A new campaign by the charity MS Society is calling on the DWP to scrap a “senseless and unfounded” policy that’s harming claimants and costing the NHS millions.
The 20 metre rule
MS Society represents people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a “condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord”. It causes a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, trouble walking, numbness, muscle stiffness / spasms, and problems with balance.
The charity’s campaign is focused on scrapping the ’20 metre rule’ which governs access to the mobility component of the PIP disability benefit. A press release for the campaign seen by The Canary states:
People with MS have been increasingly losing vital support since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) began in 2013. The biggest change has been the introduction of the 20 metre rule, used in PIP assessments to determine eligibility for the higher rate of mobility support. Under the previous benefit – Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the measure was 50 metres. Now, if you can walk just one step over 20 metres, roughly the length of two double-decker buses, you won’t qualify for higher level of mobility support. Under DLA 94% of people with MS were receiving this higher rate but this has fallen to just 66% under PIP.
The charity has also released a campaign video highlighting the callousness of the 20 metre policy:
Source: A ‘senseless and unfounded’ DWP policy is causing harm to claimants and costing the NHS millions, says a charity | The Canary
Ministers have again come under fire over an “unfit” policy on disability benefits – as an MP revealed how identical twins, suffering with the same condition, had been given differing judgements by assessors. The twins, who both had the same genetic condition, went for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments at different times and one was […]
Theresa May will anger social care leaders by warning they will have to wait for desperately needed extra money, despite her promise of a £20bn a year bailout for the NHS.
There will be no large cash injection to tackle the care crisis until the “forthcoming spending review”, the prime minister will say – which is not due to kick in until 2020.
Extra money for public health will also be allocated only when all departments are told their spending resources for years beyond 2020, she will confirm in a speech in London on Monday.
Source: Theresa May to warn social care must wait until 2020 for extra funds, despite pledging £20bn for NHS | The Independent
On Friday 15 June, Sir Christopher Chope blocked the progress of a law to make upskirting illegal. Although Chope later claimed not to know what upskirting is, his track record on both women and progressive politics is dire. It’s also Chope’s responsibility to understand what he’s objecting to. And as such, it’s difficult to feel sympathy for him becoming the poster boy of privacy violation.
People have found ways to fight back, though. Including one woman who thought of the most brilliant protest at Chope’s constituency office:
Source: The Tory who defended upskirting will get his knickers in a twist when he sees this protest | The Canary
It’s been a long but important month as Muslims around the world marked Ramadan.
Eid, this weekend, will mark the end of a month-long spiritual journey. Your soul is fed and you celebrate with your loved ones. Eid is a vibrant celebration which continues the focus on charity.
Muslims see Ramadan as an opportunity to give back to their local community and make a positive contribution. This sense of community is reinforced through al-jama’ah, the act of collective prayer.
Being part of a community
According to the Qur’an, it is obligatory for men to pray within their mosque while women should pray where they can. Although there is not a requirement that women must attend the mosque, it is a special place for everyone. Praying is not just about the building you’re in, it is about being part of a community.
To pray together may be optional for women,
Source: Empowering Muslim women strengthens our community, and that begins in our mosques – The i – Weekend Reads #47
Most households are in debt. Many face making repayments to multiple banks and finance companies at once, but some are trapped in an ever-intensifying cycle of borrowing to pay off old loans and to cover the costs of household emergencies.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), set up in the wake of the finance crisis of ten years ago, reported on so-called ‘high-cost credit’ last week. It looked at the problems people caught in the spiralling debt trap face and was tasked with weighing up whether the interest rates and charges they are often forced to pay are fair.
Prior to publication we at New Economics Foundation expected the FCA to offer up a glass that, in the best case, be up to half full. And that has certainly been the case, with the proposals set out last week not adequate to not solve the deep, systemic and growing problem of household debt in the UK.
The FCA’s lineage as a regulator is pertinent because not since the days immediately prior to the finance crisis have levels of personal debt been so high. UK households currently owe around £239million in unsecured consumer credit and the Centre for Responsible Credit estimates that 7.6million people are spending more than one quarter of their income on debt payments, not including mortgages or accommodation costs.
Source: It’s Time To End The Debt Trap Ensnaring Britain’s Poorest : HuffPost
ABU DIS, West Bank — Pigeons inhabit the main hall of what should have been a Palestinian parliament.
Their dried excrement cakes semicircular platforms where politicians would have sat and debated.
Green and red electrical tubes dangle from the ceilings like tentacles.
Tough weeds choke the driveway leading to the building’s entrance and mounds of ruined desk chairs sit in piles in the underground parking lot. Nearby, a cat bursts from the bowels of a mouldering armchair.
This shell, in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis, was built after the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords had raised hopes that Palestinians would soon have an independent state alongside Israel.
Source: Amid Trump’s Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures : NBC News
This is what happens when you deny epileptic children their medication – all so that you can adhere to the politics of Richard Nixon & Margaret Thatcher’s ‘War on Drugs’…
Anyone who thinks CBD medication, harnessed from the Cannabis plant, is morally wrong should watch this and sort their moral compass out.
IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE
WHO TOOK THE TIME TO HELP WITH THIS,
YOU MADE THE DIFFERENCE.