Disabled people are not scroungers
Dear Mr. Cameron, We the undersigned wish to express our concern at goverment policy regarding Employment Support Allowance. Recent figures suggest that only 7% of claimants were deemed unfit to work, and that 25% of claimants withdrew from the process before the medical assessment, possibly because they feel it is futile to continue with the process. This shows that the current procedures are failing disabled people and their families, or more worryingly that in an effort to cut money sick and vulnerable people are being denied the support they need. More worryingly is the use in the tabloid press of words like 'scroungers' and 'fraudsters', insulting words used as a result of the attitude towards disabled people emanating from the present government. Such a vilification of an already vulnerable group causes great distress to benefit claimants and risks disabled people being further discrimnated against or even being subject to violence is this attitude is continues unchallenged. We would like to see disabled people and those with chronic conditions treated with greater respects, the end of the use of derogatory terms by politicians and a fair assessment system for ESA which is based on more than a half hour assessment but takes into account an individual's medical history and the individual challenges of the person being assessed. The current system and the attitude which underpins it are ruining lives.