I wrote this in response to someone on a comment thread who said this about disabled people being forced onto the government’s Back To Work schemes:
Most though have not paid any NI or tax such as this Girl
The “Girl” he refers to is Cait Reilly who recently succeeded at the Court of Appeal in claiming that forcing her to work for “free” at Poundland was not legal.
This is my reply:
( I will assume by “tax” that you mean “income tax”, as everyone who pays for anything in this country is paying tax on every single transaction beyond the basic foodstuffs.)
You assume that she hasn’t ever had a job? Most youngsters that I know at uni have part-time/casual jobs. They have to or they can’t survive (unless they come from rich families). The so called “maintenance loan” doesn’t even cover basic housing expenses, let alone the cost of food, transport & most importantly, textbooks etc. Chances are many young graduates (again, unless from well off families) have been paying income tax & NI since they first left secondary school.
The girl was already working for nothing, in an area where she would learn more of use, benefit her CV and give her a better chance of finding a job. But that’s not good enough for this government who want to supply free labour to business & so force down wages even further for their big business backers & puppetmasters.
You’ve also assumed that anyone who is disabled or chronically & permanently ill has been so from birth. That they never had a time when they were able-bodied or well enough to work. Never a time when they were “just the same” as everyone else. People seem to do this a lot, assume that someone with a disability or illness, who has to claim benefits in order to survive, has always been unemployable. Is it perhaps because recognising otherwise might make people realise that it could happen to them at any second? That it takes only one split second of inattention to lead to a disabling accident? That they could have just that one “perfectly standard” test at the doctor’s that comes back to tell them that they have an incurable, disabling illness that will only get worse over time?
And even if they manage to survive all of those… they’ll be old & infirm one day. They’ll wonder then why there’s no-one to speak up for them & their needs.
We’ll call them the Temporarily Able-Bodied or The Not Yet Disabled.