48.3% of all Disabled London residents of working age are in employment compared to 74% of the non-disabled population.
The Welfare Reform and Work Act removed the Work Related Activity Component in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and the limited capability for work element of Universal Credit. Claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) will lose around £30 per week as the benefit is brought into alignment with Job Seekers’ Allowance rates from 1st April this year.
Inclusion London has responded to the open consultation for the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. We have a number of concerns that proposals in the green paper are either misplaced and will fail to tackle the root issues central to Deaf and Disabled people’s exclusion from employment opportunities, or have the potential for adverse impacts through contributing to avoidable harm.
Based on the experiences of Deaf and Disabled people we believe that sanctions are destructive and they drive Deaf and Disabled people further away from being able to find employment. We recommend that Deaf and Disabled people are no longer sanctioned.
Reducing the payments for new claimants in the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group (ESA-WRAG) from £102.15 a week to £73.10 is likely to increase the number of Deaf and Disabled people living in poverty and struggling to pay basic household bills.
26th Sept 2015 – what a day to remember. It will go down as one of those historic occasions (we so seldom have these days in the Deaf community) where Deaf and Disabled people marched on a Saturday afternoon in the streets of London to voice their protest against what DWP/Access to Work and the Government are doing to us and our employment opportunities.