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We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions - e-petitions

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Labour makes official complaint over Cameron's debt lies

Labour makes official complaint over Cameron's debt lies | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Rachel Reeves writes to the UK Statistics Authority after Cameron claimed in a Conservative Party political broadcast that the coalition "was paying down Britain’s debts".
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Our welfare state is being transformed under false pretences

Our welfare state is being transformed under false pretences | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Presenting the financial crisis as a problem of public debt neglects its wider roots, argues Dan Silver, from his experience in Salford and Manchester.
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Crippled, Queer, Anglo-European Ranter: What's Wrong with the BBC's Disability Coverage?

Crippled, Queer, Anglo-European Ranter: What's Wrong with the BBC's Disability Coverage? | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
RT @RichardExell: What's Wrong with the BBC's Disability Coverage? http://t.co/qLwJ3tHk
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Time for science to seize political power - New Scientist

Time for science to seize political power - New Scientist | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Could you imagine a government that builds its policies on carefully gathered evidence?
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How much more surreal can this government become? #esaSOS

How much more surreal can this government become?  #esaSOS | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Surreal – suggesting or having qualities associated with surrealism, for example, bizarre landscapes and distorted objects. Last week, we had a welfare debate which Alex Andreou described as &#8216...
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NHS urged to embrace Twitter and Facebook responsibly - Public Service

NHS urged to embrace Twitter and Facebook responsibly - Public Service | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Social media websites are becoming increasingly important to the effectiveness of the health service, says employers organisation (RT @NHSE_Bill: #NHS urged by @NHSE_Dean to embrace Twitter and Facebook responsibly http://t.co/DzKH4zQI...
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Govt claims 510k new jobs in 2012. Real figure? 209k

Govt claims 510k new jobs in 2012. Real figure? 209k | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
An article in yesterday’s Guardian by Shiv Malik and James Ball exposes as a fallacy claims by the government, including George Osborne in his autumn statement, to have created half [...] (RT @foxedkat: Govt claims 510k new jobs in 2012.
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Miliband criticises Cameron ahead of Europe speech: Politics live blog : Politics live blog

Miliband criticises Cameron ahead of Europe speech: Politics live blog : Politics live blog | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Andrew Sparrow's rolling coverage of all the day's political developments, including Ed Miliband interviewed on the Today programme and the Commons statement on the horsemeat burger scandal (RT @AndrewSparrow: "Loughton was a lazy incompetent...
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A Fair Society? | The Centre for Welfare Reform

RT @secretspartacus http://t.co/AJoKnSZl 29% of cuts fall on disabled ppl, 15% on ppl needing social care. http://t.co/sF3ffRcJ #disability
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Welfare reform: the bedroom tax, 'a policy that has no logic'

Welfare reform: the bedroom tax, 'a policy that has no logic' | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
This centrepiece of welfare reform will cause pain and disruption to the poorest social tenants.
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Disability benefit changes could affect ‘thousands’ | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK | Benefits news

Disability benefit changes could affect ‘thousands’ | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK | Benefits news | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
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How Welfare to Work Companies Cook the Books – and why this Government will let them

How Welfare to Work Companies Cook the Books – and why this Government will let them | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Bungling Employment Minister Chris Grayling was quick to tell us that last week’s appalling Work Programme performance figures were not to be taken too seriously as ‘revised’ figu...
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The Shadow State: The "dehumanising, degrading" treatment of disabled people

The Shadow State: The "dehumanising, degrading" treatment of disabled people | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
One woman with Crohn's told to work in a nappy; another with 90 per cent burns declared fit to work. No wonder the Work Capability Assessment, administered by Atos, has been declared "unfit for purpose".
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David Cameron, You Have No Mandate For What You Are Doing

David Cameron, You Have No Mandate For What You Are Doing | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
By Grahame Morris MP As I listened to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, giving his New Year message, back at home in Easington I began to wonder what planet he is now on.
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Atos told incontinent woman to ‘wear nappy’

Atos told incontinent woman to ‘wear nappy’ | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Thousands of sick or disabled people have died after undergoing assessments to find out whether they were fit to work, the House of Commons was told today.
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Is education vital for key disability issues? - Sleepless In Newcastle

Is education vital for key disability issues? - Sleepless In Newcastle | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
Blog post at Sleepless In Newcastle : Hi again folks, this is day 8 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge
I thought about writing this post as a sort of follow up to the post I did ear[..] (Is education vital for key disability issues?
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Protesters Gather at the Courts to Oppose Atos

Protesters Gather at the Courts to Oppose Atos | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
A passionate and determined demonstration was held outside the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday despite the blistering cold.  Inside the Court members of the Mental Health Resistance Network were ...
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#esaSOS – the government are sneaking through major changes to how disabled people are assessed

#esaSOS – the government are sneaking through major changes to how disabled people are assessed | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
On 28th January 2013 the UK government is due to make a set of changes to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
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Chris Grayling: The Compulsive Liar at the Heart of Government

Chris Grayling: The Compulsive Liar at the Heart of Government | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
There appears to be little agreement amongst psychiatrists as to whether compulsive or pathological lying is a genuine personality disorder, whether it is a symptom of another condition, or whether...
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Dangerous Tory Neo-Liberal Individualism Where The Sick & Disabled Are Demonised As Free-Loaders

Dangerous Tory Neo-Liberal Individualism Where The Sick & Disabled Are Demonised As Free-Loaders | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
By Rhiannon Lockley So what have the government been doing for the perception and treatment of people with disabilities this year then? Well, there is plenty going on.
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Disabled people 'missing basic needs'

Disabled people 'missing basic needs' | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
A report from five leading charities says that more than a third of people with disabilities aren't getting enough support with basic needs.
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100,000 to be hit by disability help cuts | The Times

100,000 to be hit by disability help cuts | The Times | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
More than 100,000 disabled people will lose basic home support under government reforms of social care, disability groups have warned (100,000 to be hit by disability help cuts
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The Tory Attacks on the Unemployed Constitute a Hate Crime

The Tory Attacks on the Unemployed Constitute a Hate Crime | The Grim Truth | Scoop.it
The cynical attempt to stigmatise, demonise, and dehumanise millions of people up and down the country, regardless of their personal or individual circumstances, surely ranks as one of the most vicious and brutal acts of any British government in...
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