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Letter to Chris Grayling

Dear Chris,

Your nice piece in The Guardian today, illustrating just what your brand of Tough Love can do to rescue sick and disabled people from Labour-induced festering, almost had me going.

In fact, if I weren't sick and disabled myself and a veteran of successive sickness benefit regimes (24 years "on the sick" makes me a little before your time), I might have bought your argument that compassion was really at the root of the Work Capability Assessment.

You and the DWP might not be aware but there were medical assessments before the WCA, and they got tougher and tougher. And there were also schemes to support people on Incapacity Benefit to get into work. I believe it was the New Deal for Disabled People.

"Great!" I thought when I read about them (going back about 10 years now) and gave them a call. Maybe there is a form of work I could do that I just haven't thought of.

I explained how my ME meant that it was too exhausting for me to attend an office f…