People need support, not sanctions

Catherine Hale, a Work Programme service user, has produced a new report about back-to-work programmes for people with disabilities and health conditions. Mind has supported her with this vital work to help bring about changes to back-to-work support for people with mental health problems.

The report, Fulfilling Potential? ESA and the fate of the Work Related Activity Group, is based on the experiences of over 500 people being required to engage in back-to-work schemes. The findings are startling.

  • Most people wanted to work if they could find the right sort of job and support
  • The Work Programme and Jobcentre Plus were pushing people into generic activities rather than providing specialist support
  • The inappropriateness of these activities and the threat of benefits being cut was leaving people feeling very anxious
  • People said their health, confidence and sense of purpose in life were all worse after engaging with the programmes
  • Tell your MP things need to change

    As Catherine’s report shows, back-to-work programmes are just not helping people with disabilities and health conditions. In fact, for many people they’re actually making things worse – leaving them feeling less well, less confident, and further away from work.

    We need MPs to read this report and push for urgent changes to these programmes so that people get the support they need to move closer to work. Contact your MP and tell them about the report. 2014-support-not-sanctions-report


    Tell your MP  


    Jim Dobbin MP Middleton


    45 York Street, Heywood, OL10 4NN
    Tel: 01706 361135
    Fax: 01706 625703


    House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
    Tel: 020 7219 4530
    Fax: 020 7219 2696

    Simon Danczuk MP for Rochdale
    Write to 
    26 St Mary’s Gate Rochdale OL16 1DZ

    Phone on:
    01706 750135

    Email me at:

    Website address:


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