Politics

Four In Five Unpaid Carers Socially Isolated Because Of Their Role

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    By Paul Gallagher in iNews.   Four in five unpaid carers feel lonely or socially isolated because of their role, a new poll suggests. The amount of people struggling to deal with caring rises to 86 per cent for those who provide care for 50 hours or more each week, according to a […]

Survey Suggests Chronic Fatigue In Canada Is ‘Even Worse Than We Thought’

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    From CTV News.   A new survey suggests chronic fatigue syndrome may be far more prevalent in Canada than previously thought, and more widespread than many more well-known conditions. The suggestion is based on a Statistics Canada survey in which respondents were asked whether their doctor had diagnosed them with chronic fatigue or […]

MPs Urge Government To Delay Universal Credit Rollout

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  By Rowena Mason in The Guardian.   MPs’ letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship. David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, has been urged by 30 Labour MPs, and the Green party MP Caroline Lucas, to delay the expansion of the new universal credit benefit […]

Thousands Of Benefit Claimants Win Legal Victory Over Tory Government’s Welfare Appeals Regime

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   Top judges ruled a one-month time limit on appealing for benefits is unlawful – meaning people have been wrongly blocked from justice for years. Thousands of benefit claimants have won a landmark legal victory over the Tory government’s welfare regime. Three top judges today ruled a one-month […]

My PIP Diary Part Four – The Stacked Deck

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  By Mik Scarlet in The Huffington Post.   I called the first entry in my PIP diary The Saga Begins. I had no idea how prophetic that would be. What I expected to be a fairly straight forward enterprise has turned into a nightmare. Surely as someone with a fairly static impairment that will never […]

Trial by Error: NICE Rejects My FOI Request

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  By David Tuller, DrPH in Virology Blog.   The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the U.K. organization that develops clinical guidelines for medical conditions, has rejected my freedom-of-information request for the names of the experts involved in the reassessment of the guidance for the illness it calls CFS/ME. This isn’t surprising, since […]

New Diesel And Petrol Vehicles To Be Banned From 2040 In UK

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    From BBC News.   New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers will also unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package […]

Update On The NIH Research Funding Totals

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  From the Solve CFS/ME Initiative.   From a US Perspective.   Earlier this month the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the updated financial data for categorical research spending. These figures include updated estimates for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, ending September 30, 2017. The Solve ME/CFS Initiative is disappointed to report that the projected estimates […]

PIP Reassessments Cause More Than Half DLA Claimants To Lose Motability Rights

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of those disabled people previously eligible for the Motability vehicle scheme have lost that eligibility after being reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit, according to a freedom of information response. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures show fewer than half […]

Hard Evidence: Are Public Sector Workers Due A Pay Rise ?

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  By Alex Bryson in The Conversation.   Debate over whether or not public sector pay should be capped at 1% is raging in the UK. First Theresa May, the prime minister, indicated she might ditch the cap that has been in place since 2010. She quickly backtracked on the idea but remains dogged by […]

Here’s What To Do If You Are Not Receiving The Full State Pension Due To Contracting Out

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    By Elizabeth Anderson in iNews.   Many pensioners say they are in a state of “total confusion” about why some are not receiving the full state pension. The reason is often because they were contracted out – sometimes without their knowledge – at some point in their career. This meant they paid a […]

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 […]

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