I want a job….

Here we go again. Politicians thinking they know better that medical professionals. Disabled people being depicted as scroungers.

Mr Ian Duncan Smith, Mr ‘Work is good for you’, wants more disabled people to work instead of receiving benefits.

Well IDS, funnily enough, many of us want to work too. But we can’t.

I would love to work and use the qualifications I have worked long and hard to obtain – I have a degree and a Post Graduate diploma – but, due to my disability (cancer and MS) I am restricted, by my specialists’ to my bed most of the time. I am allowed to get up once a week for 3 or 4 hours unless I have to go to a hospital appointment when I also get wheelchair time.

Find me a job where I can take my bed and pay for my bed to be transported to the workplace daily and I’ll do it.

What many of us need are decently paid jobs we can do from our beds at home.

I am currently doing some data entry work for a survey consultancy. I get 50p for each survey entered onto the spreadsheet – each survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes – I’m therefore earning £2 per hour…. I’m sure there must be many office based roles that could be done, successfully, from home using the technological improvements we’ve had over many years.

Come on employers, readjust your workplaces – does everyone need to come to the office? Do all the roles in your business have to be done by people who have to travel to work? How many roles could be undertaken by people working from home and using video conferencing for meetings? Why not have a rethink about job roles and give those of us who really want to work but who cannot either leave their homes or their beds a chance.

We live in the 21st century with all the advantages that brings but many job roles are still stuck in the 20th century. Move forward and modernise. Give us a chance. There is no reason why workers ave to be physically present every day.

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