Activists to protest against sponsorship of the Games by Atos, the private firm that carries out government fitness-for-work tests
Well worth reading particularly the man who puts everyone with illness through the dodgy and probably illegal WCA, in order to catch the estimated 0.5% benefits cheats. Which if I recall is a lower percentage of morally dubious expenses claims by MPs.
“At one point Grayling claimed for two mortgages, one on his large family home in Surrey, just a short commuter trip from London, and another on his posh flat in Pimlico. Grayling also owns two buy to let properties within the M25. In 2005 he carried out extensive renovations on his Pimlico flat and to pay for them claimed almost close to the maximum annual allowance for MPs. This wasn’t quite enough however and a year later he was back claiming thousands more for work done the previous year. Had he not spread the cost over two years he would have been unable to claim the full amount. He explained away this discrepancy by pleading that his “decorator has been very ill and didn’t invoice me until now.“
“However whether they are as “shocking” as the papers insist is more moot. A careful reading of the statistics shows that the figures can be difficult to interpret, particularly given the small numbers of people claiming some of the conditions mentioned in the headlines.”
First analysis of recent claims!
Black Triangle Press Release on the Occasion of the C4 Dispatches and BBC Panorama exposes of the DWP/AtoS WCA
- Sick and disabled people are being pushed off benefits at any cost
- TV review: Panorama: Disabled or Faking it?
- ‘Driving disabled off benefits’: Doctor claims Government has issued targets for 7 out of 8 to be reclassified as eligible for work
The New Statesman
The Telegraph and others
I presume that this will be because of all the compassionate conservatism about nowadays
Disabled people point to issue of ‘benefit scroungers’ as discrimination increases
31 July 2012
- Almost half (46%) said people’s attitudes towards them have got worse over the past year
- 73% experienced the assumption that they don’t work; 83% say coverage about benefits scroungers can negatively affect attitudes; 87% say benefit scroungers themselves have a negative effect on attitudes
- ‘Scroungers’ tiny in number compared to genuine claimants
- Scope: Paralympics once-in-an-lifetime opportunity to show positive stories that change the way people think about disability
“During 2011-12, we launched the first independent commission on schizophrenia, began providing services inside prisons, and Time to Change – our anti-stigma campaign run with Mind – got a £20 million funding boost.”