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Theresa May pulls plug on United Nations funding until they see things her way

Theresa May has had enough of the UN breathing down her neck for violating CRPD laws and is pulling the plug on their funding.

The United Kingdom had signed up to CRPD optional protocols to protect the rights of disabled people.  It’s a checkbox that gives an appearance the Tories respect disabled people.

In reality the Tories show contempt for the sick, disabled and the poor.  They famously blocked a £3 million fund set up by the EU to help UK’s poor people.

 Here is what they found..

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You can read the full initial UN report here: http://d.pr/f/dob2

TV news has not been completely silent over Tory treatment of disabled people..

Coroners have come out and said the Tories are responsible for deaths

United Nations says Britain is going backwards instead of forwards

The most shocking aspect of the UN report is what it reveals about the UK government’s increasing non-compliance with existing UK legislation. For example, it is obliged by law to carry out impact assessments and gather necessary statistics concerning any policies likely to have a disproportionately negative impact on disabled people. But its replies to UN requests for data repeatedly demonstrated that it is in breach of this public sector equality duty. As a result, the government’s schools green paper, published a year ago, failed to conduct the legally required impact assessment, even though this policy would undoubtedly have affected the life chances of many disabled children.

Theresa May and the United Nations are not the best of friends

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PC resigns blaming Tory cuts

Front-line policing is at ‘breaking point’

“To the government I have nothing good to say whatsoever, they should hang their heads in shame.”

This is what PC Joseph Torkington said in full –

“To Chief Constable Hopkins,

I am PC 11834 Joe Torkington. I am currently a Neighbourhood Beat Officer based on the J Division.

I write to inform you that as of this date – Monday 28th August 2017 – I hereby give notice of my resignation from my role of Constable with Greater Manchester Police.

My Police journey effectively began as a kid as the son of a Police Sergeant – my Dad served thirty years in Derbyshire Constabulary. I lived on the same street as Divisional Headquarters and growing up, I was very much part of what back then was a ‘real’ Police family.

Throughout my youth, I ate in the canteen, trained in the gym, played pool in the bar and five aside football in the drill hall, all the while surrounded by my Dads friends and colleagues.

Naturally this experience had a profound effect upon me and in 2005 aged twenty six I commenced my training with GMP. Bruche was everything I’d hoped it would be. I fit right in, settled quickly and bonded with all my classmates.

Landing on Division six months later was a slightly different affair to say the least! The eager friendly faces I had encountered at training school were few and far between, but I persevered against the odds, proved myself a capable officer and remained true to myself.

In 2008, an attachment to the VCT seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up and so I left Response for what turned out to be arguably the most enjoyable year of my career. The officers in that department were pro-active, dedicated and ambitious and we got involved in some great jobs with equally fantastic results. Despite my love of the VCT role, the imminent arrival of my third child meant a need for more family friendly hours and so I successfully applied for the role of NBO.

When I began this role in late 2009, Neighbourhood Policing still existed. I took genuine pride in walking my beat, getting to know my community and having the responsibility for tackling any problems that came my way. I had great supervision and colleagues and felt valued and happy in my work.

Unfortunately, as the years have passed, the role has been gradually eroded and marginalised, to the extent I have genuinely struggled at times to understand exactly what is expected of me. Despite remaining an NBO, I have increasingly done anything but Neighbourhood work, yet my photo remains on posters and the like, thus giving the community the impression that they have a dedicated local officer! I actually consider this in itself to be beyond misleading, if not entirely fraudulent.

Indeed, I firmly believe it was this continuing deception to both staff and the public alike that gave birth to my now deep rooted mistrust of the Government and our entire organisation. Other factors followed further compounding my lack of faith and belief…Windsor; the Pay Freeze; the demolition of the terms and conditions of our pensions; the heavy cuts to frontline resources; the increasing bureaucracy despite constant promises for its reduction; the constant changes of systems, focus, direction, priorities, shift patterns, teams, geographical beats, policies, process, protocol, all without any apparent benefit to anyone other than those in the upper echelons of the promotion system.

The result of the aforementioned? Plummeting morale..

I can only truly speak for myself, but I am fairly certain my views are shared by the many not the few, that the Police Service is, all clichés aside, at breaking point. I just can’t understand what is going on? Response are parading on so few officers there aren’t actually any officers free to attend Grade One’s. I can’t even begin to express the feeling of despair I feel listening to Comms. trying to give out jobs to patrols that don’t exist and of officers being sent to dangerous jobs with little, or no back up. How some of my colleagues can turn up to work knowing they could be walking into a nightmare alone is beyond me. I have more than admiration for their individual and collective resilience.

I would never claim to be the hardest of men, but once upon a time I could do this job well and was not afraid of confrontation. However, for the last two to three years at work, I have been in a permanent state of anxiety and stress. I feel consumed and surrounded by negativity and whatever I have tried to do to lift such feelings has failed because the situation at work keeps getting worse.

Despite what the Government says, this job is all about numbers. I’m happy to turn up to any job as long as I have colleagues with me. I’m brave, but I’m not stupid. I have three kids and a glass back, I need back up. I need that reassurance and assistance and it doesn’t exist.

So Sir, it is with regret that I see no other option but to resign. I’d love to say I was riding off into the sunset, walking into a well-paid job etc., but I’m not. I’m going to be earning minimum wage and no doubt struggling financially, but hopefully I’ll be able to recover from my anxiety and depression away from what Policing has become. It is a shame as I truly believe I have a lot to offer this job, I have skills and knowledge and experience. I have always worked hard and endeavoured to treat everyone I have encountered with dignity and respect, not because the job tells me too, but because I know that is the right thing to do. I joined the Police to serve and protect. I have tried Sir I can proudly say that.

I wish all my colleagues of every rank I leave behind, all the luck in the world and they will always have my upmost respect. I nod in respect to you to Sir, I know you lead us in difficult times and I imagine with many constraints and restrictions placed upon you.

To the government I have nothing good to say whatsoever, they should hang their heads in shame.

As for me…what can I say…I am more than a number…….”

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Homelessness up 134% since Tories gained power in 2010

This is the latest shameful indictment on the Tory party while they remain under United Nations investigation.

The number of homeless people in the UK has increased by a staggering 134 percent since the Tories came into government in 2010, according to the government’s spending watchdog.

A damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO) reveals that the number of households in temporary accommodation has increased by 60 percent in the past six years, affecting 73 percent more youngsters than in March 2011.

People are on Britain’s streets freezing to death and the Tories block funds set up to help Britain’s homeless and hungry!

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Department of Health deny ‘formal involvement’ with Kaiser Permanente despite inconvenient proof

Department of Health have denied ‘formal involvement’  with US Healthcare firm Kaiser Permanente.  This is a little inconvenient because we know he’s visited them at least TWICE and we have the photos to prove it.

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Here’s the first cosy photo with health secretary Jeremy Hunt pictured with Kaiser Permanente Executive Vice President Philip Fasano.

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He enjoyed the visit so much he returned on June 2nd 2014.

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Here he is again apparently listening to a lecture.  Pictured with Philip Fasano, executive vice president and CIO of Kaiser Permanente.

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Kaiser Permanente proudly show a list of United Kingdom ‘participants’.  Do you recognise any of these?

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Perhaps someone doesn’t like being listed because when we checked Kaiser’s website today they had removed Jeremy Hunt’s photo and the entire list of participants.

What exactly does the UK Government want to hide?

Since the publication of this article we received a statement from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (listed as a Kaiser participant under ‘NHS Cumbria’).

[A spokesman for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: ” Neither NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) nor its predecessor NHS Cumbria CCG have worked with Kaiser Permanente.
We have contacted the organisation and requested they take our name off the list of participants on their website.”]

We have asked Kaiser Permanente for comment on this and to explain the subsequent disappearance of their participants (shown above) from their website. 

We make no suggestion of wrongdoing by Kaiser Permanente.

Stroke victim told to take back-to-work test while still in hospital

MP Iain Wright is demanding an investigation after a stroke victim claimed she was told she must undergo a back-to-work test – while in a hospital stroke unit!

No shame – Maximus admits carrying out ‘under a dozen’ fit to work tests in hospitals each year for the DWP

DWP say “It is extremely rare for a WCA to be carried out in a hospital and this would only occur if not enough evidence was provided..”

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DWP loses fight to stop claimants appealing

DWP has been unlawfully blocking people from appealing if they miss the one month deadline for asking for a mandatory reconsideration. In truth, the deadline can be extended by a further year where the claimant has good cause for being late. But the DWP had decided that it was up to them to be the judge of whether the claimant had a good reason for missing the deadline and that tribunals shouldn’t be allowed any say in whether they could hear the case.

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Britain going backwards on rights of disabled, says United Nations committee producing damning 17-page report

The U.N. Committee on the rights of disabled people said it had more concerns about Britain – due to funding cuts, restricted rights and an uncertain post-Brexit future – than any other country in its 10-year history.

The committee, which reviews states’ compliance with the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, published a 17-page report with recommendations about how Britain could do better.

“The UK is at the moment going backwards in accordance to the information that we have received,” committee member Stig Langvad told a news conference in Geneva.

Britain said it was disappointed by the report. It said it did not reflect the evidence it had provided to the committee, nor did it recognise progress that had been made.

The U.N. committee’s chairwoman Theresia Degener has described the situation in Britain as a “human catastrophe”.

“The austerity measures that they have taken – they are affecting half a million people, each disabled person is losing between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds per year, people are pushed into work situations without being recognised as vulnerable, and the evidence that we had in front of us was just overwhelming,” she said.

The most acute concern was the limitations on independent living.

“Persons with disabilities are in our view not able to choose where to live, with whom to live, and how to live,” Langvad said.

Britain was also not fulfilling its commitment to allow inclusive education, and there was a high incidence of bullying at schools. A growing number of disabled people were living in poverty.

Budgets for local authorities had not only been slashed, but they were no longer ear-marked for disabled people, another committee member, Damjan Tatic, said.

Langvad said people with disabilities should be involved in preparations for Britain’s Brexit talks with the European Union, to avoid losing protections that historically came from the EU.

“Persons with disabilities are afraid of the future since they do not know what is happening and since they do not feel that they are involved in the discussions on how to secure the rights of people with disabilities afterwards,” he said.

Britain’s government said it was a recognised world leader in disability rights, and almost 600,000 disabled people had moved into work in the last four years.

“We spend over 50 billion pounds a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7,” a government spokesperson said.

Debbie Abrahams, the opposition Labour party’s spokeswoman for Work and Pensions, said the “damning” report was a vindication of Labour’s criticism of the government’s policies.

“This confirms what Labour has been saying all along, that the lack of progress on all convention articles, including cruel changes to social security and the punitive sanctions regime, are causing real misery for sick and disabled people.”

A Labour government would incorporate the convention fully into British law, she said in a statement.

The most shocking aspect of the UN report is what it reveals about the UK government’s increasing non-compliance with existing UK legislation. For example, it is obliged by law to carry out impact assessments and gather necessary statistics concerning any policies likely to have a disproportionately negative impact on disabled people. But its replies to UN requests for data repeatedly demonstrated that it is in breach of this public sector equality duty. As a result, the government’s schools green paper, published a year ago, failed to conduct the legally required impact assessment, even though this policy would undoubtedly have affected the life chances of many disabled children.

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Britain is ignoring its own laws to mistreat disabled people