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Disabled anti-cuts campaigners take the fight to the Paralympic Games

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Activists to protest against sponsorship of the Games by Atos, the private firm that carries out government fitness-for-work tests

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/31/disabled-cuts-paralympic-games-atos

Johnny Void publishes bio of Chris Grayling

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/chris-grayling-the-compulsive-liar-at-the-heart-of-government/

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.

How many have claimed benefits for acne for more than a decade?

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

http://fullfact.org/factchecks/disability_incapacity_benefits_acne_decade_Mail-27687

 

“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.”

Categories: Benefits, Health, Mental Health

Are half of ‘sickness benefit’ claimants found fit finding work?

July 31, 2012 1 comment
Categories: Benefits, Health, Mental Health

Reactions to the BBC and Channel 4 documentaries on ATOS and the WCA

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment
Categories: Benefits, Health, Mental Health

Disabled people point to issue of ‘benefit scroungers’ as discrimination increases

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

http://www.scope.org.uk/news/discrimination

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
Categories: Uncategorized

Rethink Mentall Illness’ annual review now out.

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

http://www.rethink.org/about_us/annual_review_20111.html

 

“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.”

‘Pupil premiums’ spent filling gaps

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/pupil-premiums-spent-filling-gaps-7979665.html

“Secondary schools are using money earmarked for the poorest pupils to paper over the cracks caused by Government spending cuts, according to a major report out today.

It warns that very little of the £1.25bn “pupil premium” allocated to schools for teaching disadvantaged pupils is being spent on ways to boost their performance. One in 10 schools were found to be using the money to plug the gap left by budget cuts.”

 

I can only assume that Clegg is yellow on the outside, blue on the inside.   Blueberries and Custard?

Categories: Education, Funding

Firm established by two Tory donors made millions from work schemes

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

“A City firm set up by two Conservative party donors with close ties to ministers has profited from multimillion-pound employment schemes set up by the coalition government, the Guardian has established.”

“Nash and his wife, Caroline, have donated £182,500 to the Tories since 2006 and are said to have financed David Davis‘s 2005 leadership bid. Nash was appointed to the Department for Education board in 2010 by the secretary of state, Michael Gove.”

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jul/29/sovereign-capital-tory-donors-millions

Government sets targets for dodgy assessment scheme, demonstrating how compassionate conservatism works!

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/27/disability-benefit-assessors-film?INTCMP=SRCH

“Good thing for us is, even if you made the wrong decision … you never go to the tribunal. So, sort of, you won’t be blamed.”

“I’ve recently had somebody with prostate cancer, but of course that’s not traditionally treated with chemotherapy so I gave him no points. And I couldn’t do anything else…

“”It’s terrible sometimes, people having [problems with] both hips and both knees, but good hands. Terrible. And you know, we talk about modern work adaptations, but we know how it looks from the other side – there’s no jobs for normal people, healthy people. But we have to think this way and sometimes you feel awful because you can’t do anything for people. You can’t feel sorry and give them the money just because you feel sorry for them … you will go on targeted audit,””

 

The comments on the Express website say things much more eloquently than I can

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/335078

 

But it is not like the right wing press to parrot a stereotyped and knee jerk reaction, thank god their own “readers” are trying to correct them.

 

You cannot force people into jobs that don’t exist.  Strikes me as Axiomatic to Social and Economic policy.

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