Lying, thieving bastards, How the Unemployment Business Sees Us.
“Lying, thieving bastards“, or LTBs is how the Unemployment Industry sees the out-of-work and claimants.
The BBC Panorama documentary last night, The Great Disability Scam? ,was about a lot more than ATOS.
It went to the heart of the government’s Work Programme.
So who coined LTB?
The unflattering acronym was coined by staff as a code to describe customers, many of whom were disabled, during staff training sessions.
There are currently 2.5m people in the UK on long-term sickness benefits some of whom are believed to be bogus, hitting the UK purse to the tune of £13bn a year.
As part of a welfare reform bill the government has identified 68,000 of these claimants which it believes can work.
Speaking to the BBC whistle-blower Linda Smith, a former employee of the firm, said: “These people were probably more difficult to place in employment for us as employment workers, but for them (the company) these people were bigger money… these people were the bucks, the ker-ching.”
However Smith contends that little effort was made to find employment for these people once they were on their books, with people simply ‘parked’ instead.
“They would be put on telephone interviews… just to make sure that there was this contact made so they could tick a box to say, ‘Yeah, they’re still on the Work Programme”, Smith revealed.
In a statement rebutting the allegations Triage said that so-called parking was ‘not an option’ for it and that use of the LTB terminology had been an isolated incident and was not ’used or accepted by Triage’. From here.
We know that this is very far from an “isolated incident”.
Talking to a former SEETEC employee we learnt that the Ipswich staff think that the unemployed are drug users, likely to turn up drunk in the morning, and out to thieve and…..lie.
The Panorama programme also got people on who described the Work programme as designed to make money for companies, not to help the out-of-work or other claimants, such as the disabled.
There was a section on the way these firms cream off those they think are likely to get a job, and ‘park’ everyone else. The difficult to ‘help’ had quickly found they got ignored.
Tell us something we didn’t know!
To get their contracts they had pretended to involve charities, such as one dealing with the blind.
When they got the contracts these companies dropped all the ‘nice’ third sector.
Mind you when we see what a ‘third sector’ group like our old friends the YMCA are doing at the moment – sending people on forced labour (aka Mandatory Work Activity) – we can’t shed too many tears there.
For more on the YMCA see the Void.
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