Charities Watch

Relevant blogs

Disability Income/Expenditure written by Multoo Dec 2, 2011 reposted here 19/2/2012
WCA – which organisations were involved? from October 2009 report

‘Work Programme’ contractors – Preferred Bidders – April 2011 some background history


DPAC is launching Charity Watch to ‘watch’ what the big disability charities are doing in the name of disabled people. Big disability charities like to use our words and our arguments to try and convince us they are ‘on our side’, they might like to recruit some of us too- but mainly they make millions from us through service contracts, government contracts, funding for projects to ‘help’ us- through institutionalising us, putting us in their day centres, running segregated schools for us, and generating pity to get public donations to add to their multi-billion pound disability businesses.

Disability Charities also like to speak on our behalf on issues that affect us, and like to come to decisions about us with governments too

 But DPAC has been watching them-here are some examples of what some disability charities have been doing in your name recently:

●Have previously acted as ‘expert’ groups on the construction of the Work Capability    Assessment

●Delivering work programs which are unlikely to lead to a job and taking on voluntary unpaid labour

●Joining together to form ‘Disability Works UK’ to deliver workfare programmes -that means that they will take government money to run programs in which you can work for no payment: Disability Works UK includes SCOPE, Leonard Cheshire, Mind, MENCAP , Action for Blind People (or RNIB) Disability Works UK has a turnover value of £654.4 million and a surplus of £15.6 million

●Breaking into local groupings to get local council contracts to supply services that were previously supplied by CILs run and controlled by disabled people reducing disabled peoples’ employment and leading to CILs closing

●Acting as main media contacts for the Hardest Hit protests partnering with user-led groups and then not informing/inviting their so-called partners of their discussions with government

●Attempting to take statistic evidence on local ‘need’ from user-led organisations to use to compete with them for local contracts

●Taking campaigns run by grass root anti-cut disability groups and claiming them as their own in the mainstream media

●One charity that we know of is expected to begin working with Atos from summer 2013


Don’t you think you need to watch the charities too……….?



5 responses to “Charities Watch

    Scope are no longer going to take part in workfare. Is this at their own offices or on all the work programs they are involved with.

    Why not ask the disability charities not to take part in any further work program activity until the WRAG is made fit for purpose and all sanctions / time limits and workfare are dropped.

  2. simone

    Can we please extend charity watch to include those who claim to speak on behalf of disabled people whilst promoting segragated education. Any charity that sets up a special free school straves cash from the mainstream education system. Cuts to mainstream education budgets means one thing – cuts to inclusion of disabled learners accessing mainstream education! There are some disability charities setting up free special schools against disabled peoples wishes for mainstream education. Of course there will be some of us who would like to pass this information onto DPAC to include in their disability watch.

  3. Sam

    I’m surprised that there are only two comments In reply to this page – or am I missing something?

    The issue of how the disabled are seen by the world is critical – and it’s a battle which is being lost hands down. The internet is not yet as politically influential as everyone says it is, and the main driver is still the media, especially the papers and among them, amazingly but provably, the ‘Daily Mail’. The great charities are the only entities with the organization, the authority and the mandate to take on the media; and they have largely failed to do so – and to very little effect. There are good reasons why this is so.

    The disabled can’t form a union in the accepted sense – they can’t withdraw their labour – but there is need for its equivalent, a high-profile, unified association. Organizing it would be a nightmare because the potential membership is such a disparate group; raising its profile would require the genius of an Alexander; etc. Financing it hardly bears thinking about. But if there’s any other route that would work, it hasn’t revealed itself yet.

    (As an aside… Think class-action suits. Then think class-action suits strategically. Then think strategically.)

    And the charities have a place in this. They SHOULD be leading the way. What we have to do is put them under a moral pressure greater than the existential pressure which the government had been putting them under for a long time.

    Your thoughts, please.

  4. Nightingale

    Thank you for starting this. These “professional” charities need monitoring. They appear to be yet another refuge for the middle classes in their expectation to run everything, and entitlement to well paid employment. The following quote illustrates a point From a Guardian article:-
    Paul Jenkins, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness, said: “”The work capability assessment process is deeply unfair for people with a mental illness – it’s like asking someone in a wheelchair to walk to the assessment centre.”

    It is beyond belief that this so-called disability “expert” uses that example, without seeming to realise that that is actually what is happening. So many of the ATOS centres are without disabled access, parking, or dropping off points, that yes, they are asking those with mobility problems to somehow walk to the office. What was worse was that Michael Meacher, usually a good sort, repeated this in his blogs & comments. It’s this sort of nonsense that leads to the Charity industry needing to be watched, and held to account. this shows an enormous gulf between those electing themselves to speak on our behalf, and those of us on the receiving end of their “largesse”.

  5. Sam

    Not a lot seems to be happening here… Yet this page ought to be buzzing with activity.

    Some of the most significant charities have been put under intolerable financial pressure to make Faustian pacts with the government – the national lottery has a lot to answer for here. I’m no authority, but its not as if this is a secret (or conspiracy theory).

    We should indeed be watching the charities. We should also be watching those with power who exercise a baleful influence over the charities while following agendas of their own.

    If you think what I’m hinting at is nonsense, please argue with me. If not, please register your presence here in order to encourage other visitors.

    If need be – and if useful – I’d try to expand on my thesis.

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