Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity

Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity

Posted by Welfare Weekly -May 17, 2015

 

Tens of thousands of home carers who look after vulnerable elderly relatives could be pushed into unemployment, warns the Alzheimer’s Society.

Government cuts are leaving local authority social care budgets “at breaking point”, while struggling home carers are left juggling work and caring duties.

Within ten years, up to one million Alzheimers patients will be dependent upon the care they receive from relatives. This is estimated to save the economy around £11.6bn each year, which is greater than the £8.8bn spent on the NHS.

Head of policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, George McNamara, said: “Further government cuts to social care could lead to tens of thousands of working people forced to give up their jobs to look after elderly relatives over the next five years.”

“Workers can’t fit caring responsibilities into a lunch break”, said Mr McNamara.

“Looking after an elderly parent with dementia takes huge amounts of time, energy and emotional stress. Many carers will have no choice but to give up work unless they get better public services.”

For more click here: Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity 

By Welfare Weekly

Street Democracy writes:

Our political system is a massive psychological machine to devour moral decency within our societal system of care and welfare services.

Carers work dedicated hours of long back breaking heavy workloads, time utterly spent providing the attention we all appreciate when where in need.  This career model goes largely unnoticed, ignored and deeply underpaid for their efforts, unless it is to sabotage it further.

We know the Tory bullying agenda, their destruction of the welfare state expedition and a ferocious path of evil, to destroy the poor’s voice and power.

This punishing infrastructure is ripping to pieces at rapid speeds of vigour, to dismantle our welfare state, and all practises and commitments to it. A deliberate manufactured Tory dialogue of force to collapse our social caring community structures to fall and fail.

The agenda is for the private sector to infiltrate their corporate power and control, to eventually privatise the whole system by stepping in to ‘rescue’ the starved of funds avenues.

This punishing infrastructure is on a ceaseless expansion that is hijacked by ruthless corporate politicians who hold power to instigate and frame debates, basically control decision making to favour private interests and this sector is no different.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

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Disabled Man attacked by G4S Security at Newcastle Jobcentre by samedifference1

Disabled Man attacked by G4S Security at Newcastle Jobcentre

by samedifference1

Click to visit the original postThe culprit!

A sick & disabled man attends Newcastle JCP to use the phones to make an enquiry when he was attacked by G4S guard for using his mobile when they refused his request. How is that acceptable?  The JCP’s are now removing telephones which is another obstruction claimants now face, not every person has a mobile or a landline. It is now policy that you are intimidated BY G4S security to turn off your mobiles after many used them to film maladministration of JCP staff.

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Sign The Petition For An Inquiry Into The Benefit Sanctions That Killed David Clapson by johnny void

Sign The Petition For An Inquiry Into The Benefit Sanctions That Killed David Clapson

by johnny void

MAIN--David-ClapsonThe family of David Clapson – the former soldier who recently died after his benefits were stopped as punishment for missing a meeting at the Jobcentre – have launched a petitioncalling for an inquiry into benefit sanctions.

In his sister’s own words:

“My brother, David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier, died starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting.

“David had his £71.70 weekly allowance stopped meaning that he couldn’t afford food or electricity. He was penniless, starving and alone. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his diabetes insulin chilled was not working. Three weeks after his benefits were stopped he died from diabetic ­ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin. 

“David wasn’t a “scrounger”. He had worked for 29 years; 5 years in the Army – including two years in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, during the height of the troubles – 16 years with British Telecom, eight years with various other companies, and in recent years was a carer for our sick mother. When mum went into a home, David turned to the state for help, receiving benefits while he looked for work and taking unpaid work placements.

“When he died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach.

“People turn to the state when they are in need – that is what the system is for – a safety net for hard working people like my brother when they need a bit of support. That £71.70 a week was his lifeline. To withhold it from him for missing one meeting is cruel. And the heartbreaking thing is that he was really trying. CVs for job applications were found near David’s body. He had been on work placements, passed his fork lift truck certificate and had been on a computer training course.”

To read more and sign visit: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-cameron-hold-an-inquiry-into-benefit-sanctions-that-killed-my-brother

Please sign, share, tweet and blog this. Let’s make sure this tragic story does not go away.

You can also sign the petition calling for benefits sanctions to be scrapped  without exceptions.

The truth about Employment Support Allowance by Mike Sivier

The truth about Employment Support Allowance by Mike Sivier

Originally posted on Carer Watch’s Blog: Pictures displayed by Street Democracy

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? Congratulations to Dame Anne Begg who has finally spoken the truth about the Employment Support Allowance  “work related activity” group (WRAG). Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Dame Anne Begg, chair of the work and pensions select committee,  said last Friday that large groups of people appear to have been “parked” on the benefit in the “work-related activity” group, which covers all those found neither to be fully fit for work nor so disabled that they cannot be expected to look for employment.

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Disability activists across the country will be as delighted as Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch that politicians are finally admitting to the false premise on which Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was based.

ESA is a failed experiment conducted live on sick and disabled people.

Sick and disabled people who are assigned to the WRAG are found not fully fit for work. Almost none of them are…

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Educating Dr Litchfield – a few facts about the Work Capability Assessment

by Mike Sivier

Ignorance is most definitely not bliss for Dr Paul Litchfield. The man was hand-picked by the Coalition government to review its hated Work Capability Assessment system of handling Employment and Support Allowance claims, amid rumours that previous incumbent Professor Malcolm Harrington had been unhappy with political decisions that ran against his findings. But he delivered a […]

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Clause 99, Catch 22 – State sadism and silencing the vulnerable

Clause 99, Catch 22 – State sadism and silencing the vulnerable kittysjones

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Here is the Hansard record of The Work Capability Assessments – Mandatory Reconsideration adjournment debate – it’s the 6th debate about Employment Support Allowance (ESA) tabled by Labour MP Sheila Gilmore, who has worked very hard to present her gathered and substantial evidence to an indifferent government about the terrible consequences of their sadistic sickness and disability “reforms”.

Section 102 and Schedule 11 of the Welfare Reform Act, (Clause 99) is the (State) Power to require revision before appeal. People who wish to challenge a benefit decision will no longer be allowed to lodge an appeal immediately. Instead, the government introduced mandatory revision or review stage, during which a different Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) decision maker will reconsider the original decision and the evidence and, if necessary, send for more information.

We have campaigned since 2012 to raise awareness of Clause 99. During the Consultation period, I wrote a response to the government’s proposals, which many people used as a template for their own responses. I remember that Black Triangle, amongst others, ran a campaign also, and I remember that we ALL RAISED THE SAME CONCERNS.

PETITION TO SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH!! SHARE & SIGN!!

We the ‘people’ demand a Public Inquiry into Benefit Sanctions, Targets & Workfare – Iain Duncan Smith to be expelled from the House of Commons

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SIGN PETITION HERE BY CLICKING HERE!

The remit of this public inquiry must also look into the way disabled benefit claimants have been treated by the state & by any contractor including Atos Healthcare.

The remit of such an inquiry must also look into the benefit rates for claimants – described as ‘manifestly inadequate’ by the Council of Europe. UnemployedNet and Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants have responded to the ‘Independent Review of Sanctions’ – #OakleyReview
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Further reading – news item in the Daily Mirror – Stitching-up the unemployed & claimants part of the job Jobcentre insider :http://t.co/ctjC262jcr

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The disinformation peddled by Daily Mail columnists, Con-Demcabinet ministers and other politicians, most jobless people do not choose not to work because they fancy “a life on benefits,” a phraseChancellor George Osborne preachers at Tory conferences that was tellingly echoed by Ed Balls.

Ed Balls was correct about the ….  “shocking number of young people stuck on the dole for more than a year has doubled under David Cameron.”

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Long-term joblessness is rising under the coalition because it is an anti-jobs government. Hundreds of thousands of secure, skilled jobs have been axed – are still being axed – across the public sector. A survey by trade union GMB found 631,000 public-sector roles had been given the chop by autumn last year, a figure the government’s own projections suggest will exceed a million by the next election.
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From workfare – which effectively provides forced below-minimum-wage labour to private firms at taxpayers’ cost – to ever increasing sanctions on jobseekers who can’t jump through a constantly changing set of hoops, people who are out of work have been exploited, punished and demonised by the Department for Work and Pensions and its sanctimonious henchmen Iain Duncan Smith.

True Tory British Values: Man forced to live on FLOUR & WATER – woman forced to stop chemotherapy

Man forced to live on FLOUR & WATER – woman forced to stop chemotherapy 

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A true psychopath following an out of touch psychopathic Tory main frame is the career path of Iain Duncan Smith.

Street Democracy writes:

 

The Tory British values are the darkest societal values of our modern day age.

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A fair and just British Tory infrastructure and social system, that steals wealth from the ordinary man and woman and destitute’s the poor all at the same time.

 

Allowing the poorest citizens not only to be socially cast out of main stream society, spitefully demonised as useless eaters, scroungers and other cruel name calling, but financially devastated beyond destitute for all those unable to work a full week.

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It is beyond scandalous how MP’s can excessively over use their expenses by millions of pounds heavily funded from the taxpayer and yet at the same time produce inept and slow kill policies towards the pittance of money awarded by the benefits sector.

They are malevolent policies empowered by human drones in suits who administer such brutal social policies within the benefit system.

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Sitting comfortably behind their overused battered desks they give these policies the undeserving power it needs to survive and operate, like some toxic rampage, they unleash these heartless policies to the most poorest people.

Unwittingly they reconfigure our culture to further impoverish the poor as acceptable without thinking if their position is morally right to inflict such financial pain.

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Localising financial blackmail, standardising impoverishment and amplifying misery by work programme enslavement.

Benefit agents and their colleagues within Work Programmes dig new pathways of magnificent tragedies, and this is one of many.

In Crawley I know of families where the working parent is too ill to work and is being penalised heavily forcing her to miss meals and encourage her to a new level of debt around her neck.

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The Tories unwarranted prejudice against the unemployed, their drivel of spiteful name calling is seemingly lapped up by legions of no empathy low level civil servants who don’t recognise ‘enslavement and financial blackmail’ when its right in front of them.

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Man forced to live on FLOUR & WATER – woman forced to stop chemotherapy 

13 Jun 2014 — Richard Bristow, the manager of Poole Citizens Advice, cited a case where a man with learning disabilities was living on a paste made from flour and water after his benefits were suspended and another where a woman with Breast Cancer was forced to stop #chemotherapy because she was assessed as ineligible for benefits. He told the audience at Bournemouth University that CAB staff regularly saw Bournemouth and Poole residents who were facing an endless battle to make ends meet.http://t.co/NeuKQJg3P9

Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy - battle residents face revealed at poverty summit

Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy – battle residents face revealed at poverty summit

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Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy – battle residents face revealed at poverty summit 6:20am Thursday 12th June 2014 in News By Melanie Vass SUMMIT: Guest speakers Reverend Clare Downing, with Richard Bristow and Tom Papworth…

CONTROVERSIAL changes to the welfare system are forcing vulnerable people in Bournemouth and Poole to make life-changing decisions, a poverty summit has heard.

Richard Bristow, the manager of Poole Citizens’ Advice Bureau, cited a case where a man with learning disabilities was living on a paste made from flour and water after his benefits were suspended and another where a woman with breast cancer was forced to stop chemotherapy because she was assessed as ineligible for benefits.

He told the audience at Bournemouth University that CAB staff regularly saw Bournemouth and Poole residents who were facing an endless battle to make ends meet.

He said: “Some aspects (of the benefit system) appear to penalise anybody who requires help from the state.

“The bedroom tax in particular is having an insidious impact, especially when there’s no accommodation people can move into.

Tragedy Liverpool mum died penniless after benefits stopped

Tragedy Liverpool mum died penniless after benefits stopped 

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8 Jun 2014 — A mum-of-one suffering from severe Mental Illness died without any money after her disability benefits …STOPPED. Annette Francis, 30, was found dead at her Garston home two weeks ago, leaving behind 11-year-old son Kieron. Her distraught family say Annette was let down by the authorities in the months leading up to her death.

At the time of the tragedy, Annette had spent six months without receiving a single penny in benefits, her aunt Ann Sorotos claims. She told Liverpool Echo News: “Annette was penniless because she had no money coming in from the benefits people at Department for Work and Pensions – DWP. “I’m disgusted with them and think Annette was really badly let down.”

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Annette suffered from a mental illness similar to Bipolar disorder and was unable to hold down a job. Mrs Sorotos, from Childwall, who has taken care of Kieron since her niece’s death, continued: “She had very bad mental health problems and struggled to cope day to day.” RIP http://t.co/WQJ7TFvbE1

Tragedy of Liverpool mum who died penniless after her benefits stopped

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Distraught family say Annette Francis, who suffered from severe mental illness, was let down by the authorities A mum-of-one suffering from severe mental illness died without any money after her disability benefits dried up. Annette Francis, 30, was found dead at her Garston home two…For more click here:  http://t.co/WQJ7TFvbE1

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Esther McVey, the Conservatives DWP minister, has refused to appear before the Welfare Reform Committee but agreed to a private meeting with members Now McVey has cancelled her planned visit. Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith previously refused to appear at the committee and instead had an informal off the…


Iain Duncan Smith failed on Universal Credit awarded the ‘Peter Principle’

Inside Whitehall: Iain Duncan Smith has failed on Universal Credit. He must be replaced He has proved himself to be inept at managing its implementation over the past three years – Duly awarded the ‘Peter Principle’ by Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants http://t.co/GkKD7kFzpZ


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10 Downing Street’s Major Project Authority gave the Universal Credit UC programme a “red” rating which Iain Duncan Smith and the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP campaigned successfully to turn into a neutral “reset” designation. UC was only given a reset rating after furious protests by Iain Duncan Smith and…

A Letter Provided By A DWP Whistleblower

A Letter Provided By A DWP Whistleblower by

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Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme

Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme 

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Street Democracy writes:

The misery in the voices of the unemployed as they stand or sit waiting for their privacy to be violated by some charged up, power hungry work programme consultant is painful to hear.

They are not socially elevating the unemployed into positions of respect and large salary positions to the deserving innately decent sensitive poor, but more like a carnival of mental torture instead.

It is a form of mind rape as the barrage of intimate questions come hollowing at you, by a commanding dialogue of speak of loose your vital money, is outrageous and is blackmail.

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A corrupt parasitical mechanism to destroy the psyche of the poor, enslave them, blame them and crush them.

They are doing nothing but transmitting disease gutter policies that amplify misery, magnify a corrupt government to crush the poor but mostly to control the poor.

These work programmes have been designed by ‘think tanks’ disconnected socially and have infiltrated aggressive austerity programmes that look good on paper.

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Organisations are standardising blackmail, localising bullying and controlling the poor and not even in the right direction either.

In reality these are detention centre’s intricately imposing, and are needlessly sterile instruments of control.

In reality these consultants are localising bullying, standardising blackmail and controlling the vulnerable poor as if they are commodities to be controlled.

What they are not doing is socially elevating the poor, aiding the desperately ill in positions of employment far removed from slave labouring and minimum wage to give them career fulfilment to suit their individual needs.

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Fact, the unemployed are not slaves, we’re not to be disrespected either. We’re treated like vermin, and socially demonised as parasitical. Yet, we are innately decent people trying our best in a cut throat world too, with ill health and no money, its almost impossible.

They are not elevating the working poor out of the cycle of deprivation.

The poor are not receiving large quantities of respect and are not treated as innately decent people.

The poor, the unemployed are instead, regularly hounded, are harassed and pushed forward towards sordid work positions available.

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People need time to heal. People need time to be new mothers and fathers, they need time to adjust to disabilities before being pushed out into the job market with added cold scorn like it is today.

This class warfare guarantee’s hard gruel labour, or dead end work placements, guaranteed to make your feet and hands sore while being paid pea nuts.

Your pushed forward to work in a type of hell, a work position that is in a social black hole of no empathy, no decent pay, no respect and no prospects.

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This parasite is psychopathic following a psychopathic Tory main frame- but worse is localised organisations adopting this ideology and giving it the power necessary to hound the poor with.

Work placements guaranteed to destroy what little health you had left and you have no choice but to go along or face hunger and serious money deprivation with benefit sanctions.

This sounds like a ‘Gulag Society’  to me.

A Punishing State treating the unemployed as one social annoyance a plague or parasite and is beyond wrong in every way.

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Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme 

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Around 350 charity organisations have signed up to boycott the community work placement part of the government’s workfare programme, including 13 councils, two housing organisations and a selection of homelessness charities.

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The Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign has said that 345 organisations have agreed to boycott the programme, including Habinteg Housing Association, Your Homes Newcastle Youth Voice, Shelter, Shelter Cymru and Swansea Young Single Homeless Project.

Union Unite has also signed up and, through its Unite Against Workfare campaign, has already secured agreements from several councils that they will not take workfare placements. These councils have said they will also encourage contractors to do the same.

The 13 councils that have signed up at present are: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Burnley, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Islington, Lambeth, Norwich, South Tyneside, St Helens, Sunderland, Thurrock and Wakefield.

The scheme is part of the government’s help to work programme under which participants must either sign on at a Jobcentre every day, take up a training course or carry out a six-month, 30-hour-a-week placement.

The KVV said opposition to the scheme appears to be related to the community work placement element being delayed. the help to work scheme was launched on 28 April, and these placements should have already begun, according to the campaign.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘Referrals to the placements have begun and the placements will begin shortly. There has been no delay. Charities are under no obligation to be in the scheme, but those who are recognise the benefits of it.’