Devastating changes to the test of who is eligible for employment and support allowance (ESA) come into force on 28 March. Amongst the losers are: blind claimants who can safely use a guide dog and have no other problems; deaf claimants who can read and write and have no other problems; claimants in manual wheelchairs who can propel themselves over fifty metres and have no other problems. These are just some of the groups of disabled people who will be found capable of work and have to try to claim the lower paying jobseekers allowance (JSA). Meanwhile, the bankers who ruined the economy have cut their bonuses by a fraction but raised their wages by a heap. And the politicians whose failed regulation allowed the bankers to wreck the economy in the first place – people like Blair and Mandelson – have taken extremely well paid directorships on the boards of . . . banks. So, when Cameron says that "We're all in th is together" he may be telling the truth. But what he doesn't mention is that he's going to make very sure that disabled claimants are "in it" right up to their necks, whilst the people to blame scarcely get a mark on the heels of their patent-leather boots.
Steve Donnison, Benefits & Work
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