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BREAKING: Jeremy Corbyn Wins Labour Leadership Contest

September 24, 2016

Same Difference is very happy with the result of the Labour Leadership contest. Jeremy Corbyn has just won with 62% of the vote.

We are even happier that in his victory speech, he announced a campaign, starting next Saturday, for inclusive education for all. This is one of our editor’s great passions. It is to be hoped that the campaign will apply to inclusive education for disabled children as well as working against grammar schools.

Yesterday’s  demonstration outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre. ESA payment delayed and unreasonable local housing association. 

September 23, 2016

The poor side of life

Today’s demonstration was hard but full of solidarity. It has reminded me of how many people out in the community do actually care.

Today we spoke to a man that we had met last week. He had been made homeless two days before we saw him and had been temporarily housed in the local Travel Lodge. He hadn’t ate because he had no food, and he didn’t know where to go for help. He approached us and the look on his face was one of total desperation.

The first thing that I had to do was to phone the ESA department (Employment Support Allowance). He had been promised a payment, and he showed me the letter to evidence this. We waited 20 minutes for the call to be put through, listening to endless recitles of Vivaldis The Four Seasons. This is by no means unusual. The reason why he couldn’t…

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Man leaves coroner letter as he fears Work Capability Assessment will kill him

September 23, 2016

Politics and Insights

598830_399390316797169_2004284912_nThe government have persistently denied any “causal relationship” between their welfare reforms and an increase in premature deaths and suicides, despite an existing correlation

Figures releasedlast year show that between December 2011 to February 2014, 4,010 people died after being told they were fit for work, following a Work Capability Assessment (WCA). 40,680 died within a year of undergoing the WCA, making a bleak mockery of any claim that the WCA being a real and valid “assessment” of any kind. Or that our welfare system is “supportive” to those in most need, in any real or meaningful sense. Those people were clearly not at all “fit for work.”The figures have only been released after the Information Commission overruled a Government decision to block the statistics from the public.

Research last year from Leonard Cheshire, a charity that works with disabled people, also showed that the assessments are making people…

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Mia Farrow’s Son Thaddeus Dies Aged 27

September 22, 2016

Mia Farrow’s adopted son has died at the age of 27.

Thaddeus was reportedly found “suffering from a life threatening injury” on Wednesday and later passed away in hospital.

According to TMZ , Connecticut police responded to a call at Roxbury, Connecticut, at around 12:45pm and found Thaddeus “gravely injured in his car along Route 67”.

Mia, 71, adopted Thaddeus in 1994 from India, years after she separated from director Woody Allen. He was paraplegic meaning he had loss of feeling in his legs – due to polio, a rare viral infection.

After she adopted Thaddeus, Mia spearheaded a campaign to rid the world of polio, revealing that she too had suffered from the infection as a child but was able to fight it due to living in a country with advanced healthcare.

She previously said: “I perhaps am more motivated than most people because I had polio myself and it was a real struggle to come through it, and what I saw will never leave me.

“Perhaps even more so because I have a son who is only 12 years old and who is paralysed from the waist down because of polio.

“This is a terrible disease, and he has a lot of difficulty just getting through the day. I would love to see the end of polio, where no more children have this.”

The ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ actress had 14 children – Matthew and Sascha, 46, Soon-Yi, 45, Fletcher, 42, Summer, 41, Moses, 38, Dylan, 31, Ronan, 28, Frankie-Minh, 25, Isaiah, 24, and Kaeli-Sha.

Concentrix Thought Woman Was In Relationship With Joseph Rowntree

September 22, 2016

File this one under ‘you couldn’t make it up,’ readers.

A woman was forced to rely on foodbanks and feared she would lose her home after a tax agency claimed she was living with famous 19th century Quaker Joseph Rowntree.

In fact, the woman lives in a property provided by the Joseph Rowntree foundation which is a housing association and funds research into social policy.

The error was discovered when Concentrix, the government-appointed agency which carries out tax credit checks, sent the woman a letter accusing her of being in a relationship and co-habiting with Mr Rowntree.

She subsequently discovered other benefits she depended upon had been affected by the agency’s mistake, The Times reports.

Mr Rowntree died in 1925. The foundation in his name now examines the causes of poverty and aims to encourage positive social change. 

The woman must now go through a lengthy appeals process to contest the blunder.

Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central, said: “I am sure she will not be the only person affected by this mistake. Once they lose tax credits it has a knock-on effect on other benefits and they end up on the breadline.”

Full article here.

Hammersmith Jobcentre approaching claimants to take photographs for DWP promotional material. 

September 21, 2016

The poor side of life

I, amongst others have always had a sneaking suspicion that the DWP likes to approach claimants in their quest to find willing victims for their promotional material. They’ve been caught out in the past when using paid models, so now they are trying it on with claimants.

Whenever I see any DWP promotional material, I and others like to research the validity of their photographs and information. Indeed their new Universal Credit promotional material is extremely misleading and inaccurate. So you can imagine my joy at receiving confirmation of their plot to involve claimants.

Please note that the person involved is not easily intimidated. I’m sure that a person who is scared and vulnerable would give in to their requests straight away. They might think that if they refuse they could be put at risk of a sanction or worse.

Now, it’s extremely rare for a claimant to be actually…

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Channel 4’s No Go Britain Disability Debate

September 21, 2016

Our editor was one of 50 disabled people who watched this debate live last night, at the Olympic Park.

Many important issues were covered, and she has a lot to think about as a result.

You may have seen half of the debate on the news yesterday. The full hour long debate is linked above for those who were not able to watch the live streamed part.

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