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ravenswyrd1:

Some heartfelt words to the leader of the opposition not the first one re logged here… Well done #newapproch

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Dear Mr. Miliband,

We never thought we would see a Britain in which terminally ill people rely on foodbanks to eat, or cancer patients miss their treatment because they don’t have the bus fare to get to the hospital. We never thought a bedroom for a severely disabled child would be seen as an undeserved luxury, or sick and disabled people would have their incomes reduced or removed for missing an appointment at the Jobcentre. We never thought people with incurable illnesses like Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone disease would be told by the Department for Work and Pensions that they would get better, and should prepare for work.

But we are seeing all this and more. Quite simply, the sick and disabled people of Britain are facing an unprecedented crisis which we never imagined could happen in the UK. It is a national scandal.

We are all of us caught…

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ravenswyrd1:

Excellent article about ESA and the WCA… Dxxx

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Response

(1) The Work Capability Assessment is a much more rigid test & cannot be compared with former Personal Capability Assessments.  It is inconceivable that a conclusion can be reached that the more rigid Work Capability Assessment has become easier to negotiate than the previous Personal Capability Assessment which had a lower threshold.  

  • It is not accepted that there has been any form of significant improvement in the claims process surrounding the Work Capability Assessment.
  • Never before has one benefit assessment process attracted so much adverse publicity and negativity as the Work Capability Assessment.
  • It stands to reason that if the test is set as high bar as the Work Capability Assessment is, it logically follows that qualifying for entitlement will be far more difficult than qualifying for the previous Incapacity Benefit via the Personal Capability Assessment process used to determine eligibility for Incapacity Benefit & Income Support on…

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I.D.S has nowhere to hide

ravenswyrd1:

Here’s a little something from a friend of mine… Dxxx

Originally posted on cornishgunner:

Iain Duncan-Smith Works and Pensions secretary as we all know is a man that does not have one ounce of sympathy, nor can he be called a human being because of his actions. Ever since this coalition Government took office Duncan-Smith has systematically attacked the old, sick, infirmed as well as the poor, his complete lack of empathy has meant that the lives of those in which the Welfare State was set up to help has been one living hell. He has presided over one of the biggest genocides this country has ever endured, all because he wants to set an example of those living on benefits.

Iain Duncan-Smith has shown time and time again that his aim’s are very clear, get everybody off  benefits and into work irrespective of whether they can work or not. That coming from someone who was once facing financial ruin seems rather harsh, had…

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ravenswyrd1:

Another exciting group workibg to fight Austerity. .. Dxxx

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Artists have joined to create a new group to stand in protest at government cuts, and have called on other artists to do the same. 

Image: The guardian - Maxine Peake is a member of the new Artists Assembly

Image: The Guardian – Maxine Peake is a member of the new Artists Assembly

In a letter to the Guardian, published last week, they said:

“We, the newly formed Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity, are calling on writers, musicians, performers – anyone involved in the creative arts – to mobilise against cuts in public and voluntary services introduced by the coalition government.

“The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was formed in 2013 to ensure that the coalition government faces a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate successful coordinated action against its violent programme of cuts. In June, 50,000 people marched through London to show their support for this growing movement.

“We now recognise a need to initiate an Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity to organise artists…

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ravenswyrd1:

Good piece on the Biscuit Fund… Dxxx

Originally posted on I run on caffeine...:

Last weekend I was in London for a blogging conference and on my way home, on a very late train from London back to Dorset, glad I was sitting in first class and drinking a much needed cup of tea, I was feeling very emotional and bone weary. I was also pondering what had changed in my life since the previous summer’s event (the conference is annual) what my plans for the next 12 months would be, and how lucky we are to be living the life that we currently live.

We’ve had ups and downs as a family, and had some really, really tough times. We’ve got amazing friends who have helped us through those times, and we’ve come through it all stronger, and as better people.

As I was pondering this, and watching London disappear through the train windows as the sun set, I was also thinking about…

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A few nights ago after six pm, I received an urgent cry for help and advice from a lady I know, who has herself faced major health issues with her son and is disabled herself. When completely out of the blue her brother who is also a vulnerable adult with health problems received a accelerated eviction notice from his landlord stating he had to leave the property the next day.

She desperately needed advice on whether the landlord could do this. Having had issues with private renting, I advised her about his rights re his section 21notice and googled some info on accelerated evictions, as well as who else might be able to advice such as Shelter and her local councils housing department. As well as advising that she spoke to a solicitor first thing in the morning…

This has seriously stressed two vulnerable disabled adults trying to sort this out…

Thankfully they managed to get hold of a solicitor, and their agency agreed he had not been given a section 21 along side not meeting the terms of an accelerated eviction notice so his landlord has to go back to the courts before anything can happen giving them more time to find him a new place…

And what caused all this? Yep you guessed it… the ESA backlog, it had taken so long for his claim to be sorted that his landlord decided he didn’t want him as a tenant even though his benefits had been sorted and his rent paid…

I can only image what would have happened to the vulnerable man if he hadn’t had a loving sister to help him out…

the solicitor who is helping this lady out also deserves a shout out and has been highly recommended by the lady in question as being very supportive and helpful re benefits and the BT as well as other things and works with legal aid is… Laura Webster… http://www.hopkins-solicitors.co.uk 01623 460460

This is what your propaganda and welfare reform fiasco has wort Mr IDS you are beyond saving and you will be judged one day…

#impeachDWP #NowPetition

So say we all… Dxxx

ravenswyrd1:

More lies frim the IDS #ImpeachDWP #NowPetition

Originally posted on Making rights make sense:

Eleven million people in Britain – with an estimated combined spending power of £80billion – have a disability’ claimed Mark Harper this week, as the government called on the UK tourism industry to improve its accessibility to disabled customers ‘“So, as part of our long-term economic plan, improving the accessibility of hotels and self-catering apartments and tourist attractions for disabled travellers is a no-brainer.’

Harper was relying in statistics drawn together by the Department for Work and Pensions which say: ‘There are 11.5 million people in the UK who are covered by the disability provisions set out in the Equality Act. This is 19 percent of the population – a similar level to the USA, Canada and Australia (FRS 2010/11, WHO 2011).’

As the DWP notes, these estimates are based on various survey findings and:

‘Estimates rely on self-reported responses to survey questions. These responses will be determined by…

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Hi folks..
I know its been awhile… busy busy as ever…
Our story is a twisty turny thing that seems to have a life of its own… at the end of my last post we had given up on Access to Work doing any more than helping with transport costs. We where still waiting to here from the DWP about PIP this was in March we had been waiting since September…
We where also waiting to find out if J was going to be made redundant… all on top of waiting for our sons SEN assesments three yrs and counting…
my fibro… J’s cancer  and looking after our son with SPD…
So now in the middle of August where are we and whats going on…

Well at the begining of April J was told he would be made redundant but would have work to the end of June… all the time working in a job that required him to be standing on his leg and in pain…(I have some choice words id like to say to them, they basicaly tortured him and set his recovery back possibly perminanely for eight months then kicked him out… grrrr)… At the tail end of April they told J he wouldnt be working through till june and he left the company at the end of the month… his redundancy package was all over the place and he was not paid when he was told he would be plunging us in to further debt… however temporary… at the begining of May he got the first half of his redundancy and we where able to sort most of our over due payments, paid and caught up on things we had got behind on when he had been off sick after the surgery.

At the begining of May J saw his consultant who thought he may have to have more surgery the prostetic knee joint seems to have malfunctioned very rare apparently… to be honest we are running out of rare things that can happen… (touch wood) we have to wait now to find out what, when, and if he has to have more surgery…

Towards the end of May J got a letter from the DWP apologising for the delay in his PIP assesment decision…not the letter we wanted after nearly nine months…

A couple of weeks later we had the decision through… low rate care and low mobility both of which would have been high rate if hed been assesed when he applied… but not to put a dampener on it… the backdated pay helped pull us out of a pit and has helped take the weight off of us trying to get through our driving tests… as J can no longer cycle… or walk very far… and neither can I…

So here we are in the middle of August J has had all his redundancy and is free off the company…
We are no further forward with our son’s assesments nothing has been done in the last few months… all his refferals to the social pathway, computer specialist and child mental health team have not materialised yet nor have we had the final report from the sensory pathway…

J has applied for several jobs some of which put him through to the final rounds but he heard no more after disclosing his medical history… (this makes me so angry he just wants a job any job he can do)…this has been getting him down and by way of trying to cheer him up I went in to a local new age shop and asked if they would stock prints of his work if I could convince him they wanted them… they loved them and asked me to tell him to get some to them asap… you can see his work here. So that’s one possible outlet or alternative work option.
And im still trying to keep it all together… the garden needs doing the bathroom needs decorating and im all out of spoons…

At the end of July I passed my driving test yay and J spent some of his precious redundancy getting some prints done at a fabulous printers called Monkey Puzzle Art Printers on the north coast of Cornwall, lovely supportive people who loved J work and helped me to convince him he can make money at this…

J is now in the process of setting up a blog and websites FB stuff as well as producing works he’s hoping to sell at some point…

Now for the bad news, J has had to put his job searching on hold because at the beginning of September he has to go back in to hospital to have two further big ops… The first will involve the Drs removing all of J prosthetic bone implants and prosthetic knee… Because it’s not working…They will implant a spacer and antibiotic cement to keep his lower leg attached to his upper leg for six weeks while they blast his body with an intense course of antibiotics to try to kill the MMSA bone infection he got during his first surgery… Then he will go back in and have new bone implants and prosthetic knee joint put back in… They have to be new to eradicate the infection… They need to get rid of the infection not only so J doesn’t die but also because it’s causing bone necrosis at the prosthetic join which is causing further problems with his prosthetic… He is at time of writing still cancer free so we hang on to that…

So job hustings on hold as we all hold our breath and preparing for the roller coaster ride to start all over again, this will reduce his ability 100% and we’ve just learned he no longer qualifies for ESA as my earnings and Working tax credit just scrapes over the 7,000 a yr limit… any more good news?

In the mean time we are trying to have as much family time as possible just I case :( and finishing the decorating and the garden as well as helping my mum decorate her hall… Sigh oh and I was diagnosed with ME as well as Fibro… If the gods are listening I’m still trying to hold it all together some help would be appreciated and I don’t need any double edged blade learning lessons about being careful what I wish for… We just wanna get through and still be a family surviving the onslaught on the poor and working classes by this government like we don’t have enough worries…

Take care everyone… Dxxx

ravenswyrd1:

Can anyone help… Dxxx

Originally posted on jaynelinney:

A comment left on my recent PIP post really needs answering; I’m copying it here in the hope someone can help Julie:

I am so confused. I had my pip form and have filled it in,waiting for my CPN care plan. Went to look at my ESA payment in the bank, and to pay a bill,I get it every two weeks(I am in the support group)It wasn’t there??????????? I have had no letter to say that they are stopping it. I thought they could only stop your payment,if you were in the WRAG..I just don’t know what to do now. I cannot phone them,as I have only got a mobile and can’t phone their Bull@@@@ 0800 number.

Has anyone else had this happen?

I’m sure this isn’t an isolated  incident and if anyone has any productive ideas for Julie PLEASE leave them here – I’ll forward them on

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