Aldi forced to apologise after stopping mum from using NHS vouchers to buy baby milk formula

So Aldi are blaming technology, what has happened to common sense and human involvement.

A till can’t read the terms of the vouchers, but a human could and this could have been resolved by human override.

Or are we now so reliant on technology,that no one is prepared to do the right thing or are we just scared to challenge as this could cost someone their job.

There are too many rules and regulations that the openning for use of intuitive is now closed.

What a World we now live in.

Govt Newspeak

As if using milk tokens isn’t hard enough, then you get this! Imagine if the Tories got their way and we had a food stamps system [like the USA] source – you wouldn’t be able to shop in bargain stores,

Budget supermarket Aldi has apologised and blamed the incident at its Newcastle store on a “technical issue” which it says has now been resolved

A young mum has slammed budget supermarket Aldi after the store stopped her from using NHS vouchers to buy baby milk formula. Mary Crawford tried to use Healthy Start vouchers in the Newcastle store to buy two tubs of Mamia first infant formula for four-month-old son Marshall Holmes.

But the vouchers were rejected after the 23-year-old says she was told they could not be redeemed for soya-based milk. And when Mary, who shares her name with her mother and asked not to be pictured, complained to Aldi HQ…

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Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained to a corpse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

The government’s decision to extend the contracts of two discredited companies that carry out disability benefit assessments has been branded “appalling”, “shocking” and “a complete con”.

The move has also been criticised by the Scottish government.

Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, told MPs in a written statement this week that she planned to extend the assessment contracts for the two companies that carry out the personal independence payment (PIP) assessments – Atos and Capita – by a further two years.

The contracts had been due to end in the middle of 2019.

Newton also announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was developing its own IT system that would allow it to “enable more providers to deliver PIP”.

Some commentators – including Frank Field, chair of the Commons work and pensions committee – took this to mean that Newton was threatening that DWP would carry out PIP assessments itself if Atos and Capita did not improve their performance over the next two years.

But one disabled people’s organisation, Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS), said on its Facebook page that the reason for the two-year contract extension was that Atos “owns the IT system that DWP rely on for PIP claims, and they can’t sack them until DWP has developed its own IT system”.


Source: Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained to a corpse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

Are smart meters in the home really safe? | Property | Life & Style |

Millions of smart meters have already been installed across the country, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

By 2020, the Government hopes everyone in Great Britain will have made the switch from old-style gas and electricity meters to the new smart meters.

“Ten million smart meters are now operating in Great Britain and thousands are being installed every day,” says Claire Perry MP, Minister for Clean Energy and Growth.

Smart meters, which send accurate information to energy suppliers in near-real time, are set to give consumers more control over their energy costs with the potential to save money on their bills.

Not only that, but they could help families and small businesses use less energy, as consumers get a more accurate picture of how much gas and electricity they use. Indeed, the meters are forecast to take £300m off consumer bills in 2020 alone.


Source: Are smart meters in the home really safe? | Property | Life & Style |

Amazon Admits Alexa Device Eavesdropped On Portland Family : Huffington Post

Amazon’s Alexa device has a lot of good qualities, but one bad one: It eavesdrops.

A couple in Portland, Oregon, was shocked to discover Alexa recorded a private conversation in their home and then sent it to a random person on their contact list.

Danielle, who asked her last name not be identified, told KIRO TV the revelation brought to life a fear that she and her husband had when they first installed the devices to handle their home’s heat, lights and security system.

“My husband and I would joke and say ‘I’d bet these devices are listening to what we’re saying,’” she said.

Things took a chilling turn into Big Brother territory about two weeks ago when the couple got a phone call from an employee of Danielle’s husband.

The message: “Unplug your Alexa devices right now. You’re being hacked.”


Source: Amazon Admits Alexa Device Eavesdropped On Portland Family : Huffington Post

Ten million British jobs could be gone in 15 years. No one knows what happens next | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian

Plenty of people may not have heard of the retail firm Shop Direct. Its roots go back to the distant heyday of catalogue shopping, and two giants of that era, Littlewoods and Great Universal Stores. Now it is the parent company behind the online fashion brand Very and the reinvented All this may sound innocuous enough. But in two areas of Greater Manchester, Shop Direct is newly notorious.

Until now, what the modern corporate vernacular calls “fulfilment” – in other words, packing up people’s orders and seeing to returns – has been dealt with at three Shop Direct sites, in Chadderton and Shaw, near Oldham, and in Little Hulton, three miles south of Bolton. But the company now has plans to transfer all such tasks to a “fully automated”, 500,000 sq ft “distribution and returns centre” located in a logistics park in the east Midlands. The compulsory consultation period begins tomorrow, and the shopworkers’ union Usdaw and local politicians are up in arms: if it happens in full, the move will entail the loss of 1,177 full-time posts, and 815 roles currently performed by agency workers; on the new site there will only be jobs for about 500 people. At a time when apparently low unemployment figures blind people to the fragility and insecurity of so much work, the story is a compelling straw in the wind: probably the starkest example I have yet seen of this era of automation, and the disruption and pain it threatens.


Source: Ten million British jobs could be gone in 15 years. No one knows what happens next | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian

League table ‘would help government departments improve on assistive technology’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

The government should set up a league table of its departments so it can compare their performance in enabling the use of assistive technology by disabled civil servants, a committee of MPs has suggested.

The Commons work and pensions select committee says in its Assistive Technology report that a league table would “incentivise” government departments to “improve quickly”.

Earlier this year, Disability News Service reported how a disabled civil servant told the committee how her career had stalled because of the failure of the IT systems in the Home Office to cope with the assistive technology she needed to do her job.

The new report says that civil service computer systems are often not fully accessible to users of assistive technology (AT), even though all departments are signed up to the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident programme as “leaders”, the highest level of accreditation.

It says the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should introduce new AT-specific criteria at all three levels of Disability Confident – which is supposed to encourage employers to hire disabled people – and include detailed AT support in its new Disability Confident information portal.


Source: League table ‘would help government departments improve on assistive technology’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

NHS digital programme to benefit from £760m government funding : digital health

The government has announced it is releasing £760 million into the NHS, which includes money to improve the use of its digital programme as part of the national health body’s 70th birthday.

The Department of Health and Social Care announced the money is part of a £760 million investment to modernise and transform NHS hospitals and community services over the next 10 years.

Part of the funding includes £150 million set aside to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient.

This includes “improve the use of a digital programme that helps the NHS use its workforce better” and “improve pharmacy IT and administration systems to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety”.

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) will also receive £300 million to transform local hospital services. It proposes to use the funding to develop an emergency care site and a separate planned care site, with 24-hour urgent care centres at both sites.


Source: NHS digital programme to benefit from £760m government funding : digital health

Health and wellbeing company, LiveWire, launches one of the most dementia-friendly community facilities in the UK | DisabledGo News and Blog

North west-based health and lifestyle provider, LiveWire, launches the first phase of its new state-of-the-art community facility designed specifically to support people with dementia

The £16 million regeneration scheme, developed in collaboration with the University of Stirling and Warrington Disability Partnership, includes a range of dementia-friendly features such as natural and artificial lighting, new signage and floor finishes, accessible toilets and quiet room

Multi-million pound scheme – aiming to become the first public building to achieve The University of Stirling’s DSDC Gold Award for its dementia-friendly architecture and design – includes new, fully accessible fitness suite with top-of-the-range equipment, new community library, reception floor walkers and fingerprint check-in.

A new cutting edge £16 million community facility and fitness centre – hailed as one of the UK’s most dementia-friendly buildings – has opened its doors in Warrington, Cheshire.

LiveWire Warrington, the largest provider of leisure, library and lifestyle services in the town, has unveiled the first phase of its newly refurbished Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub after an extensive 12-month redevelopment.

The new community facility and fitness hub, designed in collaboration with Walker Simpson Architects has been specifically designed to meet leading dementia-friendly standards throughout, creating a safe and welcoming environment for people living with the condition.

The building’s new state-of-the-art fitness suite includes a comprehensive selection of equipment approved by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), and provides easy-to-use kit enabling those with Alzheimer’s to stay physically active.


Source: Health and wellbeing company, LiveWire, launches one of the most dementia-friendly community facilities in the UK | DisabledGo News and Blog

World Autism Awareness Week: Video highlights difficulties autistic people face on public transport | DisabledGo News and Blog

Travelling on public transport can be pretty stressful at the best of times.

However, for someone who is autistic, venturing on their everyday commute and facing the unknown can be an incredibly overwhelming experience.

The National Autistic Society has released a video called Diverted that shows a young autistic woman trying to remain calm while on a train surrounded by other people.

The video illustrates how things such as loud noises, flashing lights and accidental knocks with fellow passengers can trigger emotive responses from an autistic individual.

It’s been released as part of the National Autistic Society’s “Too Much Information” campaign to mark World Autism Awareness Week, which is taking place this year from March 26 until April 2.

The person cast in the lead role of the video is Saskia Lupin, a 21-year-old aspiring actor from Brighton.

Lupin is autistic and personally finds travelling on public transport extremely tough.

“I struggle a lot with the unexpected changes that can take place: they make me feel anxious, they make me panic, they make me angry but overall I feel confused, like I can’t do anything and all sense of rationality is lost,” she wrote for the Huffington Post.


Source: World Autism Awareness Week: Video highlights difficulties autistic people face on public transport | DisabledGo News and Blog

Wife reveals difference in treatment of breast and prostate cancer : Mail Online

When Ana Macedo-Brown heard the doctor say the words she’d been dreading since finding a lump in her breast, she didn’t think things could get worse.

That was until her husband, Dave, took her hand outside the consulting room and said: ‘Well, that makes both of us. I’ve got cancer too.’

In a devastating turn of events, Dave, 64, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and had kept it a secret, four days before Ana, 56, his wife of 19 years, learned her news.

Six years on, Ana and Dave are cancer-free. But their shared experience sheds light on the starkly different ways in which the medical profession, and indeed wider society, treats these two types of cancer.

As the Mail revealed last month, prostate cancer is now a bigger killer in this country, with more than 11,800 men dying from the disease every year, compared with 11,400 women dying of breast cancer. Despite this, it receives half the research funding and treatments trail a decade behind.

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Source: Wife reveals difference in treatment of breast and prostate cancer : Mail Online