“Would we not be in a substantially stronger position if Theresa May had simply said the following 6 things to the EU…” | Nye Bevan News

“Excuse me if I’m saying something that has already been said many times by others, but would we not be in a substantially stronger position if Theresa May had simply said to the EU at the time of triggering article 50:

1) We are leaving the EU on 29.03.19
2) We will trade upon WTO rules
3) Customs formalities will apply from that date, be ready, we will be. 
4) We will not require an implementation period as we have 2 years to prepare in any event.
5) We will make no further or additional payments beyond this date.
6) We will not erect a border in NI, whether you do so is up to you.


Source: “Would we not be in a substantially stronger position if Theresa May had simply said the following 6 things to the EU…” | Nye Bevan News


21 year old with brain tumours declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Department of Work & Pensions | Nye Bevan News

Mum Rita Curtis, 47, said Philip’s tumours were first diagnosed when he was 11 years old and since had three removed and two vents put in his head.

“He was getting these headaches and he had to be taken home from school and would go to bed. He would be vomiting.

He’s had a lot of surgery. As well as the initial biopsy, he’s had three tumours removed and two vents in his head. There’s been five operations over the last couple of years.


I’m paying my mortgage, utilities, and looking after his needs as a carer and I’m on my own.

It’s very stressful because in between working and caring for Philip I’ve got to help him with all the paperwork.


Source: 21 year old with brain tumours declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Department of Work & Pensions | Nye Bevan News

UN’s ‘human catastrophe’ rights expert to deliver high-profile UK lecture | DisabledGo News and Blog

The UN expert who told the government that its cuts to disabled people’s support had caused a “human catastrophe” is to visit the UK this autumn to deliver a high-profile lecture on disability rights.

Theresia Degener, the professor of law and disability studies who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, will deliver the first Caroline Gooding Memorial Lecture at the University of Leeds in October.

Last August, Degener told the UK government’s delegation – during a public examination of its progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe” which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.

She later gave an interview with the BBC – which was not broadcast – in which she warned that the portrayal of disabled people by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits could put them at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”.

The annual lecture was set up as a memorial to the equality consultant and author Caroline Gooding, who played a leading role in securing improvements to disability rights legislation as a member of the Disability Rights Taskforce.

Gooding was later director of legislative change at the Disability Rights Commission throughout its eight years. She died in July 2014.


Source: UN’s ‘human catastrophe’ rights expert to deliver high-profile UK lecture | DisabledGo News and Blog

Adults’ and children’s social care will not escape ‘radical cuts’, council confirms | Community Care

Members of Northamptonshire County Council have approved “radical cuts” to authority spending, which will affect both children’s and adults’ social services.

Gathering yesterday (9 August) for an “extraordinary” full council meeting, members agreed to cost cutting measures laid out by chief finance officer Mark McLaughlin last week.

Per the budget recovery action plan, spending on learning difficulties in adults’ services will be stripped back as the authority looks to downgrade to a “core offer”. Meanwhile, council chiefs will scrutinise the number of referrals and numbers within the children’s care system.

However safeguarding vulnerable children and adults and the “substantial needs of older people” were highlighted as spending priorities.

County council leader Matt Golby, said: “The budget recovery action plan and the approval of our core services demonstrates our commitment to making the difficult but necessary decisions to stabilise our budget.

“We have a clear plan in place for how we are going to do this, and the spending priorities we’ve now agreed as a council will be used to assess all spend in the council and identify where savings can be made.

Reviewing contracts


Source: Adults’ and children’s social care will not escape ‘radical cuts’, council confirms | Community Care

DWP forced to admit more than 111,000 benefit deaths

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to release updated Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) mortality statistics, in response to a Freedom of Information request from disability campaigner Gail Ward.

The shocking statistics reveal that 111,450 ESA claims were closed following the death of claimants between March 2014 to February 2017.

However, the DWP stress that “no causal effect between the benefit and the number of people who died should be assumed from these figures”.


Source: DWP forced to admit more than 111,000 benefit deaths

DWP refuses to pay £125 to discover number of disabled people in full-time jobs | DisabledGo News and Blog

Ministers are refusing to commission work that would cost just £125 and would show how many disabled people are in full-time paid employment, and how that number has changed under successive Tory-led governments.

Ministers, including the current work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, have repeatedly boasted of how their policies have led to an increase of hundreds of thousands of disabled people in work, including a rise of nearly 600,000 between April 2013 and June 2017.

But those claims are based on figures provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which includes in its measure of “employment” people who are in part-time work, are self-employed, and those in government-supported training and employment programmes.

This means there are no published government figures that show how many disabled people are in full-time paid employment, and how that number has risen or fallen under successive governments since 2010.

To try to find those statistics, Disability News Service (DNS) submitted a freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), asking for figures for each of the last 10 years for how many disabled people were in full-time, paid jobs.

DWP replied that “this information is not held by the department” and suggested that DNS approach ONS instead.


Source: DWP refuses to pay £125 to discover number of disabled people in full-time jobs | DisabledGo News and Blog

I was sanctioned after missing a Universal Credit appointment due to seizures

This is truly like it is for the DWP are following the common theme of ‘one size fits all’.

Yes, there are people who are work shy, people who will not work no matter what is put before them, but are these people caught by sanctions, I fear not. This is because they are Ace in manipulating the system and will continue in this vein for ever. It is these people the 1% or 2% who should be made to work, but they never will, for what employer is really going to take on someone who has no intention of working, it will not be worth their while.

The the DWP system is doing is penalising the people who want to work, but their disability, their health is causing them to fail to abide by the ‘one size fits all’ process.

How can anyone attend an interview when they are in a hospital bed trying to recover from an aspect of the manner of their health.

The DWP process needs to be flexible to take account of the mitigating circumstances, but this they will not do as this will take time and money which has not been included in the system process.

As I said before they are penalising people who want to work, but have problems due to their conditions, unlike those who do not have problems, except their total dedication of not wishing to work, these are the lazy, but again the system has no process to find these people as again it will take time and money.

The systems major flaw it that it does not understand what it is trying to change and is as much unwilling to do so as those who are unwilling to work.

The system needs to comply with equality, which does not mean treating everybody the same, but treating people as individuals, but again this take time and money.

The Government also needs to have the willingness to do this, but do they understand individualism or more to the point do they really want to understand. I feel the latter, so until the attitudes of the Government or more likely the Civil Servants, who really govern the UK then the system will stay the same.

Penalise those who are willing, while supporting those who are not willing to work, completely the opposite of what they say they are doing.

But if the Government is Blind, then no matter how much they say they are listening (opening their eyes) they will never see, that is giving them the benefit of the doubt as I feel they will never understand, because they are unwilling to do so.

So those that want to work, but their conditions restrict them will always be penalised, while those who are totally unwilling to work will not.

Govt Newspeak

I was sanctioned after missing a Universal Credit appointment due to seizures. The DWP should help job-seekers like me, not penalise them
Luke O’Donnell says he managed to find a job without the help of the Job Centre

Luke O'Donnell was sanctioned for missing a work-related benefits appointment due to seizures.

Luke O’Donnell, 24, was sanctioned by the DWP for missing a work-related appointment for Job Seeker’s Allowance earlier this year due to seizures. After i reported his story, the DWP to reviewed its sanction decision. The penalties were then revoked after a review of the evidence.

By Luke O’Donnell

They said Universal Credit would make things more simple. Having fallen foul of the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) trigger-happy use of sanctions, I can say that this is not the case.

I have epilepsy and missed a Job Centre appointment in November after having seizures.

I missed a second meeting in January after being in a status epilepticus, which left me in a hospital…

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DWP figures provide fresh evidence to explain PIP claim rejections | DisabledGo News and Blog

New figures show that Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants are questioning only a tiny proportion of the benefit assessment reports written by discredited government contractors Atos and Capita.

Campaigners have been trying for months to secure evidence that would explain why such a high proportion of personal independence payment (PIP) claims that are taken to appeal are successful.

Figures from social security tribunals show the proportion of claimants who won their PIP appeals rose by seven percentage points in a year, from 64 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016-17 to 71 per cent in the same period of 2017-18.

The new figures, secured by Disability News Service (DNS) through a freedom of information request, may help to explain why so many appeals are successful.

Some researchers have suggested that DWP decision-makers are accepting too many PIP assessment reports prepared by Atos and Capita without subjecting them to proper scrutiny, despite increasing evidence of incompetence and dishonesty by the Atos and Capita healthcare professionals who write them.

DNS has previously spoken to a DWP civil servant working on the PIP “frontline”, who has said that DWP case managers have strict targets for the number of PIP claims they need to process every day and are quizzed by their superiors if they miss their weekly targets.

He has said they are “instructed to act on the assessor’s report, given that they are the medical experts”.

The new figures, provided by DWP following the DNS freedom of information request, appear to confirm concerns that DWP decision-makers are letting many substandard and misleading reports slip through the net.

DNS had asked DWP how many of its decisions on PIP eligibility were made without any attempt to seek further advice or clarification from Atos and Capita, discuss or resolve problems with them, or even return the report to be completely rewritten.


Source: DWP figures provide fresh evidence to explain PIP claim rejections | DisabledGo News and Blog

Disabled man “feels hopeless” after losing PIP

Why when persons are already in receipt of a disability benefit and, in this case, a mobility car can not the existing benefits be retained while the outcome of the appeal process is known. In this a person would be in a no worse off position until the final outcome is known.

If, Reggie Duff had been a criminal he would have been innocent until proved guilty and therefore would not have lost his freedom until the final verdict. But, with PIP and anyother of the welfare benefits this is not so, as while the process is finally being concluded the claimant is assume non-eligible (guilty) and therefore do lose their freedom.

Surely this can not be right, unless the Government has an ulterior motive being, to kill off as many claimants as they can and in doing so reduce the benefit bill, as you can not claim benefits if you are dead.

Govt Newspeak

He is one of 11,250 claimants forced to fight for disability benefit since the introduction of the controversial new PIP system

A disabled Belfast man said he has been left “hopeless” by news he will lose his long-term benefits. Reggie Duff, 66, from East Belfast , said he had depended on government support since being medically retired in 2000 due to degenerative lung disease.

He said he was “plagued by dark thoughts and unable to eat or sleep” since receiving a letter last week informing he had been rejected for the controversial new Personal Independent Payment (PIP).

Reggie said he was “shell-shocked” by the news, which followed a face-to-face assessment, which he believes was unfair.

Controversy has plagued PIP since it began to replace Disability Living Allowance in 2016 with thousands claiming they have been stripped of benefits due to inaccurate assessments carried out by private firms.

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Virgin handed £2bn worth of NHS England contracts : Welfare Weekly

This week’s news that £2 billion worth of NHS England contracts are being handed over to Virgin Care Services, which follows on from the damning report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee last month into the outsourcing of primary care services in England to Capita, has highlighted how the Tories’ shambolic Brexit poses a major threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said.

SNP Health spokesperson at Westminster Dr Philippa Whitford MP has warned that the power grab over public procurement allows the Tories at Westminster to put Scotland’s NHS under the same threats as the health service south of the border, with the Tories able to open up Scotland’s public services to profiteering firms.

In addition – the increasing threat of a disastrous No Deal Brexit will leave the Tories more desperate than ever to secure a trade deal with Donald Trump’s administration, no matter the cost to our public services. Prime Minsiter Theresa May has continually failed to rule out opening up the NHS to private US firms post-Brexit.


Source: Virgin handed £2bn worth of NHS England contracts : Welfare Weekly