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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

WAGING WAR ON THE SICK + DISABLED - Dying after being judged fit for work + U.N. inquiry finds that British welfare reforms trampled on disabled rights + more

Dying after being judged fit to work.

Eat your SHAME and your Misleading Propaganda along with your LIES DWP. Respect to Author x
Jack Monroe writes:
I would like to publicly apologise to the Department of Work And Pensions for an inaccurate statistic in my Observer article yesterday on the grim reality of the welfare system in what was once ‘Great’ Britain.
In my article I stated that 2,400 people had died shortly after their Employment Support Allowance had been severed, having been (clearly wrongly) judged as Fit To Work.
The DWP informs me that the correct figure is in fact 2,380.
As they are so keen on accuracy, and transparency, I thought I should provide the rest of the stats.
Between December 2011 and February 2014, 50,850 people who were claiming ESA, died.
Of these, 7,200 had been judged as ‘able to return to work in the future’ and placed in the ‘work group’ category of ESA to undergo regular gruelling testing in order to continue to claim the pithy pittances they…
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U.N. inquiry finds that British welfare reforms trampled on disabled rights

Britain’s cost-cutting welfare reforms gravely or systematically violated the rights of disabled people, according to a United Nations inquiry published on Monday that was rejected by Britain.
The issue has caused disputes within Britain’s Conservative government, prompting a leading cabinet member, Iain Duncan Smith, to resign in March, complaining that cuts to disability payments were “a compromise too far”.
Among its recommendations, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said Britain should set up a mechanism to permanently monitor the impact of policies relating to disabled people’s standard of living and their ability to work and live independently.
Members of the U.N. committee of 18 independent experts visited Britain in October 2015 and the report was based on more than 200 interviews and some 3,000 pages of documentary evidence.
The 22-page report criticised welfare cuts and caps introduced under an austerity programme the government said would make the welfare system fairer and reduce benefit fraud.
“Persons with disabilities have been regularly portrayed negatively as being dependent or making a living out of benefits, committing fraud as benefit claimants, being lazy and putting a burden on taxpayers, who are paying ‘money for nothing’,” it said.
The allegation was unsubstantiated, but disabled people were subject to increasing hostility and aggressive behaviour.
The government had not factored disabled people’s needs into its reforms, and cuts in housing benefits had caused high levels of stress and depression, the report said. Programmes to encourage them to find work “had no visible impact”, and many were driven into debt and forced to resort to using food banks.
In a written response provided by the U.N. human rights office, the British government said it strongly disagreed with the conclusions and was proud of its record of supporting disabled people to lead more independent lives. It said nearly 500,000 more disabled people were in employment since 2013.
“As a strong parliamentary democracy, where the voices and opinions of disabled people are represented and listened to, the UK is a place where disabled people’s rights are respected, promoted and upheld,” the British government’s response said.
In a point-by-point rebuttal that was as long as the committee’s 10,000 word report, Britain said that the U.N. inquiry was too narrow in scope and it did not plan to follow up on is recommendations any further.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)
from Reuters: http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN13220L?il=0

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This Is It! The UN Report Into The UK Government’s Mistreatment Of Disabled People — campertess


Originally posted on Same Difference: https://www.facebook.com/RickBTenPercent/posts/10154669258270489
via This Is It! The UN Report Into The UK Government’s Mistreatment Of Disabled People — campertess

THE PRICE OF WAGING WAR ON THE SICK AND DISABLED


This was written by the excellent websiteBenefits and Work

More Department of Work and Pensions staff take time off sick because of depression and anxiety than for any other reason.
In this they are different from other government departments, where minor illnesses such as colds and back pain are the main reasons for staff absences.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS says that the level of mental health issues amongst DWP workers “highlights the huge pressures on staff who are forced to carry out the Government’s cruel policies that have turned jobcentres from places of help and support into ones of conflict and suspicion.”
“DWP staff know that punishing and vilifying sick, disabled and unemployed people is not only morally wrong, it is counterproductive.”
Benefits and Work would like to issue an invitation to DWP staff who are being made ill by their work: talk to us.
There has been a notable lack of leaks from the DWP.
There have been very few whistle-blowers. And even fewer people prepared to leak any of the huge number of documents that the DWP fight to keep hidden from public sight, like the plan to charge for appeal tribunals below.
So, if you are morally repulsed by what you have ended up doing for a living – do something about it and drop us an email at info@benefitsandwork.co.uk
We will treat all contacts with complete confidentiality.

source: https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/the-price-of-waging-war-on-the-sick-and-disabled/
 

Secret DWP Documents Prove They Silenced The Media From Running Stories They Didn’t Approve Of | EvolvePolitics.com — Britain Isn’t Eating

http://evolvepolitics.com/secretive-dwp-documents-prove-they-silenced-media-from-running-stories-they-dont-approve-of/

Handcuff protests over benefit sanctions system


Protesters chained themselves to railings outside a JobCentre on Teesside and a church in Gateshead today.

They claim penalties given to people on benefits who fail to meet government rules are pushing people into poverty.
 
Protest in Stockton
Campaigners chained themselves to the Jobcentre in Stockton-on-Tees. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

The demonstrations marked the release in cinemas of award-winning film I, Daniel Blake. Set on Tyneside, the story highlights the impact of benefit sanctions.But the government insists it’s right people should lose of their payments if they don’t do enough to find work.

Watch the video herehttp://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2016-10-21/handcuff-protests-over-benefit-sanctions-system/

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DAVID CLAPSON - Hold an inquiry into benefit sanctions that killed my brother

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-hold-an-inquiry-into-benefit-sanctions-that-killed-my-brother

  Diabetic man blames DWP benefit sanctions for leg amputation



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