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Disabled Man attacked by G4S Security at Newcastle Jobcentre

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The culprit!



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


His story in the press :


Here is the claimants  video

Benefit Claimant Bashing- The New Bloodsport

Today it been reported  that ‘White Dee’ who has been vilified in press after the CH4  ‘Benefits Street’ programme as a scrounger has been assaulted while on holiday with friends. This woman was attacked viciously for having a holiday which is allegedly paid for by her good friends. The Jeremy Kyle stereotyping of claimants is a falsehood and while some may not be the brightest they are still afforded the tag of scrounger, undeserving etc, which to my mind is unacceptable.

I have seen people of all walks of life comment on these kind stories and the lack of compassion and humanity (even amongst other claimants) is not only shocking but downright appalling. Claimant fraud is actually less than 1% of the whole welfare budget in actual fact the correct figure is 0.7% while government error is 4.3%. The likes of the Daily Mail, Telegraph, The Sun, and many more Murdoch tory rags wheel out this propaganda daily to convince the voter they are doing right by taxpayers ,while avoiding their taxes themselves. The rich have made millions out of austerity and become richer as a result ,yet what has become the latest blood sport is to attack the poorest in society sickens me to my stomach. How many workers steal from their employers that odd pack of Xerox paper or packet of envelopes, or Sellotape, Post it Notes?   Yes lets get honest and real about it. How many workers fiddle their tax returns so they can keep more? yet these same individuals collude with hatred towards the poor who more often than not cannot change the situation they are finding themselves in, through illness ,disability, job loss , or violence from an abusive partner they fled from.

We as a society need to ask ourselves some serious questions on why we believe such rhetoric and why we are so miffed that it appears another person is doing better than ourselves…Jealousy! Most claimants have debts up to their ears to provide for themselves or families, have goods ‘on the tick’ fro the likes of doorstep payday loans or Brighthouse just so they are not seen to be failing in their efforts to survive compared to their working counterparts who are now starting to struggle too.

Are we saying that a claimant  cannot have holidays if they save or are helped to do so by their pals who are slightly better off? Are we saying Claimants shouldn’t aspire to live a life like anyone else I certainly hope not? Some do make wrong life choices but at the end of the day because we would manage better our money than others does that give any one of us the right to judge= NO ! The Irony is it’s had reverse effect seems she has a contract for appearances and has a agent , so suspect she is no longer a benefit scrounger. Well Done Dee!

It really is time we ask serious questions  when we have Food Banks in almost every corner of UK, we have Hate Crime rising along with Homelessness, were our elderly are abused violently in supposed ‘care’ homes, and our children abused by sexual predators or abused violently by their parents. This is Britain today, once based on fairness and compassion now based on hatred of each other, divide and rule games encouraged by governments and media alike, society has become a pack animal who attacks the weakest groups in society and blames them for their misfortunate circumstances they find themselves in. I have in past spoken to homeless men and gave them a sandwich and drink who were once respectable business men but lost it all by making the wrong choice in life which resulted in their downfall.

It is time to stop this vile behaviour and return to our principles of fairness and justice for all and show those less fortunate than ourselves the compassion and dignity and humanity  afforded others  better off, that is what makes Britain ‘Great ‘.



The ‘Condition’ of Britain-We are Screwed100% by the Elite

I have been reading the IPPR  Condition of Britain report (see link at bottom) which was plastered all over the press with Ed Miliband’s speech saying what Britain  needed. Well I can tell you Ed a fair system for all , which is no easy task for anyone and no one would disagree this country is a mess, but who bloody caused it yes your Bankers, who dropped the ball, those in power while the rest of the peasants worked their fingers to bone.

I wont pull no punches as there will be upset and hardship for most of the peasants while those at the top drink the cream.Its not all bad news to be honest there are some good points  in it and that means you only need one hand to add them up. I will focus on welfare provision as this is what my blogs are generally about and this one is long but relevant.

We come to our the  future of our young;

For 18–21-year-olds, existing out-of-work benefits should be replaced by a youth allowance that provides financial support conditional on looking for work or completing education, targeted at those from low-income families.

8. A youth guarantee for 18–21-year-olds should be established that offers access to education or training plus intensive support to find work or an apprenticeship, with compulsory paid work experience for those not earning or learning within six months.

9. The National Citizen Service programme should be expanded so that half of young people aged 16 and 17 are taking part by 2020, using money saved from holding down cash benefits to families with older children.

10 The remit of youth offending teams should be extended to those aged up to 20, in order to provide locally-led, integrated support to help keep young adult offenders out of prison, cut reoffending and prevent them from entering a life of crime.


Again our young people who have been ignored for a very long time will have a chance of gaining some experience via the youth allowance, however I would prefer that the government promised to pay our young people a wage with real hands on experience via old fashioned apprenticeships with a job  guarantee at the end of it with the employer. It is not only beneficial to our young people but to the company too, by allowing growth of both company and market ,while allowing those coming to end of work life retiring as before, so these trained young people can take their place in job market.

Next we come to working life which relates to benefit clamiants ;

  • The National Insurance Fund should be given institutional and financial independence from government, with a responsibility for ensuring that national insurance contributions are sufficient to finance contributory benefit entitlements over the long term.
  • As a step towards reviving the contributory principle, the rate of contributory JSA should be increased by £30 a week, and those entitled to it should also gain access to help with mortgage interest payments if they become unemployed.
  • The next phase of the Work Programme should focus on supporting long-term jobseekers and those recovering from temporary health conditions, with contracts based on meaningful economic geographies and a job guarantee to prevent long-term unemployment.
  • Those with a long-term health condition or disability that reduces their capacity to work should participate in ‘New Start’, a new, locally-led supported employment programme for ESA claimants, with integrated budgets and incentives for success.
  • Small firms should be able to recover sick pay costs for employees hired from ESA. In addition, there should be greater back-to-work engagement between individuals and employers during sickness absence, matched by a longer period of employment protection.
  • An independent, non-state Affordable Credit Trust should be established to capitalise and mobilise local, non-profit lenders capable of providing low-cost loans, while also supporting low-income households to build up savings of their own.

The vast majority of people in Britain want to work, for their own self-esteem, to support their families, and to make a contribution to society.

One of the biggest tasks for the next government will be to enable as many people as possible to contribute to society through paid employment, including those who need to balance work with vital caring responsibilities. A further priority should be to improve the financial protections available to those who have made a contribution through work and care.These moves will be essential to help families secure rising standards of living, finance public services and social protections, and rebuild public trust in the social security system.Our priorities are a more focused Work Programme; a separate, qualitatively different ‘New Start’ programme for people with long-term health conditions or disabilities; a job guarantee to prevent long-term unemployment; and steps to increase the retention of sick and disabled people in the workplace and improve the incentives for employers to hire them in the first place.As well as supporting people to find employment, the contributions that people make through working or caring also need to be better recognised and rewarded.Our goal should be a social security system that offers more generous temporary benefits for people who have contributed, alongside better employment support so that fewer people claim out-of-work benefits for long periods.Our priority is an act of institutional reform that would directly connect contributions and entitlements, through a reconstituted National Insurance Fund.Finally, among the most pernicious and damaging trends of recent years has been the rise of personal debt (Lawrence and Cooke 2014). Many families, faced with falls in income and rises in the costs of basic essentials, have been forced into the arms of payday lenders who often charge extremely high fees and interest rates. Rather than helping to protect families from such dependency, the welfare system has often contributed to the problem.By the establishment of a new non-state, non-market institution – an Affordable Credit Trust – to mobilise and capitalise alternative providers of affordable credit. These local providers should also support low-income households to build up savings of their own. Such an institution would give many more people a realistic chance of building greater financial resilience and independence, and reduce their reliance on the social security system.

This institutional reform would also tap into the national insurance ‘brand’, and start to restore the sense that citizens have a stake in a social security system that offers ‘something for something’

Now where have we heard those buzz words before..oh yes the ‘something for nothing’ culture spouted by Coalition! It gets better though get this they are going to reinvent the wheel

To achieve this goal, we argue that the National Insurance Fund (NIF) should be rebuilt as an independent institution for financing the national insurance system.The government introduce a National Insurance Act that would reconstitute the NIF as an independent, ringfenced account, separate from government receipts and expenditures

In the first instance this would include: the single-tier state pension; contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA); contribution-based employment and support allowance (ESA);statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay;maternity allowance; and bereavement benefits.This would make explicit the fact that NICs finance contributory benefits and determine eligibility for them, and that they are not just an additional income tax in disguise.

A reconstituted NIF should be governed by a board of trustees representing the interests of those who have a stake in the national insurance system: employees, employers, the self-employed, pensioners and carers. The trustees should be responsible for ensuring that the fund operates in the interests of all members and maintains financial sustainability over time. The NIF should have the capacity to conduct and publish analysis and projections of its revenues and expenditure, and be required to provide regular updates on its financial position in order to improve transparency and public engagement.The board of trustees should also be responsible for making annual recommendations to parliament about future contribution rates and entitlements, setting out the implications for the NIF’s balance sheet. These recommendations should include any reforms needed to respond to economic or demographic shifts, such as further increases to the state pension age. Recommendations should represent the consensus view among the trustees, following widespread consultation and engagement.

Final decisions about contribution rates and entitlements should remain with parliament, but the government should not be able to ignore the trustees’ recommendations. If it disagreed with them, the government should have to make alternative proposals that are consistent with hitting the same target balance for the NIF as the board had sought to achieve (as well as explaining why they chose not to implement the consensus recommendations of the trustees).

Now forgive me if I misread this but trustees should make decisions  but the final decision is in parliament? Isn’t that  a contradiction in terms or are they just fobbing us off with another Quango without any teeth, where they get final say anyway?

Second, the structure of SMIcould be changed to reduce its cost. For instance, after a two-year period, further SMI payments could be recouped through a charge on the property, redeemed when the claimant is back in work or when the property is sold.This would give people time to get back to work, adjust their finances, or move to a more affordable property. Support would not be cut off after this point, but it should be reclaimed at a later date. It is not appropriate for the state to permanently subsidise families or individuals to live in a home they cannot afford – especially when they, rather than the state, benefit from any uplift in its capital value.

The Work Programme currently provides back-to-work support for those who have been claiming JSA for a year and those in the ‘work related activity group’ of ESA. It is delivered by ‘prime providers’, largely from the private sector, operating across 18 large contract areas across England, Scotland and Wales. After a rocky start, the performance of the Work Programme is now broadly in line with expectations and previous, similar employment programmes for JSA claimants. However, it is not proving effective at boosting employment among ESA claimants.

The core activity of Work Programme providers consists of tried and tested back-to-work strategies like supported jobsearch, help with maintaining a CV, and interview preparation, plus some extra help with skills or confidence-building. Participants are also required to demonstrate that they are taking steps to get back into work. This combination of support and obligation tends to be sufficient for the majority of jobseekers, but it is rarely effective for people with long-term or chronic health conditions that reduce their capacity to work, or for those with little or no record of employment.Often, the biggest challenge for such groups is finding an employer willing to take them on.

As such, the next phase of the Work Programme should continue to cater for JSA claimants who have not found work during a year with Jobcentre Plus. However, only ESA claimants close to recovering from a temporary health condition should continue to participate in it.The Work Programme’s activation strategies are likely to be appropriate for this group. This segmentation should be determined by a reformed work capability assessment (WCA), which should aim to better distinguish between temporary and chronic limitations to work capacity ESA claimants with a chronic health condition or disability that is likely to reduce their capacity to work for a long time should instead participate in a qualitatively different ‘New Start’ supported employment programme.

Contracts for the next Work Programme should be let on the basis of local enterprise partnership (LEP) geographies, matching the boundaries of combined authorities wherever possible.The next Work Programme should continue to reward providers when participants secure a job and then stay in work for a certain period. This would retain the current strong focus on employment outcomes and minimise the need for central prescription. However, providers should also receive an amount of funding for every participant (the ‘attachment fee’) throughout the whole contract period; this should not be progressively withdrawn, as it is now.

To prevent long-term unemployment, if someone has not found work after a year on the Work Programme they should be guaranteed paid work experience and be required to take it up. This would mean that no one could spend more than two years unemployed (one year on the Work Programme rather than two, plus an initial year with Jobcentre Plus). This ‘job guarantee’ should involve 25 hours a week of meaningful work for up to six months, paid at least the minimum wage, with another 10 hours a week of training and help with looking for work on the open labour market. People should not be able to continue receiving JSA if they refuse this offer. In time, a similar offer and obligation could be extended to ESA claimants on the Work Programme, consistent with their capacity to work.

Like the Work Programme, this job guarantee for the long-term unemployed should be organised on the basis of LEP geographies, with its delivery led by either a combined authority, a consortia of local authorities within an LEP, a contracted provider, or the local Jobcentre Plus. Public, private and voluntary sector organisations should be able to bid for funding to offer paid work placements that are of value to both the individual and the community.To pay for this policy, we propose scrapping the government’s Help to Work scheme for those who leave the Work Programme without a job.However, it is not certain how much this would raise – and the aim would be as little as possible, due to effective provider performance.Therefore, to complete the funding of a job guarantee, we propose raising the higher rate of capital gains tax (CGT) from 28 to 35 per cent, and devoting £220 million of the £400 million a year it would raise (based on estimates in HMRC 2014) to prevent long-term unemployment.

Despite an improving labour market, disabled people continue to face a substantial employment penalty.This suggests that worklessness among disabled people is largely structural, and not strongly linked to the economic cycle.

However, there are a significant number of people who have a long-term health condition that will affect their capacity to work for a long time, possibly permanently (in terms of the hours or the type of paid employment they can undertake), but which need not prevent them from working altogether.The notion of ‘distance from the labour market’ sets up a binary distinction between whether someone can or cannot work, rather than asking what kind of employment might be possible and what it would take for that to be enabled.Despite contrary intentions, the WCA remains a gateway to benefits, rather than to support with securing work.

We suggest that such a supported employment programme for ESA claimants with a long-term health condition should be named ‘New Start’, to indicate a fresh, positive approach that is rooted in disabled people’s own potential and capacities. New Start should also replace the specialist disability employment programme, Work Choice, when its contracts expire. To be effective, the introduction of New Start would need to be combined with reforms to the WCA that orientate it towards identifying the kinds of work that an individual could undertake, and the support they are likely to need to be able to do so, rather than simply operating as a gateway to benefits.Unlike traditional back-to-work programmes, this approach seeks to directly confront the so-called ‘demand-side’ problem, by working with specific employers to make a successful job match possible.Moreover, it would treat employment as often being an essential part of treatment or condition-management, rather than this being something that must precede entry into work.

By charting a course between traditional ‘activation’ strategies and ‘no support, no conditionality’ tracks, the aim would be for more ESA claimants to engage in back-to-work activity, and for fewer to enter the support group.

The fundamental principle of New Start should be that anyone who wants to work can do so. It should have a positive and empowering culture designed to nurture and unlock individuals’ talents and capacities. For this reason, participants should not be mandated to participate in particular activities. However, there should be an obligation on ESA claimants to engage with New Start, and to take responsibility for their own situation. This should involve regular meetings with an employment adviser, and the agreement of a personal employment plan. If a claimant persistently fails to engage with their adviser, there should be a backstop of benefit sanctions. However, this should only be triggered after a face-to-face meeting with a personal adviser to review activity, assess personal circumstances and better understand any underlying problems that are getting in the way of employment.

We therefore recommend that the New Start programme be led by local areas, tapping into local leadership and relationships. It should form part of wider strategies to integrate local services, rather than attempting to drive this process from Whitehall, which has rarely proved effective. Local councils often have far more established relationships with ESA claimants, such as through social housing or social services, than Jobcentre Plus, which has limited contact with this group.

The connection between health and employment services would be particularly important – and has been made more possible by the recent devolution of public health funding to local government, alongside the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) structure. Better employment outcomes would in turn help to improve local health outcomes and potentially reduce local health spending. The role of housing, adult social services, further education and, in some cases, probation or drug and alcohol treatment services in New Start could also be crucial.In addition, local councils should aim to draw in further capacity and resources from primary and secondary health services in their area. This could involve mobilising the active involvement of GPs, and securing agreement for the local CCG to commission occupational health and mental health services consistent with the local New Start plan. Making employment a more prominent focus within the NHS Mandate would further boost such efforts.

If this funding could be further matched by CCGs and LEPs across the country, New Start would have an annual budget of £800 million. With funding at this level, the programme could work with 400,000 ESA claimants – more than three times the number participating in the Work Programme each year.

At this scale, New Start would have the potential to make a substantial impact on the employment rate of people with long-term health conditions or disabilities, while significantly reducing expenditure on ESA and related benefits. Local areas should be free to give participants the right to take New Start support as a personal budget, and to provide a version of a job guarantee backstop to limit the amount of time for which local ESA participants were without work.Therefore, to support the New Start programme, we recommend that small firms are allowed to recover virtually all of the SSP costs they incur for individuals hired directly from ESA. This would reduce the risk of taking on someone who is more likely to take periods of sick leave.

Requiring employers to bear a small portion of the cost would retain an incentive for them to help people on sick leave return to work quickly.This change should be accompanied by ongoing efforts to confront disability discrimination, improve employers’ understanding of disability in the workplace, and increase opportunities for flexible working.Therefore, keeping more people healthy and in work could make a big difference to the number of people who enter the benefit system.With this in mind, the government is currently in the process of introducing a ‘health and work service’ to provide voluntary advice and support to employers and employees, available from the fourth week of sickness absence.

To overcome these challenges, we propose that it be made mandatory for an occupational health plan to be agreed between an employer and employee after 13 weeks of sickness absence, with the input of an occupational health expert. Employees should be obliged to engage with this plan, consistent with their health, and employers should also have obligations to consider reasonable changes that would facilitate a return to work. These could include the offer of an alternative position with the same employer, though with no obligation for the employee to accept a reduction in their terms or conditions at this stage. The aim of these plans should be to promote more active engagement between employer and employee. However, in some cases it might become necessary for an employment tribunal to test whether both parties have done enough to fulfil their obligations.At present, employees are entitled to statutory sick leave for up to 28 weeks if they fall ill or acquire a health condition or disability while in work. If people exhaust their SSP entitlement, they may then have their employment contract terminated.

Therefore, as part of the implementation of universal credit, we recommend that the ESA assessment phase be scrapped, as it automatically delays the point at which people switch their focus from claiming benefit to returning to work. For those who have exhausted employer-funded sick pay, there should instead be an equivalent period of conditional, state-funded sick pay. In such circumstances, the employment contract should be protected during this period, in order to give employees a little longer to recover and return to work, matched by obligations on them to take steps to do so. The employee should have to agree an updated back-to-work plan with their employer, an occupational health expert and a Jobcentre Plus adviser. The goal would be to exhaust absolutely every opportunity for rehabilitation and a return to work, including a requirement to accept alternative job offers from their employer.

For those making a claim for ESA that does not follow a period of sickness-related absence from work, the consequence of scrapping the ESA assessment phase would be to remove the inbuilt three-month wait before a WCA is carried out. This wait is actively damaging for those without a recent job, as it delays the point at which a person’s focus switches from benefit entitlement to a return to work.


I know this is long winded but  it is important to those who need to understand the thinking behind the neoliberal fuckup they face in a future government. It isn’t about you the individual its about them getting as many into work as possible (not that is bad thing if you can) and reducing the welfare bill, while handing out more contracts for others to make a mint ,in my opinion they are no better than people traffickers to make a fast buck in this case for for the 1%.






































Open Letter to Dame Anne Begg



Dear Chair,

Many groups both Charitable and Grassroots Campaigners have highlighted the many issues both with detailed academic reports and also as individuals with regards to WCA and the ESA debacle.

The enquiry into this is being watched closely by many of the leading campaigns both in the media and online at Parliament TV. We read all the Hansards and the publications produced by the Work & Pensions Select Committee charged with this task. We are not uneducated people while accepting that some claimants may find the language used difficult to understand and the political processes involved.

Claimants have been vilified in the press and media and by some politicians and Atos to win the very public argument of welfare denial to some of the people facing the biggest barriers in society. This is completely unacceptable behaviour by those who are in a position of authority and they are not being held responsible for their policies or actions, and the implementation on those who face the biggest barriers to an inclusive society. They talk of responsibility on the rest of society while refusing to accept responsibility themselves. This was a very ill thought out policy which was put through the processes of becoming legislation and the complexity of ordinary peoples lives are disregarded and the challenges they face is far removed from those who are in charge with the overseeing of policy that the government introduces. Many Campaigners have spoken with various ministers regarding this and have been welcomed with no threats to their personal well being happening. The accusations that Atos staff have been attacked by claimants  is unacceptable unless they are prepared to back that up with facts, such as  recorded police reports of such things occurring like the acid attack, death threat letters reported at yesterdays debate. It would, if those attacks took place, be rather small in comparison to attacks to other services like the NHS, Police, Fire Brigade and many other public service employers by members of the general public.

It would be fair to say organised demonstrations have been very peaceful while a few have been arrested for blocking a public highway or occupying a building, which at no time were any of the staff threatened on any protest that took place. I wish the minister or Atos to provide us with documented evidence of such threats across the UK.

The DWP release of statistics regarding the deaths of claimants 2011/12 is ambiguous in its language alone and that could have easily been contradicted with truthful facts in a plain and transparent way by releasing the actual deaths recorded where the denial of benefit played a key part from the records of the coroner’s office investigations into such claims. However the minister responsible Mr Iain Duncan Smith has refused to do so, many claimants feels this is deliberate slight against them in the war on welfare campaign this government is running to woo the voter. Hate crime as risen very sharply because of this harmful rhetoric and spin along with food bank referrals due to benefit sanctions which have also risen dramatically.

Atos pointed out that they had requested the DWP assist them in making sure facts were published and the process was explained in a transparent way to claimants to quash some of the misleading facts regarding the WCA and their request was refused, leaving Atos to bear the brunt of the backlash, which to our minds was the plan all along. The DWP consistently refuses to accept any responsibility for their policies harm.

The Committee has heard more than enough evidence to know that this policy is deeply flawed and should be scrapped in its entirety and redesigned which has been presented in many forms to ministers by campaigners who took on that challenge or until all the recommendations so far recommended by Prof Harrington and Dr Litchfield are fully  in place. This would stop untold misery and fear now associated with this assessment. Atos are correct in saying that any provider would have difficulty in processing the amount of claimants currently being forced through a process without causing harm to the individual or deterioration in someone health. If the Government was serious about wanting people to work they would lower the retirement age to allow others to take their jobs, support the job market with creation of employment and implement a fair system for those who are unable to work and protect them from a life of poverty and living on the breadline by raising taxes from those who can afford to pay the most to sustain the growth in social security, of which 43% are pensioners, and claimants only make up a total inc JSA of around 20% of the welfare bill.

It is not productive on any level, either to the claimant or the government with helping those people into work if possible with support in place to do so. The job market cannot sustain the currently able bodied unemployed people let alone the complicated difficulties that sick and disabled people face on a daily basis. These are societal barriers placed upon us, not just a simple matter of labelling people as workshy etc, when most employers will not employ them and jobs are not being created fast enough to remedy the issue. Employers should by law in our opinion be forced to take on a proportion of those sick and disabled who can work into employment with reasonable adjustments in place to enable them to do their job, like we have currently in regards to ethnic minorities.

Grassroots Campaigners have always been willing to work with the DWP in designing a new benefit but are excluded or ignored completely with only the Charities being asked to participate in such matters, which if they had a cross section would actually improve both the design of the assessment and claimant experience ensuring that those who are the most in need got what they needed. The reduction in care criteria provided by local authorities also impacts on a person’s right to live an independent life and the loss of ILF will have further consequences on their ability to do so along with those who lose their vehicles on motobility under the new PIP regime.

We would like ministers of the committee to force the release of said evidence of attacks on Atos Staff and of the actual deaths recorded by the coroner where the WCA has been cited as a cause or contributory factor to an individual’s death. We would also like ministers of the committee to ensure that Mr Iain Duncan Smith answers fully the misleading statistics he and the DWP have used to discredit claimants complaints on the WCA process.


We the undersigned support this letter:

Gail Ward –Campaigner/Activist

John McArdle –Co Founder Black Triangle

Rosemary Oneill –Carerwatch

Frances Ryan – Carerwatch

Pat Onions-Pats Petition

Roy Bard -MHRN London

Denise McKenna-MHRN

Anita Bellows -Campaigner/Activist

Wayne Blackburn -Campaigner/Activist

Steven Preece-Welfare News Service

Annie Bishop -Campaigner /Activist

Katy Marchant- DPAC Devon

Nick- @mylegalforum


Jane Bence @newapproach

Joanne Walker -Campaigner and Activist

Helen Simms-Campaigner

Atos Miracles

Jayne Linney-Campaigner/Activist

Sue Jones-Campaigner/Activist

Debbie Sayers-Campaigner/Activist

Keith Lindsay-Cameron



Reply From Dame Anne Begg

Thanks very much for this and all the interest you have taken in the proceedings of the committee. I have passed a copy on to my committee clerks.

We will be discussing what is called “The Heads of Report” on Wednesday where we will decide the overall shape of our report and what we will include. Then it will be drafted for final agreement towards the end of July.

Best wishes


Dame Anne Begg MP


Sick of Politics & A Reality No-one Dares to Mention



One thing I do know is the electorate are totally fed up with politics which doesn’t represent them and their daily struggles. Out on street and social media,  people are disgruntled over the way their voices are lost among the wealthy elitists that rattle around Westminster. With recent European Elections showing huge support of the far right around the globe and austerity measures causing untold hardship among the people  who suffer the brunt end of what seems a global policy, while letting those who caused it get off  free gratis with nice huge bonuses .

Public services are being decimated in the UK as budgets are slashed to the bone, Our Human Rights abused,  Job losses galore while  Welfare Reform bites the poorest in society. Politicians believe we should be grateful for the crumbs off the table and all the nationalised public services get sold off while the 1% make a fast buck.

I was thinking and talking with folks the other day  and ironically today also when I  dared bring up  raising taxes to help pay for a well funded public services many of us use . First I got outcry from the worker who exclaimed I’m struggling to look after my family I cant afford tax rises, food is so expensive and my bills are rising through the roof, yet we have a growing population who are living longer and the demand on those public services continue to grow and groan under  the strain, with financial limitations as to what they can do to help.

When I was growing up I was lucky to have those public services ,yes post delivered twice a day, see my GP on the day I rang, If my relatives needed to go to hospital they could and would be well treated and made better again, if Mrs Jones across the road needed home help it was provided by the neighbours in community or state if they couldn’t help , the list is enormous of what we now seem to have lost.  Then others voiced concerns that I was just feeding into neo liberal ideals when we are the 7th richest country in world we don’t need to raise taxes. One thing successive governments of any persuasion have failed to discuss, for fear of  it upsetting the electorate by saying ‘we need to do this’ ! We need a Housing Strategy to rebuild all those council homes sold off under Thatcher yet our present government thinks its ok to restart the help to buy scheme which has partly caused the housing crisis and the awful bedroom tax policies have polarised this very starkly. some will think we have moved on to a better future and I’m just living in a bygone dream with rose coloured spectacles, but I’m not we can have this and more  if we stop being so darn capitalist  focused in the dog eat dog world we now live in.

Our NHS, under Major when he introduced  the PFI contracts which has asset stripped our NHS and what is left will be privatised to their chums and 142 politicians  having vested interests in healthcare services is just the thing to say it failing patients so lets pump private money into a service which has more managers than Dr’s and Nurses on the frontline. A rail system which was sold off, in which we got a worst service for the user ever, while  seeing travels costs soaring ahead, and a Social Services dept which can only help the most desperate in need and  everyone else is left by the wayside to either fail or flail on their own. A question I have asked for some considerable time is why is this happening? The answer is because we are allowing  it!

Society has a responsibility to act to help those who need it, that is each and everyone of us to pay towards helping those at bottom of the pile, with the 1% paying a lot more than they do now, instead of bleating about we pay enough when the contrary is shown that it is in fact those at the bottom who pay more and have done since the war . We have our children and we are expected to raise them into decent human beings and cover the cost, now more than ever the elderly are not looked after by families due to being so fragmented around the UK when Thatcher broke up communities where families all lived close to each other and generally ,but not always, the woman of the house took on carer roles to look after elderly relatives for free which many still do and save the government billions with no thanks at all, just more punitive measures of austerity with benefits redefined and more hardship for years to come. Fact is since the war Tories have cut taxes time after time to benefit the wealthy.


Humanity should be what we are about as Human Race and to care for our fellow-man/woman/child ,making sure than no one person in society has to suffer the wickedness that is rife in such a selfish society and our self-serving government that we have today. Our youth are  disenfranchised and generations to follow will never know or understand the struggles that people fight on a daily basis and history has a way of convieniently disappearing and being repeated .

As a Human Race we still haven’t learnt lessons from the past, that we need to look after each other where we can, help where we can, support another down on their luck, and change society as a whole to a more caring and compassionate entity to allow us to grow as human beings and spiritually, with the wealth of knowledge we can share to help our own survival as a species, not survival of the fittest or greediest.


The Universal Credit Nightmare for Homeowners


The Universal Credit Nightmare has barely started rolling out when I spotted a shock to all homeowners hidden in the depths of the document. It seems that the hardworking taxpaying person  who has their own home could be in  for hell of a jolt, and

potentially risk losing their homes should they fall on hard times, such as lose a  job, become ill. So like a manic cat I sent off FOI to the DWP for clarification. it has took me a few conversations to clarify the response as usual that was as clear as mud.

When I received my reply I was right, many those  who make a new claim who already own their own homes will not be eligible to claim UC (Universal Credit) but will instead have to claim ESA, JSA , IS.

If you are already on ESA and migrate to Universal Credit you will still be eligible for UC but the SMI component  will be subject the ‘Zero Income’ rule, which effectively will include the removal of 16 hrs a week earnings disregard and any earnings

above the amounts below will be taken into account will be reduced the SMI help you will receive, so on top of paying the mortgage part of your mortgage while the state effectively pays the interest will come under the new rule and tapers below.


  • There will be a “zero earnings rule”. An owner occupier will have no entitlement to the housing costs element in any period in which they or their partner receive any earned income. Earned income includes any earnings from part time work, and certain benefits that employers pay such as Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay. Under the current system claimants can work for up to 16 hours a week before their earned income is taken into account in full and starts to affect their benefits. The basis of UC is that claimants will keep more of their earned income because of higher disregards and tapers. As a result, under UC, there is a 65 per cent universal disregard. This means that a claimant would lose only £0.65 of UC for each £1 of net income above the disregard leaving the claimant with more available income than under the current benefits regime. For example, the monthly earnings disregards for claimants who lose their SMI as a result of the zero earnings rule are £111 for a single claimant; £734 for a single claimant responsible for one or more children or young persons; and, £647 for single claimant who has limited capability for work.When an owner occupier claimant’s earned income stops, he or she will be required to serve a further waiting period before they receive further help with their housing costs.


Any new claimants who own their own homes after claiming UC will  get the benefit but not the SMI on there mortgage which leaves them with a  huge shortfall in some cases.This is really going to hurt many People already struggling to keep their heads above water  with another whammy, so the government can save a few quid, its like a bedroom tax for homeowners!

This nasty vindictive government who seems to care not about the ordinary citizen in this country except for themselves and their corporate pals. The ‘I’m Alright Jack ‘mentality offers no solace to the working man or those who have misfortune darken their front doors. They say to people to work hard save and buy their own homes under their second run of  the ‘Right to Buy Scheme’ and when they do they will be punished for doing the right thing. I remember in the 70’s under Thatcher  they did right to buy ,made a killing and never replaced the social housing stock they sold off along I might add with subsequent governments also turning a blind eye to replacing the social housing stock.

Now with Bedroom Tax biting those hit by it, we still have very little in way of building replacements and those who are still in social housing have chance to take second bite of the cherry they missed first time round. While this scheme is different from the present one the catastrophic consequences for some homeowners will be immense. This government will punish the poorest in society yet again. They have no shame  for the outcomes of their actions and will just see it yet again as collateral damage to the governments goal of more cuts and many more to come over a sustained period in the future.



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

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

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

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

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

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

Look at links and see what a monster this really is and how your lives are being manipulated every single day and with every action you do in daily life. (surf this page and look what governments across the globe are doing )

http://uk.atos. (KPMG are arm of Atos)   (Dropbox Link to all documents to read )

Thanks to Andy who provided some links here



The Tentacles of a Government Provider For WCA and Beyond


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.

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.  Link to Schlumberger acquisition

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

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.

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 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.…-a0309936401–October-2013-Board.pdf FT  Story breaking news that Atos were Going click each link it will take you via back door to pages

Latest newspaper links first link again   names linked to first link

You Tube  and other Links  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.


Australia- A Letter to Liam Byrne

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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.

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’.

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!

Corruption,Selfishness,Greed UK PLC

Corruption in UK is rife by those who think because they have money they can abuse the rights of Individuals and  the Corporations they represent. Human Rights Abuses are many and it has to  STOP  !
Daily I hear the doom and gloom of the people being abused which are the poorest in society. People with ill health, being ruled unable to work, being told to get out homes because they are meant to downsize so a more worthy soul who works like a slave on minimum wage can have their home, and supports the ethos of the CONDEMS to cut welfare. I know that some people also abuse the system aimed to help them, but these have been proven to be a very small 0.5% of a few unscrupulous selfish individuals whose greed is the same as those in charge of some of the most powerful places in UK.,They have shares in Healthcare, Drug, Energy Companies,  and where are the biggest rises  and privatisations happening in this area of welfare.
The Public are slowly waking up to the plight of those on bottom rung as it starts to bite Middle England, but slow is the operative word. We have our politicians who are claiming all sorts as part of their jobs out of the taxpayers pot and all I have heard the last 3 years is Silence while they stick the boot in those unable to defend themselves, while they rub their hands at  owning their own home, the 4×4, two hols a year while never realising most those people claiming have also contributed to society and now they are in need are asking for assistance they were promised through national insurance…yes INSURANCE. Just like you insure your life or car many have paid 20/30/50yrs into a scheme that promised to look after them. if they needed.

Kicking the poor has become a new’ Olympic Bloodsport’  while those able to work and the well off bleat about spending their taxes on the most vulnerable in society rather than share that wealth, to have a more equal society.  Where humanity overrides selfishness and greed and for people to help those who can’t help themselves so they can have a little more and enjoy the basic of pleasures of  a friendly face or a cooked meal, and a warm home  .

They don’t complain while politicians and bankers and others claim for things they shouldn’t from the public purse, fiddle their expenses, and fund second homes with all the trimmings gets the thumbs up. How many readers of this blog would like a second home they didn’t have to fund, and holiday free gratis etc etc or a free pub meal down your local. I can tell you many would be glad to be able to feed themselves once a day, feed their kids, and keep themselves warm when needed, and cosseted when sick.

The silence to defend the indefensible is the biggest threat to humans since the dinosaurs extinction. It’s called the Blame game!


It isn’t rocket science to see who is blagging the system  and taking your taxes and it isn’t the most vulnerable in society. Many stealth taxes hit the poorest ,VAT being one of them we all pay regardless. Many also work.

If your working and earning a decent income when you go to your supermarket shopping, just stop and think for one second to see if you could buy a tin soup to put in the food banks trolley on your way out. If you see that person on the street begging stop and think and offer your loose change it may be only drink to keep warm they had for some time. Before anyone attacks me for this stance put yourself in that persons shoes ,they are not all drunks, druggies etc many are genuinely in a difficult place could you sleep on a street? I know I couldn’t. I may be able to go without food for a day or two but then I would be thinking of ways to get food which may lead me to commit a crime.

What a state of affairs we find ourselves in. I’m coming to what I call the latter end of ones average  lifespan and what I see today sickens me to my stomach more than any words I can type here. It is time to reverse and find humanity and compassion for our fellow-man because 10 years ago I was fit and healthy until life took me down a different path through no fault of my own. Check to see whether that old man/lady across road needs shopping or they are ok? Ask how someone you know who having a bad time is feeling /doing?

Let us dump one ‘C’ for four others Care, Compassion, Community, Campaign .

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