A punitive attempt at halving the disability employment gap which looks set to fail those it professes to help
…. Under the radar, with a new name; ‘The Work and Health Programme,’ It seems that mistakes are about to be repeated. This time however, it’s the long term sick and mentally ill who are finding themselves at risk from this punitive policy scheme.
Due to come into action at the beginning of next year, The WHP will not only inherit the same moral deficiency as it’s parent program (the now defunct Work Program) but has been loaded with the sensitivity of a sledgehammer with regard to provisions to tackle the complex needs of its intended participants.
At the beginning of 2015, the government set themselves a pretty lofty target. They vowed to halve the disability employment gap which currently stands at 33%. To achieve this target, one million people with a disability must be supported back into employment. I believe that the impetus for this new focus for workfare can be traced back to this ambitious aim. One that is fundamentally misguided in regard to how we should approach the betterment of those farthest from the job market; The unemployed long term sick and mentally ill.