Benefits of Balancing an Inclusive Workplace with a Fair Welfare State


In light of evidence being revealed about the background to Work Capability Assessments and the welfare state’s treatment of people with disabilities, it is worth recalling a whole section of the original aims to remove people from disability living allowance who can go back to work: Reasonable Adjustments in the workplace and working against discrimination in the recruitment process.

Here is a link to a study on successful societies, saying they can be measured by how inclusive they are. From 2005-2006, I worked on a magazine called The Arberry Profile, which focused on graduate opportunities for people with disabilities, when part of the moves to get people with disabilities into work and to find ineligible claimants and remove their benefits was accompanied by a push to encourage more employers to recruit people with disabilities. There was the clumsily named Access to Work scheme, that got employers to pay for devices such as hearing aids for people with disabilities who had found employment to help them in their work and funding for “reasonable adjustments” to help employers make their workplaces more accessible with ramps, specialised computers with software for blind people such as Opera or with Loop systems for hearing aid wearers. Read on...

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Blog by Sophie Sweatman

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