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The government plan social experiments to “nudge” sick and disabled people into work

November 8, 2015

Politics and Insights

Illustration by Jack Hudson

The government’s Nudge Unit team is currently working with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health to trial social experiments aimed at finding ways of: “preventing people from falling out of the jobs market and going onto Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).”

“These include GPs prescribing a work coach, and a health and work passport to collate employment and health information. These emerged from research with people on ESA, and are now being tested with local teams of Jobcentres, GPs and employers.”

This is a crass state intrusion on the private and confidential patient-doctor relationship, which ought to be about addressing medical health problems, and supporting people who are ill, not about creating yet another space for an overextension of the coercive arm of the state to “help”people into work.

Of course the government haven’t announced this latest “intervention” in the lives…

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  1. Sarah Davis permalink
    November 8, 2015 2:27 pm

    Where are they going to find these employers? I’m 56, have had 2 jobs in my life and suffer from severe depression and anxiety which means I can’t leave my house. I’d like to know who would employ me. Why can’t they accept that there are people that really can’t change who they are? I don’t enjoy being like this, I’d love to earn proper money and have a social life. It’s not my choice to sit indoors on my own every day. No matter how much they try to penalise me I can’t become who they want me to be

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