How teenagers ended up operating crucial parts of England’s test and trace system | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

As one whistleblower tells me, a vital public health service is being bungled by private contractors, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

Source: How teenagers ended up operating crucial parts of England’s test and trace system | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Revealed:The chaotic free prescription and dental treatment scandal

Yes, yet another fiasco to do with benefits, health charges and other areas for vulnerable persons who could certainly do without it.

In this computer age, what is anyone doing about it, apparently nothing, except confuse, annoy and cause serious concern to many vulnerable people.

We hear that computers can do almost anything, but the computers at the DWP and their programmes appear to be stuck in the Stone Age.

Why can not processes be put in place so that benefits are processed and at the switch of a button one or more benefits stop and the new benefits commence, thereby no waiting periods.

These benefit programmes connect with other areas such as prescriptions so that on processing a prescriptio it comes up at a Pharmacy if the prescriptions are free or to be paid for.

Now we hear so much about the NHS being free at the point of delivery, but not prescriptions, so are they not part of the NHS process?

In fact when the NHS was formed in 1948, the free at the point of delivery did not last long, just vover a year or so, because a prescription charge of 1 shilling became payable.

Now there are more charges, for Opticians and Dentists, so how many more are on the horizon.

When charges are made, this restricts the access for some persons and they then do without, so storing medical problems for the future causing more exprense for the NHS.

There needs to be a system overall so the NHS can go back to be free at the point of delivery for all NHS services and to also include Social Care.

As lack of Social Care will and is causing even more costs to the NHS.

Social and health care need to run in tandem with each other, as they are tightly associated for the many.

Westminster Confidential

An example of an attempt to check whether you are entitled to a free prescription by Trent Valley Surgery

If you are under 60 and over 16 do you know when you can get a free prescription and free dental treatment? No, if you don’t you are in good company and if you claim could even be one of 1.7 million people in England and Wales falsely sent a £100 penalty by the NHS.

A absolutely scathing report out today from MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee today describes the whole system for regulating free prescriptions and dental services as ” not fit for purpose “.

It reveals that despite a so called 24 page ” simplified ” guide telling you when you qualify most people are completely confused and rightly so.And if you get it wrong you are automatically guilty of fraud and get a £100 penalty fine…

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Interview with Stephen Smith’s benefit adviser 24/04/19

The DWP have had more than enough time before this case of Stephen Smith, to learn of their mistakes and they have still not learnt, the question should be why.

The answer is because they do not want to learn for it is the wish of the DWP and this Government to take benefits away from as many people as they can, by whatever means.

They do not care about anybody, if the person does die from the actions of the DWP then they feel so be it.

Why do I say this, because they already have enough evidence to stop these deliberate actions to defraud benefit claimants.

Yes, there are people who wish to take benefits they are not entitled to, but they are in the minority and the Government have put the DWP to penalise all claimants to catch the minority.

However, this minority are not concerned, because they know they will not be caught, in fact many of this minority have been in TV programmes boasting of their frauds. They know the DWP are not after them but are after genuine claimants to endeavour to take the benefits they are entitled to are taken away and cause as much, distress, misery and even death as they can.

We should be campaigning for the removal of the DWP.


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‘I have MS and my benefits assessments was torture

There are so many stories showing the problems with assessors in every one of the welfare benefits assessment processes. In most of these instances there is an abundance of medical reports to prove what the assessors are trying to disprove, when the assessors are not experts in these medical fields.

Why are they doing this, yes there is some benefit fraud taking place, but not to the extent that requires, in many instances, inhumane treatment of benefit claimants.

It is as though every benefit claimant is believed to be committing benefit fraud, or is it the assessors receive extra payments should they reduce or or with-hold benefits completely.

From these stories it is the benefit assessors that are flawed not the benefit claimants.

It is said that the benefit system is being changed to ensure benefits are received by those you really need the benefits, but in these reported instances it would appear that the assessors are abusing benefit claimants, which should not be the intention of the process.

The whole process need to be held to scrutiny by all parties, which should include the benefit claimants.

The benefit process should not be feared by claimants unless they are committing fraud and these will be the minority not the majority.

If assessors are being abusive, then criminal actions should be taken against.

Appeals appear to have a substantial success rate, if this is so, after all this time, the assessment process should be being changed to minimise wrong initial assessment being conducted.

‘Lessons need to be learnt.

Fraud of Trump’s self-made persona exposed in father’s financials : MSNBC

Rachel Maddow shares highlights from extensive New York Times reporting showing that contrary to Donald Trump’s efforts to portray himself as the product of his own work, much of his money is the result of his father feeding money to


Source: Fraud of Trump’s self-made persona exposed in father’s financials : MSNBC

Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.

The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.


We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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I told a lie to claim benefits. Now I am an MP and I want to tell you why : Guardian.

Good on you Metiria Turei and no people should not falsely claim benefit but many do to survive and all cases some be looked at on their merit.

Fraud for greed should be pounced on, but fraud to live should be different. These people need help and the Society in which they live is not producing that help. It may be that they need help to run their life better so that fraud is not the manner to exist.

Punish the true fraudsters not those just wishing to live.

Society does look down on fraudsters and in many cases rightly so., but many in that Society are also fraudsters. How many try to avoid paying tax or should I say minimize our tax payments, for there are some legal ways to do so, such as ISAs.

But some of the biggest fraudsters are those who appear to have plenty to live on. Some have been MPs in the UK by fiddling expenses, some are Corporations who use many ways to minimize their tax liability many of them being legal, but for a few some that are not.

But why does it appear the person in the street is more likely to be charged than the Corporations, is it because they are easier targets, while Corporations can afford to bring in legal experts to argue when they are suspected of fraud.

Surely all should be equal in the eyes of the law and all should be prosecuted if fraud is suspected and the punishment fit the crime taking into account the circumstances.

The reality of needing to claim benefits also needs to looked at, as for some the need to claim benefits is a necessity not a luxury, as even with benefits they will never be anyway near a luxury status.

All in Government and also the press need to reflect on this and then and only then will the stigma of claiming benefits be lifted and also will the public view of persons on benefits.

The majority on benefits do need these benefits and the fraudsters and certainly so called scroungers are the very few, especially the latter. But are real people who need benefits newsworthy, unless there is a dramatic story more than likely leading to loss of life. The occasional benefit scrounger story is so more apparently newsworthy, so what does this say about ourselves and our so called Society.


A homeless person in the centre of Auckland.
A homeless person in the centre of Auckland. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Last weekend I revealed a lie, a lie that I decided to talk about because of the situation we as a society find ourselves in.

I am the co-leader of the Green party of Aotearoa New Zealand – the third biggest political party in our small democracy. We are two months from our general election, and we’re in a tight tussle to change the government.

Over the weekend, at our party’s AGM, we launched an incomes policy which would create the most significant changes to New Zealand’s welfare system in a generation. It’s a comprehensive piece of work that…

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What $150 Million In Taxpayers’ Cash Buys You In Afghanistan

Stop Making Sense

Matthew Gault reports for War Is Boring:

In 2009, the Pentagon shipped American business experts to Afghanistan to help jump-start the war-torn country’s economy. To that end, the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations spent more than $800 million from 2009 until the Pentagon shut it down in March 2015.

During that time, TFBSO staff lived large in an Afghan villa one former employee described as “a five-star hotel paid for by the [Defense Department].” It cost the task force almost $150 million, around 20 percent of its budget, to keep up appearances while it operated in Afghanistan.

Frustrated task force employees blew the whistle on the big spending and party atmosphere in the TFBSO villas back in 2015. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, demanded answers — and the project collapsed under the scrutiny.

Now, War Is Boring has obtained pictures of the lavish lodgings from a former…

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New charity investigation: Royal Air Force Mess Charities – Press releases – GOV.UK

New statutory class inquiry opened into Royal Air Force Mess Charities.

Source: New charity investigation: Royal Air Force Mess Charities – Press releases – GOV.UK  *


Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Donald Trump is a fraud: I am a member of the white working class, and we must not fall for his lies –

When you are one illness or broken-down car from losing everything, it’s scary. But Donald Trump is not the answer

Source: Donald Trump is a fraud: I am a member of the white working class, and we must not fall for his lies –