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Flagship Benefit Reform Limps from Crisis to Crisis.

This was reported a week ago: Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after tower fire.

The Guardian.

New benefit system will not be introduced in full in July so jobcentre staff can focus on claimants affected by Grenfell blaze.

Officials have halted the planned rollout of universal credit into North Kensington, west London, next month, saying they want jobcentre staff to focus on supporting claimants affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Universal credit, which pulls together six separate benefits into one monthly payment, has been dogged by criticism that design flaws and payment delays were causing low-income claimants to run up rent arrears and rely on food banks.

 

We have still to find out the details of how those affected by mass evacuations of Tower Blocks will be treated by Universal Credit.

The prospect is not looking good.

This appears now:

Universal Credit’s planed roll out in Northern Ireland:

Universal Credit (UC), which has caused social havoc in people’s lives in other parts of the UK, is on its way to Northern Ireland.

MPs recently launched an official inquiry into Universal Credit amid growing concerns that design flaws in the new benefits system are leaving thousands of low-income claimants facing eviction and reliant on food banks.

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said it was compelled to launch a full investigation after mounting evidence that built-in payment delays and administrative blockages were creating severe problems for claimants and landlords.

It has been stated by a number of Conservative Party ministers that one of the key aims of universal credit is to simplify the benefits system but also to reduce the overall cost of the welfare benefits system.

We  are also repeatedly told that spending on “welfare” for disabled people is out of control, yet the Department for Work and Pensions has gone nearly £200m over budget, paying two private firms to run the personal independence payments (PIP) assessment system.

The Conservatives have now spent £700m in taxpayers’ money on these contracts alone, despite the fact the process is so flawed that one charity reported that four out of five rejections that they appealed against were overturned.

Journalist Frances Ryan in a recent newspaper article (http://bit.ly/2sQ8NZz) said: “The government’s flagship benefit reform, universal credit (UC): is five years behind schedule, with delays announced seven times and a price tag rising to a staggering £16bn. And yet, with all that public money, it’s still plagued by administrative chaos and design flaws – to the extent that it’s not only failing in its purpose of improving the benefits system but is actively creating more social and economic problems.

“The Trussell Trust found that universal credit’s much-criticised six-week waiting period has led to mass emergency food parcels. In areas where the full universal credit rollout has taken place, food bank referral rates are now more than double the national average. This is on top of the debt, rent arrears and evictions it is also causing.

There are many bodies in Northern Ireland who have voiced their concerns over the planned introduction of universal credit, including Advice NI (http://bit.ly/2t5VhDj) and PPR (http://bit.ly/2sFBslk), but it is obvious that a more co-ordinated approach of opposition is needed, including the involvement of the community and voluntary sector and the trade union movement, if this ‘welfare tsunami’ is to be halted.

Then there is this:

Landlords could see the number of their tenants claiming Universal Credit multiply by up to nine times when their area moves to full digital roll-out, according to a Chartered Institute of Housing expert..

This wider view of ‘welfare reform’, of which Universal Credit is a pillar, is worth looking at:

Four reasons why welfare reform is a delusion Richard Machin

Welfare reform is regressive

There is clear evidence that welfare reform has a disproportionately negative impact on some groups in society and some areas of the UK. The Sheffield Hallam research found that those particularly hit by welfare reform are working-age tenants in the social rented sector, families with dependent children (particularly lone-parent families and families with large numbers of children) and areas with a high percentage of minority ethnic households. Geographically, the impact of welfare reform is stark with the greatest financial losses being imposed on the most deprived local authorities. As a general rule, older industrial areas and some London Boroughs are hardest hit, with southern local authorities the least affected.

The mainstream media often fails to report the true impact of welfare reform that this research highlights. A more accurate account of the human costs can be found in ‘For whose benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform’ in which Ruth Patrick documents her research on the impact of sustained benefit reductions. Dominant themes include the stigma felt by benefit claimants, the negative impacts of a punitive sanctions regime, and living with persistent poverty.

Welfare reform does not produce the behaviour changes sought by the government

Although welfare reform is a values-laden policy underpinned by a strong, but flawed, ideology (only those who fail ‘to do the right thing’ are affected) there is little evidence that the retrenchment of the welfare state has been accompanied by the change in claimant behaviour that politicians desire. The ‘bedroom tax’ was supposed to ‘provide an economic incentive’ to move to smaller accommodation. The evaluation indicates that more than 7 in 10 claimants affected had never considered moving, with an estimate that no more than 8% of those affected having downsized within the social sector.

The Benefit Cap places a limit on the total amount of certain working age benefits available to claimants. One of the government’s main intentions was for this to improve work incentives. There is no common consensus on the extent to which this aim has been achieved: the Institute for Fiscal Studies have suggested that the majority of those affected will not respond by moving into work, however, government ministers rarely waste an opportunity to tell us that low levels of unemployment are partly due to the benefit changes introduced.

The research of David Webster into sanctions argues that ‘Sanctions are not an evidence-based system designed to promote the employment, wellbeing and development of the labour force’ and that this regressive system results in lower productivity, pointless job applications, and poverty-related problems.

In the last days of the previous administration we saw the introduction of the  2-child limit for child tax credit and universal credit. Child Poverty Action Group emphasise the contradiction in a policy which supposedly provides parity between those in work and those out of work, when 70% of those claiming tax credits are already working.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

    mili68

    June 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm

  2. Universal Credit is a Flagship of continual on going disaster – they’ve been told don’t dig that hole but they keep right on digging

    gazza

    June 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    • I’d like to dig a hole for the Tory scum and Bury them alive…

      Marie

      June 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      • Its the axis of evil.

        ken

        June 30, 2017 at 11:29 am

    • OT: Well, who would have known or guessed this – “Who really goes to a food bank?”

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40431701
      Who really goes to a food bank?

      “Food banks are an intensely divisive image, an uncomfortable underbelly of austerity often in touching distance of conspicuous wealth.”
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      In the most basic terms, these are people with many overlapping forms of “destitution”.

      They have been missing meals, often for days at a time, going without heating and electricity. One in five had slept rough in recent months.

      They are at the lowest end of the low-income spectrum, with an average income below £320 per month, described as living in “extreme financial vulnerability”.

      These are usually people of working age, middle-aged rather than young or old, mostly living in rented accommodation.

      About five out of six are without a job and depending on benefits.

      Insecure work
      But among those in employment, this is usually unpredictable, insecure work, with an unreliable income.

      The long stagnation in wages seems to have made it harder to be self-reliant through work – and the research warns of the rising number of jobs that are low-paid and insecure.

      The best inoculation against needing a food bank seems to be a full-time permanent job.
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      Although there have been reports of people in regular jobs turning to food banks, the research suggests this remains very unusual.
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      But the researchers show that living on “chronic low incomes” and facing “severe food insecurity” are not necessarily the tipping points.

      There is often something else – an income or expenditure “shock” – that puts them on the road to the food bank. This can be an rise in rent, energy bills or the cost of food; or it could a delay in benefits or fewer working hours.

      On wafer-thin margins, it can be enough to literally turn out the lights and leave nothing for food.

      gazza

      June 29, 2017 at 9:23 am

      • Gazza

        The terms unemployed and employed cannot really be used anymore in our growing gig economy. The either or rule does not apply and the introduction of UC proves this now we have to contend with underemployment. Now there’s no doubting government got people into work, the problems are, mostly all of them originally came from work prior the 2007/8 crash and more importantly what type of work did they gain.
        Underemployment itself is also a generic term as you either fall into the category of more unemployed than employed and visa versa. Whats also important to consider is even when clearly employed, how reliant is a person still on state welfare, having to cut back,go without.borrowing and debt.

        doug

        June 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

  3. Most people are not going to be transferred to Universal Credit until 2019 plus thats just to far ahead to worry at the moment.Given timelines that have been published over the years it could be much longer then that.

    Simply ignoring peoples circumstances doesn’t make them not go away,all they do is just sit there try and exceed themselves with no effect.

    Anything the Conservatives have touched has turned to dust.they’ve tripped stumbled and fell over everything.

    “don’t dig that hole but they keep right on digging” thats all they do gazza with this coalition now its Northern Ireland first,they have the rest of the UK held hostage to their demands.Theresa May dangling on puppet strings as she try’s to cling to power can and could lead to anything.

    The reserves in the tank are looking to head across the Irish sea.

    ken

    June 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm

  4. This blog is fucking dead. Ipswich Unemployed Action is no more. All of the old heroes have been vanquished. Be they Andrew Coates, doug, wayne, scarface or shirleynott. As always, we have won. We always win. And you scum lose. You always fucking lose.
    Goodbye You filthy Dole-ite Scum. Say goodbye to your benefits. Soon this once great nation of ours will be great again. It will be like the USA, with dole only for six months, and nothing if you haven’t paid in to the system. Get ready for Food stamps You Detritus. Your days of cushy living shall soon be a thing of the dark and distant past….. If thou shalt not work then thou shalt not eat. This is in Holy Scripture. It is Biblical and thus is ordained by The Most High. Soon you idle and indolent scrounging filth shall understand this, and eat the bitter tasting fruit of thine unholy scroungings. Thou feckless and fecund detritus shalt be forced to do workfare for thine Food stamps. Hallelujah!! Oh Yes, Oh Yes, Hallelujah!!!! His mercy endureth forever. Praise the Lord!

    We Win. You Lose. You Always Fucking Lose ....

    June 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    • “We Win. You Lose. You Always Fucking Lose ….”

      When it happens to you … And be assured it will remember your words… And Enjoy.

      Gazza

      June 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    • You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about, in the good old USA you get benefits for five years.

      When your five years is up you won’t be able to claim it again.

      Marie

      June 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

      • You are comparing apples and oranges. As always seems to be the case in order to suit bogus arguments. What they don’t tell you is that over the five years you get paid a lifetime (forty years odd) equivalent of UK benefits. And in any case you would always be entitled to “food stamps” (paid on a debit card) and some cash payment. Arguing to pay unemployment benefits for six months over a whole lifetime and then nothing in the UK “because that is what happens in the USA” is completely bogus,

        Uncle Sam

        June 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

      • Britain’s benefits are among the least generous in western Europe claims new report
        David Cameron claims benefits are a ‘lifestyle choice’ and a pull factor for migrants. He should probably read this

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-benefits-among-least-generous-7390983

        ken

        June 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

    • We Win. You Lose. You Always Fucking Lose ….

      Blar, blar, blar, you’ve won what exactly and what was the competition ?

      I can only imagine its a political thing and probably tied to the DUP deal which sadly isn’t what this website is about. This aside the lets go American agenda isn’t having a good time what with brexit, the collapse of TTIP, the trump victory tearing the states apart, private firms running pubic contracts coming under the spot light and you get the picture.

      Im not sure if your aware of it but even the Clintons admitted their reform implemented by Bill himself hasn’t been a success with families with multiple children still swelling and homelessness on a biblical scale and lets not forget half of all USA population reporting annual earnings of less than $30’000 (£23’000) a year, with most in that group earning less than $20’000 (£15’500) a year. Also lets not forget the states has when all is factored (24/26 trillion debt) that experts state can never be repaid to put them back in the black.

      With the east doing what they want (hence the west poisoning the pond for decades) and Milton Friedmans utopian capitalistic dream falling apart under its own gravity, the move is actually towards globalization in the hope of hiding the Wests decline.

      doug

      June 29, 2017 at 11:13 am

      • It’s just somebody trying to twang your wire. Pay no attention. Why let jokers and piss-takers needle you?

        Finger of Fudge

        June 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    • You are quite right dickhead, it is being ordained by the most high, the chosen ones to be more precise!

      Foxglove

      June 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  5. ‘How do we get out if there’s a fire?’ In Yorkshire, G4S tenants live in fear

    Security company G4S housed six families with babies and toddlers in a fire-trap hostel in Halifax.

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/shinealight/john-grayson/g4s-fire-trap-hostel-halifax-asylum-housing-grenfell

    ken

    June 29, 2017 at 10:20 am

  6. Biggest ever study of food banks warns use likely to increase

    Oxford University research finds that poverty and hunger are all too real for a growing number of British people

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/29/biggest-ever-study-of-food-banks-warns-use-likely-to-increase

    ken

    June 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

  7. The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

    Current regulations focus on personal data.

    But they have nothing to say about the data we give away on a daily basis, through tracking of our mobile phones, our purchasing preferences, electricity smart meters and online “likes”.

    There are systems that can piece together this public data and build up a personality profile that could potentially be used by insurance companies to set premiums, or by employers to assess suitability for certain jobs.

    Such systems can offer huge benefits, but if unchecked we could find our life chances determined by machines.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40423595

    enigma

    June 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

    • You can teach a robot to tap dance but inevitably a conflict will occur.

      Its wishful thinking to assume that you can command that amount of control over a computer. Even if computer control the world, a robot somewhere at sometime will kill a human, well quite a few i reckon and that’s oblivious to them becoming sentient.

      When you walk in the dark without light do you never hit objects. if a man works 50 miles away, are we saying there’s only one route and if there was only one, could you possibly say when an accident may occur that would inhibit its flow.

      We already produce software that requires day one patching so who is this person whose going to make faultless code,faultless hardware.

      doug

      June 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

  8. Judge once accused of ‘helping social cleansing of the poor’ is picked to run Grenfell Tower public inquiry into tragedy that killed 80.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4647338/EIGHTY-people-dead-following-Grenfell-Tower-blaze.html

    Marie

    June 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    • Foxglove

      Where did Gideon get a teachers degree and another in economics from ?

      Please god don’t tell me he holds just honorary ones. Does he not expect to have to deal with questions,rivaling theories,algorithm economics,philosophical economics,etc.

      Some of his students will no doubt be potential top tier mathematicians so i hope he has an A game let alone bring one. I can imagine a lot of experienced economists salivating at the chance to ridicule him.

      doug

      June 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      • Doug

        Think it’s a case of who you know,not what you know!

        Foxglove

        June 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      • Where is Gideon’s peer-reviewed research papers? A prerequisite for the professor’s chair. Anyone?

        Emeritus Professor

        June 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      • Not to mention his Phd and post-graduate research. Does anyone know the university in which Gideon’s PhD is lodged? Anyone?

        Emeritus Professor

        June 29, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      • BBC pokes fun at George Osborne’s ever expanding list of jobs with a special TV tribute

        The ex-Chancellor turned newspaper editor announced yesterday that he was sixth job as an Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bbc-pokes-fun-george-osbornes-10714368

        enigma

        June 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    • Well, his second class degree in history has certainly done George proud! How many other so academically undistinguished rise that high in academia? And what industry? Six jobs is it now? No wonder he didn’t mind sanctioning the poor when they claimed to be unable to travel sixty miles to work and back for a minimum wage part-time zero-hour-contract job. Ee bah gum!

      Salt of the Earth

      June 30, 2017 at 7:48 am

    • Ecky thump! This rag of human flesh shouldn’t be allowed into MY university let alone spew his bile before our students. What is the world coming to? My testicles have contracted into my body with shock!

      Dr Brian Cox (by name Cock by nature)

      June 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  9. Why the hell did Gideon change his name to George? What has he got to hide?

    Marie

    June 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    • Probably thought it would make him sound more trustworthy!

      Foxglove

      June 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      • And less *****h

        Marie

        June 29, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  10. Why worry about extremism,terrorism and hate when you have decadence.

    Woman has throat slit in broad daylight at shopping centre.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/young-woman-dies-after-having-10710374

    Man bludgeoned to death with a shovel at a petrol station in front of parents.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/m25-cobham-services-quhey-saunders-10708625

    All this waffle about terror, religious phobias when it absolutely pales in comparison to people not giving a crap, not having an agenda and only to pleased to spill your guts over an emotion. Everyday people die and government don’t life a finger to protect the public yet mention two words and there all over it like its different. Take a look around you, look how people are behaving. The way they talk, act,think.

    doug

    June 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

  11. UN confirms that UK government’s treaty violations were both grave AND systematic

    The United Nations (UN) committee that found the UK government guilty of violating the UN disability convention has revealed for the first time that its breaches of the human rights treaty were both “grave” and “systematic”.

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/un-confirms-that-uk-governments-treaty-violations-were-both-grave-and-systematic/

    If this was China or North Korea instead its May’s trashbag Britain!

    ken

    June 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

  12. OT: Grefell Tower “bubble toil and trouble” Council & Council Reps in full deflection mode

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40453054
    Grenfell Tower: Cladding ‘changed to cheaper version’

    Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, documents obtained by the BBC suggest.
    Documents show the zinc cladding originally proposed was replaced with an aluminium type, which was less fire resistant, saving nearly £300,000.
    The cladding is thought to have contributed to the spread of the fire that killed at least 80 people.
    There is no suggestion a deliberate decision was made to cut fire safety.
    It comes as Kensington and Chelsea council’s first cabinet meeting since the disaster was adjourned after just 20 minutes on Thursday – after the council was forced by a court order to admit the press and public.
    The council halted the meeting, claiming it would “prejudice” the forthcoming public inquiry.
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the council’s decision “beggars belief”.
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    Earlier planning documents suggest the original plan was for zinc cladding with a fire-retardant core.
    Residents had also been told their new cladding would be made of zinc. Despite their differences, both types of cladding have the same official fire rating.
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    On Thursday, Downing Street said 137 cladding samples from high rises in 41 local authority areas have now failed fire safety tests.
    Every panel tested had failed combustibility tests, it added.
    Elsewhere, Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, said fire safety tests on cladding from high-rise buildings were flawed.
    He criticised the tests for focusing on the core of the panel – rather than the panel as a whole.
    He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “isn’t the right thing to test”, adding: “The government needs to listen to a wider set of opinions and not just the experts they have got.”

    ME: So… cladding changed to cheaper version – but residents told was more expensive fire. Cheaper version after re-tendering saved large amount of money. Council puts off meeting as don’t want to say anything in public [whatever is said will at some point feed into enquiry – so what is being hidden?]. LGA chair says Gov/Police experts do not know what they are talking or doing, about but he has people’ [Note not experts – probably the same shower who passed building as safe] and the testing of panels is being done wrong – this of couse coms from his years as a person looking at such matters in great detail. Does this smell of a la Farage ‘we don’t need no stinking experts’ to anyone else?

    Gazza

    June 30, 2017 at 9:58 am

    • OT: Grenfell Tower – getting really desperate now…

      LGA Chair: Lord Porter argues we can’t have confidence in the government’s experts because “every single safety test has failed”. He adds the insulation between the wall of the building and the panel itself “may be the main problem” and needs to be tested.

      ME: So… panels not a problem, the insulation is. So the flaring flames from said Panels is nothing to worry about… you know the ones that flared up on the outside of the building like fireworks? Okay… as a thought experiment ignore that. The purpose of the instructions for evacuation is dependent on the ability of the fire to spread. If the panels are not of the right Spec, it will just add to the fire and as temperatures increase in the above panelling make it easier for the fire to spread – we are now back to the fact that the panels were not of the right type. And this Tool expects us the Common People to accept his desperate drivel?

      Gazza

      June 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm

  13. Thousands could die without heat this winter.

    Thousands will die without heat this and every winter

    It’s high time for change.

    enigma

    June 30, 2017 at 11:29 am

  14. I felt dehumanised’ Disabled woman forced to crawl on hands and knees to get benefit assessment

    Maria Quinn had no option but to drag herself up two flights of steps into the DWP building in Cadogan Street, Glasgow

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/disabled-woman-forced-crawl-hands-10712716

    ken

    June 30, 2017 at 11:32 am

    • When is this cruelty going to stop.

      Marie

      June 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    • Jimhen says:

      “First thing to say is , shame on DR for printing this story. It isnt helpful to the state the country is in just now. Secondly, have any of you got a lawyer. I havent. When i go to the job centre seeking employment do i take a lawyer. No i dont. This lady would have recieved a letter telling her all about the access and, as the spokesman said she could have arranged a different venue or even a home visit. The list goes on. Why does someone with a fear of the outside leave the house in the first place. Why would her sister let her suffer the indignity of crawling upstairs. Can you even contemplate Cadogan street office with several people dragging themselves upstairs. It just doesnt happen. Lying on her side and pulling herself upstairs, come on. I have dealt with lots of people with gen difficulties about movment and they would,nt dream of such a thing. I have many more comments about this but really dont think it deserves my time. I would say to this lady and the DR please stop this rubbish and think about the greater good of the country that you live in.”

      Cataplana says:

      “People need to grow up and stop taking the claims of an apparently self diagnosed person with disabilities at face value.

      Do you seriously believe that someone could crawl up that many flights of stairs, if they were as ill as this woman makes out? People like this, and those who defend them and get outraged on their behalf, make a mockery of those who do suffer from limiting conditions which they struggle to deal with on a daily basis.

      I’m guessing (because I don’t know) that her claim was knocked back, and that she is as disabled as Lou on Little Britain. Not everybody with a walking aid needs it, next time your at the shops, observe the number of people taking their stick for a walk.

      You could also look out for the people slumped over their supermarket trolleys, as a walking aid, because they are too proud to ask for any help.”

      Dumfriesboy says:

      “Think it’s time she got herself a new lawyer – ‘He was genuinely too gobsmacked to react fully’. Really! Wouldn’t be much use in a courtroom then. Or, is the lawyer REALLY that bad – ‘just crawl it’ll look worse’…….”

      Dearie says:

      “Love the comment ‘get the solicitor to do something, I dunno, complain to someone!’ Brilliant advice…..!! Social anxiety is the new ‘bad back'”

      Jellyfish1 says:

      “Seems like a bit off added on dribble, panic attack incase you get told to look for a job, I’m sure if your lawyer was there he would be onto digby brown for a claim, ”

      Reply to Jellyfish1 from Cataplana:

      “She can also add telepathy to her portfolio. It appears she is able to say what the solicitor was thinking.

      My guess is, “what am I doing here, and am I going to get paid?””

      Cataplana says:

      “I smell Tom Kite.”

      Jimhen

      June 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    • Could you even call these “steps”?

      Jimhen

      June 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    • You can clearly see the hand-rails in this picture. The DR story reads like she was forced to crawl up a 30 storey high-rise,

      Trump Tower

      June 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    • She was with her sister and lawyer at least and she couldn’t even with their help negotiate those tiny steps!?

      Trump Tower

      June 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    • “The 32-year-old”

      Trump Tower

      June 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    • The Daily Rectum doesn’t half print shite. Their readers aren’t as daft as the DR thinks they are.

      Tom Kite

      June 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    • Drivebunny says:

      “Something doesn’t add up here. On the forms you fill in it asks if you need any special requirements such as no stairs. On mine I put I couldn’t manage many stairs and they wrote back saying I would be getting a home assessment. There is also the option to ask for one. Her solicitor doesn’t seem very clued up if he allowed that to happen, there are disability rights and he should have been spouting a few of them out and demanding to speak to the person who would be assessing her or another staff member. I’m not being hard hearted either, I’ve been subjected to 3 assessments in the past 5 years myself and know how difficult they can be but I just don’t think this is the full story. Did she refuse a home visit or did she even put her limited mobilty down clearly enough on her form?”

      Catsplana reply to Drivebunny:

      “Disgraceful reporting, given that she was deemed not to have a disability at all. Whose side are they on, the useless wasters who play the system, or those with genuine disabilities.

      At best, you have to question whether they are in any position to tell the difference.”

      Drivebunny

      June 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    • Cataplana says:

      “Don’t put words into my mouth pal. It is you who is using their imagination when it comes to what goes on.

      Firstly, the health professionals are still bound by their professional codes of conduct. Most of them do not work for Atos, but are in supply chain companies.

      Why do you think nurses, or physios are not qualified to assess someone’s function? It is an inherent part of their job.

      Doctors, on the other hand, merely deal with diagnosis.

      Please try and discuss the subject without resorting to hyperbole. It suggests an individual who relies on punchlines and clichés to appraise a situation, rather than one who has worked with people with disabilities at any level.

      How dare you patronise them by calling them weak and vulnerable. You make them seem like secondary human beings, rather than individuals striving for self actualisation, whilst seeking to overcome hurdles that aren’t there.

      Why don’t you spend a few hours in the waiting room of an assessment centre, and watch the loathsome creatures who try to pretend they have a disablility.

      Like the lady in this article.”

      Drivebunny

      July 1, 2017 at 8:29 am

  15. May scrapes through Queens speech after bribing Northern Irelands Orangemen, and they claim it’s a democracy.

    Marie

    June 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    • If the Tories had given every non-Tory voter £50, it would’ve cost £70m less than the DUP deal

      enigma

      June 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  16. Fox News host laughs at Democrats saying thousands will die under Trump healthcare bill: ‘We’re all gonna die’ ANYWAY.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/fox-news-healthcare-bill-lisa-kennedy-montgomery-were-all-going-to-die-democrats-laughs-video-a7814956.html

    enigma

    June 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm


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