Benefits, Brexit effects, and a much-criticised knighthood – all thanks to Boris

December’s general election in the UK proved to be a resounding success for the Conservative party. It gained an overall majority of 80 seats, allowing prime minister Boris Johnson to ride roughshod over all opposition. This is a disaster. It presents all kinds of problems for the UK itself, such as government benefits for people … Continue reading Benefits, Brexit effects, and a much-criticised knighthood – all thanks to Boris

Pathetic government causes laughter and pity, it’s time to go

Sitting here alongside Lisa, in our home in southern Spain, I watch the political shenanigans in the UK over Brexit with both amusement and pity. Amusement, because of the knots into which politicians contrive to tie themselves, and pity for residents of the UK who deserve a government that is fit for purpose. Unfortunately, events … Continue reading Pathetic government causes laughter and pity, it’s time to go

Disability benefits: Questions remain over timing and complexity

Why, oh why, oh why? This was the title of a hit song (well in the UK anyway) performed by Gilbert O’Sullivan in 1973, but now represents three questions to which we need answers. And by that, I am talking about meaningful answers from a government department responsible for benefits for the sick and disabled. … Continue reading Disability benefits: Questions remain over timing and complexity

Government minister’s welfare benefits statements prove economical with the truth

Sarah Newton, one of two ministers of state at the department for work and pensions (DWP), was in the centre of a heated debate in the House of Commons, this week. The Canary, a website dedicated to independent campaigning journalism, reported that she made some staggering claims. It went on to question how many of … Continue reading Government minister’s welfare benefits statements prove economical with the truth

Government withdraws disability benefit legal appeals, at last

A government disability benefits boss has withdrawn another two legal appeals which now opens the door for more claimants to receive the benefits to which they are entitled. The appeals, by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), were withdrawn by the department’s secretary of state Esther McVey MP. Previously, she cancelled plans to … Continue reading Government withdraws disability benefit legal appeals, at last

Benefits department accused of deliberately misleading select committee and GPs

Shock? Horror? No, not really. A government department is misleading people, including an official committee and doctors. No surprise there, as far as I am concerned, the UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions has a hit and miss attitude to honesty. It may not ‘lie’ but is certainly happy to ‘mislead’. Again and again, … Continue reading Benefits department accused of deliberately misleading select committee and GPs