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  • Mind the gap: how charities are mopping up after the government’s failure to care – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 due to open in the coming month she tells me Clothes banks are perhaps the latest stage of what the safety net has become under austerity A few years ago not many of us would have believed that food banks at last count having fed a million people would be entrenched into our towns and cities on a national scale The reality is they are now only one part of a much wider trend of charity substituting for government a twenty first century Britain where poorer citizens are back to relying on handouts to live For New Statesman I reported on the community charity now being used to fill in for the state Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefits Biscuit Fund charity clothes banks food banks Social security Post navigation Previous Post How many benefits claimants have to kill themselves before something is done Next Post The martyrdom of Tania Clarence when will the press stop conveying disability as worse than death 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

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  • British children are living in Victorian conditions – it’s an inequality timebomb. – Dr. Frances Ryan
    clothes eight in 10 teachers surveyed report Other children are vanishing halfway through the term evicted and without a home near their school to go back to I imagine it is difficult for them to feel the coalition s economic recovery if only their parents had worked harder For The Guardian I wrote about education unequal life chances and the lasting damage government s choices have on society Austerity is literally starving the poorest out of their futures Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related education food banks food poverty poverty Post navigation Previous Post Labour and the battle on social security Next Post The Disability Audit the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people One thought on British children are living in Victorian conditions it s an inequality timebomb Quinonostante says April 9 2015 at 3 02 pm Reblogged this on Mentally Wealthy Reply 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/04/09/british-children-are-living-in-victorian-conditions-its-an-inequality-timebomb/ (2016-02-16)
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  • francesryan18 – Page 3 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 or

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/author/francesryan18/page/3/ (2016-02-16)
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  • People on benefits are dying. It’s time for some transparency – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related benefit deaths benefit sanctions benefits Iain Duncan Smith Post navigation Previous Post While poshness tests are still in use for top jobs social mobility will stay a national running joke Next Post Austerity is a feminist issue 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

    Original URL path: https://differentprinciples.co.uk/2015/06/23/people-on-benefits-are-dying-its-time-for-some-transparency/ (2016-02-16)
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  • How many benefits claimants have to kill themselves before something is done? – Dr. Frances Ryan
    2012 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

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  • The Conservatives aim to protect the ‘most vulnerable’. How’s that going? – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 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 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

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  • Yes, people can starve in benefit-sanctions Britain – Dr. Frances Ryan
    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 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

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  • Department of Work and Pensions – Page 2 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    about the choice of austerity The Tory response to the pain of austerity carry on regardless May 7 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment Iain Duncan Smith may still not know where the Conservatives proposed 12bn of social security cuts would come from but his civil servants seem to A list of very highly or extremely controversial potential cuts to benefits have been drawn up by officials at the Department for Work and Pensions DWP as seen by the Guardian which amount to the gutting of disability housing and child support to an unprecedented level Read through the plans and even the most fervent coalition supporters would have to start wincing and if they didn t you would be forgiven for wondering what exactly it would take The DWP s new proposed cuts include abolishing statutory maternity pay barring under 25s from claiming incapacity or housing benefit limiting benefit payments by family size and making 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 Inflicting suffering on those in need is now at the heart of our benefits system March 11 2015 March 11 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment This week s Dispatches Benefits Britain investigation was painful viewing During seven weeks of undercover work at a universal credit contact centre in Bolton Channel 4 journalists witnessed a farcical mess of centralised IT failure But what really stood out were the underhand tactics DWP staff were found to use against claimants from deliberately withholding hardship payments from people struggling after having their benefits sanctioned to hiding the flexible fund put in place to pay for clothes or a bus fare they needed to help them get a job The whole idea is the punishment that s what you ve got to suffer one adviser was filmed explaining This mentality is normal now and beyond Dispatches the evidence is mounting As of last week there is quantitative evidence that the notorious fit for work tests are inflicting damage to disabled people s bodies not to mention the impact on their minds Yes we have now reached a point where the benefit system is making disabled and chronically ill people sicker Over 60 of disabled 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 Access to Work the cut the DWP don t want disabled people to know about January 20 2015 May 15 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment You d be forgiven for having missed the current mess of Access to Work the fund delivered through Jobcentre Plus that pays for practical support from computer software to support workers for disabled people at work Last year it seems that the government started quietly cutting the amount of support available resulting in payment delays and fewer hours of help But as the changes were never publicly announced even the people using the scheme are in the dark The Department for Work and Pensions only just agreed to publish the guidance that shows who is eligible for support and that was after campaigners threatened legal action Access to Work AtW is the shiny coin in the coalition s bigger disability and employment parcel According to latest DWP figures more than a quarter of a million more people with disabilities were in mainstream work in 2014 compared with the year before What it won t tell you is that almost twice as many fell out of work in 2012 or that the disabled pay gap has doubled since the government came to power Neither does it mention that as of this month almost half of the 1 500 or so staff at former Remploy factories still haven t found new jobs We are back in the smoke and mirrors coming out of Iain Duncan Smith s department If you listen 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

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