Social care is broken beyond repair – so what should replace it?

A RIGHT TO INDEPENDENT LIVING and a universal national independent living service paid for from direct taxation and free at the point of delivery, alongside the NHS, is the only way to solve the social care catastrophe that faces people of all ages in England and Wales. The government has no credible proposals to offer … Continue reading “Social care is broken beyond repair – so what should replace it?”

What is Universal Credit Transitional Protection

Courtesy dpac https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Universal-Credit-transitional-protection/How-long-will-I-get-Universal-Credit-transitional#guide-content What is Universal Credit (UC) transitional protection? Transitional Protection is an extra ‘transitional’ amount which tops up your Universal Credit award so that you are not worse off when you move onto Universal Credit. Transitional Protection is only for some people and it is not available to anybody yet. People who are … Continue reading “What is Universal Credit Transitional Protection”

Marsha de Cordova: The government shouldn’t blame disabled people for its failings

Courtesy Guardian A few weeks ago, Labour’s shadow disabilities minister needed to give a parliamentary response to the government’s proposals for its new work and health programme. But the MP in question, Marsha de Cordova, couldn’t read it. This MP for Battersea in south London is registered blind and needs all documents in large print. … Continue reading “Marsha de Cordova: The government shouldn’t blame disabled people for its failings”

Why DPAC has concerns about a neo-Liberal Basic Income

Statement for endorsement: We have drawn up the following statement on basic income (BI). It makes the case that, progressive hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, BI is being developed as a measure of neoliberal attack that should be opposed. We invite progressive organisations and individuals who hold positions in agencies and academic institutions, who agree … Continue reading “Why DPAC has concerns about a neo-Liberal Basic Income”

Sarah Graham – Freelance Journalist Looking for young disabled people

Sarah wants to hear from disabled young adults (20-30ish) who are desperate to move out of their parents’ home but struggling to find the accessible housing they’d need to live independently. Perhaps you’d need certain adaptations that housing providers and private landlords aren’t prepared to make, or your local authority doesn’t have enough accessible housing … Continue reading “Sarah Graham – Freelance Journalist Looking for young disabled people”

Switch to universal credit will hit lone disabled people

Courtesy Guardian Letters With universal credit in the headlines (Report, 24 October), with the extended rollout and the many issues this will cause recipients, I have sadly not seen much in any news coverage of late about how this benefit will impact on a specific group in society, of which I count myself. As a … Continue reading “Switch to universal credit will hit lone disabled people”

Our benefits system has become a racket for cheating poor people

Aditya Chakrabortty courtesy Guardian When Moira gets scared, she cuts herself. “It’s my way of taking control.” Right now she’s very scared. In a few days she faces a tribunal that will judge whether she is entitled to her disability benefit. She has been through forms and examinations and the officials who tell her one … Continue reading “Our benefits system has become a racket for cheating poor people”

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

A terminally ill man has won the right to launch a landmark legal challenge to the government over its introduction of universal credit after the controversial new benefits system left him significantly worse off. The 52-year-old, known only as TP, a Cambridge graduate who once worked in the City, has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the rare … Continue reading “Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge”