Time to invest in disability in the workplace

Tanvi Vyas working at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

Trailblazers are calling for more opportunities in the workplace

Earlier this week a random selection of people claiming Incapacity Benefit in Burnley and Aberdeen began the process of undertaking a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

A WCA involves a questionnaire and short medical that will allow a health professional to assess whether an individual is fit to work or not. If a person is considered fit to work they will move on to Jobseekers Allowance and will be expected to look for work. If they fail, they will be placed on Employment and Support Allowance, which is replacing Incapacity Benefit and is the benefit all new disabled claimants unfit to work have received since October 2008.

The Government says that they are carrying out the WCA trials in Aberdeen and Burnley, to be followed by a UK wide roll out in the spring of 2011, because “it is unacceptable that so many people have been written off to a lifetime on benefits.” With such attitudes in mind it would appear that this is the perfect opportunity to address the multitude of factors that restrict the employment opportunities for disabled people.

Read more about Trailblazers opinions on disability and employment…

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