Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by Frankie Jack, Jul 7, 2012.
Looking good. thanks alot.
I'm very saddened by this thread. The austerity narrative is being used to punish those in need of help.
I know a lot of people who are struggling. Thankfully no-one who has harmed themselves, yet.
The answer, in my opinion, is independent community organising and better MH services. I hope the new Labour leadership can do something at the national level, too. Time will tell.
Daughter of ‘fit for work’ suicide man takes human rights case to UN
Not a suicide, but this person was assessed fit for work and had benefits stopped until three weeks before he died:
Brent & Kilburn Times
Seriously ill Willesden man had his benefits stopped after he was deemed ‘fit for work’ weeks before he died
Surely she'd have been better advised to go to the European Court of Human Rights?
Why should tories understand #WorkPenalty impact? £35pw doesnt stop hunger or bailiffs, it's barely a decent bottle of red.
David Cameron dismisses UN inquiry into DWP's treatment of disabled people
Of course he's going to dismiss it - it's independent, non-partisan and almost impossible to nobble, so he has to pretend instead that it has no validity.
Although somebody here might get pissy
CPAG Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners
Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners | Child Poverty Action Group
The welfare rights guidance for safe guarding vulnerable people by the DWP for the DWP!
Cant find the best thread for this, but needs sharing
Should Counsellors Work With Workfare? - a genuinely superb article from the standpoint of therapists.
The government seeks to abuse therapy as practice for political purposes.
Therapy Today - The Online Magazine for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
We've already had direct experience of similar being attempted here in Lambeth, with the plan to house a counselling service in the same building as a JobCentrePlus, with JC+ making direct referrals.
UK government efforts to reduce the number of people claiming disability benefit appear to have driven 590 people in England to suicide and to have put 725,000 more on antidepressants.
The mentally ill woman who died terrified she'd be forced to find a job
All to do with making the present system of social security useless with a view to forcing everyone, as both Cameron and IDS have publicly suggested, to take out private insurance against unemployment, ill-health etc. One suspects the main movers behind this idea are Unum, the giant American insurance company with the long and established history, as UnumProvident and others, of criminality in the field of disability and payout denial who have been working as 'consultants' on 'welfare reform' in this country since the early 90s, as Private Eye has well documented. Wrecking social security in the UK opens up a multi-billion pound insurance market. No doubt those helping to bring this about would be well-rewarded. I recommend interested parties try Googling for Unum scandal; there's page after page after page of, for the uninitiated, eye-opening, jaw-dropping material just sitting there in plain view.
It should be remembered claimants aren't being sanctioned for transgressions, they're being sanctioned for alleged transgressions, which means they're being sanctioned on the whim of anonymous backroom target-driven clerks. There is no presumption of innocence. What happened to innocent until proven guilty, you might ask. To which the answer is: Iain Duncan Smith.
Simple answer to all of this of course is a Basic Income enshrined in human rights legislation and cannot be removed to create "work incentives". A properly designed basic income is itself a powerful incentive to work. We do not need sanctions. They are inhumane, and they don't work anyway. We can, and should, do far better by people than this.
In the 19th century it took the work of Dickens and a sustained campaign by The Times, and some high profile scandals, to expose the horror of the workhouses and bring about major social reforms. But this government is not listening even to a Parliamentary committee. What will it take to expose the horror of the 21st century benefits sanctions regime and bring about the social reforms that are now so desperately needed?
Britain's biggest food bank charity has hit out at the DWP
Posted on the Independent article about food banks, anyoone know anything about this, horrendous if true.
This search reveals a distressing number of candidate cases. None of the dozen I've looked at report benefits issues... but who would know from a basic police report?
There is a research project looking at coroners' findings - isn't there? That should give a better picture. But 2-3 years or more after the fact
this is posted on JC for PM FB page, if its correct and the others are, it is getting like the 30's in Germany where people were being killed and rumours were spreading about their demise.It can't be hushed up much more can it?
no apology for the comparison, lives are being lost.
Just seen this article myself
Luke Loy had a life, until his benefits started falling away | Frances Ryan
What will it take for these deaths, running into many hundreds, maybe more, to get the same coverage, outrage, and action as we have seen from a large part of of the public on the refugee issue?
Media nowadays is about BIG stories and sensationalism, not about dozens/hundreds of small stories that'd actually require some work to create a story around. That's why most of the little that does get printed, is by investigative journos, not by political reporters or commentators.
Compared to that, it's easy to just mix and match wire reports about refugees.
Thanks for that measured reply.
Moving, but Natalie seems to be on her own, how can this be? there are groups like Citizens United who could be there.
Woman who wrote a plea about the bedroom tax to David Cameron found hanged at home
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