“Tories admit that they failed to declare thousands in election spending for Roadtrip battlebuses”http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-admit-failed-declare-thousands-7796504
Terminally ill Northampton woman has appeal over disability benefits refused
northamptonchron.co.uk/news – 20th April 2016
terminally ill cancer patient who was refused a disability benefit by the Government has had her appeal turned down though her GP provided a lengthy description of her illness.
Jane Windle, from Parkwood Street, St James, was first diagnosed with a carcinoid form of cancer in 2001 and has tumours in her lungs and pelvis.
But last month it was revealed the 52-year-old would not be entitled to receive the Personal Independent Payment (PIP) even though she has been receiving the Disability Living Allowance, which PIP is phasing out, since she got ill.
Mrs Windle has a stent fitted and has difficulty, breathing, moving and even struggles to stand up unaided.
The couple appealed the decision at the start of April and supplied the Department for Work and Pensions with a DS1500 form from her GP explaining the extent her cancer affects her, listing a range of other debilitating conditions including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
But they have now learned their appeal has been refused.
Mrs Windle says the decision has left the couple desperate.
She said: “It is so stressful.
“Now that money has stopped it is just crazy.
“We just think, how are we going to manage?
“I will have to get rid of all sorts of things – my phone will have to go, there is no way I can afford that.”
Mrs Windle and husband William have met with Northampton South MP David Mackintosh, to see if he can get their assessment overturned.
They are also looking to take the DWP to a tribunal to contest the decision – a process that can take months.
Mrs Windle says there is no way she can go out and find work.
“I just can’t,” she said. “I can go to sleep for two to three days at a time.”
“What if I am at work for a couple of hours and need to sleep? What are they going to do, roll out a bed?
Mr and Mrs Windle can apply for Jobseekers’ Allowance, but that would mean both would actively need to seek employment, even though Mrs Windle has regular doctors’ appointments and needs her husband for assistance.
Mr Windle said he will not stop fighting the decision.
“Jane’s assessment simply isn’t true.
“If these assessors were working in a hospital we would be looking at a complete misdiagnosis.”
Whitehall officials secretly plotted to charge disabled people for the right to appeal cruel benefit decisions.
‘Pensionless Pensioner’ Brands UK Government Most Brutal ‘Regime’ In Living Memory
Woman stripped of her right to state pension says UK Government doesn’t care whether vulnerable people live or die. – she knows as we do.
Tory MP’s have got their snouts in the financial trough once again (and of course, they deny all of it!)http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mps-pay-themselves-20000-7807052
A prominent Scots disability campaigner is calling for the resignation of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner for voting in favour of benefit cuts.
Susan Archibald, a former Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations board member, is being backed by a raft of individuals and groups in her call for Tory peer Lord Chris Holmes to stand down as disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after he voted in favour of disability benefit cuts when they had been condemned by his own organisation.
Archibald has both written a letter and created an online petition calling for his resignation.
It is part of a new campaign from an alliance of anti-austerity, grassroots groups from Scotland and the north of England that are committed to fighting for equality – the Cross Border Alliance –will “name and shame” public figures “colluding in the cuts to disabled people and not addressing disabled people’s rights”.
The coalition includes Disabled People Against Cuts, Black Triangle, The Centre for Welfare Reform, Carer Watch, and the Spartacus online campaigning network.
Lord Holmes voted in favour of measures to cut payments by £30 a week for new employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants placed in the work-related activity group
SNP calls to see reports on suicides following benefits cuts
THE SNP’s Westminster spokeswoman for Social Justice and Welfare, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, has insisted “lessons must be learned” after disability rights campaigners won an appeal against the UK Government’s refusal to publish reports into the deaths of people who took their own lives after their benefits were cut.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may now be forced to disclose details of the investigations into suicides and other deaths.
Whiteford said: “The SNP has twice asked the Prime Minister why these reports have not been published by the DWP and twice there have been no answers.
“Lessons must be learnt from these tragic deaths and more must be done to ensure that there are no more deaths as a result of the Tories’ deeply damaging policies.”
The National Thursday 21st April 2016
The Kicker: The BBC should realise some things are more important than Deila’s job ~ THE BBC’s Scottish Colonial branch office reached a new nadir in its editorial judgment yesterday when it led its lunchtime news bulletin with an item on Ronny Deila leaving Celtic.
That gave the Beeb’s Unionist acolytes the excuse to downgrade the launch of the SNP manifesto by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to third in the running order behind the funeral of Paige Doherty.
No quibbles with that as her killing was truly shocking. But to lead on Deila and consign items on rising unemployment and a possible cure for Type 1 Diabetes to fourth and fifth (last item) respectively shows a skewed sense of priorities at Pacific Quay.
For goodness sake, a football manager losing his job is deemed more important than very serious news? So much for Scotland being a one party state in thrall to the SNP – the Nats can’t even control the broadcasters.
It just shows how football and the Old Firm in particular can warp people’s minds, so much so that we had little serious media comment on the displays of tribalism on Sunday. Disgraceful, all of it.
Yesterday, the fans with mobiles let rip on social media about Deila, and some of it was not pretty at all – one fan was moved to say on Kerrydalestreet.co.uk: “I’ve found the personal insults directed at him by some on here to be unworthy of what I feel are the characteristics of a Celtic supporter.”
A great many contributions made a lot of sense, however.
James O’Connor wrote on Facebook: ‘Best outcome for both parties. A few of the players should follow his exit.”
Also on Facebook, Joseph Alfie Henry wrote: “Nice guy just wasn’t the right man to take the club forwards. You can see he is a proper football person though, wouldn’t surprise me at all if he turns into a really successful manager elsewhere. Just not at Celtic.”
Pointing to poor signings, one fan wrote in a forum: “A club of Celtic’s size simply can’t get things that wrong and for that long and expect any level of progression, and especially in a time with little competition to drive our players.”
Another fan opined: “He was given the opportunity too soon in his career. He had incredible success at Stromsgodset but was too stubborn to change his ways when the same tactics clearly didn’t work here.”
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell came in for harsh criticism in some quarters: “Some say that Peter Lawwell is answerable to the board. It actually appears more that he is answerable only to himself.”
On the club’s own Facebook page, Tony Kenny wrote: “The bigger issue is the chairman, majority shareholder and corporate ethos of the club…the failed experiment of training young players for profit is over. Time to get back to building a team for success and respecting our roots.”
Norman Fraser opined: “So the manager takes the fall again, I hope the club cleans out these players that don’t want to be part of the team, they are the ones that failed the club not the manager.”
source for all the above: in the comments of: https://bankanglesensor.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/a-new-direction-from-crabb-and-the-dwp-outright-fucking-lies/
see also: The poverty of responsibility and the politics of blame. Part 3 - the Tories want to repeal the 2010 Child Poverty Act