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SWAN would like to support and share the following statement from colleagues in the disabled people's movement on the closure of the Independent Living Fund:
Disabled people with the highest support needs have been left in fear and distress as they face the prospect of being denied the right to have Christmas in their own homes following a government decision announced this week to abolish a key source of independent living support.
The government decision to close the Independent Living Fund and instead devolve responsibility to local authorities follows a consultation that disabled people claim is unlawful and on which an urgent hearing has been scheduled by the High Court to go ahead on 13/14 March 2013.
Raymondo, member of Kilburn Unemployed Worker's Group and Social Work Action Network London, shares with us his Work Capability Assessment Survival Tips...The Work Capability Assessment is the test by which people claiming the out of waged work benefit Employment and Support Allowance are gauged as qualifying for Employment and Support Allowance or 'fit for work'. “The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) has three stages. Firstly, the Limited Capability for Work Test determines whether or not you remain on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), secondly, the Limited Capability for Work Related Activity Test determines whether you join the ‘support group’ of claimants or the ‘work-related activity group’ and thirdly, the Work Focused Health Related Assessment provides a report that can be used in any work-focused interviews that you may be required to attend later on.” (i)
A summary of research by Mo Stewart:• ATOS HEALTHCARE OR DISABILITY DENIAL FACTORIES - 30TH JUNE 2010• WELFARE REFORM – REDRESS FOR THE DISABLED – 5TH SEPT 2011As a medically retired healthcare professional, and a disabled female veteran in receipt of a War Pension, little did I know that a medical review of my pension would offer access to the suspect workings of Atos Healthcare whose parent company, Atos Origin, are IT specialists - with no previous experience in healthcare - but with a very lucrative government contract for the IT coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games…
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