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Mr Bigot's Halloween....

Mr Bigot's Halloween.... | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
    Mr Bigot liked Halloween. It was one of his favourite celebrations. Mr Bigot liked scaring people - it was one of his favourite activities. Only that morning he'd tried to scare all t...
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Gurkhas reject welfare report amid claims the MoD 'actively discriminated against them'

Gurkhas reject welfare report amid claims the MoD 'actively discriminated against them' | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Hundreds of members of the Nepalese community marched on Westminster to reject the report that was to investigate alleged injustices against the Gurkha community
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Child poverty rates soar amid austerity welfare cuts imposed by UK coalition

Child poverty rates soar amid austerity welfare cuts imposed by UK coalition | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Unicef report calls for reappraisal of cuts agenda which it argues is harming children's life chances
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National DPO criticised over Maximus ‘fitness for work’ agreement

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Will the Lords stand up for judicial review?

Will the Lords stand up for judicial review? | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
The government is trying to dismantle a check on its powers, as the criminal justice and courts bill targets judicial review. But will peers have the discipline to fight back?
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New Statesman | Labour halts Ukip momentum with comfortable victory in South Yorkshire PCC by-election

New Statesman | Labour halts Ukip momentum with comfortable victory in South Yorkshire PCC by-election | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Farage's party badly defeated after attempting to exploit Rotherham child abuse scandal. 
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The BBC said the Green party won't appear in a proposed 2015 General Election TV debate alongside Ukip

The BBC said the Green party won't appear in a proposed 2015 General Election TV debate alongside Ukip | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
The BBC had said it will not include the Green party in next year’s proposed 2015 General Election TV leader debates, rejecting demands that the party should receive the same coverage as Ukip.
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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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Car park fees set to start for blue badge holders in Farnborough and Aldershot

Car park fees set to start for blue badge holders in Farnborough and Aldershot | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
From Saturday (November 1) all blue badge holders will have to pay to park in Rushmoor Borough Council car parks – but will receive double the amount of time they pay for
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Don't cut sickness benefit

Don't cut sickness benefit | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
As someone who has already suffered by government cuts to sickness benefit, I know this cut will make life even more difficult for people living with disabilities.

My wife and I both live with disabilities and can't work. But both of our sickness benefits have been stopped and we have to survive off of our savings.

I have worked all my life, they do not care. £30 a week is a huge amount to cut, and another example of the government treating disabled people as second class citizens.
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'Horrendous' Halloween costumes demonise mental health patients, says minister - Telegraph

'Horrendous' Halloween costumes demonise mental health patients, says minister - Telegraph | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Care minister says Halloween costumes instil fear of mentally unwell, but Downing Street defends ghoulish fun
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ESA claimants set for leap ‘from frying-pan into fire’ as Maximus wins WCA contract

ESA claimants set for leap ‘from frying-pan into fire’ as Maximus wins WCA contract | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
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New Statesman | “Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS

New Statesman | “Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
Harry Leslie Smith, a 91-year-old RAF veteran born into an impoverished mining family, recalls a Britain without a welfare state.
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Tories deny plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits

Tories deny plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
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Does the 5 Year Forward View mean the end of General Practice?

Does the 5 Year Forward View mean the end of General Practice? | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's | Scoop.it
On the surface the 5YFV looks positive for general practice, but on closer inspection it signals a significant threat to general practice as we know it. Can general practice survive?
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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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