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Centre for Welfare Reform calls for citizen convention to develop rights-driven constitutional reform

Centre for Welfare Reform calls for citizen convention to develop rights-driven constitutional reform

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Image result for Human rightsLast month, the Centre for Welfare Reform (CWR) launched a new campaign, calling for constitutional reform to combat a political system that serves only the interests of the few.

The CWR, working with a broad alliance of different organisations, is calling for a citizens’ convention in order to develop a better constitution for the UK. The Centre have published an open letter calling for change:

Open Letter on Constitutional Reform: A new settlement between people and government is needed. We need a written constitution.

We, the undersigned, work to bring about a better, fairer society. However we have come to see that our efforts are compromised by an economic and political system that serves only the interests of the few. Every day we see grotesque inequality, poverty wages and rising consumer debt, over-powerful banks and energy companies, a housing crisis, and disregard for environmental standards. Worst of all…

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Disabled people are sanctioned more than other people, according to research

Disabled people are sanctioned more than other people, according to research

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Image result for work disabled peopleA study has found that people with disabilities who claim social security support are 26-53 per cent more likely to be sanctioned than people who are not disabled. According to the research, the main reason behind this is a “culture of disbelief” among jobcentre staff, who fail to take sufficient account of the impact of people’s disabilities on their capacity to meet strict welfare conditionality criteria.

This implies that welfare conditionality has an inbuilt discrimination, as it disproportionately affects people according to their characteristics.

Such discrimination violates the Equality Act 2010:

Ahead of the release of a Demos report by Ben Baumberg Geiger on the Work Capability Assessment on Tuesday, the headline findings on benefits conditionality were featured today in the Observer: ‘More than a million benefit sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010′.

Ben is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the School…

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AI is taking over, is there life after work?

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Government quietly scraps plans to introduce softer approach to benefit sanctions

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Tories Drop Proposed “gentler approach” to Sanctions Regime for Claimants.

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Compulsory Employment “Schemes” for Jobseeker’s Claiming Council Tax Support.

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