Astriid Statement On Proposed Changes To Welfare System – April 2024

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We are deeply concerned by the latest statement on plans to reform the welfare system. We first raised our concerns and made our position known when the proposed changes opened up to consultation, and even as a charity who connects people with long-term conditions with meaningful work, the latest announcement has reinforced our views that […]

Embracing the Workstyle Revolution: Astriid Engages in Critical Roundtable Discussion

Astriid CEO James Arvidson participating in the roundtable event with Workstyle Revolution.

Last month, Astriid CEO James Arvidson had the privilege of participating in an enlightening roundtable event by Workstyle Revolution, organized by Alex Hirst and Lizzie Penny, authors of the Sunday Times bestselling book by the same title. The essence of the Workstyle Revolution lies in advocating for a new paradigm of work, particularly in the […]

What Are Energy Limiting Conditions? Download our new resource for free!

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Did you know that up to one-third of disabled people in the UK are estimated to have an Energy Limiting Condition (ELC)? Despite this, there’s still a profound knowledge gap when it comes to these conditions and how they impact individuals – especially in the world of work. Therefore, we are delighted to share our […]

Astriid’s End Of Year Round-Up 2023

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It’s no secret that, like many charities, 2023 has been a tough year for Astriid. We have fought to keep our work going in the face of immense financial challenges and have had to make difficult decisions about the way we operate. But despite this, there have also been several victories too. Here are just […]

Write To Your MP To Oppose Changes To ‘Fit For Work’ Assessments – Template Email

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In November 2023, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced this year’s autumn statement. Among other things, this included the introduction of measures that will severely disadvantage disabled people and those with long-term conditions who are currently out of work and relying on social support. You can read Astriid’s full statement, opposing these measures, in this blog post, […]

Astriid Statement on Autumn Budget 2023

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Today, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced this year’s autumn statement. Among other things, this included the introduction of measures that will severely disadvantage disabled people and those with long-term conditions who are currently out of work and relying on social support. Although Astriid exists to help talented people with long-term conditions access the world of […]

Astriid Responds To Proposed Amendments To Work Capability Assessments (WCAs)

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As a charity, we have submitted an evidence-based response to the DWP consultation on their proposed amendments to Work Capability Assessments (WCA). Our submission details the following: · Reducing eligibility for the Limited Capacity for Work and Work Related Activity (LCWRA) further erodes the essential safety net of a population who are already at a […]

Making Employment Work For People With Long-Term Conditions – Astriid Report

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There are over 2.5 million individuals in the UK who are excluded from employment due to long-term conditions, with 40% of the workforce predicted to develop such health conditions during their working lives. The disability employment gap and rise in health-related economic inactivity have been widely reported, yet there is a significant lack of consultation […]

What Can We Learn From Unum’s Wellness Action Plan?

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Written by Astriid Volunteer Sabeeha Kassam Long-term health conditions can be defined as ‘a condition or symptoms that can only be managed long-term with therapies or medication’. There are lots of ways talent with a long-term health condition can be supported in the workplace.  This will enable them to thrive, not survive, both personally and […]

Disability Disclosure During Recruitment – The Elephant In The Room 

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“When is the right time during the recruitment process to disclose a disability? Will disclosure make me less likely to secure the role? Should I highlight it on my application form, or wait until I’m speaking directly with an interviewer? Perhaps I should try and conceal my condition and avoid the conversation altogether?” These are […]