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Blue badge scheme now open to people with invisible disabilities


This is good news, however, with Local Authorities (LAs) still having the final say on who does and does not qualify, will this become a ‘Postcode Lottery’.

The LAs having the final say on who does or does not, they may not issue them directly, as this could be done by a another organisation.

To ensure consistency should not one organisation deal with the total process. When LAs did issue their own Blue Badges directly then I could see the reason for each authority to do their own, but not now.

To obtain a Blue Badge see https://www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council

The rules regarding Blue Badge parking should also be consistent, but they are not. See http://www.knowyourparkingrights.org/News/the-blue-badge-scheme

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New guidance means those with conditions such as dementia or anxiety may be eligible for parking permit

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People with invisible disabilities can now apply to use blue badge parking permits, the government has announced.

The Department for Transport (DfT) issued the new guidance on Saturday, advising that those with conditions such as dementia or anxiety disorders could be eligible for the scheme, which allows people to park closer to their destination.

But despite the new criteria, local authorities will still have the final say on who does and does not qualify. There are about 2.35 million holders of the blue badge in the UK at present. The DfT could not estimate how many more people would qualify after the extension of the rules.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “As a society, we don’t do enough for people with hidden disabilities. I hope this change to blue badge guidance will make…

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Single mum denied DWP disability benefits despite having cancer


A stock Statement from a DWP spokesman “We’re committed to ensuring that disabled people get the support they’re entitled to, and PIP is available for those who need help with the costs of additional support for their daily living and mobility needs.

“Universal Credit is available for those who need help with day-to-day living costs, and Ms Lyth is receiving her full entitlement.
“PIP decisions are made following careful consideration of the evidence provided by the individual as well as their GP or medical specialist, and anyone who is unhappy with their decision can appeal.”

However, what does it really mean, not much in effect. It is something to say, but is it meant?
More thought and effort should be given to all applications and ‘lessons learnt’ from the many mistakes that are made. Another stock saying and again is it meant, for the lessons never seem to be learnt.

For it is not appeals that should be pushed, but correct Assessments and decisions made, with appeals being there as a backstock.

Where is the caring, common sense and many other aspects in the process.

For myself it appears that the assessors first action is to refuse a benefit claim and in many instances not correctly doing assessments, for in some there are blantant lies emanating from Assessors for which there are being paid to do.

If an assessment is proved to be wrong is the assessor penalised, I doubt it, but the claimant was.

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Single mum-of-two denied DWP disability benefits despite having cervical cancer
Laura Lyth, 30, from Stoke on Trent, was told she does not qualify for a benefit only a month after she completed chemotherapy treatment.

A mum-of-two was turned down for long-term illness benefits – despite having treatment for cervical cancer. Laura Lyth, 30, was assessed for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) less than a month after her final chemotherapy treatment.

But the single mum has received a letter to say she does not qualify for the benefit, reports Stoke on Trent Live . Laura had been forced to leave her teacher training course following the diagnosis and can no longer afford to pay for her son to attend full-time nursery on Universal Credit .

Laura, from Basford, Staffordshire, said: “I applied for support in January after someone from the Douglas Macmillan Hospice advised me to apply because I was struggling to even…

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Civil servants fail to answer key DWP deaths questions


The meeting was a start, but the answers need to be coming, with a significance change of practice to eliminate mistakes, now that would be something.

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Civil servants fail to answer key DWP deaths questions after meeting grieving parentsJoy Dove head and shouldersSenior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.

Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.

The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.

During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her…

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Brussels says Brexit bill must be paid even with no-deal


With the EU in this mood then it will be No Deal and No Money, the money was for a Deal.

The Leader is not now in power so the old deal is now not on the Table, so EU change otherwise it is leave with No Deal at the end of October 2019 for any other result it will be the liquidation of the Conservative Party.

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Jeff Taylor
12 June 2019

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Housing Benefit Victory: Child poverty campaigners welcome Supreme Court verdict


This is in some respects is good news, but what is not good is that Housing Benefit is not able to cover all rents. Housing assistance needs to be made avalable and I believe this is the decision of the Supreme Court. However, this still means a private tennant could lose their home, therefore surely aome form of Affordable Rent legislation needs to be in force, so that tennants will not lose their accommodation due to housing benefit shortfalls or exorbitant rents being charged.

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Supreme Court rules that tenants should not be forced to use subsistence benefits to cover housing benefit shortfalls.

Ms Samuels applied to Birmingham City Council for housing assistance in June 2012 and July 2013, having fallen into rent arrears because of a substantial shortfall (just over £150 per month) between the rent on her private tenancy and her housing benefit of £550 a month.

She was a lone parent with 4 children and was unable to cover the rent shortfall from her non-housing benefits. She lost her tenancy, but the council decided that she was “intentionally homeless” on the grounds that her rent was deemed affordable and therefore the loss of that housing was said to be a result of her deliberate failure to pay the rent.

As the council regarded Ms Samuels as intentionally homeless, it did not have to help her obtain housing under the Housing Act 1996.

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Labour unveils raft of new policy plans, including abolishing Council Tax entirely for renters and least well-off homeowners | Evolve Politics


Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have unveiled a raft of new policy ideas designed to solve the housing crisis and make the economy fairer for the least well off – plans which include abolishing Council Tax entirely and replacing it with a “progressive property tax” to be paid only by asset-rich homeowners.

The policy paper, entitled ‘Land For The Many‘, has been co-authored by a host of progressive luminaries including Guardian journalist George Monbiot, and outlines 9 multifaceted policy recommendations which could be implemented by a future Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government.

The most eye-catching of the proposals is a plan to replace Council Tax with a “Progressive Property Tax” levied only on homeowners – meaning that private renters and low earners unable to get on the housing ladder would be completely freed from the burden of Council Tax.

The policy paper recommends that the new tax should be “based on contemporary property values“. and would only be “payable by owners, not tenants“, adding that the new system would:

 

Source: Labour unveils raft of new policy plans, including abolishing Council Tax entirely for renters and least well-off homeowners | Evolve Politics

Brexit news: Philip Hammond threatens to withhold money unless no deal taken off table | UK | News | Express.co.uk


Speaking to BBC News, Mr Hammond said he could not serve in a no-deal  cabinet. Ahead of a speech on Thursday, where he will warn Tory leadership hopefuls against “reckless” solutions offered by “populists,” Mr Hammond also did not rule out voting against a Conservative government in an attempt to block no deal. He said: “Leaving with no deal will be a very bad outcome for the economy. I’m not sure that people necessarily have understood what a risk we would be taking – not only with our economy but also with the future of our precious United Kingdom – if we left with no deal.”

 

Source: Brexit news: Philip Hammond threatens to withhold money unless no deal taken off table | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Dad with 6 months to live ‘devastated’ after DWP ask him to reapply for benefits


When will the DWP or more especially the Government realise the suffering they are causing by the stringent rules they have created within the benefit system.

To do nothing of note, which they are effectively doing is not caring, but uncaring.

Uncaring is the impression they are giving and the longer they stay in thier current mode the more uncaring they appear to be, which may be the reality.

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Ron Stevenson [below], 69, who is almost completely paralysed, was warned his benefit payments could stop on July 29 if he did not reply to a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions.

A terminally ill man with just six months to live was ‘devastated’ to be told he’d need to reapply for his benefits. Ron Stevenson, 69, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease 10 years ago and relies on moderate weekly care payments to supplement his care.

But last month, Ron received a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) calling for him to reapply for his benefits because he is up for reassessment. He says the letter told him if he did not reply his payments would stop on July 29.

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Fox says would be surprised if EU refuses to renegotiate Brexit terms – Reuters


CAIRO (Reuters) – British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday he would be surprised if the European Union did not agree to attempts to renegotiate the country’s exit deal, and that it was up to both sides to avoid a no-deal exit.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed three times to get the deal approved by parliament, has said she will resign on June 7 and several of those vying to replace her have said they plan to seek changes to the agreement.

“If the EU doesn’t want to negotiate any changes – which I think would be unfortunate and I think would be quite surprising – then I think that of course does increase the chance of a no deal exit,” Fox said during a trade visit to Egypt.

Fox was in Egypt after Bombardier, which has a manufacturing base in Britain, was named as the preferred bidder for a 3 billion euro ($3.35 billion) monorail in Egypt.

Britain is due to leave the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31, and the EU has repeatedly said its position is not open for renegotiation.

But, Fox said: “It’s in everybody’s interests that we try to find a compromise agreement that enables us to leave with stability, with predictability for our European partners as well as for the UK itself.”

 

Source: Fox says would be surprised if EU refuses to renegotiate Brexit terms – Reuters

European elections results REVEALED: Shocking rise in EU election vote | Politics | News | Express.co.uk


European election polling stations across the country have reported that turnout for the EU elections was up after millions of Britons visited the polls to vote on Thursday. Many of the first few councils to report turnout have said there was a marked increase compared to the last election in 2014. With Theresa May handing in her resignation today and MPs across Parliament calling for movement with the Brexit deadlock, the shocking rise in voters across the UK wanting there say is not a surprise, but how much has turnout risen?

 

Source: European elections results REVEALED: Shocking rise in EU election vote | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

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