There Is No Such Thing As A Fair Benefit Sanction And They Are Not A Tory Invention

Originally posted on the void:

sanction-deaths A pregnant women who was sanctioned in disguise at a recent protest so Jobcentre staff don’t recognise her. From The Poor Side Of Life

Iain Duncan Smith’s mass use of benefit sanctions is driving people to their deaths.  But it began under Labour, and was not opposed by most trade unions or charities established to support people living in poverty.

In 2008 the Labour government published a green paper entitled ‘No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility’ (PDF).  Gordon Brown himself wrote the forward to the document pledging “tough responsibilities that respect tax payers” for all of those on some form of out of work benefit.

Even for a Government which had already introduced workfare and the despised Work Capability Assessment, some of the measures proposed were shocking.  These included mandatory work related activity – a vague term that often means workfare – for both sick and…

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Disability and Propaganda

Originally posted on Mind In Flux:

“Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.

As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented.

The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda. Propaganda can be used as a form of political warfare.” Wikipedia

Then


March 1914. Exhibition of the Reichsausschuss für Volksgesundheit (Reich Committee for National Health)

“Three-year old boy, deaf, crippled and completely idiotic. The nursing costs amounting to 8 Marks a day”,

Newspaper Article 1939.

“You have the duty to be healthy for the nation and the state”

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

Originally posted on the void:

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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Greek case for austerity “genocide” creates hope in UK

Originally posted on Vox Political:

Olga Yeritsidou: Fighting for justice against austerity deaths in Greece. Olga Yeritsidou: Fighting for justice against austerity deaths in Greece.

Sick and disabled people in Britain who are losing hope that they will receive justice from the Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘work capability assessment’ regime can take heart from the Greek example.

This blog has reported on Samuel Miller’s bid to take the DWP and its political leaders, including Iain Duncan Smith, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, for crimes against humanity.

The allegation is that the assessment system for people claiming sickness and disability benefits is hugely biased, depriving claimants of the wherewithal – not just to stay above the poverty line, but to continue surviving.

The loss of benefits inflicted by the draconian regime increases emotional and physical stress until it becomes too much to bear, and claimants have suffered downturns in their physical and mental health, leading to their deaths – either due to…

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“Declare Independence, don’t let them do that to you”

Originally posted on imatigerrr:

Artist Taxi Driver on Scotland Independence:

Declare Independence, great performance live from Glastonbury:

Official video:

“Declare Independence, don’t let them do that to you…”

Powerful video by Icelandic singer Bjork, a song that’s significant for Iceland, its freedom, so far the only country in the world to stand up to the banksters, and a model to others. Letting the banks fail was painful but by implementing policies to share the burden, Iceland has wiped out the debt caused by reckless bankster gambling and started again, with no QE (Quantitative Easing, i.e. borrowing money, way above the cost of running the country, for social and health services, for all…

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G4S Ride To The DWP’s Rescue, Bungling Fraud Suspects Handed Huge Government Contract

paul8ar:

how to get tory contracts – be dirty rotten fraudsters. the vile G4s

Originally posted on the void:

g4s-workfare Several hours after the DWP’s £300 million mass workfare scheme began and the DWP have finally decided who’s going to be running it.  The Financial Times are reporting that G4s will operate the flagship contract to provide Community Work Placements in six regions.  This is despite the fact that up until recently they were  banned from carrying out new public sector contracts due to concerns about fraud.  The company are currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office after over-charging huge sums on their electronic tagging contract.  Other companies with their snouts in the workfare trough include Pertemps, Seetec and Interserve.

G4S will use their experience fucking up the Work Programme to fuck up the Help To Work scheme of which the unpaid workfare placements are a key part.  Quoted in The FT, Sean Williams, managing director of G4S employment support services, said:  “Building on our experience on the Work…

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