Memorandum submitted by Renate Hales
For people with a disability who are unable
to work full-time, the only way forward for them to return to
a working life is to receive support from prospective employers.
There are numerous job brokers and support mechanisms for motivation
and actions to be taken for job applications, however the missing
link is the lack of jobs available. This has a knock on effect
of delusion and distress when effort is made to no avail, and
I'm not talking over a short time period. Many employers are open
to interviewing disabled people but when it comes to the crucial
element of offering a job, how do those statistics stack up? I
doubt they contribute to the UK's working force. No matter how
hard the interviewer tries to hide their reaction to even the
mention of being on Incapacity Benefit for a length of time, they
are not that clever. This has been a clear observation of mine
without my carrying a stigma or negativity about my situation.
It's as though we are an inconvenience to an employer, what extra
support would they have to spend time giving and the effect on
What is missing? Schemes are, specifically designed
for people with disabilities, no matter what they are. I believe
I did read the other week a mention of a proposal of this kind
whereby there would be cash incentives for employers. I see this
working and the only way forward as companies these days are only
interested in profit making and the care of people has been pressurised
out of their mindset.
It is also important that the disabled worker
gets paid on the scheme and not seen as just gaining work experience
to the benefit of the employer only. For many people they have
a variety of skills on offer however the restrictions related
to their disability are brought to the forefront and seen as negatives,
mainly because they don't conform to what is considered a "normal"
working life. In my case, time and energy is my constraint and
this would only allow me to work for a few hours a week and in
the near vicinity of my home, as a starting point.
I sincerely hope you receive other letters supporting
the scheme idea to instigate taking action for the right solution.