The Spartacus Network will be making a full response to the Green Paper on Work and Health consultation, which closes in February 2017.
In the meantime here are two blogs which look at Employment and Support Allowance through a broader framework of independent living.
The first argues that, as a result of austerity policies, social security programmes in the UK are insufficient in amount, coverage, and duration to ensure an adequate standard of living, which is the cornerstone of independent living for disabled people https://spartacusnetwork.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/esa-does-not-permit-independent-living-for-disabled-people-in-the-uk/
The second looks at independent living as defined by the UNCRPD, and finds that the Green Paper fails to uphold it because it considers paid employment to be the only pathway to full inclusion in society. It warns of continuing, invisible cuts to disability benefits in the form of shrinking eligibility, and argues that we need to reject the premise of the WCA and demand a new model of work capability based on disabled people’s accounts of work and health. https://spartacusnetwork.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/the-green-paper-on-work-and-health/