Labour’s new DWP shadow secretary attacked for toxic comments


Labour’s new shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds is showing that incompetents are not solely within the Conservative Party or is he a Tory plant within Labour.

Jonathan Reynolds and the Labour Party need to get their act together, otherwise we will have Tory Governments until infinity and Labour will be finished forever.

At considerable cost to the Tax-payer.


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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The Government may be about to scrap one of its harshest disability benefit cuts | UK Politics | News | The Independent


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Source: The Government may be about to scrap one of its harshest disability benefit cuts | UK Politics | News | The Independent

Labour’s Burnham and Kendall dodge questions on benefits rhetoric


Original post from Disabled Go News

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The two front-runners to become Labour’s new leader have both evaded repeated attempts to clarify their position on social security cuts and support for disabled people.

Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have recently made comments that suggest they back right-wing attempts to whip up hostility towards benefit claimants.

But this week, despite several messages left with members of their teams, neither of them have responded to questions from Disability News Service.

Concerns were first raised when Burnham, currently the shadow health secretary, told an audience at accountancy giants Ernst and Young this week: “It worries me that, in some people’s eyes, Labour has become associated with giving people who don’t want to help themselves an easy ride.”

He also spoke of his hope that Labour would again become “the party of work”.

But leadership rival Yvette Cooper warned that Burnham’s comments risked falling into “a Tory trap of using language that stigmatises those who are not working”.

She added: “I don’t think that is about Labour values.”

Cooper told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think the important thing is to talk about responsibility, the responsibility to work, the responsibility to contribute, but not to stigmatise those who are unable to work perhaps because they are too sick or too disabled to do so.

“Let’s have a positive system, with fair rules, strong rules and firm rules, but also one that is responsible in the language that we use as well.”

Liz Kendall, the shadow care services minister, and another leadership contender, also alarmed many disabled campaigners when she told the Guardian that she supported a welfare cap on the total amount of benefits received, arguing that “voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work”.

She also said that the public does not trust Labour on welfare, and she called for what the Guardian termed a “fundamental rethink”.

Disability News Service contacted the offices of both Burnham and Kendall on Tuesday (2 June), but neither team had responded by the end of today (Thursday).

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

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ELECTION 2015: Disabled people ‘should come together in new national body’


Original post from Disabled Go News

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Leading activists appalled by the prospect of another five years of attacks on disability rights and equality – following the election of a majority Conservative government – are working on plans to set up a new national organisation of disabled people.

They want to bring disabled people’s organisations and disabled activists together under a non-party political umbrella, funded by membership fees and with elections to a steering group or executive.

The idea came from conversations between disabled bloggers and campaigners on social media, in the wake of last week’s general election results.

One of the disabled activists involved in the discussions, Gail Ward, said that such an organisation would provide “a platform for all to feed in and act as a collective, giving us more bargaining power and a voice that every individual disabled person can get behind”.

Another, Debbie Sayers, said in a blog that disabled people “as a community need to use our assets collectively, we need to come together to pool our resources”.

She added: “We need to work together in spite of our differences, because quite frankly our differences are far outweighed by our similarities and common foe.”

Among the Conservative manifesto commitments that could cause a regression in the rights of disabled people over the next five years include plans to scrap the Human Rights Act – with the potential loss of key protections under a replacement bill of rights – the party’s failure to pledge to fill the social care funding gap, and its commitment to further funding cuts, including slashing social security by another £12 billion a year.

Another leading figure involved in the discussions is disabled activist Sam Barnett-Cormack, who wrote in a blog: “Given the results of this general election, it’s more clear than ever that we need to make use of every tool outside of Parliament to stand up for ourselves.”

He said that a new national, membership-based organisation, with a proper constitution, would be “a strong way to ensure the voice of disabled people in politics, in civil society, and in the media”, and would provide a “credible, mature and accountable voice for disabled people on the national stage”.

He believes that such a body could work alongside existing disabled people’s organisations, and anti-cuts grassroots groups such as Disabled People Against Cuts and Black Triangle.

It would carry out “constructive policy work and campaigning in all areas, not just political”, including work “to protect the social security that so many disabled people rely on”, but also in areas such as inaccessible town centres, healthcare inequality and disability sport, and would have “the data and policy work to back it up”.

Barnett-Cormack told Disability News Service that there had been an “enthusiastic response on social media and in blog comments” to the idea, although he accepted that not everyone was in favour of setting up a new organisation.

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

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