Archive for the ‘jobseekers allowance’ Category

Sad news from DPAC

10 November 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you one of our co-founders, Debbie Jolly has died following a short hospital stay. As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.

Debbie has played a hugely influential part in the development of DPAC since 2010 and she and I have worked together virtually every day since dealing with the day-to-day things that needed to be done to make DPAC the successful campaign group we have become.

Read in full here

CarerWatch would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those that knew Debbie, both personally and through her campaigning work. RIP

 

Don’t knock armchair activism – its an important part of our work

24 October 2014

copied from DPAC

There are a lot of activists who don’t like petitions. They don’t sign them. They don’t share them. They look down on them as not being worthwhile.

And quite often they are right. Most petitions are a waste of time and energy. But just occasionally one petition will take off and it will change the world, just a little bit.

A case in point is this petition – Hold an inquiry into benefit sanctions that killed my brother

After 211,778 signed this petition the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee have taken up the case and launched an inquiry :-

Here is the press release from Change.org and an article in the Mirror about it


 

MPs set to hold benefit sanctions inquiry following 200K petition after ex soldier died when his Jobseekers’ Allowance was stopped

More than 211,000 people signed a Change.org petition started by Gill Thompson calling for an inquiry into benefit sanctions after her diabetic David Clapson, 59, was found dead in his home. (more…)

Lords second reading of Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill

10 February 2013

 

Members of the Lords will discuss the key principles and purpose of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill during second reading, on Monday 11 February 2013.

The bill implements an announcement by the chancellor in the 2012 Autumn Statement that increases in certain working-age welfare benefits and tax credits would be limited to one per cent, rather than increasing them in line with inflation.

read more here

watch live here on Monday 11th feb from 2.30pm

 

 

Reminder – Panorama and Dispatches Monday July 30th

27 July 2012

Britain on the Sick  channel 4 Mon 30th July 8pm  watch here

Using undercover filming, reporter Jackie Long investigates the shocking processes used to assess whether sickness and disability benefit claimants should be declared fit for work.

 

Disabled or Faking It?   Mon 8.30pm  watch here

Panorama investigates the government’s plans to end the so-called ‘sick note
culture’ and their attempts to get millions of people off disability benefits
and into work. In Britain’s modern welfare state, millions are being paid to
private companies to assess sick and disabled claimants but is the system
working? Or are new tests wrongly victimising those who deserve support the
most?

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Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families

sign Pats Petition here  and share with others

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Welfare Reform Bill Grand Committee: day 15

23 November 2011

Grand Committee – line by line examination – on the Welfare Reform Bill continued in the House of Lords on Monday 21 November.

Proposals for changes to the clauses that set out the ‘benefits cap’ – a maximum limit on the amount of welfare benefits that can be claimed – were among the amendments that were debated.

Debate covered clauses 84-86 and 90-93 and schedules 9 and 10.

Grand Committee continues on Wednesday 23 November

READ IN FULL HERE . VIDEO AVAILABLE TOO

PLEASE SIGN PAT’S PETITION HERE    and share the link with as many people/groups as possible.

Health Committee-Scotland ‘Some people are suicidal’

23 November 2011

Keith Robertson from the Scottish Disability Equality Forum told MSPs some people are becoming suicidal even at the thought of some of the reforms in the UK Welfare Reform Bill.

Mr Robertson was giving evidence, along side a panel of representatives from disability and mental health charities and agencies , to the Health Committee on the impact of the Wellfare Reform Bill (UK) .

READ IN FULL HERE AND ALSO WATCH VIDEO

Universal Credit briefing notes – DWP

10 November 2011

 

As the Welfare Reform Bill progresses through Parliament we will publish notes to set out key elements of policy relating to Universal Credit to provide greater clarity.

Universal Credit briefing notes – DWP

Universal Credit briefing notes – DWP

10 November 2011

 

As the Welfare Reform Bill progresses through Parliament we will publish notes to set out key elements of policy relating to Universal Credit to provide greater clarity.

Universal Credit briefing notes – DWP

Welfare reforms could force 600,000 off incapacity benefit

8 November 2011

Government measures ‘will impoverish vast numbers and cause untold distress’, according to university study

The government’s tough new welfare reforms will force over half a million people off incapacity benefit and cause widespread poverty in some of Britain’s most disadvantaged communities, according to a study releasedon Tuesday.

In the first independent attempt to quantify the impact of more stringent medical tests and the greater use of means testing, researchers from Sheffield Hallam University said Scotland, Wales and the north of England would suffer most from the changes to be introduced by 2014.

The study found that 600,000 people would disappear from the benefits system altogether and would often have to rely on family members for financial support.

READ IN FULL HERE

Iain Duncan Smith sets out next steps for moving claimants onto Universal Credit – DWP

6 November 2011

 

Over one million people will be claiming Universal Credit by April 2014 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced today as he set out the Government timetable to move 12 million claimants onto the new benefit by 2017.

Development of the Universal Credit IT programme is also progressing well with 30 per cent of the new technology required to deliver it now complete on time and on budget.

Iain Duncan Smith said:

"Universal Credit is the most radical redesign of the benefits system this country has ever seen. From October 2013 it will replace the current costly, outdated process with a digital system, which will be simpler to use and make work pay for hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.

"The programme is on track and on time for implementing from 2013. We are already testing out the process on single and couple claimants, with stage one and two now complete. Stage 3 is starting ahead of time – to see how it works for families. And today we have set out our migration plans which will see nearly twelve million working age benefit claimants migrate onto the new benefits system by 2017."

Iain Duncan Smith sets out next steps for moving claimants onto Universal Credit – DWP


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