Cameron and Co

jaynel62:

I totally agree with Juli in her latest amazing post; and particularly with her closing lines -

Come ye forth while you’re still free -
We, The People: you and me.
Let’s show this crook, this tyrant traitor,
Petty despotic dictator
Where we’d really like to see
Him stick his ‘Big Society’.

If we don’t act soon – it will be too late?!

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We’re “heading in the right direction”
Satan’s minions will have tell;
Their recipe for our correction
Knocking -
Hear the warning knell?

He leads the rack,
He is the pinion -
Will not countenance opinion
Self-interest is his dominion
Teeth set firm
Towards the Gates of Hell.

Destination by decree
Of fiat kings and corporations:
“Hail to the Unholy See!
Might is Right!”
Proclaim its agents.
New regime as old as Ancient
Orders subjugate the nation.

Pretender
To the Pillars of Necessity and Fate,
Masquerading as the Saviour
With division served as bait,
While his kin he is preserving
With his own collection plate.

Arise, good people
And give vent
To our ‘divine’ Establishment.
Our very blood is being lent
And sold and swapped
And spilled and spent.

This Call-me-Dave will us enslave
If we do not reclaim the State:
Rebuild our lives, our dreams, our nation
One we ALL…

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Real Issues with Welfare reform – Part II

On April 8 I wrote my first official DEAEP Blog, regarding the support we offer, this week Alex & I attended his Tribunal. we arrived at the venue, in a central hotel, to find the tribunal receptionist was extremely chatty; he happily informed the room that there were people from all over the UK, booked to attend, he went on to state every one of the claimants had waited for well over a year to get a hearing! He also informed us that for the day the Tribunal service had paid for 6 meeting rooms –  for hearings, waiting rooms and a room for the court clerks; add the expense for this to the salaries of at least 6 panellists (possibly 8), 3 clerks and the receptionist; and I shudder to think how much this must have cost?!

We were called in on time and given that the DWP had already agreed that Alex should be in the Support group in February 2013, we were expecting this to be a open & shut case but…NO. Firstly the DWP had failed to inform the panel they had AGREED they’d made a mistake, luckily the accepted the letter we had as full evidence; however instead of recognising that the DWP had already accepted Alex was too ill to work, and therefore he had every right to receive the back pay, the judge of the panel grilled Alex for 45 minutes on his inability to work in November 2012. We were made to explain, against each of the ESA qualifying points, that how for a whole 3 months, before the DWP agreed Alex’s health made him unable to work, this was the case. The Dr on the panel on at least four occasions referred to how, in his medical opinion, Alex’s handwriting on the appeal letter clearly indicated Parkinsons, as did his observation of Alex’s body; but the judge persisted in her questions, reducing Alex to tears on one occasion! Why was this – for MONEY - and for a far less amount than the 2 panellists earned in hour we were in there, never mind the the costs of the day’s Tribunal as outlined above; but for an amount that means Alex can afford to live a little more comfortably.

The good news is Alex WON his tribunal but…surely as the DWP had already conceded, wouldn’t it have been far more cost effective, never mind humane, for them to have merely paid him the money he was owed? According to Channel 4 Employment and support allowance (ESA) tribunals cost the taxpayer £66m in 2012/13, and this fails to consider the hidden costs of anxiety and stress to the claimant, both personally and in terms of the Health/support services, consider all of this and what a ludicrous situation this proves to be.

I don’t presume Alex’s case to be unique and given the number of successful tribunals by sick and, or disabled people, this is yet more evidence the current ESA/WCA process is severely flawed.

 

 

 

Inflation drop doesn’t mean wages will rise

jaynel62:

Mike is absolutely correct here, the key point for me being household “prices are now outstripping your ability to pay for them at a slightly slower rate.” – The Fact is they are STILL rising and will continue to do despite our social security now offering NO security at all!!

Hope we all survive ’til 2015!!

Originally posted on Vox Political:

'For the privileged few': If you're earning the average wage of £26,500 per year, or less, then nothing George Osborne says will be relevant to you.

‘For the privileged few’: If you’re earning the average wage of £26,500 per year, or less, then nothing George Osborne says will be relevant to you.

Why are the mainstream media so keen to make you think falling inflation means your wages will rise?

There is absolutely no indication that this will happen.

If you are lucky, and the drop in inflation (to 1.7 per cent) affects things that make a difference to the pound in your pocket, like fuel prices, groceries and utility bills, then their prices are now outstripping your ability to pay for them at a slightly slower rate. Big deal.

The reports all say that private sector wages are on the way up – but this includes the salaries of fatcat company bosses along with the lowest-paid office cleaners.

FTSE-100 bosses all received more pay by January 8 than average workers earn in a year. Their…

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Democracy don’t need..

jaynel62:

This is THE reason to VOTE – Don’t let Politicians steal this Right from us READ & SHARE Please

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Democracy don’t need
no dressing up,
no dandy prefix
bearing false description,
masquerading

no neologising,
obfuscating tricks
nor cheap accessorising.

Don’t pretend
that qualifying adjectives
enhance the basic principle

Democracy recedes
with each apologetic easing
and semantic plot.

Don’t swap it for another and
imagine the exchange is not
demeaning when it cannot
mean the same

Go get
your own damned name
to justify the reasons why
Democracy is dying and the
power of the common people
rots in academic lore

If there is any word that has
a right to sit before,
it’s more.

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Austerity, socio-economic entropy and being conservative with the truth

jaynel62:

Lies, Damn Lies and The Tories!!! IDS is really does have Incessant, Denial Syndrome – Austerity, socio-economic entropy and being conservative with the truth Another MUST from Kitty

Originally posted on kittysjones:

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The coalition have a track record of lying and trying to mislead the public. David Cameron has now been rebuked several times for making false claims: on NHS spending, the rising national debt and the impact of his tax rises and deep spending cuts on economic growth. The Tories invented figures to claim people are now “better off”, but which totally ignored and excluded an account of the impact of significant factors like the rise in VAT, the cost of living, cuts to tax credits and other benefits.
The government is committing fraud on a grand scale. The reason for such deceit has nothing to do with public finances or the state of the economy, and everything to do with shrinking the public realm. There is an irreducibly ideological dimension to Tory economics, and by making it sound “scientific” when really, it’s more akin to philosophy or Tory buck passing

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Petition demands fibromyalgia test be fit to work

jaynel62:

Having 20 years experience living with Fibro – this petition is welcome beyond words – Thanks Mike; for another excellent find

Originally posted on Vox Political:

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The Department for Work and Pensions is being told to sort out its benefit assessment system after campaigners said it is rigged against people who suffer from Fibromyalgia.

The petition – ‘Change DWP Medicals for Fibromyalgia’ – may be found here.

Long-term readers will know that Fibromyalgia is one of the conditions suffered by Mrs Mike, partner of Vox Political writer Mike Sivier. She has hijacked this space to post the following message from the petitioners:

“In brief, the petition asks that Department of Work and Pensions medicals for Fibromyalgia be carried out by a qualified rheumatologist, and that the decision regarding the receipt of benefits not be based on the current point-scoring system.

“The full petition reads:

“‘We, the undersigned, call on the British Government to ask that DWP medicals for Fibromyalgia be carried out by a qualified rheumatologist, and that the decision made about the receipt of…

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Thief stole trolley-load of shopping after his dole was stopped

jaynel62:

Lots of Regional FOIS due I think???

Originally posted on UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR:

> DWP – getting you off benefits and into a career in crime…

A thief snatched a trolley-load of goods from a South Tyneside store because his dole had been stopped, he said.

Thomas Hay was spotted by a store detective putting £131 of goods into a trolley and leaving Morrisons in Jarrow on January 21 without paying.

The 30-year-old was detained by security staff outside, and the goods were recovered.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was seen putting items in a trolley and went past all points of payment. He was detained outside.

“He was arrested and, when interviewed by police, said he did it because his dole had been stopped.”

Michelle Stonley, defending, said: “He was going to sell the items to pay for rent and food.”

Hay, of Perth Road, Sunderland, was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay a…

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Dear Dyno-Rod

jaynel62:

This sums up my thoughts on the PMs ‘beliefs’ on fairness – Simply Sublime

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It’s really sweet of you to want
To come and save the world.
I see you’ve really hurled yourself
Wholeheartedly into the role and
Read among your pearls you’re
Even putting out requests for
Volunteers – oh, by the way: down
Here, they’re simply called ‘apostles’

Oh, and speaking of the words of
Gloss and sleazy preaching profits:
Is that muppet, IDS, upset to find
He’s now competing for the title
‘Best Messiah Hired’ yet?

And ‘Dyno-Rod’? You silly sod!
Your ‘saviour’ said he wants you for
A sunbeam, not he wants the drains
Cleaned. (Metaphorically, of course,
That’s needed too but not by you -
Your ilk is the pollutant) You’ve
Confused, by your Self-magnitude,
The end of that Beatitude – It isn’t

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the dirt..

You leeching, wondrous berk. It isn’t
Actually your Earth, no matter how
You prey. You’ve merely…

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UK government refuses to accept responsibility for crimes against humanity

jaynel62:

A comprehensive report by Mo Stewart which MUST be read by anyone in receipt of/involved with Welfare Benefits.

Many Thanks to Mike for posting this

Originally posted on Vox Political:

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A guest report by Mo Stewart ©Mo Stewart April 2014

Following the bogus Work Capability Assessment (WCA) conducted by Atos Healthcare, as contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the United Kingdom (UK) Government admitted that it was wrong to cut the disability benefits of Mark Wood, the vulnerable disabled man who starved to death following the removal of his benefits, in the 21st century UK, when weighing only 5st 8lbs.

Regardless of this tragedy, the UK Conservative led Coalition Government still refuses to accept any responsibility.

Despite the fact that the WCA was introduced by the Labour Government in 2008, it was originally designed by previous Conservative Governments, in consultation with the notorious American corporate giant now known as Unum Insurance, identified in 2008 by the American Association for Justice as the second most discredited insurance company in America.

Without a welfare state, sick and disabled people in…

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Real issues with Welfare Reform

Wearing my DEAEP Company hat, last week I met with a lovely man, I’ll call him Adam; Adam is in his 60s and worked all his life until last year, when his health deteriorated to such a point he could no longer physically manage. At this time he completed his claim for ESA, he heard nothing and then, out of the blue last month, Adam was called for an appointment with ATOS. He initially asked about home visit as he loves 12 miles outside the City centre but was told he needed a letter from his Dr to support his request; as this was not possible, Adam informed them he was happy to attend but he wanted the assessment recorded, ATOS assured him this was fine and he arranged a date.

He contacted me wanting support for the assessment and, after Adam struggling to make his way into town for 10.30 we met prior to the assessment to discuss his requirements. We sat at a coffee shop 3 doors away from the assessment centre, and in the time it took us to finish our drinks Adam received 2 phone calls, both from the same Nottingham number and each time he answered his phone the line went dead. We both recognised the area code and knowing the regional ATOS office is based here, Adam returned the second call, only to find the call could not be completed at the receiving end.

Experience called us both to speculate if ATOS actually had organised for the recording equipment to be there, and chatting about this we entered the building ATOS use to carry out the ESA assessments for Leicestershire. ATOS are based on the first floor of a sixties office building which has no access/egress for wheelchair users in an emergency; knowing this we were both on sticks. Using the lift we emerged on the first floor to be met by a door with no automatic functions, causing us to engage into some form of strange dance to pull open the door when neither of us have full use of our arms/hands; achieving access we were then met with a second, this time fire retardant door, again with no automatic function. Having recreating our dance anew we proceeded through into a small space with a third non automatic door, thus we repeated our caper finally emanating in the reception area for ATOS.

Noting how extremely quiet the waiting area was, with only one other person in the room, we made our way to the desk, where we were met by a very friendly woman who after taking Adam’s details said he was “more than welcome to have the assessment but…”; yes, the recording equipment wasn’t there! She apologised and said they had tried to call him to which we both explained what had happened at our end. She went on to say as Adam didn’t want the assessment without it being recorded, he would receive another phone call in the next 2/3 weeks to rearrange it.

By this time we were both exhausted and in pain, so much that before we left Adam was forced to resort to his default position for managing extreme pain on his hands and knees; when Adam’s pain had returned to its regular level, we made our way our of the building, this time going backwards through the three doors, our backsides providing the impetus required to push them open.

The real irony of all of this is Adam retires in July, that’s correct, he has to go through all this again just to receive ESA for three months!

I met with a second DEAEP customer today, who I’ll call Alex; Alex is going to Tribunal next week, the reason being having fought for two years to be placed in the support group due to the progression of Parkinsons, the DWP decreed the were wrong and have done precisely that; but they insist he must continue with his appeal and attend the hearing. It seems the purpose of the Tribunal, which is being held at a local hotel instead of at the Tribunal centre, is for 17 months worth of Back pay, the difference between basic rate and the enhanced rate Alex is now receiving in the support group! I’ll report back on this next week.

What the DWP and the Politicians who have devised the immoral and unjust Polices ignore is the anxiety and stress both of these men are going through, as they are forced to fight their way through the broken Welfare Reform process; and what really sickens me is the total amount of money involved in these two cases is far less than the pathetic amount Ms Maria Miller has been instructed to return following her fraudulent expense claims!!