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Some moderately good news...

United Nations to probe Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms for 'grave violations' of human rights

The United Nations will probe whether Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms are committing 'grave violations' of human rights, a prominent charity chief has said.

Officials from the UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities could soon sweep into Britain after the Tory axeman announced a wave of measures, including slashing disability benefits by £30 a week.

Thousands of people on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are having their weekly payment cut from £102.15 to £73.10, the same as jobseekers' allowance, if they're told they can look for 'work-related activity'.

That prompted an outcry from charities, which resurged this week when it emerged 2,380 ESA claimants died soon after being declared fit for work.

Now the policy director at Inclusion Scotland, a registered charity that brings together disability groups north of the border, says he has been contacted by the UN about a forthcoming investigation.

Bill Scott says he's been told Catalina Aguilar, the UN's Special Rapponteur on disabled rights, will pay a visit to Britain as part of the probe and has invited charities including his to take part.

Costa Rican investigator Ms Aguilar's job is to investigate countries 'in the case of reliable evidence of grave and systematic violations' of human rights.

"Because disabled people are less likely to be in work, they are more likely to also be reliant on benefits which aren't specifically for disabled people, but which are claimed by people on low income - like housing benefit and council tax benefit.

"So if there are cuts to those, it affects disabled people disproportionately."

The UN caused a storm last year when investigator Raquel Rolnik blasted the bedroom tax as a breach of human rights, saying it was forcing people to go hungry and pushing victims to the brink of suicide.

Enraged Tory ministers launched an onslaught against her in response - with party chairman Grant Shapps saying she was an 'absolute disgrace' and she had 'clearly come over with an agenda'.

Inclusion Scotland has teamed up with the Scottish National Party to oppose welfare cuts in the past.

SNP Scottish Parliament member Christina McKelvie said today: "The fact that the United Nations is now set to launch an inquiry into the issue simply underlines the gravity of the situation facing many of the most vulnerable people.

"The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has questions to answer and the Scottish Parliament and its committees should welcome and support any investigation by UN representatives."

The DWP always refuses to confirm the existence of UN probes because they are confidential.

A DWP spokesman told Mirror Online: "All United Nations inquiry processes are confidential and we are unable to comment on the speculation surrounding this."

Mr Scott could not be reached for comment today by Mirror Online.

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No Longer Here

IDS lives not far from me. I used to see him around town often. Don't see him anymore though. Wonder why?

I lobbied him at Parliament once. He came outside to meet us. Posed for the press then f*cked off back inside. That told me everything I ever needed to know about him.

As an aside our own MP disappeared abroad instead of voting against HS2, which is cutting right through areas of outstanding natural beauty in his own constituency. They are self serving and corrupt and unworthy of our support

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Dr-David-Banner

There was an amusing story of him once visiting a job-centre where protesters waited outside with placards. It apparently ended with IDS sprinting from the rear exit to a waiting car at the same time as some protester was following behind yelling out insults.

The U.N. investigation has been on-going for some time. It's a pity it seems to take so long for any investigation to pick up the pace.

 

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Kuribo [old account]

Woman whose amnesia makes her think every day is 15 October 2014 declared 'fit to work' by DWP

In another absurd failing of the Work Capability Assessment, a woman with multiple disabilities including anterograde amnesia, which renders her brain completely incapable of creating new memories has been declared "fit for work".

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Woman whose amnesia makes her think every day is 15 October 2014 declared 'fit to work' by DWP

In another absurd failing of the Work Capability Assessment, a woman with multiple disabilities including anterograde amnesia, which renders her brain completely incapable of creating new memories has been declared "fit for work".

 

Sheesh :\

 

I think a fairer assessment for her, among others, even on the forum, would be to place someones situation within a current timeframe and see if there are realistic chances of employment while being aware of this individuals special needs. I mean, what job could she realistic hold in terms of gainful employment? No one would hire her, hence the measuring tool to see if someone is fit for work doesn't serve the purpose it exists for in the first place.

 

Reminds me of my friends sister, who applied for disability income here and got denied because "we think you might be able to find some kind of employment within the coming 5 years". That does not help any individual right now, unless I can live for free until I eventually land a job. The idea that there "might be" a job for someone is not the same as being fit for work. 

 

I'm not entirely sure how DWP assessments and reports work though; do they even offer any kind of documentation someone needs special support for a job; or do they judge this as black and white as can get and just state that, if you're fit for work, you can technically do any job?

 

What worries me about developments, not just in the UK, but in the western world in general is that more and more where similar regulations hold, it even ends up where someone with a disability being unable to hold whatever job they end up with is being blamed for being unable to hold the job if fired, even if it's totally beyond their control because of documented medical issues. 

 

I think governments are realising there are probably way more people unfit for just about any job, and employment and society is changing in ways that do not work for everyone. But instead of looking into it effectively, they rather change policies that put these individuals in an even more vulnerable position all for the sake of saving pennies on them. And considering plenty can't really stand up for themselves, unless they get costly support to back them up, it's easy to target one of the more vulnerable groups.

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Dr-David-Banner

Employability seems to have changed over the last 2 decades. I don't consider myself employable under the usual terms because I lack social intelligence skills. Therefore, I'm trying to capitalise on learning and developing technical skills. Anyway, as I was saying, it seems the economy has become far more down-to-earth where I live - shops, warehouses, some factories. Even the so-called political elite has attempted to promote everyday skills as opposed to, say, graduate prospects and so forth.

I was once working with a girl who had 2 PHD's and she was only young. She was a specialist in autism spectrum issues and chemistry. Yet, she was really struggling economically and like myself had been sort of singled out at work.

In short, I don't really like how things are going but, on the other hand, I can see societies as a whole will fall behind.

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Kuribo [old account]

DWP told woman she was not ill enough for benefit on day she died

 

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“Our thoughts are with the family of Mrs Amos. The decision was based on evidence which included the opinion of Mrs Amos’ own GP.”

 

Perhaps the most sickening part was that last statement. Even after she's died, these psychopaths still have the nerve to tacitly defend their decision.

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Ben

"Please keep this safe as you may need it in the future." 

 

 

Whoa, awkward... 

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Kuribo [old account]

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

“The money is used to pay my bills and buy my food. Now I am worried I won’t be able to survive and will lose my home. Because I can use my right side, they are saying I am fit for work. I cannot use my left side, my left arm, I have got a bad limp and I cannot concentrate.”

Once again, Tory voters: f*ck YOU.

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lifeis
5 hours ago, kuribo said:

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

“The money is used to pay my bills and buy my food. Now I am worried I won’t be able to survive and will lose my home. Because I can use my right side, they are saying I am fit for work. I cannot use my left side, my left arm, I have got a bad limp and I cannot concentrate.”

Once again, Tory voters: f*ck YOU.

I don't think labor are much better to be honest . So f*ck labour, f*ck conservative's, f*ck liberal democrats, f*ck the snp and f*ck the rest of those elitist pricks in parliament.

all this just makes me despair. When are politicians going to start seeing us as people and not just numbers or statistics they can tout at election.

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