Sport loves athletes with mental health issues – if they just shut up and play | Marina Hyde | The Guardian


The grand slams say Naomi Osaka’s decisions about press are ‘injurious’ to tennis. Perhaps they should look closer to home, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde

 

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This all shows that the powers that be in sport, especially in Tennis do not care about people in sport, but are only there for their own interests and those of the media.

If these persons in power do not change then there could well be no participants in sport for tournaments to take place and they will only have themselves to blame.

Money and power are the root of all evil and will spoil the enjoyment of all concerned, the sport participants and the spectators of sports.

This will be the next area of abuse to be inspected, for we have already seen how participants have been treated by some trainers and managers in gymnastics

Money has taken over most sports and lead to great abuses of power or assumed power, the proposed Super league of top football clubs in Europe is another prime example

 

 

Source: Sport loves athletes with mental health issues – if they just shut up and play | Marina Hyde | The Guardian

DWP takes away £1,200 monthly benefits for handing in renewal form late : i News


In recent months, i has been uncovering the impact the Government’s move to universal credit is having on Britons across the country. Many are suffering from long-term disabilities, yet now face cut to welfare payments that are threatening their health, and often their lives.

These include Sarah Brown*, a young mother living in the East Midlands who is entirely reliant on benefits due to being a full time carer for her disabled husband.

However, she has just been informed that almost all her payments – totalling £1,200 – are being cut, because her renewal form was returned a day late. Below, she tells her story.

A few years ago, not long after the birth of our child, an accident left my husband permanently disabled. His healthcare needs are so demanding that I had to leave work to become his full time carer, and now we are now entirely reliant on the benefits system to survive.

Our lives have been devastated by the accident, in which James* was not at fault. He can only leave the house with the aid of a mobility car paid for through a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is our only means of getting the four to six medical appointments he has to go to per week.

Source: DWP takes away £1,200 monthly benefits for handing in renewal form late : i News

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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At considerable cost to the Tax-payer.


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

Poppy's Place

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!

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Tony Blair; When will he be held Accountable?


Tony Blair, The Money Lord

Tony Blair, what will he do next? Well I can bet, that whatever it is, he will make even more money.

I have never trusted him and I can remember at the time he was first elected making the comment, ‘How can anyone vote for someone, with a smile like his’ I just looked at his face and all I could think was ‘phony’.

What I can not understand, is how he is not held accountable for his actions. He puts me in mind of someone acting a part and you keep waiting to see the real person. He appears to be disliked by many, but liked by a few. The problem is the few, all appear to be in positions of power and wealth.

You just keep waiting to see it all disintegrate, but then it never happens, but hopefully it will be good fun when it does.

There is always talk that Tony Blair may come back to UK politics, but hopefully that is just a rumour.

Councils have money in reserves


Local council spending

Although Local Councils believe they are run like business, in that each department has a budget, this is as far as it goes.  For as long as I can remember, councils have been unable to plan for the long term.  Just look at what some do, patch roads instead of resurfacing. This is a short term measure, as a patch will not last as long as a complete resurface, but is of course cheaper on costs in the short term. In Social Housing many councils will only do emergency repairs as and when required, when a full repair of required areas would be more cost effective over the longer term, but each individual emergency repair is cheaper. But how many emergency repairs are required over the long term and then totally are most expensive than the full repair.

Also in Sheffield there are a number of council run attractions, such as health centres, libraries, etc. Most people attending these attractions spend a good part of the day there, but do the council have any outlets for refreshments, in that they have to some extent a captive cliental. Just look at privately run outlets from DIY centres, garden nurseries and garden centres to large departmental stores and shopping centres, all have at least one refreshment outlet.

But to add to council expenses previous governments have increased staffing costs.

Local councillors were not paid expenses until 1970, by Edward Heath. But they did not gain access to Local Government Pensions until 2003, a luxury made possible by Tony Blair.  This is a perk which the current government are looking to stop.

Re paying expenses, surely this was good, as it enabled all eligible UK citizens to stand, not only the rich. To then offer pensions as well was totally overboard, but that is in keeping with Labour policies.

As to keeping reserves, where possible this should be encouraged, as it provides a safety net for lean times.  Are these lean times and should therefore some of the reserves be brought into the current spending calculation. If so, then only the part of the reserves not already earmarked for other projects could be used.

But remember when reserves have been exhausted, there are no more, should times become even leaner.

Man with too much money


Man not happy with his daughters choice of partner

Typical example of a man who has too much money and lives his life through his daughter. Surely, you have children so they can live their own life and not live their life through their parents.

Also, if such a man could be found to marry his daughter, what proof that she was no longer a lesbian could be found.

If I was his daughter I would find a man to marry, tell my father I was no longer a lesbian, marry the man and when he had obtained the money I would leave him and then go back to the person I truly loved. This I hoped would teach my father a lesson.