Spartacus Network this week has produced a response, aptly named Smokescreen, to the Government Green Paper on health and work. Smokescreen attempts to dig below the soundbites and policy based evidence, and analyse the proposals.
What we found was truly shocking. In a Green Paper, touted as being mitigation for the cuts to the sickness benefit ESA, there was very little evidence that the cuts would be mitigated at all. Instead the Green Paper outlines yet another series of Work Programmes, using many of the familiar Prime Work Programme providers, supported by many of the same community and charity organisations as sub-primes.
What is truly startling though are the numerous hypotheses put forward as facts, supported in part by evidence based on reports written by the DWP or for the DWP, or extremely weak evidence – one survey used only 5 people. There is a deliberate conflation of sickness…
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