Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are being hit hard by cuts to the benefits and services they need to live their lives. The Hardest Hit campaign, organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council, brings together individuals and organisations to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts now.
CAB Fit for work campaign
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau has started a campaign on ESA. They say:
“ESA is the benefit designed to help people who have limited ability to work. We have found that the ESA process too often fails to determine who is fit for work and who isn’t. This means that the right people are not getting the support they are entitled to. As our chart shows, despite attempts by successive Governments to put this right we are still seeing evidence that the system is not fit for work.
We want this to change so today Citizens Advice is launching a campaign to improve ESA and make it fit for work. The Government is currently in the process of deciding which companies will run the Work Capability Assessments (WCA) so this is a key moment. If the lessons of the past are not learnt now we may be facing another five years of failure.
To help us illustrate the impact that ESA is having we are asking you to share your stories about the experience of claiming ESA. If you would like to contribute we have set up a new webpage http://blogs.citizensadvice.org.uk/blog/topics/fit-for-work/ to collect your stories.”
The War on Welfare (WOW) Petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions. Following closure of the petition with over 100 000 responses, a debate is expected to be held soon in Parliament. Visit the WOW Petition website for more details.
‘The Tipping Point’ Report
The Hardest Hit report, ‘The Tipping Point’, brings together a survey of over 4,500 disabled people, a poll of more than 350 independent welfare advisors, and more than 50 in-depth interviews with disabled people with varying conditions and impairments. Click the button below for more information plus links to download the report and executive summary.