Three-quarters of Cumbrians on sick judged fit to work
Last updated at 13:02, Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Nearly three quarters of north and west Cumbria’s sickness benefit claimants are being judged capable of work, it has been revealed.
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@ Nathan. There is nothing worse than listening to people blabber on saying that they can't work because they are disabled.Yes there is. There is listening to self-appointed arbiters on disability and employment blabber on without joined up thinking in their arguments.The idea that there is no shortage of jobs is confounded by the fact that there are on average six people for every vacancy in the country. In some areas this is as high as 30 people for every vacancy.In other words there are nowhere near enough vacancies to enable everyone currently looking for a job to find one.One of the major reason for the non-participation of disabled people in the workplace society is the negative attitude of employers towards disabled people. Employers are more unlikely to take on the additional costs associated with adjustments for disabled job applicants.Disabled People who are made redundant as a result of the cuts will experience discrimination in their attempts to re-enter the employment market.Now ask yourself Nathan. And be honest in your answer. If you were an employer with six people looking for a job and one of them is disabled who are you going to give the job to?
Just a quick point, it is not a case of deciding that you will work even if you are disabled, it is looking at ways at getting those whom are disabled for whatever reason back into work and a job that they can actually do. There is no reason why someone who say, is in a wheel chair, arthiritis and things like that - they get disabled blue badges (and don't bother lecturing me about this...I know all about them), the majority of buses in Carlisle are disabled friendly. Admittedly, not all employment places are disabled friendly, but employers have a legal responisbility to make reasonable adjustmentto employ people.Yes it is a way of cost cutting, but it is also a way of getting people to not rely on the state and get them back into jobs that they can do. There is nothing worse than listening to people blabber on saying that they can't work because they are disabled - there are jobs out there that suit everybody, it's just a case going out and looking for them.