Miscommunication Stephen Crabb? Is that self-criticism or irony? Actually as one of your constituents replies you are way off the mark
No they are not able to work. If they were they would have been ineligible for ESA altogether and been told to claim JSA. The people in the WRAG have been assessed as currently unable to work but they may be able to work at some point in the future. The option to find a job to make up the lost income from the cut to WRAG payments is not currently available to them.
Those in the ESA WRAG are able to work … at some time in the future and the idea is that they are able to work within to years IF they get support. Can you please explain how you envision this support which is undefined and glossed over is better tailored? Does the £29.05 per week you are taking from them better enable them to take a taxi to constant assessments as they are incapable of using public transport or to take a taxi to a hospital appointment for chemotherapy for their medically diagnosed cancer?
Your gratuitous patronising bullshit and ideological faux indignation in inferring that receipt of ESA somehow prevents those recipients from working and labelling any recipient as benefit-dependent perhaps explains why ESA recipients in the WRAG are so angry.
If it is not bad enough that a faux assessment by paramedics overrides the qualified medical opinion of a cancer specialist or autism or other highly qualified medical professional and deems then ‘fit for work’ you are determined to label them as scroungers and benefit-dependent – and your support (sic) runs to taking away a key aspect of enabling them to get genuinely fit for work and attending the many hospital appointments they need in order to actually save their lives.
What part of being dead makes the ESA recipient fit for work Minister?
Many tens of thousands on ESA and in the WRAG have degenerative conditions, they are genuinely incapacitated and genuinely need help and support and you only seek to score cheap and bloody offensive political points that they are scroungers and receipt of ESA somehow prevents them working!!
Minister, when you look at your new departments classifications of welfare benefits you will find that ESA is not deemed a disability benefit such as DLA or PIP or Attendance Allowance, you will find that it comes under the ‘Incapacity’ benefit tag as DWP figures clearly show. You will also find it does not come under the ‘(un)employment” benefit classification either – Yet you discuss it only in terms of disability and employment when it is an INCAPACITY benefit.