For the past few weeks Ive been trying to sort out my sons ESA - he was on work related (with limited capabilities for work). Now hes managed to find a job for 12 and three quarter hours, assuming the work is there, hes now on permitted work for one year only.
Upon ringing for advice, unless he can work 16 hours or more within that year allowing him to claim disabled working tax he will lose his contributory ESA and be left with approx £300 for the month to live on, which to me isnt a living wage, bearing in mind he will have to pay board etc. With deductions it would leave him a lot less than the equivalent ESA.
When I enquired about what happens then was told he should have taken up voluntary work, or tried to earn £20 then his income related benefit would have been kept. So now Im of the opinion that trying to work has its catches. Either work more hours than ones health would allow, or be in a situation like my son hoping a miracle can happen in the next year or so.
Was this why contributory ESA was limited for a year, so those trying to work a few hours could live on their meagre wages at the ending of payments? Not only that, it is those who are disabled in some way, find it difficult to fulfil a full week at work, want to be part of society by doing their bit, then end up living in poverty trying to chase some kind of normality and fulfil ones moral duty.
I think perhaps moral duty should be eradicated, since no politician has any moral clout, they are to me morally corrupt thinking the disabled can work miracles on meagre incomes and meagre because they cannot fulfil a full time agenda because of their health.