Tag: work

ESA threat proves continuing punitive cutting agenda

ESA threat proves continuing punitive cutting agenda

As it emerges that the Government may be planning to radically reduce employment and support allowance payments, Ian Macrae says that there are many reasons why this is bad for disabled people. The BBC Social Affairs Corespondent Michael Buchanan reports the existence of Government proposals to radically cut Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Apparently DWP … Continue reading ESA threat proves continuing punitive cutting agenda

Inclusive education, Access to Work, Paralympians

Paul Carter and Annie Makoff discuss whether changes to the special educational needs system will promote inclusion for disabled learners and they discuss disabled people's frustrations with the Access to Work scheme. They are joined by the Alliance for Inclusive Education's director Tara Flood, the deaf campaigner from Stop Changes to Access to Work Penny … Continue reading Inclusive education, Access to Work, Paralympians

Employment strategy: same old story

Employment strategy: same old story

The Government's latest employment strategy to reduce the unemployment rate among disabled people is destined to fail because it repeats mistakes of the past, says Mike Oliver. The Government has recently published its new disability employment strategy which calls for a more personalised approach to the issue of getting disabled people back into work. Many … Continue reading Employment strategy: same old story

The great escape and the old school

Paul Carter and Victoria Wright discuss the independent living movement and disabled people's experiences of school. They also hear from the activist Kaliya Franklin who has published a report suggesting that the government has imposed targets for the number of people found fit for work under the work capability assessment. They are joined by John … Continue reading The great escape and the old school

Food politics and standing up against the cuts

Francesca Martinez joins Paul Carter and Victoria Wright to talk about War On Welfare, the campaign she's leading to put pressure on the government to debate its programme of cuts in the Commons and scrap the fitness for work test. They also talk food politics with Beth Gregson, who writes the Thrifty Cook blog, and … Continue reading Food politics and standing up against the cuts