Disabled people forced to go through two disability benefit assessments : Welfare Weekly


The Benefits and Work website have reported that a number of their members in recent weeks have been been made to go through a second Personal Independent Payment (PIP) assessment before a decision is made on their award, because there was a problem with the first assessment report.

One member faced a two hour assessment on Christmas Eve. In January they were contacted by Capita and told that the assessment was “incomplete” and that someone was to be “sent round to finish it.”

Capita have refused to say what information was missing and would not provide a copy of the report until it was complete.

 

Source: Disabled people forced to go through two disability benefit assessments : Welfare Weekly

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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Madness, Utter Madness!


Endless Light and Love

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My Dear Friends,

Madness!…….Terrorists, Suicide Bombers, Religious Belief!…Hatred for anyone not believing in their belief system….Why?

My Prayers go out to all those who lost their lives in the Brussels bombings yesterday, senseless waste of life under the guise of religious belief, the bombers killing innocent travellers…why!…Easy targets..yes!…..Could they fight back….No! and were they given a chance to fight back…No!

Peace and Love……Peace for all beings…Love for all beings, this is the message of all God’s……

Not hatred, Not Persecution, Not Death!

Namaste with Love

Always

Mark

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‘Fit for work’ tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people


Dr. Frances Ryan

Halfway into a decade of austerity, the biggest threat posed by the Conservatives’ cuts may not be the suffering they are causing mentally ill, sick or disabled people but something altogether more lasting: that their suffering is becoming normalised.

I can think of no other reason why the work capability assessment – the now notorious test used by the Department for Work and Pensions to determine who is eligible for out-of-work sickness benefits and who should be classed as “fit for work” – remains in place.

This is a benefit assessment that has been proven to make people’s conditions worse, and that time after time has been linked to the suicides of people who were declared “fit for work” and had their sickness benefits removed.

It has now been more than 18 months since the mainstream media – including this paper – reported the death of Mark Wood. Despite struggling…

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Treasure hidden in weakness and suffering


Under Reconstruction

The phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” never sat right with me. I was never sure why, until recently.

It brings to mind a kind strength that is callous toward pain and indifferent to weakness. Or a cold strength of ambition that propels you forward, faster, higher, while paying no heed to what you leave behind. Maybe I’m reading too much into a quip, or maybe I’ve come to desire a radically different kind of strength.

The strength I desire could be mistaken for weakness. You could say that what hasn’t killed me has made me weaker. Weaker in that I feel pain more acutely, mine as well as others’. Weaker in that I am aware of my own shortcomings, and those more forgiving of others’. And weaker in that I relinquish all desire to live life in pursuit of self-glory, instead accepting whatever God places before me, determined to find…

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I Want to Show What Depression Looks Like So No One Else Suffers in Silence – by Faris Khalifa


It is great when you find a way of releaving some of the suffering, but one of the main problems is finding that release.

I wish you well for the future.

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I’m often asked about how I feel since I came out about my mental illness to the world and the answer is always the same: I’ve never felt better.

I was instantly reminded of my favorite quote from Tyrion Lannister of “Game of Thrones,” when he said:

“Never forget what you are; the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”

I saw the world from a totally different angle and that’s all it took, a change of perspective. I found that all of that energy used to hide, to wear that mask, was draining me, but now I hide no more. As cliche as it sounds, I guess this is what it feels like when people say they got a second lease on life.

Through your weaknesses, you find strength and through accepting who you are, you’ll find…

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Christine: 3 Decades Of Domestic Violence


What a sad reflect on justice for women, but the good is that Christine did eventually find a new life. However,even more sadly,this is not always the case and women have had to continue to suffer this violence and for some until their death by it.

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Christine grew up in a stable family with loving parents. She was 19 when she met and fell in love with Daniel. They married and she quickly became pregnant, giving birth to a baby girl. Daniel had always been very attentive but following the arrival of the baby, he became possessive and controlling. He refused to let Christine visit her parents and took away any money they sent her. When Christine fell pregnant again, he verbally abused her, refusing to believe the child was his and accusing her of being a useless mother. When he hit her for the first time, Christine felt shocked and ashamed, but Daniel promised it would never happen again.

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Christine endured 30 years of abuse. Daniel’s behaviour drove her into the ground, stripping her of her self-esteem. Christine was also subjected to outbursts of extreme violence. On one occasion, Daniel grabbed Christine and tried to…

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The final judgement for the ILF


Disabled men lose high court bid to stop Independent Living Fund closure

This was the last chance to save the ILF* and now it as gone, so now it will be no more after 30 June 2015, so will the respective local authorities now come to a decision on how they will take over the responsibility on 1 July 2015.

However on the past record of these authorities do we have any trust in them, for with the austerity cuts the monies for care and support for those persons in need are reducing. Have any authorities come to a decision, I know for a fact that my own in Sheffield have not.

The persons currently receiving ILF funding for their care and support are now in a position of not knowing how this required care and support will continue to be funded, if at all from 1 July 2015. I also know that the processes that need to be enacted by the local authorities take time and I honestly believe that if decisions and practices have not already been decided upon none of these authorities will be ready by 1 July 2015.

Care and support can not be stopped and then recommenced in the future, because what is going to happen to the persons concerned, as they need the care and support for their own survival.

Over the last years we have seen many care scandals emerge, Winterborne*being only one, will this be the next.

Without the care and support, safeguarding concerns will arise, if they are not already with the cuts already being in process.

What will happen to those who can not live without the care and support, is pain and suffering with death the ultimate result the way of the future. Will the current Government and also the local authorities really allow this to occur?

Will this be the scandal to out do all scandals?

 

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Open letter to the parents of Michael Brown


Such great sentiment and it is alway sad when there is any loss, be it of life, possessions, livelihood, and more, for there will always be others left behind who suffer.

Chris Martin Writes

I don’t even know where to being.

I can’t pretend to fully understand your loss and pain. Being a forty-two year old white male in America, I haven’t experienced the harsh realities of society in the ways you have endured. That, in itself, would be a heavy burden to bear. The loss of a son makes it even more overwhelming.

I am a father of two girls, and can’t imagine losing one of them to such a tragedy. We, as parents, are saddled with great responsibility the moment they enter this world. We protect. We nurture. We discipline. We love. We envision grand dreams for our children, unsure if they will ever obtain them. We never anticipate outliving them. It’s an old cliche, but it’s so very true. A parent should never have to bury their own child.

As I watched the events unfold Monday night, my heart broke. I…

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