Why are the Tories trying to push sickness/disability claimants into work when firms won’t make adjustments for them?

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Here’s another sign that the Conservative Government doesn’t know how to do joined-up thinking.

Work and Pensions secretary Damian Green thinks it is a good idea to suggest more sickness and disability claimants should be pushed off benefit and into the job market.

But he and his government have done nothing to encourage employers to take them on, it seems.

Without that fairly obvious piece of planning in place, he is very clearly setting up the sick and disabled for a fall.

They won’t be able to claim benefit but they won’t be able to get jobs either.

These findings turn all the Tory outpourings about trying to help people, and work making them more healthy, into a sick perversion.

Promoting health? It’s more like a death sentence – for the crime of being different. That’s a fascist argument.

The latest statistics on autistic adults in employment demonstrates that more still needs to be done to allow for reasonable adjustments in the hiring process, according to diversity consultancy, The Clear Company.

In response to a survey carried out by the National Autistic Society, which found that only 16 per cent of autistic adults are in full-time paid work, the diversity specialists have called on organisations to be more proactive in providing reasonable adjustments in the workplace in order to encourage these individuals to declare their needs up front.

The consultancy added that the fact that 77 per cent of these individuals want a job demonstrates that the hiring process in many companies is still insufficient in meeting the needs of those living with such conditions.

Source: Employers must be ‘more proactive’ in providing workplace adjustments for disabled jobseekers

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5 thoughts on “Why are the Tories trying to push sickness/disability claimants into work when firms won’t make adjustments for them?

  1. Fibro confused

    It is really laughable I know a few disabled people personally with varying disabilities who could and indeed do want to work, one who has Asperger’s who needs a quiet neutral environment help attending an interview then adapting to a work environment, they have had various agency’s who are meant to help them into the work place, they disappear after a month promise to call etc and even when they are chased up even the telephone calls dry up. Another who is wheelchair bound and is unable to control their arms hands for any length of time, they’ve applied for over 300 jobs that they are very well qualified for, not one interview, so once more they’re going about another qualification a Phd knowing that it still won’t get them a job but it helps them keep busy.
    It comes down to the same thing, why make adjustments which can be expensive, not always of course when there are plenty of able bodied people able to take up employment at no extra cost. There are rules already which mean a company must employ a disabled person for x many employees they have, is it adhered to? very rarely as far as I’ve witnessed. Employers will need a bloody huge carrot to push them into employing people who have mental & physical difficulties, both often come with illnesses that require GP visits and hospital stays, they also need to take into consideration peoples PA’s who many need for toileting and eating needs.
    If I was an employer I’d ask to be paid for all the adjustments and for taking the disabled person on, or at least be paid for what would be regular absences from the work place. After all I’ve waffled on about, I could have said it’s all bull$hit to cut the welfare bill.

  2. NMac

    “They won’t be able to claim benefit but they won’t be able to get jobs either.” Isn’t that the overall nasty Tory plan?

  3. mrmarcpc

    If they don’t care about the sick and not giving them help with benefits, then they’re not going to care about them being shoved into work by them where their illness won’t be taken into consideration!

    1. Toni

      I hate this F***king vile Government!!! especially the DWP staff who shouldn’t be allowed to treat people like S**t?

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