News on @DisRightsUK from Benefits & Work Email last week (originally tweeted via Twitlonger here, here & here).
The email is now publicly available in the B&W News Archive here.
DRUK WORKING FOR CAPITA ON PIP
We can also reveal that leading disability charity Disability Rights UK (DRUK) has signed up as a paid sub-contractor to Capita, to help the company carry out personal independence payment medicals in central England and Wales. There is no information on DRUK’s website about the arrangement with Capita.
The deal with Capita was sealed some time prior to 2nd May 2012, since when DRUK continues to claim it is considering bringing a court case to prevent PIP being introduced. The charity also still leads the Hardest Hit campaign against benefits cuts and heads up the Disability Benefits Consortium.
Capita’s bid document quotes DRUK as saying:
“Disability Rights UK is delighted to endorse Capita’s approach to learning, development and continuous improvement.”
Capita make it clear that they are paying DRUK not just to advise them on accessibility issues and to recruit senior disabled staff, but also to pass on information gained from DRUK members. The bid document explains that:
“. . .we have committed to employing a resource within DRUK dedicated to capturing the views and experiences of claimants and those impacted by PIP. DRUK has over 1,000 member organisations which should allow for broad capture of ongoing claimant experiences.”
You can download the successful Capita bid documents for Wales and Central England here:
DisRightsUK is headed by the odious Liz Sayce, responsible for the Sayce Review “which was commissioned to look at how the £320m protected budget for disability employment could be used more effectively to support thousands more disabled people into work.”
DRUK & their partners are clearly working to a specific #fitforwork ideology given their shafting of Remploy – and this latest action as a so-called ally of disabled people shows just how twisted the Hardest Hit Campaign & Disability Benefits Consortium are also.
Disability Rights UK have updated their website to disavow havuing a contract with Capita, stating:
We are shocked that anyone could think Disability Rights UK would get involved in any way in delivering PIP assessments. We oppose the cut which will mean 500,000 disabled people are made ineligible for support. (A private competitor has claimed Disability Rights UK is seeking a role in delivering PIP assessments. This is incorrect).
Our only role is to ensure that disabled people have access to the best possible, independent information and advice on our rights, which we hope to provide for free. We are not sub-contracted by Capita. We advised Capita on how to ensure people got good advice on their rights. We are not capturing disabled people’s views or doing anything relating to Capita’s delivery – we recently turned down an invitation to be part of their reference group.
We did have discussions with Capita – but decided we would not work with any PIP contractors other than in our core role as providing rights based information and advice to disabled people. There is no contract.
Interesting that ATOS is lying re DPAC and DRUK claims same re Capita.
Note (1): the PDFs that Benefits & Work included in their story regarding DisRightsUK & Capita are no longer available via the specified URLs.
Note (2): A couple of the PDFs referred to by Benefits & Work are accessible via Google Cache:
Thank you to @boycottwokfare for the tip. Both files can be saved to Google Docs and downloaded via Google Drive.
Tender documents for the delivery of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessments [redacted]. 75 docs.
PQ 119481, PQ 119482, PQ 119483, PQ 119484 and PQ 119485
Thank you to johnny Void for the tip.
ADDENDUM: Changed “Facts” to “Claims” in title in a cynical bid to calm down Poverty Pimp defenders.