Hey gang, did you know people have been campaigning about ESA?
ESA stands for Employment and Support Allowance. It’s a type of benefit for people who find it harder to get a job because they have a disability or a problem with their health that they might have for a long time.
It used to be two separate benefits called Incapacity Benefit and Income Support, but now they are both part of ESA.
What is the campaign about?
The Spartacus Network are a group of people with disabilities who are campaigning about disability benefit. They have made a report called ‘Beyond Barriers’.
What does the report say?
It says that people have a lack of support. Did you know only 5% of people on the work programme have actually found work?
They have been accused of picking the best people for jobs and other people, including people with disabilities, are being left behind and forgotten about with little or no contact.
Another problem is that non-disabled work places are not too friendly for people with long term health conditions.
And disabled people with similar abilities and qualifications to non-disabled people are less likely to be in work. They are also paid less and more likely to live in poverty. They also face a lot of discrimination when looking for work!
I’ve had experience of that, people talk down to me, they think disabled people don’t matter, they think that they should have all the power.
I used to work in a workshop. My manager complained about my work a lot and I only got paid 50p for all of my hard work!
Did you know that in the 21st Century it is possible to do a lot more? Like flexible working and giving people more support to do their job.
Information needs to be accessible and all in one place.
We also need that accessible information in all workplaces.
We need more places like CHANGE whose business is to ensure people with learning disabilities are co-working together!
How can WE get involved in the campaign?
You can go on Twitter or Facebook and join in the campaign using #BeyondBarriers and call for a better deal for people with disabilities!