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In a day and age where health and safety is at the forefront of our minds, you and your business will regularly be considering ways to increase and improve your safety procedures at work. All businesses and organisations have a legal obligation to put into place suitable arrangements to manage and monitor health and safety. Regardless of the size of your business it’s important to have effective leadership and management, fully trained staff and an environment where everyone is trusted and involved. Our checklist shows what should be considered when thinking about health and safety at work: Equipment – Ensure […]
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I’m deeply concerned that trust between disabled people and the state in relation to employment has been eroded – to such an extent that offers of employment support get viewed through the filter of possible sanctions and benefit loss. For instance, we sometimes see protests against employment programmes run in GP surgeries and the like. Even where such programmes state they are voluntary and have a commitment to confidentiality of data, disabled people fear they could become mandatory at a later stage, that data could be shared with DWP, that taking part could impact on benefit eligibility (and more). Since […]
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…the evidence below appears to indicate that it will… Working welfare: a radically new approach to sickness and disability benefits (Charlotte Pickles, Ed Holmes, Hannah Titley, Ben Dobson, February 2016, Reform Research Trust) In the UK many disabled people want to work but are trapped on what remains a broadly passive system – almost three quarters of claimants who have had their Work Capability Assessment (WCA) are in the support group with no requirement to engage with, and little access to, support services. As the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has argued: “what is needed is to bring the […]
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This campaign report relates to the current difficulties faced by many disabled people trying to keep Jobcentre Plus’ Access to Work funding, including myself. Access to Work as been a scheme in existence for many years that provides disabled people support while they are at work. In recent months, there has been unpublished changes to the scheme that has made it very difficult to access support. Due to new and potentially unfair rules, which may have been ill-designed, many disabled people including myself have had their support stopped. The aim of the report is to highlight the issues as the […]
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These are the amendments submitted by the Labour Party Disabled Members Group to the Labour Party policy process Work and Business: Page 7 line 45 add at end: “Disability harassment is a particular problem for disabled people at work, and we will legislate to outlaw bullying and harassment in the workplace, introduce a Dignity at Work Act, and reinstate the third party harassment aspects of the Equality Act 2010 to protect people who are harassed by members of the public while at work.” “Labour will introduce: A statutory right to disability leave to challenge abuse of sickness absence to get rid […]
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We started off paying for the National Health Service via National Insurance Contributions in 1912. Lloyd George’s slogan –  9d for 4d – was only the first of many attempts to pass off National Insurance as a pain free alternative to taxation.  The impression was created that by paying contributions people were building up a fund which would entitle them to future benefits.  It was very successful, and many people still believe it, but in reality it was, and is, a giant Ponzi scheme.  Today’s contributions pay for the benefits paid out now. “.. all the benefits in some sense […]
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Thanks to  Julian Beeton of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust for the design and  Meic Goodyear Public Health Lewisham for the content. Reproduced by permission Job insecurity contributes to poor health Job insecurity was associated with significant increases in self reported poor health, depression, and anxiety. Paid work confers health benefits, but poor quality jobs which combine several psychosocial stressors could be as bad for health as being unemployed.

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