Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Birmingham City Council social care cuts ruled unlawful by High Court - West Midlands News - News - Birmingham Post
The disabled woman is challenging cuts to adult social care and possible cuts to her own care package.
The council wants to raise the eligibility threshold for support from “moderate” to “substantial”, saving £2.5 million a year for the next two years; cut spending on personal budgets and home care by £12 million over three years; and increase revenue from charging by more than £5.5 million over four years."
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Submitted by amielouisewilliams on Fri, 15/04/2011 - 11:56am
The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the results of the recent Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) programme bidding round."
|CPA||CPA Name||Preferred Bidder|
|CPA1||South East||JHP Group|
|CPA2||South West||Rehab Group|
|CPA4||East of England||Seetec|
|CPA7||North West||JHP Group|
|CPA8||Yorks & Humber||BEST|
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
SOCIAL WORK ACTION NETWORK
The scale of the present assault on the poorest in our society is unlike anything any of us have witnessed for several generations. The time has come for those involved in social work to make a stand against the social violence being unleashed by the ConDem coalition: to speak out, campaign and join the movements of resistance.
Another world is possible!
SWAN Steering Committee
Sunday, 10 April 2011
factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations,
when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field.
4. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth;
(4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline."
Friday, 8 April 2011
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.
By Joseph E. Stiglitz
What do these events have in common? They're all evidence that slashing spending in the face of high unemployment is a mistake. Austerity advocates predicted that spending cuts would bring quick dividends in the form of rising confidence, and that there would be few, if any, adverse effects on growth and jobs; but they were wrong."
By PAUL KRUGMAN (Nobel Prize-Winning Economist)
Published: March 25, 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
By Prof Alan Roulstone
Decision to axe £1.4m funding for Birmingham voluntary groups ruled unlawful - West Midlands News - News - Birmingham Post
Council leaders failed to take proper account of the impact that withdrawing grants would have on disabled and vulnerable people, the judge added.
No consultation was carried out with people who would suffer because of the funding cuts, neither did the cabinet consider other ways of helping the organisations to identify alternative funding."
The Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability for Work and Limited Capability for Work-Related Activity) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
8th February 2011
Laid before Parliament
16th February 2011
Coming into force
28th March 2011
She was asked to take three soiled pads to her doctors to be weighed, to see if she was losing enough urine."
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
An alternative to Neoliberal economics
"Most calls for action, however, seek only to limit the excesses and deceptions of greedy bankers and ﬁnanciers. We have yet to engage a much-needed national conversation that addresses essential, yet unasked, questions....."
1. Do Wall Street institutions do anything so vital for the
national interest as to justify opening the national purse
strings and showering them with trillions of dollars in
order to save them from the consequences of their own
2. Is it possible that the whole Wall Street ediﬁ ce is built
on an illusion that has no substance yet carries deadly
economic, social, and environmental consequences for
the larger society?
3. Might there be other ways to provide necessary and
beneﬁ cial ﬁ nancial services with greater effectiveness
and at lower cost?
This edition of Agenda for a New Economy, as did the ﬁ rst
edition, argues that the correct answers are (1) no, (2) yes,
Ultimately, it comes down to a question of the values we
believe the economy should serve. Should it give priority to
money, or to life? To the fortunes of the few, or the well-being
"One of the biggest, long-lasting delusions of progressives is that people are moved mainly by rational arguments. Consequently, to get people to accept a particular policy such as universal health care, all one needs to do is to present strong and persuasive arguments in favor of it.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As George Lakoff and many others have pointed out, conservatives are highly effective in getting their views across and their policies adopted not just because they control major media outlooks and think tanks, but because they have powerful narratives that appeal directly to gut emotions. Until progressives not only have a better understanding of how emotions fundamentally shape political issues, but also incorporate them into their appeals, they will continue to lose the hearts and minds of the wider populace."
"Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says 'a life on benefits will no longer be an option for somebody'. But Channel 4 News has found figures suggesting that this is already the case."
One of the initial reactions to yesterday’s comprehensive spending review concerned the change to make employment and support allowance (ESA) time limited for one year. Tom Clark in the guardian explained the implications of this;
“Singles will be able to fall back on a means-tested safety net, but everyone else will be forced to rely on the generosity of their partner. Expect wheelchairs in Downing Street as the coalition does away with the long-established principle that people who have contributed their own national insurance in the past, and then become sick and disabled, should expect a modest stipend from the state in recognition of this”"
Whilst you may have seen Working Links’ bilious orange signs dotted around many town centres in Wales, you’re less likely to have heard of the other preferred contractors. So here’s the info."
After more than 20 years in the NHS caring for patients, Jean says she could not carry on working for Atos and left shortly after she started.
“The job was making me sick,” she said. “It’s against my principles to treat people with long term illnesses in such a disgusting way, so I had to give it up.
“People go into those interviews and talk openly to you because you are a nurse and they trust you.
“Then your skills are used against them, to take away their benefits and destroy their lives.
“I can’t be a part of that.”
USA: BETTER IN PRISON THAN FREE AND DISABLED IN CALIFORNIA?
Posted 03/4-11 at 00.31
Laura Repke, says that her son, as well as many other people with learning difficulties, might be better off in prison, even on Death Row.
"Government’s response to the consultation on Disability Living
4th April 2011
Here are three key grounds for challenging cuts in court – though there may be others:
Lack of Consultation
Work for Your Benefit (WfYB) is a mandatory programme that will provide full-time work-experience and employment support for up to 6 months predominantly for those Jobseekers who reach the end of the Flexible New Deal (FND).
The WfYB provision and support aims to test initiatives to follow FND by:
ensuring that customers with longer duration unemployment get additional help
improving the flexibility of provision and increased personalisation to meet customer needs
helping customers get the skills training they need to help them get better jobs
making greater use of the flexibility and innovation that partnership working with the Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors can provide"
Shadow cabinet ministers and Labour-supporting bloggers alike have become excited by this quote [below] from Tory minister Greg Barker, speaking in front of an American audience:
We are making cuts that Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s could only have dreamt of.
Greg Barker has let the cat out the bag about the ideological agenda behind this Tory-led government's deep cuts to public services.
Hmm. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The inconvenient truth is that Labour, thanks to the so-called Darling plan for deficit reduction, had also planned to go beyond Thatcher too - and were equally keen to "let the cat out of the bag".
"Here is a copy of the information on the new ESA50 form we have to complete for the assessment along with the new scoring. You need 15 points to retain your ESA at the same rate of IB and not be forced to look for work. The form has been revised from the pilot form used in Burnley earlier this year."