A disabled man has accused the Department for Work

first_imgA disabled man has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of victimising him and ruining his life after it tried – and failed – to prosecute him for benefit fraud, despite letters from medical professionals confirming his serious medical conditions.The case of Gary Moyse has shone a spotlight on DWP’s use of fraud investigators, and of secret filmed footage in cases where a claimant has a serious but fluctuating condition.It comes as figures obtained by The Observer showed that more than 85 per cent of benefit fraud allegations made by the public to DWP over the last five years were false.Moyse has chronic pain syndrome – following a car accident in December 2007 – as well as diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy, anxiety and depression, but was told by a diabetes consultant to stay as active as he could, however much pain it caused him.He had been claiming disability living allowance (DLA), with higher rate mobility support and middle rate care.But he claims that investigators working for an insurance company disputing the level of his claim for six-figure damages filmed him as he walked to his local high street – as he tried to follow his consultant’s advice to stay active – and then edited the footage to remove shots of him pausing, taking breaks, taking his medication, being assisted by friends, and falling over.DVDs of this footage were later used by DWP to try to prove he was claiming DLA fraudulently.The stress of the battle with DWP – which began in 2013 – has harmed his health even further, and last year he tried to take his own life. He is now recovering from a mini-stroke and a mild heart attack.A consultant psychiatrist who saw him concluded in January 2015 that he had been “unfairly victimised”.And Moyse says that two DWP investigators told him not to bother applying for personal independence payment (PIP) – which is replacing working-age DLA – and warned him that they would be watching him if he walked a single step outside his front door.When he did apply for PIP, an Atos nurse who assessed him said he was entitled to the benefit, but her advice was ignored by the DWP decision-maker, the same civil servant who had dealt with the fraud allegations.Moyse, a former treasurer for a multi-national oil company in Saudi Arabia, said: “I now get extreme anxiety.“The only time I have been out of the house is to get out of taxis or a friend’s car and drive to the hospital or to the legal meetings.“It’s pure victimisation. I am struggling to keep going against these tribunals.”He is appealing through the tribunal system to overturn a ruling last August that he was not entitled to DLA and should pay back £20,000 in benefits to DWP.The tribunal concluded that his “stated level of disability was lacking in credibility” and that he “suffers from no mental health disability”, despite the evidence of doctors and psychiatrists.A consultant who examined Moyse for DWP and reported that he “walked slowly and stiffly with a right-sided crutch”, then saw the DVD of him walking more freely and concluded that he was “an unreliable witness”.But Moyse points out that he never takes his medication when he is being examined for a DWP assessment, which explains why his movements were so different when he was seen by the consultant and the Atos nurse.The tribunal ruling last August came even though, he claims, there were no witnesses at the hearing – including the two investigators – who he could question about the case against him.The following month, a crown court judge directed the jury to find Moyse not guilty of misrepresenting his condition, after the Crown Prosecution Service was unable to produce the investigators who filmed the footage.But when he applied for PIP, the DWP decision-maker rejected his claim, despite quoting in the decision document from letters from an occupational therapist and a diabetes consultant which backed up Moyse’s case.The DWP decision-maker also suggested that Moyse’s “perseverance” with his claim and his insistence that he had been unfairly treated was “inconsistent with the anxious, depressed man featured in his claim”.He also stated that DWP “dropped” the case against Moyse, when it was actually thrown out by the court.Despite his PIP claim being rejected – it is currently going through the process of mandatory reconsideration – Moyse has been found not fit for work and is in the support group of the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance, while his local council in Great Yarmouth spent thousands of pounds installing a wet room in his home.He has been struggling to survive on ESA, as his DLA was stopped in October 2013, which meant he also had his Motability vehicle taken away, while his partner is no longer able to claim carer’s allowance, even though she helps him get up, wash and dress every day.Since he lost his Motability car three years ago, and moved in with his partner, he has tried to walk the 200 yards to the local shops several times, but has had to stop every few yards because of the pain, and then has to sleep on the sofa for the next few days because of the resulting pain and diabetes complications.He said: “I have been struggling ever since. They are just trying everything they possibly can to break me.“I have panic attacks when I see the postman coming, because you never know what the next thing is going to be. Whenever I see a brown envelope, I ask my partner to open it.“They have totally ruined my life. The only reason I am holding out is that I don’t believe people with that sort of power should be able to treat innocent people the way they are treating me.“I shudder to think of the other people they have done this to who have caved in.“I can’t go out of the front door without stress and paranoia. I don’t see why the government should be allowed to do this to people.”A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “PIP is awarded on the basis of how a claimant’s condition affects them rather than on the condition itself, and decisions on entitlement are taken on the basis of all the evidence held.“The Independent Appeals Service agreed Mr Moyse was not entitled to DLA and is required to pay back his overpayment.“We have a duty to the taxpayer to ensure recovery of overpayments.”She added: “The judge directed the jury to find the defendant not guilty because he was not prepared to grant an adjournment to deal with a technicality in the proceedings – not on the basis of the evidence.”She confirmed that this technicality was that DWP was unable to produce the investigators to give evidence in court within 24 hours.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday in their second

first_imgSAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday in their second home match of the new Super League season.Nathan Brown’s men got their year underway on Sunday with a tough and hard fought win over Widnes.Hull FC will provide a stern test of the ‘recovery’ but with James Roby expected to return plus the emergence of Joe Greenwood it is sure to be a real fire-cracker.Tickets for the match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img

SAINTS head into their semifinal at Warrington wi

first_imgSAINTS head into their semi-final at Warrington with a remarkable record at the Wolves.They have won on their last seven visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium with their opponents last home win coming in 2011.Keiron Cunningham’s men have also won twice there this season too.Last Ten Meetings:Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16)St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16)Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16)St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15)Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15)St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)Super League Summary:Warrington won 11 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)St Helens won 44 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Career And Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:James Roby needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 90 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015). He also has non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Stefan Ratchford needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 55 times for Warrington since 2012, to go with 40 tries for Salford (2007-2011). He has also scored 3 times for England Knights (2011-2012), and has 1 non-scoring appearance for England (2012).He is also one appearance away from 150 for Warrington.Winning Run:St Helens have won their last four matches. Their last defeat was 25-0 at Wigan on August 19. They have also won 11 of their last 12 games.Other Runs:Warrington’s Ryan Atkins has scored a try in each of the Wolves’ last four meetings with St Helens.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:(League games & Super 8s)Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 402 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 273 = Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 195 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Adam Swift (St Helens), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 179 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 1510 = Luke Dorn (Castleford Tigers), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 14Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1182 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1103 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 874 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 836 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 717 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 698 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 569 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 5510 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 51Goals Percentage:1 Tony Gigot (Catalans Dragons) 86.66 (13/15)2 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 86.36 (19/22)3 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)4 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19)5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 83.33 (110/132)6 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 79.09 (87/110)7 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.02 (71/91)8 Mark Percival (St Helens) 77.77 (28/36)9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 77.12 (118/153)10 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 76.74 (33/43)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 2622 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 2413 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 2024 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1955 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1747 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 1608 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1589 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 15510 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 132last_img read more

Holden Beach recently renourished their coastline will Irma jeopardize that work

first_img The project added 150 to 180 feet to the shoreline, which required 1.2 million cubic yards of sand.The beach had gradually eroded over time due to various weather events like Hurricane Matthew and the tides.Now the beach is as good as new, and residents and visitors couldn’t be happier.Related Article: Couple returns home almost two years after Hurricane Matthew“We didn’t have a choice, I think you have to have it,” resident Tony Marwitz said. “If we don’t have the beach we don’t have a reason for tourists to come, if we don’t have a reason for tourists to come my taxes go way up, so it was, I think an all around good deal.”Holden Beach town manager David Hewett tells me that the beach is now designed to provide storm damage protection. It now meets the requirements of a FEMA engineered beach. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The beach renourishment project in Holden Beach is finished, but what happens if there is erosion from the hurricane? The town says it’s ready.The 15 million dollar project was 10 years in the making. The sand placement began this past January and was completed in March.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Food Lion Bakkavor team up to help the hungry

first_imgGood Shepherd Center (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Food Lion is joining the fight to feed the needy in here in the Cape Fear.The company is teaming up with the food manufacturer Bakkavor to prepare and serve the meal at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Bakkavor’s chef’s will cook the meal and Food Lion volunteers will distribute bags of groceries afterward.It’s part of the Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Initiative.It starts Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Center on Martin Street.last_img read more

Coast Guard members will get paid Monday

first_img The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military affected by the partial government shutdown that started last weekend, because it’s funding is handled by the Department of Homeland Security and not the Department of Defense. That means there is no guarantee Coast Guard members will get their next paycheck scheduled for Jan. 15.So what changed? The Coast Guard says it generally cannot pay its members during a lapse in appropriations. But the timing of this shutdown created a unique situation. The Coast Guard says extensive research and legal analysis between the Coast Guard, DHS, and the Office of Management and Budget “determined the Coast Guard has the authority to execute the remainder of pay and allowances for December.”Many Coast Guard families have been worried how they’ll make ends meet as the shutdown continues, especially with holiday bills, rent and other expenses coming due soon. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Good news for members of the Coast Guard and their families: They will get paid next week.The Coast Guard announced last night that members will get a paycheck Monday. According to a blog post, “This one-time action applies to military members that served on active duty in the month of December and those reserve military members that drilled prior to the lapse in appropriation.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

New exhibition at Fort St Angelo opens previously closed doors on history

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits an exhibition about the British Navy and Fort St Angelo up to Freedom DayFort St Angelo, BirguDOI – Clifton FenechMinister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits an exhibition about the British Navy and Fort St Angelo up to Freedom DayFort St Angelo, BirguDOI – Clifton Fenech A new exhibition opens the doors of the once closed and restrictive military base that was Fort St. Angelo.The exhibition run by Heritage Malta, is entitled ‘Behind Closed Doors’, and combines historical as well as personal reflections of the fort whilst under British military control.It has been 40 years since Freedom Day and the departure of the Royal Navy from the fort. The Royal Navy had been stationed at the fort for just over 70 years (1906 and 1979).The structure had largely been out of bounds for Maltese civilians with only Maltese and British serviceman allowed access to the fort, with specific entrances depending on rank.Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits an exhibition about the British Navy and Fort St Angelo up to Freedom DayFort St Angelo, BirguDOI – Clifton FenechIt’s hoped the exhibition, the artefacts and activities which have been brought together, will give visitors a sense of the purpose of the building as well as the personal connection with the fort.Speaking at the inauguration, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, ‘As a country, we carry with us an extensive history which in turn has moulded our identity as we know it today. Through time, our traditions and past have shaped our society, and thanks to such exhibitions, we keep on outlining our country’s journey and where this has led us today. In turn, we are also enhancing our local cultural product by providing more outlets pertaining to our heritage for everyone to visit and appreciate.’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Kurt Farrugia to become new CEO of Malta Enterprise

first_imgThe Head of Communications for the Maltese Government Kurt Farrugia, has been appointed as CEO of Malta Enterprise.In a statement, Farrugia said he will start his new job on 1 August with Malta Enterprise, succeeding current CEO Mario Galea.Chairman of Malta Enterprise William Wait said with Farrugia’s years of experience in the Prime Minister’s team, he will help the corporation to build on its successes.It’s going to be tough not being by your side every day as I did for the past 12 years @JosephMuscat_JM. Humbled to have served #Malta’s best ever PM. Thank you @KeithSchembri for being a great boss. Both my mentors, above all friends. I will keep serving my country selflessly. pic.twitter.com/6wdoywszot— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 12, 2019Kurt Farrugia names Matthew Carbone as the new Head of Communications for the Maltese Government.Glad to be making way for a good friend & brilliant colleague Matthew Carbone who will serve as Head of Communications @MaltaGov; and an equally masterful & close ally @vellanigel who will serve as Deputy Head of Comms. Make us proud, boys — as I have no doubt you will. pic.twitter.com/7yAKlFPXtx— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 12, 2019 SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img You’ve been an amazing colleague. So many memories to cherish Dr @RamonaAttard. Work is not quite done yet … much more to do. https://t.co/n7rjgTktju pic.twitter.com/UkSOoVOSBs— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 12, 2019WhatsApplast_img read more

Icelanders hope for a good start against Argentina

first_img180602 Fotboll, TrŠningsmatch Soccer Football – International Friendly – Iceland vs Norway – Laugardalsvollur Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland – June 2, 2018 Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke © BildbyrŒn – COP 7 – SWEDEN ONLY180602 Fotboll, TrŠningsmatch Soccer Football – International Friendly – Iceland vs Norway – Laugardalsvollur Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland – June 2, 2018 Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke © BildbyrŒn – COP 7 – SWEDEN ONLY Iceland, the smallest nation which has ever qualified for the World Cup, is expected to play its first game on 16th June when they face Lionel Messi’s mighty Argentina.This relatively small country has Everton’s Gylfi Sigurðsson, Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason and Cardiff City’s Aron Gunnarsson in the team.  They will try to emulate their 2016’s European Championships’ extraordinary performances which many remember. Sigurðsson is considered their best player and Icelanders were calmed down when they confirmed his recovery from a knee problem. The Icelandic National Team is currently training in Kabardinka’s Olimp Stadium and will also play against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Africa to benefit from Business Sweden and Ericsson

first_imgAdvertisement Business Sweden, Ericsson and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs announced a strategic partnership for a two-year ICT venture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The announcement was made in a briefing session held in the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria.The program aims to share knowledge, increase collaboration and trade between key countries and Sweden in order to strengthen the African ICT sector. Workshops and seminars will be hosted in 10 African countries, some of the fastest growing markets in the world. High-level delegations including representatives of Swedish companies, key government stakeholders and vertical players from trade, ICT, energy and infrastructure industries will visit Ghana, Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe and more. Sweden is a strong partner to Africa through institutional corporations, and Swedish organizations have a large presence in Africa. ICT is and will be even more a key area of collaboration.Pereric Högberg, Deputy Director-General, Head of Africa Department, MFA Sweden said “Sweden and Africa have a strong partnership and historical ties. We see the new modern Africa taking shape and growing. Sweden is, and will continue to be, a solid partner in African developments. ICT is one of Sweden´s key industries and has made Sweden top ranked globally in terms of connectivity, e-governance and ICT innovations. The ICT industry stands for a large share of the employment in Sweden, there is a potential for a similar effect in Africa. A joint report by the World Bank and African Development Bank has already confirmed how ICT is transforming businesses and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth in the region, while enabling access to education, health care, employment, and information that helps citizens improve their quality of life. – Advertisement – Fredrik Jejdling, Head: Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “We are committed to our vision of a Networked Society in Africa, where technology enables new methods of learning and collaborating, innovative ways of doing business, and new approaches to old problems which results in a better quality of life. Over the past century, Ericsson has consistently explored ways in which we can deploy our technology and solutions to support development on the continent.” Andreas Skinnars Senior Vice President Trade, Business Sweden said: “We are very happy to enter this partnership together with the Foreign Ministry and Ericsson. Through this program we wish to contribute to establishing and showcasing Swedish competence and leading ICT companies to partner up with African companies to support the African growth further. We believe this will be of great benefit for both Sweden and sub-Saharan Africa”. The program starts in Ghana April 17-19 and continues to Angola May 8-9.Source: Ericssonlast_img read more