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About myrabury

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    Donor 2016/17, 2018/19
  • Birthday 22/12/1960

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    Support Worker (people with learning disabilities)

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  1. myrabury

    Every cloud has a Silver lining

    I'm not an expert, however I also have considerable personal experience re. 'the support system' and mental health issues. I also argued in my latest post that it is impossible to measure outcomes directly relating to increased mental health issues and government policy/spending. All I can say (on here at least) is that one major experience 15 years ago made it clear to me that support systems were grossly inadequate. Unfortunately, someone else I know extremely well is currently experiencing a very similar situation to the one I faced and if anything, the situation re. support and treatment is even worse today despite any increase in spending. However, I will always concede that it is a topic too complex for non-experts - which is why I deliberately referred to sufferers, their families and friends as the real experts here!
  2. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    There are a number of impoverished communities throughout the UK who voted overwhelmingly to Leave in 2016. They're the people who have been let down by government after government for decades and feel as if they've nothing left to lose, because frankly many of them haven't, having lost their livelihoods, support networks and services. I voted to Remain but absolutely despair at some of the abuse levelled at these people for daring to give government a deserved slap in the face. I very much doubt they'll be happy to see their point of view thwarted by those 'who know better' via yet another referendum!
  3. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    Not so sure about this Malc! However, to use a very British phrase - we certainly are in a bit of pickle.
  4. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    I don't relish the idea of mass civil disorder!
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    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

  6. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    Up quite early this morning and I read it. My fault entirely as I didn't do the research at the time - something I'm always castigating others for not doing and I apologise.
  7. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    I know I'm being a pedant, but..... 😉 This is just one of many issues surrounding the 2016 vote - we've already discussed the lies and ridiculous claims made by both sides. When and where was it made crystal clear that the vote would be implemented? And if so, why wasn't this repeatedly highlighted throughout the run up? 🤔
  8. myrabury

    Every cloud has a Silver lining

    "A spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said that officials were studying the report closely and conceded that they had no dispute with the statistics Alston used. These included 14 million people in the UK living in poverty and local authorities having seen a 49% real-terms reduction in funding from 2011 to 2018. But it responded with a barrage of other statistics, some of which were five years old. It said income inequality remained lower than in 2010 and that there were 637,000 fewer children growing up in workless households" Again, the point is being missed. Ultimately, there are still thousands of children growing up in households where at least one parent works, however work still isn't paying enough to take families out of poverty. Additionally, it is impossible to measure 'like for like' as the definition of income inequality has changed since 2010, as has the definition of 'employment' in terms of general, historical expectations. This is what I meant by government focusing and acting upon Alston's findings (as far as possible), even if government ministers take offence to some of the report's rhetoric.
  9. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    I'm probably behind the times again as usual, however I don't recall anything about the result of the 2016 referendum being binding - I thought it was advisory! Again, not because I want a re-run either!!
  10. myrabury

    Every cloud has a Silver lining

    I slept on this issue. The only conclusions I can draw as an ex professional (in primary consultation and research) and on a personal level is that it is impossible to quantify deteriorating mental health in terms of (Austerity) and I have some sympathy with the DWP here - a large scale, joined up, UK wide qualitative consultation exercise would be perhaps be the only solution however this would also be unimaginably expensive to implement and politically divisive (to say the least) to implement. So we rely on eyewitness accounts, direct experience etc in order to make a judgement call. In other words, it's unworkable. However (IMO) an economy based upon what we've already discussed; the loss of an extended family network in White British culture, at one time the bedrock of support. and cuts to state and voluntary support systems also have a role to play in this, as does the proposed full digitization rollout of application for benefits, irrespective of people's ability to access. FulFact has already been quoted and is an effective, truly impartial reference tool however FullFact is only able to provide information based upon the availability of baseline statistics and quantitative research, not necessarily the reasons behind those stats - politicians over the years have changed methodology and narrative in order to serve their own ideological purposes in some cases. As an increasing number of appalling cases have also been used by some in order to further their own political agendas. However, whilst it could be argued that pre 2010 some aspects of welfare reform were needed (and the last Labour government certainly started the ball rolling here), (IMO) we're now left with a catch-all system which also fails many of those who need it most. This cannot be right or fair.
  11. Seems really odd. I've seen his name linked to a number of community related initiatives lately and agree that he appeared to be one of the reasons behind building bridges between fans and the local community, which is long overdue.
  12. myrabury

    Quest TV, worth a watch.

    I didn't bother with the Ch5 show last season for obvious reasons! However, even as & when we lose, I like the new format on Quest - back to the tried and tested format of knowledgeable host plus guest presenter, and Ian Holloway is usually good value for money - even if he does mix his metaphors 🙂
  13. myrabury

    Every cloud has a Silver lining

    There have been a number of independent studies worldwide concluding that 'austerity' in terms of the removal or dilution of support services certainly does affect mental health, although it has also been difficult to get an accurate comparison with other triggers given different social, cultural and economic factors (Article) There are certainly many triggers for poor mental health - however it is hard to believe that people who are already struggling with job insecurity, chronic illness or disability, unemployment etc (who also tend to be very much at the sharp end of welfare reforms), do not have mental health issues directly attributed to government policy via. those welfare reforms.
  14. myrabury

    Matchday: Bury v Stevenage 17-11-2018

    😂😂 Apart from that - a pretty fair assessment 😂
  15. myrabury

    Brexit explained (specifically for Ryan)

    Who'd have thunk it 😉