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Why did Philip Hammond make this comment and is that what he and other members of the Conservative Party really believe. When you listen to others outwith the Conservative Party they say the opposite, that disabled people are at least as productive as others and more than likely to be more productive.

What have the Conservatives got against persons with disabilities for virtually every policy they bring forward is detrimental to disabled people.

If you look at this another way the Conservative Government is pushing to move more disabled people into employment, so are they effectively working for productivity to be reduced, that is if you believe Hammond is truthful in what he is saying. But then again he is a politician and do they ever tell the truth.

For Hammond is disgraceful for saying this and extremely derogatory to all disabled people.

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Graham is Scope’s Engagement and Participation Manager. As a disabled person himself, with three disabled children, he had a strong reaction to Philip Hammond’s comments about productivity and disabled people. In this blog, “after a full day to calm down and sleep on it”, he responds and shares some other reactions.

It’s not based on any evidence

Firstly, as Scope colleagues and many others have said on social media, this statement hugely undermines the Government’s commitment to getting one million disabled people into work.

This wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark by Mr Hammond during an after-dinner speech – it was made in a formal Parliamentary committee meeting and broadcast to the world. So, apart from the slap in the face to working disabled people, he is contradicting Government policy.

His statement is not based on any evidence that anyone knows of. I’m extremely pleased that Scope has called out both the…

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Now there is one more and how many since this one more, surely anyone with any brain cells can see that this system is ‘not fit for purpose’ as for as the public and all others who care.

But it is ‘fit for purpose’ for all those who do not care.

Where do the DWP and the Government and the ESA assessors fit into the above mentioned ‘fit for purpose’ comments, I will leave this to you, but I feel it is not that difficult to decide.

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A man with terminal cancer died before he was able to appeal a ruling by the Department for Work and Pensions which stated he was “fit to work”.

Phillip Balderson, 46, had been working at a hotel in the Lake District but was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2013.

He also had psoriatic arthritis and a number of mental health problems, including anxiety and OCD.

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Disability rights campaigner Shani Dhanda has called for Chancellor Philip Hammond to be sacked over “shameful” comments blaming disabled people for the UK’s poor productivity. Hammond was speaking during Wednesday’s treasury select committee, when he was asked about the sluggish economic growth he had reported in the Autumn Budget. “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements,” said Mr Hammond.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/business/disabled-people-furious-hammond-blames-sluggish-economy/?cm_mmc=B2C--inews-newsletter-v2--SEC1-_-CP000001478&cm_mmca1=inews&cm_mmca2=EMA&cm_mmca3=W1&cm_mmca4=News&uid=61chris.sterry@gmail.com&cm_mmca5=20171207

Source: Disabled people furious after Hammond blames them for sluggish economy : i News


A young man with special educational needs has been left in short-stay accommodation for nearly two years because social workers in Lancashire could not decide where he should live permanently, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

The man was placed in short-stay accommodation by Lancashire County Council after his family told social workers they were struggling to cope with his behaviour and the impact it was having on his younger siblings.

The Ombudsman’s investigation found the placement in January 2016 was only meant to be temporary, but the man is still living in the accommodation today. It is likely the man’s behaviour has deteriorated through not living in suitable accommodation and not receiving appropriate support.

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, said:

“This man has been left in limbo in this accommodation, which by its very nature was only ever intended to be a short stay. He has missed out on vital support and development opportunities

 

Source: Disabled man left for two years in unsuitable short-stay accommodation let down by council | Care Industry News


SNP Social Justice spokesperson at Westminster Neil Gray MP has said the Tories need to face up to the fact that they are still planning to ‘plunge hundreds of thousands more people into poverty’ with their Universal Credit policies (UC), and that the public must be allowed to see the internal assessment reports.

The comments come as a result of today’s UC debate in which the UK government minister responsible -David Gauke – made a concession which would mean he will make available redacted copies of Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) assessment reports on Universal Credit, to the Westminster Work and Pensions committee.

However, the Secretary of State confirmed to Neil Gray during the debate that he will still challenge the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruling to publish the reports at the High Court.

The ICO has already said they should be published publicly and in full – as that is specifically in the public interest.

 

Source: Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports


It would appear that DWP PIP are in a different Universe as they are unaware of what is occurring in this one or is their first reaction to lie as they are stating the opposite of what is now, apparently, being proceeded with.

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A personal experience of what sanction targets in the Personal Independence Payments system are doing to claimants and their families.

A quick glance at disability forums online and PIP’s continued harm becomes evident. “Face-to-face” assessments are routinely error-strewn and have received a litany of complaints regarding the conduct of assessors, the tribunal service has made it clear the DWP’s presentation of cases is generally terrible, and claimants transferred from the old Disability Living Allowance are finding their claims downgraded at a relentless pace.

For those unfamiliar, PIP is assessed as follows:

  • An initial claim is made by phone
  • The claimant completes a form detailing how their disability affects them

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This is not good news for the disabled and others on low incomes and just proves that you can not trust this Government. On coming into office as Prime Minister Theresa May promised that she would ‘place fairness and social justice at the heart of her premiership’. This we now see was an empty promise and further reduces the trust we all have with regards to our politicians.

At a time when Brexit is a major Government priority, social justice should be, at least, an equal footing.

It now appears that the plight of the disabled and others on low incomes will be made even worse than it is now. We have already seen the punitive cuts to welfare benefits and the assessment processes that are ‘not fit for purpose’.

At a time when our trust in politicians and this Government ,in particular, is extremely low, it is now to be reduced even further.

Does this Government really wish to remove disability and others on low incomes by causing their extinction, by creating conditions that will cause situations where their life survival cannot be maintained. Thus removing many from the welfare system, not by improving their quality of life, but by ending their life.

Source: Theresa May faces new crisis after mass walkout over social policy


How Charles Dickens reinvented Christmas and the current Tory Government have removed Christmas. It is a pity that the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are not available to visit The Prime Minister Theresa May and all of her Ministers.

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I am a great Dickens fan and love his work as well as his philanthropy and exposure of the treatment of the poor, I think he’d turn in his grave if he saw how the Victorian poverty he witnessed is back. The more I add articles about the poor denied benefits via Universal Credit to the despicable treatment of the disabled denied PIP/ESA the more I’m convinced that the Tories are adhering to Thatcher’s ideology by taking us back to Victorian “values People unaffected by the welfare “reforms” are either 1) unconcerned about what is happening to the jobless/disabled/poor 2) Blissfully unaware that they are one illness/accident or job loss from suffering the same fate as millions of others and when they ask what help they can get, they will be told:

Ebenezer:But have they no refuge, no resource?
Spirit of Christmas Present: [quoting Scrooge] Are there no…

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This is a continuing trend and is anyone at the DWP listening as all they do is quote the statistics re claims submitted, those approved, those declined and those successful at appeal.

Unfortunately you can use statistics to prove virtually anything that you wish to and Government departments at Ace in this, if nothing else.

What they should be looking at is the standard of those claims that are declined to be then approved on appeal, to ensure whatever needs to be learned to achieve an even greater success rate of correctly dealing with claims instead of just juggling figures.

This would not only save money, as every case going to appeal costs more then a correctly assessed original claim. Is it that they are so focused on declining claims that accuracy takes a backseat and in doing so more money is required to the assessing process than should be if the claim had originally been assessed correctly.

This, if looked at logically, is a nonsensical approach and is purely down to shortsightedness and a refusal to learn from mistakes.

Not only is it costing more money within the finality of the process, but even more importantly is the distress and harm it is causing for the respected claimants, who in the longer term are causing more resources to be required within, not only with Social Care, but also the the health services to manage the health conditions that theses assessment processes are causing the respected claimants to suffer from.

For all concerned why can they not ensure that they get it right the first time.

Maybe, as many feel, the DWP just do not care how much suffering they are responsible for.

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Bethen Thorpe, who has an incurable brain condition, has spoken out against the way the government checks claims for disability benefits after a charity revealed almost a third of people with multiple sclerosis who apply for the payment had their claims turned down between April 2013 and and April 2017. Picture: BERNARD CRANE

Bethen Thorpe, who has an incurable brain condition, has spoken out against the way the government checks claims for disability benefits after a charity revealed almost a third of people with multiple sclerosis who apply for the payment had their claims turned down between April 2013 and and April 2017.

A woman with an incurable brain disease has spoken out about the battle she faced to get disability benefit after a charity revealed almost a third of sufferers have claims denied.

Thorpe, of North Hill, Highgate, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in October 2014. She was forced to apply for disability benefit after extreme fatigue, balance issues and poor eyesight meant she had to give up a job as The Victoria pub landlady.

But the 41-year-old, whose condition means she is unable to walk long distances, had to travel to Chelmsford for an assessment after sending a 35 page…

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