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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those on benefits because on death the benefits cease, if not before due the benefits for their existence being wrongly withdrawn.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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It is true that WCA is a flawed system, but will these proposed changes really make any substancial difference. While it is good to provide the right support for those adults in the UK who are really capabily of doing work, the assessment process should be undertaken by people who have a good understanding of any conditions which may be an inhibiting factor to to the process of obtaining work and the continuity to remain in work. The latter being as important as the former, as when in employment further support may be required which would not be expected by many employers. This could be making resonable adjustments to the work, working conditions and anyother areas, providing the right emotional support and it being available when required and a manner of other areas of essential support.

Currently we hear so many accounts where the assessors have no knowledge or are unwilling to understand the conditions of the respective claimants and in many caes do not record evidence accurately. Then there is the increased use of sanctions, which are in many cases being imposed inappropriately, again due to a lack of or unwillingness to listen and understand the respective situations being brought to them.

Until at least all of the above is under taken WCA and other benefits will not be ‘fit for purpose’.


Ken Loach’s new film on poverty, living on benefits and Britain’s welfare sanctions regime struck a chord with our commenters

Source: We, Daniel Blake: readers on the UK benefits system | Opinion | The Guardian


the void

jrf-in-workNowhere in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest stupid report do they ackowledge the real cause of poverty – which is the relentless theft of our labour and land by a capitalist class whose wealth and power grows ever greater.

In fact this atrocity, which condemns us to a lifetime of drudgery, servitude, poverty and need, is presented as a perfectly natural, and even desirable state.  Which of course it is if you’re some chinless wonder paid a fat salary to toss yourself off at some liberal think-tank all day whilst the people you write reports about do the work that makes your lifestyle possible.

If JRF were serious about ending poverty they would not asking employers to try not to use zero hour contracts quite so much, or pay the living wage – just if they can afford it of course.  They would be throwing every resource they have into…

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We’re not heroes, we’re not scroungers, we’re ordinary people who want rights, and some relief from the attacks on our daily life by government

Source: Turning Paralympians into ‘superhumans’ is no help to disabled people | Penny Pepper | Opinion | The Guardian



Poppy's Place

Last week I had one of my regular long chats with my wonderful father and, as it often does, what he said got me thinking. Why don’t more older and disabled people know about all the things they are entitled to from the State and that they deserve to receive? How many lives could be improved and made easier if people just knew what’s out there to help them? Welfare benefits, home helps, aids and appliances, it’s all there and available but people often don’t know about it or don’t realise it applies to them and their own particular circumstances.

My father and my Step-Mother are a case in point. They are now in their 80s and their health is not as good as it once was. They both have trouble walking any distance due to disablin medical conditions and in doing all the things they used to delight in…

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