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A new low for the UK: disabled man starves to death

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

A severely disabled and sick man – who had his benefits stopped after ATOS found he was ‘fit’ for work – has died of malnutrition.

Mark Wood’s GP said if either ATOS or the Department for Work and Pensions had contacted him he would have said in his professional opinion Mr Wood was not fit for work.

But Mr Wood’s GP was not contacted by either ATOS or anyone from the DWP.

Here’s Mark Wood’s tragic story from the Oxford Mail:

Man starved after benefits were cut

So now in this country we’re leaving vulnerable people to literally starve to death.

A new low even for the Tories and Liberal Democrats, surely?

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to get the media to report mental health issues in a balanced and positive light? – Rethink Mental Illness, the mental health charity

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment
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New Statesman | Why is Iain Duncan Smith avoiding the elephant in the room?

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Morning Star :: Left MPs stand up for sick and disabled in Parliament

February 28, 2014 1 comment
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Morning Star :: Self-serving Lib Dems

February 28, 2014 1 comment
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Northern Lights caused by gay marriage

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If G4S is to blame for Manus violence, the government has blood on its hands | Katherine Fallah

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Possibly thicker than a Tory Environment Minister!

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Wind Is Super Valuable http://chzb.gr/1goIDiz

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More Workfare, More Sanctions, Iain Duncan Smith’s Brutal and Barmy Plan To End Child Poverty

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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Iain-Duncan-Smith415 The Government’s latest child poverty strategy is a blueprint for pushing already struggling single parents into financial destitution with benefit sanctions and workfare.

This year’s five reasons for child poverty are predictably unemployment, along with low levels of qualifications, single parent families, having more than three children and ill health.  Such is Iain Duncan Smith’s desperation to blame children being poor on anything other than not having enough money that this is his fourth re-definition of poverty in just three years.  Previous reasons for poverty, which included step-parents, mothers with mental health problems, being disabled, and of course drugs, no longer make the top five.

The main thrust of the latest strategy is to tackle what is repeatedly referred to as ‘worklessness’ – as if raising children requires no effort at all.  The measures to combat this great social ill – which can mean parents spending time raising their…

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EAPN Response to the Annual Growth Survey Package 2014: ‘Business as usual fails the fight against poverty’ – 10 key recommendations – EAPN

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment
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