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Petition: Introduce a Workability law; Companies must provide home based jobs for disabled people

Petition: Introduce a Workability law; Companies must provide home based jobs for disabled people

Hi Everyone! :)

Due to a range of disabilities, 18 per cent of working age adults are disabled (Source: Scope scope.org.uk/) and a number of this percentage are currently housebound/bedbound. However, this percentage of the UK public still have a range of skills from previous employment that could be utilised and although being immobile many could work from home using a computer and internet connection. Remote working, meetings and home based employment is much easier now due to the resources and technology available to employers.

The truth is a majority of disabled people in this particular situation would be willing to work if the opportunities were made available to them. Therefore, this petition asks the Employment Minister and UK Government to introduce a Workability Law to ensure larger companies provide X number of remote/home based opportunities for disabled people.

This opportunities for disabled people either part-time or full time would be beneficial in the following ways;

▪ Employment opportunities for all (Equality Act 2010)

▪ Potentially fewer people on ESA and other benefits - it is likely a percentage will only needing to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

▪ Beneficial towards the Mental Health of the disabled person, reducing feelings of worthlessness and depression.

▪ Utilise workplace skills of the housebound/bedbound person that benefits UK companies.

In some cases, the employer or UK Government might need to help with financial costs towards an internet connection and a cpmputer/laptap to be able to work for which the latter schemes are in place to help disabled people. Surely this is more sensible for the reasons above and the cost saving of ESA payments. This may also reduce the need for the awful treatment some disabled people seem to experience in work-related benefit groups including the Job Centre, being sanctioned even though the job role and demands are unrealistic pertaining to the disabilities an individual may have.

Please support this petition using the hashtag #workabilitylaw

Many Thanks for your support

If you agree, please sign the petition here;

change.org/p/damian-hinds-m...

Any support much appreciated, as I know many of us would be able to work from home if the opportunities and provisions were made available to us :)

All the best

Emma :)

Please Note This post is 'unlocked' so it can be found by internet search engines to hopefully encourage people to sign and also it can then be shared via Facebook & Twitter too!

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Signed Love & hugs Xx

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Thank You so much - this is such a simple solution that may help so many disabled people financially ! Appreciate your support Mackembabe :)

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Well it will help so many people if they could work at home and make them feel that they are useful.

Love & Hugs Xx

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Yeah that's the plan if we get enough signatures the government will discuss this......fingers crossed. ME Association have kindly Retweeted it ! :)

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That's good lets hope it gets a lot more signatures fingers crossed

Love & Hugs Xx

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I don’t normally sign petitions but I would like this to happen

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Update: A few signatures but also people disagreeing on Twitter. To explain this is about companies having to allocate X amount of job opportunities for people than can work from home and want to do so.

It doesn't mean the government will be making sick people work! It's just at the moment we have no opportunities for disabled people to work from home as so few positions like this exist despite modern technology making it easier for remote working.

Hope this makes sense :)

Emma :)

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Thankyou so much for this post. There are a lot of us who still have a brain cell & even with limited capacity,feel the need to be able to contribute to our community & probably do a little work. Flexibility of time,and equipment are the main issues which I have found seem difficult to compromise on.

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Signed x

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Thank You so much indeed. Many saying it won't be possible due to various legislation but if healthy people can work from home why can't we? If the Gov put enough support in however there lies the issue ..money yet again!

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It almost makes you feel like because you're not stereo-typically normal that you're not worth the same amount of investment as those who are. Heartbreaking to be pushed from society for something which we have no control over and did not cause.

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