Governments in the UK – and abroad – are showing

first_imgGovernments in the UK – and abroad – are showing “a clear lack of appreciation and respect” for disabled people’s organisations by ignoring their views and advice when developing new policies, according to a leading disabled campaigner.Miro Griffiths (pictured) was speaking at the first annual Rushton Social Justice Lecture at Liverpool town hall, organised by the user-led disability arts organisation DaDaFest.The two lectures – delivered by Griffiths and Liverpool historian Steve Binns – were held on the 201st anniversary of the death of the disabled social justice campaigner Edward Rushton, who fought against slavery and helped found the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.Griffiths, a former government adviser and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the only way disabled people would make progress towards inclusion and improved life chances was through both direct action and protests, and advising public bodies, parliamentarians and governments.But he said that their views were being dismissed, with serious consequences.He said: “We cannot ignore the evidence and data which highlights that the decision-makers are not acting on the demands of the disabled people’s movement and the reality is that individuals who require support are marginalised and trapped in their localities, with many over-represented in institutionalised support.”He said that the UK government’s refusal to protect personalised support services – such as the Independent Living Fund, disabled students’ allowance or disability benefits – had not only had a “detrimental impact” on disabled people’s inclusion and contribution to their communities, but also demonstrated the “reluctance or aversion of government bodies to collaborate and work with disabled people and their organisations”.Griffiths said: “Governments and powerful bodies need to agree that disabled people are experts by experience and should see disabled people as a valuable asset to society – working with us, not without us.”He said that, even at a time when disabled people were experiencing “hostile behaviours” such as disability hate crime, as well as cuts to support packages, the role of the disabled people’s movement was “paramount” in protecting people’s rights and advancing their inclusion, or at least slowing their exclusion.He pointed to comments made by Professor Mike Oliver at the 2013 launch of UK Disability History Month, where – speaking publicly on disability for the first time in 10 years – he warned of “the fakes” and “so-called friends” of the movement, who “turn our ideas into their own agendas”.Griffiths said such action by these “so-called friends” had led to many families and disabled people rejecting or criticising the personalisation agenda, because the concept of “independent living” was being interpreted as “living on our own” or “doing everything for ourselves”, rather than “having choice and control over one’s life” and “autonomy and self-determination”.He also told the audience that user-led organisations would need to think about how they support young disabled people to become future leaders of the disabled people’s movement, following the lead of organisations such as the European Network on Independent Living.But he added: “If we consider that the number of grass-roots disability organisations continues to reduce and services are not meeting the needs of the people who use them… can there be a realistic expectation that the involvement of young people, as future leaders, is a priority for current individuals who identify as part of the movement?”In his lecture on Edward Rushton and his “brave and honourable life” of “resistance”, Binns, who attended the school Rushton founded, said his hero was still relevant today.He said: “In these last years, this great question of what the people should do if they believe themselves to be badly governed is just as important as it appeared to be to Edward Rushton in the eighteenth century.“That spirit of demanding what is right, that spirit of rescuing people from desperate and difficult conditions, even sometimes at costs to ourselves.“That idea of his, I think, that you should do the right thing and be damned to the consequences.”last_img read more

Labours shadow minister for disabled people has d

first_imgLabour’s shadow minister for disabled people has dispelled any doubts about Labour’s support for the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, making it clear that she backs every one of its demands.Marsha deCordova said this week that she backs everything the petition calls for,including an inquiry into links between the Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, and for any evidence ofcriminal misconduct by ministers and civil servants to be passed to the police.The petition has now been signed by more than25,000 people in less than three weeks. If the petition secures 100,000signatures it should be debated in the House of Commons.The need forevidence of criminal misconduct to be passed to police is a key demand of thepetition, following years of evidence that the actions of senior DWPfigures, including ministers, have been clearly linked to the deaths ofdisabled people. The call fora police investigation has been strongly backed by the eight families who havesupported the petition.De Cordova, who has been prominent this week in highlighting the government’scontinuing failure to appoint a new minister for disabled people following the resignation of SarahNewton, said: “Isupport each of the demands of this petition.“There is anurgent need for an independent inquiry into these deaths and I will write tothe minister asking for one. It is not enough for the department to be its ownjudge and jury.“The DWP isnot fit for purpose and has failed disabled people with tragic consequences.Their families and friends deserve answers. “It isshameful that the DWP continues to ignore the impact that its policies arehaving.“The governmentmust immediately scrap the cruel and callous assessment framework for ESA andPIP and punitive sanctions regime, which has created a hostile environment fordisabled people.”The petition was launched following the death of Jodey Whiting (pictured) and is set up in her name, with the backing of Black Triangle, Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance Network and WOWcampaign, as well as DNS.DWP failedfive times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to hersuicide in February 2017, an independent investigation found in February.Jodey Whiting,who had a long history of mental distress, had her out-of-work disabilitybenefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she wasseriously ill. She took her own life just 15 days later.There has alsobeen strong support for the petition this week from Disability Labour, which represents disabled members of the party.FranSpringfield, its co-chair, said Disability Labour supported all four of thepetition’s demands.She said: “Theway the DWP treats disabled claimants is to disbelieve us, lie and use badlanguage about us on forms and fail to take notice when we report feelingsuicidal.  “Yes, theDWP is institutionally disablist and it has not been fit for purpose since IainDuncan Smith’s time as DWP secretary. “We totallysupport the need for urgent action on safety. There should be an inquiry and ifthat shows misconduct or misfeasance in public office, the law must take itscourse.”WayneBlackburn, her fellow co-chair, pointed to DWP’s “appalling record” on how ittreats its own staff.He highlighteda DNS report last year which revealed that the EmploymentTribunal had dealt with almost 60 claimsof disability discrimination taken against DWP by its own staff over a 20-monthperiod, which he said was “utterly disgraceful”.Springfield added:“Disability Labour believes that the most important result of [an inquiry]should be that legislation and systems are put in place to ensure that deathssuch as Jodey’s never happen again. “The DWP inits current state is clearly no longer fit for purpose. It must be radicallyreformed.”To sign the petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

SAINTS Acting Head Coach Mike Rush pointed to oppo

first_imgSAINTS Acting Head Coach Mike Rush pointed to opportunities lost as his side bowed out of the Challenge Cup to Wigan.Paul Wellens had given them an early lead but the Warriors bounced back to book their passage to the semi finals.“I didn’t think we were on the ball offensively but defensively we were pretty good as were both teams,” he said. “Wigan struggled to make yards out of their half and we made it difficult for them to kick. It must have looked good for the cameras to have both teams going for it.“But the Finch try just killed us. We have seen that play a million times this season. It happened at Warrington, Hull KR and we jumped in. That’s what you get with young players, when they’re under pressure and it’s the way it goes.”He continued: “The last play options weren’t great but they weren’t a big influence on the game. I don’t mind them running the ball; ideally you want a repeat set, but you have to give the players the chance to come up with plays they think will work.“But offensively we weren’t the smartest and you aren’t going to beat a great competitive team like that. Look at Tommy Makinson’s break. Of course Wigan’s job is to slow it down and we have been sinbinned for that this season, but you have to finish those breaks – like the Paul Wellens’ break – to beat a team like Wigan.”last_img read more

THE Saints U16s scholarship side returned from the

first_imgTHE Saints U16s scholarship side returned from their mid-season break to resume activities but were beaten for the second time this season by a Widnes side which grew into the game as it went on, writes Graham Henthorne.In truth it was probably the break which did for the U16s as they looked like a side which hadn’t played together for a period of time whilst their opponents looked sharper.Widnes coming through the test with a 28-14 win.Despite the above it was the Saints who took the lead on ten minutes as Sean Croston finished off a handling move by going over down the right.Ben Sims spurned the chance to go further ahead as he took a delightful pass from Ryan Horne to burst through the line. Unfortunately he then seemed to run at the full back instead of either side of him and the try went begging.It was Dave Griffiths who finally increased the lead as he dummied his way over after good work from Luke Ward and Christian Kellett.The Saints’ had been riding their luck a little already and from the restart some poor tackling allowed the visitors to score on the overlap on the right.Jake Sculthorpe restored the Saints lead scoring with his first touch taking a Louis Brogan pass to go over.On the stroke of half time the Vikings pegged the scores back again taking advantage of some poor tackling to go over.Coach Ian Lomax had been critical of his side’s efforts in the first half and asked for a response. He got it but only for a few minutes.The tackling improved but the game turned on a gilt edged opportunity to Brogan. He broke through down the left but with support screaming up on his outside he chose to try to beat the full back on his own and the chance was gone.Two minutes later the Vikings took the lead and never really looked back.Pick of the bunch were Ryan Horne, Brandon O’Neill and Joe Sharratt who all tried hard and there was an encouraging debut, including some big hits, from Matthew Foster.St Helens U16s:Tries: Sean Croston (10), Dave Griffiths(22), Jake Sculthorpe (29).Goals: Dave Griffiths 1/3Widnes U16s:Tries: Jake Bradley (26), Joe Edge (33), Jayden Hatton (40), Ben Davies (51), Lee Dyas (63).Goals: Joe Edge 4/5Half Time: 14-10Full Time: 14-28Teams:Saints:1. Dave Griffiths; 2. Tom Nesbitt, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Sean Croston, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Lewis Gartland; 8. Sam Royle, 9. Brandon O’Neill, 10. Matthew Ashcroft, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Joe Sharratt, 13. Reece Jackson. Subs: 14. Paul Nash, 15. Matthew Foster, 16. Jake Sculthorpe, 17. Christian Kellett, 18. Louis Brogan, 19. Jack Welsby, 20. Jamie Little.Widnes:1. Joe Edge; 2. Jarrod O’Connor, 4. Tyler Jones, 3. Jayden Hatton, 5. Oliver Brookes; 6. Ben Davies, 7. Lewis Else; 8. Luke Draper, 9. Jake Burns, 10. Lee Dyas, 11. Jake Bradley, 12. Josh Wilde, 13. Callum O’Neill. Subs: 14. Liam Barnes, 15. Bradley Calland, 16. Declan Mercer, 17. Sam Walters.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham says Saints are still waiting fo

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says Saints are still waiting for the complete picture of Matty Smith’s leg injury – but the scrum half won’t be available in the immediate future.“Last night the initial results weren’t good,” he explained, “so we have had to get him across to the specialist today. He is going to be out for a period but we aren’t 100 per cent sure of how long that period will be. It is a leg injury and not a good leg injury.“We will confirm the length of time and the nature of the injury when we know every aspect of it, because we don’t want to pre-empt things too much.“It isn’t good for the immediate future, but it isn’t season ending.”Smith suffered the injury in the very last play of the first half in Sunday’s match with Widnes and Cunningham was less than impressed with how it happened.“It was a disgusting tackle,” he said. “It is one we have been trying to outlaw for three years and in the past we have lost two people with broken legs and three with syndesmosis with that type of tackle. Like everything else we are reactive, never proactive, and now we will probably do something about it.“We have cited the player (Manase Manuokafoa). It is horrendous. Matty hasn’t got the ball, it has left his hands and the tackle coincides with the next tackle which is when Morgan Knowles is tackled.“He grabs hold of Matty’s shoulders and drops his legs. You can see his boots; his legs are that far off the ground and he drops 120kg on Matty’s ankles. It is harder to do that tackle than push Matty off the ball.“Whether there is malice I don’t know but he has gone out to hurt my half back, he has done it and done it royally. Hopefully the League will stand up to it and do something about it.“The injury is disappointing but it is something we have got used to at this club. We have plenty of decent players around in the juniors and on the sidelines.“There are options and we’ll see what is best for the team and the immediate future.”last_img read more

Club Community First Team

first_imgAuction is now OVER (updated at 16:00pm 23/07/2019):The latest bid is displayed below. Please note bids must be submitted in denominations of £5. Tied bids will be decided on the earliest bid received being given preference.Winners will be notified on Wednesday the 24th July 2019Mark Percival – £100Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – £50Kyle Amor – £30Dom Peyroux – £35Matty Lees – £30Matty Costello – £30Regan Grace  – £50Jonny Lomax – £50Lachlan Coote – £100Tommy Makinson – £50Jack Ashworth – £35James Bentley – £30Zeb Taia – £40Aaron Smith – £30Theo Fages – £55Kevin Naiqama – £50Luke Thompson – £45Alex Walmsley – £55On the conclusion of the auction you can pay for your shirt by bank transfer or cash. Alternatively you can pay by cheque made payable to SCDF LTD. Winning bidders will be contacted with the payment details and can collect their shirts from the Totally Wicked Stadium’s main reception following payment.Good luck!last_img read more