Lorraine from Glasgow had cancer but was forced to starve and rely on the foodbank by DWP-Atos who over-ruled her doctors and declared her ‘fit-for-work’

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Herald and Sunday Scotland

 

Sunday 15th December 2013

Special report By Julie McDowall

Blawthill Parish Chuch

Behind cold metal gates stands Blawarthill Parish Church in Glasgow.

 

It’s a modern building, painted white but grimy with rain.
 
Two sticks of wood are nailed to the wall forming a spindly cross which looks as though it could break loose with the next gust of wind.
 
Inside the Scotstoun church is a tiny room: the Glasgow North West Food Bank.
 
The light is flicked on and chaos is revealed: bags of sugar stacked by the window; blue crates overflowing with tins; rickety shelves packed with boxes. It looks like the closing-down sale at a budget supermarket. 
 
Soon the room fills with volunteers. They sort the donated food from the blue crates, checking the expiry date and making sure the food isn’t perishable, then it is categorised and placed on the shelves.
 
The volunteers endeavour to make sure each parcel has variety – there could be a jar of coffee, tins of soup, some long-life fruit juice, a packet of pasta, some tinned veg, biscuits. They’ll even provide toothpaste and shampoo if needed.
 
The “clients” start to arrive.
 
They have been referred here by doctors, social workers and charities. Space is cleared at a table and a volunteer assesses each person, giving them enough food to last three days. When the formalities are over, they are invited to pop down the corridor to the food bank’s café for free toasties and hot drinks.
 
By now the room is cramped. Volunteers are stepping around one another, crates are being sorted, bags are being packed and a woman is asking if anyone wants tea. 
 
This Scotstoun food bank is open only twice a week, for two hours at a time, so everyone has to be dealt with in that short window, yet there is no stress or temper in this warm room, only frantic activity.
 
Lorraine is one of the volunteers, and a former client of the food bank. 
She says:
 
“I was stuck. I wasn’t getting any money and had the housing on my back because the rent wasn’t getting paid.
 
 
“I asked for a hardship payment but they’d only give me that if I was homeless, so I was asked to put myself out on the street.” 
 
Lorraine used the food bank when she had cancer. She entered remission, but then tumours were found in her right kidney.
 
The doctor declared her unfit for work, but the Benefits Agency over-ruled this and her claim for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was rejected.
 
 
She found work as a cleaner but had to quit.
 
Her subsequent claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance was denied as adjudicators said she was clearly unfit for work and so must claim ESA – but her ESA application had already been turned down.
 
Welcome to austerity in Scotland, Christmas 2013. Kafka could have invented this world. 
 
 
Shunted from pillar to post, ill and penniless, Lorraine was left with nothing.
 
“Basically, they kept on giving me the run-around, and I had to wait eight weeks for benefits, during which I was left starving.”
 
She sought other help, including the Community Care Grant, but benefits agency staff said she couldn’t get such payments unless she was already receiving other welfare help. More shades of Kafka. 
 
By now, Lorraine had also been diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, depression and her kidney was inflamed. Add starvation to that mix.
 
In desperation, she applied for a hardship payment but was refused. Staff told her they only assisted those of “no fixed abode”.
 
Their advice?
 
Declare yourself homeless.
 
Lorraine refused to give in.
 
She says:
 
“I fought and fought and fought so they sent me to get re-assessed. The doctor took one look at me and said she wanted an ambulance because of the state of my legs.”
 
By now, Lorraine’s dangerously high blood pressure had turned the backs of her legs scarlet and swollen. 
 
She declined the offer of an ambulance as she had borrowed money to buy an all-day bus ticket into the city.
 
“I’m not going to waste it,”
 
she told the doctor, and took herself to hospital on the bus.
 
The doctor also referred Lorraine to the food bank while she waited for a decision on her benefits. It was, quite literally, the only source of help – they welcomed her, fed her, and assisted her with the paperwork to make her benefit claims.
 
Lorraine finally received the ESA she was due and her cancer is in remission. Feeling stronger, she volunteers at the food bank and will be there on Christmas Day organising a festive dinner for others in need.
 
She says:
 
“I’ll feel rotten if I’m at home and there’s people who might not even have a packet of noodles.”
 
Angela will be one of those having Christmas dinner at the food bank. She has been declared unfit to work due to severe anxiety.
 
“I could only hold down jobs for a couple of weeks,”
 
she says, and adds that now she has trouble leaving the house. 
 
She has been pushed into near starvation, she says, by the “bedroom tax” – where a claimant’s benefit is cut if they live in council or housing association accommodation and the state feels they have a spare room in their home. 
 
The subsequent drop in her benefits has pushed Angela into rent arrears and she is struggling to find money for food.
 
“I’ve got the bedroom tax plus rent arrears and I just can’t cope,”
 
she says.
 
“How do they expect folk to survive?”
 
The bedroom tax and paying her rent arrears means Angela’s weekly income has been cut to £62.50 – below the £71.70 which the Government say is the minimum a single person needs to live on. 
 
She is reluctant to use her heating so carries her duvet through the flat with her.
 
“Then there’s the cat,”
 
she smiles,
 
“he snuggles in.”
 
This gives her added warmth.
 
The bedroom tax has hit her hard and she would gladly move to a one-bedroom flat – the only problem is that, even if one were lying empty next door to her, she would be forbidden from taking it as the council will not permit a house move when rent arrears exist. 
 
The bedroom tax has pushed her into arrears and the very same bedroom tax prevents her from moving.
 
“There’s no logic to it,”
 
she says.
 
Once again the spirit of Kafka looms large in the system. 
 
So with just a small amount of cash left over each week, Angela is forced to use the food bank.
 
Having been declared unfit for work, her benefits eventually will rise to £112.45 per week – but there is a 13-week waiting period before the money will increase. Until then, the food bank will keep her going.
 
The use of food banks has increased massively since the Coalition came into power and began its welfare reforms. The Trussell Trust, a Christian charity which helps local communities start up food banks, issued food to 26,000 people in 2008-09 – this year the number was 346,992. In the last 12 months, food bank use has risen by 170%, and 36.3% of those helped were children.
 
There is scant hope that food bank use will decline.
 
Welfare Minister Lord Freud has urged councils to invest money in food banks, saying it is:
 
“absolutely appropriate”
 
that people use them.
 
No wonder opponents of austerity measures say the idea that the welfare state will care for the needy is gradually eroding under the Conservative and Liberal Democrat administration, with the Government simply assuming that good-hearted local people will step in to provide rations for the desperate. 
 
Gill McCormick helps run the Glasgow North West Food Bank. She is endlessly calm and cheerful – but when asked about the Government’s attitude towards food bank users, her face darkens.
 
She says:
 
“I don’t know where all this negativity has come from. They make it seem as though it’s something to ashamed of, but there’s a load of people out there who are unable to work and are left feeling like utter failures.”
 
She has little optimism for the immediate future and says people gather in the food bank café and tell her they want to die. The Forget Me Not Café is a vital place, providing a safe haven and community space for the clients.
 
“An agency will phone and say, ‘We have someone here who hasn’t eaten for five days. Can we send them along?’”
 
 
 
says McCormick, and that was the trigger for setting up the café: it is a support network for the clients, but also a practical way to ensure they can feed someone immediately, before having to go through the paperwork.
 
Discussing the food bank clients, she sees no resemblance to the stereotypical “scroungers”.
 
Instead, she sees a mother who cared for her disabled son before being told she must get a job and that carers would be sent in her place. The lady complied and her carer’s allowance was stopped immediately – but she still had to wait a month for her wages to come through, so had to use the food bank to feed herself and her disabled son. 
 
There is a man recovering from surgery who stayed with his mother to recuperate, meaning he wasn’t at home to collect letters summoning him to the Benefits Agency.
 
As he missed the appointment, his money was halted as punishment. 
 
Nowhere does McCormick see worthless people who have brought this on themselves.
 
Her mobile phone rings. It is the Jobcentre in Balloch asking if they can send someone down. They have a woman who has a blood clot on the brain and can’t work. Until her benefit money comes through, she’ll have nothing. 
 
McCormick spends a lot of time on her phone, speaking to utility companies. Many food bank clients have either had their power disconnected or are on the verge of being cut off. She phones the firms to ask for leniency.
 
“But most of the time they won’t even entertain us,”
 
she says. 
 
For families without electricity, or those who cannot afford to run the cooker, the food bank volunteers create special food parcels made up of cereals, Pot Noodles, biscuits and powdered soups – foods which can be eaten cold or prepared with a kettle.
 
Yes, she says, children are being brought up on this diet. 
 
 
A dusty, yellow crate sits by the door, with a skateboard, some books and a stuffed lion inside. They are collecting toys for the children who will be having Christmas dinner at the food bank. McCormick says they will have tinsel and get some sweets and put music on. They are expecting about 100 people. 
 
She smiles, saying she pictures it as The Muppet Christmas Carol.
 
“It’ll be like when Scrooge turns good and everyone in the community comes together.”
 
Then she gestures to that dusty, yellow crate:
 
 
“But we need a bit more.”
 
 

Herald Scotland

 
 

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113 Responses to Lorraine from Glasgow had cancer but was forced to starve and rely on the foodbank by DWP-Atos who over-ruled her doctors and declared her ‘fit-for-work’

  1. bobchewie says:

    @JJ we are suffering from a spate of stupidity and ignorance.. I swear its organised..
    On a site to do with photos its swamped by little girlies obsessed and fixated by a manufactured boy band with zero talent..every day they post the same ever repeating phrases ..it’s like a hive mind set one brain between them all..
    Add to that you are told you are not allowed to criticise this group ..some even claiming its illegal ???
    The site at times plays up and wont post anything I write amazing timing I thought ..
    On YouTube there is a horrible reworking of a bit of musical creativity that has been dumbed down to idiot level its embarassing and insulting .
    Ive been told that its me who is stupid
    Then on guardian the usual right wing trolls spew out the ” lefty policies bringing all these imigrants who breed like flies …”. And and f…. ing on it goes and what with the idiocy I came across claiming that all disabled yes thats ALL disabled are fakers. Sponging off the state with the soul aim to destroy this country.
    Its llike I fell asleep and woke up in stupid land
    Its really beginning to annoy the fick out of me. Are they putting something in our food or on tv thats made certain sections of soceity incredibly thick as shit…

    • Stepping Razor says:

      It seems like if you don`t fit in with the brainwashed you are trouble. Simple view with simple people all made to be simple without thinking !!

  2. bobchewie says:

    http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/4259055

    Anyone like to tell me what simon Stevens is on about this time ?

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Some thing about getting rid of the word disabled because it is not correct. To have a world with no disabled words & f**k the disabled people because they are people not disabled. Some one who has been on twatter for too long.

    • emma says:

      he is talking about people who aren’t physically disabled and don’t really need the disabled entrance or the help but are because all disabled are put in the same box feel they are entitled to the help which they could manage perfectly fine without but because they are “disabled” use, causing vital services and help to be stretched thin and over used, costing more as bad as people who park low curbs because they can and its quicker without thinking that they could be stopping people from being able to cross the road. he also thinks that the word “disabled” should be gotten rid of because it is used almost dismissively “oh his disabled so he can’t do this” rather than “well he has……., and that means……..”

    • Sam says:

      Best ignored.

    • Karen M says:

      Simon sees himself as “genuinely disabled”. However I feel disabilities can be hidden from the public’s eye- the elderly couple may have crippling arthritis and the long concourse walk and wait at the queue may be far too much. Simon is using his wheelchair as a badge of entitlement. Judging by the comments after the article he has many people wondering what/who has pi**ed him off this time.

  3. bobchewie says:

    http://www.academia.edu/2598796/Leadership_without_authority_Iain_Duncan_Smith_as_leader_of_the_Conservative_Party http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/4259055

    I found this rather curious item recently
    A sort of dissertation on the ‘ once great ‘ ( ha ha ) failed leader of the Tories
    Iain Drunken Sniff..

  4. Private says:

    I was in kind of same situation. 2007 I had cancer in eyes. Before this I was abused by 3different people. I moved out of England whilst on benefit. I was told I get paid. I did nothing wrong. However, 2011 benefit was stopped, I put claim for tribunal. I had to come back to UK. I went to housing association but was turned away stating I hadn’t been in the area for 3 years. I was kind of homeless. The only person who put me up was the abuser. I had no choice but to stay there. My life was in danger either be out in the cold and rain with nothing but clothes and no doubt I would’ve died from all kinds of health troubles. I had cancer twice I suffer with depression I have bronchitus and other chest issues. Yet I was made homeless. It was my mistake of leaving the UK I wanted to get away from everything. The Government and councils don’t care about vulnerable people. Now I see all abusers all the time. No wonder my depression is worse. That I think about suicide.

  5. mary Jackson says:

    I coudn’t agree more Will,

  6. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    The question on everyones mind today is, when will Duncan Smith start his life custodial sentence?

    Surely the draft Modern Slavery Bill will encompass his heinous crimes of forced workfare, as these fit the category almost perfectly……………..

    You cannot have distinctions between forced slavery and workfare as they are one of the same.
    In fact, workfare, is an obvious choice as it does not need any police work to uncover it. It is there, blatant, and for all the world to see………

    There can be no difference from running an underground sweatshop or taking on staff and affording them a meagre subsistence, the motives are identical, to save money……………

    The courts of Human Rights should immediately challenge the UK government on the issues surrounding workfare, as this is, indeed, MODERN SLAVERY, albeit, in a different wrapper.

    Prosecutions should be brought against the employers of slaves and the scorn should continue with mass demonstrations outside their doors.

    ………..the only visible difference with slavery of old is the absence of shackles but this has been carefully replaced with a sanction that could, inevitably, end in death. Therefore the modern version is more severe.

    “WILL IDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO A VOTE, WHILST IN PRISON?”

    • terminator says:

      I was in rent arrears when I took to ex wife’s council property over after she died, well they had the option to remove me from the tenancy when she was alive, but didn’t, as my son lived with me I got a two bed place with ease after holding the council to ransom over what areas I would move too. I now pay the council £15 a month half of what I started at since having to pay council tax this year.

  7. George says:

    Another example of humane treatment of a citizen of the U.K. from a Tory government who just doesn’t give a dam about the hardship and misery it causes.
    It can give £27million to China to help a space programme,nice to know where its priorities lie.

  8. Humanity2012 says:

    Nazi Britain 2013 is a State of Evil and a Crime against Humanity

    A Poxy Oblivion of Poverty Destitution Meathead Scum Politicians
    and Loud Music Louts

    Selfishness Greed Gormlessness and Evil

  9. 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.

  10. George says:

    Will,
    you couldn’t have put it better,or Nye Bevan

  11. Stepping Razor says:

    The PIP roll out is very very late & in a huge mess – Don`t IDS ever learn from his mistakes !!! IDS don`t not learn from his laziness, so failed again & stop moaning about PIP IDS. IDS you really are thick as shit !!

  12. 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

  13. Stepping Razor says:

    Terminally ill ‘face benefit delay’ – Press Association Dec 12th 2013

    Terminally ill cancer patients are facing “severe” delays in receiving benefit payments under the Government’s flagship new welfare system for disabled people, with dozens of people dying before ever receiving payments, a leading charity has warned.

    Macmillan Cancer Support branded delays in processing personal independence payment (PIP) claims “deplorable”, while the official responsible for the introduction of the system admitted to MPs that some patients with fatal conditions had suffered “awful experiences” because of a service that was “not up to standard”.

    Minister for disabled people Mike Penning told the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee that changes had been implemented to speed up the system. He said he wanted to cut the wait for PIP payments for terminally ill claimants to seven days, though he stressed he was not setting this as a formal target.

    PIP provides between £21 and £134 a week to help people aged 16-64 with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill health or disability, and began replacing disability living allowance in April this year.

    But Macmillan Cancer Support said that a survey of 140 of its benefit advisers around the country found that 26% of them were aware of one or more cases in which a patient died before receiving a payment – suggesting that at least 36 individuals have been affected in this way.

    Duleep Allirajah, head of policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Terminally ill cancer patients are facing severe delays in receiving their benefits under the new personal independence payment special rules claim. We know that a quarter of our benefits advisers surveyed have come across someone who has died before receiving their benefit – this is simply deplorable.

    “Under the old system cancer patients only had to wait 10 days maximum before receiving their benefits. We have raised these concerns with the Government and are hopeful that working together we can develop a solution. We want them to set targets to process all claims in eight to 10 days as a matter of urgency.”

    At a hearing of the committee, Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris challenged Mr Penning on the “unhappy statistics” produced by Macmillan, telling him: “They raise concerns about these individuals worrying because of debt issues – just the sort of things you don’t want people who are terminally ill worrying about.”

    Department for Work and Pensions benefits director Jason Feeney told the committee: “As the operational director for delivering PIP I would absolutely say that the service we gave to some terminally ill claimants at the beginning of PIP wasn’t up to standard and wasn’t where we would expect to be. I wouldn’t try to claim otherwise.

    “There were some awful experiences that some people went through.

    “We have made a number of changes to the process since we introduced it. We now have dedicated teams in our centres for terminally ill claimants.”

    Thanks to improvements in the use of IT, most of these claims are now being dealt with within 16 days, and 7,000 out of 8,000 claims from terminally ill people have been processed, said Mr Feeney.

    Mr Penning said that the DWP had been in talks with Macmillan on how services could be improved.

    And he said he would use the force of “my size 10 boots” to make sure the department speeds the system up.

    “I don’t see any reason why this couldn’t be turned round in seven days,” Mr Penning told the committee. “That would be my perfect situation.

    “I can’t say that every single one would be turned round in seven days, but seven days must be better, which is a lot better than DLA was.

    “I have a passion about this, not just because it has touched my life, but because this is a moral position that we should be in. As long as I am a minister, I want to see seven days, I can’t see any reason why we can’t hit seven days and they will have to explain to me why we can’t hit seven days, or even less.”

    Money AOL -
    http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/12/12/terminally-ill-face-benefit-delay/

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Mike Penning you got 2 days left now, out of the 7 days it will be sorted out explaining how your a 7 day parrot as your quote implies —-

      Mike Penning quote from above post at the end —

      “I have a passion about this, not just because it has touched my life, but because this is a moral position that we should be in. As long as I am a minister, I want to see seven days, I can’t see any reason why we can’t hit seven days and they will have to explain to me why we can’t hit seven days, or even less.”

      & you Mike Penning will have to explain to IDS !!!

  14. Serenity says:

    What is happening too people is heartbreaking I feel so depressed and helpless and of course they will be coming for me next!

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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.

  17. jed goodright says:

    In the light of the Judges ruling that the ESA/WCA process is discriminatory against people with mental health problems ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME disabled people and their families and friends wrote to Iain Duncan Smith demanding their assessment be revoked. These assessments have proved to be a violation of our human rights. We should all demand compensation for past wrong doings and demand a cessation of the assessments until something more worthwhile is put in place. Imagine 6 million letters jamming up the DWP postal service? Imagine the public outcry? Where are the lawyers when you need them?

    • Stepping Razor says:

      IDS`s trick was to get people to sign off their benefit to some contract that has nothing to do with benefits [A suitable cash cow] but is all to do with targets.

      I have refused to sign myself off SDA to be either Income Support [yes that good old phrase Means Tested & forget the disabled bit] or PIP or any other benefit the dwp have just come up with.

      I have also refused to be involved & as a cash cow to the dwp`s WCA assessments non medicals. If you sign you sign your life away which is worse than if they stop ones benefit because I have not signed up to the new system to have my personal details sold across the trade in ID theft that is rife within the dwp workers & managers.

      The new PIP home visits are a farce – Yes cold callers on the phone asking for your NI number saying they are the dwp. Can you prove you are the dwp over the phone !! They could not prove they were the dwp until I prove who I was & then the dwp can prove who I was. Cold Callers tactics & bullying to get info. F***k Off Cold Caller you could be anyone.

      I have been on the welfare state for over 30 years & know a lot more about it than people who work at the dwp for only 2 years. The dwp are scared to write letters & put any thing in writing. Until then there is no proof of what was said over the phone. If you don`t we may stop your benefits. May is a maybe.

      Well we don`t know anything about your case & we don`t want to, but we want all your info !! Funny that being thick as shit for ID & NI numbers fraud. They just want your ID & f**k you off with some piece of paper to sign the cash cow over to your care farm worker that looks after the cash cows.

      SR

  18. Stepping Razor says:

    FOI Request [& you expect to get some sort of answer !!!]

    Is it DWP policy to use cold calling as a means to conduct dwp work, rather than letters in writing ?

    A. We at the DWP are full of rules, so we cannot answer the question.

    So the dwp are scared to put any thing in writing. Which means Not Fit For Purpose because It`s Not Worth The Paper It`s Written On. That`s why the dwp don`t want to write anything down.

    SR

  19. 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”

  20. 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……

  21. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    PURE EVIL….

    LBHF_Christmas-cardA flagship Tory council has caused outrage after sending out a Christmas card which appears to stereotype social housing tenants as feckless drinkers who will not pay their rent.

    The card (pictured), sent by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, warns tenants not to over indulge at Christmas ending with a stark warning to ‘Pay Your Rent’.

    Speaking to BBC London, local resident Tina Buckley said a card had even been sent out to her 81 year old mother who has been a tenant for 60 years and never been behind with her rent. Slamming the council’s campaign Ms Buckley said the cards were a: “disgusting, threatening and insulting piece of literature masquerading as a Christmas greeting”.

  22. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ……..and another lie from the arsehole running the DWP.

    On ITV, this morning, he quoted that only 60,000 were using food banks, yet the trussel trust quoted nearer 350,000………..

    IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, THE COMEDIAN THAT KILLS………..

  23. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………..tut tut, DWP REFUSE TO RELEASE 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”

  24. AL says:

    On the Food Bank debate in parliament today not one DWP minister stayed to hear the whole debate. Appalling. Still in denial that it is their policies causing the problem. Even in areas with near full employment, food bank use has soared. Working people are using the food banking increasingly as wages are eroded. Shame on this government. They stated they were going to make work pay and people in work are worse off than ever. So how are people on benefits coping when they have their pitiful benefits cut and sanctioned? The government is not fit for purpose it’s out of touch with it’s people. We are surely heading for a winter of discontent. We need a vote of no confidence.

    • jed goodright says:

      Totally agree Al. Allt the tories did was paraise the staff of the food banks saying they did a ‘difficult’ job and how they should be a recognised part of welfare – without once stopping to ask why, in a rich country like ours, we have them in the first place. They won the vote as well. So there we have it the poor and disabled in britain will have the ‘best’ welfare safety net the tories can buy – what fuckingly horrendous bastards they are

  25. 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……………….

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      I am starting to realise the damning effects that sanctions against a persons benefits can have………….

      Today i received a letter from my bank informing me that the amount of money that was expected on a monthly basis, had not been met.
      Therefore, i had to decide, within a month of receipt of this letter, if i wanted to downgrade my account or close it down completely.

      ……poverty is a trap which removes, not only the bread from your table, the warmth from your body, the roof from above your head, but the status you once enjoyed…..

      “DOWN AND OUT, IS AN APT DESCRIPTION”

      It’s corrosive impact has no boundaries……

  26. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    From the blog of Dr Greg Wood, an ex Atos doctor and whistleblower, 18th Dec 2013

    Today the DWP announced the demise of the Work Capability Assessment – not in so many words obviously, that’s not how they operate; but its new Disability and Health Employment Strategy has been published on its website. In it, the DWP claims that in future it will focus on removing the obstacles that prevent people with long-term health problems from finding a job and keeping it. This is in marked contrast to the approach used up until now, where a doctor or a nurse was asked to make a clinical assessment of the person’s disabilities and then to attempt to estimate the likely degree of difficulty that individual might face in an unspecified, hypothetical workplace. With this shift in direction, the DWP has sounded the death knell for this disastrously implemented quasi-clinical examination.
    The new strategy document only talks about disabled people who are in a position to do some form of work; there is no suggestion that people for whom work is never going to be a realistic prospect – people with severe learning difficulties, for example – would be denied practical and financial support.
    A ‘delivery paper’ will be published next year.
    Although the WCA will probably stagger along in some form for a little while yet, this shift in focus – away from the functional impairment and onto the practical problems the claimant faces as they look for work – deserves a welcome, in principle at least. The question is: what is going to happen in practice?

    • jay says:

      This provokes two questions:

      Has anybody visiting this board and site been through a WCA in November and December 2013 this year?

      Has anyone been given a date in 2014 for a WCA?

  27. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS TAKEN FROM THE GOVERNMENTS OWN DISABILITY AND HEALTH EMPLOYMENT STRATEGY, DEC 2013;

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-disability-and-health-employment-strategy-the-discussion-so-far

    – the Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or
    mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out
    normal day-to-day activities. ‘Long-term’ is defined as lasting or likely to last for at least 12 months.

    ………………………………………………………………………………

    ……….therefore, any person who fits the above description and are having sanctions against their benefits imposed, are well within their rights to pursue a compensation claim against the DWP, for breaching the EQUALITY LAW 2010……

    Last week i had a letter from the DWP stating in their own words, a full recognition of my disability and its effects, yet i have been discriminated against with the removal of both my Incapacity Benefit and my Disability Living Allowance.

    How many more of you are being punished in this way?

  28. jeffrey davies says:

    Serenity its with out doubt the most vile lot ive ever seen govern the british people day in day out i see many falling down but who in parliament will show that around77 people a week die of this abuse off them yes i cry yes i feel like poop for them but when one sees a little family of clan who cant afford food or even some sort of toy for their children then im bloody mad and will keep asking them how much shame can they take how much more of a burden are we the disabled on them then do the nazi thing give us our towels and bar of soap then the that 99percent who aint rich can ask were arethe disabled gone jeff3

  29. Serenity says:

    At least the nazi’s could claim ignorance Jeff as eugenics was all the rage then, we even had human zoo’s in London they were popular throughout Europe at the time.
    This shower can claim no such thing!
    That’s what they want us plebs gone as robots & computers will be doing most of the jobs soon.

  30. Stepping Razor says:

    Iain Duncan Smith accuses food bank charity the Trussell Trust of scaremongering [Independent 22nd Dec 2013]

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has refused requests to meet the leaders of a major food bank charity and accused them of “scaremongering”, it has emerged.

    The Conservative Cabinet Minister told the Trussell Trust he denied claims that benefits reforms were linked to the rocketing number of people turning to it for help and suggested the organisation was political.

    Since April more than 500,000 people, of which one third are children, have received emergency supplies from the 400 food banks run by the Trussell Trust charity and it has asked on a number of occasions for meetings with Department for Work and Pensions ministers.

    But Mr Duncan Smith criticised the “political messaging of your organisation”, which “despite claiming to be non-partisan” had “repeatedly sought to link the growth in your network to welfare reform”, according to the Observer.

    “I strongly refute this claim and would politely ask you to stop scaremongering in this way,” he said in the letter. “I understand that a feature of your business model must require you to continuously achieve publicity, but I’m concerned that you are now seeking to do this by making your political opposition to welfare reform overtly clear.”

    Lord Freud, the minister for welfare reform, also turned down a request for talks saying he was “unable to take up your offer of a meeting”.

    Trust chairman Chris Mould told the newspaper: “We are deeply disappointed, but we are as open as ever to meet ministers in the hope that perhaps the new year will bring a fresh approach to what could so easily have been a fruitful dialogue.”

    A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “The benefits system supports millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed and there is no robust evidence that welfare reforms are linked to increased use of food banks.

    “In fact, our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities with the Universal Credit making three million households better off – the majority of these from the bottom two fifths of the income scale.

    “The Trussell Trust itself says it is opening three new food banks every week, so it’s not surprising more people are using them. They also agree that awareness has helped to explain their recent growth.

    “The Government has taken action to help families with the cost of living, including increasing the tax-free personal allowance to £10,000 which will save a typical taxpayer over £700, freezing council tax for five years and freezing fuel duty.”

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves said: “Half a million people have been relying on food banks since April this year because of David Cameron’s cost-of-living crisis.

    “The Trussell Trust and other organisations are on the front line of dealing with this growing problem. Iain Duncan Smith and his ministers should meet with them to discuss what can be done about food poverty rather than burying their heads in the sand.

    “A Labour government would address the cost-of-living crisis by acting to freeze energy prices, help more employers to pay a living wage, and expand free childcare to help more parents earn a living for their family. With the Tories all you get is tax cuts for millionaires and food banks for the poor.”

    PA
    Independent.co.uk
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-accuses-food-bank-charity-the-trussell-trust-of-scaremongering-9021150.html

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Disability is not a political issue IDS. Disability is a disability issue.

    • Stepping Razor says:

      - Lord Freud, the minister for welfare reform, also turned down a request for talks saying he was “unable to take up your offer of a meeting”.

      Yes political issue means politics don`t like talking about it.
      F***k off it`s Christmas Lord Freud or is it Lord Fraud.

  31. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    DEAR DWP;

    YOUR JOB IS TO DENY THAT YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE SPIRALING DEATH COUNT, POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS AND GRIEF CAUSED BY YOUR EVIL, HEINOUS POLICIES AGAINST THE DISABLED AND POOR…………

    WHEREAS MY JOB IS TO SING FROM THE ROOFTOPS AND LET THE REST OF THE WORLD KNOW WHAT LIARS YOU REALLY ARE!

    IT’S NO GOOD PRETENDING THAT YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE WHEN EVERYONE AND SUNDRY IS TELLING YOU DIFFERENT.

    IGNORANCE GOES HAND IN HAND WITH ARROGANCE, AND YOU EXUDE PLENTY OF BOTH……………..

    IN FACT, IT WILL BE YOUR UNDOING………….

    YOU ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE ELECTORATE THAT YOU DO NOT RECOGNISE THE FESTERING HATRED OF YOUR DEPARTMENT AND EVERYONE WHO WORKS WITHIN IT.
    I THOUGHT ONLY CIRCUSES EMPLOYED CLOWNS BUT YOU SEEM TO HAVE BUCKED THE TREND!

    YOUR INABILITY TO ANSWER PERTINENT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS SHOW JUST HOW FAR YOU ARE PREPARED TO GO TO EVADE SCRUTINY OF YOUR EVIL THAT YOU DISH OUT EACH DAY…………..

    “KEEP LOOKING BEHIND YOU”, THE GHOSTS OF YOUR VICTIMS ARE STARTING TO HAUNT YOU, AS WILL ATOS WHEN THE CLAIMS START TO POUR IN………….

  32. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    This statement is a feeble effort to distance himself from the real thing that is worrying him, the pile of dead bodies that point the finger of blame firmly at his feet…………..

    It’s ok to have a double barreled name like DUNCAN SMITH, but to have it associated with MURDER ON AN EPIC SCALE could prove very embarrassing for this inept coward who is nearing his sell by date.

    His time is numbered. No party wants the stain of a contract killer on its books, especially the con-dems.

    One thing is certain this Christmas, he will not sleep very well because his conscience will not allow it………….

    Rather like the Dickens novel, his past will come back to haunt him, and haunt him it will.
    Ignorance of the facts has always resulted in a fall from grace, his will be no different.

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,he will not be remembered for anything good, because he has not done anything good, he will be remembered throughout history as the taker of innocent lives and the DWP the weapon that delivered the fatal blows……….

  33. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    DEAR QUEEN ELIZABETH;

    ITS CHRISTMAS EVE AND NO DOUBT YOU WILL BE GORGING YOUR FAT WRINKLED FACE ON THE BEST FOODS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR HANDPICKED SUPPLIERS WHILST SITTING IN THE LUXURY OF YOUR 240 BEDROOM PAD WITH THE HEATING TURNED UP……………………….

    MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE, IN THE REAL WORLD, NOT SO FAR AWAY FROM YOUR GIFTED OPULENCE, WE SEE THE PRODUCT OF YOUR ENDORSEMENT OF THE WELFARE ACTS, ABJECT POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS AND DESTITUTION, MALNUTRITION AND BROKEN FAMILIES…………………..

    NOBODY DESERVED THIS, BUT YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT SAW FIT TO PERSECUTE THE ONES WHO WERE MOST VULNERABLE AND WEAK. THE ONES LEAST LIKELY TO FIGHT BACK, THE DISABLED AND THE POOR.
    YOU SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY ASHAMED OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE,
    GIVING ROYAL ASSENT TO FURTHER DARKEN THE LIVES OF YOUR POOREST SUBJECTS………………………..

    I HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO ONE OF YOUR SPEECHES AS THE CONTENT IS UTTER CRAP THAT COMES ABOUT WITH WEARING ROSE TINTED SPECTACLES IN A PRIVILEGED WORLD WHERE GOING WITHOUT IS NEVER, EVEN HEARD OF………….

    YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE LIVED OFF THE STATE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS,
    YOU ARE THE BIGGEST SCROUNGERS IN OUR COUNTRY, YET YOU HOLD YOUR MINIONS TO A LIFE OF HELL…………..

    INSTEAD OF LIVING THE HIGH LIFE, TRY TAKING A LOOK OUTSIDE AT THE REAL WORLD YOU HAVE HELPED TO CREATE………

    THE WORLD WHERE PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS, BEGGING FOR A MEAL IN A FOODBANK OR SLEEPING IN A SHOP DOORWAY……….

    SURELY SOMEONE CAN KNOCK YOU UP A SLEEPING BAG WITH A BIT OF ERMINE ON THE TOP AND A DIAMOND ZIPPER?

    WAKE UP TO THE HORRORS OF THE REAL WORLD, THE ONES BEYOND YOUR CAST IRON GATES AND LONG VELVET DRAPES, THE HOME OF THE NEW STREET URCHINS AND THOSE IN DESPERATE NEED……………..

    TO BE HONEST, EVERY TIME I LICK A STAMP WITH YOUR FACE ON IT, IT MAKES ME ILL………

    LOYAL SUBJECT, I AM NOT.

    I WAS BORN AS EQUAL AS THE NEXT, AND YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN I, OR ANYBODY ELSE FOR THAT MATTER…………..

    “GET REAL”

  34. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    NO MONEY,

    NO FOOD,

    NO HEATING,

    NO PRESENTS,

    THE CHRISTMAS TALE OF MOST OF YOUR PEASANTS………….

  35. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

    ………but for some of us the drudgery of living without whatever means, necessary, seems to have taken a new twist!

    How could you honestly make an administrative error that affects so many people at this coldest time of year, over the Yuletide period, when a few pounds would bring a warm, comforting smile and the knowledge you could, at least, afford a meal and a roof above your head……………

    Don’t forget, this is before the highly acclaimed, UNIVERSAL CREDIT comes into being. The panacea to end all ills of the welfare payments system…………..

    Terminally ill cancer patients are facing “severe” delays in receiving benefit payments under the Government’s flagship new welfare system for disabled people, with dozens of people dying before ever receiving payments, a leading charity has warned.

    Macmillan Cancer Support branded delays in processing personal independence payment (PIP) claims “deplorable”, while the official responsible for the introduction of the system admitted to MPs that some patients with fatal conditions had suffered “awful experiences” because of a service that was “not up to standard”.

    Minister for disabled people Mike Penning told the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee that changes had been implemented to speed up the system. He said he wanted to cut the wait for PIP payments for terminally ill claimants to seven days, though he stressed he was not setting this as a formal target.

    More than 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to a Department for Work and Pensions “administrative error”.

    The cash was due to go into bank accounts on Christmas Eve but will not now be paid until Friday 27 December.

    Most of those affected are first-time claimants or people expecting loans to cover rent and other “essential” items.

    The DWP attempted to pay the money to anyone who called the department or a Jobcentre by 5pm on Christmas Eve.

    A spokesman said the problem had affected only a “limited number” of claimants, totalling 32,200.

    “The vast majority of regular benefit payments have been made on time this Christmas,” the spokesman added.

    “However, due to an administrative issue, a number of one-off or more irregular payments will now be paid on 27 December, rather than the 24th.

    “We have procedures in place to ensure that anyone who has been affected by this and who contacts us today (24 December) will get their benefits paid, usually within three hours.”

    Some of those affected include new claimants waiting for their first payment, those owed arrears, people who have applied for Social Fund budgeting loans, which are a minimum of £100 and are meant to help with the cost of “essential things” such as clothes, rent and furniture.

    In “a very few cases” people owed pension-related arrears have also been affected.

    The categories of benefits affected include Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Social Fund and certain categories of pension.

    ……….IT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME IF THE DWP WERE DOING THESE THINGS DELIBERATELY…………

  36. Stepping Razor says:

    At least it ain`t been too cold so far !! Hot water bottles !!

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned.

    You really think that you are going to be in power after the 2015 election !! & that no universal credit payments will be paid until after the election = No payments whatsoever – What a bad excuse for the reputation of IDS that we already know, lazy & stupid or stupid lazy con man.

    The sinking flagship has only the top of the pole showing!! No IDS the cons are not leading the poles with your head just above the water, you have already sunk to the lowest levels of Human Rights & Equality Law breaches !! How low can you go to bury your head in the sand IDS. Mumble mumble over anyone talking so as to f**k up the minutes that are being taken & the recording of charges made against IDS !! Pure contempt of anyone & contempt of court charges made because IDS won`t stop mumbling over people when someone else is speaking.

    Looking forward to 2014 for more & more lazy f**k ups from IDS & the fake disabled crew Esther McVey – Mike Penning & anyone else they can get on the books for defrauding the disabled & the tax payer.

    Never elected – never voted in, either in 2010 or 2015. So let`s put the UK`s credit rating down again for failures in fraud. You are so lazy in fraud IDS that it is time for charges to be brought against IDS for breaking the Equality Law 2010 & many many Human Rights issues.

    Time to get very worried IDS because you try very hard to be a winner but keep losing the plot for self gain & no tax.

    At least they should be handing out free hot water bottles since the work houses have all closed.

    SR

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Mr Duncan Smith told a committee of MPs in July and the Commons in September that the 2017 plan remained in place.

      But he has now said some people receiving Employment Support Allowance may not be transferred in time.

      The government estimates about 700,000 people in this group could be moved to Universal Credit after 2017.

  37. PAULA says:

    JUST BEEN MOVED OFF THE WRAG GROUP ON TO MEANS TESTED ESA, I’M NOW ON 81 POUNDS A WEEK?, MINUS TWENTY FIVE POUNDS A WEEK?, O WELL USED TO BE PROUD, NO FUCKING MORE, DOWN AGECONCERN MONDAY, WILL HAVE TO GO TO FOOD BANK NOW, HAVE SENT THEM TWO PSYCHIARTRIC REPORTS TO NO AVAIL, SUFFER WITH CRONIC ANXIETY!

  38. Humanity2012 says:

    Now that Christmas is Over the ZombieTrance Needs to End

    People have Fiddled About over the Past 3 and a Half Years
    whilst the ConDemNazis have Screwed the Country Up

    Demonstrations have been Needed Not being Delusional and
    in a Trance as many ” Thinking Positive ” For the Sake of It
    Creeps have

    It is the Lack of Anger and Outrage which is the Crime just
    as the Oppression of the Poor itself

    • Mary Jackson says:

      As long as there is X-factor and Man-united on the Telly, there will be no demos, people need to wake up before it’s too late

  39. 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.

  40. 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>>>>>>>>>>>

  41. 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?………….

  42. 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

  43. Annos says:

    A lot of info in this video, covers a lot of events, watch until the end

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      Really good stuff Annos. Everyone should watch this as it reassures me of the corruption prevalent in society as we speak…………..

  44. Serenity says:

    I agree really good stuff Annos. £25 ph that’s what MW should be and that would just keep your head above water.

  45. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    I THINK ATOS ORIGINALLY WANTED CLAIMANTS TO ATTEND A MEDICAL EXAMINATION WHERE THEY WOULD BE PUT TO DEATH MORE HUMANELY, AN INJECTION IN THE ARM AND A FALSIFIED CORONERS REPORT……………

    DUNCAN SMITH, AFTER TORTURING ANIMALS AS A SCHOOLBOY, DECIDED THAT THIS IDEA WAS TOO SWIFT.
    HE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF A PROTRACTED DEATH USING SANCTIONS.
    THIS IDEA HAD THE BLESSING OF THE CABINET AFTER HE SHOWED THEM HIS COLLECTION OF HOLOCAUST TORTURE FILMS.

    SANCTIONS HAD AN INSTANT GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CONCEPT TO THEM, IF A DEATH SHOWED THE HALLMARKS OF THE DWP, GOVERNMENT COULD CLAIM THAT THE MURDERED VICTIM HAD THE CHOICE OF APPEALING………

    THIS IDEA WAS FINE UNTIL THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS MET THEIR MAKER AND PEOPLE STARTED TO WONDER IF THESE MURDERS WERE CONNECTED IN ANY WAY.

    AS THE BODY COUNT ROSE TO AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT, EVEN THE POLICE WERE BAFFLED AS TO THE CAUSE. COULD IT BE THE WORK OF A SERIAL KILLER, A MAN DRESSED AS A CORNFLAKE, OR SOMETHING MORE SIMPLER, A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT PERHAPS?
    COULD THE DWP, THE DEPARTMENT THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE OF WELFARE, BE MURDERING TO ORDER???

    SCOTLAND YARD, MI5, THE METROPOLITAN POLICE AND ALL AND SUNDRY ARE STILL BAFFLED BY THE RISE IN SUICIDES AND DEATHS AND STILL NOTHING IS BEING DONE………

    COULD IT BE THAT THEY ARE AFRAID OF TAKING SO MANY STATEMENTS FROM THE STAFF OF THE DWP, THAT SURROUND THIS MYSTERIOUS SURGE IN FATALITIES?

    WHAT STARTED AS AN EXTERMINATION OF THE WEAKEST HAS NOW TURNED INTO A PANTOMIME FARCE…………..

    YOU CAN CONTROL THE MEDIA, PROTECT THE POLITICIANS, CONTROL THE JUDICIARY, AND BURY YOUR MISTAKES, BUT WHOSE GOT THE BOTTLE TO STAND UP AND ADMIT YOU WERE WRONG?
    THE ANSWER IS NOBODY!

    IT’S GOVERNMENT POLICY TO SOLDIER ON AND CONTINUE WASTING MONEY RATHER THAN END THE FARCE.

    THE FARCE THAT IS FUNDED BY THE MONEY THAT HAS LED TO THE DEATHS OF SO MANY UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS.

    THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND WAITING. COULD THIS CRAZED SERIAL KILLER, BLESSED BY THE QUEENS ROYAL ASSENT, BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE BEFORE THERE ARE MORE HOUSES THAN PEOPLE………………….

    WHEN CAMERON SAID “WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”, HE MEANT EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID………….

    THE BIGGEST COVER UP OF A RENEGADE DEPARTMENT, THE DWP, IN THE SPIRALING LOSS OF LIFE SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR!

    THE HANGMANS NOOSE IS TIGHTENING AS YOU STRUGGLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE INSURMOUNTABLE GHOSTS OF YOUR VICTIMS……………………………………

  46. Annos says:

    “As a nation we are sliding inexorably down a slippery moral slope to a place where integrity, honesty, human decency and just plain, simple ethical conduct will have no meaning and no identity!”

    http://rowans-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/how-far-down-scale-of-integrity-do-we.html

  47. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    DEAR DWP;

    IT’S NEARING THE START OF A NEW YEAR, THE DAWN OF 2014.

    ANY CHANCE OF AN UPDATE OF HOW MANY YOU HAVE KILLED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF YOUR HEINOUS, VILE, TWISTED POLICIES THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE DISABLED AND POOR IN OUR SOCIETY?

    I THOUGHT NOT!

    BUSINESS AS USUAL, THEN……………………

    WHO WILL BE NEXT?

    ONLY THE TABLOIDS WILL TELL, THAT IS, THE ONES YOU HAVE FAILED MISERABLY, TO KNOBBLE, THE ONES NOT DRIVEN TO DECEIVE BY CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND PEOPLE WITH POWER, THE MONEY MEN…………………

    ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEADLINE, ANOTHER INDIRECT MURDER OF A CIVILIAN…………….

    THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND LISTENING.

    YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS, ARE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AND SHOULD BE CLINGING ONTO THE RAILS IN THE DOCK OF THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND………..

  48. Boz says:

    not a lot happening here

  49. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ITS NOW A NEW YEAR AND THE FALLOUT (DEATHS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE DUE TO DWP POLICIES), HAS ALREADY ENCROACHED INTO THIS NEW DAWN…………..

    THE QUESTION ON EVERYBODY’S LIPS IS,

    “HOW LONG WILL THIS INDIRECT MURDER OF OUR CITIZENS CONTINUE?”

    POLITICIANS TURN A BLIND EYE, AS DO THE MEDIA AFTER BEING INSTRUCTED BY THEIR PAYMASTERS

    OUR POLICE FORCES HAVE BEEN BRIEFED ON A POLICY OF IGNORANCE AND THE EUROPEAN COURTS OF JUSTICE SEEM TO PLAY ALONG HAPPILY WITHOUT GETTING INVOLVED.

    YET THESE PEOPLE WHO DISAPPEAR AT WILL FROM OUR STREETS ARE REAL FLESH AND BLOOD. IT SEEMS AS IF THE BRITISH PUBLIC HAVE BEEN HYPNOTISED INTO THINKING THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE EXPENDABLE DUE TO BEING ON BENEFITS.

    DIVIDE AND RULE POLICIES FAVOURED BY OUR GOVERNMENT SEEM TO MAKE THE WANTON MURDER OF OUR DISABLED AND POOR A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE, BUT A CRIDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT, I MAY ASK?.
    SHOULD THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, AND I MEAN THOUSANDS, BE TOLERATED FOR THE SIMPLE PLAN OF DOCTORING UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES?.

    WHEN WILL ALL THE LYING AND DECEIT STOP?

    WHEN WILL THE BUTCHERY OF THESE PERSONS, START TO BE INVESTIGATED?

    BUT MOST OF ALL, WHEN WILL THE TYRANTS WHO GAVE THE THUMBS UP TO THESE ATROCITIES, BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE?.

    OUR BELOVED QUEEN, THE BIGGEST SCROUNGER IN THE REALM, SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR GIVING THE “ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL”, TO THE WELFARE REFORM ACTS THAT ARE DECIMATING THE WELFARE OF HER LOWEST SUBJECTS……..

    SHE DOES NOT GIVE A TOSS ABOUT WHATS HAPPENING IN THE REAL WORLD, EVEN HER CHRISTMAS SPEECH ERRED ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION AND FAILED MISERABLY TO HIGHLIGHT THE STATE OF BRITAIN ON HER WATCH………………………

    …………..NEVER MIND, NO DOUBT THE WELL CONCEALED WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOST AMID THE FURORE OF A RECOVERING ECONOMY, AN ECONOMY THAT NEEDS TO THRIVE BY MAKING CERTAIN THE POOR ARE SHAFTED TO APPEAR TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    TALK OF DEATH THREATS AGAINST IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, NEVER!!!

    THE BASTARD SHOULD BE DRAGGED THROUGH OUR STREETS AND STONED AND KICKED, HUNG TILL HALF DEAD AND THEN QUARTERED IN PUBLIC AND HIS BODY FED TO THE RAVENS.

    THIS IS NOT A MAN, THIS IS AN EVIL PSYCHOTIC MURDERER WHO PLEASURES FROM THE DISTRESS OF OTHERS…………..

    I WOULD PULL THE TRIGGER WILLINGLY AND THERE ARE MILLIONS WHO WOULD DO LIKEWISE…………

    THIS FETID, PILE OF SHIT, DESERVES NO LESS THAN THE NAZIS AT NUREMBERG,

    ………………AND SO SAY ALL OF US!

  50. Annos says:

    “Report reveals the new face of UK poverty”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/04/pove-j04.html

  51. 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………………………..

  52. geoff reynolds says:

    In an answer to a freedom of information request regarding the DWP and it’s understanding of disability discrimination, the DWP gave this response;

    In response, I can advise that the government are legally obliged to uphold the Disability
    Discrimination Act and Human Rights Laws.

    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)

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

    …………………….why do they give this answer, but continue to breach every Disability Discrimination, Equality and Human Rights Law ever enacted?????

  53. geoff reynolds says:

    IT USED TO SAY, “R I P”, ON GRAVESTONES………………………………

    NOW IT SAYS “D W P”…………………………..

    WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS, LIFTED THE GUN TO SHAUN PILKINGTONS HEAD.

    ……..AN OUT OF CONTROL STATE KILLING MACHINE USED FOR THE SIMPLE PURPOSE OF FALSIFYING THE UNEMPLOYMENT COUNT…..

    MURDERERS SPONSORED BY THE QUEEN……………

    Leave a Reply

  54. Humanity2012 says:

    The Tories have been Nation Wreckers over the past 3 and a
    Half Years too Long of them Lot in Office

    I Hear to my Absolute Rage that the Nutcase Tories seem to
    Want to make another £25 Billion of Cuts if they are Elected
    Next Year

    Get these Knuckleheads Out of Office

    Do Not Vote Tory

  55. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………lord fraud has said that up to one billion pounds is paid out due to corrupt claims, but the DWP say that sixteen billion went unclaimed last financial year…………..

    ………….if a department is able to work out what was unclaimed, then it is plainly obvious that they knew who was being shortchanged. Why did they not inform the claimants and more to the point,where is the surplus that has accrued?

  56. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    The DWP mortality statisticians must be asking to work evenings and weekends to keep up with the rising deaths associated with their department and its role with ATOS………………..

    Have you noticed how the deaths are escalating as the welfare cuts start to bite?

    This is just the beginning, wait till the shit hits the fan and the deaths seem to be an everyday occurrence……………..

    ………….and yet the odious politicians claim there is no link, therefore the line of coffins that stretch for over a mile and three quarters, must be down to the inclement weather we are facing…………….

  57. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    EVERYONE MUST BE WONDERING, HOW MANY WELFARE CUTTING RELATED DEATHS ARE DOWN TO THE KING OF CLOWNS, DUNCAN SMITH?

    MONEY WASTED ON THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT FIASCO HAVE TAKEN LIFE AFTER LIFE, YET THE MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS CONTINUES TO PERSECUTE THE DISABLED AND POOREST WHILST FUNDING THE “GREATEST CIRCUS SHOW ON EARTH”…………………..

    ONE MANS DREAM HAS BECOME ANOTHER MANS COFFIN……….

    COMMITTEE’S TRY TO HIDE THE INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF MONEY WASTED, NOT BATTING AN EYELID AS THE MORTALITY STATISTICS GO THROUGH THE ROOF……………………..

    WHAT GIVES ANY PERSON THE RIGHT TO SQUANDER, WHILE THOSE AROUND HIM ARE FORCED TO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES?????

    IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN THE CIRCUS CAPITAL OF EUROPE, THE UK!

    ……….THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT COULD EVER DESCRIBE THESE ACTIONS.

    HAD ANIMALS DIED, I AM SURE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN AN UPROAR, BUT TO SEE HUMAN BEINGS BUTCHERED TO SATISFY THE DREAMS OF A PSYCHOTIC DESPOT, IS SURELY BEYOND BELIEF?

    …………..HISTORY WILL DEFINE HIM AS A COLD, CALCULATING KILLER, BUT WHAT OF THE POLITICIANS WHO SEEK TO HIDE THIS?
    THEY ARE AS GUILTY AS THE MAN HIMSELF, AIDING AND ABETTING SOMEONE TO TAKE A LIFE IS WORSE THAN ACTUALLY DOING IT……..

    MEANWHILE, OUR POOREST STARVE, LIVES ARE LOST, FOODBANKS ESCALATE AND THE INSATIABLE WALLET OF AN IDIOT, FOOLISHLY TOPPED UP!

  58. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    CHANNEL FOUR SHOULD BE DOING A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BILL GUNNYEON, THE SO CALLED, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP……..

    WHAT AN EXCITING STORYLINE………….

    LINKS TO CAPITA, LINKS TO UNUM INSURANCE, HOW HE AND HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS OF THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE LAID THE PATH FOR WELFARE REFORMS TO ALLOW AMERICAN STYLE HEALTH INSURANCE ON OUR SHORES…………………..

    THE PATHWAY TP PRIVATISATION OF THE NHS AND THE TWISTED IDEALS OF MANSEL AYLWARD, THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND ATOS AND ITS WARPED CREDENTIALS…………………………….

    ETC, ETC, ETC………………

    THE MAKING OF MODERN BRITAIN BY SECRET LOBBYING AND MINISTERS IN THE POCKETS OF THE INSURANCE MULTINATIONALS………

    WHAT’S THE DEATH COUNT NOW, BOB?

    ……….OR CHANNEL FOURS DOCUMENTARY, ENTITLED, “TALES FROM THE SUBSIDISED BARS AND RESTAURANTS OF WESTMINSTER”……

    …………..a chance to catch up on scandal of who took what, and from whom,
    How we languished on three hundred pounds a day expenses that were paid for by the same people now committing suicide, starving, homeless and desperate to even exist……………………………

    A TALE OF TWO CITIES, ONE ABUNDANT WITH AFFLUENCE WHILST THE OTHER BEGS………………

    ………..THE TALE OF GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS DECLINE………..

  59. 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???

  60. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    HAVING JUST READ TOM PRIDES BLOGG, WORDS FAIL ME…………..

    THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT THE DWP WILL GO, SEEMINGLY HAVE NO BOUNDARY………………

    A LADY WHO HAS A RARE FORM OF BONE CANCER HAS BEEN REFUSED ESA ALLOWANCE BECAUSE THE DWP HAVE ADJUDICATED THAT SHE CONTRIBUTED TO IT.

    MAYBE ITS THE PRODUCT OF BEING INSTRUCTED TO GOOGLE THE EFFECTS OF AN ILLNESS, RATHER THAN ASK AN ATOS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AS RELEASED IN A MEMO TO INTERNAL DWP STAFF ON 7TH NOV 2013……………………

    26 November 2013

    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

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

    EXTREMELY STRANGE HOW THE DWP ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN NOT TO FULFILL THIS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST.

    WHY WOULD THE DWP TRY TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THIS RENEGADE COMPANY, ATOS, AFTER SINGING THEIR PRAISES FOR SO LONG?

    COULD IT BE THAT THE MEDICAL REPORTS THEY CONDUCTED WERE FLAWED?

    COULD IT BE THAT THE SO CALLED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ONLY HAD A CERTIFICATE THAT WAS RECOGNISED ONLY BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND NO REAL MEDICAL ORGANISATION.?…………….

    OR COULD IT BE THE EMBARRASSING AMOUNT OF DEATHS AS A RESULT OF HEINOUS WELFARE CUTS TO THE DISABLED AND POOR THAT ARE BEING WITHHELD BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

    MAKE YOUR OWN MINDS UP.

    POLITICS KILL, AND THE TWISTED POLITICS OF THIS GOVERNMENT, GO UNCHALLENGED………….

  61. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    January 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    ……….”KNOW YOUR PLACE”

    TODAY I ATTENDED MY ESA TRIBUNAL IN SCARBOROUGH MAGISTRATES COURTS.

    THERE WAS A FEMALE DOCTOR AND A FEMALE JUDGE. UPON ENTERING THE COURT ROOM I WAS ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE TO SIT DOWN, THE USHER WAS A REALLY PLEASANT LADY.

    I DECLINED TO SIT, PREFERRING TO STAND, HOLDING MY STICK IN MY LEFT HAND TO SUPPORT ME.
    THE REASON I DID NOT SIT IS I HAVE TO WEAR A NAPPY BECAUSE I CANNOT CONTROL MY WATERWORKS AND I LEAK SOMETIMES WHEN I STAND UP!

    THE MAGISTRATE ANNOUNCED WHO SHE WAS, AND ALSO THE DOCTOR SAT BESIDE HER.

    THE MAGISTRATE BEGAN TALKING TO ME BUT HAD HER HEAD DOWN. I WEAR A HEARING AID IN MY LEFT EAR AND HAVE MODERATE TO SEVERE TINNITUS IN BOTH EARS AND A HEARING LOSS.
    LEANING FORWARD, I SAID, “I’M SORRY LOVE, BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU”

    AT THAT SHE BIT MY HEAD OFF!

    “BEFORE WE CONTINUE THIS HEARING, I WOULD LIKE IT KNOWN THAT YOU DO NOT REFER TO ME OR THE DOCTOR AS LOVE”

    “I WILL BE ADDRESSED AS YOUR HONOUR OR YOUR WORSHIP AND SHE IS THE DOCTOR”

    I DID NOT KNOW WHERE TO LOOK, I WAS COMPLETELY HUMILIATED AND MADE TO FEEL LIKE A PIECE OF DIRT!

    TO ME, MY COMMENTS WERE THAT OF A NORMAL YORKSHIRE PERSON. I WAS NOT BEING RUDE IN ANY WAY, JUST MY USUAL SELF……………………………………………………………..

    THIS EPISODE HOWEVER, MADE ME MORE AWARE OF THE DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY WE LIVE IN…………………..

    BEING A MERE PLEB IS JUST SOMETHING I WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT. MY STATION IN LIFE IS NONE EXISTENT, I MUST HAVE GOT OFF AT THE LAST STOP……………….

  62. Annos says:

    “Paintings of Dianne Abbot and Iain Duncan Smith were paid for by the taxpayer.”

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mps-spend-250000-taxpayers-money-vanity-portrait-paintings-1432126

  63. Humanity2012 says:

    I Agree Scumeople/Sheople are Hyponotised and they Certainly
    are in a Bloody Trance

    UK Wake Up

  64. Stepping Razor says:

    Atos is not contracted with the dwp, they have left because of the dwp`s failure, which meant an atos failure not fit for purpose.

    What that means is every medical atos ever carried out is null & Void = has no meaning = not fit for purpose. That makes decisions atos made invalid. That also applies to the dwp.

    SR

    • Stepping Razor says:

      What the dwp are doing now is putting disabled people on Income Surport because there is no medical people in the dwp.

      So there are no disabled just unemployed because the dwp have skipped any medical conditions.

      SR

      • Stepping Razor says:

        It is not obligatory to fill out a form because more than one sort of form exists. Disabled people do not need to fill out an Income Support form because they are disabled & the Income Support Form does not apply to me. So it only applies to me if the dwp have no one at the dwp that has any medical qualifications. Cutting corners for targets & cash cows.

        So the dwp sent me the wrong form. It is obligatory that the dwp make mistakes of the simplest kind. It is also obligatory for the dwp to put things in writing, not cold calling on the phone.

        Once the dwp can write a letter [still waiting for almost a year] nothing has changed = My circumstances have not changed.

        Look within the workers at the dwp & jobcentre plus for benefit fraud dwp.

        SR

  65. geoff reynolds says:

    IN AN EFFORT TO HIGHLIGHT HOW CORRUPT THE DWP HAVE BECOME IN THE HIRING OF A RENEGADE COMPANY, ATOS, I WILL QUOTE THE FOLLOWING TWO STATEMENTS.

    BOTH ARE BY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS HIRED BY THE DWP…………..

    05 JUNE 2007.
    JULIE SIMPSON, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

    PROGNOSIS;
    I ADVISE THAT THERE IS UNLIKELY TO BE A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE PRESENT MEDICAL CONDITION OR THE FUNCTIONAL EFFECTS IN THE LONGER TERM.

    JUSTIFICATION OF ADVICE;
    THE INFORMATION ON FILE INDICATES NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE SINCE THE LAST EXAM.
    THE CLIENTS LEVEL OF DISABILITY IS UNLIKELY TO VARY SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    10 JULY 2012.
    EMMA BRODRICK. ATOS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

    ZERO POINTS AWARDED.

    FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS.
    I ADVISE THAT A RETURN TO WORK COULD BE CONSIDERED WITHIN 3 MONTHS.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    …………..and just to show the hippocracy of the DWP once again………..
    06 November 03.
    Dr. j. Rickinson.

    Condition is unlikely to improve.

    12 September 95.
    Dr. R. Colman.

    No significant change anticipated.

    19 September 95.
    Mr, A. Heaten.
    Adjudication officer.
    Incapable of all work.

    ………………………………………………………………………………

    Everybody has a right to require the DWP to furnish them with all the information that they hold.

    I would not have the records above, to fight my case, had i not requested them……………

    THREE ENVELOPES ARRIVED, THE FILES THEY HELD ON ME WERE OVER 7 INCHES DEEP.

    WHY DON’T YOU REQUEST YOURS TODAY?
    “ALWAYS SEND THE REQUEST IN WRITING, RECORDED, AS THEY WILL INSIST THEY NEVER RECEIVED IT OTHERWISE…….

  66. 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

  67. 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”

  68. AL says:

    Did we all know that ATOS do the ongoing training to the DWP DM’s?

    Exactly who makes the decision?

  69. AL says:

    Or they were in 2012

  70. Stepping Razor says:

    Since there is nothing on the internet about the dwp working with atos [apart from the disability sites] !! The DWP don`t want any thing to do with atos now. The dwp say they don`t use atos any more because it cost too much.

    Every atos dwp medical should be quashed – not valid – Not worth the paper its written on.

  71. Stepping Razor says:

    DM – Decision Makers have no medical qualifications, just the bootlicker to IDS.

    It has all been very quiet from the MPs, which means they are busy on a cover up.

  72. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    The DWP Decision Maker is God’s apprentice. He has been bestowed with the power to make a decision if you live or die.

    The link between you and the cemetery, indeed, thousands have already met untimely ends after being sanctioned.

    Power is like a drug, and to the misguided, exerts a feeling of superiority that transcends even the basis of a frugal existence.
    The greater the destruction the greater the buzz!

    Bit like a serial killer on steroids, hence the DWP’S reluctance to monitor the rising mortality rates.

    They post their mistakes in a plain brown envelope from an unknown office, from an unknown assailant shrouded in the mystery of not knowing the real effects of those they judge.

    We bury their mistakes…………………………

    Yet nobody is responsible for the indirect murders of the weakest, just another day at the office for these target driven assassins………….

    A mile and three quarters of coffins already and growing everyday………

    Death by discretion, the flick of a pen or the tick of a box?

    ………………..endorsed by the Secretary of State, THE SAME PERSON WHO AUTHORISED ATOS’S CULL OF THE DISABLED,

    “THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE WEAKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE”

    IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, DWP SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WORKS AND PENSIONS,

    …………AN EVIL TWISTED KILLER, THE DECISION MAKERS, HIS DEPUTIES……….

    • geoff reynolds says:

      I WOULD ASK ANYONE ON THIS BLOG, WHO HAS UTTER CONTEMPT FOR THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT TREAT OUR POOREST AND DISABLED, TO GO ON THE 38 DEGREES SITE, TYPE IN SAMUEL MILLER AND SIGN THE PETITION……………………

      IT MUST BE IRKING THEM AS THEY KEEP REMOVING REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET SITES…………..

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

        ……….AND ANOTHER ONE FROM THE DWP AND ATOS!!!

        DON’T FORGET, IT’S NOT ATOS WHO MAKE THE DECISION ON A PERSONS ABILITY TO WORK, IT’S THE DWP DECISION MAKER WHO MAKES THE FINAL JUDGEMENT…………..

        YES, THE ONES WHO ARE GOOGLING MEDICAL CONDITIONS!

        Sheila Holt was sectioned after being taken off Income Support, days later she had a heart attack and fell into the coma – and is still being sent letters by assessors
        Atos………..

        A mentally ill woman forced on to the Coalition’s Work Programme is in a coma – but is still being sent letters by benefits assessors.

        Bipolar patient Sheila Holt, 47, was sectioned in December after being taken off Income Support. Days later she had a heart attack and fell into the coma.

        This weekend, Miss Holt, of Rochdale, Gtr Manchester, was sent a letter by Atos to ask why she was not working.

        Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sheila-holt-woman-told-find-3048449#ixzz2r9klg8IX
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  73. 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.

    • 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……….

  74. 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”

  75. 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………………………..

  76. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “COMMONWEALTH GAMES INSULT TO ATOS VICTIMS”

    IT’S NO GOOD TRYING TO HAND OVER AN OLIVE BRANCH TO THE COMMUNITY OF THE DISABLED, WHEN YOO HAVE BEEN A KEY ADMINISTRATOR AND PROJECT MANAGER RESULTING IN THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS……………..

    AND YET THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE COMMITTEE OF THE GLASGOW 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES ARE SEEKING TO DO.

    WHO WOULD HAVE THE GAUL TO INSULT THE VICTIMS OF IT’S HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST THE WEAKEST, ONLY ATOS……

    ATOS ARE THE MAIN SPONSOR OF THIS EVENT, THE SAME SPONSORS OF THE PARALYMPIC GAMES WHERE IDIOT OSBORNE WAS CONTINUALLY BOOED.

    I AM NOT THAT INTELLIGENT, BUT I DO KNOW A BIT ABOUT ETHICS AND MORALITY………

    FIVE THOUSAND TICKETS ARE TO BE DISTRIBUTED, FREE, TO GOOD CAUSES, INCLUDING THE DISABLED…..

    ANY DISABILITY ORGANISATION LOW ENOUGH TO ACCEPT THESE, ARE THE LOWEST OF THE LOWEST IN MY EYES, MIND YOU, PLENTY OF THEM ARE NOW FIRMLY IN THE GOVERNMENTS ARSE POCKET!

    “ATOS SPONSORED GAMES ARE TANTAMOUNT TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS BEING INVITED TO A RAVE ORGANISED BY THE SS”

    EACH AND EVERY TICKET CARRIES THE INDELIBLE BLOOD STAIN OF SOMEONE WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF DWP, ATOS MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS, IN COLLABORATION WITH SENIOR HENCHMAN, HM COURTS AND TRIBUNAL SERVICES, THE TRIPLE WHAMMY……………….

    WELL OVER FOURTEEN THOUSAND, AND COUNTING, HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES TAKEN BY THIS FRENCH MULTINATIONAL.

    ANYONE ACCEPTING ONE OF THESE TOKEN TICKETS WILL BE ENDORSING THE RITUALISTIC TORTURE AND CULLING THAT THE DWP DECIDED TO UNLEASH ON THOSE LEAST ABLE TO FIGHT BACK.

    I SHOULD KNOW, BEING WITHOUT MONEY FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF, TORMENTED, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, NOT SLEEPING AND WATCHING MY WORLD COLLAPSE FROM UNDER ME.

    AND YET, FOR MANY, THE TORTURE CONTINUES AS THE TAINTED HEARINGS PROGRESS ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF ATOS BIASED MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS THAT ARE NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE WRITTEN ON!

    THE DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EVIL ACTS, THE DWP, HAVE NOW TRIED TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FROM ATOS AS THE CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY LIFTED AND SHOWED THEM TO BE, WHAT THEY ARE, RUTHLESS KILLERS……………………….

    ………..IN FACT, SO TAINTED ARE ATOS, THAT THE DWP RELEASED AN INTERNAL MEMO TO ITS STAFF, STATING THAT DECISION MAKERS MUST NOW USE THE INTERNET TO EVALUATE MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

    WHAT WE HAVE NOW, IS A DWP MAKING ASSESSMENTS ON A PERSONS CAPABILITY TO WORK TRAWLING THE AIRWAVES!

    HOW CAN A DWP DECISION MAKER BE MAKING AN ASSESSMENT ON A HEALTH MATTER, THIS IS SURELY THE JOB OF A SPECIALIST DOCTOR, NOT A TWO BIT SNAKE OIL SALESMAN FROM ATOS OR A DWP PEN PUSHER………..

    DID YOU KNOW THAT A NURSE WHO ATTENDED A SHORT COURSE AT DERBY UNIVERSITY AND ACHIEVED A CERTIFICATE, HAS THE POWER TO OVERRIDE QUALIFIED SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, WHO HAVE LETTERS AFTER THEIR NAMES…………………

    IF OFFERED ONE OF THESE “TAINTED TICKETS”, PLEASE PUT IT WHERE IT BELONGS………………….

    IN THE FUCKING BIN, ALONG WITH OUR DWP’S ONGOING CULL OF THE INFIRM…………..

    • geoff reynolds says:

      CAPITA HEALTHCARE, THE NAME IS A COMPLETE OXYMORON, A WORD THAT SEEMS TO CHALLENGE IT’S OWN MEANING………….

      SOMETHING ON THE LINES OF, LIVING DEAD OR GROUND PILOT………..

      CAPITA HAVE NO CARE ABOUT THE HEALTH OF DISABLED WHATSOEVER, THEY ARE YET ANOTHER COG IN THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS, DISABILITY DENIAL MACHINE…..

      IT’S RATHER LIKE HAVING AN SS STORMTROOPER WELCOMING YOU TO TAKE A RELAXING, FRAGRANT SHOWER,

      “YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME BEFORE YOU EVER SET FOOT INSIDE”

      ………AND WHY ALL THE DRIVEL BEFOREHAND, “YOU ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT, PIP”………

      ARE YOU FUCK INVITED!!!

      THEY HAVE STOLEN YOUR EXISTING BENEFITS AND LEFT YOU WITH NO OTHER OPTION TO SURVIVE, LIKE LEADING YOU INTO A CATTLE TRUCK DESTINED FOR AUSCHWITZ WITH A PISTOL PRESSED FIRMLY INTO YOUR TEMPLE…..

      WORKING TO DWP TARGETS IS WHAT THE GAME IS ALL ABOUT, COUPLE THAT WITH AN EX BED PAN CLEANER WITH A GLOSSY CERTIFICATE THAT IS NOT RECOGNISED EVEN IN WILLY WONKA’S CHOCOLATE FACTORY, YOU HAVE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER!!!

      WHERE ARE ALL THE CITIZENS THAT HAVE BEEN DENIED THEIR ONLY MEANS OF SURVIVAL, YES I MEAN THOSE WHO HAVE NOT ALREADY DIED?

      THEY ARE LOST IN THE SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM THAT SYSTEMATICALLY ENDS THE LIVES OF THE POOREST AND WEAKEST………

      CAPITA, ATOS, WHOEVER YOU MIGHT CALL UPON, ARE ALL SINGING FROM THE “SAME SONGSHEET” TO THE TUNE OF DISABILITY DENIAL U.K.

      WHEREVER YOU HAVE PLAN YOU NEED A MOTIVE, SO LETS CALL THE PLAN;

      “THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II DISABILITY EXTERMINATION PACKAGE”

      YOU, MY DEAR, WORRY ABOUT YOUR CRUMBLING 240 BEDROOM PALACE AND WHERE YOUR NEXT VENISON IS COMING FROM, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT THE DEATH TOLL OF YOUR WARPED WELFARE BLESSINGS…

        • 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.

  77. BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS –INQUIRY INTO ESA & WCA’s BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE
    COURTESY OF KITTY JONES
    In light of recent developments in this area, including the publication of a number of reviews of the WCA, expressions of concern from DWP regarding Atos’s performance in delivering the WCA, and the introduction of mandatory reconsideration, the Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into ESA and WCAs to follow-up its 2011 report.
    Submissions of no more than 3,000 words are invited from interested organisations and individuals.
    The Committee is particularly interested to hear views on:
    Delivery of the WCA by Atos, including steps taken to improve the claimant experience
    The effectiveness of the WCA in indicating whether claimants are fit for work, especially for those claimants who have mental, progressive or fluctuating illnesses, including comparison with possible alternative models
    The process and criteria for procuring new providers of the WCA
    The ESA entitlement decision-making process
    The reconsideration and appeals process
    The impact of time-limiting contributory ESA
    Outcomes for people determined fit for work or assigned to the WRAG or the Support Group
    The interaction between ESA and Universal Credit implementation
    Delivery of the WCA by Atos, including steps taken to improve the claimant experience
    The effectiveness of the WCA in indicating whether claimants are fit for work, especially for those claimants who have mental, progressive or fluctuating illnesses, including comparison with possible alternative models .
    How to submit your evidence
    To encourage paperless working and maximise efficiency, select committees are now using a new web portal for online submission of written evidence. The web portal is available on our website. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/esa-wca-inq-2014/commons-written-submission-form/
    The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing.
    Each submission should:
    be no more than 3,000 words in length
    be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
    have numbered paragraphs
    be no more than 3,000 words in length
    be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
    If you need to send a paper copy please send it to: The Clerk, Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA have numbered paragraphs
    http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

  78. steven dunning says:

    Heya folks I’d like to point you to the 3 apostolic letters released last year which removed all limited liability & immunity from prosecution for all corporate employees you may ask how is that relevant well if you look at http://www.dnb.com otherwise known as companies house you’ll find the DWP is listed as a private for profit corporation.

  79. ian brown says:

    its not just the disabled suffering, although my sympathies go out to them, Here in Hertford, you are only allowed to use the food bank 3 times in total. Why is that, do the donaters know, is this just to keep the figures down. Is the choice starve or shop lift food, and begging is illegal here. I previously got temporary agency bottom pay work for 2 months, having to travel 2 hours each way a day, and paying £60 a week in fares, so its not that i’m not willing to work, even low pay, but where are these jobs..

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