"Claimants will be expected to provide reams of evidence at these interviews which will no doubt be carried out by people with so much entrepreneurial know-how that they’ve ended up working in the Jobcentre."
"No 10 indicated Cameron already knew the education secretary was bonkers because he had discussed Gove’s screwball plans with him before they were leaked to the Daily Mail, although the PM had not expected the birdbrained drivel to become public."
"Julie Carwardine, 42, from Caerphilly in Wales, suffers from fibromyalgia, an all-over muscular ache, and has three herniated discs in her neck. She developed depression, commonly associated with her condition. But, she says, it was her battle with the benefits and tribunals system that had tipped her over the edge when she attempted suicide in January."
"The Experian Public Sector survey released today of families in work but at risk of a slide into destitution is very telling. There are 7 million adults in this category, in addition to the 5.5 million working-age adults already living in poverty (i.e. less than 60% of the national median income) – a total of nearly a third of the national adult population."
"The number of disability hate crimes reported to police has reached a record high, sparking concerns that the Coalition’s “anti-scrounger” rhetoric is fuelling hostility to the most vulnerable members of society. A total of 1,942 disability hate crimes were recorded by police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year."
"When you’re living with fibromyalgia, you may often find yourself giving in to sugar cravings when your fuel tank is low. Sugar does provide a quick burst of energy, but what if downing a candy bar or reaching for an energy drink does you more harm than good? Although no specific diet has been proven to improve fibromyalgia pain, getting that sugar monkey off your back could benefit your overall health and make you feel better."
""The Government needs to face up to the crisis in care and ensure that local councils are given the funding they need to keep day care centres open. Spending cuts are not inevitable. There are other choices that the Tory-led coalition could, and should, be taking to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.""
"So there we have it, 5 of the most important people in government, and not one with more than the most tenuous grasp of the reality that most of us experience every day of our lives, living inside their own – and each other’s – heads, with not a conscience between them, and infuriated when the world won’t fit their dangerously deranged image of how it should be. And it’s always the fault of the world. Always."
"Researchers looking at markers of mitochondrial health and oxidative status say participants with fibromyalgia had decreased levels of CoQ10, catalase and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) compared to healthy controls."
"New research shows that human herpesviruses (HHV)-6B and HHV-7, commonly know as roseola virus), account for one third of febrile status epilepticus (FSE) cases. Results of the FEBSTAT prospective study now available in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggest that HHV-6B may be involved in the development of epilepsy and further research is urgently needed."
""Our results show that the levels of the naturally occurring protein 14-3-3 zeta are higher in the spinal cord of rats that have chronic pain. Moreover, we have been able to demonstrate how 14-3-3 zeta triggers changes in the signalling pathway that leads to the symptoms of chronic pain.""
"The new technology, already in use throughout Spain and Greece, will allow people to pretend they still have credit at the bank as they scan the new machines with an imaginary barcode from their smartphone."
"To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the Local Medical Committee conference motion calling for the abolition of work capability assessments, passed on 22 May, will have on the management of work capability assessments conducted by ATOS Healthcare."
"So if, like me, you’ve suffered nausea for an unconscionably long time – and by nausea I mean how it would feel being seasick on the day you have a lifetime-best hangover, every day – then you might want think seriously about filtering your water."
"People are poor because of their lifestyles; worklessness, family breakdown, bad parenting, drink and drug addiction, irresponsible debt, crime and lack of aspiration … All week expect that message to be blasted out by ministers trying to drown out Thursday's official poverty figures. "
"She was terrified. Beside herself with fear. She lived her last months desperately scared that her family would not survive the onslaught it faced. She was "the most vulnerable" whatever that is. The system failed her and she spent her last precious moments in this world fighting. For herself, for her family and for others. "
" “The potential for catastrophic events and the clear absence of unique benefit lead to the inevitable conclusion that manipulation of the cervical spine should be abandoned as part of conservative care for neck pain.”"
"... that’s the type of troopers we are in this nation. So robust in our devotion to Queen and country, that even when we are already enduring daily savage cuts of austerity we can still find the money to toast one of the world’s richest women in her job-for-life and with-no-other-candidates-to-compete-for-it role."
"In the years before the crisis, scientists claim bankers, economists and politicians shared the characteristics of denial, omnipotence and triumphalism. The same symptoms are prevalent in psychologically disturbed individuals ..."
"A group of long-term unemployed jobseekers were bussed into London to work as unpaid stewards during the diamond jubilee celebrations and told to sleep under London Bridge before working on the river pageant."
"Prince Philip was taken to King Edward VII hospital in London from Windsor Castle as a “precautionary measure” after doctors said having to watch hours of endless sycophancy from old has-beens in the cold would be unhealthy for anyone – never mind someone who is 91 years of age."
"FOR those American readers who think the Diamond Jubilee is a QVC segment on selly telly, and the Jubilee River Pageant a Disney on Melted Ice, news: that stuff is real. The UK is a giant theme park, overseen by the Queen of Diamonds"
"There are more than 1 billion people in the world suffering from some form of disability and representing 15% of world population. The most frequent problems they have to face are discriminations in medical care and in the workplace, but also struggle daily against architectural barriers and lack of opportunity to enjoy an independent life."
"These are the views that led the Nazis to murder 240,000 disabled people between 1939 and 1945, so forgive me if I complain about the government and hold political opinions of my own. I have good reason."
"At school, we all get taught that the slave trade was abolished in 1833 after a long campaign by William Wilberforce. It was a historic moment of course, but actually rather limited in the grand scheme of things. It stopped the trading of slaves within the British Empire, but in no way did it end slavery. Slavery is still with us, in a variety of forms. Last week, the Anti-Slavery International campaign shone a light on slavery in a place you might not expect: on Britain’s high streets."
"And who’ll suffer most from this? Why, those of us who are already chronically sick and disabled, because many of us, as a result of enforced inactivity, are fat – and being fat is now a crime against society. The fat bastard in No. 10 thinks so anyway."
"Political affiliations, dogma and individual policies aside, one naturally assumes and expects that one’s elected Government will at least manage whatever it does effectively and with appropriate due diligence to protect those whom it serves. "
"You will be helping to tackle the growing problem of disability hate crime and in turn your actions will be going toward improving the lives of many sick and disabled people including those who claim disability related benefits who are often fearful of or even becoming victims of abuse and in a minority of cases, direct assault and aggression."
"Exercise helps to alleviate pain related to nerve damage (neuropathic pain) by reducing levels of certain inflammation-promoting factors, suggests an experimental study in the June issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)."
"A Tory councillor on Surrey’s health committee has called for seriously ill people to be forced out of the county. John Butcher has suggested those with “self-inflicted morbidity” should be “encouraged” to “move away from Surrey” – in the name of pushing up house prices."