Archive for January, 2016


Politics and Insights

maximus-logoYes, but which people?


The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for Parliament and is independent of government. An audit report earlier this month concluded that the Department for Work and Pension’s spending on contracts for disability benefit assessments is expected to double in 2016/17 compared with 2014/15. The government’s flagship welfare-cut scheme will be actually spending more money on the assessments themselves than it is saving in reductions to the benefits bill – as
Frances Ryan pointed out in the Guardian, it’s the political equivalent of burning bundles of £50 notes.

The report also states that only half of all the doctors and nurses hired by Maximus – the US outsourcing company brought in by the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out the assessments – had even completed their training.

The NAO report summarises:

5.5
Million assessments completed in five years up to March 2015

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A Poem for the New Year

Posted: January 1, 2016 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Here’s a piece of doggerel I thought up which expressed my political hopes for the coming year. In 2016 one goal Kick the Tories’ backsides ’til they glow! Happy New Year everyone!

Source: A Poem for the New Year