The very act of renaming incapacity benefit support for sick and disabled people “employment support allowance“signalled the political intent to make that support precarious, with an aim of pushing people previously exempt from work on medical grounds from lifeline social security support into work on political grounds, regardless of the consequences. The word “allowance” means the amount of something that is permitted, especially within a set of regulations or for a specified purpose. This language shift signalled the increasing contingency of support for disabled people.
However, changing the name and making the eligibility criteria for support much more stringent has not helped sick and disabled people into work. It has simply created circumstances of further disadvantage, hardship and distress for many people.
It hasn’t worked because many of those people affected by the nudge-styled rebranding of their lifeline support and draconian cuts to “incentivise” people to take…
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