Sep 122014
 

TTIP: The ‘harmonization’ of regulation for the benefit of corporations Negotiated in secret and widely opposed by civil society and community groups, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) calls for the ‘harmonisation’ of regulations between the United States and the E.U.  Safety, Health and Environmental regulations in all areas are expected to be decimated […]

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Sep 112014
 

This is the Guide to the Oakley Report and the government’s response on JSA sanctions written by David Webster, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Urban Studies at Glasgow University. This guide explores the remit of the review, the areas covered or left untreated, the concerns raised or ignored, and the recommendations. It also looks at […]

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Sep 112014
 

Motion to be debated at full council on Tuesday 16th September The ability to be able to live independently is a fundamental right for disabled people – it is enshrined in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [1]. Over 18,000 disabled people in the UK, including over a hundred in […]

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Sep 112014
 

SERTUC disability workers open meeting – “How will Labour improve the lives of disabled people?” Speakers: Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People Paula Peters, Disabled People Against Cuts. (DPAC)   Date: Thursday, 30th October 2014 Time: 6.30-8.30 pm Venue: TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B  3LS. Please e mail sertuc@tuc.org.uk […]

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Sep 102014
 

Reblogged from Fuel Poverty Action Group After a lovely warm summer colder weather is on the way. As the weather gets colder we know many people’s thoughts will turn to their energy bills and to thinking about ways to stay warm over the winter. But we don’t have to struggle alone! Fuel Poverty Action are ready […]

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Sep 102014
 

Posted on September 10, 2014 by johnny void In a bizarre move, several companies known to use unpaid staff on workfare schemes have teamed up to write a letter to The Guardian singing the praises of the disastrous Work Programe. The list of employers – which includes Homebase who are known to have used workfare […]

Sep 092014
 

From Boycott Workfare Forcing people to work for free through the threat of removing people’s benefits (sanctions) is unfair, unjust and wrong. In the week of action, tell the companies and charities who are profiting from this exploitative regime what you think of their involvement! Email, Tweet, use Facebook, phone them, protest, organise a flashmob: for a week of piling the […]

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Sep 082014
 

Response (1) The Work Capability Assessment is a much more rigid test & cannot be compared with former Personal Capability Assessments.  It is inconceivable that a conclusion can be reached that the more rigid Work Capability Assessment has become easier to negotiate than the previous Personal Capability Assessment which had a lower threshold. It is […]

Sep 082014
 

Tory welfare reform is in crisis. Last week 70 Conservative MPs ignored a three line whip and stayed away from Westminster for the vote on Andrew George’s bedroom tax bill. Protests have beaten back government attacks on benefits but we need to keep fighting to see off the hated bedroom tax once and for all […]

Sep 062014
 

  “£18bn of value will be delivered to the economy…”  …..In reality it’s another far fetched claim that the economy will benefit to the tune of £18 billion pounds over the next 50 years with the government getting back £7 billion, employers receiving £4 billion ££££’s in handouts and employees seemingly benefiting by up to £7 […]

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Sep 062014
 

BLOG of an ILF user by Anne Pridmore 22ndAugust 2014 Awoken by Brody (one of my cocker spaniels puppies) kissing my face swiftly followed by Eben and Suzie Brodys mother. Thought I better get up and greet the day so pressed the buzzer for my PA had a quick wee then waited for my first […]

Aug 262014
 

Thursday 11th September 2014 End Bedroom Tax; No Sanctions for Claimants – No Targets for Staff On 11th September the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: say no to claimant sanctions, bedroom tax and benefit cuts.  Government attacks on benefits mean hunger, debt and fear. Ex-soldier David Clapson died hungry and destitute […]

Aug 232014
 

  Read Denise McKenna’s co founder of Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) response to Rethink’s mail out that termed people with mental health issues as a ‘disease burden’! DPAC fully support our good friends Denise and MHRN in urging Rethink to issue an immediate apology for using this offensive term. If you want to email […]

Aug 192014
 

  A second court case against the DWP on the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice on the 22nd and 23rd of October. It is expected to last one and half days. There will be a vigil outside the courts from 12.30 on the 22nd […]

Aug 182014
 

We’re currently producing a brochure for campaigning work and wanted to include a few examples of how each cut has affected disabled people. We already have examples for most things but if you have been affected by the bedroom tax, council tax reduction changes, or the overall benefit cap, cuts to social care or increased […]

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Aug 162014
 

  (Report from workshop at national meeting of Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice federation) Fighting Benefit Sanctions   The government has a policy  of increasing sanctions to force people off benefits.    More than 800,000 people have been sanctioned in the last year. Referrals to food banks are mainly due to claimants being sanctioned.    Martin […]

Aug 162014
 

  Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions We are asking for the inequality in the way Personal Independent Payment (PIP) claims are handled to be stopped and for those making transfers from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP to be treated in the same way as fresh claims for PIP. Currently those making claims […]

Aug 152014
 

  The campaign to save the Independent living Fund (ILF) is now at its most crucial stage, because it involves you.   Following the high profile Westminster Abbey sit-in and the tea parties held outside DWP offices, we’re now asking ILF recipients to invite MPs to their homes to show them exactly what the ILF […]

Aug 142014
 

  Disabled people are more likely than all other groups to be impacted by the cuts to legal aid. The Ministry of Justice conducted an equality impact assessment which concluded “that overall the proposals have the potential to impact a greater proportion of women, BAME people and ill or disabled people.” 1 The assessment found […]

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