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Postby jeff3 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:09 am

Ms McVey should be thanking her stars that the ruling applies to ‘kinship’ carers and has nothing to do with the so-called ‘rape clause’ that restricts child benefits to the first two children – unless a further child is the result of a sex crime.

This case makes the irrationality of the Department for Work and Pensions clear, though; there is no good reason to provide benefits for more than two children only if it is the third child receiving ‘kinship’ care.

But a legal hearing in the High Court had to take place in order to demonstrate this to the DWP.

It shows that the restrictions placed on benefit claimants are bizarre and arbitrary. There is no good reason for them.



That goes for the ‘rape clause’ too. It should be scrapped – along with Ms McVey’s tenure as Work and Pensions Secretary and, to be honest, the rest of the DWP.

The government’s policy of denying financial support to carers who fall foul of the two-child limit on benefit entitlements is perverse and unlawful, a high court judge has ruled.
Growing numbers of young carers who voluntarily agree to look after younger relatives, in order to prevent them being taken into care, have been denied thousands of pounds in benefit support when they decide to have a child of their own.
Although ministers had promised that kinship carers would not be hit by the two-child limit, in practice the exemption was only available to carers who had children first and then become guardian to a third child, not the other way around.
Mr Justice Ouseley said this defeated the purpose of the exemption, which was “to encourage, or at least avoid discouraging, a family from looking after a child who would otherwise be in local authority care”.
Making the exemption available only if the cared-for child was not the first or second child was, he said, “not rationally connected with the purposes of the legislation, and indeed it is in conflict with them”.
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Postby jeff3 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:18 am

fraud oh dear
If you watch enough Channel 5 programmes, you may think that vast swathes of the country are ‘scrounging’ off the state and committing benefit fraud. But the government’s latest figures show that this is not exactly the case.

Jackanory

HMRC has released its revised estimates of benefit fraud and error for child and working tax credits for 2015/16. It found that it paid out [pdf, p3] a total of £28.3bn in tax credits in that financial year. But the figures on benefit fraud and error are somewhat small.

HMRC said the total “level of error and fraud favouring the claimant” was £1.35bn; just 4.8% of the total tax credits bill. In detail, it found that [pdf, p4]:

Error favouring the claimant was £1.03bn; 3.7% of the total tax credits bill.
Fraud favouring the claimant was £320m; 1.1% of the total tax credits bill.
These were HMRC’s “central” estimates. It produced [pdf, p4] higher and lower ones, to allow for error:

HMRC revealed the amount of fraud and error relating to tax credits

HMRC showed how much money it paid out in tax credits fraud and error cases


HMRC says [pdf, p5] the majority of money paid out in error was due to mistakes by claimants. The majority [pdf, p5] of these were claims where the claimant was in work, with children. The reasons for errors favouring the claimant were [pdf, p7]:

The reasons why HMRC paid out money in error to claimants

Benefit fraud vs tax evasion: you decide

Originally, in June 2017, HMRC said [pdf, p2] that error and fraud cases amounted to £1.57bn, or 5.5% of the total tax credits bill. But it revised this figure down because of “new information received”.

But it’s not just tax credit error and fraud levels that are lower than you may think.

Like HMRC, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) also estimates fraud and error for its benefit payments. Its most recent estimate shows [pdf, p3] that overpayments to claimants in 2015/16 were £3.3bn, or 1.9% of its total bill.

Meanwhile, HMRC estimated the amount of tax avoided, evaded and unpaid by people and companies in 2015/16 was £34bn – more than the whole tax credits bill. Maybe Channel 5 would like to bear this in mind when it’s deciding on what programmes to do about ‘benefit cheats’.
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Postby Tobias » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:42 am

Yes it does seem like the Govt and it's demeaning and torturous policies are all unravelling and coming back to bite them on the backside, showing how truly evil the nasty party are.
While it might give us some pleasure seeing it happen, we must not forget those of us that have suffered untold misery, nor forget those who have taken their own lives or died as a result of Govt policy.
I hope I live to see the day that Justice is done and that these evil b-astards get their comeuppance.
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Postby jeff3 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:49 am

Under private contractors its the government who tell the companies they just the means untill those in power are held to account for their crimes against their own peoples then nothing will change jeff3
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Postby jeff3 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:32 am

October 2018 is the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), as used by successive UK governments to restrict access to the out-of-work long-term sickness and disability benefit known as the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The most radical reform in British welfare policy since the 1942 Beveridge Report was promoted as offering opportunity and releasing the potential of chronically sick and disabled people. It has been described ever since by politicians and civil servants as “supporting” those in receipt of long-term benefits for chronic illness and disability to return to work, regardless of any clinical diagnosis or prognosis which is completely disregarded by the WCA, rendering the assessment both meaningless and dangerous.

In reality, the adoption of the WCA in October 2008 introduced the greatest government enforced human suffering in the history of social security funding, as chronically ill people who are too ill to work are being, quite literally, killed by the State with an average of 90 people per month dying after being refused access to ESA and found “fit for work”.

It is surely cause for serious concern to learn that the government’s own mental health technical working group, as used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2006 and 2007 to help to design the WCA, were then disregarded when advising the DWP that the WCA should be abandoned as it would create preventable harm, especially for those with a mental health problem.

As exposed by the Disability News Service: “Ministers and civil servants were “ruthless” and “reckless” in forcing through their new “fitness for work” test and refusing to abandon it, even after they were told of the harm it was causing…”

Perhaps of greater concern is that the 2005 DWP commissioned research “The Scientific and Conceptual Basis for Incapacity Benefits” by the former DWP Chief Medical Officer Mansel Aylward and former orthopaedic surgeon Gordon Waddell, as used by the DWP to justify the adoption of the WCA, has been totally discredited and has failed all academic scrutiny.




This DWP commissioned research funded by corporate America was used to justify the language of shirkers and scroungers in the relentless political attack on the sick and disabled community by adopting the Waddell and Aylward biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment for the WCA, and has been discredited by academic excellence.

Co-written with colleagues, Shakespeare’s paper concluded that the Waddell and Aylward BPS model demonstrated “no coherent theory or evidence behind this model” and revealed a “cavalier approach to scientific evidence”. That’s as damning a critique of one academic’s work by another that I have ever seen.

More commissioned research appeared in 2007 by the former banker David Freud. The ‘Freud report’ emphatically suggested that one million sick and disabled people should be removed from the then 2.68 million people claiming Incapacity Benefit, which was the disability benefit replaced in 2008 with the adoption of the ESA.

Justified by sweeping generalities such as “work is good for you”, when citing 2006 DWP commissioned research that presented very little evidence other than sweeping generalisations, Freud recommended the reduction of one million claimants whilst disregarding the health implications having later admitted in a 2008 interview that “I didn’t know anything about welfare at all when I started”.

Gently introduced by the New Labour government in 2008, it was the Coalition government who added to the burden of chronically ill and disabled people by manufacturing evidence for their official reports, and adding unnecessary austerity measures to the ongoing welfare reforms in 2010.

The DWP totally disregarding all detailed evidence of the preventable harm to public mental health created by the fatally flawed WCA, as independent academic research identified the WCA as being directly linked to an additional five hundred and ninety suicides in a three year period to this imposed ideological tyranny as NHS statistics identified 50% of ESA claimants having attempted suicide.

“[…] In total, across England as a whole, the WCA disability reassessment process during this
(3 year) period was associated with an additional 590 suicides, 279,000 additional cases of
self-reported mental health problems and the prescribing of an additional 725,000
antidepressant items.

“In particular the reviews indicated that the (WCA) process was impersonal and mechanistic
and did not adequately capture the impact of chronic health conditions…




“Given that doctors and other health professionals have professional and statutory duties to
protect and promote the health of patients and the public, our evidence that this process is
potentially harming the recipients of these assessments raises major ethical issues for
those involved…

“Our study provides evidence that the policy in England of reassessing the eligibility of benefit
recipients using the WCA may have unintended but serious consequences for population mental
health, and there is a danger that these adverse effects outweigh any benefits that may or may
not arise from moving people off disability benefits…”

‘First do no harm’: are disability assessments associated with adverse
trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study.

B.Barr, D Taylor-Robinson, D Stuckler, R Loopstra, A Reeves, M Whitehead
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
Volume 70, Issue 4, November 2015

Using the Waddell and Aylward totally discredited biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment for the WCA, that disregards diagnosis and prognosis, leading to the inevitable death of thousands of chronically ill people, the DWP were very confident that their American influenced welfare reforms would be successful, not least because the British press had been silenced and would not report the influence of corporate America with the British welfare reforms.

Instead, the British press were successfully used to demonise those too ill to work, as the planned destruction of the British welfare state increased. Sick and disabled people were stigmatised by the dangerous commentary, and prosecuted disability hate crimes increased by 213% during the Coalition government’s term in office.

The latest DWP Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey MP, recently gave evidence to the Social Security Committee of the Scottish government, demonstrating that no details of claimant suffering and distress were of interest.

Mo Stewart, Independent Disability Studies Researcher.




Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author only. Originally titled: “Crime Without Punishment When Killed By The State”. no its bloody called. aktion t4. crimes against their own society
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