The approach of sending ‘Job Coaches’ or similarly named state funded initiatives into places where people with disabilities usually seek safety and refuge is not as new as you may imagine. It’s not just another insidious Tory party invention, but it is more sinister than previous approaches.
Under New Labour Mental Health day services such as Drop In Centre’s and Support Group operated by our national mental health charities saw a central Government directive introduced that if they refused to comply with they would lose valuable funding to keep their services running. It was aimed at introducing employment organisations into the services with the idea of ‘signposting’ people who were interested in returning to work.
“Nothing wrong with that” I hear you say. “People want to return to work” you add. I agree, in principle the idea sounded perfect. In the service I worked we rented an enormous building, this…
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