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.