Tag Archives: incapacity benefit

Back to the Future

The government’s controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords. The bill introduces an annual cap on benefits and overhauls many payments within the welfare system. David Cameron has said it marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in more than 60 years. But a report from […]

It’s Just Not Cricket

In an interview this weekend, PM David Cameron has revealed that he’s hoping for a new kind of fairness in the coming year. While emphasising there will be no let up in dealing with the deficit, Mr Cameron clearly wants 2012 to be different. He wants to establish a new “fairness” agenda that will, he […]

As Blind as the Prat

  A CWMCARN man faces having his incapacity benefit stopped after being declared fit to work despite being registered blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Tony Harris, 51, of Tribute Avenue, was called for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reassessment in November due to him claiming £199 every fortnight in incapacity benefit. Mr […]

False Sense of Security

Private security firm G4S has sacked two members of staff who tagged a man’s false leg allowing him to remove it and break a court-imposed curfew. The pair were fooled by Christopher Lowcock, 29, who wrapped the prosthetic limb in a bandage when G4S set up the system at his Rochdale home. He was then […]

The Moon and the Moccasin

Enjoying the peace of absent window installers this Easter Weekend (back on Monday unfortunately due to the ‘negotiable’ religious holidays of the Roman Law tradition here in Scotland) I’ve been sparing a thought for what Easter means to me as a non-religious Christian of Quaker affiliation. After a childhood of Sunday School thanks to the […]

Party Lines

An open letter to Angie Gray, Conservative MP, in response to her press release on the Reassessment of incapacity benefits. Dear all, From April this year a national reassessment of incapacity benefits will begin and letters will start arriving through letterboxes from the local Jobcentre Plus. Of the 2.6 million on incapacity benefits around 1.5 […]

Moral Hazard isn’t just for Poor People

What has amused me most about the financial crisis are the endless media interviews with “real” people (and the occasional self-confessed bludger auditioning for Shameless). Those chosen are more usually hardworking folk previously on average incomes who are claiming welfare for the first time in their lives and getting a rude shock at the paucity […]

Godwin!

Godwin’s law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies)[1][2] is a humorous observation made by Mike Godwin in 1989 which has become an Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”[3][2] In other words, Godwin […]

Fraud, Error & Waste ™

The penny finally dropped over the weekend when I was telling SL about an unseemly exchange on the blog of Conservative MP Nadine Dorries. If you Twitter all day, every day about claiming disability benefit in one tweet whist arranging a night out in the pub in the next. If you tweet about claiming six […]

Give me £10,000 and I will save you £23.7 billion

You’ll have to forgive me for indulging in a little light maths, but as the current coalition partners in Britain have failed to do so, I figure it’s important that someone does. Having been one of the three million-ish disabled people scared sh*tless by their statement on Disability Living Allowance in the emergency budget, I […]