More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian


One in seven adults estimated to be food-insecure, up 57% from January, owing to rising cost of living

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The cost of living crisis in the UK has been bad for sometime, but with increasing costs, food, energy to name, but 2 more and more are having major problems feeding themselves and their families and very little is being done by this Government to help those in real need.

No increase in benefits, salaries if at all rising they are not inline with inflation, so more and more people are falling into poverty, even people who are employed.

Then we have the MP, Lee Anderson, criticising people who attend food banks, by saying they don’t know how to cook meals from scratch, but at food banks people are refusing food that needs to be cooked as they can’t afford the energy costs.

This Government could do more, but is currently refusing to do so. people health will continue to deteriorate, causing more pressures on the NHS and eventually many deaths will occur.

Could it be that this government is wishing for deaths as that will reduce the welfare costs.

 

Source: More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian

Non-domiciliary residency and paying UK tax


It is now in the news that the wife, Akshata Murty of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, being of India origin is unable to obtain Dual Nationality and decided to retain her Indian Nationality rather than applying for UK Nationality. This means she does pay UK taxes on her income earned within the UK, which has been stated that she does, but not with regards to any income earned in India and this has been so for the last 7 years as this is paid un der India’s system

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also stated that this was not possible after 15 years, but didn’t take time to expand on this’

I would stress this is all perfectly legal as is the situation such as Amazon and paying UK tax, but is it ethical and only open to persons or companies of wealth.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also states that the tax affairs of Akshata Murty should be treated as being private and this |I would normally agree with, but she is married to Rishi, the Chancellor you by them being a couple could well be enjoying the benefits of his wife’s earnings, so with this questioning should be done.

Many in the UK are suffering considerably due to the measures introduced by Rishi to gain more revenue, while revenue is being avoided by his wife as she chooses to retain Indian Nationality rather than obtain UK Nationality as she could do having been in the UK for 3 years.

A Tory prime minister, one David Cameron, once said ‘we are in it together‘, which reflected his comment when in Opposition.

Talk is easy, but actions are what are noticed and rightly so.

We are never all in this together for it is down to wealth, the less you have the less equal you are, when the true equality should be, in that for all to be equal, more needs to be done to bring people up to being more equal for it will never be that the wealthy give to make those less wealthy more so. Even, if the miracle does happen, the wealthy have the means to leave the UK, which the less wealthy have not.

Will a millionaire, ever need to attend a food bank, for if they do it will be because only millionaires and billionaires exist as all below have creased to exist and the millionaires will then be the new poor. No wealth redistribution only the extermination of those who have no means to exist, which in many instances are quickly approaching and for some already have.

It is said that there is a facility to voluntarily pay the tax you would have paid if you were eligible to pay, so as a gesture of goodwill she could pay voluntarily, for she can afford to do so, but feel she is unlikely to do so.

Disabled People Feel Priced Out Of Existence By Rising Cost Of Living


This Government and many previous Governments by their actions and even inactions, show that they do not care about disabled people, no matter what they say, as actions speak louder than words.

There are many problems which disabled people have to encounter and many are not covered by current legislation being the Equality Act 2010, https://www.facebook.com/southyorkshirepolice/photos/a.468321323096/10157791280883097/?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZUvaZGGRgKIYwsGr3ciNtRap9atuI4gfcbANohWzkgLCVYdeMbWNGtlCwTOzLhG5BPmNaVUlOVyeKqUfhjgzqDsMwQmwYxDBcVACqhJqYcrn9U-2yMIY2OQBH-r3EGA1udmoF1dh-P1Op_tb2jpGRDEBdt8Z71knJziqUooZmd70A&__tn__=EH-y-R.

It was not sufficient in 2010, but it was hoped it was a start, but now is even way more not sufficient.

Welfare benefits go some way to cover the costs to be equal and should not be judged as extra cash which is not used, as disability does increase the costs in endeavouring to live a reasonable life and certainly not a luxury life, which some people and organisation believe.

As when accessing social care persons are expected to contribute, but although there are Financial assessments these assessments don’t take into every account of costs involved in living a life. It is always you need to contribute, without any real investigation whether you can really afford to do so, as the system is there without any concpet of individual circumstances. There is much talk of ‘person-centred care, but in practice it is not really the centre, which it should be as the system is invariably the centre and systems don’t take individuals into account, just being a number in the system.

But, in effect this Government does not wish to recognise disablity let alone persons with disabilities. In fact, I tend to belo=ieve that this Government goes out of its way to ignore persons with disabilities to the extent that they would rather they not be there and then money will not need to be spent on them.

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Sitting in her specially adapted bedroom, 15-year-old Ruby Walsh breathes slowly through a nebuliser, which covers her nose and mouth.

The teenager, who is deaf and blind, has cerebral palsy, and this is just one of the pieces of medical equipment needed to keep her alive.

But her need for a nebuliser, along with a ventilator and an oxygen concentrator, is pushing up her family’s energy bills at a time when money is already tight.

The cost of living squeeze means the family, who live in Basildon, Essex, have already seen their energy bills rise from £175 to £225 a month. They are reimbursed for the oxygen concentrator, but everything else comes out of the household budget.

Energy bills are set to rise even further after the energy cap rises on 1 April.

‘We just want a simple life’

Ruby is terminally ill and her mum, Charlotte Huzzey, wants…

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Will Rishi Sunak show the Tories are in touch with the cost of living crisis?


Well the short answer is, apparently not.

Yes, there is 5p off a litre with effect from midnight 23 March 2022 along with others

The Chancellor delivered a Spring Statement

I would have assured that no one on the National Living Wage of £9.91 per hour would pay income tax or national Insurance so the personal Allowance would be £18000

Increase the Tax rate from 45% to 47% on income over £150,000

Increase the NI rate from 2% to 14 % on income above £50270

with a new rate of 16% on all earning above £150,000.

2% surcharge on all energy companies profits

Increase Carers Allowance from £128 per week to £400 per week and allow persons on pension to claim the allowance, which currently they can’t when they start claiming the State pension.

PIP rates
Component Weekly rate
Daily living – standard rate £60.00
Daily living – enhanced rate £89.60
Mobility – standard rate £23.70
Mobility – enhanced rate £62.55

Those are the current rate but increase

Daily living – standard rate to £100

Daily living – enhanced rate to £150

Mobility – standard rate to £50

Mobility – enhanced rate to £100

Cold weather payment increase from £25 per week to £10 per day, when the weather has been, or is expected to be, freezing or below for any day between November and March.

Christmas bonus to increase from £10 to £50

Only mentioned some of the benefits, but all need to be increased.

This would show that Rishi Sunak is in touch, but currently he has no clue as it does not affect him.

Source: Will Rishi Sunak show the Tories are in touch with the cost of living crisis?

More than 200,000 Brits to lose £150 Warm Home Discount – see who’s affected – Mirror Online


Amid soaring energy bills the government is set to bar 210,000 people claiming DLA, PIP and Attendence Allowance benefits from claiming discounts to heat their homes

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Should the Mirror be correct on this assumption then is it very surprising as you would expect persons on these disability benefits would be certain to qualify.  But, then again this is the Government, who by previous actions don’t appear to want to help disabled people. Benefits, by definition should be a benefit and not a punishment, but this Government appears to all it can to punish disabled people.

Disabled people didn’t wish to be disabled, as for many it is from birth and for them to live reasonably it usually costs more than for non-disabled people. Many also will not be able to supplement their available money by working and if they can, it would be more than likely be of very poor pay and their benefits could be then reduced accordingly, so in effect they would not be better off financially by working.

A very, very uncaring Government, but then what’s new there.

 

Source: More than 200,000 Brits to lose £150 Warm Home Discount – see who’s affected – Mirror Online

PIP Renewal Chaos | Same Difference


With many thanks to Benefits And Work. Renewals for PIP are in a state of chaos, with claimants left terrified that their PIP is suddenly going to stop because a new decision has not been made by t…

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Here, we are again with more PIP problems, this time renewals, not that they are not being renewed, but that there are delays with renewing.

These claimants went through all the hassle of getting PIP in the first place and on renewal there is always the possibility that the renewal could not succeed, not due to being not eligible for they would be, but that the stress from applying for PIP will resurface on renewal.

The renewal process should be much more simpler, but is it, it appears not.

Due to many reasons, COVID being one,  there are many more persons now wishing to claim PIP and these are getting the priority treatment and nothing wrong there.

But, the lack of communication re delays in processing renewals is causing much concern. The delays are extending up to and beyond the date of renewal and although the benefit is continuing to be paid, some communication as way of explanation and reassurance should be forthcoming, but it appears not.

Any reasonable organisation would be communicating in good time, but then this is the DWP, a Government organisation and Governments completely lack the skill of communication.

It would be so little to do, but then it appears that Governments have a delight to cause people stress as none of the processes appear to be ‘person-centred, but system centred. It appears that they don’t care about the people who have to deal with them, so what is new there., as this is how Governments have been for years.

They have no consideration for how people feel, which is evident from virtually everything Governments do.

Governments and the people they employ should realise that they are there for the people, not people for the Government, well should be in a democracy and not act as though they are dictators, for there are already enough of dictators in the World, not a democratic Government acting similarly.

Source: PIP Renewal Chaos | Same Difference

High Court rules against legacy benefits claimants | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK


The High Court has decided the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did not act unlawfully by denying nearly two million disabled people emergency funding to help them survive the pandemic.

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Yes, yet again disabled people not supported by the legal system, are our courts really independent from politics or are they as the US Courts.

No justice again, we know the Government doesn’t care about disabled people, but the courts should.

Source: High Court rules against legacy benefits claimants | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK

DWP admits wrongly rejecting disabled people for benefits at record rate | The Independent


Exclusive: Warnings that ‘flaws in the system’ have led to almost 80,000 Personal Independence Payment decisions being overturned at initial review

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Why is this news, especially to the DWP and the Government as from the introduction of PIP in November 2017 they were warned that there were problems with assessments, but they appeared to be blind and deaf to the comments made.

The UN also have advised this Government about their discrimination to persons with disabilities, but the Government refuted this.

Now they have promised £5.4 billion spread over 3 years for health and social care, but this is an insult to social care as it is way insufficient as it should be at least £12 billion, just for social care alone and not spread over 3 years but given immediately.

This Government has not got a clue or just doesn’t care , especially the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey MP.

So, it is not just the Welfare benefits that are not sufficient and the assessment processes, but the whole Government attitude to persons with disabilities. Coping with their disabilities and life is more than enough and also for their families, but until you are there you will never comprehend what they have to take onboard and contend with, as if drains the life from you, causing more stress on stress until it becomes, but you have to continue, for there is no alternative, as social care is too a large extent not there and won’t be until it is sufficiently funded.

Many mistakes were made in 1948 with the creation of the NHS and the Welfare State, not that it should not have been created for the creation was great and much thought was put in, but events over years as meant changes should have been made, especially the creation of one body to encompass both the NHS and Social Care. As to have it split means there are many duplications of processes and lack of communications between the organisations on many levels.

Source: DWP admits wrongly rejecting disabled people for benefits at record rate | The Independent

DWP Now Allows Claimants To Audio Record PIP Assessments On Their Mobile Phones | Same Difference


With many thanks to Benefits And Work. A newly updated version of the PIP Assessment Guide suggests that the DWP have abandoned the struggle to prevent claimants openly or secretly audio recording …

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This is very welcomed and not before time and should improve the assessment process.

However, as stated there could still be problems, especially where the assessor is not fully compliant with the guidance and here the claimant should not be penalised and it should be the assessor who should back  down and if necessary get further guidance from their supervisor or manager. For an assessor could be aware of the guidance, but be unwilling to allow recordings to be made, so by failing to adhere to the rights of the claimant is disadvantaged.

Also, I see no reason why, now that audio recordings can be made that video recordings are also not allowed. For that would be of greater degree beneficial for the claimants in that not all problems can be discovered by audio recordings.

To not allow implies there is something wrong either with the assessor or the assessment process, which with the degree of appeals being made and the success rate proves that there are. To not allow is an abuse of power by either the DWP or the assessor or both and makes the whole process to be unequal and thereby against the human Rights of the claimants.

The DWP, the Assessors and the assessment process should be fully transparent for all concerned, otherwise it could be deemed to be ‘unfit for purpose’.

 

Source: DWP Now Allows Claimants To Audio Record PIP Assessments On Their Mobile Phones | Same Difference

MS Society – Help us win a High Court hearing


My independence #TooMuchToLose

Dear Chris,

We have some exciting news. Our campaign to end discrimination against people on legacy benefits is being heard in the High Court today – and you can help!

The High Court is going to decide whether the UK Government was acting lawfully when they decided not to give nearly two million people on legacy benefits, including Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance, the increase of £20 per week that those on Universal Credit received at the start of the pandemic.

You can Tweet your support for the uplift to be given to disabled people on benefits using the button below. Sharing your support will mean that the UK Government is less likely to appeal the decision.

 Send your Tweet now→
 

If you don’t use Twitter, you can help spread the news by sharing the Facebook post at the top of our page or forwarding this email to your friends who do use Twitter.

We will let you know when the decision of this court case is announced. While we hope the High Court will recognise the failings of the UK Government, the fight to end this discrimination may not be over.

Thanks for everything you do,

Angharad
Campaigns Team
MS Society

 

Source: MS Society