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Joint Statement and Petition by DPAC and Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights on the Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax

Unbelievably, the UK Labour Party, currently in opposition, has launched a campaign against the government Bedroom Tax welfare, but bizarrely, this contains an equally  draconian welfare reform.
In the campaign script (page 4) of the document, ‘Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax’, issued by the Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Liam Byrne, we are told:

*“The best way to bring down the benefits bill is to get people into jobs. That’s why Labour is calling for a tough but fair compulsory jobs guarantee. We would offer anyone who has been out of work for more than two years a real job – one that they would be required to take, no ifs and no buts…”

“Britain needs real welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works….”


Urge all disabled and non-disabled activists campaigning against Tory welfare reform and in particular, the Bedroom Tax, to call on Labour members, constituency parties, plus affiliated and non-affiliated unions and political groups, to:

Challenge the parliamentary Labour Party in the strongest terms, on why it considers compulsory labour necessary to combat the Bedroom Tax.

To start with, they should be told:

1. To use the current protests against the bedroom tax by disabled activists and others as a Trojan horse from which to promote a policy of benefits that is conditional on compulsory work is utterly beyond the pale.

This means that those unemployed and disabled men and women, who campaign against the Bedroom Tax within the Labour Party will, in effect, be campaigning for their own forced labour under a future Labour government.

2. We have to be absolutely clear: There is no such thing as a civilized society that treats people in inhumane and degrading ways.

A welfare ‘safety net’ conditional on exchanging labour for an uncertain standard of material life is a contradiction in terms.

3. No real job is compulsory – does the Labour Party understand the economic meaning of free labour? If not, how can it run any kind of economy, let alone a socially just economy?

A Labour Party welfare policy should support those whose lack of social power has reduced their circumstances, not compete with a Tory-led government to smear them as feckless and undeserving of a living wage.

4. Liam Byrne should immediately strike out all references to work conditionality or compulsory work, attached to the Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax.


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letter sent to local newspaper shows more horror of Olympics

The Olympic Games is looming in the UK but not everyone is looking forward to this event, many people have concerns about the games and its costs, not just financially but in the presence of a major threat and security lockdown which to date includes over 13,000 troops, a presence not seen since WW2. The games also will bring with it between 25,000 and 40,000 security personnel according to some reports who will be given powers to use invasive laws such as the London Olympic Games Act 2006.

These legitimise the use of force, potentially by private security companies, under a new law written to fit the occasion .Originally slated to cost about £2.4bn, Olympic costs jumped to £9.3 billion by 2007,a Sky Sports investigation included public transport upgrade costs, catapulting the five-ring price tag to £24 billion.

In August 2011 they sold the Athletes village at a taxpayer loss of £275m to the Qatari ruling family’s property firm meanwhile, security officials are exploiting the Olympics as a opportunity to multiply and militarise their weapons stocks .The Olympics will militarise London, with surface-to-air missiles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering plans to install surface-to-air missiles in Blackheath and Shooters Hill during the Olympic Games .
Eltham and Plumstead MP Clive Efford said he was concerned at the “lack of consultation”. Mr Efford said he had now written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to complain about not being consulted. Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander, whose constituency covers Blackheath, said she was unhappy with the way the MoD had been handling communications on the issue. A Royal Navy battleship moored offshore, lightweight aerial drones will hover above and RAF Typhoon Eurofighters will fly from RAF Northolt.

A thousand armed US diplomatic and FBI agents and 55 dog teams will patrol an Olympic zone partitioned off from the wider city by an 11-mile, £80m, 5,000-volt electric fence. London is also being wired up with a new range of scanners, biometric ID cards, number-plate and facial-recognition CCTV systems, disease tracking systems, new police control centres and checkpoints.
The British Army plans to station surface-to-air missiles on top of residential flats during the Olympics.

Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow, east London, have received a leaflet warning them that a team of 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building – home to 700 people – for the duration of the Games. Pensioners in Bexley are refusing to hand over money which constitutes the Olympics levy and some say they’re even prepared to go to jail in protest.
The fact that the OIC have given strict orders that state: ‘Images, video and sound recordings of
the Games taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private use,are showing the Olympic games to be one of the most intimidating and restrictive events held.
According to the Intelligence services UK faces potent new threats from terrorism with 2012 London Olympic Games likely to be a major target of Al quaida bombers, the country’s top intelligence official has warned .

One would have to ask the question, given that the security is set for an attack, why have the Olympic stadium and the Athletes village been built upon a hundred tonnes of radioactive waste dumped at the former landfill site decades ago. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) rules reveal that, contrary to government guidelines, waste from thorium and radium has been mixed with very low-level waste and buried in a so-called disposal cell close to the Olympic stadium – about 250m to the north.

Andrew Boff, a member of the London Assembly and Conservative spokesman on the Olympics. “I thought the cost would provide a remediation level sufficient for future development. But what we are left with is remediation which is just enough for us to hold the Games.
Documents reveal that more than 7,000 tonnes of waste has been found on site to date, much of it unexpected. Some 7,300 tonnes has been placed in a radioactive storage bunker built into the approach to a bridge in the Olympic Park – within 250m of Stratford International station and around 400 metres from the Olympic Stadium. Olympic Delivery Authority contractors claim that the waste in the storage cell will be safe for at least 1,000 years

The waste, a legacy of the site’s industrial history, is something Olympic bosses have been trying to play down, stressing that it is “Low Level” and “naturally occurring” radioactive material.
However, Doctor Chris Busby, an expert on radiation and health, comments that radioactive material can be classified as Low Level or Naturally Occurring but still be extremely hazardous.
Dr Busby also notes that data on radioactive material in the Olympic Park shows a radiation signature which…“suggests that the contamination is from significant levels of uranium. Another request for data on radiation monitoring was refused by the Olympic Delivery Authority who say the cost of collating the data is too high, they claim …
the public interest in maintaining the exemption [to withhold the information] outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

Although the ODA claims that the waste has been covered and capped, one has to wonder about the consequences should this bomb attack take place and why it has not been taken into consideration along with the rest of the costly operation. One also has to wonder why several other sites that were available and saved money were largely ignored and left MP,s scratching their heads whilst still waiting for a reply. Moreover the whole corporate sponsorship looks like a claim to the biggest environmental and human disasters as part of the criteria.
Many would agree with Times columnist Libby Purves, that there is something humiliating about the way Britain has surrendered to the IOC. “There’s an awful sense of being a conquered nation. The IOC really call all the shots.” And the news that ‎”It’s a colossal waste of dough,” says Sam Leith, a columnist for the London Evening Standard. Whilst About 40 firms based near the Olympic Park plan to sue the organiser of the Games over fears of a “devastating” impact on their businesses.

The latest news that Olympic minister Hugh Robertson has urged millions of Londoners to shop their neighbours if they plan to try and interrupt the games is another show of heavy handed tactics involved and a government willing to use these games to show how far they will go to stop any public shows of opinions, apparently we are no longer entitled to such things regardless of how much they are going to take from you financially!!! Are they tempting fate when investors like Frank Lowy who bought the retail space under the twin towers, 6 months prior to its demise have also built the new shopping centre that has the only access to the Olympic stadium.

Sent by Ann Carey


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Big Disability Charities exclude user-led organisations again: Boris’ arrogance should mean no vote from London’s disabled people

Boris claimed he was too busy to turn up at a London mayoral ‘hustlings’ organised by user-led organisations Inclusion London and Transport for all (TfA) to listen to disabled people.

However, Boris can find the time to go to another ‘hustlings’ event organised by the big disability charities including RNIB, Leonard Cheshire Disability and MENCAP. The charities have not invited user-led disabled peoples’ organisations to attend. The big charities continue to speak FOR disabled people with no mandate to do so and continue to exclude disabled people from talks with local and national governments as always.

DPAC asks: How much longer will user-led organisations and disabled people continue to be silenced by the multi-million pound charities?  How much longer will people support the big disability charities without realising that they are acting in their own interests? Already Disability Works UK (a consortium of charities  claiming a turn over value of £654.4 million) run workfare for disabled people, risking sanctions and loss of benefit for the very people the charities claim to ‘help’.  They claim they dont do sanctions but this is because they pass on the names of people to DWP so that they can do them.

Boris may be too busy to notice or simply not care- disabled people of London should care and make sure that his arrogance towards disabled peoples’ issues and the real problems we face translates into a ‘no vote’ for Boris in May.

Click on link to read the story of the snub by John Pring:



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Work Programme: Names of 400+ Charity contract collaborators

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Posted on March 12, 2012 by consentmeuk

Below is a list of 400+ ‘Voluntary Sector’ contractors to the DWP’s Welfare to Work(fare) Programme.* (duplicate names removed)


1625 Independent People
2D Voluntary & Community Support
5 E Ltd
Abbey Road Centre
Aberdeen Foyer
Accent Regeneration and Community Partnerships
Access to Business
Access to Industry
Action Acton
Action for Blind People RNIB
Action in Rural Sussex
Acumen Development Trust
Adult Community Training Ltd
Adult Training Network
Affinity Sutton
Age UK
Albert Centre Project
Albion in the Community
Alun Thomas
Amicus Horizon Housing
Antur Teifi TRAC
Apex Scotland
Arts for Recovery in the Community Arc
Autism Plus
Autism West Midlands
Avon and Somerset Probation Trust
Back on Track
Beacon Employment
Bedfordshire John Howard Society Luton Foyer
BEP Business Education Partnership Group
Berkshire Scout Enterprise Ltd
BID Services
Birmingham Disability Consortium
Birmingham Inner City Community Credit Union Ltd
Birmingham Employment Skills & Training Network Ltd
The BEST Network
BirminghamVoluntary Service Council BVSC
Blue SC1
Blue Sky Development
Bolton Wise Ltd
Bootstrap Company Blackburn Limited TA Bootstrap Enterprises
Bournemouth Churches Housing association
BRAVE Enterprise
Broadway Homelessness and Support
Building Bridges
Business Enterprise Support Ltd
Business in the Community BITC
Business Support and Development
Can We
Capitalise Debt Advice Partnership
Cardboard Citizens
Care Co-operatives Community Development Service
Careers Development Group CDG
Carlisle eden mind
Carlton Centre WSM
Catch 22
CEiS Ayrshire
CG Partnership
Changes 12 Steps to Mental Health
Changing Paths CiC Ltd
Citizens Advice Bureau
Clean Slate Training and Employment Ltd
Cleanslate National CiC
Co-operative Community Action
Community Access Group
Community Enterprise Derby CIC
Community Links
Corby Community Partnership
Cornwall College
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change CN4C
Coventry & Warwicks Cooperative Development Agency Ltd
Crafts for Everyone
Cricklewood Homeless Concern
Croftlands Trust
Crossmatch Solutions CIC
Cymdeithas Tai Eryri
DAPL Drug and Alcohol Project Ltd
Debt Advice Network
Debt Advisory Service
Developing Health and Independence
Disability Alliance
Disability Information Bureau
Disability Works UK
Doncaster West Development Trust
Drug and Alcohol Charities Wales Ltd
DV8 Training Brighton Ltd
Dyslexia Action
East Doncaster Development Trust
Eco-Actif Services CIC
Economic Solutions Ltd
Eden Mencap
Education Training and Counselling
Elevation Network Trust
Ellingham Employment Services
Employability Forum
Employment First
Enfys Foundation
Enterprise First
Everton in the Community
Expert Patient Programme Community Interest Company EPPCIC
Express Group
Faith Regeneration Foundation
FASS Fife Alcohol Support Service
Fata He
FEAT Fife Employability Access Trust
Fellowship of St Nicholas
Fife Womens Aid
Fifteen Cornwall
Five Lamps Organisation
Forth Sector
Framework Housing Association
FRN Sofa Project
Furniture Now
General Physics
Giving World Online
Glasgow Regenerate
Glasgow Womens Library
Glenmore Trust
Goblin Combe
Gofal Cymru
Grampian Society for the Blind
Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations GMCVO
Greater Manchester Youth Network
Green Corridor
Growing Well
Gwalia Care and Support
Gwelheans Limited
Hafan Cymru
Hammersmith & Fulham MIND
Harvest Housing Group
HCT Group
Healthy Cross Community Project
Heantun Housing Association Ltd
Helena Partnerships
Higher Rhythm Ltd
Hillside Clubhouse
Hope Centre
Hope Foundation Kent County Council
Horton Housing Association
Howgill Family Centre
Hull Community & Voluntary Service Hull CVS
Hyde Housing Group
Imagematch Social Enterprise CIC
Inverclyde Community Development Trust
Involve Yorkshire & Humber
Jobsteps Employment Services Ltd
Kent CAN
Kent Enterprise Trust
Kettering Accommodation Concern
Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative
Kickstart Community Programmes Ltd
Kickstart Norfolk
LAMH Recycle Ltd
Landau Ltd
Langley Housing Trust
Learning Curve
Learning Links Southern Ltd
Leonard Cheshire Disability
LHA Support Services Ltd
Life Change UK
Lincoln Pelican Trust
Lincolnshire Action Trust
Liverpool Lighthouse
Local Solutions
London Outreach Alliance
Making Space
Mentoring and Briefing
Mercian Housing Association
Merthyr Institute for the Blind
Milton Keynes Women and Work Group
Money Advice South West MASW
National Housing Federation
NCDA Limited ‘Newhaven Community Employment Partnership’
Network for Black Professionals
New Deal of the Mind
Newcastle Futures Ltd
Newhaven Community Employment Partnership NewCEP
North Doncaster Development Trust
North Staff Chamber of Commerce
North Staffs Chamber Business Initiative
North West Resource Centre
North West Third Sector SPV Ltd
North Yorkshire Learning Consortium
Northamptonshire CDA
Northern Refugee Centre
Novas Scarman
Oakleaf Enterprise
One Parent Families Scotland
Oracle Training
Outreach Alliance
Paisley and Johnstone Training
Papworth Trust
Pathways Community Interest Company Pathways CIC
Pathways Learning Centre
Pay & Employment Rights Yorkshire Ltd
Pentreath Limited
Penwith Community Development Trust PCDT
Perth and Kinross Council – Welfare Rights
Phoenix Enterprise
Phoenix Futures
Platform 51
Positive Steps Oldham MBC
Princes Trust
Project Buzz
Prosper Consortium trading as Sheffield Works
Queen Alexandra College
RAPA Volunteers
RAPt the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust
Rathbone Cymru
RCT Homes
RDaSH Social Enterprise
Reading Refocus
Real Ideas Organisation
Red Kite Learning
Regional Action West Midlands RAWM
Regular Forces Employment Association REFA
Renaisi Ltd
Renaisi Works Renaisi Ltd
Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health
Restore Trust
ReZolve Kernow Ltd
Richmond Fellowship
Right Track Training
Rochdale and District Mind
Rochdale Training Association
Romney Resource 2000 Ltd RR2K
Roshni Sheffield Asian Womens
Rother Voluntary Action
Royal British Legion Industries RBLI
Royal National College for the Blind
Salford Foundation
Salvation Army
SAMH Scottish Action on Mental Health
Sanctuary Group Sanctuary Housing
Scottish Association for Mental Health SAMH
Scottish Mental Health Co-operative
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scout Enterprises Ltd
Scout Enterprises Western Ltd
SCVS Amanda Carr
Second Chance
Sefton CVS – VOLA
Send It
Shaw Trust
Sheffield Alcohol Support Service
Sheffield Mind
Shekinah Mission
Shelter Cymru
Single Homeless Project
Skills for Care
Skills for Communities
Somali Golden Centre of Opportunities
South Bank Employers Group
South East Rural Community Councils SERCC
South Sefton Development Trust
South Tyneside Training and Enterprise Network
South Yorkshire Condition Management Yes2Ventures
South Yorkshire Victim Offender Mediation Service Remedi
SOVA Supporting Others Through Volunteer Action
Sparc Teams
Speke Training and Education Centre Ltd
St Giles Trust
St Helens Chamber of Commerce
St John Ambulance
St Loyes Foundation
St Mungos Community Housing Association Ltd
St Mungos Community Housing Ltd
Steps to Work Walsall Ltd
Stockwell Community Resource Centre SCRC
Striding Out
Sunderland North Community Business Centre SNCBC
Surrey Supported Employment Ltd
Swindon Mind
TBG Learning
Tees Valley Arts
Ten Sixty Six Enterprise
Thanet Community Development Trust
The Camden Society
The Citizens Trust
The Coach-house Trust
The Cornwall Foundation of Promise
The Football League Trust
The Grow Organisation
The Hill Community Development Trust
The Lennox Partnership
The Living Well Trust
The Merlin Venture Ltd
The Mind Consortium
The Minerva Project
The Mustard Tree
The Peoples Supermarket
The Prince Initiative for Mature Enterprise PRIME
The Prince’s Trust
The Refugee Council
The Restore Trust
The Salvation Army
The Scottish Community Services Agency
The Shirlie Project
The Social Partnership
The Soul Project Family Centre
The Uni Network Ltd
The Wise Group
The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
Think 3e Group
Third Sector Consortia Management LLP 3SC
Third Sector Hebrides/Voluntary Action Training
Tir Coed
Together Women Project
Tomorrow’s People
Torridge Training Services TTS
Toynbee Hall Capitalise Debt Advice Partnership
Training for Life Ltd
TRC – Tamil Relief Centre
Trees for Cities
Turning Point
Twin Valley Homes
TWIST Partnership Ltd
Tydfil Training new
Victim Support
Vital Regeneration
Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire
Voluntary Sector North West VSNW
Volunteer Centre for Kensington & Chelsea
Volunteer Cornwall
Volunteer Development Scotland VDS
Wai Yin Chinese Women Society
Warrington Disability Partnership
Wastesavers Charitable Trust Ltd
WEA Scotland
West Cumbria Trades Hall
West Fife Community Drugs Team
West Highland College UHI
Westminster Works Consortium aka Paddington Development Trust
Westward Pathfinder Trust
Wheatsheaf Trust
WIise Ability Limited Wise Ability
Wise Ability Ltd
WolverhamptonVoluntary Sector Council WVSC
Womens Wisdom
Workers Educational Association
Yorkshire Coast Enterprise
Youth Connections


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Grayling Lines Up Charities to Replace Tesco in Workfare Schemes

With thanks to Johnny Void for letting us repost from

It’s not just benefit claimants who’ve spotted that Tesco seem to have a more ethical approach to sanctions than many major charities.  Chris Grayling’s new strategy seems to be aimed at putting charities at the heart of any future forced labour schemes.

The Mandatory Work Activity scheme is set to be vastly expanded whilst the new Compulsory Community Work, which is currently being trialled, will see some unemployed people forced to work for six months with no pay.  These placements could be at private companies, but it is stipulated in the guidelines that any forced labour must be for the benefit of the community (although this could include ‘working toward the profit of the host organisation’).

A now disappeared Freedom of Information request to the DWP revealed that many people on the Mandatory Work scheme had been forced to work in charity shops.

With the private sector running to the hills due to the outburst of protests aimed at workfare, all Grayling has left to save him is the charitable sector.  A piece in the Mail over the weekend describes Chris Grayling as impressively robust.  This means that even the Mail can’t believe the cunt hasn’t been sacked yet.  His career is hanging by a thread and he’s desperate for some charitable assistance himself.

The Mail suggests Grayling has identified the possibility of workfare slaves telling customers they are unpaid labour (or spitting in the food) could have been the ‘Achilles Heel’ which led to so many High Street names pulling out of the Work Experience programme.  He doesn’t appear to care if the same thing happens to charities.

Essentially Grayling seems to be asking charities whose side are you on?  Funnily enough this is the very same question hundreds of people have been also been asking organisations like the Salvation Army, Barnardos and the Disability Works consortium over the last two weeks.

Charities are now falling over themselves to say that benefit sanctions are a bad thing.  This hasn’t led to a single one of them handing back their lucrative contracts for the ‘Work Programme’ scheme which has sanctions at it’s very heart.  Their excuses, that they don’t sanction people the Jobcentre do, or that they have to be involved in this programme to help ‘shape and influence’  it, grow flimsier by the day.

Most front line staff of these organisation despise the sanctions regime as much as the people they work to support.  Many are furious and bewildered at their employer’s continued kowtowing to ever more abusive government schemes targeted at vulnerable people.

The problem comes from those at the very top of the charity sector.  Many charity chief executives run the organisations like personal fiefdoms.  Without even share holders to keep them in line, their personal power can dwarf that of their equivalents in the private sector.  Unions are notoriously weak in the third sector.  Boards of Trustees are stuffed with cronies, toffs and minor celebrities who if they manage to make one meeting a year consider themselves Mother fucking Teresa (who was a vicious old cow, just by the way).  Charity Presidents and Patrons, with little real power are elected for PR purposes only.  Take Stephen Fry’s recent appointment as  President of MIND, a role which allows him to think he’s doing something to help people with mental health conditions, whilst simultaneously doing precisely fuck all.

Charity bosses often don’t do that much either, unless you count attending hugely expensive seminars, eating lunch and making the occasional speech as work. This doesn’t stop them taking huge salaries with the top 100 charity bosses now earning in excess of £166,000 a year.

They justify this by reminding themselves how much more money they’d have if only they weren’t so wonderful and went to work in business instead.   The truth is most of them wouldn’t last five minutes in the private sectors.  The shoddy response to the workfare row has demonstrated that.  Where private companies took swift and decisive action, forcing the Government to negotiate, charities have dithered and attempted to hide their role in the Work Programme and benefit sanctions.

Charity bosses tell themselves they have to take tough decisions, that they have more worthy considerations than their lowly service users or workers.  Usually these tough decisions involve fucking over their users in the name of picking up a fat Government contract.  The continued existence and growth of the organisation (and their salary) is far more important than the aims and activities the charity was established to carry out.  They convince themselves that if it wasn’t their organisation involved in workfare then it would only be someone much more horrible.  Like liberal concentration camp guards, they think that they might somehow modify or influence ever more abusive measures aimed at their service users.  They even manage to convince themselves that attacks on the people they were established to support might actually be a good thing really.  They think they might be displaying ‘tough love’, the same paternal horseshit fake philanthropists have inflicted on the working class since Victorian times.

Ever ready to take their thirty pieces of silver, they comfort themselves with all the good work they will be able to do with the money, like printing leaflets, or having lunch with the Queen.  And should the troublesome users of their services complain they smile patronisingly, safe in the knowledge that sometimes the poor souls just don’t know what’s good for them.  How could they, many of them didn’t even go to university.

And like all self-serving elites they prop each other up at their swanky 500 quid a day conferences.  Ever ready to pat each other on the back, they lament that no-one understands just how difficult life is for charity executives and the terrible weight they carry.  Then they have another vol-au-vent.

Few, if any of these charity bosses have any concept of the poverty their users face on a daily basis.  It is unlikely any of them have any experience of the benefits system.  Almost none of the heads of disability charities are disabled themselves.  Homelessness charity bosses have never experienced homelessness.  That doesn’t stop any of them acting as self-appointed experts on things they can’t understand.  And because they don’t understand they continue to work hand in glove with successive government’s to attack and destroy the lives of vulnerable people.

There are rare exceptions.  Oxfam and Shelter both appear to have made strong statements attacking workfare and are refusing to involve themselves in any DWP schemes which utilise benefit sanctions.  Whilst neither of these organisations are perfect, it shows it can be done.  The sky would not fall if the big charities rejected Grayling’s frantic pleas to rescue workfare.  In fact, for their users at least, the world would be a slightly better place.

So for all those charities involved in Work Programme, Mandatory Work Activity, Community Work, and any schemes involving forced labour and sanctions, the questions remain.  Are you on the side of your service users?  Or are you on the side of Chris Grayling and the Government?


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Disability Income/Expenditure

First posted 2/12/2011 and with many thanks to Multoo

In my last blog I listed the incomes of several major disability charities. This is interesting as it begins to unpack the size of the annual Disability Market.

However it also limited in that it provides only a snapshot – a point in time. From a list of one year’s incomes figures it is impossible to tell whether these figures are unusual, or in line with income for the same organisations from other years.

It can also be interesting to compare the income for an organisation with the expenditure for the same organisation. If one does this for a particular year this provides a snapshot figure – a point in time.

However one can also investigate income/expenditure for one organisation, or for several organisations, over a period of years.

All the figures I will now present, except for the final column in each table, have been gathered from the Charity Commission website –

This is a useful resource. By entering the name, or number, or any particular key words you wish to search for, of any UK charity – large or small, local, regional or national – it is possible to peer through the annual returns for that organisation, including financial details, staff details, governing documents, etc.

The provision of this information to the Charity Commission is a legal duty for all UK registered charities. So there is nothing to hide.

Here are some income, expenditure and differential calculations for a random selection of UK Disability Charities. I have checked my sums, but please feel free to check them again. If you discover any discrepancies between what you find and my figures then do let me know – I admit to being fallible, human, and a bit quick to publish.

Any mistakes are honest mistakes, maybe due to my ham-fistedness with a calculator –



Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





98.32 m

100.45 m

98.40 m

101.61 m

94.51 m

98.62 m

98.30 m

94.93 m

3.81 m

1.83 m

0.1 m

6.68 m


398.78 M

386.36 M

12.42 M



Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





177.86 m

183.46 m

189.12 m

194.20 m

172.13 m

176.90 m

186.05 m

188.63 m

5.73 m

6.56 m

3.07 m

5.57 m


744.64 M

723.71 M

20.93 M



Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





107.82 M

98.65 M

96.04 M

135.15 M

91.80 M

100.02 M

105.11 M

130.15 M

16.02 M

-1.37 M

– 9.07 M

5 M


437.66 M

427.08 M

10.58 M



Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





49.21 m

49.84 m

46.84 m

47.26 m

49.28 m

45.87 m

47.88 m

44.63 m

– 0.07 m

3.97 m

– 1.04 m

2.63 m


193.15 M

187.66 M

5.49 M

If you total up the amount of surplus for each of these 4 organisations the figure is –


And this is during a recession.

Here are some questions to ponder –

Where is this money? And what is it doing there?

What would the total figure be if we did this same exercise for every UK disability charity?

How many Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) would this surplus fund?

If this money is not doing anything in particular – if it is just lying around somewhere, gathering dust – would these major disability organisations mind donating it to local DPOs? Imagine what a difference this money could make.

Millions of pounds….

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