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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“We had never thought about disability seriously until Oliver was born”


It is great when we all hear stories such as these, especially in the current climate of many areas of negativity.

In general the Learning Disability community may not be a vast as some other forms of disability, although there are vast numbers of persons with LD with its many related conditions and each person may be different in many ways, but the numbers of related condition and their effects are may be more vast than other disability areas.

LD is an unknown for many within the UK and its press and Government perception is not generally good, thus progressing the negativity relating to LD to the public at large. But this negativity is certainly very misplaced and this negativity needs to be urgently reversed.

While the LD community is very progressive more collective activity needs to be generated and not only between the large national charities, as there are many local independent small and relatively large charities and a vast arrange of support groups, which in the very austere financial climate are not receiving sufficient funding and in many vases no funding at all.

Now is the time for all to come together and in doing so all other related medically based charities to provide wherever possible a joint solid front to the authorities especially on a local level and with these local authorities to central government, which will eventually achieve more for us all and enhance the lives of our loved ones.

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Chris is taking part in RideLondon for Scope next weekend. When his son, Oliver, was born with an undiagnosed condition, Chris didn’t know who to turn to for support.

We had never thought about disability seriously until Oliver was born. Oliver has an undiagnosed genetic condition which has certain physical manifestations. He was born with fused fingers and he has a cleft palate. He has some other conditions and a severe learning disability but it’s quite hard to describe. If your child has Cerebral Palsy or something that has a name, then you know where to go because there are people who will support you for that.

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We’ve also found out that Oliver is very strongly on the autistic spectrum as well. This came as quite a surprise to us because he has a very good sense of humour. He is very naughty but not in a bad way. He…

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Here’s how you can help people with learning disabilities cast their vote | Community Care


A piece about how social care provider Dimensions has created a voting passport to help people with learning disabilities vote in the 2017 election

Source: Here’s how you can help people with learning disabilities cast their vote | Community Care

Employing disabled people isn’t just about building ramps | Scope’s Blog


Abbi was born with a genetic bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as ‘OI’ or brittle bones. In this blog, she talks about some of her own experiences and what she thinks needs to…

Source: Employing disabled people isn’t just about building ramps | Scope’s Blog

Another must lose – DPAC


For He Who Is Winning, Another Must Lose A song about social justice (or the lack thereof). Written and performed by Ryan Fox. (Lyrics below) Rich is a wolf, he cheats and he steals He’s jolly well banking on insider deals He lies in his den with a grin full of sin As Sarah the… Continue Reading Another must lose

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Scandal of the young carers under FIVE: Staggering 160 infants are looking after a family member : Daily Mail.


It goes without saying that care in the UK is way under funded. Care agencies are having difficulties due to lack of sufficient funding from councils, care workers are not paid sufficiently to acknowledge the responsibilities they have and need to the persons they are caring for. This is where councils are spending a good portion of their care finances and therefore there is little left over to cover the financial responsibilities to unpaid family carers be they adult or children.

When it come to child carers you have the additional factor of disclosure to the local authorities as the families fear that if their LA knows that their children are caring are caring for their parents, then the children will be taken into care, thus fracturing the family unit.

In many respects local authorities are not trusted by the population, as there is a fear of the assumed and at times the real power these authorities have. Where there is no trust there will always be a reluctance to provide full disclosure.

Councils and also Government need to be more open and transparent regarding their motives and actions and then there could be a move for more trust to be forthcoming. Also local authorities are in extreme need of receiving sufficient funding from Government to undertake all their responsibilities, if not good quality caring in the UK will continue to be reduced and therefore more atrocities, such as ‘Winterborne‘ will be emerging and time is exceedingly short to put this right.

Countdown to Rio: Rowlings ready to ‘smash it’ after years of ‘selfish’ preparation | DisabledGo News and Blog


When Ben Rowlings lines up on the start-line in Rio, he will know that he could not have done anything more to prepare himself for his bid to win a medal. The wheelchair racer, who is taking part in his first Paralympic Games at the age of 20 – only five years after being spotted at a British Athletics talent identification day – describes himself as stubborn, single-minded and “quite selfish”. “I think a lot of athletes have to be quite selfish, and just kind of look after themselves and make sure nothing impacts on their training or the bubble that they are in,” he says. “But I’m hard-working and I make sure that I put the hours in in training, and the results are showing on the track.” He has been doing “long, hard sessions” in the gym, two or three times a day, six days a week, and believes there are “very few” of his competitors who will have been able to match that. But he has also benefited from the peer support he has received as part of the training group set up by

Source: Countdown to Rio: Rowlings ready to ‘smash it’ after years of ‘selfish’ preparation | DisabledGo News and Blog

The problem with rallies … #Corbyn4All #WeAreHisMedia #CorbynFacts #LabourLeadership #LabourHustings


The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

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“I shared a stage with Jeremy, it’s easy to understand why he thinks we can win.

In September, I was asked to speak at the People’s post rally taking place in Manchester in early October – I accepted, because, despite not voting for him, I was still feeling optimistic about Jeremy’s leadership, and though I’m terrified of public speaking, the opportunity to speak about the causes I was passionate about and share a stage with the leader of the party I was a member of was too good to turn down. Having only become involved in politics that April – I’d never attended a rally, to be honest, I don’t think I even knew they happened. I wrote my speech about anti-austerity, the cruelty of the Tory government, and the need for Labour to tackle this, as I still thought Jeremy was doing a good job of doing. I’d never…

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