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Nadia Clarke writes about the damaging impact that cuts to her personal budget will have on her life.

Source: My Rights | Publications by date | Library | The Centre for Welfare Reform

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Why aren’t people entitled to benefits claiming them?

Source: Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion


John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017

About 900,000 disabled people will see their weekly incomes fall by at least £50 a week by 2020, because of the continuing impact of the government’s welfare reforms, according to new research.

The research by the consultancy Policy in Practice found that, of 7.2 million working-age, low-income households, more than two-fifths of those containing a working-age disabled person would lose at least £50 a week, compared with November 2016.

The report, The Cumulative Impact Of Welfare Reform: A National Picture, says the impact of measures introduced after November 2016 will see the average low-income household containing a working-age disabled person lose £51.47 a week by 2020, compared with an average loss of £35.82 for households not containing a disabled person.

This will come on top of an average weekly loss of more than £20 for low-income households containing a working-age disabled person as a result of welfare reforms introduced pre-November 2016 – such as the benefit cap, cuts to housing benefit and the bedroom tax – although this figure does not take account of rising living costs.

 

Source: Welfare reform ‘will see £50 a week more cuts to 900,000 disabled people’ – Black Triangle Campaign


Lately, the news has been immersed in images of the city of Houston, Texas  swallowed by a torrent of flood water.  We’ve felt sympathy for those affected, we’ve  worried about their welfare. And we’ve all probably thought, “What if that was my family?” We hope it will never happen, but sometimes it does.  Fire, flood, […]

Source: Helping People With Autism Communicate in a Disaster – Autism Parenting Magazine


It seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all the partisans – leavers and remainers – should bury our differences and work together. That’s proving more difficult than it should be. No one in politics likes to concede defeat, particularly if they secretly dislike some of their opponents.

The EU referendum opened a chasm in our nation. Two different views: Britain versus Europe, migration versus integration; internationalism versus national identity, metropolitan versus small town, management versus the factory floor. The outcome was not just a shock, and for many it was hard to accept. The European Union, if not loved by many, was taken for granted as part of our political architecture. The “great repeal bill” is the latest staging ground of this fight. Really an adoption bill, it aims to transfer lots of EU legislation into UK law. Businesses, citizens and government agencies need a legal basis to conduct their activities – and this adoption process is essential to a smooth Brexit. But weak governments with complex bills are easy prey. When Theresa May went to the country in April, she claimed she needed a larger majority lest the opposition parties derail the process. Now it is her own benches to which she is casting worried glances.

I campaigned for remain. And I want the UK to retain close ties to Europe and keep many of the benefits of easy trade, workers’ rights and co-operation. But I also recognise that managing migration – understanding public concerns beyond the big cities – will have to be part of any deal. This will require a tailor-made solution for the UK. But to start with businesses, citizens and government agencies need a legal basis to conduct their activities. This great adoption of EU law is essential to a smooth Brexit.

Source: I know the ‘great repeal bill’ has its flaws. But we need cooperation to improve it | Caroline Flint | Opinion | The Guardian


Reports have emerged of rising discrimination against EU nationals trying to get jobs, rent properties, and buy holidays. A dossier of ‘more than two dozen’ examples of discrimination has been compiled by both the Labour Party and the3million – an EU citizens’ rights campaign group – and sent to the government’s equality office, which is now […]

Source: NO EUROPEANS ALLOWED: Landlords and employers have started advertising for British-only vacancies | Evolve Politics


It’s been more than a year since the UK voted to leave the EU after more than 40 years of membership.Parliament is set to vote on the EU withdrawal bill, which transfers EU law into UK legislation

Source: *What’s changed since the Brexit vote? | Visual.ONS

 

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Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank have started the new school year in improvised tents after Israeli authorities demolished their classrooms the day before term began.

Around 80 children aged five to 10 from the village of Jub-Ad-Dhib had to attend classes in cramped tarpaulin tents or under the hot sun on Wednesday. One day earlier, Israeli authorities had decided to confiscate and destroy steel terrapin cabins used as school buildings along with other educational equipment.

The area was sealed off, declared a military zone, and security forces used stun grenades to keep residents away, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a statement.

Israeli media said that locals had thrown stones at soldiers during the demolition.

Source: Israel destroys Palestinian classrooms ahead of first day of school | The Independent


When we met, he smiled, complimented my looks, took me to fine restaurants, took me dancing. He showed me off, flashing me on his arm like expensive cufflinks. He swept me off my feet, showered me with attention, overwhelmed me with the intensity of his desire for me. He told me how great and accomplished he was and how lucky I was to have him, marveled at the confluence of events in the universe that had brought us together. One month after the day we met he told me he loved me, and one month after that he proposed. Not so much proposed as began talking about how we would be married some day, as though it were the most natural assumption in the world, the inevitable result of our miraculous joining. He said that having a ceremony was almost redundant because we were already married in God’s eyes, yet it was urgent that we marry as soon as possible because the only way we could be together physically was within the sanctity of marriage, which was the only way he wanted his

 

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On the day we heard Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow admit he felt he was on the wrong side of the social divide while reporting on the Grenfell Tower fire, we learn that former residents of the towe…

Source: Grenfell Tower and the social divide: If this doesn’t make you angry, what’s wrong with you? | Vox Political

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