Month: July 2019

A disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by t

first_imgA disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by the high court of the errors she says were made in dealing with her claim for personal independence payment (PIP), and which she believes put her life at risk.Angela Kennedy, from Essex, says the errors by the Atos assessor, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the tribunal service led to her being denied the support she needed to stay safe and live independently over the last 18 months.It comes as Disability News Service continues its investigation into claims of widespread dishonesty by PIP assessors working for both Capita and Atos on behalf of DWP.Kennedy says the decision to deny her PIP claim meant: that she had to take redundancy from her job as a university sociology lecturer, partly because she could not afford to travel to work in central and west London without a blue parking badge; that she has suffered further injuries because of the lack of support; and that she has found it more difficult to care for her adult disabled daughter.Since her PIP claim was rejected in 2015, the lack of financial support has led to three serious falls, which caused further serious impairment; multiple lesser falls, where she has still been hurt; and many other potentially dangerous “trips, slips and stumbles”.Kennedy says the Atos paramedic who assessed her was guilty of “serious omissions and errors of fact and reasoning” in the report he compiled after a face-to-face assessment at her home in October 2015.Among those omissions and errors were that he “played down” her impairments, failed to record that she had been suffering frequent falls for “some years”, despite being told this “at length” in the assessment, and omitted other “vital information” in his assessment report.But she is also highly critical of the way that the first-tier social security tribunal dealt with her appeal against being denied PIP in September 2016.She says the first-tier tribunal was openly “sceptical” and “hostile” to her during her appeal; failed to listen to her when she was reading her statement; repeatedly interrupted when she tried to answer their questions; and “almost constantly made facial expressions of contemptuous disbelief in response to the comprehensive answers I gave to their questions”.She also claims that one of the tribunal members fell asleep when she was reading out her statement.Last month, the upper tribunal denied her permission to appeal against the decision of the first-tier tribunal.Now she is asking the high court to carry out a judicial review of the way that her case has been dealt with by Atos, DWP and the tribunal service.Her application was due to be submitted by tomorrow (Friday).Kennedy said: “Serious errors and omissions were made at all levels of the claims and appeals process. “This application for judicial review therefore has important ramifications for the handling of other PIP claims.“My case is particularly important because of the huge amount, intensity, and seriousness of all the errors of procedure, facts and reasoning that have been made.”A spokesman for the Judicial Office declined to comment because the case was pending a possible judicial review.last_img read more

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh said there was a link

first_imgLabour MP Siobhain McDonagh said there was a link between antisemitism and the anti-capitalist beliefs of ‘hard left’ Labour members during a Radio 4 interview this morning.Asked by John Humphrys whether she believed the Labour Party was taking antisemitism “properly seriously”, McDonagh replied: “I’m not sure that some people in the Labour Party can.“Because it’s very much part of their politics, of hard left politics, to be against capitalists and to see Jewish people as the financiers of capital. Ergo you are anti-Jewish people.Humphrys followed up: “In other words, to be anti-capitalist you have to be antisemitic?”“Yes,” the Labour MP said. “Not everybody, but there is a certain… there’s a certain strand of it. These people are not Labour, have never been Labour, but we now find them in our party.”McDonagh also commented on the row between deputy leader Tom Watson and general secretary Jennie Formby, which centres on the accusation that Watson wants to set up a “vague parallel complaints monitoring system”.“Anybody who wants reassurance and wants his help can go to [Watson]. It’s interesting that she regards that as not a legitimate offer, and has tried to slap him down in the most rude way,” the MP for Mitcham and Morden said.Tags:Labour /Antisemitism /Siobhain McDonagh /last_img read more

San Jalisco – an oldie and a goodie


THE Magic of the Cup is something all Rugby League


JAMES ROBY and Alex Walmsley have been named in th

first_imgJAMES ROBY and Alex Walmsley have been named in the 2015 First Utility Super League Dream Team.It is the mercurial number 9s fifth induction into the elite side – whilst Walmsley appears for the first time.The Super League Dream Team is selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot and represents the form team of the First Utility Super League season.The 2015 First Utility Super League Dream Team is as follows:1. Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2015)2. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)3. Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2015)4. Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2015)5. Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)6. Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2013, 2015)7. Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)8. Alex Walmsley (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)9. James Roby (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 5 (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)10. Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 11 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)11. Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)12. Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)13. Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)last_img read more

RUGBY League fans who watched the game in the 1950

first_imgRUGBY League fans who watched the game in the 1950s and 1960s were well aware of the tremendous ability of Mick Sullivan at club and representative level, writes Alex Service.Apart from speed, the essential prerequisite for any successful winger, he was a real hard man too, with what could only be described as downright aggressive defence! It is, therefore, sad to report his passing in Dewsbury at the age of 82. He had been unwell for some time.Born in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, on January 12 1934, Mick first tasted rugby league success with the famous Shaw Cross Boys’ Club in Dewsbury, where Lee Gilmour played in a later era. He began his professional career with Huddersfield, making his debut against Dewsbury in a 21-6 victory at Crown Flatt. He scored two tries and that was the trigger for one of the most prolific careers in the thirteen-a-side code.The flying Sullivan became a World Cup winner at the age of 20, in 1954, making his debut against Australia in Lyon. He went on to set a record for the most Great Britain caps, with 46 – a record later equalled by Garry Schofield. Mick also won his second World Cup in 1960, the only British player to win the competition twice. In all, he scored 120 tries in 102 representative games for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire – a fantastic achievement!His try-scoring exploits for Huddersfield [117 appearances 93 tries] attracted big-spending Wigan and he joined the Riversiders in 1957 for a world record £9,500 fee. He went on to play at Wembley with Wigan in two Challenge Cup finals [1958 and 1959] before he was on the move again, this time crossing the Rubicon to Knowsley Road in another sensational transfer saga, just before the Challenge Cup deadline in January 1961.It took the Saints’ Board another record £11,000 to secure his services and by the end of the season he had won another Challenge Cup winner’s medal in that epic Wembley encounter with the club he left behind. St. Helens won 12-6 on a baking-hot afternoon and one of the great individual contests of that game was Sully against his former team-mate Billy Boston. Indeed, that three-quarter line remains one of Saints’ most memorable in the red vee: van Vollenhoven, Large, McGinn and Sullivan.Mick went on to win two Lancashire Cup finals with the Saints and although his overall try-scoring tally during his three seasons at Knowsley Road, 31 in 82 matches, was relatively modest compared to his early days, he was still a hugely popular figure with the supporters. In the match against Huddersfield, at Knowsley Road, on February 3 1962, he rolled back the years and ran riot, with five scintillating touchdowns.Brian McGinn was his centre too, with Dick Huddart unusually partnering Tom van Vollenhoven on the other flank. His last match as a Saint was on the left wing against Oldham, at Watersheddings, on May 30 1963. Sully signed off with a try and his centre was Wigan-born Mick Mooney.Former Saints’ great Austin Rhodes remains a huge admirer of Sullivan’s ability in his pomp: “One of the greatest players of the 1950s. I remember him as a team-mate during the 1957 World Cup with Great Britain and he was brilliant. I played against him when he was with Huddersfield and in one particular match he scored two tries and went round Glyn Moses as though he was a statue and that wasn’t an easy thing to do. Mind you, he could do that against most full-backs at the time.”Mick joined York and then became Player-Coach of Dewsbury. It is almost fifty years ago [April 16 1966] when his Dewsbury side gave Saints a real fight in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Swinton, losing 12 points to 5, when an exasperated Minnie Cotton came on to the field! Mick was loose forward that day and, probably, it was our last memory of him. Mick went on to coach in Australia [June] and eventually he was inducted into the prestigious Rugby League Hall of Fame.No-one deserved it more and we send our condolences to Mick’s family at this sad time.last_img read more

Organisers are aiming to draw in record crowds at

first_imgOrganisers are aiming to draw in record crowds at the 2021 tournament – tipped to be the biggest one yet – which is expected to boost St Helens’ economy by around £3.6m, and benefit the grassroots game through legacy projects.This morning (Tuesday 29 January) St Helens Council Leader Derek Long was among those in attendance at a launch event in Manchester to hear Saints’ 18,000 capacity Totally Wicked Stadium – considered by many to be the best purpose-built club rugby stadium in the country – confirmed as one of 16 host venues, following over 75 applications from towns and cities across the country.The council, together with Saints, officially submitted the borough’s host bid in July 2018 during half-time of Saints’ nail-biting 14-12 win over Warrington Wolves, with organisers highly commending St Helens’ claim at each stage of the bidding leading up to today’s successful announcement. Welcoming the news, St Helens Council Leader Derek Long said: “Rugby League is in the DNA of St Helens which is why I made successfully bidding to be a host venue a priority in my very first week in office as leader. “Hosting Australia against Fiji in 2013 showed the world how welcoming St Helens is as a host for a major sporting event and now that we’ve secured three matches – two more than last time – we hope to see even more people visit the borough in 2021. “The economic impact and community benefits that can be obtained are equally as important as the hosting of matches and this great news will now allow us to get on with maximising the overall benefit.“England will be in this tournament to win it and I think the entire borough will be with me in backing that effort.”Eamonn McManus, chairman of both St.Helens R.F.C. and the St Helens Economy Board, added: “This is a huge statement of the ambition and status of both the borough of St Helens and of its world famous rugby league club, which benefit in equal measure. The Saints are the principal ambassador for our town and hosting three games for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup is a testament both to the club and to the Invest in St Helens programme, of which we are a major supporter.” RLWC2021 Chief Executive, Jon Dutton, said: “St Helens is a rugby league stronghold and we’re incredibly excited to be bringing the pinnacle of the men’s game to the town through the Rugby League World Cup 2021. “With fantastic facilities and a community that has rugby league at its heart, we have awarded St Helens three men’s group games and look forward to developing a plan around the community adopting a team and bringing this to life through as vibrant local legacy programme”.Initial discussions with tournament organisers resulted in the possibility of the borough also hosting a team throughout the duration of the World Cup, using Ruskin Drive Sports Village and Saints’ training base at Cowley Language College as training bases. A decision on this is yet to be made.The news will also be announced locally during half-time of Thursday evening’s Super League season opener between Saints and Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Sheriffs Office Man wanted for breaking into Shallotte home


GREAT STRIDES A familys story with Cystic Fibrosis


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