Archive for June, 2012


As Im sure I’ve said before, some times things see quiet… When really many things might be happening under the surface. This is one of those things.

It is with rigor and with accuracy, that you maintain credibility and therefore influence whilst attempting to fill the gaps left by other groups and charities. This is part of the ethos that drives the We Are Spartacus Community and the Spartacus Campaign. And todays press release embodies all the hallmarks of a Spartacus publication.

Today the Spartacus Campaign has released,The Reversing from Recovery Report. Which curiously does not focus on Disabled people in the first instance. Instead it is about how simply changing the wording, that governs how a disability benefit is paid to the disabled, can have such far reaching and costly consequences, for the ordinary workers and disabled workers of this country. And the additional cost that that change will have on the both the car industry and the treasury when the implementation of the mobility element of PIP commences in 2013 for all current recipients.

To give you a feel for this report, here are some of the headlines

           280,000 disabled people will loose their qualifying benefit by 2016

1 in 1,000 UK jobs are supported by the Motability industry 3,683 jobs could be lost

At least £421 loss to the economy and the treasury

10% of all car sales in the UK are Motability cars.

31.450 new and 27,000 second hand sales could be lost

To view the Reversing from Recovery Report full document, Summery and Press release

visit….  http://wearespartacus.org.uk

The Reversing From Recovery Report,

Spartacus Campaign

Alone We Whisper Together We Shout

It is with great sadness that I blog this morning about the loss of one of the UKs disability activist  Karen Sherlock, who succumbed to the long list of health problems she had battled with her whole life…

I have no doubt that her last few months could have been happier for Karen and her family had she not been battling the DWPs appeals system trying to get the ATOS decision to put her in the WRAG (work related activity group) over turned in favour of the Support group, a fight she won two weeks ago. Another DWP decision that should never have happened to someone who was so ill, but sadly something we are seeing more and more of in the UK.

As her friends a family and the wider disabled community, begin to come to terms with their shock and loss, tributes to Karen have started to flood in to the many disability groups on facebook that she was an active and supportive member of… Showing just how many lives she touched.

I did not know Karen all that well but as an active member on the Spartacus Report Facebook group I remember many discussions in which Karen was an active participant. A lovely and courageous woman who will be sadly missed by many… Karen was a Spartici and we will not forget her…  the fight goes on…Dxxx

Alone we whisper together we shout…WE ARE SPARTACUS!

If you want to know more about Karen you can read, The Broken of Britain’s blog post written by Karen herself… http://thebrokenofbritain.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/karens-story.html

And more tributes to Karen can be seen here…

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/rip-karen-sherlock.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/voices/2012/06/disability-karen-sherlock-sue-marsh

http://dawnwillis.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/disability-community-mourns-loss-of-haren-sherlock-campaigner-and-duran-duran-fan-pusscat01/

http://twim-blog.org/2012/06/11/rip-karen-sherlock/

Warning! Strong language! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWxFHKyYis8

Fund raising… for Karen’s Family… http://www.gofundme.com/qkzws#description

Helen Sims

I think I’m allowed an ‘off day’ occasionally. With everything I’ve been through already, and will continue to go through until the day I die. I should allow myself an ‘it’s not fair’ day sometimes, because it isn’t.

It isn’t fair that I can’t walk or stand without help, it isn’t fair that I can’t have a job or a baby, and it isn’t fair that I am usually tired and in pain. My Cerebral Palsy is not my fault. It is a result of a hospital mistake, for which we have never received an apology.

They could probably argue that I was a ‘Prem’ baby and it could’ve happened anyway. Busy, overworked staff who didn’t notice my faulty heart monitor until it was almost too late. I know I’m lucky to be here at all, but the damage was done.

Anyway, all I’m trying to say, on behalf of all of us, is never underestimate the amount of strength it takes to cope with our daily lives and accept ourselves.

Now we are being told that our lives and our struggles are worthless.

We are ‘scroungers’ and when we get to assessment, our disabilities or illnesses suddenly don’t exist! Well excuse us for being hurt, frustrated and angry!

This situation just compounds everything we cope with already. I feel ok today, but some days I want to collapse in a quivering heap because I am so sick of struggling and having to fight for things that others take for granted.

The government claims that up to 75% of disability benefit claimants are fraudsters, and they are using doctored figures to justify harsh, callous and cruel benefit cuts which are damaging the lives of people like me. The real figures are very much lower. Only 1 in every 200 claimants are ‘faking!’

The fact that up to 32 people per week are taking their own lives out of fear, desperation and feeling that there is nowhere to turn is being hidden and ignored.

Put yourselves in our shoes, just for a minute or so. How would you feel?! All we ask is a little bit of support from society and the government. I will fight against this with every fibre of my being. They will NOT win! Simply share if you’re with us. Thank you.