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Disabled people face unlimited unpaid work or cuts in benefit - the documents | Politics | guardian.co.uk

We've had a lot of interest in our story on disabilities published last night. Many of the comments that have been posted express a sense of disbelief at the Department for Work and Pensions proposals. After discussion we thought it appropriate to release more of what we have for readers to view.

The story was based upon a tip-off about what the government was about to propose. We also came into receipt of documents from a meeting of 10 DWP officials and 21 disability and mental health stakeholder groups - charities and representatives - which outlined the basic elements of the policy. The meeting took place on 1 December 2011.

We've decided to upload the documents which are first, a Powerpoint presentation on the new Work Experience policy for the ESA Wrag group, and second, a question and answer session after the presentation as minuted by a DWP civil servant.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 05:40:29 PM EST
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Minister's anger over 'job snobs' opposing Tesco work experience for unemployed - Telegraph

Opponents of the work experience scheme have in recent days claimed it is tantamount to "forced labour" and "21st century slavery", after it emerged that some of the positions offered included night shifts of shelf stacking for Tesco, the supermarket giant.

Until the Coalition government changed the law, it was possible for anyone undertaking unpaid work experience to lose their benefits.

As well as allowing young jobseekers to keep their benefits during eight weeks of unpaid work experience, the Department for Work and Pensions has found voluntary placements for people in supermarkets and other employers.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 05:40:54 PM EST
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The elimination of boon work is a direct cause of the decline of Merrie Olde England.  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 05:46:04 PM EST
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'Fraudulent' disability in historical perspective, by David M. Turner
The state has supported people with disabilities since the Elizabethan (Old) Poor Law of 1601 ordered the raising of taxes for the 'necessary relief of the lame, impotent, old and blind'. From the inception of welfare policy, claimants have faced popular suspicion and accusations that their medical conditions have been faked or exaggerated.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 05:48:07 PM EST
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Martin Rowson on welfare cuts - cartoon | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Civil service document reveals policy proposal to make disabled people work unpaid for an unlimited amount of time


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 05:47:11 PM EST
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I always thought Tories wanted to return the UK to the glory days of the 19th century.

Now I realise they want to return the UK to the glory days of the Roman Empire.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 19th, 2012 at 06:44:00 PM EST
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Now I understand Cameron's policy on Scotland. I thought he was just being an idiot; I didn't realize that he simply wants to rebuild Hadrian's separation fence.
by gk (gk) on Mon Feb 20th, 2012 at 08:18:25 AM EST
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the Department for Work and Pensions has found voluntary placements for people in supermarkets and other employers.

only true for imaginative values of voluntary

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 19th, 2012 at 08:17:36 AM EST
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Well charities are becoming stressed by the sheer numbers of 'volunteers' being sent to them, and this is before the schemes are fully up and running. and without a pre-election push to get the number of people on schemes up so unemployment numbers are down.....

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 19th, 2012 at 08:35:37 AM EST
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