DWP slammed for asking writer to help ’empower’ women into paid work… without paying her

I like Writer Amber Massie-Blomfield and wish her well in her chosen profession.

The DWP have no idea how to proceed and neither does Mcvey, it should be Mcvey who should work for nothing until she is competent to do her role in Government, that is, if she will ever be competent.

Govt Newspeak

Hey come on some people have got to work for nothing, so useless ministers’ like Mcvey can get their massive bonuses

Amber Massie-Blomfield hit out at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in an open e-mail that she posted on Twitter

Writer Amber Massie-Blomfield [left] hit out at the Department for Work and Pensions & has blasted the government for asking her to promote a campaign all about helping people into paid work… without actually paying her. She hit out at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in an open e-mail that she posted on Twitter.

She was asked to be part of the Her Way campaign, which aims to showcase “routes into employment” and “empower” women to “craft their own future” in work. The campaign declares: “Women are often caught up in conflicting messages about their work: they ‘can’t’ do certain jobs or reach certain job levels…

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Disabled lawyers face widespread discrimination, say researchers | DisabledGo News and Blog

Disabled people in the legal profession are facing widespread discrimination, with outdated working practices and a failure to provide them with the support they need, according to early results from a ground-breaking piece of research.

The initial findings of the Legally Disabled? research project show that disabled people seeking jobs or working in the legal profession are “an untapped resource”.

They have often been attracted to a career in the law because of “a strong passion for human rights and fairness”, and their lived experience of disability has led to “strong ambition, tenacity, determination and excellent problem-solving skills”.

But positive experiences of “support, good attitudes and appropriate reasonable adjustments are a lottery”, say the researchers.

The early findings of the research have come from eight focus groups of disabled legal professionals, including judges, barristers and solicitors.

A “large proportion” of those who took part in the focus groups said they had faced disability discrimination.

The aims of the research, which is being conducted by Professor Debbie Foster, of Cardiff University Business School, and independent researcher Dr Natasha Hirst, are to explore the barriers to employment and career progression and examine ways in which they have been addressed successfully.

They then hope to identify ways in which the legal profession can become more inclusive and accessible for disabled people.


Source: Disabled lawyers face widespread discrimination, say researchers | DisabledGo News and Blog

Theresa May’s DWP minister just stood up in parliament and whitewashed a ‘human catastrophe’

The UK in this is doing exactly what Trump is doing in the US and as in the case of Trump, the UK Government needs to listen and act accordingly for eventually, if not now they will be held to account, not only by the population of the UK but by the World for the distress, injury and complete lack of safeguarding for extremely vulnerable people in the UK.

Govt Newspeak

In August 2017, the UN accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and successive Conservative-led governments of creating a “human catastrophe” in the UK. Nearly ten months on, in parliament, the government was still essentially denying it had done anything wrong – ignoring UN accusations of “grave” and “systematic” violations of people’s human rights.


The DWP and the government: creating a “human catastrophe”

As The Canary previously reported, last August the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) met to assess how well the UK government was sticking to its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, which the UK government ratified in 2009. The UNCRPD heard evidence from disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), charities, and NGOs. But it also heard counter-arguments from the UK government.

The committee’s assessment was damning. Its chair, Theresia Degener, said:

Evidence before us now and in…

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Social care funding crisis leaves the NHS in limbo | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

Four themes dominated this year’s gathering of the health service clan at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Manchester: priorities for the new money, avoiding another winter crisis, re-energising the redesign of clinical services, and finding, keeping and training the staff to do it all.

The health and social care secretary, Jeremy Hunt, indicated the shape of the offer to be made to taxpayers over more NHS funding. It will be tied to “simple goals” on priorities such as cancer treatment, maternity, waiting time standards for mental health support and integrating health and social care.

Hunt and the NHS leadership are pinning their hopes on avoiding another winter dominated by the wholesale cancellation of elective surgery by freeing up 4,000 beds through slashing the number of long stayers. The plan is to cut the number of patients in hospital for more than three weeks by a quarter over the coming months. It is curious that there is not a parallel push to reduce inappropriate admissions of frail elderly people.


Source: Social care funding crisis leaves the NHS in limbo | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

Empowering Muslim women strengthens our community, and that begins in our mosques – The i – Weekend Reads #47

It’s been a long but important month as Muslims around the world marked Ramadan.

Eid, this weekend, will mark the end of a month-long spiritual journey. Your soul is fed and you celebrate with your loved ones. Eid is a vibrant celebration which continues the focus on charity.

Muslims see Ramadan as an opportunity to give back to their local community and make a positive contribution. This sense of community is reinforced through al-jama’ah, the act of collective prayer.

Being part of a community

According to the Qur’an, it is obligatory for men to pray within their mosque while women should pray where they can. Although there is not a requirement that women must attend the mosque, it is a special place for everyone. Praying is not just about the building you’re in, it is about being part of a community.

To pray together may be optional for women,

Source: Empowering Muslim women strengthens our community, and that begins in our mosques – The i – Weekend Reads #47

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Backing for national demo on SEND cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog

Disabled trade unionists have unanimously backed calls for a national demonstration this autumn against cuts to support for disabled children and those with special educational needs.

Janine Booth, co-chair of the TUC disabled workers’ committee, who proposed the emergency motion, said the government was making “brutal cuts” to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding.

Booth, whose motion was passed unanimously, was speaking at the TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference in Bournemouth, which was attended by disabled delegates from 22 unions.

Her motion said the cuts would have a “significant adverse effect” on the education and job prospects of disabled children, and on the resources available to education workers, and that these and other austerity cuts were “not an economic necessity but a political choice”.

Labour-run Waltham Forest council in London has announced 2.3 per cent cuts to high needs budgets, she said, with Labour-run Hackney council cutting high needs budgets by five per cent and SEND provision by another £5 million.

Booth said that cuts like these were forcing disabled children out of mainstream schools and into segregated special schools.

The government’s own figures show that the proportion of pupils with statements of special education needs or education, health and care plans who were attending state-funded, mainstream secondary schools plunged from 28.8 per cent in 2010, to just 22.2 per cent in 2017.

But Booth said there was “a fightback going on” and that it was important the demonstration took place “to stop a further round of cuts next year and reverse the cuts that have been made”.

She told fellow delegates: “It is very disappointing to me that a Labour coun


Source: TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Backing for national demo on SEND cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog

The DWP just revealed the results of its new ‘back to work’ project.

The DWP acting as GOD, when will they ever learn that they are not competent doing what they do.

Govt Newspeak

The DWP just revealed the results of its new ‘back to work’ project. Oh dear…

On Thursday 7 June, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published the results of a trial of its latest back-to-work programme. All things considered, it was a disaster.

Another day, another DWP cock up

The two-year trial [pdf, p27] of 10,600 claimants was part of the DWP’s “Personalisation Pathfinder” programme. It’s essentially a strategy of intensive and personalised support to get disabled, sick and unemployed people back into work, or improve their health and wellbeing so as to prepare them for employment.

These are the methods the trial used:

The Personalisation Pathfinder programme

It was a disaster, even by the DWP’s own standards.

Just three in ten claimants were in work 12 months after joining the programme [pdf, p3]. 52% did report [pdf, p3] an improvement in their dubiously-self-assessed “wellbeing”, but 37% said it actually deteriorated. Three in ten reported [pdf, p3]improvements in self-measured social isolation, but “the proportion of…

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Mindfulness by itself won’t cure loneliness – ending austerity is key | Moya Sarner | Opinion | The Guardian

Are we living through an epidemic of loneliness? Well, it depends who you ask. One Red Cross study found that more than 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the adult population – are often or always lonely, and in January Tracey Crouch was appointed the so-called “minister for loneliness” to tackle the problem.

But the experts can’t decide if things are actually getting worse. At Cheltenham science festival last week Aparna Shankar, from St George’s, University of London, described levels of loneliness in the UK as having been “fairly consistent” since the 1940s.

However, in her book iGen, the US academic Jean M Twenge cited studies showing that 31% more American teenagers felt lonely in 2015 than in 2011, which she attributes to the rise of the smartphone.

But this is the least interesting question to be asking. Interviewing experts in neuroscience, genomics, evolutionary biology, psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis has helped me understand something about what loneliness does to our brains, bodies and minds. These conversations introduced me to the theory that loneliness evolved as a biological warning sign, like hunger, thirst or pain, to tell us that isolation is a threat to our health, and we need to find some social nourishment.

You cannot simply cure loneliness by shoving a load of lonely people randomly in a room together, because loneliness is not defined by being alone, but by feeling alone even when surrounded by others; it is about the quality of the connection, not the number of our social relationships. Feeling lonely makes your sleep worse, and transforms your immune response. Greater loneliness means poorer outcomes for people with mental health problems.


Source: Mindfulness by itself won’t cure loneliness – ending austerity is key | Moya Sarner | Opinion | The Guardian

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