A while ago, I ran a consultation on this blog about what would really help sick and disabled people to work, what kind of work they could do and when and how they could really be supported to contribute in different ways.
In the whole time I've been writing, no-one has ever commented on a successful experience of "Back to Work Support" following placement in the Work Related Activity Group of ESA.
Back to Work providers get up to 14k for "helping someone" with a long term chronic illness or disability to find suitable work that they can manage.
Surely, someone, somewhere, has had a good experience? The responses to the consultation showed that we definitely want to work - although many make the point that some simply will not be capable of any work, there was also a sense that losing a career was the hardest thing many ever had to do. We would dearly love to work in some way again if work were only tailored to fit around our needs.
With this eagerness to work and such vast sums available to facilitate it, someone must have received support that made a difference? Surely there are people - the Government assessed nearly 800,000 people last year - who can give positive accounts of "help and support into work?
If you can, please leave your story below. The work consultation got well over 200 responses - if you have experience of "Back to Work Support" please do share it below, and perhaps we can start to build up a picture of what really happens once you go into the WRAG