Quadriplegics Fit For Work Says Stephen Crabb
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!
He goes on to say:
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.
And adds that since his article yesterday morning, he has 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:
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!!