This is why we have to fight

14 Mar

Laurie and I agonised over whether to post this.  This blog is meant to help and support; and upcoming posts will hopefully do that.  This, on the other hand, is just terrifying, outlining the government’s plans for social cleansing.  And we’re sorry if it causes our readers fear.  I have been sick and shaking all morning after reading it and doing some research that backs it up.  The government’s statements are couched in the language of help and empowerment, but reading between the lines, two important points jump out: this scheme is to be administered by profit making companies and based on payment by results – and we all know what lengths of bullying, coercion and cruelty such targets have induced in Atos when used in the hated Work Capability Assessments.  And secondly, the responsible department is headed by Eric Pickles, he who would slap unlimited fines on gypsies for daring to be anywhere, and who wants to strip benefits from the obese if they refuse to go to the gym (never mind that he is so rotund himself that he resembles a monstrous egg, and that gym fees are beyond the reach of benefit recipients).

With heavy hearts we will post it however, because this is why we all need to act, to stand up and be counted.  Whether you send the template letter we provide (or a personalised version), put your name to the press copy, tweet and post about what’s happening so their whitewash and press smear campaign are at least countered, march, share advice, or simply tell everyone you know, please do something if you can.  The comparisons to Nazi Germany are looking less and less like hyperbole.

With thanks to the facebook page ‘The People Vs the Government, the DWP and Atos’

Here’s the whistleblower’s message:

Hi
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 120k families whose lives are blighted by joblessness, single parents, 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 options.
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…..if they refuse to participate, their benefits will be stripped under sanctions. 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 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

And here’s the government site: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-troubled-families-turn-their-lives-around

Our template letter can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-troubled-families-turn-their-lives-around (and please comment if you would like your group or name to be added to the press copy)

And at: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-troubled-families-turn-their-lives-around

And you can support on thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1508-kicking-tory-ass-on-welfare

The time is now.  Please don’t wait until, in those famous words of Pastor Niemoller, there is no one left to speak out for you.

Sending love and solidarity to all.

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