This report :
* Examines what works and what doesn't for sick and disabled people in other countries, and makes a series of recommendations based on the evidence.
* Challenges the assumption that a punishing, penalty-based system produces results and calls for a 'whole person' approach that enables everyone to be included.
* Lays out an entirely new vision of how an assessment for 'sickness benefits' might work, and offers both immediate and longer term recommendations.
* Recommends that people who meet the tough qualifying criteria for ESA are no longer forced to participate in the Work Programme. Instead, they should co-produce plans for their own support where appropriate and commission it directly.
* Offers a range of innovative solutions to enable those that can work to fulfill their potential, whatever their impairment. It recommends a holistic, 'one-stop' approach to support and that all valuable contribution should be recognised. This contribution does not always mean paid employment, as caring and volunteering are not adequately supported in our present system.
Executive Summary (page 3)
1. Introduction (page 7)
2, What's wrong with Employment and Support Allowance / ESA? (page 9)
3. Case studies and Consultation (page 15)
4. Implementation of Year 1 Harrington Recommendations (page 26)
5. International Evidence (page 28)
6. An Alternative ESA and the Academic Evidence for Reform (page 37)
7. Interim Recommendations (page 51)
8. The Work Programme and ESA (page 58)
9. The Future of Work (page 68)
10. Conclusion (page 82)
Appendix A: Further Work (page 84)
Appendix B: Policy Assumptions (page 89)
Appendix C: Further Analysis of Harrington Progress (page 93)
Appendix D: The Employment Gap (page 119)
* Read and download the full report and appendices (126pp, *.PDF Adobe Acrobat format, 2.5mb) here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/files/beyond_the_barriers_ekk.pdf