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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Minister 'tried to censor' video aimed at helping disability claimants to appeal | Society | guardian.co.uk

Minister 'tried to censor' video aimed at helping disability claimants to appeal | Society | guardian.co.uk: A string of emails and letters between Grayling and Ministry of Justice civil servants, seen by the Guardian, appear to show that the minister for employment wanted to remove parts of the educational video produced by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service which gave advice on how be to more successful during the appeals process. Emails sent from the minister's account complain about the video's "tone" and "negative comments" towards the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) even though the sections in dispute were agreed to be factually true.

Tough love or tough luck: two programmes on assessing disability benefits | Liberal Conspiracy

Tough love or tough luck: two programmes on assessing disability benefits | Liberal Conspiracy: as both Dispatches and Panorama reveal, while the test may be helping some, it is also having serious consequences for those legitimately claiming benefits, who are having the support they need wrenched away from them.

Chris Grayling Who Grabbed �100,000 Expenses Is The Real 'Scrounger'

Chris Grayling Who Grabbed �100,000 Expenses Is The Real 'Scrounger': Chris Grayling, the Tory work and pensions minister, launched fresh attacks on benefit claimants this week, despite his smear that they are fakers being proved wrong.

Welfare reform: the ghettoes are coming | Left Futures

Welfare reform: the ghettoes are coming | Left Futures: The Tory-led government is capitalising on the misinformed hatred of the few which is fuelled by a stereotyped “scrounger” mentality, simply to drive forward their divisive and ideological policy to cleanse the “unwashed” from their midst, banished forever to the ghettos beyond the outer fringes of our great cities.

Are You Prejudice Against the Chronically Ill?

Are You Prejudice Against the Chronically Ill? - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com: When you first read the title of this article, you probably automatically think, "Who me? No, of course not! I would never be prejudiced against someone who is sick!" Once you have finished reading this article, you may find that you answer differently. The hardest part of having a chronic illness is not the actual illness itself, but people's ignorance to it. Whoever coined the phrase "ignorance is bliss" was obviously a healthy person!

Brains different in people with superior autobiographical memory

Brains different in people with superior autobiographical memory: Do you remember what happened on the 6th June, 1999? Or 19 September 2000? Well, if you can effortlessly reel off the answers, and in general recollect events in your life with remarkable accuracy, you don’t just have good memory—you’d be pleased to know that you have what is called “Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory”.

Where's the Benefit?: Hatemongering at the DWP?

Where's the Benefit?: Hatemongering at the DWP?: As I read that article in the Mail, I didn’t share its outrage. What I felt was fear, the fear of being targeted for the baying mob as a ‘fraud’ and a ‘scrounger’. The Mail is teaching everyone who reads that article that people who have low back pain, people who have any little understood disability, ultimately all disabled people, are ‘frauds’ and ‘scroungers’, and suitable targets for their hatred as the economy tanks. Is it any wonder disabled people see terrifying parallels to the similar campaign in Nazi Germany.

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Links to Panorama & Dispatches

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Links to Panorama & Dispatches: Just in case you missed last night's Dispatches and Panorama - both investigating the real stories behind the government's Work Capability Assessments, used to determine if a sick or disabled person is capable of working or not - here are the links to the shows :

Where's the Benefit?: Fear, Loathing and Disability in the Torygraph

Where's the Benefit?: Fear, Loathing and Disability in the Torygraph: It turns out yesterday's attacks on us in the Mail and Express were not the DWP's only pre-emptive strike against the disastrous revelations of Dispatches and Panorama. The DWP puppetmasters also convinced the Daily Telegraph to launch an attack on disabled people, this time with a rehashed version of a Christina Odone blog (apparently the Telegraph were too lazy even to write an original piece).

Benefit cheats 'colour attitudes to disabled people'

BBC News - Benefit cheats 'colour attitudes to disabled people': Many disabled people in Britain feel media coverage about benefit cheats has negatively affected attitudes towards them, a survey suggests.

Almost half of the 500 disabled people and carers polled for charity Scope said attitudes to them had worsened.

It comes after ministers released data suggesting 55% of sickness benefit claimants were no longer eligible for it.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Newly discovered scaffold supports turning pain off

Newly discovered scaffold supports turning pain off: Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered a "scaffolding" protein that holds together multiple elements in a complex system responsible for regulating pain, mental illnesses and other complex neurological problems.

How I Almost Lost My Boyfriend To The #WCA

How I Almost Lost My Boyfriend To The #WCA: ESA was supposed to be a disability benefit that would support disabled people and help them get back into work. In theory it should work but the way it has been implemented makes it, in Mark’s own words, “The benefit that keeps me ill.” We both believe that had he been correctly assessed in the first place and not undergone all the uncertainty and stress of appealing he’d have recovered and returned to work many months ago. With each week that he has to wait for an assessment or a tribunal or the next ESA50 form his condition deteriorates. The system has failed him and is prolonging his suffering. No one deserves to go through this sort of torture especially not an extremely vulnerable mentally ill human being.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Larry the Cat more popular as chancellor than Osborne or Cable

Larry the Cat more popular as chancellor than Osborne or Cable | Political Scrapbook: Larry, who holds the office of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office (yes, it is a real thing), had more than double the support enjoyed by either Osborne or Vince Cable, who last night said that he would probably be a good chancellor. He was also beating William Hague, Ed Balls and others.

High Court Rules In Favour Of Judicial Review Of Work Capability Assessment

High Court Rules In Favour Of Judicial Review Of Work Capability Assessment: The High Court has today granted permission to two disabled people to bring a claim for judicial review against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to challenge the operation of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Action for M.E. | BBC and Channel 4 investigate Atos

Action for M.E. | Your news | BBC and Channel 4 investigate Atos: Two programmes about the Work Capability Assessment, the test used by Government-contracted company Atos used to process Employment and Support Allowance claimants, will be broadcast on Monday 30 July.

IMPORTANT : Harrington Calls for Evidence

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: IMPORTANT : Harrington Calls for Evidence: PLEASE if you have had a WCA and particularly if you've had more than one, please fill in the questionnaire and send the email. It's vitally important at this point in time that Harrington has all the information he can get from us.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Disgraceful! The myth that criminals are claiming sickness benefits

Disgraceful! The myth that criminals are claiming sickness benefits | Sue Marsh | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: Stooping to new lows in the defamation of those with long-term illnesses or disabilities, the Daily Mail ran an article over the weekend claiming that "a quarter of those claiming sickness benefits have a criminal record". Chris Grayling, the Conservative employment minister, called it a "truly alarming discovery".

Only it wasn't alarming at all. It was the same as the figure for criminal records among the general working age population ...

Monday, 23 July 2012

When Your Clothes Hurt Because of Fibromyalgia

When Your Clothes Hurt Because of Fibromyalgia: A lot of people live with pain, but few people without fibromyalgia find the simple act of wearing clothes painful.For us, though, it's just a fact of life. We often need to re-think the way we dress and make significant changes to avoid the burning, searing pain associated with anything tight, binding, rough, or made from certain fabrics.

Immigration – the myths being spread to divide us

Immigration – the myths being spread to divide us � UK Gazetteer: Contrary to what tabloid newspapers say, immigrants come to Britain to work, not claim benefits. This graph shows net migration falling as unemployment rises (Figures: Office for National Statistics)

AN ANTIHISTIMINE A DAY KEEPS THE PAIN AWAY

SEEKING EQUILIBRIUM: AN ANTIHISTIMINE A DAY KEEPS THE PAIN AWAY: New research is pointing to inflammation and has shown that cytokine levels are excessively high in patients that have had Fibromyalgia for over two years. Now, it hasn't been determined whether this in itself is a cause or if it's secondary to the condition. Research has also shown that chronic inflammation and an altered immune system may be a cause of Fibromyalgia.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

How Weed Can Protect Us From Cancer and Alzheimer’s

How Weed Can Protect Us From Cancer and Alzheimer’s | Patients for Medical Cannabis: Hardly the harmful intoxicant that many once thought it was, cannabis is a nourishing plant that actually improves and prolongs life.

The ‘Wolf’ in ME/CFS: Newton on a System Stuck in Overdrive

The ‘Wolf’ in ME/CFS: Newton on a System Stuck in Overdrive | Phoenix Rising: Dr. Newton’s recent study found that people with ME/CFS tended to have lower HRV and lower than average blood pressure variability (BPV) and both measures suggested the problem lay in an overactive sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) functioning.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Poll: Napping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Poll: Napping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Sleep experts always say that people with sleep problems like insomnia shouldn't nap, because that could make them stay up later. However, when it comes to people who are always exhausted, I don't think that's good advice at all. I've learned the hard way that I need to take sleep when I can get it, and I'll suffer if I don't!

Could the tide be turning against privatisation of services?

Could the tide be turning against privatisation of services? | Liberal Conspiracy: In a report on public service reform soon to be published by the Fabian Society, public ambivalence to outsourcing is clear. When asked the question “Do you think tax-funded public services should be provided mainly by national or local government or mainly through private companies or charities?” a mere 5 per cent opted for the latter compared to 62 per cent who supported public provision.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

IDS Spins � UK Gazetteer

IDS Spins � UK Gazetteer: Cameron made another infamous pre-election pledge over transparency and accountability and to enable the public to be able to fire an MP let alone a Minister and it is high time the public were allowed to do so and remove ministers who lie. Lies even though they may be re-categorised as “Spin” are lies none the less and in this case the lies are becoming very damaging ones to the vulnerable and the unemployed !

Feeling Old? Research Suggests You May Be: Newton on ME/CFS – Part I | Phoenix Rising

Feeling Old? Research Suggests You May Be: Newton on ME/CFS – Part I | Phoenix Rising: That long-lasting fatigue suggested that the fainting problems were an indicator of a larger problem; Dr. Newton believed the fatigued and dizzy elderly patients were not just getting too little blood to the brain – causing dizziness and fainting – but were also probably not getting enough blood to the heart, the other organs and the muscles. Feel like 80 years old? Dr. Newton’s research suggests in some ways you may be.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Heat Survival & 'Cooling Shock' With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Heat Survival & 'Cooling Shock' With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Heat waves are awful for many of us with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, because our body's homeostasis (regulation system) generally doesn't work well. We heat up too much, and we can't cool down. I've written frequently about our need to cool our bodies, but I recently learned that I'd overlooked one aspect of it - when you're really hot, being too aggressive about cooling off can cause its own set of problems!

Early Day Motion 295 - Atos and Work Capability Assessments

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Early Day Motion 295 - Atos and Work Capability Assessments: John McDonnell, backbencher Labour MP has been the most loyal supporter of the sick and disabled in our campaign to scrap the DWPs Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) that are used to determine "fitness for work." He has tabled this EDM to raise awareness of the problems, consulting widely with disability groups, disabled people and charities

Pauper's funerals increase as Government rejects half of welfare applicants

Pauper's funerals increase as Government rejects half of welfare applicants - Telegraph: Kate Woodthorpe, from the University of Bath, said that it is "becoming too expensive for poor people to die". "Thousands of the most vulnerable in society are being let down by a system of state support that lacks coherence and is so unclear that some applicants have to resort to alternative means to organise a funeral."

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Children abused by parents face increased cancer risk, study finds

Children abused by parents face increased cancer risk, study finds: People often say that children are resilient and they'll bounce back, but we found that there are events that can have long-term consequences on adult health," said Kenneth Ferraro, distinguished professor of sociology and director of Purdue's Center on Aging and the Life Course. "In this case, people who were frequently emotionally or physically abused by their parents were more likely to have cancer in adulthood, and the link was greater when fathers abused sons and mothers abused daughters. Overall, the more frequent and intense the abuse, the more it elevated the cancer risk.

Britain Is Losing Its Sense Of Decency When It Comes To The Disabled

Britain Is Losing Its Sense Of Decency When It Comes To The Disabled: Instead of outlawing this local council’s suggested moves, the Cabinet actually approved plans for the council to consult on this appalling proposal. No wonder the Government quietly announced a delay on the publication of its disability strategy, as clearly all its practical policies fly in the face of its apparent desire to allow disabled people to live “fulfilling” lives. If Worcestershire council gets away with this then a precedent will be set: as other councils look to manage their budget they will have received a clear signal that disabled people are not on anyone’s political agenda – do with them what you will.

Is the army invading British civil society?

Is the army invading British civil society? | openDemocracy: UK schoolchildren could soon be trained in army 'values', the London Olympics will take place under military occupation, the armed forces is set for further integration with the police. As Britain's foreign policy shifts, the meaning of militarisation within our own borders is undergoing a quiet revolution.

The Feckless Tag

The Feckless Tag � UK Gazetteer: These characteristics are often used in passing when discussing the vulnerable and the poor and one has to question if these are fair judgemental attributes to use which not only are stereotypes but also a very narrow minded view of people who all have the same qualities and attributes so they can be dehumanized and considered of no consequence at the use of one word. It is time politicians are also held to the words they use that do and cause hate in societies by targeting small groups of minorities often unable to speak or hit back as easy lame targets. It is time they are held accountable for the hate they cause and are held accountable for the misinformation they sow.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

House price stalemate

News Blog > House price stalemate - HousePriceCrash.co.uk: House prices will not recover their pre-crisis peak until 2024, according to analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The warning that the UK housing market is only at the start of a 17-year, inflation-adjusted slump came as the accounting firm predicted that the economy will flat-line this year before growing just 1.7pc in 2013. Average house prices will have bounced back to their 2007 high in cash terms by 2017, PwC said, but will need another seven years to catch up with inflation. By 2020, headline prices will be up 30pc but still 7pc below their real terms peak.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Prime Minister’s Questions to be renamed ‘Jeopardy’

Prime Minister’s Questions to be renamed ‘Jeopardy’: The MPs will then look through their notes to see if he’s answering their question or whether he’s simply saying some words in the hope that no-one notices he hasn’t got the slightest clue what the fuck he’s on about.

Even in 'Recovery,' Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms Persist

Even in 'Recovery,' Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms Persist: studies like this help show what you're really up against when you have chronic fatigue syndrome, and they're part of the re-education of the medical community that we so desperately need.

Poor people to be allowed access to landfill sites at mealtimes

Poor people to be allowed access to landfill sites at mealtimes | NewsBiscuit: The Government has announced that benefit claimants and those on low wages are to be offered the chance to subsidise their income by being given access to public landfill sites to scavenge for food.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Does work make sick people better ?

Does work make sick people better ? � UK Gazetteer: We can clearly see the DWP’s own commissioned report actually stating that there is no clear link between scientific evidence on the physical and mental benefits for work or disabled persons and yet we go on hearing the DWP periodically in its literature and by its staff as well as ministers that “Work makes you better” when it comes to sick and disabled persons in the first place. Every time I hear this phase being uttered it is being so uttered in misdirection as it should all be qualified with additional words to the effect that “Work makes you better if you are young, healthy and in a job that gives you job satisfaction, a good income, and promotional prospects” anything short of this is misleading and ignoring the evidence itself.

How the rich get richer and the poor are blamed

How the rich get richer and the poor are blamed � UK Gazetteer: The more you look under the bonnet and the arithmetic involved the more you realise we have been taken for a ride by the rich who simply have not been sharing their increases in wealth with the rest of us ...

Upcoming Changes To The Benefit Appeals Process In 2013

Upcoming Changes To The Benefit Appeals Process In 2013: From April 2013, a right of appeal against a decision will only be allowed once a revision [looking at your claim again] has been considered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The government is currently considering changing the appeal process itself, so that claimants appeal directly to HM Courts and Tribunals Service, rather than via the DWP.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Is Fibromyalgia All In My Head?

Is Fibromyalgia All In My Head?: The question "is fibromyalgia all in my head?" makes me want to cry. Every time it's asked, it means someone who's suffering from possibly dozens of severe symptoms is doubting his or her own illness - and usually because someone else doubted them first.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

‘Property ladder’ replaced by ‘treacherous property rope bridge’



"“Henceforth, those formerly on the ‘first rung’ of the property ladder will find themselves ‘hanging by a fraying property rope over a fast-flowing river’."


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Shadow Minister Calls For Leveson To Think Again On Media Hostility Toward Disabled

Shadow Minister Calls For Leveson To Think Again On Media Hostility Toward Disabled: Disabled people’s organisations – including Inclusion London, the UK Disabled People’s Council and the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN) – told DNS last November that they wanted to give evidence to the inquiry, set up in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

They believe there is strong evidence that disabled people are facing an increase in targeted hostility and hate crime as a result of stories that have been published in newspapers such as the Daily Mail, particularly on the subject of disability benefits.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness DO Want to Hear You Say

What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness DO Want to Hear You Say | Psychology Today: As a follow-up to last week’s piece, "What Those with Chronic Pain or Illness DON’T Want to Hear You Say", I thought it might be helpful to let others know what we wish they would say to us.

Housing benefit : limits on direct payments to landlords – is it going to get worse?

Housing benefit : limits on direct payments to landlords – is it going to get worse?: There are now a number of rumours flying round the Internet and elsewhere stating that the right for landlords to claim payment direct if a housing benefit tnenat is eight weeks or more in arrears is going to be removed.

If this is true then it is going to have a very negative effect and will almost certainly accelerate the move by landlords away from housing benefit tenants.

No evidence for thousands of 'never-worked' families

Freedom of Information shows no evidence for thousands of 'never-worked' families | Full Fact: They found that, while workless households were certainly a problem, worklessness across two generations accounted for only a small fraction of households, and those with two-generations who had 'never worked' accounted for around 0.1 per cent of all households, around 26,000.

Watch: Sue Marsh speech at NetrootsUK



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