26th October 2014
Re: Permitted Work Scheme hours.
I consider the Permitted Work Scheme to be an excellent ideology, but the issue I will bring to you is the hours. I myself am on this scheme as I have self published two mental health books and a third underway. http://thetraumaofvoices.com
The third is academic to my University courses with the Open University. My third is not finished yet, but I can safely say the book is a revelation academically because I have proof of the psychology term, “The Taste/smell of Coffee” from its beginning to its establishment in the brain and then causing voices via Tardif Dyskinesia. During my mental health voyage I remained in clarity at all times as this is what the medication caused. If you read my books: at the time I was being treated for psychosis and then paranoid schizophrenia, but they have settled on labelling me with bi-polar in their, ”Right to ‘self-righteous’ work”. I did give a copy of my books to both the Conservative and Labour Government via a PC disc: The Healing of Someone That Once Knew; The Progressive State of the People that Once Knew. These at the time were with the Entrepreneur Jason Pegler of Chipmunka publishing. I do so hope to aspire to his working abilities with my plans of getting my website to his level of achievement. I do say his company’s royalties are extreme though.
Anyway with regards to the issue: what I say is capping hours at 16 hours per week is not in my eyes ethical when I myself would work full time if the system allowed, but please, do read on for my explanation. Now the problem I have is that because of medication for Bi-polar I cannot guarantee being functional for work due to its sleepy effects. Now when you consider that yes I would like to work full time but cannot guarantee an employer full time hours and I cannot guarantee a part time situation as well due to the effects of medication.
But what I say is sometimes I am capable of doing more than the 2 hours a day I allow myself. At this point some companies may employ some of the disabled on a daily basis for longer with an understanding view of a Minimal Flexitime Extension contract briefly outlined later.
When this is brought down to the level of a new business being established a disabled secretary working via the Permitted Work Scheme could help them immensely. That includes me if my plans become a reality. This is simply because a new business may not have the money for a full time secretary and so the disabled person doing 20 hours instead of 16 hours appeals at both ends of company hierarchy scales. Within a disabled person’s capacities of work tolerance is the issue I have and others I have spoken to regarding the sleepy state caused by medicaments. There is also pain involved in some as a common sense issue of good and bad days.
Now you may say pressure from some departments like the media may say its slave labour, but I can and will make a statement saying I would adore working for nothing for longer, but because of the effects of medication I cannot guarantee an employer a normal working schedule. In truth I have my benefits and being allowed an extra few hours work sometimes would be excellent. If an employer is understanding and would allow those on the Permitted Work Scheme to stay at work on certain days for longer - would cause many a big ego boost. I myself can safely say working on my books causes me a great uplift in my self esteem.
So to very briefly start outlining a plan:
Flexible daily working hours with no pressures, where a minimum working time is the, “Key issue”.
a. Issues of employment contracts given as a view towards a minimal flexi-time extension contract when working.
b. Some employers always have extra work that needs to be put underway.
c. A building site labourer will sweep the floors to a building site house daily if there is nothing to do.
Key employment area: temp agency companies.
Idleness is a key issue with some mental illnesses of thought in my terminology, “Aural Confabulation” and its relativity to Script location: an hour here; a bus ride; an extra hour there. Or:
“Okay I will”.....
Like myself there are days where I could work for longer.
This ideology causes self-esteem of inclusion for the disabled and the benefit system causes a knock-on effect of helping small businesses.
We have a right to work the same as anyone else in full time work, but in my case medication does not allow me to. We need an understanding employer that needs a helping hand in some cases.
I work as self-employed and if I rebuild myself: a secretary is one thing I could never afford before. A disabled person wanting a second position of voluntary or paid work would cause my business uplift as well. Work becomes people power again.
Working just 1-2 hours a week extra sometimes, would cause the benefits system alleviation via money earned in conjunction with benefits.
I am going to email this letter to the Open University Alumni as well to see if I can gain support. So what I say is please, please, please allow me my ethical senses of being allowed to work more than 16 hours a week and to ease myself further up the Hierarchy scales. Mental health expects perfection in the minds of mental health clients, “I’m sure you can see my view ”? of Script and how it extends up and down the Hierarchy scales. But please also keep in mind study with the O.U allows me to educate at my peak points of consciousness where sometimes we need an audacious 32 hours a week, just so we can instigate Alleviation of: the feelings of body language quite literally described as Bi-cameral communication in my Common Sense.
Mark Mathews, SocSci(open).