Thursday, 28 February 2013

ESA appeals nightmare confirmed

Employment and support allowance (ESA) is to be stopped when a claimant challenges a decision that they are fit for work, the government has confirmed.  Instead, claimants will be forced to declare themselves fit for work in order to try to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) whilst still asking their GP for sick notes (now called fit notes) to maintain their ESA claim.

Only when a mandatory reconsideration has been carried out will the claimant be able to lodge an appeal and once again receive ESA at the assessment rate, until the appeal is decided.  There is no limit on how long the DWP can take to carry out a mandatory reconsideration. 

ESA appeals nightmare confirmed

Friday, 15 February 2013

Impaired Coordination in Fibromyalgia

A recent study revealed problems with fine motor control and manual dexterity in fibromyalgia.

Participants performed tasks such as writing, turning over cards, placing a pin, stacking checkers, and picking things up. The fibromyalgia group was slower with both hands than healthy people in the control group.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & ADHD: What's the Link?

Researchers concluded that ADHD and ME/CFS may share a common underlying mechanism, and that over time, ADHD may develop into a syndrome chronic fatigue and pain. (It's unclear whether this would most appropriately be considered a new form of ADHD or a subset of ME/CFS.)

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Post-Exertional Malaise: When The Other Shoe Drops

We recover from muscle exertion at a very different rate than other people. The progressive deterioration over a period of days, rather than immediately after exercise,  is a hallmark of ME/CFS. And if exercise is continued daily for several weeks, things almost inevitably get worse.

Other chronic illnesses may include fatigue, but many of these types of conditions will improve in terms of aerobic capacity and exercise tolerance with regular exercise. This is not true of ME/CFS.

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Friday, 8 February 2013

DWP to blame for fitness-to-work tests fiasco, MPs say

The government should accept much of the blame for distressing and expensive fitness-to-work tests that have caused "misery and hardship" to thousands of benefit claimants, according to a report by MPs released on Friday.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Living wage – Ecuador shows the way

In Ecuador where left-wing President Rafael Correa is standing for re-election, the government has introduced a minimum wage, and what they call a ‘Dignity’ wage for the private sector. Paying the national minimum wage is a legal requirement, but paying the Dignity (i.e. Living) wage is not.

Instead, it is a legal requirement for companies to pay the Dignity wage to all employees if they are to pay dividends to their shareholders.

This means that pressure is then redirected to company shareholders to ensure that their company is paying the Dignity wage, as a minimum, to all staff. Shareholders in search of dividends (or sale value) are then left to apply pressure to their own firms.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Dignity Action Day

Dignity Action Day gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to upholding people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people receiving care. Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. Dignity Action Day gives health and social care workers and members of the public an opportunity to take action in their place of work and communities to promote Dignity in Care by organising local events. To find out more and share the details of your event go to the website. Via: Disibility Sanctuary


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