Government gagging clauses attempt to silence critics

“I don’t believe it” was the catchphrase of Victor Meldrew (pictured right) in the BBCtv sit-com One foot in the grave. It signaled his frustration with elements of life today. However, although feeling equally exasperated as actor Richard Wilson’s character, I really DO believe it. It is another example of overreach, so typical of UK … Continue reading Government gagging clauses attempt to silence critics

Disabled people can be worse off if they return to work

People with disabilities, whom the government urges to return to work, find that doing so often means they end up being financially worse off. It’s all because for many sick and disabled people, including those of us with multiple sclerosis, self-employment is the only realistic option. Regrettably, this is because they face heavy discrimination in … Continue reading Disabled people can be worse off if they return to work

Universal credit benefit reform does not make anticipated savings

Universal credit (UC) is not going to give the UK government its much-desired savings in benefit costs, according to an official report. An Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) report says that UC will save the government less than 2% of what it would have spent on benefits if UC had not been introduced. OBR expects … Continue reading Universal credit benefit reform does not make anticipated savings

Universal credit not so universal after all, conflicting advice about ESA

People unable to work who try to claim universal credit can receive conflicting advice from different UK government officials. Some say the new benefit includes employment and support allowance (ESA), claimed by many with MS, other diseases and disabilities. However, other advisers maintain that it is separate. Strange as it may seem, I can understand … Continue reading Universal credit not so universal after all, conflicting advice about ESA

Good news about WCAs and Scotland BUT Universal Credit to roll out faster

As dust settles following UK prime minister Theresa May’s farcical conference speech, there’s mixed news for people claiming disability benefits. This includes people with MS and other diseases that cause disability. Good news is some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) recipients will no longer face repeated work capability assessments (WCAs).    I say ‘some’ as … Continue reading Good news about WCAs and Scotland BUT Universal Credit to roll out faster