A4e – War Criminals, Fraudsters and Bullies

A4E, the bunch of scumbags contracted by the Labour Government to harrass and bully benefit claimants, have been busy attempting to set up an ‘online community of people who are dedicated to improving people’s lives.’

In yet another cheap marketing gimmick A4e are attempting to portray themselves as nobles saviours of Britain’s underclass by offering advice such as “Jobcentre Plus – this is a great place to look for jobs.”

The shoddy organisation, who have several contracts to deliver legal advice, have disclaimers under many legal advice posts warning that: “Any reliance you place on (this) information is therefore strictly at your own risk.”

And getting involved in A4e is risky business.

The good news is that this site features a way to rate posts and whilst moderated it is possible to leave comments. So even if they don’t publish it you can at least tell the bastards what you think.

Having recently won a huge contract to roll out the upcoming Flexible New Deal, A4e will continue to save the poor from themselves by forcing them to sit in yellow painted rooms for 30 hours a week doing nothing.

the void however may have found a chink in the matrix.

In the provider guidance for New Deal 25+ it states:

“In addition, without prejudice to this obligation, the Department shall in carrying out its functions have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group. The Department requires all organisations delivering New Deal 25+ to act in accordance with the spirit and letter of these statutory duties.”

This clause is certain to be included in all New Deal contracts, mostly because it’s the law.

Now we wonder exactly how illegally operating in the occupied territories in East Jerusalem is in accordance with the spirit and letter of these statutory duties.

A4e operates across Israel, including the occupied territories, under the name Amin. This makes A4e ancillary to Apartheid and other Crimes Against Humanity under the International Criminal Court Act 2001.

Whilst unlikely, it may be possible for anyone referred to A4e to refuse to attend on the grounds of conscience. A4e often work with refugees for example. Could a Palestian refugee really be forced under threat of benefit sanction by Job Centre Plus to attend a training (sic) company that profits from the misery of the occupation of their homeland?

Sadly the answer is probably yes. Whilst it may make an interesting test case, few claimants can afford to risk the loss of benefit to make such a principled stand. But if you are currently undergoing the misery of an A4e course we suggest you ask them about their activies in Israel. Ask them often.

Or ask them about the current fraud investigation underway which is looking into some of the shadier practices of this bunch of crooks.

A4e don’t like this kind of criticism. The website WatchingA4e was recently forced offline after their web hosting company was contacted by someone (presumably A4e) who said the site was defamatory.

Now we’ve mentioned that A4e’s legal knowledge is flaky but they might like to know that telling the truth is not defamation.

They may also like to be aware of the principle of ‘Fair Comment’. This is the defence against defamation which allows us to call A4e a bunch of blood sucking, parasitical cunts.

The good news is that WatchingA4e are back online at http://watchinga4e.blogspot.com/

Also worth checking out is http://newdealscandal.wordpress.com/ who report on general dodginess in the New Deal system in general as well as A4e.

Ever since Talking About Cannabis pretty much shut up we’ve been looking for a new target to re-invigorate the place. We think we might have found one.

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13 responses to “A4e – War Criminals, Fraudsters and Bullies

  1. Good post. A4e got the contract for running the ‘Community Legal Advice Centre’ in Leicester. Since then the Legal Services Commission has given a number of contracts to the local Law Centre. Hardly a vote of confidence.

    Most of their legal advice stuff is done via sub contract with Howell’s solicitors. They have pretty dodgy employment practises in that they refuse to openly advertise salary levels in job adverts. Considering a large amount of the money paying for these posts comes from local authorities, all of which have strict rules about openenness and using defined salary scales.

  2. well, from the documents i read today it seems that Flexible New Deal providers will be expected to comply with the freedom of information act so any salary scales etc will be in the public domain

    and we’ll be asking a4e about them shortly :)

  3. Check out the New Deal Scandal link asap – it might not be there much longer.

  4. Emma Harrison, owner of A4e,has done well out the so-called reform of the public sector. She lives on a 100 acre country estate: Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, which she bought for GBP 5m in 2002. And Mark Lovell, an A4E executive, is reputedly on 750,000 PA

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