Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Stop Changes to Access to Work.

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Dear David Cameron, Justin Tomlinson & Iain Duncan Smith MP

Changes to Access to Work mean that Deaf, Deaf blind and hard of hearing and disabled people are being restricted to unrealistic budgets for support that does not meet their needs. The budgets are insufficient to fund qualified interpreters and personal assistants and prevent personal choice or control, placing jobs at risk.

The introduction of arbitrary rules has changed the relationship between Access to Work and the individuals it supports. Deaf and disabled people are no longer being acknowledged as the experts in their own access needs and issues and problems they raise are being ignored.

Please stop the changes to Access to Work support for BSL users and disabled people.

Thank you.

Why is this important?

Access to Work isn’t a benefit and doesn’t incur a cost to government – in fact it brings money into the treasury, yet Deaf and disabled people are having their support allowance capped or cuts made (meaning they can no longer afford to use qualified interpreters or the support they need). This places jobs at risk and has already resulted in job losses and demotions. People currently in work are potentially being forced out of work and onto benefits, which goes against everything the government is telling us they are trying to achieve.

Deaf and disabled people bring a vast amount of skill and talent to our workforce that we can’t afford to lose. We want to ensure that full support is provided, and people are enabled to gain, maintain and progress in their chosen careers.

Personal choice and control needs to be handed back to the experts on Deaf and disabled access needs in the workplace – the individual Deaf and disabled people who use the scheme

We want to ensure Deaf and disabled people are not subjected to a glass ceiling due to lack of support.

How it will be delivered

On 26th September Stop Changes To Access To Work along with our friends from DPAC, Unite the Union and NUBSLI will be handing in our petition to 10 Downing Street. Please join us. We will be meeting at Old Palace Yard at 12pm and marching to Downing Street at 1pm.

Please share our petition with friends, family and work colleagues one last time for our final push!

Thank you for your continued support!


Meanwhile Iain Duncan Smith continues, as Enigma reminds us, to create misery:

Iain Duncan Smith’s team made fatal error when they stopped Michael O’Sullivan’s benefits. Mirror. 

Depressed Michael O’Sullivan’s death after he was wrongly passed fit for work shames Iain Duncan Smith’s department.

Removing his disability benefits was clearly a terrible mistake when a coroner concluded the 60-year-old father killed himself as a direct result of the flawed ruling.

People with severe mental illnesses deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and, above all, understanding.

The system failed Mr O’Sullivan. For the sake of others, please let people be treated as humans instead of claimants erased to hit benefit targets.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Posted in Cuts, Unemployment, Welfare State

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  1. Currently at 18.472, of 20.000, theres no doubt it will reach it’s target, I’m wandering though if there were any deaf, blind or other wise disabled people present when the changes to Access to Work was being talked about.

    One would think not, with what we know.


    September 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm

  2. Changes to Access to Work from 1 October 2015

    on 1 October for all new grants given after that date
    on 1 April 2018 for all grants given before 1 October 2015



    September 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

  3. Access to Work :Written statement. made on 12 March 2015. Made by: Mr Mark Harper (The Minister for Disabled People)

    We also aim over time to transform the way disabled people interact with the service. A new project is underway to re-engineer Access to Work as a digital service, building on the email channels opened up before Christmas. We also intend to offer a Video Relay Service option for BSL users later in 2015/16.

    We have invested an extra £15m in Access to Work since 2012. User numbers are rising steadily. I hope that these changes to Access to Work will help many more to join them in staying in and getting into work with help from the programme in future.



    September 23, 2015 at 10:39 pm

  4. DWP keeping the guidance on access to work out of sight of those who need it. but
    forced to publish Access to Work Guidance by a law firm.

    99 pages

    Click to access access-to-work-guide.pdf



    September 23, 2015 at 11:09 pm

  5. Long-term disabled benefits claimants in Kirklees sent as far as Manchester to see if they are fit for work.

    Atos, which carries out benefits claimant assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has been criticised by patients’ champion Healthwatch Kirklees for failing to open an assessment centre in Kirklees.

    Claimants of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which replaced Disability Living Allowance, must instead attend assessment centres in Halifax, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield – and sometimes Manchester – to see if they must return to work.



    September 23, 2015 at 11:24 pm

  6. Crackdown on DLA to PIP challenges means failure rates soar.

    There has been a huge and unexplained drop in the success rate of mandatory reconsiderations for disability living allowance (DLA) to personal independence (PIP) claimants. There has been no similar fall in the success rate of challenges to new PIP claims, where the success rate has been lower all along.



    September 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm

  7. Not for the unemployed.

    Self-employed people, The Government wants to hear your gripes.

    A survey, compiled by entrepreneur Julie Deane, will help decide future legislation governing the sector.

    The questionnaire has been launched nationwide in a bid to help the Government understand how better to support self-employed Brits.

    Britain’s growing legion of self-employed workers are older, work harder and are paid less than the rest of the workforce, according to the ONS.

    I want my review to reflect the views and concerns of those who are in the thick of it, working it out on their own and trying to do something positive for themselves and their families.”

    The Government wants to hear from self-employed people who feel they have been underserved by the current system, in particular women building businesses alongside childcare commitments, or people who are struggling to save for retirement.



    September 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

  8. This is of national importance and happened yesterday morning:

    “High court enforcement officers used sledgehammers and battering rams in a bid to evict more than 100 people from a north London housing estate awaiting redevelopment.

    The confrontation began shortly before 8am on Wednesday and comes six months after the former Ministry of Defence housing estate, Sweets Way in Whetstone, was occupied by housing activists protesting against the eviction of families, many of whom were previously homeless.”


    Andrew Coates

    September 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

    • I also agree that the purpose of it is social cleansing, getting all those who are to them undesirables out of sight.


      September 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

    • The homeless are soaring,

      Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England ‘homeless. (gov figures)

      At the end of June, 66,980 individuals or families were registered as having no home of their own – an increase of 12% from the same date last year.

      Almost a third of them had lost a home in the private rented sector.

      The charity Crisis said this was because housing benefit had failed to keep pace with rent rises.



      September 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  9. DISABLED rights campaigning MP Natalie McGarry is planning to hold a conference of disability groups in a bid to fight the Tory’s cruel welfare cuts which are killing vulnerable people.

    Westminster’s shadow SNP spokesperson for disabilities insisted the shocking case of a disabled man, who took his own life after being deemed fit for work by Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare regime, must be the turning point in the fight against cuts.

    The UK Government’s welfare reforms have, for the first time, officially been blamed for triggering the death of disability benefit claimant Michael O’Sullivan in a coroner’s report.

    The report sparked fury among Scottish disability rights campaigners and Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil, who say this is “the most damning evidence yet” which proves that the benefit reforms are killing people.



    September 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  10. OT?

    Regular readers on here here will remember the Salvation Army announcing they will not be participating in the Government’s controversial 6-months-long Community Work Placement scheme. See this link here (and search for the word Community):


    But fresh evidence suggests the Salvation Army is participating after all, at least in Cardiff:


    September 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    • That is pretty convincing evidence.

      Andrew Coates

      September 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm

  11. OT: Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England ‘homeless’


    One question I have on this subject is, how much is the Temp Housing the Gov is trumpeting costing as against actually housing people properly? The last time I saw the figures years ago they were eyewatering…

    Again the so called media not asking the right questions.


    September 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  12. OT – The prisoners fighting wildfires in California.

    The state – which suffers from some of the largest wildfires and some of the most overcrowded prisons – has been using prisoners to battle blazes since 1946.

    Inmate firefighters earn $2 a day, plus $1 an hour when they are out on a fire – which compares to a going rate of about 10-35 cents an hour for a normal paid job in prison.



    September 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

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