Sunday, 15 January 2012

Links of the day 01/15/2012

  • "For two reasons, economic weakness has made tackling poverty more important, not less. Firstly, the solutions to Britain’s economic malaise require the inclusion of people on low incomes. Secondly, poverty in Britain is caused by a dysfunctional economy, and in this financial crisis, this underlying dysfunction is dragging down the living standards for growing numbers of people."

    tags: cosmos uk politics

  • "Quite apart from the appalling betrayal of carers highlighted in this afterthought of a manifesto entry, does anyone notice anything? Anything huge they forgot to mention?

    Oh yes, silly them. Not a peep about scrapping DLA and replacing it with PIP. Well, except this of course :

    “Conservatives have pledged to preserve Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance as cash benefits.”

    Makes it sound like there's nothing to worry about doesn't it?

    tags: cosmos disability uk politics benefits

  • "After being rejected 2 years ago, the drug that many thought would become the first FDA-approved treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) apparently isn't off the table. Hemispherx Biopharma Inc. says the FDA has granted an extension that could allow them to make another run at getting Ampligen (rintatolimod) approved."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Publically available work fare and work for your benefits successes appear to be confined to those who are profiting from the contracts offered to provide the schemes, and those using the free labour supplied by them. "

    tags: uk benefits cosmos politics

  • "If a civilised society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members then currently the fairer Britain, which David Cameron is hoping to promote, seems by his own, hurtful and denigrating language broken beyond repair."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos politics

  • "We call on the Government to make an urgent statement on this issue. We ask them how our rights under the data protection act are affected by this sharing of information without our consent or knowledge and whether they are able to lawfully take this step before the welfare reform bill is passed?"

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "Apart from my immediate revulsion at them penalising people for making mistakes on a very complex form at a time when they are vulnerable, and actually spending that quantity of money to enable them to do so, what makes me the most outraged is that they are spending this money when this bill hasn't even become law!"

    tags: uk politics benefits cosmos

  • "That was the great triumph of this week. Finally, after all the months and months of patient reminders, people thought about disability. They questioned the wisdom of sending terminally ill people to the jobcentre. They rejected the idea that illness or disability magically disappear in a year. They were amazed to find cancer patients were expected to look for work on chemo and that disabled children were to become chattels dependent on goodwill, no longer entitled to independent means."

    tags: uk politics benefits cosmos

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