The prime minister has had to defend his record on

first_imgThe prime minister has had to defend his record on disability rights twice in a minute, after being questioned about both a UN inquiry and the death of a north London man failed by the discredited work capability assessment.David Cameron (pictured) was first asked by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in the weekly prime minister’s questions, if he would “co-operate fully” with the UN’s inquiry into “grave and systematic” violations of its disability convention by the UK.Corbyn told the prime minister that it was “very sad news indeed” that such an inquiry was necessary, and asked him to pledge to “publish in full the government’s response to it”.It had earlier emerged that although a team from the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) are in the UK questioning scores of disabled people as part of their inquiry – the existence of which was first revealed by Disability News Service (DNS) last August – a final report on their findings may not be published until 2017.Among the issues being raised during the inquiry – which is being carried out under conditions of strict confidentiality – are believed to be the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund; cuts to legal aid; benefit cuts and sanctions, including the impact of the work capability assessment (WCA); the severe shortage of accessible, affordable housing; the impact of the bedroom tax on disabled people; cuts to social care; and the rise in disability hate crime.Cameron told Corbyn that he would co-operate with the inquiry, but said that such UN investigations were “not necessarily all they are originally cracked up to be”.He said that “because of legislation passed by a previous Conservative government [the Disability Discrimination Act 1995], we have some of the strongest equality legislation anywhere in the world when it comes to disability”.He added: “There are many disabled people in our world who do not have any of the rights or any of the support that they get here in Britain, and I think we should be proud of what we do as we co-operate with this report.”But just a minute later, Angus Robertson, the SNP’s leader in Westminster, raised the case of Michael O’Sullivan, the north London man who took his own life as a result of being found “fit for work” following a WCA, a case revealed last month by DNS.He asked whether Cameron would publish the secret reviews it has carried out into individual cases of benefit-related suicides – again first exposed by DNS – which are almost certain to include an inquiry into the death of Michael O’Sullivan.Cameron said he was “aware of the case” but that “it would not be appropriate for me to discuss the specifics of the cases”, although he said suicide was “always a tragic and complex issue” and that “we should take these matters seriously”.He said he would “look very carefully” at the question on publishing the internal reviews, but that there had been “significant improvements” to the WCA, following a series of independent reviews.Michael O’Sullivan’s daughter, Anne-Marie, thanked Robertson for raising her father’s case, and questioned why the WCA system was still unsafe, more than two years after her father died.She said: “We do not want other families to face the devastation that ours has gone through, but we fear that many have been forced to do so.“This assessment process is broken and unsafe and we urge the government to halt the WCA immediately until a more transparent and fairer system can be found.”last_img read more

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A Deaf chief executive has won the right to questi

first_imgA Deaf chief executive has won the right to question the government’s “discriminatory” cap on Access to Work (AtW) payments in the high court, in the latest legal challenge to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) disability policy agenda.David Buxton, chief executive of Action on Disability in London, is one of many British Sign Language (BSL)-users who have been hit by the imposition of the cap on payments made by the AtW scheme, which provides disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work.Now the high court has ruled that Buxton’s legal challenge can go ahead, with his lawyers set to argue – under the Equality Act 2010 – that the cap breached the public sector equality duty and subjected him to indirect discrimination.His judicial review case is being funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.It comes just weeks after another legal challenge forced work and pensions ministers into a climbdown over new personal independence payment rules that were found by the high court to be unlawful and “blatantly discriminatory”.And earlier this month, a terminally-ill man, TP, won permission for a judicial review of the financial impact of the introduction of universal credit on disabled people with high support needs, through the loss of the severe disability premium and enhanced disability premium.Disability News Service reported last year how Buxton had been told that AtW would only provide him with enough support to pay for interpreters three days every week.He began his full-time job in London in May, and was immediately hit by the cap, which was introduced for new AtW claimants in 2015 and is due to affect existing claimants from April this year.Less than three months ago, the government launched its 10-year work, health and disability strategy, which aims to increase the number of disabled people in work by one million by 2027.But campaigners believe that the AtW cap, which currently limits the annual support that individuals can be awarded under the scheme to £42,100 a year, has had a disproportionate impact on the job and career prospects of Deaf BSL-users and disabled people with high support needs.They say it places them at a disadvantage in the workplace, effectively removing employment support from those with the most complex needs and placing them at a disadvantage when trying to get into, stay in and get on in paid work.Buxton (pictured, left) said: “As a chief executive, it cannot be right that my career is impacted by limiting my language and communication needs because I am Deaf and use BSL.“There is some way to go yet but the support from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and my legal team are signs that this is a case which could challenge and change existing practices, decisions and future provision.”  Buxton’s case is being supported by Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project, and the StopChanges2AtW campaign.Ellen Clifford, Inclusion London’s campaigns and policy manager, said: “We’re pleased that permission for judicial review has been granted as we see the cap as clear discrimination, effectively barring people with certain impairments from the same employment opportunities as others.“We hope that the case will be heard as soon as possible because Deaf and disabled people are already suffering under the impact of the cap, with Access to Work writing to ask to meet with employers to look at what aspects of a person’s job can be taken away to meet the reductions in support.“However, the cap is only one aspect of the many current failings with Access to Work.“Limits to individual awards, hostile questioning by advisors, and financial and administrative errors on an alarming scale are all adversely impacting on thousands of Deaf and disabled people and the interpreters and personal assistants we employ on a daily basis.“It’s a scandal that would have received much more attention had the government not at the same time been denying disabled people’s basic human rights through benefit cuts and the social care crisis.”Buxton’s solicitor, Anne-Marie Jolly, from Deighton Pierce Glynn, said: “Mr Buxton’s claim makes the case that the Access to Work cap discriminates against Deaf and disabled people and fails to take account of the impact on them of such a regressive move.“The cap perversely impacts on those with the most demanding jobs and highest support needs, the overwhelming majority of whom are Deaf BSL-users, preventing them and their employers or businesses from reaching their fullest potential.” Research commissioned by Inclusion London, and published in October, described AtW as “a cornerstone of the movement for equality and civil rights for Deaf and disabled people in the UK” but found that the future of the AtW scheme was in jeopardy because of “bureaucratic incompetence” and a cost-cutting drive to reduce people’s support packages.DWP said it could not comment on an ongoing legal 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Almost Sunrise A difficult but worthwhile documentary journey

first_imgThe conversations with the veterans’ families, and the scenes in which they hear from advisors and healers, crystallize into the concept of a “moral injury,” a central topic of the film. The term is defined at the beginning of the film as “a wound to the soul, caused by participation in events that violate one’s deeply held sense of right and wrong.” Following the veterans on their literal and emotional journey makes the viewer feel the gravity of a moral injury. At one point, one of the protagonists encounters a firefighter at a war memorial. “The problem that I see is that every one of these things is a collection of combat loss. There’s a lot more that happens when people come home,” Anderson says. “There’s a lot of people that come who, the stuff never ends for them.”A firefighter visiting the memorial with Anderson responds:  “Police suicides far exceed line of duty deaths…we’re facing the same problem. You’re asking people to go into the worst possible human situation that they can be dealt with.” With this documentary, that conversation has started advancing. Of course the veterans, now active in various organizations that help veterans heal from their moral injuries, are a key part of this, but the film makes their efforts accessible and relatable to anyone. And for some, it may even offer an inkling of hope. Tags: film festivals • films Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% On its face, Almost Sunrise, which is showing Saturday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vogue Theater as part of SF DocFest, is a film about two veterans who trek from Milwaukee to Los Angeles to raise awareness about trauma in vets. But everyone stands to learn something from this film.  Make no mistake, the documentary by director Michael Collins and Producer Marty Syjuco, who both live in the Mission, is difficult to stomach, and not just because of the stark images captured from armed conflict in Iraq. It’s a story close to anyone’s heart who has loved someone with trauma in their past, and also a reminder of how dismally American society has failed those it sends to war. Like any good documentary, however, it turns what must have been a tedious trek into an engaging story. The viewer becomes invested in the lives of these two guys – happily, it ends well. The messages are clear but not on the nose, delivered in the words of the protagonists. And they are very articulate. “I felt like I was just breaking down. But when I feel that way, I don’t want people around me. So I make it intolerable to be around me. My wife, my family, they’re so supportive of me…and then I repay them by being just a tremendous dick,” says Iraq veteran Anthony Anderson. “How do I make up for that?” center_img 0%last_img read more

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Salford City Reds U20s 28 v 14 St Helens U20sBy Gr

first_imgSalford City Reds U20s 28 v 14 St Helens U20sBy Graham Henthorne, Team ManagerThe Academy U20s got their season off to the worst possible start with a below par performance at a chilly Willows on Friday night.Coach Ian Talbot fielded a team consisting of players with both Super League experience and U18s qualifiers but one that was more than capable of coming away with the points.The Saints started well putting the home side under a lot of pressure. Ben Karalius’ kick on the last rebounded to a Saints for a second set on the home line. First Carl Forster and then Scott Hale were held over the line before Karalius’ neat grubber was pounced upon at the side of the posts by Andrew Dixon for the opening score.However, poor handling let the City Reds back in almost straight away. A knock on and penalty by Dixon put the Reds on the charge and the centre scored wide on the left.Minutes later and the handling again let the Saints down with yet another knock on early in the tackle count putting them under pressure. A chip to the corner from Man of the Match Marc Sneyd caught for the try by his winger put the City Reds ahead.Sneyd’s 40/20 brought the best out of the Saints goal line defence as Nathan Ashe and Josh Jones combined to bundle the winger into touch saving a try.The Saints enjoyed a purple patch on the half hour as Karalius started to carve the home side up down the middle. Twice he broke through putting Matty Ashurst away. First time he was caught at the line and the ball was lost. Secondly he found Ashe on his inside and his ball was put down with the line begging by debutant Adam Swift.But two tackles later the Reds were done for a forward pass and from the resultant scrum Swift made amends putting Adam Barber into the corner to give the Saints back the lead.A knock on from the kick off put the 20s straight back under pressure and the big substitute prop barged over at the posts to send the home side in ahead at the break.The second half quickly turned into a war of attrition. Something different was required and on the hour mark Swift supplied it with a chip over the defensive line to the right corner. Dan Brotherton used his height and reach to get to the ball and stretched out to level the scores.Keep it tight and put them under some pressure I hear you cry. As before this evening the 20s found it difficult to turn the screw and a simple penalty for holding down gave the home side the lead again.On the next set Sneyd took the game away from the Saints chipping over the line for his winger to take and cruise to the sticks. A final try to the scrum half gave the Reds a slightly inflated score but in truth the Saints were well beaten in the end.Adam Swift did well on debut and Josh Jones and Matty Ashurst never gave up but too many players didn’t have their game heads on, an attitude that will have to change drastically and quickly before the local derby with the Wire next week.Teams:Salford:1. Jack Holmes, 2. Adam Clay, 4. Andy Morris, 3. Max Wiper, 5. Richard Lepori, 6. Niall Evalds, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Matthew Haggerty, 9.Gareth Owen, 10. Alex Davidson, 11. Jordan Walne, 12. Toby Adamson, 13. Will Hope.Subs: 14. Craig Noon, 15. Jon Ford, 17. Callum Marriott, 18. Daniel Haney.Saints:1. Nathan Ashe, 2. Dan Brotherton, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Tom Armstrong, 5. Adam Barber, 6. Adam Swift, 7. Ben Karalius, 8. Ant Walker, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Carl Forster, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Matty Ashurst, 13. Andrew Dixon.Subs: 14. Danny Jones, 15. Kenny Hughes, 16. Jordan Hand, 17. Alex Trumper.Salford City Reds U20s:Tries: Adam Clay, Andy Morris, Richard Lepori, Marc Sneyd, Callum Marriott.Goals: Marc Sneyd 4.St Helens U20s:Tries: Dan Brotherton, Adam Barber, Andrew Dixon.Goals: Adam Barber.Half Time: 10-14Full Time: 14-28last_img read more

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FANCY starting the new season with a few ££££ in y

first_imgFANCY starting the new season with a few ££££ in your bank account?This week the Saints Lottery Rollover Jackpot reaches a huge £1,800 and you have to be in it to win it!Our rollover increases by £200 each time there is no winner and this means someone is in for a nice New Year bonus.As well as this fabulous bank boost each week one lucky member wins £1,000 whilst others can take home anything from £200 to Saints Superstore vouchers – all for just £1 per week.Are you 16 and over? Joining is simple. You can either call our Lottery office on 01744 455056 and give your details over the phone or if you’re local we can arrange a collector to call.If you wish to pay by Standing Order there is a form below and we love this option.You tell us which date you wish to pay, you never miss a draw and the results are posted online each week for you to read at your leisure. And the best part? No claim required. We make sure you receive your prize, whether via your Agent or through the post.If you wish to know more, please call on 01744 455 056 or 455070 and speak to us, and we’d be delighted to give you more information.last_img read more

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US Senate budget plan includes 125M for Hurricane Matthew relief

first_img According to a news release, the budget agreement provides roughly $100 million in the form of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding, which supports family and community needs, including housing, infrastructure, and jobs. The funding is critical for Eastern North Carolina’s long-term recovery efforts. The agreement also provides roughly $25.5 million in additional Federal Highway Administration funds for the repair and reconstruction of roads that were damaged by Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding.The release says North Carolina’s Congressional delegation has secured $236.5 million in aid for the state since Hurricane Matthew and the epic flooding that followed in October 2016.Senate leaders have brokered a budget agreement that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years, The Associated Press reports.Related Article: Trump: ‘Good chance’ now for tariff deal with MexicoSenators hope to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for a confirming vote before the government begins to shut down at midnight. But hurdles remain, including a lack of support from liberal Democrats, who wanted immigration reform included, and Tea Party Republicans, some of whom shredded the deal as a budget-buster.(Information from The Associated Press was used in this story) Flooding inundated Fair Bluff after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — The US Senate’s two-year budget plan could mean more money coming to North Carolina to continue recovery efforts from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, according to the state’s senators.Today, Republicans Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced that the Senate’s budget agreement will allow North Carolina to be eligible for more than $125 million in additional federal assistance for the state’s long-term Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Significant delays expected during Wrightsville Beach Marathon

first_img Traffic is expected to be extremely heavy on Eastwood Road, Oleander Drive, near UNCW and Wrightstville Beach.According to the marathon website, here’s a list of traffic hot spots:Military Cutoff and Destiny – expect significant delays between 7:15am and 9:30amEastwood and Rogersville – expect significant delays between 7:15am and 9:45amOleander and Airlie/Wrightsville Ave – Expect significant delays between 8:00am and 11:00amSalisbury Street on Wrightsville Beach – Closed from 6:40am to 10:45amAirlie Rd Eastbound (sound side) – you will not be able to travel from Oleander to Eastwood Via Airlie – only from Eastwood to Oleander (west)1 Lane of Eastwood and Military Cutoff will be shut down in Both directions leading into the intersection.  Expect slower trafficRose Ave/Mallard and Rill to Clear Run will be slower trafficAutumn Hall residents be mindful of marathoners between miles 20-23 in your neighborhood through 12:00pm.You can read more on the marathon’s website.Related Article: NCDOT hopes to open temporary bridge on US 421 Wednesday (Photo: Pixabay/MGN) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Runners are starting to trickle into town for Saturday’s Wrightsville Beach marathon.The half and full marathon and Marathon Relay start at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Support The Port hosts Fresh Chance Friday event

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fresh start. That might be the only thing you need to get on the road to a better life. Support The Port brought together many local organizations at Morning Glory Coffee House to help give people just that.Fresh Chance Friday allowed attendees to get more information about career development programs and speak with prospective employers.- Advertisement – “We wanted to be able to provide job readiness, assistance to people in the community who’s having challenges with getting back into the workforce because of various barriers they may have,” StepUp Wilmington employment counselor Bruce Grant said.As a Wilmington native, Support The Port executive director Cedric Harrison wants to help those who are dealing with similar struggles to what he grew up with.“Wilmington is who made me, who raised me, I know that it takes a village,” Harrison said. “I guess I had a bit of survivor’s remorse, once I was able to get out of the situation that I was born into. I wanted to come and help some of my other people that I know are dealing with the same struggles that I deal with too.”Related Article: StepUp Wilmington steps up to help locals find jobsPeople could also learn about the process to determine eligibility to expunge a criminal record.Grant was in jail for 29 years in New York. He says a crime should not disqualify a candidate from a job.“If the person has turned his life around and he has the specific skillset that you need, he can be, not only a good employee, but a role model for other employees that face similar challenges that they have already overcome,” Grant said.Harrison says in the three times this event has been held, he has heard plenty of success stories.“People who have just been inspired to go down that right path and this is one of those things that helped them make that first step,” Harrison said.Friday’s event is not the only way that Support The Port is reaching out to the community.They will partner with Nourish NC to host a pop-up farmers market next Saturday at the corner of 8th and Greenfield Streets. It’s intended to give some free nutritious food to those who are without a grocery store in the wake of the Everybody’s Supermarket fire last month.last_img read more

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WWAY transmitter running out of fuel will stream news online other Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY’s over-the-air signal went down earlier today and again this evening, with the station’s transmitter running out of fuel for its generator. Two other Wilmington stations that share the site are likely to go down soon.If we lose our signal again, WWAY will continue to broadcast news during regularly scheduled times via our livestream. Some newscasts will air on The Big Talker 106.7 FM. Our signal may be available on some cable providers.- Advertisement – WWAY engineers braved brutal rain and wind early Friday morning as Hurricane Florence came ashore near Wrightsville Beach to go to the transmitter deep in the woods off US 17 in Winnabow to switch the transmitter, which puts out signals for WWAY ABC (digital channel 3.1), WWAY CBS (3.2) and the Cape Fear CW, over to the diesel generator after electricity to the site went out. While they were there, the signals for WECT and WSFX also went down, so WWAY’s team switched those stations to back-up power as well.The stations made arrangements before the storm to have fuel available to refill the generators, but the flooding in the area from Hurricane Florence has so far made it impossible to get the fuel to the tower. As a result, WWAY briefly went off the air around 3 p.m. WECT and WSFX are also expected to run out of fuel soon and could lose their over-the-air signals.The stations have been working with local, state and federal officials, include Rep. David Rouzer, FEMA and the governor’s office to figure out how to access the transmitter site by ground or air in order to provide essential information to the area during this ongoing disaster.Related Article: Emergency services director retiring after 16 years with Brunswick CountyWe apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have more information available soon.last_img read more

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Rain or shine hundreds stood in line to vote in Columbus County

first_img The site’s chief judge at the polling location says about 475 people had voted as of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday and about 750 more voted early.With 2,521 people in this precinct, that means just under half of them have voted.Showers rolled through Tabor City this evening right before polls closed, but many continued to stand in line to get cast their ballot.Related Article: NCGOP leader praises media for work on Bladen County election storyOne voter said she brings her son with her every year and this year she brought her friend’s son as well to teach them the importance of voting.“Young people need to know that they have a voice as well,” Karen Warwick said. “When they turn 18 it’s important for them to be a part of our voting process, and we want them to grow up and learn why it’s important to put the right people in office, for their futures.”Officials say a computer malfunction slowed things down earlier in the day, but that was quickly taken care of and they have been busy ever since.The polls hours were extended at a polling location in Tabor City after a worker failed to pick up a box of ballots at the board of elections office and caused a delay Tuesday morning. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A fight to the finish. This mid-term election became a high-intensity fight between republicans and democrats.WWAY’s Matt Bennett was at the Whiteville Rescue Unit and said there was a steady stream of people coming in and out Tuesday evening at Columbus County’s 19th precinct.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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