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I have been working to support disabled people to live as independently as possible and realising their individual potentials for over 20 years. I am qualified in Health and Social Care Management and Ethics and Social Welfare. All blog entries are my responses to issues I see affecting those I support and indeed myself as I joined the disabled community after surviving a stroke.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

I Could Write An ESAsay on Work Capability Assessments

Good day dear readers, I must apologise for the lack of recent blog, but although I took a temporary leave of absence from my blog, the problems with Employment Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments remains, in fact they seem to be getting worse.

It's ironic that last week I was giving a seminar at my local college to a group of health & social care students on social and medical models of disability, and during this seminar I had something of an epiphany, we are returning more and more and more to the medical model at the expense of disabled peoples social needs and the Work Capability Assessment is a clear indication of this.

Now I have already written about my concerns with ESA and WCA procedures in my blog entry "Who Are The Real Benefit Cheats?" and with some of the stories that have come to my attention since then my concerns begin to grow.

I grow more and more concerned every time I hear of yet another disabled person being told they are fit for work when they can barely get out of bed. Its causing such stress to those getting caught in this trap that it will be putting more strain on our doctors (who are largely ignored in the ESA and WCA procedures) and their family units.

I am currently preparing a dossier of apparent ESA injustices which I plan to send to my local MP, Mr Justin Tomlinson, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith Mr Ian Duncan-Smith, Ms Yvette Cooper MP Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Women and Equalities and Mr Douglas Alexander MP Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities.

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