Your RADAR blogmaster had his first ever TV interview, nerve-rackingly live, on Thursday.
I was on immediately after the man with the rucksack on Heathrow's runway which, considering I was talking about incapacity benefit reform, was always going to be a hard act to follow but I'd like to think I pulled it off with a certain panache. If anyone who happens to have been watching BBC News 24 at around 3.45 wishes to burst my bubble, do leave a comment.
Anyway, my subject was the new Work Capability Assessments (WCA), announced in the budget, which the Government claims will lead to the IB roll being reduced by 1 million. We all know some people dishonestly claim IB and that many people are stuck on IB despite wanting to work.
The question is: will these reforms tackle those problems without unfairly penalising people who genuinely need IB? In and of themselves, the new assessments seem to be a step in the right direction: more personalised interviews, an increased focus on what people can do, not what they can't... In RADAR's opinion, however, herein lies the problem: they are very much in and of themselves.
Where, for example, is the focus on transport to give job seekers, especially those with learning disabilities and neuro-diversity, for whom commuting can be very difficult at present, a wider range of jobs to choose from? While there has been some progress of late, inadequate transport can still greatly restrict the choice of jobs available.
Support and benefit entitlements vary between local authorities, so moving house to be nearer a job may not be an option if the chosen authority does not offer the support people need. It must be fairly obvious that if someone needs something in Exeter they are also likely to need it in Newcastle - portable support is not rocket science, but this Budget brings us no closer. Moving house is also predicated on there being suitable housing available, which there very often isn't. We are still campaigning for Lifetime Standards to be made mandatory for all new houses - watch this space on that one.
Where is the focus on education, skills and career progression? Young disabled people are twice as likely to be NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) as their non-disabled peers, half as likely to go to university, and one third of unqualified people in Britain are disabled.
Forcing people into a limited range of dead-end jobs will lead to people bouncing back and forward from Incapacity Benefit, will still cost the taxpayer a fortune and will not bring the benefits of increased self-esteem and security which we know work can bring.
Knee-jerk measures which lack joined-up thinking, but make the tabloids think politicians are being tough on "scroungers", will not help anyone. Disabled people have talents and ambitions - creating a million more lift attendants and shelf stackers, then ticking a box to say 1 million more disabled people are in work is not good enough.
What do other people think?