Disabled workers have faced deteriorating attitudes from employers, cuts to their legal protection, and “disintegrating” long-term job prospects under the last four years of the coalition government, according to new research.The study by the Public Interest Research Unit (PIRU), a small research charity, concludes that the unpredictability of zero hours contracts and higher levels of workplace ill-treatment is having “damaging effects” on the health of disabled workers.It also says that unlawful discrimination, including harassment and unlawful dismissal, appears to have been increasing, and concludes that “being disabled appears to have, in general, put disabled workers at particular risk of being made redundant or otherwise dismissed”.The study says its research appears consistent with “widespread and frequent breaches of anti-discrimination laws; and with there having been a general increase in such breaches during the last four years”.In 15 of the public, private and voluntary sector organisations examined for the study, the proportion of disabled people in their workforce had fallen since 2012, while it rose in just seven.Government rhetoric about disability benefit cheats appears to have “spilled over” into the workplace, with some line managers now regarding impairments (particularly mental health conditions) as exaggerated or “faked”, the study adds.One respondent said that the coalition’s weakening of the public sector equality duty meant disability equality training was now “all but non-existent”, with recruitment of disabled staff lower than it was before 2010.And public sector spending cuts appear to have led to a decreased willingness to make adjustments for disabled staff, with disability equality now sometimes regarded as an unaffordable “luxury”.Some public sector workers who had been made redundant, or whose jobs had been outsourced, “appear to have moved from situations in which there was reasonable support for workers with disabilities to private sector ones in which there was little or none”, the study adds.The study also suggests that the government’s repeated reference to legal protections as “unnecessary red tape” could be leading some employers to take these obligations less seriously.The study identifies 22 significant cuts to equality and employment law protections since 2010, which are starting to have “adverse impacts” on disabled workers, who are finding it “hard or impossible” to enforce their remaining rights, partly because of the introduction of fees for employment tribunals.The study collected information from 137 disabled workers and looked at documents from 141 public sector organisations, and was produced for the grassroots campaigning organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).Debbie Jolly, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “While more research is needed, the initial findings here show a woeful regression of support for those disabled people able to seek work.“The recent cap on Access to Work adds to this, exposing the coalition government rhetoric to the stark realities and discriminations disabled people face.”Rupert Harwood, the report’s author, said: “The study suggests that disabled individuals have been the hardest hit in work as well as out of work.”He points out that his findings should be used as the basis for only “tentative conclusions” about UK disabled workers as a whole because his samples of workers and organisations were not designed to be representative.But he added: “However, despite these limitations, it seems fairly safe to conclude… that many disabled workers have experienced considerable disadvantage and hardship which has been in part at least the consequences of coalition government policies.”The Conservative party failed to respond to a request for a comment in time for the Disability News Service deadline.But Kate Green, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said the report made “depressing reading”.She said: “It shows the work chances and experiences of disabled people went backwards under the Tory-led government, thanks to the scrapping of employment rights, lack of support from important programmes like Access to Work, and a rising climate of hostility towards disabled people, fed by a negative language that focused on ‘scrounging’, which has influenced employer attitudes.”She said Labour “believes disabled people have the right to decent work and the support they need to do so”.Green (pictured, right, at Labour’s disability manifesto campaign launch) said: “We’ll introduce a specialist programme of work support to replace the failing Work Programme that’s got just 10 per cent of disabled people into jobs.“We’ll take action to ensure that Access to Work supports disabled people to work and to progress in employment.“We’ll scrap fees for employment tribunals, and ensure that disabled people’s rights are respected.”
Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” test.DWP announced last month, on the eve of the Conservative party conference in Manchester, that some claimants in the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) – and the equivalent universal credit group – would no longer need to attend “routine reassessments”.Only those with “the most severe and lifelong health conditions or disabilities” will be exempt from reassessments, and they will be told of their exemption when they receive the results of their next work capability assessment (WCA), the test which assesses ESA eligibility.Although DWP declined to release the eligibility criteria for exemptions, the guidelines have now been published by Disability Rights UK, one of the disability organisations that took part in discussions with the government as it developed the policy.Among the new criteria, it states that a condition must be “lifelong” and “unambiguous” and that the claimant must have “no realistic prospect of recovery”, while their “level of function” must always meet the criteria for being placed in the support group.The ruling on whether a claimant should be exempted from further reassessment will be made by DWP decision-makers, following advice from the healthcare professionals who carry out the WCA and work for the discredited US outsourcing company Maximus.But DWP has made it clear that, although a claimant can ask the department to reconsider a decision not to provide an exemption if they believe their case has not been dealt with correctly, there is no formal right of appeal.Ken Butler, DR UK’s welfare rights officer, said the refusal to introduce a right of appeal was not fair on disabled people, while the criteria failed to address the “fundamental problems” of the WCA.He said: “The WCA causes stress, fear and anxiety to many disabled people and any effective reform to reduce this must be welcome.“The previous longest gap between WCAs [for] those who will be included in the new policy was just three years.“But it is an indictment of the DWP that it has taken a year for the new policy to be finalised and after nine years of the WCA being in operation.“It’s still unclear how well the new policy will operate and how many disabled people will be exempted from further reassessment by the criteria.”He added: “Disabled people would have more confidence in the WCA if assessments were carried out by doctors or specialists who had experience of their disability or health condition.”Linda Burnip, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “It’s a typical government fudge which is basically meaningless and at best will only help a very few people avoid reassessments.“The other really damning feature of this is it appears that a medically unqualified decision-maker will be able to overrule both GP and specialist advice and opinion.“In short, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”Tom Hendrie, head of policy and communications at Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, also raised concerns about the lack of a formal appeal structure, and said he hoped the exemption would eventually also be applied to those claiming personal independence payment.John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said it was “absurd” that “unqualified bureaucrats” who were not medically-trained would be deciding whether someone should be exempt from reassessments.He said: “It’s ridiculous. How on earth can they be trusted to make such important decisions?”Meanwhile, DWP has released the names of the organisations which have been awarded contracts to provide employment support services under the government’s new Health and Work Programme.The aim of the programme is to support disabled people, those who are long-term unemployed, and other groups such as ex-carers, ex-offenders, homeless people and those with drug or alcohol dependencies.Although there were no contracts awarded to G4S or People Plus (formerly known as A4E) – two much-criticised companies that had been in the running – the contract to provide services across Wales was awarded to Remploy, the formerly government-owned business now mostly owned by the US company Maximus.Maximus has a disturbing track record of discrimination, incompetence and fraud in the US, while Remploy slashed the pay of service-users who were taking part in inspections of health and care facilities, after taking on three Care Quality Commission contracts.DNS revealed in May that disabled people helping to deliver a vital part of the CQC inspection programme were refused support workers by Remploy, while one was bullied into resigning.CQC was forced to write “formally” to Remploy three times over its concerns, while a CQC report in May 2016 found there had been “multiple issues with Remploy’s performance”, although CQC said its performance later improved.Remploy had been hit almost immediately by accusations of incompetence when it took on the CQC contracts in February last year, with claims of resignations and confusion.DWP declined to release further details of the contracts, including the names of the smaller organisations that will be working as sub-contractors on the six contracts, which are expected to include a number of disability charities.A DWP spokeswoman said: “The Work and Health Programme will use the expertise of private, public and voluntary and community sector providers to deliver sustained employment for disabled people, disadvantaged groups and the long-term unemployed.“It brings a different and refreshed energy and approach by offering: more intensive, tailored support than can be provided by Jobcentre Plus; contacts so that providers can offer unique support to claimants; [and] strong links to national and local employers to identify employment needs, identify roles and provide more individual training to better match people’s skills to jobs.”The other organisations to win contracts are the charity Shaw Trust in central England; Reed In Partnership in north-east England; Ingeus in the north-west; Pluss in the south of England; and Shaw Trust in the home counties.
“They work so much,” she said of her tech neighbors. “tech is the new slavery.”Regardless she had invited everyone to drop by on the 31st for cocktails and goodbyes. Another Mission store – Campfire Gallery – closed its doors on Sunday. And at the end of December, the Touch on Mission Street also closed. As for her future, James said she’s been testing out a bone broth business and she will be doing some traveling.Laura James, the owner of Ruby on 20th Street,. For 20 plus years, Laura James has lived in the building upstairs and run Ruby, her boutique gallery downstairs. Now, she’s calling it quits.A rent hike was not the problem – although any increase was impossible to bear because revenues have dropped every year since 2010, said James.But instead of blaming Ruby’s demise on the rent, she attributed it to competition from Amazon and other on-line behemoths. “Our lobby is filled with meals in boxes, clothes in boxes, just filled with boxes,” said James. Everyone, she added, just calls in their purchases and has them delivered.James said her best year was probably 2009 because the recession hit San Francisco later. But by 2010, she felt the slowdown and business has worsened every year. She said that while her new tech neighbors might have the money to frequent small boutiques, they have little time to shop during the week and appear to enjoy other activities on the weekends. 0% Tags: 20th Street • Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
LANGTREE Park will host Australia v Fiji on November 2 at 8pm after the Rugby League World Cup 2013 confirmed its kick off times today.The first two matches will follow the Opening Ceremony at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff with England v Australia starting the tournament at 2.30pm. Host nation Wales will then face new boys Italy at 4.30pm.The ‘Big Hit’ semi-final double header will see the best four teams in the tournament go head to head at Wembley Stadium. The first game (Winner of Quarter-final 1 v Winner of Quarter-Final 3) will kick off at 1.00pm and the second (Winner of Quarter-final 2 v Winner of Quarter-final 4) will start at 3.30pm.The Rugby League World Cup Final, which will be shown live on BBC1, will kick off at 2.30pm, at Old Trafford.All of the games at the group stages which take place on a week day will be evening kick-offs. Where two games happen in a day at separate locations there is a minimum of four hours between kick-offs.RLWC2013 Tournament General Manager, Sally Bolton said “After the recent confirmation of the BBC and Premier Sports as broadcasters for the tournament, we’re delighted to now announce the kick-off times.“It’s great that with six months to go fans who have been waiting to buy tickets and plan trips around the tournament can do so. We expect demand for all tickets at all games to be high, today and over the weekend.“Despite the wait for information the ‘big three’ games have been selling consistently well. So fans considering attending those still need to act quickly to make sure they’ll be there at the best international Rugby League tournament there has ever been.”RLWC2013 Tournament ScheduleGroup Games – Round One1. Saturday October 26 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – Australia v England (A) 2.30pm2. Saturday October 26 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – Wales v Italy (C/D) 4.30pm3. Sunday October 27 – MS3 Craven Park, Hull – PNG v France (B) 4pm4. Sunday October 27 – Halliwell Jones, Warrington – New Zealand v Samoa (B) 6pm5. Monday October 28 – Spotland Stadium, Rochdale – Fiji v Ireland (A) 8pm6. Tuesday October 29 – Derwent Park, Workington – Tonga v Scotland (C) 8pm7. Wednesday October 30 – The Memorial Stadium, Bristol – USA v Cook Islands (D) 8pmGroup Games – Round Two8. Friday November 1 – Parc des Sports, Avignon – New Zealand v France (B) 8pm*9. Saturday November 2 – John Smith’s, Huddersfield – England v Ireland (A) 2.30pm10. Saturday November 2 – Langtree Park, St Helens – Australia v Fiji (A) 8pm11. Sunday November 3 – Glyndŵr University RS, Wrexham – Wales v USA (D) 2pm12. Sunday November 3 – Derwent Park, Workington – Scotland v Italy (C) 4pm13. Monday November 4 – MS3 Craven Park, Hull – PNG v Samoa (B) 8pm14. Tuesday November 5 – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh – Tonga v Cook Islands (C/D) 8pmGroup games – Round Three15. Thursday November 7 – Salford City Stadium, Salford – Scotland v USA (C/D) 8pm16. Friday November 8 – Headingley Carnegie, Leeds – New Zealand v PNG (B) 8pm17. Saturday November 9 – KC Stadium, Hull – England v Fiji (A) 2.30pm18. Saturday November 9 – Thomond Park, Limerick – Australia v Ireland (A) 8pm19. Sunday November 10 – The Gnoll, Neath – Wales v Cook Islands (D) 2pm20. Sunday November 10 – The Shay, Halifax – Tonga v Italy (C) 4pm21. Monday November 11 – Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan – France v Samoa (B) 8pm*Quarter-Finals22. Friday November 15 – Headingley Carnegie, Leeds – Winner B v Winner C (QF1) 8pm23. Saturday November 16 – Glyndŵr University RS, Wrexham – Winner A v Winner D (QF2) 1pm24. Saturday November 16 – DW Stadium, Wigan – Runner Up A v 3rd Place B (QF3) 8pm25. Sunday November 17 – Halliwell Jones, Warrington – Runner Up B v 3rd Place A (QF4) 3pmSemi-Finals26. Saturday November 23 – Wembley Stadium, London – Winner Q/F 1 v Winner Q/F 3 (SF1) 1pm27. Saturday November 23 – Wembley Stadium, London – Winner Q/F 2 v Winner Q/F 4 (SF2) 3.30pmThe Rugby League World Cup Final28. Saturday November 30 – Old Trafford, Manchester – Winner S/F 1 v Winner S/F 2 2.30pmNOTE: All kick off times shown are local (please note games 8 and 21 will kick off at 7pm (GMT)) and are subject to change.
RICHARD Beaumont says he is working hard and hopes to show everyone what he can do when Saints begin their pre-season programme later this month.The 25-year-old, pictured on the left here with Mose Masoe and Kyle Amor, signed from Hull KR last year and linked up with his new teammates in November.Now, after the long slog of training, he has his eyes firmly set on making a big impact.“We’ve signed a number of high-profile and experienced players and that probably means my signing has been a little un-noticed,” he said. “People probably only saw my face last season. I’m not worried about that, I just want to play my best and see what comes from there.“I’m excited about the future here and looking forward to putting my best foot forward in the friendlies.“We have a big pack and have a lot of players vying for spots too. That can only bring the best out in us and that’s what I want.“I am a prop but I know there are around 10 to 15 of us all vying for the spots. We have a good squad and good strength in depth.“I have settled in well and the lads have been great. There are quite a few new faces so that has made it easier and I knew Jon Wilkin too.”Richard was a scholar with the Robins and progressed through their system to make his Super League debut in back in 2011.A couple of injuries curtailed his contribution but the powerful prop is raring to go.“I was pretty happy to stay at Hull KR but once this move came up it was impossible to turn down. Saints are a top four club, are always aiming to win things and that made the decision easier. Being here will improve me as a player as I am playing with the best of the best.“I don’t have any real goals apart from playing as many games as I can. I will be going hard at the friendlies to show what I can do.”Saints will face Batley and Wigan in their pre-season programme before Super League XIX begins with an away trip to Warrington. They will then face Hull FC as Langtree Park ushers in a new season.To buy tickets for these fixtures and view Season Ticket packages click here.
LEWIS Charnock has joined Barrow Raiders on a two-year contract.The 22-year-old made six appearances for the Saints and made his debut against Salford in 2013.He scored two tries and kicked eight goals in his spell with the Red V.This season he has been on loan mostly at Bradford, but has also taken in a spell at Leigh too.Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “It’s always difficult when a player who has come through the system here moves on, but we wish him nothing but the best at Barrow.“Dougie is a good kid and deserves to be playing week in week out. I’m sure he will take his chance at the Raiders.”
The shop is on Church Street in the town centre, just opposite Argos, and to celebrate its opening Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Tommy Martyn will be in store from 11am until 1pm this Saturday.“We congratulate our long–term sponsors Totally Wicked on the recent opening of their St.Helens branch and we wish Ash and his staff every success,” Saints Merchandising Manager Ste Law said. “We are delighted to work with Totally Wicked to enable them to offer for sale a range of popular Saints products including Home and Away shirts, T-Shirts, Stationery, Greeting cards and Mugs plus a range of Car products.“There is something for all budgets and all ages so pop along to the store to buy your official Saints Merchandise today.”Totally Wicked are a long term partner of the Saints and lend their livery to the Totally Wicked Stadium.They originally sponsored the North Stand but as the relationship grew signed stadium naming rights late last year.Please note that they are unable to take Gift Vouchers in the Town centre store as payment for goods. Vouchers can only be redeemed at the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office set up a prostitution sting to meet a woman they met online, but when they got to the hotel, they found out she was a minor.Lt. Jerry Brewer, a spokesman with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, says the detectives met the girl at a hotel off Military Cutoff Road. Inside the room with the girl were Ashanti McLean, 26, and Marvarlus Snead, 31.- Advertisement – Brewer says once detectives realized the girl was underage, they arrested both McLean and Snead.The minor is getting help from A Safe Place.McLean is charged with promote prostitution of a minor and human trafficking a child victim.Related Article: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office earns Triple Crown AwardShe is being held under a $250,000 bond.Snead is charged with two counts of promote prostitution of a minor, human trafficking a child victim and several other drug charges.His bond is set at $460,000.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The murder of a father of three shot to death on Christmas Day nearly a decade ago remains unsolved.Montez Jones, 25, was shot to death on December 25, 2008.- Advertisement – “He was the type a person where if you were dead broke, he’d give you his last dollar,” Montrel Jones said.Montrel Jones said his older brother Montez was a protector.“Growing up, you know, like we didn’t have it all,” Jones said. “My mom struggled. My brother helped take care of the house.”Related Article: ‘Christmas House’ will not be decorated for first time in 15 yearsMontez was also a father of three.“That came first,” Jones said. “Well, God and then, his kids. Then, everything else fell in place.”On December 25, 2008, everything fell apart.“Officers responded to the 1300 block of Castle Street in regards to a shooting,” Lt. Kelvin Hargrove said.It was around four in the afternoon. Jones said Montez was getting ready to celebrate Christmas with his kids right after he went to the store. Lt. Kelvin Hargrove with the Wilmington Police Department said it was just a few blocks away from Montez’s house.“There was a black male that was seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt talking to the victim at the time. After the shots were heard, the suspect then ran off,” Hargrove said.Jones says Montez ran towards his house where he fell to the ground before being rushed to the hospital. He died at the hospital.“It hurt,” Jones said. “That was the first thing I could think was to ball up and cry. My second emotion was go get revenge and find out who did it.”“I’m more than certain that there is someone out there that knows who this was,” Hargrove said. “In fact, the person who probably did it is probably right around the same neighborhood where it occurred at.”That is something Montrel said he thinks about often.“It’s hard for me to even be friends with people out here, because it’s like I could be dapping up with the person who killed my brother,” Jones said. “You’re waking up every day with a hole in your heart.”Montrel knows revenge will not fill that hole, but he said justice could help.“I know hate is a strong word, but I dislike you,” Jones said. “If you have any conscience or any God in your soul, just come forward. Give my family peace.”In the meantime, police are looking for new information or witnesses that have yet to come forward.“This happened on Christmas Day,” Hargrove said. “I’m pretty sure that there was people out there that saw something. If anyone who saw something even the smallest thing, contact us and let us know.”If you know anything please contact Wilmington Police or use text-a-tip to remain completely anonymous.
At the same time, two other armed men confronted a person sitting in a car in the Food Lion parking lot. When the driver attempted to get away from the gunmen, the suspects fired shots into the vehicle, killing the driver.The armed men then stole a grey in color Nissan Altima with license SC PFP 140 and fled the scene, says Capt. Harrelson. A short time later two other armed robberies occurred in the Loris area – one at the Carolina Inn in Loris, and the other of an individual broken down on Fox Bay Rd.Chadbourn Police says it’s also believed that the same suspects walked into the Quick Mart in Chadbourn and stole the cash register. Police say no one was hurt, but they say the men are armed and dangerous and should not be approached.Related Article: #UNSOLVED: Missing woman’s car found burned in Castle HayneClick here to read more. Police are searching for this car in connection to armed robberies and fatally carjacking. (Photo: Horry County Police) LONGS, SC (WBTW/WWAY) — Horry County police are searching for three men who killed a man in a Longs Food Lion parking lot, stole a car and committed several robberies, including one in Columbus County, Wednesday night.Captain John Harrelson with the Horry County Police Department says officers were called to the Food Lion, located at 110 E. Hwy 9 in Longs, for a carjacking and deadly shooting. When they arrived, officers were told that a man with a gun confronted a store employee in the parking lot and demanded the employee unlock the grocery store.- Advertisement –