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……….?