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  • cuts – Dr. Frances Ryan
    There are however currently massive reductions in services specifically for disabled children This isn t exactly the angle most of the media has been taking This week The Telegraph and The Mirror reported the would be mum of twins carried by a surrogate has rejected one of the babies because it was born with a disability The non disabled boy was adopted as planned but his disabled twin sister who has a severe muscular condition has stayed with her birth mother after the adopting mum refused to take her It s unclear what the would be father has done in all this He either was never involved or the reporting has chosen to put responsibility solely on the woman She d be a fucking dribbling cabbage Who would want to adopt her the prospective mum allegedly told the surrogate both of them British No one would want to adopt a disabled child Well quite I enjoy a bit of casual judgement as much as the next person and this woman seems a suitably terrible wonderful candidate A fucking dribbling cabbage Find her bring back the stocks and see how she likes scraps of cabbage as they re thrown at her probably hard face This is the latest in a growing line of Won t someone think of the disabled children stories each depressing and tragic and greeted with customary indignation The case of Baby Gammy who was left with his Thai surrogate mother by an Australian couple because he had Down s Syndrome gained international coverage Even Richard Dawkins has got involved with his best abort a foetus with Down s Syndrome and try again tweets last week Abort don t abort Adopt don t adopt It s difficult to keep track of just what exactly women should be doing when they find out their child will be disabled but the media and the public s role is very clear pass judgment whilst offering no constructive help whatsoever Women as ever are the ones on the receiving end of this judgement The men or 50 per cent of the genetic material are presumably mute and locked in a cupboard somewhere Women are who nature left to grow the child and whom society has chosen long after nine months to take the cultural brunt of them We re also largely the ones left to take on 24 7 caring responsibilities an impact particularly heavy when the child has a disability Almost three quarters of mums with disabled children are forced to give up their careers or at best limit them due to lack of affordable or suitable childcare for disabled children Families with disabled children pay eight times more towards childcare costs than parents of non disabled children What are we doing for them Other than offering judgement or praise I mean which as yet hasn t been proven to care for a screaming child at 3am or pay the electricity bill As a country we re doing really well at hurting them One in seven families with disabled children are going without meals and one in six can t afford to heat their homes For those where parents aren t in work because of their caring responsibilities things are inevitably even worse This was before the full impact of benefit cuts hit Guess what things are like now The social security and tax changes have had more of a negative effect on families that include at least one disabled person particularly a child and especially for those with already low incomes Poor families that have a disabled child or adult have lost what s estimated to be five times as much proportionally as better off non disabled families Let s say that again Our government s response to the difficulty of raising a disabled child particularly with low income has been to make it more difficult It s funny how little we hear about that It s as if headlines about lazy adoptive mothers are easier to get our moral heads around Stories like Baby Gammy or the British surrogate are welcome distractions from the bigger deeper problems of parents and disabled children They let us simultaneously cast judgement on a woman s reproductive choices whilst convincing ourselves her individual prejudice and selfishness is in such contrast to the rest of society Failing to look after a child with a disability What kind of monster would do that Our government and the cash strapped councils sitting in every part of this country Almost two thirds of English local authorities had reduced their expenditure on short breaks for families with a disabled child after two years of coalition government according to disability charity Mencap Play services to youth clubs babysitters overnight care and residential stays are disappearing cast out as not a legal necessity and therefore just more luxuries we can do without Perhaps we could ask the parents currently looking after their disabled children if a bit of help is a luxury if they have the money to drive to the next hospital appointment the energy for getting up tonight without a break I would but I m busy finding old veg to throw at the latest useless adoptive mother I ll be continuing to look at the cuts to disabled children s services and the impact of raising a disabled child in such a climate Do get in touch with your experience if you would like This includes a column that was originally for New Statesman Poor doors If you re disabled you ll know society s segregation doesn t end there August 12 2014 francesryan18 Leave a comment When London s poor doors the separate entrances for less wealthy residents of certain buildings hit the news last month I couldn t help but think how for some of us this segregation has occurred for years and with little public outrage For wheelchair users the goods entrance is a familiar way in Sometimes I think the upmarket businesses are

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/cuts/ (2016-02-16)
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  • welfare – Dr. Frances Ryan
    comment This month sees the first anniversary of London s Paralympics and an inevitable need to ask one year on from a burst of optimism around disability rights where are we now In my column for The Guardian I argued that in light of the benefit changes that have disproportionately hit disabled people this year the legacy of the Games is in fact cuts cuts cuts For New Statesman I spoke to Tanni Grey Thompson Sophie Christiansen triple Gold medalist at 2012 Dame Anne Begg MP Anne McGuire MP Shadow Minister for Disabled People campaigners and benefit recipients The aim was to build a picture of disability in Britain in 2013 One year on from the Paralympics for many it appears things are getting worse Payday loans now the only option for the vulnerable August 1 2013 August 1 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment 89 of the British public think payday lenders take advantage of the vulnerable according to new YouGov survey results released today The British public couldn t be accused of possessing overly left wing sensibilities in their attitudes to poverty of late so almost unanimous criticism of payday loans probably goes some way to suggesting just how grotesque payday loans are It would be unfair though to put all the criticism on them Payday loan companies feed on the vulnerable s desperation but someone thing has to make the vulnerable desperate in the first place Step up the Coalition the people behind 28 billion worth of cuts to support for the disabled and welfare reform that s left its citizens scared and hungry I wrote f or New Statesman yesterday that amidst benefit cuts and increasing financial insecurity disabled people are now entering a cycle of loans and debt Half of disabled people have used credit cards or loans to pay for basics like food or clothes in the past twelve months according to Scope Someone with a disability is three times more likely to go to a payday lender than a non disabled person YouGov told us that the public believe payday lenders are being used by the vulnerable Scope s findings prove it Susan Donnelly 54 is in 7 000 worth of debt and talked to me about how she d got there She s unable to earn a wage due to severe osteoporosis emphysema asthma and a digestive condition that means she can t eat solid foods and when her benefits wouldn t stretch found herself turning to loan companies When you get your social security letter it tells you on there the amount of money the government says you need to live on Susan tells me But by the time you take out all my bills I have nothing to live on The cycle of borrowing and interest soon hit Refused further loans because she couldn t pay back what she owed and needing to eat and pay bills Susan turned to credit cards and doorstep loans She s taken out a 900

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  • How many benefits claimants have to kill themselves before something is done? – Dr. Frances Ryan
    A peer review according to government internal guidance is triggered when suicide or alleged suicide is associated with a DWP activity We know these reviews have taken place not because the government has willingly offered the information but because journalists at the Disability News Service put in a freedom of information request Disabled People Against Cuts stress to me that the DWP figure of 49 is likely to be a gross under representation of the true numbers Strangely enough the DWP told the Guardian on Monday it still had no plans to publish its investigations It apparently takes more than a few of its citizens killing themselves on their watch to worry this government For The Guardian this week I wrote about what should be a national scandal Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit deaths benefits cuts Social security welfare Post navigation Previous Post Katie Price and universal benefits Next Post Mind the gap how charities are mopping up after the government s failure to care One thought on How many benefits claimants have to kill themselves before something is done epilepsynottingham says March 4 2015 at 12 13 pm I heard David Clapson s sister talking about his death on the radio It sickened me I do not understand how a person in leadership could hear such a story and not do something to prevent it from happening again indeed implement measures to make it worse Surely they are voted in to make the country better What kind of generation are we raising who come into a society where it is seen as ok to treat human beings in this manner how have we become so desensitised to it It left me with a lot of questions and I shuddered to think of the answers

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  • benefit cap – Dr. Frances Ryan
    after being sanctioned are locked out of the hardship fund because the application process is too difficult for them to understand Anyone classed as vulnerable is generally eligible to claim hardship support immediately but others in reality the vast majority of people lumped into jobseeker s allowance are not allowed until the 15th day of being sanctioned This distinction is quite an insight into DWP thinking the belief that there is any living person who can be left without money for food for two weeks and not be vulnerable to starving But it becomes particularly scary when as uncovered by Natalie Leal at Welfare Weekly we now know what it takes to make the grade for emergency help in the DWP s vulnerability classification Namely sanctioned jobseekers with mental health problems are deemed eligible for immediate hardship payments only if they have an accompanying physical health problem In practice that means people with depression or schizophrenia can have their benefits stopped out of nowhere and according to the DWP s classification system do not deserve the emergency support saved for the vulnerable Put this together with recent measures against lone parents with young children and people too ill to work and it begs the question if these are not the vulnerable citizens the government wants to protect who exactly is And is there something else going on here For this weeks Guardian column I questioned the vulnerability agenda 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/benefit-cap/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Conservatives aim to protect the ‘most vulnerable’. How’s that going? – Dr. Frances Ryan
    can be left without money for food for two weeks and not be vulnerable to starving But it becomes particularly scary when as uncovered by Natalie Leal at Welfare Weekly we now know what it takes to make the grade for emergency help in the DWP s vulnerability classification Namely sanctioned jobseekers with mental health problems are deemed eligible for immediate hardship payments only if they have an accompanying physical health problem In practice that means people with depression or schizophrenia can have their benefits stopped out of nowhere and according to the DWP s classification system do not deserve the emergency support saved for the vulnerable Put this together with recent measures against lone parents with young children and people too ill to work and it begs the question if these are not the vulnerable citizens the government wants to protect who exactly is And is there something else going on here For this weeks Guardian column I questioned the vulnerability agenda Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit cap benefit sanctions Department of Work and Pensions Post navigation Previous Post Why do we care more about Cecil the Lion than we do about the swarm of migrants at Calais Next Post Disabled teenagers are easily lost in a welfare state cut to the bone One thought on The Conservatives aim to protect the most vulnerable How s that going politicalsift says August 15 2015 at 10 20 am Reblogged this on politicalsift Reply Leave a Reply to politicalsift 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

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  • Yes, people can starve in benefit-sanctions Britain – Dr. Frances Ryan
    play a crucial role in this widespread hunger Almost 2 million people have had their benefits stopped through the sanctions regime over the past two years If it can get more grotesque that includes a 580 rise against chronically ill and disabled people in the 12 months to March 2014 Benefit sanctions are being handed out with such ease at this point we may as well be kicking the unemployed into the gutter and removing the scraps of food from their hands For The Guardian this week I wrote about the link between food poverty and government led benefit sanctions and the latest damning report You can read the full column here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit sanctions benefits food poverty Social security Post navigation Previous Post Starving disabled children are symbol of a cuts agenda with no conscience Next Post Access to Work the cut the DWP don t want disabled people to know about 2 thoughts on Yes people can starve in benefit sanctions Britain roweeee says December 12 2014 at 11 13 am Thank you very much for informing me of this Our world is crying out for social justice love and respect for all especially the sick and disabled Keep up the great work xx Rowena Reply francesryan18 says December 13 2014 at 5 21 pm Thanks Rowena Reply Leave a Reply to roweeee 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

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  • The Tory response to the pain of austerity: carry on regardless – Dr. Frances Ryan
    it harder for people with chronic illnesses to receive help Another idea is increasing the bedroom tax in certain cases the political equivalent of pointing to one of the biggest failures of the past five years and deciding to extend it We are one leaked document away from charging jobseekers entry to the jobcentre Together the proposals are an orchestrated economic assault on women disabled people and the young And one that gives a unique insight into the mindset that five years of austerity has created For The Guardian I wrote a column on the latest proposals Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related cuts Department of Work and Pensions general election Post navigation Previous Post The Disability Audit the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people Next Post Under austerity deprivation in the UK is becoming normalised Don t vote for any more of it 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

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  • Inflicting suffering on those in need is now at the heart of our benefits system – Dr. Frances Ryan
    people going through the work capability assessment designed by the DWP and sold off to private firms report being in pain afterwards Others said their condition was made worse or their recovery delayed One claimant surveyed who has progressive rheumatoid arthritis said she left her appointment feeling absolutely awful and suffered a lot of pain in the following days She went on to have a stroke a few weeks later We are sliding back to the notion that suffering helps the soul that the underclass be it the unemployed the disabled or chronically ill need to be trained in order to behave And as almost a secondary consequence their punishment cuts the welfare bill down For this week s Guardian column I argued the DWP are now overseeing a culture of cruelty Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefits Department of Work and Pensions disability Dispatches Post navigation Previous Post The martyrdom of Tania Clarence when will the press stop conveying disability as worse than death Next Post Shut up about Ed Miliband s two kitchens if you kick champagne socialists out champagne Tories will conquer 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

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