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Disability charity wins major cash boost from Maximus

Disability Rights UK (DRUK), a charity set up to fight for disabled people’s rights, has signed a major contract with Maximus, the company which carries out the medical tests for employment and support allowance (ESA).

According to John Pring of the Disability News Service, DRUK will provide training in equality to all of the 1,600 members of staff who work for the branch of Maximus that carries out the work capability assessment (WCA).

The training will consist of around 100 workshops delivered across the country and lasting for just two hours each.

The contract could be worth as much as £100,000 to DRUK, a welcome boost to the charity which has faced considerable financial challenges.

However, the decision of DRUK to work with Maximus has attracted widespread condemnation from disability campaigners.

You can read the full story on the Disability News Service website

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+1 #9 Bill24chev 2015-10-11 18:06
This is a snippet from the Maximus recruitment site


Your career with us will begin with comprehensive training. This has been approved by the Department for Work and Pensions, and designed to ensure you have all the skills and knowledge you need to complement your existing healthcare expertise. Put simply, we’ll take care to make sure you’re ready to do a great job for customers from day one.

Bur the question is is the customer the Claimants or IDS?DWP?? :-*
+1 #8 tintack 2015-10-09 13:12
Quoting carruthers:
It takes a lot of nerve - and self-confidence to turn down a hundred ground when you're in financial trouble.

Having said that, the question remains, "Does anyone believe that any such training will change the behaviour of the Maximus staff?"

If they've a fortnight being shown how to "Get them by any means necessary", then 2 hours being shown how to do it nicely could not possibly make any substantive change.


I think we can safely assume that this is just a bit of PR which is being done so the government can say that it is "working with disability charities and campaigners", even though it will almost certainly be ignoring those charities and campaigners which haven't signed contracts with Maximus.
+1 #7 carruthers 2015-10-09 09:39
It takes a lot of nerve - and self-confidence to turn down a hundred ground when you're in financial trouble.

Having said that, the question remains, "Does anyone believe that any such training will change the behaviour of the Maximus staff?"

If they've a fortnight being shown how to "Get them by any means necessary", then 2 hours being shown how to do it nicely could not possibly make any substantive change.
+2 #6 craftcrazy 2015-10-09 05:24
This conniving government will stoop to any length to deny the resources that are the right of sick, vulnerable and disabled. people , essential for their day to day lives. Subjected to years of propaganda, the climate was right for them to bribe and take control of the very charity which was formed to assist them. DRUK cannot possibly deny that they've sold out! DISGUSTING people! How many more lives to be lost?
+3 #5 spinner48 2015-10-07 15:24
A 2 Hour "Workshop" - on "equality" training. It beggars belief - and makes beggars of us. It takes more than a couple of hours to change an attitude, especially when those taking part jolly well know that they are expected to find "cheats" to denounce. If anyone is employed to identify cheats they must be expected to achieve their objectives. Someone should add up the bill that IDS is paying and how that compares with the amount he intends to save!
+6 #4 Jim Allison 2015-10-06 17:40
Well I've been a member of the former Disability Alliance and DRUK for 30 plus years, but I cancelled my membershipp last year, when I discovered they were colluding with the DWP.

Former Disability Rights Lawyer.
+4 #3 Bill24chev 2015-10-06 09:53
Why do MAXIMUS HCP's who as we know are according to IDS/DWP "Highly trained" and would have ALSO been trained in DISABILITY AWARENESS and ANTI-DISCRIMINA TORY PRACTICE in their initial HCP registration qualification need EXTRA Disability Training?
+7 #2 tintack 2015-10-06 00:13
Quoting buster:
Has Maximus "bought" them (DRUK) for a price? Not a particularly large price at that. This suggestion is surely very plausible - all things considered. However, I hope I'm wrong.


It wouldn't be the first time. They offered Sue Marsh a lucrative post and I'm not even sure that DRUK is the first disability charity to sign such a contract. I seem to recall seeing another charity had done so a while back, though I mist admit I can't recall which one it was. But yes, trying to buy off the opposition - or at least enough of it to allow divide and rule tactics to win the day - seems to be the way they're going.
+4 #1 buster 2015-10-05 20:18
It's quite disturbing news in my opinion. I feel really uncomfortable about the fact that DRUK who are supposed to have disabled people's best interests at heart - are now being financed by an organisation who's roll it is to help trim the governments disability benefits budget by 20% or more. Has Maximus "bought" them (DRUK) for a price? Not a particularly large price at that. This suggestion is surely very plausible - all things considered. However, I hope I'm wrong.

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