ESA and fitness for work

ESA and fitness for work

The rules governing ESA fitness for work, include one known as regulation 29. This rule is for people who dont get the points they need in order to be found not fit for work. The regulation states that if a person should be treated as if s/he is not fit for work, and only fit for work related activity, if s/e has has an illness or impairment which means there is a substantial risk to their mental physical health.
Substantial risk is decided by assessing of the type of work suitable for the claimant based on his/her background, experience, and the impairment or condition.

It is something you should ask a Tribunal to consider, if you think it applies to you. It is helpful if you can get a letter from your GP stating what your illnesses or disabilities are and how they make it dangerous to your health if you are found fit for work.


Windrush Discrimination Continues

Windrush Discrimination Continues

We have all heard the news stories on the disgraceful way the British Government is treating the British people who came here on the Windrush and other ships. People who were invited here to fill the gaps in the Labour Force.
The Windrush generation were citizens who got the vote up until recently, when the Home Office under the Tory Government decided to start “deporting” them to places they had never known as home.

This discrimination is being made worse for disabled people. The Guardian tells the story of a 66 year old lady who came to UK from Jamaica on her aunt’s passport when she was 4 years old – too young to have a passport of her own. She has lived here, worked here, paid taxes here, and been a citizen here for longer than anyone in the Cabinet has been alive.

First she was told she was going to be deported, then she was told that she would have to pay back £33,000 in disability benefits, because she was “not a citizen”

The fear and worry of this sudden announcement led to severe depression and thoughts of suicide. Is this how we treat out black brothers and sisters? If you think discrimination against black people and disabled people is wrong, write to your MP and tell them.

Take a stand – have your say

New Blue Badge Rules proposed

New Blue Badge Rules proposed

The Department of Transport is considering widening the scope of Blue Badge scheme, so that people with less obvious impairments like autism and dementia are able to get blue badge parking.

They are also looking at increasing the type of professionals who can assess for a blue badge.

You can have your say in this consultation here>>

DWP not defending PIP Challenge

DWP not defending PIP Challenge

Last year, the DWP changed PIP rules for people with mental health problems, which meant that people who “cant follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress” could no longer get high rate mobility – losing £1,872 a year in benefits.

In a recent post (found here>) we told you that a judge ruled that this was discriminatory, and not in the spirit of the law. The decision was stayed (on hold) depending on a case about the same kind of thing, brought by the DWP and to be heard in June this year.

Excellent news is that the DWP have decided not to appeal the decision, so now people with mental health problems are able to be considered for high rate mobility. According to the Government Minister Esther McVey, about 220,000 claims are affected.

People who only got 10 points – standard rate mobility – for being unable to “follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress” will now be given 12 points and high rate mobility.
If this is you will be getting a letter from the DWP in the next few months telling you of the change, and backpaying the extra benefit to you.

Legal Challenge to PIP on Mental Illnesses

Legal Challenge to PIP on Mental Illnesses

Omega Care is offering a series of free bereavement support groups;

  • Share experiences and learn from others in similar situations
  • Discover new coping skills and begin to focus on the future
  • Develop your own plan for moving forward with life


Friday 21st October 2016 Introductory taster session

Drop in any time between 11:00am and 1:00pm for a chat with facilitator Jane Hunt to learn more about how the programme can help you at St James’s Church Hall, Belfry Drive, Wollaston, Stourbridge DY8 3SE


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orange ribbon day

orange ribbon day

Today is orange ribbon day. It is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

It takes place during a 16 day campaign against on gender-based violence between 25th November and 10th of December

And ask us to – turn the world orange!

The U. N. website states:

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

“Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms. … From 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.”

The orange ribbon campaign aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change.

You can find out more here>>

Wear an orange ribbon or some orange clothing today, and tell people about the campaign.