‘They’ve forgotten disabled people’: Government urged to protect those with sight loss during outbreak.  


I agree the Government have not ‘forgotten’ about any disabled people because they do not care and disability is outside their perception.

The Government view disability as a problem that they do not wish to consider and decry disabled people for not fitting in with the Government ‘norm’.

The Government see disability as a drain the the UK resources and would really wish that disabled people did not exist and they are going out of their way to put barriers up to ensure disabled people do not exist, or exist with much difficulty.

This can be seen to their whole approach to ‘welfare benefits’ and Social Care, where both have seen reductions on the financial benefits to disabled people and others who are disabled.

The UK needs to get behind supporting disabled people, but with the attitude of this Government and some in the media of classing disabled people and others who are vulnerable as ‘scroungers’ and some members of the public use this to decry disabled people and others who are vulnerable and believe that if the Government and media put this forward then it must be true and reinforces their own views.

The Government needs to be there for everyone and not just certain sections of the UK.

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I don’t think that the governmant have “forgotten” the disabled they remembered to strip them of every bit of money that they could with welfare “reforms” and denial of social care, etc. I was telling a lady (that I follow on twitter) this morning: my council no longer gives the severely disabled a full discount on the council tax – where they used to. Suffice to say that their memory is very selective where disabled people are concerned. GN

Guide dog users struggling to remain socially distanced as support animals not trained for post-Covid world

People with sight loss have said floor markers and signage urging them to keep 2m away are not helping them to socially distance
People with sight loss have said floor markers and signage urging them to keep 2m away are not helping them to socially distance ( PA )

The government has been urged to renew its guidance for supermarkets and address the pressing medical needs of people with eye conditions, as those living with sight loss warn they…

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Family of Errol Graham seek legal action against the DWP


’ A DWP spokesman said: ‘Our sympathies are with Mr Graham’s family. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.’

This is B—s, for do the DWP and the Government really care, for if they do then this institutional murder would have been stopped years ago.

This is Government policy, for eventually they wish for all benefit claimants to die and they are doing all they can to expedite the process.

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Man who starved to death when benefits were cut ‘pulled out his own teeth’

The family of a man who starved to death after his benefits were cut believe he was in such ‘extreme mental distress’ that he pulled out some of his own teeth. Errol Graham’s relatives have launched legal action against the Government over its policy for terminating handouts.

Mr Graham was 57 when he died in 2018, eight months after he stopped receiving employment support allowance and housing benefit. His family say he had ‘cut himself off from the world’, living in a darkened flat with the curtain closed, a single light bulb, no gas and electricity and little food.

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Universal Credit: Mentally ill man asked how often he changes his underwear


What is wrong with the DWP or more correctly what is wrong with the DWP Benefit assessors, for they appear to go out of their way to humiliate certain claimants.

A qualified doctor certified that a 35-year-old benefit claimant was unfit for work due to their mental health issues, but a DWP assessor found the opposite and also asked extremely humiliating questions.

How can this be deemed to be right?

This form of assessing needs to be stopped immediately.

It is in fact a form of abuse to a vulnerable person, which is against the Care Act 2014 or is the DWP excluding from such legislation?

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Universal Credit: Mentally Ill Man Asked How Often He Changes His Underwear
“They Asked Me How Many Times A Week I Changed My Underwear.”

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A 35-year-old benefit claimant claims he was asked how often he changes his underwear during a humiliating face-to-face ‘fit for work’ assessment. unnamed individual is said to suffer from mental health problems which affect his ability to hold down a job.

He was told to attend a ‘Work Capability Assessment’ as part of a new claim for Universal Credit, despite being told by a doctor that he was unfit for work because of his poor mental state.

Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, he said that he had worked as a chef ever since leaving school, but the long hours and resulting stress meant he was unable to continue working. “I was working full time and had been for a long while”, he said.

“I was working ridiculous hours…

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Amber Rudd suggests people should take a zero-hour contract to avoid benefit sanctions


Rudd is totally wrong when people are struggling they need to have reassurance to continue and zero hours contracts nowhere near provide reassurance. Instead of encouraging people to take on Zero Hours contracts the Tories  should be actively working to outlaw Zero Hours contracts.

They provide the choice between life and death and they favour death for the Tories want all benefit claimants to die, a sure way to reduce the benefits bill.

After the Secret Flights to Deport Windrush Migrants, No-One Is Safe in Tory Britain


We all need to look at ourselves and judge who of us is racist as we all have a right of live. Just because someone, for whatever reason may be different is no reason to be abusive to each other.

There should be zero tolerance on racist attitudes so that we can all live in peace with each other.

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Mike in his articles attacking May and her truly foul decision to destroy the evidence needed for the Windrush migrants to show their right to live in our wonderful country also mentioned that poem by Martin Niemoller. Niemoller was one of the scandalously few Christians in Nazi Germany to oppose the regime. You know the poem. It’s become something of a cliché – It opens with the various groups the Nazis came for, with the refrain ‘I did not speak out, because I was not’ whichever group was being attacked. It ends with the line that when they finally came for him, there was no-one to stand up for him. This was the reality in Nazi Germany. The Nazis attacked group after group, not just Jews, but also Gypsies, Socialists, Communists, trade unionists, the disabled, and other political and religious dissidents. And it had an effect. The Catholic Centre Party…

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Betsy DeVos Removes Guidance Documents for Disabled Students


A very sad state of affairs and yes, it could and possibly will be imported from the US to the Uk, as many undesirable actions are.

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More from a growing pile of already abundant evidence that Betsy DeVos should not be in charge of education in America. Actually, I wouldn’t trust her to run a pre-school or kindergarten. In this piece from The Young Turks, Jeff Waldorf reports and comments on the move by DeVos to rescind the 72 official documents, which explain to students and their parents, what the rights of disabled people are when they go to Uni. American universities are granted money by the federal government to support the needs of disabled students. DeVos hasn’t revoked these. She’s just making sure that disabled students, their carers and relatives, don’t know what they are.

One of these documents translates the official jargon of the legislation into ordinary plain English, so that regular peeps don’t need a lawyer to interpret it for them. Now it’s gone, things are going to be made difficult so that…

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Chris Smith: People Want the Advertising Standards Authority to Act on Political Claims


I agree with most of this post, however, in my 60 odd years of life on this earth I have found that there are not many politicians in who you can believe in, be they red, blue, green, purple, orange, yellow and others. However, there are some in which there is some form of belief and others practically none. They all promise the earth and unfound riches in their manifestos and only when they assume power can the truths be revealed.

You cast your vote and hope for the best.

Regarding Brexit nothing has come forth as we have not Brexited and will not be doing so until March 2019 or may be not, depending on whether there will be a transition deal or not.

Everything is so up in the air and no one on either side in the UK or Europe can be sure of the final outcome. We can all speculate on what the outcome or outcomes will or can be and who will be in power if and when we do or not do Brexit.

That length of string is getting longer or is it shorter, day by day.

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This is another fascinating little video from RT’s Going Underground. Host Afshin Rattansi talks to the former cabinet minister under Blair, Chris Smith, above his decision to oppose the Invasion of Iraq, his work in the Advertising Standards Authority, and Brexit.

Smith was Blair’s Culture Secretary, and the author of a book, Creative Britain. The cover showed him wielding a professional movie/TV camera. He states he opposed the Iraq invasion because it was ‘obviously the wrong the policy’. He also states that during his time with the Advertising Standards Authority, people wrote in asking them if they could possibly act against the misleading political advertising in elections. Smith states that this is sadly impossible. Their constitution limits them to commercial advertising only, and they have no power to prosecute or punishment politicians that lie.

On the subject of Brexit, he and Rattansi clearly hold different views. Smith appears…

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Four days from giving birth, but DWP has left her without income for more than three weeks


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Teesside foodbank users left ‘desperate’ by benefit sanctions

Selling their possessions online, skipping meals and cutting back on essentials. That’s the reality for people using our region’s foodbanks, according to an expert from Durham University.

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite spent 18 months volunteering in a foodbank in Stockton-On-Tees as part of her research for her new book. ‘Hunger Pains’ looks at what it’s really like to visit a foodbank and how people end up needing assistance in the first place.

Dr Garthwaite found many of the people coming through the door of the foodbank were undergoing benefit sanctions or delays to their benefits which left them with nothing.

One woman she met at the foodbank was only four days from giving birth, but had gone without any form of income for more than three weeks.

Dr Garthwaite said: “It’s leaving people with absolutely zero income at all so then they have no…

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