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WHEN THE DWP DECIDE YOU ARE JUST NOT SICK ENOUGH-EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE!


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Joanne Lee Stephens was utterly disgusted and posted on social media disability forum the plight of her brother Edward Lee failing his assessment.

 

This is my brother Edward Lee who was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and Lymph Nodes.
On the 04/01/2017 my brother was admitted to hospital for an operation to save his life.
On the 5/01/2017 my brother had his operation and very ill when he left theatre.

On the 6/1/2017 ATOS did an telephone assessment to decide his fitness for work.

On the 23/02/2017 DWP wrote back stating that he had scored ZERO points even though he is on very high doses of Morphine as well as other Morphine tablets to kill the pain.

My brother is confined to bed unable to eat still and the cancer has made its way through his neck into the chest
His benefits were immediately stopped and any benefits that were owed were refused.
My brother also has a long list of health problems but ATOS told the DWP his cancer is not life threatening.

 

The appalling way this government treats very sick people is nothing short of criminal. Many are rightfully denied  support for the state when needed. The state peddles lies about languishing on the state while ‘hard working taxpayers foot the bill is just wrong and not true. Now if you don’t need a DS 1500  to state you have less than 6 months to live  you ain’t dying quick enough to garner state support.

Chronically sick people are being denied access to support even when they have medical evidence in front of them which is disregarded as they think behavioural changes need to happen with claimants to weed out the ones sponging off the state purse. There are many stories highlighted now where denial of support is common place among the corridors of power at DWP. In fact not once is chronic illness mentioned  which affect so many and which are often hidden disabilities. this week many changes were also announced to change PIP (Personal Independence Payments ) another benefit designed to support disabled and chronically sick people with the extra costs they face

How much longer can the general public turn a blind eye to the suffering of thousands of people without saying that’s enough this stops now? We also have later in year the prospect of further changes to the work capability process which was announced in the Green Paper ‘Improving Lives’ by the New Tory Minister for DWP Damien Green.  Labour minister Debbie Abrahams a former public health consultant called these new changes as dangerous. https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/debbie-abrahams/dangerous-new-changes-planned-to-force-sick-people-into-work-or-into-poverty

Even Lib Dems Lords have motioned a Bill to stop these changes http://www.libdemvoice.org/lib-dem-lords-aim-to-kill-new-tory-restrictions-on-disability-benefits-53391.html

This is state sanctioned torture for those unfortunate to rely on the state for support during difficult times in their lives.

Meanwhile the WCA process continues to terrify those on Employment and Support allowance which has in some case resulted in fatalities, while making those with MH live in fear . It is time for public to stop believing the press and ministers and start to question their consciousness of whether they are going to defend the human rights of the very people they oppress and stand up and say enough is enough to those in the corridors of power whose aim is to demolish the welfare state so no one will be entitled to state support in the future with an ideological agenda to cut the welfare bill costs by any means necessary and ignore the suffering it is causing to those claiming and their families. There is plenty of research out there now both in HOC library ,DWP select committee evidence and Independent Research to highlight this flawed assessment process which should be scrapped  immediately.

 

This has to stop now.

 

 

Is DRUK Trying To Silence Disability Researcher?


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Disability Rights UK (DRUK) have been around a long time, helping disabled people navigate the benefits system with their informative fact sheets available to download from their website.

Like many other charities, gradually, DRUK have been sitting at the table with government officials in the designing of the WCA since 2010, offering both critique and praise alike.

Many will know that DRUK have recently been afforded Government contracts to supply Disability Equality Training to the new contractor, Maximus, for the WCA assessments to ensure disabled people get better treated  within the process. I am sure that DRUK think they are trying to ease the stress these flawed assessments cause many disabled claimants. However, how can you offer help to disabled people then, with the same breath, support the oppressive regime the WCA has become?  This smacks of conflict of interest.

As many disability campaigners know one of their own, Sue Marsh (Spartacus Network), was co-opted by IDS to work for Maximus. This caused much outrage amongst the disability movement dividing many campaigners into two camps, with some calling Marsh a traitor who they deemed was bought to silence her, and others, as Spartacus members gave personal stories etc to the network. Members felt betrayed and concerned as to where their data was, and how it could be used against them come reassessment, with Marsh now working for the government contracted oppressor of disabled people who are dying in their thousands.

 

Benefits and Work  website reported in January 2015

Following its signing of disability campaigner Sue Marsh earlier this month, Maximus – the company taking over the work capability assessment contract from Atos in March – have now signed up a leading disability charity as well.

Disability Rights UK (DRUK) have announced that they have agreed a contract to deliver training in disability equality to Maximus health professionals.

DRUK has over 300 member organisations, including many national charities, and aims to ‘Break the link between disability and poverty’. Maximus, which is being paid more than double the amount that Atos was being paid to carry out WCA’s seems keen to prevent potential opponents from slipping into poverty by sharing some of its taxpayer funded profits with them.

DRUK are also advertising for people to take part in what looks very much like a promotional campaign for income protection insurance – the sort of thing that Unum provide as an alternative to state support – though there is no suggestion that Unum are involved on this occasion.

Members of the public who have had a serious illness and are trying to return to work are offered the amounts of money and support they would have had if they had been wealthy enough to afford to take out income protection insurance cover. They are filmed as they make the return to work and these films can then be used to encourage people to take out income protection insurance.

Of course, the worse the level of state benefits and state support, the more easily people can be persuaded to take out such insurance, giving insurance companies a vested interest in maintaining the link between disability and poverty.

 

The Black Triangle Campaign and Disabled People Against the Cuts  have also  highlighted on their respective websites many of the shortcomings of this government’s failure to ‘Help the most vulnerable in society and protect them,’ with DPAC going to the UN which recently found that disabled people’s human rights were breached under the convention. (Links below)

Make no bones about it, private disability insurance is on its way under Tory rule as we follow the examples of USA, Canada, Australia etc of welfare provision, which is soon to be highlighted in a new book by independent disability studies researcher, Mo Stewart, called Cash Not Care- the planned demolition of the UK welfare state, due to be published later this year. Former healthcare professional and disabled veteran Mo Stewart has spent 6 long years gathering information, which has assisted many disabled campaigners in their fight against these ideological reforms, which caused preventable harm to disabled people and saved very little money for the government; a pledge they used to sell this lie to the public who bought it hook, line and sinker. Mo’s very detailed research reports are available online.

 

You may wonder that I have wandered off topic but you need to understand the background before I lay the cards on the table.

It seems that DRUK would like to now garner the services of researcher Mo Stewart on the new APPG Inquiry regarding ‘Welfare to Work’ which they administer, and which is the next step of this government’s ongoing psycho- coercion to force claimants into work, regardless of the harm it will cause. They fail miserably to understand that many chronically sick and disabled people cannot work, and that their health problems are permanent, as they built the welfare reform policies based on so called ‘academic research’ which has been subsequently demonstrated to be fatally flawed, in the case of the Freud Report, and based on totally bogus research in the case of the DWP evidence used to justify the WCA. http://csp.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/05/25/0261018316649120.abstract

The aim is to go beyond a critique to a template or blueprint for co-ordinated Government action to halve the ‘disability employment gap’.  Even those who want to work (and many disabled people do work), due to the barriers they face regarding access, together with employers who are unwilling to take disabled people on in the workplace, or to make the necessary adjustments needed, they can’t.  For example, most buildings, transport etc are not disability friendly.

Many disabled people are now being put through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments and are actually losing both their Motability cars, and their jobs, as many disabled people are unable to use public transport.  So, the removal of access to a Motability car also means the loss of paid work. Yet another consequence of welfare reforms the government failed to consider.

What bit of this do the DWP fail to grasp is mind boggling, and clearly lacks any common sense.  Without addressing the barriers, and accepting that many cannot work, is the sole reason the government has failed to halve the disability employment gap as they claimed they wanted to do.  That claim always was little more than propaganda and Tory party rhetoric used in the ongoing psycho-coercion of the British people via the right-wing press.

Thankfully, Mo Stewart declined the offer to join the APPG government inquiry. She challenges the theory behind the planned report, does not wish to be the ‘token’ disabled person on the research team, and there would be a risk that any negative reaction to the eventual report by the disability support groups could be justified by the DWP when highlighting Mo’s contribution. She totally refuses to become another government ‘patsy.’

So, Mo declined the invitation to join the APPG Inquiry research team and is waiting for her book to be published, which is a strong indictment of all those involved in the WCA process. This is the research the government attempted to stop, and the book the government do not want people to read.

She’s also writing further research to support disabled people, and the DWP have discovered that Mo is not easily silenced in her condemnation of these American influenced welfare reforms that she has spent over 6 years of her life researching and reporting.

 

Lynne Friedli’s powerful talk regarding the psycho-coercion used by the state is well worth 45 minutes of your time, demonstrating the realities of the state using psychosocial rhetoric to enforce work that may be unpaid and certainly, for many, will be harmful.(You Tube link)

 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mo_Stewart/publications

http://www.whywaitforever.com/dwpatosveterans.html

http://guerillawire.org/welfare/disability-charity-signs-maximus-contract/

Leading WCA campaigner swaps sides to join Maximus

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/20/un-inquiry-uk-disability-rights-violations-cprd-welfare-cuts

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/news/uk-in-breachhuman-rights/00287.html

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/scottish-police-assessing-possible-investigation-into-ids-and-grayling/

 

 

 

 

I Can See Straight Through Your Sick Games IDS


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We all know the suffering enacted by this twisted excuse of a man to those who claim benefits, but the only person benefitting from this is him and his cronies and Tory voters who think it is acceptable to batter into submission those at bottom of the ladder because of some ideological superior thinking of that they are more deserving than the rest of us at the bottom. The top feeders are bleeding this country of its wealth of resources in the name of a Lie…That lie is Austerity and Deficit. Recently we have had UN come over to investigate the violations of disabled people’s rights and in 2013 the un visited regarding the housing crisis and the bedroom tax and now they are investigating him again on similar matters to the first. We cannot continue to let this happen if we love our people and our country? In recent weeks the rhetoric has become so dangerous to those claiming social security benefits it become more than life threatening as the deaths caused by the welfare reforms are growing week by week and will continue to do so until this lunatic and this government are stopped. it has become a case of deserving against undeserving, the worker against claimant, the able bodied against the disabled/jobseekers in the eyes of the public, with media blackouts to truth both within press and on television. Every part of society is blind to this mans evil games while they scrabble around for crumbs off the table while they all blame each other these bastards are selling the family silver off right under your noses, while they use oppressive legislation to silence those who stand up to be counted or change the law to suit, and human rights abuses are sprawled all over place with the idea to rid us of them by removing our country from the EU to remove the Human Rights of its citizens.

Its is time to expose this government and IDS in particular  in any way we can before it really is too late and we are a few steps away from that happening, when will you all wake the fuck up!

IDS now denies all issues with welfare reforms causing deaths, homelessness, child poverty and so much more and he is such a slippery character he hoodwinks the nation by appealing to the brainwashed to support these lies. Mental health claimants have come under considerable fire due to stress and anxiety caused by the constant reassessment, target driven sanctions, the bedroom tax ,and workfare alongside their counterparts in the Work Related Activity Group who are deemed to be working towards the return to work once they have been through this dreadful process, those In the support group haven’t had easy ride either and they now have to deal with DLA to PIP transition where each benefit is used to deny any of the support they promised to protect. This government is now going to roll out another IAPT /CBT Programme to get those in WRAG to return to work telling them they are fit even if their GP or consultants say they are not, even cancer patients are being targeted by this vicious lot as if they don’t have enough to deal with, complicitly helped by GP’s who are being brow beaten under another of his schemes of ‘in work fit note regime’ if they are off ill, besides chop the amount people get by £30 a week in line with JSA. If you are not shocked now you should be, but the outcry this last week in the Lords over tax credits because it starts to affect workers was deafening, while the silence for those at bottom the last 6yrs has also been shamefully deafening  because it doesn’t affect them -YET!

Food banks have risen under this government by an alarming rate with many on low wages or on minimum wage frequenting them often as more and more hit that line where they can no longer sustain their families basic living. He now has come up with another hair brained scheme of duplicity not only to attack those with Mental Health into IAPT/CBT programmes but now wants to place welfare advisors into food banks under the guise of help ,which while in ideal world wouldn’t be bad thing, in this case it most certainly is as this will cause mistrust of food banks therefore driving down the need for food to back up his ludicrous claims people are going for a free lunch, while collecting lifestyle data and then deny them benefits until they comply with his next scheme of lifestyle changes to those with addictions or obesity issues. The evil of this scheming swine know no bounds at all, but I am on his tail and I can see right through him like a pane of glass, and I will scrutinise every mortal thing he does or says to unravel his deceit to this nation and expose his lies for what they are! He punishes the young for something they were not to blame for, he punishes the disabled for being so, he punishes the job seeker without creating many jobs, he blames immigrants for being in country, and blames workers living on poverty wages for being poor, while his government and cronies get richer off the backs of all taxpayers and rewards the guilty bankers with bonuses and tax deductions for businesses, and finally blames labour for the global economic crash. This blithering idiot spent 8.5 billion pounds on a CGI animated  fluffy cuddly monster called ‘Workie’ to tell people about pensions before he snatches their pensions away. The recent announcement that advisers in foodbanks will only feed into his data mining of peoples lives and lifestyle to deny them any support, people will not attend food banks due to fact advisors linked to DWP in situ, this in turn  will reduce food bank use to help him prove a point that people are onto free lunch and not getting jobs while the taxpayer picks up bill. It a case of told you so, that is what this is about sleight on hand.

We need to call time on this government and those who support this lie to account before it is too late. Bevan created the welfare state to support you in times of hardship creating a safety net for all and a NHS to make sure the nation’s health was bettered, yet in it function of 70 yrs long this government has dismantled it  in less than 6 yrs in the name of capitalist greed for the few while the many die like flies, and our elderly are left to rot in a cash starved NHS or Care Home or denied treatment because they live too long.in a country which has always seemed just, this is now a fight to survive, and survival of the fittest will be victors.

If you the people allow this to continue then you have blood on your hands as well as this government. It is time to act and stand and support each other and put your differences aside and stand shoulder to shoulder to fight for what little is left before it is too late!

http://dpac.uk.net/2015/10/why-are-the-un-investigating-the-uk-government-for-potential-breaches-of-disabled-peoples-human-rights/

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b992-Foodbank-Stunt-Smells-Rotten#.VjGGpitlsZl

http://www.welfareweekly.com/job-advice-to-be-offered-at-food-banks-iain-duncan-smith-tells-mps/

http://www.welfareweekly.com/tax-credit-cuts-delayed-as-house-of-lords-defies-tory-threats/

http://www.welfareweekly.com/benefit-cuts-could-leave-cancer-patients-without-a-financial-lifeline-charity-warns/

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/more-than-100-a-week-losing-their-motability-vehicles-thanks-to-pip/

http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/government-tells-employers-they-can-overrule-gp-fit-notes/

http://www.welfareweekly.com/cameron-dismisses-un-inquiry-into-grave-and-systematic-human-rights-violations/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/un-investigate-duncan-smiths-benefit-6725563

http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16667&LangID=E

http://www.thenational.scot/politics/robertsons-tenacity-praised.9340

http://www.thenational.scot/politics/disabled-should-work-their-way-out-of-poverty-says-iain-duncan-smith.8468

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/28/welfare-cuts-are-now-becoming-a-matter-of-life-or-death

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/28/nhs-hospital-tameside-food-parcels-patients-risk-malnutrition

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefits-sanctions-are-working-the-way-they-are-supposed-to-iain-duncan-smith-says-a6712041.html

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/medical/malnutrition-and-other-victorian-diseases-soaring-in-england-due-to-food-poverty-and-cuts/ar-BBmvrto?li=AAaeUIW&ocid=mailsignoutmd

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hidden-motives/201510/the-myth-welfare-dependency

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/13902019.No_link_between_sanctions_and_suicide_says_Iain_Duncan_Smith/

UN Procedures under the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)


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As widely reported in the press an online campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts have reported to the UN to raise the grave violations against disabled people in the UK. Many do not understand the procedures surrounding this as it is very complex. The rest of this Blog is written (name supplied) by a guest person who can explain it to those of us who don’t understand it,  so we understand how important  and ground breaking this really is.

How the complaints mechanism to the CRPD applies.

The CRPD Is an international treaty, an international legal instrument known as a ‘convention’, to which the UK Government is a signatory State and ratified in 2009; therefore ratification means that the UK Government has agreed with the United Nations (UN) to be bound by the terms of this instrument. In addition to ratification of the main instrument the UK Government has also signed the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, (OP) acknowledging that as a State Party to the OP ‘recognises the competence of the Committee on the CRPD to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals to its jurisdiction who claim to be victims of a violation by that State Party of the provisions of the Convention’.

 

The Committee for the CRPD is a ‘treaty body’ invested with power to monitor the implementation of the CRPD, within signatory member States. This treaty body constitutes a body of independent experts.  As with other UN treaty bodies equipped with complaints mechanisms, the CRPD Committee is not a court with judicial powers; the Optional Protocol to the CRPD provides a quasi-judicial procedure; this means that decisions of the CRPD Committee are not legally enforceable such as domestic court judgments, or some other regional judicial mechanisms (as seen with decisions of the European Court of Human Rights).  If a violation is found, the Committee’s views are communicated to the State party involved, which constitute recommendations which need to be implemented.  Technically, such recommendations may not be legally binding, however, decisions of the CRPD Committee will be authoritative interpretations of the CRPD, therefore beyond the realm of application within the State party (in this instance the UK Government) involved in a complaint.  Decisions will be of great value in the exercise of implementing provisions on the ground in ALL States parties to the CRPD.

 

Ultimately, the effectiveness of the communications mechanism depends on political will of the State party (here the UK Government) to recognise the Committee’s competence, AND to abide by their decisions. Initially, the use of the communications procedures depends on sufficient awareness of the instrument and the capacity of individuals, organisations of persons with disabilities and Non-governmental Organisations to identify victims, recognise violations and lodge complaints to the Committee in accordance with provisions of the OP.  The Committee for the CRPD is already facing great constraints due to few resources and limited time for meetings allocated to them.

 

Awareness of the OP to the CRPD can be achieved via publication of communications lodged to the CRPD Committee. The CRPD Committee treats all communications confidentially: it is the prerogative of the individual or group of persons or victims of violations, to decide for themselves whether they wish to make their complaint public.  It may be their complaint has already been made public as a result of domestic court proceedings.  A simple press release when lodging the complaint can help raise awareness of this mechanism and lead others to its utilisation.  If this information is being disseminated by a disabled persons’ organisation or non-governmental organisation, or an author of the communication on behalf of the individual or group, it is imperative to obtain their express consent to publicise the case.  Additionally, it is possible for the victim(s) to protect their anonymity when making such communication public.

 

Procedure after registration of the complaint.

Once a complaint has been registered, the case will be transmitted to the UK Government, who will be given an opportunity to provide its observations on the admissibility and merits of the communication. The UK will be given a deadline of six months for its observations on admissibility and merits; two months for the observations on admissibility only.  Once the UK Government submits its observations, they are transmitted to the complaint(s) for comments.  Once the author’s comments are received, the case can be considered by the Committee.

 

The whole procedure is carried out in writing: there are no oral hearings. During examination of a communication, the Committee may obtain documentation from other organisations within the UN system or bodies which may be useful in consideration of the communications, provided the Committee can afford each party an opportunity to comment within fixed time limits.

 

Determination of admissibility and a decision on the merits of the complaint(s) is usually considered simultaneously and may be split at the request of UK Government (if the Government contests admissibility within two months of being communicated the case by the Committee). Any decisions on admissibility and/or the merits are determined within the Committee by a simple majority and transmitted to the author of the complaint and the State party simultaneously.

 

If the Committee finds that the UK Government has failed in its obligations to the individual or group of individuals, recommendations will be issued to the UK Government for provision of a remedy for the individual /group concerned and the Committee will request a follow up of information within six months. The Committee’s final decision on the merits of a case or of a decision of inadmissibility is posted on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Interim measures.

At any point after receiving a communication, and before a determination on the merits is reached, the Committee may transmit an urgently requested consideration to the UK Government. This request is for interim measures to be made, to avoid irreparable damage to the victim(s) of the alleged violation.[1]  If the author of a complaint wishes to request the Committee to consider undertaking interim measures, the original complaint should have stated so at the outset, or if the need arises at a later period, an urgent request should be transmitted to the Committee.  The risk of irreparable harm must be imminent, real and personal.  The UK Government could contest the continued application of interim measures, and on the basis of their explanation or submitted information, interim measures can be withdrawn by the Committee

 

Follow up to the Committee’s decision.

The UK Government would then be invited to provide information on implementation of the Committee’s views within six months of their decision. At this point in proceedings the Committee shall designate a Special Rapporteur or working group for follow-up, to establish measures to be taken by the UK Government and determine whether effect has been given to the Committee’s views.  In the context of follow-up activities, the Special Rapporteur or working group may make contacts and take action appropriate to their mandate, for example with the approval of the Committee and the State party itself, they may make necessary visits to the UK. Follow up activities will be regularly reported to the Committee and to the UN General Assembly, in the Committee’s biennial report.

 I hope that this helps my readers understand the complex way UN works and  acknowledge those who have worked tirelessly to put disabled peoples concerns forward, in a bid to bring the UK and particularly IDS to justice.

 

A Letter to IDS


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Dear Iain Duncan Smith

I am appalled at the way citizens of the UK are treated under your government. While many who can work should, you are targeting the many to catch a few fraudsters with your pernicious welfare reforms, leaving people without the support they need which we were promised would be protected. Many lives have been lost due to the fear you have installed in those with serious health conditions, and many terminally ill people have had to fight to get their monies restored due to the sheer incompetence of those instructed to carry out your policies in your department and failure to apply the legislation correctly. The underhandedness of your policies and department know no bounds to cruelty inflicted on those who struggle daily with their health.

Let’s be frank, compassion and honesty is not your or your parties best attribute is it?

The deliberately misleading language used by yourself and your department to turn the public against those genuine claimants has caused many to be subjected to assault and abuse in the street, wrongly being accused of fraud by jealous neighbours, believing your untruths. Children left in poverty because their parents they were found to be overpaid by your department in error yet made to feel criminals. What children will remember is that this government is cruel and heartless and lacking in compassion and how many nights they had no food until mother called in at the food bank, which saved them from starving yet still not providing them with a healthy balanced diet a child needs to flourish and possibility of ill-health in the future due to their diets. Children will remember how cold they were due to no heating.
Many disabled people do work, yet you are taking away their cars under PIP and cutting Access to Work for many and this is not going to get more people working. The sanctions regime is out of control by power crazed JCP staff to meet their performance targets or face disciplinary themselves. Even JCP staff are suffering from Mental health issues such as stress and anxiety in the workplace which doesn’t bode for a happy workplace environment which is also counter productive to cut down on sick days, with some eventually being made so ill that they end up becoming reliant on social security payments themselves adding to the vast numbers already claiming.
You are not creating Long Term Employment and apprenticeships of real value it is all done with use of extreme coercion or you will strip their financial lifeline from them for not working hard enough, beer budget schemes to hide the real statistics as they move from one benefit to another.

Your government is punishing those who did not create this mess at the expense of a tax cut for those who refuse to pay their fair share taxes out of pure greed. Lets face it they wont miss a few extra quid many of them spend that in a fancy restaurant over the weekend. In your speech you gave a personal story about your family and about the work ethic they instilled in you, well that’s the same for many other families too, nothing wrong with that, but for those who through no fault of their own cannot work or those who cannot find employment to, make sure their basic needs are being met, you have chosen to beat them into submission and deprivation with the proverbial stick.
That to me is a bullying someone who you and your ilk deem of less value and worth than you and your cohorts. You play the victim card and bemoan those who verbally attack you as bullies often do, when people stand up for their rights to have a fair ,just, equal chance to aspire as any other ,there will always be some who cannot work due to the severity of their disability or chronic health conditions which in many cases, there will always be a person who had poor start in life that fails to thrive and gain meaningful employment due to inability to understand what society expects, but most hardworking citizens in this country do what is right ,they work hard ,pay their taxes to provide for families and bring them up to be fine upstanding citizens who contribute to society. Many of these people paid into the National Insurance Scheme over their working lifetime,  god forbid they find themselves needing a helping hand and some point in life’s journey and the clue here is ‘insurance’ which like many believe that insurances taken out should be honoured when they come to cash in their hour of need.

Generations to come will remember the harshness of this government and the poverty they endured while your party are in power and hopefully will ensure never to entrust your party again with the Conservative way of thinking.
I’m old now but my pension has not only been cut but I have to wait longer for it providing I live long enough to collect it, I cannot get the help I need from social care and have no family close by and im still classed as working age so are subjected to the humiliations of constant reassessments due to ill-health from a botched operation. I did not choose to be on social security as this benefits nobody, life unfortunately deals you obstacles we have to try overcome best way we can.
Unlike you Sir I don’t have money in the bank from family or any that I could have saved for a rainy day as soon as I had paid my way and brought up my family on what I had, the only thing left was my bus fare to go to work the following week. I didn’t mind living on the breadline because I accepted that was my lot in life. This government does not fill me with aspiration but exasperation at the lack of care and compassion for my fellow human being’s, who, like me live in poverty that has to skip a meal to make ends meet.
May god forgive you in your blindness to the suffering you are causing to the many and to those left behind because their loved ones are no longer with us because of your governments vile, destructive, dehumanizing policies which help only those whose greed knows no bounds.

You are a clever master of deception but  many of us are no longer fooled.

A desperate plea to the people of the UK


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This plea to all those in the UK who love their country and those who live here.

Please stop believing all the Tory Lies about lazy scroungers, left wing lunatics, Racist bigotry, problem families, terrorists and many other labels they place on people in our communities turning each human being against another.

Have we learnt nothing from history of two world wars?

This government is ruling by fear, fear of your neighbours and friends, fear of those who are not indigenous to our country, fear of paying a little extra tax to help those in need, while they sell off family silver of our country to line the pockets of the few greedy, selfish individuals who see you as less worthy as a human being.

Have we really sunk into an uncaring nation that once made us the envy of the world of fairness and justice& freedom from human rights abuses? If this is so, then we really are in trouble because if you do not wake up fairly sharp you will not have a country of freedom, but one of where your freedom is controlled by the state, which frankly we are not far off a dictatorship. Our country has the United Nations investigating it for violating disabled peoples rights and it will not stop with just disabled people, like a Black Death virus it will spread to other groups in society also.

Governments past and present caused the global crash yet the ordinary people of this country blame everyone except the government because state controlled media and press tells them too. Are we really that asleep, many of you are awake, some are coming to that realisation but far too many are ready to condemn those who rise up against such a vile regime we have now in office. I ask you to rise up before it is too late and a repeat of 1930 occurs again, your complicity is maintaining their power to walk freely to do as they wish without consequences for their actions. The people of this country do take responsibility, time to make our government do the same and remove them from office before their damage inflicted on billions here and around the globe is too powerful to stop. Where we see children in poverty not seen since WW2, where our streets are littered with the homeless, where disabled people have no voice or rights, where workers have all their rights stripped away, where those who speak out are stripped of any legal redress, where the elderly are left to die because they cost too much to care for, our young brainwashed by educational system with state run ideological programs.

I am not saying we should not contribute to overall well being of a stable society, we all can and should where we are able, we should protect those who are not able through ill health or disability, we should work if we are able, we should educate ourselves so we are able to make a better world for all to live in, we should take care of our planet too, but most of all we should love and respect each other for what we are able to do and not make others feel unworthy, we are not all the same for a good reason but we all contribute in some way. Please stand up and be counted and stop this madness before it really is too late for humanity. Lets put back care and compassion on the agenda and go back to what made us the envy of the world.

Truth About Welfare Budgets and the Taxpayers Money


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Nearly everyday in the press or  TV or on social media we hear that cry “Why should I pay my taxes to keep lazy scroungers in life on comfort, get a bloody job!”  Well guess what those decrying benefit claimants are predominantly the ones claiming and the ones also using food banks and Housing Benefit/Council Tax/SMI (supported mortgage interest)  to top up their low incomes because their wages are minimum at best.

Well I suggest the next time you bash claimants for having that big TV  or Wi, Xbox,  think again, because you are also one of those claimants. Many claimants had lives before unemployment struck them  which afforded them such items, many had them before they became disabled and too ill to continue , and most of them also paid their taxes and still do pay stealth taxes like VAT  except those born so severely disabled they need 24/7 care which is fine they shouldn’t be expected to help ,we should help them remain living independently.

It still shock me that people are so ill-informed, ignorant or gullible to swallow the rhetoric from both Tories and Lib Dems & Labour benches. It also annoys me those who blame immigrants for taking jobs etc which is total bullshit to turn groups of people against each other so we don’t keep an eye on the ball to how much our elected leaders take so much more of your hard-earned taxes to offshore in a bank account in Jersey  or Cayman’s.

Seriously People need to wake the fuck up and get a grip of their bigoted views and selfish attitudes of ‘Im Alright Jack’ mentality. What about care ,compassion and some humanity for those not so fortunate, after all it can happen anytime to anyone. we are one pay packet away from losing a job in today’s climate, one accident from being so seriously disabled, and many who do take carers roles within the family unit are paid very little and save this country a fortune, selflessly giving up their hopes and dreams to care for their loved ones.

 

I have copied the following from Oliver James UK Blog the link is below

http://oliverjamesopinion.org/2014/02/03/10-facts-about-benefits-britain/

 

1)      A TUC survey showed that people think around 41% of benefits go to the unemployed, the real figure is 2.6%.   (1)

2)      42% of the Welfare Bill goes to pensioners, 21% goes to people in low paid work.   (2)

3)      Nearly 80% of JSA claimants stop claiming within 6 months.   (3)

4)      Of the 7.8 million families receiving child benefit, 1.2 million have more than two children.   (4)

5)      A TUC survey found that people think around 27% of welfare is lost to fraud – the real figure is only 0.7%, around £1.2 billion.   (5)

6)      Around £17 billion of benefits that people are entitled to goes unclaimed every year.   (6)

7)      Immigrants are 60% less likely to claim benefits than a British-born person.   (7)

8)      64% of families receive benefits – that’s 20.3 million families.   (8)

9)      The UK spends 12% less on benefits per head than France does, and 19% less compared to Germany.   (9)

10)  93% of new Housing Benefit claimants in 2010 and 2011 came from working people, as UK housing costs are the 3rd highest in Europe.   (10)  (10)

 

So next time you feel superior and get indignant on how your taxes are spent think before you speak, because I’m sure when you do you will see the truth behind this governments rhetoric. Instead look at the messengers of hatred and their profit driven ideologies you will find that is where your hard-earned taxes are being wasted and stored.

The Blame Game Society of Britain


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I am sick to death of the public media attacking those on benefits. It is high time we had some balanced reporting in the media and on many television channels and the constant rollout of poverty porn bashing those who unfortunately find themselves out of work or who become disabled through no fault of their own. The Condem Government has done a brilliant brainwashing job of demonising those who find themselves in such a difficult position. The labels attached to those individuals are a national disgrace and we need to change the language and mind-set of society to a more compassionate viewpoint. Firstly it is not ‘Welfare’ it is Social Security which many have paid into over their working lives by paying National Insurance Scheme to which they are entitled to claim against when they fall on hard times providing a safety net, they are not ‘Handouts’ either!

The discriminatory language used toward sections in society is both misleading and entirely dishonest. The figures banded about in the press are also inaccurate yet daily we see alarming headlines about benefit cheats to fuel the feeding frenzy to convince the population they are cracking down on those who are deemed undeserving because they are not contributing to society at this moment in time. While no one condones those who do cheat the system, generally the alarming headline includes a combination of many benefits added up over a number of years and rightly those people should be bought to atone for their greed. The actual total of fraud is 1.2 billion representing less than 0.7% of the total welfare budget.

Most of the welfare budget 65% goes to our pensioners who are deemed worthy of protection while the rest are vilified and demonised. Do we see screaming headlines or programmes on’ Politics Street’ or ‘Banker Street’ , ‘Spot the Tax Avoider’ programmes  in the media where they are publicly shamed and prosecuted ? No we do not!

Why because it doesn’t sell!

Political party ideals to be Compassionate, Caring, to look out for others is a distant memory it doesn’t  exist in modern Britain on a large-scale for those of us old enough to remember the days when people did  precisely that, because Thatcher killed off those communities. Many have been bought up with Thatcher’s ideals of thinking about ‘self’. We live no longer in a democracy and politicians have failed society in the most heinous way and they wonder why the UK have a political crisis where the disaffected voter is failing to turn up at the polling booth to vote for them. They represent their parties not their constituents, they represent corporations and big business to fuel the capitalist society they have created, they fail to punish the bankers and themselves for their failings yet preach to society about ‘responsibility’ and ‘transparency’ and blame those at the bottom of the ladder and immigration for their own mistakes. It is time for change and for people to understand the political wrangling of parliament and to take the fight for change to those in power.

It is time to stop punishing those at the bottom, and time for society to stop the disease of capitalist greed which is rife and running through communities like the Bubonic Plague. Where neighbours are encouraged to inform authorities about a myriad of perceived offences to the taxpayer who is contributing to the pot, but many of those claimants have paid their taxes and hidden taxes on everyday things we all take for granted.  Just like the informer who has an attack of the green-eyed monster which is present within all human beings just because their neighbour maybe more thrifty while they have lavished their own income amongst family and friends and live an extravagant lifestyle compared to Mr Jones down the street who is very frugal and has different priorities of how their income is spent. If you walk in any store in modern Britain you can only buy ‘flat screen TV’s’ yet many claimants are vilified on this basis alone, they may well have bought that before they lost their job, they may have also retained Sky TV for their family because they also had such things before falling on hard times plus with switchover you cannot get by without basic TV package which they rammed down the nations throat with some ferocity, and the likes of Richard Branson, and Sky who saw the pound signs rolling in front of their eyes. Did society ask for the digital switchover? No it didn’t it was forced upon the nation.  It is time for change and it is time that our nation’s leaders are held accountable and stop wasting billions on ill thought out policies which actually cost more than any benefit claimant has. We have ministers complaining they cannot live on taxpayer-funded wages and second homes with all their needs paid for by us the taxpayer yet they expect the less fortunate to live on Minimum wage or JSA of which is £3764.80 a year plus a few passported benefits such as housing benefit and council tax which is still less than 10k a year generally speaking.

We have a government who blames labour for absolutely everything when they have borrowed more money in a 5yr term than labour did in all their terms, trading insults over ‘Social Security’ spending, rather than the well-being of the nation as a whole and the trickle up economics of the 1% as they line their pockets with their illicit gains in some tax haven while our NHS goes begging for a massive cash influx to treat ‘everyone’ in our once great nation which has become the standing joke to others around the world for allowing this to happen or turning that blind eye while we are striving long hours on Zero contracts which is failing to provide a living wage so they are bought into line with a decent society.

It is time for society to stop and think with an impending election looming large to think that it is our leaders who in times of hardship blame the less fortunate in society when we have the following; food banks rising faster than spring daffodils, homelessness, crime, absolute poverty, hate crime against sections in society, national debt amongst many others we could name. It is right to fairly lay the blame were it belongs at the top of society by our leaders who govern our nation for crimes they are accountable for…mismanagement of public funds.

 

Just remember we are all one pay packet away from losing our Job, One accident away from disability,one breath from ill health we should be a more caring compassionate society looking out for each other, not demonising each other or  our neighbours or sections in society!

THE TRUTH ABOUT BENEFIT FRAUD AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WONT TELL YOU!


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Picture courtesy of Telegraph Newspaper

A collaboration between Blue Annoyed and Welfare Weekly

The Government have launched yet another campaign earlier this year to crack down on those who claim benefits, who are claiming fraudulently and purported to cost the taxpayer 16million a year.  Every single opportunity they get we are told there is a scrounger in every street across the country yet the facts don’t really back this up. The government has turned people  in society against each other with relentless stories of the ‘fake’ or ‘cheat’ lurking in your neighbourhood. They have turned some into amateur sleuths and doctors  who feel it is their civic duty to turn in Mr Jones across the road because  he leaves  at 8am every morning without actually knowing the person circumstances, I mean after all he could be going to hospital for chemotherapy every day or radiotherapy, or even visiting a sick relative who needs care first thing in the morning! In many people’s minds their hard-earned taxes gives them the right with full backing of this government, the justification to often in many cases report people they think are claiming when they should not be. As a campaigner I see this in action from those who are being oppressed by this government on a daily basis people who think the neighbour across the road is getting  something which they have failed to get and disability hierarchy kicks into a debate of the deserving and not deserving culture this government has done very effectively using divide and rule tactics and the use of subtle language , not seen for many years. See Links at bottom of this blog for media links.

Lets make one thing clear here if you commit fraud it is a crime end of, and you deserve to be caught and dealt with accordingly  yet according to  fellow campaigner Steph Benstead’s article in the Huffington Post this is what she quoted:

Fraud costs 0.7% of the benefit budget. Error costs 1.4% of the benefit budget (although a further 0.9% is underpaid through error and more than 6% goes unclaimed). If the government’s interest is accuracy then it would do better to tackle error and under-claiming. Although I can’t see many posters saying ‘Health got worse? Let us know – you might be eligible for more benefits’ or ‘Only working part-time? Let us know – you might be eligible for tax credits.’

The hotline itself has a ‘success’ rate of 4.4%, but only if you include over-payment through error (although there is no report on how much is identified through the hotline as under-paid through error, or even if the DWP corrects this through back-payments). That’s about double the overpayments generally in the benefits system, so the general public aren’t doing too badly (they only get 95% wrong). But it essentially means the DWP is waiting for a (potentially malicious) call to decide who to investigate; risk-profiling, on the other hand, means deciding to investigate someone because they are part of a high-likelihood group, which one would hope is both more accurate and less affected by public whims.

Of concern though is not just whether this is the best way to tackle fraud but the culture it creates. Everyone knows fraud is wrong, that doesn’t need changing. The public already (wrongly) thinks fraud is very high, that doesn’t need changing either. The hotline seems to be doing pretty well at receiving calls (even if over 95% are wrong) so maybe that doesn’t need changing either. What does need changing is the stigma and demonisation of claimants, and this campaign won’t help that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/stef-benstead/benefit-fraud-campaign_b_4535218.html

 

The lies the public are being told is an  absolute outrage and is a complete falsehood, so I banged out a FOI as did another colleague at Welfare Weekly (an online news service) to the DWP asking for facts and figures regarding benefit fraud. To my horror my beliefs were accurate  as this year there have been 17,732 claimants  across all benefits in the UK which is by no means acceptable but from a realistic view of the millions of claimants disprove IDS’s  ideology that everyone is on the fiddle, when realistically he doesn’t have a clue . It is like any other system in this country which will be  abused by some, while most claimants are decent honest law-abiding citizens.  The amount of calls the government gets  regarding fraudulent activity is phenomenally the opposite polarity  it is so shockingly  high  that they must be working 24/7 flat out on zero hours with matchsticks to keep their eyes open. If you wish to download a copy then you will need to go  and search for the numbers 4468 and 4456 on the website link below. Please bear in mind the statistics have not been quality assessed to government approval so should be treated with caution.The culture of hatred and demonisation of benefit claimants is perpetuating high volumes of false accusations. Public perceptions of benefit fraud is sky high which wrongly motivates people to report others.

Benefit fraud investigators are waiting for (potentially malicious) calls from members of the public to decide who to investigate. Risk-profiling, on the other hand, means deciding to investigate someone because they are part of a high-risk group, which can be more accurate and is less affected by spurious or unfounded accusations.Of concern is not just whether this is the best way to tackle benefit fraud, but also the culture of hate and suspicion it creates. Fraud investigators are receiving several thousands of accusations of benefit fraud from members of the public, and yet the vast majority are proven to be false or incorrect.While investigators review allegations, those reported face benefit delays and may be forced to turn to food banks.

 DWP also admit they don’t record how many people make malicious allegations – mainly due to the anonymity they provide accusers – and take no action (legal or otherwise\ against those who do. The DWP says malicious allegations are “unlikely to occur”.

“We are unable to confirm the number of claimants who have been incorrectly reported to be claiming benefits fraudulently, and who have their benefit payments docked or suspended as a result of this information, because this information is not recorded.

 “However an incident of this nature would be very unlikely to occur

“Without the facility to report benefit fraud anonymously there is a risk that the public may be deterred from providing valuable intelligence that assists in protecting the public purse.”

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/

 

Benefit Fraud Statistics by benefit across UK 2014

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The second table is continuation of benefit fraud by benefit.

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The calls the DWP receive:

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So as you will see the  figures are somewhat  misrepresented in the media with one aim only , to remove the safety net from the people who most need it and the slow death of the welfare state and the introduction of more private insurance and restrictions, while those in power to make lots of money and their chums in the Banking and Insurance industries. Lets make 2015 a Capitalist free zone and stop the greed and help those in need.

 A Few Examples  by mainly right-wing press;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736546/Named-shamed-Five-Britain-s-biggest-benefits-cheats-stole-4-5m-taxpayer.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/caught-camera-watch-benefit-cheat-4626287

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/worst-benefit-fraud-30-years-4629918

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/448474/Thousands-of-benefit-cheats-escaping-prosecution-official-figures-reveal

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-29599487

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2705618/Benefits-cheat-claimed-couldn-t-leave-house-unfamiliar-places-130-000-scam-exposed-tip-living-GOA.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11029594/Benefit-cheat-stole-70k-while-running-2.6m-property-empire.html

 

UPDATE: I hasten to add there are many reasons why simple mistakes on forms can lead to a claimant being accused of fraud, people can be prosecuted for benefit fraud for forgetting to inform DWP/Council of ANY change in circumstances,not all of these people have either deliberately set out to defraud. It can be someone who doesn’t understand what they have to do because they have difficulty processing information given to them, or they cant simply read and write but are afraid to say so. The rhetoric of this government is everyone claiming is a liar and cheat which simply isn’t the case.

 

 

 

 

 

Disabled Man attacked by G4S Security at Newcastle Jobcentre


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A sick & disabled man attends Newcastle JCP to use the phones to make an enquiry when he was attacked by G4S guard for using his mobile when they refused his request. How is that acceptable?  The JCP’s are now removing telephones which is another obstruction claimants now face, not every person has a mobile or a landline. It is now policy that you are intimidated BY G4S security to turn off your mobiles after many used them to film maladministration of JCP staff. So how are they supposed to get the information they require, when JCP staff are too busy to deal with a basic inquiry?  They are supposed to be there to assist claimants with their enquiries and help them seek work. This should outrage most people and this man should apologise to the complainant and the claimant should be compensated. At the time of writing this blog a complaint has gone in to the manager of this JCP and the police have been informed and we will update you of the outcome. We cannot allow claimants to be continually bullied just because they happen to have fallen onto hard times in life. His story of being made homeless due to a error in bedroom tax has already hit press and now he is no longer homeless thanks to generosity of other claimants donating to a fund managed to find a flat to ensure his health is stabilised. The stress this man has endured in recent weeks with two hospital admissions for what they think is a heart condition due to him being homeless, on top of all the stress of being on the streets since last October, only to be subjected to this also is totally wrong on a humanitarian basis alone. Britain should hang its head in shame !

 

His story in the press : http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/06/life-limbo-what-it-s-be-one-britain-s-hidden-homeless

 

Here is the claimants  video https://vimeo.com/103182251