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  • A disabled woman’s struggle is any woman’s struggle – Dr. Frances Ryan
    don t feel included This exclusion feels like it s not only a matter of failing to listen to disabled women s voices but about whether what we say will even be thought to count as feminism Concerns that are currently at the forefront of disabled activism whether that s carers allowance or social care cuts are too often seen as if they have little relevance to women s equality but are actually key feminist concerns control over our bodies genuine choice and socio economic independence For The Guardian I wrote about my weekend at Feminism in London and why a disabled woman s struggle is any woman s struggle Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related disabled women feminism Feminism in London Sisters of Frida Post navigation Previous Post Evicting a wheelchair user to make way for luxury flats this is social housing 2015 Next Post Celebrating the hidden history of disabled people s fight for civil rights 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/11/01/a-disabled-womans-struggle-is-any-womans-struggle/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Evicting a wheelchair user to make way for luxury flats: this is social housing 2015 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related disability housing crisis social housing Sweets Way Post navigation Previous Post Death has become a part of Britain s benefits system Next Post A disabled woman s struggle is any woman s struggle 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/09/16/evicting-a-wheelchair-user-to-make-way-for-luxury-flats-this-is-social-housing-2015/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Death has become a part of Britain’s benefits system – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit deaths Department of Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith mortality statistics Post navigation Previous Post The five most dangerous myths about sickness and disability benefits Next Post Evicting a wheelchair user to make way for luxury flats this is social housing 2015 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/08/28/death-has-become-a-part-of-britains-benefits-system/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The five most dangerous myths about sickness and disability benefits – Dr. Frances Ryan
    get off sickness benefits If Duncan Smith cared about supporting people struggling to work due to illness or disability he wouldn t sanction time limit or directly cut their benefits Similarly he wouldn t annihilate in work support such as Access to Work As it is the government telling bosses to be more reasonable and understanding to the disabled and chronically ill is like a great white shark advocating vegetarianism It means more if you don t currently have blood in your teeth As a man with a history of not knowing the difference between fact and some stuff I made up because it seemed to help at the time it worried me to see that the work and pensions secretary seemed to find himself here again For New Statesman I wrote five myths around sickness and disability benefits Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related Department of Work and Pensions Employment and Support Allowance Iain Duncan Smith Post navigation Previous Post The DWP s fake information leaflet shows how deep the rot is in the benefit sanctions system Next Post Death has become a part of Britain s benefits system 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/08/25/the-five-most-dangerous-myths-about-sickness-and-disability-benefits/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Dr. Frances Ryan – Page 3 – freelance journalist and commentator
    warned in March about the irony of the Department for Work and Pensions DWP protection strategy how the people who most need help 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 Why do we care more about Cecil the Lion than we do about the swarm of migrants at Calais August 1 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment In the early hours of yesterday morning a young asylum seeker was crushed to death trying to make it to the Channel Tunnel I would use his name but the British press prefer vague descriptions Sudanese and aged between 25 and 30 Perhaps if he had been a lion called Cecil it would be different If we needed an insight into this country s differing standards for empathy the front page of Friday s Daily Mail provided it Agonising last hours of lion king killed 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 Outlawing discrimination against the poor is that so ridiculous July 30 2015 July 30 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment In France it could soon be illegal to discriminate against people in poverty Under proposed legislation already approved by the senate and likely to be passed by the chamber of deputies it would be an offence in France to insult the poor or to refuse them jobs healthcare

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/page/3/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The DWP’s fake information leaflet shows how deep the rot is in the benefit sanctions system – Dr. Frances Ryan
    grateful for it I didn t have a good reason for not doing my CV and I was told I d lose some of my payment she tells the DWP leaflet next to a photo of her smiling I decided to complete my CV and told my work coach Now there are several levels of sinister about that A government department notably one responsible for among others chronically ill and disabled people has been caught faking a document in a bid to engender support for one of its policies A policy that has been receiving substantial criticism from journalists MPs and oversight bodies Add to that this is not a local council policy issuing small fines for parking offences This is a nationwide social security policy that has the power to arbitrarily remove the money people need in order to live Read my full New Statesman column here Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit sanctions Department of Work and Pensions faked DWP leaflet Post navigation Previous Post Disabled teenagers are easily lost in a welfare state cut to the bone Next Post The five most dangerous myths about sickness and disability 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 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/08/21/the-dwps-fake-information-leaflet-shows-how-deep-the-rot-is-in-the-benefit-sanctions-system/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Benefits – Page 2 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 People on benefits are dying It s time for some transparency June 23 2015 June 23 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment If the government would care for an insight into what its safety net has become it could do worse than looking at the case of Nick Gaskin Gaskin who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis MS cannot walk feed himself or talk but last month received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions DWP informing him he should attend an interview about the possibility of getting a job People who have such severe disabilities they are unable to work are by definition 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/category/benefits-2/page/2/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Uncategorized – Page 2 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 The awkward truth about attitudes to disability May 8 2014 francesryan18 Leave a comment I was sitting in a green room with a politician once and he asked me How long have you been like that He was referring I was aware after a few long

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