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‘Heartless’ Tories Failing To Support Disabled People Into Work

STUC general secretary, Grahame Smith, has branded the Government as "one of the most heartless and uncaring we have seen".

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Following this weeks damning revelation that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) falsified testimonies from unemployed people in an official benefits sanctions information leaflet, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the STUC uncovers further evidence of Iain Duncan Smith’s policy of attacking disabled people.

The number of specialised Disability Employment Advisers in Jobcentres have been cut by 40% since 2010, as part of the Tories’ ideologically driven austerity agenda.

STUC says the loss of Remploy jobs, cuts to disability benefits and the hated ‘Bedroom Tax’ is proof that this Government is “one of the most heartless and uncaring we have seen”.

General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said: “Information received following requests under the Freedom of Information Act show that the needless policy of austerity pursued by the Government, and Iain Duncan Smith’s department in particular, could be preventing disabled people securing employment.

“In 2010, when the coalition Government came to power, in the 781 Jobcentre Plus throughout the United Kingdom, disabled people looking for work could rely on the support of 499 specialised Disability Employment Advisers.

“Five years later 67 Jobcentre offices have closed; in itself a potential accessibility issue for disabled people, but crucially the Government has chosen to attack disabled job hunters by decimating the number of specialised advisers to help them into work.

“The information supplied by the DWP shows that in May 2015 the number of Disability Employment Advisers had fallen to 297, a fall of 40%.

“The ongoing attacks on supported employment, the loss of Remploy jobs and other attacks on disability benefits such as the bedroom tax are proving this Government plans to be one of the most heartless and uncaring we have seen”.

“Disabled people need support not sanctions to get into work.”

Lynn Henderson PCS Scottish secretary said: “This is devastating news for the thousands of disabled people who rely on these services to help them live the kind of lives most of us take for granted.

“With thousands of jobs cuts in the DWP it means that at a time when there is a greater need for help and advice, there are fewer staff around to provide it.”


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Now according to history just to get the record straight remploy closed a certain percentage of there factories prior to 2010 and then the rest after meaning both labour and conservative let alone liberals allowed this to happen.

    Interestingly to Maximus Inc has majority ownership of remploy, the very same people who are carrying out the work capability and fit for work tests making one wonder, isn’t that a conflict of interest ?

    Heres a link to a edited transcript of Maximus that’s quite an eye opener.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/edited-transcript-mms-earnings-conference-183709275.html

    Within it your find out by controlling the whole process as they are, how there making 100s of millions a year at the cost of the tax payer.
    Maximus is a rotten to the core for profit company that with the complicit help of the UK, USA and Australian governments are ripping people off by claiming to be experts when all they are expert in is hiding behind the names of other well known brands while fleecing the public by making sure each claimant goes through regimental processes so they can get paid for each and every stage.

  2. Its funny how parents are often berated by this government for not spending good quality physical time with there offspring and elders, how giving them a book or a computer is not the correct response, yet here we have an entire welfare department practicing the very same bad practice.
    Actually thinking about it, I probably do the parents who do only hand out books and computers a disservice as unlike DWP, they don’t do so with pages missing if you catch my drift.

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