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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

 

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.

 

 

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

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

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

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