Tory pledge to consult disabled people on reforming the benefits system branded an ‘insult’ : Welfare Weekly


The UK Government has announced new plans to tackle the barriers faced by disabled people and those with mental health problems, in a move that has been cautiously welcomed by charities but may be more difficult to sell to those who have been affected by years of cuts.

A potential Green Paper will include plans to consult with disabled people and their organisations on reforming the benefits system, which campaigners say is failing disabled people and those with mental health issues.

 

The Government will also look at overhauling Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) “so it is better enforced, more flexible to encourage a phased return to work, and covers the lowest paid”.

And a new disability unit could be set up in the Cabinet Office. One of its first tasks will be to work with Government departments to make housing more accessible to disabled people.

 

Source: Tory pledge to consult disabled people on reforming the benefits system branded an ‘insult’ : Welfare Weekly

2 thoughts on “Tory pledge to consult disabled people on reforming the benefits system branded an ‘insult’ : Welfare Weekly

  1. The ‘Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd, said: “Disabled people encounter too many challenges in life, and I want to see these end.’

    Amber Rudd is correct with this statement, but many of the barriers are erected by the Government through the DWP, others are due to austerity cuts to Local Authorities, which in turn means there are insufficient funds to provide for Social Care and also provide a reasonable wage for the care workers.

    The Government is promising Consultation, but there is consultation and an the ‘Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd, said: “Disabled people encounter too many challenges in life and I want to see these end.’

    Amber Rudd is correct with this statement, but many of the barriers are erected by the Government through the DWP, others are due to austerity cuts to Local Authorities, which in turn means there are insufficient funds to provide for Social Care and also provide a reasonable wage for the care workers.

    The Government is promising Consultation, but there is consultation and there is supposed consultation. In my experience many consultations are not worth taking part in as the decisions have already been made, although the respective authorities dispute this. But who believes what any of these organisations say for at times they can be seen to be lying when you are face to face?

    Consultation is not the way forward, but co-production is. But co-production with disabled people and not just charities who are supposed to be for disabled people.

    For how many of these charities are receiving Government contracts, where it is said these contracts include a clause stating the charities are not allowed to discredit or challenge the Government.

    The systems are broken and not just the benefits system. I say these systems should be open so individual people can check for honesty, openness and transparency.

    I myself have taken part in numerous consultations with Sheffield City Council and can state that the consultations were a complete waste of timed there is supposed consultation. In my experience many consultations are not worth taking part in as the decisions have already been made, although the respective authorities dispute this. But who believes what any of these organisations say for at times they can be seen to be lying when you are face to face?

    Consultation is not the way forward, but co-production is. But co-production with disabled people and not just charities who are supposed to for disabled people.

    For how many of these charities are receiving Government contracts, where it is said these contracts include a clause stating the charities are not allowed to discredit or challenge the Government.

    The systems are broken and not just the benefits system. I say these systems should be open so individual people can check for honesty, openness and transparency.

    I myself have taken part in numerous consultations with Sheffield City Council and can state that the consultations were a complete waste of time

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