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Government authorities are STILL pretending they think amputees can grow their limbs back!

Blue badge: this one wouldn’t be valid any more because it has the EU’s logo on it.

It’s amazing that benefit-providing authorities are still pretending to be this stupid.

Read the following tweet, and I’ll provide a text version of the attachment (for those who can’t read images) afterwards:

Are you with me so far? Ben’s local council contacted him to say that his disability did not qualify him for a Blue Badge – used to gain privileged parking for disabled drivers.

Council officers wanted to see evidence of his disability. So he contacted his doctor and asked for a letter providing details.

This is what the doctor wrote:

“I was most surprised to be asked for a statement of fact regarding Ben’s disability. I can assure you that he has indeed had a traumatic amputation of his right lower leg in a road traffic accident. This has left him severely debilitated with chronic phantom limb syndrome and perpetual pain in his stump which on some days allows him to be independently mobile and other days leaves him unable to walk independently.

“I would be grateful if you could take this into account when dealing with his requests for blue badges in the future.

“It is of course unlikely that this situation will change unless medical science allows us to re-grow a new leg for him.”

It reminds me of an image I used to use, years ago, to illustrate that way Department for Work and Pensions officers would try to diddle people with severe disabilities out of their benefits by putting them through pointless repeated benefit assessments, because they knew the experience would cause severe distress.

The image was of a quadruple-amputee and the caption was something like “Every six months the DWP demands that she attend a re-assessment interview… IN CASE THEY’VE GROWN BACK.”

As the doctor’s letter states: unless there’s a sudden advance in medical science that makes limb regrowth feasible – and this is likely to be announced on all major new outlets, all over the world, so we’ll all know about it – then there is no point in pretending there is a reason to put people with disabilities through all this extra trouble.

All those years ago, I was charitable enough to believe it might be possible for people to genuinely believe it was possible for human beings to regrow amputated legs.

Now I am less tolerant – and I think it’s time for zero tolerance from the rest of us.

So, if a local authority – or the DWP – tries to demand that people with disabilities need to provide proof that they still have a disability that simply won’t go away…

Let’s name the authority and – where possible – the official responsible for the demand, and ask whether the person is too stupid to have such responsibility, or whether the authority itself is too stupid to be put in charge of such an important duty.

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Unforgivable: anti-lockdown protesters compare masks and vaccines with the Holocaust

I was going to avoid reporting on anti-lockdown protests, because in a time when wearing a mask and having a vaccination injection could save many thousands of lives, I would have hoped anyone with sense could see that these people are wrong.

But some of the protesters who were out in London today (and elsewhere, I dare say) took the opportunity to take their silliness across the line into the unforgivable. I refer to this:

It is bad enough that people like this … lady … have chosen to mock the memories of more than 150,000 victims of the Covid-19 virus by announcing their ignorance of its threat all over our streets.

But then they had to pretend that measures designed to safeguard their lives are somehow similar to the systematic persecution and extermination of Jews by Nazi Germany.

It isn’t very often that I agree with David Baddiel on matters concerning anti-Semitism but this was an offence, not only against the 150,000 who have died over the last year or so but also against the six million Jews who were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust.

In that context, I think his tweeted “Take. That. Off.” was remarkably restrained.

Others who took to the social media to express their outrage were more explanatory. I won’t publish the actual tweets because they feature the full image, including the woman’s face, and I don’t want to give her the publicity.

The Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account stated, “Instrumentalization of the tragedy of Jews who suffered, were humiliated, marked with a yellow star, and finally isolated in ghettos and murdered during the Holocaust, in order to argue against vaccination that saves human lives is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.” This was also remarkably restrained, in my opinion.

Heather Rufus tweeted: “To anyone wearing the Star of David as a lockdown protest, you’re totally lacking in awareness. Millions of Jewish people were murdered during the Holocaust and you are likening lockdown to that. You should hang your head in shame. Gross.”

Ian Moore went further: “If you wore a Yellow Star today to protest against facemasks that protect others, you are a stain on humanity. You ignorant, privileged morons. Whatever your perceived grievances are, how is that Holocaust level? Vile.”

Benjamin Cohen, CEO of Pink News added: “If you really want to be a crank and protest about the Covid lockdowns that have saved lives, do not then appropriate a symbol from the Holocaust that led to the murder of six million Jews and permanently diminished Jewish population, destroyed Jewish culture and history.”

There’s this, from @HowardA_Esq: “Being asked to wear a mask or be vaccinated is not like having your family burned alive, gassed to death, starved to death or worked to death because of their religion. This is the symbol of our religion and our persecution. Take it off, bigot.

“My family were murdered by people who force them to wear the Star of David. Playing holocaust victim because you were asked to wear a mask, it’s reprehensible on every level.”

Damn straight.

Source: London protest: Thousands gather for anti-lockdown march after pubs and shops reopen – Mirror Online

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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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