Hate crime ..add disability

Presently if its deemed a crime was committed against someone mainly because of their race or sexuality the sentence can be more severe than if the crime was committed on other grounds . Disability tho isnt included on this list even tho attacks on disabled people because of their impairments arent infrequent.

The case of the mother who killed herself and her disabled child because of constant harassment by locals  was one which shocked and horrified many yet if those people are caught they can only be charged with public order offences not hate crimes.

Had this been a racially based or homophobic couple based harrassment they could have been charged with hate crime and been given a heavier penalty.

Why is this idea important?

Presently if its deemed a crime was committed against someone mainly because of their race or sexuality the sentence can be more severe than if the crime was committed on other grounds . Disability tho isnt included on this list even tho attacks on disabled people because of their impairments arent infrequent.

The case of the mother who killed herself and her disabled child because of constant harassment by locals  was one which shocked and horrified many yet if those people are caught they can only be charged with public order offences not hate crimes.

Had this been a racially based or homophobic couple based harrassment they could have been charged with hate crime and been given a heavier penalty.

repeal cto’s review mha 2007 consider civil/human rights/freedoms

section 17 of the mental health act already exists – it cannot compel patients within the commuity to take medication against their will, however cto's can,  controlling civil freedom, choice, autonomy too often information is not forthcoming, transparent or easily understood.   – it could be argued cto' s are coersive and could present as an increased risk to patients and professionals if used routinely

Why is this idea important?

section 17 of the mental health act already exists – it cannot compel patients within the commuity to take medication against their will, however cto's can,  controlling civil freedom, choice, autonomy too often information is not forthcoming, transparent or easily understood.   – it could be argued cto' s are coersive and could present as an increased risk to patients and professionals if used routinely

DISABILITY BENEFITS: DLA

The new coalition government is wanting to change the policies on welfare benefits, from this year onwards….The conservatives are targeting the vulnerable, including the sick and disabled, to reduce the deficit that sadly the country has gotten into…..I do appreciate that those who are not in geniune need for DLA must be look at – DLA should only be given to those in geniune need….because we know that a good percentage of disabled people either do not work or they only work in part-time jobs…So any money that disabled people can get, the better……

 

I propose the following:

 

  • To have a faired system for those claiming DLA – People with long-term disabilities and chronic illnesses must be understood more properly from medical assessors from the DWP when claiming DLA. The medical asssessor or jobcentre plus staff must train in more detail about health conditions, especially with hidden disabilities such as autism, mental health conditions, fibromyalgia, etc…
  • Allow the mobility car scheme to be more accessible – allow people on low or high rate to use mobility scheme, as there are people on both components that need a car because they cannot go on a bus and taxi's are too expensive – At the moment, the low mobility component only pays claimants £18 per week roughly – this is not enough, because taxi's can cost £18 for one day, so if you need regular transport, then £18 per week is not enough sadly – so lets bring in the mobility scheme, then disabled people like me can live more independant.
  • DLA must go up with VAT/inflation rise – claimants rely on DLA to help them with medical expenses, including: specialist food, clothing, care support, travel expenses and so forth….Obviously things will become more expense so those on benefits will have to spend less, and this will lead to their health being put at risk.
  • DWP must ensure that every claimant is assessed fairly but properly – DLA should not be given to those with preventable health conditions, such as being overweight, addicts, those with just minor conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc….At the end of the day, DLA should be given to those with long-term disabilities or short-term illnesses that are moderate to severe only…..
  • Disabled people with long-term disabilities, such as autism, fibromyalgia, etc…..should not have to keep re-applying every few years unless their condition changes and the claimant needs to inform them.
  • If a disabled person wants to work, allow that person to still have DLA and the same rates they was given – alot of disabled people will probadly still need the same level of support, whether in or out of work.
  • Stop people victimizing those who are on DLA/Incapacity benefits – not everybody on benefits are lazy and scroungers – people do not chose to be disabled….

 

http://www.motability.co.uk/main.cfm

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/DG_10011731

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/messageboards/F3611783?thread=4195918

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/

Why is this idea important?

The new coalition government is wanting to change the policies on welfare benefits, from this year onwards….The conservatives are targeting the vulnerable, including the sick and disabled, to reduce the deficit that sadly the country has gotten into…..I do appreciate that those who are not in geniune need for DLA must be look at – DLA should only be given to those in geniune need….because we know that a good percentage of disabled people either do not work or they only work in part-time jobs…So any money that disabled people can get, the better……

 

I propose the following:

 

  • To have a faired system for those claiming DLA – People with long-term disabilities and chronic illnesses must be understood more properly from medical assessors from the DWP when claiming DLA. The medical asssessor or jobcentre plus staff must train in more detail about health conditions, especially with hidden disabilities such as autism, mental health conditions, fibromyalgia, etc…
  • Allow the mobility car scheme to be more accessible – allow people on low or high rate to use mobility scheme, as there are people on both components that need a car because they cannot go on a bus and taxi's are too expensive – At the moment, the low mobility component only pays claimants £18 per week roughly – this is not enough, because taxi's can cost £18 for one day, so if you need regular transport, then £18 per week is not enough sadly – so lets bring in the mobility scheme, then disabled people like me can live more independant.
  • DLA must go up with VAT/inflation rise – claimants rely on DLA to help them with medical expenses, including: specialist food, clothing, care support, travel expenses and so forth….Obviously things will become more expense so those on benefits will have to spend less, and this will lead to their health being put at risk.
  • DWP must ensure that every claimant is assessed fairly but properly – DLA should not be given to those with preventable health conditions, such as being overweight, addicts, those with just minor conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc….At the end of the day, DLA should be given to those with long-term disabilities or short-term illnesses that are moderate to severe only…..
  • Disabled people with long-term disabilities, such as autism, fibromyalgia, etc…..should not have to keep re-applying every few years unless their condition changes and the claimant needs to inform them.
  • If a disabled person wants to work, allow that person to still have DLA and the same rates they was given – alot of disabled people will probadly still need the same level of support, whether in or out of work.
  • Stop people victimizing those who are on DLA/Incapacity benefits – not everybody on benefits are lazy and scroungers – people do not chose to be disabled….

 

http://www.motability.co.uk/main.cfm

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/DG_10011731

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/messageboards/F3611783?thread=4195918

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/

Medical Assessment for Employment Support Allowance

Why should an unqualified person's assessment override that of a GP or specialist doctor? The current Medical Assessment for Employment Support Allowance does just this causing unecessary pain and it needs to be abolished. Please look into this as a matter of urgency.

My 20 year old daughter suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS). This is a thoroughly debilitating illness, physically, mentally and socially surrounded by much ignorance. Unless this illness has been experienced at first hand or you have seen someone suffer on a daily basis it really cannot be imagined. It is also an invisible malady, the sufferer appearing no different from anyone else and so general courtesies that would be forthcoming to those with visible disabilities are not forthcoming.

It took around 3 years to have this condition diagnosed. My daughter is extremely bright and has to leave university because of her condition – and she would be there instantly if her mental and physical health allowed.  Her friends are all at university, some now qualifiying, and so she is extremely isolated. She is also partially sighted and since birth we have travelled to Addenbrooks or Manchester Eye hospital because of her rare genetic eye condition.

A few months ago she underwent the medical assessment for Employment Support Allowance and 'failed'. So, according to them, she did not have CFS or any vision impairment! This whole process is a complete farce as the team bought in to complete this assessment are not medical experts. After this my daughter then struggled over a number of days to complete a complex form to explain why the assessment was wrong. A few months later, we have now hear that her appeal date has to be set at 10am on one morning. Those who know will realise that this is much too early fro a CFS sufferer – it takes a good couple of hours to get ready to go out and then there are some days when it is impossible to get out of bed! So we now have to appeal to the judge to set a more reasonable time – he may not agree!  So, more hoops to jump through!  Given that we gert a reasonable time for the hearing my daughter still has to present her case – no one can do this on her behalf.  Despite her intelligence and logical abilities I doubt very much that her mental, phsychological and emotional state will allow her to put forward her case properly. She will be exhausted just getting there and the compounded effects of a hearing will make her condition worse for several days afterwards. After all this it could be found that she is deemed unworthy of the allowance and is left with nothing to live on.

DISCRIMINATION is the only word that comes to my mind in relation to all this.  Someone suffering so badly shound not have to be on trial. A GP report together with specialist reports and others in the health profession should provide the evidence for this and no-one else.  There are 1,000 of sufferers who have to give up on appeals because of the nature of their illness.

Why is this idea important?

Why should an unqualified person's assessment override that of a GP or specialist doctor? The current Medical Assessment for Employment Support Allowance does just this causing unecessary pain and it needs to be abolished. Please look into this as a matter of urgency.

My 20 year old daughter suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS). This is a thoroughly debilitating illness, physically, mentally and socially surrounded by much ignorance. Unless this illness has been experienced at first hand or you have seen someone suffer on a daily basis it really cannot be imagined. It is also an invisible malady, the sufferer appearing no different from anyone else and so general courtesies that would be forthcoming to those with visible disabilities are not forthcoming.

It took around 3 years to have this condition diagnosed. My daughter is extremely bright and has to leave university because of her condition – and she would be there instantly if her mental and physical health allowed.  Her friends are all at university, some now qualifiying, and so she is extremely isolated. She is also partially sighted and since birth we have travelled to Addenbrooks or Manchester Eye hospital because of her rare genetic eye condition.

A few months ago she underwent the medical assessment for Employment Support Allowance and 'failed'. So, according to them, she did not have CFS or any vision impairment! This whole process is a complete farce as the team bought in to complete this assessment are not medical experts. After this my daughter then struggled over a number of days to complete a complex form to explain why the assessment was wrong. A few months later, we have now hear that her appeal date has to be set at 10am on one morning. Those who know will realise that this is much too early fro a CFS sufferer – it takes a good couple of hours to get ready to go out and then there are some days when it is impossible to get out of bed! So we now have to appeal to the judge to set a more reasonable time – he may not agree!  So, more hoops to jump through!  Given that we gert a reasonable time for the hearing my daughter still has to present her case – no one can do this on her behalf.  Despite her intelligence and logical abilities I doubt very much that her mental, phsychological and emotional state will allow her to put forward her case properly. She will be exhausted just getting there and the compounded effects of a hearing will make her condition worse for several days afterwards. After all this it could be found that she is deemed unworthy of the allowance and is left with nothing to live on.

DISCRIMINATION is the only word that comes to my mind in relation to all this.  Someone suffering so badly shound not have to be on trial. A GP report together with specialist reports and others in the health profession should provide the evidence for this and no-one else.  There are 1,000 of sufferers who have to give up on appeals because of the nature of their illness.

Repeal laws that deny equal civil rights to disabled people

Repeal section 21ZA of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and also repeal the equivalent sections from the Equality Act 2010.

This sections permit airlines, cruise liners and ferries to discriminate against disabled people by refusing them carriage even when there is no safety justification whatsoever for the less favourable treatment.

This would give disabled people the same right not to be discriminated against when travelling by air or sea as they already enjoy when using any other method of transport.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal section 21ZA of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and also repeal the equivalent sections from the Equality Act 2010.

This sections permit airlines, cruise liners and ferries to discriminate against disabled people by refusing them carriage even when there is no safety justification whatsoever for the less favourable treatment.

This would give disabled people the same right not to be discriminated against when travelling by air or sea as they already enjoy when using any other method of transport.

People on benefits earning their money (menial work for the govt)

I think people who are recieving benefits should at least be used by the government/local town. Get them to sweep the streets, clean government offices, paint the roads.

These are work that anyone can do but the government currently has to pay for someone to do it. If we get people who recieve benefits to do these menial jobs in exchange of them recieving benefits, government saves money and at the same time benefit scroungers will be put off by being forced to do menial jobs.

Why is this idea important?

I think people who are recieving benefits should at least be used by the government/local town. Get them to sweep the streets, clean government offices, paint the roads.

These are work that anyone can do but the government currently has to pay for someone to do it. If we get people who recieve benefits to do these menial jobs in exchange of them recieving benefits, government saves money and at the same time benefit scroungers will be put off by being forced to do menial jobs.

Reform of welfare benefits

I will apologise in advance if this is a little incoherent, it's 4 am (but the site is now working properly – yay).

There is much duplication within the benefits system, if the government is serious about drastically reducing the welfare bill they could do worse than abolish the current convulted system of interlocking benefits, each of which affect oneanother and replace with a simple '2-tier' system – one for the employed and another for the unemployed.

Under the current system, a family can be in receipt of several different benefits as a result of their income and exact familiar situation.  If one benefit changes, up or down, it has a knock on effect to most, if not all, of the other benefits received.  For each £1 extra, for example, received in tax credits, housing benefit and council tax benefit will be recalculated and reduced by a similar amount.

Example: A working father, housewife, one child, renting privately under the current system

Earnings – £18000 p.a. gross – tax and NI deducted at source circa £3,600 (above average earnings for this area)

Tax Credits & other benefits received circa £8000 p.a. (*calculated from entitledto.co.uk website).  Requiring separate application and processing for each benefit.

Raise the tax threshold and introduce a 'one stop shop'  to avoid the unnecessary duplication saving money on both staffing and administration, simplifies the overall process, reduces the chances of an error and reduces the total benefits bill.

Taking my theoretical family from above;

1. Increase in Personal Allowance to £10,000 p.a. decreases tax & ni liability to £2,900 (using current NI thresholds) giving a net income of £15,100.

2. Under current regulation, the above calculation indicates this family 'requires' a gross income of £22,000.

Upon providing evidence of eligible rent, child's d.o.b. to the one stop shop ONE calculation could be performed with an annual payment of £6,900 due – a direct saving of £1,100 on their current benefits bill with further savings as mentioned above. 

If administered by HMRC, or an offshoot thereof, centrally, they'll already know your income and knowing which benefit elements you would be entitled to, should result in a fast and efficient service.

 

A similar approach would apply for the 'unemployed' benefit side – provide evidence of eligible rent, children, any income, etc to the one stop shop for a single benefit payment made up of the required elements (i.e. JSA, HB, CTB) with similar cost saving benefits from reduced administration.  Eligibility to benefits as an unemployed person or couple is a matter already addressed in several other suggestions.

Why is this idea important?

I will apologise in advance if this is a little incoherent, it's 4 am (but the site is now working properly – yay).

There is much duplication within the benefits system, if the government is serious about drastically reducing the welfare bill they could do worse than abolish the current convulted system of interlocking benefits, each of which affect oneanother and replace with a simple '2-tier' system – one for the employed and another for the unemployed.

Under the current system, a family can be in receipt of several different benefits as a result of their income and exact familiar situation.  If one benefit changes, up or down, it has a knock on effect to most, if not all, of the other benefits received.  For each £1 extra, for example, received in tax credits, housing benefit and council tax benefit will be recalculated and reduced by a similar amount.

Example: A working father, housewife, one child, renting privately under the current system

Earnings – £18000 p.a. gross – tax and NI deducted at source circa £3,600 (above average earnings for this area)

Tax Credits & other benefits received circa £8000 p.a. (*calculated from entitledto.co.uk website).  Requiring separate application and processing for each benefit.

Raise the tax threshold and introduce a 'one stop shop'  to avoid the unnecessary duplication saving money on both staffing and administration, simplifies the overall process, reduces the chances of an error and reduces the total benefits bill.

Taking my theoretical family from above;

1. Increase in Personal Allowance to £10,000 p.a. decreases tax & ni liability to £2,900 (using current NI thresholds) giving a net income of £15,100.

2. Under current regulation, the above calculation indicates this family 'requires' a gross income of £22,000.

Upon providing evidence of eligible rent, child's d.o.b. to the one stop shop ONE calculation could be performed with an annual payment of £6,900 due – a direct saving of £1,100 on their current benefits bill with further savings as mentioned above. 

If administered by HMRC, or an offshoot thereof, centrally, they'll already know your income and knowing which benefit elements you would be entitled to, should result in a fast and efficient service.

 

A similar approach would apply for the 'unemployed' benefit side – provide evidence of eligible rent, children, any income, etc to the one stop shop for a single benefit payment made up of the required elements (i.e. JSA, HB, CTB) with similar cost saving benefits from reduced administration.  Eligibility to benefits as an unemployed person or couple is a matter already addressed in several other suggestions.

People should work for benefits

Anybody claiming benefits should have to work a minimum number of hours per week to earn the money they receive.  They should be able to do this work either for the local authority doing useful jobs around the local area such as picking up litter, grass cutting, delivering meals to the elderly etc. or as a volunteer for any local charity.  The work could be tailored to fit ability so that even people who are excluded from work due to illness or disability are able to contribute and be an asset for the local community.  Those who refuse to work should not receive a penny unless they can prove that they have a genuine disability which entirely prevents them from doing anything useful.

Why is this idea important?

Anybody claiming benefits should have to work a minimum number of hours per week to earn the money they receive.  They should be able to do this work either for the local authority doing useful jobs around the local area such as picking up litter, grass cutting, delivering meals to the elderly etc. or as a volunteer for any local charity.  The work could be tailored to fit ability so that even people who are excluded from work due to illness or disability are able to contribute and be an asset for the local community.  Those who refuse to work should not receive a penny unless they can prove that they have a genuine disability which entirely prevents them from doing anything useful.