From March, the discredited fit-for-work test firm Atos will stop doing appraisals on disabled people on behalf of the Coalition.
The Department for Work and Pensions has declared US company Maximus will carry out the controversial Work Capability Assessments.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith stated the switch over will mean there will be a fresh approach.
However, US court files show Maximus has exhausted millions on payouts in the past settling lawsuits, including allegations of fraudulence, unlawful expenses and even disability discrimination.
MPs and disability groups are so concerned they have signed an open letter to Mr Duncan Smith warning of the deep concern over the £500 million contract, and the letter inquires why the government seems to have opted to reprise its errors.
In 2007, Maximus agreed to compensate £20 million to the US federal government to settle criminal charges.
The government said Maximus had assisted the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency submits fictitious claims to the Medicaid scheme, which supplies health care to primarily elderly and disabled people.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the government by Benjamin Turner, a previous human resources director at Maximus.
Claims are associated with help for ill-treated or neglected children. Maximus did not accept or reject the allegations.
This followed a previous payout of £600,000 to the state of Wisconsin in 2000.
Between 1997 and 2001, Maximus held £65.5 million in contracts at the Department of Workforce Development including the W-2 employment scheme, which gave cash assistance to poor families.
However, it was told to pay back £300,000 after charging the state for wrongful expenses including societal functions and entertainment.
As a display of good faith, it too wrote a cheque for a further £300,000.
Earlier this year, the State of Illinois terminated a £50 million contract with Maximus to help clear a Medicaid backlog for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
Maximus had claimed it would redeem the state £221 million by using advanced data-mining computer systems to kick ineligible people off Medicaid.
Finding out the needs of the disabled is a complex operation needing a skilled work force, and when we are finding out the needs of the disabled, it should never be about money, and how much we are going to economise.
Economy should be about how much food we’re putting in our shopping basket or whether we can really afford a motorcar, however, it should never be about human life or human welfare because we can never economise on a human life.
Our beingness is the rind that keeps us together, and because people are disabled should not mean that they should be set apart.
There have been many essays composed about differentiation, and we should not be different at all, but we are in many ways, whether we like it or not, consequently, there are some areas that should not be stepped upon because it makes disabled people really tense.
We should be a well-balance society of human beings that can depend on your government to do the right thing, and admittedly sometimes we have to do the wrong thing to do the right thing, but its when you do the wrong thing over and over again, that’s what makes our government poor fish.
It’s understandable that as human beings we’re not infallible, however, that also implies that as human beings we can also learn from our errors and amend them, which also implies that our government can right their wrongs at anytime they choose, but choose not to because economically human life is profitable.
Our government is a lucrative enterprise, however, they’re so clumsy that they have no thought as to what they need to do with it once they have it. Thusly, they take our money, but they’re not adept enough to circulate it to the right places, that’s how much of it ends up in the pockets of crooked MP’s who have in some way obtained a distinguished place in government.
The dominion of the masses is to keep us in the dark, and to feed us as much shit as is potentially possible, however, they make it so plausible that we really consider it to be true because they have such a hold on us, we would have to prise it off to become really free.
As human cattle we are so taken up with what is going on in everyone else’s lives, that we blank out that everyone is of significance, and as a whole we make a group that is being taken advantage of by the regime of our society (government).
The ruling classes manipulate us because they can, not only because they can, because we permit them to, however, nobody can keep you in line, not unless you want to be controlled, and it’s that clasp of power that they have over us.
I’m not saying that everyone wants to become manipulated, however, there are a flock of people out there that appear to be exuberant over the fact that they are. It’s not the rise and fall of our government that we have to watch out for. It’s the rise and fall of the masses who are willing to comply with whatever the government serves up to us.
We need to be more creative when dealing with the powers that be, because we are individuals with individual needs, and disabled people are worth more than the minimum wage, not less, and as I’ve said that, thinking about it, everybody should be worth more than the minimum wage – There should be no minimum wage at all!
I’m certain that we’re not the lowest minimum wage nation, and I’m sure that being low, it’s still not the lowest, still, it’s irrelevant, because there should be no minimum wage because human beings should not be categorised…
If our government wants to take a firm stand on separating us into groups, then we’re of no more of importance than battery hens. In that event, why don’t they all put tags on us and stick us in pigeon holes, and if the masses want to be labeled then thats okay, however, the majority of us don’t, that’s why there are groups out there marching against what is wrongful.
Which now brings me onto another matter that’s been in the papers lately, and after reading this article I was utterly shocked. Draconian Britain – We don’t live in 2014, we have now gone back to 1814.
During the period between 1812-1822, it could have been said that England suffered more, economically, socially and politically. Therefore, there were a lot of demonstrations of discontentment and suffering in the form of riots and alienation – Are you getting the picture?
Parliament did not stand for the nation, and bribery and subversion were prevalent.
In 1815, the national debt stood at £834 million. This was a huge incumbrance on the taxpayers. In 1816, Income Tax was revoked, but this was unjust because the onus had shifted proportionally more heavily onto the poor.
These taxes were used to pay off the interest on the nations debt, effectively going into the pockets of the wealthy (government) who had loaned money, and now had to pay back the shortfall.
The beginnings of what we now know as Jobcentre Plus goes back to the 15th century with the declivity of monasteries and the partitioning of medieval social structures, and charity was gradually superseded with a mandatory land tax levy.
The 1601 Act meant that people who couldn’t work could be cared for in almshouse’s or a poorhouse. This law provided respite for people who were not in a position to work, chiefly those that were crippled, impotent, elderly and blind.
The able-bodied misfortunate would be shipped out to a house of industry, where materials would be supplied for the poor to be set to work. The idle poor and drifters would be sent to a house of correction or even prison, and pauper children would become apprentices.
Nothing much has been altered since 1601, if you interpreted the machinations of our government and governments before. Everything that they do is there to control us with cause and effect. It’s not a brainteaser. It’s as apparent as the nose on your face, because it’s all about manipulation.
Most manipulation is achieved by way of fear. Animals cannot be controlled by fear because they are only frightened in the here and now, but as human beings we fear all the time, so we can be controlled. If we do not fear, then we cannot be controlled.