The new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions Stephen Crabb says people with Quadriplegia, Brain Haemorrhage, Brain Tumours, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinsons Disease and scores of other conditions are ‘able to work!’
He said so on his own Facebook page (see here) as he believes those placed in the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activities Group, or ESA WRAG are all fit and able for work!
Note well if they were fit for work it would mean they would be unable to claim and receive ESA in the first place!!
He wants to take away £29.05 per week from the quadriplegic and 42 other incapacitating conditions or £1514.75 per year ESA WRAG benefit and pay them the same amount as those without any incapacitating condition – the princely sum of £73.10 per week!
Stephen Crabb believes that a quadriplegic does not have any additional costs each week than the able bodied person seeking work even though (a) the benefit they receive is called Employment AND SUPPORT Allowance, and (b) if they are fit for work they are unable to claim ESA and would receive Job Seekers Allowance.
Since I posted about this yesterday morning here I have been sent a Freedom of Information Act response from the DWP that lists all of the conditions which require a doctor or physiotherapist to assess as part of the Work Capability Assessment for ESA.
The FOI response is below:
While the question asked what incapacitating issues require a Doctor or Physiotherapist to assess (rather than say a paramedic or nurse) for ESA purposes, the same list of conditions mean that all of the above ARE conditions of people in the ESA WRAG and whom Stephen Crabb says are able to work!!
A .pdf of the above FOI response is here