British anti-disabled fit-for-work tests, even Conservative against

This 27 February 2014 video from Britain is called Blind man told he is fit for work by ATOS!!

Another video from Britain used to say about itself:

Blind man Tony Harris told he is fit for work

3 January 2013

Blind man Tony Harris told he is fit for work

As the UK government continues to reform the welfare system, a 52-year-old man registered blind since he was 16 has been telling BBC Wales how he has lost benefits after being assessed as being fit for work.

With incapacity benefit being scrapped, Tony Harris attended a work capability assessment last September to see if he was eligible for its replacement, employment support allowance.

He says he was shocked to be told by letter in December that he was fit for work and not eligible for the allowance.

Mr Harris says he can barely see and can hardly use his hands due to rheumatoid arthritis.

He told BBC Wales political reporter Mark Hannaby he has lost £38 a week and is worried about going into debt and losing his home.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tory adviser calls to end fit-for-work tests

Saturday 12th March 2016

Broken’ system needs ‘complete overhaul’

ONE of the government’s own advisers called for the scrapping of benefit sanctions and the controversial “fit-for-work” tests yesterday.

Matthew Oakley, who sits on the social security advisory committee, called the current system “broken” and in need of a “complete overhaul.”

He warned that the threat of benefit sanctions “can do more harm than good” and had failed to boost employment.

Sanctions should instead be replaced with a system of voluntary assistance to help disabled people who need support to get into work, Mr Oakley suggested in a report for the Social Market Foundation think tank.

He said: “The government faces a massive challenge in meeting its ambition of halving the disability employment gap.

“The current system does not provide adequate financial support to disabled people who need it and pushes many further away from work. The system of benefits and requirements placed on disabled people needs a complete overhaul.”

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) co-ordinator Linda Burnip welcomed any move to scrap benefit sanctions and “fit-for-work” but voiced concern over the details of any voluntary assistance system.

“The trouble is many disabled people no longer trust the government,” she said.

“There needs to be more detail on what voluntary assistance entails and how it would work in practice with employers, many of which are not at all accommodating to disabled workers’ needs.”

The report also recommends that benefit levels should be adequate to support those living with a disability to fully engage in society.

And it finds that if the government is to reach its target of halving the disability employment gap within 20 years, the disability employment rate will have to at least treble.

Mr Oakley’s criticism of benefit sanctions followed outrageous claims by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that 75 per cent of those hit by them had said “it helped them focus and get on.”

The Netherlands: Experimenting with social welfare: join the destroyers, otherwise you are ‘negative’: here.

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  2. Friday, 18 March 2016

    Rebellion erupts against Osborne’s budget attack on disabled!

    CHANCELLOR Osborne’s just-declared Budget has touched off such anger that he is already being counselled to abandon his masterplan to make savage cuts on the disabled so that he can make big handouts to the already well-off and rich.

    Heading the revolt is a disabled campaigner and Conservative party member Graeme Ellis who has resigned his position in the Conservative Disabilities Group after disabling its website.

    He says that he took these steps because he feels that Osborne ‘is robbing the vulnerable to pay the rich’, simultaneously cutting disability benefits in order to raise the 40p income tax threshold.

    Ellis, who has diabetes, neuropathy and a visual impairment, has been transformed: ‘I no longer want to be a Conservative. I’m disabled first and that’s the corner I’ll continue fighting.’ Well said and well done!

    His position has been confirmed by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who said: ‘Up to 600,000 disabled people could lose over £100 a week, totalling up to £6bn a year!’ He added: ‘I think that’s unacceptable and the reason it’s unacceptable is because that’s paying for a cut to Capital Gains Tax for the richest 5% in our country.’

    Parkinson’s UK policy adviser Phil Reynolds has said that the cuts on the disabled will be ‘devastating’. He said: ‘Thousands of people with Parkinson’s, who rely on aids and appliances for basic tasks like using the toilet or dressing themselves, will now find PIP even tougher to claim. Instead of being able to receive the support they so desperately need, they’re being penalised and shut out at every turn.’

    In fact, the Chancellor has launched a massive body of savage cuts. He told MPs in his budget speech, ‘My spending plans in the last Parliament reduced the share of national income taken by the state from the unsustainable 45% we inherited, to 40% today. My spending plans in this Parliament will see it fall to 36.9% by the end of this decade … The aim is to save a further £3.5 billion in the year 2019-20.’

    At the same time as savagely cutting expenditure, Osborne announced that, ‘Corporation Tax will be cut by April 2020 to 17%! Business rates relief will be raised from £6,000 to a maximum threshold of £15,000, with the threshold for the higher rate raised from £18,000 to £51,000.’

    He then pledged that, ‘When I became Chancellor, 80% of local government funding came in largely ring-fenced grants from central government. It was the illusion of local democracy. By the end of this Parliament, 100% of local government resources will come from local government – raised locally, spent locally, invested locally.’

    In other words it is to be savage cuts all round, as a way of life, or the way to an early death!
    He also announced: ‘I am today providing extra funding so that by 2020 every primary and secondary school in England will be, or be in the process of becoming, an academy.’
    This has also been condemned by Labour and the teaching trade unions. The Labour Party said yesterday: ‘In fact, the schools system is facing a black hole of £560 million, as Osborne fails to fully fund his pledge to turn every school into an academy.
    There are currently 15,632 schools in England which are not yet academies. The cost for conversion to academy status is £44,837.

    ‘The Budget allocated £140 million to academisation. This leaves a shortfall of £560 million. The government has conveniently left out the policy costings for full academisation in its Budget document.’

    Again, this programme will be paid for by more massive raids on the poor and the disabled, and through huge attacks on the jobs, wages and working conditions of teachers.

    Compulsory academisation means longer school days and flexibility for school activities in evenings and over weekends. It will see the same war being waged on teachers that the Tory regime is waging on the junior doctors, whom Hunt intends to force to work for seven days for five days’ pay. You have been warned!

    The solution to this problem is simple. On April 6 the junior doctors are coming out for another 48 hours. The teaching unions and all TUC trade unions must strike with them to bring the Tories down and bring in a workers’ government!


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