03 February 2017
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said
“Today’s report is yet another wake up call to the government that its cut to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is damaging to the everyday lives of many disabled people.
We know that reducing disabled people’s incomes won’t incentivise them to find a job and won't help halve the disability employment gap. It will just make life harder.
The government needs to think again on the counter productive cut to ESA.
We want to see government produce a bold strategy for reform. This must include annual reporting on progress towards halving the disability employment gap, an overhaul of the fitness for work test, better access to specialist and personalised employment support, more action by employers and more flexibility and support at work for disabled people.
With disabled people twice as likely as the general public to be unemployed, the Government need to listen to disabled people and act quickly to overhaul the entire system.”
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