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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Millions ‘stop work to be carers’

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More than two million people in the UK have left jobs to care for disabled, sick or elderly loved ones, a survey by Carers UK suggests.

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‘Bedroom tax’ rules re-examined

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Welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith instructs his department to “look again” at how the “bedroom tax” will affect disabled people.

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VIDEO: MPs criticise disability work tests

Category : Business, World News

The government’s workplace capability assessments, designed to get more disabled people back to work, have been heavily criticised by a committee of MPs.

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Elderly face cash access strife

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Elderly and disabled people struggle to access cash and resort to sharing their personal banking details, research has claimed.

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National Express rues loss of coach concessions

Category : Business

Britain’s leading coach operator said there would be 1m fewer journeys in the first year since the government cut the grant to over-60s and disabled people

The abolition of concessionary coach travel has led to a dramatic drop in journeys taken by disabled and older people, National Express has revealed.

Britain’s leading coach operator said there would be 1m fewer journeys in the first full year since the government cut the grant which gave over-60s and disabled people half-price travel, out of 2.9m such journeys in 2011.

Despite National Express putting its own scheme in place, giving one-third off ticket prices with a £10 coach card, the company has concluded that the move “severely affected the affordability of travel for our senior citizen passengers”.

A spokesman said: “It appears people have been more price sensitive than we thought.” The dwindling numbers contributed to a difficult year for the company’s coach division.

Meanwhile campaigners called on the government to reconsider the cuts. Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK, said: “We know many older people depended on the government coach concession to get out and about and see friends and family or go further afield. It was an important way of making travel accessible and affordable which can help prevent loneliness and social isolation. But today’s figures clearly show that abolishing the concession has made it harder for people to travel, particularly in these tough times.

“Many older people live in rural areas where there is often little in the way of public transport so, if they cannot afford to take coach journeys, many will have little option but to stay at home.”

National Express has cancelled three routes since last November due to falling passenger numbers since the subsidy was withdrawn.

Richard Hebditch of the Campaign for Better Transport said: “The announcement from National Express demonstrates exactly what campaigners said would happen. By cutting support for concessionary travel, government is harming older and disabled passengers, while threatening the viability of coach services. The government should reconsider the cut in the light of this evidence.”

Charities voice benefits concerns

Category : World News

Up to 500,000 disabled people could lose out under the government’s planned Universal Credit, charities say, but David Cameron defends the changes.

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Letters: Terrible human cost of benefit cuts

Category : Business

Labour has stoked the social care debate by talking about cutting benefits for richer pensioners to pay for a social care cap (Labour looks at curbs on universal benefits to pay for social care, 4 October). But disabled people remain conspicuous by their absence in this discussion. One third of social care users are disabled adults of working age. Care allows them to get out of the house, have a cooked meal or take part in their community. Without access to care, disabled people are left utterly isolated. The government rightly wants to set a national eligibility level. But there are worrying indications that it will be set at a level that excludes many disabled people, forcing families to pay thousands for expensive support. This is the untold story of the care crisis. This is why a funding solution is so crucial.
Richard Hawkes
Chief executive, Scope

• The iniquities of the government’s work capability assessment scheme – outsourced to Atos – have long been documented and your article (Go to work, they said to a woman who needs constant care, 4 October) highlights the

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How welfare assessors told disabled woman to get ready for work – video

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A nurses’ leader was told to take her disabled daughter for a test to see if she could get a job. The result left her shocked and angry

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Letters: Our support for disabled people

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The letter (13 September) from John McArdle and Dr Stephen Carty of the Black Triangle Campaign attacked Unum’s reputation. At Unum we are proud of the work we do to protect the income of and provide support to people with long-term illnesses or injuries that prevent them from working. The financial protection we offer continues until they either recover and are able to return to work, or until they reach retirement. We also offer rehabilitation support to those returning to work after a long-term illness. Unum is committed to improving the understanding of the factors that influence health, illness, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. That’s why we took part in the International Forum on Disability Management at Imperial College London. We work hard to protect the incomes of more than 1.9 million people in the UK. We are proud to have paid out more than £5m a week in benefits to our customers last year.
Marco Forato
Chief marketing officer, Unum UK

• Lack of representation of disabled people in the House of Commons (Disabled people need a voice in parliament, 12 September) and at cabinet level offers a very good illustration of the shortcomings of recent proposals to reform the House of Lords. White middle-aged males dominate both houses, but in the upper house the appointments system has been used to some effect in helping to redress the balance and increase the franchise for neglected minority groups. As reference to Hansard over the past two years will show, I and disabled colleagues who are life peers take very seriously our “mandate” to promote and defend the rights of disabled people, and our voices are heard. While the Lords is clearly in need of reform and downsizing, proposals for a directly elected chamber will worsen the representation of the 11

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Remploy confirms factory closures

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Remploy, which provides employment opportunities for disabled people, is to close 27 of its factories, the government confirmed on Tuesday.

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