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UN to probe the UK's deadly disability cuts

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Ecoclimber, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    UN to probe the UK's deadly disability cuts

    UN investigators to determine if the government committed "grave violations" after disabled people ordered back to work.

    |Dunham/AP]
    London, United Kingdom - The UK has become the first country in the world to be placed under investigation by the United Nations for violating the human rights of people with disabilities amid fears that thousands may have died as a consequence of controversial welfare reforms and austerity-driven cuts to benefits and care budgets...

    ..."It is absolutely shameful that we are the first country in the world to be investigated," said Linda Burnip, founder of the campaign group, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which submitted evidence to the UN over several years to trigger the inquiry...[FONT=Comic Sans MS,sans-serif]After years of austerity policies, the coalition government is planning to slash benefits by another $19bn...

    ...Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in August showed that 2,380 people died between 2011 and 2014 shortly after having their benefits stopped. A further 7,200 people also died after having their benefits reduced and being put in groups to help them prepare for a return to work...

    ..."We urgently need an enquiry into the government's back-to-work regime. These disturbing findings cannot be swept under the carpet. The fact that more than 80 people are dying each month shortly after being declared 'fit for work' should concern us all," said Frances O'Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress...

    ...Freud said in 2012 the poor should take the biggest risks as 'they’ve got least to lose' [Policy Exchange]
    UK minister: Disabled not worth minimum wage
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  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Thanks, @Ecoclimber - this is great news and that article is well worth reading.

    Here's the excerpt with the formatting stripped out and the auto-cut bits added back in (I've never seen a news piece fight back like this, and the injection of Comic Sans is just weird!):

    Weird that we have to hear about this from Al Jazeera!
     
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    This has been developing since the first half of the year. While the deaths cited are in the thousands, the full death toll may be on the order of a hundred thousand. If an increase in total deaths is used, and projected to now (based on UK government data) the death toll is more like 100,000. Is this genocide? Is covering it up genocide? Is willfully ignoring it genocide?

    Its clear cut when a government uses military force or death squads. What is the significance of passing laws that kill the disabled as a secondary consequence? This is not a trivial question, it may be very important to address this question.
     
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    The shame of it. What has happened to my country?
     
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  5. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    I know. Utterly shameful that this is happening in a developed country.

    A source of great shame to the UK.
     
  6. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    The spivs got into government.

    FWIW, it is happening in other countries, to a greater or lesser degree. We here in Oz are fighting exactly the same forces, sometimes the very same faces.
     
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    There are some people in our government here that admire what is being done in the UK, and we started down the same road. Its widespread, its just that it has been more obvious in the UK.
     
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  8. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    Unfortunately the austerity mantra is being promoted throughout the EU especially with Merkel and her austerity policy toward Greece, Spain and other EU countries. Yet at the same time, they are able to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees who will require enormous outlays of economic support. The austerity program is hitting Australia, Canada and even here in the U.S.

    What we observe taking place is the balancing the budget off the backs of the poor, disabled and the elderly to forego the expense of raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Starbucks (Netherlands), Facebook, Apple, (Ireland) which have all created shell and holding companies in tax havens such as Isle of Man, Cyprus, Cayman, Maldives, Gilbralter,etc.
    Facebook paid £4,327 corporation tax in 2014
    Social network giant Facebook paid just £4,327 ($6,643) in corporation tax in 2014, its latest UK results show.

    Paul Ryan, Congressional representative of Wisconsin is Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. He is currently being recruited for the speaker of the House. His philosophy is wrapped in Ann Rand, 'Atlas Shrugged' a philosophy based on 'survival of the fittest. She is a philosopher who once said she “promote[d] the ethic of selfishness.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/paul-ryan-tells-seniors-its-too-bad-if-

    Paul Ryan Tells Seniors It's Too Bad If You Lose Your Benefits ~~~ "... We Can't Keep Doing Everything For Everybody In This Country."

    (As Congressman Paul Ryan cracked a joke about him, Tom Nielsen found himself face down on the floor being handcuffed by police. The 71-year-old retired plumber from Kenosha was thrown to the ground, placed in handcuffs, and arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest after objecting to Ryan's plans to gut Social Security and Medicare during his congressman's only public appearance scheduled during the August recess -- a $15 Rotary Club luncheon in West Allis on Tuesda)

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/take-look-what-paul-ryan-did-his-own-congressional-district-and-be-very-scared-your?page=0,2

    Take a Look at What Paul Ryan Did to His Own Congressional District, and Be Very Scared for Your Country: Child abuse and suicide is skyrocketing, the number of battered women has tripled, foreclosures have tripled, wages plummeting, and more.

    His philosphy has been reported as well in the TheGuardian, Time Magazine, New Repubic and Huffington Post as well.


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    This started long before austerity measures were needed. Its been going on for more than a decade. Its tied to the social theory behind some proponents of biopsychosocial medicine. They have outrageous views, completely unsubstantiated, but they sound good to a certain mindset, and specific economic and political ideologies.
     
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    Agree. There is a nasty confluence of certain beliefs and goals and vested interests. The BPS school provide a thin veneer of pseudo-scientific justification for some very harsh and regressive government policies. 'Behavioural activation', and all that sort of gobshite.
     
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