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by Paula Peters
So you announce the launch of the consultation regarding the work capability assessment
We know by cutting the ESA WRAG group by £30 a week takes it to JSA levels effectively abolishing the ESA WRAG group
That you are looking at the support group of ESA and taking that to ESA WRAG you think all disabled people can be working even if it’s a couple of hours a week
Remember IDS ass that he is saying workless is not an option, his words
Tell me Damian Green and explain this
You want disabled people working yet you:
*Abolish the post of disability employment advisor
*Your government caps the access to work budget and cap how much disabled people’s access to work packages are
*You close the independent living fund
*We have to book 24 or on some lines 48 hours in advance to book accessibility on a train
*Only 100 companies out of thousands have signed up to the disability confident scheme (employers are unconfident about hiring us as they see disabled people as liability)
*You cut the disabled students allowance
*You are getting rid of motorbility cars after disabled people have a PIP assessment which means disabled people have had to stop working
*You are closing deaf and disabled people’s organisations by starving them of funding
*You are closing libraries a fifth of disabled people have no access to a computer except via the library
*You have got rid of freedom passes for thousands of disabled people
*You cut healthcare funding
*The health and work programme funding is a cut of 80% and doomed to fail
Basically Damian green this rehash of the WCA is a crock of shit
What it means for disabled people
Bullying and coercion
Ramping up of sanctions
More suicides of people in mental distress and disabled people dying
It’s about the entire abolition of the welfare state
Work will set you free
Working for free while charities involved profit
Total horse shit all of it
Bastards this government bastards
The Government is planning a major overhaul of the way claimants for disability benefits are assessed in a drive to help more people back into work. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green will on Monday announce the launch of a consultation on reform of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) tests. Ministers say they want to […]
Heartbreaking recording of a man in a care home calling a talk radio station whilst lying on the floor with nobody coming to help him. He fell whilst trying to get to the toilet on his own. Iain Lee, the radio presenter, stays with him on air whilst people come and go outside the man’s room, but nobody attempts to get him up, cleaned and in to bed. All this is being broadcast live, and is published here:
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 struggles to stay there for the whole day.
But government officials at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have taken away a large part of his disability allowance after concluding that the fact he can walk 50 metres at a normal pace means his condition is not as severe as previously assessed.
The callous nature of the benefits cut was compounded by the fact the letter arrived on Ben’s birthday and referred to him as “James”.
The decision to withdraw the disability allowance has had a knock on effect on other support payments, including some from Coventry City Council.
Ben’s family now faces a monthly income shortfall of more than £700.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to release internal reports detailing the way it manipulated media reporting of benefits cuts, following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
The Disability News Service (DNS) first put in a request to see the department’s media evaluation reports – which are produced monthly by the DWP’s communications team to keep an eye on how it manages its press and social media coverage – more than a year ago. The DWP refused to release them, claiming they were “commercially sensitive”. But after The DNS complained to the Information Commissioner, the DWP has made them available.
Jonathan Pring from The DNS has seen the documents – and their revelations are extraordinary.
Half of welfare claimants hit with cruel benefit sanctions turn to food banks to feed themselves, an Oxford University study suggests.
For every 10 people stripped of their cash by Job Centre officials, five hungry people seek emergency food aid, according to a landmark report.
Academics found a “strong, dynamic relationship” between the hated sanctions regime and demand for three-day food parcels handed out by the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank operator.
Report author Dr Rachel Loopstra said: “These findings show clear evidence of sanctions being linked to economic hardship and hunger, as we see a close relationship between sanctioning rates and rates of food bank usage across local authorities in the UK.”
The sanctions regime sees some of the poorest in society stripped of their welfare payments if they fail to turn up for Job Centre appointments.
ESA claimants mind a new trick out of the DWP’s hat!
If you have worsened after failing an ESA test and claim ESA again, they can now make a new ‘assessment’ just a couple of days after your phone claim, without waiting for your new evidence.
They say they can ‘assess’ you on the basis of the previous evidence. They say that this counts as a new full Work Capability Assessment. Unfortunately, a judge has recently decided that they can do it, oh dear.
This means that you cannot claim ESA again because it is unlikely you worsen again in a few day. You will also have problem with claiming JSA. Since you were not paid a penny of ESA after your second claim the Jobcentre telephonists will tell you that you are not allowed to claim JSA and will direct you to Universal…
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