Mary pledges support for review of ‘fit for work’ test
RNIB volunteer campaigner Jill Grant met with North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon on 19 August to highlight the unfairness and ineffectiveness of the current Work Capability Assessment. The assessment determines whether someone who has an illness or disability is ‘fit for work’ or whether they will receive Employment and Support Allowance.
They discussed some of the many barriers to employment facing blind and partially sighted people including travel, communications and use of equipment. Jill also highlighted the fact that the assessment does not look at a person’s ability to carry out work-based tasks.
Jill said: "The Work Capability Assessment is failing blind and partially sighted people like me and isn’t fit for purpose. Nearly 50 per cent of blind and partially sighted people who undergo the assessment are found fit for work, despite the fact that there are multiple barriers to us entering employment."
Mary Glindon pledged her support to RNIB’s campaign for a review of the physical descriptors used as part of the assessment, to ensure the challenges of sight loss are properly reflected.
Mary Glindon MP said:
'I think it is important that MPs, like me, should support the RNIB Campaign. The Government needs to be fully aware of how unfair the current Work Capability Assessment is for many disabled people including those who are blind and partially sighted and Ministers must respond to the campaign positively'.