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Life as a Campaigner – Not For Fainthearted


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I have been thinking recently about life as a Campaigner  and all the trials and tribulations that go with that task. Disability Campaigners from all walks of life /backgrounds have fought the most brutal and sadistic of battles over the last 6yrs with unprecedented tenacity even the Government themselves have been surprised that we would dare to fight tooth and nail over the Welfare Reform Bill brought in 2010 and subsequent changes since like the Welfare To Work Bill, Social Care Act, ILF Cuts, Trade Union Bill and the mighty NHS Privatisation Etc.

Endless  personal sacrifices have been made to bring this Government to task over what can only be considered, a mercenary scorched earth approach to disability and employment which is targeting the poorest in society not seen since WW2. Not withstanding their own personal daily struggles of disability, caring responsibilities, and the stagnant job market many have found themselves under sustained attack from the Bedroom Tax, WCA, Benefit Cap, Universal Credit and DLA transitions to PIP (Personal Independence Payment), Workfare, Housing Benefit ,Deaths, and all the cuts that have been implemented, with much more yet to come, they have remained steadfast in their resolve. This takes a considerable effort in both time and energy to take this government to court, raise funds for court appeals, and do research to enable this to happen in the first place, engage solicitors/barristers while offering substantial support to those in need and engage their communities to get involved and on the street, while the rest of society ignores their calls for help and support and the Press & TV have been blocked form reporting the considerable harm to many, in some cases resulting in death. The loss of friends in the campaign movement has ripped out the heart of some of us, after all ‘we care’ why else would we be doing it.

We are accused of being self-serving, when in reality different factions may have different approaches, use different models even, but the stark reality is we have Humanity, Compassion for our fellow human beings regardless, with the main ingredient of  CARING and wanting ALL to have a decent standard of living without fear of persecution from those in power who decide on changes that affect our lives on a daily basis.

Campaigners do it because they absolutely believe it should be a human right to live in a fair and equal society and be allowed the same equality as anyone else in society enjoys, not be subjected to ‘grades of worthiness’ by the rest of society.

They took to social media in various forms and took the fight right to the heart on Central Government, they took to the streets , took to courts and lobbied Ministers to stop this onslaught from happening. It hasn’t been without its problems though, many campaigners have been subjected to Hate Crime, Cyber bullying, Government Interference by closing websites down, some of this  has even come from within their own community because of disagreements in ways to tackle the issues we all face, even down to whistle blowers from those contracted to carry out these policies, and those who chose to change their allegiances and work with the perceived enemy. We also bear the brunt of people’s anger and frustration when intervening ,leading many groups to place rules within groups to try to bring some social order and etiquette to prevent members being abused or themselves for standing strong on a particular point. Sadly  the negatives of social media also brings out the worst in people who think that they can be as abusive as they like from behind a computer screen,  trading insults with each other rather than just disagree and walk away, some not understanding the difference between debating and challenging a viewpoint then going off and causing mischief across the internet or stalking an individual because they had a fallout leading to cyber bullying and harassment. Some have had to resort to calling in the police due to their nature.

Many Campaigners  have supported those all night who cannot cope and prevented some of them from taking their own lives, offered support and directed those affected to reputable sources for help and support with the disaster of all the above mentioned changes, some have even gone along to tribunals and provided a means of emotional support to someone who feels their world is a dark planet full of enemies of the state, persecuting them into what they see as the only course of action is ‘their own demise’.

Hours of toil amongst their own ill-health  and other life commitments  have made a positive impact on many  lives and now the tides seems to be turning in our favour after the recent PIP debacle which saw ministers back down for now anyway. 12billion more cuts are yet to be implemented and no doubt many will already be standing on a cliff edge wondering whether or not to jump off the cliff as  they can bear no more, while others will just store up that anger  and kick off at the tiniest thing causing mayhem wherever they go and misdirect that anger at those who are trying to do something to stop this bloody mess, which isn’t only unfair on those under fire but those around them too. Its not an easy life for sure full of stress and strain and frustration, and when you stick your head above the parapet you can be certain, someone will want to blow it off, taking you down for no reason at all other than frustration or jealousy at your new found status of being seen as a ‘leading campaigner’ which is a label placed upon you by others within the movement or externally by those reporting the news and sequence of events. Some are pushed unwittingly to the forefront, while some wishing to remain in the engine room they all work together for the betterment of the whole movement overall yet expect nothing in return except respect and dignity that should be afforded to any human being. Campaigners do not do it for personal gain they do it to prevent pain and suffering to those who cannot stand up for themselves, to make the lives of many better than before, where possible. Britain is the first country to be investigated for grave violations to sick and disabled people by both the UN and ECHR.

I will end this blog with a simple message we can fight back ,we can overcome obstacles if we stick together. What this government wants  is to divide society into sections of society each kicking  7 bells of shit out of each other as the crumbs off the table become more scarce, what we cannot do is give them their wish of divide and rule we need to pull together on common ground and stand shoulder to shoulder with each other even if we disagree, we should not fall into the trap set for us to tear each other apart for we are all fragile human beings with a range of impairments. Love & Respect each other and put differences aside.

 

That reader, is only way to beat this government unite as one, for when we do, we are one hell of a formidable foe that scares the living shit out of our government.

Solidarity

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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 Tentacles of a Government Provider For WCA and Beyond


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This Company was first given a contract in 1997 and  given a new contract in 2005 by Labour to carry out the WCA to get those it felt were left on the scrap heap of Incapacity Benefit when the Tories were in power to fudge the unemployment figures under Thatcher. Well the amount of stuff since then has been mind-boggling and I have followed all the stuff I could  since the Coalition got into power to investigate who and what this company were about. In this blog I am going to attempt to put it all together in some sort of order, but  it may not be in chronological order . I will post links and also a Dropbox link to enable readers to access documents.

https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public

This will be a very long blog.

To make things clear the Coalition re negotiated the ATOS Contract and tightened up the WCA because they felt it was too soft on the workshy scroungers  who were abusing the system albeit a very small minority that ‘Actually  Did So’.

As we all know the rhetoric of  the coalition is now infamous for, using language which included workshy, scrounger, benefit cheat, sofa surfers, shirker, hard-working people, taxpayer ,handouts, something for nothing culture, to name just a few of the awful buzz words to win over the voter who genuinely believed almost everyone on benefits was on the ‘fiddle’ while those working were getting a raw deal, when actually  wages had fallen consistently  which is what caused the disparity and the ‘hardworking taxpayer’ was  working long hours while others sat on their backsides getting ‘something for nothing’ ! Reality is it was touch of ‘green eyed monster’ of those on minimum wages who could not afford  what some had, as with each family unit,   some valued the flat screen tv and sky box , while others needed those two  holidays a year a claimant could only dream of, and some of the so-called items were gained by debt, or shrewd budgeting  by those on both sides of the argument. They then set up the Benefit Fraud Line  alongside the Fraud Department which was already in place and failed to catch the real few offenders of fraud who thus far had eluded them, and actively coerced the public into reported those they suspected of fraud  so they got the public to do their dirty work for them. This led to malicious calls to this line in 98% of cases were malicous and only 137 people since this was introduced have actually been prosecuted and jailed for it ,although press headlines would have you believe otherwise.

Claimants across the UK organised themselves to form groups like Disabled People Against The Cuts, Black Triangle Campaign, Boycott Workfare ,Spartacus, and many more individual campaigners who day in day out   to fight against the Austerity Cuts falling on those at the bottom of the ladder under the guise of a non-existent deficit caused by the bankers crash of 2008.

Here is where we begin this story of a company who were given a contract which would end up being a noose around their necks and so toxic they bailed out .

When the named groups started out not much was known about them  and through hard work and diligence of them all the operandi soon became apparent it was to cut Welfare State in its entirety. claimants were the target and the disabled are the group most affected by the WCA.   The WCA is in two groups Support group for those who most need help and unable to work, and the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) for those who in the future could do some work and should work towards that according to the Government’s ideology ,when in fact it was always about making it almost impossible to get any welfare assistance and cost cutting in such a barbaric way which we are all now familiar with.

To fight back they held Direct Actions, Lobbied MP’s, wrote reports and used whatever tools they could to put it into the main public arena to let the public know what they hell was going on  for many sufferers of this new Orwellian Regime enforced upon them  and they knew this was going to get much worse for all the population of the UK eventually, and even now most of the UK are walking into a nightmare scenario  to which they can never return and most things the British Public hold dear  will have vanished in the space of 5 years, while they were all looking the other way.

The whole thing started when Schlumberger acquired Sema an IT company and developed a software programme that could be adapted to be used for almost any environment to gather information. Then Atos Origin bought  this company and LIMA was born for use  to use for the WCA Assessments  for Work Capability  used by HCP’s to conduct their work and produce reports on those claimants who were deemed fit for work, or in one of the other two groups mentioned earlier. (LIMA Documents will be in Dropbox) HCP’s were recruited from Occupational Health, Nurses, and Doctors and the reign of terror began, this is what disabled people who have endured this test feel and justly so.

http://secfilings.nyse.com/filing.php?doc=1&attach=ON&ipage=1333487&rid=23  Link to Schlumberger acquisition

http://disabilityuk.com/dla/sema_group.htm

http://www.zdnet.com/atos-origin-resumes-government-projects-3040090083/

http://unuminsurance.blogspot.co.uk/

Atos had links to Private Insurance  Company Unum who were banned in USA in 15 states due to maladministration.

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/08/28/unums-unaccepatable-influence-in-the-formulation-of-uk-dwp-atos-disability-assessment-regime-letter-to-president-of-the-faculty-of-occupational-medicine-royal-college-of-physicians/

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/10/01/unum-the-dwp-conflicts-of-interest-insider-trading/

https://www.facebook.com/SupportNurseWhoBlowsWhistleOnAtosAssessments?fref=ts

Meanwhile back in UK  many found their lives turned upside down  being found fit for work when clearly they were not, decisions where they should be in Support Group but were placed in WRAG, and Job seekers were thrown into a brutal regime of Work Programmes, Workfare, Sanctions and denial of benefits which left many penniless, and some soon faced with the Under Occupancy Bill aka Bedroom Tax which would place further stresses and strain on family life as well as individually and  some of those so grossly affected (by mental health conditions) started to DIE yes I said that awful word where some poor souls felt the only way out was the ultimate thing they could control in their lives was to commit suicide or they died due to fact they were denied benefits they were entitled too down to serious life threatening illnesses after having to fight appeal after appeal and stress that was induced by this harsh regime. On top of all this we now have Benefit Cap affecting many, Homelessness rising along with incidences of Disability Hate Crime and of course last but not least Universal Credit debacle and a redesign of DLA soon to become PIP where more people will have benefits removed  for no other reason that a money grabbing exercise unless they get pulled too, which if so means the wheels of the  governments welfare reforms come to a standstill  or car crash  would be best description. Many of our MP’s have vested interests in Healthcare Companies like Circle Holdings and IT  Software Companies too. The Blog Below has many more links re NHS.

http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/141-peers-have-financial-links-to.html

So I decided to take peak at what they were about and very little was available at the time on their website Atos Healthcare, But after a lot of digging the picture began to emerge that this global company was a lot larger than anyone knew about and my journey into sourcing Atos stuff began. I came across  Why Wait Forever site http://www.whywaitforever.com/dwpatoscontract.html and scoured what info and links I could get from that. It has taken three years research to come up with some of the information I will be putting in this blog, as well as any campaign work I have had to do. I’m not going  into a long drawn out blog as such, I will post documents and links and you can search into stuff yourselves but I’ll give you a decent heads up on what this company is about, but ultimately they were a business given a job to do, that was toxic from the start and ironically became victims themselves of the Governments demands which created a pressure cooker that led to their exit of WCA, while gaining new contracts for PIP and the NHS. They are not only Company who carry out this test Capita,G4S & Serco are all involved in various ways as this governments key 4 contractors, who sub contract work out to others and have sub companies themselves. Salus is operating in Scotland  but globally this company is in 48 countries inc Africa.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-24/lamb-for-12-on-400-monthly-shows-south-africa-welfare-addiction.html

http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?page_id=16

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atos

http://www.atoshealthcare.com/

http://hec.campusgroups.com/gml/blog/ceo-speaker-series-with-mr.-bernard-bourigeaud/2828/

http://worktestwhistleblower.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=15609

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/HOW+ATOS+SCHMOOZED+NHS+CHIEFS%3B+REVEALED%3B+Golf+days+and+black+tie…-a0309936401

http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/boards/2013-board-papers/Documents/October/PIP–October-2013-Board.pdf

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/your-business/government.html

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/your-business/government/g-cloud-services.html

http://uk.atos.net/content/dam/global/case-study/case-study-government-gateway.pdf

http://www.serco.com/about/ataglance/profiles/index.asp

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/your-business/healthcare/business-intelligence/gp-extraction-service.html

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/sitemap.html

http://atos.net/en-us/home/investors/analyst-coverage.html

http://www.computerweekly.com/guides/Supplier-profile-Atos

http://archive.is/LSMew FT  Story breaking news that Atos were Going

http://worldline.com/en/1/Home.html

http://atos.net/en-us/home/we-do/atos-worldgrid.html

http://www.canopy-cloud.com/

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/your-business/government/how-to-buy-from-atos.html

http://uk.atos.net/content/dam/global/case-study/case-study-dimpact.pdf

http://uk.atos.net/content/dam/global/case-study/case-study-abn-amro.pdf

http://uk.atos.net/content/dam/global/case-study/case-study-scottish-government.pdf

http://atos.net/en-us/home/we-are/news/press-release/2014/pr-2014_02_24_01.html

http://atos.net/en-us/home/we-are/partners-alliances.html

http://www.backbase.com/home

http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_GB/uk/research-and-intelligence/deloitte-research-uk/deloitte-uk-centre-for-health-solutions/bb6e38f609817310VgnVCM3000001c56f00aRCRD.htm

http://www.performe.co.uk/OH-Assist.htm

http://www.ohassist.com/

https://www.ohportal.co.uk/helpfiles/OH_Portal_User_Guide.pdf

http://www.ohassist.com/page-sitemap.xml click each link it will take you via back door to pages

https://www.facebook.com/AtosPHWFM

Latest newspaper links

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/27/benefit-mismanagement-hurting-sick-and-disabled-atos-capita

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/why-has-atos-been-taken-on-to-handle-nhs-caredata-despite-the-unmitigated-disaster-of-fitness-for-work-tests-9154197.html

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/2648-repeat-esa-medicals-deferred-for-two-years

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/2645-all-repeat-wca-medicals-to-be-stopped

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10661359/Atos-awarded-contract-for-NHS-records.html

http://www.leftfootforward.org/2013/06/jp-morgan-wants-europe-to-be-rid-of-social-rights-democracy-and-employee-rights/

http://secfilings.nyse.com/filing.php?doc=1&attach=ON&ipage=1333487&rid=23 first link again

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/WTC/Salomon_Smith_Barney.html   names linked to first link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schroders
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_Thirty
http://www.sachsforum.com/vc/vc_comp.html

You Tube  and other Links

http://youtu.be/00lM-DtyZ84

http://bcove.me/ih06vydt

http://youtu.be/5I1PanpyOSA

http://youtu.be/_SEpwFBhqA4

http://youtu.be/4GwUSa63tX0

http://youtu.be/YkzHxXg0rfQ

http://youtu.be/WiCINnMXDig

http://youtu.be/IkaGlA04rkY

http://news.sky.com/story/1217380/nursing-staff-cuts-linked-to-higher-death-rates  WOW debate

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If this Information don’t blow you Brains out it just a small amount of stuff other stuff in press  is available on the internet. This is  fraction  of stuff without mentioning those benefits coming in at beginning of blog or the national disgrace of the Food bank debacle which is leaving the poorest in society on their arses with no food or gas and electric a simple choice of HEAT or EAT. That’s without all  the publicty on Sanctions and Bedroom Tax which could end up being Part Two of this blog. The information is out there go and see for yourselves, just open your eyes turn into detectives and see what this and other companies are up to and your Governments. The Uprisings across the globe are not for nothing it’s because we are all  facing the global agenda called ‘Austerity ‘ . Everything you do day to day you will find this  company and many others named lurking in the background if you look hard enough.

UPDATED  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/atos-given-responsibility-for-new-childcare-scheme-despite-previous-fitnessforwork-fiasco-9203256.html

The Buck Stops At The Top IDS


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With Nationwide ATOS demonstrations tomorrow I thought I would add my voice to the debacle called the WCA. This test has been flawed from the beginning both under New Labour and the present Condem Government which the latter made considerably worse when they redesigned it to be tougher on those it felt were abusing the system, and re negotiated contracts alike. My comments may not always be popular with my fellow campaigners but they can rest assured they have my support and solidarity for tomorrow actions and the fight we have on our hands. I have looked into this company Atos for some time and seeing what reach their tentacles actually have  along with others who are abusing the human rights and dignity of many sick and disabled people and others in their race to make money in our Capitalist system and come out top dog.  As you will see from the graphic on this post all main players thus far are listed but I’m certain this reaches far and wider than I have found so far, mainly due to fact sub contracts and sub companies are not so easy to track but that’s business world for you! The Fact is ,these lot also have been exempt in some cases of paying their fair whack in taxes too as part of deal. This company is already operating across the globe in 48 countries and they are having similar issues as we are in UK.

The WCA Assessments are without doubt causing untold misery for many and deaths have occurred for those with mental health issues who cannot cope with this barbaric test which is designed to remove as many as possible from claiming what is considered ‘their entitlement’ under guise of austerity and cutting back on the welfare bill. Most of these people have paid into the National Insurance system when they were able to work, and those who were born with severe disabilities   cannot help the fact they are unable to pay into system given their difficulties should not be penalised of the welfare support they rightly receive. Having been through two of these assessments myself, and soon to be my third time, I have seen complete lack of empathy from Atos HCP’s and their unwillingness to produce an accurate reflection on reports of those they assess and the mistakes they make cost those claimants on a wider scale than a few measly quid. The targets are set by non other than DWP for Atos are unrealistic and impractical to carry out in time given, while staff training  is now reduced from two weeks to 1 week which is ridiculous state of affairs to train anyone to do a job well. We have had 4 reports on WCA thus far which haven’t been complimentary to ATOS or DWP yet this government is like a runaway train on track and nobody knows where the handbrake is to stop this test and admit it made the biggest of blunders which is costing the taxpayer billions of pounds every day, far more than it is saving!

This statement was issued by Atos re actions tomorrow.

http://blog.atoshealthcare.com/

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/

This was issued by Capita in March 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/05/stephen-duckworth-new-disability-benefit

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/dont-blame-us-for-disability-benefit-cuts-say-capita-were-just-in-it-for-the-money/

Yet daily we hear Joe Bloggs complain about their hard earned taxes been frittered on those workshy ,lazy scroungers yet they say absolutely nothing on MP’S expenses, and this utter waste of money being spent on this hell bent welfare reform dreamed up by the current powers that be. To a point  I actually can see what Atos are saying ,although it does not absolve them from any responsibility in this mess, and as it is pointed out ‘I was only following orders isn’t a ‘get out clause’ ! In business we all know that contracts are issued and failure to produce results are penalised with indemnity clauses written in should contract failure occur, yet Atos doesn’t appear to have had this applied yet, but at same time they can only work with tools they have and if that is rushed then failures are to follow. Labour have been saying they will rid us of the WCA but haven’t said what they will replace it with nor have they been frank about the enormous cost of billions of taxpayers money should they sack Atos when the government breaks it  contract with Atos as they will without doubt want compensation for breach of contract.

http://press.labour.org.uk/post/77060694599/atos-work-capability-assessment-needs-fundamental

Long ago Atos should have told government the impossibility of their goals in the timeframe, but they didn’t publicly come out and we have no evidence they did although if anyone would like to send me it I will be happy to print it.

Still the Universal Credit fiasco rolls on too along with PIP delays while IDS says they are on track  to roll out UC later this year for couples followed by further rollouts across UK later, and only single people are being assessed under UC at present.

One thing they all fail to realise or hide is Atos own the LIMA software for this, although copyright is Slumberger, which Atos bought out, so regardless of all the political banter ,are they going to replace that too? . We have DWP Head of the Project Howard Shipley off ill with pneumonia, and many more in IT have walked off away from this Toxic Test so when will IDS say ‘sorry I screwed up’ , the answer is never because the man is on a mission  determined to push his reforms through, which include our beloved NHS , and GP extraction data service under Jeremy Hunt, Atos run Cloud software under a company called Canopy and Bluetooth technology too ,doesn’t matter what you do in your daily life somewhere Atos are collecting your info and tracking your every move. they run Energy Utilities , MOD , Prisons, Telecare,  plus much more, they have a big profile.

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/your-business.html

http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/we-do.html

So to end this blog is just a peep into the big world of Atos and connections, the control they have over government software etc as graphic shows, but ultimately the buck stops at the top of any organisation that’s Cameron and his government, but Lord  David Freud and IDS are at the engine room of this mess and their heads should roll, but we are living in a twilight zone of late where the UK has become a police state to dictate to its people at will!

While I have little or no sympathy for Atos & their staff I have even less for this government, I have nothing but utter contempt for them. It takes a strong person to admit they made mistake in public  but any decent man would hold hands up, not these two snakes in grass, they slink off into darkness of the abyss to inflict more pain and it carry on regardless, after all we are ‘stock’ which they play games with  like pawns in chess game, only this game has deadly consequences for those going through it.

While I can understand people calling for their dismissal ASAP, it will mean we have another bunch replacing it with more incompetence and as we have seen re Serco,G4S fiddling  the figures, it’s more of the same regardless. It may be more effective to stop all assessments and allow for backlogs to be cleared then look at ways to alter timeframes and look at why this test is failing before shelling out more taxpayers money on another hair brained idea which will cost taxpayers billions more and make changes to they way it is designed  &  processed. Time for a rethink IDS and realise you wont make it work before you get booted out of office in 2015.

‘Better the Devil you know’ is my motto

SOLIDARITY COMRADES FOR TOMMORROW !

Disability-Disabilism-Mistrust


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I have campaigned for some years now and since the Condems got in, more so, as the austerity measures they put into action are hitting those who are the hardest hit-THE POOREST in society!

Never before have I come across such a movement in my lifetime that has been so willing to risk everything they have got, to make a better future for all those affected by this governments cuts and I have met some fantastic dedicated campaigners along the way who are regardless of their own ill-health and disabilities and personal circumstances (that many have little clue of behind the scenes), as the tireless tirade of media rhetoric, government rhetoric of hatred that has spewed from the mouths of those who can change the course of people’s lives at the drop of a hat, and in many circumstances cause indirectly the deaths of so many without redress.

One thing I have noticed of late is the ugly head of mistrust of those making a difference-the campaigners! They are attacked by their own as well as by this government, where Disabilism is rife and a hierarchy where those being oppressed oppress others by sitting as judge and jury about neighbours, or other people within the movement which I will call ‘the deserving and not deserving’ culture which sickens me to my stomach. We are not doctors or assessors we cannot tell whether someone’s circumstances warranty their awards or not! For one it isn’t any our business either!

The other thing I have noticed is that the inherent racism that breeds like a plague which only serves to distract from the focus of the campaign as a whole, and divides us even more just as this government wants. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t a deliberate ploy by paid flunky’s to infiltrate the movement just like they did with the miners.

We have to stand together as one, each group has a different approach but the goal is the ‘same’ to scrap the WCA and start again, as this assessment is so flawed it is causing more pain and suffering to those who have to go through this awful test while not saving the money this government had hoped for , in fact it costing them more as flaw after flaw is exposed and money is wasted so shamelessly while they tweak it which just causes more issues because from the beginning it wasn’t thought through and managed correctly.

The many groups who are there for support have thousands of members and help and advice is there for all who are in need, administrated by those who freely give their time while being disabled themselves to help their fellows to help themselves in this god awful mess that has been thrust upon us all. However some among us are only there to disrupt and cause mischief which is what irritates me the most, it like a scratch you cannot itch, but most of all it’s done in such an underhand cowardly way.

My message to those individuals is STOP because many campaigners are now having to involve the police due to threats and general insulting behaviour and ‘isms ‘ that they send via text, private messages, email or in some cases online in social networks and in some cases death threats are made and these are being taken very seriously by the police so be warned . Many are considering naming and shaming those who do such things, which I don’t agree with personally as it makes another victim due to someone’s ignorance etc.

It saddens me to my core that the divide and rule of some, affect so many, and make their lives more miserable than they already are when struggling to deal with the day-to-day onslaught of the  ill-health & disabilities they suffer and the flawed assessments imposed by this government, without turning on each other which is exactly what mostly happens in times when extreme hardship comes to bear upon us.

Those campaigners are doing it because they ‘care’ passionately about getting things right for the ‘many’ not the few. Who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the betterment of all as well as administer groups and pages when possible, help fill in forms or show you where you can get the right help.

So please I ask you all support these people in their efforts and stop attacking them just because you have a different viewpoint or method of doing things, it serves no purpose  except to hold back what we all dearly want –to bring about changes to a fair  playing field for all and stop many more dying as a consequence.

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Australia- A Letter to Liam Byrne


positive for disabled people

Dear Mr Byrne,

Having recently seen press releases relating to Labours vision on welfare, many disabled people are disturbed that the Australian model is even being considered, given that it is failing in Australia.

http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/09/labour-conference-party-hears-of-plans-to-copy-aussie-single-assessment/

http://www.socialistworld.net/mob/doc/5309

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/497848/20130809/welfare-poverty-australia-unemployment-social-security-coalition.htm#.UlHGq41wbyM

Will the Minister guarantee that the Labour Party will not introduce the welfare card system in the UK. The arguments against this are discriminatory and will only induce further stigmatisation of claimants leading to a failure to the ‘right to live’ (Article 8 & Article 14 HRA) as others in the UK currently enjoy who are employed. It also will lead to further rises in Crime particularly Hate Crime towards those on benefits. While the government could argue it is the exception of ‘the economic welfare of the country’ this scheme would cost the taxpayer huge amounts of taxpayers’ money to implement and is NOT value for money.

Many claimants who have paid into the welfare state over their years of work life who have found themselves out of work or sick and disabled and the thought of the  dreaded ‘Welfare card ‘ in Australia forcing them to buy goods from government sanctioned suppliers when in many cases goods can be bought cheaper elsewhere. This will prevent claimants from i.e.; enjoying a family meal, buying birthday cards & presents, having a social life like meeting a friend for coffee or going to the pub for an odd drink with friends, buying petrol to get to see friends/ family members not living locally and medical appointments at hospitals and access to public transport which is limited access.

This is a national disgrace and outrage that the state should dictate a person’s life for some in society, while majority of the  UK enjoy all the freedoms afforded to them, creating a two tier system.

While many issues around lifestyle and health are also quoted as the need to make sure the money is well spent that claimants receive. Taxpayers money will be better spent and lest not forget that most sick and disabled are taxpayers too, (they pay taxes on goods and services and have done so through taxation whilst working including NI which is theoretically a scheme sold to us to help when times are tough in life’s journey). I feel the introduction of this will reflect badly around the world that the UK which prides itself on fairness and justice, to oppress it citizens like this based on a false ideology of ‘Scroungers & Skivers’.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/centrelink-begin-welfare-ban-on-booze-tobacco/story-e6freuy9-1226415044967

http://australia.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/Australian-Welfare-Payments-go-Plastic-1265.php

http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/human-rights/the-human-rights-act/what-the-rights-mean/article-14-no-discrimination.php

http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/human-rights/the-human-rights-act/what-the-rights-mean/article-8-right-to-a-private-and-family-life.php

http://liambyrne.co.uk/making-rights-a-reality-for-disabled-people/

http://inside.org.au/how-fair-is-australia%E2%80%99s-welfare-state/

I understand completely that any government wants to make sure every penny is well spent and that the system helps those who need it the most. The localism of services which in principle would be great idea on paper but in practice would be a disaster, as many of those services are under pressure themselves at present, this however ‘well meaning’ will lead to another systemic failure of the sick and disabled who have already under this coalition suffered greatly.  Please reconsider working more closely with grassroots disabled groups and individuals to come up with a alternative, we know disability better than anyone, we live through it daily and time is running out!

Rejoice or Despair that is the choice?


 

I am sitting here at a silly hour writing this because I Care!

I have seen the political rhetoric in the last two years in particular destroy our society, one that cared about each other and helped out where they could, where communities stuck together until Maggie put paid to those valuable qualities in the 80’s.

Why do I say this, well I will explain some cold hard facts to those who feel it is ok to attack their fellow man. Let’s make one thing clear, the banks caused this recession NOT the people.

Yet day after day our subconscious is battered with stories in various forms of media of the benefit scrounger, workshy, strivers, uncontrollable youth and the immigrant card instilling fear and dread in a once caring nation. We are encouraged to report various groups of people to various departments in government, from a self righteous standpoint because ‘it’s the right thing to do’. I call them the ‘people police’ doing the states job for them and causing untold distress to those who may have upset a neighbour or friend or ex partner etc out of pure spite, 99% are malicious, let alone the misery it can cause to children affected by this ‘dib’ thy neighbour culture. Yet many of these people police have no qualifications to do so or even make such judgements and calls on other members of society, simply put, we don’t know anyone’s circumstances just that assumptions are made because the state has told us do so to be ‘a good citizen’.

In this day and age that cannot be right or just, by any stretch of the imagination. A nation is indeed judged by the way it treats the most poorest in society. It is a national disgrace that our country is being destroyed by a few wealthy individuals who pull strings, both with politicians and banks and royalty.

Indeed they are all in it together across all main parties.

Human life is no more than a commodity to trade as stock (yes that is what they call us) and treated as collateral damage for the greater good, by those in power, while the average person struggles to survive to have any kind of job, feed the kids, and to get a decent education and decent healthcare. As a chronically sick and disabled person I have been subjected to the dreaded Atos litmus test twice, I have been called a scrounger who fakes their illness; I have been subjected to the new trend of disability hate crime too, because to look at me I look ok, my conditions are hidden except for my white cane.

While many vie for pole position in the upcoming party conferences the rest of society is wandering around aimlessly wondering what to do to survive the torrent of policies that have undone 60years of the Welfare State and the rush to privatise everything they can lay their hands on, before they get voted out even though it is suggested in polls they may actually gain a second term in office, and that all parties are squabbling within to scramble to the top lucrative job of running our country.

The people of this country need to wake up and take control of this matter with great urgency and give our country a fighting chance of real survival of its population.

The Welfare State covers many things not just benefits. Our elderly population costs the most in benefits 42.3%, our jobless cost us 2.6% of the national welfare budget (DWP), and our low income families cost 20.8%, working families 18.4% and our sick and disabled 15.5%. The train crash policies of austerity failures cost the taxpayer far more, by a government that bungles almost everything it touches, u-turns are rife and actual fraud is overall 0.7% some of which 0.2% are departmental errors. So the scare stories you read and hear in the media are in fact mostly fictional. Campaigners against austerity measures including many good disabled groups/individuals which I have had honor of standing with, have caught many a minister or media outlet telling downright lies, and challenged them at every opportunity only to be called extremists for pointing out the fact our government cost the taxpayer more money than it could ever save. They avoid taxes like the plague, they avoid punishing those who have been caught with their hands in the treasury pot with a backroom job after jail terms for fraud until they think people have forgotten about their shenanigans, they give themselves 10% pay rises when the rest only get 1%.

We buy and pay for two homes with furnishings, subsidise their sustenance in HOC Bar and Canteen, along with many other perks they get for doing their jobs for a nice fee, while taking on second incomes on various boards or corporations and in some cases getting paybacks for doing such a fab job of screwing the public over. How can that be right, that we the public allow this abuse of taxpayer’s money to continue without challenge. Some will argue it is justified, but I think it isn’t, when you compare some of the above costs for the worker to what they the Government cost us. When we have ministers who like George Osborne’s father in law Lord Howell, father of the Chancellor’s wife Frances, has previously boasted about Mr. Osborne’s influence over energy, saying he has driven the campaign against wind farms.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lord-howell-george-osbornes-father-in-law-2105433

George also believes in fracking and supports that with vested interests, from ‘daddy in law’ while many other ministers are on health boards selling off our NHS, and various other corporate boards. While they think ‘cash is king’ and will solve all our problems, the rest of society is dying, (yes literally) and starving. While homelessness with the awful under occupancy aka ‘bedroom tax’ policy, which the UN says is unlawful and should be stopped immediately and against our Human Rights, are turning many to payday lenders to survive, feeding the debt monsters and insurance giants of tomorrow. More people are in debt now and Citizen’s Advice Centres and other money advice centres are seeing swathing cuts to funding so that they can help those in need and councils are cutting crucial social care and other services to our most needy.

As we come to party conference season Tories are buoyant on getting a second term, the Lib Dem’s talk carrier bags and are back peddling so fast to save themselves from the wilderness of politics, which is too late your ‘dead’ already, and Labour the so called party of the working man has remained silent thus far playing the long game. Then we see a rise in UKIP whose fascist viewpoint seem to appeal to those who are under cover racists along with the Tories (yes remember racist van) and the Greens trying to snatch a surprise while the others are napping. Scotland however is looking at Independence with glee and Wales have Plaid Cymru who no doubt will win again.

All this jockeying about to save us from a deficit that isn’t, and if it does exist we didn’t cause it, while those who did, get fat bonuses and payoff’s for a huge balls up. I will say this though, unless we stop this abuse of power it will continue?

Here is Mr Osborne dropping the deficit out the bag.

http://youtu.be/8p5oKK5uVtk

Now I’m no politician, but I know what is right and wrong and this is so wrong it is inhumane and unjust. Our human rights are so badly abused now, people don’t even notice when they are gone. This dumbing down of the public and the rampant apathy is our biggest enemy even within our own communities.

If we really fight back we can have them running to the Tower of London for safety, they are already scared of us ‘the people’ which is why they launch attack after attack, while everyone trying to survive no one says hang on a minute! Classic divide and rule, and what grates me more and more is ‘WE’ the people ‘ALLOW’ it to happen. We are all taxpayers in one form or another and many have paid their NI stamps, yes the key ‘people police’ is insurance paid for tough times  when we were needing hand.

Time has come to save ourselves, because they wont!

Your Country Needs YOU !


kitchner

Today I am pleading to every man ,woman, child  that this country needs your help more than ever. Under the coalition government this country has faced some of the most brutal cuts in the name of austerity not seen in a very long time, some are fighting back, but many are sitting idly by allowing this to happen in the name of capitalism, which is the class war of the rich  1% via the poor. We
have one common enemy THIS Government.

Groups of people in society are turning and fighting each other fed by the government and media rhetoric of Workshy, Scrounger, etc. We the people should not be fighting each other but uniting as one to fight back against the destruction of the Welfare State, of which the NHS is part of. Every day I hear another horror story of one description or another, someone dying because their mental health can take no more so they jump under a train or bus, someone who has lost their home because they cannot pay the bedroom tax, someone who needs help with a food bank because they have nothing left after bills to feed their families, or someone who needs help with ESA or DLA, or someone who cannot find a job and is being bullied to despair by the jobcentre when NO jobs are being created, turning  nationals against immigrants.

This has to stop immediately, doesn’t matter what your politics are, or what group in society you are labelled ie; disabled, pensioner, working on low-income, young person  etc we have to stop this national disgrace and stain on our country. Around the world we have always been seen as fair country and our reputation was  built upon that, yet we are being denied access to treatments when ill, the pathway to care killing our elderly, and access to justice denied to those working and non working. forget the disagreements  you may all have and  get this dictatorship out of office before it too late. If you can’t go on a protest write and lobby your MP’s, we can all do something regardless of our personal circumstances. Our NHS being ripped apart.  Make no mistake on this they are privatising this. Many of the MP’s and the Lords have vested interests in PRIVATE HEALTH CARE COMPANIES, and so do the CCG’S please, this is your NHS, every man, woman and child uses it. We all use a GP £25 a visit is not far away for unwaged and £150 for the waged recently being reported. How much do you CARE about the NHS?

If you have a pre existing medical condition, your insurance will be loaded with exemptions, or you may not get health insurance at all.  If you have been genetically tested many will not get  insurance, if these companies think you are high risk of developing the illness etc you have been tested for.

It is an abomination to sit by and let this happen to  leaving future generations in squalor & despair not seen since Victorian England, without hope of peace around the world, without jobs, without a future of the workhouse scenario, which I am sure they will start re- building soon. This government has become part of the USA style political scenario where you will need insurance for  everything.

This government is introducing a crime and anti social behaviour bill, simply put,if we picket because a union is striking, or we protest because we want to stand up for our rights and be counted, this government will stop it from
happening.  They will make it illegal.  You can be arrested if a group of you in a public place standing up for what you believe in. This government DO NOT WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW what is happening here.  So protests/picketing will be made illegal.  They are taking AWAY YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS DAILY. THE TRUTH HURTS.  People do not like the truth, they shy away from it, and bury their heads in the sand. People attack the brave people who stand up at great costs to themselves and stand up and speak out against what this government are doing. If we do not stand up now, tomorrow will be too late, we stand up to fight for not only us, but for your children, for all men women and children to come in the years ahead.  We fight for decent housing, employment, employment rights, decent health care, education available to all, access to all services for all, for all of our basic needs education, employment, health care housing, everything we take for granted this government want to stop. And they want to stop us fighting for this and will arrest us if
we speak out against it.  That is the truth !

Time and again people have said to us, “oh we wont sign that or get involved as it does not affect us, or believe the total propaganda rubbish the media constantly publish. The government have done their job well,  but people need to challenge what they read and see behind these lies, you are being hoodwinked into compliance. Someone who is working long hours and has no rights and cannot take their company to court as they would have to pay £1200 for it and cannot afford to get justice.  ITS ALL ABOUT OUR HUMAN RIGHTS, THIS GOVERNMENT WANT TO AND ARE TAKING THEM FROM YOU…. YOU ARE NOT HUMAN TO THEM JUST STOCK LIKE A COMMODITY ON STOCK MARKET THEY BUY AND SELL DAILY. We  implore you all to please stop attacking and arguing with each other, to please put your differences aside whatever they may be, and fight the one common enemy, and that is this GOVERNMENT.  We know that old feuds  go back years, in some cases, and some views are vastly different, but we all care about this country I hope enough to rebuild  our communities  and that is a good place to start with that common purpose. Show you care about your country and lets show this government we have had enough and  UNITE. My friends WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME FAST, it is now time to act as one, SCARED,  I KNOW I AM !

THIS ISN’T A SCAREMNONGERING BLOG THIS IS REALITY OF MANY  DAILY IT IS TIME TO MAKE IT KNOWN ……….ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,  IN A NON VIOLENT MANNER AND KICK THIS LOT OUT.

For those who have power and ability to act, unions and others help us unite this country.

Co written by Blueannoyed and the Protester Poet

IS FACEBOOK SILENCING THE SOCIAL NETWORKER ?


I havent blogged for a while, but this has slightly irritated me somewhat.

It seems in the UK and USA  Facebook is censoring it’s Users  by blocking them with their spamming tools,when they are just very active users of their accounts using the pay to go algorithm whatever that maybe?  I have since the Christmas break fell foul of this nonsense, which when you use the network as it is intended to be used  ,make friends and share information with each other across the globe.

So why have Facebook done this I ask myself…  I’m aware many countries censor their people but have the UK Users fell foul of this malpractice of making a social network unsociable! Then I found this.

I first came back and logged onto my account as usual to catch up with stuff I had missed over the festive season. it was sluggish but soon got stuff posted and shared amongst the groups I help administrate and  the odd picture I thought that amused my sense humour.  I had hardly posted maybe 20 items when I get a message flash up that clicking the share button to share a news article was seen as misuse of it purpose……I’m am sitting looking rather puzzled at this message then thought as im an activist against the barbaric cuts of the Welfare State in Uk maybe  I had annoyed the Authorities, then I sent feedback/complaint to Facebook asking why this was happening.

Silence is all I have had and numerous warnings, so I decide to set up another temp profile  till this glitch is sorted I thought, within mins of my friends being added I was warned on that too for adding too many friends. I’m like  is this a joke you just cant make up can you ?

A social network that doesn’t want users to network and share information!

“We need your help piercing through Facebook’s pay-to-share algorithm! Help us reach as many users as possible by posting about the FB Declaration of Independence on your walls, your pages’ walls and any other walls you can! To avoid having your messages inappropriately flagged as spam, make sure you change one or two characters in your messages each time you post.”

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-facebook-declaration-of-independence

https://www.facebook.com/EndCensorship

 

Only thing is no cancel button in UK

warning box

In the digital age we live in where people are glued to their smart phones and other means of communication with Twitter, Stumble, and more than I care to list, how can’t we use the tools without interference from neo libertarian rulers controlling every aspect of our lives.  The Sinister side of this are just a few examples here ; Store cards track what we buy , bank cards track our income,taxes,purchases,governments lose data like water down the drain,we are told what and when and how high to jump through hoops just to live our daily lives yet we accept this generally as the ‘norm’, when it comes to free speech though I draw the line.

Why do these people think they have a right to have free reign to bully its people without some consequence,why can a countries people not criticise it government,or challenge  their practices or say to a company providing a service they are wrong,unfair etc. The people of any country should be able to say ‘hold on a minute ‘ !

We do have a choice whether to use this media source of course,but when something has what you need all in one place why should we be forced to use another service that doesnt meet our needs.

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