greenseer:

A fun thing to do when people accuse you of “thinking people should just have stuff HANDED TO THEM! ! !” Is to just cold be like yes. I absolutely do believe that. I think every single person should have their needs met unconditionally without ever having to prove that they “deserve” it based on arbitrary criteria of usefulness. You got me. Busted.

These sorts of people (read: ignorant ones) don’t understand that welfare states are usually obstructive and rationing bureaucracies anyway. Everyone should receive a non-means tested guaranteed basic income to ensure constant economic security.

(via hestmord)

@3 months ago with 21904 notes
#welfare #economics #politics 
descentintotyranny:

Woman who miscarried in private prison ‘made to clean up after herself,’ court told
Dec. 13 2013

A woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, it has been alleged.


Although a nurse was present when remand prisoner Nadine Wright, 37, lost her baby, she says the foetus was left with her afterwards and that she had to clean up the blood.
Her barrister, Philip Gibbs, told Leicester Crown Court: “There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.
“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”
The incident allegedly took place the day after Wright was taken into custody at HMP Peterborough on 23 November. It was not revealed in court how many months pregnant she was.
Mr Gibbs told the court that Wright had landed in prison after she stole £13.94 worth of food out of desperate hunger as she did not have the money to pay for it because she had not been given benefit payments she was entitled to.
The alleged incident came to light when Wright appeared for sentencing for breach of two court orders in place following previous offences by shoplifting the items and failing to attend appointments with the probation service.
Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months’ jail.
Mr Gibbs also attacked the probation service, accusing it of failure to help Wright to receive any benefit payments during the 11 months she was under its supervision.
Wright has mental health issues, had been battling long term heroin addiction and had recently lost her mother, as well as being pregnant when she was arrested, Mr Gibbs explained.
He said an investigation into Ms Wright’s alleged mistreatment would now be carried out by her legal representatives.
HMP Peterborough is a category B privately-run prison managed by Sodexo Justice Services.
The company was contacted for a comment by The Mercury news agency but a spokesperson said it “cannot comment publicly on individual cases”, and would not reveal whether an inquiry following the alleged incident is being carried out.
“A prisoner received medical treatment on the day of her arrival in prison and was seen by a GP the following day,” the spokesperson said.
“We have a duty of care to all prisoners that we hold. As part of that, we ensure that all prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.”

descentintotyranny:

Woman who miscarried in private prison ‘made to clean up after herself,’ court told

Dec. 13 2013

A woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, it has been alleged.

Although a nurse was present when remand prisoner Nadine Wright, 37, lost her baby, she says the foetus was left with her afterwards and that she had to clean up the blood.

Her barrister, Philip Gibbs, told Leicester Crown Court: “There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.

“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”

The incident allegedly took place the day after Wright was taken into custody at HMP Peterborough on 23 November. It was not revealed in court how many months pregnant she was.

Mr Gibbs told the court that Wright had landed in prison after she stole £13.94 worth of food out of desperate hunger as she did not have the money to pay for it because she had not been given benefit payments she was entitled to.

The alleged incident came to light when Wright appeared for sentencing for breach of two court orders in place following previous offences by shoplifting the items and failing to attend appointments with the probation service.

Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months’ jail.

Mr Gibbs also attacked the probation service, accusing it of failure to help Wright to receive any benefit payments during the 11 months she was under its supervision.

Wright has mental health issues, had been battling long term heroin addiction and had recently lost her mother, as well as being pregnant when she was arrested, Mr Gibbs explained.

He said an investigation into Ms Wright’s alleged mistreatment would now be carried out by her legal representatives.

HMP Peterborough is a category B privately-run prison managed by Sodexo Justice Services.

The company was contacted for a comment by The Mercury news agency but a spokesperson said it “cannot comment publicly on individual cases”, and would not reveal whether an inquiry following the alleged incident is being carried out.

“A prisoner received medical treatment on the day of her arrival in prison and was seen by a GP the following day,” the spokesperson said.

“We have a duty of care to all prisoners that we hold. As part of that, we ensure that all prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.”

(via infernalseason)

@8 months ago with 6667 notes
#prison #welfare #poverty 

Food bank Britain: Thousands need charity handouts because of welfare system failings | UK | News | Daily Express 

class-struggle-anarchism:

emiello:

class-struggle-anarchism:

• A blind woman whose benefits were removed because she did not apply for a cleaning job.

• A father with terminal cancer punished after he missed signing on because of a hospital appointment.

• A woman refused benefits because she forgot to “sign on” on the day of her younger brother’s funeral.

• A 33-year-old man with severe dyslexia who had his benefits removed because he could not fill in his claim form correctly.

• A mother of three denied benefits because her husband mistakenly filled in a claim form with the wrong date of birth for one of their children.

• A man whose benefits were removed after he missed two job centre appointments because of the death of his mother following a stroke.

My mother was refused benefits because she refused to sit down with a stranger to fill in the forms. She had severe depression and anxiety. My father offered to fill the forms in in the next room and ask my mother anything he didn’t know, but the benefits person refused.

Working in a benefits office in Britain these days is like doing the literal devils work. I don’t know how they find these people who are so happy to cause so much grief and harm in their own communities. Absolute bastards.

I’m surprised to see an article like this in the Express, seeing as they’re the tabloid that usually publishes the most vitriolic “benefit scroungers” propaganda. The situation is bad enough for them to object to.

(via myheadisweak)

@9 months ago with 176 notes
#welfare #social security #uk politics 

Homeless man loses benefits after finding £530 and handing it to police 

class-struggle-anarchism:

James Brady had no place to live when he found $850 (£530) after leaving a local shelter in April but immediately turned the cash over to police in Hackensack, New Jersey.

He was allowed to keep the money six months later after no one came forward to claim it, but his good deed has proved costly.

Mr Brady, who has recently found housing, had his government benefits suspended when he failed to report the new income.

@9 months ago with 162 notes
#welfare 

Benefit claimants are now seen as other – less than fully human 

philosophy-of-praxis:

The government’s cuts to welfare benefits are causing real harm to a lot of innocent people. Nevertheless, remarkable numbers seem willing to support them, and all too ready to justify them with extreme aberrations. You can probably put some of this down to our straitened times. People struggling to get by in their own lives will find it hard to sympathise with those they feel are getting a free ride. However, at bottom, a lot of the bad feeling towards people on benefits comes from the way we now see them as a distinct, separate social group. Different from the rest of us. Worse than.

This would’ve been so useful a month ago when I was writing about the exact same thing for my dissertation.

(Source: ceborgia)

@1 year ago with 16 notes
#welfare 

"Protecting, guaranteeing and improving Social Security provides long-term security to workers who then no longer have to stay in exploitive jobs simply to save for their old age. The same goes for lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 0. Nothing makes it more difficult for workers to adopt a militant stand in organizing a labor union or going on strike against intransigent management than the fear of losing a family’s health benefits. This is the whole reason that American companies have, seemingly against their own interests in reducing labor costs, consistently opposed a state-run health care system such as the one in Canada. Employers are happy to have the leverage they get by being able to withhold health benefits from strikers or union activists. Making sure everyone has access to quality health care insures that the quality of that care stays high. Just check out the health care quality in countries like Sweden, Finland, Germany, Canada or France, where everyone has access to the same doctors and hospitals. The quality, and the outcomes, are higher than in the US, where the poor get shoddy, late and often criminally inadequate healthcare in crumbling facilities, while the wealthy get state-of-the-art care at absurdly high prices, with much of the money being wasted on marketing and amenities having nothing to do with actual care and treatment."

@1 year ago with 85 notes
#welfare 

"The American people are not divided on the issue. They don’t want to see cuts in Social Security, Medicare, education and other important programs. They do want to ask the wealthy and other large corporations to start paying their fair share. It’s unfortunate that Congress is not listening."

@1 year ago with 265 notes
#bernie sanders #welfare #politics 

The Conservative Party-led destruction of the welfare state will deprive us of future J.K. Rowlings. And tax revenue.

(via ansia)

@1 year ago with 163919 notes
#j.k. rowling #taxation #wealth #welfare 

"It must be better to be in employment and to work than be on benefits, if you can. And what we saw - and chris is right we did see less people claiming employment benefit - but we saw a huge increase in people on DLA and other sickness benefits, so lets see if we can work together to actually get more people in to work"

- Mike Penning MP, 17/02/14 Live on Channel 4.

MJ: They literally can’t even get their facts right. DLA is not and has never been a “sickness” benefit. It is to help towards added costs occurring from a disability or chronic illness. Here, he strongly implies that DLA is an out-of-work benefit but employment status is irrelevant to DLA/PIP assessments. (via everydayableism)

They’re in control of social security payments to thousands of people which they don’t even understand the purpose of.

(via stars-and-spirals)

@6 months ago with 22 notes
#welfare #disability #uk politics #dwp 

"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is a ruling class in a capitalist society."

@8 months ago with 9876 notes
#capitalism #economics #welfare 
commodifiedsouls:

melodysmuse:

Handouts to big corporations.

This was from 1996, y’all. When most people didn’t even think/care about this.

commodifiedsouls:

melodysmuse:

Handouts to big corporations.

This was from 1996, y’all. When most people didn’t even think/care about this.

(via ixc3)

@9 months ago with 959 notes
#corporations #welfare 

bestnatesmithever:

You’re a tax payer, Harry.

Bear in mind that the social safety net in the UK is being rapidly dismantled by David Cameron’s government.

(Source: crisitunity, via other-stuff)

@10 months ago with 23139 notes
#welfare #j.k. rowling #politics #uk politics 
novaramedia:

UK welfare spending 2011/12…3% of which is spent on Jobseeker’s allowance

The selflessness of carers for elderly and disabled people saves the economy multi-billions. And they get paid pittance for it.
 I wonder how much of Housing Benefit goes on subsidising parasitic private landlords?

novaramedia:

UK welfare spending 2011/12…3% of which is spent on Jobseeker’s allowance

The selflessness of carers for elderly and disabled people saves the economy multi-billions. And they get paid pittance for it.

 I wonder how much of Housing Benefit goes on subsidising parasitic private landlords?

@1 year ago with 23 notes
#welfare #austerity 

Sign the War on Welfare petition. 

We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

We call for:

A Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers, and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.

An immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association.

Consultation between the Depts of Health & Education to improve support into work for sick & disabled people, and an end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits.

An Independent, Committee-Based Inquiry into Welfare Reform, covering but not limited to: (1) Care home admission rises, daycare centres, access to education for people with learning difficulties, universal mental health treatments, Remploy closures; (2) DWP media links, the ATOS contract, IT implementation of Universal Credit; (3) Human rights abuses against disabled people, excess claimant deaths & the disregard of medical evidence in decision making by ATOS, DWP & the Tribunal Service.


On behalf of the basic well-being and human rights of all disabled people, please sign this if you are in the UK! (And pass it on whether you are or not).

@1 year ago with 11 notes
#wowpetition #disability #welfare #austerity #atos #uk politics 

Welfare for the Medical-Industrial Complex 

So why does Obamacare run through the private sector? Raw political necessity: this was the only way that it could get past the insurance industry’s power. OK, that was how it had to be.

But you should really be outraged at the efforts of some states to ensure that the Medicaid expansion is done not via direct government insurance but run through the insurance industry. What you need to understand is that this is a double giveaway, both to the insurers and to the health care industry, because private insurers don’t have the government’s bargaining power. It is, bluntly, purely a matter of corporate welfare for the medical-industrial complex.

(Source: azspot)

@1 year ago with 33 notes
#welfare #corporations 

greenseer:

A fun thing to do when people accuse you of “thinking people should just have stuff HANDED TO THEM! ! !” Is to just cold be like yes. I absolutely do believe that. I think every single person should have their needs met unconditionally without ever having to prove that they “deserve” it based on arbitrary criteria of usefulness. You got me. Busted.

These sorts of people (read: ignorant ones) don’t understand that welfare states are usually obstructive and rationing bureaucracies anyway. Everyone should receive a non-means tested guaranteed basic income to ensure constant economic security.

(via hestmord)

3 months ago
#welfare #economics #politics 
"It must be better to be in employment and to work than be on benefits, if you can. And what we saw - and chris is right we did see less people claiming employment benefit - but we saw a huge increase in people on DLA and other sickness benefits, so lets see if we can work together to actually get more people in to work"

- Mike Penning MP, 17/02/14 Live on Channel 4.

MJ: They literally can’t even get their facts right. DLA is not and has never been a “sickness” benefit. It is to help towards added costs occurring from a disability or chronic illness. Here, he strongly implies that DLA is an out-of-work benefit but employment status is irrelevant to DLA/PIP assessments. (via everydayableism)

They’re in control of social security payments to thousands of people which they don’t even understand the purpose of.

(via stars-and-spirals)

6 months ago
#welfare #disability #uk politics #dwp 
descentintotyranny:

Woman who miscarried in private prison ‘made to clean up after herself,’ court told
Dec. 13 2013

A woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, it has been alleged.


Although a nurse was present when remand prisoner Nadine Wright, 37, lost her baby, she says the foetus was left with her afterwards and that she had to clean up the blood.
Her barrister, Philip Gibbs, told Leicester Crown Court: “There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.
“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”
The incident allegedly took place the day after Wright was taken into custody at HMP Peterborough on 23 November. It was not revealed in court how many months pregnant she was.
Mr Gibbs told the court that Wright had landed in prison after she stole £13.94 worth of food out of desperate hunger as she did not have the money to pay for it because she had not been given benefit payments she was entitled to.
The alleged incident came to light when Wright appeared for sentencing for breach of two court orders in place following previous offences by shoplifting the items and failing to attend appointments with the probation service.
Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months’ jail.
Mr Gibbs also attacked the probation service, accusing it of failure to help Wright to receive any benefit payments during the 11 months she was under its supervision.
Wright has mental health issues, had been battling long term heroin addiction and had recently lost her mother, as well as being pregnant when she was arrested, Mr Gibbs explained.
He said an investigation into Ms Wright’s alleged mistreatment would now be carried out by her legal representatives.
HMP Peterborough is a category B privately-run prison managed by Sodexo Justice Services.
The company was contacted for a comment by The Mercury news agency but a spokesperson said it “cannot comment publicly on individual cases”, and would not reveal whether an inquiry following the alleged incident is being carried out.
“A prisoner received medical treatment on the day of her arrival in prison and was seen by a GP the following day,” the spokesperson said.
“We have a duty of care to all prisoners that we hold. As part of that, we ensure that all prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.”
8 months ago
#prison #welfare #poverty 
"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is a ruling class in a capitalist society."
8 months ago
#capitalism #economics #welfare 
Food bank Britain: Thousands need charity handouts because of welfare system failings | UK | News | Daily Express→

class-struggle-anarchism:

emiello:

class-struggle-anarchism:

• A blind woman whose benefits were removed because she did not apply for a cleaning job.

• A father with terminal cancer punished after he missed signing on because of a hospital appointment.

• A woman refused benefits because she forgot to “sign on” on the day of her younger brother’s funeral.

• A 33-year-old man with severe dyslexia who had his benefits removed because he could not fill in his claim form correctly.

• A mother of three denied benefits because her husband mistakenly filled in a claim form with the wrong date of birth for one of their children.

• A man whose benefits were removed after he missed two job centre appointments because of the death of his mother following a stroke.

My mother was refused benefits because she refused to sit down with a stranger to fill in the forms. She had severe depression and anxiety. My father offered to fill the forms in in the next room and ask my mother anything he didn’t know, but the benefits person refused.

Working in a benefits office in Britain these days is like doing the literal devils work. I don’t know how they find these people who are so happy to cause so much grief and harm in their own communities. Absolute bastards.

I’m surprised to see an article like this in the Express, seeing as they’re the tabloid that usually publishes the most vitriolic “benefit scroungers” propaganda. The situation is bad enough for them to object to.

(via myheadisweak)

9 months ago
#welfare #social security #uk politics 
commodifiedsouls:

melodysmuse:

Handouts to big corporations.

This was from 1996, y’all. When most people didn’t even think/care about this.
9 months ago
#corporations #welfare 
Homeless man loses benefits after finding £530 and handing it to police→

class-struggle-anarchism:

James Brady had no place to live when he found $850 (£530) after leaving a local shelter in April but immediately turned the cash over to police in Hackensack, New Jersey.

He was allowed to keep the money six months later after no one came forward to claim it, but his good deed has proved costly.

Mr Brady, who has recently found housing, had his government benefits suspended when he failed to report the new income.

9 months ago
#welfare 
10 months ago
#welfare #j.k. rowling #politics #uk politics 
Benefit claimants are now seen as other – less than fully human→

philosophy-of-praxis:

The government’s cuts to welfare benefits are causing real harm to a lot of innocent people. Nevertheless, remarkable numbers seem willing to support them, and all too ready to justify them with extreme aberrations. You can probably put some of this down to our straitened times. People struggling to get by in their own lives will find it hard to sympathise with those they feel are getting a free ride. However, at bottom, a lot of the bad feeling towards people on benefits comes from the way we now see them as a distinct, separate social group. Different from the rest of us. Worse than.

This would’ve been so useful a month ago when I was writing about the exact same thing for my dissertation.

(Source: ceborgia)

1 year ago
#welfare 
novaramedia:

UK welfare spending 2011/12…3% of which is spent on Jobseeker’s allowance

The selflessness of carers for elderly and disabled people saves the economy multi-billions. And they get paid pittance for it.
 I wonder how much of Housing Benefit goes on subsidising parasitic private landlords?
1 year ago
#welfare #austerity 
"Protecting, guaranteeing and improving Social Security provides long-term security to workers who then no longer have to stay in exploitive jobs simply to save for their old age. The same goes for lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 0. Nothing makes it more difficult for workers to adopt a militant stand in organizing a labor union or going on strike against intransigent management than the fear of losing a family’s health benefits. This is the whole reason that American companies have, seemingly against their own interests in reducing labor costs, consistently opposed a state-run health care system such as the one in Canada. Employers are happy to have the leverage they get by being able to withhold health benefits from strikers or union activists. Making sure everyone has access to quality health care insures that the quality of that care stays high. Just check out the health care quality in countries like Sweden, Finland, Germany, Canada or France, where everyone has access to the same doctors and hospitals. The quality, and the outcomes, are higher than in the US, where the poor get shoddy, late and often criminally inadequate healthcare in crumbling facilities, while the wealthy get state-of-the-art care at absurdly high prices, with much of the money being wasted on marketing and amenities having nothing to do with actual care and treatment."
1 year ago
#welfare 
Sign the War on Welfare petition.→

We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

We call for:

A Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers, and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.

An immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association.

Consultation between the Depts of Health & Education to improve support into work for sick & disabled people, and an end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits.

An Independent, Committee-Based Inquiry into Welfare Reform, covering but not limited to: (1) Care home admission rises, daycare centres, access to education for people with learning difficulties, universal mental health treatments, Remploy closures; (2) DWP media links, the ATOS contract, IT implementation of Universal Credit; (3) Human rights abuses against disabled people, excess claimant deaths & the disregard of medical evidence in decision making by ATOS, DWP & the Tribunal Service.


On behalf of the basic well-being and human rights of all disabled people, please sign this if you are in the UK! (And pass it on whether you are or not).

1 year ago
#wowpetition #disability #welfare #austerity #atos #uk politics 
"The American people are not divided on the issue. They don’t want to see cuts in Social Security, Medicare, education and other important programs. They do want to ask the wealthy and other large corporations to start paying their fair share. It’s unfortunate that Congress is not listening."
1 year ago
#bernie sanders #welfare #politics 
Welfare for the Medical-Industrial Complex→

So why does Obamacare run through the private sector? Raw political necessity: this was the only way that it could get past the insurance industry’s power. OK, that was how it had to be.

But you should really be outraged at the efforts of some states to ensure that the Medicaid expansion is done not via direct government insurance but run through the insurance industry. What you need to understand is that this is a double giveaway, both to the insurers and to the health care industry, because private insurers don’t have the government’s bargaining power. It is, bluntly, purely a matter of corporate welfare for the medical-industrial complex.

(Source: azspot)

1 year ago
#welfare #corporations 
1 year ago
#j.k. rowling #taxation #wealth #welfare