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Welfare reforms raise more career worries for disabled people

Securing a job in the current economic climate if you have a disability isn't easy – but changes to benefit payments are raising further barriers

Disability Rights UK was quoted in this Guardian article (14 July 2013).

Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, says that, although welfare reform is designed to support employment, the combined effect of the changes will make being able to work much more difficult for disabled people.

"We are very concerned about the cumulative impact," she says. "The same person might be facing the bedroom tax, they might be reassessed for ESA and be expected to work when they are not confident and haven't got the right support, they may have their social care reassessed. It's a heavy load of changes to deal with. We agree that the social security system needs reform and we support the aim of more disabled people working – people want to work. But this combination of changes is not going to do that."

Sayce says that if the government really wants to help disabled people into work it should introduce more personalised support. "With so much change going on, people are very nervous that they are going to lose money when they are already, often, living in poverty. It doesn't put you in a good frame of mind to make the jump into employment. You have not got the support in place that gives people the courage and confidence they need."

You can view the full article at http://careers.guardian.co.uk/welfare-reform-career-worries-disabled-people