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Halving the disability employment gap according to Matthew Oakley

Thoughts on conditionality and sanctions  Matthew Oakley has produced a bold report with imaginative policy recommendations for increasing the numbers of disabled people in employment. There is much to welcome in it, and much that sets it apart from the parallel reports emerging ahead of the forthcoming White Paper by the thinktank Reform. Unlike their prejudicial assumptions about disabled people's inherent lack of work ethic, Oakley's proposals suggest he has listened to disabled people and understood some of our very real barriers to work. But Oakley's report contains some serious flaws. Despite asserting that his proposals are not aimed at cutting welfare costs, a central feature of his reforms would leave open, indeed pave the way for, the prospect of further cuts to disabled people's incomes, (as if the ESA cuts and reductions to PIP in the same week were not enough). More on that next time. In this post I’ll discuss the implications in his repor