The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has apo

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has apologised for a series of failings made in the weeks leading to the death of a disabled mother-of-nine, but it has failed to explain how it will prevent further tragedies in the future.A seniorcivil servant has written to the mother of Jodey Whiting, whotook her own life in February 2017, 15 days after her out-of-workdisability benefits were stopped for missing a work capability assessment(WCA).Emma Haddad,DWP’s director of working age benefits, apologised in the letter both forsafeguarding errors made by the department in the weeks before her death, andfailings that took place afterwards.But therewas nothing in Haddad’s letter to suggest how DWP will prevent further deaths,despite years of evidence of the institutional failure of DWP to guarantee thesafety of disabled people – and particularly those with a history of mentaldistress – withinthe “fitness for work” system.Haddad’sletter was written following the completion of a report by the Independent CaseExaminer (ICE), which concluded that DWP had been guilty of “multiple” and“significant” failings in handling the case, and that it had failed five times to follow its ownsafeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to Whiting’s suicide.Haddad told Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, that when her daughter failed toattend her WCA appointment DWP “should have attempted further contact withJodey before closing her claim”. She added: “We do have guidelines in place to try and safeguard customersand regrettably our procedures were not followed.”Haddad alsoapologised for failing to update the department’s IT systems following herdeath and for sending “unnecessary” letters and phone calls after beingnotified that she had died, which she said was “clearly unacceptable”.She alsoapologised for DWP failing to respond to letters sent by Whiting and thoseacting on her behalf, and for failing to carry out a full investigation until Dovecontacted ICE with a complaint.Haddad saidthe department’s customer service standards were “clearly not achieved”.Dove toldDNS: “When I read the letter it upset me, thinking, ‘Yes, my daughter couldhave been alive if they have done everything they should have done.’”And she saidthe letter failed to explain how DWP would prevent further deaths.Asked whyHaddad had not stated what measures the department would take to preventfurther deaths, a DWP spokesperson said the department was “reviewing ourprocedures to ensure this doesn’t happen again”, but she declined to commentfurther.Samaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.orgA 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

Fire Update Elderly Residents in Limbo Awaiting New Facility

first_imgAfter the two-alarm fire that engulfed a Shotwell Street senior home and burnt out its top floor last Monday night, six senior residents are in limbo, waiting to be transferred to other care facilities, according to the seniors’ caretaker. “Social workers have sent out their profiles to other residential care facilities, and if that person reviews [it] and has an opening, they will take them,” said Mae Clark, the main caretaker at the former Lorne House facility on Shotwell Street. She didn’t know which care facilities would be interviewing residents, as social services is responsible for placement.The six residents were initially put in a hotel by the city’s Human Services Agency, according to Emergency Services Coordinator Ben Amyes, who said all residents would be assisted into another care facility when possible. Now it seems they are being helped, though Clark is unsure how quickly they’ll be placed. 0% “They’re still under our care, so we’re going to book a hotel for tonight and the next two days,” she said. “But it depends on the provider who is accepting them. If this [provider] comes and decides that she wants [a resident], she’ll say she’s going to accept that person.”Clark added that one of the six had been transferred to another Lorne House facility run by the Clark family, but that she simply has no other beds available city-wide.“I just don’t have a building,” she said. “If I could get a building, I’d do it right now. But I don’t have a bed, and I don’t have a building.”In the meantime, the residents stay in a facility with Clark family staff during the day and at a hotel at night.“My staff is with them when they’re in the hotel at night time,” said Stephanie Clark, another caretaker. “And they’re in another facility in the daytime.”She added that the damage to their Lorne House home on Shotwell is too extensive for them to return. “We have a sufficient amount of damage,” she said, “I don’t know when things would be so that they could return or not. Right now, the most important thing is making sure that they have somewhere to live.”Her son, James Griffin, said it might be one to two years before the building is ready again, and that it depends on their insurance. Firefighters said the damage to the top floor was extensive.Mae Clark added that the fire wasn’t a big concern for residents, some of whom she’s known for as long as 27 years.“It has not bothered them,” she said. “I’ve known most of them for a long time, the fire didn’t bother them. They’re not worried about that at all. As long as they’re with familiar faces that they’re seeing that they know.”Mission Local has not spoken to any residents, and Clark said they were not “verbal enough” to speak given their old age.Eight people were displaced from the Monday, August 24, fire. In addition to the six seniors being housed, two people next door whose building suffered some fire damage and extensive water damage were taken care of by the Red Cross after the fire. City officials believed they had returned to their building, but Mission Local has been unable to confirm this. center_img Tags: Fires • sf • shotwell street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Bernal Dwellings Residents Rocked By Gun Violence Demand More Police Intervention

first_img Tags: bernal dwellings • community • Mission Police Station • police • shootings • violence Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Terrorized by a string of shootings that claimed the life of one man and left two more injured in January, Bernal Dwellings residents implored local police at a public safety meeting on Thursday to ramp up prevention efforts and improve relations with the affordable housing community.“It seems like every time you turn around [the police] leave, and people are walking through here and they are shooting at people [who are] walking to their house, walking to their car, they are shooting at anybody,” said a Bernal Dwellings resident who declined to give her name.While small in size, the four-block development is prone to violence, and residents there said that conditions have worsened, causing many to remain indoors for fear of being targeted.  “It’s very scary to live here right now because at any moment somebody can come by and start shooting or if they see somebody outside they see them as a target,” said Gina Guitron, Bernal Dwellings’ property manager who is also a resident there. 0%center_img A January 26 shooting that injured a 52-year-old man while standing in front of a house at 26th Street and Treat Avenue and a 43-year-old man who was targeted moments later while walking in the area prompted Mission Station Police Captain Daniel Perea to call for the community meeting in an effort to discuss neighborhood safety.On January 1, 21-year-old Ernesto Rosales was shot at 26th and Shotwell streets, marking the city’s first homicide of the year. “When things happen, we have to step up our presence, we have officers going through here day and night to make sure that this area remains safe,” said Perea. In response to the recent violence, Perea said that Mission station officers have been assigned swing shifts to extend patrol hours, and support from other units has been requested to ensure greater coverage of the area.But some residents who attended the meeting said that they did not feel safe at all and that police’s response is too little and often comes too late.“I have a bullet hole in my window. I have a bullet hole in the side of my door. I’m scared to even go in my house our come out,” said the Bernal Dwellings resident who requested anonymity.  “I would feel safer if the police would be here and they had somebody here every night, every day. I don’t see that at all.”Guitron said she has noticed increased policing in the area following shootings, which is effective but falls off. “The police responded within 15 seconds of that shooting last week,” she said, adding that the development has safety systems in place, but “how fast the system works to our advantage depends on each case.“Despite short notice, some 40 people from within the development and the surrounding area filled a room inside of the Bernal Dwellings center where, alongside Perea, representatives of the Gang Task Force, the Mayor’s Street Violence Intervention program, the Mission District Supervisor’s office, and the neighborhood Assistant District Attorney stood to answer questions.Captain Perea. Photo by Lola M. ChavezInspector Scott Lau, of the Gang Task Force, said that the area has experienced an “ebb and flow” of violence for years and is a nexus of gang rivalry – he described the recent incidents as an “uptick” in that activity. Jim Salinas, a former Police Commissioner who attended the meeting, also attributed the spate of violence to severe understaffing throughout the police department. “We need more officers who act as deterrents, because home boys are not going to pop when there’s a black and white car rolling down the street,” he said. The Gang Task Force, Salinas continued, has also been “diminished”– citing a community meeting held in October to address previous shootings in the area at which an investigator with the unit acknowledged that it had taken a hit in recent years, shrinking from 40 investigators to just 12.  While Perea did not disclose Mission Station’s staffing levels, he said “We have a lot, I wish we had more.”The Mission, he said, is the busiest out of the city’s police districts, ranking highest in calls for service. “Southern Station (South of Market) is right behind us, but they are probably anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 calls for service behind us. That’s a lot of calls for service,” he said. With the violence bleeding into the surrounding neighborhood, Shotwell Street resident Craig Weber inquired if shots fired near his block last week and the violence inside of Bernal Dwellings were related, and whether victims were targeted at random. “I don’t know whether this is gang related, whether … the person that was shot was a pedestrian who happened to be walking down the street,” he said.While Perea told the neighbors that the majority of the incidents in the area involved the methodical targeting of victims, residents of the housing development disagreed.“It’s hard to believe all of these are targeted – these victims are all people from different walks of life, they are not all connected,” said Guitron. “At some point it is random. I see people driving around here for hours, looking. They are not from here.”Rose Marie Dennis, spokesperson the San Francisco Housing Authority, which manages some 43 housing developments in the city including Bernal Dwellings, said the agency was not notified of the shootings by police, but by Bernal Dwellings residents, and lacking information, could do little to reassure them of their safety. ‘It’s not very satisfying to the people who are nervous,” said Dennis. “It’s been very difficult, frankly, for the Housing Authority to communicate with Mission Station over the past year.”Residents of the the development also wished for improved communication and more enforcement on part of the police. “I would like to see SFPD again be more engaged with the community and not coming to harass the community, because they do,” said Gaynorann Siataga, a youth violence prevention worker who lives at Bernal Dwellings. “I would love them to have training on how to engage the community, speak to the youth, with programs. We had that established.”Siataga said that she and other community workers initiated a model a few years ago that fostered collaboration and accountability among local agencies, including the police, in response to upticks of violence in the development by inviting them to provide their services at Garfield Park, located at the cusp of the development periodically – that program, however, has been cut. “It was very effective,” said Siataga. “We had all the neighbors mingling and a lot of the violence went down so much here.”While Mission police station currently hosts periodic events at Garfield Park meant to engage the community, a sense of fear and mistrust prevents many Bernal Dwellings residents from participating, said Siataga. In order to resolve the violence, that trust between community and police must be re-established, she said. “[Police] think [residents] don’t want to come out because they don’t want to be involved but it’s not that. It’s like, how can you assure their safety from their house to the park?” She said. “We want to be safe.” last_img read more

WIGAN Scholarship U16s 42 v 4 St Helens Scholarshi

first_imgWIGAN Scholarship U16s 42 v 4 St Helens Scholarship U16sA strangely lethargic Saints were taught a lesson by their hosts at Wigan RUFC on Saturday.Poor one-on-one tackling prevailed for most of the game and allowed the hosts to pull out to an 18 – 0 lead in even time.But the Saints could and should have score twice. Firstly Josh Crehan knocked on with the line at his mercy after a home error and minutes later Scott Harrison also fumbled with a try begging after a neat scrum move again from a home error.The second quarter of the game belonged to the Saints as they struggled to retrieve the deficit.Spurred on by big Ross McCauley off the bench, a Dan Abram break was ended when the supporting Mathew Whitely was caught from behind.McCauley announced his presence even further with a massive hit and the saints got on a bit of a roll.Three times blind side moves started by Tom Davies and carried on by Dave Hewitt caught the home side unawares down the left side. Twice they almost brought tries only for the last pass to drift forward, but once it succeeded as Scott Harrison took Hewitt’s pass to score on the corner.The second half was a different story as the home side scored a steady stream of tries against a dispirited Saints.There were glimmers of the usual 16s as first McCauley and then Liam Knowles were held up over the line but that’s as good as it got.Olly Davies and Robbie Hand had decent second halves, Abram and Hewitt tried hard behind a beaten pack but head and shoulders above everyone, quite literally in his case, was Ross McCauley for his efforts in a beaten team.Match Summary:Wigan Scholarship U16s:Tries: Gabriel Fell 2, Sam Baggaley 2, Jake Shorrocks, Tyler Whittaker, Joe Bretherton.Goals: Jake Shorrocks 5, Nick Gregson 2.St Helens Scholarship U16s:Tries: Scott Harrison.Goals:Half Time: 4-18Full Time: 4-42Teams:Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Sam Baggaley, 3. Oliver Geldart, 4. Liam Forsythe, 5. Kieran Murphy; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Tyler Whittaker; 8. Joe Bretherton, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Jordan Curtis, 11. Bradley Lawrence, 12. Connor Fairhurst, 13. Nick Gregson. Subs: 14. Dave Rothwell, 15. Oliver Murray, 16. Nathan Seddon, 17. Nathan Sharratt, 18. Danny Dakin.Saints: 1. Adam Saunders; 5. Liam Knowles, 3. Jordan Wakefield, 4. Will Weir, 2. Scott Harrison; 6. David Hewitt, 7. Dan Abram; 8. Tom Calland, 9. Josh Crehan, 10. Olly Davies, 11. Rob Hamon, 12. Matthew Whiteley, 13. Joe Ryan. Subs: 14. Tom Davies, 15. Connor Smith, 16. Scott Oakes, 17. Robbie Hand, 18. Josh Swift, 19. Ross McCauley.last_img read more

SAINTS effectively secured third place in the leag

first_imgSAINTS effectively secured third place in the league table with an efficient 30-10 win over an as usual difficult to beat Wildcats team, writes Graham Henthorne.Building on last week’s better defensive display the Saints up and at ‘em defence ultimately proved too much for the home team even though they took the lead in the tenth minute.From that moment on the Saints pressure forced error after error as the home side tried to come away from their line.Ben Parry got the Saints underway stepping back inside the cover after quick hands had stretched the defence.The Wildcats coughed up the ball on their own 30 metre line but Dom Speakman’s try scoring pass to Connor Dwyer was ruled forward.The second row didn’t let it affect him, however, as he charged over the line minutes later after yet another home knock on. Matty Fleming was held short but from the play the ball good offloading between Adam Saunders and Jack Ashworth put Dwyer in.The Saints increased their lead on the half hour getting the best reward for their best defensive effort of the half. Tigerish tackling had restricted the home side to kicking from their own 20 giving the Saints great field position. Dwyer broke through the line too it to the full back then put the supporting Matty Fozard in at the side of the posts.The Saints have been guilty of starting some second periods slowly giving the opposition encouragement but not this time as they continue where they left off in the first.Great drives from the forwards resulted in Dwyer being held up over the line but from the play the ball Adam Hesketh continued his rich vein of from charging onto the pass and scoring an easy try.The Wildcats stand-off took advantage of a succession of penalties and a momentary lapse of concentration to close the gap, side stepping inside the Saints line to score.But that was it for the home side as the Saints turned the screw scoring twice more but being held over the line on three other occasions.Parry got his second of the afternoon as the home defence finally succumbed on the Saints third repeat set. Dom Speakman was held up, James Tilley held short but quick hands finally produced the overlap for the winger to score.Great final tackle grubber kicking from Dave Hewitt and Dan Abram coupled with fine support tackling forced the Wildcats deeper into their own half.The icing was firmly put on the cake with minutes left as Greg Richards showed remarkable pace to burst through the line striding around a decidedly stationery full back from 40 metres out.Richards, Tilley and Chris Webster again set the platform but the stand out player, continuing his run of good form, was Connor Dwyer.The Saints finish their regular season with the home derby against the fourth placed Wolves before entering the play offs.Match Summary:Wakefield:Tries: Jamahl Hunte, Scott Lee.Goals: Josh Kittrick.Saints:Tries: Ben Parry 2, Greg Richards, Connor Dwyer, Matty Fozard, Adam Hesketh.Goals: Dave Hewitt 3.Half Time: 22-4Full Time: 30-10Teams:Wakefield:1. Brandon Conway; 2. Jamahl Hunte, 3. Curtis MacDonald, 4. Sam Doherty, 5. Tom Johnson; 6. Scott Lee, 7. Josh Kittrick; 8. Ben Shulver, 9. Josh Murphy, 10. Reece Trout, 11. Brad Day, 12. Jack Walton, 13. Corbyn Kilday.Subs: 14. Dan Maskill, 15. James Healy, 16. Tom Rogers, 17. Jack Teanby.Saints:1. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Matty Fleming, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Dave Hewitt, 7. Dan Abram; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Chris Webster, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. James Tilley.Subs: 14. Matty Fozard, 15. Adam Hesketh, 16. Tom Calland, 17. Joe Ryan.last_img read more

All proceeds from the auction go to St Helens Auti

first_imgAll proceeds from the auction go to St Helens Autism Support.We will now be in contact with all those who made winning bids.The shirts are signed on both sides by the player!Bids Now Closed: Tommy Makinson – £430 Ryan Morgan – £190 Mark Percival – £300 Adam Swift – £330 Theo Fages – £450 Matty Smith – £301 Alex Walmsley – £280 James Roby – £375 Kyle Amor – £230 Jon Wilkin – £390 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – £400 Luke Douglas – £200 Luke Thompson – £266 Tommy Lee – £475 Morgan Knowles – £315 Regan Grace – £240 Zeb Taia – £200Non-Playing Squad Members:Greg Richards – £111 Dom Peyroux – £95 Jack Ashworth – £85last_img

If I can surf I can do anything Camps for all abilities

first_img “It’s an incredible journey to witness how surfing and the ocean can change the lives of others for the better,” founder and director Jack Viorel said.According to a release, IndoJax has empowered more than 5,000 children facing a variety of challenges. Viorel said one of the biggest takeaways from camp is a boost in confidence.The charity is offering eleven camps camps free of charge this summer. All camps except for three are held in Wrightsville Beach.Related Article: Teams paddle 24 hours to benefit cancer fightersRegistration is now open. Spots are limited; however, Viorel said IndoJax works to accommodate everyone.To learn more about the camps or to register, click here. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A local surf charity is in its 11th season of giving back to the community and there’s still opportunities to get involved!IndoJax Surf Charities work to teach special needs children how to surf. From camps for blind children to camps for those battling childhood cancer, there’s something for everyone.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Feast Down East is reshaping food insecurity

first_img Jordyn Appel, who is the community food access coordinator for Feast Down East, is on the front line giving residents that rely on SNAP benefits the chance to purchase healthy products for less.“A lot of individuals assume that individuals who are living in poverty often times will take whatever they can because if you’re hungry you shouldn’t have expectations,” said Appel.  “But, everyone has expectations and they should have expectations when it’s your food. It’s something that nourishes your body and ensures you’re going to be successful going forward into your life.”The mobile farmers market brings fresh vegetables to 10 public housing sites.Related Article: WPD: Two men hit same victim’s car within minutes, drove away“We’ve seen in these communities alone our market outreach grow from roughly 4 customer reach to about 8 or 9 in each community,” said Appel.Appel says she anticipates the outreach will grow once spring vegetables get added to the selection.Each year, Feast Down East draws a host of food advocates to bridge the food insecure gap at their annual conference.The Summer Nutrition Program for children is trying to improve their network across the Cape Fear to reach more kids at risk of going hungry in the summer.“We’re meeting about 15% of what we actually need to serve in this area,” said Christine Kerrigan, who works for the Department of Public Instruction.The program reports that in 2018 more than 2,200 kids in New Hanover County received meals on average each day, during the summer.“During the summer, the kids wouldn’t be able to have those meals that they get during the school year so, a lot of the kids would be going hungry,” said Grace Daniel, who also works with the Department of Public Instruction. “It’s just important that we keep going so we know they have a safe environment to come to, to get some safe nutritious meals.”Children aren’t the only vulnerable group impacted by food insecurity. The alliance of food advocates are trying to change the narrative so no one goes hungry.Children 18 and under looking for a free summer meal site can text ‘SUMMER MEALS’ to 97779, call toll-free 1.866.3Hungry or visit .Looking for the the Local Motive Mobile Farmers Market? Below are details of the van’s location weekly:Tuesday: 8:30-10:30 Vesta Village, 11:30-1:30 Solomon Towers, 2:30-4:30 EastbrookWednesday: 8:30-10:30 Woodbridge, 11:30-1:30 Taylor Estates, 2:30-4:30 Creekwood SouthThursday: 11:30-1:30 Glover Plaza, 2:30-4:30 Houston MooreFriday: 10-12 Rankin Terrace, 1-3 Hillcrest WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Neighborhoods where residents don’t always have access or money for healthy foods are known as food insecure neighborhoods. They’re found across the state and our area but, health food advocates are trying to change that.Feast Down East started a mobile food market in January. It is the first local fresh food market to offer a food stamp matching program.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Construction to begin on new Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall in May

first_imgNew Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall (Photo: Coastal Structures Corporation/Monique Robinson) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ocean Isle Beach will soon have a new town hall.According to a press release from the Coastal Structures Corporation, the idea has been in the works for 13 years.- Advertisement – The release said construction on the 27,000-foot facility will start beginning in early May and will last approximately one year.Developers also said the new building will house the building/planning department, the police department, and public meeting areas as well as an emergency command center.“We are so pleased to be working with the Town of Ocean Isle Beach on this project. The town has and will continue playing a vital part on the team, and have proven to be invested in the future, as demonstrated with their commitment to this Town Hall. We look forward to the successful completion of this ambitious project,” architect Michael Walker said.Related Article: Crowded town hall addresses needs of Wilmington’s northside neighborhoodAfter a public bid process, Coastal Structures Corporation was selected as the general contractors for the job.“We are thrilled to be working with Tych and Walker Architects and Coastal Structures to finally bring this project to fruition,” Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said. “This new Town Hall will provide much needed space as well as state of the art meeting facilities and emergency command center which is vital to the Town.”last_img read more

Hampstead Bypass design continues construction could start next year

first_img He says they hope to start construction on the first of two sections in the fall of 2020.He hopes the whole project is done by 2025.Last year county leaders announced the 13-mile, $113 million project had received full funding. 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 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Design work continues on the US 17 Hampstead Bypass Project.NCDOT Deputy Division Engineer Chad Kimes says the designs are 90% done.- Advertisement – last_img read more