Tag Archives: welfare

Wrongful birth – claiming for a disabled child

In The Age today there’s an article about a couple with a severely disabled child suing an IVF practitioner in negligence: Debbie and Lawrence Waller love their 11-year-old son, Keeden, but they believe he should never have been born. Just days after Mrs Waller gave birth in August 2000 following IVF treatment, Keeden suffered a […]

Enforcing filial piety via legislation

(from Wikimedia Commons) According to Confucian ideals, filial piety is the ultimate value. Hence, it permeates many Asian societies. There is notionally no need for the state to provide for care for the elderly, because the children will look after their parents in their old age. The rather creepy statue above depicts Japanese man Ryochi […]

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 […]

Computer says “no”

Work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is conducting an urgent review into a new medical test for incapacity benefit after fresh figures showed only 6% of those tested were deemed to be totally incapable of working. The figures, covering all new claims from October 2008 to the end of November 2009, show 39% are being […]

Well, that’s one

FRIENDS of an acclaimed Scottish writer have accused the new government’s crackdown on welfare benefits of being a factor in his suicide. Paul Reekie, who, along with Irvine Welsh, was part of a wave of young Scottish authors who rose to international prominence in the 1990s, killed himself in his Edinburgh home last month. The […]

Mandatory Lourdes trip for DLA claimants

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined plans to cut incapacity benefit, insisting those capable of working should work, citing the example of coma patients who could easily take up gainful employment as draft excluders. His comments come as the government seeks to make further inroads into the £155bn budget deficit, with those on incapacity benefits seen […]

We regret to inform you that the disabled will be mugged by their government (twice)

This is going to be a longer and much sharper post than I had originally intended. What first came to mind was an open letter to the new Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pointing out a simple £50 million cost saving to the welfare bill, but then yesterday the new coalition government handed […]

I am not an underclass

Disability sucks. I just thought you should know that. It’s sometimes painful, always inconvenient and inclined to bite gaping holes out of your self esteem. Most people are pretty reliable: they get up in the morning, go to work or school during the week and kick back on the weekends doing activities they enjoy once […]

Monday Funnies

A couple claiming benefits who sailed part way around the world on a £100,000 yacht have been warned they face jail. Shashi Bacheta, 52, had claimed she was so ill she had trouble getting out of bed, but investigators said she would go scuba diving. Bacheta, of Swansea, admitted 16 counts relating to benefit fraud […]