COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews


The EU is a joke when they talk of transparency, for you only have to look at their budgets to prove that. Have they ever had a completed budget audit approved.

As usual the EU is trying to show they are big hitters and throwing around their assumed power. They have been behind in this vaccine all along and still have to approve it.

I feel it is a bit of jealously in that the UK got ahead of them, so I am glad we left the EU and other countries need to seriously look into the EU and ensure they put themselves forward instead of the EU.

 

Source: COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews

PIP Claimants Wrongly Accused Of Failing To Return PIP Forms


Again and again the DWP say one thing and then do another, but take the attitude that they are never wrong.

The DWP and that means the Government need to realise that they are dealing with people and not inanimate objects.

They should be transparent and honest, but this is a Government department and unfortunately it is a miracle if they are.

It is not as though not owning up about being wrong will cause no lasting damage and harm, for it will.

The DWP are ruthless in instigating sanctions and once a persons loses a benefit, it can not be reinstated when the wrong has been admitted.

Yes, the claimant can make another claim, but the loss of benefit income will not be regained and even worse, if a Motability vehicle is involved. For once the vehicle has been returned it can take months to obtain another, thus causing much distress to the claimants.

The DWP and the Government need to come into the real world and not play with the feelings of claimants.

Same Difference

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The DWP has mistakenly been sending out letters to PIP claimants telling them their PIP has been stopped because they failed to return a review form, the Disability News Service (DNS) is reporting.

Back in March, when the pandemic first began, many PIP claimants were told that they did not need to return their PIP review form and that their claims would be automatically extended.

However, it appears that last month an official at the DWP did a check for late return of forms and sent out letters to an unknown number of claimants telling them that their PIP had been stopped and, in some cases, that they had to return their Motability vehicles and might have to repay some of the money they had received.

One claimant who received a letter told DNS that she had originally been told by the DWP…

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EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health : The Conversation


The EPA is considering a rule that would limit what kinds of science regulators can use in setting rules. A scholar explains how this shift would bar his work mapping child lead poisoning.

Source: EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health : The Conversation

How four seriously ill people battled to get their PIP awards


The DWP is practising the ‘3 Wise Monkeys’ here is what ‘A DWP spokesperson said: ” We are committed to ensuring that people with a health condition or disability get the support they’re entitled to.

“Since PIP was introduced there have been 3.7 million decisions made and of these only 5% have been overturned at appeal. “In most successful appeals, decisions are overturned because people have submitted more oral or written evidence.” ‘

The evidence is there, as shown in this article and they have the audacity to say the above.

This is why I state they are practising the ‘3 Wise Monkeys’ for they are “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.

They are not understanding what is occurring or what is occurring because of them and by them, until they do these atrocities will still happening. The pain suffering and even death of some claimants will still be resulting.

The DWP have to change, so that a supporting welfare system can emerge, for currently it is not supporting for everyone who needs to be supported.

What the DWP is doing should be a crime and those at the DWP and also the DWP would be guilty of committing criminal acts, as it is, currently, not so, then there needs to be accountability, where there is honesty, openness and transparency.

Govt Newspeak

How four seriously ill Teessiders battled the DWP and won their PIP benefits back.
Caseworkers in Anna Turley’s office have worked hard to win back what seriously ill claimants are entitled to
The heartbreaking case of a Teesside woman being refused disability benefits despite living with three brain tumours was highlighted in the House of Commons this week.

But Redcar MP Anna Turley and her team of caseworkers have to deal with similar cases almost every day.

The Labour MP shared the stories of four Teessiders last year , who had been denied the personal independence payment (PIP) after medical assessments – and how her team had helped them win on appeal. She said that more than £450,000 has so far been won back for her constituents .

Ms Turley described the current system as “failing” vulnerable Teessiders, who are being “made to suffer” and wait months for decisions to be…

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Bernard Ingham: My open letter to European leaders – it is time to save the EU from itself – Yorkshire Post


With British politics in a febrile, mutinous state over Brexit, I have written this open letter to the governments of most – but not all – of the EU’s 27 member states. It is only copied to Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Luxembourg and Dublin since, in my judgment, they are beyond redemption.

Fellow Europeans:

As Brexit comes to the crunch I invite you to consider the EU’s standing in the world and, by extension, that of your own governments because of the EU’s handling of the negotiations.

Source: Bernard Ingham: My open letter to European leaders – it is time to save the EU from itself – Yorkshire Post

Police shot Stephon Clark. Then their bodycams went mute. : NBC News


Police officials in Sacramento, California, boast about their use of body cameras, and the quick release of the footage they capture, as centerpieces of a larger effort to improve the public’s trust.

But the fatal shooting by police officers last week of an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark, has exposed a potential flaw in that effort and opened up a new front in the national debate over body cameras: officers’ ability to turn off the microphone on the device.

Body cam footage from the two officers who shot Clark in a residential backyard after dark on March 18 includes the chase, one officer shouting “gun” in a mistaken belief that Clark was armed, then the gunfire. It also covers the aftermath, as backup arrives and the officers walk to the street. During their exit, one officer says, “Hey, mute.” Then the audio on both cameras goes silent while the video continues to show authorities responding to the scene.

 

Source: Police shot Stephon Clark. Then their bodycams went mute. : NBC News

Which? care homes investigation | Care Industry News


An investigation by consumer watchdog Which? has found that care homes are failing to provide contracts and may be breaking the law by neglecting to tell residents and their families about important terms and conditions.

Which? is calling on the Government to act now on the competition authority’s recommendations to strengthen consumer protections for care home residents and relatives including on contracts, unfair fees and evictions.

Andrew Boaden, Senior Policy Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says: “The findings from this investigation are deeply saddening and shameful, but unfortunately unsurprising. Around two thirds (70%) of people living in care homes are affected by dementia. And all too often families of people with dementia have called us at their wits end, as their loved one suffers at the hands of bad contract clauses. Some have told us harrowing stories of people with advanced dementia evicted at a month’s notice.

“Moving into a care home is a huge and often very difficult decision. It’s vital that they and their families are supported in understanding their rights – the fact that so many aren’t is absolutely appalling.

“However, care homes behaving in this way is a symptom of a chronically underfunded social care system. The time for action is now, and the government needs to ensure meaningful investment and social care reform in the forthcoming green paper. Or the system will collapse, and people with dementia will continue to suffer.”

Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

 

Source: Which? care homes investigation | Care Industry News

EHRC chair faces criticism from MPs over disabled commissioner’s boycott : DisabledGo News


The chair of the equality watchdog has faced criticism from MPs after admitting that a disabled commissioner appointed six months ago is still refusing to attend its board meetings.

Tory peer Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin has been boycotting meetings at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) since April because of its refusal to appoint him to the post of disability commissioner.

He is refusing to attend meetings until the commission reinstates that role, and allows him to chair its new disability advisory committee.

He had applied last year for the post of disability commissioner but was told months later – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he had instead been appointed as a general commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.

David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, told MPs on the Commons women and equalities committee yesterday(Wednesday) that Lord Shinkwin was still not attending board meetings, and that the continuing stand-off was having “an adverse impact on our ability to mainstream disability and to do our work in the disability arena”.

Isaac told the committee that EHRC did not believe there was a need for a disability commissioner because of the decision to “mainstream” disability into its work.

He admitted that some of the members of the commission’s disability committee – which was scrapped earlier this year – “initially were unhappy” with the decision to scrap the disability commissioner role.

But he said they had showed in subsequent meetings that they “understand the commission’s approach and they approve of mainstreaming”.

Isaac claimed that all those applying to be members of the commission’s new, non-statutory disability advisory committee had accepted the decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner.

He said: “We have now made people comfortable that disability is mainstreamed and there is no longer a disability commissioner.”

But Tory MP Philip Davies told him: “It is not unreasonable for somebody to apply for a position, to be appointed to it, and to expect that position to be in place.

“You apply for a particular post, you are appointed to a particular post, and then you are told subsequently that that post… doesn’t exist anymore.”

Isaac blamed the length of time between the interviews last December and the decision to appoint Lord Shinkwin in April, an appointment made by the minister.

During that gap of several months, the statutory disability committee had “expired” and the board had decided that the post of disability commissioner should also be scrapped.

But the Conservative chair of the committee, Maria Miller, said it was “extraordinary” that the potential candidates for the post – including Lord Shinkwin – had not been told the role had changed since they applied for it.

She said: “There would be very few people who would not find that somewhat odd.”

She added later: “Why is your process so lacking in transparency?”

And she said: “I think the world will take a view on the fact that the EHRC has decided to abolish the role of a disability commissioner in a way which is clearly out of step with the disability committee.”

Davies said it was “quite clear” from minutes of a meeting on 27 March – which Isaac attended – that Greening had been appointing Lord Shinkwin to be the disability commissioner and not just a general commissioner.

But Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s chief executive, said it was “a matter of fact” that Greening had appointed him as a general commissioner and not a disability commissioner.

Isaac said he had done “everything I reasonably can” to negotiate a solution with Lord Shinkwin, including making approaches to Greening, the Government Equalities Office, and Tory peers.

He said: “I am keen to talk to him and would ask him to abandon the conditions he has attached to engagement.”

When Miller said she was “hugely disappointed” that the commission had still not found a solution, Isaac promised to contact Lord Shinkwin again, but he added: “I am very, very keen that he takes up his position as commissioner, but you can only be involved in dialogue if both parties agree to discuss the matter with each other.

“I believe we have done all we reasonably can to ensure that that dialogue happens.”

Lord Shinkwin told DNS in August that he would continue to boycott board meetings until the post of disability commissioner was reinstated.

He said in August: “My understanding from what I have been told is that I have to accept the abolition of the disability commissioner post and that I will not be chairing the disability advisory committee. I cannot accept either of those.

“I think it is absolutely essential that disabled people have a very strong voice as disabled people.

“We have equality needs the other protected characteristic groups do not have, and they need to be championed.”

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

Sign the petition: I am not a reporter, and I want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns


Despite promising to release his tax returns in a televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump continues to show that he has no intent on keeping his promise.

At his first press conference since Election Day, he even went so far as to say that only reporters care about his tax returns and the American public doesn’t care.

“You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They’re the only who ask.”

Releasing a copy of one’s tax returns when running for president is a more than 40-year tradition that has been followed by every American major party nominee—until Trump.

Even though the election campaign is over, it isn’t too late for Trump to stop making excuses and own up to his promise.

It isn’t just reporters who want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns. Add your name.

 

Source: Sign the petition: I am not a reporter, and I want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns