Archive for September 12th, 2011

60% with dementia are never diagnosed

12 September 2011


Doctors fail to spot dementia in 60 per cent of sufferers, figures reveal today.

This means hundreds of thousands of elderly people are never given a diagnosis and are left to cope with the condition without treatment or help from carers.

Campaigners say some family doctors don’t bother telling patients they might have the condition as they regard it is a normal part of ageing for which ‘nothing can be done’.

60% with dementia are ¿never diagnosed¿ as doctors realise nothing can be done | Mail Online


Coerced, bullied and fighting back: living with Multiple Sclerosis and Welfare Reform

12 September 2011

This is a link to Liberal Democrat Voice who have posted a piece by Rachel Gladwin.

Please read her story  and leave a comment on their site  

I am a 54 year old woman who has had Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for around 6 years. It involves increasing pain and loss of mobility and, as there is no remission, only progression, it takes me all of my energies to manage.

After the legion of neurological symptoms forced me to give up work I have had to endure the trauma of an Employment and Support Allowance “medical assessment” by ATOS Healthcare (a French private contractor), I have struggled to attend the mandatory Work Related Activity Group, which was not a safe place in my worsening condition.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011: Upcoming business –

12 September 2011

DLA to PiP

Work and Pensions: Proposal to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment 9:30 am; To be confirmed
Witnesses: To be confirmed

Wednesday, 19 October 2011: Upcoming business – TheyWorkForYou

Disability Living Allowance: 7 Sep 2011: Hansard

12 September 2011


To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with disabled people on reform of the disability living allowance.

Disability Living Allowance: 7 Sep 2011: Hansard Written Answers and Statements – TheyWorkForYou

Put the fair in to Welfare – Macmillan campaigns

12 September 2011

We’re campaigning to ‘put the fair into welfare’ as the Welfare Reform Bill moves through parliament. Thank you to the thousands of you who have already emailed your MP to support our campaign.

Now we need two minutes of your time to ask the Liberal Democrat party to protect benefits for people living with cancer.

Political party conference season is fast approaching and we have a real opportunity to influence the Bill. The government plans to take away a person’s Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after just one year. ESA is a vital benefit for people who cannot work due to long-term illness, and people with cancer could lose up to £94 a week if it’s taken away.

On 17 September 2011, at their party conference, the Liberal Democrat party will vote on whether to support a motion to oppose this aspect of the Bill.

You can help by emailing your local Liberal Democrat representatives now 

This is a crucial moment. If the Liberal Democrat party opposes the government’s plans, we’ll have an even greater chance of changing the Bill. And, in turn, we’ll stop people with cancer losing up to £94 a week in benefits. 

Please email your local Liberal Democrat representatives today 

Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,
Claire Williams
Macmillan campaigns team

PS There’ll be more ways to get involved with our campaign over the next few weeks, so look out for another email from me.

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