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  • benefits – Dr. Frances Ryan
    began demonising disabled people and the chronically ill as expensive drains on the rest of society The coalition s cuts have fallen 18 times harder on severely disabled people in poverty than on the average citizen Disabled people are losing 28bn of support with individuals hit by up to six different cuts It says something about the scale of this that what you re about to read does not cover every measure this government has taken against disabled people there are simply too many to list Think disappearing respite care for families with severely disabled children the failing Work Programme or proposed student allowance cuts that stop young disabled adults being able to go to university From the fit to work tests to the onslaught of benefit sanctions the last five years has witnessed the dismantling of disability care work and housing support For New Statesman I covered eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people Labour and the battle on social security March 21 2015 March 21 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment I m not sure at what point the Labour party decided people on benefits weren t equal citizens Perhaps Rachel Reeves can pin it down This week the shadow work and pensions secretary was quoted in The Guardian saying We are not the party of people on benefits We don t want to be seen and we re not the party to represent those who are out of work Labour are a party of working people formed for and by working people Reeves is not stupid She will know that for example more than 90 per cent of new housing benefit claims are from people in work that low wages and high living costs are forcing people to turn up to a job work all day and then get top ups from the state to afford luxuries like rent and heat And as such that being the party of people on benefits would currently largely mean being the party of people in work who are struggling to make ends meet She will also be aware I m sure that even the reviled those who are out of work are not slackers voluntarily unemployed but victims of an unstable job market and that in that climate of zero hours contracts workfare and agency work the working people who apparently deserve representation can very quickly become the out of work people who do not But still Reeves says we are not the party of people on benefits anyway She believes in ending target based sanctions and preventing the need for food banks as reaffirmed in the same Guardian interview but regardless says Labour will be tougher than the Tories on benefits Reeves is not alone in this doublethink She is emblematic of Labour s wider growing inability to deal with social security As someone who has been a member of the party since I was 18 and who both talks about benefits for a living and relies on my

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  • Employment and Support Allowance – Dr. Frances Ryan
    s or multiple sclerosis losing 30 a week The other moment came via David Cameron s official spokeswoman when she confirmed that the prime minister was looking at the idea of making workers pay into flexible saving accounts to fund their own sick pay as well as unemployment benefit Iain Duncan Smith is said to be very keen to debate this The PM shares the work and pensions secretary s view that we should be doing more to encourage people to take personal responsibility the spokeswoman added We can t accuse the Conservatives of being secretive about their plans for the welfare state or their feelings about the people who rely on it Being disabled or chronically ill while not being rich enough to survive without government help has now been redefined as a personal failing For this week s The Guardian I wrote about the Conservative s attack on sickness benefits Benefit sanctions an inhumane system that s out of control September 9 2014 September 10 2014 francesryan18 1 Comment The coroner said that when David Clapson died he had no food in his stomach Clapson s benefits had been stopped as a result of missing one meeting at the jobcentre He was diabetic and without the 71 70 a week from his jobseeker s allowance he couldn t afford to eat or put credit on his electricity card to keep the fridge where he kept his insulin working Three weeks later Clapson died from diabetic ketoacidosis caused by a severe lack of insulin A pile of CVs was found next to his body I ll resist calling Clapson s death a tragedy Tragedy suggests a one off incident a rarity that couldn t be prevented What was done to Clapson and it was done not something that simply happened is a particularly horrific example of what has almost silently turned into a widespread crisis More than a million people in this country have had their benefits stopped over the past year Sanctions against chronically ill and disabled people have risen by 580 in a year This is a system out of control A petition for an inquiry into benefit sanctions started by Clapson s sister Gill Thompson is now on the verge of its 200 000th signature This Thursday there will be a day of action against benefit sanctions across the country If inspiration is required you need look no further than the latest Department for Work and Pensions pilot scheme launched last week The unemployed are set to have their benefits stopped if they don t sign in at a jobcentre in the morning and spend the whole day there every day Breach the rules once and you ll lose four weeks worth of benefits twice and you won t be able to feed your kids for three months Yes some reasons for sanctions are almost laughable going to a job interview rather than a meeting at the jobcentre that it clashes with not completing an assessment

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  • work capability assessment – Dr. Frances Ryan
    2015 francesryan18 1 Comment Halfway into a decade of austerity the biggest threat posed by the Conservatives cuts may not be the suffering they are causing mentally ill sick or disabled people but something altogether more lasting that their suffering is becoming normalised I can think of no other reason why the work capability assessment the now notorious test used by the Department for Work and Pensions to determine who is eligible for out of work sickness benefits and who should be classed as fit for work remains in place This is a benefit assessment that has been proven to make people s conditions worse and that time after time has been linked to the suicides of people who were declared fit for work and had their sickness benefits removed It has now been more than 18 months since the mainstream media including this paper reported the death of Mark Wood Despite struggling with multiple mental health problems the 44 year old was found fit for work in 2013 Wood s doctor described him as extremely unwell and absolutely unfit for any work whatsoever Four months later he was found dead in his home weighing 5st 8lb Any social security system requires a process that can accurately and humanely determine who needs out of work sickness benefits and who is physically and mentally fit to be on jobseeker s allowance looking for work This can t be a test based on suspicion but one that values the opinion of the disabled person and their own doctor rather than a stranger hired by an outsourced private company Instead of a crude box ticking judgment of impairment any assessment needs to appreciate how someone s health actually affects their ability to get and keep a job What exactly is the DWP waiting

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  • work related activity group – Dr. Frances Ryan
    Wrag of employment and support allowance ESA should receive the same benefit rate as jobseeker s allowance JSA was little more than policy drawn up on the back of austerity s fag packet This is a plan that fundamentally misunderstands disability chronic illness and unemployment The government has no interest in researching the policy because it has never been about facts but the belief that disabled and chronically ill people need the incentive of having their benefit cut to get a job The report s findings based on evidence from ESA recipients charities local authorities and health organisations are damning Far from encouraging disabled people off sickness benefits cutting 30 a week from the ESA Wrag benefit will reduce their ability to take steps into work In fact cutting someone s benefits would diminish their capacity to even think about work the report concluded Read this week s Guardian column in full here About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts Recent Posts Now Britain needs clothes banks too What sort of society are we living in How the battle to save Lincolnshire s libraries became a full time job Luke Loy had a life until his benefits started falling away News Hardworking Britain Disabled workers can t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment Categories Categories Select Category Abortion 5 Benefit Sanctions 7 Benefits 20 Death

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  • Cutting disabled people’s benefits won’t help anyone return to work – Dr. Frances Ryan
    based on evidence from ESA recipients charities local authorities and health organisations are damning Far from encouraging disabled people off sickness benefits cutting 30 a week from the ESA Wrag benefit will reduce their ability to take steps into work In fact cutting someone s benefits would diminish their capacity to even think about work the report concluded Read this week s Guardian column in full here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related disability benefits Department of Work and Pensions Employment and Support Allowance work capability assessment work related activity group Post navigation Previous Post Fit for work tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people Next Post Stop telling us domestic violence is inevitable 2 thoughts on Cutting disabled people s benefits won t help anyone return to work Oscar Dandelion says December 8 2015 at 7 03 pm I don t know how they do it but they keep on shocking me Reply Mark Catlin says January 3 2016 at 7 37 am Reblogged this on markcatlin3695 s Blog Reply Leave a Reply to Oscar Dandelion Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks

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  • Cutting disabled people’s benefits won’t help anyone return to work – Dr. Frances Ryan
    from ESA recipients charities local authorities and health organisations are damning Far from encouraging disabled people off sickness benefits cutting 30 a week from the ESA Wrag benefit will reduce their ability to take steps into work In fact cutting someone s benefits would diminish their capacity to even think about work the report concluded Read this week s Guardian column in full here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related disability benefits Department of Work and Pensions Employment and Support Allowance work capability assessment work related activity group Post navigation Previous Post Fit for work tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people Next Post Stop telling us domestic violence is inevitable 2 thoughts on Cutting disabled people s benefits won t help anyone return to work Oscar Dandelion says December 8 2015 at 7 03 pm I don t know how they do it but they keep on shocking me Reply Mark Catlin says January 3 2016 at 7 37 am Reblogged this on markcatlin3695 s Blog Reply Leave a Reply to Mark Catlin Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events

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  • ‘Fit for work’ tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people – Dr. Frances Ryan
    security system requires a process that can accurately and humanely determine who needs out of work sickness benefits and who is physically and mentally fit to be on jobseeker s allowance looking for work This can t be a test based on suspicion but one that values the opinion of the disabled person and their own doctor rather than a stranger hired by an outsourced private company Instead of a crude box ticking judgment of impairment any assessment needs to appreciate how someone s health actually affects their ability to get and keep a job What exactly is the DWP waiting for In a week where more criticism came out in relation to their impact on mental health my Guardian column looked at the scandal of fit for work tests Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit deaths Department of Work and Pensions fit for work work capability assessment Post navigation Previous Post Celebrating the hidden history of disabled people s fight for civil rights Next Post Cutting disabled people s benefits won t help anyone return to work One thought on Fit for work tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people Mark Catlin says January 3 2016 at 7 39 am Reblogged this on markcatlin3695 s Blog Reply Leave a Reply to Mark Catlin Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email

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  • disability discrimination act – Dr. Frances Ryan
    s often not about people demanding change it s about welfare or rights being given out he says The exhibition also celebrates the Disability Discrimination Act which this week marks its 20th anniversary and the activists who made the law a reality With the passing of the landmark DDA for the first time in Britain the law provided disabled citizens with access to the workplace employers were required to make reasonable adjustments to work and premises and through later amendments to education and transport For disabled people who culturally are routinely perceived as helpless or passive it feels particularly important to recognise that anything we gained we fought for As the bright red tapestry hanging at the exhibition reads Nothing about us without us Looking through the artwork and the collected archives the sense of disabled people actively battling for our rights is unavoidable from campaign T shirts with the slogan Piss on Pity scrawled in pink writing to images of crowds of disabled people marching through the streets of Manchester or outside Whitehall Perhaps nothing is more striking than the photographs of the direct action DDA activists undertook black and white images of disabled people handcuffed to buses hanging their bodies proudly visibly affected by various disabilities in the road This was a matter of not only political but personal empowerment Read the full coverage in The Guardian here About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe

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