Archive for April, 2014

Interesting turn of event’s re Universal Credit. Dxxx


By Tony Collins

An information tribunal judge has unexpectedly refused consent for the Department of Work and Pensions to appeal his ruling that four reports on the Universal Credit programme be published.

The ruling undermines the DWP’s claim that there would be “chilling effect” if the reports were published.

The judge’s decision, which is dated 25 April 2014, means the DWP will have to publish the reports under the FOI Act  – or it has 28 days to appeal the judge’s refusal to grant consent for an appeal.  The DWP is certain to appeal again. It has shown that money is no object when it comes to funding appeals to keep the four reports secret.

In 2012 John Slater, who has 25 years experience working in IT and programme and project management, had requested the UC Issues Register, Milestone Schedule and Risk Register. Also in 2012 I requested a UC project assessment review by the…

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Some thoughts on the labour report on disability and poverty from a member of tge taskforce… Dxxx

Making rights make sense

The Labour Party-commissioned taskforce on breaking the link between disability and poverty, of which I was a member, concluded in its final report published today that Britain can and must invest public resources more effectively than at present to create the infrastructure of support that will enable disabled people to escape and remain resilient to the poverty.

This is especially so in these tough economic times when, despite public spending cuts, millions of pounds of public money is being wasted on poorly designed, ineffective and bureaucratic systems and approaches such as the Work Capability Assessment, the Work Programme and fragmented public services.  Disabled people frequently face more red-tape than the average small business in securing the support just to lead lives everyone else takes for granted.  This contributes to, rather than helps relieve, poverty, undermining people’s life chances.

So we call for reform of assessments which should focus on people’s interaction…

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