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BEING THE BOSS  National Information Gathering Survey

  Who we are and why we are doing a survey“Being the Boss” is a national network of disabled people who employ their own personal assistants (P.A.s)/support workers or carers. Our central role has been to support disabled people who employ their own Personal Assistants by providing peer support and a coherent voice for them … Continue reading “BEING THE BOSS  National Information Gathering Survey”

Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows

Some councils in England ‘cannot go on’ without long-term funding to underpin care Patrick Butler Social policy editor Tue 12 Jun 2018 courtesy The Guardian   Half of local authorities overspent on adult social care budgets in 2017-18, the survey found. Photograph: PhotoFusion/Rex/Shutterstock Social care services for vulnerable adults are on the verge of collapse … Continue reading “Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows”

First legal challenge against Universal Credit finds Government acted unlawfully

The first legal challenge against Universal Credit has found that the Government discriminated against two men with severe disabilities who were required to claim the new benefit after moving into new local authority areas 14 June 2018 In a landmark judgment handed down today at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Lewis ruled that … Continue reading “First legal challenge against Universal Credit finds Government acted unlawfully”

The Difficulties of navigating Disability benefits in Britain: A step-by-step guide

Abbreviations: ESA – Employment Support Allowance JSA – Job Seeker’s Allowance DWP – Department of Work and Pensions DLA – Disability Living Allowance PIP – Personal Independence Payment   The government in Britain, whether Labour or Conservative, has always made it difficult for people to claim the benefits that they need. This article is intended … Continue reading “The Difficulties of navigating Disability benefits in Britain: A step-by-step guide”

“Law firm Leigh Day has been given permission to take the first judicial review in the High Court over the controversial decision by the Government to implement Universal Credit.

It is being taken on behalf of a 52-year-old terminally ill man over the decision by the Government to remove disability benefits (premiums) from people with severe disabilities leaving them in financial difficulties once they are transferred to Universal Credit. According to Leigh Day, the removal of these two benefits has seen their client TP … Continue reading ““Law firm Leigh Day has been given permission to take the first judicial review in the High Court over the controversial decision by the Government to implement Universal Credit.”

Online PIP appeals pilot extends over more of England

Online PIP appeals pilot extends over more of England The Tribunals Service widened the areas of the country covered by the pilot of their online PIP appeal service, which Benefits and Work first highlighted in April of this year. The pilot online system allows you to lodge your appeal online instead of filling in and … Continue reading “Online PIP appeals pilot extends over more of England”

McVey planning to means-test employment support for disabled people

Tory “axewoman” Esther McVey looking to “finish the job” on disabled workers, say SNP. Posted by Welfare Weekly – 21st May 2018 The minister responsible for closing Remploy factories and then privatising the service is overseeing a new threat to disabled workers – with a scheme supporting more than 600 disabled people in Scotland set … Continue reading “McVey planning to means-test employment support for disabled people”

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcome

Patrick Butler Social policy editor Tue 22 May 2018 00.01 BST Benefit sanctions are ineffective at getting jobless people into work and are more likely to reduce those affected to poverty, ill-health or even survival crime, the UK’s most extensive study of welfare conditionality has found. The five-year exercise tracking hundreds of claimants concludes that the … Continue reading “Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcome”

The Nazis’ First Victims Were Disabled People ~ By Kenny Fries

The Nazis’ First Victims Were Disabled People ~ By Kenny Fries in The New York Times : ‘I first discovered that people with disabilities were sterilized and killed by the Nazis when I was a teenager, watching the TV mini-series “Holocaust” in 1978. But it would be years before I understood the connections between the … Continue reading “The Nazis’ First Victims Were Disabled People ~ By Kenny Fries”

Preventable harm and the Work Capability Assessment courtesy Mo Stewart

Abstract The ongoing reluctance of the British government to accept overwhelming evidence that the assessment used to limit access to disability benefits is compromised and many chronically ill and disabled claimants are suffering, often with fatal consequences, as the UK welfare state is systematically demolished as planned since 1982. Outsourced to unaccountable private contractors, and … Continue reading “Preventable harm and the Work Capability Assessment courtesy Mo Stewart”