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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:15 pm

While the media obsessed over by-elections and Labour infighting, the government used the opportunity to bury some news it would rather you didn’t see. And, yet again, it’s bad news for the most vulnerable in society.
Disability benefits

On Friday 24 February, the government sneaked out emergency legislation designed to prevent 160,000 people from claiming disability benefits they are entitled to.

Two tribunal judgements found that the current criteria for claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) were insufficient. In particular, one tribunal found that the mobility element of PIP should be extended to cover those who suffer from “overwhelming psychological distress” travelling alone.

And a second tribunal ruled that the daily living element should cover those who needed help taking medication or monitoring a health condition.
Cutting costs

But the government decided to ignore the rulings. The Department for Work and Pensions warned that the changes would cost £3.7bn extra by 2022. And so the government introduced emergency legislation in order to save money at the expense of disabled people.

Shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams slammed the decision:

This is an unprecedented attempt to subvert an independent tribunal judgment by a government with contempt for judicial process.

While a spokesman for Disability Rights UK pointed out:

The DWP itself admits this will include for example those who have a learning disability, diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety or dementia.

And Disabilities Minister Penny Mordaunt was criticised after she failed to even consult the government’s Social Security Advisory Committee. Mordaunt claimed that the legislation would:

Make sure we are giving support to those who need it most.

Adding insult to injury

But if denying 160,000 people access to a much-needed benefit wasn’t bad enough, comments from a top government advisor added insult to injury.

George Freeman, Conservative MP, and head of the Number 10 Downing Street policy unit described the tribunal decisions as “bizarre”. Freeman further claimed that:

We want to make sure we get the money to the really disabled people who need it.

And that the tribunal decisions:

now mean benefits are being given to people who are taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety.

Abrahams called for Freeman to “immediately apologise” and pointed out that:

Not only does this fly in the face of the commitment to ‘parity of esteem’ for people with mental health conditions, but it directly contradicts Theresa May’s comments on mental health and two recent tribunal judgements.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission also hit back against his remarks. Chief Executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, stated:

There are many people who have unseen disabilities and they need just as much support. These comments will only feed into negative perceptions of disability and add to the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The pay rise

Meanwhile, on the same day as this announcement of cuts to the most vulnerable in society, it was revealed that MPs will once again get a pay rise which breaks the government’s own cap for public sector workers. From 1 April, MPs will see their salaries rise from £74,962 to £76,011. MPs further saw a 10% increase in their wages in 2015 and an additional 1.3% increase in 2016.

This 1.3% increase is more than many public sector workers are likely to see. For example, Education Secretary, Justine Greening, said that she wants to cap teacher’s salaries at 1%. Meanwhile, many NHS staff and the armed forces will also see their pay increases capped at 1%.
Sneaking out news

Two important by-elections alongside Labour infighting were always going to be a good time to bury bad news. And the government certainly attempted to do so in this attack on disabled people. But to do so alongside news of an MP pay rise is disgusting.

The government appears not to care about the disabled. Despite Theresa May’s promises, her MPs are showing contempt for those with very real mental health problems. And while they’re bleating about austerity and cuts, they’re still prepared to accept regular pay rises themselves.

It should be clear to all where this government’s priorities lie. And it should be clear that we need to take action against it.

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– Support Disabled People Against the Cuts

https://www.thecanary.co/2017/02/27/theresa-may-media-obsessed-labour-infighting/


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I think that the lords will block the governements attacks on mental health tbf. bounce

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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:23 pm

I get the mobility component due to severe anxiety and depression though, i get the panic attacks that (quite alot) make it difficult for me to leave the house alone and Doug has to come with me on his scooter (sometimes i'm ok though)

This is a non means tested benefiit.

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Post by Aspca4ever on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:32 pm

But the government decided to ignore the rulings.
The Department for Work and Pensions warned that the changes would cost £3.7bn extra by 2022. And so the government introduced emergency legislation in order to save money at the expense of disabled people.

Shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams slammed the decision:
This is an unprecedented attempt to subvert an independent tribunal judgment by a government with contempt for judicial process.

While a spokesman for Disability Rights UK pointed out:
The DWP itself admits this will include for example those who have a learning disability, diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety or dementia.  And Disabilities Minister Penny Mordaunt was criticised after she failed to even consult the government’s Social Security Advisory Committee. Mordaunt claimed that the legislation would:

Make sure we are giving support to those who need it most.  Adding insult to injury

But if denying 160,000 people access to a much-needed benefit wasn’t bad enough, comments from a top government advisor added insult to injury.
Breaks my heart; these cut across gender/age and most often those that have so little to sustain their basic needs anyway and can least afford the raising costs and daily dosages that are needed to stave off the life altering affects of insulin shock that comes with diabetes peaks & valleys!

As gut wrenching as my lack of medical coverage is over here, I feel for all of those that have their benefits but will soon struggle to face life without their medical benefits due to financial constraints! Evil or Very Mad
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Post by Aspca4ever on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:34 pm

BTW - love your new avatar! I love you
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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:39 pm

It's a very hard system to navigate tbh.

Doug gets mobility component at a higher rate.

Since he gets no other benefits at all and i do because i'm in ESA support group he gets carers allowance for me, but he's really ill but was never put into the support group, due to illness time frames, so doesn't have to go to the job centre because of what i get!

It's nuts!

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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:45 pm

Aspca4ever wrote:BTW - love your new avatar! I love you

I knew that you would! Cool

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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:48 pm

I mean....I keep very much up to date with all of this shit, there are probably loads being denied what they are entitled to.

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Post by Irn Bru on Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:11 am

This government have already been found guilty of systematic abuse of disabled people and were given recomenadations for them to follow up on.

So this is their response - go screw yourself.

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Post by Aspca4ever on Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:53 pm

Irn Bru wrote:This government have already been found guilty of systematic abuse of disabled people and were given recomenadations for them to follow up on.

So this is their response - go screw yourself.

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Hmmm, the warmth - the body contact between her & our 'King of Tweet' must have been just enough for her to fall under his 'MIND WARP' that it's the best way to deal with your subjects! 
Perhaps the next close encounter {between these 2} should be addressed with a full body prophylactic for PM May! Suspect   
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Post by Luck of the Draw on Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:14 pm

"Perhaps the next close encounter {between these 2} should be addressed with a full body prophylactic for PM May! Suspect"

Good Lordy 4/ever, you could've spared me that visual!!!

Understand & so relate that which you're relaying. Nothing short under-handed and backdoor.
Do politician ever step out into the real world...see that which is truly taking place?
They seem so removed or out of touch.

Hard working individuals that often times are disabled not thru their own doing.
And question a country, it's people that can turn such a cold, callous, heart and
blind eye to those in need/dire straits.

We pledge allegiance to what............
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Post by Guest on Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:05 pm

Almost a decade on and the poor, the sick and the disabled are still paying the price of banking failure.


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Post by Guest on Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:46 pm

....You just have to fill out lots of forms for the whole time, very long ones that ask the same questions over and over again!

I Daniel Blake!

'''After a while you get used to them, then query,,,then fill more in just to piss them off in the end! lol

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Post by Guest on Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:48 pm

.....I put in review forms all the time now! lol

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Post by Aspca4ever on Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:00 pm

Luck of the Draw wrote:"Perhaps the next close encounter {between these 2} should be addressed with a full body prophylactic for PM May! Suspect"

Good Lordy 4/ever, you could've spared me that visual!!!

Understand & so relate that which you're relaying. Nothing short under-handed and backdoor.
Do politician ever step out into the real world...see that which is truly taking place?
They seem so removed or out of touch.

Hard working individuals that often times are disabled not thru their own doing.
And question a country, it's people that can turn such a cold, callous, heart and
blind eye to those in need/dire straits.

We pledge allegiance to what............

It's both scary & heartbreaking for this American to think that during these unsettling times that England is sliding backwards away from taking care of the very people that have the most 'NON-POLITICAL CLOT' and the most to lose in any nation. 
Just really unsettling times for both of our countries ...not great - stressful and worrisome - INDEED! Suspect
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Post by Sassy on Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:48 am

It's utterly sickening. To be honest I'm beginning to despair of the whole human race, it seems that those with the very worst of intentions are getting the upper hand all over the world.

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:21 pm

Sassy wrote:It's utterly sickening.   To be honest I'm beginning to despair of the whole human race, it seems that those with the very worst of intentions are getting the upper hand all over the world.

....And not very much that we will ever be able to do about, atleast for about a decade or so No

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