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This is just a start as Social care throughout the UK is in an extensive crisis and all, some more than others, are in a dire need of extra finance just to tread water, let alone cater for the increase in needs relating to social care from an ever increasing amount of people both children and adults and their respective carers.

If the Care Industry is allowed to collapse, which it is now and in some instances beyond crisis point, then we will be back in Victorian Times, a time when many Tories regal at in their wish to return to ‘Victorian values’. Are these values we wish to return to, extensive child labour, lack of sanitation, workhouse, penalizing the poor, disabled and the sick.

Just a moment, we may already be there.

Govt Newspeak

The Tories performed a huge u-turn on the last day before Parliament breaks up for Easter.

Welfare secretary Esther McVey has scrapped rules introduced by George Osborne blocking 18-21 year olds from claiming housing benefit. When it was introduced, officials said the plan would stop them “slipping straight into a life on benefits”.

A benefit cut the Tories forced through despite huge protests is only hitting 30 people a month

They said it would hit 1,000 people in its first year and save taxpayers £105million by 2020. But the first official figures since the policy launched, released in January, show it denied benefits to just 90 people in the whole country in its first three months.

The number was so low because ministers drew up a huge list of exceptions to the cut to head off criticism from charities, campaigners and Labour. Today, the government finally caved in and announced the policy…

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I believe this to be Government speech in that they are trying to confuse the issue and thereby not provide the total correct benefits that claimants are entitled to.

They are saying that from 2011 to 2014 some claimants were put on the wrong ESA benefit and this was not corrected until the October 2014 tribunal review.

Surely it was the intention of this tribunal review to correct all the mistakes in that context and not just for a stated few. For if it was not then another tribunal review is required to not only correct the mistakes of the DWP, but to correct the mistakes of the tribunal review.

When mistakes take place, surely the onus is on the authority concerned to correct all of its mistakes for that would be equitable.

Lets all stop playing and put matters right. Mistakes do occur in many organisations but in many of these it does not take a legal ruling to correct the errors, as the organisation just do the right thing and proceed with the correction. To play the onus on another party is completely wrong. I was going to say stand by your principles, but we are involved with the Government and Government departments and therefore they may not have principles or if they have, not of any standing.

Just to the right by all the claimants and correct all your errors and if possible do not make errors in the first place, as there is a cost with the rectification. If done correctly first time then these costs would not have to occur. and that, surely, is in all our interests.

Govt Newspeak

Ministers will pay arrears to thousands of ESA claimants back to October 2014, despite mistakes taking place from 2011.

Thousands could miss out on backdated benefits payments due to DWP error

  • Thousands of people claiming disability benefits could miss out on up to three years of backdated payments, despite the Department for Work and Pensions taking responsibility for the error.

    Ministers have confirmed they will pay arrears to thousands of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants back to October 2014, despite mistakes taking place from 2011.

    The DWP said a landmark tribunal ruling that month fundamentally changed the benefit, and that legally they cannot pay arrears beyond that point.

    Labour MP Frank Field joined campaigners in demanding the Government stops playing Scrooge and backdates claims to when any error first took place.

    Work and Pensions select committee chairman Frank Field
    Work and Pensions select committee chairman Frank Field (Anthony Devlin/PA)

    But the Tories hit back at Mr Field, saying the relevant legislation was brought in when he was a welfare…

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From Vox Political: I agree with Theresa May!

Modern slavery does exist – not least in work schemes for benefit claimants operated by the Conservative government.

Long-term readers will know that This Writer is a firm believer in leadership by example. If Mrs May wants people to believe she wants to fight modern slavery, then let her start with the schemes run by the Department for Work and Pensions.

If the DWP sends a benefit claimant to work for a company, then they should receive at least the minimum wage from that company while they are doing the work. Otherwise, they are being forced to work for the benefit of others rather than themselves, which is slavery.

Until she addresses her own government’s behaviour, Mrs May can never be taken seriously on the wider issues.

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Unfortunately until the Government change their attitude towards disability there will never be an opportunity for a change for the better with the public at large , it will even be difficult to maintain the current position so a change for the worse is more likely.

While not actually saying it the Government are indicating that disabled people do not require welfare benefits and even if they do this should be for a limited period to enable them to overcome their disabilities. This could be where the Paralympics comes in for, although, this would not be the intention, the Government (DWP) appear to believe that these Paralympians do not now need benefits and if this is so for them, then it should be so for all other receivers of benefits. This is in fact not correct for it is only because they receive benefits, that they can continue to do the sports they do. without the benefits their participation in sports will eventually be decreasing until they can no longer engage in sports and then they will be back to square one.

The mainstream media go some way to make public this belief and therefore the general public think this is so for every benefit claimant, if one person can overcome their disability then so can all, so those who continue to claim benefits can only be scroungers.

Having a complex needs daughter I am well aware that she will never overcome her disability and will in effect become more disabled with the advent of time, as will many if not all others who have disabilities.

So the starting point is with the Government of the day, but unfortunately all they are contend with is making cuts, on cuts and more cuts, so eventually the number of disabled people will decrease, but only because the Government is making it impossible for them to survive.

Scope's Blog

Following our #SportForAll activity this summer and as we head towards the fifth anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. We’ve discovered that, despite the success of the games themselves, there has been little change in the way disabled people feel they are treated by society and supported by the government.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games ran between 29 August and 9 September. At the time it was Lord Coe’s view that “we would never think of disability in the same way again.”

The Games themselves saw disability given an unprecedented platform, with Paralympics GB taking home 120 medals, and para-athletes like Sarah Storey and Ellie Simmonds becoming household names.

However, our new research reveals that a quarter (28%) of disabled people did not feel the Paralympics delivered a positive legacy for disabled people once the two weeks were over. Over a third (38%) think that attitudes have not improved…

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Overdue recognition – but the proposals come with limitations

Source: Leave to care: a first step to a fair system? | New Economics Foundation

WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO BRITAIN’S SOCIAL CARE CRISIS?

Forward, not Back

SOCIAL CARE, INFLATION AND HOUSING: THIS MORNING’S PAPER REVIEW


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!

But, there is something we both want to…

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This current Tory Government and probably the previous Tory Governments and New Labour are promoting Government euthanasia. By this I mean they are and were creating policies that remove benefits from persons with disabilities so that they cannot survive. Therefore they are creating situations where their death is almost inevitable. In doing so they are reducing those on benefits because on death the benefits cease, if not before due the benefits for their existence being wrongly withdrawn.

Euthanasia by Government policies.

Same Difference

Scope, the charity for disabled people, tweeted an interesting number when the general election was announced. There are, it said, 13 million disabled people in Britain. Some 89 per cent have said they will vote. 

The reason that number is worth paying attention to is that if the 89 per cent are true to their word, and if they use their franchise to hold the Government to account for its brutal treatment of disabled people, it might just spell trouble for Theresa May’s dreams of a three-figure majority. 

Now, let me make one thing clear at the outset. I’m not about to say who you should vote for. Journalists too often do that. I would simply invite you to consider the Government’s record when it comes to disability.

If I were to take on the role of prosecuting ministers over that, I would struggle to find somewhere to start. So long would…

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Atos appears to be committing a crime against the disabled and sick with the connivance of the Government and the Department of Work and Pensions. A theft of needed benefits to maintain a reasonable life.

If the same degree of actions were metered to Foreign Aid how much would be paid out.


The system is not ‘fit for purpose’, that is for the claimants, but is for the Government, for their sole purpose is to remove welfare benefits from as many people as possible irrespective of the persons whole need for these benefits. By the Government doing this they are extending pain and suffering to these claimants, thereby robbing people to live a reasonable life.

Benefit tales

A boy born with half a heart had benefits used to help provide him essential 24-hour care taken away on his birthday.

Ben Gamble, who attends Whitley Primary School, was born without a left ventricle meaning his heart only has one pump instead of two – making it difficult for blood to be pumped around his body.

He has undergone five heart operations, has been resuscitated twice, and will need a transplant if he is to reach adulthood. The youngster, who refers to his chest scars as his ‘zip’, also faces his next operation around Christmas time.

His conditions severely limits his ability to undertake physical activity, such as playing with friends, and he can’t even take on the 500-metre walk to school from his house without having to stop to rest.  Once at school, his ability to concentrate is affected by restricted blood flow to his brain and he…

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