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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote
Adding salt to the this injury as outlined above by you Brian comes the news today that "private firms that assess people claiming disability benefits will get nearly £200m more than officials had originally expected":

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The UK government had estimated that Atos and Capita would earn £512m for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) assessments between 2013 and 2017. But analysis by the Press Association suggests they will actually get £700m. Labour said the deals were "rewarding failure", but the government said effective assessments were vital


So much for the link between the deserving and reward which our political class perpetually preach!
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Do you know what I want? I want my disability living allowance to come back ... I canít live on £100 a month. They just took it all away from me,Ē Mohan said in a confrontation that was captured on camera. Iíve got mild learning disabilities and I havenít got a carer at the moment and Iím angry. And I would like somebody to help me, because I canít do everything I want to do. Iím talking about everybody, not just me. Iím talking about everybody whoís got mental health and learning disabilities. I want them not to have their money taken away from them and being crippled. The fat cats keep all the money and us lot get nothing.


Cathy Mohan to Theresa May in Abingdon, Oxfordshire today in the first meaningful event of the 2017 general election. The response was vague platitudes from the PM about whom charity Mencap described as being "unclear on the difference between a learning disability and mental health".
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
My son was reassessed two weeks ago by an assessor who thought schizophrenia was a learning disability. The assessment system is a complete joke. Meaningless criteria administered by ignorant people.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
You might find the enclosed "Independent" article interesting Frances, as yet again Mental Health is not being addressed by any increased funding.
I'm afraid as outlined elsewhere when it comes to any social, welfare or NHS issues in this election campaign, Theresa May and the Tories have absolutely nothing to offer.
Although the media sympathetic to the Conservative Party are spinning that May has moved to the Left and broken with Thatcherism.
In reality that is absolute nonsense, the free market dominates all thought from her and her Party, and just like Margaret Thatcher she cannot stomach the thought of offering major state help to any section of society.
The treatment of disabled people gives a clue that vulnerable people in this country are going to be thrown to the mercy of free enterprise, with hopefully charities and families picking up the pieces.
Theresa May has already been tackled on these issues as reported by members of the public, and she has avoided answering any questions on the subject.
So why anyone who has a social conscience would actually vote for her and her policies is beyond me,
turkeys voting for xmas is now a much used statement, but that is what it would seem is about to happen yet again.

As a post script opinion polls are showing an increase in labour support with 1.1 million of mainly young people registering to vote.
Whether this can stop May getting a large majority on June 8th we will soon find out.
However for millions of people in this country already struggling with a myriad of problems, they better start praying that she does not.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news...lems-no-extra-money-a7742801.html
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
We got this in the Guardian today.

https://www.theguardian.com/polit...old-the-rights-of-disabled-people

Disabled people will probably mainly vote Labour but they always do and they aren't that many.

On the other hand the people who are bombarding LBC with anger are the people waiting to inherit houses from their parents and terrified of getting unlucky in the big health lottery in the Sky with dementia.

May has really miscalculated this. So many people up in arms about getting unlucky and seeing their inheritance go to the government. I think she will change this quickly or it could be her downfall. All she has to do is cap it at £200,000. Very few people need to spend more than that so she won't lose that much.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The disability network has grown on line in the last ten years and now is skilled in on line communication.

For the last ten years the hegemony was that both Tory and Labour welfare policies and Ministers were anti disabled people and both were hated.

This has changed. Now the hegemony is that Jeremy will win next time - no problem - and then it will be disability Nirvana. Welfare payments will rocket and Jeremy will abolish the hated WCA test.

If this has happened with other campaign networks like Social Housing or low payed workers then there are now a lot of existing campaigning networks going flat out for Labour on unrealistic promises.

The offer to the disabled is nonsense. The problem is not in the test itself - it is the flawed model of how disabled workers can work successfully in a competitive labour market that is the problem. If the model was right and took account of the disabled workers who have impaired productivity and how they could work - then the test would be simple. I have seen Yvette Cooper who was a Labour DWP Minister and a Tory ex DWP Minister agreeing on Daily Politics that this is the problem but that disability lobby won't agree to it being raised and tackled.

Is Jeremy saying he will abolish the test and not replace it with another test. It makes no sense.

What will happen when Jeremy is elected and the economy doesn't allow for massive rises in disability benefits and the test is abolished and nothing replaces it and the system breaks down and the disability lobby is shocked and disappointed.

Will this be repeated in all the other lobby networks.
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https://www.theguardian.com/comme...istrict-world-heritage-site-sheep

This is fascinating. George Monbiot seems to have hit the same pact between a lobby with vested interests and all the supposedly neutral bodies like the National Trust who come on board - side with the loudest voice - and then think they represent the righteous grassroots - that we have hit with disability campaigning.

If the loudest lobby group can win the support of the charity/third sector - no hope.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Lobbyists have long captured the government wholesale. The revolving between the Civil Service and the businesses they are supposed to regulate mean that policy is mostly devised in the latter's interest. Poachers turned gamekeeper. It is opaque and eats away at democracy. Buy Private Eye. It at least sheds some light on our Lobbycracy unlike most of the media.


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