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Health Transformation Programme – The Next Step


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reader Trigger Warning for those with sensitive disposition >>>>

Since March 2019 the mutterings of  merging assessments has been muted which sent shivers through people with disabilities as they felt another onslaught was coming and saw this as a negative move. Its linked in part to Health and Work Programme too, which Department of Health combined to help design,  to enable DWP plans to close the disability employment gap and get more people into work. This doesn’t exclude other groups in society as it all part of welfare reforms and part of Universal Credit  and Social Prescribing is likely to be part of this complex joined up thinking by the government.

Contracts were first noticed in 2019 when the then Minister was Amber Rudd made a statement  on Improvements to Universal Credit, so when I went looking and  it’s part of ‘Intergrated Health Assessment Services’ Contract.

I remembered reading about it in the government 2016  ‘Improving Lives’ the work,health and disability Green Paper,which like most things are slipped in under the radar, by the DWP Ninja’s with the date of 2021 start date. I also recall IDS flunky Charlotte Pickles writing about it and Dame Carol Black in think tank reports way back.  This week Theresa Coffey the new minister being grilled about  by the DWP Select Committee about universal failures of Universal Credit, where she lost the plot when Frank Field  challenged the minister ,and she blurted out they were not uncaring they were trying to make things better quoting the previous ministers statement, which jogged my memory. So off I went down the rabbit hole which is my archive documents to search for these mutterings. I recall Alex Tiffin Campaigner also wrote something on it at the time.

OBR & Rudd

“The idea of of this was the cost involved in repeat assessments which were costing the DWP millions when 72% of PIP appeals were overturned according to Rudd and ESA appeals on top were also very successful,which seriously highlighted the administration of this in turn cost the taxpayer a small fortune. Contracted assessors should have been shown the door and financially penalized, but no this government instead extended those contracts to continue carrying out the assessments while they still were getting the majority wrong. The OBR report showed:

The admission, quietly revealed in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) economic outlook report, suggests the DWP never had sufficient staffing levels to carry out the repeat assessments for personal independent payments (PIP) alongside its other workloads.Repeat assessments to check eligibility for PIP, a benefit intended to help pay for extra living costs as a result of having a disability or long term condition, have been labelled “unnecessary and stressful” for claimants.

Those transferring from DLA to PIP were also being failed adding to the pressure in the dept and like it or not Rudd was one of the better ministers to hold this post before quitting over Brexit.”
The issue is as Coffey announced they are looking at more reforms, the new forms designs, the IT structure to enable this project will cost more taxpayers money but also cost disabled people a lot more in terms of stress. Is it for instance one assessment which means you are eligible for both benefits as suggested by many in field, or is it really one assessment lose all scenario as that could potentially mean PIP is going to become means tested which it currently isnt? Lots of disabled people also just get one of these benefits for instance and work already. many severely disabled people with chronic illnesses get both as they are deemed unfit to work, and others can be looking for some limited type of work they could manage. The last ten years have left many traumatised by the DWP and sadly some have taken their lives over DWP tyranny inflicted upon  the disabled community as a whole as fighting for what they are genuinely entitled to.
Many DWP projects are dressed up as the dept being helpful and inclusive with IDS mantra of ‘Work Sets You Free’ ideological warfare, this is unlikely to be a positive experience either.
Only last week they were caught red handed asking people to downplay their illness to make them more employable and use positive statements and avoid using certain words to describe their disability or Illness. What many have failed to spot is the managed migration of those deemed too ill to work date also starts in 2021-23 is the date coincidence, I doubt it!
Rudd stated

“The corporate empire will be able to rake in millions of pounds more from the ‘Work Capability Assessment’ – to pave the way for a massive shake-up in 2021.Benefits outsourcing giant Maximus will have its contract for hated ‘fit-for-work’ tests extended by more than a year, ministers announced today.

The corporate empire’s benefit testing firm will carry out ‘Work Capability Assessments’ for ESA payments for a further 16 months to July 2021.

The extension – the second since the contract began in 2014 – will allow the firm to rake in millions of pounds more taxpayers’ money from the tests.

But ministers insist it is a temporary measure to ensure “stability” ahead of a huge shake-up of disability benefit tests to help claimants.

Two separate tests will be merged into “one unified, integrated service” from 2021, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced.

The tests are Work Capability Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit – run by a subsidiary firm of Maximus called Centre for Health and Disability Assessments Ltd – and separate assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), run by Capita and an arm of Atos. Today’s extension comes despite more than two-thirds of appeal tribunals (68%) overturning fit-for-work tests last year.

Yet confirming the contract extension, Ms Rudd argued it would pave the way for “a more joined-up claimant experience” in future.She added: “This will allow for a safe and stable service now, and as we transition to the new integrated service.” The announcement came ahead of a wide-ranging speech by Ms Rudd vowing to improve the disability benefit system after years of warnings it is throwing people into destitution.She admitted disabled people feel “put on trial” by the DWP process and “we need to do more” to “close the gap” between intentions and reality. She said the enormous rate of appeals ruling against the government – 72% for PIP last summer – is “of particular concern” and the number is “too high.” according to The Mirror in March this year.”

IDS in 2015 when he launched Universal Credit claimed 

“I have said many times that I believe work is the best route out of poverty.

It provides purpose, responsibility, and role models for children.

As a one nation government, we believe everyone in the country should have the chance to benefit from the security and sense of purpose that comes with being in work.

That is why our guiding principle has been to place work at the heart of everything we do in our reforms.

Getting people into work is more than just earning a salary and certainly more than balancing the public purse.

These matter, of course, but they are not the primary reasons.

For culturally and socially, work is the spine that runs through a stable society.

Let me be clear – a decent society should always recognise that some people are unable to work because of physical or mental ill health – or both.

It is right that we protect these most vulnerable people in our society. And that support is there.

For despite the scaremongering, it is worth reflecting on the fact that we in this country spend more on sick and disabled people than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average.

To put that in perspective – and according to the OECD, the UK spends more on incapacity than France, Germany, or Japan.

However, we are also ensuring that the resources are in place to support people into work.

I’m proud that we are providing significant new funding for additional support to help claimants into work – £60 million in 2017 rising to an additional £100 million a year by 2020.”

This will no doubt strike fear into the heart of the disabled community as it will many other groups who will be targeted on Universal Credit,via its Health & Work Programme and its Social Prescribing of  Intergrated Health Asessment Services. No Guidance is currently available. Its been a very long journey for many of us campaigners ,who are also trying to inform and support many as well as look after their own health and manage their own disabilities, but it appears that this journey still has still a long way to run.
“DWP under the Health Transformation Programme (HTP) are exploring the future delivery of Health Assessments with the objective to transform the health and disability assessment services provided for people with disabilities and health conditions.
The Health Assessments help by providing advice to DWP Decision Makers to determine eligibility for benefits paid to claimants across a range of benefits including Personal Independent Payments (PIP) Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit (UC) and a number of smaller benefits.
Currently the services are delivered through a multi health assessment provider base with varying commercial and delivery operating models. The aim of the transformed service will be a more effective, efficient integrated service for customers.”
Please try to read some of the links provided below as I know this blog has been a long one for those who cannot deal with Info overload.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/work-health-and-disability

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564038/work-and-health-green-paper-improving-lives.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-awarded-to-help-people-with-health-conditions-stay-in-work

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40-million-personalised-support-package-for-long-term-unemployed-disabled-people-launched

https://inews.co.uk/news/dwp-quietly-admits-never-had-capacity-pip-reviews-pensioners-disabilities-dwp-benefits-505474

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-extends-maximus-fit-work-14089513

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Lords/2019-04-11/HL15269/

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/gp-topics/legal/government-could-automatically-access-gp-patient-data-for-benefits-assessments/20038333.article

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dwp-benefit-claims-medical-data-sharing-nhs-healthcare-doctors-charities-a8797991.html

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/19/dwp_health_data_tool/

https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/8859

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-03-05/HCWS1376

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dwp-universal-credit-pip-and-welfare-reform-outsourcing-contracts-bill-revealed_uk_5c17a7a9e4b05d7e5d84273e

https://blog.sense.org.uk/2019/03/is-combining-pip-and-esa-assessments-really-a-good-idea/

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/closing-the-gap-between-intention-and-experience

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/08/jobseekers-told-to-call-their-depression-low-mood-on-applications

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/359865b3-b1e1-4071-8bc6-f02067c9f216?p=%40FQxUlRRPT0%3DNjJNT08%3DU&fbclid=IwAR1l0AvqucHKCGYBU-cWx0V-0YwBSP0zV2id_2kh4UhgudPu4K6c7t9u9b4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Death of the Welfare State-Joining the Dots Series -Part 4


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By blueannoyed and Paula Peters

Finally we get to to the next stage of government bullying via the NHS. How this links in to Social Security Claimants and their ability to keep some sort of financial security while fighting off the despicable onslaught of the Government who is out of control  , whom have sociopathic  tendancies.

Today I discussed the situation of the NHS  10 year plan , The new 5 Year GP Contract , Social Prescribing,and the  needs of claimants trying to get support or access to services they need to maintain their well being, in this survival of the fittest campaign launched by their government with Dr Bob Gill,  a GP who has spoken out against the great NHS heist of Privatisation.

I asked Dr Gill How he thought the relationship between patient and claimant could be damaged with the new GP Contract which every GP will have to sign up to in May 2019?

I also asked him about social prescribing and its potential impact on patients who need state support and claim Social Security?

 

He described to me that Patients are already coming to surgery with anxiety and depression or ill health due to hostile environment that austerity is creating, and the system is making people ill, or in a lot of cases more ill than they were.  Making it unlikely they will be able to manage their conditions in same way they currently do.

He stated that perverse financial incentives for ‘sociopathic ‘ assessors are leading to really bad outcomes for claimants and  pressures upon the public purse, as well as increased workload on GP’s whose patients need help with appeals etc. This contract will effectively making GP’s Gatekeepers which is not what they chose to be when studying medicine to become a GP.

He said the Government is driving a wedge between the patient and their GP and pitting them against each other,  and that will most likely mean the good GP’s will leave while those without no consciousness will reap the rewards offered by the Government and DWP .

Social Prescribing, is blaming the patient for their situation and the whole treatment process of being denied to the proper care that the patient needs. I asked him about the potential that with ‘patient coaches’ (aka work coaches) who have too much power could lead to those who most need support and are extremely vulnerable ,are likely to  disengage with their GP and fall through the cracks and could ultimately end in their demise which he agreed with my assumption. He stated that Patients/Claimants and GP’s are victims of a government who doesn’t care.

 

The definition;  Sociopathic tendencies in people are often marked by lack of conscience within the person. They just care about their own needs and desires

 

Video:

 

This is the tip of the iceberg of how it could impact on claimants needing further medical evidence support, getting a Fit Note if they are off work through ill health to claim state support, which under Universal Credit they would need to do so repeatedly.

The breakdown of trust between claimants and GP or other NHS staff has the potential to cause a rise in further deaths which have happened already under its predecessor ESA. That’s without the 120,000 who died due to poor care in NHS, etc as diseases previously eradicated are now making a comeback due to austerity measures and abject poverty.

This is Government Quackery on the cheap by unqualified people, dismissing medical opinion of professionals while eroding our NHS services and underfunding essential services that patients need and a NHS they can trust and flogging it to their mates. It beggars belief that the public would allow this to continue or collude with the government by being taken in about better services and cutting waste of NHS resources, or blaming migration, when they have slashed NHS budgets for decades along with New Labour who are not blameless in this re PFI acceleration under Blair.

Below Published with Kind Permission of ck999 Blog Page which has lots more  information,  link is  below in further reading.

Instead of caring for a few thousand patients, a primary care network will have anywhere between 30K-70K patients on its list. In order to provide out-of-hospital care, as hospitals are centralised and cut, it will “integrate” a range of services, provided by a “multidisciplinary team”.

 

A number of primary care networks will be linked to a “locality hub”. There are various versions of what this is, but the British Medical Association has endorsed locality hubs as “ alternative mechanisms to meet the urgent needs of patients when local practices have reached capacity”

 

 

A BMJ graphic shows other activities taking place at Locality Hubs, as well as handling GP “overspill”.

Only patients with complex needs will see GPs

Many GPs are not at all happy about this fundamental change to their role.

The way it works is that a care navigator signposts patients to other services, with no reliance on GPs. This has already been happening in GP surgeries for some time and as all GPs are forced to join Integrated Primary Care Networks, it will now become the norm.

Patients with complex needs – who are at risk of admission to hospital through A&E – will be identified through a process of “risk stratification” which segments patients into various categories.

Risk stratification requires the use of digital health technology (so called telehealth and telecare) and shared electronic patient records.

The concern of primary care networks is to cut the costs of the most expensive categories of patients

These are broadly:

  • Frail elderly with complex health problems
  • Mothers and babies
  • People suffering from the “modern epidemics” of obesity, diabetes, heart and respiratory problems
  • People with disabilities

However there is no real evidence that the “care models” designed to treat these categories of patients cut costs. Or give them better care.

Cutting most patients’ access to GPs will have extremely damaging effects on patients who need a Further Medical Examination for benefit claims, because they need access to a doctor to write letters. Without a Further Medical Examination, a disabled person won’t be able to claim benefits. This is about the destruction of the welfare state. It’s about taking rights away.

The DWP now have people in mental distress top of their target list to get back to work. Which is where Universal Credit will really come into play with this.

The mental health charity MIND won the Individual Placement Support contract – part of the DWP/NHS Health and Work Programme. Individual Placement Support is about the ‘health and work conversation’: Work is good for Anxiety and Depression. What barriers are there to you working?

This is where social prescribing link workers come into play – where they look at barriers to you working. And then prescribe self management. Self care. Via a behaviour change scheme most likely run by a cash-strapped 3rd sector organisation with no therapeutic skills.

The “work is a health outcome” programme – a dangerous partnership between DWP and the NHS – is creating a toxic environment that is compromising doctors’ ethics of Do No Harm.

This link between the DWP and the NHS needs to be broken once and for all.

But the NHS Long Term Plan has no such intention. It name checks Sheffield City Region’s “Working Win” large scale research trial.

It focusses on using a new type of Individual Placement Support to get people with mental health and musculoskeletal conditions into employment. (These are the two main conditions that prevent people from working.)

This list is in NHS England’s new Health Services Support Framework, which identifies approved suppliers that NHS commissioners and providers can hire to tell them how change to the way they work in order to fit the global corporate model of healthcare.

Unsurprisingly the approved suppliers include all the usual suspects and then some:

How did this happen?

The government and its quango NHS England – official name NHS Commissioning Board – have engineered this by drastically cutting primary care funding and driving hundreds of GP practices into bankruptcy, while GPs in droves have been taking early retirement or emigrating to places like Australia where the GP workload is far more manageable.

GP practices are folding at the rate of one a week. In the last year, tens of thousands of patients have found themselves losing a practice, or having it merged with some random practice more or less in the same neighbourhood.

Simon Stevens, the NHS England Chief Exec, has been saying for years that the corner shop version of family doctors has to go, to be replaced by a supermarket version of large scale integrated primary, community health and social care services.

Now he is making that happen.

 

Your NHS is on life support, welcome to the American style  health care system you allowed to happen, hope you got deep wallets or insurance which is the real end game , if not  you will be one of those unfortunate that will meet a early end of life because you happen to be poor and can’t afford Insurance.

 

 

Gp Contract 2019 by Gail Ward on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/403999299/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-Jj5snwwqSUkSKkijC8SX&show_recommendations=true

 

Further reading can be found below: Also check out my Social Prescribing Blog

 

 

http://www.hcbgroup.co.uk/is-there-a-cure-for-the-healthcare-and-wellness-marketplace-confusion/

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/commission-appendix-uk-private-health-market.pdf

https://www.nhsconfed.org/resources/key-statistics-on-the-nhs

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/benefits-staff-want-permission-to-trawl-through-patient-records-qgfx3qwv6?fbclid=IwAR2_NnYlbY30iDY0R7A5g1kDduyMYQyz3jSVSEtwvuHDauSi2qFIBjQT7GI

https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/01/hancock-gp-it-systems-shake-up/

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/gp-systems-of-choice?fbclid=IwAR17Oz6RjrDf3JwafPgYKoYNZpZaer6PccQ6CAfpp3F1UCILUbM0yM_NQ5Y

Scotland : https://bjgp.org/content/67/660/294

https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/all-gps-expected-to-sign-up-to-network-contracts/7024128.article?fbclid=IwAR2n3-PhhNIqkIyk7koL68UUJgbjRvwfUk7oozFRn0r9sKT4j6a4hqkuQl4

https://calderdaleandkirklees999callforthenhs.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/large-scale-integrated-primary-care-networks-what-lurks-beneath-the-buzz-words/?fbclid=IwAR1UKBhGpV9lrEyZNHJAlrbIUhn4gyf1LTZzUhzwgXZY2zBeUDDl5RKvhDI

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-can-move-towards-more-coordinated-and-continuous-care?fbclid=IwAR1dV1Lsx0UW-eryC0hphKqR9H_kV8g7urVdcWRBRo8eMI14U1oueyonVi4

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhsx-new-joint-organisation-for-digital-data-and-technology?fbclid=IwAR2ekyJayhEU-K3qMZWBETmBEnj3JpLWxEDbhfjOADCSL-MrM85Fdu0nH9E

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/12/nhs-ends-block-smartphone-gps/?fbclid=IwAR2UprOiA8MK8gTpJtKHcKw2wzFj4XZYvCVvVXFx5i67dCuiacfXBxMSVUk

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/19/dwp_health_data_tool/?fbclid=IwAR1fIqnGW0naqOcwRhVigQvi7RELPmbsnkcL58r8_dKMY8R9r-rhbqEKFvY

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/12/nhs-ends-block-smartphone-gps/?fbclid=IwAR2UprOiA8MK8gTpJtKHcKw2wzFj4XZYvCVvVXFx5i67dCuiacfXBxMSVUk

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/11/back-to-work-support/

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/the-dwp-is-trying-to-co-opt-gps-in-forcing-ill-people-into-work/?fbclid=IwAR1DcTZFX3tIyJ4ogkvYaSf-p-y3zktL7W1mPqUYcRYVlZcmWotLlJe2I30

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/hot-topics/gp-contract-2019/20/all-the-headlines-from-the-2019/20-gp-contract-at-a-glance/20038181.article?fbclid=IwAR3mfOnFVg97TfSd0z2MwbdC_3SlFDzhi45MX350SynIJihZl3Ij7GpCw5U

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/tory-austerity-deaths-study-report-people-die-social-care-government-policy-a8057306.html?fbclid=IwAR2A_EzuW0s_CCrblXJMqvI5MlVwj6aT8Ca5GVeXiyGmp53lqvSz6aJNBKA

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/physician-associates-can-do-gps-work-more-cheaply/20009818.article#.XGgjirXD-vI.mailto

The Death of the Welfare State-Joining the Dots Series -Part 3


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By blueannoyed and Paula Peters

So here we are  with the Tories in power and the many Welfare Reform Bill’s that have been passed  in full swing including the introduction of a further change called Universal Credit in 2013 , which was to be rolled out later across UK  to those on certain Income related benefits, including story after story of people being denied benefits unlawfully and their hardship or worse still the fatal consequences in some cases being highlighted across the HOC by MP’s from all sides. This caused outrage  except with the general public who had not a clue what was happening  thanks to the Tory propaganda machine hiding it all and the media colluding in it except for a few exceptions of some journalists, like Frances Ryan,Patrick Butler, Amelia Gentleman,Sonia Poulton and a few others. to those claiming it was like living in a Orwellian nightmare they had no chance of escaping.

DPAC collected stories and sent them to the UN  asking for help and intervention to bring this to the attention of the public and others highlighting it by taking the Government to the High Court.  This UK Government is only one in history to be found guilty of ‘grave and systemic violations of disabled people’ and further visits by the UN rapporteur Philip Alston condemned them in further reports.   Meanwhile many were distracted by the fact that David Cameron called a referendum which would divide a nation  and privatization of the NHS accelerated to bring it all together to remove the welfare state under the NHS Five year Forward View,and the  Work & Health Programme which is part of Universal Credit, In 2016  The Dept of Health and DWP joined forces  the message was to cut the disability gap for disabled people to be able to work  and remove barriers to work in the green paper Improving Lives-The future of Work,Health, Disability. The catch phrase was ‘Work is a Health Outcome’  This replaced the 2010 work programme’s.

The Impact this will have now and in the future is going to see many people moving into work that can and those that cant forced into impossible situation of mandatory schemes  to get them back to work.The Work and Health Programme is a Welfare to Work programme commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). It is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities and those unemployed for more than two years.

The rollout of UC has to say the least been controversial  the media stories of hardship forced many changes under various ministers (8 to date) who came and went faster than a windy day due to its failings, yet this government still refuses to scrap this dangerous policy to save face , even when it has been pointed out it wont work for so many and is cruel and twisted ideology behind it is flawed.  Even the media have called for it to be stopped, and it has been subject to the making of a few programmes which have shocked even the hardest critic of those claimants ‘Sitting on the Dole’ ‘Something for Nothing Culture’ screaming about their taxpayers money being spent on ‘Dole blaggers’! The huge increase in hate crime and towards anyone that didn’t work , homeless, disabled and the hostile environment created by this Government has had even some of its supporters  say enough is enough and it must change or stop and fix the problems, but No this government carries on regardless with claims its working and employment rates are highest they ever been which doesn’t bear scrutiny .

 

Further reading;

 

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/the-government-plan-to-nudge-sick-and-disabled-people-into-work/

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/the-connection-between-universal-credit-ordeals-and-experiments-that-electrocute-laboratory-rats/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/11/back-to-work-support/

https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/Services/Work-and-Health-Programme

https://blueannoyed.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/panorama-universal-car-crash/

https://blueannoyed.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/iapt-the-governments-magic-cure-for-mental-health/

https://blueannoyed.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/health-work-programme-universal-credit/

https://blueannoyed.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/health-work-programme-part-2/

 

The next blog will be how the NHS changes will affect the many and how all this will link together and the effects of patients and those who will be affected by Universal Credit such as Social Prescribing , access to GP and a Interview with Dr Bob Gill who has been telling us all about the privatisation of the NHS for some years.

Universal Credit and Mixed Age Couples-Updated


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Government has now turned it’s attention to the poorest pensioners. With the introduction of Universal Credit people in this group could face losses of £140 per week and over.

Please click the link below, then click send an email to your MP and post onto pensioner sites so that they know what is going to happen after May15th this year 2019.

This is a must read!

 

Panorama -Universal Car Crash


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBC  Panorama Highlighted some of the issues with Universal Credit  with the focus on Housing Benefit Direct Payment process. While this may have been a overall a shock for those who watched the programme who may have never even heard of it, It wasn’t a shock to Disability Campaigners and those who need to make a claim!  The Media has been in full swing recently highlighting the many issues this controversial benefit failings, forcing the Government to make significant changes to the managed migration process as MP’s,charities,many DPO’s including CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) and SSAC (Social Security Advisory Committee) all advising the Government that changes must be made before the next cohort is transferred Secretary of State Ester McVey made considerable concessions to appease the outrage,which combined with fact the UN Rapporteur Philip Alston was visiting the UK looking at Welfare Reform and Poverty felt like a PR stunt to fend off recent criticism.

They focused on 3 Groups of the many that will be affected Unemployed,those who are Sick, and Low Income families. Using Government rhetoric of ‘making work pay’ more than benefits which the government has successfully ingrained into the mindset of many in society through the scrounger rhetoric since 2010.

Anthony the first  man lost his job is 63 so found that while he thought work was out there couldn’t secure employment and had 4K of rent arrears and had had been sanctioned losing 200mth just because for whatever reason  he had failed to comply because no phone or computer skills to manage his claim, and facing eviction, and even when he did make contact was sanctioned again as the advisor was not in the Jobcentre. One can only assume while he was doing everything required to look for work this was due to failed appointments which are generally online or via text notifications. Many in society will most likely exclaim well he was smoking roll ups and not attract much sympathy such a sly move by BBC to present him in this manner, saying well he can afford fags although I’m certainly they will defend this as usual.

Second Guy James Dade was single dad reliant on the food bank for survival but very little was said about his circumstances.

We then saw a Councillor state when people have limited choices they will choose to feed their kids and stay warm than pay their rent  nugget dropped into the programme implying reckless budgeting decisions. even though across the UK the average rent arrears is £663 compared to £263 on legacy benefits which on average is 2 and half times higher and recently over 1/2 claimants found online process difficult hinting yet again that its the claimants fault rather than a design fault.

The next couple Richard and Rita  claimed the benefit as Richard had a car accident  and consequently lost his job telling the public they were forced to sell things in the home to manage due to the fact the design features within the system were paying them less than they should have got, and being taken to court for council tax arrears while they tried desperately to sort their claim out leaving them in debt. they both eventually found Jobs.

Keith  the next claimant was a fellow suffering depression who admitted he was hopeless budgeting relying on the local food bank had lost his job, and faced eviction in November,due to rent arrears and without support unable to cope with system.

Professor Paul Hickman was interviewed  saying that direct payments to claimants rather than landlords as the previous system did was ignored by the DWP. Alok Sharma from the DWP was then interviewed spouting the same Tory script they must have learnt verbatim just like the actors they are, and displayed typical indifference to the plight of those on the receiving end of this vile policy claiming 90% of social sector will soon be signed up to the Landlord Portal which is being rolled out.

With 5821 evictions in the UK and many already homeless on the streets struggling we then had the council highlighting cuts from central government have left councils UK wide unable to pick up the slack and find homes due to lack of Social Housing properties that the country so desperately needs. Councils have seen their landlord lists plummet as many private landlords  refuse to let to those on social security and those needing Alternative Payment Arrangements such as Domestic Violence  victims  unable to get this arrangement and councils unable to help as the agreement has to be done via the landlord not a third party.

 

This programme really barely scraped the surface of the design faults within this policy, many things are changed as an after thought because the policy wasn’t properly thought through and administration is so bad and training is so bad that even those who should be helping haven’t a clue about the constant changes and are mis -informing claimants causing further chaos with long waits on the phone which campaigners call the ‘Vivaldi Line’.

In July 2019  as the Government rolls out a pilot sample of approx 10,000 claimants with many transferring in November 2019 in tranches this chaotic policy is only going to cause considerable harm to many families across the UK. The government knows fine well many of these  families will face hardship and tells them to stand on the beach looking at the wave that is a reality a tsunami waiting to hit them and their children. Yes done properly with support people could transition more easily hence the CAB contract of Universal Support recently announced will help many navigate the complex process of doing so, but support is soon going to be difficult to get appointments due to the volumes involved.

The most severely disabled will if they don’t have change of circumstances will start this process in 2020.

One thing is for certain is the noise about Universal Credit will get worse and louder as this government tries its best to hang on bloody mindlessly instead of scrapping it and admitting this policy should never have been introduced without making sure it was robust,practical to implement and the structure was sound. Now it is only fit for the waste basket of many government projects which has wasted Billions of Taxpayers money while UK citizens find themselves back in Victorian times and seen by the elite as undeserving and feckless poor who situation is their fault, absolving themselves of any responsibility for this total failure ,while the architects have long since retired with a golden peerage  and a hefty financial handshake.

If you missed it here it is;

 

Benefit Payment Cards


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well I have written about Welfare Cards and possible Bitcoin options that have been floated by various ministers, truth is some cards like the Azure card have existed for some time usually given to immigrants seeking asylum, and social care can be paid via a card too to enable carers to be paid. Many who are unable to get themselves a bank account signed up to either by the  governments Simple Payment Scheme and many opted for the Post Office card. Well now the government no longer have investments in Royal Mail which was sold off on the cheap, it latest trick is to make sure the demise of post office accounts and the simple payment scheme will bite the dust to be replaced by another government scheme to track claimants spending.  I-Movo are behind the latest changes and letters are being sent to claimants as we speak.

 

 

DWP letter about Simple Payment service

Simple Payment service – replacement service
The Simple Payment service is to be replaced by HM Government Payment Service.
DWP benefit / pension recipients who are unable to open a bank, building society, Post Office or credit union account may currently be receiving payment by the Simple Payment service. This service is coming to an end in March 2018 and customers are being moved to HM Government Payment Service.
DWP is writing to all Simple Payment customers who are actively using their account to tell them that they will be moving to the new service by 20 March 2018. Most customers will continue to receive payment by the same method (SMS text or card). Customers will be issued with a new card where appropriate. Payment will continue to be through PayPoint outlets in the same way as the Simple Payments service.New customers who are unable to open and / or manage a bank or other account will be paid by the HM Government Payment Service from 1 February 2018. They will be given the option to be paid by text, pdf email containing a voucher or card.
There are a few changes from the current service:
 Benefits or pensions issued under the new service will need to be withdrawn within 30 days of receipt or the customer will need to contact DWP to have the payment voucher reissued.
 Overall payments will remain the same but will be paid in sums up to £100. For recipients this will mean that if their benefit or pension is over £100 they will receive multiple vouchers requiring separate transactions to collect the money. For example, for those receiving payment by card, to collect a payment of £165 the payment card will need to be used twice, firstly to collect £100 and then again to collect the remaining £65. For those receiving payment via text or email with pdf vouchers they will receive two codes one for £100 and the other for £65. As long as funds at the PayPoint outlet are sufficient this can be done in the same visit.
 Customers can use any of the 29,000 PayPoint outlets to encash payment subject to funds being available at the outlet.
DWP has also been writing to customers who have Simple Payment accounts which have not been used recently, telling them the account will be closed and requesting that they withdraw any balance. If there are any outstanding balances when the account is closed these will be held centrally and the customer will need to contact DWP to arrange payment to an alternative account

The letter can be downloaded here

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/11333/P15

HM Government Payment Service uses a system called i-movo. You’ll be able to collect your benefit from a PayPoint outlet in local shops and newsagents. You can search for your nearest store on the PayPoint website.

The DWP will send you vouchers by text message, email or post. You’ll need your voucher, a memorable date and proof of ID in order to collect your cash. The DWP does not need your agreement in order to pay you in this way, so if you cannot or do not wish to be paid into an account, the Government Payment Service will be the only other option. Find out more about HM Government Payment Service on the GOV.UK website.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/benefits-introduction/payment-of-benefits-and-tax-credits/

http://i-movo.com/

 

 

Universal Credit Report -Hidden dangerous policy decisions that will cause harm


This report from Disability Campaigner Gail Ward is a must read for all benefit claimants and those claiming  ‘in work’ benefits claimed by millions in the UK. It has plenty of references and downloads contained within the document and it will alarm many, it should, as this government is targeting the poorest in society at the expense of saving the rich. Some of those already transferred will know the horrors already highlighted recently by Citizens Advice (CAB),but the majority do not. This blog doesn’t have the capacity to embed the entire report to enable reading online ,but you can download it from the link below in the hope that this will help many prepare for the next onslaught by this barbaric government whose sole purpose is to hound claimants, and save money for the state putting profit before people. If you thought WCA (ESA) was bad this will make it look relatively tame.

 

https://www.scribd.com/document/353794654/Universal-Credit-Report

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/

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