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Is ESA really harder to claim than IB?

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 832 views

Last week, the excellent John Pring published an article that seemed to show that the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA or "sickness benefit") was twice as easy to claim as the benefit it replaced (Incapacity Benefit or IB). Under IB, just…

Don't worry your pretty little head

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 930 views

OK, this really has to stop. I've written countless articles about the failure of doctors to listen to their patients. Whether that failure comes from judgement (they're "just" an addict, they're "just" depressed, they're "just" malingering) or from arrogance (I…

DWP admit knowing they would cause harm

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 918 views

I hate this fight and everything it says about my country. But I dearly love the remarkable characters who've stepped up (or hobbled in many cases) to face it. We are often unlikely warriors, with our limps and our oxygen…

What free press??

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 937 views

My disgust at our media has only grown over the last four years. Of all the things that make me sit in horrified wonder throughout this whole rancid mess, it's the lack of balanced reporting over Iain Duncan-Smith's "Welfare Reforms"…

Benefit caps

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 781 views

Before I type another word, I'd like to make it clear that I think the idea of an overall benefit cap is ridiculous. When times are hard, say during recessions, you actually want to spend MORE on social security. It…

The big benefits row

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 830 views

Please share this article anywhere and everywhere you can. Thank you x  As many of you may know by now, last night was the Big Benefits Row on Channel 5."Roll up! Roll up for the spectacliar sight! Real life poor…

Benefit street

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 817 views

Not for the first time, I was woken up by a researcher for the Nick Ferrari show on LBC this morning. The last time, I was in hospital and had to lock myself in a bathroom so that the 10…

Just watch this. Please

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,013 views

You might not have read my blog before. Or you might have read it a few times, sympathised, but found it all too sad and shocking to keep up with. You might have stopped clicking on the links on a…

Open letter to Andrew Marr

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 863 views

Dear Andrew Marr, On the Marr show this morning you said you had "a greater understanding of disability" since your stroke. Yet when the story was mentioned that Iain Duncan Smith is thinking of getting rid of the Work Related…

Hoban meeting update

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 791 views

So, yesterday, as most of you will know by now, representatives from Spartacus finally got to meet with Mark Hoban to discuss Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments after almost a year of trying. Other online groups representing…

Help me beat the Daily Mail

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 779 views

Victory!!! OK, it took 18 months and a lot of energy from Child Poverty Action Group, not to mention blogs and emails from all of us, but the BBC have ruled that: "The Future State of Welfare with John Humphrys, broadcast…

Ex-Atos nurse tells of disgust at Assessments

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 720 views

It's clearly not enough for sick and disabled people to tell of their horrific experiences of an Atos Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance. It's clearly not enough for journalists to write exposes and TV companies to produce documentaries. It's…

We need to have a chat about the NHS

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 809 views

Lately, I've noticed - indeed been on the receiving end - of a new phenomenon. Suddenly, all over middle England, those drifting gently to the right of a fairly rightish centreground keep popping up on my timelines or in my…

Open letter to Paul Maynard

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 798 views

Dear Mr Maynard, I watched your passionate defence of sick and disabled people in the House of Commons during the Opposition Day Debate on a cumulative impact assessment yesterday with a mixture of pride and horror. Just like you, I…

Hallelujah! The miracle of Atos strikes again

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 828 views

Every now and then, for a bit of a laugh, I play "Spot the truth" on the @DWPpressoffice twitter account. It would seem poverty rates came out today and I don't suppose you need me to tell you they've gone…

PIP faces legal challenge!

Sue Marsh / June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 786 views

Thanks again to the impossibly passionate Jane Young, wearespartacus.org.uk have today announced they will be working with @DoughtyStPublic and @LeighDay_Law to challenge changes to the new PIP (Personal Independence Payments replacing DLA or Disability Living Allowance) mobility criteria. Campaigners like Steve Sumpter (@latentexistence), myself, Kaliya…