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Re: DLA (15th Jan 12 at 1:34am UTC)
Our problem is Cameron
Plus Clegg, hes done more uturns than me when i get lost and refuse to ask directions or look at a map
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Re: DLA (21st Jan 12 at 4:10pm UTC)
DLA changes: Tanni Grey-Thompson and Iain Duncan Smith, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16613900
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Re: DLA (21st Jan 12 at 11:05pm UTC)
What next for the Spartacus welfare campaign?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/19/what-next-sparticus-welfare-campaign
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Re: DLA (27th Jan 12 at 6:54pm UTC)
Personal Independence Payment thresholds,

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/pip-assessment-thresholds-and-consultation.pdf
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Re: DLA (28th Jan 12 at 6:40pm UTC)
I found this on a blog I vaguely follow (i.e. I pop in every now and then) and have to say that it absolutely coincides with my views on the subject, which is unusual, as I do not normally agree with this person!

In the news is a story about disabled people chaining themselves together in Oxford Circus and causing disruption to Oxford and Regent Streets in protest at the cuts to DLA. I have to say as a disabled person I really don't understand what they are getting so worked up about. From what I have read, those people truly deserving of DLA, or Personal Independence Payment as it will be called from 2013, will receive exactly the same amount of benefit, and in some cases more than they do now. OK so everyone is going to have a medical. If you have a condition that means you are disabled then you should have no worries, if you have been exaggerating you condition, or it has improved and you haven't let on, then you should lose part or all of your benefit. Only those who secretly know they are not entitled need be worried. Unfortunately scaremongering has been rife and now those in genuine need are terrified when I don't think they really need to be.
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Re: DLA (28th Jan 12 at 6:53pm UTC)
Unfortunately being able to read and knowing that the goal posts are being moved so that the required 500,000 people are removed from the benefit so that the budget is met without a single test being taken leads me to believe dogma not disability will be the criteria.
Not long to wait now to see how honest they are and if the pledges to care for those that need it will be worth anything.

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-is-cameron-cutting-disabled-benefits/9288
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Re: DLA (30th Jan 12 at 10:09pm UTC)
They look for ways to save cash, and sadly take it from the most vulnerable, rather than appoint someone to check the fraudsters
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Re: DLA (5th Feb 12 at 11:07pm UTC)
Why does David Cameron insist on disability cuts that even sickened his own party?

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2094805/Why-does-David-Cameron-insist-disability-cuts-sickened-party.html#ixzz1lYGcRs1y
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Re: DLA (5th Feb 12 at 11:24pm UTC)
Benefit cuts are fuelling abuse of disabled people, say charities,

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/05/benefit-cuts-fuelling-abuse-disabled-people
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Re: DLA (6th Feb 12 at 5:38pm UTC)
Have noticed more people clocking my blue badge when I get out of the car - just checking! They look a little disbelieving and then I remove my Handbag and hook up. Total collapse of stout party - love it. {Wink} Could get out of the car wearing the whole ensemble, but have had a few nasty moments when the tubing has caught round the gear stick - doesn't do a lot for your dignity (not to mention ears!) when you are suddenly yanked back in the car. {Grin}
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Re: DLA (6th Feb 12 at 8:55pm UTC)
..............specially if there is a whiff of G & T..................
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Re: DLA (9th Feb 12 at 10:15am UTC)
Have to ask myself if this helps the people who need DLA {Confused}

Mansion retreat of the £10m lottery winners STILL claiming £500 a month in BENEFITS

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2098504/Michael-Jean-OShea-Mansion-retreat-lottery-winners-claiming-benefits.html#ixzz1lsWK7UiP
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Re: DLA (9th Feb 12 at 3:13pm UTC)
Tis immoral, but unfortunately not illegal as DLA, quite rightly, is not means tested.
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Re: DLA (9th Feb 12 at 9:47pm UTC)
I have just worked out that he gets approx £115 a week DLA and I thought I was on the highest rate which is nowhere near what he is getting. I understand the arguments for and against and it is difficult to come to a decision one way of the other.
Heart syas one thing head says another - both talk too much {Rolleyes}
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Re: DLA (10th Feb 12 at 11:23am UTC)
Here are the respective rates and I guess they are including the mobility component, although he gets car instead, plus it feels that there is a bit of journalistic licence involved.

Care component Weekly rate
Highest rate £73.60
Middle rate £49.30
Lowest rate £19.55

Mobility component Weekly rate
Higher rate £51.40
Lower rate £19.55

Difficult this, but have to say I am not happy with the hounding aspect of the press - feels like we are turning into a vigilante society - looking at what others have and letting the green eyed monster come out in full force!

Morally, it would be give if he gave up his right to DLA, but legally he meets the criteria. Like the winter fuel payments - everyone gets those: millionaire and pauper alike, although, given our benefits system, not sure we have any paupers around! {Unsure} On second thoughts, maybe they are those who work for a living on a lowish wage and pay their way fairly through life.
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Re: DLA (10th Feb 12 at 11:56am UTC)
Agree that trial by press journalists is not a positive way to deal with a problem but at a time when cutbacks are being made, using the available resources for those that need them most when it is not a bottomless pit the money is coming from.
This booklet from 1998 and in particular section 11 gives an insight into how the scheme was viewed then,

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dla.pdf
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Re: DLA (10th Feb 12 at 8:15pm UTC)
Have read some of the booklet and my first thought is how quaint! and how misleading, like this para:

11.9.1 There are occasions when the use of oxygen in the home is valuable. Oxygen in portable form as a small light cylinder which the disabled person can carry and replenish as required from a main cylinder kept at home may be prescribed. Used in this way, the person can take a few breaths of oxygen before undertaking exertion which would otherwise cause breathlessness, such as mounting stairs or moving from one building to another.

Since when has preloading the body with oxy been of any use at all, apart from priming the apparatus - still need the supply do actually move, mount stairs, etc.



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Re: DLA (10th Feb 12 at 10:28pm UTC)
So that's where a "certain" person of our knowledge got the idea of SBOT ? I think it is something they are trying to do away with as so few instances when it is necessary............................(except when one is preparing to go shopping {Wink} )
ps not sure where this is in relation to DLA {Unsure}
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Re: DLA (11th Feb 12 at 4:33pm UTC)
Twas the DLA booklet aimed at "guidance" for those working in the field so to speak, hope you are all keeping oxygenated in case a sudden shopping trip arises.
Just hope the system has been refined a little ready for the new changes to PIP or will it be more of the same {Unsure}
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Re: DLA (22nd Feb 12 at 11:42pm UTC)
Young disabled stay silent over hate crimes

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/young-disabled-stay-silent-over-hate-crimes-7282146.html
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