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Sensible logic from Poppy, but do Governments do logic let alone sensible.

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I am so happy.

Saturday was a good news day for me.

After several weeks of waiting, I finally received the two brown envelopes through the letterbox which told me how I’d done with my enforced PIP (Personal Independence Payment) application and my ESA (Employment Support Allowance) reassessment and I was successful for both Benefits.

And, further to that, a very good family friend also received her brown envelope for PIP on Sarurday as well and she’s been successful as too. Virtual High Fives all over our social media pages let me tell you – we were delerious. We both got to sleep properly for the first time in quite a while that night and we can now both breathe freely once more because we know that our finances are guaranteed for at least the next few years at any rate.

Brilliant!

But, there is something we both want to…

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This current Tory Government and probably the previous Tory Governments and New Labour are promoting Government euthanasia. By this I mean they are and were creating policies that remove benefits from persons with disabilities so that they cannot survive. Therefore they are creating situations where their death is almost inevitable. In doing so they are reducing those on benefits because on death the benefits cease, if not before due the benefits for their existence being wrongly withdrawn.

Euthanasia by Government policies.

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Scope, the charity for disabled people, tweeted an interesting number when the general election was announced. There are, it said, 13 million disabled people in Britain. Some 89 per cent have said they will vote. 

The reason that number is worth paying attention to is that if the 89 per cent are true to their word, and if they use their franchise to hold the Government to account for its brutal treatment of disabled people, it might just spell trouble for Theresa May’s dreams of a three-figure majority. 

Now, let me make one thing clear at the outset. I’m not about to say who you should vote for. Journalists too often do that. I would simply invite you to consider the Government’s record when it comes to disability.

If I were to take on the role of prosecuting ministers over that, I would struggle to find somewhere to start. So long would…

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David Cameron has said we need to defend “Christian values” against the threat of terrorism. He said this following the appalling terrorist attacks that happened in Brussels last week.

Christian values? What Christian values is he referring to? What Christian values does David Cameron adhere to?

Is these Christian values he speaks of the “values” of persecuting the poorest and most venerable in our country whilst rewarding the richest and the most powerful?

Is Christian values cutting off the benefits of sick and disabled people and plunging them into poverty and despair and even death? Is Christian values punishing the unemployed for being a few minutes late for an appointment and sanctioning mothers for not attending the Jobcentre because their child was taken ill?

Surely these are not Christian values or indeed the values of any religion. And surely they are not the values of a civilized society.

We hear…

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Brandon Cran, the autistic Scottish teenager who has written to berate David Cameron and George Osborne for their “ableist” policies, is to be praised. He told the two greedy politician…

Source: Autistic teen writes to Tory toffs demanding resignation over brutal benefit cuts | Vox Political


Benefit tales

Ministers say no more social security cuts – but have approved a huge package of savings for this parliament already
Employment support allowance (ESA)

Just over a fortnight before last week’s Tory backbench PIP rebellion, the government forced through plans to cut £30 a week from the unemployment benefit of ill and disabled claimants found unfit to work. (read more)

Working age benefits freeze

A range of benefits will be frozen for four years from April 2016, including tax credits, jobseeker’s allowance and sickness benefit payments (read more)

Housing benefit freeze

More than 300,000 low-income working families will face substantial shortfalls – in some cases amounting to hundreds of pounds a month – as a result of a freeze on local housing allowance starting in April. (read more)

Household benefit cap

The welfare and work bill, passed earlier this month, reduces the level…

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He cannot get to oversee the bedroom tax, and disability and other benefit sanctions, and walk away with clean hands

Source: If we are not ‘all in it together’, this is largely due to Duncan Smith | Politics | The Guardian


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Mike over at Vox Political has put up a piece giving a few choice facts about the man now filling IDS’ seat in Cabinet, Stephen Crabb. He points out that Crabb has enthusiastically supported all of the benefit cuts, including the 30 per cent reduction in ESA. However, he begins by talking about Crabb’s enthusiasm for curing gay people.

No, he isn’t a mutant crab. That was a bad joke.

Not a joke is his apparent belief that people who are gay can be cured of it. He is on record as having taken interns from a charity called Christian Action Research and Education (CARE), and sponsored a ‘gay cure’ event run by the same organisation in 2012.

Perhaps he thinks serious illnesses and disabilities like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and amputated limbs can also be cured. Let’s face it, everyone carrying out Work Capability Assessments seems to have that belief…

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A Tory disability campaigner has handed in his membership and sabotaged a Party website in protest over disability benefit cuts.

Source: Disabled Tory Activist Resigns Over Benefit Cuts And Sabotages Party’s Website


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Same Difference came across this last night on Welfare Weekly.

We think it needs to go viral.

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