Poor decision-making, Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) and PIP appeals

Think #PIP is bad – READ this to find out just how DIRE this situation is in reality

Henry Brooke

Last night I spoke at an event in Gray’s inn which bore the title: The Citizen and the State: Poor decision-making and the role of the pro bono Bar.

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My Daughter

When you’re down and feeling blue

focussed on all you can’t do. Stop.

Remember this day is one of many times YOU,

Saved my life.

Without you this Earth would have lost Two

Special and Unique people. So

the next time the dark slithers in,

Please Think of your value to Me.

Let this give hope and maybe lift

the Black to Grey . And memories of

your talents, beauty and gifts

You Alone Hold.

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE #Disability Discrimination means Son is removed from Home?

The following true tale is the introduction into what will be a series of posts regarding a seeming miscarriage of justice and potential disability discrimination; names have been changed to protect the identities of these involved. The purpose of this post is to help the family concerned achieve real justice; please share as widely as possible.

Alison is a single parent of14 year old Adam, both live with various diagnosed and pending diagnosis health disorders including Fibromyalgia and Elhers Danos; Alison is also Autistic and symptoms suggest Adam is as well.

Due to Adams health, he found it difficult to cope with school from the beginning and despite special educational needs intervention, including one to one lessons he struggled experiencing bullying which resulted in him developing depression. These experiences became worse during Adams transition from junior to senior school, so much so that in 2015, Alison began to home educate him. Utilising her qualifications in Advanced Sports Therapy, Holistic Therapies and counselling, Alison along with other professional devised and delivered a programme of education with a wide variety of skills and healthy activities. This proved very successful wih two reviews from the LEA and feedback from the young carers project Adam attended, resulting in him showing a general improvement in mental capacity, attitude and general happiness.

However despite the improvements in Adams education and development the local social services were unhappy and persuaded Alison to undertake a psychological assessment. This transpired to be 4 and ½ hours of Rorschach testing and a further 3 hours of probing of her medical history, during which time Alison without an advocate, perhaps understandably became extremely agitated. The findings of this assessment, which interestingly Alison’s own GP deemed totally unnecessary, was Alison being regarded as having Somatic Syndrome Disorder and thus influencing Adam into thinking he has medical conditions.  The findings despite an array of medical, educational and other evidence to the contrary, was then used by social services to go to court, the outcome being Alison was found to be unable to care for her son and Adam was removed from home and taken into care.

The court when considering Adams future, refused to consider the historical  and educational evidence of Adams physical and psychological health and relied entirely upon Alisons psychological assessment. The miscarriage of justice transpired therein as it appears that the psychological assessor determined: Alisons willingness and ability to research the most appropriate consultants for her sons health, indicates she is only willing to work with selected professionals; further it seems Alisons knowledge that her personal diagnoses of autism and elher danos both have a genetic pre-disposition to health issues, was considered by the assessor as a desire to transpose these onto Adam.

Further the court found that Adam should be taken into care permanently and that contact with his mother would only be regulated once Alison shows no further concern for the health of her son.

The second post will follow soon.

Value of individual – depends what you can give #Tories

A short rant on equality, you make your own mind up.

After yesterdays announcement of the Tories £1.5+ BILLION gift to DUP for Votes, today we learn disabled patients requiring a wheelchair are essentially reliant upon begging. It transpires disabled people unable to afford and needing, an alternative to the NHS 44lb wheelchair, is being forced to raise their own funds to purchase suitable equipment.

The  wheelchairs available from the NHS is not only unwieldy but “manoeuvring the devices risks causing damage” , however the price of a suitable chair can cost Thousands.  Given that disabled people have already been  hardest hit by the plethora of Cuts,  in particular by vast array of issues experienced during those transferring from DLA to PIP  it seems fair to assume many of the 13 million people in UK can not afford the potential £10,000.

It appears that if you’re a DUP MP, you’re worth £100 Million, but if you’re a disabled citizen your value is reduced to £50.00;  where is the fairness, or parity in that?

 

 

Disquiet as Theresa May joins Zimbabwe’s Mugabe in demanding media be patriotic

The Desperation of #Tories resulting in #May showing TRUE Colours #Dictator

Pride's Purge

A senior member of Theresa May’s cabinet has demanded broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4 be “more patriotic”.

Senior Tory cabinet member Andrea Leadsom suggested Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis was being unpatriotic for questioning the Tory government’s position on the Brexit negotiations:

It seems Theresa May’s minority government is becoming so desperate, she’s decided to take a leaf out of Mugabe’s book:

Zimbabwe minister calls on media to be patriotic

Not to mention Putin’s Russia

and of course North Korea.

What we are seeing is no less than the last desperate days of a chaotic, unstable government falling apart before our very eyes.

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Call on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to withdraw from sponsorship deal with Capita

Please read and share this post, this letter requesting the college of OTs withdraw from their sponsorship deal with Capita. is an opportunity for you to add your support. As PIP claimants, Disabled people I feel this is an important request and the more of us sign the greater the likely impact. Hoping this campaign achieves its goal.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ 2017 conference, taking place on Monday and Tuesday this week, has been sponsored by Capita, one of the private companies contracted to carry out Personal Independence Payments assessments.* I have written an open letter to the Royal College outlining why I think this is a terrible idea. I am collecting signatures for it until the end of the day onFriday June 23. After that I will email it to the Royal College and also publish the list of signatories here.If you are a disabled person / service user / survivor / healthcare professional and would be willing to put your name to the letter below, please contact me with the name & title you would like to go on the letter (e.g. I will sign as Rachel Rowan Olive, PIP claimant & mental health service user).

Please get in touch to confirm even…

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Revealed: Thousands of Britain’s top bankers become Euro millionaires while workers pay clipped to 1 per cent

All this wealth whilst the #H &S Regs were torn up, #Welfare pared and #NHS sold off.; collectively KILLING THOUSANDS.
Really In It All Together Tories??

David Hencke

HSBC pic credit BBC HSBC. Five senior executives due to share £33.4m Pic credit: BBC

CROSS POSTED ON BYLINE.COM

The day  after the general election the House of Commons library released a flood of papers which had been held up because of  purdah rules until after the result was known.

One of the most revealing papers was one on Banking Executives’ Renumeration in the UK. It drew on two sources – Britain’s submission  ( required by EU rules ) to the European Banking Authority and British sources such as company reports and details from the banks themselves about long term incentives for senior executives.

The facts revealed in the annexes to this report confirm what a lot of people have suspected but have not always been able to prove. There is-a widening gulf between the top and the bottom that has been going on during the fiercest period of austerity which has seen real…

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