Select Committee on Work and Pensions Written Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Elcena Jeffers Foundation

REFORMS TO INCAPACITY BENEFITS

  1.  One of the biggest problems with disabled people getting work and keeping work is the amount of unwanted control that comes with every single scheme. All people who want work should get work.

  2.  Far too many managers are in charge of every aspects of each new work scheme. And therefore there is not enough money leftover in the "pot" to do the job that was to be achieved in the first place, and to meet the needs of that group of people or population, buying the money would be every one's business in their working and thinking and planning.

  3.  What ever tools that a disabled person may need to work with and to do a worthwhile job. Should be in a way as not to cause the taxpayers any extra money buy the money is to add to the Government system.

  4.  Resources, is usually the excuses that comes after the scheme has started any new money scheme example (Challenge, Urban, Regeneration funding) has settled-down in a very short space of time, that is people (managers) start to look ahead of how to maintain their own employment prospects, there is nothing wrong with this of course, only the same opportunities for the disabled person (who may not be as sharp on the take up as everyone else) to start mapping out a future for themselves in good enough time for change of employment, buy the money scheme will give each individual that insight into their own circumstances.

REFORMS TO THE INCAPACITY BENEFITS: POINTS UNDER THIS HEADING

Buying or Borrowing the Money

  To ensure that the £50.06 million South Kilburn New Deal for Communities work with local people to meet the needs of the community by themselves and or with help. People will buy/borrow this money as a tool for creating work, and repayment will be by using the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP/DSS) Crisis Loan Repayment System. What EJF are asking us and the DWP Select Committee to do is no small faith! Or could be as simple as a, b, or c.

Repaying the Money

  We will be exchanging One Government money (all benefits open to all who want to take part) for the other, using the Crisis Loan Repayment System. The crisis loan system is where a person borrow money from the government and have an arrangement to have a percentage of their benefits taken out at source as a method of repayment (Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Officers will know how this scheme works) only, this would be on a bigger scale. Because the DWP is responsible for the Government's welfare reform agenda. Its aim is to promote opportunity and independence for all. It delivers support and advice through a modern network of services that can be self-manage to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled people. Buy The Money could make this happen with no extra cost by using existing systems.

The Job/Work Description

  The job or work is solely to be within the catchments area of the old (Carlton Ward), and know the 7,000+ people and about New Deal for Communities. For all form and types of people who gets state benefits, willing people, lazy people, people who do not want to work, people who want to work, people who cannot work, sick and disabled people and working people all has opportunities to get and keep employment. This is the place where people have a chance and choice to create their own job agenda and work to that timetable because it will be theirs.

The Future Rollout of Pathways to Work

  There are schemes out there where disabled people are working, EJF are not aware of any scheme where they has the whole programme just right, with enough people copying what is on offer or being made open for rolling out.

THE EXPERIENCE OF SICK AND DISABLED PEOPLE: POINTS UNDER THIS HEADING

  (a)  If we are using the buy-the-money scheme, Officers: Government Office for London, London Borough of Brent Council, Residents of Carlton Ward, New Deal for Communities (NDC) staff, NDC Board, and Projects. Will need to be aware that a percentage of the people using their services are for their salary, therefore it would be in their interest to be observant.

  (b)  This is a self-help type of engagement not forced.

  (c)  A Full Comprehensive Assessment Form need to be tailored in a sample format that disabled people and able-bodied people can use example; the Inland Revenue Form is adopted to meet all needs. Full Comprehensive Assessment Form can be adopted to do the same job to meet all needs.

Support for Sick and Disabled People to Move Back Into Work

  A real unbiased comprehensive assessment of needs, to include, time, money and a want to work attitude without "if and buts" or maybe.

INVOLVEMENT OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS: POINTS UNDER THIS HEADING

  The rehabilitation initiatives such as, GPs and "Condition Management Programme" this should be included in the comprehensive assessment and form the backbone of the type of work that a person can do, link to Expert Patient programme.

JOBCENTRE PLUS RESOURCES: POINTS UNDER THIS HEADING

  Jobcentre Plus and DWP is the joint to the right organisations to carry out this task, by using the Buy-The-Money Scheme. Not all this work will be done be any one agency it will be based upon the work itself. The variety of skills and trades will fall into place as people take what work suits them best.

EXISTING EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES: POINTS UNDER THIS HEADING

  This has worked well to a point the problem is that there is not enough money in the system to allow latitude to meet the needs of all the people, and especially the special needs of disabled people. Buy The Money can give the latitude for this to happen, it would not meet all the needs, but could give greater choices.

THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE AND VOLUNTARY SECTORS: POINTS UNDER THIS HEADING

  The specialist and variety of jobs that will be needed will be enough to create more employment in a larger market.

LOCAL LABOUR MARKETS

  Regeneration monies has made it possible to make a difference locally and we should be able to distribute good ideas nation wide, here in Brent we have the: Sure Start Projects, New Deal Projects, Neighbourhood Renewal, Health Action Zone and European monies. We must use these monies wisely for maximising good quality of life.

  EJF is asking the Works and Pensions Select Committee to open up the Pathways into Work for all and anyone who wants to work.

  Getting ready for work 3 October 2005 PART 2

  "Getting Ready for Work and Using My Health as a Tool For Work"

  Because I Am Too Sick To Work! "As a Means of Earning a Living"

  This action we need to include in a Full Comprehensive Assessment Plan. Employment would be a part of an Independent Living Plan.

Buying or Borrowing the Money

  To ensure that the £50.06 million South Kilburn New Deal for Communities work with local people to meet the needs of the community by themselves and or with help. People will buy/borrow this money as a tool for creating work, and repayment will be by using the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Crisis Loan System. What we are asking to do is no small faith!

Repaying the Money

  Residents will be exchanging one government money for the other, using the Crisis Loan System. The crisis loan system is where a person borrow money from the government and have an arrangement to have a percentage of their benefits taken out at source as a method of repayment (Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Officers will know how this scheme works) only, this would be on a bigger scale. The DWP is responsible for the Government's welfare reform agenda. Its aim is to promote opportunity and independence for all. It delivers support and advice through a modern network of services to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled people.

The Job/Work Description

  The job or work is just to be within the catchments area (Carlton Ward), and know about New Deal for Communities. For people who gets state benefits, lazy people, people who do not want to work, people who want to work, people who cannot work, sick and disabled people and working people. This is the place where people have a chance and choice to create their own job agenda and work to that timetable because it will be theirs.

Background

  To buy the money is a funny way of asking that a partnership be just that "A PARTNERSHIP" with South Kilburn New Deal for Communities (SKNDC). We have been talking and working on this idea for a few years now. We took the bull by the horn and submitted an Application Form for £50.06 million (the full lot) in November 2004.

  We now need to pursue that application.

AWKWARD QUESTIONS ON WHAT DO I DO?

1.  What have I been doing with my time during the past 25 years?

  Learn to live as a disabled person, courses, personal development, and consulting on strategic work on Government documents central and local, community engagement and involvement in setting-up Brent Legal Services Commission, Disability Employment Advisory Committee and Voluntary Work.

2.  How healthy am I?

  I am too sick to do what other people want me to do, but not too sick to do what I want to do! By myself, or and with help of other people?

  I am learning to live and work with my very ill body.

3.  What experience and skills do I have?

  40 years of running my own organisation.

  Counsel and care for myself and family for over 50 years.

4.  What are my qualifications and achievements?

  Life Skills; participate in the setting-up of Healthy Harlesden Project, participate in winning £50.06 million New Deal for Communities, NOF Government Monies, reading and understanding government documents.

5.  What services could I offer?

  Lifetime partnership and independent living plans.

6.  What is my approach to financial planning?

  Research and make my own. See (Draft Personal Survival Budget Schedule).

7.  Who will I be working with?

  Governments, organisations and individuals.

8.  How will I pay for services?

  Future Builders Fund Loans and New Deals for Communities, exchange one benefit for work.

9.  How much would my education cost?

  To £30-50,000.

10.  Could other people benefit from my recommendations?

  Yes, by partnership working, lobbying Houses of Parliament, and local lobbying.

11.  What profession am I going into as a professional career?

  Health, legal, research and consultation.

12.  What is the cost of registering with a professional body for education and employment?

  Money, time and energy.

13.  What policy can I adopt to meet my educational and employment needs?

  Human Rights Act, Charity Act, Planning Regulations, follow British legal system and Disability Legislations and Employment Laws.

14.  Depriving people of their life?

  Barriers that can stop these tasks from happening. Who has such power? Do they have a written Payment Policy?

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

1.  What have I been doing with my time for the past 25 years? And what am I planning to do now?

  Work in whatever way that I can, by training and personal development.

2.  Who do I work with?

  Government Agencies. See A-Z of where will I be looking for work and education.

3.  Why do I work with them?

  Researching justice and educational goals.

4.  Do/or would they consider me as a partner in their work?

  Area Consultative Forums, Local Strategic Partnership, Focus Group Working and others.

5.  What do I want from the groups that I work with?

Elcena Jeffers Foundation

3 October 2005



 
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