Why your NHS Mental Health Trust should provide an independent in house Welfare Rights Service.

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Blog Welfare Rights and MHEvery year approximately 70,000 people with a Psychosis are supported by the NHS. In most cases while they receive good consistent support from health and social care services the same cannot be said about access to support to address their socio-economic circumstances. Yet these can have a huge impact on their wellbeing and the likelihood of their being admitted to costly NHS services.

In 2013 Norman Lamb the Minister of State for Care and Support hosted a meeting in the House of Commons launching a report by the Centre for Mental Health on the importance of welfare rights provision for people with a psychosis. As well as many guests from the NHS and voluntary sector James Morris MP who was the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health was also there.

The report “Welfare advice for people who use mental health services – developing the business case”

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Day 5: Online Action on workfare and sanctions – the finale

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WorkFare-not-workingFrom Boycott Workfare

The week of action has seen a very loud noise demo at the workfare industry’s annual conference, hijacking its hashtag and actions in Cardiff, Wrexham, and even one in Germany! There’s loads more planned this weekend – with a new action just announced in Sheffield this Saturday too (and one coming up next week in Oxford!).

Thanks to everyone who’s been putting the pressure on online too. We’ve kept a lot of workfare exploiters’ Facebook Page moderators very busy this week and we’ve seen time and again how pressure from action on the streets plus online embarrassment can be enough to make a company or charity think twice!

Today, please help show all the companies and charities we’ve contacted this week that we won’t stop until they do. Scroll down our website front page for ways to contacts some of the worst offending charities, biggest workfare-using…

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Young People To Face Workfare In Supermarkets Or 780 Hours Forced Community Work Osborne Announces

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jesus-workfare-salvationFor a long time now anti-workfare campaigners have warned that so-called ‘voluntary’ unpaid work on Jobcentre schemes is often forced labour in disguise. Such is the toxic environment in Jobcentres that those who refuse to take part in ‘voluntary’ workfare can simply be sent on a mandatory scheme instead.

Now George Osborne has let the cat out of the bag and in his speech yesterday signalled his intention to enshrine this vile practice in government policy.  Starting as early as April next year in some cases, almost all unpaid work schemes will now be mandatory for the young.

Osborne will force all those out of work for six months and between the ages of 18 and 21 into Traineeships or Work Experience.  Those who refuse will be sent on a Community Work Placement  – 780 hours unpaid work – or face losing benefits completely.  This is a huge turn…

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Tories – when we said “Hang Mandela” we meant it in a nice way

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On the day of the sad death of legend Nelson Mandela, senior UK Conservatives have defended their party’s anti-Mandela and pro-apartheid history by saying that when they said “Hang Mandela” in the 1980s they meant it in a nice way.

A spokesperson for the party said:

When we said “Hang Mandela” we didn’t mean he should be hung in a horrible way. We meant he should be hung with all the respect and honour deserving of a great legendary hero of our time.  And when we said the ANC was a terrorist organisation we meant they were quite nice terrorists not at all like those ghastly, horrible Muslim ones.

British Prime Minister David Cameron today paid his own personal tribute to Nelson Mandela after his death:

Nelson Mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time, and as I and…

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Mandela – The Power of Choosing Optimism Over Despair | Psychology Today
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Shocking UK milestone: now more ‘hardworking’ people in poverty than unemployed

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(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

According to a new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, there are now more people from working families below the poverty line than people from unemployed families.

There are 6.7 million people from working families living in poverty in the UK compared to 6.3 million people from workless and retired families living in poverty:



Oh dear. Looks like the Tories are going to have to find a new slogan for their next election campaign:

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What Tories say vs What Tories mean – your pocket guide to Toryspeak

How Tory are you? Take the Tory-o-Meter test and find out!

QUIZ – Tory or Victorian Villain? Can you tell the difference?

The Boris Johnson IQ Test – take this quick test to see exactly how thick you are!

6 facts that PROVE…

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Support The Students And Help Kick The Cops Off Campus

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riot-police-stand-guard-millbankWednesday 11th December, Meet at 2pm at the University of London Union (ULU).

Please share/blog/tweet the facebook call out for the protest.

Shortly after this Government weren’t elected the student inspired storming of the Tory Party HQ at Millbank launched a fierce, if short-lived, campaign against the huge hike in tuition fees.  A series of well-supported and spiky central London protests brought chaos to the capital whilst universities were occupied across the UK.

Recently the student movement burst back into life with occupations in universities across the UK including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool, Exeter, Brighton and Sheffield.  Many of these occupations have been linked to strikes or struggles by both education staff and low paid, often casualised workers.  The response from university bosses has been injunctions, threats and spurious suspensions.  Last week Senate House, the main building of the University of London, was occupied by…

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