The Government plans to end incapacity benefit need a lot more work if they are to seriously get disabled people back into paid work.
Yes, the benefit tends to end up being a benefit-for-life for many disabled people, and yes, it does nothing to encourage us to believe in ourselves and what we can do. So the Government is right to change the focus so that we start thinking about ourselves and our employment prospects in a positive “i can” way.
But come on, seriously – does the Government really believe that the only thing keeping disabled people from working is Incapacity Benefit?
Unless employers are forced into employing disabled people in meaningful jobs, the impact of ending incapacity benefit will just be to put many of us into poverty, and do nothing to promote our equality as citizens.
It will also save the Government money – or is that the point of the proposals?