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Same Difference

Very good news today from Black Triangle:

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling which found that the process used to decide whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) disadvantages people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism.

The original judgment, which was made public at an Upper Tribunal hearing in May this year, was the result of a Judicial Review brought by two anonymous claimants with mental health problems.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) immediately appealed against the judgment and the Judicial Review was put on hold. Now that the DWP has lost their appeal, the Judicial Review will continue. A final judgment is expected next year unless the DWP decide to take the case to the Supreme Court.

The charities Rethink Mental Illness, Mind and the National Autistic Society intervened in the case to provide evidence based…

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Brain-fog (Part 1)

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

I can relate a lot to this, though I’m not as extreme.

Dead Men Don't Snore

One of the most frustrating symptoms of ME is a pervasive form of cognitive dysfunction known commonly as ‘brain-fog’. In its milder form, brain-fog is comparable to the poor concentration and foggy-headedness a healthy person might experience during a cold; its severe form however is utterly debilitating.

Brain-fog typically affects memory, concentration, word-finding abilities and language-comprehension. This makes it more difficult for sufferers to learn new skills or retain information, and severely restricts their ability to study or work. The form and severity of cognitive dysfunction varies from person to person and from day to day. On a good day, I am able to concentrate in twenty minute bursts and this allows me to read, write, chat or watch TV spread out through the day; however short these sessions I am immeasurably grateful to be doing these things as many patients with severe ME cannot do them at all.


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@JobcentreMole is a Job Centre advisor who has taken to Twitter to speak out about the Job Centre’s unfair treatment of people who are claiming benefits. For obvious reasons he is anonymous. I think that what he’s doing is very brave. We did this interview by email. (All emphases are mine).
The Mole says: “I started my career with Jobcentre plus over 15 years ago at such a young age, I have literally done every job at lower (band B) level there is within the Jobcentre. I can assure you my knowledge of Jobcentre Plus is up with the best, I can also assure you I am not alone with my views.” 
Do the management have targets to sanction x number of people, or are your team encouraged to sanction people?

There is 100% no specific target at all, however it is and has been mentioned before that each signer…

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Downright awful is all I can say.

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I was in the Job Centre myself a few weeks ago. Looking along the desk of one of the interview staff, I noticed that right in front of the tray for his documents and papers was a stack of cards for the Samaritans. This is a mute, but shocking sign of the real nature of the DWP under Cameron and Clegg. Mike, The Void, and many, many other left-wing blogs and sites have already described how the staff in some Job Centres are being trained to deal with suicidal claimants. These are the poor and desperate, whose claims have been disallowed and sanctioned. I don’t know if the Job Centre in Bristol offers similar training to its staff. The stack of cards on this clerks desk nevertheless bore witness that this staff member, at least, knew there was a problem and was prepared for that eventuality, if just in…

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So refreshing to see some facts being printed, rather than wild speculation.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – unfortunately)

This is truly shocking. Police in the UK today are threatening to arrest, prosecute and even help evict tenants who publicly complain about rogue landlords. I find it hard to believe this kind of censorship is going on in Britain today. Please share.

When several tenants complained to police about their treatment at the hands of a couple of wealthy rogue landlords in Hastings, Sussex, they were told the police could do nothing to help them because it was a civil matter.

Here’s an article from local newspaper the Hastings Observer as an example of some of the problems tenants have been having with Oakfield Property in Hastings:

Couple crushed by Oakfield clashes

However, when one of the tenants decided to fight back by setting up a website criticising the dodgy landlords with satirical cartoons – Hastings Police told her to take down the critical posts…

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I wish I could attend, but I will share and hope others do too.

the void

fuel-poverty-picvia Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

Join Fuel Poverty Action, UK Uncut, the Greater London Pensioners’ Association and Disabled People Against Cuts for an outrageous, creative and inclusive protest against fuel poverty deaths on November 26th at 11.30am in Central London. Meeting point – well it’s a secret, for now.

On November 26th, the number of people who died last winter from cold homes will be announced. But we won’t stand for any more unnecessary deaths caused by price-hiking, polluting, profiteering, tax avoiding energy companies. So …join us as we take to the streets in central London to target one of the main energy robbers driving fuel poverty.

As the Big Six energy companies hike up prices we are told the only answer is to put on a jumper, leaving millions of us to choose between heating and eating. While the energy companies spread the lie that ‘green taxes’ are…

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Well, he did keep one promise, he changed the economy. Just not in the way we expected.


I have found this little nugget of information from someone I know on Facebook and have re-printed here in full. It is David Cameron’s Pre-election Speech of 2010, his “Contract” as he calls it, with the people. This was BEFORE he won the election by the back door.

“We go into the general election on 6 May with trust in politics and politicians at an all-time low. And I can understand why: the years of broken promises, the expenses scandal, the feeling that politicians have become too remote from the people — they’ve all taken their toll.”

“That’s why I’m making this contract with you.”

“For too long, you’ve been lied to by politicians saying they can sort out all your problems. But it doesn’t work like that. Real change is not just about what the government does. Real change only comes when we understand that we are all in…

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