Statements submitted to MPs have provided further

first_imgStatements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election.Despite its inquiry into the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process having to be scrapped, the Commons work and pensions select committee has published written evidence it has received from PIP claimants and disability organisations.The committee held an urgent evidence session about the assessment process in March, a hearing partly triggered by a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation, before seeking further written evidence.DNS had provided the committee with substantial evidence of widespread dishonesty among PIP assessors in the reports they prepare for government decision-makers.The DNS investigation revealed that assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.DNS has now collected nearly 200 examples of cases in which PIP claimants have said that healthcare professionals working for Capita and Atos produced dishonest assessment reports.DWP has consistently claimed that there is no dishonesty at all among its outsourced healthcare assessors.Inclusion London, the pan-London disabled people’s organisation, provided the most detailed written evidence of all the individuals and groups that contributed to the committee’s inquiry.It said in its evidence: “Again and again Disabled people are reporting that assessors have ignored written and verbal evidence and that reports do not reflect what occurred in the assessment.”Inclusion London quoted widely from evidence compiled by DNS, and concluded: “The extent to which false information is included in assessment reports cannot be attributed to one or two negligent assessors but indicates systemic failings with the current PIP assessment process.”It called for all assessments to be recorded, and for “a clear and accessible system for Disabled people to file complaints against assessors with an independent body and for complaint statistics to be made public”.It also called for a new PIP assessment, based on the social model of disability and created in co-production with disabled people, which focuses on “barriers and the impact of impairment on daily life rather than functionality”.Other written evidence submitted to the committee appears to confirm the conclusions of the DNS investigation.Among those who responded to a survey by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) was a healthcare professional with a first-class degree in physiotherapy.They said they had been “shocked by the level of errors, inaccuracies, omissions and, quite possibly, lies” in the assessment report compiled for their PIP claim, according to DR UK’s evidence to the committee.The respondent concluded that “the musculoskeletal assessment conducted was appalling and could not have provided sufficient information upon which a decision regarding my physical capabilities to carry out work for any period of time could be made.“Lies were also told about the content of the musculoskeletal assessment – data was recorded for tests which were not conducted.”Another DR UK survey respondent described how PIP decisions were often overturned on appeal due to “assessors making inaccurate statements, assessors making false statements, assessors incorrectly interpreting things the claimant said or did”.In its evidence to the committee, the mental health charity Rethink said that respondents to its own survey on PIP “felt that there was a discrepancy between what was discussed at the assessment and the content of the subsequent written report.“We received several examples of PIP applicants claiming that assessors had deliberately misinterpreted them and in… some cases included complete fabrications in their reports.”But the evidence compiled by the committee may now end up being discarded because the decision by Theresa May to call a general election on 8 June means that parliament was dissolved this week, leading to some committee inquiries having to be abandoned.Mark Lucas, a PIP claimant who has spoken out repeatedly about the “shockingly poor and dishonest” assessment system, and has given evidence to an inquiry into PIP assessments set up by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the decision to call an election was “another set back at the end of many set backs”.He said: “Clearly the health professionals have been dishonest and the government has gone to great lengths to ensure the PIP scam is kept quiet for as long as possible.“Everyone knows what has gone on is wrong but only few have voiced their concerns.“I am sure if we continue to have the same government the rights of persons with disabilities will be further abused.”A spokeswoman for the committee said the PIP investigation was “one of the inquiries that fell with the announcement of the election”.When the committee is reformed in the new parliament – probably in September – it could choose to relaunch the inquiry, but will be under no obligation to do so, but if it does it could choose to “keep and use the evidence they have now”, she said.last_img read more

Neighborhood notes BVHM principal steps down escooters be gone temporarily art festivals

first_img“There is a deep mistrust growing within the community with this administration and it is imperative it be addressed and that the new principal is properly briefed with an accurate state of the community,” one parent wrote in an email.Others were pleased with his efforts. “Mr. Zapien has always embraced voices of poor and immigrant families — the parents and grandparents and guardians of our most vulnerable students,” said a woman named Patricia, a grandparent of two students at the school. “His efforts have made us feel that a democratic process involving all voices will yield the best results.”It’s unclear who the new principal will be — and how that person will manage implementation of the new shelter that will host 20 homeless families in one of the school’s gyms. Whoever it is, the new principal will have a lot on their plate. Buena Vista is a bilingual school with a diverse student body. It is the product of a 2011 merger between Buena Vista, a sought-after Spanish immersion elementary school, with Horace Mann, an underperforming middle school. In some ways, it is still searching for its identity. –JMScooters will stay in the new pilot programFirst e-scooter companies, including Lime, Spin and Bird, must remove their scooters from all city streets and halt operations by June 4. Next, they must apply to be part of a program to put 1,250 scooters on the street in the first six months (up to 2,500 in the second six months) and agree to a long list of rules that will probably feel, to a lot of tech entrepreneurs, as constricting as a pair of too-small racing shorts. Oh, and they must share data. Apply here.  –LCCarnaval!We’ve written a preview of the two-day festival here.  It starts Saturday on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets, and then begins again on Sunday at 25th and Bryant Streets with the parade that moves down 24th and then onto Mission Street.  –LCSo much for a holiday weekendThe SFMTA says, “All parking meters in the City will be enforced on Memorial Day Holiday.”Welcome Back, Boba Guys Boba Guys went on hiatus earlier this year to expand into a vacant storefront next door. That expansion is now complete, and all the Mission’s Boba Guys fiends can get their fix again. Except, maybe now, the lines won’t be as long. –JMIf you’re in the mood for an art and wine pairing this weekendAnthony Holdsworth hosts his monthly art exhibit this Sunday, May 27, in West Oakland. Anticipate vibrant and whimsical city and countryscapes from SF, Oakland, Italy and Mexico. If Saturday doesn’t work, you can catch the last day of The Changing Cityscape exhibit on Sunday, May 28, at Luna Rienne Gallery in SF. You’ll find work by Beryl Landau and Anthony Holdsworth, which was highlighted in the SF Chronicle. –MNSave the date: 20th St. Block Party on August 18Noise Pop is set to host its 6th annual block party-style event, complete with music, food and art activities. Admission is free and the event benefits local nonprofit Mission Language and Vocational School. Check site for upcoming music and culinary lineup. –MNEnjoy the long weekend! Buena Vista Horace Mann principal steps downPrincipal Richard Zapien of Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 will not return to his post this fall.“Like you, I am a parent of two and have chosen a different professional path that enables me to spend more time with my own family,” he wrote in a letter to parents on Monday. Some parents, however, are questioning the timing of his departure, as Zapien was a key player in proposing a shelter for homeless families and students, which met its share of criticism. 0%center_img Tags: neighborhood notes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Where to watch the World Cup in the Mission even at 5

first_imgUsually a beacon of cultural identity, soccer also offers expat populations an occasion for remembrance, and a mingling of different generations. During the coming 31 days, Mission Local will chronicle the games as they are lived and breathed in the Mission, in text, photos and video. How much can we let sport alter our priorities and our sleep? How about our manners and vocabulary? What is the language of soccer in San Francisco? Click on the map below to check the hours and details for most every watering hole in the Mission. It’s illegal to sell alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but it’s not illegal to open up early and show World Cup games.  Email Address 0% Whether you are watching the games with family and friends, or in the company of a loyal bartender, let us know how you live the World Cup, and send your drink and big-screen tips to [email protected] Through the eyes of the Mission, we will follow Peru’s first World Cup adventure in decades, Mexico’s attempt to get over the Round-of-16 curse, and Brazil’s bid for its sixth title. Along with locals and visitors, we will circle the neighborhood, in search of each group’s World Cup experience. Expect our next post over the weekend, as we follow the 10-game opening rush that gives us a hint of what is to come.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter With the broadcast beaming in from 10 to 12 time zones away, the event is also an invitation for breakfast gatherings and early-morning drinking on weekdays. For those so inclined, Mission Local has created a map of bars and eateries, to be updated during the next month. Some of them will even open before their normal hours to show important games scheduled earlier than 7 a.m. (matches will be played at very early hours, local time). It’s been gone four years since the last World Cup … did you miss it? The United States sure did.The FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial Holy Grail of soccer, kicks off today, Thursday, at 8 a.m. Expect to see a parade of national team jerseys in San Francisco’s Mission District — and, with the U.S. out of the tournament for the first time in 32 years, locals’ allegiances are flowing freely to the eight Latin American teams making the trip to Russia, most of which are well-represented in the neighborhood. Tags: football • soccer • World cup Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

HISTORY will be made on Saturday October 19 when E

first_imgHISTORY will be made on Saturday October 19 when England and Italy play their first ever Rugby League international in a friendly fixture at Salford.The match will take place just seven days before England kick-off Rugby League World Cup 2013 against Australia in the opening fixture of the 14-nation tournament at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, where Italy face Wales on the same day in an eagerly-anticipated double-header.Italy are scheduled to fly in to England three days before the friendly which will provide both nations with a perfect opportunity to hone their preparations for the biggest sporting tournament the UK has hosted since the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.The RFL has agreed terms with Salford City Reds to host the historic fixture at Salford City Stadium and details of ticket availability will be announced shortly.England coach Steve McNamara said: “I am really excited by this opportunity, the match against Italy represents the final piece in the jigsaw for England and will allow us to put the finishing touches to our extensive preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013.“We will go into the match on the back of an intensive warm-weather training camp in South Africa and the run out will be just what many of the players need.“It’s important that we hit the ground running come the World Cup and this game gives us the best chance to do just that.“Rugby League in Italy has made great strides in the last few years and I know they have strong ambitions themselves for the World Cup. It promises to be a memorable game for everyone.”Italy are coached by former Salford City Reds player Carlo Napolitano whose selection options were boosted last week when an Italian team comprised entirely of players from their domestic competition defeat Russia 38-18 in Este.Salford-born Napolitano said: “Playing England is the perfect preparation for Italy’s debut entry into the Rugby League World Cup.“The experience of playing one of the game’s top nations eight days before the World Cup kick off will be invaluable for the Azzurri.“It will provide me with a realistic gauge on how we are looking leading into our opening Cup clash with Wales in Cardiff.“Both Stave McNamara and I are good friends and we have been discussing such a game for a number of years. It is wonderful to have the game in my home town of Salford.“I hope the local Salford community support Italy as their second team and I would encourage all Italians in England to wear the Azzurri and attend the game.”The match will be played with unlimited interchange, allowing both nations to select every member of the RLWC2013 squads.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints saw off a stubborn Halifax team 26-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium to reach the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley where we will face Warrington Wolves.And Roby is thrilled to be back at Wembley.“It feels fantastic to be back at Wembley. It’s great for us as a team, as a town, for the supporters, for the families and everybody involved, the staff at the club, everything. It’s just great to come here and get the job done today because obviously losing here last year, we wanted to right that wrong and luckily we did, and what a tough game it was.“I definitely think they’re a credit to the championship. I think it was two all after 32 minutes or something like that and we only went in at half time one try up and it’s a bit of a tough scenario going into a game like this where everyone expects you to win and rightly so we should do but Halifax, they didn’t half give it a dig today and I thought they just hung in there and carried on defending and defending and ultimately in the second half we improved a little bit the way we played and the amount of field position that we had and the amount of defending that they’d done probably took it out of them. But yeah, I thought they were fantastic.“I was just glad to be back in the team to be honest. I’ve been sat in the stands watching the lads put all the hard work in and I appreciate it so much from a team point of view and I just wanna go out there and do my bit. It was good to get back on the field with the lads today but there was some great performances, I think our outside backs, the way they carried the ball continuously all day got us out of a bit of trouble at times and obviously good to be back, and a happy memory this time around.“I think Saints vs Warrington are always massive games, a local derby and I am sure we will both take lots of fans. It is a fierce rivalry and the lads will be up for it, don’t worry about that. We are going to Wembley which is fantastic but at the back of my mind we are going there for a reason, we are not just going there to make up the numbers.”Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Final vs the Warrington Wolves, Saturday 24 August (KO 3pm) at Wembley Stadium, London, are now on General sale!last_img read more

40 percent wind policy rate hike requested for coastal dwelling policies

first_img The NC Department of Insurance received the filing from the NC Rate Bureau on Wednesday. The filing included a requested increase of 40.5 percent for wind policies, but a decrease of 20.8 percent for fire policies. That would make the statewide average 18.9 percent.According to maps, New Hanover County would see a 21 percent decrease in fire policies, but a 48 percent increase for wind policies.The filing will be reviewed by Department of Insurance experts to determine what, if any, rate adjustments are warranted. If NCDOI and the Rate Bureau do not initially agree on the proposed rate changes, a public hearing will be called in which both parties would present their cases to a hearing officer, who would then determine the appropriate rate level.Related Article: NC insurance commissioner to hold Wilmington, Bolivia town halls on flood insurancePeople wanting to comment on the rate request may do so in one of three ways:In person during a public comment forum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23,  in the Second Floor Hearing Room at the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.By email sent to: [email protected] Comments will be accepted through March 23.By mail sent to: N.C. Department of Insurance, Attn. Tricia Ford, Legal Division, 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  The N.C. Rate Bureau has requested a statewide average rate increase of 18.9 percent for dwelling insurance policies.Dwelling insurance policies are policies for homeowners who do not live in the residences, including rental property, investment properties, and other properties that are not occupied full-time by the property owner.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FIRST ON 3 Judge dismisses former New Hanover elections directors lawsuit

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The lawsuit filed by former New Hanover County Elections Director Marvin McFadyen has been dismissed.In January of 2015, members of the New Hanover County Board of Elections filed a petition with the State Board to remove McFadyen from his position.- Advertisement – In the petition, the Board said that McFadyen had many problems, including conduct in the workplace, the management and handling of election day, and the protection of confidential material like the absentee military ballots that were accessible to a public computer terminal.In May of 2015, McFadyen sued to get his job back. He said the claims the county board used to fire him were false. He also says he was denied due process.In his lawsuit, McFadyen also wanted damages of at least $25,000, as well as a declaratory judgement on whether he was lawfully terminated and whether and final decision on the petition to file him was rendered.Related Article: New Hanover County Board of Elections canvasses votes, results standOn April 19, attorneys for the defendant and plaintiffs appeared before a judge, who dismissed the case.  According to the Order, it was the Court’s opinion that there are ‘no genuine issues as to any material facts as to the claims against New Hanover County Board of Elections.’The judge ruled that all the Plaintiff’s claims against New Hanover County Board of Elections, including Plaintiff’s claims for declaratory judgment were dismissed with prejudice.last_img read more

UNCW wins CAA tournament heading to College World Series Regionals

first_img(Photo: CAA Sports) HARRISONBURG, VA (WWAY) — The UNCW Seahawks Baseball team is heading to the College World Series after defeating Northeastern and winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.UNCW had two games to win one today after working through the first three days of the CAA’s unscathed, outscoring opponents 22-6 in that stretch.Today Northeastern took the morning game 3-2 to force a winner-take-all game for the conference title later in the evening.In Game 2, the “Omahawks” lived up to their nickname as the 7-4 victory over the Huskies clinched the conference crown and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.The NCAA will announce where UNCW will head for the regionals starting June 1st, this week.last_img

Two arrested on drugs weapons charges in Brunswick County

first_img Richburg is charged with the following:possession with intent to sell/deliver cocainetwo counts of possession of a firearm by a felonflee to elude arrest with a motor vehicletwo counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.In 2013, Richburg was previously convicted of armed robbery with a deadly weapon in Horry County. He is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $75,000 bond.Anderson is charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held under a $10,600 bond.Related Article: Hearing held for Wake Forest volleyball coach charged in college schemeThe sheriff’s office says they seized three guns and 2.5 grams of cocaine. Quinta Richburg and Charles Anderson (photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two people face numerous charges after a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a speeding car near Calabash and found a gun, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Quinta Demarr Richburg, 24, of Shallote and Charles Junior Anderson, 54, of Little River were arrested Friday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UPDATE Driver suspected of approaching kids cleared but similar report remains

first_img “Yeah I was concerned about it because we’re just a few doors down from where the incident is thought to have occurre,” said Hawkeswater neighbor Rob Dalessandro. “But I am glad that they were proactive and that they’re on top of it. It’s hard to discern who’s coming through your neighborhood and who’s good and who’s bad.”This evening a spokeswoman said investigators had located the car and cleared the driver of any wrongdoing.Meanwhile they are still looking for information on another case nearby.Related Article: Whiteville school bus driver accused of driving through blockade, hitting truckOn Thursday, a suspect approached two young girls while they were walking home from the school bus on Eastwood Lane in Olde Towne.“My daughters were walking from their bus stop when a car came flying by them and then pulled over open the door and came to grab them,” wrote the mother in a community group page.In that case, according to a social media post by the girls’ mother, a white male with dark hair drove by, pulled over, opened the car door and tried to grab them. The girls ran home safely. The mother said based on the description from the girls and after showing them some pictures they believe it may have been a grayish blue Pathfinder or Bronco with cardboard boxes behind the windows in the back seat.If you have any information, call Det. Leonard at (910) 363-7114 or call 911. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have found a car and driver believed to have been involved in a pair of incidents in neighboring subdivisions involving young girls.According to incident reports, Wednesday, someone followed two children in the Hawkeswater community off NC 133 near Belville Elementary investigators today looked at surveillance video from the neighborhood and released an image of a blue Ford Mustang.- Advertisement – last_img read more