The DWP can’t be “in denial” about hardship

 – it’s what Universal Credit was designed for (New Statesman by Anoosh Chakelian) MPs accuse ministers of a “fortress mentality”, allowing a “culture of indifference” about the pain caused by welfare reforms. But it’s hardly surprising. Universal Credit isn’t working. Even the length of its delay (six years and counting) wouldn’t give me time to … Continue reading “The DWP can’t be “in denial” about hardship”

Housing and disabled people: your rights

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE What is on this page? Your rights to accessible and adaptable housing Easy read guides Who is this page for? Which countries is it relevant to? Your rights to accessible and adaptable housing We have produced guides for disabled people in England, Scotland and Wales, and the organisations that support them. These guides … Continue reading “Housing and disabled people: your rights”

My response to Brandon Lewis when he invited me to support the Conservatives

Written by Kitty S Jones I was surprised to get the following email from Brandon Lewis, the Conservative party chairman, yesterday. I’ve published my response below the email. My response: I want to share some news with you Brandon, I won’t ever be supporting the Conservatives. The government claims that austerity will ensure that our … Continue reading “My response to Brandon Lewis when he invited me to support the Conservatives”

Stop telling people who need social care they aren’t eligible – be honest, there isn’t enough money

October 16, 2018 10.35am BST from the Conversation. As the crisis in social care funding continues, the government is due to publish a much-delayed green paper in autumn 2018 on how it plans to make the care system for both older people and working-age adults more sustainable. When giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee … Continue reading “Stop telling people who need social care they aren’t eligible – be honest, there isn’t enough money”

Sick and disabled people to get share of £1bn in benefits that they’d lost in blunder – are you eligible?

Courtesy Manchester evening news. The Government is to pay benefits totalling nearly £1bn to thousands of sick and disabled people after a blunder saw them denied payments. It was reported last year that about 70,000 claimants of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) had been shortchanged over the course of seven years. Claimants lost out by … Continue reading “Sick and disabled people to get share of £1bn in benefits that they’d lost in blunder – are you eligible?”

Esther McVey under mounting pressure over ‘shambolic’ Universal Credit

“Esther McVey: “I’ve said we made tough decisions. Some people will be worse off.” by Steven Preece  Welfare Weekly Tory welfare chief Esther McVey is facing renewed calls for an immediate halt to the ‘shambolic’ roll-out of Universal Credit, with MPs warning the UK government’s botched policy has been devastating for communities across the UK. … Continue reading “Esther McVey under mounting pressure over ‘shambolic’ Universal Credit”

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act

The review will consider and make recommendations on improving legislation and practice around the Mental Health Act. Contents Purpose of the review Membership Governance Interim report – 1 May 2018 Contact details Purpose of the review The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used … Continue reading “Independent Review of the Mental Health Act”

A teen with autism is locked in solitary confinement and being fed through a hatch

Have we really moved on from Bedlam? Beth has autism, suffers extreme anxiety and cannot cope with stress – yet instead of being helped to enjoy life she is shut away I News by Ian Birrell Bethany is 17 years old. She is a girl who likes Bob Marley’s music, spending time with animals and … Continue reading “A teen with autism is locked in solitary confinement and being fed through a hatch”

Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’

by Rachel Wearmouth Huffington Post ‘You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context,’ says former Paralympian Carly Tate. Disabled people avoid exercise as they fear being stripped of much-relied on benefits for appearing “too independent, campaigners say. New research, published by Activity Alliance, says that almost half (47%) worry the government … Continue reading “Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’”

One in five Britons with disabilities have their rights violated, UN told

Exclusive: EHRC report reveals half of disabled people in the UK feel excluded from society by Robert Booth social affairs The Guardian One in five British people are suffering erosion of their rights because they are disabled, the government-backed Equality and Human Rights Commission has said in a damning report to the United Nations. The … Continue reading “One in five Britons with disabilities have their rights violated, UN told”