Daisy Bates - my piece for the Dangerous Women Project about Daisy Bates

The Dangerous Women Project is publishing a piece every day for a year on the topic what does it mean to be a dangerous woman?

I’ve written a piece about Daisy Bates, a women whose life I think about a lot, as an Australian and someone who works towards the documentation and promotion of endangered languages. She certainly was remarkable. From the DWP piece:

It is the iron will and self-reliance that are so compelling in the story of Daisy Bates. She never gave up her Victorian era boned jackets and long skirts, even walking many miles in raised-heel boots, or single-handedly digging a 5-foot deep grave when one of her patients passed away. She was a self-avowedly terrible cook, more or less surviving for years on porridge, damper bread and tea. Whatever maternal feeling she had was not spared for her son, but instead invested in the Aboriginal ‘children’ of her life in the desert. She sold all of her land and goods to dress and feed them, even at the age of 74 she would write journalistic correspondence about life in the desert when her funds ran out.

But her understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal and Colonial societies had profound implications for her work and her legacy. You can read the rest on the DWP site.

See also: Daisy Bates: An amazing woman and her linguistic legacy - a blog post I wrote here from a few years ago that inspired the DWP piece.

The Dangerous Women Project is being run by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

U.K. government reveals thousands died after their welfare payments were stopped
The Department of Work and Pensions emphasized that there is no proof of a causal link.

U.K. government statistics reveal that thousands of people died within weeks of being found “fit to work” and having their welfare benefits cancelled.

The release of the statistics follows a protracted campaign from journalists and activists, including a Change.org petition that garnered almost 250,000 signatures. Many have already accused the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of stalling its response until after this year’s election in May.

The most shocking mortality data comes from a document about disability-related benefits. Between December 2011 and February 2014, 81,140 people died within six weeks of “flowing off” benefits such as ESA (Employment and Support Allowance), which the government pays to people who cannot work due to illness or disability.

Over the past five years, the DWP has made a public effort to reduce the number of people claiming government benefits. This included the introduction of “fit to work” assessments, which are used to determine whether people are qualified to receive disability benefits.

The newly published documents show that 2,380 former ESA claimants died within two weeks of being declared “fit to work.” 


UK executes over 2,000 disabled people in 3 years
Campaigners demand welfare overhaul after statistics reveal 2,380 people died between 2011 and 2014 shortly after being declared able to work
By Patrick Butler

More than 80 people a month are dying shortly after being declared “fit for work” according to new data, prompting campaigners to call for an overhaul of the government’s controversial welfare regime.

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions on Thursday show that 2,380 people died between December 2011 and February 2014 shortly after a work capability assessment (WCA) found they were able to work.

400-500 people a week have to give their mobilty vehicles back under government cuts to disabled
Up to 500 disabled people every week have had to give back the vehicles that help them stay independent because of a new tough benefits rule. The Government "Motability" scheme allows disabled people to lease mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and cars.

To qualify for a vehicle under the new Personal Independent Payments (Pip) system, a person must not be able to walk for 20 metres. This is less than half the 50-metre limit the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) enforced previously.

By the end of 2016, 35,000 are expected to have lost their vehicles over the course of the year.

“This is having a devastating effect on quality of life and levels of independence,” the report said.

Almost 40 per cent of the 300 people with muscle-wasting conditions the charity surveyed in 2015 had delays while applying for benefits, resulting in more than 30 per cent experiencing financial hardship.

One in five had to wait more than six months for an appointment to assess their eligibility for benefits.

A third of respondents felt they were not treated with dignity by their assessors.

“Having a progressive illness is difficult enough without being treated as though you are exaggerating. I struggled not to sink into deep depression,” Joyce Matthews, who has myotonic dystrophy, told researchers.

It’s like they have no idea what disability actually entails. Just because someone can walk 20 metres on one day doesn’t mean that they can walk 20 metres the next day. And even if someone can walk 20 metres a day, that’s not exactly a huge amount. That doesn’t mean that someone can make it to the nearest bus stop, or even out their front door.

I’m so sick of Governments that try to cut costs from the most vulnerable people in their society. On a Government budget, cutting a few billion (in this case 4.4 billion) is a fraction. It’s nothing, it’ll make virtually no difference to the deficit. But to the people it affects, it’s everything. People are literally killing themselves over this. People can’t afford to eat. People can’t afford to live.


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