We have been talking about this film in our team and it has had quite an impact. Whilst we work day to day with people who are affected to a greater or lesser degree by the impact of Welfare Reform, the way the film sets out some of the most negative aspects of the benefits system has left us shocked and fired up to campaign for change so that people’s lives are improved.
One of the points that has always worried us is the percentage of ‘fit for work’ assessments that are wrong first time and the perversity of the system which can make people ill during the claiming process when the focus should be on supporting people to be well enough to work and contribute to society in the way that the vast majority of us wish to do.
Nationally Citizens Advice have been campaigning on various elements of welfare reform and one of these is found in the current report which calls for work capability assessments to be ‘fair, consistent and right first time’.
We are going to discuss these issues at our next staff meeting and will come up with a plan to capture (anonymously) evidence about what is happening locally so that we can play a stronger part in the national debate and help to make a change and improve people’s lives…