People with mental health problems are becoming t

first_imgPeople with mental health problems are becoming “tangled up” in the bureaucracy and flaws of the government’s new universal credit benefit system, a committee of MPs have heard.Members of the public accounts committee heard this week that claimants were facing “considerable hardship and considerable deterioration in their mental health” because of universal credit.Sophie Corlett, director of external relations for the mental health charity Mind, told them: “They struggle with the process, but they end up tangled in the process and unable to dig their way out of it.“They struggle with the online application, they struggle with the conditionality that comes while you wait for your work capability assessment (WCA), they struggle with waiting for their first payment and if they are able to get an advance payment they struggle to pay that back.”She also highlighted concerns about the role of the government’s work coaches, who are based at jobcentres and have “discretion” about whether they make adjustments to the process, including whether to relax the conditions placed on disabled claimants.A key concern, said Corlett, was the period between the start of a universal credit claim and the WCA, during which claimants can be forced to carry out the usual 30-plus hours of jobsearch activity while waiting to be assessed for their “fitness for work”.Carrying out this jobsearch activity was “a huge barrier” for many people with mental health problems, who were often not even well enough to visit their jobcentre.She said work coaches were often not using their discretion in such cases, which meant claimants ended up being sanctioned.Under the sanctions system, benefit recipients have part of their payments temporarily stopped if they fail to meet strict work-related conditions, such as failing to attend a work placement, or being a few minutes late for a jobcentre appointment.Corlett said that many claimants with mental health problems were struggling with the online “journal” that universal claimants must keep updated, because of fears that they will be “caught out” by one of the requirements that keep “popping up”.She told the committee: “People talk to us about the fear of something popping up on that that they might miss and that they need to be eternally vigilant and constantly looking at it.”Corlett, whose evidence was based on reports from the charity’s 130 local groups across the country, said the “bureaucratic entanglement” of universal credit meant people with mental health problems “struggle financially” and their “trust in the system and their trust in the work coach is really undermined and it has a massive impact on people’s mental health”.Emma Revie, chief executive of The Trussell Trust, which runs a national network of 400 foodbanks, told the committee that disabled people were among the groups “over-represented” among users of foodbanks.She said that foodbanks in the areas where universal credit had been fully rolled out for at least a year had experienced an average increase of 52 per cent in the number of people using the services in the 12 months after the full rollout began.But those in areas that were either not subjected to the universal credit “full service”, or had been subject to the full rollout for less than three months, had shown an average increase of just 13 per cent in users over the same period.Revie warned that the universal credit caseload would at least “quadruple” when DWP began introducing “managed migration”, when claimants on existing benefits whose circumstances have not changed in the meantime – including a large number of disabled people on employment and support allowance – are moved over to universal credit.Managed migration is expected to begin next summer.Revie said: “At the moment we are not managing to target and provide the right support to the right people, to prevent them facing having no food.“We need to try and fix this before we get to managed migration where it might be too difficult to pull it back.”Alison Greenhill, director of finance for Leicester City Council, said her local authority was already dealing with two eviction notices from landlords, just three weeks after “full service” began in the city.She said: “It was a shock to me how private landlords were nervous about the impact of universal credit, particularly on the delay in rent payments.”Tony Kirkham, director of resources for Newcastle City Council – which has been coping with universal credit full service for about 18 months – said: “Landlords are basically saying they will not accept people on universal credit.”He said the level of rent arrears among people with a rent account with the council who were now on universal credit had more than doubled from £1 million to £2.1 million since its introduction.And he said his council was dealing with people on universal credit who were being left with just £12 a week to feed themselves.In a separate evidence session, DWP’s permanent secretary, Peter Schofield, told the committee that he did not know why the number of people using foodbanks was increasing in areas with “full service” universal credit but he said it was a “very complex situation”.He added: “I would much rather that we were in a situation where people did not need to go to food banks.”He said he had talked to a “very good food bank in Hastings”, which had a good relationship with the local jobcentre.Schofield said: “As far as I know, at no point has the food bank said to the jobcentre that there are issues with universal credit that are causing an increase in take-up at the food bank.” A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember 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


first_imgThe Anti Racism campaign looks to show children the effects of racism within schools and most importantly, how we can stop it.We want to get the message out to local children that every child is different in their own ways and should not be judged, whether that’s for speaking another language or via their skin colour. Everybody deserves equality.SCDF are looking to implement the Anti Racism campaign in local schools around the borough starting in September and we hope that giving an insight into racism and how to tackle it can be a great starting point into getting racism out of our schools.We had a fantastic pilot this week at Wargrave Primary School where we delivered our very first Anti Racism workshop to year three, four and five children.SCDF received fantastic feedback from both the children and teachers and hope to deliver this fantastic initiative across local schools in our communities.If your school is interested in getting involved, please email: [email protected]last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating shooting

first_img Holt then tried to drive himself to the hospital when an officer pulled him over for careless and reckless driving. When police saw Holt’s condition, EMS came and took Holt to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.No word on and suspect or Holt’s current condition. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating an early morning shooting.Police say Myron Holt was at his car on Metting Road around 5:30 a.m. when he received multiple, non-life threatening gunshot wounds.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Whiteville city leaders strut past any decisions on animal control laws

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville city leaders will not move forward, right now, with revisions to the city animal control laws.During their meeting Tuesday night, the city decided to review the ordinance changes and vote on them at a later time.- Advertisement – Some of the changes would prevent the commercial sale of eggs or meat from animals like chickens in city limits.They also would prohibit homeowners from raising turkeys or guineas in the city.However, the changes would allow for small Vietnamese potbellied pigs in homes or on leashes.last_img read more

Community works to restore AfricanAmerican cemetery

first_img The group has been raising money to repair and restore the cemetery. Walker says there are about 1,500 people buried at the site, but there are less than 300 hundred markers.“And so it was a recognition that something really needed to be done to, one – make the area safe for people, but also be able to identify if there was any location for new burials to occur,” said Walker.But most importantly, Walker wants to preserve the history behind the cemetery and those who are buried there.Related Article: Southport marks Memorial Day with parade, cemetery event“I’ve always been somebody who believes black history of communities, if it’s told at all, isn’t told told correctly,” said Walker.Walker says the cemetery contains the graves of major public figures in Southport, so he wants the community to know about their city’s history. Walker is joined by a diverse group of people in Southport who have been dedicated to this project.“I realized ‘Oh my goodness, I live a block and a half away from there. I’ve been driving by it everyday and had no idea the significance of that,’” Ellie DeYoung said.DeYoung joined the group about a year after Walker. She has helped the group raise about $20,000 so far and they hope to double that amount.Not only do they want to beautify the cemetery, but they also want to create a better understanding of the African-American contribution to the city through the years.“The community, once it’s known about the black cemetery, has really rallied in a way that has been really supportive of our efforts,” said Walker.With all hands on deck, Walker and DeYoung hope to change the way people see the city’s history. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WWAY) — One group in Southport is working to restore and repair a African-American cemetery that has been around for centuries.“My view of it is that it takes a community to save a cemetery,” said Gordon Walker, who has been working with the John N. Smith Restoration and Preservation Inc. for four years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Its just devastation Some areas remain accessible only by boat

first_imgASH, NC (WWAY) — Record flood levels still impacting parts of Brunswick County, a week after Hurricane Florence hit our region.WWAY’s Andrew James joined the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as they monitored the flooded roads and homes Thursday.- Advertisement – For days, flooding in Ash has led to dozens of rescues.“It’s just amazing the amount of water, I’ve never seen anything like this,” BCSO Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.The only way WWAY and deputies were able to accessed parts of Kingtown Road was through an armored vehicle.Related Article: Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricaneIn northern Ash, farms, roads, cars, and homes are flooded.“They’ve lost pretty much everything they have,” Miller said. “With some of these houses, their vehicles and food and clothing and it’s just devastation.”It’s devastation that left hundreds stranded in need of Chief Deputy Miller and his rescue team.For the most part, if you live in parts of northwestern Brunswick County the only way you can get across the county line is by air boat.“One day you would travel it and you would not see anything,” Miller said. “The next day you’d come back and travel that same route and you’d start seeing the tops of vehicles.”The news is improving for this part of the county.“We’re hoping that it will start dropping soon, which it has dropped in this area a little bit overnight, but we still have some areas that are rising some.”The Waccamaw River has crested. According to the National Weather Service, it did Thursday night at more than 22 feet, 3 feet above Matthew levels, but slowly it should begin to go down.last_img read more

Police DNA leads to ID of duo wanted in vending machine breakins

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A husband and wife are wanted for allegedly breaking into numerous vending machines in Whiteville, causing several thousand dollars worth of damage.Whiteville Police says investigative work and DNA evidence helped the department identify the pair.- Advertisement – From June 2018 through January, police say William Ling and his wife Angela’s crime spree netted them cash from vending machines at Auto Tracks Car Wash, Gurganus Feed and Seed, Go Gas, Hills Supermarket, and Meritt’s Sporting Goods.WWAY reported on this vending machine thefts in an episode of UNSOLVED back in August.Whiteville Police Spokesman Alan May says Detective Ron Guyton was able to get a DNA sample from a machine vandalized by the Lings. That sample, along with video surveillance video, led them to obtain 32 warrants.Related Article: Trump’s ex-lawyer admits lies about Russian real estate dealThe Lings are charged with breaking and entering of a coin operated machine, larceny from a coin operated machine, and damage to property.Alan May says the duo have similar warrants in Brunswick County.They are believed to be in South Carolina.If you know any information, you are asked to call Whiteville PD at (910) 642-5111.last_img read more

ONLY ON 3 Sheriff Jody Greene already making changes in office

first_img In just his three weeks in office, Sheriff Jody Greene is trying to change the whole culture of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.“We’re on a positive note,” Greene said. “There’s going to be no negativity here. We’re here to put the heartbeat back.”After months of legal wrangling Greene is the new sheriff in town, and he’s ready to work.Related Article: Duo busted in Columbus Co. after chase across state lines“I want us to regain the respect this office deserves,” he said. “If people, especially the ones that didn’t support me or were not behind me, just take a look and see if you see any changes.”With less than a month under his belt, Greene is already making changes. He says with eight new hires just on Monday, the sheriff’s office is up to around 90%staffing for the first time in years.“Finally back up just about to full staff,” he said. “Along with that, going back to where we have lack of equipment, it’s hard to even get cars together for these folks to use to work with. Like I said, we’ve got to have the tools or we’re dead in the water. There’s nothing we can do.”With the help of a federal grant, Greene says they have already gotten high-water trucks, generators and other equipment to use during hurricanes, something he says they were completely without.Plus, he says they are getting brand new computers and patrol cars.“We’re bringing the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century,” he said.Greene also introduced the Heavy Enforcement Action Team to help build his deputies’ presence in the community.As for his critics, Greene has said the same thing all along.“This is where I was born and raised,” he said. “This is where I live. This is where I’m going to die. Columbus County.”Greene says he’s just getting started, but he cannot do it alone.“It’s not I,” he said. “It’s not Jody Greene. It’s the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.”Greene says he wants Columbus County to be a place that everybody can be proud of. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — He has been at the helm not even a month, but Jody Greene says he is wasting no time leading the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.Greene officially became Sheriff in June after a seven-month long debate about who the rightful sheriff was.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Henley Partners Moldovan passport scheme suspended

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program, developed in partnership with its service provider Henley & Partners, has been temporarily suspended due to “questions about the companies that are involved in this program”. Henley & Partners also manages Malta’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.According to Investment Migration Insider (IMI), President Igor Dodon has expressed his concern on the program following a meeting with Moldova’s Supreme Security Council. IMI quotes Dodon as saying: “There are questions about the companies that are involved in this program. Until we clear these up, we’re suspending the program”.Read: Henley & Partners will now sell Moldovan passportsHenley & Partners had won a public tender to design, implement and promote Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) Program in July of 2018. Gantenbein from Henley & Partners had said that Moldova offers its citizens visa-free access to 121 countries which include as well all the countries in the Schengen Area as well as Russia and Turkey.Henley & Partners was contracted by the Government of Malta to sell Maltese citizenship back in 2014.Read: ‘Investor citizenship creates risks for member states and the Union’ – ECThe European Commission had stated that  “investor citizenship and residence schemes create a range of risks for member states and for the union as a whole,” according to the Financial Times. It had said that the programmes of some EU states to sell passports and visas to wealthy foreigners could help organised crime groups infiltrate the bloc and raise the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.Read: EU warns of crime risks from governments’ sales of passports, visasAlthough legal, these schemes are sometimes run in opaque ways and without sufficient checks on those who acquire passports and visas, the Commission had said, mostly raising concerns about the programmes in Malta and Cyprus.Read more:Henley and Partners’ profits rise by 500%, selling passportsMaltese citizenship programme ranked top by Henley & PartnersMalta down to 9th place on Henley and Partners Passport IndexWhatsApplast_img read more

Dimension Data accelerates Namibias ICT development

first_imgAdvertisement The Telecom Namibia ICT Summit 2011 not only focuses on cutting-edge technologies, but will also provide a platform for ICT technology vendors, service providers and the public sector to share ideas, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of a linked global village.Tony Munro, Solutions Executive at Dimension Data Emerging Africa, presented a keynote on the first day of the event.“As the leading ICT service provider in Africa, the Dimension Data Namibia team looks forward to meeting and engaging with clients to discuss relevant ICT issues,” he says. – Advertisement – Innovation and investment in the telecommunications sector are key enablers for Namibia’s economic transformation to a stronger and more productive, knowledge-based economy. Dimension Data is best placed to support government in its mandate to enable the strategic use of ICT to help create social and economic changes in health, education and culture, and also increase civic engagement around the world.Dimension Data Namibia was established in 2006 and has participated in the ICT Summit since its inception. The company has close to 60 members of staff in Namibia manning two offices in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.Dimension Data continues to grow and has become a trusted ICT service provider in Namibia. The company stands ready to assist clients respond to the unique challenges faced in Africa.“Over the past few years, we have been building cloud-related skills and capabilities in the areas of virtualisation, data centre and storage, managed services and hosting, as well as IT outsourcing – all critical components to enabling cloud architectures for our clients. The recent acquisition of OpSource will provide Dimension Data with a significantly enhanced value proposition for clients,” says Munro.Source: itnewsafricalast_img read more