Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Some readers may find this shocking...
" yes Meanwhile back in the cam-cave.... rugs pulled back reveal Pentangles and weird squiggly symbols.
... and he starts rocking and chanting kcuf ffo Kcuf ffo
Amongst chantings in the cam-cave: xat moordeb , and snoitcnas (sitting in midst pentangle rocking) - I often heard "bring my dagger & a goat."
We havent heard from our reporter for a few hours..... Hope hes okay.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Update 22nd December:
He wrote back with this as part...
"I have long been opposed to fracking, and a little while ago took part in a parliamentary debate on this matter. I do not know to what extent it will affect you directly, but it will affect all of us in general. "
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Today's House of Commons debates - Wednesday 17 December 2014
Housing Benefit (Abolition of Social Sector Size Criteria)
Thats about how I shall describe it.
Sometimes it costs NOTHING.
Others theres bus fares / post/ phonecalls / bits and bobs..
Usually i dont mind and build that in.
You can only build so much in though.
I rescued myself from the always help to the can i do this realistically - even if say its four quid or even a quid.
Because contrary to what some believe im not an affluent philanthropist.
The odd loaf of bread / potatoes.. or have you got an envelope, or envelopes used or phone calls on behalf of, and other stuffs I need not mention because you know.. etc they all add up. Its hard to make it not do so.
This impacts usually without me having any qualm whatsoever.
Then theres times where i scream internally as in Why did I do that, im now short, ah well.
I found Mobile data on 3g was eating me. (money actually) So found the BT Basic deal to get broadband... then Just found id used nearly 3gb of 10gb allowance in five days.
Something DOESNT have to give. Just that I have to look at it differently.
Whether I like it or not helping people costs money.
NOW this is where i start a thing....
The Big Society thing Cameron harped on about? Everybody for everbody etc etc... It was never defined. Why? Because it costs money. How does it operate without? The spin on it was spin alone and some swallowed it whole.
Am I making a point here? Am I?
I know people that HAVE and continue to say I'd love to help but cant afford it - theyre everywhere those people.
How much poorer do people in general have to be to see what is going on around them?
Why dont more people help. I'll tell you.
Theres a default setting of placation in loads of minds.
Theres ah "i dont have to because x is already doing that"
Reliance on the few do-ers. Expecting the do-ers to carry on do-ing without making a sound about it.
And theres the "but we all help people where we can" case - acknowledged.
Is this a ramble? Yeah sort of.
...and yet theres people who offer to help me with probably same issues I have, and I say no - YOU cant afford it.
Saturday, 13 December 2014
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
HOWEVER there have been people starve to dealth / suffer malnutrition / worsened health due to draconian attack on sickness and disability rights and income by the DWP and this GOVT.
How can this be acceptable to ANY ONE , Universally?
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Monday, 8 December 2014
Closure of Independent Living Fund Legal Judgement
|8 December 2014 at 15:31|
The Independent Living Fund must affect several people within your
constituent base Sir Gerald.
Its closure is a shock to many people requiring it to facilitate their lives.
The further shock is highlighted by the knowledge of its closure
impact being deemed as reasonable within lawful process and the
relevant minister was awarded a lawful status of his decision by the
judge in the High Court.
In all common decency this is an abhorrent part of this draconian
This is extract from Kate Whittaker's comment acting on behalf of Mr
Pepper and Mr Aspinal on the Judicial Review case at the High Court.
However there is a really significant point arising out of the
decision. Essentially the legal challenge was to the process of
decision-making and specifically the question of what information the
Minister had available to him about the likely impact on disabled
people so as to be able to properly exercise the public sector
equality duty. What the judgment highlights is that, in the judge's
view, the Minister clearly believed that the impact of closure on
disabled people and their ability to live independently will be really
severe, and many or most ILF users will be at risk of losing their
ability to work, study or live independently in the community as a
For the purpose of the legal challenge, that meant that (in the
judge's view) the Minister had sufficient information to make a lawful
decision - and that was end of story as far as the court's role went.
But in wider terms it really begs the question of why, in that case,
the Minister decided what he did:
How can it have been justified if he thought the impact would be so severe?
What is the benefit of getting rid of this tried and tested system
of protection for those people who are most at risk of losing their
independence? There has never been any suggestion that it will save
money overall - indeed there is evidence that it may cost far more
than it saves because of (a) the false economies of people losing good
support then getting into crisis and being institutionalised, (b) the
ILF system being such good value for money (extremely low running
costs as it uses trustees) and (c) the double benefit of the ILF
system which not only provides a funding top-up but (crucially) puts
leverage on local authorities to put their contribution towards proper
independent support packages instead of institutional care.
How can this decision to cause such a negative impact on such a
large number of the most severely disabled people in the country be
squared with the need for the Government to actively advance equality
of opportunity for disabled people, including meeting needs better and
increasing participation in public life rather than the other way
Similarly how can it be squared with international obligations the
UK has signed up to such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which stipulates that contracting states
must move forwards not back in realising rights such as that under
Article 19 - the right to live independently in the community with
choices equal to others.
These I think are very fair questions and I would like you to address
them to the Minister Concerned for considered reply.
This is written in the faith that you are aware of people in the
constituency affected by this horrendous situation.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
@Hephaestus7 Samuel Miller:
The DWP has seriously breached its duty of care: See http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/12/minister-dont-warn-social-workers-vulnerable-claimants-sanctioned/. A public inquiry into benefit claimant suicides is also urgently needed; the Work and Pensions Select Committee has launched an investigation into Britain's sanctions policy (http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news/benefit-sanctions-launch/), but is prohibited from investigating individual cases.
In my opinion, the DWP needs to re-examine its policy which puts the onus on benefit claimants to procure medical evidence from doctors attesting that they are not fit for work, and the Department must be less inflexible when circumstances warrant. The DWP must also recognize that this responsibility of medical evidence procurement is beyond the capability of some claimants, especially those living with mental health conditions.
In the tragic Mark Wood case, his GP Nicolas Ward was not contacted by Atos or the Department for Work and Pensions about his patient’s medical history. Dr. Ward told the court that, had he been asked, he would have ruled him unfit for work.
In the tragic case of epileptic Trevor Drakard, his family struggled to gain detailed medical records of his multiple hospital visits down the years to make a second appeal. He was given a month to get the information, and, as the deadline approached, Trevor became more and more worried. His GP had just retired and so had his consultant in Sunderland, making it hard to get his history. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-brain-damage-uncontrolled-epilepsy-4305508)
I have made a FOI request to the DWP, asking that the 60 peer reviews following the death of a customer since February 2012 (http://twishort.com/XwWgc) be mailed to my home address. I have given the Department permission to redact personal information in order not to trigger the Data Protection Act.
Most of my statements on Britain's benefit sanctions regime are contained in this recent post (http://twishort.com/TUSgc); and today, I have
called on UK's Labour Party to make an election campaign promise to pause benefit sanctions to the sick and disabled, in view of the soaring use of sanctions against claimants of out-of-work disability benefits—and this significant legal judgement (http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/11/judge-brands-dwp-jobseekers-agreement-unlawful-action-disabled-claimant/), which has found the Claimant Commitment 'unlawful'.
The Labour Party has announced that, if elected, it intends to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit and ask the National Audit Office (NAO) to review the cost effectiveness and implementation of the new benefit. It must also pause and review benefit sanctions to the sick and disabled, otherwise there will be many more tragic additions to my list of welfare-related deaths (http://twishort.com/0x9gc).
Thursday, 4 December 2014
"I have this neighbour and.."
I have this neighbour who receives full disability benefits, gets a free car, a blue badge, and full carer support and there’s NOTHING wrong with them!!!
Okay, I don’t. But sometimes I feel like I’m one of the only people who doesn’t. The above urban legend has been doing the rounds for a few now and created an atmosphere of suspicion surrounding people with disabilities and the care and welfare they receive. It’s one of those things where half of the people know someone who knows someone and it’s been used as a justification for the massive cuts which have severely, negatively harmed disabled people.
Read more: Click here > http://bottomface.com/2014/12/04/i-have-a-neighbour-disability-and-disbelief/
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
I’ve been following the #CameronMustGo hashtag with great interest. It’s been an opportunity for those of us who have been negatively hurt by the coalition’s policies to amplify our voices. Of course there are a few people who will just throw insults, but I would not like to question their validity in doing so. I’ve met some great people over the last week. Most of whom have heart breaking stories about the hell they’ve been put through....
Read more... BOTTOMFACE BLOG <<<CLICK HERE
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
This isnt about Ubiquetous access, its a step towards it though.
Those on very low income might think that broadband isnt affordable or even grantable to them because of low income?
That changes now.
With a few conditions and qualifying by income related benefits BT have an including you package.
That gives you 10gb of data on broadband , access to wifi out and about and a phone line.
And its under a tenner a month.
Its not highly visibly promoted either hence this blog.
If this sounds like it could help you or someone you know - heres the link
BT BASIC <click here
Monday, 1 December 2014
Once upon a time in southern Africa, a terrible drought hit the land, and the animals searched far and wide for food and water. They came upon a magnificent tree they had never before seen, and from every branch dangled a piece of fruit riper and more fragrant than any they had ever seen.
"Who can this tree belong to?" the animals asked each other, and at last they learned that the owner of the tree was a chief who lived far away, near the sea. They decided to send a messenger to ask the chief if they might eat the fruit.
"Excuse me, chief," said the hare as he bowed before the owner, "we were wondering if we might eat the fruit of your tree."
"Certainly," said the chief. "My tree will bear fruit all year round, in all kinds of weather. And when you eat a piece, a new one will grow."
Hare's mouth was watering at the very thought. "Thank you," he said.
"There's just one thing," the chief explained. "In order to eat from the tree, you must state its name. My tree is called Uwungelema. Just say the name, and you will never be hungry again."
"Thank you, thank you," said the hare, bowing deep. "We are forever in your debt." And with that he turned around and raced as fast as he could back to the animals who were gathered at the tree.
"It is ours!" the hare cried. "And this tree will bear fruit all year round, in any kind of weather. All we must do is say the name, and the name of the tree is "
The hare looked puzzled for a moment. He shook his head, and the others gathered close. "What's the name?" they cried.
"Umawumagamba Uawuraree Umawumumumu " The hare kept trying to say the name, but try as he would, he could not remember the name of the tree.
"Never mind the name," one of the elephants cried, and he reached up to grab some fruit, but he could not pull it from the branch. "We must send someone else!" the elephant roared. "Let us send the springbok. But this time we will send two so they can remind themselves of the name."
And so two springboks streaked through the villages, across the bush, down the mountain and raced to the sea. "Chief," they panted heavily as they reached his home, "please, won't you tell us the name of the tree of fruit?"
"Uwungelema," the first springbok said to his brother.
"Uwungelema," echoed the second.
And they turned toward home, running fast, for they could almost taste that fruit.
"Uwungelema," they said in unison as they rushed toward the mountain, but as they scrambled up the rocky side, the first springbok tripped on a rock, and the second, close on his heels, fell over him. They bumped their heads against each other. "Ouch!" they said in unison, and nursing their sore heads, they stood up and began the trek home across the veldt.
"What is the name?" the animals cried when the two arrived back home.
"Uwuwgoo," said the first springbok. "Oh no, I cannot remember."
"Uwugaa," said the second, and he rubbed his head. "My memory is lost!"
"Oh no," the animals cried. "What will we do?"
And so they sent the lion, but he too forgot, and they sent the mongoose, and he could not remember, either. They sent the buffaloes and then the zebras, and they too forgot. "What will we do?" they cried.
Suddenly a little voice from the ground called, "I will go."
Everyone turned to look down at the tortoise. They began to laugh. "You're far too slow," they chided him.
"I'll go anyway," said the tortoise, and with that he ambled off. Walking slowly but steadily, at long last he reached the chief.
"Thank you," the tortoise said to the chief after he learned the name of the tree. Then he began his long, slow trek back home. As he trundled along, he remembered a lesson his mother had long ago taught him. To remember something important, you must repeat it over and over, and so, as the tortoise trudged along, he said out loud, "Uwungelema, Uwungelema, Uwungelema."
"What is that you're mumbling?" the monkeys chattered from the treetops. "Why do you talk to yourself?" They howled with laughter.
The tortoise did not care. "Uwungelema, Uwungelema, Uwungelema," he said, over and over. Even when his children saw him on the road and cried, "Father, say hello to us," he shook his head and said only "Uwungelema."
Finally he reached the tree. "What is the name?" the animals cried. They were faint from hunger.
"Uwungelema," said the tortoise, and at the sound of the word, the fruit began to fall from the tree. All the animals cheered and sang their praises to the slow, steady tortoise who had saved their lives. And never again did they tease him for his lack of speed.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
A picture of a guy on wearing a white raincoat with pictures of apples on .
The tag phrase was "when andrew asked for an apple mac this wasnt what he expected"
The mac is old - ive had to do loads to keep it working, But because new kit is not an option on esa support group.. ive done it .That helped me immensely.
It would technically exceed what a lot can do.
I also dont have on ESA ANY credit status, but i do have friends. They cant provide all I need from the shortfall.
The computer , however tough to run was a godsend (btw im not religious)
Now my friend that did that was awesome in that one action and has been awesome all the times weve had contact. I support him he backs me up . now ffs if you dont do that in life or find that.. speak to me Im not adverse to friendship......... unlike the selfish gits that deny people a life and say you must prove `NO LIFE before you get support (which in popular opinion is the DWP) . This govt sucks. find people wherever you are.
This govt dont give a damn about society. Notice they DROPPED the big society phrase cos they couldnt deliver, and they never defined what it was? I wont blag on but yeah. remember people matter.
And you know what? i find a co-joined will amongst ill and disabled ive not seen before. Regardless of the Platforms and Egotistical self promoting people .
Therein lies a thing. Who supports us apart from each other? Which party will counter all this UNDESERVING, AND CONDEMNATORY rhetoric? YOUR CHOICE BUT IT ISNT THE TORIES
There is a daily mirror thing crying out to sick and disabled to make their vote count. I wont share it here - look it up.
Its not the mirror that should be shouting. its you, what you believe, who will support you. and no.... in telling you not who to vote for im telling you VOTE according to what your conscience says. If you dont thats your choice too.
Well read this, dismiss it, embrace it, or whatever. My thoughts before you.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Hope this link clarifies (Ive sent them this )
Cloud Stored Factsheet (PDF)
Blogged so If anyone asks again its there.
Monday, 17 November 2014
I hope regular readers see the fact that sometimes my blog is personal sometimes helpful info, comment, justice, reporting and sometimes guested examples that i will bring in.
Im not recognised as having a platform, thats not why I do this.
I probably have a pre primed readership that will agree with what i write? who knows.
I dont write in a phenomenally complex academic style, but complex sometimes, and yet i hope people see what I mean.
Enough of the diatribe.
I found a thing in the guardian . It says what Ive always thought so I wont write anything more than this article says .
It says that TORIES have consistently LIED about their opposition.
And in the spirit of FAIRNESS that i subscribe to I share that article here
Click : The Tories Lied About Labour's Economic Record
Sunday, 16 November 2014
But theres always rules and if you are stuck either representing someone or getting DWP to allow someone to represent you ....
heres their rules that you should draw to their attention if they are being obstinate.
Its a cloud stored link of a PDF ...
DWP Rules For Working With Third Parties on behalf of claimants
Is the UK Under UN Investigation for Human Rights Abuses Against the Disabled? - Paul Dodenhoff - (2014-08-20)
Friday, 14 November 2014
Digital inclusion is a big thing. and so digital comms are growing exponentially in housing.
Heres a rub/ a hole/ a whatever you wish to call it..
The issue is your tenants may not have the kit to cope with the latest whizzbang graphics or special requirement software.
This may sound like a “no shit sherlock” statement.
BUT i came across a landlord that put out info on twitter that was called a Prezi.
Presentation. Of info.
But think of what that means deeper. A lot of people are getting tablets as their go to IT kit, and smartfones. And mainly Android.
Prezi requires the very latest flash player. Android doesnt support the flash required to view a prezi. Even some computers cant upgrade to it because people are running the kit , whatever kit , they can afford with older operating systems too.
Not all of them will be able to do huge workarounds to see a Prezi. Theres an Unofficial work around for android to view prezi . but lots wont want unofficial workarounds on their tablets or phones.
The Landlord concerned thanked me for the feedback and hope will take on board what I highlighted.
So think very carefully about denominators – who can see the info?
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Monday, 3 November 2014
Certain universal taxes duties and charges creating govt income from the UK population were not included .
It is based around Income Tax.
The summary of spending is only to be given to income tax payers receiving summaries.
When welfare is prevalent message "where do your taxes go - ooh look - welfare"
This reinforces previous rhetoric of "Looking after people costs too much money"
There are many media examples of this shameful rhetoric.
Theres a backflow from Welfare payments through VAT and other charges, which would if being fair, significantly reduce effect of welfare on income tax payers when considering net spending impact .
Its highly selective.
Oh MP expenses and Salaries come from tax revenue? Why is no percentage given for that? Is that because theres a HUGE payrise due?
The slant to this leaflet disturbs me as continuance of negative rhetoric, and also if:
Theres approximately 60 million in this country and only 24 million leaflets... does that make it seem like party propoganda based on distorted message and delivered by a nudge psychology method?
AND if it is Party Messaging shouldnt CCHQ pay for it and not as assumed so far the HMRC/ Treasury ?
These are questions.
Heres one glaring anamoly:
Ah but there is an election coming...
Saturday, 1 November 2014
The lying man said "in all honesty"
Immoral is moral
Necessary is spare
"Change your behaviour"said the man who wouldn't change
"You're ill-educated" said the man who knew nothing
Nothing of value that is
"You're sinners" said the sinner
"Repent" said the unrepentant one
Removal is support
Lifestyle choice to be ill
It's in your head
The law is an ass said the ass
Death,destruction,misery and uncertainty
"I'm proud of that "
The quiet man said.
Mr H there thinking on circustances many can see.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Saturday, 11 October 2014
I was thinking on fairness as I quite often do and give you this..
In the Uk the average salary is £26500 pa , even though we know this is distorted average due to some very high city salaries. I won't explore that. I'll take that average as a comparator.
Then look at MP . CURRENT BASIC SALARY BEING £67060 pa , rising to £74000 from 2015.
Non MP on average salary ...
Most have to find their transport, food , child care and many things from that salary.
Many of what average salaried people have to find from salary are not having to be found by MPs who get those items many times covered by Expenses.
And yet they have £40560 more money than those on average salary. Rising soon.
When you look at that.... Is it fair?
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
The list accessed through click is a list of people no longer with us.
It appears that each one is a welfare related death, as people are calling deaths that appear related to changes to benefits or welfare.
May they all RIP
Monday, 6 October 2014
I collected my thoughts currently...
IDS SAYS WANTS TO MEANS TEST DISABILITY BENEFITS. We must ask how? How many that claim are well off enough to have reduced or no awards due to financial status? And those people, have they applied/ Been awarded? Would those possibly mythical not needy people have put themselves through the application processes? And how much is reasonable income? Because if the means test is to be designed to slice into a strata that has need then that's wrong at all levels. Can you see what I'm saying? It's a populist statement to say we will check they actually financially need award. But from a wrong footing is disastrously dangerous.
Means test is there across unemployment. Maximum savings, hours worked , ancillary income. Yes precedent embedded.
In PRINCIPLE it has precedent. In principle if done right there can't be objection. Devil in the detail. I know this may sound very strange. But the whole post war creation of welfare system was based on means. Without detail of proposal be careful.
Confusingly by driving away from means test you weaken the basis of the whole net.
So to conclude.. Means testing is confronted by many, yet is an important core to current welfare system as a whole.
How do you know need without assessing means?
But means should be set fairly, not on basis of "they get too much," or "how can we save money" which I suspect current proposal includes both.
Hope this makes some sense.
I'm not prepared to comment further on means test to disability benefits at this time as these are current thoughts.
Friday, 3 October 2014
"Prices only up 3%"
This three per cent makes more difference the less money a person has.
Say an item costs 2 quid and it goes up 3% that's 6p.
But if you compare impact to someone with a tenner against impact of someone with a hundred quid. The relative impact gets visible. Then compare that to impact on someone with a grand.
There's even less impact.
This basic thing may sound easy,
Relative impact is very important.
That's how you arrive at other measures that are important , like...
How much of your income goes on food...
Example someone with a grand spend 20 quid. And then someone with a hundred quid spend 20 .
Why am I explaining so simply?
Because then I can start talking in terms of this basic seemingly simple impact understanding...
And then say that is where the more difficult analysis of regressiveness.
"We will introduce a fair uniform tax of 30%" could be said by a party.
Now how is that fair..
Flat income tax rate is regressive in impact.
Other regressives are VAT. There are more.
Now where did I put that 6p?
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Sent 13th Aug...
> Many thanks for your correspondence of the 12th August.
> I have just read with dismay that sanctions on sick and disabled people - removing money they are entitled to for erroneous and sometimes ludicrous reasons- has increased unacceptedly.
> Sanctions for disabled and sick on ESA have risen by 346% (compared to the same quarter last year), new DWP figures have shown.
> Mr Iain Duncan Smith says this is returning fairness.
> In all fairness, it appears to be abhorrent.
> I do note that the coalition appear to have accepted albeit in intent, the Wednesbury Principle - I think this negates their holding any acceptance of this principle.
> Now is this a DWP questions item to raise? Or a Prime Ministers Question Time issue to be raised? Or both?
> It is in the nations interest that the current government is called on its appalling treatment of vulnerable citizens as often and as strongly as possible.
> I hope you will ad this to the considerable quiver of arrows existing, and ask when are the archers of truth, such as yourself, going to release their bowstrings and let fly?
> Many Thanks
SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WORK AND PENSIONS.
PICK APART WHAT HE SAID AT YOUR LEISURE.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
It may have come to your attention in the past that I've mentioned my illnesses...
Well also since 6 th of July
I've had a broken femur and several broken bones in foot.
The recovery phase is the most frustrating thing I can think of as it's eclipsing everything I do.
I'm off wheelchair, away from airboot and under hospital physio instruction.
And when they said 6 to 8 weeks in a&e ..... I knew somehow they were probably talking only of bone knitting estimate.
The cost of this to me has made several bills late or unpaid. Taxis aren't cheap on limited budget.
And the deterioration of tidy in the flat? That's a said thing. It has gone.
Everything is structured for can I reach it? Do I need it? And if I've used it do I need to put it away or would that mean difficulty when needed again?
Fatigue? Yes from the illnesses. Also the drain of pain from injury is shattering.
Do people see all this? No.
They see crutches. And me. When out. And that's at a highly planned mission each time. More so than normally.
They see the interfaced determination. Not the difficulties.
Why am I touring in writing what most ill or injured people know?
Probably because people need reminder, as often they sit in the "I'm alright jack" zone. .
And after saying everything and yet nothing, I close.
*grabs coffee *,*swallows painkiller*
Excuse my rambling.
Monday, 25 August 2014
17 petitions in one link
I have always said Voice is important.
So if you COULD do more than sign, your voice MATTERS .
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
From our findings:
Greater Manchester Police said : Unauthorised Blue Badge Parking users were still insured, but breaking traffic regulations.
More interestingly Adam had response that indicated If you use a blue badge bay unintitled your insurance wont pay for any third party damage to your car you have to seek it from the third party it seems..which was the direction of both of our enquiries... but....
"Answer: If the car was damaged by a Third Party when parked in a disabled parking bay, with or without displaying a blue badge, then the responsibility and liability still remains with the Third Party. The parking issue would be a matter for the local council."
So there is no difference in insurance with or without badge.
Thanks to Fish Insurance, GMP (via twitter) , and Disabledmotoring.org
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
email to my MP 11th August.
Friday, 1 August 2014
I was so pleased to get out, cos the injury was on 6th of the month. Id only been on hospital transport in that time (theres a whole story with that side of things too) - here he was whilst i took a picture...
Monday, 28 July 2014
The government's admission that the DWP is removing essential funding support for individuals with genuine health conditions and disabilities and genuine need:
"This was recognised from the outset. In developing the PIP assessment we were aware that the vast majority of recipients of DLA were individuals with genuine health conditions and disabilities and genuine need, and that removing or reducing that benefit may affect their daily lives. However, we believe that these impacts can be justified as being a logical result of distributing limited resources in a different and more sustainable way…”. DWP
At least 400,000 disabled persons will not quality for PIP and consequently lose their independence, jobs, and Motability vehicles—effectively destroying their lives.
How is that, to use your words, "encouraging and supporting claimants back into work"?
The recent court judgement on PIP buys into the government argument that DLA is not a sustainable benefit. But in my opinion, DLA would be a sustainable benefit if the government combated tax evasion and avoidance by collecting all—or even a partial percentage—of taxes owed.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Their Chairman States :