HomeBlack Triangle NewsMemorandum submitted by Unum Provident to UK Government (EDP 03) From December 2002
  • Gill Troll-Baiter Thorburn on Facebook November 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    So that would be when O’Donnell was Chief Medical Officer at Unum. He obviously ‘went across’ to Atos to finish off the ideological work he started back then. There’s barely a handful of men behind all this eh? Aylward, Wessely, Waddell, O’Donnell, Dewis, a right little privileged men’s club they’ve got going there. Digging, digging away at our rights with a series of complicit neo-liberal governments. Vile b*stards.

  • Holmey November 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

    The plot thickens

    Who does it look like is holding the dogs lead here, not only leading it, but actually authoring the current policy ? Unum or the DWP?

    Who exactly is profiting from it all too ????

    Answers in fat stuffed plain brown envelopes please 🙂

  • stan November 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Where there is one memorandum there will be others , as and when they appear the full corrupt story may finally be revealed , this is an exceptional find ,lets hope it is the start of a flood of info.

    I do notice there is no mention of US Court cases ,where they were found guilty of corruption FOR NOT PAYING OUT CLAIMANTS , there is evidence this particular Leopard has not changed its spots.
    Lots of the phrases appear to be parrotted by IDS ,I think he will be aware of this document also.
    Stuffed brown envelopes full of cash will not be far from the truth.

    Look at Tereal Trillium the DWP contractor who acquire buildings for the DWP and Atos ,they provided at least 26 that were inaccessible to the Disabled claimants appearing at them for assessment. This even though the DWP,Atos and Tereal Trillium knew a great number of the Atos “customers” would be disabled .” Brown Envelopes anyone”
    This ignores the Equality act and also ignores the FACT that all contractors of the DWP MUST abide by the EQUALITY ACT !
    By suppling these buildings without checking the access was acceptable Tereal Trillium have broken the Law.
    By using these buildings knowing the access was inadequate Atos have broken the Law .
    And the DWP are culpable for allowing their contractors to ignore the law and for allowing them to continue using them after becoming aware of the facts from Prof Harrington.
    More Brown Envelopes me thinks.
    stan – reborn

  • stan November 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    This July 2008 paper http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/em/uksiem_20080794_en.pdf set out the regulations. This paper projects the annual net benefit will be £215m (by year10) and the total benefit £1.1bn (10years).

    2008 No. 794
    2008 No. 795

    7.15 In devising the new Work Capability Assessment which will be integral
    to the ESA regime, two technical working groups, consisting of medical
    and other relevant experts, were set up to consider how the current
    Incapacity Benefit ‘Personal Capability Assessment’ could be improved
    and updated. One of these groups focused specifically on mental health
    and learning disabilities and the other on physical functions. As well
    as the technical working groups, consultation groups, consisting of
    organisations representing the main user groups were set up.
    The Department continues to involve these organisations in other
    aspects of the work related to the capability assessments.

    Fewer people being paid benefit

    Technical and Consultative Working Groups involved in the creation
    of the Work Capability Assessment.

    Mental Health Technical Working Group
    Professor Geoff Shepherd, Director of Service Improvement,
    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust
    Dr Jed Boardman, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
    Dr Bob Grove, Department of Health and Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
    Miles Rinaldi, Head of Delivery, National Institute for Mental Health in England
    Dr Paul Litchfield, Faculty of Occupational Medicine
    Sue Godby, College of Occupational Therapists and Unum Provident
    Dr Angela Graham, Atos Origin

    Physical Function Technical Working Group
    Anne Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Royal National Hospital for
    Rheumatological Diseases
    Dr David Henderson Slater, Consultant in Neurological Disability/Rehabilitation
    Medicine, Oxford Centre for Enablement
    Anne Spaight, Physiotherapist, and Chair of the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board
    Dr Peter Dewis, Disability Analyst and Customer Care Director, Unum Provident
    Dr Angela Graham, Atos Origin Medical Services
    Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vale of Aylesbury NHS Primary Care Trust
    Brigid Campbell, Social Security Advisory Committee
    Andy Barrick, Royal National Institute for the Blind
    Christine Jess, Disability Employment Advisory Council

    Mental Health Consultative Group
    MIND Disability Rights Commission
    MENCAP Rethink
    Turning Point Judy Scott Consultancy
    The National Autistic Society Salford Council Welfare Rights Services

    Overarching Consultative Group
    Leonard Cheshire Disability Alliance
    Rethink DEAC
    RNID Arthritis Care
    Macmillan Cancer Support SCOPE
    SSAC Citizen’s Advice
    TUC Disability Rights Commission
    Child Poverty Action Group [from August 2006]

    Notice that individuals from the discredited Unum company were involved. Back in 2002, a class action lawsuit charged UnumProvident (now First Unum or Unum) with operating “disability denial factories”. The company also faced thousands of lawsuits filed by individuals who were denied disability claims.
    This is from Mike Bachs site whywaitforever note he quotes 2002,note the Unum execs on the advisory boards.

  • Mo Stewart February 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm


    That’s 1 of 2 memorandums provided by Unum with the 2nd one being in 2006, as reported on the above link in a report, written at the end of 2011, titled:

    The Truth Behind Welfare Reforms

  • John Pring February 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Here is the news story I put out yesterday on Unum’s admission seven years ago that they were helping to drive govt policy on welfare reform/ESA/WCA…

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