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  • mental health – Dr. Frances Ryan
    now research from the charity Contact A Family found this week The number going without food has nearly doubled in the past two years from 16 to 31 Is this a national crisis yet I am not sure what more it takes I covered the disturbing issue of austerity s impact on disabled children caught in a welfare narrative of good poor and bad poor for The Guardian Read the full column here Cuts cuts and the human cost May 13 2013 July 22 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment As Black April hit the past few weeks I ve been writing in particular on the sweeping changes to social security Thousands of people with a disability or long term sickness are now finding themselves hit by multiple cuts I spoke to a few of them here The bedroom tax perhaps exemplifies the current changes ill thought out and felt most by people who can least afford it When the penalty was first proposed the New Statesman featured five stories of people who would be hit from the dad who will lose his disabled son s bedroom because he has joint custody to the wheelchair user who is being asked to pay or leave his adapted home As campaigners launch a judicial review against the policy I looked at the legal fight against it I ve also been writing on the psychological impact of the cuts commenting on the way in which the benefit system is demanding people s dignity In light of recent tragic news reports on suicide I ve also looked at the link between cuts and mental health deterioration 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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  • tax credit changes – Dr. Frances Ryan
    been given back what was overpaid Lorna has taken out three payday loans and two further high interest loans in the past year She s stopped using electricity when the boys aren t home If this story is starting to sound familiar it s because it is A sort of everyday poverty that has taken hold in this country over the course of this government This is life after austerity when a winter coat for your disabled child is luxury and debt and sold toys is old news A third of families with disabled children can t afford heating now research from the charity Contact A Family found this week The number going without food has nearly doubled in the past two years from 16 to 31 Is this a national crisis yet I am not sure what more it takes I covered the disturbing issue of austerity s impact on disabled children caught in a welfare narrative of good poor and bad poor for The Guardian 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

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  • Starving, disabled children are symbol of a cuts agenda with no conscience – Dr. Frances Ryan
    going without food has nearly doubled in the past two years from 16 to 31 Is this a national crisis yet I am not sure what more it takes I covered the disturbing issue of austerity s impact on disabled children caught in a welfare narrative of good poor and bad poor for The Guardian Read the full column here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related bedroom tax benefits Contact A Family council tax cuts debt disability Mencap mental health Scope tax credit changes welfare women Post navigation Previous Post The ruined lives of Oscar Pistorius and Ched Evans why do men matter more than women Next Post Yes people can starve in benefit sanctions Britain One thought on Starving disabled children are symbol of a cuts agenda with no conscience roweeee says November 28 2014 at 11 43 am Australia is in the process of introducing the National Disability Insurance Scheme It s a slow process but it at least acknowledges the struggles experienced by people with disabiltiites I experience disability and a chronic illness myself as well as having a child who heads towards the spectrum There isn t a lot of support out there Quite heartbreaking Thank you for getting spreading the word and galvanising some support 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 Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances

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  • society – Dr. Frances Ryan
    work and the choices they make The neoliberal mantra of personal responsibility thrives putting the blame on individuals be them women the poor or disabled and distracting from unequal structures and the state s failure to address them We worry not that we are failing to support disability illness or mental health but what the existing support is costing us By signaling the disabled and chronically ill as drains on a pressed public purse they figuratively as well as literally isolate individuals separating them from the less blame worthy majority It becomes natural to dismantle state support There is no thought for what happens to someone tired and aching who has their disability support delayed for a year or rejected entirely The individual is the cause of the problem and if left to it they can be their own solution Benefit sanctions are a symbol of this belief removing help doesn t starve it motivates There is a collective myth over how we ve got here and how we get out of it why some of us have more and others less that giving a person support makes them dependent rather than provides the means to be independent Social security is a dirty word in this climate so much so that it s slowly been renamed welfare There is security in a sense of society and this is neither weakness nor dependency The Conservatives co opted the slogan We are all in this together taking solidarity and bastardising it into an excuse for the state to do nothing and charities and families already struggling to take on the pressure But its true meaning is one of state responsibility and personal empathy It is what all of us will need at some point in our life and for some born with

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/society/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Social media and the new brand of disability activism – Dr. Frances Ryan
    of issues affecting disabled people In the disabled and long term sick social media has found a section of society simultaneously targeted and excluded from mainstream politics In social media disabled people have found themselves a voice For New Statesman s Social Media Week I spoke to disability campaigners from the architects of the WOW petition to nogobritain tweeters about this new form of activism Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related disability Facebook nogobritain social media Spartacus Twitter WOW petition Post navigation Previous Post The disability housing crisis disabled people struggling in unfit homes Next Post Poor doors If you re disabled you ll know society s segregation doesn t end there 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2014/08/07/social-media-and-the-new-brand-of-disability-activism/ (2016-02-16)
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  • disability – Page 4 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    round in circles I m at my wits end Abortion disability and the hijacking of oppression January 5 2014 francesryan18 Leave a comment 2012 brought us some wonderfully offensive male attempts to control women s bodies With a late entry Tim Montgomerie ensured 2013 was no different Hurrah to Tim There were many highlights to the column from ignoring all scientific fact to advocating legally requiring pregnant women to look at pictures of foetuses before they are allowed to have an abortion but for me Tim s thoughts on women s choices over foetuses with abnormalities particularly stood out Many people are simply too frightened of having to raise a disabled child Although the UK currently recognises that a 24 week old foetus deserves the full protection of the law this protection is not afforded to babies that might be disabled in some inadequately defined way I wrote a Guardian column on disability and abortion last year back when anti abortionists were using the Paralympics really to argue for bans on aborting foetuses with severe abnormalities Anti choicers latching onto one issue and running with it in order to chip away at abortion rights seems to be a default position I spoke on BBC radio a few times throughout last Autumn about the apparent threat of sex selective abortion A threat that didn t actually seem to exist I have a few issues with people particularly people who are not women potential baby vessels hijacking rights movements be it disability or gender equality in order to chip away at women s rights It s y know a little tacky especially when you consider they usually share the same political agenda of those who actively perpetuate the inequality of those marginalised groups My last New Statesman column of 2013 looked at the arrogance of anti abortionists using disability to force women into motherhood when they show no understanding of the lives of women or disabled people 5 benefit changes the government don t want you to know about November 29 2013 November 30 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment It used to be that when politicians wanted to bury bad news they d orchestrate its release to time with a distracting event Seeing Iain Duncan Smith publicly criticized for wasting at least 140 million of public money over Universal Credit at the start of this month it struck me how we ve slowly reached another level Unmitigated disaster Alarmingly weak These words were used to describe Universal Credit but could easily have been levelled at a number of largely unreported changes to the benefit system Nowadays bad news is buried by even worse news The sheer volume of inefficient and unethical changes to social security this Government has enacted means some of it doesn t even get noticed Which for a set of politicians hacking at vulnerable people s support systems is worryingly convenient So with that in mind for New Statesman this week I picked out some recent changes that have

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/tag/disability/page/4/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Black April – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 Cuts cuts and the human cost May 13 2013 July 22 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment As Black April hit the past few weeks I ve been writing in particular on the sweeping changes to social security Thousands of people with a disability or long term sickness are now finding themselves hit by multiple cuts I spoke to a few of them here The bedroom tax perhaps exemplifies the current changes ill thought out and felt most by people who can least afford it When the penalty was first proposed the New Statesman featured five stories of people who would be hit from the dad who will lose his disabled son s bedroom because he has joint custody to the wheelchair user who is being asked to pay or leave his adapted home As campaigners launch a judicial review against the policy I looked at the legal fight against it I ve also been writing on the psychological impact of the cuts commenting on the way in which the benefit system is demanding people s dignity In light of recent tragic news reports on suicide I ve also looked at the link between cuts and mental health deterioration 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/black-april/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Papworth Trust – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 told me this has happened to them Including Gill Worman Gill 52 has lost 25 of her housing benefit since the bedroom tax was brought in in April as with her two daughters having grown up and left the family home in Shepway Kent she s deemed to have two spare rooms and has now been told she s been rejected for emergency help Gill has a neurological disorder and osteo arthritis in her shoulder and knees as well as severe depression The disability benefit she uses to pay for her Motability car her only means to leave the house was judged as being excess income by her council and she s now having to try and downsize from the three bedroom home she s shared with her husband for thirty three years She had found a two bedroom bungalow to move to but Shepway District Council have told her that as it has an adapted bathroom she is not disabled enough to be allowed it The move would still mean the couple losing 14 of their housing benefit but having been rejected for a DHP Gill tells me being penalized for one extra room now seems the best option Her husband s only income is his Carer s Allowance and having had a Work Capability Assessment Gill has been found too disabled to work I was devastated to be refused a DHP because I couldn t see a way of making ends meet she told me I m under the care of

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