HomeBlogLabour squashes hope of u-turn on ‘fitness for work’ test ~ Disabled People’s views sought by Black Triangle
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  • Lesley June 8, 2012 at 6:16 am

    What they are not saying are the contracts with ATOS have been signed and they could not get out of them now even if they wanted to…and it was them who set this outsourced system up in the first place. God alone knows how they intend to get out of the privatised NHS contracts

    • bridget price June 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

      you have hit the nail on the head!

  • DAVID A SHAW June 8, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Who do you trust GPs or Politicians, its a simple answer really.

  • Graham Askew June 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

    New Labour = Tory Lite, another tool of the City of London. We will vote for a party that supports people, green jobs, & vulnerable people.

  • budgie June 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

    So who do the millions who feel victimised and under attack vote for at the next election. Democracy only works if there are credible political Parties offering alternatives. On this issue Labour are not only tacitly supporting the Conservatives and the LibDems, they are also saying you can expect more of the same if they are elected.

  • Gillian Kalter June 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Labour should not in any way associate itself with these cruel assessments of disabled people. They need to find a different compassionate and sensitive way of finding the best “work” (e.g. maybe part-time or not at all if in fact there are jobs out there for anyone!) and benefit solution together with each disabled person. Labour will be tainted (certainly in my mind) by associating itself with lazy, draconian, cruel assessments maintained by this destructive coalition government. I was not alive in the 1930s but what is going on in the UK at the moment is frightening and I begin to understand how unspeakable acts can occur under our noses while the population stays passive. We all have a duty of care to disabled and vulnerable people.

  • Humanity2012 June 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    It confirms the Saying of Never Trust a Politician

    Netherless as the Official Opposition it is their DUTY to be an Opposition Not a
    Stand by the Sidelines whilst the Regime Bulldozes it’s Tyranny through a Parliament
    of Sheep and Millionaires

    We Need in Office a Government Right Now Not Never that will Protect the Poor/Sick/Disabled /Depressed/Vulnerable with a Constitution to Uphold This
    will Scrap the ” Work Capability Assessment ” as Well as People to Not Read Tabloids
    and Bury their Heads in the Sand like Ostriches whilst the Disabled & Vulnerable Suffer
    in the Midst of so much Un Fair Distribution of Wealth

  • Humanity2012 June 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

    It has to be Said that Not only the ” Work Capability Assessment ” and All
    Harrassment Bureaucracy and Paperwork Needs to be Immediately Abolished
    but the British System of Government Needs to be Changed for the Better

    This present Cuckooland ” Parliamentary Democracy ” is a Travesty of Genuine
    Consultation and Accountibility with Politicians Toeing the Party Line putting
    aside the Well Being of the Country and Ordinary People and Parliament still being
    a Bastion of Wealth and Privilege

    What we Need is a Constitution that Guards our Rights and places a Duty upon those
    in Ministerial Cabinet Positions to Uphold these Rights and Govern Properly Not
    just Do what they Wanna Do

    We Need Political and Constitutional Improvement Now Not Never

  • rusi June 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I thought this government wanted fairness for working people…what a joke that is! When you’ve worked hard throughout life and then suffer disability, how is it fair to cut esa only for those who have a working partner. The work capability currently used is unfair, unjust and immoral. Fairness, respect and compassion are words politicians know nothing about. They need to live in the real world and live the life of a person placed in the work related group…the ones who are too ill to work in reality but cannot and do not tick boxes on the ATOS system so is declared suitable for work. People who have worked all their lives and become ill and suffer disabilities are the weak scapegoats for benefit cuts and ARE being discriminated against. When politicians defraud the system with expenses… they plead ignorance, it’s a mistake and no big deal. A 2 tier society with politicians who have no conscience for dividing society and picking on those who have tried hard, worked hard and then need support they thought they had when paying their income tax and national insurance contributions for years. Tory, lib dem, labour…what is the difference??? They all look after number 1! Does anyone know of a poor or working class politician these days???

  • jeffrey davies June 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    yes blaire set atos up and now even new labour wont get rid of them but its ok for them to screw us by evading paying thier taxes billions of pounds by the torys partys supporters and do a single mum ,whos the biggest criminal it beggers belief how can these in power sprout this dribble when its those who do the biggest robbing of the public purse and taxes by not paying them .who in this house is going to kick atos out of britain just as america done with unum they dont want to open htier eyes to whot we want its seems its just them saying mememe snouts in the trough jeff3

  • bridget price June 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

    some of the biggest money makers world wide are insurance companies. After all they do not even have the expense of making anything. They are ghouls feeding on peoples’ fears and misfortunes. They could make enough that way but no they want to make more. The way to do this is to sell insurance but renegue on payouts. UNUM, yes we all know of the fiends, well that is their master plan (they are probably not lone sharks but one piranha in a shoal).
    At the same time governments are truly scared that, as old people no longer conveniently die in a timely fashion, welfare bills will spiral out of control. So they turn to the experts in claims denial. They work out a plausible way to default on the National insurance that we have paid for. (They are in an utter state of panic and do not know what else to do). The brief for ATOS never was to illicit truth but to produce a way to use the gutter press to vilify the disabled. There is also an attack on the NHS. Down the line it will be the old folk but there are a lot of them and as everyone will be one one day votes become an issue. Softly softly catchy monkey. By the time most people catch on that it is not some other person but them who is denied their rightful claims payout, it will be too late.

    ATOS are doing exactly the job DWP ordered. They are starting the process of turning the masses against anyone making a claim on the insurance they and their families paid into. Neither the government that started the process, nor this one, has any intention of taking any notice of the GPs.

    And the likes of UNUM sitting on the sidelines pushing this are set to make a killing from the killing. When we see that our National insurance payments will no longer cover healthcare or unemployment we will seek and pay for further insurance. Of course the fact they they will no more deliver protection than the government will be hidden from view.

  • bridget price June 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The above is the perfection of Capitolism. Taking peoples’ money from them for a false promise. Making money from thin air.

  • kath June 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Fuck the Labour Party, they are no longer fir for purpose. we eiither need a new party or to take back this one!

    • Lovejoy June 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I find it annoying that the Labour Party and Conservative Party consider themselves people with a better understanding of sickness and disability than GPs. These people can’t even work out which of their houses they live in!

  • james June 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    New Deal for Disabled was initiall set up by labour and they implemented the Disability welfare reforms ,apart from Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover(I am not a resident of Bolsover),I would not trust them full stop

  • kasbah June 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hmmm, they are more concerned with looking after pet concepts(WCA) than people. How dangerous and how childish and how hellish for people like me who have been assessed incorrectly. Who would they trust most to assess them? They are out of touch and running scared.

  • Evolved June 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    all pigs at the same trough

  • w hawkins December 31, 2012 at 1:03 am

    The main issue that we face is that the eton set have taken control of the politics and policies of all three main political parties, hence three conservative parties, note the absence of any opposition to the plebicide against the poor and vulnerable in our society by labour or liberal (not even to score political points). This government is going to force a revolution as fight or die, this has nothing to do with austerity (which could be solved overnight by the reclaiming of tax avoidance by the wealthy to the tune of £128 billion).

  • jay December 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    As the comments make crystal clear above there seems so little difference between the major parties currently. People gave the Lib Dems a chance at the last election because they were fed up with Labour & Conservatives and were rewarded with total betrayal.
    These three parties are corrupt at the top, perhaps wholly apart from a few individuals that have morals and a sense of justice.

    I will vote for independence not because I particularly wish to leave the UK but what other choice is there.
    No effective opposition party exists in the UK.

    The comment above mine spells out chillingly and accurately it really is a choice of fight or die.
    Only mass civil disobedience can effect the change we need, hit the rich in their pockets. It is the only thing they understand.

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