The Green party has been asked how it can justify

first_imgThe Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The party’s manifesto says (on page 34) that a Green government would: “Provide the right to an assisted death within a rigorous framework of regulation and in the context of the availability of the highest level of palliative care.”But the manifesto also promises that the Greens in government would enforce the UNCRPD, although it does not explain how this would be implemented.Many of the policies laid out by the Greens in their manifesto – such as a commitment to inclusive education, retaining the Independent Living Fund, increasing spending on disability living allowance and personal independence payment (PIP), abolishing the “bedroom tax”, scrapping the work capability assessment, and ending the use of private sector contractors to assess disabled people for PIP – appear to have secured some support from disabled people over the last week.But the party’s support for the legalisation of assisted suicide has been almost ignored so far, although some disabled activists have said privately that they would be unable to vote for the party because of its “assisted death” policy.A spokeswoman for the Green party said: “As a party we do not see a conflict between our commitments to both everyone’s right to an assisted death, within a rigorous framework, and the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.”Pictured are members of Not Dead Yet UK, protesting against the campaign to legalise assisted suicide, outside the Houses of Parliament in 2014last_img read more

The mother of a disabled woman who took her own li

first_imgThe mother of a disabled woman who took her own life after repeated safeguarding failings by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is to demand the truth about her daughter’s death in a meeting with a senior civil servant.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, will travel to Teesside on Monday (10 June) to apologise in person to Joy Dove for the government’s failings in the case of her daughter, Jodey Whiting (pictured).The meeting, which will also be attended by Colin Stewart, DWP’s work and health director for the north of England, will take place in the offices of Dove’s MP, Dr Paul Williams.Haddad said, in a letter confirming the meeting, that they wanted to hear “personally” from Dove and explain “what happened with Jodey’s claim and changes we have put in place as a result of the lessons we have learned”.Dove said: “They say they want to speak to me, to hear what I think about it all.“It will never bring my daughter back. I don’t want apologies, I just want the truth.“It’s their fault she’s in the ground and they shouldn’t have done that to her.”She said she hoped the meeting would help “change the system for good”.The number of people who have signed a petition in her daughter’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has passed 41,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.The petition also calls for recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for urgent changes by DWP to make the safety of all social security claimants a priority.Dove is hoping to ask Haddad at the meeting about DWP’s admission that it failed to pass documents linking the work capability assessment (WCA) with the deaths of benefit claimants from the expert ministers commissioned to review the test (see separate story).Following intervention from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), DWP has admitted that two letters written by coroners – and a series of secret “peer reviews” into the deaths of claimants who went through the assessment – were hidden from the team set up to review the WCA in 2013 and 2014.Dove’s legal team are also planning to push for a second inquest, which they hope would force a public examination of the DWP failings that contributed to Jodey Whiting taking her own life in February 2017.None of these failings were discussed at the original inquest, although the Independent Case Examiner later concluded that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling her case, and failed five times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading to her suicide.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting 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 committeelast_img read more

Jennie Formbys message to local Labour party secr

first_imgJennie Formby’s message to local Labour party secretaries advising them not to accept motions on individual disciplinary cases was prompted by Lord David Blunkett, LabourList can reveal.In confidential emails sent on Tuesday afternoon, Labour HQ told local parties that resolutions “on individual cases” were considered “not competent business for discussion at CLPs”.The advice came after Hackney North, Sheffield Hallam and other branches reacted to the suspension of backbench MP Chris Williamson by passing motions that condemned the decision and defended his comments on antisemitism.LabourList can now disclose that the idea to offer the advice came from former cabinet minister Lord Blunkett, who asked the general secretary on Monday about the steps being taken to ensure that complaints procedures were “free from political interference”.The Labour peer wrote to Formby: “Picking up your point on ensuring that procedures are ‘free from political interference’, will you be recommending that no motions seeking to pre-empt proper investigation and decision-making in respect of individuals under investigation will be seen by or presented to the NEC? “I refer to those passing emergency (because they’re almost always emergency) resolutions at CLPs relating to individuals or the broader issue of antisemitism and its implications for our party.”Once informed that advice to that effect was to be sent out to CLP secretaries, Blunkett told the general secretary: “I am grateful that you have sought to clarify with constituency secretaries across the country that they should not accept resolutions or have them debated relating to individuals subject to the processes set in place where disciplinary action has been taken or is under consideration.“I believe this will not only calm matters within the party but also reinforce the importance of credible and trusted processes fair to everyone.”Tags:Jennie Formby /Antisemitism /lord blunkett /last_img read more