MAKE NO MISTAKE: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Make no mistake: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security” was written by Zoe Williams, for The Guardian on Tuesday 10th December 2013 20.30 Europe/London

“Bruising,” they always say about the kind of week that’s happened to Iain Duncan Smith. As I write, it’s only Tuesday. You’d have to ask, without wishing the minister ill, at what point a bruise turns into an internal haemorrhage.

He started on the Today programme on Monday, maintaining that the problems with universal credit were mere trifles, because look at the shambles that was the working family tax credit. I remember that, but only just – it was a decade ago. Some of the payments were delayed, and a lot of overpayment was clawed back. If I were IDS, I wouldn’t mention it. Not because it looks pathetic, trying to wriggle out of your own catastrophe by pointing to something that happened to someone else 10 years since. But because it recalls a time when this was the worst the Department for Work and Pensions would do to you: delay, overpayment and recovery.

All these things caused hardship and anxiety. Compare them, though, to deliberately withholding benefits on the basis of specious sanctions; mass-scale food-bank usage, as hardship tips into desperation; and a regime in the DWP that is as unlikely to overpay in a rush of generosity to the head as it is to accept opportunity and dignity as government objectives. This comparison serves Duncan Smith ill.

It is a curiosity of the opposition that not only is it silent on matters of policy, but it even waits for a minister to point out that New Labour’s cock-ups were kinder than his, and felt a lot less painful on the ground. Bring back Dawn Primarolo. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.)

Anyway, haste him, 2013′s very own Ebenezer, to the work and pensions committee that Monday afternoon, where they wanted to know a little more about this shambles, and more still about his persistent failures of truthfulness. Not so, he insisted. He had only been reprimanded twice by the UK Statistics Authority – which, when you consider how much he says, is brilliant.

He has a point here. As a leader column in the Economist famously pointed out: “Questionable numbers have floated out of [his] office into the public debate like raw sewage.” Only that morning, he had claimed that Labour’s tax credit errors cost “£30bn in fraud”. Nobody knows how he reached this figure. Even if he rolled overpayment together with every other DWP error, together with claimant error, together with claimant fraud, it still wouldn’t add up: not unless you then added in all other benefit error (plus fraud), and calculated it over 10 years. Realistically, how can you expect a statistics authority to keep up with a person like this?

The problem is – as Glenda Jackson demonstrated quite well at the end of the committee hearing in her audible exasperation – he reduces debate to the level of disbelieving outrage, rounding on his opponent with a patrician fury of his own. (My personal favourite was the time he turned on Owen Jones on BBC1′s Question Time and said: “We’ve heard quite a lot from you.” A nation waited, in vain, for the concluding “pleb” or “worm” that would have ended, or at least interrupted, his career. Next time, oppos. There’s always a next time.)

Whenever you think you’ve got him, that’s exactly the point at which he’s slipped away – because, the thing is, he doesn’t care about accuracy. He doesn’t care about being reprimanded; his own reputation for truthfulness is a price he is prepared to pay, to get this untreated sewage floating around the debate. (In truth, he took that hit some time ago.)

He doesn’t care that the money frittered away by this reckless, apparently unstewarded project is more than it will ever save; that IT costs met with a shrug today will reverberate into most unjust parsimony tomorrow.

He doesn’t care about the internal logic of his position, that a man so in thrall to the benefits of wedlock has created a system in which large families will have no choice but to separate into two households. He doesn’t care about the shonky foundations of the welfare cap – that for want of an open debate about statutory rights, it is really just a cap on housing benefit, leaving people to scratch together the shortfall with their other benefits.

None of this bothers him in the slightest; indeed, it actively pleases him to hear it brought up, because the slur to his putative honour will justify the bluster he vents to obscure his real purpose. He wants people to stop being able to rely on social security.

From his perspective, the route is irrelevant; we could get there by a reasoned political process, whereby we agree – or at least our representatives do – that we no longer want a security net, that we no longer consider it our common purpose to look out for each other.

Or, failing that, we could simply make the system so incompetent and faceless that charities have to step in.

Or he could spread so much misinformation that we all lose faith in a government’s ability to plan or distribute.

Or he could demonise recipients so much that mainstream debate no longer felt able to distinguish between a fraudster and a claimant.

What he’s doing is pursuing all of the above, pell mell, in any order, and hoping for the best. Facts will never silence this tragically mis-named Quiet Man of Politics. We need to call his grand project what it is: not an accidental shambles but deliberate vandalism.

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116 Responses to MAKE NO MISTAKE: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security

  1. bobchewie says:

    And what about all the deaths ? Are they sacrificed to boost this abject failures career…all he wants to do is prove to his party that he I’d their divine leader and should never have dumped him…he is wreaking revenge by killing off the most vulnerable …
    Twisted and pathological.

  2. Unfortunately, the only people Tories recognise, are Edwardian horse-faced gentlemen.

  3. bobchewie says:

    http://streetdemocracy.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/iain-duncan-smiths-universal-credit-scandal-is-slammed-by-spending-watchdog-and-chancellors-allies/

    Surely IDS is doomed…unless warring factions in the party break out..
    Imagine that..who is the most pathological idiot competition.

  4. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    Do not try to justify this guys motives, he has no direction whatsoever and is just toying with peoples lives.

    He holds no credibility, even in the department he heads.
    History is littered with this kind of dross in a position of power, in fact it reminded me of an incident that has come to light over the last two days.

    Some soldiers, as an act of defiance against officers they regarded as muppets, decided to disobey a drill order and sat down as an act of defiance…………….

    On a typically british bulldog act, the soldiers were subject to court martial and imprisonment and two dismissed.

    Why was’nt there an investigation to find out if the soldiers had a point of issue in the capability of their seniors?

    Old shithead Smith is in a similar position. His own staff are frightened to break rank and accuse him of being useless, the government lack the guts to admit he is useless, therefore the acts of the madman continue to “KILL” on an unprecedented scale, the likes of what this nation has never seen before!

    Hitler was a complete nutter, but he too believed what he was doing was right…………

    Behind his back there will be an air of rebellion, he won’t see it, but i am damn sure it is happening. His ministers are revolting, and i mean this in both senses!

    Cameron will be starting to cringe as the brainless moron scrambles from one embarrassing situation to another.

    He is in free flight, devoid of any direction, not knowing where to turn, like a dog lost in a lamppost factory……….

    IDS will be the author of his own downfall. With Tory dissatisfaction looming and the knives appearing behind his back, it will only be a matter of time.

    The generals are plotting and willing to put the bomb in a briefcase, at the foot of his table. When you are in a corner, you have nowhere to go……………

    …………..his days are numbered, as are the deaths that his department are wholly responsible for, but constantly deny are happening.

    “THE NOOSE OF TRUTH IS TIGHTENING”

  5. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

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    The Guardian, Wednesday 11 December 2013 21.00 GMT

    Your report about targets for benefit sanctions makes disturbing reading (Whistleblower says DWP staff given targets to stop benefits, 10 December). The Department for Work and Pensions recently announced that there were 553,000 benefit sanctions between November 2012, when the new sanctions regime started, and June 2013. This is an extraordinarily high rate and compares with an average of 300,000 a year between 2001 and 2210, according to the New Policy Institute.

    Sanctions have been a necessary feature of the National Insurance system since its inception, but recently they have become far too prevalent. They often deprive people of financial support for trivial reasons – eg a blind man for not going after a cleaning job, or a man who failed to sign on when he was on a DWP training programme. A survey by Greater Manchester Citizens Advice found that two-thirds of those sanctioned were left without any income. The rapid expansion of food banks is partly due to benefit sanctions.

    As a former senior manager of UK jobcentre services, I am sure that the present high rates are driven from the top in some way by performance management systems. Are ministers unaware of the vast literature about the demoralising effects of prolonged unemployment? Sanctions on this scale increase debt, demoralisation and despair and make people less rather than more job ready. Ian Duncan Smith should agree to the proposal from Church Action on Poverty, the Trussell Trust and the Child Poverty Action Group for a wide-ranging independent inquiry into benefit sanctions and their effects.
    David Price
    Sheffield

  6. Stepping Razor says:

    PIP assessments: ‘Lengthy delays and staff rebellion’ hit Capita’s PIP programme

    by John Pring 6th Dec 2013 DNS

    nurse working for one of the two outsourcing giants assessing disabled people for the new personal independence payment (PIP) has told how its testing programme has been hit by huge delays, IT problems… and a staff rebellion.

    The whistleblower, Laura*, has told Disability News Service (DNS) that assessments she completed in September on behalf of Capita have still not been submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for a decision on PIP eligibility.

    Laura said: “I don’t like the idea that people I saw in September still haven’t got a decision.

    “I feel so sorry for the claimants. They are lovely people in genuine need. They must be tearing their hair out.”

    Meanwhile, a group of experienced Capita assessors have submitted a “grievance” to managers about the way the programme is being run, Laura claimed, and late last month met with Dr Stephen Duckworth, the disabled executive who leads on the PIP assessment for Capita.

    Although DNS has not been able to confirm that the whistleblower is a genuine Capita employee, much of the information she provided has been confirmed by the company.

    Some of it mirrors concerns about the assessment work being carried out by the other contractor, Atos Healthcare, but her claims suggest Capita may even be experiencing greater problems and delays than Atos.

    Atos is carrying out assessments in London, the south and east of England, as well as the north of England and Scotland, while Capita is assessing claimants across Wales and the Midlands, and will eventually assess claimants in Northern Ireland.

    Capita was reportedly so concerned about the delays to its assessment programme that it told staff it was bringing in three trouble-shooters from another part of the company.

    Like the majority of assessors working for Capita, Laura carries out assessments in people’s homes, travelling by car from one assessment to another.

    She said: “After two weeks training you are home-based and let loose to do these assessments. There is very little support, and they are very badly organised.

    “The planning department – the people who organise the appointments – is under-resourced, and everybody says that the way they plan the visits is very inefficient.

    “There is a lot of dissatisfaction among assessors. They want to do a good job but they are encountering a lot of problems.”

    Among other claims, Laura said that Capita originally employed just one doctor to review all of the assessment reports individually before passing them to DWP, leading to a huge backlog.

    Capita then began to train new auditors, but the advice they have been giving assessors after auditing their reports has often proved “inconsistent” and confusing.

    She was also told by new recruits that – at the beginning of their training course – they were told to inform claimants to expect a PIP decision within 30 days of their assessment. By the end of the two-week course, they were being told only to inform claimants to expect a result “in due course”.

    Laura said: “I don’t think it was set up well in the first place. It is common sense that one doctor could not deal with all the reports.”

    She said delays were being compounded by IT problems, because every time an assessor experienced a glitch with their secure laptop, it had to be taken to Capita’s Birmingham “hub” to be repaired, as a fault with the security system meant it could not be repaired remotely.

    She added: “I think Capita mean well, but the lack of organisation must be resulting in hardship for claimants because of the length of time it is taking.”

    Capita did not want to comment on Laura’s particular claims, but a spokeswoman said: “PIP is an entirely new benefit and therefore requires a new way of assessing claimants’ requirements.”

    She said that DWP’s “audit criteria” for PIP had been subject to “detailed scrutiny” so as to ensure that “exceptionally high standards are reached in every assessment”, which meant that “assessments due to be carried out in these initial stages are taking much longer than originally expected”.

    She added: “Capita is working closely with DWP to meet the new rigorous audit criteria by investing in further training, coaching and peer reviews for existing assessors and auditors.

    “We are also employing more health professionals and more call centre staff. Any delays experienced by claimants will not affect the date from which they are paid.”

    When asked if Capita would like to comment on any of Laura’s particular claims, she said: “Capita does not comment on speculation or rumours.”

    A DWP spokesman also declined to comment on Laura’s particular claims.

    But this week DWP also admitted that there were delays to the PIP claiming process, particularly because assessments were taking longer than expected.

    *DNS has changed some of Laura’s personal details in order to protect her identity

    Disability News Service DNS: -
    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/12/pip-assessments-lengthy-delays-and-staff-rebellion-hit-capitas-pip-programme/

  7. pj says:

    DO NOT underestimate your enemy. These things will stop at nothing. All they are interested in is themselves.
    Bring on the election. Condems out NOW

  8. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    TO EMPHASISE WHAT LOW LIFE SCUM, THE DWP ARE, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW HOW LOW THEY CAN GET IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE YOU WITHDRAW YOUR TRIBUNAL APPEAL OF ESA……

    Today i received a letter from another faceless one, a MICHAEL HOOLE from Bradford Jobcentre plus;

    The letter states that they have been in receipt of further evidence that i submitted to the HM Courts and tribunals service.

    The letter states categorically, that the evidence i sent to the courts cannot be taken into consideration………..

    I find this an act of desperation on behalf of the DWP as the courts service have already accepted this evidence and sent me photocopies back.
    Given that the evidence was sent on the 26th Nov 2013 and the hearing is not until the 13th Jan 2014, i find this highly toxic, to say the least……..

    Furthermore, the letter informing me of my appeal date, clearly states that further evidence must be submitted at least seven days before the hearing for it to be considered.

  9. Annos says:

    “MAKE NO MISTAKE: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security”

    WRONG!.

    ALL the three main parties want an end to ALL welfare, the NHS, Fire service, Police…EVERYTHING!!!. Their mantra…”The strong survive and weak perish”.

    The three main parties see the role of government as accepting bribes from the very rich to look after the very rich….FULL STOP!!!.

    • kasbah says:

      Hilariously disastrously stupid rich people. They simply don’t get that you reap what you sow, in some even very convoluted way. They aren’t going to be rich any more if everyone else is either poor or dead, or their kids are in re-hab etc etc. Too long to wait for that, I want A SWIFT, NOT CONVOLUTED SOLUTION.

      We have to organise more and protest more in more and more diverse ways.

      Mandela: “Never underestimate the power of persistence.
      R.I.P Mandiba.

  10. bobchewie says:

    @GEOFF I think what would sadden me will be for disabled people being forced to justify their very existence for fear of being berated dismissed and classed as a burden and being either ‘ put in a home ‘ ( privately run of course to ‘save tax payers money ‘ ) or more ‘ severe measures will be used. Out will pop the closet fascists no doubt ..’ I don’t hate disabled but… ‘ brigade.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      Thats absolutely correct Bob……….

      A HANDFUL OF INFLUENTIAL VOICES IN PROMINENT POSITIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, WHO ARE ALL FOLLOWING THE SAME AGENDA OF THEIR MASTERS, THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE LOBBY WITH UNUM AT THE HELM……………

      EACH AND EVERY ONE PLAYING A PIVOTAL ROLE IN BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL CLAPTRAP THAT WAS FOUNDED BY AYLWARD AND CONTINUED BY GUNNYEON, THE ANGEL OF DEATH.

      THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE, THE BREEDING GROUND FOR HEALTH INSURANCE SEMINARS TO CHANGE GOVERNMENT POLICY.

      PRIVATISATION OF THE NHS THE ONE BIG TARGET IN THEIR SIGHTS OF TOTAL DOMINATION AND THE INTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE…………..

      A BIG BUCKS INDUSTRY WITH NO BOUNDARIES WHEN IT COMES TO CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES…..

      ATOS,,, CIRCO ,,,CAPITA ETC.

      …………..TENTACLES IN ALL GOVERNMENT THINK TANKS AND POLITICIANS POCKETS………..

      read about CIRCLE PARTNERSHIP,KNIGHTHOODS AND DONATIONS TO THE TORIES…….

  11. geoff reynolds says:

    SOMEBODY ASKED FOR A COPY OF THE MEMORANDUM THAT WAS CIRCULATED WITHIN THE DWP IN NOVEMBER.

    IT RELATES TO THIS STORY;

    By James Lyons

    Civil servants told to judge whether disabled deserve benefits by GOOGLING their illnesses
    20 Nov 2013 00:00

    Leaked memo reveals Department for Work and Pensions staff were instructed to look online when assessing Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance claims

    Civil servants have been told they can judge whether to pay benefits to ­the sick by ­Googling their illnesses, after proper tests were scrapped.

    In a memo leaked yesterday, Department for Work and Pensions staff were instructed to look online when assessing new claims for Disability Living Allowance for under 18s and Attendance Allowance for over 65s.

    Shadow Work Secretary Rachel Reeves accused the Tory-led Government of showing “utter contempt” for disabled people.

    The Labour MP said: “Out-of-touch ministers need to explain to disabled people how they’ve got to a situation where guidance is being issued telling civil ­servants to look for advice on complex disability cases on the internet.

    “It’s just one more sign of the utter incompetence of DWP Ministers and their total contempt for a fair assessment process for disability benefits.

    “It beggars belief that staff are instructed to look online for information on complex medical conditions until a full service is resumed.”

    The fiasco comes after medical examinations run by hated contractor ATOS were scrapped and the rolling out of the new benefit, Personal Independence Payment — which is replacing DLA — was delayed.

    Disabled people whose conditions have worsened are also being assessed by officials surfing the web.

    The November 7 DWP staff bulletin stated: “Medical Practitioners will no longer be available as a source of evidence.”

    Decision makers are advised to consult the “recognised internet sites such as Cancer Research UK and NHS Choices”.

    Other suggestions include phoning the claimant or their carer, discussing the case with colleagues and seeking advice from social services.

    But the DWP stressed officials were not just looking conditions up online.

    A spokesman said: “Decision makers can also use information from sources including the claim form, care plans, medical reports and carers.”

    ……………………………………………………………………………

    “STRANGE HOW THE DWP HAVE NOT COMPLIED WITH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOR THIS MEMO?

    THE REQUEST CAN BE SEEN HERE;
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/staff_bulletin_7th_november#outgoing-315696

    • bobchewie says:

      @GEOFF. Dear claimant how are you ? Are you well ? Tick yes or no
      Are you feeding yourself ok ?
      Tick yes or no
      Have you got a flat screen TV tick yes or no

      If you have ticked yes to all three questions then you are benefit scrounger. So no money for you
      Bye…have a nice day

  12. Humanity2012 says:

    This Con Dem Regime Atrocity has Got to End

    We Need a Secretary of State For Charity and Poor Relief
    who Cares about the Poor and Vulnerable and a Constitution
    that Uphelds Welfare Benefit Rights

    We Need a Ban upon the Evil Media Victimisation of the
    Poor and Vulnerable

    We Need an End to Degrading and Diabolical Assessments

    Expenses Claiming MPS are the Scroungers Not the Poor
    and Vulnerable

    People of Britain Stop being such a Bunch of Zombies and Wake Up

  13. Stepping Razor says:

    If someone from the dwp has decided a disabled person is found to be defrauding the dwp, they don`t take them to court for fraud, they put them on PIP. Once you are a fraud you should be getting nothing = blacklisted. So why !! [cost & PIP figures] The DWP should be taking these so called fraudsters to court – I am waiting dwp – you say I`m defrauding yet you too scared to take me to court for payments of £350.000 over 30 years saying I am not disabled & have never been disabled. So dwp your denial factory is full of contradictions. Don`t you want your money back or is it left open for fraud. Backwards TARGETS stegrats !! No I will not go away DWP, fraud is fraud & the dwp are responsible for most of the fraud by the within the dwp itself !!

    SR

  14. Humanity2012 says:

    Stuff the Arrogance of these Millionaire Politicians

    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

    Increase Welfare Benefits and Lower the State Pension
    Retirement Age

    Socialist Revolution Now

      • bobchewie says:

        @razor and @BTC. I nearly flipped when I saw this in an Atos document
        And they say irony is dead .

        A risk free solution for End of Life (legacy) applications

        For one second I thought it meant
        Applying for death.

        It goes on to say how cost effective it
        is and about saving money.

        I wonder if IDS will apply for the job
        In both senses .
        1 benefit related deaths
        2 ‘ death ‘ of the failed UC..and
        WCA test..

  15. Stepping Razor says:

    Unemployment figures down today lowest since 2009 all because of WRAG Work Related Activity Group means you are employed not unemployed. So the disabled people are keeping the unemployment figures low. Yes it`s all Work Related in WRAG.

    Who`s is really on the fiddle because it is no the disabled !!

    SR

    • Thatcher made the Incapacity Benefit to manipulate the figures the same, by forcing the hundreds of thousands she made redundant, with policies of death to the chavs and luxury lives for the fortunate, but even that horror of a woman didn’t also take their incomes away whilst fiddling the statistics. (Probably for fear of being dragged through the streets, and guillotined)

      She may have unnecessarily burned to death and drowned 1500 young Argentinian boys to bolster her popularity, and partied with another well known mass murdering tyrant, Pinochét, but she did have a brain enough for self preservation.

      As Cameron now pumps out sickening pretentious insincerity about Mandela, (when back in the 80′s at meetings over there, fully supporting apartheid) the hypocrisy and downright apathy, ignorance and stupidity of the British soap swallowing public in all this, makes one puke!

      Best to be aware that we vote for the least harmful of our enemies, in all elections!

      • Annos says:

        “least harmful of our enemies”

        I fear they are ALL equal, in truth all the three main parties are one party, making themselves into three parties is just a ploy to fool the weak minded voters!!!.

        • Wait until Farrage gets in, then we’ll feel the true force of the 4th Reich.

          Pension age will be 80, and even then you’ll have a choice of the ‘Voluntary Euthanasia Centre,’ if you have nothing they can continue to steal.

  16. Annos says:

    “Tory Council Sends Out ‘disgusting, threatening and insulting’ Christmas Card”

    http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/tory-council-sends-out-insulting-christmas-card/

  17. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    MAKE NO MISTAKE: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security………….

    No he doesn’t, he wants rid of us, and all the vile policies of his evil department, the DWP, are aimed at killing the disabled and poor………………………..

    DEATH BY DECREE……………

  18. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………..AND THE ABSENCE OF ANY COALITION MINISTERS FROM THE DWP, INSIDE THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER, WHEN THE INCREASE IN FOODBANKS IS BEING DISCUSSED, IS DAMNING
    EVIDENCE OF THEIR HATRED OF THE POOR AND DISABLED…….

    THEY ARE NOT BOTHERED IF YOU LIVE OR DIE……

  19. You have most likely seen most of these, but in case you miss them.

    (And I would say my eyes are only part way open)

    All UK Welfare to be STOPPED

    Hidden in the wording that only intelligent people can understand.

    http://youtu.be/snX4iMWfflk

    ~~~

    All Benefits stopped. Listed in Cameron’s Little Black Book

    Please let everyone know that when they lose their job, get old, become sick, they will not get any incomes back out of the Taxes they have paid in to the system for this purpose.

    http://youtu.be/rEhiz2aCaiU

    ~~~~

    Close your local hospital!!!
    http://youtu.be/kE9nJ6LH-6g

    ~~~

    UK Food Poverty
    http://youtu.be/dmo3cO1zVpY

    ~~~

    Food Banks Increase 3 Times
    http://youtu.be/PQpqj5ze5ug

    ~~~

    DEAD COLD in the UK !!! 31,000 deaths. Fatalities up by nearly 30%. Agenda 21
    http://youtu.be/jNjnFbXygFA

    ~~~

    Over 10,000 Dead so far.
    http://youtu.be/3b-BcYeBmbc

    ~~~

    Electric Prices to Double… Guaranteed!!!
    http://youtu.be/0rAMgF7SbNk

    ~~~

    ATOS in the New AGIAN.. DEATH!!! Is this an ATOS tsunami???
    http://youtu.be/w3zFNmtI8E4

    and more…

    The Nasty party taking money to line there Pals pocket..

    ATOS cause an increase of £236,000,000.00 ticking boxes

  20. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    In fact they did us all a big favour by walking out. It made the electorate more aware how, out of touch the evil bastards really are with the effects of their heinous policies……………..

    It also showed how cowardly they have become in not facing their demons. Running away from problems they have created, shows a lack of control over strategies that are claiming lives on a nearly daily basis.

    Tantamount to putting your hands over your ears, pretending not to hear and hoping it will go away. The type of thing that is expected of a spoilt school kid…………..

    Up to now they have tried every trick in the book to hide the rising body count. Our media have to be congratulated on the selection of stories that have been used to mask the true horror of what is going on in this nation. Aiding and abetting a regime that kills wantonly is a crime in itself, but the money men pull their strings in a concerted puppet show to show otherwise……..

    Believe it or not, yesterdays charades, showed the condems true colours, especially the laughing and giggling and raised voices trying to suppress the truth of foodbank culture.

    I expect that both, shithouse number one, Smith, and his vile sidekick, Mcvey, shithouse number two, are on borrowed time.
    Kaufman described her rant as the worst thing he had ever heard in 43 years in parliament……….
    Smith’s lying continually, has placed the DWP firmly in the spotlight, mind you they need interrogating with regard to sanctioning that has elevated the role of food banks, in the first instance……………

    Changing faces will be the governments next move, although this will not dissipate the evil, therein.

    The circle of displeasure is gathering pace and the likes of this website, BLACK TRIANGLE, has been a first rate in portraying the myriad of discontent amongst the disabled community.

    I, THEREFORE, RAISE MY HAT TO YOU……………….

    • bobchewie says:

      Not likely, given his protection.

      He was escorted by both bodyguards and armed police when he appeared before the Select Committee recently.

      All the members of the public, several of them disabled, had already been searched, frisked, and X-rayed before they went in to the hearing.

      There are witness statements in various media in which some of those people describe the armed police pointing their guns in their direction.

      IDS is a coward as well as a bully – he is frit.

      An ex-Guards officer, trained to kill at the public’s expense, is so scared of few people in wheelchairs he needs armed guards.

      I saw this comment on guardian cif I don’t know if its true but if so what does that tell you ?

  21. We need someone like Tucker the f*cker from ‘The Thick of It’ – to go in and amputate their genitals with a rusty bladed blender! As they wriggle around with their appendages up each others rectums!

    Here’s a toast to the education and revolt of the mass chimps! Happy Crimbo. :)

  22. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    PLEASE SIGN THIS E PETITION

    THAT WORKFARE BE ABOLISHED AS A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52257

  23. BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS –THE BIG LIE
    This Country is run on a Capitalist System the Semi Socialist years of Old Labour were wiped off the face of the Earth by Thatcher .What ardent supporters of Capitalism like Thatcher,Blair and Cameron don’t or didn’t tell us is that Capitalism thrives on Unemployment and Underemployment .That is one of the Basic Factors of how Capitalism works .Now they are taking it a step further and introducing Mandatory Workfare .
    We did not need to be Educated in Financial Matters to appreciate that Thatcher was decimating our Country in Favour of a minority getting Richer .She even employed her own Economist Alan Walters who if the Treasury disagreed with Thatcher Walters would argue her case ,this practice ended when both resigned through frustration .
    Blair & Cameron are both Thatcherite protégé’s ,all three could look us in the eye and categorically state that the Countries woes were anything but the Greed of Capitalism .Benefit Fraud,Scoungers,Malingerers the Unemployed the NHS the Weather anything but any of the true reasons one being Immigration for cheap Labour .Leading Hedge Fund owners in the UK got personal remunerations last year of £2.5 Billion each .Politicians are in Charge get it right or put it right don’t push the blame like lame ducks .
    We swallowed the Big Lie and continue to do so .No wonder they treat us like Plebs .
    http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

  24. jay says:

    This is one of the best posts I have read recently and thought DPAC readers would appreciate it. I have edited it slightly to make the many points within it stand out.

    HOW TO WAGE A WAR UPON THE POOR.

    Probably the most disgusting thing about this coalition has been their propaganda war against the most disadvantaged people in society. By the deliberate spreading of lies, they have facilitated a systematic assault upon the poor, the sick and the disabled. And they have knowingly misled the public for one simple reason, to enable them to totally dismantle the welfare state.

    THERE ARE LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND THEN THERE ARE LYING TORY & LIBDEM BASTARDS.

    The welfare state has led to a ‘something for nothing’ culture?
    It may be utterly repugnant to hear millionaire politicians who have never worked a day in their life telling us that they are ending the ‘something for nothing culture’, but it’s also utter drivel.

    Only 2.5% of the total welfare budget of £200 billion actually goes on unemployment, whilst the vast majority of unemployed claimants have worked, and paid taxes, for years and are now on benefits due to redundancy, sickness, disability or having to care for someone.
    Millions more are receiving benefits due to poverty wages.
    The Welfare state is actually a massive state subsidy to business which enables it to pay poverty wages and charge exorbitant rents.

    Living on benefits is a lifestyle choice?
    Only 0.1% of benefit claimants who have claimed for 10 years or more are actually unemployed.
    Less than 5,000 people, out of over 9 million 16-64 year olds who don’t work, have been on Job Seekers Allowance for more than 5 years.
    Less than 0.1% of the 20 million working age households have 2 generations that have never had a permanent job.
    Despite strenuous efforts, researchers have been unable to find any families where three generations have never worked.

    People won’t work because benefits are too high?
    In 1971, JSA equalled 20.9% of the average wage.
    In 2014, it is worth 10.9%.
    These people are living in poverty.
    There are 8.5 million people receiving benefits in this country.
    There are more people IN WORK who get benefits than not working.
    The majority of all housing benefit claimants are IN WORK.
    6.1 million people classed as living in poverty are from households IN WORK.

    People on housing benefit live in mansions? Our newspapers continuously bombard us with these stories.
    There are around five million claimants of Housing Benefit; of which there were five families who received over £100,000 per year, all living in central London.
    The average award of Housing Benefit is approximately £85 a week.
    Only 3% of families received more than £10,000 a year support, and 0.04% received more than £30,000 a year.
    And no-one ever mentions that housing benefit goes straight to the Landlord and not the claimant.

    And those large families screwing the taxpayer?
    There are around 130 families with 10 children and only 10 families with 12 children IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY who are on benefits.

    Benefit cheats are bankrupting the country?
    Benefit fraud amounts to about £1.5 billion a year, less than 1% of the entire budget.
    To put this in perspective, the bank bailout equalled 1,000 years of benefit fraud.
    Meanwhile, £1.3 billion gets underpaid each year and a further £16 billion goes UNCLAIMED every year.

    We can no longer afford the welfare state? So who is really bankrupting the country?
    Well, the richest 1,000 people now possess £414 billion between them, a sum more than three times the size of the entire UK budget deficit.
    The richest 1% of the population are estimated to possess wealth of about £1 trillion.
    The richest 10% control wealth of about £4 trillion.
    The Quantitative Easing programme has increased the personal wealth of the UK’s richest 20% by enough to pay for Job Seeker’s Allowance for the next 100 years.

    The people of this country are being shafted, but instead of the blame being directed at the real culprits, the rich, it is being aimed at the most vulnerable, the poor, with our own Government shamelessly leading the way.
    And now they are going to pull away the last vestige of a safety net in the form of emergency crisis funds.
    I’ve said it before and I will say it once more – they are truly evil.
    Post written by (jc2021tf – Guardian comments)

    • bobchewie says:

      @jay. They have been on about bbenefit
      Overpayment and fines lately ..
      I noticed in a statement Lord Fraud admitted that the figures for benefit fraud were quite low. How long has it taken them to admit that ? And look at the human cost of their negative propaganda against unemployed ..
      Today I read in guardian a rich BTL landlord who owns 900 properties is talking about evicting all his claimant tenants because he don’t want ” scroungers ” in his premises .

      • jay says:

        I saw that bobchewie, the only problem with admitting it now is that the propaganda has taken effect on the masses who believe what they are told by the media.

        It’s an obscenity that someone can own 900+ properties. I wonder if the tax inspectors are going through his tax returns with a fine toothcomb. No doubt if they found anything it would of course be an oversight or just a mistake.

        This rich bigot has no complaints about the housing benefit HE receives from the taxpayer for his overpriced rents.
        What a hypocrite, he cannot even see that it’s parasites like him that are amongst the real scroungers.
        But with a complicit government opposed to rent controls he and his ilk are getting away with it and becoming rich on the backs of the tax payer.

        • Jasmine says:

          Jay
          you say ‘they are truly evil’. This unfortunately seems to be the case more and more every day. They are always pulling a shocker out the bag that is always worse than the last one.

          I think everyone should read the work of Dr Andrew Lobacskewski. He wrote a book on evil in politics ‘political ponerology’ . He spoke of PATHOCRACY. How a pathological government can make people pathological also. He said he had trouble getting this book published under such oppression . Very disturbing stuff, but interesting and I am worried our Government are showing signs of this. I think am I overreacting but then I think of Atos and IDS.

  25. Stepping Razor says:

    DWP confirms temporary bedroom tax loophole [Insidehousing.co.uk] 9th Jan 2014

    Thousands of social housing tenants will be temporarily exempted from the bedroom tax as a result of a ‘technical error’ in legislation.

    The Department for Work and Pensions yesterday issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ saying tenants meeting specific criteria should have the cut in their bedroom tax removed until legislation is amended. The DWP also said councils should refund deductions made since last April.

    The exemption applies to tenants who have been continuously claiming housing benefit from before 1 January 1996 and have lived at the same address.

    This is because the ‘eligible rent’ referred to in bedroom tax regulations does not apply prior to 1 January 1996, when a previous set of rules existed. A number of housing experts told Inside Housing yesterday, before the DWP’s circular, that tenants would have a good chance of using the loophole to overturn benefit decisions at tribunal.

    The loophole was discovered by housing benefit specialist Peter Barker, after hearing that a tribunal judge had asked whether a tenant had been claiming since 1996.

    Mr Barker, who estimates that up to 10,000 tenants could be affected, said: ‘This is 100 per cent watertight as far as I can see.’ Mr Barker said if tenants take ‘reasonable’ steps to try to show they qualify, and the council can’t disprove it, they stand a good chance of winning at a tribunal.

    Sam Lister, policy and practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing, also said that claimants would stand a chance of overturning benefit decisions. He said: ‘This is a potential way out but until a case is decided by the upper tribunal we won’t know for certain.’

    Tenants still of working age who have been unable to work long-term due to sickness or disability are those most likely to benefit from the exemption. The exemption applies to tenants who have had a break in benefit entitlement of no more than four weeks.

    The DWP is likely to close the loophole by changing the regulations and the bulletin suggests legislation will be amended. The department’s bulletin said: ‘The department will however be taking steps to remedy this shortly.’

    A spokesperson for the DWP said it believes ‘very few’ tenants will be affected.

    Insidehousing.co.uk
    http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/regulation/dwp-confirms-temporary-bedroom-tax-loophole/7001541.article

    • bobchewie says:

      @razor we had the usual bunch of idiot tory trolls on guardian CIF on this matter ..they had no argument it was cut n paste bollocks straight from daily mail ignorant gobdhites..
      The scum rag and dailyhate have spun it to look like claimants have had a windfall. Ie even more of scroungers
      And trolls try to blame pen pushers at DWP and chuck in shit about ppl getting free money…

  26. Stepping Razor says:

    Detox A Job

  27. Stepping Razor says:

    Foodbanks debate in full (18th Dec 2013) 03:13:08

  28. Annos says:

    “If you live in England and do not wish the medical records, of you, your partner and your children being sold to the highest bidder, you must act now.”

    http://dwpexamination.org/forum/general-discussion/take-care-your-care-data-is-about-to-be-sold-using-services-provided-by-atos/#p120178

    • Stepping Razor says:

      44. Will patient data be sold to private
      companies?

      While the Health and Social Care Information Centre
      charges a fee to cover its costs, it does not make profits
      from providing data to other organisations, nor does it
      subsidise any applicants to receive it.
      Any organisation can make an application for data
      but must go through an application process and meet
      the conditions for the release of that information
      (see FAQ 39).

  29. Stepping Razor says:

    Recording a patient objection
    GPs are best placed to manage patients’ objections in
    relation to how PCD are processed. GPs can control the
    extraction of such PCD by entering appropriate codes
    into the GP record.

    The default position for all patients is that PCD will leave
    the practice where there is a legal basis; i.e. under the
    powers of the HSCA or a section 251 approval. No codes
    need to be entered in the record, these extracts will
    happen automatically.

    Where a patient objects, GPs should use the following
    codes to record the objection:

    • Prevent PCD leaving the GP practice – where a patient
    objects to PCD leaving the GP practice use the ’Dissent
    from secondary use of GP patient identifiable data’
    code (Read v2: 9Nu0 or CTV3: XaZ89 or SNOMED CT
    827241000000103).

    • Prevent PCD leaving the HSCIC – where a patient
    wishes to prevent PCD gathered from any health and
    social care setting from leaving the HSCIC use the
    ‘Dissent from disclosure of personal confidential
    data by Health and Social Care Information Centre’
    code (Read v2: 9Nu4 or CTV3: XaaVL or SNOMED CT
    8815610 00000100).
    Patients can change their minds and reverse a previous
    objection in which case the following codes should be used:

    • Remove the block on PCD leaving the GP practice by
    using the ’Withdraw dissent from secondary use of
    GP patient identifiable data’ code (Read v2: 9Nu1 or
    CTV3: XaZ8A or SNOMED CT 827261000000102).

    Remove the block on PCD leaving the HSCIC by using
    the ‘Dissent withdrawn from disclosure of personal
    confidential data by Health and Social Care
    Information Centre’ code (Read v2: 9Nu5 or CTV3:
    XaaVM or SNOMED CT 8815810 00000109)

    By recording both objection codes, a patient will prevent
    PCD from leaving the GP practice AND prevent PCD from
    other health and social care settings from leaving the HSCIC
    (see FAQ 22).
    If a patient trusts the HSCIC to receive PCD from the
    GP practice, so that it can be linked and used for
    commissioning or research in a pseudonymised form, but is
    concerned about PCD leaving the HSCIC then only the code
    which prevents PCD leaving the HSCIC should be used.

    This code will prevent PCD from all health and social care
    settings leaving the HSCIC. It should be noted that in this
    scenario, PCD will flow from the GP practice to the HSCIC.
    It will not prevent PCD flowing from the GP practice to
    other accredited third parties where there is section 251
    approval. In all cases PCD will only flow where there is a
    legal basis. If a patient objects to disclosure of PCD for
    secondary uses by the GP as well as by the HSCIC, then
    both codes must be added.

    As anonymised data, such as QOF data, are not PCD, they
    will not be affected by these codes. Anonymised data will
    flow to and from the HSCIC for all patients.

    The BMA, RCGP, NHS England and HSCIC have developed a
    leaflet that should be made available to patients and a
    poster that must be displayed in the GP practice.
    Information should also be included on the practice
    website, in e-bulletins and patient newsletters to raise
    patient awareness so that the fair processing requirements
    of the Data Protection Act 1998 are met. A set of FAQs to
    help answer patients’ queries has been produced and is
    available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/caredata It is
    important that patients’ wishes are respected both in terms
    of those who wish to object and those who wish for data
    to be used to benefit future healthcare. The HSCIC will
    record the numbers of patient objections made at each
    practice. Where there appears to be an abnormal number
    of objections, the BMA and NHS England will explore with
    practices why this might be occurring (e.g. due to any
    misunderstandings or coding errors).

  30. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    JUST THOUGHT THAT SOME OF YOUR CONTRIBUTORS MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH TAKEN FROM AN INTERNAL MEMO THAT DWP CIRCULATED………………………

    IT CONCERNS THE DWP DISTANCING THEMSELVES FROM ATOS HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS, WHEN IT WAS EXPOSED THAT THE MEDICAL REPORTS WERE SERIOUSLY FLAWED

    EMPs will no longer be available as a source of evidence
    (except for RPP cases). DMs may however use CCM guidance, Health and Wellbeing
    Directorate recognised internet sites such as Cancer Research UK and NHS Choices, the
    information in the claim form, request factual reports, ESA85 reports, care plans, information
    available from schools or social services. They can also telephone the claimant or carer,
    discuss the case with fellow DMs, colleagues, their HEO, or seek advice from DMA Leeds if
    the enquiry concerns applying the law to the established circumstances. This list is not
    exhaustive.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    AN EMP, (AS STATED IN THE FIRST LINE), IS AN EXAMINING MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, (ATOS HCP)…………………………………….

    THE MEMORANDUM SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AS A SOURCE OF EVIDENCE!!!!!

    WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS THE MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS CARRIED OUT BY ATOS PERSONNEL HAVE NO RECOGNITION AS THE ANALYST DOES NOT HAVE THE MEDICAL EXPERIENCE TO FORMULATE SUCH A REPORT ON THE HEALTH OF A CLAIMANT…………….

    ……..in laymans terms;

    “THE WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS THAT ATOS PROVIDED FOR THE DWP ARE NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE WRITTEN ON

  31. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………..extract taken from staff bulletin to DWP internal departments on 7th Nov 2013, as highlighted in Daily Mirror;

    evidence to be obtained before a decision can be made on balance of probabilities.
    12. In exceptional circumstances, should all sources of evidence be exhausted and it is still not
    possible to reach a decision on balance of probabilities, the designated person may seek
    advice from ATOS using the DBD 385 via the medical evidence wizard.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    …………..they are saying, the use of ATOS material in making a decision on a disabled persons claim, must only be used if every other avenue has been thoroughly exhausted…………….

    A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ATOS WERE HERALDED BY THE DWP AS THE MOST HIGHLY TRAINED FIRE BREATHING DRAGONS OF THE HEALTHCARE WORLD.

    TODAY THEY ARE NOT EVEN ON THE BACK BURNER……

    NAMED AND SHAMED AS THE CHARLATANS THAT THEY REALLY ARE,
    “THE PRODUCT OF A STATE ENLISTED, DISABILITY DENIAL MACHINE THAT HOLD NO CREDIBILITY WHATSOEVER, A SHAM IN EVERY RESPECT”

    …………a ruthless organisation that has brought about deaths in our community, sponsored by the DWP in collusion with another government department, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service,

    “A FINELY HONED, WELFARE AND DISABILITY KILLING MACHINE”

  32. Humanity2012 says:

    Arrogant Out of Touch Quality of Life Wrecking Politicians
    have Got to be Stopped

    Increase Welfare Provision
    get The Tory Scum Out of Office Now and Forever

    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

    Stuff Nazi Britain For a Nicer Britain

    • BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – SOVEREIGNTY DEMOLISHED – RIOTS IN UNELECTED EU STATES
      The definition of Sovereignty – Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state. Complete independence and self-government. A territory existing as an independent state .
      We can therefore reach the conclusion we having and enforcing 70% of EU Law are no longer a Sovereign State .Therefore we are Ruled by an unelected Body in Brussels through a minority unelected body here in the UK and we put up with their Nazi Agenda .
      There has been Violent Riots in Greece ,Spain ,Italy and this week apart from the Ukrainian Protest in Sweden and France .Does that tell a story that EU member states are dissatisfied with their lot .
      EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital , enact legislation in justice and home affairs, and maintain common policies on trade agriculture ,fisheries, and regional development .
      Last week Barroso categorically stated to Cameron” free movement throughout the EU is here to stay” so what piffle about Immigration is the Liar Cameron giving us .Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany but seems to have more say that any other member state PM she stated recently that any EU treaties were not up for renegotiation .So was Germany’s forecast of the 1000 years Reich still in process .Merkel and Putin are having talks about the Ukraine’s future ,its like a bunch of Crooks have taken over totally ignoring us and carrying on as it is their right to do so .
      So it looks like Cameron and his cohorts are Governed by the EU who leaves him to do as he chooses with us .No wonder they are so smug .
      http://brokenbritishpolitics.com

  33. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “SANCTIONS”

    ACCORDING TO THE LAWS SET DOWN IN THE GENEVA CONVENTION, THE USE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IS BANNED, YET THE DWP BREACH THESE LAWS, EACH AND EVERY DAY…………

    THE DWP UTILISE A UNIT, APTLY CALLED THE “NUDGE UNIT”, THIS UNIT IS MORE APPROPRIATELY CALLED, A PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING UNIT.

    PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING UNITS ARE USED TO GENERATE POLICIES AND ACTIONS THAT CAN BE USED TO BREAK DOWN THE RESOLVE OF CLAIMANTS USING BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE TECHNIQUES.

    INDEED, RECENTLY, THE NUDGE UNIT WAS BROUGHT INTO LINE FOR USING PSYCHOMETRIC QUESTIONNAIRES ON CLAIMANTS THAT HAD NOT BEEN RATIFIED AND WERE CONDEMNED BY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD.

    The ‘test’ that the DWP ‘borrowed’, and is forcing unemployed people to take on pain of losing their benefits, was devised by a US psychologist alleged to have devised psychological-torture interrogation programmes for the US military and the CIA.

    The questions the DWP has ‘borrowed’ come from the ‘Values in Action Inventory of Strengths’ test devised by Christopher Peterson and Martin ‘Marty’ Seligman. In 2001, Marty Seligman allegedly convened a ‘counter-terrorism and psychology’ meeting at his home, attended by, among others, the alleged creator of the CIA torture program, Dr. James Mitchell, and CIA Director of Behavioral Sciences Research, Kirk M. Hubbard.
    But that the DWP and its contractors are using a test devised by a man who appears to be closely-associated with actual psychological torture by military and intelligence organisations makes the whole matter even more damning – and one that should be occupying the attention of Parliament and the media.

    UK CLAIMANTS ARE BEING USED IN AN EXPERIMENT, THEY ARE BEEN BROKEN DOWN, MADE TO FEEL WORTHLESS, UNCOMFORTABLE AND SADLY, SUICIDAL……………

    THE LEVELS OF STRESS THAT THIS ACT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DEBILITATION HOLDS, HAS NO BOUNDARY, AS EACH PERSON HAS A DIFFERING THRESHOLD TO THE AMOUNT OF PAIN IT CAN SUPPORT.

    WARPED THINKING BY THE DWP HAS SEEN THE DEATH LEVELS OF INNOCENT CLAIMANTS ROCKET.

    OUR GOVERNMENT IS COLLECTIVELY SUPPRESSING DEATH REPORTS ON THIS ISSUE, AFRAID OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FIGURES COMING TO LIGHT.
    YET INSTEAD OF STOPPING AND ANALYSING THE EXTENT OF THEIR MISGUIDED EXPERIMENT, THEY PLOUGH ON, AFRAID TO CONFRONT THE DEMON THAT THEY HAVE CREATED………..

    SANCTIONING SOMEONE IS NOT ONLY A THREAT OR DETERRENT, IT IS ALSO A MEANS TO AN END, THE ABILITY TO SURVIVE OR DIE.

    WHAT YOU ARE WITNESSING IS A TWISTED DERANGED POLICY THAT KILLS…………

    THERE ARE REASONS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT SOUGHT TO USE SANCTIONS AS A FORM OF TORTURE, THE MAIN ONE BEING, IT LEAVES NO REAL VISIBLE SIGNS OF EVIDENCE……

    BEFORE THE USE OF SANCTIONS WERE INITIATED, OUR GOVERNMENT FAILED TO DO ANY PROPER CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON THEIR USE.

    STRANGELY, I HAVE INTERVIEWED ONLY SIXTEEN PEOPLE FROM MY VARYING DISTRICTS OF MY TOWN WHO HAVE HAD SANCTIONS APPLIED AGAINST THEM, FIVE WERE DISABLED, THE OTHERS UNEMPLOYED…………….

    “EVERY ONE OF THEM HAD SUCCUMBED TO SUICIDAL THOUGHTS”

    I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NOR AN EXPERT, BUT I AM WITNESSING A CULL OF HUMAN BEINGS NEVER SEEN ON OUR SHORES BEFORE.

    …………A MURDER OF INDUSTRIAL PROPORTIONS.

  34. Annos says:

    “A sad day has arrived. There are now 1,000+ Food Banks open in Tory UK. Full list here:”

    http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/2014/01/a-sad-day-has-arrived-there-are-now.html

    Soon to be 2,000 methinks!.

    • Stepping Razor says:

      As the election gets closer the figures for the amount of food banks will go down by 80%. The fiddled figures are there to give people confidence to show how things have never been better for people in the uk.

      • bobchewie says:

        Anytime I see ‘ tin Lizzy ‘ ie Fester McVile I want to smack her one..
        But I won’t really ..but she does have that kind of face and she is gobshite

    • bobchewie says:

      http://ww1.eclipsemarketing.co.uk/services/crm-and-database

      Crapita will be carrying out PIP assessments. Aided and abetted by their new acquisitions Premier Medical and Medicals Direct..
      MDG is one of those insurance ones to help save insurance companies money
      and Premier Medical is ” get you back to work quickly ” outfits. Ive posted about them on Johnny Void Crapita convention aka trade fair gig..
      Premier Medical use Eclipse CRM software. Of which Ive posted the above link.

      Hey using that software you can become a brand leader how about that ? The number one disability denier organisation in the country

      • Stepping Razor says:

        To get a PIP Form – 1st you will be sent a Income Support Form to fill out, if the dwp feel you passed the non medical fraudulent test, you will be given a PIP Form to fill out = You can`t just get a PIP Form you have to apply through Income Support = No Medicals. Once getting to the PIP form, also the results will skip anything medical.

        FAILURE OF THE FRAUDULENT KIND !!

        • bobchewie says:

          @razor so what is this crap about Crapita PIP contract and them banging on about these new medical firms they have acquired to carry out the assessments …gone to all that hassle for nothing ..oh by the way Crapita do benefit fraud too…i bet they love all that
          shit….making ppl miserable

  35. bobchewie says:

    Btw Crapita are up to their neck in fràud
    £100 million in cockup fund and thousands of pounds fraud in court translation cost fiddles. and they are hosting a welfare reform ttrade fair with us as ” the trade “.
    And let them loose on us with their sham PIP assessments…its Unum and Atos all over again

  36. Stepping Razor says:

    The best economic figures on the day RBS lost £8 billion last year. The state owned bank RBS has wasted the tax payers money yet again. So if that is the best economic figures RBS can lose £20 billion in 2014 much better figures.

  37. Annos says:

    Everyone should read this, coming to the UK soon!.

    “Joel Hay: What’s wrong with American hospitals?”

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/hospital-600886-care-year.html

  38. bobchewie says:

    Has anyone seen the new govt transparency initiative ? The claim
    is to hold those ” departments to account ” it says
    Hmm so looking at DWP customer satisfaction we see it has gone up to
    81%. Whaaat? Sanctions .jcp shit treatment of claimants endless spin and lies Atos WCA death toll bedroom tax suicides am I hearing a collective
    Cry of ” oh do f*ck off ”

    Then check out the ” lots ” of ” cohorts ” ( thats us folks ) that have been helped back to work using the work program
    Oh look its about 12-14% an increase from a few years back…must be a resounding success then

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

        “WHY WOULD THE DWP TELL BLATANT LIES ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH A DISCREDITED, DISABILITY DENIAL FIRM, UNUM?……………….
        22 April 2013

        Dear Mr Reynolds
        Freedom of Information Act – Request for Information
        Our Reference: FOI IR 0306

        Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) review request which was received on 28
        March 2013. In that request, you asked for a review of your FOI reference 5116.

        You asked:

        I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions’s handling of
        my FOI request ‘U n u m corporations failure to record a conflict of interest.’.

        Its quite obvious that there is a conflict of interest, hence your reluctance to answer.

        Please be assured that your request has been given our full consideration and that all aspects of
        your review were taken fully into account.

        The review was conducted by an independent official of the Department, of the relevant grade
        and authority to carry out such requests. The case has been examined afresh, and guidance has
        been sought from domain experts to ensure all factors were taken fully into account.

        After consideration the internal review has confirmed that DWP does not hold any information on
        the Corporation identified above, as they are not connected to the DWP Medical Services
        Contract.

        You might find it helpful if I explain that Freedom of Information (FoI) Act is about the supply of
        recorded information held by the Department rather than explaining or confirming whether your
        assumptions are correct or not.

        If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

        Yours sincerely

        DWP Business Management Team
        Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)
        ……………………………………………………………………………………………
        and yet;

        13. UnumProvident is actively engaged with the Government, policy-makers and large employers to share best practice and to see where our systems and approaches might be applied more widely. We are currently working with the Department of Work and Pensions on this, and have had discussions with officials in HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s office. We have met with officials to help better understand the nature of the IB casebook, and to discuss how our commercial experience and expertise might be more widely applied. In addition, we will shortly be supporting the National Employment Panel in its work on the New Deal for Disabled People through a secondment of one of our senior managers.

        • BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – UNUM ANOTHER CORRUPT VENTURE OF THE TORIES A little about Lawrence Churchill CBE (that means nothing Prescott is a Lord)He is Chairman of the National Employers Savings Trust .Chairman of Financial Services Compensation Scheme .Director of Bupa .Trustee of The Longevity Centre UK.CEO of Natwest Life and Investments .Served on Employers Forum on Disability and Financial Ombudsman Service.
          Executive chairman and managing director of UNUM Ltd the European arm of Provident Inc,the worlds largest disability insurer .Remember UNUM they are the company that taught ATOS how to assess the sick and disabled on behalf of the DWP .With the four above’s previous I wouldn’t trust NEST with my worst enemies welfare never mind my money for my pension .Employers BEWARE .Unum is banned in seven state’s in America ,it has been involved in this country’s health programme since 1994 .Hence NHS reforms Welfare Reforms and the involvement of ATOS ,not fit for purpose regime .31/10/12 The Government loaned to Nest in March 2011 £171 million ,just recently they gave them £9.8 million free gratis of Tax Payers Money ,the Tories are still milking the public purse.
          http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

  39. Annos says:

    OT ?.

    “Jim Willie Bombshell: Saudi Royal Gold Ransacked in London to Prevent Default!”

    http://www.silverdoctors.com/jim-willie-bombshell-saudi-royal-gold-ransacked-in-london-to-prevent-default/

    • BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS –EU GIVEN PRIORITY OVER OUR JOBS
      Benefit Sanctions are part of the DWP’s Claimant Control strategy whereby Claimants are Sanctioned for failing to do a number of things that do not meet the Jobcentre criteria for receiving Benefits .
      The Tory mantra “get a job you scrounger” is so facial it is unbelievable .The Tories not value for money except for themselves philosophy is costing us Taxpayers millions of pounds wasted on Bogus Agencies .There is widespread repartition of job vacancies on the Governments Flagship Universal Job match obviously the website is flying at half mast as deceitful liar ID Smith is in charge .

      An outside investigation found that 30% of the jobs advertised on Universal Jobmatch were fake. The input from Monster Employment agency falls spectacularly short of what we the Taxpayer are spending our money on ,they advertise and send out emails notifying claimants of vacancies using the repeated statement “Production Operatives” which leads you to the same vacancy every time .
      The unrecoverable money wasted on the first IT programme cost us £146 million – what is it going to cost this time .

      Within the last year 1500,000 jobs have only been Advertised within the EU and not here .Shambles Government shambles systems .A Benefit Claimant is therefore using an Official Website that is as unreal as Liar Smith .Claimants are blatantly Sanctioned for not applying for bogus jobs ,repeated same vacancies and jobs that are in existence but not on the site .The EU sponsors the Jobcentre Logo from the Social Fund at the same time as denying jobs in Britain for the British .
      ‘IDS faces a probe’ say many newspapers – what in his head .
      http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

      • bobchewie says:

        Hi Robert,

        My name is Sarah and I’m working with the Who Benefits? campaign. My focus is on getting the amazing and powerful stories shared with the campaign heard far and wide to help change the debate on benefits.

        Thank you for sharing your story with the campaign – you have already helped us to make an impact.

        But with a General Election fast approaching and benefits still high up the agenda, the campaign now needs to step up a gear.

        That’s why I want to hear from you. We want you and others who have shared their stories to get more deeply involved with this important and exciting campaign. 

        Will you help us to get your story heard in the media and raise the profile of the campaign in your area?

        It’s simple – just complete this short form and tell us how you’d like to be involved. I’ll be in touch to discuss how we can take things forward and answer any questions.

        I understand it might be daunting but you’re not going to be alone. I have lots of experience with this sort of work and will support you all the way through to ensure you feel comfortable and happy. I look forward to hearing from you.

        Best wishes

        Sarah 

      • bobchewie says:

        Councils using controversial lie detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters

        http://gu.com/p/3ndgf

        COUNCILS TO USE LIE DETECTOR TO CATCH BENEFIT FRAUDSTERS

      • bobchewie says:

        DWP plans to ditch ridiculed jobs website

        http://gu.com/p/3nt28

        UJM Dropped at last

  40. Annos says:

    OT,

    “Cameron aide arrested in ‘child abuse imagery’ inquiry”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26428308

  41. Annos says:

    “Iain Duncan Smith’s election present for the Golden Oldies: Bye Bye bus pass and fuel payments”

    http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/iain-duncan-smiths-election-present-for-the-golden-oldies-bye-bye-bus-pass-and-fuel-payments/