Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

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SOME tabloid papers are regularly using the term "scrounger" for all benefit claimants. I would estimate that a million of incapacity benefit recipients are too ill to work through no fault of their own. There are not any adequate treatments for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, ME, etc. If the Government is saying that all genuinely disabled people can work without there being any barriers to them getting a job, then no employer should be able to ask any questions about a person's health or of that person ever being ill or ever having been on incapacity benefit or ever having not worked due to illness. When will we see this legislation Mr Tabloid Brown? I was turned down for jobs on 450 occasions over 20 years after developing a lifelong health condition and I am educated to degree level. Employment discrimination is extreme in the UK.

JD, Blaydon.

I WENT with a friend last Saturday over to Byker to see the Ouseburn Festival. It was advertised that there would be a family fun day at the Newcastle Stadium. When my friend and I got across, the only activity there was a couple of runners running around a track. We crossed over Byker Bank and I thought there might have been some activity down at Ouseburn Vale, there was nothing at the Duke of Cumberland. We met other people who were looking for some activity taking place in the Ouseburn Festival. I just wonder if I'm alone in thinking that more than the rain contributed to the Ouseburn Festival being a washout.

DL, Benwell.

PM FROM Low Fell does have a point. I have never been faithful to a particular party but I have to agree with others, it is no use people calling Labour when they are willing to sit back and accept things such as the minimum wage, social fund help, rent and council tax rebates.

SW, Gateshead.

I'D LIKE to vent my spleen about private car registrations and the way you cannot distinguish the way the car registration should be. I think the police should take this more into consideration and pull these cars over. From a distance you could not distinguish what some cars' registrations are. I've seen many others around the North East. …

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