Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Someone wants A4e to survive

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We can reveal that someone (or should I say, a group of people) wants A4e to survive. It wont come as a surprise how corrupt the UK Government is. (So lets not compare countries!!) How the current administration are in bed with News International. Scrub that. Are conjoined twins! Blah blah blah, you get the picture!

We at Ipswich Unemployed Action have a confession to make:-

  • Our members (mentioning no names) have reported (anonymously tipped off) A4e no less than 12 times since 2009 to the authorities (Serious Fraud Office, National Audit Office, and the police) with evidence… no action was taken

Then you can see how, even now, many MPs are opposed to saying enough is enough for A4e. Not many MPs see A4e as a bad waste of money, not to mention, even concerned about millions being defrauded each year by their rogue employees.

When, if ever, will this change? Has A4e’s luck changed recently? We know Royal Mail cannot be totally trusted, but we cannot see how they would lose 12 batches of letters (formally called large letters/packets). Anyone have any clue or ideas how and why?

Lets not forget that hundreds have wrote to their MPs about A4e since then (2009), and probably many to different authorities, probably the most popular other destination is the ICO. Some how, A4e and such complaints/allegations (whatever you want to call them) got totally under the radar. Even with an administration change, one of which sharing power with two rivals of the previous one, this process of careless neglect on taxpayers money went on…  we know they want to “massage” unemployment figures but at least give the contract to someone else?!

Saturday the 3rd of March marks the beginning of major actions against the Government in regards to welfare to work and workfare… people want PAID jobs (even at NMW which is the norm these days) to provide for their families. Enough is enough, people don’t want to keep attending and jumping through hoops of Jobcentre Plus and providers like A4e. We want REAL JOBS NOW!


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  1. Just to say that I saw the ‘Big Fella’, Ipswich Evening Star’s Ace Political Correspondant, Paul Geater, in Sainsbury’s this morning. I suggested that he might care, if his valuable time allows, that he may possibly look at our site.

    He might then join the insignificant list of news organisations that report on/or are informed by Ipswich Unemployed Action: Newsnight, the Guardian, Channel Four, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Sky News, and, who knows, Le Monde.

    Andrew Coates

    March 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    • Has he got over the trauma and upset when the council banned him?

      HAHA – must have been the most unprofessional and worst series of articles of all time!! No one really cared about their dispute. This said, online especially, the level of journalism appears to be hitting new records of all time lows… its worth the penalty of death – if was in Sandford anyway (Hot Fuzz)

      Work Programme

      March 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    • Andrew; From our own experience I can tell you the national press are interested in stories about A4e. They want to hear about the experiences of current/ former A4e clients – ideally supported by evidence to prove what they claim.

      We all know that soon as a negative A4e story appears, their legal people will be all over it like hair on a gorilla. So the journalist needs to be reasonably sure that what their paper is publishing accurate and true.


      March 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      • Indeed. It seems the press are taking empty legal threats a little too serious. I mean what is Are/Emma Harrison going to do against the major newspapers and TV broadcasters?

        Work Programme

        March 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      • Absolutely ECAP.

        They are of course doing their job.

        If the last week was anything to go by, the media has done it (though I notice a silence about yesterday’s protests).

        The best, and I will name the Guardian and Private Eye amongst them, are fully aware of the legal situation.

        The latter have explicitly conctacted us about this.

        Andrew Coates

        March 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

  2. I’m sure they are watching and waiting. As soon as they feel we are a real threat, they will strike.

    We are effectively dealing with a part of the same Machine that took us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan… This is for real and we will take casualties… ..


    March 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  3. One imagines a lot of MPs are relying on firms like A4E to provide them with a good living when they retire from politics. They’d be reluctant to upset them I’d think.

    Kay Fabe

    March 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  4. One of Steve Hilton’s legacies is one he would not want to advertise to his new US friends: how he was personally involved in appointing Emma Harrison as the Prime Minister’s back-to-work tsar. She resigned as No 10 adviser and chairman of A4e just over a week ago over allegations of fraud at the company. It is understood that Mr Hilton recommended her to Mr Cameron.

    And in more evidence of the links between Ms Harrison and David Cameron, The Independent on Sunday has learnt that A4e is advising No 10 on the next wave of privatisation. It will offer advice on “value for money” in contracting out, including writing guidelines on future privatisations. The firm will hold a seminar in Whitehall explaining how to design welfare contracts with private firms. The contract, worth £250,000 was agreed last September.

    The Cabinet Office hired A4e to advise on four experimental schemes to help families with unemployed parents. All are in Conservative-led authorities: Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Birmingham and Leicestershire.

    A4e is not running the schemes, but is helping the Government write the rules on how they should work. They are based on social impact bonds, the Government’s “big idea” for privatising welfare. Investors and banks will pay private companies to help poor families. The taxpayer will then pay them back over years for the supposed “savings”.

    A4e is being asked to advise how to stop welfare firms taking money for poor performance. Yet A4e has often been found to be a poor performer itself.

    A spokesman for A4e said: “A4e has performed consistently at or above industry average across all major employability programmes.”

    Neither is really news.A4e insight… that is very old news. If the lazy cunts would spent, I dont know, 5 minutes on Google OR 5 minutes reading emails perhaps, they would be able to backup the “poor performer” statement/allegation with past figures and current Work Programme figures.

    Elsewhere, despite A4e fraud, poor performance etc. and how everything is “under review”… the contract for “advising” the Government hasn’t been terminated. Whereas one might not want to terminate major contracts immediately, being impartial for a second, that seems the norm thing to do… you would surely immediately terminate the contract A4e has of advising the Governments direction? No??

    Work Programme

    March 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

      1. What gets me Worky is well-off toss-pots like Steve Hilton get praised for his ‘radical’ ideas.

        When we come out with some ‘radical ideas’ they come down on us like a ton of bricks and starting getting all screamy about ‘anarchists’ and ‘trotskyists’.

      Andrew Coates

      March 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

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