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Family with disabled Grandson tells David Cameron: ‘Visit our home and you’ll drop the Bedroom Tax’

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Paul Rutherford with his disabled Grandson, Warren Todd

Paul Rutherford is grandfather to Warren Todd, a 14-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder, Potocki-Shaffer syndrome.

Paul believes that David Cameron must understand what his family goes through on a daily basis, as David and Samantha Cameron’s son, Ivan, also needed constant care as he had cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, and died at the age of six in 2009.

Warren also has epilepsy, as well as severe learning disabilities and skeletal problems.

Warren’s grandparents, Paul and Sue, have made a request for David Cameron to visit their home and family, and they make this request without any malevolence, as they can only imagine what the Cameron’s went through when they lost their son.

Paul states: “We want to ask David Cameron to come to our home and visit our family.

“We think if he could see how we live and what we do, and meet Warren, he would change his mind about the Bedroom Tax.”

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Zero-hour Contracts Enforcing Poverty

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New policies have recently been enforced which mean jobseekers must accept zero-hour contracts or face losing their benefits for three months.

There are now 1.4 million zero-hour contracts, and they have been criticised for being low paid, having a lack of stability, sick pay or holiday pay, and having unrealistic expectations of employees to be available from 6am-9pm weekdays and weekends.

More than one in 10 employers are using such contracts, and they are more likely to be offered to women, young people and people over 65. The figures rise to almost half of all employers in the tourism, catering and food industries. Read the rest of this entry

Cancer Sufferer’s Benefits are Cut and the Public Turn Against Him

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Pete Woodcock

Pete Woodcock

The government have recently cut a man’s state benefits after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Pete Woodcock of Scunthorpe has been unemployed for around eight years, but has spent his time job hunting and volunteering for up to 40 hours a week.

When diagnosed with cancer, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) cut his benefits by 40% (from £140 to £84 a week).

Mr Woodcock stated that this was because he was unable to attend job clubs due to his numerous hospital visits on both sides of the Humber Bridge, meaning he had to claim sickness benefits instead.

Mr Woodcock states: “When a person has cancer the last thing a person needs to worry about is finances but I now have to look after my family, pay bills and finance my trips to hospitals on less than £100 per week.

“The DWP even told me that if I went back on to jobseekers and gave up my treatment I could go back on to £140 per week to live on – meaning if I decided to die, I could be richer!” Read the rest of this entry

Sue Marsh on the Big Benefits Row

Last month, Sue Marsh, a journalist and disability campaigner who suffers from Crohn’s disease, wrote about her experience of being asked on the Channel 5 show, ‘The Big Benefits Row: Live’.

Mrs Marsh was initially asked to be on the panel of the show, which would debate and discuss welfare changes. However, leading up to the show, Mrs Marsh stated that she had a “sneaking feeling she was being downgraded”.

Mrs Marsh goes on to explain how during her experience of working in media for several years, there have been many times when she has been ‘bumped’ from shows or not been able to publish her stories on welfare, as producers have not deemed it an important enough issue:

“Bumped for Egypt. Bumped for Syria. Bumped for chickens in cat outfits. (That last one’s not even sarcasm!?!) Repeatedly I hear in a loop ‘But welfare isn’t a story’”. Read the rest of this entry