the labour of people liable literally to fall down on the job.
Dr Patricia de Wolfe
PLEASE USE REGULATIONS 29 & 35 TO FIGHT BACK!!!
‘The two regulations state that a claimant should not be found fit for work (regulation 29), or placed in the work-related activity group (regulation 35), if such a decision would pose “a substantial risk” to their “mental or physical health”.’
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