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  • Access to Work: the cut the DWP don’t want disabled people to know about – Dr. Frances Ryan
    to legal teams opposing the AtW changes aspects of it are inconsistent unlawful and opaque Talk to disabled people actually experiencing it and they report payment delays incompetent administration and a climate of suspicion around their claims Advisers have guidance on what AtW now does and doesn t cover but because the changes haven t been published all we can put our hands on is that limits have been imposed on the amount of support worker hours that are permitted and major restructuring in how AtW is being delivered has led to delays in people s money Deaf people who need sign language interpreters have been particularly penalised with the cuts to support workers hours Jenny Sealey who runs a disabled led theatre company that employs 80 deaf and disabled people every year has gone from co directing the Paralympic 2012 opening ceremony to being left in fear for her career after her support was cut by half It gives some insight into the mindset of those with their hands on the controls that they can promote the need to get disabled people into work while enacting measures that make it impossible The DWP has a fetish for setting standards that can t be met Jobseekers sanctioned for missing an appointment they didn t know they had ESA applicants with degenerative conditions told they are fit for work and now disabled workers expected to be another stat in the employment figures while having their support cut changed and delayed This is the same short term rationale that is leading to the closure of the Independent Living Fund and cuts to Personal Independence Payments and one measure can t be separated from the other Barely midway into office the coalition declared that 500 000 disabled people would have their care or mobility allowance stopped with apparent ignorance that this would lose the exchequer 278m in lost national insurance and income tax as well as 178m in unemployment benefits to pay out when people could no longer physically get to work It does not take advanced economics to grasp that if you tamper with the support disabled people rely on being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home staring at the kitchen walls If we are going to reduce people to profit we can at least get the maths right Read the full column at The Guardian here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related Access to Work Department of Work and Pensions disability independent living fund Personal Independence Payments unemployment Post navigation Previous Post Yes people can starve in benefit sanctions Britain Next Post Katie Price and universal benefits 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

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  • Department of Work and Pensions – Page 3 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    the Work Programme the Government s welfare to work scheme is still unemployed My mental health s suffered due to the treatment I ve received and my physical problems are still with me he tells me No job vacancies were ever given to me Ross is one of tens of thousands of people with disabilities and long term sickness who have been forced onto the Work Programme but who have not found a job many on employment and support allowance ESA and who like Ross had been told their out of work disability benefit would be cut or removed if they did not take part In the week that saw George Osborne promise the Conservative conference workfare for the long term unemployed and Iain Duncan Smith pledge the disabled and ill would not be exempt I investigated the reality behind the rhetoric Barely 7 of people with a disability or long term sickness are finding work after being forced onto the Work Programme I report for New Statesman Bedroom tax and DHPs when the help promised to the disabled fails July 22 2013 September 3 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment Back before the bedroom tax was introduced when it was just emerging that two thirds of the people affected would be disabled or long term sick the Government routinely heralded Discretionary Housing Payments DHPs as the solution This always seemed unlikely considering the deficit between the size of the fund and the number of people needing help The past week has seen the first confirmation of what was feared Carers are facing debt and eviction after having to pay the bedroom tax according to a study by Carers UK 1 in 3 disabled people applying for emergency rent help are being refused Papworth Trust has found 9 in 10 are being forced to skip meals or not pay utility bills as a result More than 1 in 4 are cutting back on medical expenses My report in The Guardian this month explored the way in which disabled people are being not only failed by the bedroom tax but failed by the fund held up as the solution It featured The Rutherfords one of the many families disabled low income living in a home that s been adapted for a severely disabled child s needs and actually using the room that s been deemed spare and their struggle Neither Paul or Sue Rutherford can work They re disabled themselves and are 24 7 carers to their disabled grandson Warren Their local council overwhelmed with applications for DHPs have rejected the Rutherford s application judging them as having an excess income In fact the council have just counted Warren s Disability Living Allowance used to help pay for his care as spare cash They re not alone in this The Papworth Trust study found that many councils are in effect using the fact they receive disability benefits against people applying for help with rent and many people I ve spoken to have

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  • budget – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 Austerity is a feminist issue July 20 2015 July 20 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment Buried amid coverage of last week s Budget was a telling statistic women will be hit twice as hard as men by Osborne s chosen measures According to House of Commons research commissioned by Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper direct taxes and social security cuts will take 9 6bn net a year from families 7bn of which is from women The media largely had more important things to focus on The Sun for one was busy superimposing George Osborne s head onto a six pack From the coalition to their first majority Budget the Conservatives have orchestrated policies that have wildly disproportionately hit women from cuts to tax credits to caps on and cuts to benefits and pay cuts in real terms Scan most coverage either given to feminist campaigns or economic analysis of the cuts and we would hardly know it But to discuss austerity with gender blindness is to ignore what is actually happening Mothers skipping meals to feed their kids Women queuing at food banks for sanitary towels Carers 72 per cent of whom receiving Carer s Allowance are women struggling to look after disabled family in poverty We are witnessing an economic and cultural assault on women For New Statesman I argued the latest cuts confirm austerity is a feminist issue 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/budget/ (2016-02-16)
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  • George Osborne – Dr. Frances Ryan
    a year from families 7bn of which is from women The media largely had more important things to focus on The Sun for one was busy superimposing George Osborne s head onto a six pack From the coalition to their first majority Budget the Conservatives have orchestrated policies that have wildly disproportionately hit women from cuts to tax credits to caps on and cuts to benefits and pay cuts in real terms Scan most coverage either given to feminist campaigns or economic analysis of the cuts and we would hardly know it But to discuss austerity with gender blindness is to ignore what is actually happening Mothers skipping meals to feed their kids Women queuing at food banks for sanitary towels Carers 72 per cent of whom receiving Carer s Allowance are women struggling to look after disabled family in poverty We are witnessing an economic and cultural assault on women For New Statesman I argued the latest cuts confirm austerity is a feminist issue Disabled and on the Work Programme October 4 2013 October 4 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment Ross has bowel disease and depression He s 33 and living at home with his parents He can t afford the rent or bills and eighteen months since being put onto the Work Programme the Government s welfare to work scheme is still unemployed My mental health s suffered due to the treatment I ve received and my physical problems are still with me he tells me No job vacancies were ever given to me Ross is one of tens of thousands of people with disabilities and long term sickness who have been forced onto the Work Programme but who have not found a job many on employment and support allowance ESA and who like Ross had been told

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/george-osborne/ (2016-02-16)
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  • welfare bill – Dr. Frances Ryan
    focus on The Sun for one was busy superimposing George Osborne s head onto a six pack From the coalition to their first majority Budget the Conservatives have orchestrated policies that have wildly disproportionately hit women from cuts to tax credits to caps on and cuts to benefits and pay cuts in real terms Scan most coverage either given to feminist campaigns or economic analysis of the cuts and we would hardly know it But to discuss austerity with gender blindness is to ignore what is actually happening Mothers skipping meals to feed their kids Women queuing at food banks for sanitary towels Carers 72 per cent of whom receiving Carer s Allowance are women struggling to look after disabled family in poverty We are witnessing an economic and cultural assault on women For New Statesman I argued the latest cuts confirm austerity is a feminist issue 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 Select Category Abortion 5 Benefit Sanctions 7 Benefits 20 Death Penalty 1 department for work and

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/welfare-bill/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Equality – Dr. Frances Ryan
    year of pushing people further into poverty In my Guardian column this week I argued it has signaled not only an attack on the system of social security but the idea One that Personal Independence Payment disasters and Independent Living Fund closure shows is only growing Independent Living Fund another DWP cut against the disabled March 16 2014 March 16 2014 francesryan18 Leave a comment I wrote a New Statesman column a couple of weeks ago titled Immoral or incompetent With the DWP it s no longer a choice It summed up what I d been thinking for a while the sheer scale of damaging cut inspired reforms and the depth of carelessness that was accompanying it As if confirmation one week later the government announced the closure of the Independent Living Fund ILF the standalone fund that helps 18 000 of the country s most severely disabled people live in their own homes and after five ILF users secured a high profile victory against the government at the Court of Appeal in November a rare bit of hope in the fight against disability cuts In fact the court judgement only meant the government had to reconsider its decision this time paying proper attention to its legal obligations and in a quiet announcement last week the DWP said it will be going ahead with ILF s closure transferring responsibility to the cash strapped local authorities already failing to cope with disabled people s needs I spoke to John Kelly a musician and ILF user for over twenty years about his fears and anger Two years ago he was singing Spasticus Austisticus at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony as fellow performers waved placards for Equality and Rights I don t know what the future holds John told me Not in the insecurities we all share but the basics How many hours support I ll have will I have to decide between a shower and a meal because the care clock is ticking once again The full feature is here WOW petition fighting the cuts February 27 2014 March 1 2014 francesryan18 1 Comment The WOW petition read We call for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on their needs abilities and ambitions Some 100 000 signatures later the government has been forced to listen This morning the House of Commons will have a full debate on what the reforms have done to the thousands who couldn t stop them The disabled as a group lumped together and picked out is being forced to watch as 28bn is hacked from their benefits Disabled people in poverty make up 4 of the population but have taken 13 of this government s cuts Carers are facing eviction from their homes because they can t pay the rent People too ill to work are going to payday loan companies to be able to buy food Severely disabled people are being told social care cuts mean

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/category/equality-2/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Paralympics – Dr. Frances Ryan
    much care Some people seem to care often more than they should Last month an alliance of pro life campaigners and religious groups launched a campaign to ban the termination of pregnancies on the grounds of disability The Paralympics with its astonishing examples of courage and triumphs over disability they said highlighted the contradiction in the current abortion law The contradiction they refer to is that while the Abortion Act 1967 sets a 24 week limit on having an abortion when there is substantial risk that if the child were born she or he would have physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped there is no limit There are good reasons for that medicine practicality and basic human empathy Let s be clear Last year out of the almost 190 000 abortions in England and Wales 146 of them were after the 24 week point The numbers under debate are miniscule But then the discomfort creeps in The proportion of couples who choose an abortion after discovering their baby will have Down s syndrome is routinely 90 For some people being told their child will have a severe disability is reason enough not to go ahead with the pregnancy Worse if moral judgements are to be applied this is sometimes even the case for pregnancies resulting from IVF pregnancies that before the word disabled was uttered were much wanted Those trying to ban abortions on disability grounds claim that this is eugenics a form of disability discrimination And they think a sporting event that displays the most physically able disabled people tells us all we need to know about disability and while we re at it a woman s decision making process These are campaigners who reduce the nuances of disability to an insulting level yet speak as if they are saving us from being wiped out and we should be grateful The picture ignorance paints is not the same as the reality In reality there are times when weighing up the quality of life a severely disabled child would have abortion is the humane choice In reality there are times when told of the level of help their future son or daughter would require ordinary people feel they simply cannot cope It s OK to say that out loud The thought doesn t suggest a disabled life is worth less but acknowledges the extra time energy and money a severely disabled life needs Right now there are parents of disabled children who are having to skip meals to pay the gas bill There are disabled children who aren t getting the childcare schools therapies or even healthcare they need If aborting a disabled foetus makes you uncomfortable perhaps that should too It s convenient to judge the individual choosing the abortion Truth is many make their choice based on the conditions of society This goes from economics to the cultural perceptions of disability that lead some to the thought that being disabled will mean their child s life will be one of suffering or yes feel that they don t want a disabled child To care about disability means working to make these changes not using it as a smokescreen to take women s rights This is an extended version of a piece published in The Guardian Sorry Sainsbury s let s admit we ve got a Paralympic problem September 1 2012 December 2 2012 francesryan18 6 Comments As part of my piece for the Guardian Why the Paralympics won t challenge perceptions of disability I spoke about Sainsbury s choice to use non disabled David Beckham to front their Paralympics adverts Justin King Chief Executive of Sainsbury s wrote into The Guardian to respond Frances Ryan doubts that the Paralympics will alter society s view of disability Society 29 August I disagree Over 2 4 million schoolchildren have tried out Paralympic sports such as sitting volleyball as part of Sainsbury s Million Kids Challenge According to a YouGov poll we commissioned over 75 of children want to play more Paralympic sports and 64 of parents believe it s important for their children to watch the Paralympics and to learn more about the sports involved Watching the Games over the coming days will undoubtedly increase interest in these sports as people are inspired by the hard work professionalism and skill of the athletes Indeed our polling shows that two thirds of adults say they feel inspired by athletes with disabilities who train so hard to succeed at an international level Ms Ryan criticises Sainsbury s choice of David Beckham as a Paralympic ambassador on the grounds that he is able bodied She misses the point All our ambassadors including Paralympic athletes Jonnie Peacock Ellie Simmonds and Dave Clarke demonstrate that skill hard work and commitment unite all athletes It is a powerful combination that is changing perceptions Justin King Chief executive Sainsbury s I m no expert in PR or the general rules of capitalism but I d say Mr King was doing a good and expected job of defending his company It was a defence though that was at least partly unnecessary Forgive me but I had said A unique event to showcase disabled sport can be spectacular Unapologetic it is disability pride a refusal to be seen as vulnerable or hide in the shadows But it needs to be one where a disabled person rather than David Beckham is the face of Sainsbury s Paralympic adverts And one where Royal Mail was always planning to celebrate Paralympics winners in the same way as Olympians rather than changing its mind to produce a stamp for each individual or team ParalympicsGB gold medal win in response to public demand The problem was never Sainsbury s then but the society that makes a company feel it is necessary to lean on non disabled celebrity to make a disabled event sellable In this society disability is other and marginalised It isn t pretty or successful and it s not

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  • Legacy – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 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 Select Category Abortion 5 Benefit Sanctions 7 Benefits 20 Death Penalty

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