WoW Petition for rethink of disability ‘reforms’ hits its target

This is a great response from the people of Britain! Thanks to Vox Political (Mike Sivier) for bringing us the good news and all his efforts in highlighting this campaign. Cheers Mike!

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What a great result for the WoW Petition – it has reached its target of 100,000 signatures with time to spare!

The petition calls for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions – rather than the political aims of the current Westminster administration or any motive to cut welfare budgets.

WoW (it stands for resistance to the ‘War on Welfare’) demands an immediate end to the humiliating work capability assessment and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act, along with an independent, committee-based inquiry into welfare reform. And it wants an end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits, along with other demands.

Passing the magic 100,000-signature mark does not mean the petition has automatically won a chance to be debated in Parliament; the Backbench Business Committee has to…

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High Importance: DLA Progress!!

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Remember this, readers? Well, I’ve just received an email from the Lib Dem Disability Association saying:

Following concern raised by some of our members, myself included about an article that claimed anyone investigated for suspected fraud of DLA regardless of the outcome of the investigation claim would end and they would be forced to make a claim for PIP, the LDDA exec arranged to attend the DWP PPG meeting last night to raise the issue with our parliamentarians. I am delighted to be able to confirm that I have today revived confirmation of the following:
 
Where fraud is alleged on DLA case and is investigated and in most cases, where an accusation  is just malicious, and the investigation is dismissed the individual stays on DLA on the same terms as their previous award. If, upon examining the case, the DWP decides the case isn’t at the right payment level…

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Information Commissioner rules on the cover-up of DWP-related deaths

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Long-term readers will know that the author of this blog has spent the last few months trying to get officials at the Department for Work and Pensions to release mortality statistics for people undergoing the assessment procedure for Employment and Support Allowance.

It is in the public interest for the nation to know how many seriously ill or disabled people are dying while they wait to undergo the controversial Atos-run medical assessment, while they await the result, and while they appeal against a result that puts them in the wrong group or claims they are fit for work.

These deaths may be due to deterioration in their health – whether or not it was caused by the process – or suicide prompted by the process or the decision.

An initial Freedom of Information request was rejected by the DWP on the grounds that it was “vexatious”. I disputed that claim, and…

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Sleepwalking further into Police State Britain as law offers new powers of repression

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Scriptonite Daily has published a piece that everyone should read. It begins:

“The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces. The Bill has successfully passed through the House of Commons without issue, and is now in the latter stages of review by the House of Lords, after which it will receive Royal Assent and become Law. Those who refuse orders under the new rules will face arrest, fines and even prison time.”

It seems to me that this legislation is being made partly to deal with concerns about section five of the Public Order Act. This, as stated in Vox Political‘s article last year

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