Posts tagged ‘Atos’

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By blueannoyed and Paula Peters

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

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

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

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

 

Further reading;

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Advertisements

The Death of the Welfare State-Joining the Dots Series -Part 2


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Blueannoyed  and Paula Peters

So lets look at the next stage of where it all went badly wrong and joining up a few more dots.

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes were introduced to the UK under the John Major Government in the 1990s, with the first project Skye Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDTu7kZUjA .Tony Blair’s New Labour Government significantly expanded PFI as a convenient way of funding public infrastructure “off balance sheet.” Despite frequently calling for an end to “Labours flawed PFI program” whilst in opposition, in 2011 Chancellor George Osborne re-branded and continued the PFI gravy train under the “PFI 2” banner. NHS Trusts owe £80bn in PFI loan repayments and “unitary charges,” the technical term describing the extortionate ongoing running costs of maintaining PFI hospitals via PFI – where private contractors are granted 30-year monopoly rights to deliver maintenance and services.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/joel-benjamin/seven-things-everyone-should-know-about-private-finance-initiative

In recent years reform of the welfare system in Britain began with the introduction of the New Deal programme  introduced by the Labour government in 1997. The aim of this programme was to increase employment through requiring that recipients make serious efforts to seek employment. The Labour Party also introduced a system of tax credits for low-income workers. The Welfare Reform Act 2007 provides for “an employment and support allowance, a contributory allowance, [and] an income-based allowance.”. The objectives of the Welfare Reform Act of 2007 were to increase the employment rate to 80% from 75%, to assist 300,000 single parents find employment, to increase the number of workers over 50 by 1 million, and to reduce the number of people claiming incapacity benefits by 1 million.

In the 2009 Welfare Reform Bill This welfare reform proposed an increase of personal responsibility within the welfare system. The reform eliminated Income support, and allocated funds over to the Jobseeker’s allowance, to encourage employment. It also encouraged increased parental responsibility by amending child support laws, and requiring births be registered jointly by both parents. This is basically how we got to David Cameron In power with the help of the Lib Dems. Building on Thatchers Legacy they all equally promoted on the capitalist world stage.

Disability campaigners saw this coming this is how the main groups in 2010 like DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) Black Triangle Campaign in Scotland and Spartacus Campaign,Pats Petition,WOW Debate MHRN (Mental Health Resistance Network)and many others were created to fight against the forthcoming erosion of the welfare state and austerity measures in the pipeline that was to be foisted onto the most vulnerable in society in the hope there would be little opposition, well they got that wrong! Disabled people started to take to the streets warning of what the end game was yet they were often dismissed as scaremongering by the general public but that did not deter them. When people start to die you just cannot sit and do nothing and boy did they take to social media too,  all working together behind the scenes collectively to raise awareness of what was happening to people under these new reforms .  The campaigns that hit headlines were Spartacus twitter  campaign ‘I Am Spartacus’, DPAC ‘s  Independant Living Campaign (ILF) 2010  one thing for sure disabled people were not going to suffer in silence they were going to take this fight to the government and still are! DPAC disruptive direct actions are notorious and they took their concerns to the UN over deaths that were occurring as people slipped through the cracks, while others produced hard evidence of what was going wrong and how to fix it by lobbying ministers to their plight.

ATOS  was the main contracted  outsourced provider of new Biopsychosocial model assessment regime designed by the likes of Mansell Aylward , Gordon Wadell,  (The biopsychosocial approach systematically considers biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness, and health care delivery.)  Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud,Frank Field et al  grabbed this flawed research with gusto and turned it into something brutal and unrecognizable removing the safety net of the welfare state for those who need it. This government have created a hostile environment for anyone who needs state support with lies about claimants taking taxpayers money while they are working hard to pay taxes. The demonisation started by IDS et al all feeds through to the general public  via the media that those needing support via his scrounger rhetoric, lazy ,feckless , money for nothing,hard working people are just a few of the soundbites used harking back the the victorian days of blaming the person rather than state failures to provide jobs in a failing economy since the 2008 global crash.

 

Iain Duncan Smith (Center for Social Justice)  -Between 1997 and 2001, he was Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security and then Secretary of State for Defence. From 2001 to 2003, he was leader of the Conservative Party and then from 2003, having stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). The CSJ was an organisation dedicated to focussing on the problems facing those in the lowest income groups in society. It published a series of reports, perhaps the most significantly, “Breakthrough Britain: Ending the Costs of Social Breakdown”, focusing on the five pathways to poverty and a Conservative way to implement social justice and improve the quality of the poorest in society. It is also worth noting that in 2013, the CSJ published the paper on modern day slavery, “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”, which subsequently led to Theresa May enacting legislation on this matter. In 2010, Iain Duncan Smith became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a position he held until he resigned in a dispute with the Chancellor over his determination to reduce his expenditure on disability benefits by over £1 billion. During his time as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, he undertook the most significant programme of welfare reform in modern times, transforming the benefit and pension systems, as well as employment services and support. Perhaps the most significant reforms were the introduction of Universal Credit, (bringing together the six unemployment and sickness benefits), the Work Programme, for the first time bringing together private and voluntary sectors to get unemployed people back into work, and the introduction of the Single Tier Pension simplifying the State Pension.

https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/

 

Many battles have been fought since then and the Labour Government started to listen and ministers started to support disabled people in their fight and Ministers from all parties started to have their surgerys full of cases where this regime change was causing preventable harm. Meanwhile the Tories continue to ignore it and dismiss it as ‘work as a health outcome’ and disabled people as scaremongering despite extensive evidence to the contrary.

Further reading:

https://dpac.uk.net/research/

http://www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk/2017/07/demonising-disabled-people-public-behaviour-and-attitudes-during-welfare-reforms/

https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/killed-by-the-state/

https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/campaigns-and-policy/facts-and-information/independent-living-social-care-and-health/ilf-one-year-on/

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/rogue-company-unum-had-a-profiteering-hand-in-the-governments-work-health-and-disability-green-paper/

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/a-brief-history-of-social-security-and-the-reintroduction-of-eugenics-by-stealth/

Spartacus Reports:

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/search/node/spartacus?fbclid=IwAR0oZ4h1GCEG62yOm4M1V8ir_UnEPN-Oq0jJuhlXBpzLHIPgxko3Luy4H6U

https://spartacusnetwork.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR1uGHwGNaggW9dMo7cbdG1WCT33SJK979fd99uQ4lENhKvi1v5bW-KLA3E

 

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/

 

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


hqdefault

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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 !


atos assist

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


atos coin

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


atos arms

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


cam badge

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


positive for disabled people

Dear Mr Byrne,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rejoice or Despair that is the choice?


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is Mr Osborne dropping the deficit out the bag.

http://youtu.be/8p5oKK5uVtk

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

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

Time has come to save ourselves, because they wont!

%d bloggers like this: