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Jobcentre scrap controversial form

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a jobcentre plus building Image credit: youthemployment.org.uk

A form devised by Jobcentre has been scrapped after the content caused an outcry from disability campaigners.

Wording on the document asks job seekers not to use terms such as “degenerating” or “chronic” describing their condition because they “sound worse than they are".

The form also suggests to "avoid terms such as depression, ME or low back pain etc and use more general terms" instead.

Following the backlash it has now been confirmed the document will be pulled by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The NHS Trust said the form is a guidance to disabled people applying for a vacancy to how they “can present yourself as someone living with a health condition in a positive way”.

Concerns over the form was raised in the House of Commons by Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People Marsha De Cordova who said: "It cannot be right that the department is expecting disabled people to downplay their disability or health condition."

A tweet by Disabled People Against Cuts in Sheffield addressed the issue saying: “This needs to be addressed NOW and without delay."

Their Work and Pensions Secretary Theresa Coffey said: "Withdraw this disgusting publication, which breaches our rights, from circulation NOW.

"Our access needs can only be met by Disabilities being properly noted."

A DWP spokesman said: "This was well-intentioned local advice but has been withdrawn, as we would always encourage jobseekers to speak freely about a health condition or disability.

“The number of disabled people in work is at a record high and we are proud of the support we provide such as grants of nearly £60,000 for workplace adaptions under Access to Work.”

Jobcentre offers Disability Employment Advisers.