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Hancock: care workers can’t have ‘Real Living Wage’ – but let’s remember he offered them a nice badge

Up your…: last week, Matt Hancock offered carers… a badge. This is what they said he could do with it.

Right after offering carers a badge instead of genuine government investment, Matt Hancock has denied them the real living wage.

Let’s clarify, quickly: the real living wage is a wage that covers real living expenses, and is currently set at £10.75 in London and £9.30 in the rest of the UK for anybody aged 18 and older.

Hancock came out with the mealy-mouthed excuse that carers are already paid the National Living Wage, which is only £8.21 – and applicable only to people aged over 25. It doesn’t cover the cost of living, meaning its description as a “living wage” is false.

And let’s remember that MP’s have been given an extra £10,000 – above their already-enormous salaries – to help them work at home, which is something carers do all the time.

What a charmer.

Hancock was responding to SNP health spokesperson Dr Philippa Whitford who pointed out that carers in Scotland are already paid the real living wage and asked when the Tory government would do the same for those in England.

She also asked him to reverse a 20 per cent cut in public health funding imposed by the Tories in 2015 – but that didn’t even get a response.

It seems the only hand Hancock has for carers is when he’s clapping for them on his doorstep – if he ever bothers.

Source: Matt Hancock refuses to commit to paying care workers the ‘Real Living Wage’ – Welfare Weekly

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Care workers tell Matt Hancock what to do with his ‘badge of honour’

It was another of the empty gestures for which Boris Johnson’s Tory government is becoming justly infamous during the coronavirus lockdown.

In the absence of any genuine offer to improve services, the Health and Social Care Secretary [italics mine] Matt Hancock has offered carers… a badge.

And they have wasted no time telling him where to put it:

Shove it up your…: this is satire, of course. Carers and health workers haven’t really inserted Matt Hancock’s new ‘Care’ badge up his rectum. But you can bet they’d like to.

Hancock had tried to sell this particular pup to us by saying, “This badge will be a badge of honour in a very real sense, allowing social care staff proudly and publicly to identify themselves, just like NHS staff do with that famous blue and white logo.

“I know that many businesses will want to offer the same recognition and benefits as they do wonderfully to the NHS.”

What businesses? Has he negotiated anything? No? That’s an empty statement, then.

And why would carers want to identify in the same way as the NHS, when under the Tories the NHS has been a target for de-funding, privatisation and poor service?

The coronavirus crisis in the UK has been partly fuelled by the fact that, despite having been warned four years ago that the NHS would not be able to cope with a pandemic outbreak, the Tories point-blank refused to take the steps necessary to protect the population.

Their preference was to let hundreds of thousands of us die instead.

Now, instead of providing any solid support for carers, Hancock is offering them nothing more than a badge.

You can understand why they don’t care for it.

Source: Coronavirus: Matt Hancock ridiculed after announcing badge to support care sector workers | The Independent

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Blue Badge changes were forced on Tories by court case – and they lied about it

This is sterling work from John Pring’s indispensible Disability News Service.

It turns out that the government’s much-trumpeted changes to the list of those who qualify for blue disability badges were forced on the Tories by the courts – and they lied about it to cover up the fact.

The changes mean people with invisible impairments should find it much easier to get a blue badge, which gives concessions to disabled people when they have to pay for parking.

They were heralded as the biggest overhaul of the system in 40 years, following a public consultation – but nobody mentioned the fact that this had been ordered by the courts after a judicial review on behalf of an autistic man with learning difficulties.

According to DNS, the man, who has since died, “had had a blue badge for 30 years but was told by his local council that he no longer qualified because of new [Department for Transport] rules.

“His family took legal action against the government and his local council because of new guidance issued by DfT in October 2014, after the government had begun to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with the new personal independence payment (PIP) disability benefit the previous year.

“DfT was forced to settle the judicial review claim in 2016 by agreeing to review the new blue badge guidance.

“It was that review that led to this year’s consultation – which heard from more than 6,000 individuals and more than 230 organisations – and the announcement of changes to the scheme this week.”

The cover-up was aided by disability charities including the National Autistic Society (NAS), which was quoted in the DfT press release expressing its support for the government and saying it was “thrilled” with the move, according to DNS.

“The support of charities like NAS was then reported by mainstream media including the Independent, the Observer/Guardian online and the BBC, most of which repeated the government’s line that the announcement was the biggest overhaul of the system in 40 years,” the news site dedicated to issues facing disabled people stated.

There’s a big push, at the moment, to have social media sites labelled ‘fake news’, so the mainstream media – like the Independent, Observer/Guardian and the BBC can maintain their supremacy as “reliable” news sources. I wonder how many people would have realised these “reliable” news sources were in fact peddling fake news in this case?

DNS is currently struggling to remain financially viable – but without the site’s excellent work, the government would be able to keep hidden the facts about stories like this.

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Source: Charities help government with cover-up over blue badge changes

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FAKE NEWS: Tory ‘Blue Badge’ bonanza is just giving back what they took away in 2014

It’s ironic that the Conservative government would come out with fake news on the weekend it was reported a Parliamentary committee will demand a clampdown on fake news.

You see, the DWP took blue disability badges away from all the people mentioned in its announcement (below), back in 2014. All it is doing now is giving them back.

Take a look at this article published by The Canary. It will explain it all for you.

The best advice This Writer can give you, if you see a link to a news story about this by the mainstream media on Facebook or Twitter is: Report it. It’s fake news. The Tories are simply giving back something they should never have taken away.

People with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions will soon have access to Blue Badges, removing the barriers many face to travel.

The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk longer distances.

In the biggest overhaul to the scheme since the 1970s, this will now be extended to those with less visible conditions early next year.

The new criteria will extend eligibility to people who:

  • cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism)
  • cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress
  • have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)

Source: People with hidden disabilities to benefit from Blue Badges – GOV.UK

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