Archive for March, 2014

When is a Pig not a Pig? When you put lipstick on !


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So everyone who is disabled/job seeker, or worker is celebrating the mighty ATOS falling from grace ? I think they shouldn’t be so quick to jump up and down as a pig is still a pig regardless of putting lipstick on it.

Today the news is full of their demise, but hello folks they are still in charge of PIP assessments and contracting private enterprises in  Occupational Healthcare and still owning the rights to LIMA software where the tick box exercise  ‘one size fits all’ scenario will continue. They are still in charge of running multiple IT contracts in government departments and HMRC and a multitude of other things, so they haven’t really gone away have they? So all the celebrations are a falsehood. (See my other two blogs re atos links.)

http://blog.atoshealthcare.com/2014/03/atos-healthcare-clarification-for-esa-claimants-about-todays-announcement/

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/atos-healthcare/pressreleases/early-exit-from-wca-contract-977418

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/03/atoss-departure-isnt-enough-fit-work-tests-arent-working

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefits-assessments-atos-quits-government-3290777

 http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-vote-office/March_2014/27%20March/32-DWP-Atos.pdf   (DWP Statement from Mike Penning)

 

Today they launched a You Tube Channel

http://blog.atoshealthcare.com/2013/11/launching-the-new-atos-healthcare-youtube-channel/

 

Today the Minister for Disabled Mike Penning said ”

The DWP said to ensure a smooth transition, one national provider will be appointed early next year to take over the contract. In the longer term it is intended to move to multiple providers to increase competition.

Mike Penning, Minister for Disabled People, said: “The previous government appointed Atos as the sole provider for carrying out Work Capability Assessments and since then we have carried out several independent reviews and made significant improvements to the assessment.

“Today we are announcing that we are seeking a new provider to replace Atos, with the view to increasing the number of assessments and reducing waiting times.

“I am pleased to confirm that Atos will not receive a single penny of compensation from the taxpayer for the early termination of their contract, quite the contrary, Atos has made a substantial financial settlement to the department.”

Anyone who suffered at the hands of this provider knows full well while Labour brought ATOS in the Condems rewrote contracts and made tests tougher because they thought it was ‘too soft’ ! They set Atos  impossible targets from the  initial contract which they denied and it is now at stage where they cannot recruit HCP’s hence the backdown and backlog. So realistically Atos are scapegoats for this mess along with Labour because the Condems couldn’t run a Chimpanzee’s Teaparty! While Atos are complicit in facts that they brought about their own demise by reports not being accurate ,cancelling appointments at short notice, losing this contract will be no great shakes for them, probably relief if anything, after claiming their staff were threatened by protesters yet we are still waiting to see that evidence from Atos via a FOI which I still haven’t received a response.

So the new provider will probably come from  the governments other three main contractors G4S,Serco, Capita. As Capita already do some assessments they are probably front runners. One question nobody is asking what happens about LIMA software the HCP’s use?  Have  Atos come to a deal for that still to be used by other providers or have they pulled that rug from under governments feet, or are they going to allow others to pay for right to use it only time will tell but you can bet I’m watching closely and will find out one way or another.

The Tentacles of a Government Provider For WCA and Beyond PART TWO


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I have added more documents  to the Dropbox folder on my other blog which I will place  link here again at the bottom of the blog.

For those who followed the last blog I had to come do  another  after finding out more and more info thanks to a friend I made, who is also interested in the shenanigans of this  corruption swimming around Westminster swallowing up contracts like  a shark looking for its prey. The vast coverage this company & others have  is mind-boggling and ironically shocking that this whole thing was planned a long time ago by those in power at the time.

” This Thinkpiece presents an alternative narrative from a range of sources that have been overlooked by both major parties and by the media. Work is good for health,there is no doubt about it; nor is there doubt that many people who are unfit for work might be able to return to work with right support. But the case has been fatally exaggerated.The health needs of people who are the subject of huge investment by the Department of Health have been treated counter productively as invisible, or worse, as malingering, by the  DWP and successive Work and Pensions ministers driven by a compulsion to judge and to be privatised. GP’s have been marginalised.There is a vision of Incapacity Benefit which has informed Labour’s  Welfare to Work Policies ,carried forward by the new Coalition Government, driven by the former Labour Adviser Lord Freud, now Minister for Welfare Reform, who designed the second, privatising phase of ,  Tony Blair, as so often, encapsulated the vision in 1999.  “Incapacity Benefit is: not a benefit which compensates those who have had to give up work because of long -term illness  or sickness – it’s an alternative long-term unemployment or retirement. That’s why it must be reformed. ” (taken from Compass Thinkpiece document in Dropbox Folder at base of this blog)

So any claims that Labour under Miliband will change things is just frankly bullshit, but we have no choice to vote for them to stop the Tory Machine grinding through society as it pleases. This hurts me to say being a Labour supporter but I’m angry that a party I support also condones such vile policies and will support the recent cap on welfare spending announced in the Budget 2014 with promises of further cuts which will hurt those in society who cannot help their situations. No one suggests that assessments should not take place but these vile assessments carried out by Atos and Capita are punishing very sick and disabled people on the orders of the coalition is sickening, and those actually ‘on the fiddle’ are not caught and punished  as often as they profess, yet the majority are tarred with same brush with such venomous rhetoric that the stress of these and incompetence of these companies highlighted recently in the HOC  Committee headed by a very angry Margaret Hodge MP hit the nail on the head ,taxpayers are being fleeced  under the premise of clamping down of scroungers and the workshy ,but the waste of money is costing more than they save.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/10096793/Ed-Balls-plans-to-keep-Coalition-spending-cuts.html

<script src=”http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Embed/js.ashx?15137 460×322″></script>  (Video of Margaret Hodge grilling Atos and Capita)

As a humanitarian I cannot see how anyone could be so cruel to those who are less fortunate than themselves and have the audacity to call it progress. This agenda has been well planned for over a decade and  it is deliberate to save a few pennies here and there, which I’m sure the taxpayer wouldn’t object to paying a extra few pence in NI/Tax’s to cover the cost if they knew the truth. It is up to us in society to speak that truth to stop this lot in their tracks. No wonder the coalition is laughing all the way to bank, but when you consider the agenda here  it will just eradicate the welfare state as we know it and our children and grandchildren will not have the benefits we all enjoyed of such a marvellous idea pioneered by Beveridge & Co.

Look at links and see what a monster this really is and how your lives are being manipulated every single day and with every action you do in daily life.

 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-26/sap-joins-atos-to-target-government-cloud-deals-amid-spy-threats.html

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/european-cloud-partnership (surf this page and look what governments across the globe are doing )

http://atos.net/en-us/home/your-business/energy/oil-and-gas-transport-and-distribution.html

http://atos.net/en-us/home/your-business/energy/oil-and-gas-exploration-and-production.html

http://www.derby.ac.uk/corporate/clients/atos/

http://uk.atos.http://atos.net/en-us/home/we-do/identity-security-and-risk-management.html

http://atos.net/en-us/home/we-do/identity-security-and-risk-management.html

http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/lobbying/item/5343-%E2%80%9Cthe-nhs-will-be-shown-no-mercy-says-cameron-health-adviser

http://www.kpmg.com/UK/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Pages/PerformHelpingtheNHSDeliverupto20EfficiencySavings.aspx (KPMG are arm of Atos)

http://www.kpmg.com/UK/en/industry/Healthcare/Pages/default.aspx

http://economia.icaew.com/News/Ex-KPMG-partner-gets-top-job-at-HMRC

http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2013/04/11/kpmg-cannot-be-put-in-charge-of-the-hen-house-let-alone-hmrc-and-financial-regulation/

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2311821/Criticism-SEVEN-watchdog-members-set-investigate-KPMG-revealed-current-employees.html

http://www.gponline.com/News/article/1155526/KPMG-working-quarter-CCGs/

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/police-reform-home-secretarys-speech-to-the-reform-and-kpmg-summit-on-the-value-for-money-in-policing

http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2014/01/13/would-you-trust-a-firm-who-said-its-goal-is-to-dominate/

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2012/09/09/atoss-chief-medical-officer-professor-michael-odonnell-a-man-with-a-mission/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bis-staff-seconded-from-1-january-2010-to-present-from-listed-financial-institutions-foi-request-130313

http://downwithallthat.wordpress.com/category/dubious-academics-universities/unum-provident/unum-provident-uk-government/

http://dpac.uk.net/2012/04/a-tale-of-two-models-disabled-people-vs-unum-atos-government-and-disability-charities-debbie-jolly/#sthash.GwHQlSm2.088ooFYA.dpbs

http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/atos_notes_on_a_neoliberal_scandal

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1yyxc1evxet6lvq/aCOQymW40T   (Dropbox Link to all documents to read )

Thanks to Andy who provided some links here

 

UPDATED; SEE NEW PIC AT  RE HCP AND ATOS OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT DOCUMENT ATOS OFFICIAL SECRETS FOR HCP 1jpg

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2004-02-10.153434.h&s=atos+contract#g153434.r0

The Budget & Voter Apathy


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Today we saw the last budget by the Condems before the next election in 2015.  Business did well with tax breaks and lower taxes to boost the economy which we all need, pensioners got the golden honey pot of ISA’s and saving breaks to keep them voting, and the rest of the population got a right kick in balls.  Yet again the Disabled, Carers get hit with a Welfare Cap of 119million,while the Labour benches looked stunned into silence with the stitch up of the decade making it  very difficult without a vote in parliament to spend more on welfare. Also slipped in was the new  7 day waiting time for ESA.

Living Standards are falling at fastest rate since 1870 and all this budget did was pile more pressures  on those at the bottom who are already close to collapse. We have more working families needing foodbanks , even though Benefit Sanctions are causing a recent massive upsurge, with claimants needing help till they get sanctions lifted, and the most ridiculous excuses used by JCP & DWP to sanctioning  those on JSA, which when Universal Credit comes in will get much worse. On top of all this many are being hit by the Under Occupancy charges (aka BedroomTax) already having to choose between heating or eating.

Those in charge of running this country and those who may follow will continue making further cuts, whilst piling on the misery to many, and we now have more children on poverty than ever before. ‘Out of Touch’ is the phrase being banded about and it is correct to make that assumption as many of those in power have never known poverty or ever likely too know poverty, to them peoples lives are chess pieces they move around a board to juggle what they see  is wasteful taxes being spent on those who are Workshy, Feckless and Lazy Scroungers, while the some are earning a crust daily while being spoon fed propaganda by this shower and have swallowed it hook, line, sinker.while it saves them from dipping into their own pockets for them to cough up more taxes. To add insult to injury they award themselves  a bloody 11% payrise while the taxpayer foots the bills for their own lavish lifestyles while taxpayers are busting a gut to pay their own outgoings and put food on table and keep a roof over their heads etc.

Its a smart move by Osbourne even though it chokes me to say so, trying to keep the 1% happy and the chattering middle classes & pensioners to keep them in office, until after next election. Pensioners face having their Bus Passes TV Licenses, Winter Fuel Allowances  chopped after the 2015 election. The changes to National Insurance being scrapped to become a National Earning Tax and possibility to a National Service Bill for those 18-25yr olds (compulsory for 12mths) while scaling down the regular army its another way to juggle the youth unemployment figures down. Then we have European  debate raging on in the background , along with Scotlands Independence  vote shortly.

They wonder why people call it a  Class War , that is because it is one, created by fear and misinformation to turn neighbour against neighbour because while they are all squabbling about it, those in power wheel and deal behind our backs because our eyes are off the ball at who the real culprits are! Yes the Bankers caused this crisis not the poor, whom I may add are getting paid handsome sums of taxpayers money ,and the government who seem untouchable and walk on water are taking more taxpayers money , in second homes, and expenses than almost any benefit claimaint/low paid worker  has ever dreamt of or seen in real terms.

No wonder people don’t go out and vote and apathy to vote in this country is so bad, I’d be surprised if anyone turned up at all in 2015. Our young are cast aside & demonised , our elderly are ones who vote  and those in middle think they all same so why bother, they don’t take no notice of what my needs are, and those at bottom of the heap are so downtrodden they turn their ears off from politics because they are too busy struggling to survive! Society has become the survival of the fittest, and its most selfish in recent times.

Those who are ardent politico’s are battling now to get the party they support votes, while the many online and on the street are saying they are all the same so why bother, lets have a revolution. Whatever the outcome of the next election it is going to be one of the most bloodiest battles in centuries  but one thing is for certain those at the bottom will get punished more and more if they survive that long, and will be transported back to times they thought were long gone and barbaric-Dickenson England and the Welfare State as we know it will be a distant memory.

 

Radical Change will only happen if you make it happen, for those in power  do not have your best interests at heart, they have only their own interests they care about, Cash is King in a Capitalist World. Use your Vote , Don’t lose your Vote.