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Sheila Holt: Woman told to find work is in a COMA

Sheila Holt: Woman told to find work is in a COMA | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Sheila Holt was sectioned after being taken off Income Support, days later she had a heart attack and fell into the coma - and is still being sent letters by assessors
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Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era | Single | Information Hub | Just Fair

Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era | Single | Information Hub | Just Fair | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
A report published today by Just Fair finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
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We live in a time when inequality is increasing.  A smaller and smaller % of the population holds the majority of wealth in the world.

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Don't Believe The Hype: Universal Credit Is No Closer To Being Workable Than It Was In 2010

Don't Believe The Hype: Universal Credit Is No Closer To Being Workable Than It Was In 2010 | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Jobcentres sources are suggesting that Iain Ducan Smith will attempt to roll out Universal Credit across the country in February 2015.  This will allow the Tories to pretend that the project is on ...
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This politics of denial over immigration is feeding a growing inhumanity

This politics of denial over immigration is feeding a growing inhumanity | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Suzanne Moore: The cowardice and dishonesty of politicians means we now talk about people as if they were a virus
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Double blow for Cameron over EU referendum and £1.7bn demand

Double blow for Cameron over EU referendum and £1.7bn demand | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Bill to establish vote on EU membership collapses in coalition row as Denmark says Britain must pay what it owes Brussels
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It took me 30 years to make myself heard - Mandy's story

It took me 30 years to make myself heard - Mandy's story | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Guest post by Mandy, 49, from Hereford. Mandy used to live in a care home and spent years fighting for the right to live independently. For the first 30 years of Mandy’s life, staff caring for her ...
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Universal credit is a tale of failure that’s still unfolding

Universal credit is a tale of failure that’s still unfolding | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Jonathan Portes: The wildly over-ambitious timetable, the soaring costs, the human suffering – Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship policy has been flagship disaster
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Whoops! DWP caught out posting fake tweets

Whoops! DWP caught out posting fake tweets | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
What do you make of this? The tweet seems to have been deleted by a DWP Press Office that should be deeply embarrassed (but probably isn't). The tweeter quoted above is a person who is known to thi...
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Wirral TUC launches major campaign against Esther McVey

Wirral TUC launches major campaign against Esther McVey | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Wirral TUC launches major campaign against Government minister and Tory MP Esther McVey
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Universal Credit - TV and Radio Blitz last night (in advance of next week's W&P Committee...)

Universal Credit - TV and Radio Blitz last night (in advance of next week's W&P Committee...) | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
After a warm-up earlier by two articles in The Guardian in just one day [1] [2], last night Channel 4 TV and Radio 4 tried to peer into the foggy world of the Universal Credit pilot… Is the timing ...
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MPs to probe Government's savage benefit cuts following campaign backed by Daily Mirror

MPs to probe Government's savage benefit cuts following campaign backed by Daily Mirror | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
The Mirror reported how diabetic ex-soldier David Clapson died destitute at 59 without benefits after being sanctioned by the Job Centre for missing one meeting
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The list of 66 A&E and maternity units being hit by cuts - Telegraph

The list of  66 A&E and maternity units being hit by cuts - Telegraph | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
We reveal the dozens of maternity and A&E units which have been closed or downgraded since 2010 and the dozens more now under threat
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Kenyan President uses Tory human rights plans to defend war crimes charges

It is easy to forget that our domestic debate over the European Convention on Human Rights might be having an international impact. But the UK is only one of 47 states which is party to the Convent...
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Are the police joining Occupy Democracy now?

Are the police joining Occupy Democracy now? | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
If you've been reading Vox Political lately, you'll know that an organisation called Occupy Democracy has been enjoying a frosty relationship with the police in Parliament Square, Westminster, ever...
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Maximus Are The New Atos: Destroy Maximus

Maximus Are The New Atos: Destroy Maximus | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
The BBC are reporting that US company Maximus has won a £500 million contract to take over from Atos administering the despised Work Capability Assessment (WCA). Maximus, who already have a contrac...
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Britons fear rich-poor divide is harming society, poll finds

Britons fear rich-poor divide is harming society, poll finds | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Almost half of people polled feel the UK has become less fair since the 2010 election
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Loss of Independent Living Fund would end equality for disabled people, says TUC

Today (Wednesday) as the Royal Court of Justice starts hearing a case against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), a TUC-backed film – in which severely disabled people explain how the fund has helped them – is being distributed online.

A judicial review brought by three disabled people is being heard today and tomorrow. They argue that the government has breached the Public Sector Equality Duty by failing to consult organisations and individuals over the decision to close the fund
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Dispatches - 4oD

Dispatches - 4oD | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Dispatches on 4 on Demand. Watch Dispatches online when you want on 4oD. Dispatches investigates a £13 billion revolution taking place on Britain's benefit streets. The government says it will change our welfare system forever and plans to roll it out soon to millions of us across the country.

Already thousands of people in a handful of towns are being put on the brand new benefit known as Universal Credit, which brings together half a dozen working-age benefits and is meant to slash costs, reduce fraud and help claimants back to work.

Liz MacKean reports from Warrington, where claimants have been trying out the new benefit for a year. It's meant to simplify claims and offer seamless support to people moving in and out of short-term and low-paid work.

Dispatches meets some claimants who say the new system, far from simplifying things for them, has been making basic errors and leaving them at risk of losing their homes or having to choose between paying the rent or feeding their children.

It took three months for Universal Credit staff to process one couple's claim, and they ended up with over £2000 of debt. Nicky, who is pregnant, tells Dispatches that some days she goes without so that she can make sure her four-year-old is properly fed.

Liz also hears from staff working inside the benefits office who believe the flagship scheme is failing badly. Dispatches hears that the IT system is unworkable, staff training is out of date and that they are falling behind in processing new claims.
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Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Jobcentre whistleblower tells Dispatches that computerised benefits scheme is ‘unworkable, poorly designed and out of date’
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Peers defeat government over judicial review curbs - BBC

Peers defeat government over judicial review curbs - BBC | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Remember Vox Political's article last week, warning that Chris Grayling was trying to price judicial review out of the reach of ordinary people, in order to stop us challenging insane Tory legislat...
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Heart attack victim was told he must attend work scheme... as he lay in hospital

Heart attack victim was told he must attend work scheme... as he lay in hospital | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Agency called Colin Rogers as he lay waiting for a bypass operation in Broadgreen Hospital
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Aktion Arbeitsscheu Reich, Human Rights and infrahumanisation

Aktion Arbeitsscheu Reich, Human Rights and infrahumanisation | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
  The European Convention on Human Rights, which came into force on 3 September 1953, guarantees a range of political rights and freedoms of the individual against interference by the State. T...
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Have new government tax rules made any difference at all?

Have new government tax rules made any difference at all? | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Introduced after the Google, Facebook and Starbucks tax scandals, new tax rules are doing very little to curb similar legal tax avoidance, it is claimed. Is public disquiet having more influence?
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Commission intervenes in closure of Independent Living Fund

Commission intervenes in closure of Independent Living Fund | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
The government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will result in the loss of dignity and independence for disabled people, a High C
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Barclay bros duck out - leaving Supreme Court to sort out the constitutional problem

R (ota) Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay v Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, The Committee for the Affairs of Jersey and Guernsey and Her Majesty's Privy Council [2014]...
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In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand

In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Jonathan Freedland: The prime minister rages at the EU’s £1.7bn bill, but his miscalculations have lost Britain vital allies in Europe
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