Monthly Archives: December 2017

Vid: May saying Hammond never blamed disabled for productivity – and him saying it

SKWAWKBOX In Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Green MP Caroline Lucas referred to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s statement to the Treasury Select Committee about the supposed impact of disabled people in the workplace on national productivity. Calling it ‘extraordinary’ and without … Continue reading

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Atos’s PR company director wants me to phone him about one of my articles

Originally posted on Politics and Insights:
Atos don’t provide medical assessments for disabled people needing to claim support: they provide ‘functional’ assessments, as ‘disability analysts’, who ‘focus on what you can do, rather tan what you can’t.’ I wrote an…

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The DWP Is Happy To Lose Cut Price PIP And ESA Appeals

Originally posted on Same Difference:
With many thanks to Benefits And Work. A briefing document prepared by the DWP for work and pensions select committee reveals the scandalously small amount of money the DWP spends on carrying out mandatory reconsiderations…

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DWP Tried To Con PIP Inquiry

Originally posted on Same Difference:
With many thanks to Benefits And Work.   The DWP have attempted to mislead the work and pensions select committee over the accuracy of PIP and ESA decisions. In a document entitled ‘Work and Pensions Select…

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Former Wirral Council Director of Law Bill Norman Resigns from Cheshire East Council

Originally posted on Wirral In It Together:
Former Wirral Council Director of Law, Bill Norman, has resigned from Cheshire East Council following the suspension of himself and two fellow senior officers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-42317844 No pay off we assume, but crucially, no…

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Tory spin can’t hide the reality of their massive bankers’ bonus

SKWAWKBOX Comment As the SKWAWKBOX publicised earlier, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has written an open letter – signatures are still open if you want to add yours – challenging Philip Hammond to reverse his planned £5 billion tax-cut for banks … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn and Noam Chomsky receive the prestigious international MacBride Peace Prize

Originally posted on Politics and Insights:
? Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize along with Noam Chomsky and Japanese anti-military base activists, yet the award received no coverage in the British media. It was International Human Rights…

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When the DWP don’t know their own rules

Originally posted on scottish unemployed workers' network:
If any other organisation made as many errors and administrative cock-ups as the DWP they would be sued for negligence. The whole system is understaffed and undertrained, reflecting the contempt in which the…

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Essential information for ESA claims, assessments and appeals

Originally posted on Politics and Insights:
Essential Information for claims, assessments and appeals.  There are three essential ideas to keep in mind when claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) because of the nature of the ESA50 form, and the fact that…

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