Excl: Enfield councillor who failed to pass panel now dep to leader who altered papers to let him stand | The SKWAWKBOX


A series of exclusives by the SKWAWKBOX revealed the ‘irregularities‘ in the selection process for local election candidates – overseen by then-local campaigns secretary Nesil Caliskan – that ultimately led to right-winger Ms Caliskan becoming leader of Enfield council in London.

The councillors who elected her included a significant number who had only become council candidates via the irregular process she ran.

The skewed selection process also led, shockingly, to the deselection of all the borough’s black councillors and triggered a series of protests and calls for investigation across the Labour political spectrum – including half the council’s Cabinet – and the resignation of all of Enfield Labour group’s female officers except Ms Caliskan, amid accusations of bullying, intimidation and physical threats.

The national party was forced to step in, effectively putting Enfield Labour group into special measures.

 

Source: Excl: Enfield councillor who failed to pass panel now dep to leader who altered papers to let him stand | The SKWAWKBOX

Childhood bullying can cause lifelong psychological damage – here’s how to spot the signs and move on : The Conversation


Childhood bullying is so common that it may not seem like a big deal. Up to 35% of people are estimated to have experienced it at some point. By adulthood, we are generally expected to have “got over” it. But the mental health effects of being bullied can be serious and last a lifetime. One study has even suggested that, when it comes to mental health, bullying is as harmful as child abuse, if not worse.

Approximately 20% of people who have been bullied experience some kind of mental health problems later in life, even at the age of 50. While some of these, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are easy to spot, others may be more difficult to recognise. These can range from inexplicable bouts of anger to a lifetime of feeling inferior to other people.

Although there has been an immense amount of research on bullying, most of it has focused on immediate effects, intervention and prevention. So we need more research on long-term effects and new forms of bullying, such as online abuse.

 

Source: Childhood bullying can cause lifelong psychological damage – here’s how to spot the signs and move on : The Conversation

My academic supervisor bullied me for my disability – and I said nothing | Academics anonymous | Higher Education Network | The Guardian


friend recently told me about how he had been angry and offensive to a colleague who suffers from ADHD and depression and struggles to maintain concentration: “If nobody puts him back in his place, he will never improve,” he said. I was shocked, and reminded of how difficult managing a disability can be.

The thing is, I’m disabled too. But in a perverse sense I’m lucky, as I can hide my disability. I often wonder if I would struggle to manage my behaviour, too, if I received the same treatment as my colleague with a more visible disability.

 

Source: My academic supervisor bullied me for my disability – and I said nothing | Academics anonymous | Higher Education Network | The Guardian

Pakistan’s draconian Ramadan laws take toll on minorities | Asia Times


This year Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting also known as Ramzan, has coincided with the hottest temperatures witnessed in Pakistan for years. With daylight fasting hours averaging 15 hours 31 minutes, the longest in four decades, the ritual presents tough challenges, especially to laborers working outdoors.

While many brave the heat to fulfill their religious fasting requirements, for some it is near-impossible while working in simmering temperatures. “Yes, [fasting] is an Islamic obligation, but Allah doesn’t want to torture us,” said Mohammed Iqbal, a mason working at Karachi’s Tipu Sultan Road, while talking to Asia Times. “We can’t function while depriving ourselves of water for 16 hours. There are many who do fast in the heat, but many of us whose bodies simply don’t allow it.”

 

Source: Pakistan’s draconian Ramadan laws take toll on minorities | Asia Times

Man criticises Government after being found ‘fit to work’ while on Universal Credit.


Both Jakes GP and the mental health charity Healthy Minds are currently stating that he is not fit to work, but the DWP are solely relying on the evidence of a doctor who saw him for some 40 mins. Who knows if this doctor has any knowledge of mental health issues.

Also as Jake say is his state of dress any bearing on his ability to work and his mental health, they are just clutching at straws to bring as many persons into the ‘fit to work’ category as they can irrespective of whether they are totally fit to work. For days follow days and with some mental health issues how you are one day will not be the same you are the next or the next, even through one day you can go through many degrees of fitness due to your mental health conditions.

They should leave health assessments to the health experts and not just use someone who may be more concerned with their employment with DWP than the health of the individual they are assessing.

The DWP are just abusing their position and are abusers to many claimants.

Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.


The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.

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We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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PM to unveil measures to improve mental healthcare | DisabledGo News and Blog


Theresa May to pledge more help for people with depression and moves to reduce number of suicides Theresa May is set to announce major government action to improve support for people struggling with mental illness, including moves to help troubled young people and reduce the number of suicides. In a rare speech on domestic policy on Monday, the prime minister will promise that the whole of government will do more to improve the care received by the one in four people every year who develop anxiety, depression or other related conditions. She will detail how employers can play a much bigger role in helping staff who are forced to take time off work as a result of mental health problems. She is also finalising plans to outline steps schools can take to better identify and help the growing number of pupils who are becoming mentally vulnerable, sometimes as a result of sexting, bullying and pressure to do well in exams. May’s move will be the climax of a concerted attempt by the prime

Source: PM to unveil measures to improve mental healthcare | DisabledGo News and Blog

Motherhood should be cherished


This is outrageous all these companies and the respective employees should be prosecuted under criminal law. The legal process should be supportive of women, so that actions can easily be undertaken and these discriminative practices be stopped and the respective companies be made to pay.