Disabled and becoming Self Employed, A Case Study – Jayne Linney

This is my  first official post for Deaeper, the blog site for DEAEP  (Disability Enabling And Empowerment Project), writes Jayne Linney in her blog.

Wearing my professional hat, I wanted to share my experience of  working with 3 other disabled people, collectively utilising our skills and experience to become financially viably self employed.  The following has been adapted from a letter I sent to Kate Green MP in response to Labour’s plan to turn around £8 billion overspend on disability benefits, and the suggestions at the end are specifically aimed at Government.

You can read the bulk of the article on Jayne’s site. Here are her suggestions:

We believe the following would make a huge difference:

  • A loosening of the earning on benefits regulations would allow people to continue receiving ESA/JSA until such time they become financially independent
  • Access for small companies to government grants/contracts which offer direct provision to disabled people
  • A government funded grant programme  enabling disabled people develop the confidence and self awareness to allow them access further opportunities
  • Changes to access to FE opportunities specifically aimed at disabled adults thus removing the current barriers

This is a précis of our experience to date and I would welcome positive feedback and comments from others on this post.

Any comments sent to this blog will be passed on to Jayne.

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