Our reaction to David Cameron’s speech at the opening of parliament.
Anyone who has followed our campaign for the past 18 months will find it difficult to believe David Cameron who stated that:
“My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in the country. It will adopt a one nation approach, giving new opportunities to the disadvantaged and bring in different parts of our country together”. He describes his agenda as being for “working people”.
We know that this isn’t the case. Over the past five years people have seen changes to their employment support provided through the Access to Work scheme which have placed their jobs at risk. People have faced demotion or expulsion as they could no longer complete their jobs to a satisfactory level when their support was either cut or removed.
Following on from the suspension of the 30 hour rules, the Work & Pension Select Committee inquiry and the attempted judicial reviews by human rights law firm Leigh Day (http://www.leighday.co.uk/News/2014/December-2014/Legal-action-over-Access-to-Work-scheme) we saw a temporary improvement. However things are set to get worse again.
The discriminatory caps outlined in the Equality Impact Analysis (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/426416/future-of-access-to-work-equality-analysis.pdf) will come into force in October this year meaning many people will once again have difficulty meeting their work demands.
The Stop Changes To Access To Work campaign will continue to fight to defend our right to work, regardless of support needs.
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