Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis.
John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) as activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) were protesting about cuts to social care, in parliament’s central lobby yesterday (Wednesday).
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The charity’s chief executive Gillian Guy says there are problems with the delivery of the scheme and is asking the Government to delay its rollout
The Government is being urged to delay the rollout of the new Universal Credit system as it is “failing thousands of people”.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of the charity Citizens Advice, says there are problems with both the design and delivery of the scheme. She added: “By 2022, seven million families in the UK will receive Universal Credit, which is replacing six existing means-tested benefits. We welcome efforts to simplify our benefits system. But Universal Credit is already failing thousands of people.
“Every day at Citizens Advice we see people being pushed into desperate circumstances by problems with the new system. Despite this, a dramatic increase in the number of people affected is planned for October. The Government’s ‘test and learn’ approach can’t end up being an experiment with people’s lives. When they see problems with the new system, they need to stop and fix them.”
“That’s why we’re calling on the Government to pause the Universal Credit rollout and fix the problems with both design and delivery.
“We already see people who are struggling to make ends meet, falling into serious debt and on the verge of eviction because of problems with Universal Credit.”
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More than one million households with children suffering under ‘cruel’ Government pay pinch
Shocking new figures from GMB, the union for public sector workers, show almost 2.5 million children are being hit by the public sector pay cap.
Analysis of the latest ONS figures show an estimated 2.4 million children live in 1.4 million households where at least one adult works in the public sector as their main job.
The average full time public sector workers in the UK has lost out on £9,000 in wages since the pay cap was introduced in 2010 – and stands to lose a further £4,000 by 2020.
During a recent study of police staff by GMB, one member revealed their pay was so low they couldn’t afford to buy their children clothes.
read more here: http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/almost-2-5-million-children-hit-cruel-public-sector-pay-cap-says-research/05/07/
The United Nations (UN) committee that found the UK government guilty of violating the UN disability convention has revealed for the first time that its breaches of the human rights treaty were both “grave” and “systematic”.
The decision to clarify the seriousness of the UK’s breaches of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) shows for the first time just how seriously the committee viewed those violations.
read the full story here: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/un-confirms-that-uk-governments-treaty-violations-were-both-grave-and-systematic/