Atos’s PR company director wants me to phone him about one of my articles

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Atos don’t provide medical assessments for disabled people needing to claim support: they provide ‘functional’ assessments, as ‘disability analysts’, who ‘focus on what you can do, rather tan what you can’t.’

I wrote an article recently, which was published by Welfare Weekly, about the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) assessments. 

The editor of Welfare Weekly, Steven Preece, forwarded an email to me regarding my article, marked ‘high importance’. It said:

Subject: Atos FAO Sue Jones
Importance: High

Hi there, 

Please could you ask Sue Jones to give me a quick ring on 0141 221 0707 re the article in the link below. We represent Atos and I’d like to have a quick chat about a couple of point in the article which are inaccurate.

http://www.welfareweekly.com/thousands-of-disability-benefit-assessments-deemed-unacceptable-by-the-governments-own-quality-audits/ 

Apologies for the email but I couldn’t find any numbers…

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Another Clusterfuck of a DWP Error totalling £500 Million

Firstly I say Clusterfuck as it is defined as “a disastrously mishandled situation or undertaking.” that just about sums it up as this is no small time mistake but a big one going back 6 years in that time you can default on a debt and it be written off as uncollectable under the 6 year rule however no one should ever allow the DWP to write this off because so many have suffered due to it whether that be due to unable to pay the rent or heat a home or indeed pay a bill and been stung with default charges.

Now the DWP knew about this a year ago yet it has only just been made public why ? my guess is because of the magnitude of the fuckup error and the cost involved to put right they will want to limit claims and the fact they are not asking you to contact them backs that up.

When this was made public last night a Friday Evening very few mainstream media reported it although I was surprised the first link I found was from the BBC make of that what you will, however it went largely unreported especially by Sky News and that remains the case as I write this and is simply not good enough it should have been all over press and media.

The BBC’s article was vague though and basically reported there was an issue but stopped short at how it came about or why it has taken so long to redress claimants of there rightful claims but none the less they reported it which encouraged me to dig deeper.

The DWP say there is no need for claimants to contact them as they are going though historical claims to find claims that were underpaid and payments are being made now I certainly would NOT accept this as you can bet many wrongful claims WILL BE missed so if you believe your claim was wrong write to them DO NOT EVER LEAVE IT TO THEM I can say this strong enough.

They are a Renegade Govt Department that cannot be trusted and the fact it is not being reported as it dammed well should be tells you all you need to know

I don’t know if my claim was wrong but it was around this time and suddenly stopped with no instruction what so ever in what to do this I still maintain was wrong because whilst I now understand that the contribution ESA was due to stop due to the stupid 365 day rule it carries given my SAH/Stroke and the utter confusion these claims bring I should have been informed and an income related form sent out this did not happen so the claim lapsed and I basically gave up as my brain could take no more the system was just too brutal for me too handle.

However I will be writing to them in light of this and I will let you know here what comes of it.

So finally to express again if you believe your claim to be wrong DO NOT leave it to them take action yourself and write to them they can only say either no you claim is correct or yes yours is wrong and we will put it right.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/17/benefit-claimants-underpaid-employment-support-allowance

UPDATE 18th November 2017

Below is a link to a template letter drawn up by Nick Dilworth who is a disability and benefits advocate and hosted on DPAC website to assist in the recovery of lost entitlement due to the above it can be copied and pasted into word and the blanks filled in

https://dpac.uk.net/2017/11/template-letter-for-claimants-who-may-be-affected-and-entitled-to-arrears-of-esa/

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Labour activist under further malicious attacks

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In May, the SKWAWKBOX reported an attack on the Labour campaigner ‘Rachael Swindon’ (@rachael_swindon), in which a malicious, false report was made against her resulting in the suspension of the benefits she and her family received as a result of her husband’s disability.

As well as caring for her husband, Rachael is also one of the most influential social media activists in the UK, producing some of the hardest-hitting political ‘memes’ to the serious discomfort of the Tories and the Labour right. It is believed that the malicious report was made by a political opponent.

The report was investigated and benefits were eventually reinstated.

Things started to look up when social housing was made available to the family, who moved in about eight weeks ago. But now Rachael reports that a further malicious report has been made, this time alleging that her husband has been working while claiming…

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Attacks on SKWAWKBOX intensifying and desperate. Wonder why..

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wilde enemiesA week ago, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the Murdoch Times using a decision by IPSO (the so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation) on a complaint made about smears in the Mail and S*n to attack this blog’s credibility. IPSO is funded and run by the mainstream press to create what has been called ‘the illusion of reform’ – Mail editor Paul Dacre is its recent chair.

That attack has now been repeated and intensified across the right-wing press including, yesterday, Murdoch’s S*n.

Ironically but unsurprisingly, the attack is itself fake news – fake news that hints at a certain desperation.

The news is fake because it cherry-picks parts of the decision and fails to mention the fact of IPSO’s funding and management in order to treat the organisation – which is not Leveson-compliant – as an independent and official arbiter.

bloggs ipsoIt omits, for example, the fact that the Mail – whose…

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Austerity is “economic murder” says Cambridge researcher

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Image result for austerity and deathsA research report, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open – theEffects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis, concludes that austerity cuts are correlated with an increase in mortality rates, confirming what many of us have proposed for some time. The research revealed that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led “efficiency savings” than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels.

The new study strongly suggests that austerity policies have caused 120,000 deaths. 

The joint research was conducted by Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, and it makes clear links between cuts in government health and social care spending and higher mortality rates in England. 

Cambridge University’s Professor Lawrence King, who contributed to the study, said: “Austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits – it is bad economics. It…

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These Attacks on Jeremy Corbyn need to STOP……….

…..As journalists are only showing yourselves up, I will give another example that happened this morning 10th November 17 on Sky News Paper Review.

The discussion was about Grenfell yes a touchy subject for many due to the very poorly way it has been handled from the start I forget the reviewers name but matters not as she is unimportant anyway.

She saw it fit to criticise Jeremy Corbyn for him saying something that all MPs should be saying, that there needs to be investment in the budget to fit sprinklers to all tower blocks he is of course right to say it but then I guess it will only come from a left leaning MP and not a centrist one!

She said that Jeremy Corbyn should not be making this issue political by sighting the report that has been sat on for the past 10 years, what relevance that has is beyond me as she has forgot it was sat on by Tories too since May 2010 and thus has made it political herself by mentioning it.

It’s not political it’s what human’s with a heart want to hear

Lets be clear here as I am sure most will agree I could not give a toss of who did this and who did not only that we have MPs willing to stand up and say what needs to be said and that action on those words is taken as that is not being political its fucking common sense.

These maybe seen as small attacks hidden within the words journalists speak hoping that they will not be picked up by the likes of us viewers, but they are attacks all the same that paint the wrong light on a politician trying his damned hardest to bring the changes to politics the majority need.

To the press reviewer you made something political that was not in the first place and still after two years make the mistake all journalist make thinking Jeremy Corbyn’s Govt is the same as Centrist New Labour IT’S NOT as they would do nothing and only a left government of Corbyn’s will.

 

 

Apologies to Remainers

Following two Skwawkbox articles posted yesterday and followed up today on #Brexit I wish to make an apology to the many who voted remain and continue to fight to remain within the European Union of which I will try and explain my reasoning below.

I like them voted remain and unfortunately lost that referendum vote by 4% 48% to remain against 52% to leave however since then have supported the leavers purely because they won and my respect for the referendum of which is the people’s vote and thus what I see as democracy.

However whilst I support democracy I also support and respect lawfulness and this has been anything but, I have been mindful to rethink my opinion ever since the withdrawal bill shenanigans and these latest revelations has cemented that.

Brexshit has been a lie from the off with due process not followed and now believe and support the idea that Jeremy Corbyn should reconsider his stance too and gain the many votes of the remainers who have largely turned away from him

This would put a clear line between his policies and brexit against those of the corrupt tory party and would also I strongly believe gain the important support from business too

Walking away from brexit must NEVER be on the cards and staying fully in the European Union and revoking the phoney Article 50 has to be the right course.

So apologies to those who voted remain and in particularly to those I have spoken out against I have crossed the floor and am on your side.

Links that further make my reasoning clear.

https://skwawkbox.org/2017/10/02/met-considering-grave-eu-criminal-allegations-vs-may-davis/

https://skwawkbox.org/2017/10/05/excl-dpp-asked-to-bypass-policecps-prosecute-may-davis-directly/