By: Julie Fernandez
Tuesday 14 May 2013

Amnesty International has recently passed a resolution condemning attacks on the human rights of sick and disabled people in the UK. One of the ways our rights are being challenged is the manner in which the government is trying to force disabled people into work. It's a black mark on a society when its disabled residents have to jump through ridiculous hoops to get the benefits that they need to survive on a daily basis.
In this difficult financial climate when there are so many unemployed, why is the government putting the onus on disabled people to attend meetings run by organisations who only know how to assess by ticking boxes? These organisations don't know what it's like to have a disabilitywhere one minute you might not be in pain, but five more and that could all change., or where the built environment and people's attitudes are as disabling a factor in the search for work as your own disability.
Why isn't the government putting equal pressure on companies to make sure that they employ disabled people? If that is too complicated, then the government could take a bold lead and make all benefits assessors people with disabilities themselves; we would do a darn sight better than those doing it now. Disabled people would want to help those that need it the most and make the whole process easier and stress free; we would want to make sure those that are faking illness get booted off the system quickly so that there is money in the pot for those that need it the most.