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Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Disabled people in Britain face a hidden housing crisis, charity warns
Disabled people are experiencing a hidden housing crisis, says a new report suggesting that many are having to wash in their kitchens and sleep in their living rooms because their homes are ill-designed for their needs.
The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability claims that as many as five million people now need a disabled-friendly home, a number set to rise as the population ages. A survey...
Tribunal fees awllowing employers to get away with ‘unlawful sackings’, says charity
The introduction of employment tribunal fees has contributed to a 73% fall in tribunal claims, new research from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) reveals today.
Since the coalition government introduced employment tribunal fees of up to £1,200 last year, figures suggest that the number of claims brought against employers dropped by 73% between October 2013 to March 2014, on the same...
Monday, 28 July 2014
Watchdog launches probe into Seetec fraud claims
The public spending watchdog has launched an investigation into claims of fraud by a company paid to find jobs for disabled people.
Only last week, MPs on the Commons public accounts committee quizzed Robert Devereux, permanent secretary in the Department for Work and Pensions, about the way his civil servants had dealt with the allegations against Seetec.
Now, as a result of that...
Anger as rule change set to cost disabled people £35 a week
A change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments means many could lose as much as £35 a week.
Anyone who can walk more than 20 metres (65ft) will no longer be entitled to the £56.75 enhanced weekly mobility allowance and could be offered the standard rate of just £21.55.
Before UK Government welfare reforms, a distance of 50 metres was used...
Friday, 25 July 2014
Disabled people pay £550 'penalty' each month
A commission has been launched into why disabled adults spend around £36bn a year on extra costs due to their disability.
It comes after new research conducted with ITV News found people pay a 'financial penalty' of an average £550 per month when it comes to living costs.
The study from Scope suggests one in ten people with a disability pay £1,000 extra per month.
Fresh embarrassment for Nick Clegg after £1billion flagship work scheme is dropped
Nick Clegg faced embarrassment today after his flagship initiatives for tackling youth unemployment was wound up early.
The £1billion Youth Contract Wage Incentive Scheme championed by the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister was cut short amid accusations it has been a complete flop.
It was launched at the height of the recession in an attempt to help jobless youngsters into work.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Iain Duncan Smith told to rip up flawed 'fit for work' tests
Iain Duncan Smith's scheme to get the disabled back to work is causing 'considerable distress and anxiety' and should be completely overhauled, say MPs.
The long-term ill and disabled must undergo a Work Capability Assessment to apply for Employment and Support Allowance.
But in a withering report today, MPs say ESA is fundamentally flawed and needs a total 'redesign'.
Zero hours contracts force workers to rely on food banks
Highly controversial Zero hours contracts are forcing Scottish workers to turn to food banks and payday lenders, according to a new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).
The report, ‘Working at the Edge‘, found that the inappropriate use of zero hours contracts by unscrupulous employers is exploiting workers and leaving them with “no hours, no pay and no chance”.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Disability benefits system has 'grave' flaws, MPs warn
Parts of the UK's disability benefits system require a 'fundamental redesign' because flaws in the process are so 'grave', a report by MPs has said.
A Commons committee said replacing the firm Atos - which until March assessed whether people were fit to work - would not address the problems 'on its own'.
The report said changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) system needed...
Malnutrition soars by more than 70% since Coalition came to power
Malnutrition has soared by more than 70% since the Coalition came to power according to shocking data on hospital admissions.
During the Tory-led Government’s relentless cuts drive doctors in England have seen huge increases in conditions usually associated with the Third World.
People unable to feed themselves saw a staggering 6,686 admissions where malnutrition was the primary...
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
PIP 20 metre court case fails
The High Court has today rejected the judicial review challenge to the fairness of its consultation process on the introduction of new 20 metre eligibility criteria for the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The challenge was brought by Mr. Steven Sumpter who can only walk a few metres with a stick and is otherwise dependent on a wheelchair. He was assessed as eligible...
Monday, 21 July 2014
We must all fight to keep the Human Rights Act
Carole Ewart, coordinator of Human Rights Consortium Scotland, believes it is our duty to protect UK human rights laws.
Sometimes you only miss something when it goes. Just when you need it, it’s missing.
This could happen to our fundamental rights given the re-emergence of political initiatives to abolish the Human Rights Act of1998. If we are passive and depend on others to...
Premier League clubs are ‘ignoring equality laws’
Premier League football clubs are ignoring equality laws by refusing to improve access to their grounds for disabled supporters, say campaigners.
The user-led charity Level Playing Field – which promotes good access for sports fans – spoke out after peers criticised clubs during a short debate in the House of Lords this week.
The disabled peer and retired Paralympian Baroness...
Friday, 18 July 2014
Give disabled people support to live, not right to die
With the House of Lords to consider today the Assisted Suicide Bill tabled by Lord Falconer, how informed are our lords and bishops who are about to preside over such a potentially momentous shift in medical care?
Last weekend, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey spoke in favour of assisted suicide. The 24 hours that followed contained a barrage of headlines, interviews and reports...
Benefit sanctions rocket by as much as 563%, shocking figures reveal
New figures obtained by the SNP have found a staggering increase in the number of people being hit by benefit sanctions at the hands of Westminster welfare reforms, further highlighting the need for a Yes vote and the full powers over welfare it would bring.
An answer to a Written Question from SNP MSP Kevin Stewart found that, since 2009, there has been a 65 per cent increase in the number...
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Benefits sanctions double against women, disabled people and lone parents
New figures show the number of women, disabled people and lone parents in Scotland having benefits sanctioned has almost doubled in the past four years.
Lone parents say it means children are punished and that having their benefits suddenly stopped for weeks or months is traumatic.
They say it means not knowing how to buy food or pay the bills.
The Department for Work and Pensions...
Guide to help figure out new lobbying rules
The Electoral Commission has published guidance on the new UK lobbying act to help charities plan their campaigning activity ahead of next year’s general election.
The act, which was passed earlier this year, has been widely criticised by charities and campaign groups who are worried that it will restrict their ability to legitimately campaign in the 12 months leading up to a UK election.
Lib Dems accused of 'hypocrisy' over bedroom benefit rules
Labour has accused the Lib Dems of 'unbelievable hypocrisy' over calls for changes to the benefit cut for people judged to have too many bedrooms.
The changes, called the 'bedroom tax' by critics but described by ministers as the removal of a 'spare room subsidy', were introduced last year in England, Scotland and Wales.
Danny Alexander said the Lib Dems wanted to see 'fairer rules'.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Welfare fund failing the poorest
Some of the country’s poorest people in desperate need of crisis grants and emergency financial help for care are being turned down because councils are applying different rules to distributing funds, new figures show.
The Scottish Welfare Fund was launched by the Scottish Government on 1 April last year to replace community care grants and crisis grants, which were abolished...
Agenda: There is an overwhelming case for advocating human rights for all
The Cabinet reshuffle will have a big impact on human rights protection in our United Kingdom as the articulate supporters of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) have been removed.
We face a General Election campaign that puts, centre stage, abolition of the Human Rights Act as it gives the ECHR domestic effect. Scots may react by voting Yes in the referendum as we choose the...
BBC launches ‘radical’ package of measures for disabled people
The BBC has pledged to quadruple the number of disabled people it puts on TV by 2017 as part of a “radical” package of measures across the corporation including a new disability champion.
BBC director general Tony Hall said the corporation would “work tirelessly [to] open up many more opportunities for disabled people at the BBC”, less than a month after he announced...
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Shocking images reveal elderly couple living on the streets after being evicted from their home
The 84-year-old man and his 75-year-old partner are sleeping rough in Bournemouth after failing to pay their rent.
It's an image which should shame Britain in the 21st century.
Huddled together under seafront shelter, an 84-year-old man and his 75-year-old partner are now living rough on the streets of Bournemouth.
The couple, who are not being named, are attending a local soup...
DWP sneaks out official bedroom tax report
An official report into the early months of the bedroom tax has revealed the impact the controversial policy had on social housing landlords and their tenants.
Published by the Department for Work and Pensions on the day of a Cabinet reshuffle, the 'Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy Interim report' shows that despite the best efforts of housing providers the bedroom tax led...
Monday, 14 July 2014
Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression
Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants face being stripped of their state allowances if they refuse to undergo treatment for anxiety and depression, under radical plans being drawn up by ministers.
Existing welfare rules mean it is not possible to require claimants to have treatment, such as therapy or counselling, as a condition of receiving sickness benefits.
DWP to pay Atos £10m to extend disability reassessments contract
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is to extend French IT services firm Atos' multi-million pound deal to handle disability reassessments, despite the company wanting to walk away from the contract in February.
The firm, which would have had to pay a fee to the government to end its contract early, has been criticised for its declining standards of service.
Atos had said previously...
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Human rights case against welfare reforms keeps growing
On July 5, the Daily Mail mounted yet another attack on the human rights folk who have the temerity to question the coalition government’s welfare agenda.
The article, headlined “The Brazil Nut strikes again: IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts”, featured the same ignorance and thinly veiled racism that marked the Daily Mail’s coverage...
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Vulnerable children are lacking support
A coalition of third sector children’s services providers has warned vulnerable young people will be left without support unless recruitment of trained specialists is stepped up.
The call, by the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC), comes as new figures from Health Scotland show just five out of 13 training places for doctors in child and adolescent psychiatry were...
GP surgeries hit as benefit cuts bite
Doctors across the UK have reported soaring workloads due to welfare reforms affecting their patients.
Changes to the way benefits for people unable to work due to illness are assessed and other reforms, such as the bedroom tax, were blamed by GPs for an increase in patients seeing them with non-medical problems.
A survey of more than 1,000 GPs by the British Medical Journal...
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Devastating impact of welfare cuts leaves households struggling to cope
Households in Wales are struggling to cope with the devastating impact of the UK government’s welfare reforms and are being pushed into severe stress and hardship, a damning report by Citizens Advice Wales has found.
The report – One day at a time – investigated the cumulative impact of welfare reforms in Wales and found that many households were ‘struggling to maintain...
Court to decide on bid to cut benefits
Thousands of disabled people will today make a last-ditch legal bid to block cuts to their benefits.
Welfare reforms mean many will lose as much as £35 a week as part of a change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Under the new system anyone who can walk more than 20 metres is no longer entitled to the £56.75 enhanced weekly...
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