[access-uk] Re: incapacity benifit to be axed

Hi Barry.

About seven years ago, the RNIB undertook a nationwide study which revealed that over 75 % of blind people of working age were unemployed. I've even seen figures more frightening that that.

Andy.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Barry Hill" <bbinc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Apparently, 27% of mentally ill people are unemployed. I can't remember the
figure for blind people, but I think it is lower than that.

Barry

----- Original Message ----- From: "martin wilsher" <m.wilsher@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [access-uk] Re: incapacity benifit to be axed


So how do we increse the amount of blind people employed? Are we always at
the bottom of the pile and set to remain so?  Just a question.

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Barry Hill
Sent: 20 July 2008 15:16
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Subject: [access-uk] Re: incapacity benifit to be axed

There's also the choice of complying with the DDA.  If a company has the
choice of employing someone with epilepsy that is controlled with medication or someone with a sensory loss, they can choose the less inconvenient choice
and still comply with the DDA.

Barry


----- Original Message -----
From: "Derek Hornby" <derek.hornby_uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:34 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: incapacity benifit to be axed


martin  wrote:


"The thing we all have to remember here is that employers have to be forced
to employ disabled people.   If they didn't have to be forced to accept
disabled people, then why have the DDA?"

Yes but  it's illegal now, for employers to refuse to employ people on
grounds of disability.

The problem is how does  one show proof,  of discrimination?

If  2 people applied for a job at say RNIB, one is blind, one is sighted.
If the sighted person gets the job, does that mean the blind person has been
discriminated against. Maybe, but not always.

I employ  a male gardener.
So have i discriminated against  females!


Regards,  Derek

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