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  • social housing – Dr. Frances Ryan
    estate of 142 properties that provided homes for military families and later social tenants on the edge of north London for the past 40 plus years Since February 141 families have been evicted from the estate each one shipped out to temporary accommodation of poorer quality and higher rent often out of the borough Aliverdipour who damaged his spine while working in an old people s home three years ago and his children are the only ones left For six months they ve lived in what Aliverdipour s son Ash describes to me as a ghost town taking shifts so someone is always home if the bailiffs come To understand how in a matter of months an estate full of playing children can become a ghost town and what sort of society would force a severely disabled man to stage an occupation of his own home we need look to two stark failings of politics Read the full column for The Guardian here About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts Recent Posts Now Britain needs clothes banks too What sort of society are we living in How the battle to save Lincolnshire s libraries became a full time job Luke Loy had a life until his benefits started falling away News Hardworking Britain Disabled workers can t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment Categories Categories

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/social-housing/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Sweets Way – Dr. Frances Ryan
    estate of 142 properties that provided homes for military families and later social tenants on the edge of north London for the past 40 plus years Since February 141 families have been evicted from the estate each one shipped out to temporary accommodation of poorer quality and higher rent often out of the borough Aliverdipour who damaged his spine while working in an old people s home three years ago and his children are the only ones left For six months they ve lived in what Aliverdipour s son Ash describes to me as a ghost town taking shifts so someone is always home if the bailiffs come To understand how in a matter of months an estate full of playing children can become a ghost town and what sort of society would force a severely disabled man to stage an occupation of his own home we need look to two stark failings of politics Read the full column for The Guardian here About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts Recent Posts Now Britain needs clothes banks too What sort of society are we living in How the battle to save Lincolnshire s libraries became a full time job Luke Loy had a life until his benefits started falling away News Hardworking Britain Disabled workers can t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment Categories Categories

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/sweets-way/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Benefit Sanctions – Dr. Frances Ryan
    of being put in the support group of employment and support allowance ESA not required to attend mandatory meetings As Gaskin can only communicate through blinking it was his wife Tracy who called the jobcentre in Loughborough to explain this The DWP now says it will apologise over the misunderstanding But not before Tracy was told that if her husband did not attend the interview his benefits would be stopped It is that easy now Dig through reports by academics charities or people claiming benefits themselves and each week appears to mark another step in the reduction of entitlement to punitive whim This month alone we have learned that jobcentres allegedly have targets for the number of people s benefits they should stop and that the unemployed face having their jobseeker s allowance cut if they do not exhibit a positive outlook The DWP enjoys setting rules It is less keen at playing by them Currently Iain Duncan Smith is embroiled in a row over burying figures that show how many people have died within six weeks of their benefits being stopped The Information Commissioner s Office ICO has said that there is no reason for the statistics to not be made public Read the full Guardian column here Mind the gap how charities are mopping up after the government s failure to care February 18 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment Twelve bags mainly men s and baby s clothes All washed and clean Dawn Wilson lists pleased as she checks through the latest donations collected from her local area Wilson in her forties has been co running the Durham Socialist Clothes bank for three months now She s a full time carer for her disabled husband and is characteristic of what is emerging as a makeshift frontline service up and down the country volunteers often on benefits or low wages themselves filling in the gaps now being left by the state Wilson tells me she formed the idea for the bank with a friend last year after seeing a woman crying in a local shoe shop This mother was saying to her young son it s your sister s turn I m sorry son It spurred us on to do something to help to help people on benefits or who ve been sanctioned or are homeless she says With help from regional union funding Wilson and friends began running the clothes bank out of their local community centre in October 2014 By mid December they were handing out around a hundred and fifty bags of clothing with toys on top for Christmas and seeing over a hundred people through the door in a day We thought we d be starting with two tables Wilson says But it s just ballooned Demand is so high that they are now looking for a permanent storage facility for the donations Wilson currently uses her house and garage Two more separate north east clothes banks one in Teeside and one in Stanley are

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/category/benefit-sanctions/ (2016-02-16)
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  • mortality statistics – Dr. Frances Ryan
    jobcentre staff to find out what the person plans when it is planned for and whether the customer has the means to hand I don t know at what point social security and a risk of suicide became inevitable partners Or when government supporting people as the DWP described the guidance this week began to mean not helping people build their lives but checking that they do not want to die Death has become a part of Britain s benefits system That is not hyperbole but the reality that the stress caused by austerity has led us to Shredding the safety net a mix of sanctions defective fit for work tests and outright cuts to multiple services has meant that benefit claimants are dying through suicide starvation and even being crushed by a refuse lorry when a 17 week benefit sanction forced a man to scavenge in a bin for food For The Guardian I wrote about the newly released benefit mortality statistics Read the full column here About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts Recent Posts Now Britain needs clothes banks too What sort of society are we living in How the battle to save Lincolnshire s libraries became a full time job Luke Loy had a life until his benefits started falling away News Hardworking Britain Disabled workers can t afford justice to deal

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/mortality-statistics/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Why do we care more about Cecil the Lion than we do about the “swarm” of migrants at Calais? – Dr. Frances Ryan
    runs the banner at the top lamenting how cruel mankind can be Underneath sits CALAIS SEND IN THE ARMY It is a lesson in juxtaposition The choice of images as much as the words The lion vulnerable and waiting for sympathy The migrants threatening and worthy of disdain For New Statesman I look at the ultimate sign of dehumanisation of migrants Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related calais cecil the lion migrants Post navigation Previous Post Outlawing discrimination against the poor is that so ridiculous Next Post The Conservatives aim to protect the most vulnerable How s that going Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts Recent Posts Now Britain needs clothes banks too What sort of society are we living in How the battle to save Lincolnshire s libraries became a full time job Luke Loy had a life until

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/08/01/why-do-we-care-more-about-cecil-the-lion-than-we-do-about-the-swarm-of-migrants-at-calais/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Outlawing discrimination against the poor – is that so ridiculous? – Dr. Frances Ryan
    the practicalities of how difficult it could be to implement But most of us are content to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of race religion or sex Is it so ridiculous to add poverty to that list And if it does feel ridiculous why is that For The Guardian I suggested from landlords banning tenants on housing benefits to local authorities monitoring claimant s booze and fag intake it is getting difficult to argue Britain doesn t need to follow the French I also debated the issue on BBC Radio Four s The World Tonight You can listen here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related France poverty discrimination Post navigation Previous Post The Tories are callously redefining what it means to be sick or disabled Next Post Why do we care more about Cecil the Lion than we do about the swarm of migrants at Calais Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/07/30/outlawing-discrimination-against-the-poor-is-that-so-ridiculous/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Tories are callously redefining what it means to be sick or disabled – Dr. Frances Ryan
    unemployment benefit Iain Duncan Smith is said to be very keen to debate this The PM shares the work and pensions secretary s view that we should be doing more to encourage people to take personal responsibility the spokeswoman added We can t accuse the Conservatives of being secretive about their plans for the welfare state or their feelings about the people who rely on it Being disabled or chronically ill while not being rich enough to survive without government help has now been redefined as a personal failing For this week s The Guardian I wrote about the Conservative s attack on sickness benefits Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related budget Employment and Support Allowance George Osborne Post navigation Previous Post Austerity is a feminist issue Next Post Outlawing discrimination against the poor is that so ridiculous Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/07/21/the-tories-are-callously-redefining-what-it-means-to-be-sick-or-disabled/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Dr. Frances Ryan – Page 4 – freelance journalist and commentator
    difficulties were the victims of almost two thirds of reported incidents The others had a range of physical disabilities Disabled children are also likely victims The charity Respond noted they had seen some horrendous cases involving young disabled people There are gangs of boys who don t have a disability who are grooming girls who do Your stomach may be starting to crawl at this point Mine is I think most of us would put the rape and assault of people with disabilities into the category of things we do not want to think about let alone say out loud But then that is part of the problem Hush it up Ignore the warnings Some things should not be real Here s the reality Today s finding of sexual assault against disabled adults and likely teenagers and children is part of the large scale abuse of disabled people in this country Disabled children and young people are three to four times more likely to be abused and neglected than their non disabled peers according to the NSPCC Disabled women are twice as likely to be assaulted or raped as non disabled women be it at the hands of a stranger or more likely their partner a family member or the person they have trusted to care for them According to research by Women s Aid half of disabled women and yes this is often a gendered crime have experienced domestic abuse For The Guardian I wrote about this hidden crime Under austerity deprivation in the UK is becoming normalised Don t vote for any more of it May 7 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment Jenny Tomlinson 24 hasn t eaten in two days She has fibromyalgia a painful chronic illness that means she can t leave the house and feeds herself by online shopping when she can afford it but after paying her electric and council tax her benefits have run out She s been waiting six months for an assessment for the new care and mobility support Personal Independence Payments PIP and her disability unemployment benefit Employment and Support Allowance ESA won t go into her bank account for three days I m out of food now she says My cupboards are empty bar a handful of pasta and half a bag of chips in the freezer There isn t anything I can do There s a food bank in Jenny s town now but she won t be able to use it Because she s unable to get out of bed she can t get to the Citizen s Advice centre that gives out the voucher she needs I ve spoken to a lot of Jennys over the course of this government Twenty something disabled men working out what biscuits would fill his stomach because the PIP cuts meant he d soon have no one to help him reach the oven Women who fled abusive husbands only to have the benefit cap force them to feed their children

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/page/4/ (2016-02-16)
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