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12 Billion Welfare Cuts

Book seats for coaches from #Derbyuk to People’s Assembly Against Austerity Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017: Email mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889274723

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People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017

Book seats for coaches leaving Derby for Torres Out demonstration by email mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889274723

Planned to coincide directly with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester we will be holding 5 full days of protest, music, comedy, direct actions, meetings, events and a whole lot more…

This is will probably be the most ambitious event the People’s Assembly Against Austerity have ever undertaken. We will make sure the Tories, can’t move through Manchester without feeling the full force of opposition to their austerity policies.

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017

The week of action will include:
National Demonstration – Sunday 1 October 2017
Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap
For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education
Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester – March to the Conference Centre

This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference. Coaches and transport is being arranged from across the country for the day.

If you can organise a group of people to travel from your organisation, workplace or community then please get in touch – we can put you in touch with people in your area and advise on best transport options.

Get Ready | Get Involved | Get Organised

The week will be packed full & we’re encouraging as many people as possible to stay for the whole week. Book time off work now – we will be arranging accommodation for people in a community centre. This will be basic but will be very cheap. Full details and booking available soon.

Other events in the week will be announced every few days so keep an eye on our website and the event on Facebook.

Please check out the Facebook page here, like it and share widely.

Also check out our transport page here.  These are the few coaches already booked and don’t forget to keep checking back as more come in… Also please send us your coach details as soon as you have them to office @thepeoplesassembly.org.uk so we can add them to the site.

Finally – we urgently need to raise funds!

To take on this task we need to raise a huge amount of money. The more money we raise, the more venues we can book, protests and demonstrations we can organise, events can take place.

We need to raise a minimum of £70,000 but once we hit that target we won’t stop fundraising – we’ll just go bigger and bolder with the events we can plan.

Please make a donation and help make this huge!

Solidarity

 

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/
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You can also keep up with The Derby People’s Assembly Against Austerity on Twitter or Facebook.

Government knew about rise in mental illness long before this week’s study – but won’t talk about it

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Government knew about rise in mental illness long before this week’s study – but won’t talk about it

[Image: Black Triangle Campaign]

[Image: Black Triangle Campaign]

Yesterday (Wednesday), This Writer learned two new things about the new university study that has found 590 people committed suicide between 2010-13 after taking work capability assessments (actually, one was a reminder of something I’d forgotten):The study found that, for every 10,000 people undergoing a work capability assessment for sickness or disability benefits in those years, 7,020 were prescribed anti-depressant drugs afterwards, 2,700 reported to their GPs with mental health issues, and six committed suicide.

The reminder came from a Vox Political commenter and was that the DWP already knew there had been a huge increase in the number of benefit claimants with mental health disorders.

According to the Express, of all places: “In 2010 just 221,000 with mental disorders were in receipt of out of work benefits. But official statistics show the figure leapt to 861,000 last year [2013] – a rise of 289 per cent.

“Those with conditions like bipolar disorder, severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia now account for 46 per cent of those paid Employment and Support Allowance.”

So the increase of 279,000 people with mental health problems, added to the 221,000 who were on benefit in 2010, gives us half a million people – easily within the 861,000 total for ESA alone.

So figures that were published by the DWP itself totally support the new study.

The second new thing was that the Conservative Government doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.

Debbie Abrahams, shadow minister for the disabled, tried to ask an urgent question about the new study in the House of Commons on Tuesday (November 17) but was refused permission. So she made a point of order, asking the Speaker, John Bercow, how she could get the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, to make an early statement on the subject.

Again, she was rebuffed – Bercow told her to table a written question and “if she remains unhappy with the answers—or, as she sees it, the lack of answers—she can try again to deploy the mechanism of an urgent question”.

There might be a justification for not answering if the study had only revealed the extent of mental illnesses, which was known.

But there is the matter of the 590 suicides. Is the work capability assessment driving people to their deaths?

People killing themselves as a direct result of the work capability assessment – as the study indicates – is a serious issue, especially for a government that is still – increasingly desperately – clinging to claims that it is not possible to show that the WCA causes people to die, in any way.

And nobody at the DWP wants to talk about it.

Thomas More once stated: “The maxim is ‘Qui tacet consentit’: the maxim of the law is ‘Silence gives consent’. If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented.”

Let’s have that question again: Is the work capability assessment driving people to their deaths?

The DWP is silent.

Silence gives consent.

People on benefits are dying. It’s time for some transparency

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People on benefits are dying. It’s time for some transparency

If the government would care for an insight into what its “safety net” has become, it could do worse than looking at the case of Nick Gaskin.

Nick Gaskin, MS sufferer threatened by DWP

Nick Gaskin (pictured with his wife Tracy) has MS and cannot walk, feed himself or talk, but was told by the DWP to attend an interview about getting a job. Photograph: Gary Foulds

Gaskin, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), cannot walk, feed himself or talk but, last month, received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) informing him he should attend an interview about “the possibility” of getting a job.

People who have such severe disabilities they are unable to work are – by definition of being put in the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) – not required to attend mandatory meetings. As Gaskin can only communicate through blinking, it was his wife, Tracy, who called the jobcentre in Loughborough to explain this. The DWP now says it will apologise over the “misunderstanding”. But not before Tracy was told that if her husband did not attend the interview his benefits would be stopped.

It is that easy now. Dig through reports by academics, charities, or people claiming benefits themselves, and each week appears to mark another step in the reduction of entitlement to punitive whim. This month alone we have learned that jobcentres allegedly have targets for the number of people’s benefits they should stop, and that the unemployed face having their jobseeker’s allowance cut if they do not exhibit a “positive outlook”.

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Austerity George: Osborne to proceed with £12bn welfare cuts despite anti-austerity protests

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Chancellor’s joint article with work and pensions secretary dismisses reports the cuts could be delayed or scaled back, saying details will be in next month’s budget

George Osborne is to press ahead with £12bn of welfare cuts despite disquiet among some of his colleagues about the scale of the proposed reductions andanti-austerity protests in a number of UK cities.

The chancellor wrote a joint article with Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, in the Sunday Times, saying they are still intending to make the deep cuts.

There have been reports in recent weeks that the cuts could be delayed or scaled back over fears the reductions would be too damaging, coming on top of the £21bn of reductions in the last parliament.

“This government was elected with a mandate to implement further savings from the £220bn welfare budget,” they said. “For a start, we will reduce the benefit cap, and have made clear that we believe we need to make significant savings from other working-age benefits.

“We will set out in detail all the steps we will take to bring about savings totalling £12bn a year in next month’s budget and at the spending review in the autumn.

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See also Anti-austerity protests: tens of thousands rally across UK

New Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients

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New Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients

Justin Tomlinson voted against the safeguards in the 2012 Welfare Reform Bill, a move campaigners claimed would cost families up to £1,400 a year

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Fresh face: Justin Tomlinson arriving in Downing Street to be given his new post

The Tories’ new disabilities minister voted against protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients.

Justin Tomlinson opposed giving the groups extra safeguards in the controversial Welfare Reform Bill – despite pleas from the House of Lords.

Today David Cameron named the 38-year-old North Swindon MP as disabilities minister in the Department for Work and Pensions as part of his Cabinet shake-up.

He’ll be tasked with helping Iain Duncan Smith cut £12billion from the welfare bill.

But disability campaigners have reacted in horror to his voting record – which they say makes him the ‘minister against disabled people’.

The row comes hours after the new equality minister Caroline Dinenage was appointed despite voting against gay marriage.

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