The longer the Labour Party refuses to address what is happening to sick and disabled people who can not work in any way currently accepted by an employer, the more people are going to die, either by their own hands or because their conditions are worsened, due to the stress caused by the system as it currently stands.
Nobody – unless they are criminally psychotic – should support this course of inaction. Not Her Majesty’s Opposition and certainly not the British electorate.
Some of you may remember that, back in August I wrote to Ed Miliband regarding his response to an open letter Sonia Poulton on behalf of a large number of disabled people, published in the Daily Mail on 2/8/21. My reply challenged a specific point raised by Mr Miliband “ It is also important to separate out ill health and disability from the decision not to work, which is taken by a distinct minority.”.(link to my letter below).
Today I received a reply from Mr Miliband office, and after an apology for the delay in response it reads:
“It is important that the benefits system assesses applicants fairly, quickly and compassionately and it is clear the the Government need to fundamentally reform WCA and to reduce the bureaucracy of the current system.
We also believe that Atos Healthcare also have questions to answer about the effectiveness of the current assessment process
Mr Miliband and the Shadow Work & Pensions team will continue to press the Government to adopt a fairer, more effective approach to welfare reform…
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