Fresh concerns have been raised about the integrit

first_imgFresh concerns have been raised about the integrity of the disability benefits system, after a disabled woman’s appeal against having her benefits removed was rejected before she was even told her claim had been turned down.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sent Mandy Moseley a mandatory reconsideration notice, confirming that her appeal against the decision to reject her claim for the new personal independence payment (PIP) had been unsuccessful.But she was astonished to receive the letter because she had not yet been told the result of her claim.Until a claimant receives a decision notice that informs them of the result of their claim, they cannot ask for a mandatory reconsideration (MR) of that decision, and she had not done so.Moseley, from Birmingham, who was assessed on 28 June, had been receiving disability living allowance since 2004, and has been receiving the highest rates of that benefit since 2007, but has been told by DWP that she will receive no PIP at all, a decision which has cost her £141 a week.She said: “They are saying it was a mistake and it was an internal document. How can it be an internal document if it’s [described] as a mandatory reconsideration?”She believes her case proves DWP is preparing the MR notices – automatically turning down the first-stage appeals – at the same time it prepares the original decision notices.Disabled activists have been questioning for months why success rates for MRs are so low, when so many appeals that are taken to tribunal – the next stage of the appeal process after the MR – are successful.A DWP spokesman said: “Clearly, this was a clerical error. We’ve apologised to Ms Moseley and asked her to ignore the letter.“Any mandatory reconsideration outcome would be based on an appeal being lodged in the first place, and Ms Moseley hadn’t even received her decision notice.”But Moseley said she was “disgusted” by DWP’s tactics, and added: “I am just astounded by what they have done.”She has a number of long-term health conditions, currently receives 17 hours of care a week from her local authority, is constantly in pain, and is awaiting training so she can start using a white cane because of her deteriorating vision.After her son moves out from the family home in October, she has been told by her local council that she will probably receive 40 hours of care a week.But she was awarded a total of just two points after being assessed. She would have needed eight for the standard rate and 12 for the enhanced rate of the daily living and mobility components of PIP.last_img read more

WELCOME to four more players who will tour Austral

first_imgWELCOME to four more players who will tour Australia with the Academy.Joseph McLoughlin is a prop forward who signed from Blackbrook Royals.Ben Morris is a second row who signes from Blackbrook Royals.James Nicholl is a prop forward who signed from Blackbrook Royals.Daniel Richardson is a scrum half who signed from Halton Hornets.Many thanks to the sponsors who made the trip possible for this quartet.They are:Cardinal Newman Catholic HighMaghull High School E C Services Keep Keen Controls Calataln Sports Tours DonationNW Truck & Mixer Repairs Ltd Halton HornetsGreen Monkey VillasMFG ConstructionAnother four players will be introduced tomorrow.To catch up with all the latest on the tour, and meet the players, click here.last_img read more

Child abuse must be confronted

first_img SharePrint Church communicators in Kenya listening to Bishop Kihara about child abuseChurch communicators in Kenya listening to Bishop Kihara about child abuse Child abuse is a reality that the Church must confront. The Church has to respond to all cases of child abuse and cannot afford to run away from its responsibility in ensuring that children are safeguarded.This statement was made by Bishop Peter Kihara, Vice Chairman of the Commission for Social Communications  of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference.“We must accept the reality of child abuse,” said Bishop Kihara. “We cannot run away from child abuse cases. We must face this reality. If any of our Church personnel is involved, it means the Church has to respond accordingly. You cannot protect the Church by hiding,” he emphasised.According to Vatican News the Bishop has since called for the establishment of child protection desks in every diocese in the country.Child protection policiesBishop Kihara reiterated the importance of having child protection policies in the dioceses, saying this has now become part and parcel of all project implementation procedures.“Child protection policies are now part of donor funding requirements,” said the prelate. “Dioceses that do not have their own child protection policies should use the Episcopal Conference’s policy. I am glad that we now also have the Child Safeguarding Standards and Guidelines,” he said, adding: “All the people that are involved with children need to be introduced to the child protection policy to know and understand their responsibilities towards children under their care,” said the Marsabit Bishop.Do not confine seminars to cities onlyThe Bishop said there is the need to conduct training at the local diocesan level, especially for those who are handling children.He nevertheless cautioned: “Child protection seminars should not be confined to the cities. We should go to the grassroots, in the dioceses – hold training there so that we can have an open discussion on the way forward,” advised the Bishop.Bishop Kihara was recently addressing Kenyan diocesan communication coordinators, radio station managers, missionary communications personnel as well as Catholic media directors attending a training session held at Our Lady of Africa Pastoral Centre in Mombasa, Kenya.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more