The DWP just caved in yet again over disabled people’s benefits


Whenever chahges are made it is down to saving money hence PIP and ESA were brought in and the idea was to remove people from the benefits system byany means.

However, there had to be rules and regulations. Not only should these rules and regulations be correctly administered they need to be lawful and equitable.

But in all of the above the new benefits systems did not comply, the rules and regualations were not correctly administered on every occasion, if ever. With the court cases coming forth it would also appear that the system was not always lawfull and equitable.

As every appeal and certainly court cases cost would it not have been reasonable for the system to have lawful and equitable rules and regulations which were abided by in every occasion, so then and only then money may have been saved.

But by ignorance or design the implementation of PIP and ESA have been set up to fail and cost more than they should, while showing disrespect and lack of dignity to the respective claimants.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has once again had to change its policy surrounding disabled people’s benefits. This time, it involves the assessments carried out for people living with severe conditions or impairments.

The DWP: caving in?

On Monday 18 June, Sarah Newton – the minister for disabled people, health and work – said the government was changing the way people living with “severe or progressive conditions” got their Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Specifically, the DWP said that people with the “highest level” of PIP support:

and where their needs are expected to stay the same or increase – will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a light touch review every 10 years.

According to the website Benefits and Work, there are currently no set times when the DWP reviews people’s PIP. Claims last for fixed periods, and the department can review them at any time…

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A ‘senseless and unfounded’ DWP policy is causing harm to claimants and costing the NHS millions, says a charity | The Canary


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

PIP: Politicians unite to demand dignity for terminally ill


As though a person, with a terminal condition, attempting to claim PIP and their family have not enough to contend with the Department for Communities are adding to this with their insistence that these claimants are subjected to the full rigours of the PIP system.

The Department for Communities needs to listen to these 6 political parties and the respective families and show dignity for once to the terminally ill.

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Woman in hospital bed
 Six political parties have signed a letter calling for a fairer definition of terminal illness to be applied in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process.

The system requires people with a life expectancy of longer than six months to undertake a face-to-face assessment to prove they are terminally ill.

They can then face a wait of up to three months for payment.

The DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP, Alliance and Green Party have signed the letter.

Politicians described the current system as “cruel, traumatic and lacking in dignity and compassion”.

Charities and clinicians say the six-month definition most severely affects patients suffering from non-cancer terminal conditions, such as dementia, for which it can be difficult to predict an accurate life-expectancy.

In April, the Scottish government announced there would be no limit set on how long…

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Theresa May to warn social care must wait until 2020 for extra funds, despite pledging £20bn for NHS | The Independent


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

The Tory who defended upskirting will get his knickers in a twist when he sees this protest | The Canary


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

Empowering Muslim women strengthens our community, and that begins in our mosques – The i – Weekend Reads #47


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

It’s Time To End The Debt Trap Ensnaring Britain’s Poorest : HuffPost


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

Amid Trump’s Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures : NBC News


 

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

“The Home Office have reversed their decision. Billy will be given access to his anti epileptic Cannabis oil today.” : Nye Bevan 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.

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