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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:

http://www.disabledgo.com/blog/2012/03/anger-over-boris-snub-for-user-led-question-time/

 

 

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Work Programme: Names of 400+ Charity contract collaborators

Original post at http://www.consent.me.uk/charitycollaborators/

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
3SC
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
Addaction
Adult Community Training Ltd
Adult Training Network
Affinity Sutton
Age UK
Agoraid
Albert Centre Project
Albion in the Community
Alun Thomas
Amicus Horizon Housing
Antur Teifi TRAC
Apex Scotland
Arts for Recovery in the Community Arc
Aspire
Attend
Autism Plus
Autism West Midlands
Avon and Somerset Probation Trust
Back on Track
Barnardos
Beacon Employment
Beatbullying
Bedfordshire John Howard Society Luton Foyer
BEP Business Education Partnership Group
Berkshire Scout Enterprise Ltd
BES 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
BITC
Blue SC1
Blue Sky Development
Bolton Wise Ltd
Bootstrap Company Blackburn Limited TA Bootstrap Enterprises
Bournemouth Churches Housing association
BRAVE Enterprise
Broadway
Broadway Homelessness and Support
BSK CiC
BTCV
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
CASS
Catch 22
CEiS Ayrshire
CG Partnership
Changes 12 Steps to Mental Health
Changing Paths CiC Ltd
CITE
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
Create
Cricklewood Homeless Concern
Crisis
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
DISC
DISIP
Doncaster West Development Trust
Dorcas
Drug and Alcohol Charities Wales Ltd
DV8 Training Brighton Ltd
Dyslexia Action
East Doncaster Development Trust
ECO ACTIF Services CIC
Eco-Actif Services CIC
Economic Solutions Ltd
Eden Mencap
Education Training and Counselling
Elect
Elevation Network Trust
Ellingham Employment Services
Employability Forum
Employment First
Enable
Enfys Foundation
Enham
Enterprise First
Everton in the Community
Expert Patient Programme Community Interest Company EPPCIC
Express Group
Fairbridge
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
GeMap
General Physics
Gingerbread
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
Groundwork
Growing Well
Gwalia Care and Support
Gwelheans Limited
Hafan Cymru
Hammersmith & Fulham MIND
HARP
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
LCDP
Leap
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
MAC-UK
Making Space
MENCAP
Mentoring and Briefing
Mercian Housing Association
Merthyr Institute for the Blind
Milton Keynes Women and Work Group
Momentum
Money Advice South West MASW
NACRO
National Housing Federation
NCDA Limited ‘Newhaven Community Employment Partnership’
NECA
Network for Black Professionals
Neurosupport
New Deal of the Mind
Newcastle Futures Ltd
Newhaven Community Employment Partnership NewCEP
NFEA
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
NOVA
Novas Scarman
Oakleaf Enterprise
One Parent Families Scotland
Oracle Training
Outreach Alliance
P3
Paisley and Johnstone Training
Papworth Trust
Pathways Community Interest Company Pathways CIC
Pathways Learning Centre
Pay & Employment Rights Yorkshire Ltd
Pentreath Limited
Penumbra
Penwith Community Development Trust PCDT
Perth and Kinross Council – Welfare Rights
Phoenix Enterprise
Phoenix Futures
Platform 51
Porchlight
Positive Steps Oldham MBC
Princes Trust
Prism
Project Buzz
Prosper Consortium trading as Sheffield Works
PSYBT
PUSH
QED
Queen Alexandra College
RAPA Volunteers
RAPt the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust
Rathbone Cymru
RBLI
RCT Homes
RDaSH Social Enterprise
Reading Refocus
Real Ideas Organisation
Red Kite Learning
Regional Action West Midlands RAWM
Regular Forces Employment Association REFA
Relate
Renaisi Ltd
Renaisi Works Renaisi Ltd
Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health
Restore Trust
ReZolve Kernow Ltd
Richmond Fellowship
Right Track Training
RNIB
Rochdale and District Mind
Rochdale Training Association
Romney Resource 2000 Ltd RR2K
Roshni Sheffield Asian Womens
Rosies
Rother Voluntary Action
Royal British Legion Industries RBLI
Royal National College for the Blind
SAFE
Salford Foundation
Salvation Army
SAMH Scottish Action on Mental Health
Sanctuary Group Sanctuary Housing
SCOOP Aid Ltd
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
Shelter Cymru
Signhealth
SIGTA Ltd
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
Speakersbank
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
Surestart
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
Think3e
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
Valrec
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
YMCA
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

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/grayling-lines-up-charities-to-replace-tesco-in-workfare-schemes/

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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