A Beginner’s Guide To… The UNCRPD

The Disability Action Advisors Blog

The words Every Human Has Rights written on a pale background.We know you’re busy people. And we also know you’re interested in disability – that’s why you’re here right? So, here’s the first in a monthly series on the essential bits of information you need to know, all easily consumable in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. So grab a cuppa and settle in for our Beginner’s Guide to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person’s with Disabilities and how it can effect your everyday life and the lives of those around you.

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#DWP Apologies for the Delay in Your Payment, IDS Does Not Care … (#JSA and #ESA Payment Systems Going Into Meltdown for Existing Recipients)

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Understandably, there has been a lot lately about Universal Credit, but UC is currently only being paid to a very small number of people with the easiest type of claim to administer. If UC is affecting anyone then it is actually those not receiving it.

Let me explain, UC is, amongst other things, meant to replace the payment systems for Income Based JSA and ESA, but not Contribution Based. As a result, the existing systems will, all other things being equal, not be needed as current claims go over to UC. Such a process, given the high rate of turnover amongst people on JSA and ESA, would not I think take very long, in comparison with, for example, the original, pre IDS timetable for moving people from IB to ESA.

Blind Optimism

In the spirit of the blind optimism, associated with UC, the care and maintenance of the current computer…

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MP who voted for Health and Social Care Bill complains about poor service

You could not make this up Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate David Burrowes who needed the services of our NHS due to suffering a Ruptured Appendix complained about the long wait and poor service he received, now this might have been OK and easier to swallow if he voted against the Health and Social Care Bill but the fact is he voted for it and not only that he voted for it without waiting for the risk register.

One word comes to mind a snake

Sorry Mr Burrowes you caused the poor services and the medical profession had no need to apologise to you and maybe you should have gone private after all you could have afforded it and not caused extra unneeded pressure on the NHS.

Funny how the Daily Mail do not tell you this! btw

MP: I spent 12 hours on a trolley in agony and could have died at overcrowded A&E

How MPs voted on the Health and Social Care Bill  

Jan RIP – Open Letter to David Cameron from Jessica McCarnun



Dear Prime Minister,

How many people have to die before you realise that cutting into the valuable services that vulnerable people rely on is not only wrong, but extremely sick. Last night I had news that a beautiful, kind, caring soul of a lady has died, and all because the services around her failed her due to the cuts YOU HAVE CREATED.

She needed a wheelchair, but was denied, this left her housebound.

She did what you wanted she downsized because of the Bedroom Tax into a flee ridden pit. What did your legacy do, cause her more pain by making her lose her home, and then to top it off not deliver the equipment she needed because YOU ARE SWIPING THE FUNDS THE LOCAL AUTHORITY NEED.

When you first graced the doors of number 10 you claimed the vulnerable would be safe, you claimed that the disabled would be cared for. So why are they dying around me quicker than I can blink please.

It makes me feel sick to think that whilst you fill your stomach with 5 star food and laugh your way to the bank, it’s costing lives. You are hacking into vital services needed to sustain life, and care for those who really need support. Are you proud?

I feel ill, and every waking day have dedicated my life for the past few years to helping these people, but this lady I missed, and I blame you for creating this disgusting vile situation.

I think if you had one once of grace in your bones you would slime away and walk now

I have a whole different level of emotion for you than hate, or disgust, this is unimaginable, and belongs in the pit of my nightmares.

I am counting down the days until you go, because Ed Milliband will do a far better job than you, I can see it in his eyes, he cares.

I am a red girl all the way to the moon and back, we are coming and my god look out, because 2015 is the time you end up in tears, when you lose the election.

However sadly all those we have lost we will never get back, and the people will never ever forget what you and your legacy have done to us all




Sunderland Jobcentre staff stole claimants’ benefits after getting into debt


A civil servant siphoned off nearly £2,000 from people’s benefits after struggling to meet the payments of his pay-day loan.

Anthony Osborne was paying £700 from his monthly salary to meet the “exorbitant” interest rates of his loan, Sunderland magistrates were told.

He turned to crime and took £1,932 in just five weeks after realising he could alter bank details on customers’ electronic records.

But he was caught after two claimants complained they had not received their benefits and an internal audit was carried out.

Osborne, 42, was arrested and pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court in June.

At a sentencing hearing this week, Osborne blamed mounting debts and depression for the deception, described in court as being totally out of character for a man who had never been in trouble with the law.

Osborne, who gave his address in court as…

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Confirmed – The FULL Impact of Cuts Disabled People Face

Another excellent blog from Sue Marsh

Since the coalition came to power, sick and disabled people have claimed we are being fundamentally harmed by the coalition welfare reforms. Not scroungers or skivers, but  people living with long term serious illnesses like me, or who live with physical disabilities. Adults AND children. Young and old. People with terminal conditions, people with kidney or heart failure, people waiting for transplants and even people in comas. None have been spared. The government repeatedly assure you they have. 
The government have of course denied that they are putting an unreasonable share of austerity cuts on us. Repeatedly and often aggressively. This is how they respond to the UN of all people :
Since 2011, almost every main voice involved in the services and systems that support sick and disabled people have argued that we must know how all of the changes TOGETHER have affected us so particularly. 
Everything we rely on has been cut severely – in some cases by up to 40%. Disability benefits, sickness benefits, social care services, housing support, legal aid for tribunals, respite care, the independent living fund, council tax relief, higher education funding, everything. 
It is very possible that if you were affected by one of the changes, you were affected by several or even all of them.