Disabled man ‘crushed by financial pressure’ found dead at Atherton home after his benefits were stopped

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6:40pm Thursday 12th December 2013 in News

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A DISABLED man was crushed by financial pressure in the weeks before his death, according to a friend.

Denis Jones, aged 58, was discovered at his Tarleton Avenue home, in Atherton, on December 1 after a friend became concerned about him after not seeing him for several days and called the police.

The death was recorded as due to natural causes but James McIntyre, a close friend, wants others to know that they are not alone in struggling to make ends meet.

He said:

“Denis was like an uncle to my children and to see him suffering was horrendous. His benefits were cut five weeks before he died because he had returned a form late.

 

“He was dependent upon income support and without it he couldn’t heat his home or pay his electricity bill. He became dependent on food parcels and the generosity of friends but he was crushed under the pressure of it all.

“He tried to sort it out but he didn’t really know what to do and he didn’t own a computer so it is not easy when everything is online nowadays.

“It just seems like the cuts are starting to hit everyone really hard and as it gets into winter it is going to start affecting more and more people.”

Mr McIntyre said:

“He was hit by the bedroom tax as well.

“He couldn’t pay and got into arrears with his rent. People are getting really low and someone has to make a stand or more and more people will suffer.

“I just want others to know that they are not alone but really something should be done.”

Denis is believed to have family in Oldham but police and friends have been unable to contact them.

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69 Responses to Disabled man ‘crushed by financial pressure’ found dead at Atherton home after his benefits were stopped

  1. I keep wondering when the people of Britain are going to wake up out of this nightmare of fascist Mafia, pretending to be ministers we have in control here? I hope I’m not still wondering on my deathbed!

  2. bobchewie says:

    And the standard response to FOI requests on death toll is £600 rule..
    It costs us too much to get off
    Our lazy arses to find out..
    So basically its none of your business..
    And to think that twat in charge of MP pay says public is in favour of MP pay rise makes one vomit.
    Imagine IDS getting a pay rise after this growing list of deaths ..its an insult..

    • andy says:

      I agree 100 % mate. You hit the nail right on the head. Why should MPs get 11% payrise when there are people literally starving or comitting suicide because they just cant cope with the pressures forced on them by this so called fair system government

    • andy says:

      I agree 100 % mate. You hit the nail right on the head. Why should MPs get 11% payrise when there are people literally starving or comitting suicide because they just cant cope with the pressures forced on them by this so called fair system government

      • brian craig says:

        your 100% right bring back Guy Fawkes sort out these mp’s a bloody disgrace 11% pay risethey should get a 20% pay cut most of them all they want is their noses in the trough.

  3. bobchewie says:

    Yes you have the right word as that is what we are referred to.. ‘ stock ‘

  4. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “A FINELY HONED, STATE KILLING MACHINE THAT RECOGNISES NO BOUNDARIES IN THE DECIMATION OF THE MOST VULNERABLE”

    AIDED AND ABETTED BY THE COWARDLY, YELLOW, FACELESS BASTARDS THAT PURPORT TO PROVIDE OUR WELFARE, THE DWP.

    TO SAY YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS, IS THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE DECADE…………..

    THESE DEATHS ARE NO ACCIDENT, THEY ARE THE ACTIONS OF A DEPARTMENT OUT OF CONTROL, A RENEGADE ELEMENT WHO ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT.

    YOU HAVE NO MORALS WHATSOEVER BECAUSE YOU ARE DISTANCED FROM THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT YOU DISH OUT EVERY DAY…………

    THAT BROWN ENVELOPE, THAT SANCTION, THE TOOLS OF A MURDERER.

    LOWER THAN THE LOWEST, SUBHUMAN IN EVERY WAY….

    YOU HAVE NO SHAME, ONLY DEPARTMENTAL TARGETS, WAKE UP TO THE HORRORS OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

    “it would haunt me for the rest of my life if my actions caused anothers death, i think i would take my own life in shame”

    • But would it haunt you and the rest of the victims out here if he ended up with the same fate as the hated Mussolini in the 40′s? I see many similarities. Would we all have a 2 minutes silence for him?

    • Mockingbird says:

      Someone should assess (The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is the psychological assessment most commonly used to rate psychopathy)those in power to prove they have all the criteria to be fully fledged psychopaths and unfit for office.
      I agree Geoff, most of us would be unable to live with ourselves if we caused the death of others ….but our leaders are incapable of showing empathy, have no conscience and are evil personified.

  5. Fiona Greig says:

    Iain Duncan Smith, for ever a name linked to the slaughter of tens of hundreds of innocent people.

  6. jed goodright says:

    has this bastard not learnt anything? has he responded to the judges ruling about the discriminatory (therefore illegal) WCA yet?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10514786/Speak-English-or-lose-benefits-warns-Iain-Duncan-Smith.html

  7. donna says:

    I’m going through the same on £55 per week expected to pay £10.64 bedroom tax needing a job so don’t afto down size from my home after 18 yrs what can I say except god bless hope he is at piece such a shame r.i.p x

  8. green monster says:

    I am descusted that this can happen and by the time the torys and lib dem finish it wont be the last this goverment need hanging. They sit there in there ivory castles and dont know what real life is like. They are also not willing to find out. Some times i feel like our grand parents fight in ww2 was for nothing. I am starting to feel like the film V for Vendetta is a true account of life or what it will be like and not a very good film of ficton. Watch it and you will see.

  9. And we thought “Hitler” was a murdering scumbag,, my god this goverment av caused so much suffering and death but they are still allowed to rule , If uv paid into this countries NI u dont qualify to get anything back apparently,,come on England bout time u started looking after ur own,,,

    • Andrew Taylor says:

      Oh now look, don’t you understand that being unable to work and having paid loads of Tax and NI all your life is irrelevant !
      Your payments SHOULD go towards MP’s wage rises !
      Simples.

      A COPD sufferer…still fighting for justice.

  10. Annos says:

    “Woman who miscarried in prison ‘forced to clean up blood in cell’”

    http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/ww/story-20313643-detail/story.html

  11. Annette Currie says:

    Add it to the growing list of atrocities committed by this society. IDS is only in power because enough people voted for his party. A major paedophile ring operation has been operating for years, yet people got fed up reading about Jimmy Savile et al, it will eventually disappear and the truth will never be known.

  12. 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

    • AL says:

      If they are working to statistical norms then who cares how they make their decisions? It is a farce anyway. If the point is to remove 40% of people off ESA then some people are going to suffer. Tough luck! No wonder GP’s didn’t want to get involved. What is the point? It is a farce and it looks like they knew it. Were the BMA aware of these norms that their members are working to? And then told GP’s not to get involved in supporting their patients. They called for it’s removal and then left patients to fend for themselves. That’s pretty harsh. Would you want to be to be treated by a Health care professional who will deny your condition if there are too many people suffering with it this week? The BMA should remove their Doctors from ATOS or de-register them. The same goes for the other governing bodies. Shame on the Health care professionals and Shame on their governing bodies for allowing such bad practice!!!

      All it takes to evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

      And the WCA was the work of an ex Banker. No wonder it has no sound basis in reality. And still nobody cares.

      It’s all part of the new paradigm, hard working good, not working bad.

      We are sorry for Denis Jones but how long will the rest of us last when we too are sanctioned for not being able to keep up with the new work programme. And will there be targets for our sanctions too? If this isn’t stopped, how long can each of us live on nothing?

  13. Humanity2012 says:

    Murder by Poverty is Still Murder

  14. Debra hind says:

    I was arrested sept last yr for failing to notify them that my illness has improved that was their excuse I was diagnosed with COPD 14 yrs ago and my condition has worsened I don’t think copd gets better aprl last yr all charges were dropped against me even thou they suspended my benefits last yr so Xmas was cancelled last yr for myself my young daughter and grand kids u honestly couldn’t afford presents then iam told to claim ESA which I did while waiting for tribunal regarding my dla . I then has atos interview and was told I didn’t qualify so had to appeal that I lost my home oct last yr cos of arrears and benefits being suspended now over a yr later iam still waiting to have case heard at tribunal I receive 105 pounds per fortnight I have struggled all yr have now just lost our present home cos I got into arrears because the dwp keep taking money off me for overpayments they say I owe I tell them iam still waiting for appeal but falls on deaf ears so Xmas is cancelled yet again and me and my young daughter homeless for Xmas and at times I have been in situations were I could see that suicide was the only way away from it all but my love for my family and having a caring doctor has helped get me through all this so I can understand why ppl commit suicide but pray something will be done regarding the dwp attitude to prevent hearing more stories like that poor man

  15. PAULA says:

    THEY CAN’T GET AT HIM NO MORE, RIP, I THINK IT MUST BE MY TURN NOW, WAS OVER B SOCIETY EARLIER AND GUESS WHAT NO ESA GONE IN, TALK ABOUT FRIDAY THE 13TH, I KNOW MY YEAR ON ESA WAS CUMIN TO END, THEY HAVE STOPPED IT AND I’VE HAD NO NOTIFICATION ABOUT THAT, IF MONEY NOT GONE IN TONIGHT I WILL BE STRAIGHT DOWN THE CAB MONDAY AND CREATE MERRY HE’LL THAT’S F’IN SORTED MY CHRISTMAS OUT!, BASTARD DUNKIN SHIT, WATCH YOUR BACK MATE YOU’VE PICKED ON THE WRONG ONE THIS TIME!

  16. AL says:

    Is it time to name and shame? For those who have died could the names of the Assessors and Decision Makers be published too? Those who enforce the Sanctions too. Lest we forget. Hard working people, paying morgages, feeding their families by taking the support from vulnerable people, those who actually ensure their continued employment. We need to wake them up to the damage they are causing. There may be dignity in honest work, but in working for ATOS and the DWP right now there must be shame.

  17. trish says:

    R.I.P. I hate what this govt are doing to people.

  18. elsa carter says:

    Come on people!
    If it gets to the point where you feel you need too end it! for god sake at least take one of them with you!
    Why not when we are all in this together?
    A day in london by the h-o-p and you will surely see a con-lib monster.At least you can then go out with a smile on your face and it will do the rest of us a big favour and bring some much needed attention to our situation!
    If you carn`t afford to get down london then take one of the dwp with you from the job center and mores the better!

    • AL says:

      Kinda familiar huh? Sometimes I think I’m the only one who goes shopping for nothing. Being human, having to meet human needs of warmth shelter hunger ect. It just gets harder. Really wish I didn’t have to eat.

      And all this misery because an ex banker decided a large percentage of Sick and Disabled people don’t deserve to have money to live. This is the warped world of Statistical Norms. They will have 80% of adults in employment and they dont care who dies while they are trying

      It’s a proper game isn’t it? Playing with peoples lives.

      Hey Sickie? Stop moaning. Get a job! Ha Ha Ha!

  19. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “PREPARING FOR THE FIREWORKS”

    From: jimmy3

    11 December 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    My questions refer to security processes surrounding the Work &
    Pensions meeting held on 9th December 2013 at 16:30 in the Wilson
    room.

    According to multiple witnesses (members of the public, mainly
    physically or mentally disabled) who arrived to observe the above
    meeting, they were initially met by standard airport and court type
    security, metal detectors, belongings checked, they were frisked -
    all pretty much what I would expect.

    The public area was off camera (although some public members did
    appear in view of the camera to find their seats and I did witness
    one electric wheelchair user briefly on camera.

    However the witnesses stated something rather disturbing which
    wasn’t seen on camera which could explain their unusual silence
    throughout the proceedings. There were several policemen or
    security guards with machine guns, not pointed down, instead
    pointing TOWARDS the public area throughout this meeting.

    My questions are as follows:

    1. Who from the DWP asked for these guards with machine guns to be
    present?

    2. Who from the DWP asked for these guards to keep their machine
    guns pointed toward the public area?

    3. Please provide the report which deemed it necessary to have
    guards with machine guns pointed toward the public during this
    meeting.

    My fourth question is only for if you’re unable to answer any one
    of the above questions.

    4. Please specify the Government department I should send this FoI
    request to if you don’t hold the above information on any question
    I ask above.

    (For public reference, the meeting can be watched here although the
    public area and the guards with machine guns are off camera:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqJoGMKI… )

    Yours faithfully,
    Mr Glynne Powell.

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/work_pensions_committee_machine#comment-45918

  20. Stepping Razor says:

    When a disabled wants a job the dwp & ids crew don`t want to know. I will ask them for a job at the FOI office because they sit on their arses all day anyway. A door stop at star rucks. How about an unpaid job at jobcentre plus. Don`t forget dwp, I ask the questions not you !! Oh what a public hanging !!

    SR

  21. Poor Denis Jones, added to the Nazi death list of over 10,600 vulnerable disabled people that have killed themselves during the last year or so! The Government & DWP are in EXTREME violation of European Convention Human Rights, EC Disability Rights, Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010, PSED Public Sector Equality Duty & much more! No wonder the “red tape” unlawfully removed “Equality Impact Assessments” as they KNEW many thousands would not cope due to extreme & Intentional Failure to make ANTICAPTORY and ADEQUATE reasonable adjustments or to pay due regard to substantial disadvantage, disability & detriment! England’s N1 County Court system for disability discrimination in services claims under the Equality Act 2010 breaches ALL known laws, Judges NEVER once used “disability assessor” which makes all rulings against the disabled person or any person with protected characteristics “unsafe”.

    This is what I write in Police Cell walls of corrupt Canterbury, Doncaster and Margate Police Stations after being antagonised, tormented and provoked, massive cover up going on involving 100+ organisations and almost 1,000 inviduals.

    http://youtu.be/mw-ewr_z8eU

    Released from Prison Elmley ony 2 days ago 13.12.2013 under A4966CW third time in Prison this year! WTF!! Almost killed myself this time but was saved by the “Listeners”. Probably back in Prison very soon! You can clearly see I am versed in my knowledge but lack verbal communication skills and facing extreme Police, Judicial, Solicitor, NHS, Charity corruption, discrimination, victimisation and so much more. I’m also the first to dare sue the corrupted SRA Solicitors Regulation Authority under case 1SE06800 via corrupt Sheffield County Court.

  22. ctc says:

    The names of these DWP nazi scum who stopped Denis Jones income support should be put online.He did not die due to “natural causes “,he was tortured to death like the thousands of victims already sacrificed by the criminal MPs who back this evil regime.

  23. Humanity2012 says:

    Poverty and Destitution are Tools of Oppression

    It is Just People too Brainwashed by Capitalism who are Thick
    to See That

  24. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    DEAR DWP;

    WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BODY COUNT?

    YOU KNOW, THE ONE THAT YOU ARE TRYING SO HARD TO STIFLE, THE ONE THAT SHOWS HOW MANY HAVE DIED SINCE YOUR VILIFICATION OF THE POOR AND DISABLED…..

    YES, THE FIGURE THAT YOU ARE SO DESPERATE TO HIDE FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION,

    THE ONE THAT WILL BLOW THE LID ON YOUR CONCERTED “ETHNIC CLEANSING REGIME” AND EXPOSE YOU FOR WHAT YOU REALLY ARE,

    THE MOST FINELY HONED KILLING MACHINE HIDDEN IN WELFARE REFORMS……….

    THE STENCH FROM THE CORPSES THAT YOU KILLED, WILL NOT GO AWAY.

    MEDIA CLEANSING WILL NOT REMOVE THE STENCH EITHER, TRY AS YOU MAY, YOUR ACTIONS WILL ALWAYS BE HIGHLIGHTED BY THE ONES LEFT TO TELL THE TALE………..

    I AM JUST ONE, BUT MY VOICE IS MANY……………..

    …………ALL BEARING WITNESS TO YOUR EVIL DEEDS.

  25. Stepping Razor says:

    The dwp will now reopen the dead mans benefit, so the dwp can collect the payments & back payments all run by a dead id. Keep it going dwp !!

  26. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………….it’s hard to imagine a line of coffins stretching for almost a mile and three quarters, but this is how many people have died as a result of DWP cuts firmly aimed at the poor and disabled.

    ……and yet, according to the DWP, the figures are pure fiction.

    Try telling this to the families who are missing a loved one, now just an image, a memory, a tear stained photograph on a sideboard.

    ……….they know the truth, and so do you

  27. Serenity says:

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

    Where are the good men?

  28. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    We are all created equal unless…………………………

    Father is a Judge, a Stockbroker, a Banker, etc etc etc……

    Therefore, the whole pretence of being equal was dead in the water when it was first uttered, and has been ever since!

    What makes one person have to survive on £71 per week and do workfare, whilst another does absolutely,sweet fuck all and gets paid £300 per day?

    It certainly isn’t equality and it certainly isn’t looks, so what makes a person more unequal than another?

    There is not one answer, but a combination of quirks of fate, or chapters in a lifetime, that lay a path for how a person lives their life………………….

    Why should a miner work in a dangerous environment and do hard toil for a small wage, whilst a pen pusher does nothing and receives a handsome salary?

    The equilibrium of who we are is defined by one thing only, money………..

    If you ain’t got it, your nobody, and if you have it, your’e somebody.

    But sadly, it doesn’t end there,because the “somebody” takes on the role as treating the poor as a “nobody” and in an effort to continue the “illusion”, strives to keep them there.

    ………..and that’s the problem in our country today.

    To continue the principal of having importance, the richer of the two sees fit to do two things, firstly to push the poorer into further debt, and secondly to block any attempt for the underdog to catch up.

    To enable these factors to happen, the rich need to belong to an elite.

    The elite is usually formed by distancing from the poor and mixing within circles that have the same mindset.

    Eton and the ilk being the breeding ground of individuals who consider themselves already superior, not by their knowledge or skills, but usually Daddies wallet………………..

    Who needs to do an apprenticeship for four years, when Daddies friend, who usually owes a big favour, has an opening in the city?

    ………………BORN EQUAL, WHAT A FUCKING JOKE!!!

    History, however, has a way of showing that the meek have always had a way of inheriting the earth.

    The greed bubble is accelerating headlong into a big bang and all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty together again.

    “Humpty knows this and is trying to manipulate the law and the media, the voice of the people and the multinationals………..

    ………poor old Humpty, i’m afraid your’e doomed!!!

  29. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    Annex A
    Annex A
    Dear Geoffrey Reynolds,
    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received 26 April. You asked;
    Has an exercise ever been done to quantify if £71 would be enough to sustain a human being?
    PLEASE ANSWER, ITS NO GOOD
    WRITING “WE THINK ITS REASONABLE”

    Answer;
    We are not aware of any exercises undertaken by Government on adequacy of benefits.

  30. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ……………all those countless millions blasted on a renegade company, ATOS.

    The HCP’s credentials aren’t worth a toss, therefore the DWP are fast backtracking, trying to erase any link with the charlatans as the evidence becomes unsurpassable………….

    Therefore, as Razor states, the medical reports that were used to deny Incapacity Benefits, are reduced to junk……….

    They are not valid in any shape or form and anybody who has had their benefits stolen by this charade, should have them reinstated immediately, along with compensation for the pain and suffering………………

    The DWP are truly shitting themselves and the whole Disability Denial fiasco is in tatters.

    Using google to verify if a claimant has a disability that warrants a benefit is further proof that the DWP have shot themselves in the foot!!!

    Cracks have appeared and they are falling further into them,

    “PAY THE MONEY BACK YOU THIEVING BASTARDS”

  31. 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……

  32. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    …………wonder why the naughty people at DWP are so reluctant to release this internal memo that puts ATOS into the waste bin………..

    Dear DWP CAXTON HOUSE EXTERNAL Communications,

    Re: FOI 5501

    It does not seem you have acknowledged my reply to yours dated
    25/11/2013. Here is a copy of that reply:

    “Dear DWP CAXTON HOUSE EXTERNAL Communications,

    Thank you for your reply to FoI request reference 5501.

    The communication to members of your staff I am seeking is
    referenced to in this link:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/civ

    You can see it is clear on the date of 7th November and The Mirror
    does not show the title, referencing it only as DWP staff
    bulletin.

    I trust from this information supplied you are now able to progress
    the request.

    Yours sincerely,

    Nigel Dale”

  33. Humanity2012 says:

    It is Diabolical the Spineless In Action of People

    We Need Revolution Not Slavery

    There should be Mass Protests Not Zombies Hyponotised
    by the Materialist Capitalist Frenzy

  34. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    THE PIECES OF THE JIGSAW ARE ALL COMING TOGETHER TO FORM A PICTURE, A PICTURE THE DWP ARE DETERMINED TO HIDE AT ANY COST……………….

    THE FOLLOWING STORY IS TAKEN FROM THE DAILY MIRROR AND IS FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THE SPIRALING DEATH COUNT ASSOCIATED WITH THE RENEGADE COMPANY, ATOS.

    THE SAME COMPANY WHO THE DWP, WERE HERALDING A YEAR AGO, YET ARE FRANTICALLY TRYING TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM, NOW………………………..

    Dec 28, 2013 00:00
    By Luke Traynor

    Desperate agoraphobe Tim Salter was left penniless when his benefits were slashed despite his failing eyesight and he faced eviction
    Desperate: Tim Salter killed himself after his benefits were slashed following an Atos fitness to work test Desperate: Tim Salter killed himself after his benefits were slashed following an Atos fitness to work test

    A depressed blind man killed himself after he was left penniless because his benefits were slashed, an inquest heard

    Desperate Tim Salter struggled to even feed himself when controversial private firm Atos ruled he was fit for work, despite his failing eyesight.

    The 53-year-old, who also suffered agoraphobia, was about to be kicked out of his housing association home when he hanged himself in the hall.

    A coroner ruled the Government’s decision to axe Tim’s meagre incapacity benefit contributed to his death.

    And the former assistant store manager’s sister Linda Cooksey told how his fitness to work test was carried out by a physiotherapist with no ­experience of mental health issues or knowledge of his blindness.

    The 60-year-old said his family never even knew about his money problems until after his death.

    She added: ­“Stopping his ­benefits sent him over the edge. When his small savings ran out he got in trouble with his rent, and his £30 disability allowance a week just wasn’t enough.

    “Tim ran out of money. He was a proud man and never let on to anybody. It’s so sad. I want everyone to know what this government is doing to ­vulnerable people on benefits.

    “He had a certificate to say he was blind. When we got into his house there was no food, he practically starved in the last weeks.”

    Daily Mirror e-edition: How to get yours for FREE

    South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh said: “A major factor in his death was that his benefits had been greatly reduced leaving him almost destitute.”

    Tim died on September 25.

    An eviction letter from South ­Staffordshire Housing ­Association was found in the bin by his family.

    He was registered partially-blind in 1994. His eyes were damaged when he tried to kill himself in 1989 after losing his job.

    His family has written to David Cameron about his Atos treatment.

    The housing association insisted help was available for those ­struggling to pay rent.

    And the ­Department for Work and Pensions said Tim had the right to appeal its decision.

    Verdict: Suicide.

  35. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    A coroner ruled the Government’s decision to axe Tim’s meagre incapacity benefit contributed to his death”.

    ……….this sentence, on it’s own, should send shock waves through the DWP

    IT SAYS TWO THINGS, FIRSTLY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS INSUFFICIENT, AND SECONDLY THE GOVERNMENT HAD A HAND IN THE MANS DEATH…………..

    WILL THERE BE AN INQUIRY?, I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT!

    BUT THE DEATH TOLL IS RISING, AND RISING FAST>>>>>>>>>>>

  36. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “And the ­Department for Work and Pensions said Tim had the right to appeal its decision”.

    …………..not surprised at this statement from the DWP, the only government department given the remit of “LICENSED TO KILL”……..

    CAN ANYONE THINK OF ANOTHER COUNTRY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, OR THE CIVILISED WORLD, FOR THAT MATTER, WHERE THE DISABLED AND POOR ARE FOUND GUILTY AND HAVE TO PROVE THEIR INNOCENCE?………….

  37. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “And the ­Department for Work and Pensions said Tim had the right to appeal its decision”.

    …………..not surprised at this statement from the DWP, the only government department given the remit of “LICENSED TO KILL”……..

    CAN ANYONE THINK OF ANOTHER COUNTRY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, OR THE CIVILISED WORLD, FOR THAT MATTER, WHERE THE DISABLED AND POOR ARE FOUND GUILTY AND HAVE TO PROVE THEIR INNOCENCE?………….

  38. 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

  39. geoff reynolds says:

    ………..and yet the British government are insisting that the Libyan government, hunt down the killers of a British man shot dead in a seaside resort in Libya,demanding a thorough investigation…………..

    …..and yet the same government, choose to overlook the thousands of victims lost to the MURDERING DWP POLICIES, yet the perpetrators are already known……………..

    STRANGE, BUT TRUE, DEATHS OF BENEFIT CLAIMANTS GO UNNOTICED????

    ………….STRANGER STILL………….

    WHY DO OUR LAWLORDS RESTRICT THE RIGHTS OF A PERSON TO END THEIR LIFE IF THE QUALITY BECOMES UNBEARABLE, YET OPENLY ENCOURAGE THE DWP TO ADMINISTER WELFARE POLICIES THAT DRIVE MANY TO SUICIDE?????

    …………the reasons are readily apparent.

    On the global scene, we have to be recognised as setting precedents for the world to follow, whereas domestically, at home, fuck the disabled and poor, what’s a few bodies to massage the unemployment figures………………………..

  40. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………..STRANGE THAT THE DWP DON’T WANT TO RELEASE THIS INFORMATION REQUESTED UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT…………………………………………

    WHAT HAVE THEY GOT TO HIDE?……………………

    WHY ARE THEY REFUSING EVIDENCE SUPPLIED BY ATOS AND TELLING STAFF TO APPRAISE DISABILITY BY GOOGLING THE SYMPTOMS?

    ………COULD IT BE THAT ATOS HCP’S CARRY NO CREDIBILITY AND THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND BIASED REPORTS AREN’T WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE WRITTEN ON?……………………….

    From: Nigel Dale

    30 December 2013

    Dear DWP FoI request team,

    FOI 5501

    You have not replied at all since I provided the requested
    information. I remind you that you have not supplied the
    information requested within the time stated in the relevant act or
    given a reason why you require more time. Please provide the
    requested information.

    Yours sincerely,

    Nigel Dale

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/staff_bulletin_7th_november#outgoing-322876

    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.”

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    RATHER EMBARRASSING SOMEWHAT???

  41. 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

  42. 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”

  43. 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.

  44. Atos FodderA says:

    Another benefits suicide in the news today, where a mentally ill man (with suspected undiagnosed autism) turned himself into a human fireball. He’d also made two failed suicide attempts in recent months.

    His benefits had been cut last year (Atos anyone) and he was being ‘pressurised’ into returning to work.

    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend_messenger/news/brian-stimpson-11776/

  45. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    google; 38 DEGREES SAMUEL MILLER

    A LETTER TO THE HAGUE OUTLINING THE MISTREATMENT OF THE SICK AND DISABLED

    I WOULD ADVISE ALL TO SIGN IT……….

  46. Annos says:

    “The Missing TRILLIONS: Where The RICH & MIGHTY Hide The CASH. Tax Havens EXPOSED”

  47. GEOFFREY REYNOLDS says:

    …..SIMPLY PUT, THE P.C.S., THE UNION THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORKS AND PENSIONS, HAS LESS BACKBONE THAN A JELLYFISH………………..

    THE PUBLIC AND SERVICES UNION, ARE MERE PUPPETS OF A TWISTED, HEINOUS STRATEGY THAT IS KILLING INNOCENT VICTIMS, BY THE THOUSANDS.

    IT’S A BIT LATE FOR THEM TO BE SHOWING SLIGHT CONCERN FOR THE ROCKETING NUMBERS DISAPPEARING FROM OUR STREETS BY EXPOSING DWP GOVERNMENT TARGETS, FOR WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING IS A STATE SPONSORED KILLING MACHINE.

    EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS UNION HAS TAKEN PART IN A CULL OF THE POOREST AND WEAKEST.

    IT’S NO GOOD BEING PART OF A UNION JUST TO ACT AS ONE AND NEGOTIATE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR YOUR MEMBERS, YOU ALSO HAVE A MORAL AND ETHICAL DUTY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHO PAY YOUR WAGES……………

    MORE AND MORE DOCUMENTATION IS COMING INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN ABOUT THE WAR OF ATTRITION STAGED AGAINST THE VULNERABLE.

    THE CONDITIONS OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT SEEM TO BE, LIE ,CHEAT AND STEAL AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY………

    COULD YOU HONESTLY FACE THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST ONE, AS A DIRECT RESULT OF A MISGUIDED SANCTION?

    I DOUBT IT!

    MORTALITY RATES ARE BEING WITHHELD. THE MORTALITY RATES ARE A TRUE GRAPH OF THE EXTENT OF BLOOD ON YOUR UNIONS HANDS…………..

    RUNNING SHY AND CLAIMING YOU WERE ONLY FOLLOWING ORDERS WAS THROWBACK FROM THE NAZI’S, DO YOU WISH TO CONTINUE THIS ONSLAUGHT OF INNOCENT VICTIMS?

    I THINK NOT……….

    TARGETS HAVE NO PLACE WHEN ASSESSING THE QUALITY OF A HUMAN BEINGS EXISTENCE, IT IS THE WORK OF A CORRUPT SOCIETY.
    THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE IS MEASURED BY HOW IT TREATS ITS WEAKEST, NOT THE EVIL DEALT ON THOSE WITH THE LEAST RESOLVE.

    THE P.C.S. HAS MENTIONED THAT ITS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN USING TARGETS TO SANCTION PEOPLE ON JOB SEEKERS ALLOWANCE, YET NO MENTION OF THE SANCTION AGAINST THE DISABLED WITH BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PROBLEMS?

    ARE THEY EASY PREY, MAIMED AND LESS LIKELY TO FIGHT BACK?

    CORRUPT HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TAKING PRECEDENT OVER GENUINE DOCTORS, DECISION MAKERS OF YOUR UNION ACTING IN THE BIGGEST DISABILITY DENIAL OF ALL TIME…….

    SEARCH YOUR MEMBERS CONSCIENCES……………

    WHEN WILL THE WANTON CARNAGE OF OUR NATION STOP?

    THE P.C.S. HAS THE KEY TO UNLOCK ALL THAT IS HAPPENING, COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND SPEAK BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE……….

    IS A PERSONS LIFE REALLY WORTH AN EASTER EGG OR A MARKS AND SPENCER’S VOUCHER?

    “WITHIN YOUR UNION, IT SEEMS SO”

  48. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ONCE AGAIN, THE DWP, DISABILITY WELFARE PARIAH’S, ARE SPOUTING SHIT THROUGH THEIR “COCK IN THE MOUTH COLLEAGUES”,
    THE BBC, GENERAL PATTON;S PROPAGANDA PUPPETS!

    THE SPIN DOCTORS OF THIS STATE SPONSORED KILLING MACHINE ARE ABOUT AS HONEST AS AN ATOS MEDICAL REPORT!

    TWISTING THE TRUTH IS EASY WHEN YOU CONTROL THE DUMBFUCKS
    OF THE HAND IN POCKET MEDIA.

    THIS IS THE BBC HEADLINE;

    The DWP claims 980,400 people – 32%, of new applicants for Employment and Support Allowance – were judged capable of work between 2008 and March 2013.

    …………NEW APPLICANTS, MY ARSE!!!!!

    THE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN RECEIPT OF SICKNESS BENEFITS RECEIVED A LETTER INFORMING THEM THAT THEIR OLD BENEFITS HAD CEASED TO EXIST AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO RE-APPLY FOR A NEW ESA BENEFIT THAT WOULD REPLACE IT.

    A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS SENT TO EXISTING CLAIMANTS ASKING ABOUT THEIR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ILLNESS AND THEY WERE THEN ASKED TO ATTEND A MEDICAL, BY THE NOW NOTORIOUS, ATOS HEALTHCARE.

    A DISABILITY DENIAL UNIT THAT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY SHITHOUSES LIKE BILL GUNNYEON, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP AND HIS TWISTED NETWORK OF CRONIES FROM THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE.

    BOLSTERED BY THE EFFORTS OF A SELECT NUMBER OF PROMINENT MEMBERS OF OUR GOVERNMENT, IN TANDEM WITH HEALTH INSURANCE GIANT, UNUM CORPORATION OF AMERICA,

    FORMERLY CHARGED WITH DISABILITY DENIAL LAWSUITS IN THE USA, THEY SET OUT TO CRUCIFY THE DISABLED OF THE U.K.

    SADLY, THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OUT, BUT IN AN EFFORT TO QUELL THE GROWING TIDE OF DISSENT, OUR GOVERNMENT HAVE SOUGHT TO TRY AND INTRODUCE GAGGING OF ITS PEOPLE……………………………..

    OUR LAWS ARE NO LONGER TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION, THEY ARE BEING REWRITTEN TO HIDE THE ANTICS OF THE WEALTHY ELITE FROM SCRUTINY……………………

    ASK YOURSELVES, WHY IS THE DWP ONLY TOO GLAD TO HERALD IT’S ACHIEVEMENTS, YET COWER TO HIDE THE GROWING MOUNTAIN OF CORPSES LEFT IN ITS ASSAULT ON THE POOREST, WEAKEST AND DISABLED?

    OUR QUEEN, OUR MONARCH, IS THE BIGGEST WELFARE SCROUNGER THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER KNOWN!

    THE STATE SUPPORTS THIS FAMILY OF NOBLE “INBREDS” WHILST SHAFTING EVERYBODY ELSE…………………….

    ON THIS PLATFORM, I GEOFFREY REYNOLDS, CHALLENGE YOU, IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, TO AN OPEN FISTED CAGE FIGHT………..

    I MAY BE DISABLED, BUT THE HATE AND ANGER THAT I HOUSE WITHIN MY FRAIL BODY WILL PUT YOU TO SHAME ANYDAY!

    “YOU ARE BUT A COWARD LIVING WITHIN THE BODY OF A MAN”

    WHY NOT TAKE UP MY CHALLENGE AND LET THE WORLD SEE WHAT A CRAVEN JELLY OF A MAN YOU REALLY ARE?

    HAVING BODYGUARDS IS NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT, IT’S NOT A MATTER OF SOCIAL PROMINENCE, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A SIMPLE SCUMBAG WHO MILLIONS WOULD LIKE TO SEE ERADICATED…………….

    TAKE UP MY CHALLENGE, I DARE YOU?

    I WILL FIGHT YOU FOR THE RELEASE OF THE TRUE MORTALITY RATES YOUR DEPARTMENT HAS INFLICTED, THE ONES HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC VIEW.

    THE FINAL NAIL IN YOUR COFFIN…………….

    ……………and maybe the reason that i am being paid only £32.30 per week, disabled for life………………………..

  49. Annos says:

    “It cost friends of government just £8.3 billion to get £53 billion in PFI returns”

    http://www.maxkeiser.com/2014/01/it-cost-friends-of-government-just-8-5-billion-to-get-53-billion-in-pfi-returns/

    • 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.

  50. eric says:

    Im going to die on tv ,if my apeal fails (next week or so ) yes die in protest and the media will cover it as im not talking suiside,im handing back life threatening tables in protest if i fail,,the 2004 metal capasity act says we have the right to refuse treatment,when all disabled found fit start doing this things will change,we are either fit or not they cannot have it both ways,or we are losing our rights as disabled people,thanksfully the media wont cover suiside but will policital protests,,,im stoping my tablets several days before i go just to take it to the line,,,you wonder why,?,,try a life on less than£100 a week now only £71 and to search for work and get sanctioned like 800k last year for anythin like missing an apiontment we didant know about (say sent letter and didant)*or being 2min late on mornin apointments i cannot make yet will have no exsucuse when my rights as a disabled person are gone,,, had a year to think about this = looking forward to meeting the two beatles that are dead :-)

  51. eric says:

    COME ON DISABLED PEOPLE START REFUSING TREATMENT ,DOCTORS WILL ONLY DEFEND US WHEN WE DO THIS,,,,

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