Politics

The Health Cost Of Cutting Free School Lunches Will Be Far Greater Than The Price Of Them

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    By Sophia Komninou in The Conversation.   The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to replace free school lunches – for children in the first three years of primary school in England – with free breakfasts is curious to say the least. Since it was announced, researchers have found that the cost of the project is hugely […]

Government Fails To Deliver £4 bn Savings After Cutting Disability Benefit, New Analysis Shows

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  By Shehab Khan in The Independent.     The Government has failed to deliver the £4bn of savings it was expecting to make after cutting disability benefit, according to new analysis. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the Government was hoping to cut spending by 20 per cent by moving from the Disability […]

Passionate Pragmatist: Carol Head And The Fight For ME/CFS Equality: The SMCI Pt. I

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   As we head for International ME/CFS Awareness Day and the biggest advocacy effort that I’ve ever seen, it’s a good time to look at The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (formerly the CFIDS Association of America) – the oldest and most prominent chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) organization. For […]

Disability And Your Vote

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.    Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, told last week’s disability hustings event in London that no group experienced as much discrimination – including at the hands of the state – as disabled people. So what has her government done to address that discrimination since the […]

Voters With Learning Disabilities Are Being Excluded From This Election

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      By Michael Richards in The Conversation.   There are more than 1m people with learning disabilities in the UK and the number is expected to increase. These are people who face exclusion from society more than ever – particularly when it comes to voting. Not enough is done to enable their participation […]

York Prepares… City Makes Plans To Host Pivotal Moment In Election 2017

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  From YorkMix.   York is preparing to host what could be the biggest moment in a fascinating General Election campaign. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are heading to the city for a special live Question Time on Friday night. The programme is being broadcast on BBC1 from the University of York. It’s all systems go […]

Disabled Voters Grill Candidates: ‘Is A Nappy A Suitable Substitute For A Night-Time Carer ?

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    By Katie Grant in iNews.     The Minister for Disabilities was asked in front of an audience to comment in one word – yes or no – on whether she thought it was acceptable that a wheelchair user had had their overnight care axed and that a nappy had been deemed a […]

Proclaim It Loud: States Issue Resolutions For ME

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    By Adrianne Tillman in #MEAction.   Government moves slow. Any action requires lengthy processes – all of the checks and balances intended to create better, more deliberate legislation. Activists for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) across the country understand the sausage-making well as they have sought for their state legislators to recognize the urgent challenges […]

‘Outrageous Interference’ With Rule Of Law As DWP Sets 80% Benefit Appeal Rejection Target

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  By Natalie Bloomer in politics.co.uk.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set staff a target of upholding 80% of the benefit decisions that they are asked to reassess, it has been revealed. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the department stated that a key measure used to monitor the […]

M.E. Debate Scheduled To Take Place In The Scottish Parliament Next Tuesday (May 9) | 5 May 2017

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  From The ME Association website.   Motion S5M-05038: Gail Ross, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/04/2017 12 May, International ME Day That the Parliament acknowledges that 12 May 2017 marks the international awareness day for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome; understands that ME is […]

Election Forces MPs To Abandon PIP Inquiry, But Evidence Backs Up Dishonesty Claims

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  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Statements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election. Despite its inquiry into the […]

Welfare Reform Is Not Only Cruel But Chaotic. Theresa May Must Address This.

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    By Patrick Butler in The Guardian.   The most charitable interpretation of Theresa May’s evasive responses to questioning on the impact of the government’s social security policy during TV appearances at the weekend is that on this topic she is clueless. She appears to have no idea what is happening in the chaotic […]

Experts Slam ‘Broken And Poor’ Benefits Assessments

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    From The Morning Star. Benefits assessments were ridiculed yesterday following revelations that 13,000 disabled claimants given “zero points” were later awarded payments on appeal. New government figures show that 66,180 claimants had an original decision by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) overturned in their favour at a mandatory reconsideration or tribunal […]

DWP’s Unfair Twist For Disabled People

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    From The Guardian.   In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week (Benefits cuts: are you about to lose a Motability car, scooter or wheelchair? 31 March), I would like to challenge the response of Department of Work and Pensions ministers when they have been pressed […]

Sharp Rise In Rejected Claims For Disability Benefit

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  By Rowenta Mason in The Guardian.   About 200,000 people face seeing their claims for a disability benefit to help with daily living and mobility refused this year, new figures obtained by Labour suggest. Senior MPs have called on the government to explain an apparent spike in people being turned down for personal independence […]

Illinois House Of Reps To Vote On Resolution For ME

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  From #MEAction. A View From The USA.   The Illinois House of Representatives will vote on a state resolution this Thursday, March 23 that recognizes Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) as a tragic, disabling disease, and that commits the state to improving the availability and quality of medical care, as well as encourages universities in Illinois […]

Science, Politics And ME. – A Book By Dr Ian Gibson

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      From Invest in ME Research.   Background At the 10th Invest in ME International ME Conference 2015. Dr Ian Gibson announced that he was planning on writing a book about ME – and the politics and prejudice which has affected the way that ME is perceived, treated, researched and funded – as well […]

Red Deer Lawyer Campaigns For Medical Research

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    By Susan Zielinski in Red Deer Advocate. (Canada)   A Red Deer lawyer says the lack of government funding for medical research into a disease that is shattering Canadian lives is shocking. Brent Handel said myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly known as ME/CFS, affects an estimated 800,000 in Canada. Severity of symptoms vary, but […]

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