Sick and disabled hit hard by benefit delays
It is always very sad to hear about people in Stockport who are under great stress and suffering financial hardship. I have recently been contacted by people who have disabilities and long term illnesses who have been refused Personal Independence Payments or are not being paid their full entitlement.
They are having to wait on average about eight and half months for their appeals to be heard and are struggling with high levels of anxiety and massive money problems. Personal Independence Payments replaced Disabled Living Allowance in 2013 and are paid to some of the most vulnerable people in the country who have difficulty with daily living and getting around.
It is a disgrace that such deserving cases are having to wait such a long time.
Juries may need to be scrapped in rape trials because of the dominance of ‘rape myths’ in society and the shockingly low charging and conviction rates.
Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, will call in Parliament today for an urgent independent inquiry into the crisis engulfing the criminal justice system’s approach to rape cases.
This would include an examination into why the numbers of rapes charged by the Crown Prosecution Service has plummeted at the same time as reporting rates have soared and why there are such low conviction rates, especially for date and acquaintanceship rape.
Crucially Ms Coffey also wants a wide ranging inquiry to examine if juries are the best way to deliver justice in rape cases.
Greater Manchester has the fourth lowest conviction rate for rape amongst the twenty largest police forces – only Surrey, Cheshire and Northumbria have lower rates.
15th November 2018
Soaring numbers of incidents of children going missing from care to 70,250 last year are ‘truly shocking’, according to Ann Coffey MP.
Ms Coffey, who is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, said the latest figures released today by the Department for Education on Looked after children in England were ‘grim’.
There were 70,250 incidents of children going missing from care in 2018 involving 11,530 individual children – up almost 10,000 from 60,870 incidents last year.
Significantly, nearly half of the incidents involved children in residential care, which includes children’s homes.
The numbers of missing incidents of children in care has risen massively by 145 per cent since 2015 when the figure was 28,700.