SOCIAL SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DYSPRAXIA

Currently the needs of people with Developmental  Dyspraxia (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder) are not given enough recognition by the Department for Work and Pensions. We are left to suffer the tyrany of inadequate or inappropriate legislation and the programmes and benefits which arise from it.

Currently People with Dyspraxia who are out of work have to choose between Jobseekers Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance. I think everyone who has a diagnosis of Dyspraxia should be automatically put into the Work Related Activity Group of the Employment and Support Allowance without the need to undertake a Work Capability Assessment. IF NOT CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN FOR THOSE WITH ANY AWARD OF DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE TO BE AUTOMATICALLY PUT IN THE WRAG OF THE ESA.

Furthermore there are inconsistences in the amount paid for people on Jobseekers Allowance and the Employment and Support Allowance. If you get Lower rate care DLA IF you are on Income Based Jobseekers Allowance you attract a disability premium on top of the basic allowance, yet if you are on the Employment and support allowance for the first 13 weeks (the assessment phase) you just get the basic and no disability premium. People who transfer from JSA to ESA for 13 weeks during the assessment phase they loose out on £26.00 a week. If they pass the WCA they often attract the WRAG component which is not as much. This is unjust.

Currently people in the WRAG have to undergo the final part of the Work Capability Assessment called the Work Focused Health Related Activity Assessment which is a medical professional at Atos seeing the claimant and writing a report to a Jobcentre Plus Personal Adviser about their work needs. This is a waste of time for people with Dyspraxia, who find that the Atos professional does not give much recognition to their condition. Anyway most health professionals havent a clue on the employment needs of people with dyspraxia. It is more appropriate to see Work Psychologists at Jobcentre Plus than this pointless bureaucratic medical exercise which is often of no assistance to the adviser or claimant. It is a waste of public money.

The WCA needs to give more credit to Dyspraxia and award points for our serious neurological condition and its physical and mental disabilties associated with it.

The current Work focused Interviews need to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of the claimant. There is too much red tape. Currently when you are in the WRAG on ESA you have to attend six work focused interviews and you are allowed to defer interviews five times. What happens if you have other conditions added on to dyspraxia and you need more time to recuperate? The current regulations mean that you have to attend even though it may not be appropriate. This is another waste of public money. The Wrag should be payed providing you take part when you are feeling well enough.

The Work Programme should be flexible and responsive to people with Dyspraxia unlike the previous New Deals which have exacerbated our problems and not helped it. The government also needs to promote awareness of Dyspraxia with employers in both the public and private sectors.

Why does this idea matter?

(1) It  will improve the life chances of this vulnerable group.

(2) It will mean less government expenditure and save public money.

(3) It will increase the support both financial and social to people with Dyspraxia.

(4) The health outcomes of people with Dyspraxia will improve. As less money will be spent on health conditions related to stress and anxiety.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael Thomas says:

    I agree with this. but also being one of the more serious Dyspraxics, and diagnosed dyspraxic, they should take into account how much it would cost a company to employ us. as most jobs require fairly good hand-eye co-ordination, so things like typing on a computer with really slow hand-eye co-ordination isn’t a biggy, but the employers will be on our back all the time about our speed at doing the job.

    or if in a factory then how much of a liability we are to ourselves, and others.

    or out driving on the road when we shouldn’t be out of bed due to bad days.

    I know I can go weeks without being safe enough to drive with my Dyspraxia, irregular heartbeat, and god knows what else, then I get my parents to pick me up for food, to take me shopping or whatever.

    it should be a case of lets see if we can help if you want help to goto work. and we will come to some arrangement with the employers for sick days, or for transport for if your not safe enough to get to work. we will bend over backwards to help you. but nope, it is Tribuneral after Tribuneral to say no this person is not safe enough to work. which is what they and we told you 6 months to 3 years ago.

    like been to 2 medicals 3 years apart, and yes I was having a better day for a chage apart from my heart. but the 2 medicals were 2 totally different outcomes. yet still the same condition.

    not to mention all the public money wasted sending appeals all over the UK. like sent my orriginal to Wales along with a sick note, the sick note was found 2 weeks later in England, the 2nd appeal letter and sick note was sent to Aberdeen, then I had a confirmation from Essex, Aberdeen, Dundee, and Belfast. then a letter confirming it had been recieved in Cardiff.

    plus 2 or 3 letters saying my sick note was due to run out within 2 weeks. when I had handed in one for 6 months.

    so if there was a waste of money it was sending my appeals, and sick note all over Britan. plus Eviction notices off the housing association because my rent wasn’t paid for over 2 months.

    People with dyspraxia don’t need stress they got the Benefit Agency and the government for that.

  2. Janine says:

    Don’t I just know it! I was on the Work Programme and dyspraxia isn’t even addressed, dyslexia is what we are often labelled with even though dyspraxia invades our life all over the place.

    I too can’t drive as I feel unsafe and I one had a job as a chamber maid but I am not fast enough. I am on JSA and without Workchoice, I would be lost and feeling suicidal even more than I am.

    We are treated like 2nd class citizens and as soon as an employers knows you are disabled, then that is it! No employers know of dyspraxia as I often feel like a broken record explaining it.

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