Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bad Management, Fraud and the DWP

Ministers in and of the DWP are soundly, and rightly, criticised by the Commons Public Accounts committee for failing to adequately monitor the activities of the private company A4e with which it contracted to provide public services in its flagship … Continue reading

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The left hand knowing what the right hand isn’t doing?

  An article in Friday’s Guardian – , and reported elsewhere – makes for interesting reading.  The pre-shuffle Minister for Care Services, Paul Burstow, raises doubt as to the commitment (or, as he sees it, lack of commitment) to … Continue reading

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WMLLF Web-Site

  A brief note to advise that the Forum’s official web-site is now “live”: Still aspects of the site remain “under construction”, but the more immediate purposes for having the site – advertising who we are and when and … Continue reading

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Digital by Default

The title of this comment is the latest draconian measure being introduced by Iain Duncan Smith (and, probably, other government ministers).  He means what he says – the sole means of making benefit claims in the future, along with the … Continue reading

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Empowering Engagement

“Empowering Engagement” was an expression used by the DWP when it implemented the recommendations of the Elbourne Report (“Review of Older People’s Engagement with Government“).  Specifically, that expression was adopted as a catch-phrase as each of the nine English regional … Continue reading

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Universal Credit / Universal Chaos, and Universal Snooping

  The item in today’s on-line edition of the BBC News is, to say the least, disconcerting: Since this Coalition Government has come into power, the DWP has been responsible for introducing a variety of measures, many of which … Continue reading

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