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Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” test. DWP announced last month, on the eve of the Conservative party conference in Manchester, that some claimants in the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) – and the equivalent universal credit group – would no longer need to attend “routine reassessments”. Only those with “the most severe and lifelong health conditions or disabilities” will be exempt from reassessments, and they will be told of their exemption when they receive the results of their next work capability assessment (WCA), the test which assesses ESA eligibility. Although DWP declined to release the eligibility criteria for exemptions, the guidelines have now been published by Disability Rights UK, one of the disability organisations that took part in discussions with the government as it

Source: Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions | DisabledGo News and Blog

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The system should be there to help, but in most instances it only hinders.

When things go wrong they blame the system and on the few occasions things go right the system is not mentioned as the success was not system based, but more likely it would be down to some good human intervention outside the ‘box’.

Unfortunately the processes do not get better as within in time, around age 14 years, transition will commence and that is another whole new venture which creates even more stress and tensions.

Then eventually you access adult social care, but again there is a system which in many aspects is not ‘fit for purpose’.

Unfortunately this is social care, education and health within the UK, hopefully it will improve, but I have been engaging with it for at least the last 40 years and I am still waiting. But then public bodies ate extremely slow to act.

I would suggest you try to find a good support group for at least you will then be with others who are experiencing the same.

I find you need to fight for everything and then occasionally you may see some light.

Teddie may well not be aware that he is different, but then we all are, it is just that some persons could be more different then others. But you need to come through for Teddie.

There are labels and I would suggest use them for your own and Teddies advantage, but be careful who you trust.

You will encounter many disappointments with the authorities, but you are not alone in this as this happens to all of us.

Life with a Bear

image1As the whole house was fast asleep last night (dogs included) I was wide awake annoyed about this letter we received!

Just short of a year ago Teddie was referred to CADU (child assessment & development unit) 11 months later we are still no further forward with no appointment in sight as the commissioning of the child Assessment & Development unit has temporarily been put on hold. 

How the hell can that be possible, how can children be made to wait that long only to be told the service has been put on hold because they want to make cuts, for a child to wait that long surely that shows a need for the unit??

I understand there is a process children have to go through in order to receive a diagnosis but why can’t the child’s paediatrician just be able to give a diagnosis, after all the referral has to come from them…

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Dentists warn that thousands of vulnerable people are wrongly being fined over dental treatment.

Source: ‘Go to the dentist and get fined £100’ – BBC News


This about time as no helpline should be subject to premium charges, lets hope any others will follow accordingly.

Now iron out all the problems re payments, assessments and any other aspects as these benefits are supposed to help claimants lead independent lives and not cause, upsets, stress, suicidal tendencies, more ill health, etc.

However, this may be the intended outcomes, especially when read inconjunction the the UN report from UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which examined the government’s progress in fulfilling its commitments to the UN convention on disabled people’s rights. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-human-rights-work/monitoring-and-promoting-un-treaties/un-convention-rights-persons-disabilities

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges.

People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them.

But she again rejected calls by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to “pause” the roll-out of the controversial benefit amid fears it is causing hardship.

MPs are currently debating Labour’s call for a rethink.

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The SNP’s annual conference has unanimously called on the UK government to implement the findings of a UN committee of disability rights experts, after a disabled activist demanded “justice for the dead” and “rights for the living”. The motion proposed by disabled party activist Fiona Robertson called on the UK government to stop using “meaningless platitudes” to hide from its responsibility for the “immense human suffering” it has caused disabled people across the UK through its policies. The conference in Glasgow unanimously passed the motion, which criticised the Conservative government for ignoring the findings of the report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. And it demanded that the government implement all the 80-plus recommendations made by the committee in August, when its report detailed the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Later in the conference, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon used the

Source: SNP hears ‘justice for the dead’ demand as it backs call to implement UN report | DisabledGo News and Blog


Family members of a U.S. service member killed in Niger were “astonished” by the president’s remarks, according to a Florida congresswoman.

Source: Trump Told Soldier’s Widow He Knew ‘What He Signed Up For,’ Congresswoman Says – NBC News


The minister for disabled people has again misled MPs, after she claimed that the UK had “volunteered” to take part in a public UN examination which concluded that her government’s disability policies had caused a “human catastrophe”. Penny Mordaunt was responding to Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, who told the Commons this week that the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “condemned” the government’s progress on disability employment. De Cordova had asked Mordaunt if the government would respond to those concerns. The committee’s “concluding observations” report, in August, examined how the UK had implemented the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Among more than 80 recommendations for improvements – a record number for any country being examined by the committee – it was heavily critical of the UK government’s failure to take action to close the disability pay gap and the disability employment

Source: Mordaunt misleads MPs… again | DisabledGo News and Blog


THE EU is trying to squeeze more money out of the UK by delaying the Brexit process over citizen’s rights, Government sources claim.

Source: EU: ‘Concern’ over citizen’s rights is a ‘smokescreen’ to squeeze more money out of UK | Politics | News | Express.co.uk


How much do you love your city? And what could be done to improve it as a place in which you work, rest and play?

Source: What do you really think about Sheffield? Fill in our survey – The Star


The equality watchdog has asked the government for significant new powers, including the ability to inspect buildings that are flouting access laws. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it needed stronger powers to hold “powerful and well-resourced” governments and large organisations to account. But it also said that it should be made independent of government, and accountable instead to parliament. The calls came in a blog by the commission’s chair, David Isaac, which was written to mark 10 years since the watchdog was founded. Following his comments, the government told Disability News Service that it had already begun working with EHRC to plan a “tailored review” of the commission, which will look at whether its powers “remain appropriate” and will also consider the issue of its independence. The review is expected to begin in April next year and finish the following month, although it might not be published until 2019. Isaac said in his blog that the commission had

Source: EHRC celebrates 10th birthday with call for new powers | DisabledGo News and Blog

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