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Please Complete This ESA Survey

February 24, 2014

Spotted here. Posted in the interests of viralness.

We all know that ESA is broken. We look at the volume of appeals and their success rate, the inaccuracies and untruths in Atos reports, the stress and hardship, the small numbers getting work, and it all says ESA doesn’t work. 

But the flaws are deeper. It’s not just that the assessment is poorly applied or that it’s too strict, it’s that the whole system is set up on flawed principles.
Now is the time for us to say that. The cross party Work and Pensions Committee has opened a review into ESA, and they want people to submit evidence.
Spartacus will be responding, but as ever we don’t want to say what a few people think. We want to know what YOU think. You can help us by completing our survey here would seem that Atos will be removed from the equation. Both Labour and now the coaliton have pledged to remove the ESA contract from them by 2015. But will this help? Will it solve any of the problems? As we’ve warned repeatedly, it’s very unlikely indeed. 

Because the DWP control everything. From the “descriptors” that are used to measure ability to work to the details of the letters Atos send out. From the style of the WCA interviews  to the accessibility (or not) of the centres they use. 
Successive governments also did little or nothing to define the nature of “work” with a long term illness or disability. Can you work full-time? Can you work part-time? Is how much you can do work just about your health? Or is it also about whether you have to travel? If you have to commute to work does that reduce how many hours you can do? Do you have to interact with anyone in any way? That can be more tiring. Do you have to work at set times? Does fitting life around that and adding in extra rests if the set time coincides with a flare-up mean you can’t work as many hours as if you were allowed to work at hours of your choosing that vary from day to day and week to week?
If the work is pressured, can you guarantee to meet deadlines? Will attempting to do so mean pushing your body beyond its limits? Could that make your health worse in the long term?
None of that is captured in the descriptors, and it can’t be captured by points, because it is so dependent on so many factors.
Then there’s the issue of how the assessment should be made. One-off appointments with people specialised in neither your area of employment nor your health condition is known internationally to be a poor system.
There’s no time to build rapport or trust; there’s no opportunity to consider variation in ability over time; there’s no expertise at understanding you or what you can do; there’s no understanding of your specific situation and health.
Reading the international evidence on what works and what doesn’t and then comparing it to ESA is a bizarre experience. It’s like the government chose to do exactly the opposite of everything that was recommended. Get a specialist? No, leave it to anyone with basic medical training. Build a relationship of trust? No, build one of mutual distrust and sanctions. Build up an assessment over time? No, use a snap-shot. Look at wider factors? No, deliberately ignore them. Actually identify what job with what support can be done? No, be absolutely determined NOT to do that.
I know that it might seem like the government and others have all the evidence they could possibly need that ESA is failing. But it’s their game we’re playing and they make up the rules. Refusing to play it at all won’t achieve any change at all. 
All we can do is keep on submitting evidence, keep on speaking out, keep on explaining until they face the inevitable. 
PLEASE. Don’t give up now, now that we’re so close. Take a little time to complete our short survey and make sure that YOUR voice is heard. Make sure that you can say “I was part of the resistance.”
Click     HERE   to complete the survey and please, encourage others to complete it too by posting it on forums or websites that you use and sending it to as many contacts as you can.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2014 12:33 am

    We all know that ESA is broken but just by replacing ATOS with another company is not the answer and never could be for the very simple reason professional medical people do not work for large multinational corporations they work in the NHS and privately for those at the top in a caring manor

    multinational corporations do not care on who they employ and with regret they will only find those rejected by the NHS to work in their type of business for a profit

    A professional medical person would not play Russian roulette with someone’s life at stake under any circumstances so as i say just replacing ATOS with someone else will give you the same results as what you have now

    we need to except this fact as all we are doing is just going round in circles each day with more sick and disabled people being made to suffer each month at best and dying at worse

    As for an answer there isn’t one as the logic of all the main political parties is that the sick and disabled must pay the price of the country’s failure just as all countries have always condemned there sick and disabled and that will never change under any circumstances

    To bring about a proper balanced change you would need someone of my intellect to be running the country but with much regret I’m to old for starters but if i had my time again then i would most certainly have gone into politics for the reason I’ve always been seen to be balanced by others and to me being balanced has always come naturally with all people across the world’ and for the life of me i fail to see that out of all the mp’s and lords only a handful seam to be of a balanced state of mind where the rest are just full of hate underneath their smiling faces

    Of course only people like myself see that hate but you can be sure it’s there and i tell you now it always will be irrespective of the next government whatever anyone says

  2. allan j permalink
    February 24, 2014 1:06 am

    link broken at the big HERE at bottom of article, first one in text still working

  3. February 24, 2014 1:11 am

    Thanks for letting me know Allan J, I have now fixed the broken link.

  4. Barry Davies permalink
    February 24, 2014 9:45 am

    If you put in fatigue related it won’t let you continue 😦
    It is clear that the demonising of the disabled and incapacitated is the governments way of improving he GDP , by not allowing people the benefits they need this in fact will be detrimental to the gdp they are just running on dogma that no one should be unable to work.

  5. joshuachristian19691 permalink
    February 24, 2014 11:15 am

    Reblogged this on THE SIEGE OF BRITAIN and commented:
    I urge everyone who has been on ESA or is on ESA now to fill in this survey and then to tell others to sign it as well. PASS IT ON!

  6. cheekipixi50 permalink
    February 24, 2014 1:27 pm

    all done and posted to fb

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