Support The Lifeworks Occupation!

lifeworksThe occupation of the Lifeworks centre in Cambridge is now entering its tenth week with protesters promising they aren’t going anywhere soon.

Lifeworks is a project for people with borderline personality disorders, a condition which in the worst cases can lead to serious self-harm or suicide.  The service is funded by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust’s (CPFT) who have made the decision to close the centre as part of a £6 million cost-cutting exercise.

The service users were not consulted about the move and are furious that  vital support they were promised for the rest of their lives is now being swept away.  The occupation began after a sit in protest by Lifeworks users at the beginning of March.  Speaking to Solidarity newspaper those inside said:

“Lifeworks is our lifeline. It was called Lifeworks because it was meant to be for life. Our condition is lifelong, and they want to see people discharged from the service well again, but with us this is a lifelong condition.

“Once you’re referred to Lifeworks, when you have your well episodes you can go away and live your life to the best you can, but when you get ill you don’t have to go back to your GP, you can come back here. The staff here know your triggers, Lifeworks is always there for you.”

This is exactly the sort of comprehensive service that the NHS should be delivering, particularly against a backdrop of savage cuts to benefits.  Lifework service users came to support this week’s protest against the scrapping of the Independent Living Fund outside the DWP.  They have asked that people show support by signing, sharing and helping publicise the petition to save the project at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/61183

You can also join (and share) the occupation’s facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SaveCCS

Please help spread the word.

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34 responses to “Support The Lifeworks Occupation!

  1. Landless Peasant

    I have signed the petition and ‘LIKED’ the Facebook page. The irresponsible Tory scum cannot be allowed to shut down our NHS a bit at a time by stealth under the guise of saving money. Wankers.

  2. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

  3. overburdenddonkey

    yet more disgusting callous cutting of vital community support services, care by the community long gone, replaced with care in the community…what these twats do, is very upsetting…in solidarity with all who suffer….never ever give up the fight, for natural justice….

  4. Signed and shared.
    Mental health services are always the ones hit first. At the bottom of the pile every time.

    It’s despicable to shut down a centre that helps individuals with difficulties resulting from extensive trauma. Especially as it helps people who have been given what is (in truth) a punishment diagnosis. There’s a lot to be said for developing some truly therapeutic communities within all of our villages, towns and cities. Social support works far better than any form of psychiatry.

    • overburdenddonkey

      lucy
      correct, yes, the famous quaker psychiatrist dr bob johnson confirms this the helping hands of love, empathy, compassion, humanity and oodles of consent, to be the case, ie nothing to be done without CONSENT 1st from the customer…the customer is boss…

      ,

      • Damn right obd.

        Counting down until June here…. (paws crossed)

        If those using Lifeworks had been “allowed” the respect of Consent, not forgetting the Truth and Trust aspects, they wouldn’t have ended up being labelled as having BPD in the first place.

        How did it all go so wrong from top to bottom, side to side, lives written off due to whim and incompetence?

        Incidentally it’s International Conscientious Objectors Day today
        http://noglory.org/index.php/events/178-cranks-or-heroes-events-around-the-uk-on-international-conscientious-objectors-day#.U3SpF-kU_Gi

        • overburdenddonkey

          lucy
          you already “get it”, or you wouldn’t be going… you’ll know the moments of revelations (truths), and so will he, work on what you discover…bob is an excellent tradesman, you his customer….this is the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one… best of luck…on a personal note, i will never forgave my abusers nor will i waste my life working out how or why i should forgive them, nor do i seek revenge, that they don’t seek my forgiveness is entirely their loss….the state is set up to block paupers voice…

          • Thank you obd, wise, generous words absorbed.
            I’m in total agreement with you about forgiveness. I’ve had to make them small, make them gone, make them nothing. There’s thousands of the buggers.

            I believe revenge allows abusers to win (again) even just thinking about revenge, puts them back in the driving seat with their feet slammed on the throttle and the brake at the same time.

            It’s time we saw the governments that abuse the people dissipated to nothing. We have a way to go with that one, but on we must go…

  5. Don’t the Tories see how counter-productive their cuts to benefits and health services are? If people develop chronic mental health problems as a result of the stress they suffer from being sanctioned that makes them less likely to find work! If someone who already has a mental health problem is sanctioned that makes their problems worse not better, further reducing the likelihood of them getting a job. If vital services such as Lifeworks are cut people will find it even harder to cope with their pre-existing condition, further reducing their chances of either staying in work or getting any work in future.

    ARE THE TORIES REALLY THAT FUCKING STUPID!!!

    • They are not stupid, they are completely evil. They are happy to consign mentally ill people to a lifetime without work. They don’t need them in the workforce because they already have a surplus of workers and they don’t want them because they consider them to be defective and unreliable economic units that need special allowances to be made to enable them to work and that wouldn’t fit in with their new insecure, low-pay, ‘flexible’, zero-hour model.

      Of course they don’t want to pay them adequate benefits either, because that is money that could be given to the rich, so they will continue to slash away at them until they are eventually phased out. It’s like a slave ship now during the transatlantic slave trade: anyone who gets sick or damaged gets thrown overboard.

  6. “Stitching-up claimants is all part of the job, says Jobcentre insider”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stitching-up-claimants-part-job-says-3537051

    At least some in the media care about this, unlike the fuckers at the Daily Heil. My question is if Labour do get in next year what will they do to change the way the jobcentres work. Probably nothing but hey ho you never know…

    • that’s what i think, i doubt labour would do much differently to the two tory parties. they’re all much of a muchness.

    • “We were constantly told ‘agitate the customer’ and that ‘any engagement with the customer is an opportunity to ­sanction’, he told them.”

      Ahhh so that’s why my tormentor.. sorry my ‘adviser’ looked so satisfied when he finally got me to react to his incessant provocation.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “STRANGE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT THROWS UP IT’S ARMS IN OUTRAGE WHEN SOMEBODY CITES THEY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW”

      A FEW DAYS BACK THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SAID THEY WERE STARTING TO INVESTIGATE WAR CRIMES, PERPETRATED BY OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ……

      BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CRIMES AGAINST THE UK DISABLED AND THE INCREASING MOUNTAIN OF DEATHS DUE TO WELFARE REFORMS, OVER FORTY THOUSAND AND COUNTING!

      WHEN WILL THESE STATE SPONSORED MURDERS START TO BE INVESTIGATED?

      ARE THEY SO FRIGHTENED THAT THE CHILCOTT INQUIRY INTO US GOING TO BATTLE WILL MAKE THE UK THE AGGRESSOR?

      IT’S ALL A BIG WAITING GAME TO GIVE MORE TIME TO THE BIG COVER UP, WHAT BRITAIN IS WORLDLY RENOWN FOR………………………….

      WE ARE THE FINEST AT SPINNING BULLSHIT, HENCE THE MEDIA FOOTAGE OF A SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY WHILST THE DECENT TRUTH IS ANYTHING BUT……………

      EVICTIONS, REPOSSESSIONS, HUNGER, FOODBANKS, BEDROOM TAX, DISABILITY BENEFIT THEFTS, MANDATORY SLAVE LABOUR, THE LIST IS ENDLESS……………..

      AND WHAT AN OVERSIGHT BY OUR MILITARY, THE HIGH COURT IN LONDON HAS SAID THAT THE LONGEST WE CAN HOLD A DETAINEE IN PRISON, IN THE THEATRE OF WAR, IS NINETY SIX HOURS, FOUR DAYS!

      LO AND BEHOLD IT NOW COMES TO LIGHT THAT WE HELD ONE PRISONER FOR THIRTY ONE MONTHS…………

      WAS IT JUST AN OVERSIGHT OR THE WILL OF THE UK GOVERNMENT TO JUST DO AS IT PLEASES?………………………………….AS IT NORMALLY DOES………..

      HERE’S TO THE THOUGHT OF MORE CRIMES BY THE STATE COMING TO LIGHT, ESPECIALLY COLD BREACHES OF EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF OUR WEAKEST……………..

  7. appalling decision, i dread to think what will happen if the tory/tory democrat coalition gets in again.

    • Landless Peasant

      I’d seriously consider leaving the country if that dreadful nightmare scenario ever became a reality. Thankfully, I doubt either the Tories or the Liberals stand a cat-in-hell’s chance of getting in again. Labour will probably win next general election I reckon, though I’ll most likely vote Green myself.

      • i do genuinely fear another tory-democrat government, and some of these recent polls suggest it might be a possibility. i think a labour/tory democrat coalition is most likely but i have a nagging feeling that the tories might get back in which is causing me some anxiety.

      • Where would you go Landless Peasant?

        • lol I must be in denial about my advancing years ffs.

          • 😀😀 :D:D

            • GEOFF REYNOLDS

              “WHAT FIASCO”

              MPs cast doubt on Universal Credit anti-fraud plans

              By Richard Johnstone | 15 May 2014

              MPs have warned there is uncertainty over how the Department for Work and Pensions will tackle fraud once the flagship Universal Credit benefit reform is introduced.

              Examining the government’s plans to manage Universal Credit without increased risks of fraud and error, the work and pensions select committee said the processes were not fully developed.

              The government has insisted an IT system, called the Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service (IRIS), will allow it to cross-check data to reduce fraud in the housing costs element of the benefit. This would provide similar safeguards against fraudulent claims as those currently operated by local authorities within the Housing Benefit system, the department said.

              However, the National Audit Office’s examination of the controversial benefit reform, which will merge six benefits into one payment, found IRIS was missing from pilot schemes.

              http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2014/05/mps-cast-doubt-on-universal-credit-anti-fraud-plans/

              • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                “interesting question”

                From: G Ward

                13 May 2014

                Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

                Could the Dept please confirm or deny that decision makers at DWP
                were trained by Atos?

                Yours faithfully,

                G Ward

                Link to this
                https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/atos_training_decision_makers#incoming-516278

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  “THE DWP ARE PRAYING FOR A LATE INTERVENTION FROM ONE OF THEIR HAND PICKED JUDGES (MASONS)”………………..

                  Dear William Pickersgill,

                  Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 12/5/14. You asked for:-

                  Under the Freedom of information Act, Can you please supply copies of your Four
                  reports on the Universal Credit programme

                  I am aware that An information tribunal judge has unexpectedly refused consent for the
                  Department of Work and Pensions to appeal his ruling that four reports on the Universal
                  Credit programme be published.

                  The judge’s decision, which is dated 25 April 2014, means the DWP will have to publish
                  the reports under the FOI Act – or it has 28 days to appeal the judge’s refusal to grant
                  consent for an appeal.

                  You can expect a reply by 10/6/14 unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request or
                  the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered.
                  If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
                  above.
                  Yours sincerely,

                  DWP Central FoI Team
                  https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/211030/response/516240/attach/html/2/FoI%202210%20wdtk%20ack.pdf.html

  8. Tommy Sheridan

    Let us stand together with our Brothers and Sisters in the PCS! SOLIDARITY!!

  9. *Samwise Gamgee,

    “Stitching-up claimants is all part of the job, says Jobcentre insider”

    THIS IS CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD NO IFS, NO BUTS.

    A sanction in the statistics presumably does not included the sanctioning of the partners JSA in cases where a joint claim has been sanctioned.

  10. Fraud on an industrial scale and misconduct in public office even the weakest prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or Procurator Fiscal Service could bring a case to court.

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    You are hereby instructed to take this Notice as a Final Warning. If the afore-mentioned activity does not Cease and Desist with immediate effect I am under the duty to Inform you that I intend to institute Legal Proceedings against those whom I deem to hold Responsible.

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