“A BLIND dad has been boosted in his battle against benefits changes after thousands joined his fight.
More than 36,000 people have signed an online petition against reforms Peter Bennetts fears will cost him dearly…..”
Read more about Pat’s support for Mr Bennetts in the Shields Gazette of 21 May 2012
“A DISABLED man has hit out at a new government policy aimed at getting people on sickness benefits back into work.
More than three-quarters of South and West Cumbria’s sickness claimants have been judged capable of work under the new Work Capability Assessments”
Full story from the North West Evening Mail
The family of a severely disabled Dundee man has hit out after he was deemed fit enough to work.
John Kerr is registered blind, deaf, is fed through a tube and requires 24 hour care.
Full story from Tay FM on May 18 2012
A YOUNG girl whose disabled mum was stripped of her benefits and ordered to work wrote a heart-wrenching letter to David Cameron, telling him: “I hate the government for what it’s done to my mum.”
Full story from the Liverpool Echo
“A DAD whose son died of pneumonia just six weeks after his incapacity benefits were stopped is fighting to have the decision overturned.
Mark Scott, 46, who suffered from anxiety, epilepsy and chronic alcoholism, died on January 26 in his Avondale Road flat….
Full report online from the Southport Visiter
Protest 24 may 2012 at 5pm
Today the Guardian has reported that unpaid jobseekers are to be put on Workfare programmes to deliver patient care in 3 Sandwell and West Birmingham hospitals…..
Full report from right to work at protest against workfare in west midlands hospitals
Experts Say Landmark Judgement Will Stop Benefit System Discriminating Against Disabled
Leading Lawyer Says Court of Appeal Ruling Confirms Government Has to Give Special Provision To Disabled People So That Human Rights Are Not Breached
Experts at Irwin Mitchell have welcomed a landmark judgement handed down at the Court of Appeal today which they say sets out clear guidance to ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against by the Government’s benefit system.
Three families challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (DWP) which stated that local authorities could not provide housing benefit for extra bedrooms needed by four young disabled people who were living in private rented accommodation.
Read more on DPAC’s website
The Deep End group of GPs, representing 360 doctors in 100 practices, said job losses, welfare reform and cuts to social services were all affecting the health of their patients.
The 100 Deep End group of general practices that serves the most socio-economically deprived areas of the country was set up in 2009. It is backed financially by the Scottish Government.
In a new report, the group says austerity measures are causing increased distress and poverty among their patients, and an increased workload for family doctors.
Read more in The Herald, Scotland – at http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/doctors-warn-austerity-is-damaging-patients-health.17595860
Report from the Daily Mail May 2012
Shamed council forced to abandon £50k five-year benefit investigation after admitting evidence against disabled woman, 47, was made up
Shamed council officials have been forced to drop a £50,000 benefit fraud case against a disabled woman – because evidence against her was made up.
Mandy Barratt, 47, said she lived in ‘constant dread and fear’ during a five-year inquiry into allegations that she was claiming benefits illegally.
But her battle with Basildon Borough Council, in Essex, is almost over after the authority halted the prosecution.
Council officers admitted a key whistleblower in the case had been invented by staff.
Read more in the Daily Mail