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Is the JobCentre an appropriate setting for psychological assessment and treatment? Is therapy entered into under any form of coercion, real or perceived, likely to be legitimate or ethical?
To understand the thinking behind the reform of disability benefits, we need to look at a Conference held in 2001, called ‘Malingering and illness deception’.
When the ongoing process of cutting and restricting access to disability benefits began, we were told it was necessary because spending on them was out of control.
In the last Parliament, people with disabilities who challenged government cuts were labelled extremists. Political opposition was weakened by a fear of being seen as on the side of ‘scroungers’.
An open letter to the Prime Minister from a United Reformed Church minister has been shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook.
Statutory maternity pay may be axed, and incapacity benefit and housing benefit for under-25s removed if the Conservatives return to power.
John Pring is an experienced journalist, who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years.
In a column in the Telegraph, Fraser Nelson has stated:
Benefit ‘reforms’ which are supposed to get more people into paid work have often made life harder for those in, or seeking, jobs, research reveals.
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