Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com


In my 70 years of being in Yorkshire, especially Sheffield, rail development has always left us behind, but I believed that this would not be so with HS2. However, it seems that past experience is coming true again.

London appears to get anything it wishes for, but not the East of the Pennines.

No mention was made of Manchester so I assume that HS2 will be being extended up the West of the Pennines, so a double blow for the East.

So, much for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, broken promises again, but not for London.

 

Source: Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com

PIP Claimants Wrongly Accused Of Failing To Return PIP Forms


Again and again the DWP say one thing and then do another, but take the attitude that they are never wrong.

The DWP and that means the Government need to realise that they are dealing with people and not inanimate objects.

They should be transparent and honest, but this is a Government department and unfortunately it is a miracle if they are.

It is not as though not owning up about being wrong will cause no lasting damage and harm, for it will.

The DWP are ruthless in instigating sanctions and once a persons loses a benefit, it can not be reinstated when the wrong has been admitted.

Yes, the claimant can make another claim, but the loss of benefit income will not be regained and even worse, if a Motability vehicle is involved. For once the vehicle has been returned it can take months to obtain another, thus causing much distress to the claimants.

The DWP and the Government need to come into the real world and not play with the feelings of claimants.

Same Difference

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The DWP has mistakenly been sending out letters to PIP claimants telling them their PIP has been stopped because they failed to return a review form, the Disability News Service (DNS) is reporting.

Back in March, when the pandemic first began, many PIP claimants were told that they did not need to return their PIP review form and that their claims would be automatically extended.

However, it appears that last month an official at the DWP did a check for late return of forms and sent out letters to an unknown number of claimants telling them that their PIP had been stopped and, in some cases, that they had to return their Motability vehicles and might have to repay some of the money they had received.

One claimant who received a letter told DNS that she had originally been told by the DWP…

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‘It really knocks my confidence’ My life as a wheelchair user at Wales’ train stations | ITV News


Builders of train stations “need to think more about disabled people”, according to a campaigner from Cardiff

Source: ‘It really knocks my confidence’ My life as a wheelchair user at Wales’ train stations | ITV News

NHS parking charges: Senior Tories launch rebellion as Matt Hancock hints at U-turn following backlash : inews


Conservative MPs are lobbying the Prime Minister to abolish fees at hospital car parks permanently

Source: NHS parking charges: Senior Tories launch rebellion as Matt Hancock hints at U-turn following backlash : inews

Cornwall farmer covers Mercedes in SLURRY after owner parked on his field ‘to go to the beach’ | Daily Mail Online


The tractor driver fired muck all over the luxury car near a gate on his farm in Cornwall. A clip of the incident emerged after people flocked to the coast to enjoy the warm weather over the weekend.

Source: Cornwall farmer covers Mercedes in SLURRY after owner parked on his field ‘to go to the beach’ | Daily Mail Online

Should you fly yet? An epidemiologist and an exposure scientist walk you through the decision process : The Conversation


Fear of flying means something altogether different in the age of the new coronavirus. Now the biggest concern is how to keep from becoming infected. If you must fly, here are some things to consider.

Source: Should you fly yet? An epidemiologist and an exposure scientist walk you through the decision process : The Conversation

European airlines could face class-action suit over unpaid coronavirus refunds | Euronews


A number of major European carriers have defied EU regulations that require refunds to be paid within seven days of a flight being cancelled.

Source: European airlines could face class-action suit over unpaid coronavirus refunds | Euronews