Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Thank you for your recent correspondence. Government Ministers receive a large volume of correspondence and they are unable to respond personally on every occasion. As your correspondence falls within the remit of this department I have been asked to respond.
The welfare reforms aim to restore the integrity of the benefits system. To help communicate this, the Department carries out regular interviews with the national, regional and specialist press to speak directly to those who will be affected.
The Department consciously does not use the language of "scroungers" as it is clear that the system itself has trapped many people in a spiral of welfare dependency. That is why the Government is making such a radical overhaul of the benefits system to ensure everyone who needs help and support receives it.
The Government statistics are regularly updated and freely available for people to access online at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
I see a problem with "To ensure that ESA is paid for a temporary period thereby creating a culture that does not allow people to stay permanently in the WRAG, that they are expected to move towards work or into the Support Group if there is deterioration in their functional impairment."
What about someone that has a static impairment (and I'm assuming was initially correctly placed in the Work Related Activity Group) , so won't be eligible for the Support group as their impairment isn't severe enough, but needs support to find work, and doesn't find work in the allotted 12 months? Are they considered miraculously no longer in need of support?
Monday, 14 November 2011
I wonder who's being lined up to be Minister for Disabled People?
Monday, 7 November 2011
"Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families"
Friday, 4 November 2011
Dear Maria Miller,
In your role as Minister for Disabled People you head the Office for Disability Issues, leading the government in matters that affect disabled people.
I would like to know what you do when:
- Your fellow ministers go on national radio sharing inaccurate information about disability benefits (Ian Duncan Smith recently went on Radio 4’s Today programme and talked about DLA as though it were an out of work benefit, and has spoken about non-means tested benefits as though they were means-tested.)
- National media reports on disability related matters using completely inaccurate statistics.
- National media reports on people claiming disability benefits using inaccurate examples and misleading statistics.
As someone that daily tries to work toward disabled people’s equality – I am disabled myself, I work for an organisation that works with disabled actors and artists, I have disabled family members and friends – I see the effects of public perceptions of disabled people as lead swingers and scroungers, and media misrepresentation encourages this.
As you are in a position to challenge this view on a country-wide scale, as compared to my very local levels of impact, I would expect you to be doing everything in your power to ensure disabled people are not repeatedly misrepresented by my fellow colleagues, or by national media.
I look forward to your response,
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Dear Robin (surname deleted),
Your e-petition "Minister for Disabled People to prove they are working toward equality." hasn't been accepted.
E-petitions cannot include information about honours or appointments.
Find information about nominations for honours at: http://www.direct.gov.uk/
The appointment of Ministers (including the Minister for Disabled People) is a matter for the Prime Minister.
If you'd like to submit a new e-petition, please read the site's terms and conditions which explain the rules in detail.
Thanks,I need help submitting my third petition. I also need help to work out where I go from here.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
If this one isn't approved, I will need help wording my third submission.
Title: Minister for Disabled People to prove they are working toward equality.
Body: Our current Minister for Disabled People is overseeing massive changes in the welfare state that will negatively impact on Disabled People, is allowing the media to go unchallenged on producing smear stories and misinformation that undermine Disabled People's work towards equality, and is allowing public perceptions of disabled people as being "genuine" or "not genuine" to flourish.
I believe Maria Miller, current Minister for Disabled People is not fulfilling her role and as such is wasting taxpayer's money. Her effectiveness in her role should be independantly investigated.
The grounds for e-petition rejection are the following:
- contain information which may be protected by an injunction or court order
- contain material that is potentially confidential, commercially sensitive or which may cause personal distress or loss
- include the names of individuals if they have been accused of a crime or information that may identify them
- include the names of individual officials who work for public bodies, unless they are part of the senior management of those organisations
- include the names of family members of elected representatives, eg MPs, or officials who work for public bodies