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Benefits spending: Five charts on the UK's £100bn bill - BBC News
Much of the £100bn per year we spend on working-age benefits is there to tackle deep problems created by low pay, high housing costs and ill health.
DWP  welfare  state  ESA  Disabled  housing  crisis  poverty  working  poor  Austerity  Universal  Credit  stigma  prejudice 
yesterday by asterisk2a
Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits, study shows | Society | The Guardian
The findings are based on government data about 327,000 people with either type of health condition who switched from receiving DLA to personal independence payments (PIP) between April 2013 and October 2016.

The findings raise fresh questions over whether people who are struggling with mental ill health are at a disadvantage when they have to negotiate the benefits system.
DWP  mental  health  Universal  Credit  Austerity  NHS  DLA  PIP  ESA  JSA  sanction  UK 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Unfit DWP should be axed, says thinktank | Society | The Guardian
Ministers should consider abolishing the Department for Work and Pensions after its failure to help ill and disabled people out of poverty, a leading thinktank has said. [....] Tom Pollard, the report’s author, spent 18 months at the DWP on secondment from mental health charity Mind. By the end of his time there he concluded that the “DWP is institutionally and culturally incapable of making the reforms needed to achieve such a shift in outcomes for ill and disabled people, or for ‘harder-to-help’ groups more widely”. [...] The report concludes that while the DWP has been able to help people with minor difficulties into employment, the outcomes are “much poorer when it comes to supporting people with more complex needs”, such as the ill, disabled, older people, those with drug and alcohol problems, ex-prisoners and the homeless. [...] It calls for the DWP to be stripped of responsibility for these hard-to-help groups, with the health department and NHS helping the ill find work, local government taking over Jobcentre Plus, and benefits and pensions delivered by HMRC. The charitable sector could also be given a bigger role. [...] It accuses the department of seeing claimants through a “benefits lens”, in which conditions were placed on their payments as a way of forcing them into work. He warns that the department’s reputation among many groups is now so bad that it may prove impossible and expensive to improve. “A bad reputation is far harder to lose than a good one,” he writes.
WCA  ESA  Disabled  mental  health  DWP  Universal  Credit  Council  Austerity  Privatisation  welfare  state 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Threat of revolt forces rethink of ‘catastrophic’ universal credit | Society | The Guardian
All current universal credit claimants are people making new claims or those who have had a change in circumstances.
DWP  Universal  Credit  ESA  JSA 
11 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Former watchdog chief labels disabled benefits process a 'hostile environment' | Society | The Guardian
“My personal interactions with the [PIP] process were perfectly pleasant; but the system as a whole does create the impression of it being a hostile environment and one where two of the foes are complexity and the sense that it is not a level playing field [for claimants]”. // So when a high-profile civil servant is disabled, the press finds its sympathy - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/09/civil-servant-disability-andrew-mcdonald-disabled-people
[...] PIP is intended to help with the additional costs of living with disability, estimated at £570 a month. It is not means tested or related to employment status and is typically used to meet special transport needs or health-related heating or food bills.
UK  Austerity  DWP  hostile  environment  ESA  PIP  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn | Politics | The Guardian
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn
Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits
Spending on welfare benefits for the UK’s poorest families will have shrunk by nearly a quarter after a decade of austerity, according to new figures highlighting the plunge in living standards experienced by the worst-off.

By 2021, £37bn less will be spent on working-age social security compared with 2010, despite rising prices and living costs, according to estimates produced by the House of Commons library.

Some of the most striking cuts are in disability benefits – personal independence payments (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) – which together will have shrunk by nearly £5bn, or by 10%, since the start of the decade.
Austerity  UK  Disabled  ESA  tax  credit  Universal  JSA  sanctions  welfare  state  society  poverty  trap 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
Universal credit could be sunk by next stage of rollout, say experts | Society | The Guardian
The Resolution Foundation estimates that 1.8 million working families will see their incomes drop when they move onto the new system. [...] Campaigners fear that the abrupt nature of the migration – claimants will be sent a letter giving them three months to apply for universal credit before their current benefits are cancelled – will see many vulnerable people fall out of the benefits system.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JAM  ESA  Disabled  tax  UK  Austerity  Theresa  May 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
Heartless Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits - Mirror Online
[ with privatization and savings targets, come targets to deny applications and bring in sanctions - so private companies can get some more profit. See Theresa May's homeoffice deportation targets ] But since 2013, more than 400,000 people have been denied PIP or ESA after a medical assessment - only to win it back on appeal. More than two thirds of current appeal tribunals are successful. //&! Councils don't have accessible housing for disabled: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/21/disabled-accessible-housing-shortage-young-millennials
UK  Austerity  DWP  ESA  PIP  targets  JSA  sanctions  Privatisation  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  JAM  Disabled  poverty  trap 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Universal credit savaged by public spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO says core claims about flagship welfare programme are based on unproven assumptions The government’s ambitious change to the benefits system, universal credit, fails to deliver promised financial savings or employment benefits and leaves thousands of vulnerable claimants in hardship, according to the public spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office effectively demolishes ministerial claims for universal credit, concluding that the much-delayed flagship welfare programme may end up costing more than the benefit system it replaces, cannot prove it helps more claimants into work and is unlikely to ever deliver value for money.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/the-guardian-view-on-universal-credit-fix-this-cruel-expensive-fiasco &! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44468437 - The £1.9bn Universal Credit system may end up costing more to administer than the benefits system it is replacing, according to the National Audit Office.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JSA  ESA  Disabled  sanctions  poverty  destitute  homelessness  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Austerity 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging | Society | The Guardian
Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging
Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes
targets  DWP  Home  Office  sanctions  UK  Austerity  ESA  Disabled  Universal  Credit 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Esther McVey: child tax credit 'rape clause' is opportunity for victims | Politics | The Guardian
DWP policy mirroring Theresa Mays Home Office. Hostility and lots of legal hurdles most cannot pay for, or afford, mentally, psychologically.
DWP  JSA  child  tax  credit  taxcredit  UK  Austerity  nasty  party  Tories  WCA  ESA  Disabled 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Councils struggling to cope with surge in child protection referrals | Society | The Guardian
[UK austerity will be costly later on to clean up. and as proven again and again, deadly. ] Councils are increasingly only able to address “critical” situations and help the most at-risk children instead of carrying out vital preventive work to stop domestic violence and its devastating impact on victims, said the organisation that represents 370 councils in England and Wales.
UK  Austerity  Council  child  protection  services  DWP  ESA  JSA  homelessness  homeless  Sociology  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  Brexit 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
The Tory blueprint: fund a cruel system, not the disabled people it punishes | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
enabled by Daily Mail communication - adopted by Osborne and co. scroungers and benefit cheats - double standard to tax evasion and avoidance
DWP  ESA  Disabled  disability  UK  Austerity  welfare  state  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JSA  sanctions  double  standard  tax  evasion  avoidance  Sociology  Psychology  DailyMail 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds | Global development | The Guardian
one in four low-income households struggled to eat healthily or regularly.

More than half of adults across all income groups, ages and household sizes agreed that they had seen the cost of their groceries go up over the past three months, reflecting rising food inflation.
public  health  Austerity  Brexit  shrinkflation  inflation  food  insecurity  UK  crisis  obesity  overweight  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  childhood  JSA  ESA  structural  unemployment  sanctions  child  tax  credit  taxcredit  subsidies  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  NHS 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed - BBC News
Ministers made changes to PIP in 2017 which limited the amount of support people with mental health conditions could receive.

As a result, people who were unable to travel independently on the grounds of psychological distress - as opposed to other conditions - were not entitled to the enhanced mobility rate of the benefit. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/29/government-to-review-16m-disability-benefit-claims-after-u-turn
ESA  PIP  DWP  mental  health  Austerity  rationing  WCA  UK  welfare  state  NHS  Crisis 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Tory MP Ben Bradley 'sorry' for blog post about jobless - BBC News
eugenics ('in it s broader aspects') was always a Conservative Toff topic to talk about. Theresa May w JAMs, Cameron w Big Society burried under brutal Austerity for those eugenics targets, and Thatcher "there is not such thing as society"
eugenics  Tories  DWP  toff  Conservative  Party  nasty  structural  unemployment  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Margaret  Thatcher  JSA  ESA 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Children's commissioner may consider legal action over Universal Credit - BBC News
Asked if there was any prospect of legal redress in Scotland, Mr Adamson said: "While we don't have the Convention on the Rights of the Child within our domestic law yet, we do have the Humans Rights Act which brings in the European Convention on Human Rights and the courts look very closely if a state falls below that minimum standard required, where the state fails to provide those basics of life.
"So certainly if children in Scotland aren't getting those basic things then legal action may be the way to take this forward. But it's not the best way."
Universal  Credit  poverty  trap  single-mum  single-mom  child  DWP  JSA  ESA  taxcredit  Austerity  UK  inequality  social  mobility  BAME  welfare  state 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit | Money | The Guardian
Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again – as fears rise more will follow suit
Universal  Credit  social  council  housing  JSA  ESA  DWP  Austerity  benefit 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
‘First, do no harm’: are disability assessments associated with adverse trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study | Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
Conclusions The programme of reassessing people on disability benefits using the Work Capability Assessment was independently associated with an increase in suicides, self-reported mental health problems and antidepressant prescribing. This policy may have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits. &! https://twitter.com/chakrabortty/status/929349312743604224
WCA  DWP  ESA  Universal  Credit  mental  health  Disabled  Austerity  rationing 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts, study finds | Society | The Guardian
universal credit intro is hidden cut to tax credits for the poorest to make ends meet. // so much for "burning injustice" of effective tax rate of 65% // “The losses are alarming, and will damage the life chances of hundreds of thousands of children growing up under austerity.” // single mothers and bame single mothers hit hardest by Austerity. // Overall, the study said, cuts to the existing benefit system since 2010 will push 700,000 children into poverty, after accounting for housing costs. The two-child limit for benefit payments alone will put 200,000 children in poverty once the system has been fully extended nationwide, the calculations suggested.
Universal  Credit  poverty  trap  child  taxcredit  DWP  Austerity  UK  Precariat  deprivation  ESA  disabled  Council  working  debt  Gesellschaft  Sociology  Society  nasty  party  Tories  Theresa  May  Conservative  Generationengerechtigkeit  GFC  bank  bailout  tax  evasion  avoidance  taxation  welfare  state  mental  health  wellbeing  well-being  Psychology  class  Brexit  childhood  parenthood  parenting  public 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Universal credit’s hidden cut pushes disabled people into poverty | Frances Ryan | Society | The Guardian
Up to half a million disabled people like Philip and their families will be financially worse off under universal credit, according to disability charities, through the removal of the disability premiums, as well as cuts to child disability payments, which could affect 100,000 children at an annual loss of £1,000. Ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and it states that the support given by SDP is now provided through personal independence payments, (Pip) and social care from local councils, and that “transitional protection” will be available when disabled people are moved from ESA on to universal credit in 2019. But press further, and it turns out that cash-strapped local authorities have no obligation to provide support. And there is no help for disabled people like Philip who are transferred early.
Universal  Credit  DWP  ESA  Disabled  welfare  state  Austerity  social  isolation  deprivation  poverty  trap  UK  inequality 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour wins symbolic victory in vote on universal credit - as it happened | Politics | The Guardian
Mhairi Black: plunging people in debt, homelessness, rent arrears and hunger does not incentivise does not put people back in work! https://twitter.com/MhairiBlack/status/920686941674397697 //&!
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/14/chancellor-urged-to-lower-tax-rate-on-universal-credit 60% tax rate anything earned over 16hrs on each pound. // Motion to pause universal credit rollout passes with 299 votes in favour and 0 against after most Tory MPs abstain. Follow latest updates
- phone charges dropped, but roll out goes on, despite house 299 votes to stop roll out. so much for Theresa Mays "concern" for "burning injustice" and Heidie Allens (tory mp) about here talking about it.
DWP  Universal  Credit  Austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Theresa  May  JSA  ESA  WCA 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates | Society | The Guardian
Landlords have signalled they are under increasing financial pressure to open eviction proceedings against tenants amid a rise in rent arrears associated with the new benefit.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JSA  ESA 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Halt universal credit or rough sleepers will double, says Burnham | Society | The Guardian
[disincentivising = also nudge policy] Speaking after a meeting aimed at tackling the region’s homelessness crisis, which was attended by a Department for Work and Pensions official, Burnham said: “This is not a political point from me. I’m speaking here for the NHS, public health colleagues, police, fire.

“The entire public sector in Greater Manchester has supported what I’m about to say, which is a plea to the prime minister and the government to suspend the rollout of universal credit. It was the unanimous view of the meeting that if the rollout goes ahead as planned it will make our problem dramatically worse.”
DWP  Universal  Credit  homelessness  homeless  JSA  ESA  welfare  state 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem - BBC News
Over 10 years NHS prescriped 100% more anti-depressants. Medicalised Society. Parked indefinetly on management medication no healing. Left behind. // But so too is the fact prescribing patterns have changed. Doctors are much more likely to keep people on drugs for longer with evidence suggesting it is a more effective way of treating patients.
But as common as antidepressants are, the fact remains the majority of people with mental illness report they are not getting help.
Only one in three of those polled said they were receiving treatment, according to NHS Digital.
NHS  Society  Gesellschaft  mental  health  big  pharma  GP  care  demand  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  self-medication  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  working  poor  Precariat  poverty  trap  Deprivation  Depression  public  economic  damage  prevention  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  well  being  welfare  DWP  JSA  ESA  Selbstdarstellung  Consumer  unhappy  Consumerism  consumerist  Capitalism  Exploitation  Scotland  England  Jeremy  Hunt  CCG  Simon  Stevens  accountability  Theresa  May  unemployment  prejudice  stigma  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout - BBC News
Conservative MP Stephen McPartland said his concern with Universal Credit was that for "every pound these people earn, extra, the government's taking 63p back off them".
"To me that is an effective tax rate of 63%, which is ridiculous. So the lowest paid are effectively having to pay some of the highest taxes," he told BBC Radio 4's the World at One. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41278248
Universal  Credit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Austerity  Theresa  May  DWP  JSA  ESA  Damian  Green  UC  tax  working  benefit  taxcredit 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Chronic ill health among working age population poses 'unsustainable drain' on NHS | HeraldScotland
Currently 39 per cent of the working age population in Scotland has at least one long-term condition, but that is forecast to surge as the population ages and Scotland grapples with the fallout of an obesity epidemic.

Prof MacDonald said a failure to prevent and manage long-term conditions properly would be catastrophic as pension age increases to 68 or more.
UK  Scotland  NHS  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  disease  population  babyboomers  baby  boomers  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  pain  inflammation  demographic  bubble  England  Disabled  Council  adult  social  medical  advances  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  sedentary  prevention  public  intervention  GP  nanny  state  self-medication  Alcohol  junk  food  fast  mental  DWP  ESA  JSA  unemployment  stress 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Austerity has trampled over disabled people’s rights. But the UK won’t admit it | Mike Lambert | Opinion | The Guardian
The UN has found that current policies violate both a UN convention and UK legislation. There is little hope for change when the government simply denies it
UK  Austerity  DWP  ESA  WCA  Disabled  human  rights 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
More NHS mental health patients treated privately - BBC News
NHS spending on private mental health inpatient beds went up 42% over five years across 40 mental health authorities that responded to freedom of information requests.
Experts say there is a chronic shortage of NHS beds.
It means some patients are placed in private units far from home. [ bed # have come down gradually since 2000, lowest number ever. trusts deceided to cut number of beds and staff, and put that money in geriatric, cancer, cvd care, and investigations also showed that extra money for mental health by tories was put elsewhere but not mental health, and when trusts had to cut, mental health was first, )
NHS  Austerity  STP  A&E  GP  mental  health  rationing  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  JAM  well  being  public  economics  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  welfare  state  DWP  JSA  ESA  Disabled 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
My mental illness insists on joining me on holiday - BBC News
When you are unable to leave your room. House. Unable to make new friends. Unable to enjoy yourself. Watch a movie. Read a book. Nearly catatonic. Aren't you disabled? Aren't you half dead? Why not end it all?
mental  health  BPD  Depression  well  being  PTSD  CPTSD  chronic  Disabled  public  perception  prejudice  DWP  NHS  ESA 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Disability services transform students' lives – we must protect them | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/apr/07/conservative-government-failing-the-poorest-through-housing-benefit-cuts - As if cuts threatening crucial services in universities aren’t bad enough, the word ‘disability’ is itself now at risk – despite its key role [...] These days I work for disability services within a university. But what we offer is at risk – both from government cuts and changes within higher education.

The government has made £30m of cuts to Disabled Students Allowance since August 2015, which has resulted in the loss of funding for specialist IT equipment and non-medical help such as mentoring, study skills support, note-takers, interpreters and physical assistance. Now, the term “disabled” is also under threat. My manager has had to challenge university directors who want to get rid of the word entirely.
Disabled  Austerity  Council  adult  social  care  Tories  JAM  nasty  party  Conservative  DWP  ESA  PIP  rationing  welfare  state  UK  language  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Brexit  empathy  poverty  trap  income  mobility  Gini  Coefficient  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  inequality  taxation 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Limited life chances of disabled people in Britain revealed by damning report | Society | The Guardian
Disabled people are being left behind and are living in poverty with very poor life chances, a damning report has concluded. [...] According to the report, published on Monday, the proportion of disabled people with no qualifications was nearly three times that of non-disabled people. Fewer than half of disabled adults are in employment (47.6%), compared with almost 80% of non-disabled adults – and the gap between these groups has widened since 2010-11.

Food poverty affected 18.4% of disabled people aged 16-64, compared with 7.5% of non-disabled people.
DWP  ESA  PIP  Disabled  Society  Austerity  Council  adult  social  care  UK  inequality  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  empathy 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Thousands on 50p-a-week housing benefit - BBC Panorama - BBC News
The cuts are part of the government's drive to get unemployed people back to work by capping their payments.
Austerity  DWP  UK  child  tax  credit  benefit  housing  welfare  state  JSA  Universal  ESA 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Talking about mental illness is no substitute for offering real help | Rachel Kelly | Opinion | The Guardian
The latest high-profile campaign is welcome and stigma is declining but the NHS must provide better treatment [... and money put in is not saveguarded, trusts use it to plug elderly care adult social care holes! ]
NHS  Austerity  JAM  Theresa  May  PR  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Politics  No  Representation  mental  health  public  well  being  economic  cost  DWP  ESA 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: £2bn for social care and tax rise for self-employed - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39114211 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39214295 debt going down bc of state asset sales !!! lol like reverse PFI ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39203784 Philip Hammon tip-toeing around the issue of self-employment disparieties and exploitation. Damaging welfare state. While at the same time going through w corp tax cut from Osborne, as well as inheritance tax cut, capital gains, banks, ... also tip-toing around the business rate increase w a temporary relieve to the discretion of each council (call that a admin & beaurocracy catastrophe and prone to abuse, why give relive fund money to one and not the other?) & nothing for NHS. And still going ahead with Triple Lock Pension and no housing benefit for young. And still going ahead w cut in real terms of edu budgets. And still going ahead w no parity in mental health RE DWP ESA limit not funding mental health conditions.
HMRC  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  budget  Brexit  NHS  National  Insurance  NI  adult  social  care  elderly  self-employment  tax  evasion  avoidance  Council  Austerity  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  health  demand  Generationengerechtigkeit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Trickle-down  Housing  Benefit  Crisis  education  policy  IMF  homelessness  homeless  inequality  technological  unemployment  mobility  welfare  state  child  poverty  downward  income  trap  gini  Coefficient  Disabled  JAM  DWP  JSA  ESA  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  zero  hour  contract  part-time  PFI 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Homelessness expected to rise further as Government scraps housing benefit for young people | The Independent
cutting benefits will push up payments and cost of homelessness, destitution, drug abuse, crime, etc. - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html?cmpid=facebook-post - Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money – it's ideological cruelty
When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them
JAM  UK  DWP  Austerity  Housing  Benefit  Council  Tories  generation  rent  nasty  party  Conservative  Disabled  ESA  destitution  JSA  sanctions  social  mobility  poverty  trap  Food  Bank  income  education  policy  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Iain  Duncan  Smith  minimum  wage  living  standard  growth  child  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  Gini  Coefficient  CEO  pay  tax  evasion  avoidance  corporation  corporatism  bailout  crony  capitalism  neoliberalism  Damian  Green  Germany  Rentnerrepublik  babyboomers  inequality  Generationengerechtigkeit  generational  divide 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Tories plan to ignore legal rulings and restrict disability benefits - YouTube
[ just PR speech, and actions are different ] Theresa May's PR offensive a month back; PR on mental health and well-being! and a country that works for everyone (welfare state). & NOW THIS! + THEY TRIED TO SNEAK IT OUT THE BACKDOOR AND THE DISPARAGING COMMENT FROM ADVISOR (George Freeman) ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. // Theresa May again being driven by outside forces and public vs Thatcher driving politics. May driven by public opinion on mental health and House of Lords (stopgap to savage austerity), and May also driven by hard-Brexit Bus (driven by those who campaigned for it and those who voted for it). // ie if she drives she could have announced more acute mental health beds funding but instead she said we need to do more, but no more money! // &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/01/disability-benefit-change-shows-tories-are-still-nasty-party-says-corbyn
ESA  DWP  PIP  Disabled  Iain  Duncan  Smith  George  Osborne  mental  health  David  Cameron  Theresa  May  NHS  well  being  well-being  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Austerity  Stigma  prejudice  bigotry  hate  speech  crime  LGBT  Transgender  tax  credit  child  taxcredit  working  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  CPTSD  PTSD  BPD  Anxiety  PanicAttack  rationing  CCG  GP  A&E  House  of  Lords  Career  Politicians 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Anger over Tory cuts to disability benefit payments (From The National)
Government changes to PIP come after two tribunal rulings widened the criteria for the benefit’s eligibility – including a decision that those suffering severe psychological problems, to the point where they need assistance to travel – should receive the same amount of help as the blind.
DWP  ESA  JSA  Disabled  Tory  Austerity  mental  health  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  NHS  public  prejudice  Stigma 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
One ‘not really disabled’ man has won against the system. I’m not celebrating | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
When I asked the DWP for a comment, it pointed out that only 4% of all ESA work capability assessment decisions are overturned. That may be as much a commentary on the opacity of the procedure, because over 60% of those decisions that are actually taken to appeal are successful. At CPAG, Williams thinks he handles 30 such appeals each year. Over the past three years, he has won all but one.
ESA  DWP  JSA  WCA  Privatisation  Austerity  Disabled  mental  health  public  Food  Bank  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  well  being  chronic 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows | Society | The Guardian
Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction
Universal  Credit  DWP  Poverty  JSA  ESA  No  Representation  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit policy is an epic fail - YouTube
DWP, Westminster posh, elite thought that ppl have rainy day fund to carry themselves over for 6-8weeks ... when you live month to month paychekc-to-paycheck. fast majority. 16m households do not even have £100 in bank account.
Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  UC  JSA  ESA  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May | Politics | The Guardian
http://bbc.in/2itlZgL - Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services. //&! The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts were more important than providing extra money for services. - http://bbc.in/2itlZgL //&! http://bit.ly/2eoWnB9 - Jeremy Hunt accepts CAMHS failings, mental health service failings. //&! Two-thirds of parents fear child's mental illness 'a life sentence' - Many mothers and fathers also feared their child would not find a job, partner or have children as a result of condition, says study - http://bit.ly/28Z9Prq //&! http://huff.to/2j0C4ye
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Der Hartz 4 Faschismus - YouTube
eine behoerde die fuer boni arbeitet = korrupt! 80% aller klagen sind korrekt/gueltig. nicht haftbar fuer fehler.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits | Society | The Guardian
Downing Street has ruled out adopting David Cameron’s proposal for obese people or those with drug or alcohol problems to be forced to undergo treatment as a condition of receiving benefits.

Theresa May’s deputy official spokesman confirmed that the idea of sanctions for people who are obese or have addiction problems and refuse help is “not under consideration”, after a government-commissioned review found that there was no evidence it would work.
DWP  JSA  ESA  sanction  obesity  overweight  addiction  substance  abuse  self-medication 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions, NAO says - BBC News
Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work, the National Audit Office says.
The public spending watchdog also said use of the sanctions "varies substantially" between jobcentres.
JSA  sanctions  ESA  DWP  structural  unemployment  mental  health  technological  UK  welfare  state 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
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