Treasury minister blames disabled people who work for fall in productivity

Government policies relating to people with disabilities appear to be in even more disarray than usual. Once again, those with disabilities resulting from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, or any other cause, are under attack. The department for work and pensions’ assessment system for disability benefits is 'encouraging' disabled people to find work. But chancellor … Continue reading Treasury minister blames disabled people who work for fall in productivity

Assessment complaints for disability benefit up nearly 900% in a year

Complaints about assessments for a key government disability benefit have rocketed by 880% in 12 months, according to official figures. It is a benefit paid to people with diseases like multiple sclerosis and those with other disabilities. Yes, claimants’ complaints about assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), that totalled 142 in 2015-16, rose to 1,391 … Continue reading Assessment complaints for disability benefit up nearly 900% in a year

Silly season lacks real news stories – whether general or about disabilities

It’s silly season right now. At least, it is in the UK and many other countries. In the US, it is called the slow news season. Elsewhere it can be called cucumber time, or another such term. The reason, of course, is that at this time of year news is harder to come by. Yes, … Continue reading Silly season lacks real news stories – whether general or about disabilities

Disabilities: Government warned forced activities ‘could make health worse’

Plans for people with disabilities to be forced to undertake 'mandatory activities', even though they have already been assessed as being unfit for work, is being opposed by disability groups such as the MS Society. It is good to see the society urging the UK government to scrap plans, included in the Green Paper Improving Lives, … Continue reading Disabilities: Government warned forced activities ‘could make health worse’

Disabilities among party’s top priorities

Never missing a chance to secure more votes, the Republican Party is clearly seeking the support of people with disabilities by including a raft of pro-disability policies among its top priorities. Theoretically, that should be good for everyone with a disability, such as anyone like me who has multiple sclerosis, but what politicians promise before … Continue reading Disabilities among party’s top priorities

Flat rate universal basic income plan for everyone whether in work, unemployed or with disabilities

 Swiss to vote on UBI on June 5. Several countries around the world are talking about the idea of introducing Universal Basic Income (UBI), not to be confused with Universal Credit which is being introduced in the UK to replace several means-tested welfare benefits. Universal Basic Income is where the government pays everybody a set … Continue reading Flat rate universal basic income plan for everyone whether in work, unemployed or with disabilities

Access for people with disabilities. What is ‘reasonable’?

For the disabled, particularly anyone in a wheelchair, gaining access to buildings and all their facilities can still be more than a little difficult in the UK. The situation in other countries may be similar but, from what I have seen, Britain seems to be lagging behind other westernised countries. True, we have the Equality … Continue reading Access for people with disabilities. What is ‘reasonable’?