Nobody is Unfit For Work Anymore

26 May

blueannoyed

Reblogged from Black Triangle & DPAC

More background from Black Triangle Campaign’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts: ‘Claiming ESA under Universal Credit: Nobody is unfit for work anymore’ Wednesday May 25 2017
What you will read may be very distressing for you, but we are looking at the worst-case scenario and identifying measures to help you and other claimants. It would be good to have some feedback on the Health and Work Conversations from people who have made an ESA claim. More we know about it, and more we can fight this.
What you should not do, is to decide not to claim ESA. That is what DWP wants you to do.
Some documents released by the DWP have shown the direction of travel in terms of claiming ESA under UC.
Under the old regime, a person wishing to claim ESA was placed in the ESA assessment phase, attracting…

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A brief and blunt discussion about ‘economic competence’ before the general election

26 May

Politics and Insights

Image result for people powerThe question asked shouldn’t ever have been how will Labour fund their costed manifesto. We have permitted this expedient Conservative diversion for long enough. The real question that matters is this: where is the public’s money that citizens, their parents and grandparents have paid into the Treasury all these years? Why is there nothing to show for it for the past seven years? Why are increasing numbers of citizens of every age experiencing hardship and distress

This is a despicable way for a government to treat people who have contributed to this country’s fortune and development.

Why are older people being robbed of their national insurance and tax investment and told they must fund their own care?  Why are older people being forced to work longer before they may retire?  New government “calculations” suggest a “hard Brexit” – with migration is dramatically reduced – could push up the age…

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World exclusive: #Corbyn – Mowlam’s ENVOY, met IRA AND loyalists

26 May

The SKWAWKBOX

Word reached the SKWAWKBOX during the writing of this article that the Sun has been trailing that it’s ‘going big’ on Jeremy Corbyn at 10pm this evening. If it’s preparing another IRA-related smear after it disgraced itself with its ‘Blood on hands’ attack, which appeared after the terrible events in Manchester on Monday, it’s going to have egg on its face.

The Sun is not the only right-wing publication to attempt the same smear. Another rag carried a cartoon showing masked terrorists campaigning door to door for the Labour leader.

Such smears could not be further from the truth – which the SKWAWKBOX brings you exclusively.

This blog has spent a significant part of this month talking to various people on both sides of the republican/loyalist divide, digging to get cast-iron confirmation, from people who were there, of one core fact:

Jeremy Corbyn’s was an envoy of the British government who…

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.@Theresa_May IS the danger – no posturing now can change that #GE17

24 May

The SKWAWKBOX

may threat 3Theresa May’s decision to put troops on our streets this morning is a naked attempt to cover for the disastrous policies she has pursued as Home Secretary and then as Prime Minister.

Like a man trying to compensate for his inadequacies by driving a big, fast car she is flagging her shortcomings to all who care to look – and like that man, driving ‘too much car’, she’s a danger to us all.

May as Prime Minister is out of her depth – and her attempts to cover her weakness are giving terrorists exactly what they want.

May is guilty. She has overseen – with direct responsibility as home secretary – the most draconian cuts to frontline police numbers ever seen, as this astonishing chart shows:

frontline police graphYet she lied to the public, projecting a completely-unfounded confidence – as has now been shown beyond question – that she could continue cutting police budgets…

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#DementiaTax – what happens when SURVIVING spouse needs care too? #GE17

22 May

The SKWAWKBOX

tories robbing widowsThe Tories plan to rob surviving spouses and their families (image by @ukdemockery

In spite of the uproar – and the migration of elderly voters to Labour – caused by the Tories’ plans to make older people pay even for care at home out of the value of their house, the Tories have attempted to make the plan out to be ‘fair’ and have focused on the ‘cap’ on care costs – and the claim that people won’t be forced to sell their homes to pay for care.

But this is deeply misleading. It’s not really a ‘cap’, as the contribution to costs has no upper limit, so someone with a house in an expensive area will easily pay hundreds of thousands of pounds before reaching the last £100,000 of the value of their estate. Just a single day per week of home-based care costs – at the moment –…

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Woman was too scared to leave job centre during a heart attack as she feared being sanctioned

20 May

Politics and Insights

Salena Hannah (Photo: Adam Sorenson)

A woman who suffered a heart attack during a job centre in-work progression interview has said she was too scared to get up and leave to get medical help as she was afraid of ­losing her benefits. Salena Hannah, who works part-time, says that she had the attack during her appointment, but was ignored by the “callous” job centre interviewer.

She explained: “I had been suffering with chest pains for about two weeks and took a couple of sprays of GTN spray, to help with my angina, before I walked in to meet my interviewer.

“My job is under 16 hours, so I am forced to attend regular meetings, or my benefits might be stopped.

“I was feeling some really bad pains in my chest and I told her at least two or three times that I was in agony, but she was just so callous, she just kept…

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Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto

20 May

Pride's Purge

Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade

Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory.

The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.

On average, an…

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