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Agent Provocateur?

You can never really be sure just how much of the stuff that get's posted onto Facebook is accurate or just another attempt by someone to stir things up or to act as an agent provocateur (surely not?! - Ed).

The following has been posted on the 'The People Vs The Government, DWP and Atos' Facebook page. If it's true then it's mind boggling, but then I've ceased to be amazed at what this government are capable of. Anyway, see what you think ...

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I work within the DWP so please don't use my name as it could cost me my job.

The DWP are rolling out nationally an initiative to work with 120,000 families, including single parents whose lives are blighted by joblessness, crime and truancy. We have specially trained personnel to work closely with them to break these harmful trends and integrate them into society, improve their lives and make working the preferred option.

However what has not been released and is being kept hush hush is that these families are to achieve certain targets working with our staff and stakeholders, professional organisations which have been hand picked to get the desired results as expediently as possible.

The department is investing a great deal of resources into this project and participants are to be under no illusions that equal investment and commitment are required from them. This will not be an option where families can choose not to be involved in and if they refuse to participate, their benefits will be stripped under sanctions. Also, if after a period of 26 weeks results are not forthcoming and improvements tangible and sustained, all benefits will be withdrawn.

The adults will either have to work in any position that can be found and will be paid via fuel food and basic clothing. If the children continue to truant and participate in anti social behaviour those under 13 will be taken into care and those over 13 will be expected to work under the same terms as their parents with tutors twice weekly to ensure a basic level of literacy and numeracy. They will not be living with their parents but in dormitory accommodation.

Tenders have been received and a short list drawn up for the lots as with PIP. Fore runners are G4S, Deloittes, Veolia, Capita and Serco.

Myself and many other members of staff are horrified but are powerless to stop this. The govt are saying they will save more on what they cut on the benefits including DLA for the people in these families getting high rates for anger and behavioural problems, housing benefits and benefits for babies and children. Any of the parents having children throughout or once they've failed the initiative will be taken into the care of local authorities. The families will be allowed supervised access at contact centres as deemed acceptable by the people overseeing the project and the handlers for the individual families.

This is all underway and being arranged as we speak. The govt see these families as an absolute blight on society and one way or another are determined to get rid of them in any way they can. Their view is that support and money haven't helped, ASBO's are a joke and seen as a badge of honour and children whether in these families or other families on low incomes are a drain on resources and they believe if they stop paying then the children will stop being born and those already here will have to either conform or to be excluded and earn their keep.

To get disability allowance for children is going to be nigh on impossible which is why the reforms haven't targeted them, new plans are underway as the perception is that ALL children need care and parents know this before having them therefore there are only very rare circumstances where additional support is justifiable.

Thank You

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Posted by Dave Lupton, 14 March 2013

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 14 March 2013

Useless Eaters

Why is it that when this government is shown to be making up its own figures about the number of people who are allegedly fraudulently claiming benefits - those who are sick, disabled, elderly or unemployed - people continue to believe them? The government would have everyone believe that taxes and national insurance contributions from hard-earned income are being fed to this monster with an insatiable appetite.

How can we allow the government to continue making these outrageous statements with so little challenge? Because what happens if these lies and falsehoods aren't exposed, is that people eventually start to believe them.

As we all know, this happens constantly:  people are persuaded that the reason for the problems that are currently besetting them is due to the actions of a certain set of people. A scapegoat is selected, usually one that is 'different' from the mainstream and society's fear and anger are then directed at them.

The term 'useless eater' was first coined by right wing extremists to decribe all of those who, for one reason or another, depend upon some form of benefit or government subsidy in order to survive. We are perceived as being parasites on society, only taking and not contributing in any way. No consideration is given to the barriers in society that disable us and prevent us from  full participation. And the stereotype of the useless eater doesn't allow for all the contributions which people receiving some form of benefit *DO* make to society. 

But of course it suits Cameron, his cronies and certain sections of the media to keep this negative image, especially relating to disabled people, in the minds of the general public. If we're not able to participate fully in their 'Big Society' and worship at the altar of consumerism due to our restricted income and our fecklessness, we are therefore a problem and need to be dealt with. The monster's bottomless stomach has to be stapled.

So let's have some clearer messages about the real nature of this resource-consuming monster: the bankers, the fat-cats, the tax-dodging corporations just for starters ...

Posted by Dave Lupton, 11 March 2013

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 11 March 2013