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OVER 96300 people signed or petition to the  Work & Pensions Committee: Hold IDS to account for his use of statistics https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2#

and today we discover –

Duncan Smith to face grilling from MPs over misuse of statistics

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/05/duncan-smith-face-grilling-mps-over-misuse-statistics

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The Struggle for Truth by the most Vulnerable

All of you who read my blogs are well aware of the petition I’ve been working on with Debbie Sayers; and just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the link https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2#.At the time of writing 94,223 have signed asking for IDS to be formally held to account for the abundance of Lies, He & his juniors Ministers have repeatedly told regarding DLA and the upcoming changes.

Today we officially learn, the Work Programme is failing the UK’s most vulnerable (i); I say officially because we have known almost from the outset, this would be the case; this is based on scores of blogs, media articles and conversations on FaceBook & Twitter, that have gone on since the programmes inception. Yet, Ministers of the DWP have once again repeatedly stated the Programme is succeeding; more Lies?

Yesterday we discovered the DWP has delayed publication of the official data about how many JSA & ESA claimants have lost their benefits via the Sanctions regime; apparently there are “some significant doubts about the quality of the new regime statistics” and they have refused to say when these figures will be released. (ii) Now I have to wonder why this has happened, is it to allow Civil Servants & IDS time to ‘massage’ this data into a less damaging set of figures?

Above are only three examples, two of which have been publicly announced in the same number of days, of how one Government Department has been found to have mislead the Public, and there are many many more instances, both within & without the DWP. Take a look at Education surveys and benefit statistics: two government departments caught out in one week, if you don’t agree.

All of which have resulted in The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) releasing a Report  “Public Trust in Government Statistics” (iii) wherein the Committee rebuked the Government for it’s misuse of statistics; in other words, stop telling Lies!

For me this strongly indicates, this government had deliberately mislead the Public on numerous occasions, often to justify their campaign on the most vulnerable in society; they’ve knowingly taken data and moulded it to fit their assertions of Scroungers, Shirkers & Malingerers.

This ongoing, intentional war on disabled, unemployed, underemployed, low paid, people, has been built on the back of Lies; Lies the public at large appear to have swallowed and accepted. This seems apparent from the much publicised  latest report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which claims, “Fifteen per cent of the public in 1994 thought people lived in need because of laziness or lack of willpower, compared to 23% in 2010” (iv).

However it must be noted the the actual report “Public Attitudes to Poverty & Welfare 1982-2011 (v), was compiled by comparing data collected annually via the British Social Attitudes survey, carried out by NatCen Social Research (vi); which sources it’s information from approximately 3000 people a year. Not doubting the intentions of NatCen or JRF, I can’t help think  this the attitudes of 3000 is an extremely small number of people to create such a furore; or is this another attempt to bemuse the public?

As an avid social networker I’m inclined to disagree with the ‘findings’ of the reports referred to above; everyday I read blogs and articles and engage with far more than 3000 people on various sites who all like me, are campaigning against the rhetoric and Lies produced by the Government and played out by the press & media.

I couldn’t possibly name them all here but if you want more info take a look at  the WOW Campaign fighting for a full impact assessment regarding disabled people, read the  blogs of Kitty Jones, Dawn Willis, VoxPolitical, Juxtaposed & Skwalker, or if you want to get involved in the fight back try ThinkLeft on FaceBook, LeftUnity or the People’s Assembly to name but a few

What I do know is, it is in these people and the 94,223 who have signed our petition I believe, and believe in.

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Work and Pensions Committee to Quiz the DWP over Statistics!

Hi Everyone,

Today I learnt that the Work and Pensions Select committee will be calling Ian Duncan Smith or one of his ministers in to explain their use of statistics.

The Work and Pensions committee have decided to pull the minister (Who ever that ends up being) in for a one day session to look in to the DWPs use of statistics… In preparation they will be meeting with the UK statistics Authority in a closed meeting to find out how these statistics should be used…

To read more about this here’s an article in The FED

I would like to thank every one who signed our petition and implore you to help us get the last 7,000 signatures in place to hit the magic 100,000;  we’d love to submit our petition in time for this meeting.

I would also like to thank the members of the Work and pensions committee for their role in bringing this about and I’m sure we can find away for folks to thank them personally… And remind them that every one of these stats, every number, relates to a real person, a person that deserves our ministers to be truthful in their use of statistics and not twist and turn them till they bare little resemblance to the truth.

Please share the petition lets add the weight of public opinion to this debate…

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2

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DWP spanked by UKSA. Please help obtain a repeat for its ESA stats abuse

Once again the amazing Skwawkbox has unearthed more evidence of IDS, erm well lying?

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has issued a new rebuke to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for its abuse of statistics to misrepresent the effects of its benefits cap in forcing people into work. The UKSA also issued a letter to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) outlining its findings.

It’s worth seeing both in full:  Read the full article… http://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/dwp-spanked-by-uksa-for-stats-abuse-please-help-make-it-happen-again/

It has to be time the people of Britain stood up and said NO MORE, please take the suggested actions & don’t forget to join the 88,029 people who have signed our petition https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2#

TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE CHANGE

Esther Mcvey Letter Arrives @ Parliament

Almost a month ago Debbie Sayers & I wrote a letter to Esther McVey disputing her use of statistics & offering a wide range of evidence which demonstrated just this.

866 people signed the letter and many left harrowing tales of suffering as a result of  ‘Welfare Reform’; which were then appended to the end of the signatures; the letter was posted yesterday by recorded delivery to arrive at Parliament today.

Aside from posting today @ 1pm we are also emailing the following Politicians, Ms McVey, IDS,, Shelia Gilmore – also campaigning about misusing stats, and Michael Meacher, John McDonnell Ann McGuire & Liz Kendall as they have been sympathetic & supportive of the campaign; Dame Anne Begg – chair of Work & Pensions Committee has already received a copy and indicated her support.

If you’re up for it why not email your own MP with a copy of the letter ? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n2QVXOKKSfkn9dwXOvmQ74Vzbhyx7HXEbid8EpEb674/edit The more Politicians became aware the better chance we have of this working.

Most of you will also be aware of what occurred as a result of your letter, we set up the petition to hold IDS to account, as he is ultimately responsible for everything that’s comes out of the DWP; to date we have  over 52,000 signatures. https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2# and if you’ve not already signed, please do.

Well that’s the news on this up to date, we certainly had no idea what began out of frustration & fear would become but, we think it demonstrates when we all pull together we can achieve our goals.

Until the next update x

DWP misappropriates yet another institution’s material to abuse jobseekers

This is another amazing piece by http://skwalker1964.wordpress.com.   I fully endorse his request to:

Please share widely. The DWP has been ‘found out’ in all kinds of unethical and possibly criminal behaviour, and the extent of its abuses and even theft needs to be exposed.

“I’ve written over the last week or so about the fake psychometric ‘test’ that the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Jobcentre Plus (JCP) centres are forcing jobseekers to take by threatening them with sanction (the removal of their benefits) if they don’t.”

To read more – DWP misappropriates yet another institution’s material to abuse jobseekers.

This type of abusive behaviour is yet another way the DWP & the ConDem Govnt not only LIE to us but also to other professional bodies. If you’re sick of this you’re in good company as 51,506 people so far have signed our petition for IDS to be faced with the TRUTH https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/work-pensions-committee-hold-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2#.

Make Sure You’ve signed.