What happened to ‘if you can’t beat ’em join em?’.
This was my first response to the press coverage on this story about Maximus’ appointment of Sue Marsh, which did the usual thing of quoting responses from various people without much context or provision of facts. Please see Anita’s excellent comment below this post.
This refers to the Daily Wail article in which a previous campaigner, Sue Marsh, who had her own experiences of trying to claim Employment Support Allowance with Crohn’s disease, has been employed as the head of customer relations by the new company Maximus to carry out Work Capability Assessments (WCA).
If the company have chosen a campaigner with first hand experience of what they are dealing with, isn’t that better than another person like IDS who disregards the people whose lives he has effect over?
All the criticisms are based on assumptions, not on delivered outcomes and show a bias and a lack of listening to the intentions of the lady.
If more people who wanted to work and come off sickness benefits into well paid jobs in which they can exert change and show that a good salary does greatly improves their quality of life and changes misconceptions about people with disabilities to employers, isn’t this a good thing?
Sue Marsh is someone I would love to interview on my radio show to get the full and, probably, more interesting story then the usual arm-biting reaction from the press.