Monthly Archives: November 2016

‘Reforming’ ESA: the final frontier and the last moral boundary

A very thought-provoking post, especially as it shows just how even more slanted the reforms have become, to make any benefit even harder to obtain than ever before 😦

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Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people who are assessed as being unable to work because of a health condition and/or disability. Despite this, ESA has also been politically defined as financial support for people having difficulty finding a job because of a long-term illness or disability, to “help them back to work” despite their illness or disability. This presents a problematic tension because in order to qualify for ESA at all, people must be found to be unable to work, by their own doctor, and by the “independent” Work Capability Assessment.

There’s a significant difference between being unable to work, and facing significant additional barriers to work. People who are assessed are most commonly described as having “limited capability for work” – a phrase which is not precise in its meaning, and which does not include or prompt any consideration of social, cultural, political and…

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I have to admit to feeling very much the way that Katy does at the moment.

It hasn’t been that long since I woke up to politics, but even such a newby as I can see nothing but disaster about to happen with the latest results in the US.

As Terry Pratchett wrote in his book of the same title:

“There is a curse.
They say:
May you live in interesting times.”

I have to agree that we certainly seem to be doing so right now!

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Even pictures of baskets of kittens and a huge Chinese takeaway aren’t really working for me today. Please excuse the incoherence of the rest of this post. I need to brain dump.

There’s been a lot of talk of class and poverty both here in the UK and the USA. A lot of people talking about the disenfranchised poor, and how we other voters must understand their anger and address it rather than pretending it isn’t there. I get that, but I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it means. It seems, in some camps to mean that we have to turn the other cheek when people are rude, or ignorant or stupid or abusive and if we don’t we ourselves are vilified as rude, ignorant stupid or abusive.  That’s not what it means.

Firstly let’s dispel a myth. Exit polls show that the voters for Trump were not ‘the…

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