About JJ

Co-founder of Black Triangle

Government given dressing-down over ‘fitness to work’ figures by John Pring – Disability News Service

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com The government has been told by the UK’s official statistics watchdog to improve the way it publishes information about its controversial “fitness to work” assessments. The Department for Work and … Continue reading →

‘The misuse of evidence in incapacity benefit reform’ Steve Griffiths: ‘The use and misuse of evidence in the benefits debate’

Steve Griffiths, a freelance consultant and researcher in health and social policy, explained in the opening paragraph of a recent article based on research for Compass, entitled, “The misuse of evidence in incapacity benefit reform” (PDF), the basis for these … Continue reading →

Andy Worthington’s Blog: ‘Brutal Benefit Cuts for the Disabled Are Leading to Suicides in the UK’

When it comes to callousness, the supposedly caring veneer of David Cameron’s Tory party disintegrated almost as soon as the expedient governing coalition with the hapless Liberal Democrats was formed, when our new leaders announced, with evident relish, their intention … Continue reading →

The government’s Work Capability Assessment for disabled people is one of the toughest in the world – it is not fit for purpose

First published by the London School of Economics blog on May 17th 2011 A major component of the ‘new labour’ government and the current coalition government’s radical welfare reforms has been the Work Capability Assessment (WCA)  for disabled people. Debbie Jolly co-founder … Continue reading →

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS UNITE AGAINST FORCED STERILISATION – EUGENICS is alive and well and is rearing its ugly head in modern Europe:

ALL STORIES SPOTTED BY SUE MARSH – DIARY OF A BENEFIT SCROUNGER: http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.com/ 24 August 2011 /// A coalition of human rights groups is speaking out against the practice of forced sterilisation of women with mental disabilities in France: http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13855&thebloc=27880 A … Continue reading →

PETITION: We have the democratic right to peacefully march through Tower Hamlets on 3 September to show unity of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Black, Asian and LGBT communities, trade unions and all those against fascism and for freedom, and to voice opposition to the EDL’s attempts to divide us.

  NO PASARÁN! THEY SHALL NOT PASS!   Right to march against racist EDL We, the undersigned, welcome the banning of the racist English Defence League’s march through Tower Hamlets. However, we believe the headlines claiming the EDL have been … Continue reading →

THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL MODELS OF DISABILITY by MIKE OLIVER, B.A. PhD. / READER IN DISABILITY STUDIES, THAMES POLYTECHNIC; Paper presented at Joint Workshop of the Living Options Group and the Research Unit of the Royal College of Physicians

CONCLUSIONS In this paper I have suggested that the medicalisation of disability is inappropriate because it locates the problems of disability in the wrong place; within the individual rather than in society. Further, once the true nature of the problems … Continue reading →