Labours shadow work and pensions secretary has pl

first_imgLabour’s shadow work and pensions secretary has pledged to transform the social security system from one that “demonises” benefit claimants to one that is “supportive and enabling”.Debbie Abrahams told Labour’s annual conference in Brighton that the social security system was failing sick and disabled people, and she reminded her party that the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had concluded last month that the government had caused a “human catastrophe” by cutting disabled people’s support.Abrahams repeated the party’s pledge, included in this year’s general election manifesto, that a Labour government would legislate to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law.She later said that the party was also in the process of setting up a new social security commission, whose conclusions on how to reform the benefits system would feed into the party’s policy-making process.Abrahams (pictured, right) told a fringe meeting hosted by the PCS union that Labour wanted to “transform social security” and “make it something people can value”.She said Labour’s vision was “to make sure the social security system is there for every one of us”.She said Labour wanted to replace the work capability assessment and the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment with a more “personalised, holistic support programme”.And she said that the government’s new Work and Health Programme was “just a way of making even more regressive cuts”.Abrahams said the party had started some of the “groundwork” for setting up the new social security commission, and that “central” to it would be “ongoing dialogue” with disabled people’s grassroots groups such as Disabled People Against Cuts and Black Triangle.She told another fringe event at the conference, organised by the Fabian Society and the disability charity Scope: “How will we achieve our target of halving the disability employment gap? It certainly isn’t going to happen through the Work and Health Programme, is it.”She said Labour would be publishing its ideas before the autumn budget, and that the party needed to ensure that disabled people supported its proposals.Abrahams said: “Again we will be coming back to you, saying is this going to work, what do you think of this, this has worked in Sweden, will it work in the UK, it’s worked in Australia, but again, will it work in the UK?”And she suggested that some policies could be piloted in Greater Manchester or London, where there were greater devolved powers for local government.Abrahams also said that the party was carrying out a review of the Access to Work scheme, which was “absolutely inadequate at the moment”, and she added: “We are reviewing it with the intention of being able to expand it.”After hearing how one disabled man at the fringe event had faced discrimination in the workplace, she said: “We need to get to the core of why we have such difficulties with employers. It is about cultural changes.“We do need to ensure that we are shifting attitudes with employers.”The event also heard from disabled presenter and producer, and YouTube star, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, who said that “every single disabled person” she knew had had problems with the PIP assessment process, and all had found it “degrading”.She said: “We need to be focusing on giving disabled people independence in more than just name, and that includes financial independence.”Kellgren-Fozard also said that disabled women were twice as likely as non-disabled women to face domestic abuse, usually at the hands of their carers, but they were “tied” to them through the benefits system.She said: “They can’t get away. You can’t get a second job and store some money up. You don’t have your own money anymore.”She added: “Money is a massive part of independence. I am an adult and I want to be treated like that, I don’t want to be thought of as a child, a dependent, a problem, or a burden, ever.“I think that is what we really need to be working for here, to give people independence in more than just name.”Ellen Clifford, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), told the PCS fringe event that welfare reform had been introduced by New Labour under Tony Blair and the process had been “accelerated by the Tories”, and was designed “to reduce spending and cut the welfare bill”.She said DPAC would like to see a system that was designed “to meet the needs of those who are unable to earn a living through waged labour”, with “an acceptance that there will always be some people who are unable to engage in the labour market and earn a living of their own, not due to their own fault… but because of very real concrete barriers that they face”.And she said: “We need to end the influence of private insurance companies who are there for their own profit-making reasons, and stop ploughing millions of pounds into helping them find ways to trick disabled people out of benefit entitlements.”Clifford said that cuts to disabled people’s support – such as social care and Access to Work – were pushing disabled people out of employment.Catherine Hale, lead researcher on the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, told the same fringe meeting that the government’s continuing benefits freeze was “one of the key drivers of increasing levels of poverty in the UK”.She said that public support for the campaign to lift the pay cap on public sector workers meant it would be the ideal time to push for an end to the benefits freeze.She said: “If we are really going to resist the Tory attempts to divide the workers from everybody else, would it not also be the right time to fight for an end to the benefits freeze, so we are showing equal value to workers as to people on benefits?”And she urged politicians to consult with disabled people on reforming benefits assessments, rather than “doctors and so-called experts” who “really have no idea about the lived experience of disability and what are the real barriers to work that people with certain types of impairments face”.She added: “You really need to draw on disabled people’s expertise on capability for work.”last_img read more

Bissap Baobab is Back with Sundays at the Village

first_imgChefs at the lunch buffet.One group of women had their plates piled high with curries and rice and weren’t completely clear what they’d ended up with – but didn’t much care, as they reported it was all delicious.Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the miniature market set up along the walls, where artisans like Eva Miranda set up their wares.Eva Miranda talks to a customer inside Bissap Baobab.Coming up this Sunday: Buffet lunch with items from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Benin. African Dance Party starts at 2 p.m. with DJ Xander manning the turntables at an African Arts Festival party. Party goes ’til 9. On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band.It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at Bissap Baobab and neighboring Little Baobab featuring Senegalese food, a local band, and as many neighbors who will fit. Restaurateur Marco Senghor has been reopening Little Baobab, which had closed after a fire in 2013 shut it down.Los Peregrinos Cosmicos play at Bissap BaobabThe setup is thus: Hang out at Baobab and maybe have a drink while the band plays. When the food is ready, head next door to Little Baobab, where Senghor used to live and later produced thousands of bottles of ginger juice (oh, the stories he could tell you…) and then file through the buffet. Get it in a box or on a plate and head back over to your seat and chow down. Tags: Business • Events • food • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

One dead and two injured in SF Mission District shooting

first_img Tags: Homicide • shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% One witness was working a nearby bar when she heard around seven “pops.” “I thought they were fireworks,” she said.A resident of an SRO across the street said she recognized the victim. “I don’t know his name, but he was a nice guy,” she said. She said he didn’t live at the hotel, but frequently visited Mission Street. “He would come through with his daughter,” she said. At around 9:45 p.m., police had blocked off Mission Street between 17th Street and Sycamore Alley. A body was covered up in front of the Footwear City Express shoe store, and around seven evidence markers were strewn in front of the One Dollar Store. Over in front of the Sycamore bar, a minivan sat with a bullet hole on its windshield. Its back window was shattered.This is the second fatal shooting in the Mission in two weeks. Last Friday, one man was fatally shot and another was injured on 24th and Harrison Streets.Update 7/2/18: As of Monday, the Medical Examiner has not yet released the name of the person who died. On Sunday morning, an altar was set up near the scene. “Rest in Peace, Marcos,” a sign read. There were pictures of a man and his dog, and a pair of sunglasses hung from the sign.“Rest in Peace, Marcos.” Altar at 17th and Mission streets. Photo by Julian Mark.Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. One person was killed and two were injured in a shooting that took place Saturday on Mission Street between 17th and 18th streets, police said. Patrol offers heard gunfire and responded to the scene at around 8:45 p.m., according to SFPD spokesman Officer Joseph Tomlinson. When the officers arrived, he said, they found three gunshot victims. One was declared dead at the scene, and the other two — one with life-threatening injuries and the other with non-life-threatening injuries — were transported to the hospital. The suspects are still outstanding, Tomlinson said. He could not provide further information on the identities of the victims. Email Address center_img 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

Skaters whiz down Dolores Street

first_imgExcept for a few cars that managed to get through, most of Dolores was blocked off from 20th to 18th Streets. It was the third year in a row that skaters organized a hill-bomb event at Dolores Park. At last year’s fete, skaters clashed with police.The party started earlier in the evening. The party was already in full swing at 8:30 p.m. tonight, with skaters careening down Dolores Street, some wiping out at 19th, others continuing down the hill toward 18th Street as more than 100 people looked on. “Don’t cross,” advised one onlooker as a skater whooshed north on Dolores. Many of the onlookers who lined the street held skateboards at their sides; others watched with a beer in hand. Skaters on Dolores.street cut off from 20th to 18th— Mission Local (@MLNow) July 13, 2018 What the hell is going on at Dolores Park?— DANNYBLKSND Having AX Withdrawals (@DANNYBLKSND) July 13, 2018 Ah, yes, a planned event. At 10 p.m. Thursday, police had not yet arrived on the scene and for the most part, the crowd was just having a good time.The crowd at Dolores Street. 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Teacher of the Week Kathryn Nash

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Kathryn Nash says she can be a “mother hen to a lot of little baby chicks” when she describes her class at the Career Readiness Academy at Mosley in Wilmington.The WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week feels the key to being a good teacher is “building relationships with kids.”  Her students are part of a signature program for New Hanover County schools and work hard to get ready for college or a career.  “You have to make them want to the work,” she says, “because it is challenging.  If you haven’t achieved that the curriculum isn’t going to happen.”- Advertisement – She’s been teaching for several years and advises new teachers to remember not to be intimidated by the minutiae of the job.  Instead she says to “focus on the kids and the curriculum will come naturally.”Her goal for all her students is to remember her as a teacher who worked hard and to come back and tell her “all the great things they have accomplished over the last 15 to 35 years.”last_img read more

Retired Wilmington Marine has his warrior wish granted

first_img Unfortunately, it has become more difficult due to combat injuries.Hope for Warriors granted his warrior’s wish with a new travel trailer.It provides a more accommodating environment so he can camp with his family once again. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A retired Wilmington Marine who was injured in combat has gotten a major wish granted.Since leaving the Marines, camping has provided a place of serenity for Sergeant Bill Morris, a father of four.- Advertisement – last_img

FEMA advises residents to call insurers now

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Federal Emergency Management Agency is in the state already working hard to help.FEMA Representative John Mills says FEMA has now switched from recovery to response mode.- Advertisement – He says this is the time to speak with your insurers and to get in touch with FEMA. He also says the organization is part of bigger effort across the state.“FEMA is here at the request of the state of North Carolina and we’re actively working closely with the governor and state emergency management and listening to the requests that are coming in from Wilmington and New Hanover County and all the other communities impacted by Hurricane Florence,” Mills said.Mills also says their effort will take a while.Related Article: Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on historical markersYou can watch the full interview in the video above.last_img read more

One displaced in Christmas Day kitchen fire

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One person left without a home on Christmas after a kitchen fire in Wilmington.The Wilmington Fire Department arrived on scene just before 10:00 Christmas morning to Seahawk Court.- Advertisement – Fire officials say heavy smoke was showing from the apartment as they arrived.They contained the fire to the kitchen area of the apartment. No injuries were reported, but the person inside was treated for possible smoke inhalation.last_img

One Love tennis hosts film screening of Althea Arthur

first_img– Advertisement – 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The red carpet experience here in Wilmington.Over the weekend, One Love Tennis and the Pointe 14 Theatre hosted a premiere screening of the new documentary film, “Althea & Arthur”.The invitation-only event included valet parking, red carpet entrance, lobby reception surrounded by the Breaking The Barriers Exhibit from the International Tennis Hall of Fame and following the film there was a Q&A with Lenny Simpson, who not only appears in the film but kids from his One Love Tennis program are prominently featured throughout the documentary.“Althea & Arthur” stars One Love kids along with tennis legends Lenny Simpson, Johnnie Ashe, Billie Jean King, Katrina Adams, Venus Williams, James Blake and many more. This  documentary contrasts the careers of the first African-American woman and man to break the color barriers in tennis and explains their very different legacies.  Friday, March 8 at 6:15pmSaturday, March 9 at 6:15pmTuesday, March 12 at 6:15pmCoach Lenny Simpson will host a Q&A following each showing.center_img For those from Wilmington, NC, this is important history as both world champions have direct connections to Dr. Hubert and Celeste Eaton’s house at 1406 Orange Street, having lived and trained on the historic, iconic backyard court.  The film will be shown for the public to view on just three days.last_img read more

Bladen County couple tied up during home invasion

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man armed with a gun kicked in the back door of a Bladen County home while an elderly couple was inside.Greg Bullard, an investigator with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, says it happened on Friday at a home on Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown.- Advertisement – Bullard said the gunman kicked his way in, then forced the elderly woman inside the home onto the floor and tied her up. He then tied up the elderly man.The gunman allegedly threatened to kill the woman and asked her where their medicine was.The suspect was captured on video from a camera inside the couple’s home. He allegedly stole $500 in bills, $1,000 in quarters and other miscellaneous items.Related Article: Man arrested in connection to gas, bank robberiesBullard said the couple had minor injuries.The suspect is described as a slender white man with olive skin, short blonde or light color hair, between 6′ to 6’2″ in height and weighing between 185 to 220 pounds. He was wearing gloves, baggy jeans, a black ski mask and a hoodie.Bullard said witnesses reported seeing a white older model truck speeding down Owen Hill Road and turning onto Lyon Landing Road around the time of the home invasion.If you have any information on the home invasion or recognize the suspect in the videos, contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office or Investigator Bullard at (910) 862-6947last_img read more