ESA

CARERWATCH ARE FIGHTING TO RESTORE UNCONDITIONAL BENEFITS TO ALL PEOPLE WITH SEVERE AND ENDURING ILLNESS – SOME WITH ONLY MONTHS TO LIVE. IN PARTICULAR CARERWATCH WANT THE THREAT OF SANCTIONS AND CONDITIONALITY under ESA REMOVED FROM PEOPLE WITH SEVERE AND ENDURING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED SIMPLY BY PLACING THEM IN THE SUPPORT GROUP.

If you want to help with this campaign come and join us in the CarerWatch Discussion Group

At the moment we are struggling with the best way of focussing ESA campaigning.

We need to develop a strong campaigning message on ESA and get every one singing off a clear hymn sheet.
Are we attacking the concept of arbeit macht frei in general
Are we supportive of help for all sick and disabled people to get back to work
Is it the threats and sanctions that is so dangerous to sick people.
 
This isn’t straightforward in the context of savage cost cutting and the government spinning about what a wonderful tonic work is and the image attack against all benefit claimants.

Please come and help us think this all through here

ESA – the story so far

Fit for work

CarerWatch general election pledge on ESA

Welfare Reforms

The Coalition and Welfare Reform

Coalition Statement

The new government will be having a complete rethink on welfare

BBC Scotland – ESA not fit for purpose – system will go under  – watch here

Well – good news – we think

The program on Scottish TV led to a debate in Parliament. Well done the LibDems. This is great and once again – well done the LibDems.
 
See the Debate here

Unfortunately back in England Lord Freud is as vehement as ever.

Kevin Hind MP tells us how Lord Freud thinks –

In 2006 the Government commissioned David Freud, a former investment banker (!) to produce a report on overhauling the entire benefits system. His proposals for disabled people were draconian. I challenged him about this at Labour Party Conference in 2007, but he insisted that even the most disabled people might be expected to look for work (and you can quote me on this) ‘even quadraplegics are capable of working’.

Lord Freud speaking recently –  he certainly hasn’t changed his views

But it looks as if the rest of the Coalition are prepared to think again. CarerWatch will campaign really hard and fast to get some changes. Please come and help us.

Please sign. Running a vilification program against the sick and disabled is unacceptable and has to stop.

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