Articles by Jayne Linney
Fed up, fuc*ed up, fifty(ish) but still feisty
Dear Kate Green – Where do Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’?
“We are people who live in fear of a brown envelop, for fear it’s another ATOS appointment or another form from the DWP; where do we fit in Labour’s Welfare Policy?” Jayne Linney writes an open letter to new Shadow Minister for Disabled People Kate Green MP.
Dear Esther McVey MP
“…“around 50 per cent of decisions are made on the basis of the claim form alone” - the contrary evidence for this is overwhelming but most tellingly on the DWP’s own site…” Jayne Linney has some questions - as yet still unanswered - for the minister for disabled people Esther McVey.
Together we can all achieve positive change
A VERY QUICK POST - TOGETHER WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE POSITIVE CHANGE- OVER 96300 people signed or petition to the Work & Pensions Committee: Hold IDS to account for his use of statistics https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2# and today we discover - Duncan Smith to face grilling from MPs over misuse of statistics http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/05/duncan-smith-face-grilling-mps-over-misuse-statistics PEOPLE POWER DOES WORK Courtesy of […]
Work and Pensions Committee to quiz the DWP over statistics!
Hi Everyone, Today I learnt that the Work and Pensions Select committee will be calling Iain Duncan Smith or one of his ministers in to explain their use of statistics. The Work and Pensions committee have decided to pull the minister (Who ever that ends up being) in for a one day session to look […]
An open letter to Esther McVey MP
Dear Esther McVey MP We the undersigned have been shocked and appalled at you and your Minister’s persistent use of dubious facts and statistics regarding DLA. We ask that you make use of the raft of factual statistics and desist from twisting evidence; your misrepresentation presumes some sort of illegal activity regarding DLA claimants, this […]
DWP staff soon able to see you fitter?
Over the past few days whilst being snow bound, a couple of articles published online, by established media outlets regarding mental health have alarmed me. Philip Hensher, a professor of creative writing offered us his ‘expert opinion’ in the Independent on Friday by opining how “depression is incapacitating only for months, or even weeks”. Then on […]
Dear Ed Balls MP Following your announcement of Labour’s plan to tackle unemployment, I’m asking you to think! I’m not an economist, a Politician, a journalist & nor do I belong to any ‘thinktank’, I’m someone who has worked within and around various WorkFare schemes since the 80′s, and that I believe qualifies me an opinion. The […]
“At any time in the next few days they could receive yet another dreaded brown envelope, this time summoning them to an interview at a JobCentre to meet their ‘Personal Advisor’; a low grade civil servant totally unable to make any informed ‘decision’ about ill health/disability.” Jayne Linney provides a personal account of the impact of the Government’s ‘draconian’ welfare reforms.
On Friday I received a letter from the DWP informing me that, as I am in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) from December 3rd 2012; I must “attend and take part in work-focused interviews if you are asked to do so, to qualify for your benefit”, it goes on to state “If you do not attend and take part […]
An Open Letter to Iain Duncan Smith Dear Mr Smith On the Andrew Marr Show this morning you spoke of needing to protect Pensioners from Welfare Reform Cuts, which you justified by their lack scope and opportunity to earn and increase their Pensions. I agree with you on this point, however I fail to understand how when you offer […]