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Now there is one more and how many since this one more, surely anyone with any brain cells can see that this system is ‘not fit for purpose’ as for as the public and all others who care.

But it is ‘fit for purpose’ for all those who do not care.

Where do the DWP and the Government and the ESA assessors fit into the above mentioned ‘fit for purpose’ comments, I will leave this to you, but I feel it is not that difficult to decide.

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A man with terminal cancer died before he was able to appeal a ruling by the Department for Work and Pensions which stated he was “fit to work”.

Phillip Balderson, 46, had been working at a hotel in the Lake District but was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2013.

He also had psoriatic arthritis and a number of mental health problems, including anxiety and OCD.

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This Writer has been meaning to look into this information, and how it ties in with other sources of information that condemn the way ESA is administered by the Conservative-run Department for Work and Pensions.

In the meantime, here’s the Disability News Service piece:

“Shocking” NHS statistics have revealed that almost half of the people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit in England have attempted suicide at some point in their life.

The figures, showing rates of self-harm among claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA), were published by NHS Digital in September 2016, but have apparently never been reported by the media.

Although only one in 15 adults (6.7 per cent) in the general population had ever made a suicide attempt, that rose to 43.2 per cent for ESA claimants, and as high as 47.1 per cent for female ESA claimants.

 

Source: ‘Shocking’ NHS stats show nearly half ESA claimants have attempted suicide  : voxpoliticalonline.com


SNP Social Justice spokesperson at Westminster Neil Gray MP has said the Tories need to face up to the fact that they are still planning to ‘plunge hundreds of thousands more people into poverty’ with their Universal Credit policies (UC), and that the public must be allowed to see the internal assessment reports.

The comments come as a result of today’s UC debate in which the UK government minister responsible -David Gauke – made a concession which would mean he will make available redacted copies of Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) assessment reports on Universal Credit, to the Westminster Work and Pensions committee.

However, the Secretary of State confirmed to Neil Gray during the debate that he will still challenge the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruling to publish the reports at the High Court.

The ICO has already said they should be published publicly and in full – as that is specifically in the public interest.

 

Source: Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports


It would appear that DWP PIP are in a different Universe as they are unaware of what is occurring in this one or is their first reaction to lie as they are stating the opposite of what is now, apparently, being proceeded with.

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A personal experience of what sanction targets in the Personal Independence Payments system are doing to claimants and their families.

A quick glance at disability forums online and PIP’s continued harm becomes evident. “Face-to-face” assessments are routinely error-strewn and have received a litany of complaints regarding the conduct of assessors, the tribunal service has made it clear the DWP’s presentation of cases is generally terrible, and claimants transferred from the old Disability Living Allowance are finding their claims downgraded at a relentless pace.

For those unfamiliar, PIP is assessed as follows:

  • An initial claim is made by phone
  • The claimant completes a form detailing how their disability affects them

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A recent BMJ study showed that government cuts in England have caused extra deaths compared with trends before 2010. But how reliable are studies that link austerity with increased deaths?

There is strong evidence that budget cuts affect health. In Greece, the recent economic crisis led to large cuts in government spending. Spending on health was capped at six per cent of rapidly falling gross domestic product (GDP). A single example of the effect of this policy is on drug users and needles. In 2009, cuts were made in the number of syringes and condoms distributed by the government. In just three years, the number of new HIV infections increased from 15 to 484 a year.

In Eastern Europe, the collapse of communism led to mass privatisations of key industries. This was strongly linked to increased deaths in men of working age. This was partly due to an increase in alcohol consumption, some of which was not produced for human use.

There is also a link between spending cuts and increases in suicide. This was seen in the US during the Great Depression and during the recent Eurozone crisis, particularly in Greece.

Limitations

We see that there is good evidence linking cuts to deaths, but these studies have limitations. The first is that we don’t see the alternative scenario. What would have happened if the cuts had not been made; we see increases in deaths, but could they have been avoided? A partial solution is to look at countries that avoided austerity.

 

Source: Austerity is linked to increased deaths – the data is clear


Buried deep in a note towards the end of a recent bulletin published by the British government’s statistical agency was a startling revelation. On average, people in the UK are now projected to live shorter lives than previously thought.

In their projections, published in October 2017, statisticians at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that by 2041, life expectancy for women would be 86.2 years and 83.4 years for men. In both cases, that’s almost a whole year less than had been projected just two years earlier. And the statisticians said life expectancy would only continue to creep upwards in future.

As a result, and looking further ahead, a further one million earlier deaths are now projected to happen across the UK in the next 40 years by 2058. This number was not highlighted in the report. But it jumped out at us when we analysed the tables of projections published alongside it.

It means that the 110 years of steadily improving life expectancy in the UK are now officially over. The implications for this are huge and the reasons the statistics were revised is a tragedy on an enormous scale.

A rising tide of life

 

Source: Life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – why?


This is not good news for the disabled and others on low incomes and just proves that you can not trust this Government. On coming into office as Prime Minister Theresa May promised that she would ‘place fairness and social justice at the heart of her premiership’. This we now see was an empty promise and further reduces the trust we all have with regards to our politicians.

At a time when Brexit is a major Government priority, social justice should be, at least, an equal footing.

It now appears that the plight of the disabled and others on low incomes will be made even worse than it is now. We have already seen the punitive cuts to welfare benefits and the assessment processes that are ‘not fit for purpose’.

At a time when our trust in politicians and this Government ,in particular, is extremely low, it is now to be reduced even further.

Does this Government really wish to remove disability and others on low incomes by causing their extinction, by creating conditions that will cause situations where their life survival cannot be maintained. Thus removing many from the welfare system, not by improving their quality of life, but by ending their life.

Source: Theresa May faces new crisis after mass walkout over social policy


How Charles Dickens reinvented Christmas and the current Tory Government have removed Christmas. It is a pity that the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are not available to visit The Prime Minister Theresa May and all of her Ministers.

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I am a great Dickens fan and love his work as well as his philanthropy and exposure of the treatment of the poor, I think he’d turn in his grave if he saw how the Victorian poverty he witnessed is back. The more I add articles about the poor denied benefits via Universal Credit to the despicable treatment of the disabled denied PIP/ESA the more I’m convinced that the Tories are adhering to Thatcher’s ideology by taking us back to Victorian “values People unaffected by the welfare “reforms” are either 1) unconcerned about what is happening to the jobless/disabled/poor 2) Blissfully unaware that they are one illness/accident or job loss from suffering the same fate as millions of others and when they ask what help they can get, they will be told:

Ebenezer:But have they no refuge, no resource?
Spirit of Christmas Present: [quoting Scrooge] Are there no…

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This is a continuing trend and is anyone at the DWP listening as all they do is quote the statistics re claims submitted, those approved, those declined and those successful at appeal.

Unfortunately you can use statistics to prove virtually anything that you wish to and Government departments at Ace in this, if nothing else.

What they should be looking at is the standard of those claims that are declined to be then approved on appeal, to ensure whatever needs to be learned to achieve an even greater success rate of correctly dealing with claims instead of just juggling figures.

This would not only save money, as every case going to appeal costs more then a correctly assessed original claim. Is it that they are so focused on declining claims that accuracy takes a backseat and in doing so more money is required to the assessing process than should be if the claim had originally been assessed correctly.

This, if looked at logically, is a nonsensical approach and is purely down to shortsightedness and a refusal to learn from mistakes.

Not only is it costing more money within the finality of the process, but even more importantly is the distress and harm it is causing for the respected claimants, who in the longer term are causing more resources to be required within, not only with Social Care, but also the the health services to manage the health conditions that theses assessment processes are causing the respected claimants to suffer from.

For all concerned why can they not ensure that they get it right the first time.

Maybe, as many feel, the DWP just do not care how much suffering they are responsible for.

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Bethen Thorpe, who has an incurable brain condition, has spoken out against the way the government checks claims for disability benefits after a charity revealed almost a third of people with multiple sclerosis who apply for the payment had their claims turned down between April 2013 and and April 2017. Picture: BERNARD CRANE

Bethen Thorpe, who has an incurable brain condition, has spoken out against the way the government checks claims for disability benefits after a charity revealed almost a third of people with multiple sclerosis who apply for the payment had their claims turned down between April 2013 and and April 2017.

A woman with an incurable brain disease has spoken out about the battle she faced to get disability benefit after a charity revealed almost a third of sufferers have claims denied.

Thorpe, of North Hill, Highgate, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in October 2014. She was forced to apply for disability benefit after extreme fatigue, balance issues and poor eyesight meant she had to give up a job as The Victoria pub landlady.

But the 41-year-old, whose condition means she is unable to walk long distances, had to travel to Chelmsford for an assessment after sending a 35 page…

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A good question for in the Tories austerity campaign there appears to be no room for manoeuvre to allow any reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

Will any existing European Union legislation be maintained into UK law and furthermore will EU legislation coming through be also included. Without these current and forthcoming EU legislations the outlook for disabled people will be even more depressing and unequal as it is already.

All of the UK needs to unify behind ensuring that disabled people now and after Brexit are not abandoned by this Tory Government, as you may also become disabled within your lifetime. Think of others like you would for yourself and your own family, otherwise the life for disabled will be far worse than it is now and now is not as good as it should be.

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