The Work Capability Assessment Is About To Get Worse, Less People To Be Placed In Support Group Say DWP

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wca-review5 Recommendations made by Paul Litchfield in the latest review into the Work Capability Assessment

More sick and disabled people will face sanctions and workfare when Maximus take over running running the despised assessments for sickness benefits say the DWP who have promised the number of people placed in the Support Group is expected to fall.

The department’s comments come in their response to the latest review into the Work Capability Assessment, the shoddy computer based test used to find sick and disabled people ‘fit for work’ and stop their benefits.  Sinister US based outsourcing firm Maximus will take over the assessments from next week after ferocious campaigning by disabled people and benefit claimants led to the notorious Atos ending their involvement with the tests early.

The most recent review was carried out by Paul Litchfield, presumably in his spare time as he is also Chief Medical Officer at BT. …

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How The DWP Bribed Employers To Break Age Discrimination Laws With A ‘Golden Ticket’ Worth £2,275

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wage-incentive-goldenticketJobcentres bribed employers with ‘golden tickets’ worth up to £2,275 to hire young people over older workers despite warnings from lawyers that this Wage Incentive scheme was probably illegal.

Figures released this week show that over one hundred thousand ‘Wage Incentive’ payments were doled out to employers before the scheme was quietly abandoned last Summer.  These payments could be claimed from the DWP every time an employer recruited someone under 25 who had previously been on benefits.  An early evaluation of the scheme found that it was riddled with abuse, with employers making backdated claims for workers they had already hired, or even using Wage Incentives as a tax-payer funded rolling stock of temporary staff.  This report came alongside warning from the DWP’s own lawyers that companies who took these payments faced the risk of legal challenges under age disrimination laws from older workers denied jobs .

Despite these…

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To the woman who tutted at me using the disabled toilets…

So Bad Ass

Dear lady who loudly tutted at me using the disabled loos,

I know you saw me running in, with my able bodied legs and all. You saw me opening the door with my two working arms. You saw me without a wheelchair. Without any visible sign of disability.

You tutted loudly as I rattled the handle with my hands that work perfectly and my able voice call to my kids that I’d be out in just a minute.

My lack of wheelchair may have suggested to you that I was some lazy cow who didn’t care. Some inconsiderate bitch who was using something I wasn’t entitled too. (I actually carry a card to explain that I’m entitled to and have a disability key if you’d have cared to ask). You may have seen my face blushing as I caught your eye and assumed I was showing guilt at blagging the…

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#DWP Decision Makers Crying for Help or playing the #Tory Blame-Game?

You reap what you sow


Out of respect for you, I APOLOGISE in advance for my language because I’m LIVID

The ever excellent Benefits and Work website reveal welfare rights workers are experiencing DWP Decision-Makers calling up benefit claimants “‘in tears’ or ‘sobbing’“, pleading with them Not to appeal following a Mandatory Reconsideration !! HOW THE FUCK DARE THEY??

These unqualified low grade civil servants may well be genuinely feeling sorry for themselves, worried at how their bosses will react at their figures.. but, borrowing the much quoted line Frankly..I DON’T GIVE A DAMN.

If the Decision Maker truly feels sympathy for the vulnerable person who’s life they’re ruining, then they should do the decent thing and RESIGN and join the ever growing list of ‘Whistleblowers’, otherwise they have no right to attempt to push their agenda onto you or I. This behaviour is is keeping with the actions of their Bosses –…

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The death of JC+ The birth of JS+

I expect most people claiming either JSA or ESA have been subject to a sanction or a threat of one and this has a snowballing effect on other help and support and ultimately leading to eviction.

With little over 80 days until #GE2015 and our chance to have our say via a vote we must continue to fightback against this inhumane practise of belittling the poor and less well off and everyone involved with it whether that be central or local government should hold there heads in utter shame that too applies to anyone who supports it.

I have already been unfairly kick off ESA so the threat of a sanction will not affect me, but I still not help thinking about all those who have, indeed the future scares the hell out of me.

Anyway getting back to Job Centre Plus it was once a place I felt proud off as it was a place you could go for real help from people I believed did care and went out of there way to help you get back on track with loads of help, support and tools.

If you have been in a Job Centre during this term of Parliament you will see and hear that is no longer the case and it is fact a place to avoid at all costs indeed it’s name “Job Centre Plus” is very deceiving as you would rightly think it was the place to go to for help and support after all more hands make light work right?


The name “JobCentre Plus” above every building is now a big fat lie and has been since May 2010 as it is nothing off the sort, however we can correct that and I now ask you to use and type the term:

JobSanction Plus

As that is more to the truth as to what they do and what is there ultimate aim to sanction and bring down the JSA and ESA bill via sanctions and they do that with little to no help at all to there claimants in seeking employment and the real way to bring down out of work benefits.

There should be the tools needed with real jobs on display, phones, computers and an abundance of literature freely available giving the information on courses available indeed it is a place that should be working with Colleges and Universities too a one stop shop.

I am for one disgusting with IDS and his DWP who are directly responsible for what they have turned Job Sanction Plus into

Lets all hope the next Government can turn it around before it dies

The UK General Election 2015: Disability Toolkit

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10 million disabled persons have a vote in the May 2015 General Election.

The countries of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland need federal reform to prevent indefinite governance by a minority English party.  There needs a concept of equity on national reserved matters and England be afforded it’s on English Parliament.

With equality enshrined for all protected minorities and all power devolved locally, politicians can be held accountable for upholding basic human rights and public services in the regions across the UK.

RT #UKdisability2015 Disability Toolkit download the Disability Toolkit for the PDF version download Constitutional Reform…

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Who can help Benefit claimants when Charities are no longer Impartial?


There was a spate of example towards the end of last year where Charities were warned they were at risk of closure, or at least sanctions, for acting ‘Politically

  • the chair of the Trussell Trust was told “he must think more carefully otherwise “the government might try to shut you down”.
  • The Global Warming Policy Foundation were advised ‘concerns were raised that the charity was promoting views that were of a political rather than an educational nature’.
  • Oxfam was been rapped by the charity watchdog for not taking sufficient steps to avoid appearing politically biassed in a social media campaign which criticised the Government’s austerity programme earlier this year.

These are only examples, of how a breadth of Charities are experiencing this, what I feel is bullying.

This behaviour by the powers that be, is despite Government guidance which states:

Can a charity carry out campaigning and political activity?


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