The brewing perfect storm, IMF, Osborne’s threat-cocktail and the UK-version of Greek Debt Crisis

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George Osborne’s recent warnings of certain threats that the UK is facing in 2016 stirred a noticeable media-attention. Yet, those who would be interested in the whys, are presented with a mere cocktail of contradictions and fear-mongering. Despite the best efforts of a Guardian article we are left without the actual explanation why Osborne’s cocktail of threats and why the crisis in the first place.

The author of above Guardian post only tackles the surface of the reasons, without revealing them in full.

The chancellor claims Britain is “living within its means”, but our borrowing from the rest of the world rose to record levels. We have to borrow because we buy far more from the rest of the world than the rest of the world buys from us. And because we’ve borrowed so much money, and sold off so many assets, the payments due to the rest of…

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Palestinian doctor posts CCTV footage from a Hebron hospital alleging shooting, killing of patient’s relative by Israeli forces

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Dr Basel Abuwarda a doctor from Gaza, human rights activist and trainer, who founded the Save Gaza Project that aims to help the people of Gaza and Palestine posted a series of disturbing tweets today alleging the killing of Abdullah al-Shalaldeh (age 27) by Israeli soldiers. Al-Shalaldeh’s relative, Azzam al-Shalaldeh a patient was then “kidnapped” according to Abuwarda who posted both images and what appeared to be CCTV footage (embedded on Twitter) to back up his claims. The incident which was confirmed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health occurred within the grounds of the al-Ahli hospital, Hebron in the West Bank and was carried out by an elite undercover Israeli military force. Yahoo News stated,

“Abdullah al-Shalaldeh was killed by five rounds fired early Thursday after 21 members of the elite unit – known as Mustaarabin – barged into the hospital room of his cousin, Azzam…

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DWP Loses Appeal Against WCA Mental Health Ruling

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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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Welfare System Doesn’t Make Sense For People With MS, Says MS Society Report

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Having MS is enough

It shouldn’t be made harder by a welfare system that doesn’t make sense for people living with the condition. Welfare support is vital for many people with MS. It helps them to manage the extra costs of the condition, stay in work for longer and participate fully in society.

Yet the current system is not making sense, too often ignoring invisible symptoms like pain and fatigue and failing to recognise how MS can fluctuate. Benefits assessors do not always take evidence provided by professionals into account, and too often people with MS are under pressure to repeatedly prove they need support. 

Sign our petition to make welfare make sense

That’s why we’re campaigning to make welfare make sense 

We are calling on the UK Government to make welfare make sense.

  • Disability benefits assessments must accurately take into account the fluctuating and hidden symptoms of MS and…

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Why the DWP can’t publish the benefit reform death figures

I can’t access anything about 100,000 WCA deaths, can you post s link? Thanks

Get counting :(    Kill the ill

Let me explain about the 100 000’s of deaths! The first break down is a old figure. That was 10 000, then the next figure from was a speculative figure supposedly kept as a confidential count from the campaigning charities active in this area. That figure was 50 000. Then came across a figure posted in the Guardian by Oxford Universities Medical Statistics Research Unit that under this government financial policies in the last four years, 1 in 28 deaths was preventable due to lack resources ( they mean staff!) The gave a total which numbered in the 100’s of thousands. So applied to the 1 in 28 the number I worked out was around the 80 000 untimely deaths in the NHS over the last four years. Those two figures I totalled up were around the 149 000 five hundred mark.
So 90 000 of that 149 000 is ROCK SOLID mortality rates under this vile government. The 50 000 is speculative because we don’t have the hard, raw figures in front of us. Regarding Oxford. Their health statistics un world it and research is second to none in this . I don’t doubt their figures at all.

Here are a few of the 67,300 who have DIED
Number is mathematical
223.2 deaths per week
10,600 sick & disabled people died last year within six weeks of their claim ending
10,600 deaths divided by 47.5 weeks = 223.2 deaths per week

Therefore for every 6 months 10,000 die

How many months have they been doing this now.
40,000 DEAD ( Some time ago)


Remember even if we say a Low number 70 dead ever week over 6 years= 21,840

People whose family members have died while going through the DWP/Atos work capability assessment are being urged to contact a disability specialist – who has been seeking international legal action against the austerity-enforced injustice.

I hadn’t seen these figures before, and they say there’s no death penalty in UK. But there is if you’re poor, sick & disabled.

ESA death statistics – DWP say they will publish details, but won’t say when.

DWP Ordered To Reveal Benefit-Related Deaths

ESA death statistics may never see light of day

The DWP have launched a last minute appeal against an order by the Information Commissioner that they must publish controversial claimant death statistics. There is now a strong possibility that the figures will never be published.

Employment and support allowance ‘death statistics’ cover the number of ESA claimants who have died soon after being found fit for work, as well as those who died after being placed in the work-related activity group.

Court rules PIP delays unlawful, but disability minister mocks ‘absurd’ claim disabled have human right to timely support

Wanted! A group of professional people to include benefit lawyers, lawyers specialising in criminal law, Ex. DWP assessors, Ex. ATOS assessors, medics who have coroner expertise, social workers, statisticians with expert knowledge of public health statistics especially forensic stats. All positions are voluntary as I’m attempting to build a team that will lead to the eventual prosecution of our current political leaders. If you have a love for humanity and never want to see our political leaders treat the terminally sick and disabled in such a contemptuous vile way again please join me in this quest!
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