Disabled People Not Worth Minimum Wage Says Lord Fraud, Time For This Nasty Fucking Clown To Go

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“Nearly everything I’ve done has been total chaos.”

Comedy toff and Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Fraud is a joke that stopped being funny a long time ago.  Of all the blundering fucking idiots in the DWP, this failed banker, who cost investors millions due to a series of bungled deals, has shown the true face of the out of touch gilded elite that dominate all of the main political parties.

This is the man who thinks people queue up in foodbanks just for a laugh and not because they are hungry.  The same prick who threatened every Women’s Refuge in the country with closure and wanted to charge the very poorest benefit claimants to have banks manage their personal finances.  The clown who doesn’t even know how much the dole actually pays despite being in charge of reforming it.

His recent comments at the Tory Party Conference, where he agreed that disabled workers are not worth the minimum wage, are a new low  If he stays in his job after this we will know the truth about attitudes towards sickness and disability at the DWP  – as if we didn’t already.  They are not just ignorant about disabled people’s lives, out of touch and incompetant.  They actively believe that disabled people are worth less than non-disabled peopl and so do not deserve the same rights as non-disabled people.  That if you are born or become sick or disabled, then you are a sub-class who should be forced into a lifetime of poverty carrying out below minimum wage work.  Is it any wonder that unpaid work is fast becoming the new segregation for many disabled workers?

Fraud revealed his rancid opinions at a conference fringe meetings when utter cunt, and Tory Councillor, David Scott (@DavidScotttw) said: “I have a number of mentally damaged individuals, who to be quite frank aren’t worth the Minimum Wage.”

Lord Fraud agreed saying: “Now, there is a small… there is a group, and I know exactly who you mean, where actually as you say they’re not worth the full wage and actually I’m going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour, and it’s working can we actually…”

The comments came to light after Ed Miliband challenged David Cameron about Lord Fraud’s comments at Prime Minister’s Question Time today.  What Miliband didn’t mention is that this very same bastard was at the heart of Labour’s own Welfare Reforms such as the shambolic and cruel Atos run Work Capability Assessment.

Fraud enjoyed impoverishing sick and disabled people so much that when the Tory Party weren’t elected he crossed the floor and joined them so he could carry on with his sick farce.  He has been ususually frank about his incompetence, once admitting in an interview that: “Nearly everything I’ve done has been total chaos.”  But he is a nasty piece of shit as well.  In a just and moral society, both Lord Fraud and his boss Iain Duncan Smith would be put on trial for the horrific suffering their policies have caused.  In the society we’ve got the best we can hope for is that he’s shuffled off to one of his mansions and kept out of public life permanently.  It can’t fucking happen soon enough.

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234 responses to “Disabled People Not Worth Minimum Wage Says Lord Fraud, Time For This Nasty Fucking Clown To Go

  1. We Need Better than Tories in Office
    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

    Socialism Not Slavery

    • “LORD FREUD STATES SOME DISABLED PEOPLE ARE NOT WORTHY OF THE MINIMUM WAGE”

      This evil bag of shit should not be in office, a petition should be forthcoming to drive him from office………..

      Comments like this show the reason why our present government are breaking every law ever written on disability equality.

      Claiming £300 every time he shows his heinous face in the Lords is ten times what i am being given to live on each week despite being declared disabled for life.
      Having any kind of disability is hard, this mans nazi doctrines have no place in parliament.

      I did not choose to have a disability, it was thrust upon me by an industrial accident after working twenty four years in which i had an impeccable attendance record.

      Freud and his ilk, are the type of people who would be embarrassed to enter dialogue with a person with disability, thinking the mental or physical imbalance makes that person socially outcast…………

      Indeed, it is not the outward appearance that makes a human being, it is the person behind the mask of the ailment.

      FREUD would take the easy option to maintain the true aryan line when addressing a damaged subject, a bullet in the back of the neck……….

      Having witnessed his cruel motives today, i can honestly say, this is what the uk disabled would like to do to him,

      ……………………….the sooner the better, i may add.

      • “FREUD AND HIS COLLEAGUES FROM THE DWP MUST HAVE GONE TO A NEO NAZI CONVENTION BY MISTAKE”

        “Iain Duncan Smith Spent £75,000 On Media Training For Lord Freud
        And DWP Staff”

        http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/

        • You don’t have to be clever to understand that members of UNUM private health insurance, the yank disability denial giant, advised the DWP on welfare reforms…………………..

          Hence the hatred shown to the disabled community?

          Shafting the disabled ensures that less insurance payouts will be made, profits will rocket and the victims will perish faster.

          Ask yourselves why the DWP chose to enter dialogue with the private health insurance industry that had a track record;

          15
          Feb 2013
          Unum bragged about ‘driving government thinking’ on incapacity benefit reform
          By john pring

          theweek120by150An insurance company set to make huge financial gains from incapacity benefit (IB) reform bragged about “driving” the government towards those reforms, evidence obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) has revealed.

          The US insurance giant Unum has repeatedly denied attempting to influence IB reform over the last two decades, despite mounting evidence that it has done so.

          Unum is the largest provider of “income protection insurance” (IPI) in the UK, and tougher welfare rules – including replacing incapacity benefit with employment and support allowance (ESA) – are likely to persuade more people to take out IPI, boosting the company’s profits.

          Unum even launched a major media campaign in 2011 just as the coalition began a three-year programme to reassess about 1.5 million existing IB claimants through the new, stricter test, the work capability assessment (WCA).

          Now DNS has secured a copy of a Unum document on the assessment of “incapacity”, which was published in 2005.

          The document was written by Michael O’Donnell, then the company’s chief medical officer and now in the same role at Atos Healthcare, which carries out WCAs on behalf of the government.

          O’Donnell says in the document that Unum has “always been at the leading edge of disability assessment and management”.

          He adds: “We know that our views and understanding are not yet in the mainstream of doctors’ thinking, but Government Policy is moving in the same direction, to a large extent being driven by our thinking and that of our close associates, both in the UK and overseas.”

          Unum has admitted there has been widespread criticism of its past actions in the US, mainly over its refusal to pay out on large numbers of genuine insurance claims by disabled people, a record mentioned in last month’s Commons debate on Atos and the WCA.

          But Unum has also faced criticism in the UK. In a parliamentary debate in 1999, MPs accused the company of refusing to pay out on valid insurance claims from disabled people who had lost their jobs due to ill-health or disability.

          Unum continues to dismiss claims that it pushed the government to introduce the ESA/WCA system.

          In 2011, John Letizia, Unum’s head of public affairs, told Disability News Service (DNS): “At no time have we influenced the government on the design of the reforms to the welfare state or on the level of benefits that claimants receive.”

          And in the same year, at the Conservative Party conference, Unum’s chief executive, Jack McGarry, said: “We haven’t tried to influence the welfare agenda around reducing welfare or making it harder to claim. To my knowledge we have not done that.”

          This week, Letizia told DNS again that Unum had not attempted to influence the government’s welfare reform agenda.

          He said: “We will never ever deny that there were discussions between Unum and the previous government and there continue to be [with the coalition].”

          But he added: “In all the discussions going back over the last five years on welfare reform Unum made absolutely no attempt to influence government policy on the welfare debate, on the ESA or WCA or personal independence payment or disability living allowance, in setting the government agenda.”

          After DNS shared the document with Letizia, he declined to comment further.

          Mo Stewart, the disabled activist who has done most to highlight concerns about Unum, said the new evidence was “very significant”, and called for an independent inquiry into the role of the company in influencing UK welfare reform, particularly when it had such a “disturbing past history”.

          She said: “This entire situation confirms the dangers of a government that confuses its priorities, and places the welfare budget as a much higher priority than the needs of its own chronically sick and disabled people.”

          She added: “The WCA is a replica of the assessment system used by Unum to resist funding insurance claimants.

          “It is a bogus, dangerous assessment and, with this evidence, it is now time that this DWP medical tyranny was ended.”

          A DWP spokesman said: “The WCA was designed from the outset with the involvement of a wide range of experts and disability representative groups and has been subject to rigorous independent review.”

      • “UNUM LOBBIES THE DWP”

        The Guardian, Wednesday 12 September 2012 21.00 BST

        This week the sixth International Forum on Disability Management,
        IFDM 2012, takes place at Imperial College London. It is sponsored
        by some of the world’s largest medical insurance companies, Unum
        among them, and speakers include DWP chief medical adviser Dr Bill
        Gunyeon and Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, formerly DWP chief
        medical adviser and director of the Centre for Psychosocial and
        Disability Research at Cardiff University, which was sponsored by
        Unum from its inception in 2003 until 2009.

        Unum’s website states that during this sponsorship period “a series
        of papers was published, identifying the range of factors that
        determine why some people become long-term absentees”. The Cardiff
        papers advocated a “biopsychosocial model” of disability which Unum
        says “informed its approach to medical underwriting”. It is the
        same approach upon which the current Atos work capability
        assessment (WCA) is based. Concomitantly, the company were advising
        the UK government on welfare reform.

      • Freud is a Jew. He ain’t Aryan.

  2. Still nothing will change, they will say they are sorry, ‘no harm intended old boy, it was just a badly worded remark’ & bussines as usual. Even if he does go, the void will be filled by another sham of a politician.

    • Well, quite. I suspect the depth of Cameron’s ire was not a result of Freud having spoken out of turn, but instead that he gave the game away so candidly. Because the whole basis of Tory policy is that disabled people – in fact, all who aren’t economically productive – are a lesser form of life. It’s been obvious for a while; that Freud said so quite that baldly reveals only that he thought he was among – well, whatever passes for friends in a gathering of sociopaths.

  3. Landless Peasant

    Freud’s very presence in Government undermines the notion that we have a Democracy. How can an unelected bureaucrat be allowed to wield such power, and do the same job whether it’s for Labour or Tory? He needs a fucking bullet in the head asap. Get rid of the fascist cunt immediately.

  4. Yosserian Hughes.

    And let’s not forget his homeless ‘quip’ (“They’re the ones one steps over on the way home from the opera”)

    And previously referrin’ to the disabled as ‘stock’ (How ironic, as that’s what the nazis referred to the jews in the concentration camps – the same nazis his jewish ancestors sought refuge from, in this country.)

    And I see the mirror has an online poll asking whether it should be sacked.

    I voted ‘yes’ but I really think ‘NO’…….

    He should fucking well be HANGED.

  5. i havent said a word but then with devils in power one of its imps has proved to be impish in its behavior but then christian they aint jeff3

    • Landless Peasant

      Of course they’re not Christians, they are Luciferians. There is no doubt in my mind that Lord Fraud is a high-ranking Freemason, who probably takes his orders directly from the Elder Brethren themselves. But we’re not encouraged to believe in ‘conspiracy theories’ are we?

  6. I saw this item on the news and the reaction of Cameron when Miliband brought it up in the House of Commons,Cammeron did nothing but shout,and did not condem Freud for making the remark.
    Tories,nothing but scum and I’m being polite

  7. Rosemarie Harris

    This man is unstable and with his side kick IDS isn’t worth the price of any thought these ‘things’ have nothing better to do than try and make us like them … thick and stupid. Our time will come and so will there’s just kick the filth out Government after all if these have the answers ..it must have been a bloody stupid Question!

  8. Reblogged this on glynismillward189 and commented:
    Couldn’t have put it better myself … well said Johnny Void.
    Allowing this piece of shite to have anything to do with disabled people would be like putting a fox in charge of a chicken coop … he needs to go NOW!

  9. Do you know what really annoyed me? Not just the fact that Freud really does detest disabled people but that CaMORON once again drags his poor late son out, waving him like a flag to try and shut Milliband up at PMQ… the man is a sicko

    • Indeed. It’s pretty evident that Cameron, after his experiences having a disabled son, absolutely hates disabled people. Why else would he allow his own ministers IDS and Fraud to ride rough-shod over their lives the way they have? What’s the figure? 10,600 deaths before they realised keeping statistics would become inconvenient and stopped counting? And that was only in their first year of government. Something like that, anyway. As in his conference speech, so in PMQs today: he’s prepared to use the memory of a son he despised to score cheap, blustering political points, while failing to condemn Fraud who, after all, was only reflecting openly (for the first time) the way they’ve really felt all along.
      Hey, Brains, how’s that Tory Sterilisation drug coming along?

    • Isn’t it more frequently spelled “psycho”?😉

  10. We always knew Fraud was scum- now he’s finally come out with what he really thinks. Time for IDS to do the same?

  11. Landless Peasant

    LORD FRAUD MUST GO. RESIGN NOW, YOU FILTHY SACK OF SHIT.

  12. > In late 2006, Freud was appointed by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to provide a nominally independent review of the British welfare to work system.

    Freud acknowledged that he “didn’t know anything about welfare at all”.

    Despite the great complexity of the welfare system Freud came up with a draft plan for reform within three weeks of his appointment.

    And that, folks, is what happens when you allow talentless, unelected knobheads to get their hands on power.

    And also flags up the difference between Labour and Tory when it comes to dealing with those nasty poor people… there isn’t any. Labour allowed this prat to set the ball rolling, Tories have allowed him to continue.

    • Lord Fraud should be prosecuted for the language he used. Basically it amounts to discriminating against sick/disabled people and could give fuel to the hatemongers out there to target already marginalized people for verbal or physical abuse.

      Time this scumbag was exposed as the utter lowlife that he is.

  13. “In a just and moral society, both Lord Fraud and his boss Iain Duncan Smith would be put of trial for the horrific suffering their policies have caused.”
    I think this says it all about our society, and I truly wish it wasn’t so.

  14. Down with Slavery and Shame on Slavery Lovers

    Socialism Not Slavery

  15. Here’s The Guardian’s latest article on the Fraud fiasco- he thinks he can just say ‘sorry’ and it will all go away!

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/15/lord-freud-unreserved-apology-comment-disabled-people-mimimu-wage

    • If Labour really want to improve their standing, they won’t let this one die – instead, they’ll promise to undo everything this odious little conman ever got his stickies on – starting with the WCA, moving swiftly onto PIP – and offer a full and unreserved apology for ever having taken him on in the first place.

      Until they do that, I’m never even going to consider voting for them. (But then, I can afford to stand on principle. Sheffield Central will be a safe Labour seat in 2015; NOBODY is going to vote Lib Dem here again. But if it comes to a choice between a Labour government and a Tory government, I’ll pick the lesser of two evils every time.)

  16. “con dem links to private health insurers”

    Workers could be forced to pay at least £5 a week to private insurers to receive higher benefits, under new plans being considered by the Tories.

    The proposal included in a report from the right-wing think tank Policy Exchange, who have close ties to the Tories, would see people who work more than 20 hours a week paying into a compulsory “collective insurance scheme”.

    Policy Exchange argue that this would help restore the “contributory principle” in the benefits system. The more workers paid into the private insurance scheme, the more they would be able to draw out if they lose their job.

    Contributory benefits accounted for 41% of all benefit payments in the 1970’s. This has now fallen to just 10%.

    The scheme would be run by private insurers and fund managers, reports the Independent newspaper, but would be guaranteed by the Government.

    According to the Policy Exchange the plan would save the Government around £2.6 billion a year and would replace the £72 a week contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

    • “The proposal included in a report from the right-wing think tank Policy Exchange, who have close ties to the Tories, would see people who work more than 20 hours a week paying into a compulsory “collective insurance scheme” ”

      Wot, like for instance………….errr…………..National Insurance?

      Policy Exchange doesn’t just have ties with the Tories, it’s part of their party’s infrastructure. Policy Exchange was founded by that odious little dwarf George Smith (to use IDS’ birth name, which he hates).

  17. Hiya, I’ve been sanctioned cos I missed one , work programme mandated appointment when my daughter was poorly one day and they waited until half way between Sept and now to withhold my JSA and now I only have my tax credits and child benefit to live on for the next four weeks. I don’t know what to do.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

  18. Welfare reform is a deep set conspiracy to destroy British social security, this is the waging of a socioeconomic dirty war against the British peoples which has political actors that straddle party ideologies and has double-dealers that are deeply embedded in the social enterprise sector, it is the UK corporate manslaughter of the British peoples under the auspices of parliamentary democracy.

  19. “THE BIGGEST LIE YET FROM THE DWP”
    COULD YOU STATE, CATEGORICALLY, THAN UNUM CORPORATION HAD NO
    INFLUENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF LIMA BASES BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL
    SOFTWARE USED IN ESA EXAMINATIONS?

    DID MEMBERS OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY HAVE INPUT INTO THE
    CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIMA SOFTWARE THAT IS USED DURING AN ESA
    EXAMINATION?

    DID MANSEL AYLWARD HAVE LINKS TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOFTWARE.
    IF SO PLEASE STATE, AND DESCRIBE HIS INPUT’?

    In response, I can advise that neither the Department nor Atos Healthcare hold any
    documentation that links the LiMA software, used for Work Capability Assessments, with Unum,
    the insurance industry or Mansel Aylward.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.

    Yours sincerely

    Business Management Team
    Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)
    DWP

    • Chris Grayling: The work capability assessment was developed in 2008 with the assistance of technical working groups. As you may be aware, the Government consult widely with stakeholders and sources of public and private sector expertise, to ensure that its policies are evidence-based. Two Unum employees, a doctor and an occupational therapist, were invited to join the technical working group that carried out the review of the personal capability assessment. As with all members of the technical working group they were appointed as recognised experts in benefit assessment and in supporting return to work for people with disability

      • Extracts from the Report of the Physical Function and Mental Health Technical Working Groups.
        Commissioned by DWP sept 2006.

        There is still work to be done,to test the proposed new assignment in a live environment. This will be done by asking ATOS MEDICAL SERVICES DOCTORS to complete a PCA on incapacity benefit claimants.

        Among the experts cited at being present at the meeting;

        Sue Godby-UNUM PROVIDENT
        Dr Angela Graham-ATOS ORIGIN
        Dr Paul Stidolph-DWP
        Ann Spaight-Chair of DISABILITY ALLOWANCE ADVISORY BOARD
        Dr Peter Dewis-UNUM PROVIDENT

        • “THIS IS PART OF A REPLY FROM THE DWP TO MYSELF”

          After consideration the internal review has confirmed that DWP does not hold any information on
          the Corporation identified above, as they are not connected to the DWP Medical Services
          Contract.

          …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..”LYING COMES EASY FROM THE DWP, THE DEPARTMENT THAT SEEKS TO HIDE THE DEATHS OF COUNTLESS THOUSANDS”

  20. has angry has stated appeal it and use your mp to fight back against this disgrace jeff3

  21. in the words of Andrew Strauss, Fraud is a fucking cunt

    • “STRANGE HOW THE FUCKERS WRIGGLE JUST BEFORE THEY SAY GOODBYE”

      Issuing a statement this afternoon, Lord Freud said: “I would like to offer a full and unreserved apology. I was foolish to accept the premise of the question. To be clear, all disabled people should be paid at least the minimum wage, without exception, and I accept that it is offensive to suggest anything else.

      “I care passionately about disabled people. I am proud to have played a full part in a government that is fully committed to helping disabled people overcome the many barriers they face in finding employment. That is why through Universal Credit – which I referred to in my response – we have increased overall spending on disabled households by £250 million, offered the most generous work allowance ever, and increased the disability addition to £360 per month.

      “I am profoundly sorry for any offence I have caused to any disabled people.”

  22. Landless Peasant

    No pay = no work. Min. Wage = Minimum work. If you want me to work you must pay me a (decent) wage, or I’m not doing it and you can fuck yourself.

  23. Landless Peasant

    I do not accept Lord Freud’s apology. Sack the bastard.

    • And look into arresting him for incitement of hate speech against vulnerable people. Already, since these benefit cuts and austerity, many disabled people have been abused and harassed in the street by morons without a brain cell who read this hate promotion and believe it to be fact.

  24. Eric Greenwood (4727)

    Just imagine if he said about about any other group he would be arrested for hate speech

  25. They dont even bother to hide the class war now. Breathtaking arrogance from the public school and Oxbridge educated wimps.

    Dont forget we are legion, we are the many, they are the few who are protected by a veneer of deference and nothing more

  26. Freud is not even worth one pence and Sam Bowman from the loathsome Adam Smith Institute,who claimed Freud had been “shamefully mistreated by Miliband because his point was that the market value of some people’s wages is below the minimum wage”,is worth even less.Both of them are pure slime.

    • Eric Greenwood (4727)

      this is what i posted on http://www.adamsmith.org/contact-us/ I am astounded that anyone of your organisation could dare agree even if he used the words “moral” worth. All his comments did was to agree that disabled people are not worth as much as others. This is a small step to people using his words to justify saying sick and disabled are worth nothing, they are nothing but wastes, as they “cost” more to employers.

      It makes me sick that such comments could even come from him, and your organisation. Do you not realise that the disabled are human too, that after years of cuts and being blamed for every economic woe..to have someone in charge of reform and your Sam Bowman saying this, it makes every sick and disabled person feel more worthless, I myself am under therapy after years of being told i am worthless now hearing him and Lord Freud stating it, makes me wonder is it worth carrying on, when people just want to be helped into work, to be paid the same as everyone else.

      You are creating more depression and upset in people who have little hope left in life, i wonder how many people will take their own lives after hearing people are not economically worthwhile. they are Worth LESS than any other human.

      • Great idea,I have just sent an email to them too with the added caveat that if they send me a reply email trying to justify Bowman’s comments it will be seen as repugnant and reprehensible.They deserve to get a lot more complaints too.Freud and Bowman really do not realise how dangerous and inexcusable their comments are

        • Eric Greenwood (4727)

          i may not be able to stand and protest, but i do my little bit with my weapons.. my words..i dont care if they do email me back.. just gives me more ammo..

          • Just had the misfortune of seeing Chrsitain May,from the Institute of Directors on Sky,trying to defend Freud.On Twitter he thinks that Freud’s comments are “although insensitive,are worthy of debate”. So I just sent an email to the IOD,in it I said that may is “probably” paid more than £2 an hour and if it were suggested that he were to be paid £2 then that would be “not open to debate”.Its frightening to think of people who actually think that this should be even be debatable.

      • Eric, very well put – and how did the Nazi’s start their Program? Picking on the weak and calling it all a sacrifice for the greater good of Deutchlander… Does it ring a bell when you look at anyone in UKIP or SelfServitives? Also the remark above about black people is spot on… first it was the Irish/Scots/Blacks/Gay/Female etc, mark them down as less than human, less than the ruling class and bobs your uncle [sorry for anyone out there who has a uncle called Bob…] Wonder what comes after that. You can only dress that rubbish up for a while. The stink soon reveals what it really is.

        • Eric Greenwood (4727)

          Of course people will say oh its godwins law even if it is a valid connection just to dismiss it.. If you read about the RAD, The Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to Reich Labour Service, abbreviated RAD) forfed labour of the unemployed, they then used “psychologists” to”prove” that people were asocial or arbeitsscheu (or Workshy..) can no one else see the connection.. (and i lost family in dachau and auschwitz and they told me what really happened)

  27. apoligy isn;t any good, that creature must go!

  28. If he had said that against black people or Muslims, he’d be thrown out at once.

    • But he did… given that there will be both black and Muslim disabled citizens falling into the group he’s denigrating.

    • of corse he would as that would be raciest. but saying things like this about disabled people is acceptable if your are in power.

      if any other person had said a comment like that in the work place they would be disciplined or fired. if an employer said it they would be breaking equality laws. I dont GAF if fraud said he was sorry, sack him.

      the torys have just lost a shit load of supporters.

  29. Total contempt.people told they are fit for work then told £2 going rate.with attitudes like that disability discrimination is shown to be live and widespread. there’s a lot of questions about this.

    Its disgusting and unmasks again what the Tories stand for.

  30. £2 per hour is about the same as JSA and much LESS than ESA to which every disabled individual should be entitled.

    If a disabled person can not command (at least) the minimum wage, it clearly means one thing: that this individual is NOT FIT FOR WORK and shold be in receipt of unconditional ESA support.

    End of.

  31. Landless Peasant

    £2 per hour? Fuck off. I want £10 p/h just to get out of bed.

    • Everything is unequal, even in the human rights act which is now designed to protect the hurt feelings of minority, not marginalized groups rather than equality of pay for the real vulnerable and marginalized.
      As far as I am aware nobody is calling for gay people who command vast amounts in all areas to be paid less, yet the gay lobby are trying to equate themselves with black sufferance and that of the disabled who were and are classed as second class citizens, with gays taking the largest share of the benefits and equality of pay, along with two incomed married women who are fighting for equality of pay.
      The sick and disabled should not be classed as such if they can work and paid the going rate. and those that cannot work should be paid adequately for not being able to work.

    • Freud has done the disabled a really big favour because our government are being scrutinised by the human rights people for gross, systemic breaches of the law.
      In saying what he did, unable to retract because it was recorded, he has put his own head on the chopping block……………….

      His position has now become untenable, indefensible and void, he knows it and the people around him know it.
      It may be more than embarrassing to the tory’s, like someone said earlier, the Labour camp should really exploit the hatred he has shown to those most vulnerable.
      Swastikas are a good indication of a persons views, today his swastikas came into full view of the electorate.

      ………………as for being a Lord or a Baron, the knighthood should be retracted and his political ambitions immediately curtailed.

      “HE BROUGHT US DOWN, IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US, THAT WE BRING HIM DOWN”

      • ……….taken from the spectator;

        We are now waiting for Lord Freud to tell us what his views are. If he doesn’t apologise and explain why he said something he didn’t mean, it will be very difficult for him to remain in post. He was first appointed by Labour to lead an independent review of welfare reform, then became an adviser to James Purnell, before becoming a minister under the Tories. This is not the first instance of verbal clumsiness on his part: he told the House magazine that ‘you don’t have to be the corpse to go to a funeral’ when arguing that he did understand what it was like to live on benefits despite being personally wealthy. He also attracted criticism for suggesting that Universal Credit would be easy to claim because of Google Glass. And he also offended some disability campaigners at a fringe event at the same conference by appearing to confuse learning disabilities with mental health problems.

        • The following is a transcript from Hansard of a debate in the House of Lords.

          Lord Howarth of Newport (Labour): I wonder whether the Minister would reconsider the language habitually used by DWP. When he talks of a stockpile he is referring to human beings in very anxious circumstances who are waiting for their cases to be considered. Does not this language rather dehumanise them?

          Freud (Conservative):The noble Lord makes the same point as JRR Tolkien, who did not think that “growth” was the right way to refer to hobbits at Bilbo Baggins’s birthday party. If the noble Lord can think of a better word than stockpile, I will happily use it. I cannot think of one off the top of my head. If the noble Lord finds that offensive-

          Lord Touhig (Labour): Does the Minister think that “people” is a good word?

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  33. Greetings !!!

    So many Disability Human Rights Issues being breeched !!! The Poundland Case is still happening because the Leaders are appealing the ruling for the 4th time. Until the judgement which is a Human Rights Issue tat will not be appealed for the 21st time. Until then the leaders are in litigation, which means Dodgy Dave can`t have his Oxbridge human rights jokes.

    Bypassing IDS – Lord Fraud has shares & is a stockholder in ATOS which as we know are run by Health Care Professional Bullshitters.

    The problem the Leaders have now is that there is a lot more Lord Fraud said that has not come to light yet. Also he held them views for 2 weeks till he was found out.

    The Poll A Tricks & The Media are treating disabled people like cash cows cattle going to slaughter market down a WCA ATOS Death Camps.

    How`s Universal credit Going !!! How about PIP !!!

    What will have to happen is ATOS gets sacked [again!!]

    Lord Fraud Vs ATOS PT 1

    SR

  34. When a new bit of prohecy that has been uttered by dekingthed plain old mr fraud comes to light the whole CON Party is at fault so let`s wait & see if more comes out mr Fraud has said he didn’t say nothing else. So it was a sting question !!!

    What an emotional failure the Welfare Reform has been !!! Get personal Dodgy Dave & sack Lord fraud. Disability has millions of people not just important worth more father & son !!!

    Stop the Death Traps they will back fire. Since the disabled are worth £££ Billions as Cash Cows & to be made 10th class citizen that is called a THEY & a IT.

    SR

  35. overburdenddonkey

    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20070603164510/http://www.dti.gov.uk/files/file11883.pdf
    “One such grey area is the issue of people doing work (or
    work-like activities) for therapeutic reasons. This note
    explores some possible scenarios where this is an issue.”
    this undoubtedly connects/ties into the concept of WRA and the current state position.
    what he said was a slip in one of the tory party conference sub meetings?

    • Like breaking rocks obd, or cleaning barrack room toilets with a toothbrush or whitewashing coal.
      Making reference to the disabled as “STOCK”, shows his utter contempt for those less fortunate, but in a way re-establishes him as a cowboy!

      • If this is what they say at fringe meeting I wonder what kind of shit they come out when in private, what Fraud, Cameron and IDS all chat about amongst each other…😉

  36. As I see it, it is not Disabled Vs Leaders nor is it Leaders Vs the disabled. Meaning the prophecy of corruption has not been worked on or worked out. The problem is they need other people to do their work. Trust someone else to do your work & expect to be perfect means it needs overseeing all the time so might as well do the job yourself you lazy shit.

    The concept to make £££ Millions out of the disabled came from the THINK TANK which think tank – THE THINK TANK – So PIP is on the back burner now because there are more important things. So the flag ship welfare reform is not as important as their shares & stockholders in ATOS & UNUM are. It`s not slander it`s the disabled with no PLC after it or IT or Information Technology.

    One big fault these Oxbridge dumbos have is they can`t speak the Queen`s English. That is done for a reason so you can`t make heads or tails in the minutes they write done in public office. IDS runs that one !!!

    As I have said many times before – Disability Is Not A Poll A Tricks Issue It Is A Human Rights Issue.

    Talk so much the real issue gets lost in bullshit. Everyone Has An Arsehole Like Everyone`s Got A Comment. So back to work you lazy robbers. The ship is sinking & we can only see the top of the flag pole the flag has already sunk with the Welfare Reform & sleezy shits.

  37. The problem was ATOS didn`t kill off all the disabled people so the Leaders have a problem what to do with the disabled who survived. So Work Programmes & Sanctioning will kill off something because who are THEY. Talk about disabled as an non thick person because you don’t wanna hear or here. HERE HEAR in some punch & judy show at PMs question time.

    The work has already been done over the past 2 years & the fruit of the REAL Disabled Freedom Fighters work £2,000 an hour lawyers can`t help or save you now. My fight is to get HUMAN RIGHTS for Disabled People not the Bingo wings Election. So the weakness in the disabled plan has back fired. Don`t give medicine it you can`t take your own medicine.By the way it was not a Health Care Professional who said that.

    SR

  38. How many more insult are the disabled gonna put up with !!! The whole Government is sticking by Lord fraud !!! What does that make them !!! A really big insult turning it to some political war. See the disabled hold all the cards race cars race cards & disability cards meaning pure disability hate crime are legal tender in the uk which is breaking Human Rights – Showing up The still in Litigation over the Poundland Case Dodgy Daves Human Rights Laws are already being used, that is why he is getting in so much trouble taking up all his time when he`s trying to win an election.

    Yes dodgy Dave a puzzle !!!

    • ……….it would appear that the DWP has arranged more funerals than the Co-op, but the DWP intend to publish the mortality rates of the thousands that they put to death at a future date (yet to be selected).
      Did Shipman have any links to the PCS UNION razor, or was he just a privateer?
      The DWP seem to have a mention in the Guinness book of records under numerous headings such as killings per head of population, misery inflicted on the disabled, sanction handouts and bedroom tax evictions.

      It would seem that every category is under the chapter, Pure Evil.

      It could be a Christmas must for the kids stocking fillers, providing a database of facts for those kids who lived in a home that could afford lighting, a pillow for those who are sleeping rough, turfed out of their homes, or a piece of furniture to lay the food parcel on…………….

  39. Fraud shame of cheating DWP worker

    Blackpool Gazette 5th Oct 2014

    A manager with the Department of Work and Pensions(DWP) defrauded her own employers by claiming she needed a constant carer to help her get through the day and night.

    Gina Duane, 34, said she even needed the companion to advise her how to dress, and accompany her to and from work and to watch over her as she slept

    As a result she was paid the highest possible rate carers allowance for what a court heard was a bi-polar condition.

    But the communications manager with the DWP has now been exposed as a cheat.

    Sentencing her, a magistrate said: “You are an experienced officer with the DWP and knew the rules, but you chose not to follow them.”

    When her £28,000-a-year job required her to travel to meetings around the UK, she would use the trains, taxis and London Underground alone.

    She would also stay alone at hotels. One of her line managers became suspicious of what she was doing and Duane, of Caxton Avenue, Bispham, was investigated by the DWP fraud unit.

    Magistrates at Blackpool heard how she had never told the department how much her condition had improved, even though she was sent reminder letters.

    As a result, she was overpaid £7,415 over an 18-month period.

    Duane had been found guilty at a previous hearing, and returned to court to be sentenced.

    Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that when she was interviewed about what she had done, Duane said her mother had filled in her original claim form, but the information in it was correct.

    She admitted her condition had improved, but had forgotten to tell the very 
department she worked for.

    She said that when she went on work trips, she had kept in touch with her carer by phone.

    Sentencing Duane, chairman of the bench Barry Birch told her: “We accept you have medical issues, but you went very, very close close to going to prison today.

    “You are an experienced officer with the DWP, and would have known exactly what you were doing every day.You knew the rules and you have left the public purse out of pocket,because you knew that should have notified changes in your circumstances, but you chose not to.”

    Ashley Fisher, defending, said that Duane had been on a £25,000 spending spree, and as a result was in mortgage arrears and made bankrupt.

    He said: “Since proceedings started against her she has been suspended from work. She is now concerned that following this hearing she will be dismissed.”

    Duane was put on 18 months’ supervision by the Probation Service, and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

    In a letter written before the hearing, Duane wrote: “I have embarrassed myself, my friends and family. I have spent crazy amounts of money on things I did not need.”

    Blackpool Gazette: –
    http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/fraud-shame-of-cheating-dwp-worker-1-6877973

    • All that with no ATOS medical & no Health Care Professional. Tip of the Ice Burg. Scum !!

    • …………..wonder if she got any Marks and Spencer vouchers for attaining sanction levels?

      “Mr Lloyd said Jobcentre workers had threatened to tear up £25
      Marks and Spencer vouchers received for getting claimants off
      benefits as part of a DWP ‘carrot and stick’ approach.

      He said: “The carrot is a small one and a number of PCS members
      from Smethwick were considering tearing up their vouchers in front
      of IDS to show their feelings over the matter.”

  40. Its not the first time this has happened,party policy.

    Tory backbencher Philip Davies caused outrage today by telling Parliament that disabled people should work for less than the minimum wage.

    http://leftfootforward.org/2011/06/tory-mp-philip-davies-disabled-should-work-for-less-than-minimum-wage/

    Where is ian duncan smith?,the audience that freud was spokesperson?,all this became watered down for the evening news.

  41. So how can appeal tribunals find in favour of DWP/JCP sanctions when performance rewards and targets are a matter of public record – justice system in disrepute.

    DWP can I please have the recording of the mandatory reconsideration civil servant slamming the phone down for no reason – not a very professional way to conduct legal proceedings?

  42. It has taken a lifetime for me to learn it – silly me – but the worst human rubbish in our society are in the ruling class.

  43. There is in one type of person a victim on so many levels from Lord Freud, that it does indeed prove his words, “Nearly everything I’ve done has been total chaos.”

    A woman turned 60 from 2013 who lost state pension payout for 6 years, can have nil benefits of any kind, be disabled, chronic sick, out of work, on a small works pension not even half way up to basic tax allowance after early retired in lieu of redundancy under austerity job cuts by the hundreds of thousands of over 50s, nil council tax benefit, and on track to get a massively reduced state pension.

    But there are worse scenarios.

    – A state pension deprived woman born from 1953 with under 10 years National Insurance Credits, who will never get the
    housewife’s, divorcee’s or widow’s state pension from their partner’s NI credits in life.
    – Nor will the poorest workers that include men born from 1951.
    – Nor will a person turning 80 in 2016 get a top up to a basic not full state pension, who lost £100 off Winter Fuel Allowance that was added to wealthy’s MPs’ second home allowance to offset the rise in energy bills.

    With so many early retired under austerity job cuts,
    many over 50 would have become ‘economically inactive’ and not be getting NI credits,
    – so the rise from 30 to 35 years needed for a full state pension, and the – end of Pension Credit and
    – State Earnings Related Pension Scheme and State Second Pension, means the lowest state pension in the rich nations of the world just got even smaller.

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    As someone turned 60 to 67 to 70 can be disabled and chronic sick yet sanctioned off benefits for months (when it takes a month to starve), then as disabled and under retirement age we have to look seriously at
    The Greens’ policy of the Citizen Income at the same rate as the
    basic tax allowance, non-means tested and non-withdrawable, that replaces most benefits and therefore the cruel benefits regime that is the cause of the 70 per cent rise in starvation since 2010.

  44. UN to investigate UK ‘grave violations’ of disability rights

    rt.com – Published time: October 06, 2014 13:40

    Britain may face a United Nations investigation into ‘grave’ and ‘systemic’ violations against the rights of disabled people – the first country to face such a high level inquiry in the organization’s history.

    The UN committee that would investigate Britain would have the power to launch the inquiry if it had sufficient and “reliable” information that such violations had been committed by a country under the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNRPD).

    While investigations tend to be conducted ‘in confidentiality’ a recording has emerged online, allegedly from a former member of the CPRD, saying the investigation had been launched. However, the UNCPRD has refused to comment on the validity of this statement.

    The investigation comes following a string of scandals involving disabled people in the UK, including a rise in ‘hate crime’ that has been overlooked by the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), according to former director of public prosecutions Lord Ken MacDonald.

    Additionally, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced new plans to tax disability welfare payments last weekend, which he called “fair” and saying claimants “who need them get better payments.”

    However, a large number of disabled people have been hit hard by the DWP’s welfare reforms, with some finding it difficult to find employment as a result of their disability.

    “When I started applying [for] jobs, when I interviewed by phone it sounded like they would give me a chance, but when they saw me I just felt like it was completely different,” Carla Nunes, a disabled jobseeker, told RT.

    “I get benefits for my children and low care benefits, which is 20 pounds a week for looking like this,” she added.

    The British government has been criticized for its treatment of disabled and vulnerable people in the past, particularly by the powerful Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

    In June, the PAC said that the introduction of welfare reforms to disabled people, under the government’s flagship Personal Independence Payment program – an attempt to simplify the benefits system – was “nothing short of a fiasco.”

    “This resulted in significant delays, a backlog of claims and unnecessary distress for claimants who have been unable to access the support they need to live, and in some cases work, independently,” said PAC chair Margaret Hodge.

    “The personal stories we heard were shocking. We heard evidence of a claimant requiring hospital intervention as a result of the stress caused by the delays suffered, and another claimant who was unable to afford the specific diet required for diabetes and gastric problems while waiting for a decision.”

    While the Department for Work and Pensions refused to comment on statements regarding the UN investigation, it said that it would continue to support the needs of Britain’s disabled people.

    “The government is committed to supporting disabled people, and continuing to spend 50 billion pounds a year on disabled people and their services,” a DWP spokesperson told RT.

    However, campaigners have said that spending on disability rights is relatively small compared to expenditure on social services, having a significant impact on people living with a handicap.

    “The spending on disability is 3 percent of what is spent on social services,” Unite Community Branch Acting Secretary Raj Gill told RT.

    “Disabled people didn’t cause this crisis, we are having to pay for this crisis. And this whole attack on benefit culture is really not thought out property. We are not here to sponge on the system,” he added.

    According to official government statistics, there are over 11 million people who can be classified as disabled in 2014, with 16 percent of disabled Britons being adults of working age.

    Government data also shows that a “significantly higher proportion” of Britons living in poverty are likely to be disabled, compared to families where no member has a significant handicap.

    rt.com:-
    http://rt.com/uk/193452-uk-government-disability-deterioration/

    • Quote from above —-
      ” While the Department for Work and Pensions refused to comment on statements regarding the UN investigation, it said that it would continue to support the needs of Britain’s disabled people.

      “The government is committed to supporting disabled people, and continuing to spend 50 billion pounds a year on disabled people and their services,” a DWP spokesperson told RT. ”
      —————————————————————————————————–

      £50 Billion a year !!! Another thing for the UN to look at, ask the Public Accounts Committee.

      SR

  45. What an evil piece of trash I have never in all my life been si shocked. I really cannot find the words for how EVIL this man is!!!

  46. But it was already known what Lord Freud and his co-conspirators thought of the disabled and those they judged to be untouchables – actions speak louder than words. The political class have been conniving this socioeconomic dirty war since the early nineteen-nineties.

    Lord Freud and IDS may indeed be the witless patsies tasked with delivering the welfare reform agenda.

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  48. It is Many Politicians Out There who are Worthless Not the Decent
    Poor

    Shame on Slavery Lovers

  49. The Thug Freud must go !!

  50. Even Esther McVey is damning on Lord fraud. So the UN wants more proof – There is much credible facts that the UN needs to look at the uks many breeches of the Human Rights Act.

    The disabled get £50 Billion a year & CrossRail is £15.9 Billion. – More & more Cons putting their feet in their mouths. Admit guilt & then say it was nothing & above the Law breaking your own rules & laws.

    Let`s make the Contradiction Policy more clear.

    SR

  51. So the DWP get £6,000 for every 21 disabled people passing through their reform. Target Practice with cash cows.

  52. Even a Crack Head has more brains than the Whole Think Tank !!! Where does leave the crack head? As leader with more brains than the real leader.

    Now I am getting down to their level at the DWP & IDS.

    Yes the disabled are so stupid but not as stupid as stupid as stupid hanging trees that were created by stupid MPs Genocide in Corporate Man Slaughter.

    Read stupid media – brainwash everyone – The Emotional Slaughter has backfired.

  53. I am just playing with you coz why play all your cards right away or on the wing in the wings of the pantomime.

    One more revelation Lord Fraud & the Whole Govenrment who have backed lord fraud [apart from Esther McVey] will look so silly in going down with plain old de-knighted mr fraud.

    Time to put Mr Fraud on a gagging order !!

    SR

  54. Next Dodgy Dave`s already using his Oxbridge Human Rights Act, which in itself is breaking UN laws as well as UK Human Rights Laws & Disability Laws.

    The proof is Dodgy Daves Policy updates. Amended – Was that the loop holes!!

  55. So the Leaders THINK TANK read what we have to say. Don`t forget I put some Red Herrings in there which I`m sure you will pick up & use.

  56. All of this shows that we have to gather together and return a Labour Government that will put the nasty Tories out to graze. Forget all the others – Labour all the way.

  57. “LITIGATION CLAIMS AGAINST THE DWP WILL MAKE UNUM DISABILITY CLAIMS LOOK TINY IN COMPARISON”

    ……………….this is just one claim against the UNUM CORPORATION,the less than mighty, dishonest, disability denial arm of the American private health insurance industry;

    Unum claims lawyers are not the only people to see these gross injustices. A Nevada Federal District Court judge also unleashed his fury onto Unum and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, when they failed to approve an obviously valid claim. In this disability claims insurance case, the court awarded a plaintiff more than $26 million in punitive damages against Unum and allowed another $36 million in punitive jury damages to stand against Paul Revere.

    Imagine the impact of countless thousands of claims across the UK against the DWP who saw fit to engage with UNUM to deny benefits by lying, cheating and stealing, using bogus health professionals employed to analyse claimants after undergoing a short course from which a certificate was issued………………….

    No wonder the government are trying to sell all the nations crown jewels, they will need them to payout those they wronged and the dependents of those they corporately murdered.

    The government have us believe that several company’s are interested in picking up from where ATOS left off, be it on their own heads as the claims start to roll in.
    ………………All this shit about disabled and poor left without income was engineered to happen, it was no accident, UNUM gave our government the basis to exploit the welfare state on a plate. The greedy politicians, many having shares and links to outsourcing companies, saw an initiative to fleece those most vulnerable, mainly the disabled.

    Even the government are concerned as the fallout has got out of control and the mortality figures are hidden from public consumption prior to the elections.
    Bad news has been hurriedly put on the back burner, as have the many thousands left without money to survive.

    “Terrorism is just a distraction for the war against the poor and handicapped, the real terror is being waged by cunts like FREUD”

    ………..the condems thought they could bend the rules on Human Rights, wait for the fireworks to begin as the oppressors bolt for cover……

  58. Thank you, Mo Stewart;

    UNUM PROVIDENT (UK), now known simply as UNUM Insurance, fund psychosocial disability research at CardiffUniversity. Prof Mansel Aylward is the head of research at the Unum Centre at Cardiff University and he was the DWP Chief Medical Adviser who in 1994 recommended this medical evaluation system to the government to reform government care costs for DLA etc. Prof Mansel was instrumental in the methods to be used, imported from America using identical methods as Unum Provident. Unum Provident is banned from 15 States in theUSA and 6 countries worldwide, so one wonders why this diabolical company are advisers to theUK government on welfare reforms? Atos Healthcare have employed the same methods as Unum Provident, hence the vast and growing numbers of chronically sick and genuinely disabled people being betrayed by this system of medical ‘evaluation’ which, in fact, is a seriously compromised 25 minute basic computer questionnaire, with no allowances for the vast differences within the same identified health condition.
    ATOS ORIGIN is the parent company of Atos Healthcare, originating fromSouth Americaand a dominant force in the computer market worldwide. Unsurprisingly, ATOS ORIGIN was awarded the lucrative government contract for IT facilities for the 2012 Olympic Games.

  59. So the Welfare Budget is over the £162 Billion I have been quoting. £50 Billion A year is spent on disability & services so 5 times £50 Billion = £250 billion over 5 years. PLUS Admin PLUS Many other things like £2,000 An Hour For A Lawyer because there`s no legal aid. Makes the £680 Million contract with ATOS look like short change.

    SO WHERE HAVE THE £££ BILLIONS GONE !!! COULD IT BE MONEY LAUNDERING.

    It`s not slander it`s the disabled.

    SR

  60. Voting is not the issue – The Disability Issue Needs Sorting Out Before The Election – I Keep Saying after 2 years. Don`t be brainwashed into time wasted on brainwashing. Another thing I have saying for 2 years They ain`t even gonna get to the election without what we want – which to be not used in the slave trade of disabled human cargo. Your embargo & Lord Frauds gagging order.

    SR

    • Also we want the £50 Billion a Year back wasted on the disabled. YES emotional slaughter lets get personal dodgy dave caring for your emotion breakdown at the cost of 40,ooo disabled deaths. Dodgy Dave up for Disability Hate Crimes against the Disabled & Disabled Community & the UN !!! Also implementing Human cargo [the disabled] as slaves in a slave trade run by a tick box system that UNUM design that the DWP use. Yet the DWP don`t have your DWP data CAPITA Does – You have to tell the DWP you agge & decide to let the DWP let CApita get to your DWP info. Good waste & Money laudering of £500 there. Failure from the start or was your intention to money lauder through the DWP – Who ? ask Lord fraud he`s on a gagging order.

      SR

  61. Lets Get To the Roots Of It – MONEY IT THE ROOTS OF ALL EVL.

    ROBBERS TO WIN AN ELECTION WAS THE PLAN – little disabled people can`t fight back their all dippy like going to Oxbridge it seems.

  62. The Clock Is Ticking Not For The May 2015 election but for the HUMAN RIGHTS OF DISABLED PEOPLE.

    **** LOSERS !!!

  63. Why is Lord Freud, a man who is clearly inept at everything he has ever done, given so much control over so many peoples lives i.e; whether they live or die? And let us not forget – the bastard wasn’t even elected.

    There is something very, very wrong and to be quite frank something extremly sinister about the UK political system. It appears the government act in similar fashion to an organised crime outfit.

  64. Lord Fraud is a CUNT!!

    What the fuck is with this David Scott cunt who is trying to spin Fraud’s sickening remarks as if to say that Fraud only has disabled persons’ interests at heart in that by paying them £2. an hour, 2 fucking pounds an hour – seriously?! – that it will in some way “help disabled persons into work”. What a crock of fucking shite!

    • Fraud was unintentionally giving us an insight into what the Govt (this one and the next) have in store for us, able-bodied or not. Working for £2 per hour, the same as working full time for your dole money, is the future. Get angry and onto the streets or get used to it. Your choice…

  65. Another piece of bilge supporting Freud
    http://www.iea.org.uk/blog/lord-freuds-comments
    Apparently its all just hysterical outrage.

    • He was dealing with certain individuals who actively wanted to work

      This is the same contorted reinforcement that is used across the welfare debate – claimants actively wanted to work so enslavement on workfare is the solution.

      The Fraud remarks could be a plant to nudge the debate into the actively wanted to work at any wage agenda.

      • Yes,phrases like “enriching people’s lives”through low or (even better) unpaid work is seen as so very virtuous and altruistic,so any dissenters can be viewed as hysterical,unreasonable even cruel to the disabled people they want to help/exploit.Meanwhile these so virtuous employers,corporations and their lackey think tanks enrich their already overflowing bank accounts and Ian Duncan Smith claims for his underpants.

  66. what an old evil cunt pile of dog shit he is i would love to punch him in his big fucking mouth,, fucking bellend,,,

  67. “DISCREDITED UNUM DISABILITY DENIAL SWINDLERS MEET UK GOVERNMENT TO ADVISE ON WELFARE REFORMS”

    Taken from Hansard;

    (a) on 14 February 2011, UNUM Provident officials met with officials involved in the independent review of sickness absence in Great Britain to discuss a research paper. In February 2011, the Government commissioned the independent review to explore the current sickness absence system, and examine whether the costs associated with sickness absence are appropriately shared between the state, individuals and employers. The independent review is being jointly led by Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE; andon 18 October 2010, a representative from UNUM Provident, who was part of a delegation from the UK Rehabilitation Council, met with the Minister for Welfare Reform and department officials.

    A full list of ministerial meetings with external organisations is available at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/ corporate-publications/ministers-meetings-overseas.shtml.

    The Minister for Welfare Reform has also attended a round table on 5 October 2010 at the Conservative Party Conference which was jointly hosted by Demos and UNUM.
    (b) two working groups were set up in 2006 to review the personal capability assessment for incapacity benefit. One of these groups reviewed the physical descriptors within the assessment, and of the seven meetings for which we have a record there were four meetings which the UNUM Provident representative definitely did not attend; the other looked at the descriptors which assessed mental function, and of the five meetings for which we have a record, the UNUM Provident representative was not recorded as being absent from any of them; and Jack McGarry, CEO of UNUM UK, was nominated to sit on the independent review of sickness absence in Great Britain expert panel by the insurance industry body.(c) As part of the evidence-gathering process for the independent review of sickness absence in Great Britain, department officials, as well as the independent reviewers, have met with or had contact with a number of insurers in the course of this work-the Association of British Insurers, Aviva, BUPA, Genworth Financial, Legal and General, SwissRe, and GRiD-Group Risk Development.

    Ministers and officials meet with representatives of the insurance industry on a regular basis to discuss issues arising from compulsory employer liability insurance.

  68. “HOW A BUNCH OF CROOKS GAVE ADVICE TO THE DWP ON WELFARE CHANGES”

    A marriage made in heaven, they fuck the uk benefits system completely then the claimants will turn to them to purchase private health insurance cover……………

    Memorandum submitted by Unum Provident to UK Government (EDP 03) From December 2002
    Posted on November 11, 2011 by Holmey

    Proof of Unum influencing Government policy?

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    UnumProvident has been operating in the UK for over 30 years, and is the UK’s leading provider of income protection insurance. At the end of 2001 in the UK alone, it protected over 737,000 lives and paid benefits to people with disabilities totalling some £116 million. As such, it brings a unique perspective to assist the Committee in its inquiry.

    UnumProvident believes that the current welfare, tax and benefits systems can make it difficult for disabled people to return to work. They are overly complex, can provide strong disincentives for disabled people to look for work, for example in terms of structure, payment criteria and terminology, and are in need of radical reform.

    It is UnumProvident’s contention, and our commercial experience, that acquiring or developing a disability does not necessarily make you incapable of work. In our experience, most disabled people are capable of some work, would like to work and crucially, have an expectation that they will return to work in some capacity.

    We believe that the terminology and the structure of benefits make it both difficult to look for work, and reinforce the mindset that the claimant is too sick to work. Return to work should be regarded as a continuum ranging from an hour’s therapeutic work to full-time employment. Many disabled people in receipt of incapacity benefit have not worked for a long time, and may even suffer relapses when at work. Consequently, the benefits system needs to be changed so that it is flexible enough to cope with people moving in and out of work, and adjusting the amount of work they do over time.

    The welfare system needs to be flexible enough to ensure that work always pays more than benefits and is clearly seen to. Many disabled people are put off looking for work because they are worried about the financial impact to them if they found and then subsequently lost work.

    UnumProvident believes that there is a significant role for the private sector to play in helping to return disabled people to work. UnumProvident is working on a variety of initiatives and projects which we believe will be of interest to the Committee and which might offer alternative approaches or models to the solution of encouraging and enabling disabled people back into work.

    UnumProvident would welcome the opportunity to discuss its work with the Committee in greater detail and/or provide any additional information or evidence that the Committee might feel pertinent to its inquiry.

    I. Introduction

    1. UnumProvident has been operating in the UK for over 30 years, and is the UK’s leading provider of income protection insurance. UnumProvident is a wholly owned subsidiary of the UnumProvident Corporation, our US parent and the world’s largest provider, with assets of over US$40 billion. At the end of 2001 in the UK alone, UnumProvident protected over 737,000 lives and paid benefits to people with disabilities totalling some £116 million.

    2. As a specialist provider of income protection, UnumProvident has a unique understanding of this marketplace, and of the difficulties and obstacles that disabled people face in attempting to return to work in some capacity. Consequently, we are delighted to have the opportunity to give evidence in response to the Committee’s inquiry.

    3. According to the Government’s own statistics, there are over 6.9 million disabled adults of working age in the UK. [1]Less than half of them have a job. Yet of the roughly 3.6 million who do not have a job, less than 300,000 are classified as being unemployed under the internationally recognised International Labour Organisation definition. This means that around 3.25 million disabled adults of working age are classified as economically inactive. This makes them the single largest inactive group in the UK.

    4. Helping these people return to work is key to building a society which can enjoy the benefits of sustainable growth and genuine social inclusion. However, we believe that the current welfare, tax and benefits systems can make it difficult for disabled people to return to work. They are overly complex, can provide strong disincentives for disabled people to look for work, for example in terms of structure, payment criteria and terminology, and are in need of radical reform. UnumProvident believes that there is a strong case for a fundamental review of, and reform to, the current welfare system. The Government must ensure both that work always pays more than benefits, and more importantly that it is clearly seen to do so. This is not the case at present, as our experience seeks to demonstrate.

    II. Do the high numbers of people on incapacity benefit (IB) represent hidden unemployment?

    5. It is UnumProvident’s contention, and its commercial experience, that acquiring a disability does not make one incapable of work. In our experience, most disabled people are capable of some work, would like to work and crucially, have an expectation that they will return to work in some capacity. Indeed many disabled people would be capable of some work, albeit perhaps not enough to support themselves. We attach a series of case studies[2] which show how we have been able to work with our claimants to achieve a successful return to work.

    6. Consequently, UnumProvident believes that the high numbers of people on IB do constitute hidden unemployment. Indeed there are over one million disabled adults who do not have a job but who want one, most of whom we would contend from our commercial experience, would be able to do some work. This group at least must surely constitute hidden unemployment.

    7. Our commercial experience leads us to believe that there are two key developments needed to return these unemployed inactives to work. The first is to set the expectation of a return to work (and in this respect, the language around IB and inactivity is particularly important, and currently, unhelpful). The second is a requirement for a flexible welfare system that supports the disabled person in work, both financially, and through access to training and support. Both these proposals are contained in UnumProvident’s policy paper “Diversity in Employment” (not printed).

    8. In our policy paper we propose a flexible benefit system whereby disabled people capable of some work would be placed on a form of JSA, thus reflecting their status as jobseekers and sending an appropriate signal to employers. Like UnumProvident claimants, they would move through a graduated return to work programme, supported by a flexible benefits system that allowed the partial payment of benefits. This would both protect their income, and allow them to replace benefit income with earned income, always ensuring that they are better off in work than out of it.

    III. The role of JobCentre Plus (JCP)

    9. UnumProvident has engaged with JCP in recent months, particularly through a joint project to launch a best practice guide for employers entitled “The Knowledge”. The guide is particularly important as it is our experience that employers who would be willing to consider employing disabled people often fail to do so because they do not know how to. The Knowledge changes all this, providing them with a good practice toolkit for the recruitment and retention of disabled people. It is to be rolled out through Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) nationally. We have produced 8,000 copies so far, which are currently being used by DEAs and their client employers to help recruit and retain disabled people. In our dealings with JCP, we have been impressed by the professionalism of the JCP disability services teams, and their commitment to helping disabled people find and keep work.

    10. The idea of a one-stop shop to help disabled people back into work is an excellent one. However, the journey back to work for a disabled person can be long and complex. It may take them through interactions with the health service and through education and retraining. They may also have to cope with the barriers to work present in the transport system and at the workplace. Understanding the unique needs of disabled people at each stage of this journey, to help get them back to work and crucially, remain in employment, is a highly specialised job. The key to the success of JCP in the long-term will be to ensure that they as an organisation are both sufficiently focused on disability matters and resourced sufficiently well enough to do the job. UnumProvident would urge the Committee to ensure that this is the case.

    IV. The role of the Private Sector

    11. UnumProvident firmly believes that there is a significant role for the private sector to play in helping to return disabled people to work. As the UK’s leading provider of income protection insurance, UnumProvident is particularly well-placed to share with the Committee examples of projects and initiatives that might be of assistance to the Government. Like the Government, UnumProvident:

    — insures people against the risk of not being able to work through acquiring a disability; and

    — assesses all claims made, paying all valid ones.

    12. However, as part of its product offering, UnumProvident goes one stage further and actively works with the claimant to help return them to work. UnumProvident recognises the value of early intervention, active case management and rehabilitation. We are convinced that our approach works, and currently around 15% of all our claimants are able to return to work, a rate which we believe is far in excess of that achieved with recipients of incapacity benefit.

    13. UnumProvident is actively engaged with the Government, policy-makers and large employers to share best practice and to see where our systems and approaches might be applied more widely. We are currently working with the Department of Work and Pensions on this, and have had discussions with officials in HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s office. We have met with officials to help better understand the nature of the IB casebook, and to discuss how our commercial experience and expertise might be more widely applied. In addition, we will shortly be supporting the National Employment Panel in its work on the New Deal for Disabled People through a secondment of one of our senior managers.

    14. UnumProvident is confident that its policies and approach to claim management and rehabilitation can be replicated more widely for those on IB. Whilst we are more than happy to share our commercial expertise and proven ideas, we would particularly welcome the opportunity to put them into practice.

    15. One of our proposals concern a genuine public-private partnership between the State, UnumProvident and Working Links based on the current Working Links[3] model. The partnership would seek to move disabled jobseekers through a series of supported stages until it was possible for them to return to work. Once placed in appropriate work, both the client and the employer would be supported for a defined period. UnumProvident would envisage that whilst there may be small payments throughout the return to work programme, the majority of the payment would come, as it does currently for Working Links, when the desired outcome is achieved, ie when the client has both found a job and been supported in it for 13 weeks.

    16. Of course the other role for the private sector is as employers of disabled people. UnumProvident is committed to diversity and believes firmly in the business case for including disabled people amongst your workforce. It is the responsibility of those employers who have recognised the value of employees with disabilities to act as champions and persuade other employers of the business case for doing the same. UnumProvident takes this responsibility very seriously indeed and has won awards for its work in promoting the rights of disabled people and encouraging and facilitating their return to work in a very practical and real sense. We do not claim to have all the answers, but we do attach a document[4] which outlines our experience and practice in recruiting disabled people.

    17. Through its leadership of the New Beginnings initiative, UnumProvident is currently leading a coalition of Government, leading employers (for example HSBC, Barclays Bank, the Institute of Directors) and organisations of and for disabled people (eg RADAR—the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation—and the Shaw Trust) to remove the barriers that prevent disabled people finding and keeping work. As part of this initiative, UnumProvident have been closely and actively involved with the Employers’ Forum on Disability and JobCentre Plus, amongst others, to promote disabled people to employers, and to help employers recruit and retain disabled people in the workplace. Recent work in this area has included the launch of The Knowledge, and work looking at gender and disability which was carried out for us by the Fawcett Society.

    18. More recently, the Advisory Group and our Large Employers’ Group have concluded that we could make a valuable contribution in the area of welfare reform. We are currently planning work streams in this area and hope to be able to report on progress soon.

    V. Tax Credit and Benefit Systems

    19. It is our belief that the current tax and benefits system is overly complex, can provide strong disincentives for disabled people to look for work, and is in need of radical reform. UnumProvident put forward a blueprint for welfare reform in its paper “Diversity in Employment”. In brief, and as outlined at paragraph 8, our proposal is that those disabled people capable of some work should be moved from IB to a form of JSA. Here they would be properly supported in their search for and transition into work.

    20. However, we also recognise the specific and unique costs incurred by individuals in relation to disability, and so would propose that in addition to JSA they would be paid an additional and single benefit (JSA Plus). As they find work, the combined level of benefit income forms an income guarantee, as they earn more, they replace benefit income with earned income, with the “plus” element perhaps converting to a tax credit in a similar way to the current Child Tax Credit.

    21. We believe that our proposals have the beauty of simplicity, set the correct financial incentives and send the right signals to employers and job seekers with a disability. We now go on to explain some of our thinking around the proposal.

    22. It is UnumProvident’s experience that most disabled people are capable of some work. We would contend that this is the case even where those people are already in receipt of incapacity benefit. What is key is that the individual has an expectation of a return to work. In this respect, the terminology and eligibility criteria for claiming incapacity benefit are particularly unhelpful. First, the very term “Incapacity Benefit” suggests that it is a benefit that is paid to those who are incapable of work. This is both derogatory and obstructive. In fact, most disabled people are capable of some work, in some capacity or other, so why label them as being “incapable”?

    23. Labelling someone as incapable of work not only sends them the wrong signal, it sends employers the wrong signal too. Someone on JSA applying for a job is to all intents and purposes capable of work, whereas someone on IB has already been found “incapable” of work, and consequently less likely to be considered by the employer. We would contend that labelling people as incapable presents a significant barrier to them finding and keeping work.

    24. Second, those people in receipt of IB are classified as economically inactive. They are not required to search for work in order to continue to receive this benefit, and not all of the Job Centre Plus return to work programmes are available or accessible to those classified as economically inactive, unless they are referred by a DEA of course. This in turn raises issues around the profile and resourcing of DEAs. In any event, we would contend that the terminology and the structure of benefits can make it difficult to look for work, or access work-based opportunities, as well as reinforce the mindset that the claimant is too sick to work.

    25. UnumProvident would propose that IB should be retained for those disabled people who are genuinely incapable of undertaking any work whatsoever. The remainder should be transferred to a form of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) which is sufficiently flexible to recognise that they have limited capacity to work. JSA claimants are required to look for work, and indeed are supported in that process by JCP. This simple administrative move sets the expectation of a return to work both for the individual and also for potential employers.

    26. There is a further issue around flexibility of benefits. In UnumProvident’s view, return to work is a continuum of options, which can range from an hour’s therapeutic work to full-time employment. At any one time, an individual disabled person can be anywhere on that continuum and move both up and down it over time as their disability improves or worsens, for example. The welfare benefit system/welfare safety net needs to be sufficiently flexible to deal with these changing circumstances. At present, it does not, and so treats the decision to work as a binary one—ie one is either fit to work or one is not.

    27. In contrast, UnumProvident deploys a system of graduated return to work. Claimants are slowly reintroduced to work; as their capacity to work develops and increases, then so too do their hours of work. Whilst claimants are in this programme of graduated return, UnumProvident pay partial benefit, gradually reducing benefits as the claimant earns more income. It is conceivable that the individual may never return to full-time employment or to their former level of insured income. Where this is the case UnumProvident will continue to pay partial benefit. It is this flexibility in approach that allows us to move clients back into work and help them to fulfil their potential. UnumProvident would recommend that the Select Committee looks closely at a flexible benefit approach and would be delighted to discuss this solution further.

    28. The concept of return to work as a continuum is an important one, as it makes it clear that some claimants may not ever be able to work sufficient hours to financially support themselves fully. That does not mean that their contribution is any less valid. Many disabled people on incapacity benefit have not worked for a long time, and may even suffer relapses when at work. Consequently, the benefits system needs to be flexible enough to cope with people moving in and out of work, and be able to adjust the benefit level according to the amount of work they do. At present, it does not do so, and some disabled people can be worse off in work than out of it. [5]

    29. The system needs to be flexible enough to ensure that work always pays more than benefits and is clearly seen to be doing so. UnumProvident proposes a simple benefit, linked to a guaranteed minimum income, which recognises the cost of disability. UnumProvident’s proposal for a tax credit outlined in our “Diversity in Employment” paper seems to be close to the proposal for a tax credit in the Department of Work and Pensions’s current Green Paper, and UnumProvident welcome this development.

    30. However, it is not enough to simply ensure that work always pays. Many disabled people are put off looking for work because they are worried about what would happen if they found and then lost work. Their distance from the labour market can make them nervous of work. This is compounded by the operation of the benefits system. Because one has to qualify for higher rate IB, those currently on it can worry that if they take a job and lose it, they will return to IB on the lower rate and have to re-qualify, thus making them worse off than before. Admittedly, there is the 52 week linking rule, but UnumProvident would contend that is far too complex. We would recommend a system similar to the US where benefit levels are effectively protected and it is therefore easier to move in and out of work.

    31. We hope that you find these comments and observations both useful and informative of our experience, and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss them further with the Select Committee.

    Joanne Hindle

    Corporate Services Director

    13 December 2002

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    “private health insurers, shafting the benefits system, shafting the NHS, SHAFTING YOUR CHANCES OF BENEFITS AND FREE HEALTHCARE FOREVER………………

  69. Guide To Stopping Harassment From the DWP

    thesanctionedjobseeker.co.uk September 18, 2014

    Hi folks, here is the long awaited guide to stopping harassment from the DWP, and how to legally protect yourself from unlawful, behaviour inflicted by the DWP, Jobcentre Plus, or any other organisation, including G4S security staff contracted to the DWP/Jobcentre Plus.

    What is Harassment?

    Harassment is generally defined as any course of action which causes the recipient to feel distressed, humiliated or threatened. In law, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 provides a legal remedy for recipients of harassment if it can be shown that an offence has occurred as a result of:
    •a course of conduct;
    •which amounts to harassment of another; and
    •which the defendant knows, or ought to know amounts to harassment of another.

    This specific piece of legislation is what I have relied upon to prevent the DWP from harassing me further, as detailed in my Cease and Desist letter dated the 11th of September 2014.

    Example of Harassment
    •Jobcentre Plus advisers behaving in a manner which causes you to feel distressed, humiliated or threatened. This could be anything from the way they speak to you, to more specific actions, such as threatening to stop your benefits for no reason (i.e. an unlawful sanction).
    •Being forced to attend a Work Programme related activity despite it not being in your immediate or long-term interest
    •Being repeatedly called to pointless interviews or meetings at the Jobcentre Plus/DWP
    •Causing unnecessary delays when processing complaints, claims, appeals or other documents
    •Making false accusations or claims about you
    •Misrepresenting information you have given

    These are just a few examples of what may constitute harassment, however, each case will be judged on its individual merits and what one person may find cause for harassment, another may not. If you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened by an incident, and other people would feel the same in the same circumstances, then you will be entitled to class that behaviour as harassment.

    Proving Harassment

    Under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, there is a level of proof required to show harassment has occurred.

    Essentially, it must be shown that:
    •two incidents have occurred from the same individual or group of people;
    •the conduct was targeted towards an individual (i.e. You);
    •the conduct was intended to cause distress; and
    •the conduct was oppressive and unreasonable.

    In practice, if you can show that there had been at least two separate incidents which made you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened and that they knew it would cause you distress, then the probability is that you will have a good case to prove harassment.

    How to Stop The Harassment

    The moment that the DWP act in a manner which causes you to feel distressed, humiliated or threatened, you must complain to them in writing that their behaviour made you feel that way and that you don’t wish to be treated in that manner. Send the letter by Recorded Delivery or make sure you get a signed and dated copy and receipt from the DWP if you hand deliver it.

    Once the letter of complaint has been sent, if you experience a second incident which makes you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened, then you need to have ready a Cease and Desist letter ready to give to them and simply hand it to them without telling them what it is and once they accept the letter, inform them that it is a Cease and Desist letter for harassment and that if they breach the terms of the Cease and Desist letter then you will file charges for harassment and get the police involved.

    The important point after the letter has been handed in is to maintain the pressure on them to get the outcome which you require. I will be posting audio clips of my various phone calls where I had to invoke the power of the Cease and Desist letter and you will hear for yourself just how fearful the DWP employees get when confronted with someone who knows their rights, can remain calm and assertive, plus has the power to threaten the DWP employee with a visit from the police if the person in question can be shown to have breached the terms stated in the Cease and Desist letter.

    What to Do if They Don’t Stop the Harassment

    If after the Cease and Desist letter has been handed in they continue their course of harassment, then you are within your legal rights to phone the police and demand that they investigate your claim of harassment against the DWP or the individual in question. Inform the police that you have given them a lawful Cease and Desist letter for harassment and that they have breached the terms of the letter and you now wish to formally press charges against the DWP or named individual.

    If the harassment is solely from one individual, or the same group of individuals, then you can also insist that the police investigate an allegation of Misconduct in Public Office, an offence which can be proven by proving malicious harassment from employees who hold Public Offices, such as Jobcentre Plus advisers. The offence also carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    It is a good idea to have copies of all evidence readily available for the police to investigate as this will make it appear an easier case for them to look into (harassment is pretty much clear cut in cases involved mistreatment at the hands of an organisation).

    If the police refuse to take your allegations seriously, or refuse to investigate, you should ask to speak to the Duty Sergeant and make a formal complaint about their refusal to investigate a crime despite having proof of said crime.

    My Case

    By the time I gave them the Cease and Desist letter I had been subject to harassment for around 3 months and was fed up of it and sought out a legal remedy to prevent them behaving in that manner. I found a Cease and Desist letter template and when I handed it in, it certainly had the desired effect and they started treating me with respect. Even the people I spoke to over the phone were respectful, especially when I pointed out that they could face arrest and jail time if they behaved in a manner which I felt constituted harassment.

    Since handing in the Cease and Desist letter, the DWP have managed to turn around in 5 days what they had failed to do in over 2 months. I have only had to involve the police for one DWP employee (so far!), and that was for the DWP Compliance Officer, Miss Maria Clark, who fraudulently completed a report stating that I had refused entry and not being available for the home visit they inflicted upon me when I started complaining about being sanctioned.

    By tomorrow (Thursday the 18th of September 2014) the DWP will have:
    •Overturned all three of the unlawful sanctions that they have inflicted upon me (with no further evidence relied on by me)
    •Paid back what was lawfully mine
    •Be forced to issue a humbling apology
    •Uphold my demand for compensation for the stress and hardship caused by the DWP’s harassment (I requested one week’s benefit payment for each week that I have been affected by this. Given that they started this on the 21st of June 2014, that is going to be a pretty large bill for them).
    •And, saving the best for last: DWP Compliance Officer Miss Maria Clark will hopefully have had a visit and questioning from the police for charges relating to harassment and Misconduct in Public Office, which is a Common Law offence and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    It can, and has been done, and if you need specific guidance for your circumstances, please contact me and I will be happy to help.

    Forever free and independent.

    Darren

    thesanctionedjobseeker.co.uk
    http://www.thesanctionedjobseeker.co.uk/guide-to-stopping-harassment-from-the-dwp/

    • On the website there are useful links within the writing that don’t show up here.

      • The Cease and Desist Letter Served On The DWP

        All Ministers, Directors, Employees or other workers of The Department for Work and Pensions and any other related organisations

        C/O Jobcentre Plus
        Crossfield House
        St James Road
        Halifax
        West Yorkshire
        HX1 1YS

        11th of September 2014

        RE: Cease and desist from harassing, bullying and imposing unlawful financial penalties.

        Dear all employees of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), any related or subsidiary organisations and third party providers of DWP Services.

        This CEASE AND DESIST ORDER is to inform you that your persistent actions, including but not limited to the list below, have become unbearable.

        You are ORDERED TO STOP such activities immediately as they are being done in violation of the law.
        · A continued campaign of harassment in the guise of:

        o Bullying behavior
        o unlawful financial penalties (“disallowances” and “sanctions”)
        o Unnecessary interviews at the Jobcentre Plus
        o An intimidating and unlawful doorstep visit from a DWP Compliance Officer
        o Unnecessary delays in addressing complaints or appeals
        o Unnecessary delays in repaying what I am owed
        o Continued threats of sanctions for not applying for jobs despite being exempt from applying for jobs under the New Enterprise Allowance rules
        o Blatant lies, manipulation and incompetence when corresponding with me and my MP, Craig Whittaker
        o An attempt to discredit me when corresponding with my MP, Craig Whittaker
        o Breaching your own deadlines on dealing with a complaint

        I have the right to remain free from these activities as they constitute harassment as defined in the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, and other legislation, and I will pursue any legal remedies available to me against you if these activities continue. These remedies include but are not limited to: contacting law enforcement to obtain criminal sanctions against you, and suing you for damages I have incurred as a result of your actions.

        Again, you must IMMEDIATELY STOP harassing me and send me written confirmation that you will stop such activities. You risk incurring some very severe legal consequences if you fail to comply with this demand as I will take action against individuals and the organisations alike.

        This letter acts as your final warning to discontinue this unwanted conduct before I pursue legal actions against you. At this time, I am not contacting the authorities or filing civil suit against you, as I hope we can resolve this matter without authoritative involvement. I am not under any circumstances, however, waiving any legal rights I have presently, or future legal remedies against you by sending you this letter.

        This order acts as ONE FINAL CHANCE for you to cease your illegal activities before I exercise my rights.

        To ensure compliance with this letter, and to halt any legal action I may take against you, I require you to fill in and sign the attached form and mail it back to me within 10 days of your receipt of this letter. Failure to do so will act as evidence of your infringement upon my legal rights, and I will immediately seek legal avenues to remedy the situation.

        Sincerely,
        Darren Harper

        Signed this 11th day of September 2014

        CEASE AND DESIST COMPLIANCE AGREEMENT
        I, [Insert Your Name in the Space]
        do hereby agree on behalf of each and every employee of the Department for Work and Pensions, and other related organisations, to stop the harassment campaign which is in violation of Darren Harper’s rights.

        I understand that this is my final chance to cease these activities. I understand that Darren Harper potentially has the right to pursue legal action against me relating to my engagement in these activities, but he will not pursue those rights in contemplation of my compliance with this written demand.
        I further understand that Darren Harper has not waived his rights and may pursue legal remedies against me if I fail to abide by this agreement.

        I understand that this agreement is not specifically limited to the activities named herein. I will not engage in any activity now or in the future done for the purpose of harassing Darren Harper.

        I furthermore agree not to engage in any activity, regardless of its official title, that is done in violation of Darren Harper’s legal rights. If I fail to cease performing these activities, Darren Harper may pursue legal action against me in accordance his legal rights.

        This agreement acts as a contract between the above signed person (on behalf of all employees of the Department for Work and Pensions and related organisations) and Darren Harper. Forbearing enforcement of legally enforceable remedies is sufficient consideration to support this agreement. This agreement represents the entire agreement between the parties.

        Any statements made orally, written, or otherwise which are not contained herein shall have no impact on either parties’ rights or obligations elaborated in this agreement.

        Date ____________________

        Print your Name________________________
        Sign your Name________________________

        Cease and Desist\ Cease and Desist for DWP Harassment, Cease and Desist for Jobcentre Plus Harassment, Cease and Desist Template

        thesanctionedjobseeker.co.uk
        http://www.thesanctionedjobseeker.co.uk/cease-and-desist-letter-served-on-the-dwp/

  70. DWP’s harassment is the DWPs policy. FAILED & over 40,000 disabled deaths in less than 5 years. £250 Billion on a cover up involving money laundering. What a Disability Hate Crime against the disabled.

    • “OUR BENT JUDICIARY”

      It goes without saying, that if we now now the DWP and ATOS conspired to steal benefits belonging to disabled, then “Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service”, will be implicated in the conspiracy also……………..

      There is no smoke without fire and both the DWP and HMCTS, will be sleeping in the same bed, although trying to portray an air of complete separation…………………………

      Have you ever thought how it could be humanly possible, for a claimant, robbed of their benefits, to attend a tribunal that has the Queen at it’s head?

      Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals, adjudicating on a case that involves the Welfare Reform Act, that our monarch gave her blessing to, in the form of “Royal Assent”.

      These two departments are linked in several ways, in fact one cannot exist without the other………………….

      Read any documentation on the courts and tribunal service and it will always state that they are fair and independent…..

      This is far from the truth, as the bias is always against the person facing the tribunal or court…….

      You are the subject of a kangaroo court initiated by the state, on behalf of the state, for the state.
      You are guilty and asked to portray your innocence even before you enter the chamber.
      Indeed, the make up of the judges and doctors will have been chosen, not independently, but by intervention.

      The principle of the separation of powers is the cornerstone of an
      independent and impartial justice system. Everyone is entitled to a
      fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal
      established by law as defined by European Court of Human Rights
      Article 6 and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Article 47.

      The aforesaid, principle of separation of powers are not applied in the uk, they are inextricably linked…………

      Even the DWP decision maker is not independent, as they make decisions on the policies that have been made by their own department, how can this be acceptable, judge and jury rolled into one???

      To illustrate what i am trying to say, the Social Security Act 1998, part 6, dictates the constitution of tribunal appeals. The act provides for the election of the “President”, and dictates the
      procedural and directives of the tribunal in its function.

      Finally, i think i am right in suggesting that the DWP even pays for it…………

      In effect, meaning,

      …………..HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER, CALLS THE TUNE!

    • Over the years have sought advice from so called welfare rights workers, they give the impression of being acquiescent with the DWP system.

      Have represented myself at several appeals and won, appeals that welfare rights workers have stonewalled.

  71. “SANCTIONS”

    ACCORDING TO THE LAWS SET DOWN IN THE GENEVA CONVENTION, THE USE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IS BANNED, YET THE DWP BREACH THESE LAWS, EACH AND EVERY DAY…………

    THE DWP UTILISE A UNIT, APTLY CALLED THE “NUDGE UNIT”, THIS UNIT IS MORE APPROPRIATELY CALLED, A PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING UNIT.

    PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING UNITS ARE USED TO GENERATE POLICIES AND ACTIONS THAT CAN BE USED TO BREAK DOWN THE RESOLVE OF CLAIMANTS USING BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE TECHNIQUES.

    INDEED, RECENTLY, THE NUDGE UNIT WAS BROUGHT INTO LINE FOR USING PSYCHOMETRIC QUESTIONNAIRES ON CLAIMANTS THAT HAD NOT BEEN RATIFIED AND WERE CONDEMNED BY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD.

    The ‘test’ that the DWP ‘borrowed’, and is forcing unemployed people to take on pain of losing their benefits, was devised by a US psychologist alleged to have devised psychological-torture interrogation programmes for the US military and the CIA.

    The questions the DWP has ‘borrowed’ come from the ‘Values in Action Inventory of Strengths’ test devised by Christopher Peterson and Martin ‘Marty’ Seligman. In 2001, Marty Seligman allegedly convened a ‘counter-terrorism and psychology’ meeting at his home, attended by, among others, the alleged creator of the CIA torture program, Dr. James Mitchell, and CIA Director of Behavioral Sciences Research, Kirk M. Hubbard.
    But that the DWP and its contractors are using a test devised by a man who appears to be closely-associated with actual psychological torture by military and intelligence organisations makes the whole matter even more damning – and one that should be occupying the attention of Parliament and the media.

    UK CLAIMANTS ARE BEING USED IN AN EXPERIMENT, THEY ARE BEEN BROKEN DOWN, MADE TO FEEL WORTHLESS, UNCOMFORTABLE AND SADLY, SUICIDAL……………

    THE LEVELS OF STRESS THAT THIS ACT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DEBILITATION HOLDS, HAS NO BOUNDARY, AS EACH PERSON HAS A DIFFERING THRESHOLD TO THE AMOUNT OF PAIN IT CAN SUPPORT.

    WARPED THINKING BY THE DWP HAS SEEN THE DEATH LEVELS OF INNOCENT CLAIMANTS ROCKET.

    OUR GOVERNMENT IS COLLECTIVELY SUPPRESSING DEATH REPORTS ON THIS ISSUE, AFRAID OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FIGURES COMING TO LIGHT.
    YET INSTEAD OF STOPPING AND ANALYSING THE EXTENT OF THEIR MISGUIDED EXPERIMENT, THEY PLOUGH ON, AFRAID TO CONFRONT THE DEMON THAT THEY HAVE CREATED………..

    SANCTIONING SOMEONE IS NOT ONLY A THREAT OR DETERRENT, IT IS ALSO A MEANS TO AN END, THE ABILITY TO SURVIVE OR DIE.

    WHAT YOU ARE WITNESSING IS A TWISTED DERANGED POLICY THAT KILLS…………

    THERE ARE REASONS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT SOUGHT TO USE SANCTIONS AS A FORM OF TORTURE, THE MAIN ONE BEING, IT LEAVES NO REAL VISIBLE SIGNS OF EVIDENCE……

    BEFORE THE USE OF SANCTIONS WERE INITIATED, OUR GOVERNMENT FAILED TO DO ANY PROPER CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON THEIR USE.

    STRANGELY, I HAVE INTERVIEWED ONLY SIXTEEN PEOPLE FROM MY VARYING DISTRICTS OF MY TOWN WHO HAVE HAD SANCTIONS APPLIED AGAINST THEM, FIVE WERE DISABLED, THE OTHERS UNEMPLOYED…………….

    “EVERY ONE OF THEM HAD SUCCUMBED TO SUICIDAL THOUGHTS”

    I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NOR AN EXPERT, BUT I AM WITNESSING A CULL OF HUMAN BEINGS NEVER SEEN ON OUR SHORES BEFORE.

    …………A MURDER OF INDUSTRIAL PROPORTIONS.

  72. Cease and desist

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    A cease and desist letter, also known as “infringement letter” or “demand letter,” is an aggressive-toned document sent to an individual or business to halt purportedly unlawful activity (“cease”) and not take it up again later (“desist”). The letter may warn that if the recipient by deadlines set in the letter does not cease and desist specified conduct, or take certain actions, that party may be sued.[1][2] The letter may demand money as payment for damages, attorneys’ fees and costs.

    In most jurisdictions sending a cease and desist letter is not required as a prelude to litigation, as the victim of an infringement may simply file a lawsuit.[citation needed] However, if a letter contains terms and conditions to fully resolve the matter, the sender will agree not to file suit if the recipient complies with the sender’s demands.[citation needed]

    Although cease and desist letters are not exclusively used in the area of intellectual property, such letters “are frequently utilized in disputes concerning intellectual property and represent an important feature of the intellectual property law landscape.”[2] The holder of an intellectual property right such as a copyrighted work, a trademark, or a patent, may send the cease and desist letter to inform a third party “of the right holders’ rights, identity, and intentions to enforce the rights.”[2] The letter may merely contain a licensing offer, or may be an explicit threat of a lawsuit. A cease and desist letter often triggers licensing negotiations, and is a frequent first step towards litigation.[2]

    Receiving numerous cease and desist letters may be very costly for the recipient. Each claim in the letters has to be evaluated, and it should be decided whether to answer to the letters, “whether or not to obtain an attorney’s opinion letter, prepare for a lawsuit, and perhaps initiate [in case of letters regarding a potential patent infringement] a search for alternatives and the development of design-around technologies.”[2]

    Cease and desist letters are sometimes used to intimidate recipients and can be “an effective tool used by corporations to chill the critical speech of gripe sites operators.”[3] A company owning a trademark may send such letter to a gripe site operator alleging a trademark infringement, although the actual use of the trademark by the gripe site operator may fall under a fair use exception (in compliance with, in the U.S., the protection of free speech under the First Amendment).[3]

  73. I ask the questions DWP not you – Also stop talking over me DWP I know you don’t wanna hear it. Do you want me to get the gagging order since you don`t reply to my letters.

    SR

  74. if this kind of remark was said towards lets say muslims because they are always up there on the race/religious card that muslims should be paid a lesser wage then that is clear cut racist remark but to say it towards disabled people and he thinks he can get away with it he has broke the same kind of law lock him up and the rest of all politicians because everyone of us are victimised from them through their treatment of the whole nation

    • “Freud thinks he can survive, it’s up to us to make sure he doesn’t….

      Disabled Penzance woman is ‘another victim of the bedroom tax’

      By The Cornishman | Posted: October 16, 2014
      AndrewGeorge

      A DISABLED Penzance mother says she may be forced to leave her home after being hit hard by the ‘bedroom tax’.

      Christine Mayfield, 53, has been living on benefits after a massive heart attack nine years ago left her unable to work.

      However, when her 19-year-old son moved out of her two-bedroom flat last month she was told she would either have to either move to a smaller property or be taxed at £14 a week for the now-empty room.

      “I’m classed as severely disabled and I can’t work so I feel let down by the whole situation,” she said, adding that she now also had to pay 25 per cent of her council tax.

      Christine moved into the Devon and Cornwall Housing Association (DCH) flat at Custom House Court, Chapel Street, eight years ago.

      In the aftermath of her heart attack she began suffering from congestive heart failure, leaving her breathless and unable to carry out some day-to-day tasks on her own.

      “I used to have a job but had to stop after the heart attack,” she said, and because of this extra charge I’m being forced to look elsewhere. I don’t want to move.

      “A lot of people have gone into debt because of the bedroom tax. I’m not there yet but I’m struggling the same as everyone else.”

      The so-called bedroom tax, brought in by the government last April with the declared intention of maximising occupancy in public housing, requires tenants of a council or housing association property with a spare room to move to a smaller property or pay a levy.

      Local MP Andrew George has been campaigning for a change to the bedroom tax and tabled a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament calling for the levy to be looked at again.

      The Bill was supported through its second reading and will now go for reports and a third reading before being discussed by the House of Lords.

      If enacted, the Bill effectively quashes the controversial tax.

      Ms Mayfield has also discussed the issue with her local councillor Cornelius Olivier who has slammed the levy as harsh and unfair. “Christine has serious long-term health problems which considerably affect her physical abilities,” he said. “The additional pressure of the bedroom tax on top of the 25 per cent council tax for which she is now liable is being used to force her out of her home. Although I’m glad the local MP has followed in my footsteps on this issue, only the Labour Party is committed to scrapping this disgraceful piece of legislation after the next general election.”

  75. However, when her 19-year-old son moved out of her two-bedroom flat last month she was told she would either have to either move to a smaller property or be taxed at £14 a week for the now-empty room.

    What of the Non-dependants tax of £14 a week equally destructive to claimants as the bedroom tax, it does not get as much attention.

  76. The CONS are saying it was a clumsy comment – Really – if it was a black person, a gay person, a woman it would be racism but because its the disabled its all clumsy —
    Crab In A Barell

    So Disability Hate Crime Is OK then !!!

    Emotional Blackmail has backfired to a Dictatorship. SUNK !!

  77. LORD FRAUD HAS NOW GOTA GAGGING ORDER — There is more more that Lord Fraud has actually said. NOW SHUT UP LORD FRAUD YOU WILL LOSE THE ELECTION BEFORE THE ELECTION IN SHAME OF CABINET CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER>
    CLUMSY CLUMSY !!!

  78. IT WONT GO AWAY GENOCIDE OF THE DISABLED !! I HEAR VOICES NOW SAYING METAL THINGS LIKE DWP HARASSMENT COLD CALLING THREATS. NO I AM NOT MAKING IT UP THE HOME VISIT IS THREATING ME IN MY OWN HOME. Shut up your making it all up.

    Yes DWP the mafia are here to sort out your mess since your can`t money laundering correctly. So that is why dodgy dave is bullying & threatening the whole of Europe with DAVES RULES.Fuck off out of Europe dave you moany sod. Dave says I cant I will In UK kip & nap. BULLY BULLY BULLY the clumsy fool with clumsy Lord fraud comment. Dictators is what you have become Dave. Let Disabled Live Dave Don’t Kill Them Off Because of your Disability Hate Crime Law Has Backfired & It Actually Works Now –

    Blood Clat to dem Babylonian slave traders in 2014 still going strong in the UK. Sell me a story Sell Me A Cash Cow. Trading Places you seen that film Sunken Ship Dave. No not Titanic the Welafare Reform Sinking Ship of the Weight of 40,000 disabled dead people as dead weight on your Welfare Reform Flag Ship.

    Its too late I cant help you dave you gone too far, just like your lawyers & civil servants have said to you already.

    Wake up it still 2014 another 6 months of trying to get out of Human Rights Abuses on a grand scale.

    You should have listened at 10,000 Disabled deaths.

    We are not talking about your FIRED the uk is NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE FOR AN ELECTION.

    HAS THE POUNDLAND CASE FINISHED THEN AT LAST DAVE YOU LOST.

    LOSERS !!

  79. You know what its like when you make JUST a clumsy comment !!
    The Onus Is On The Burden Of Proof —

    Not What He Meant To Say Was We All Are Clumsy in the clumsy excuse of being clumsy using up the public space with babble covering up a Criminal Charge of Disability Hate Crime – We are lower the you !!THe Disabled Are lower than you —- Quick Top Up the excuse. The whole of the election relies on Lord Fraud Gagging Order !!!! LOL

    Now go & sort out the Twitter Trolls & do some thing useful Fucking Lazy MPs.

  80. To sort out rubbish means going through rubbish to get to the real issue Dodgy Dave is really The Wizard Of ATOS with his little demeaner trying to be a big man. DONT MENTION THE WORD DISABLED IN FRONT OF DAVE HE EMOTIONALLY MENTAL.

    NOW DAVE 40,000 Disabled death should get you emotional but it don’t just 2.

    DAVE INSULTING Us Slaves Again !!

  81. DWP under fire for £1.4bn of overpaid housing benefit

    Austin Macauley 17 October 2014 Localgov.uk.co

    The Government’s failure to provide councils with sufficient funding or incentives has contributed to housing benefit overpayments rocketing to £1.4bn, a spending watchdog has revealed.

    The National Audit Office (NAO) found overpayment due to fraud and error accounted for 5.8% of spending on the benefit over the last year – up from £980m (4.6%) in 2010-11.

    Two-thirds of payments were due to claimant error, around a quarter were down to fraud and 11% were caused by official error.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has over-relied on a limited system of incentives for local authorities to chase up and reclaim payments, it said. And while housing benefit claims increased by 5% between 2010 and 2014, council funding to administer the benefit has fallen by 17%.

    Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said: ‘Housing benefit is a difficult benefit to administer and, against a background of unclear responsibilities and limited investment, it is unsurprising that total overpayments have increased. The Department for Work and Pensions is facing an escalating problem.

    ‘The DWP has recognised the need to do more and has been developing a new strategy. As these initiatives are in the early stages, it is too early to know whether they are working. However, the department will need to show that it is tackling problems with local authority incentives and targeting major areas of loss.’

    Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, described the overpayments as ‘staggering’ and warned the DWP’s ‘out of sight, out of mind mentality’ had left it with limited oversight of local authorities’ performance.

    ‘It has not incentivised local authorities to identify fraud and claimant error, which account for the majority of all overpayments. While it has shared data with local authorities to help crack down on fraud and error, these initiatives have fallen well short of expectations.’

    She highlighted the fact that since taking on the role of inspecting local authority housing benefit services from the Audit Commission, the DWP had carried out just one of 15 planned inspections since 2011.

    The Local Government Association (LGA) warned that councils are dealing with more housing benefit caseloads, with less money to administer housing benefit.

    Cllr Claire Kober, chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said: ‘Local government continues to outperform central government at processing claims accurately and successfully recovering overpayments.

    ‘It is testament to the efficiency and innovation of councils that the NAO has found benefit claims continue to be processed accurately, despite councils only receiving half the money they need from government to administer the scheme.

    ‘Government’s method of funding councils‘ work in this area is too bureaucratic and can be counterproductive to our efforts to identify fraud and error. Councils want to work with the Department for Work and Pensions to simplify and improve the rules.’

    Localgov.co.uk: –
    http://www.localgov.co.uk/DWP-under-fire-for-14bn-of-overpaid-housing-benefit/37431

  82. oh dear more bad news slave traders & masters.

  83. DWP hits out at city council for failing to spend £103k to stop bedroom tax victims being evicted

    stokesentinel.co.uk/ 16th October 2014

    GOVERNMENT officials have hit out at the city council after the authority failed to spend tens of thousands of pounds to help bedroom tax victims.

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) spoke out after it emerged Stoke-on-Trent City Council has evicted 25 bedroom tax victims after they fell behind with their rent.

    Council leaders have blamed the evictions on the Government’s welfare reforms.

    But the DWP says the council actually handed back £103,928in 2013/14 to a hardship fund operated by the Government. The council also failed to apply for a share of an additional £20 million set up to help families. The money can be used for people who fall behind with their rent.

    The bedroom tax sees people lose around £14-a-week for each spare bedroom.

    A DWP spokesman said: “The removal of the spare room subsidy was necessary to return fairness to the system, make better use of our social housing stock, and get the ballooning housing benefit bill under control.

    “But we have made over £1.6 million available to Stoke-on-Trent City Council to support the most vulnerable people since our reforms were introduced. Last year, the council did not apply for a share of an extra £20 million fund we held in reserve, and over £100,000 of their funding went unspent.”

    Latest figures show 1,000 city tenants applied for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2013/14 – with £444,341 handed out. That left £103,928 in the DHP pot which had to be returned to the Government. The rest of the £1.6 million funded a crisis social fund.

    Stoke-on-Trent Citizen’s Advice Bureau chief executive Simon Harris said: “Last year the council under spent quite significantly on DHP.

    “It was quite frustrating for other organisations, seeing people get into difficulties, when there was this money available. Had the council spent it all it may have been able to go back to the DWP to get more. This year they are on course to spend it all.

    “The reason the bedroom tax is an issue in Stoke-on-Trent is because there is not the housing stock available. There are no places for people to go to escape the bedroom tax, so very few people have moved.

    “DHP is discretionary, so lots of people don’t qualify and it is a bit of a sticking plaster. It has been described as a short-term measure to tide people over.”

    More than 2,700 council tenants have been affected by the bedroom tax – with hundreds asking to move to a smaller house.

    Carer Darren Walker, aged 48, of James Brindley Way, Etruria, who is receiving DHP and who won a legal fight against a £600 bedroom tax bill, said: “The council should be doing more to help its tenants. But I also think the bedroom tax should be abolished because we are paying enough tax and times are getting harder and harder.”

    The city council declined to comment on the DWP’s views.

    Stoke Local paper – Stokesentinel: –
    http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/DWP-hits-city-council-failing-spend-pound-103k/story-23193575-detail/story.html

  84. Office & Admin problems cause real hardship for people. Money grabbing robbers.

  85. So the DWP are not fit for purpose in their current state.

  86. Oh dear the bad news keeps rolling in. Yes bad news for everyone show up the fraud within the system. DWP witch hunt. Confused !!!

  87. Lord Freud row: Senior Tory backs Welfare Minister over £2 wage for disabled

    belfasttelegraph.co.uk – BY OLIVER WRIGHT – 16 October 2014

    A senior Conservative backbencher Jackie Doyle-Price has come to the defence of the party’s embattled Welfare Minister Lord Freud, insisting that the minimum wage was having a detrimental impact on disabled people’s chances of finding work.

    Jackie Doyle-Price, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, wrote on Twitter: “Anyone who denies that the minimum wage is a barrier to employment for the less able is living in cloud cuckoo land.”

    But her comments led Labour to claim that incident showed “the nasty party” is back.

    “Yet another senior Tory has joined Lord Freud in attacking disabled people and disability charities, supporting his suggestion that some disabled people are worth less than the minimum wage,” said Labour’s spokeswoman for the disabled Kate Green.

    “It is David Cameron who is living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks Lord Freud should still be in his job.

    “It is disgraceful that these views continue to go unchallenged in the Conservative Party. When is the Prime Minister going to take action?

    “The mask is slipping from David Cameron’s Conservatives. The nasty party is back.”

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    Labour is demanding Lord Freud comes to Parliament to explain his controversial suggestion that some disabled workers are “not worth” the minimum wage.

    The Conservative peer has been allowed to remain in his job after apologising for the comment, which sparked furore among disability charities and was branded “offensive” by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

    But he has been withdrawn from scheduled frontbench duties in the House of Lords today, in a move which Labour said indicated that he does not enjoy the “full confidence” of Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves said it was “unacceptable” for Lord Freud to remain in his post.

    In a letter to the PM, she demanded to know whether Mr Cameron had spoken to the peer before giving him “a clean bill of health”, and whether any work had been done by Government departments on proposals to allow disabled people to be employed at below the £6.50-an-hour minimum wage.

    Lord Freud was recorded at a fringe meeting of last month’s Conservative Party conference responding to a Tory councillor who suggested that people with mental health problems may be unable to work because employers are unwilling to pay them the statutory minimum.

    He replied: “You make a really good point about the disabled… There is a group – and I know exactly who you mean – where actually, as you say, they’re not worth the full wage and actually I’m going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour, and it’s working, can we actually…”

    Mr Cameron flatly disowned the peer’s remarks when ambushed by Labour leader Ed Miliband at Prime Minister’s Questions and later ordered him to apologise amid opposition calls for his head.

    In a statement last night, Lord Freud offered “a full and unreserved apology”, adding: “I was foolish to accept the premise of the question. To be clear, all disabled people should be paid at least the minimum wage, without exception, and I accept that it is offensive to suggest anything else.

    “I care passionately about disabled people. I am proud to have played a full part in a Government that is fully committed to helping disabled people overcome the many barriers they face in finding employment.”

    Mr Clegg said Lord Freud’s comments had “cause huge offence”, telling LBC radio: “I think what was so offensive to people… was when he used this word ‘worth’ and he said some people with disabilities weren’t worth the minimum wage. I think that is what has, quite rightly, touched a raw nerve because it’s making a comment about someone’s individual value.”

    The Deputy Prime Minister said the peer’s comments were “deeply distressing and offensive to people”.

    But he added: “That shouldn’t stop any of us having a discussion and, frankly, a difficult discussion – because some of these issues are difficult – to get more people with disabilities and with other disadvantages in life into the workplace.”

    Welfare reform minister Lord Freud clings on after saying disabled workers ‘aren’t worth’ minimum wage

    Belfasttelegraph: –
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/lord-freud-row-senior-tory-backs-welfare-minister-over-2-wage-for-disabled-30670917.html

  88. overburdenddonkey

    “PERTH AND KINROSS FOR INDEPENDENCE” RALLY, SATURDAY, 18th OCTOBER”
    http://www.indyscot.info/details.php?ref=38

    • overburdenddonkey

      nicola sturgeon has sold out the 12000 capacity hydro…having said that…the labdemtory party has sold out the whole of scotland….to save imperialism, and boost ermine production…

      • overburdenddonkey

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/vulnerable-man-died-agony-after-4450671 “When Mr Hemmings, who suffered mental and physical problems, failed to turn up for the appointment his records were marked ‘did not attend’ and no further checks were made on his condition.”
        sounds all too familiar..

        • Last week obd, my friend received a phone call from his wife that she had found her mother, unconscious in her home.

          He immediately rang the emergency line and reported that she had collapsed and was unconscious……….
          What followed can only be described as, complete drivel, my friend was asked lots of completely irrelevant questions about the ladies home and mobile phone numbers.
          He kept saying, “i don’t know”, and they kept insisting they needed them.

          Time after time he kept telling the operator that she was collapsed on the floor but the questions persisted.
          He was losing his temper all the time, the questions kept on coming………..

          To blame a computer algorithm that is used by the operator is no excuse for shoddy work that resulted in this mans death. This nation is going down the pan very fast, life seems to have no value…………

  89. The Laughing Stockbrokers

    * contains strong language

  90. Yosserian Hughes

    Them cnuts on QT (Both the panellists AND the audience) last night need a fuckin’ good hidin’ in my opinion. Ignorant, imbecilic fuckers. That’s the first time I’ve seen my MP (Angela Eagle) get ‘angry’ , and rightly so. She didn’t bring up anything else the fraud had been at fault for, but at least she had a go (of sorts) and was shouted down for it by just about everyone else present.

    There’s NO excusin’ what the ‘orridable little twunt said. There’s NO excusin’ his previous, neither. The man’s a total fuckin’ gawp as well as a snidey little shitehawk.

    • Eagle was the only one who had any gumption. The audience were a bunch of fuckwits and the panel not any better.

      The way he said it is exactly what he meant. Looking into ways that companies could take on disabled people at slave rates because “they’re not worth the wage!” He is a low life Tory twat plain and simple.

      • They all are!

        • Only got round to catching QT yesterday (on the Parliament channel) and it seemed the Tories had plenty of Fraud apologists primed and ready to go in the audience, but then it WAS in Newbury, after all! What a shame nobody mentioned the fact that, far from it being a misinterpreted remark as they claimed, Fraud has previously referred to the disabled as “stock”. That would have shut them up…

  91. Landless Peasant

    I have 12p to my name and not much food, and awoke this morning to a letter from Bradford Council threatening me with Court action over unpaid Council Tax. FFS, is there no end to this shit? TBH I’ll be glad when I’m 6ft under.

  92. Landless Peasant

    FUCK THE UK plc. I hope this shit-hole of a country is destroyed by an earthquake/asteroid/atom-bomb/whatever.

    • “£ NINETEEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND EIGHTY POUNDS”

      The figure above is the amount of money that the DWP have withheld from me since undergoing an ATOS examination, being found fit for work after being declared disabled for life fourteen years ago………………….

      I have been made to live on just £32.32p per week for more than fourteen months now, eight pound per week i have to spend on absorbent pads, nappies, due to a bladder problem.

      The money i receive is less than half of that what an able bodied person would receive.
      The £32 is industrial accident benefit that i receive for an accident at work that curtailed my 24 year career.

      If the DWP has taken this amount of money, just from myself, transpose this amount across the broader spectrum of the disabled community and it will give a broader scenario of the raid on the most vulnerable………….

      The likes of Freud have not one ounce of compassion for those he is assigned to represent, a thief in a suit……………..

      ……………………always was, always will be, but with a concerted effort we can lay him to rest………

  93. Can a JCP sanction kapo be called into an appeal to be questioned as to their motive for raising two back to back doubts against a claimant.

    • Hiya Mr Reckless, in the Interests of “Natural Justice” [see google], if you are accused of something, the accusser has to allow you a chance to cross examine. Denial of that makes the whole system void – if the say no dice its time to cough up £25 and down to your local courts for “Harrassment & Victimisation” and ask for Compensation for your treatment. Call “Community Legal Advice Line” – free to unemployed [they have real solicitors]

      • Thanks – the harassment and victimisation is of a introverted teenager they are bullying as if it is an office sport and for fag time gossip, the JCP staff are like a pack of sanction rabid animals hunting a vulnerable pray.

        Ragging😦

  94. Freud Row Councillor David Scott Rents Rooms To People With LD

    http://samedifference1.com/2014/10/16/freud-row-councillor-david-scott-rents-rooms-to-people-with-ld/

    Incompetence, discrimination and ‘fraud’: the US company that could take over from Atos

    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/10/incompetence-discrimination-and-fraud-the-us-company-that-could-take-over-from-atos/

    Sounds like the kind of outfit that ticks the boxes’ at the Dwp.

    • Maximus Pays $30.5 Million to Settle Medicaid Fraud Criminal Charges

      In July 2007, Maximus, Inc. agreed to pay $30.5 million to settle a criminal investigation under the False Claims Act led by Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Jeffrey A. Taylor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia regarding allegations that Maximus falsified Medicaid claims. The contention was whether Maximus colluded with the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency to falsify claims to Medicaid for services provided by DC to children in its foster care program. [6] Benjamin Turner, a former division manager at Maximus, helped initiate the investigation under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and received $4.93 million for his efforts. [7]

      In addition to the settlement from Maximus, the U.S. also recovered $12.15 million from the District of Columbia government after a review conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services indicated that the Child and Family Services Agency had inflated its number of case management claims.[8]

      Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, Peter D. Keisler, stated in announcing the Medicaid fraud prosecution agreement against Maximus, “The $42.65 million settlement with Maximus demonstrates the Justice Department’s strong commitment to vigorously pursuing those companies that defraud the Medicaid program.”[9]

      Contract Failures
      CT: Failed Upgrade of a Major Law Enforcement Database: Former Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal demanded that Maximus, Inc. reimburse the state the $6.2 million that it spent on a failed upgrade of the Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing System (COLLECT System) used to access criminal justice information and conduct immediate criminal background checks. [10] The state had hired Maximus in 2002 to carry out a required update of the COLLECT system to meet federal standards. In 2007, Blumenthal sued Maximus for breach of contract. He said the company failed to provide the state with a functioning law enforcement database. The Associated Press that “during the system’s testing period, state officials found 821 defects, half of which Blumenthal said Maximus failed to fix.” [10] State officials did not put the database into operation for “fear it could endanger police and the public.” [11] In 2010, the state reached a $2.5 million settlement with Maximus and a subcontractor, resolving the dispute over the contract on the computer system upgrade work. [10]As of February 2013, the state still had a contract with Maximus related to the upgrade. [12]
      TN: Child Support Enforcement: Maximus directs child support enforcement offices in more than 20 Tennessee counties. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) received 894 complaints related to Maximus employee behavior in the various offices between July 2009 and September 2012., Complaints heard by the Tennessee DHS include lack of professionalism on the part of Maximus employees, lost or late child-support payments, and administrative gaffes on the part of Maximus employees that have cost the jobs of non-custodial parents. Maximus and a subsidiary that it purchased in 2012, Policy Studies, Inc. (PSI), directed the Davidson County Child Support Enforcement Office (CCSEO) between 1993 and 2013. When Maximus ran the Davidson County office in 2012, after its purchase of PSI, it logged 36 complaints from May 1 to December 31. Control of the Davidson County office was granted to a new firm in June, 2013.[13]
      TX: Social Services Privatization Gone Awry: In January 2006, the state of Texas hired a private consortium headed by Accenture LLP to develop, operate, and staff Texas’s eligibility and enrollment system for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Maximus was a primary subcontractor. [14] The watchdog group In the Public Interest reported that this outsourcing effort resulted in various operational problems such as “high call center wait times, technical issues, insufficiently trained contractor staff, delays in application processing, and improper benefit denials…and many families eligible for public benefits failed to receive the assistance they needed when they needed it.” [15] In March 2007, the state cancelled the contract with Accenture and Maximus took over many of the contracted functions, such as staffing the call centers. In the Public Interest noted that, “although there have been some improvements since the original contract cancellation, problems persist with application processing timeliness, improper benefit denials and other issues.”[15]
      WI: Improper Use of W-2 Program Funds: In 2000, a scandal surrounding Maximus, Inc. and its handling of Wisconsin Works (W-2) welfare funds led lawmakers to call for the termination of the corporation’s $46 million contract with the state. [16][17] A 2000 Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau report showed that Maximus, Inc. had been billing the state almost $500,000 in improper or questionable expenses since 1997.[18] This included thousands in W-2 funds spent on soliciting contracts in other states, concerts and meals for clients, and a holiday party for Maximus employees.[19] Maximus agreed to pay back $500,000 for “improper spending of taxpayer W-2 money.”[20]
      CA: Drug Testing Errors: In 2004, Maximus was awarded a $8.7 million contract to run California’s “diversion program” over five years which treats hundreds of licensed nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other medical professionals with a history of substance abuse. [21] The contract also gave Maximus the responsibility to drug test the medical personnel, who should have been completely abstaining from drug and alcohol use. Due to improper drug testing standards used by Maximus’ subcontractors, Pennsylvania-based First Lab and Kansas-based Clinical Reference Lab, 146 individuals who had tested positive during drug or alcohol screenings between December 2009 and August 2010, were permitted to keep working without any discipline or receiving treatment.[22]

  95. The chief executive officer of Maximus is Richard Montoni, who has held this post since 2006. Prior to becoming CEO, he was chief financial officer and treasurer, a position he had held since 2002.[41] Montoni’s base salary for the fiscal year 2013 was $700,000, the same as the previous year.[42] He was also given a bonus of $2,000,000 and received $2.35 million in stock awards, plus $86,321 in other compensation, for a total compensation of $5,136,321.[42] He received $21,331,168 in total compensation from 2008 to 2013, according to Morningstar. All of Maximus’ top executives received cumulative total compensation of $49840,691 from 2008 to 2013.[43]

    Board of Directors

    As of July 2014:[41]
    Richard A. Montoni, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Peter B. Pond, Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Russell A. Beliveau
    John J. Haley – President and CEO of Watson Wyatt & Company Holdings,
    Paul R. Lederer – Executive Vice President at Federal Mogul
    Raymond B. Ruddy
    Marilyn R. Seymann – Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of the Americas,
    James R. Thompson, Jr. – former governor of Illinois
    Wellington E. Webb – former mayor of Denver, CO

    Executive Management

    As of July 2014:[44]
    Richard A. Montoni – Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director
    Rick Nadeau – Chief Financial Officer
    David Francis – General Counsel
    Bruce L. Caswell – President and General Manager of the Health Services
    Akbar Piloti – President and General Manager of the Human Services Segment
    Lisa Miles, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    Mark S. Andrekovich – Chief of Human Capital
    David Casey – Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Business Development
    Nancy Heiser – Senior Vice President, Quality and Risk Management
    Paul Mack – Chief Administrative Officer and Special Assistant to the CEO
    John Boyer – Chairman, MAXIMUS Foundati

    Contact Information

    1891 Metro Center Drive
    Reston, Virginia 20190
    (703) 251-8500

  96. Lord Fraud might still be clinging by his fingertips but he will fall in the end even if it takes the general election for this to happen. By that time he and all his stinking greedy rich and wicked cronies can all be dropped into the cesspool of prejudice and deceit from where they came. To my mind there is not much difference being prejudiced or racist, the Tories think there is, one is acceptable across their entire agenda and the other is used in order for the key issues in a democratic country being properly discussed. A recent event I witnessed this past week has set in stone for me how the race card is being used in law enforcement priority and how prejudice is running wild without any scruples. The Tories were not tagged “The Sleazy Party” for nothing all those years back, nothing changes but it always seems more acceptable when it can be dressed up in Tory colours.. Decadence rules it seems…. do you like it and what it has done to our country so far?, imagine how wonderful it will be facing another five years of it!… I think not!.

  97. Becuase of course people with ‘mental damage’ are only too happy to accept a pair of shiny round golden coins from their betters. In doing so they will prove the cruelty of people like nasty Ed Merelybland for denying them this right.

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  101. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    This is old news, but it’s worth repeating as the government has tried to backtrack on Fraud’s reported comments. They went into spin mode, with the embarrassed minister releasing a statement that he was ‘very passionate’ about equality for disabled people. It’s a lie. Fraud has no sympathy for the sick and disabled, and, indeed, has absolutely none for the poor and working class generally. I believe it was Fraud, who declared that the poor should be better able to manage poverty, as they had less to lose. Similar sentiments have been uttered by other members of this aristocratic, out-of-touch government, whose every statement shows their utter contempt and lack of any understanding for the lives of those they govern.

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