Posts tagged ‘Atos’

TOXIC ATOS REBRANDS AGAIN


 

Toxic Atos are again having to rebrand claiming

Following an independent review of the PIP assessment journey claimants experience in December 2014, Paul Gray recommended a number of changes to claimant communications to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Assessment Providers.
After consultation with DWP and reviewing our communications, we have introduced a new business name that better represents the work we do independently assessing PIP cases.
We believe Independent Assessment Services does this because: • It makes it clear that we are ‘independent’ providers, distinct from DWP • ‘Assessment’ explains the service we deliver assessing PIP cases more clearly than ‘healthcare’ does

It can rebrand as much as it likes, it  doesn’t stop the DWP destroying disabled people’s lives when being assessed and losing their money,  vehicles, jobs when they fail to be assessed correctly and leaving some so distraught their health actually deteriorates or they lose what income from working they had , and the worst case scenario is they are left housebound  when they lose their mobility vehicles.

The stories are now coming thick and fast towards those contractors, which Atos is one, of lies and malpractice of assessors. Capita is the other contractor whose reputation has also been tarnished badly .

65% of decisions are now being overturned on appeal, some just give up because they genuinely cannot cope with their health conditions and the long protracted process that it entails and the loss of vital income which helps with the extra costs they face as disabled people. Recently those with mental health were asked ‘why they had not killed themselves yet’ ! Reports given to DWP in a lot of cases are filled with fabrication, claim claimants.

One the eve of election night many are scared witless by these assessments praying to god that Labour are installed into Number 10 who have promised to scrap these assessments along with the notorious WCA assessments which Atos used to carry out until they left their contract early leaving Maximus to pick up the pieces.

Either way these assessments are going the same way,  should Labour get power this will need to be tackled head on to prevent serious preventable harm to those whom are struggling under the last 7yrs of horrific reforms to survive. Many thousands have died along the way, with Atos and the DWP blaming each other, but the blame lays fairly and squarely at the governments door for a badly thought out policy decision that has affected the disabled community on a grand scale, while blaming disabled people for being workshy,lazy , and faking disability which the general public have latched onto and left the disabled community easy targets of Hate Crime. Disabled people do not mind having a fair assessment given the public purse is helping them live independently, what they object to is being hounded to their graves and every waking moment being made scapegoats for a failed government policy that was only ever going to cause harm and they did not even have the decency to step in and stop this happening. The enquiry into PIP (Personal Independence Payments) was conveniently called off due to the fact Mrs May called a snap election in the hope of continuing these awful policies to cut the welfare bill of those they promised to protect.

The disabled community has been hit 9 times harder than any other section of society, for the failure of a society who no longer care, a department who is determined to put saving money over human life of a community that takes the least of the welfare budget.

 

Read here the Stakeholder Document to Advisors

https://www.scribd.com/document/350681967/DRG-Toolkit-for-Stakeholder-Mailing-010617

 

Read more here

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/election-forces-mps-to-abandon-pip-inquiry-but-evidence-backs-up-dishonesty-claims/

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-assessment-lies-and-distortions-exposed-by-double-apology-to-claimant/

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-suicide-womans-sister-blames-barbaric-system-for-her-death/

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/

 

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Academic confirmation we have all been waiting 7 years for- AYLWARD’S REPUTATION DESTROYED BY ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE


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 Courtesy of Mo Stewart July29th 2016

Re: Blaming the victim, all over again: Waddell and Aylward’s biopsychosocial (BPS) model of disability.

by Tom Shakespeare, Nicholas Watson and Ola Abu Alghaib

 

Critical Social Policy, May 25,2016: 0261018316649120

http://csp.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/05/25/0261018316649120.abstract

AS you all know, I have been exposing the dangerous WCA in my research since 2009.  Eventually, I was able to expose the use of the totally discredited biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment, used for the WCA and adopting a ‘non-medical’ assessment model to resist funding benefit.  Waddell and Aylward’s ‘research’ was based on the modified version of Engel’s BPS model as identified in the 1970s. They are responsible for the BPS model used for the WCA, which has destroyed countless lives.

 

Finally, the very long awaited academic support has arrived in the form of a blistering attack against Mansel Aylward and Gordon Waddell’s research ‘evidence’ who, historically, have written DWP ‘commissioned’ research that has influenced government policy, which led to the introduction of the WCA.

 

Originally published in Critical Social Policy Journal, Tom’s scathing attack against the BPS duo is now attached and is available via Tom’s website at UEA: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/58235/1/1351_Shakespeare.pdf

 

The Waddell-Aylward BPS has remained largely unexamined within academic literature, although it has not escaped critique by disability activists (e.g. Jolly 2012, Berger n.d., Lostheskold 2012, Stewart 2013). In this paper we build on these political challenges with an academic analysis of the model and the evidence used to justify it. We outline the chief features of the Waddell-Aylward BPS and argue that, contrary to Lord Freud’s comments above, there is no coherent theory or evidence behind this model. We have carefully reviewed claims in Waddell and Aylward’s publications; compared these with the accepted scientific literature; and checked their original sources, revealing a cavalier approach to scientific evidence. In conclusion, we will briefly outline the influence of the Waddell-Aylward BPS on contemporary British social policy, and the consequent effects on disabled people.” (p4) (My emphasis MS)

 

Waddell and Aylward slide between general statements that are scientifically valid, and specific statements that are matters of opinion or political prejudice. They also tend to cite their own, non-peer reviewed papers extensively. For example they claim ‘We have the knowledge to reduce sickness absence and long-term incapacity associated with common health problems by 30–50%, and in principle by even more’ (2010, 45). They underpin this claim by reference to one of their earlier publications, Concepts of Rehabilitation for the Management of Common Health Problems (Waddell & Burton 2004). However, there is no evidence cited in this 2004 work to support such a claim, in fact this publication even acknowledges the paucity of evidence in this area (Waddell and Burton 2004; 50).” (p20)

 

“In conclusion, the relationship of the advocates of the Waddell Aylward BPS to the UK government’s ‘welfare reform’ does not represent evidence-based policy. Rather, it offers a chilling example of policy-based evidence.” (p24)

 

The research ‘evidence’ used by the DWP to justify the dangerous WCA, using the discredited BPS model, is finally exposed as having ‘no coherent theory or evidence behind this model’, which is academic speak for being totally bogus.

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Today they launched a You Tube Channel

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

 

Today the Minister for Disabled Mike Penning said ”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Andy who provided some links here

 

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

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

The Buck Stops At The Top IDS


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

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

This statement was issued by Atos re actions tomorrow.

http://blog.atoshealthcare.com/

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/

This was issued by Capita in March 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Better the Devil you know’ is my motto

SOLIDARITY COMRADES FOR TOMMORROW !

Disability-Disabilism-Mistrust


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rejoice or Despair that is the choice?


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is Mr Osborne dropping the deficit out the bag.

http://youtu.be/8p5oKK5uVtk

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

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

Time has come to save ourselves, because they wont!

Your Country Needs YOU !


kitchner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Co written by Blueannoyed and the Protester Poet

Atos-Saint or Sinner?


This company was paid a handsome sum of money to carry out the Work Capability Assessments (WCA) by Labour in 2008. A pilot scheme was set up (after an impact assessment ) and carried out and a review showed serious flaws which Labour were in the process of addressing when they lost office. The Condem Vilification of the Sick and Disabled went into full swing like a drunk in charge of a vehicle under the supervision of Ian Duncan Smith (IDS) . A car crash was about to ensue. The WCA was changed by IDS to the cruel ,biased test we know now.The Atos contract was changed and regulations are being changed consistently to ensure his introduced targets are carried out as exposed by Dr Steven Bick,and Joyce Drummond the so-called   ‘Atos Whistleblower’. So the disability community have always thought Atos is their enemy ,when the reality is that enemy is DWP and the Government. They blame Labour for introducing this, which they did,but no way was it as cruel as it is now it was in fact fairer. Were the deaths so high under Labour ..no they were not!

I was lucky to meet with Shadow Minister last week who told a delegation of campaigners (inc myself)  what I personally had suspected for some time, Atos are the governments scapegoats for failure, rather than the Government/DWP taking responsibility for an assessment process which was already flawed, being made worse by someone at the helm who threw caution to the wind, ignored the need for an impact assessment and by any means necessary was going to remove the vital support that people needed and who change regulations like they change their underwear. Atos Dr’s ,Nurses etc are not able to use the skills they trained years for,but are now Disability Analysts. The welfare of the Sick and Disabled do not come into it, if you can work one day a week then this is what they will say,this process  IS NOT A MEDICAL that many believe it is in fact a programme to work regardless of levels ability to do so,where it is possible. I know many will be outraged by these comments but that is the stark truth,I’m not going to dress it up or give you a sticky plaster for it. It is now costing more in appeals than to implement the test itself, a 9 month wait on DLA alone for appeals.

Atos are no angels they are banned in 15 countries for mismanagement so they are not off the hook entirely and are culpable in the suffering of our community but it seems what they took on,  in many places around the globe  were factors that lead to their failures also. The Sick and Disabled know it is fair to have assessments to make sure the genuine get the help they deserve, and work where they can,but this brutal regime will only get worse with the coming changes and more cuts next year with the introduction of Universal Credit,Bedroom Tax, PIP.

Now is the time to start laying the blame where it truly lies firmly and squarely on the doorstep of our present government,and realise the fact that unless we get behind Labour the only credible alternative we will be socially cleansed out of existence. I can hear you all screaming  ‘what Labour are you kidding me’, actually no I am not,while they made an attempt to make sure disability was taken into account and their original idea was flawed they are not to blame for the last two years destruction,we have suffered under this bunch., or for the harsh changes to the WCA or the constant changes to Atos contract and the hidden targets to get 7 out of 8 off benefits.

On reflection I can honestly say hand on heart that Atos are not the real enemy like any business they are fulfilling a contract what is being asked of them and struggling to do so because the staffing levels are not up to scratch to deal with the volumes the Government/DWP are pressuring then to achieve which is why the whole thing is a catastrophe.

I like many others blamed Labour for introducing it, which is unfair of me,it amazing when you get that lightbulb moment and you open your eyes  and realise that Atos also are scapegoats and the Real Culprits are laughing all the way to the bank as they asset strip our welfare system to keep the banks and themselves afloat at our expense. I asked why the deafening silence from Labour, the reality is they do not have majority on committees, the Tories and Lib  Dem’s do, hence the lack of perceived progress from Labour, who are fighting our corner in the background with Human Rights Abuses being lodged in EHRC.

I ask everyone to rise up against this let us get this lot out of office ,LETS KICK SOME BUTT!

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