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Image result for PIP assessments kittysjonesThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has disclosed that over 21,000 ill and disabled people died waiting for their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment to be completed, between April 2013 and 30 April 2018. PIP is claimed by people with a range of health conditions and disabilities, many of which are chronic, degenerative or life limiting.

newtonSarah Newton, the Minister of State for Disabled People, published the figures on 11 January following a question raised in parliament by Labour MP Madeleine Moon in December: “How many people have died while waiting for their personal independence payment assessment to be completed; and what were the conditions those people died from?”

Newton responded: “All benefit claims can be made under the special rules for people who are terminally ill which will mean that they are fast tracked. These are currently being cleared within 6 working days for new claimants to PIP. The…

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Pride's Purge

There’s a touching article in the Independent today from a supposedly lifelong Labour supporter who has left the party because of Corbyn.

The emotional piece – explaining how this supposedly poor normal Labour supporter from a supposedly working class family had now joined the Lib Dems – was written by someone called Liz Jarvis.

But wait a moment.

Surely not the same Liz Jarvis – editor of extremely posh luxury cruise travel magazine Cruise International:

Surely not the same Liz Jarvis, editor at Chelsea Publishers  publisher of exclusive lifestyle magazines for sloany posh types?

Surely not the same Liz Jarvis who was once Rupert Murdoch’s Travel Editor at News International:

Surely not the same Liz Jarvis one-time Express and Sun hack:

Surely not that poor, working class, lifelong Labour supporter Liz Jarvis?

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On the odd day, Paul Powell can get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, though he’ll be wobbly on his feet. But he spends the majority of his time in bed with fatigue and no strength.
Indeed multiple sclerosis (MS) – which the 50-year-old has suffered with for more than 20 years – is known as a disease of ‘good days’ and ‘bad days’.
For some with more progressive types, it’s ‘bad days’ and ‘not-as-bad’ days which is the case for Paul.
But after an assessor came to visit him over his claim for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), his mobility car was taken off him – which left him virtually housebound in a remote village with no public transport links.
His disability benefit income was more than halved too – money he relied on to heat his house.
“Paul’s MS is terrible in the cold and he really…

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In this guest post, John Pring, of the Disability News Service, reports on how Lancashire police sent information to a government department about disabled anti-fracking protesters. He also investigates accusations that the force repeatedly targeted vulnerable people at protests.

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Brexiters are getting desperate as they become more and more a minority.

They are resorting to lying and spreading fake news – once again – in order to persuade voters to leave the EU in the case of a second referendum.

A post full of fake news and lies has been circulating widely on social media – falsely claiming the UK will lose its right to abstain on any EU legislation by 2020 and other lies if it stays in the EU.

The post – which Leavers falsely claimed was written by a former army helicopter pilot (see here for more on that strange story!) – also claims that if the UK stays in the EU we will lose control of our army and be forced to get rid of our nuclear deterrent.

But pretty much the ENTIRE POST is a work of fiction.

Ironically, the post falsely claims

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Guest post from Will Black, anthropologist, journalist and author of Veneer of Civilisation, Psychopathic Cultures, and Beyond the End of the World.

With each new far-right group that emerges, it becomes clearer that the cultural and technological habitat in which they grow has to be tackled, in addition to the groups themselves.

The internet has made it easier for such groups to be established and groom devotees. Social media has become a key habitat for the growth of far-right movements.

In Shane Meadow’s first This Is England film we see young men and a boy at a National Front meeting in an isolated pub, which they were encouraged to attend by a manipulative and aggressive older member of their circle. The group was taken from their run down urban environment and driven some distance to hear a white nationalist address a small mob.

Contrast this with the development of modern groups like Britain First, the English Defence League and National Action, which…

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