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IAPT -The Governments Magic Cure for Mental Health


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Most people will have heard of CBT therapy for helping those with mental health problems, some may have received it and felt it helpful,but for the majority with serious mental health problems this will not make a jot of difference and in some cases cause more harm. What is insidious about this is that it will be forced upon those who claim Social Security payments in helping them get back to work with their new  health and work programme which is integral to Universal Credit.

This is most likely going to be part of the so called ”Universal Support’ in Universal Credit where the government has target groups, and I’m sure this isn’t the worst of the many packages this government proposes to force upon those groups mentioned in my other blog ‘Universal Support’.

The government in its wisdom wants to half the disability employment gap which most governments have failed to do consistently for decades. The base rate of 5% has never really changed,so it is folly for them to think so , as employers are reluctant to take on people who have mental health or other disabilities let alone the many with chronic ill health which is never catered for in any policy they dream up.

Work is not a ‘cure for all ills’ as this government would like to peddle to media and swallowed by the gullible public who seem to resent our very existence until they are affected personally because of selfish desires not to pay taxes for those needing support from the state,which I hasten to add have paid their own taxes until they became mentally unwell or disabled, so are eligible to claim payment,after all that’s what NI was all about an insurance to cover you if you fell on hard times .

In an ideal world it should be standard practice for disabled people to obtain work on merit if able, but it all comes back to that real issue of ‘productivity and profit’ so  majority of disabled people don’t tick that box precisely because we are not as productive as our able bodied counterparts by the very nature of disability,being off sick when things are bad, hospital appointments,or regular treatment or surgery.

Its a no- brainer to a rational thinking person, but we know our government don’t think like normal people, they just dream up pointless expensive schemes to waste taxpayers money to show the public they are doing something even though they have demonstrated  most fail and cost more than paying benefits in the first place.

Many more dark oppressive schemes are coming to light so we must be vigilant and stand up against forcing people to be so distressed that they harm or worse death to its citizens. It is not like we don’t know how many have decided to end it all over the constant pressures they are put under daily by the DWP monsters, who are out of control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2 yr Job Rule for Disabled on Universal Credit is not True!


 

In the last few days it has been widely reported by various bloggers that those disabled claimants claiming Universal Credit are subjected to finding a job within two years or face a 1 year sanction. This is utter fabrication and feeding many claimants fears which could potentially cause harm. So today I called Welfare Rights ,who called DWP while I remained on the phone, they denied that this information was correct and was downright alarmist and dangerous. That doesnt mean I trust DWP and have submitted a FOI too given 7 years of shenanigans. So you see folks, you can take the fear project and destroy it with Facts!

Those who will be put on Universal Credit (UC) will have to sign the claimant commitment regardless, some will be subjected to full conditionality some will have their conditionality limited depending on the circumstances, and subject to sanctions if they fail to comply with the agreed commitments they agreed with work coach via the Work Plan,My 4 steps,My Values documents.  (Document links provided at bottom of the blog.)

As promised last night, the SKWAWKBOX has been looking further into conflicting reports from DWP insiders concerning the WRAG (work-related activity group) category into which the government, more or less arbitrarily, places some disability benefit claimants and the possibility of sanctions after a fixed period of two years under the Universal Credit (UC) system if claimants have not found work.

Some activists insisted that this was part of the UC system and this was initially confirmed by long-term DWP employees. Others subsequently disputed it. The only thing all were agreed on was that the rules are ill-conceived and extremely confusing.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted a PCS union official who specialises in UC for clarification and received this response:

 

I’ve been looking at the regulations and I can’t find anything that refers specifically to a fixed time limit in which to find employment.

That is right, because no fixed time limit exists in the regulations

 

The ‘disabled’ argument, as I’m sure you are aware, is notorious because ultimately the Department through the provide contractors are essentially able to define who is fit or not for work.

For example, a claimant maybe moved from ESA to UC on the back of a WCA [Work Capability Assessment]. The claimant may disagree with the decision but they are stuck.

If they are adamant they are not fit for work, they could refuse employment in an environment they believe will affect their health.

 

If they have been found to have no Limited Capability for Work, they cannot refuse employment. The fact that claimants think they are unfit for work has been the main issue with the flawed WCA since 2008

 

This is where the sanction process comes in – a 13wk, 26wk and 156wk sanction could apply (although similar regs existed prior to UC and the 2012 Welfare Reform Act if not as harsh or severe).

 

In this case you’re looking at failure to apply, not accepting work or leaving on one’s own accord. Their argument is they aren’t fit, the department will still look at sanctions.

The circumstances described here apply to somebody who has not been found to have Limited Capability for Work.

 

The sanction regime is clearly arbitrary, deeply unfair and dangerous – but there is no rule mandating a fixed time-limit for a claimant to find work.

Again no time limit

 

However, another PCS/DWP source warned that while the rules don’t include such a limit, the way they are applied may not be as clear cut:

I can tell you that we have received complaints from WRAG claimants about having their ESA revoked after two years. And now they are treated as JSA claimants because they are ‘fit for work but not necessarily their precious occupation(s)’.

ESA cannot be revoked. It simply cannot be claimed after a claimant has been found fit for work. Previous occupations are not a consideration. That has always been the case.

 

Sanctions have been applied because the claimant has not fulfilled their requirement to find work. The purpose of the WRAG was to enable people to return to work despite being disabled, but this component has now been removed as WRAG claimants are now treated as jobseekers.

 

WRAG claimants under UC are described as having Limited Capability for Work.. They are not required to search for, be available for and start work, and cannot be sanctioned for not doing so, but they are required to accept work preparation requirements within their commitment and attend WFIs

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Other WRAG claimants have been booted off ESA or the sickness element of UC after a period of two years because they failed their WCA – deliberate decision to bully them back to work.

 

Some claimants will fail their WCA after 2 years. Others after 6 months, 12 months  etc.

2 years is actually a prognosis period, meaning a number of people are reassessed at this stage. Unless there is any evidence of a pattern, this period of 2 years is meaningless

 

Thanks too to Anita Bellows who has worked with me on this 🙂

 

So you see folks, you can take the fear project and destroy it with Facts! 

https://www.scribd.com/document/353594773/4c-ESAHWC1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353595852/CC-O18-E15

https://www.scribd.com/document/352833734/CC-Work-Preparation-Activities-v1-0

https://www.scribd.com/document/353603319/1359203507-UJcompanyleafletJCP

https://www.scribd.com/document/354185048/CC-Requirement-to-Accept-a-Claimant-Commitment-v2-0

https://www.scribd.com/document/354185364/cc-commitment-not-accepted-v1-0

https://www.scribd.com/document/354185650/My-4-Steps-Template

https://www.scribd.com/document/354187257/1816-my-values-1-pdf

https://www.scribd.com/document/349517725/UC-Claimant-Committment

https://www.scribd.com/document/349520361/FTS-FTP-in-WFI-and-Failure-to-Undertake-Work-Related-Activity

https://www.scribd.com/document/349517543/Handout-08-01-Commitment-Pack-v7-7

https://www.scribd.com/document/354182466/Dealing-With-Sanctions-Facsheet-4

https://www.scribd.com/document/353627563/HWC-Exemptions

 

Read Frank Zola Blog below;

https://mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/disability-rights-uk-disrightsuk-questions-why-dwp-esa-health-work-conversation-mandatory-foi/

Update…….. “The Article originally produced by SKWAWKBOX. Claiming to that Disabled Persons could only claim UC for 24 months, is a mishmash of quotes from Gen William Taggart, who was actually talking about an Early ‘Draft’ of the Welfare Reform Acts. At no time did Gen. T directly associate this with Disabled Persons, in fact it was just a heads up for activists/advocates etc, to remember not to get complacent about the Statutory Instrument placed within the Welfare Reform Acts. “

 

Further confirmation from DWP to my FOI

My FOI response

“Claimants on JSA or UC, who are expected to look for and be available for work, must do all
they reasonably can to find and take up a job. However, the DWP sets no specific time limit for
how long a claimant is given to find a job.
Sanctions are only used in a minority of cases when people fail to attend work-search reviews;
fail to meet the work-related requirements they have agreed in their Claimant Commitment;
fail to apply for work or take up an offer of work; or leave a job, without good reason.
The DWP does not have any statutory powers to sanction or reduce benefit payments solely on the basis
that a claimant has been trying but has been unable to find work within 2 years.”

 

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/js_a_two_year_clause#incoming-1019979

Nobody is Unfit For Work Anymore


Reblogged from Black Triangle & DPAC

 

More background from Black Triangle Campaign’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts: ‘Claiming ESA under Universal Credit: Nobody is unfit for work anymore’ Wednesday May 25 2017
What you will read may be very distressing for you, but we are looking at the worst-case scenario and identifying measures to help you and other claimants. It would be good to have some feedback on the Health and Work Conversations from people who have made an ESA claim. More we know about it, and more we can fight this.
What you should not do, is to decide not to claim ESA. That is what DWP wants you to do.
Some documents released by the DWP have shown the direction of travel in terms of claiming ESA under UC.
Under the old regime, a person wishing to claim ESA was placed in the ESA assessment phase, attracting the lowest ESA rate (JSA rate), and also no conditionality, and this until a Work Capability Assessment could decide whether the claimant was fit or unfit for work.
The Work and Health Conversation
Under Universal Credit, a person wishing to claim ESA will be first called for a Health and Work Conversation (HWC). This conversation is basically a Work Focus Interview, and is mandatory, which means that a claimant can be sanctioned for not attending. Attending does not only mean being physically present at the interview but also fulfilling all the requirements set by DWP for a WFI:
Regulation 57 of the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008:
57.—(1) A claimant is regarded as having taken part in a work-focused interview if the claimant—
(a) attends for the interview at the place and at the date and time notified in accordance with regulation 56;
(b) provides information, if requested by the Secretary of State, about any or all of the matters set out in paragraph (2);
(c) participates in discussions to the extent the Secretary of State considers necessary, about any or all of the matters set out in paragraph (3);
(d) assists the Secretary of State in the completion of an action plan.
 (2) The matters referred to in paragraph (1)(b) are—
(a) the claimant’s educational qualifications and vocational training;
(b) the claimant’s work history;
(c) the claimant’s aspirations for future work;
(d) the claimant’s skills that are relevant to work;
(e) the claimant’s work-related abilities;
(f) the claimant’s caring or childcare responsibilities; and
(g) any paid or unpaid work that the claimant is undertaking.
(3) The matters referred to in paragraph (1)(c) are—
(a) any activity the claimant is willing to undertake which may make obtaining or remaining in work more likely;
(b) any such activity that the claimant may have previously undertaken;
(c) any progress the claimant may have made towards remaining in or obtaining work;
(d) any work-focused health-related assessment the claimant may have taken part in; and
(e) the claimant’s opinion as to the extent to which the ability to remain in or obtain work is restricted by the claimant’s physical or mental condition.
So the main difference with the previous regime is that people with a fit note from their GP saying they are not fit for work, will be (are being) called for a mandatory WFI.
They also will be asked to fill a questionnaire which is also mandatory and to undertake an optional exercise called My values. There will be another article specifically about the questionnaire
According to the DWP, some ‘vulnerable’ people will be exempted from this conversation. [1]
The DWP defines vulnerability as “an individual who is identified as having complex needs and/or requires additional support to enable them to access DWP benefits and use our services.” but has not yet released the guidance given to Work Coaches on who will be exempted from the HWC. As these conversations have already started, this guidance exists and should be released immediately by the DWP.
Unfortunately, based on the DWP ghastly track record, it is likely that pressure to attend will be placed on people unable to attend because of their health conditions. DPAC has already encountered a case of a person with mental capacity issues and a life threatening health condition being requested to attend a HWC.
After the Health and Work Conversation
Unlike under the previous regime, when ESA claimants with a GP fit note saying they were unfit to work were not expected to fulfil any work related requirements until a WCA said otherwise, ESA claimants under UC will be by default assumed to be fit for work and expected to fulfil all Work Related Requirements until their WCA . [2]
Claimants to whom the All Work Related Requirements apply:
claimants who have a fit note and are awaiting a WCA claimants who have been found not to have limited capability for work at the WCA and are appealing against this outcome
claimants who have some paid work but are earning below conditionality earnings threshold claimants who do not fall into any other group
What All Work Related Requirement means:
Claimants in this group must be available for full-time work of any type and look for this within 90 minute travelling time from their home. Restrictions can be applied to looking for work, the type of work and hours of work where it is appropriate due to the claimant’s capability and circumstances.
Claimants must be engaged in work search and work preparation activities for at least the number of hours they are available for work. Claimants must take all reasonable action to obtain paid work.
Work Coaches must set work search activities for the claimant to search for work for their expected hours (This is the number of hours that the claimant is available for work or 35 hours, whichever is the lower figure) less deductions from this for the allowable time spent undertaking agreed work-preparation activities , voluntary work and paid work.
Only one restriction for people with health conditions is mentioned in the document: claimants who have a fit note will not be required to take up work that they are not capable of doing until their fit note ends
Any other derogation to the All Work Related Requirements will be at the discretion of work coaches. For most claimants, work coaches will not have more medical information than the fit note (the diagnosis) or in some cases, the WCA outcome when they have not be found to have Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity, and they should not be able to ask claimants for this kind of information without breaching the Data Protection Act. These work coaches are also not medically trained. Any Work Related Requirement will be based on the diagnosis, and on what the claimant would have told them during the HWC conversation and in the questionnaire. Also based on that, claimants would have to complete an action plan and sign a claimant commitment. Failure to do so could result in a sanction.
This is deeply worrying because:
1) an extra step is introduced before the WCA which is already stressful enough
2) all claimants assessed by their GP as unfit for work, will be considered by default fit for work by the DWP.
3) work coaches are medically untrained and unable to comprehend whether a work related requirement can have a detrimental effect on the health of a claimant
4) GPs medical judgement is undermined by medically untrained staff.
5) DWP definition of ‘vulnerable’ may be so restrictive that some claimants with very serious health conditions could be requested to attend a HWC and sanctioned for failing to do so
Additional Things I have since found:

The Human Cost Of Austerity


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What is the Human Cost of Austerity?

Well for most working people it not affected them yet, they actually have been least hit, unless you’re on low pay poverty wages .The pensioners are ‘untouchable’ as far as political ideology is concerned,but for some of the most vulnerable groups they have been affected the most and they are ones least likely to be able to take the hit of both financial and personally as they have least means for survival. the last 6yrs has seen sick & disabled people penalised the most, resulting in fatalities that should shock anyone with a ounce of humanity in their souls.

Why has this been allowed to happen I hear people cry, well I will tell you why …because you allowed it to happen by not standing up for a fair society for all!

A colleague Kitty Jones summed up this in one of her thought provoking quotes Read more here ..  https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/

Neoliberalism is based on competitive individualism. In such a competitive system it’s inevitable that there will be a few “winners” and many “losers”. That’s what “competition” means. It means no rewards for most people – inequality and poverty for the 99%. It’s not possible to “work hard” to change this. It’s built into the very system. Therefore it’s hardly fair or appropriate for a government to blame and punish people for the failings of their own imposed dominant ideology – a political and economic mode of organisation – which most ordinary people did not intentionally choose.

 

The fact is this Government blames anyone and everyone but themselves and they spout on about ‘people taking responsibility’ which is all well and good in ideal world but the one we live in now is a far more dark and frightening space. It uses behavioural conditioning to pit one section of society against the other  in a global hunger games like experiment you would see in an apocalyptic movie, but its not a movie , for many it a reality of daily struggle in some mind bending experiment of your nightmares.

Again Kitty Jones points this out well

The Tory mindset is very disciplinarian. In their view, everyone else needs “corrective treatment” to ensure that society is shaped and ruled the way they think it ought to be. The government believes that rather than addressing social problems – many of which are created and perpetuated by their own policies, such as growing inequality and absolute poverty – can be addressed by “incentivising” people to “behave” differently. In other words, they believe that people can be punished out of poverty, being ill, being out of work, and being less “competitive”, cost effective citizens, letting down the conservative’s constructed, overarching neoliberal state.

The government is conducting behavioural experiments on the public without their consent, to fulfil the needs of government, rather than the needs of the public. This turns democracy totally on its head. Citizens are being coerced to act as the government deems necessary to fulfil conservative notions of cost reduction and “efficiency” – such as their notion of a low tax, low welfare society. “Living within our means” means austerity for the poorest, tax cuts for the rich => growing inequality and poverty.

The government mindset: “Psychology as a behaviorist views it is a purely objective experimental branch of natural science. Its theoretical goal is … prediction and control.” From – https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/…/GCSBehaviourChangeGuideJu…

And: “Behaviour change is one of the primary functions of government communications – helping change and save lives, helping the government run more effectively as well as save taxpayer’s money.

Our approach is to use a mix of awareness raising, persuasion, practical help and behavioural theory, to demonstrate why changes in behaviour are important and to make these changes easy for the public to adopt.”

Making changes “easy to adopt” sounds like choices are being offered, however, the use of “incentives” includes rigid, coercive measures such as welfare sanctions and savage cuts to public support and services.

A government that imposes policies on citizens using coercion is not “democratic.” It’s a government displaying some very worrying totalitarian tendencies.

 

 

As this governments ideology marches on towards it goal of dismantling the Welfare State,NHS social care and redefining chronic sickness & disability (as in to eradicate it ) ,and  child poverty at alarming rates, a government which stokes racial disharmony , and homelessness which will swamp streets in every part of the UK then we are heading for very troubled waters indeed . In April the two child policy comes in, further cuts to a variety of benefits that people receive and the process of getting them made almost impossible to get, and enforced treatment of some claimants to make them fit for work with a very dangerous Health & Work programme  later this year,  will cause preventable harm to many and most likely more deaths that go hand in hand with Mental Health issues, poverty,malnutrition etc that we can barely see the apocalypse coming as so many are blinded by their own survival and greed.

 

What sort of legacy are we leaving our children and future generations? One where human life is deemed worthless and disposable, christ we only need to look at what damage we do to the planet we live on and the destruction that is causing to see this a road of no return.

Unless we wake up, Mad Max will become a reality and those left behind will not have the coping strategies to cope and the knowledge of their forefathers will be lost forever.

They say history repeats itself, well yes it does, because we still haven’t learned to value what’s precious and not repeat past horrors like both wars where humans are brutalised and then become emotionally disconnected because it is too painful to see or feel. This has to change if we are to make a real difference and that change can start with ourselves and join together to unite against what is wrong.

People think they do not have power to change things so become accepting but collectively we do have power  and thats what scares governments the most. It is time to wake from your slumber and rise up like lions to defend life and create a better world for all.

It is  time to put our differences aside and work together as a collective to achieve changes we wish to happen!

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.

 

 

UN Procedures under the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)


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As widely reported in the press an online campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts have reported to the UN to raise the grave violations against disabled people in the UK. Many do not understand the procedures surrounding this as it is very complex. The rest of this Blog is written (name supplied) by a guest person who can explain it to those of us who don’t understand it,  so we understand how important  and ground breaking this really is.

How the complaints mechanism to the CRPD applies.

The CRPD Is an international treaty, an international legal instrument known as a ‘convention’, to which the UK Government is a signatory State and ratified in 2009; therefore ratification means that the UK Government has agreed with the United Nations (UN) to be bound by the terms of this instrument. In addition to ratification of the main instrument the UK Government has also signed the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, (OP) acknowledging that as a State Party to the OP ‘recognises the competence of the Committee on the CRPD to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals to its jurisdiction who claim to be victims of a violation by that State Party of the provisions of the Convention’.

 

The Committee for the CRPD is a ‘treaty body’ invested with power to monitor the implementation of the CRPD, within signatory member States. This treaty body constitutes a body of independent experts.  As with other UN treaty bodies equipped with complaints mechanisms, the CRPD Committee is not a court with judicial powers; the Optional Protocol to the CRPD provides a quasi-judicial procedure; this means that decisions of the CRPD Committee are not legally enforceable such as domestic court judgments, or some other regional judicial mechanisms (as seen with decisions of the European Court of Human Rights).  If a violation is found, the Committee’s views are communicated to the State party involved, which constitute recommendations which need to be implemented.  Technically, such recommendations may not be legally binding, however, decisions of the CRPD Committee will be authoritative interpretations of the CRPD, therefore beyond the realm of application within the State party (in this instance the UK Government) involved in a complaint.  Decisions will be of great value in the exercise of implementing provisions on the ground in ALL States parties to the CRPD.

 

Ultimately, the effectiveness of the communications mechanism depends on political will of the State party (here the UK Government) to recognise the Committee’s competence, AND to abide by their decisions. Initially, the use of the communications procedures depends on sufficient awareness of the instrument and the capacity of individuals, organisations of persons with disabilities and Non-governmental Organisations to identify victims, recognise violations and lodge complaints to the Committee in accordance with provisions of the OP.  The Committee for the CRPD is already facing great constraints due to few resources and limited time for meetings allocated to them.

 

Awareness of the OP to the CRPD can be achieved via publication of communications lodged to the CRPD Committee. The CRPD Committee treats all communications confidentially: it is the prerogative of the individual or group of persons or victims of violations, to decide for themselves whether they wish to make their complaint public.  It may be their complaint has already been made public as a result of domestic court proceedings.  A simple press release when lodging the complaint can help raise awareness of this mechanism and lead others to its utilisation.  If this information is being disseminated by a disabled persons’ organisation or non-governmental organisation, or an author of the communication on behalf of the individual or group, it is imperative to obtain their express consent to publicise the case.  Additionally, it is possible for the victim(s) to protect their anonymity when making such communication public.

 

Procedure after registration of the complaint.

Once a complaint has been registered, the case will be transmitted to the UK Government, who will be given an opportunity to provide its observations on the admissibility and merits of the communication. The UK will be given a deadline of six months for its observations on admissibility and merits; two months for the observations on admissibility only.  Once the UK Government submits its observations, they are transmitted to the complaint(s) for comments.  Once the author’s comments are received, the case can be considered by the Committee.

 

The whole procedure is carried out in writing: there are no oral hearings. During examination of a communication, the Committee may obtain documentation from other organisations within the UN system or bodies which may be useful in consideration of the communications, provided the Committee can afford each party an opportunity to comment within fixed time limits.

 

Determination of admissibility and a decision on the merits of the complaint(s) is usually considered simultaneously and may be split at the request of UK Government (if the Government contests admissibility within two months of being communicated the case by the Committee). Any decisions on admissibility and/or the merits are determined within the Committee by a simple majority and transmitted to the author of the complaint and the State party simultaneously.

 

If the Committee finds that the UK Government has failed in its obligations to the individual or group of individuals, recommendations will be issued to the UK Government for provision of a remedy for the individual /group concerned and the Committee will request a follow up of information within six months. The Committee’s final decision on the merits of a case or of a decision of inadmissibility is posted on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Interim measures.

At any point after receiving a communication, and before a determination on the merits is reached, the Committee may transmit an urgently requested consideration to the UK Government. This request is for interim measures to be made, to avoid irreparable damage to the victim(s) of the alleged violation.[1]  If the author of a complaint wishes to request the Committee to consider undertaking interim measures, the original complaint should have stated so at the outset, or if the need arises at a later period, an urgent request should be transmitted to the Committee.  The risk of irreparable harm must be imminent, real and personal.  The UK Government could contest the continued application of interim measures, and on the basis of their explanation or submitted information, interim measures can be withdrawn by the Committee

 

Follow up to the Committee’s decision.

The UK Government would then be invited to provide information on implementation of the Committee’s views within six months of their decision. At this point in proceedings the Committee shall designate a Special Rapporteur or working group for follow-up, to establish measures to be taken by the UK Government and determine whether effect has been given to the Committee’s views.  In the context of follow-up activities, the Special Rapporteur or working group may make contacts and take action appropriate to their mandate, for example with the approval of the Committee and the State party itself, they may make necessary visits to the UK. Follow up activities will be regularly reported to the Committee and to the UN General Assembly, in the Committee’s biennial report.

 I hope that this helps my readers understand the complex way UN works and  acknowledge those who have worked tirelessly to put disabled peoples concerns forward, in a bid to bring the UK and particularly IDS to justice.

 

The Tentacles of a Government Provider For WCA and Beyond


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

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

This will be a very long blog.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.atoshealthcare.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.backbase.com/home

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

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

http://www.ohassist.com/

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/AtosPHWFM

Latest newspaper links

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Tube  and other Links

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

http://bcove.me/ih06vydt

http://youtu.be/5I1PanpyOSA

http://youtu.be/_SEpwFBhqA4

http://youtu.be/4GwUSa63tX0

http://youtu.be/YkzHxXg0rfQ

http://youtu.be/WiCINnMXDig

http://youtu.be/IkaGlA04rkY

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

<script src=”http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Embed/js.ashx?14912 460×322″></script>

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

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

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

Campaigners Will Be United And Never Be Divided


After seeing so much going on over last few months with various campaign groups using various tactics to get highlighted the appalling welfare measures being metered out by the Coalition, the one thing this government would like is to divide and rule us.

In fact they depend on us fighting amongst ourselves ,and many do,but then most resolve differences to pull together as one force. Many online groups have individuals infiltrating us who are determined to help this government to another 5 years,  causing discord,among groups and individuals. The sad fact is we all  fighting for one aim to get this made a  fair and level playing field  and get this abhorrent bunch of posh boys out.

This government has continuously ABUSED  its power,broke many Human Rights in the name of Austerity and a deficit which doesn’t exist. The bankers toxic debt caused this crisis in the economy not the people who are suffering by the ‘IDS Hand of God’ your cured, miracles occur syndrome. It continues to mislead its people,and uses language which incites hatred of various groups of individuals who are the poorest in the country, and hate crime which has risen rapidly since they came to power. Workshy,Scrounger, Lazy,Many are fit for work,scream the headlines this is just a few of the outrageous remarks to come from senior ministers who should know better.

The Career Politicians we now have are damaging our country, dividing its people,and worst of all politics in UK is at an all time low, and in crisis. The polls  low turnouts according to statistics for the new Police Commissioners  lowest in British History.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/16/police-commissioner-elections-lowest-turnout

So what do we do I hear daily, allegiances to one party or another also leads to public spats which really  shouldn’t be happening. So are we all going to get change from splitting votes, hell no, we only achieve change by sticking with the one party who can realistically oppose, which in the present day  is Labour,given the other two joined forces,yet many feel angry with Labour for introducing the Benefit Cuts that this Government changed to suit and is now imposing causing untold decimation across the poorest ,and many others.

Lets put something straight, many core Campaigners are very Sick and Disabled themselves they work tirelessly to get the information, so many need into the public domain to enable them to fight back against this brutal regime,many are facing the awful Atos Assessments and fighting for their own survival too,while thinking of others distress and making sure support is out there in whatever format people choose to use from, Facebook,Twitter,LinkedIn,etc plus websites and forums,telephone lines and each other.That takes all the energy they have,while some are vilified in the public domain for trying to do what is humanely possible. This can only lead to a stronger oneness and using whatever it takes to gain momentum to the campaign we all take part in,to highlight the injustices,the deaths,the barbaric cruelty, whose lives are made into a complete hell by an Elitist  Government. Many Global Multi Nationals who dont pay their fair share in taxes to ensure fairness for all.

Wouldn’t it be better to channel all that into something positive than allow a few to divide and rule us. Of course it would,  we should march on in whatever way we can to get the information out there and enable the poorest in society a voice so loud they cannot ignore us any longer,that those who have been selectively deaf and blind to the suffering of many of their fellow citizens. Many people are on the edge of a precipice desperate for help because they can’t take anymore of this blatant cruelty raining down upon them,losing their homes,falling into massive debts because their monies have been stopped or cut,children not having enough food daily because a parent can’t afford enough food/heat the home, we have to have Food Banks,  teachers feeding kids in school, workers have their rights denied to a safe workplace and to fair pay and conditions,job seekers sanctioned for up to 3yrs without a means to provide for the family, or the dreaded Workfare regime I could list much more but I wont.

Next year the Bedroom Tax comes in followed by more Benefit Cuts under the guise of simpler ways to provide for those who are the most vulnerable ,while reality is many of those will slip through the net with tougher descriptors which will remove the bare necessities to survive with basic food which is full of fats and other nasties that will harm their wellbeing. The streets will start to fill with those who lost their homes, Crime will go up as usual and this government will blame them all over again for what is not their fault. What kind of society does this , a Totalitarian one. We must have all stumbled across a time warp and been transported to the 1700/1800 ‘s. this isn’t about individuals ,it isn’t about personal ego’s and groups, it about all of us in a really bad nightmare and we have to stick together.

Many will die amongst us but for the sake of future generations we must continue a United Front and an Undivided Front and work as one,for if we don’t ,they will blame us for not standing up for them,for not  giving them a future where they can prosper.

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