Friday, 9 December 2016

Charities to Ally with the DWP ?

Under fire, 7 major UK charities concerned with supporting the disabled and deaf in the UK are considering applications to run DWP assessment procedures for support and allowances, ignoring real concern from disabled people DWP assessments have decimated support areas for them, and contributed to over 3,000+ disabled premature deaths.

It has long been the thrust of ATR ,indeed what is what originally set up for, to oppose the directions Charity has taken in regards to supporting rank and file membership and backing them when under fire from the state, including indictments of the UK Government arm the DWP, for 'disability cleansing' and genocide, which the UK has yet to answer in the Hague. 

This week a government-sponsored survey revealed it will still take another 50 years of inclusion before employers will readily accept a disabled employee.  In effect many young disabled people alive today will never have a full-time job.

Charities today hardly contain any representation from their core reason/areas they are set up for.   They have been replaced by non-deaf, and non-disabled at exorbitant fees/wages, jobs advertised in '3rd age' corporate areas where disabled need not apply, and grass roots relegated to volunteer roles for free, or 'consulted' online as a sop to listening to what we need.. Charities having gone corporate, now have no time for the people it 'helps'.

The Article:   The country’s largest disability charities have been accused of “selling out” disabled people, as they look set to play a significant role in providing back-to-work services under the government’s new Work and Health Programme.

Disability News Service (DNS) has contacted seven of the largest disability charities – most of which are not user-led – and none of them has ruled out seeking contracts from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  Disabled activists say this means the charities will be unable to campaign effectively on welfare reform, because of the size of contracts on offer.

All seven – the group that in past years were known as the “big seven” disability charities – insist that any contracts they win from the government will have no impact on their campaigning work, including whether they speak up about social security reform, including cuts to disability benefits and back-to-work policies for disabled people.

But their generally supportive responses to the government’s work, health and disability green paper – which was published on 31 October – could suggest otherwise.  One of the seven – Mind – has already been caught lying about its interest in seeking DWP contracts under the Work and Health Programme.

Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, told protesters on 31 October (pictured) that the charity had “no contracts with DWP” and that he was “not interested in future contracts at this stage”.  His lies were exposed when a disgruntled employee leaked internal documents showing that Mind was applying to join a DWP framework that would allow it to bid for contracts.

Last month, the charity’s policy and campaigns manager, Tom Pollard, joined DWP on secondment as a senior policy adviser.

Asked whether winning DWP contracts would impact on its campaigning work, Mind told DNS last week that it “always speaks out about the issues that we believe impact on people with mental health problems, and we don’t enter into financial relationships which would prevent us from doing this”.

The DNS investigation comes as the Charity Commission confirmed that it has written to Mind’s trustees following a complaint about the charity’s close links with the government – and about Farmer’s lies – by Dr Minh Alexander, an NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist.

She told the commission that she was “concerned that Mind’s independence has been compromised through collaboration with the government which goes beyond constructive joint working”.

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