Beyond The Barriers- Launch

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I saw this a little late, for which sincere apologies to Sue Marsh, who wants it shared far and wide.

BEYOND THE BARRIERS – LAUNCH!!!!!

Good morning.

The Spartacus team have been working for three years on research into ESA, WCAs, the Work Programme and employment for sick and disabled people.

Today, we launch Beyond the Barriers, the most comprehensive report to date on how the system currently fails, but more importantly what we need to do to improve it.

 
You can read the report 
You can read the press release
 
Beyond the Barriers aims to start an enormous conversation about what should replace ESA. People will be taking part in it across the political spectrum, all around the internet.
 
As we launch, experts from the disability community will be giving evidence on the failures of ESA to the Work and Pensions Committee live on…

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New Spartacus Website!!!

Originally posted on Same Difference:

Posting by request of Sue Marsh.

We’re all really excited to announce the launch of the new Spartacus website!

http://www.spartacusnetwork.org.uk

You can still find all of our past work there with a few new additions
 
Stef Benstead has taken over the running of the site. 2 years of campaigning is like 412 effort years so huge thanks to Jane Young, the previous site director who produced and guided so much important work. 
 
The old address, http://wearespartacus.org.uk is now defunct but bear with us while we set up a redirect to the new address.

Stef is one of our lead researchers on ESA and has produced some seminal work already such as ESASOS, a report into how successfully Harington recommendations had been implemented and the Spartacus submission on ESA to the Work and Pensions Committee. 

Next week, Spartacus is on the march, so please watch twitter and Facebook extra carefully and if you want…

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Gang Of Girls Attack Learning Disabled Teen In Hastings

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was attacked and pushed in front of a car by a group of girls in Hastings.

The victim, who has a mild learning difficulty, was walking in Rye Road near Hastings Academy at 3.05pm on Friday (28 February) when she was shoved into the road from behind by a girl.

A passing car had to swerve to avoid hitting the 15-year-old as a nearby group of about 15 girls cheered. One of the girls then walked up to the victim and punched her in the stomach. Glue was also thrown in her hair before she could walk away.

When she got home her mother called police.

PC Jodie Walter said: “This must have been a terrifying incident for the victim. What began as nasty verbal abuse became a violent assault that on another day could have seen her being knocked down and seriously hurt.

“I need to speak to anyone who saw any part of the incident or the group of girls before or after the attack. I particularly need to trace the driver of the car who swerved to avoid the victim. He may not have realised that the victim was being attacked at the time.

“We need the help of the public to identify those responsible so they can be punished before they target anyone else.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 974 of 28/2, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Music And Poetry For The ATOS National Demos

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Readers, today there is a National Day of Demonstrations against ATOS.

I cannot participate in person, but I send out my best wishes to everyone who is participating, and I share this song in tribute to them all, and to everyone who has had negative experiences with ATOS.

I also take this chance to share some links to ATOS-related songs and speeches I’ve written in the past:

Danny Boy

Strange Fruit

One Day After Heartbreak

I Have A Dream For Disabled People

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The People’s Review Of The WCA- Further Evidence

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From We Are Spartacus:

The People’s Review of the WCA – Further Evidence has been written by an anonymous author determined, despite seriously failing health, to do everything she possibly can to raise awareness of the impact of the WCA on the lives of sick and disabled people. Like the first People’s Review, published a year ago, this new report simply aims to give a voice to those whose lives have been devastated by the impact of the assessment on their physical and mental health and financial security. It shows how the WCA very often fails in its purpose – to identify those who need secure financial support because they are unable to work due to an impairment or serious health condition.

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Leaked Evidence Shows DWP Set Quotas For ‘Fit For Work’ Assessments

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Cross posted with the permission of the brilliant campaigner Kaliya Franklin, who wrote the report.

 

Why are so many sick and disabled people being failed by the Work Capability Assessment and who is to blame?

1. The contract between DWP and Atos Healthcare specifies all costs and solutions MUST be based around an artificially imposed ‘statistical norm’ for the Support Group of 11% (which has since been allowed to rise slightly). This ‘gears’ the whole WCA system to deliver that ‘desired result’.
2. The manner in which the audit system is used within Atos Healthcare, including whistle-blower evidence of ‘punitive auditing’, means there is insufficient latitude for assessors to freely use their professional judgement about an individual’s true fitness for work.

The Work Capability Assessment (WCA), used to determine eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which replaces Incapacity Benefit, has been dogged with problems since its inception. Department…

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5th November: Facebook Protest: UK Mask Day

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Here’s the event page.

ON 5TH NOVEMBER WE ALL CHANGE ARE PROFILE PICS TO A MASK..CAN BE WHITE WITH PATTERNS BUT A FULL FACE MASK WILL DO THOUGH….
THIS IS IN RESPECT OF T.M.S.O GROUP WHO ARE DOING EITHER RALLIES,OR STAND OF, DEMONSTRATIONS, ALL AROUND THE UK IN DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS INCLUDING LONDON…EVERYONE WHO IS THERE TAKING PART WILL BE WEARING A FULL FACE MASK,SHOWING THE GOVERNMENT WE ALL ARE AGAINST ALL THE CUTS THEY HAVE MADE AN GOING TO MAKE..
PEOPLE WHO CANT GO FOR REASON THEYLL HAVE THERE CHANCE TO DO THEIR BIT BY JOINING THIS EVENT AN GET A MASK PIC AN CHANGE URE PROFILE PIC AN PUT ON URE STATUS…(Bonfire of Austerity)….
THIS HAS TO BE DUN IN THE MORNING TILL MIDNIGHT THAT NIGHT…
COME ON LETS MAKE THIS GO WILD ON FACEBOOK..

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