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Health Checks at Jobcentres as Auditor General diagnoses Esther McVey’s Advanced Porky Malady.

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Auditor General Says McVey Suffering from Advanced Porky Malady.

“I’m a GP in Kent, with an interest in public health. I’ve really enjoyed the discussion, and this has been really useful to us. We do NHS Health Checks here in my practice. In terms of targeting the people who would most benefit, and I’m aware that there’s an issue with who would do this, but I think we should use places like job centres, food banks and the housing team to publicise this – because, that is where a lot of the people who would benefit most might be found. “

Health Matters – Using NHS Health Checks to optimise CVD care – Your questions answered.

Lo and Behold, in Ipswich…

Our Health Check team are conducting health checks at Ipswich Jobcentre EVERY Wednesday 10:00am-4pm. Please speak with your Work Coach, call 01473 298772 or respond to this email  to make an appointment.
 
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NHS Health Checks are a bit like a midlife MOT
Not had a health check in the past 5 years?
If you are aged 40-74 OneLife Suffolk can offer you a FREE NHS health check to assess your general health and your risk of cardiovascular disease.
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  • 40-74 years old
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  • No current diagnosis for hear  (sic) disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, kidney disease or vascular dementia.

Perhaps Esther McVey – apparently suffering from Advanced Porky Malady – should give this one a whirl.

(Just out from the Independent)

Esther McVey made incorrect statements to MPs over universal credit roll out, says government spending watchdog

Auditor General Sir Amyas Morse said Ms McVey’s claim the NAO was concerned that universal credit was rolling out too slowly was ‘not correct’.

Whitehall’s spending watchdog has written to cabinet minister Esther McVey to complain over a series of incorrect claims to parliament about its critical report of the roll-out of universal credit.

The National Audit Office (NAO) took the highly unusual step to rebuke the work and pensions secretary, after she dismissed the catalogue of failing outlined by auditors last month in their major report into the government’s flagship welfare programme.

In an open letter to Ms McVey, which is likely to raise questions about her future as a cabinet minister, Auditor General Sir Amyas Morse said that elements of her statement to Parliament on the report were incorrect and unproven.

He said it was “odd” that Ms McVey told MPs that the NAO did not take into account recent changes in the administration of universal credit, when the report had in fact been “fully agreed” with senior officials at the Department for Work and Pensions only days earlier.#

Sir Amyas added that Ms McVey’s claim that the NAO was concerned that Universal Credit was rolling out too slowly was “not correct”.

Her assurance, in response to the report, that Universal Credit was working was also “not proven”, said Sir Amyas.

In its report on June 15, the NAO highlighted the hardship caused to claimants by delays in receiving payments under universal credit.

It concluded that the new system – being gradually introduced to replace a number of benefits – was “not value for money now, and that its future value for money is unproven”.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

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  1. Reblogged this on iaingrahamsite.

    iaingrahamsite

    July 4, 2018 at 11:09 am

    • Hi guys just checking in after long absence. I am now on esa and pip a lot has changed hope you are all well

      kyron1977

      July 4, 2018 at 12:29 pm

  2. With McVey it’s always difficult to know whether she is deliberately and maliciously untruthful or slapdash and lamentablely incompetent like Boris Johnson and the rest of the current cabinet in fact. More than likely both I reckon.

    James

    July 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    • ‘Writing to clarify the facts’: Amyas Morse’s letter to Esther McVey
      Full text of universal credit letter sent by auditor general to work and pensions secretary

      “Dear minister,

      I wrote to you on 27 June asking to meet to discuss my report on universal credit and your comments, but I have not yet been able to see you. Following your second set of statements in the House [of Commons] about the report, I am now reluctantly writing an open letter to you to clarify the facts.

      Our report was fully agreed with senior officials in your Department [for Work and Pensions]. It is based on the most accurate and up-to-date information from your department. Your department confirmed this to me in writing on Wednesday 6 June and we then reached final agreement on the report on Friday 8 June.

      McVey apologises for misleading MPs on welfare changes
      Read more
      It is odd that by Friday 15 June you felt able to say that the NAO [National Audit Office] “did not take into account the impact of our recent changes”. You reiterated these statements on 2 July, but we have seen no evidence of such impacts or fresh information.

      I’m afraid your statement on 2 July that the NAO was concerned universal credit is currently “rolling but too slowly” and needs to “continue at a faster rate” is also not correct. While we recognise regrettable early delays to universal credit, my recommendation made clearly on page 11 of the report is that the department must now ensure it is ready before it starts to transfer people over from previous benefits.

      This will avoid the department’s performance declining further as it faces higher claimant volumes. I also recommended the department learns from experiences of claimants and third parties, as well as the insights it has gained from the rollout so far.

      I’m also afraid that your statement in response to my report claiming universal credit is working has not been proven. The department has not measured how many universal credit claimants are having difficulties and hardship.

      What we do know from the department’s surveys is that although 83% of claimants responding said they were satisfied with the department’s customer service, 40% of them said they were experiencing financial difficulties, and 25% said they couldn’t make an online claim. We also know that 20% of claimants are not paid in full on time and that the department cannot measure the exact number of additional people in employment as a result of universal credit.

      I would still very much like to meet to talk about the report and to discuss the independent investigation we are currently undertaking on Motability, a matter that I know is important to you.

      Amyas Morse

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/04/amyas-morse-auditor-general-universal-credit-letter-esther-mcvey

      Andrew Coates

      July 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      • That’s very strong stuff. Tantamount really to accusing McVey of lying and/or major incompetence, either of which in the past would have forced her to resign. These days, when the truth seem not to matter much, well, who knows?

        James

        July 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm

  3. “I was quite surprised Jeremy Corbyn didn’t raise the question of Esther McVey” says @bbclaurak on “extraordinarily strong criticism” from the National Audit Office with “very spiky language” about the work and pensions secretary #bbcdp pic.twitter.com/9y79x1Mwnv

    BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) July 4, 2018

    doug

    July 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    • video/1

      doug

      July 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    • Like the phrase, ““extraordinarily strong criticism”!

      Bring on more!

      Andrew Coates

      July 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

  4. Esther McVey apologises to MPs over Universal Credit claims
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44709558

    superted

    July 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    • The question is whether she lied deliberately, in which case no apology would be able to save her. To be honest I don’t think the truth means much these days to Conservative politicians. Not too sure about Labour either if I’m honest.

      James

      July 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm

  5. Perhaps madam guillotine should be enticed out of her retirement – off with her head.

    Violet

    July 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm

  6. I am losing count how many times Esther McVey, IDS, Damian 666 Green have already been sacked from the cabinet. The Tories will have to leave the UN United Nations if they want to get out of UN Human Rights Breaches. Little Billy needs his Cannabis Oil Medication – Murdering Home Office.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm

  7. Time for IDS, Damian 666 Green, Esther McVey to go on Celebrity Strictly Come Dancing. You can also take Theresa May Bot with you.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 4, 2018 at 8:04 pm

  8. Esther McVey DWP Assisted Suicide Charge with UN Human Rights Breaches.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 4, 2018 at 8:07 pm

  9. NHS Health Checks here in my practice. In terms of targeting the people who would most benefit,

    I’ve seen this in the jobcentre the location was the local psychatric hospital for managment.Claimants already under severe stress are more likely to find themselves targeted or by talking themselves into more problems through their personal circumstances.Sometimes the people who are supposed to be helping do the opposite but we already know that.

    ken

    July 4, 2018 at 11:31 pm

  10. It’s getting serious!

    Poly Toynbee calls for Esther MvVey’s sacking:

    Esther McVey has to go. Her downright lies are dangerous

    The work and pensions secretary’s fabrications about universal credit are worse than the actions that led Amber Rudd to resign

    In a world of fake news and downright mendacity, lying to parliament may seem like just another day in politics. But the work and pensions secretary Esther McVey’s non-apology in the Commons on Wednesday, deliberately repeating fabrications about the universal credit (UC) disaster, takes indifference to facts to a new level of insolence.

    The comptroller and auditor general, Sir Amyas Morse, who is in charge of the rigorously independent National Audit Office, has a reputation for strict propriety and extreme circumspection in his public comments. It takes unprecedented misrepresentation of an NAO report to force him to take the extraordinary step of publishing his letter of reprimand to the minister in charge of the Department for Work and Pensions. What else can he do when this minister has the effrontery to refuse to meet him? She plainly takes a Trumpist approach to inconvenient realities, so why bother meeting this annoying nitpicker?

    It’s no surprise that a minister who misleads parliament and thumbs her nose at the NAO is even more indifferent to the people who really matter – the millions suffering her department’s infliction of extreme hardship as they are transferred to UC. Here’s the core of the matter: last month the NAO delivered one of its most damning reports on the design, delivery and future prospects of this new system, which brings together six benefits, saying it was flawed from the start when its progenitor, Iain Duncan Smith ignoring all warnings and made extravagant claims for how new “conditionality” would propel idlers into work. He wasted a fortune on failed IT and plunged people into deeper poverty, debt and rent arrears. The NAO found that the DWP’s own surveys showed 40% of claimants said they were experiencing financial difficulties, 20% were not paid in full on time, and 25% said they couldn’t make an online claim. The NAO concluded: “The benefits that it set out to achieve through universal credit, such as increased employment and lower administration costs, are unlikely to be achieved.” Worse, it found a quarter of new claims were paid late, so debts and rent arrears soared: when universal credit is rolled out, local food banks see a 30% upsurge in use, according to the Trussell Trust. Because payment takes five weeks, 60% of new claimants need an advance, which becomes a debt: the NAO says the system will never deliver all claims on time.

    That’s the human hardship. But the DWP’s maladministration has wasted £2bn: after eight years UC is still only rolled out to 10% of claimants. The cost, says the NAO, is an eye-watering £699 per case, against a target of just £173. Benefit cuts, including those imposed on those transferring to UC, are due to put a record 37% of children into poverty by 2022, warns the Institute for Fiscal Studies. McVey is the fifth DWP secretary since 2010: she took on the job after Justine Greening wisely preferred to quit the cabinet rather than defend the irreparable damage done by Duncan Smith. The NAO report concludes bleakly that in so deep, there is “little realistic alternative but to continue with the programme”. McVey has already proved herself an eager axe-wielder: as minister for disabilities in 2013 she was slippery with facts and callous to claimants. Morse was fired up by her claim that his report called for UC to be rolled out faster: on the contrary, he points out in his letter, his report said, “the department must now ensure it is ready before it starts to transfer people over from previous benefits. This will avoid the department’s performance declining further as it faces higher claimant volumes. I also recommended the [DWP] learns from experiences of claimants and third parties, as well as the insights it has gained from the rollout so far.”

    Even more impudent was her claim that his report was based on outdated statistics: he spells out how carefully figures were squared with DWP officials right up to publication. All this matters critically to millions of low-paid families on the brutal sharp end of UC.

    Cavalier trashing of the NAO, our sacred keeper of the flame of facts, evidence and honest auditing, is profoundly alarming. This government, engaged in monumentally perilous Brexit negotiations, needs now more than ever to engage with difficult truths without flinching from inconvenient realities.

    But instead McVeyism is everywhere. Duncan Smith, the architect of UC and many other calamities in one of the most disaster-causing political careers of our time, had the gall to tell parliament that Morse’s report is “a shoddy piece of work”. As he appears on our screens day after day propounding preposterous Brexit unrealities, broadcasters should ask if there comes a point when a politician found responsible for an act of such monumental failure is stripped of all public credibility? As for McVey, her deliberate misleading of parliament is considerably worse than the actions that led to Amber Rudd’s resignation as home secretary earlier this year after she inadvertently misled the home affairs select committee. But there is no sign of any such honourable resignation from McVey.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/05/esther-mcvey-lies-work-pensions-universal-credit

    Guardianista

    July 5, 2018 at 5:17 am

    • Jack the hat McVey must be cat as who else could live through that many deaths.
      That media career really paid off as no one spins it like her, really propagandists around the world would be proud to have her onboard. Infact if she born N Korean or Chinese i strongly doubt we would have ever heard of there horrendous acts of past.

      If a minister loses there seat locally so sets about relocating just to get back into government, this should teach us volumes that a people person she is not as she would rather trade them than her own narcissistic charade of a character and beliefs.

      doug

      July 5, 2018 at 9:31 am

    • Andrew Coates

      July 5, 2018 at 9:52 am

  11. Amazon workers are no longer allowed to take toilet breaks. We have to carry around a bottle to piss into.

    Amazon Slave

    July 5, 2018 at 6:12 am

  12. Controversial copyright law to be voted by MEPs today

    MEPs will vote on the contentious copyright directive that contains the poisonous article 11 and 13.

    Article 13, which would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks. Platform providers should take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works or other subject-matter or to prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders through the cooperation with the service providers.

    Those measures should be appropriate and proportionate”, and the platforms should provide rightsholders with “adequate reporting on the recognition and use of the works and other subject-matter.

    Article 11 also known as the link tax will mean a website must pay for a license inorder to legally display news publisher content. The article makes no clear definition of what link legally constitutes. What it does constitute is left to the member states to decide meaning its open to political abuse. In addition to this if a website like say facebook does not like your political view, its will be a lot harder to make a small platform and express it.

    These articles are vague to say the least and crap all over fair use and how the public and the internet work.
    Ipswich unemployed for instance would be in breach and would have to be deleted or have its content heavily deleted as it would be considered an aggregator of news, links removed, quotes removed, copyright artwork,avatars,logos,etc removed, hell even memes would come under the hammer.

    doug

    July 5, 2018 at 9:08 am

    • Thanks for that Doug, heard bits about it this morning but not all you understand.

      whonew

      July 5, 2018 at 10:20 am

    • If that’s obeyed to the letter most of the sensational tabloid newspapers, e.g., Daily Mail, wouldn’t be able to publish content online either!

      James

      July 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    • FAO: Doug

      MEPs reject controversial copyright law

      MEPs have voted to reject a controversial copyright law in its current form, deciding to return to the issue in September.

      The law would have put a greater responsibility on individual websites to check for copyright infringements.

      But the web’s inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others had expressed concerns about the proposed rules, which they said threatened internet freedom.

      Opponents greeted the decision as a victory.

      Julia Reda, a Pirate Party MEP who had campaigned against the legislation tweeted: “Great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board.”

      BPI Music, which represents UK record labels, had supported the bill and tweeted: “We respect the decision… we will work with MEPs over the next weeks to explain how the proposed directive will benefit not just European creativity, but also internet users and the technology sector.”

      Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales told the BBC he hoped that the music industry could find a way to compromise before the September debate.

      “Don’t think about filtering everything everyone uploads to the internet. That’s a pipe dream but you are never going to get that,” he said.

      Instead, he added, they should look to renegotiating deals with platforms such as YouTube to get “fairer remuneration”.

      More here:
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44712475

      BBC

      July 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm

  13. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    July 5, 2018 at 9:59 am

  14. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    July 5, 2018 at 10:46 am


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