Reforming The Welfare System. White Paper Published In December 2008.

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The government published a white paper in December of 2008 that talked about reforming the welfare system to place more burdens on vulnerable groups, such as carers, disabled, and the sick, who are trying to receive benefits (Lawson).


James Parnell, the secretary of work and pensions as well as the author of the white paper, says that these changes will enable more disabled people to be a part of the workforce, as they will be judged according to their abilities rather than being judged according to the limitations that their disabilities place upon them (Action for Blind People). On the other hand, organizations that represent the disabled are very concerned about these changes, as they feel as though disabled people will be left out in the cold. This is due to the fact that people who are too sick to work will be forced to get a job. What's more, employers are not ready to handle employees who are disabled or who live with a chronic illness. Some employers want no dealings with the disabled and sickly at all. Therefore, this dissertation will analyze the promises made by the white paper and see whether or not they will be beneficial to the disabled population. Furthermore, the dissertation will establish whether or not the concerns of organizations that represent the disabled are valid.

The initial aim of this dissertation is to find out if the white paper will really do what is promised. In order to do this, it is vital to closely analyze every detail of the white paper to see what provisions it is offering to those currently receiving benefits. ...
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