A very thought-provoking post, especially as it shows just how even more slanted the reforms have become, to make any benefit even harder to obtain than ever before😦
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Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people who are assessed as being unable to work because of a health condition and/or disability. Despite this, ESA has also been politically defined as financial support for people having difficulty finding a job because of a long-term illness or disability, to “help them back to work” despite their illness or disability. This presents a problematic tension because in order to qualify for ESA at all, people must be found to be unable to work, by their own doctor, and by the “independent” Work Capability Assessment.
There’s a significant difference between being unable to work, and facing significant additional barriers to work. People who are assessed are most commonly described as having “limited capability for work” – a phrase which is not precise in its meaning, and which does not include or prompt any consideration of social, cultural, political and…
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I have to admit to feeling very much the way that Katy does at the moment.
It hasn’t been that long since I woke up to politics, but even such a newby as I can see nothing but disaster about to happen with the latest results in the US.
As Terry Pratchett wrote in his book of the same title:
“There is a curse.
May you live in interesting times.”
I have to agree that we certainly seem to be doing so right now!
Even pictures of baskets of kittens and a huge Chinese takeaway aren’t really working for me today. Please excuse the incoherence of the rest of this post. I need to brain dump.
There’s been a lot of talk of class and poverty both here in the UK and the USA. A lot of people talking about the disenfranchised poor, and how we other voters must understand their anger and address it rather than pretending it isn’t there. I get that, but I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it means. It seems, in some camps to mean that we have to turn the other cheek when people are rude, or ignorant or stupid or abusive and if we don’t we ourselves are vilified as rude, ignorant stupid or abusive. That’s not what it means.
Firstly let’s dispel a myth. Exit polls show that the voters for Trump were not ‘the…
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I’ve just been reading one of my favourite Blogs Katyboo1’s Weblog and, once again, I’ve had to agree with her thoughts about Murdoch, the BBC, and the Bake-Off Brand.
Murdoch, as Kate says, owns the company, that owns the company, that owns the rights to the programme, and he has made sure that he’s priced it out of the BBC’s pocket. He seems to be trying his best to take over anything that the BBC has made popular, which is downright disgusting!
Like Kate, I’m not much of a TV watcher, and most of that is down to the fact that, apart from my constant illness, one by one, my favourite programmes are disappearing from the BBC and, occasionally, reappearing on other channels – channels that I refuse to watch because of adverts every 5 minutes!
I really think the License fee, charged by the BBC, is well worth the cost, purely for that fact alone, let alone for the years of constant, amazing, programmes I’ve been privileged to watch – programmes that could, and did, reach every level of society, and affected me in one way or another throughout my life.
I loved it that I could watch Shakespeare one day, then a game show the next, and I’m really beginning to mourn the many wonderful programmes that have been taken from us, purely because of cost-cutting!
And, yes, I do think the BBC have become too right-wing politically; and it infuriates me that I see mass protests all over the UK being shown on the internet, with barely a word spoken about them on the BBC news – but I put the blame for that squarely on the shoulders of those in the government who are in charge of licensing TV studios, and those politicians who have been paid off by people like Murdoch, to make sure that we are fed only what they want us to see!
Without the BBC, I will watch no TV at all, and it’s disappearance will truly be the slippery slope to total rubbish being shown 24/7 on our TV screens – with absolutely no reprieve – and that would be a chronic shame for a company that brought so much excitement, drama, education, and sheer fun and laughter to my home as I grew up.
I’ve just been reading Another Angry Voice’s post today, and it has so many points to consider when listening to all the Tory b******t about our economy!
I had to agree with every point made, so why don’t you follow the link below, and read it for yourselves – and do let me know what you think?🙂
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I was just reading today’s post by The Poor Side of Life, and wasn’t really surprised when she spoke of a tender being put out by the DWP, here: Provision of Research Facilities for the DWP, where they have recruited an agency for research facilities, to help them take part in what could only be described as interrogation tactics.
As she points out, they are already interfering in more and more intolerable ways for those who are unfortunate enough to be ill or disabled – but now it seems like they’ll be trialing even more awful ways to make people feel as though they are worthless.
I was catching up on my Blog reading this evening (I get emails from the Blogs I follow, whenever they post anything), and I read yesterday’s post by Kitty S. Jones, in her Politics and Insights Blog.
She was asking the questions to all of her readers, that I’ve been asking myself for the past few weeks and, what she says, is so very relevant to us all, if we don’t want to lose sight of the bigger picture, politics-wise!
At the moment, the Media are going crazy over the Labour Leadership challenge, which would be okay, if they had also become angered, and then let the world know this, at the way the Right-wing Labour PLP had disenfranchised thousands of new Labour Party members (myself included), after promising them on joining, that they would be able to vote in the leadership challenge!
They then went on to charge £25 each for those who still wanted to vote – throught the registered supporters ticket – and then, after the money was paid, managed to get a court ruling that the new members, and the supporters who had paid for the privilege to vote, could not now vote either – a fraudulent, and totally undemocratic, use of members fees!
Despite the anger I, and so many others feel, though, it behoves us all to start thinking more about what’s being done on the quiet, where the Conservatives are concerned!
These are the ones we should be fighting, not each other and, if you don’t believe me, maybe you should follow the link below, and read what Kitty says, and what will happen if we continue to ignore the important stuff. I know that, after reading her post, I’m more concerned than ever over the way Labour’s split is leaving the Conservatives the freedom to take away both our civil liberties, and our Human Rights!
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