In February I posted a blog which stemmed from a news story on a 16-year-old’s brush with the benefits system. Edward Bright, who lost his limbs in early childhood due to meningitis, received a letter insisting he is reassessed regarding his qualification for benefits. Clearly very distressing to him and his family, this has thankfully now been resolved.
It reminded me all too well of Jenny’s ridiculous annual health assessments by the DHSS (the 1980s equivalent of today’s Department for Work and Pensions) and how futile it is to reassess people whose conditions are, unfortunately, not going to get better.
In the news today is that claimants for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of recovery will not have to be reassessed.
It’s a small, positive step, not just for disabled people and their families but also the attitude of society in general towards the disabled. There’s much more to be done of course – not least the ludicrously counterproductive problems caused by the ‘Bedroom Tax’ on some disabled people.