Theresa May is a serial LIAR about homelessness – and must now face an investigation | Vox Political

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WASPI women stage noisy walkout of Commons after minister denies them pensions help | Vox Political

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Theresa May faces investigation after ‘misleading Parliament about scale of homelessness’

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Prime Minister accused of ‘using spin rather than understanding and solving the problem’
Theresa May was accused using statistics misleadingly during Prime Minister’s Questions PA

Britain’s statistics watchdog is considering an investigation into comments made by Theresa May following complaints that they misrepresented the extent of homelessness.

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) confirmed concerns had been raised after the Prime Minister claimed in Parliament that “statutory homelessness peaked under the Labour government and is down by over 50 per cent since then.”

Ms May made the claim as she clashed with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions earlier this week.

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Tories won’t examine staggering increase in ESA-related suicide attempts and deaths since 2010. That tells you everything you need to know | Vox Political

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Some mental health services are telling patients: ‘If you really wanted to kill yourself, you would have done it’ | Govt Newspeak

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David Davis ‘not in contempt’ over Brexit impact papers – he’s just stupid | Vox Political

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‘Staggering’ ESA suicide figures prompt calls for inquiry and prosecution of ministers

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“Staggering” new figures show that the proportion of people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit who have attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2014.

The new analysis of NHS statistics, being published for the first time by Disability News Service (DNS), shows that in 2007 – a year before the introduction of the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA) – 21 per cent of incapacity benefit (IB) claimants told researchers they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.

The following year, IB began to be replaced by employment and support allowance (ESA), with eligibility tested by the WCA, under the New Labour government.

But by 2014, following four years of social security reforms under the new coalition government, and austerity-related cuts to disability benefits and services – and six years of the WCA – more than 43 per cent of claimants were saying they had attempted suicide.

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Disabled peer quits equality watchdog over ‘shameful downgrading of disability’

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A disabled Tory peer has resigned as a board member of the equality watchdog over a government minister’s “collusion” with the decision not to appoint him as a disability commissioner.

Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin made the announcement in a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday, during a debate on the human rights implications of Brexit.

He told peers that women and equalities minister Justine Greening had “colluded” with the decision of the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner (EHRC) to scrap the role of disability commissioner by appointing him instead as a general commissioner.

He told peers that he would not collude in this “shameful downgrading of disability”.

He has previously criticised the commission’s “shocking” behaviour over the appointment process.

He has also written to the prime minister, threatening to resign the Conservative whip and work instead as a crossbench peer.

He told fellow peers on Tuesday that Greening “colluded…

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Highgate woman with brain condition slams benefit system – Hampstead, Highgate, Camden, Haringey and Barnet News – Ham & High

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Fracking damages babies’ health

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This video from the USA says about itself:

Fracking Moratorium Now [Scrapple Service Announcement]

5 March 2014

Pennsylvania needs a governor who represents the people and not the gas industry — one that will halt all new drilling permits. Fracking is dangerous — fracking site spills, water contamination, toxic gas flaring, air pollution, well casing failures, low birth weight in babies, earthquakes.

The gas industry is exempt from environmental law. Tom Corbett has sold out Pennsylvania — no regulation, no tax, no water for families in need. Other places have banned fracking: Pittsburgh, PA, New York State, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Czech Republic. Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians support a statewide moratorium. The PA state Democratic party supports a statewide moratorium. Why don’t any of the Democratic candidates support a statewide moratorium?

Contact all of the candidates to let them know what you expect.

By Aimee Cunningham in the USA:

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