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Mental health patients are being ‘detained in all but name’

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the void

jobcentre-formThe PCS Union has revealed that around 40% of DWP staff who will be working on Universal Credit will be on the benefit themselves.

The huge re-orgainsation of both in and out of work benefits begins next April and will see Working Tax Credits, Local Housing Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance, all brought under control of Jobcentres.

Of concern to the PCS is that the new system will extend conditionality of ‘work related activity’ to part time workers who are in receipt of some benefits.  All claimants earning less than the minimum wage for a 35 hour week will be forced to demonstrate that they are constantly looking for ‘more, or better paid’ work.  Failure to comply could lead to workfare or in-work benefits being stopped.

Some part time workers at Jobcentres are likely to fall into this group, meaning that Jobcentre staff could be responsible for sending…

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January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

the void

hensher2hensher1The above two tweets are what happens when someone writes a less than flattering review of one of Philip Hensher’s shit books.

This is the same Philip Hensher who whinged in The Independent yesterday that: “I have a belief that nobody should be forced to endure being called a “cunt” or subjected to threats of physical violence as a condition of their work.”

Hensher has been widely condemned after writing a sub-Daily Mail rant about people on sickness or disability benefits – which got very close to libeling people who had taken part in a survey by campaign group After Atos by implying some of them were fraudulent claimants.

This led some people to challenge Hensher on twitter, sometimes using strong language, to which he replied in kind.  Guardian journalist Zoe Williams also questioned Hensher’s piece.  He responded by describing her as ‘an awful person’ to her colleague Deborah…

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How do you know when a Tory is telling a lie? They are talking….

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In this guest post, Harald Schmidt from the University of Pennsylvania takes apart the media furore about a proposal  (at least as reported) to cut payments to unhealthy benefit claimants if they didn’t go to the gym – using the insights gained from his previous work on the ethics of incentives in health & social policy.

Pain on a treadmillHealth incentives are of increasing interest to policy makers. Yet, they are highly controversial. For many, they are outright irritating. Unhelpfully ambiguous policy proposals do little to move towards a more nuanced discussion. The recent controversy around a section in a Report by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and Westminster Council is a case in point, and allows several lessons to be learned. 

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January 30, 2013 Leave a comment


By Tony Collins

Mark Thompson is a senior lecturer in information systems at Cambridge Judge Business School, ICT futures advisor to the Cabinet Office and strategy director at consultancy Methods.

Last month he said in a Guardian comment that central government departments are “increasingly being held hostage by a handful of huge, often overseas, suppliers of customised all-or-nothing IT systems”.

Some senior officials are happy to be held captive.

“Unfortunately, hostage and hostage taker have become closely aligned in Stockholm-syndrome fashion.

“Many people in the public sector now design, procure, manage and evaluate these IT systems and ignore the exploitative nature of the relationship,” said Thompson.

The Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages bond with their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them.

This month the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued  a pre-tender notice for Oracle ERP systems. Worth between £250m and £750m, the framework will be…

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Mental Health Foundation Newsletter

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Hi Supporter,
The future of mental health services
We’ve launched an inquiry into what mental health services might look like in 20 to 30 years’ time.

We want your input into what you think mental health service provision should consist of in the future.

Our inquiry panel of mental health professionals, service users and carers will work to gather evidence from a range of audiences to help shape the mental health services of tomorrow, and we need your help.

We really value your opinions. If you would like to help, please take part in our survey.

Best wishes,
Simon Lawton-Smith
Head of Policy

Our new Stress booklet has now launched
Back in November we asked you to help create a new stress booklet. We had a fantastic response, with many people sharing stories and tips about how they deal with stress.

The new booklet, ‘How to manage and reduce stress’, is now available to download for free. It covers what stress is and how it is caused, how to manage and reduce it, as well as tips and suggestions on where to get further help and information.

Download the booklet for free now.

Friends for Life
Friends for Life’ is an internationally recognised programme that aims to teach children and young people how to cope with stress and anxieties. It helps children to identify ‘anxiety-increasing’ thoughts and anxious feelings and learn ways to overcome problems rather than avoid them.

We now want to make this programme accessible for children with learning disabilities.

Find out more about the ‘Friends for Life’ project.

Fancy a Challenge?
Boost your mental health with regular exercise this year – and support our work!

Join our Bupa London 10k team and run a stunning course around London’s most famous landmarks this May.

It’s a perfect race for first-time runners, and we’ll support you every step of the way with training plans, sponsorship advice and a picnic after the finish line.

Find out more about the race, and register to take part.

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Blue Monday
Last Monday was ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

Research shows that it’s not the actual day that gets people down, but shorter days and less sunlight throughout the winter months can make us feel gloomy.

Find out how to beat the January blues

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Do you have a story to share?
Real-life stories are vital to inspire others, tackle discrimination and encourage more people to support our groundbreaking work. We want to talk to people who would be happy to share their experiences on our website and Facebook pageand in the media. 

Stories from people like Cat, who suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Matthew, who lives with depression and anxiety disorder, are vital to helping break down the stigma around mental health.

To share your story, please contact our press team.  We always give full details about what the opportunity entails and will never pass on details without your consent. Names can be changed for anonymity if required.

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TalkBack – now available to download
Our newsletter for supporters, TalkBack, is published three times a year. It’s a way to keep you in the loop about our projects, research and fundraising activities.

We’re really excited to share the new online version of TalkBack with you.

It includes an article on the success of our self-harm publication and an update on our ‘An Ordinary Life’ project from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

Download our latest TalkBack now and let us know what you think about what we’re up to. We hope you enjoy hearing all about our latest work.

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Disability in society: let’s make today #letstalkdisability day | Sharon Brennan

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FULL FACT: ‘Is benefit fraud at a “record high”?’ ~ The Sun’s Lies & Propaganda Exposed AGAIN | Black Triangle Campaign

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