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Disabled Sent Out On Workfare

Midnight_Caller
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Disabled Sent Out On Workfare

Hi All
Just seen this:
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Hundreds Of Disabled People Sent On Workfare Every Week, Is Unpaid Work The New Segregation?

The new Minister for Murdering Disabled People, Nick Harper has teamed up with David Cameron this week to boast about huge numbers of disabled people being sent to work without pay, often for profit making companies.  The gushing press release forms part of the DWP’s cringe-making Disability Confident campaign, the latest gimmick to cover up the endless vicious attacks on disabled people by the department.
According to the figures around 45,000 people registered as disabled with Jobcentres have been referred to an unpaid work placement since 2011.  Of those 29,000 were sent on the Work Experience programme and 16,000 on Sector Based Work Academies, which the DWP now appear to be claiming leads to a guaranteed real job.  This is a lie, Sector Based Work Academies promise a job interview only as this guidance for employers wishing to scrounge free workers makes clear (PDF).
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So it's now slave labour for the disabled.  Angry
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nanotm
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Re: Disabled Sent Out On Workfare

why now salve labour?
they closed down all those Remploy factories that were paying less and making them work longer hours yet I didn't hear anyone complaining about that (other than when they were closed)
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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Unfortunately , this is the Government who dont care !
they treat disabled people as second class citizens , as i have just recently found out ,
my problems started to come to a height this year with my 5th heart attack  2 this year so far , i have   been told i have  untreatable  coronary disease.
at 59 years old i have worked all my life , including 10 years in the RAF , after the 4th attack jan this year i decided it was time to stop working.
Now thats when the fun started , i couldnt claim unemployment benefits as i cant work so they said ESA ?? ok   i    applied     eventually i received it  £136 a week  Embarrassed for a wife and my son 10 yr old
They dint tell me i could claim extra because of my condition , i had to find out myself and put a claim in for that new benefit PIP  What a laugh i have been told  there is a waiting list of  26 weeks !!!
maybe its me feeling a bit depressed so i post here  , but to think there are people with terminal illness who are treated like this is terrible  Sad Sad
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indeed you are correct there is a huge disparity of what is available and what you get informed of, there is some strange idea in the DWP that if your ethnicity is British you don't require any help or information packages and they also put a lot of hoops in the way.
I hope you are aware of tax credits and have applied for them as well if your now on ESA, it was a culture shock learning of such things when I was put on the scrap heap after so many years of working full time, things did get a lot better once this current shower gained office though prior to that I wasn't even able to secure accommodation despite having no income and nowhere to live.....
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@rongtw, I am sorry to hear of your circumstances. I have no experience of your situation so won't offer advice expect to ask if you've spoken to Citizens Advice for help and contacted your MP to see if they can be of assistance.
I hope things work out for you.
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.. and here we have the truth behind the Tory 'scroungers' and 'loafers' smears
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artmo ,,  yes i have seen CAB  Wink they say just wait ,,  my MP  Lips are sealed  may not be a MP much longer  David Ward is a bit outspoken at the moment  ooooops
but i am awaiting a Email reply  Wink
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Quote from: nanotm
why now salve labour?
they closed down all those Remploy factories that were paying less and making them work longer hours yet I didn't hear anyone complaining about that (other than when they were closed)

please clarify, they paid less than the dole?
These placements pay nothing so its just the dole.
To give an idea of whats going on, a upper tribunal decision shed some light.
A lady was put into the ESA WRAG group by a decision maker, she had some severe mental issues, the lower tribunal upheld the decision on the basis that a letter from the DWP claimed they would give her adequate support.
She appealed higher up.
The upper tier judge asked the DWP for proof of specialist mental healthcare staff that are deployed in jobcentres to assist people such as this lady, they replied no such thing happens.  But instead they assist by placing people on the work programme to encourage work related activity, as this was in direct compromise with expert medical advice he had no choice but to overule and put her in the ESA support group to protect her.
The crunch is this government considers leaning on people to do unpaid low level (often physical for commercial companies) work related activity is support.