Disabled people Against the Cuts – week of protests

Disabled campaigners have planned a week of protests against Atos to coincide with the start of the Paralympic Games Debbie Jolly in Guardian Minute Menu of protest Activites DPAC Atos ­sponsoring the Paralympics when its benefit tests are a sick joke is an insult to disabled people by Kevin Maguire Daily Mirror Paralympian stripped of gold in protest against sponsors Atos Demotix Owen Jones: David Cameron praises Paralympians, but his policies will crush them Independent ********** Add your voice to Pat’s Petition here Share the link http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968  and ask as many others to do the same WE ARE ALL IN IT...

The Best Birthday Present you can give me – YOUR SUPPORT

          SIGN HERE –    PATS PETITION   There are a couple of very important dates rushing towards me. Oh yes I will be having a birthday – a big one. It has the numbers 0 and 6 in it and I leave you to put them in the right order. Of course, like so many others of my vintage, I have to wait a few more years util I actually ‘retire’ . That will be my new job description – ‘retired’. Forms where I used to leave blank because there wasn’t a category ‘disabled’ or ‘carer’ will now be completed in the usual way. ‘Retired’.’ On the same day will be my little granddaughter’s 1st birthday.     As if these 2 occasions weren’t enough yet another birthday awaits me. It will soon be one year since I, and 6 other ladies, joined together to discuss welfare reform and the idea of a petition was raised. Some of us had attended Hardest Hit events but we knew so many others had been unable to attend. This petition was for them and everyone else.   12 months ago my first blog telling you all how and why we started Pat’s Petition and there is my granddaughter at just a few weeks old. My hopes for a better future for her.- How time has flown.   In those early days the 7 of us wrote to hundreds of organisations. Big ones, small ones and tiny ones. Every signature was one nearer that goal. One nearer getting the possibility of a debate. In just 9 weeks, on New Years Eve in fact,...

Reminder – Tricks of the Dole Cheats

Following on from recent programmes, tonight Monday 13th August 2012 is the turn of Channel 4. Reporter Morland Sanders investigates Jobcentre Plus, the organisation tasked with getting Britain back to work and cracking down on dole cheats. With the help of jobseekers, undercover filming and a former insider, the programme reveals the shirkers’ tricks that make it easy to cheat the system. Watch here Comments can be added here  – 73 been added to date *************************** Over 41,000 people have supported Pat’s Petition. Have YOU and your contacts? Please sign and share,  asking others to do the same...

Work Capability Assessment – Not Fit for Purpose

Over two million disabled people are being moved from Incapacity Benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The move means they are assessed using a test called the Work Capability Assessment  (WCA). ATOS is a private company that carries out these assessments. These tests are causing a lot of fear and distress, and receiving more and more public attention. Why? Most disabled people would like to work. In a perfect world employers would make room for them, accept the limitations caused by their disability, accept the limits on their productivity. The journey to work would be accessible to them. Support would be on hand at the work place. In the real world it is much, much harder. But a glimmer of hope still exists that they can overcome these problems and it is great to support them in trying to work. And to support them if, and while they fail. Is this what the new ESA benefit does?  Absolutely not. If people pass the first test and are awarded ESA they are then allocated to one of two groups – the Support Group or the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) and neither of these group offers flexible, intelligent support. People in the WRAG are assessed as ‘on their way back to work’ and given ‘personalised support’ to do appropriate work. They are expected to take part in ‘work-focussed interviews’. Failure to attend can result in loss of benefits. As can failure to ‘take part fully’ in the interview. Disabled people are fearful of being allocated to the WRAG because they would be subject to forced activity and sanctions,...