This is Angela.
I photographed her during a video interview with Kate which will feature in a forthcoming article at http://katebelgrave.com
I have rarely felt so angry.
Angela has cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, applications for the ILF (the Independent Living Fund) had closed by the time Angela needed it.
Now, despite her disability and related mobility problems she will likely be caught up in same new 'Help to Work' requirements the legislation introduced yesterday, 28/04/2014, as I for instance would - attending the Jobcentre everyday for one.
This is not 'Help to Work', it's keep people so shit-scared of unemployment they'll be co-erced into anything else, even working for nothing.
And now she is threatened with being sanctioned if she fails to use Universal Jobmatch, which is definitely NOT a requirement for JSA. So much more disinformation, wrong information, threats and generally just one more thing to make like that little bit more miserable for those unfortunate enough not to be employed.
Who needs the spectre of the workhouse with the current threat of the jobcentre?
I'll update the links when Kate publishes the interview.