M'lud! May I put a question to our government? Sept 27, 2011 22:50:26 GMT 1
Post by nickd on Sept 27, 2011 22:50:26 GMT 1
As Rumpole would remind us, we have a right to cross -examine
There has never been a better time to put your question
Government stands charged with arguably pressing ahead with potentially perilous reforms, it's your right to hold the state to account. Government are our servants, they are answerable to us. Let's put them in the dock and put our questions! Don't forget how they need our verdict whenever they stand to be elected
This is a time when government is relentlessly pressing ahead with endless government reforms. Many of you may not know how to go about lobbying Parliament or which questions to ask if you do contact a politician, hopefully this may help you. Or perhaps, you may have a question which we haven't thought about, so by all means help others by posting it here.
Our principle concerns are the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill and the Welfare Reform Bill, although we are concerned about many others too including those affecting the National Health Service, Education & Localism. If anyone has any suggestions on which questions you think are relevant to these bills, please do take the time to post them here so others can be helped when speaking to lobby bodies, MP's and Lords in their fight against social injustice.
Please have a read and by all means adapt the questions if you think they are relevant, or by all means suggest your own.
They are all questions which need answering.
For more information on how to lobby a lord or politician, see here (includes more questions, contact details and template letter)..
Here are just some suggestions (next post is legal aid)...
Welfare Reform Bill
1. What attempts will government make to ensure that adverse media articles which demonise the disabled and over emphasise large numbers of benefit claimants as fraudulently claiming; come to a stop?
2. How is government able to predict its expenditure on the payments it will make to welfare to work contractors when large numbers of claimants have yet to be properly assessed?
3. What are government’s expected savings by 2015, and how much will it have to invest in order to achieve them; including the payments it makes to private work and fraud detection contractors?
4. Will government provide an assurance that large numbers of claimants battling the appeals system have proper access to paid benefit specialists so as to ensure appeals do not get out of hand leading to large backlogs of cases?
5. In the light of so much concern over the Employment & Support Assessments carried out by Atos healthcare, why does government not abandon these expensive contracts and spend the money on paying the claimant’s own medical specialists to assess their own patients?
6. What safeguards is Government going to put in place to monitor how private contractors operate properly; will it be independently auditing them to ensure they deliver a quality service?
7. How will the payments made to welfare to work providers be graded and at what stage will they get paid?
8. How realistic are government’s plans to get large numbers of disabled & incapacitated claimants back to work when there is already high unemployment with able bodied individuals being unable to find work?
9. What steps has government taken to ensure that employers act responsibly when recruiting disabled people and make the appropriate adaptations in the workplace to ensure they are treated without discrimination?
10. Can government provide an assurance that the method of assessing claimants for Personal Independence Payment is not the same as it has been for the problematic Employment & Support Allowance?
11. What steps will government take to ensure the use of private fraud detection agencies does not become an invasion on the liberty of an individual?
12. How long does government think it will take before it receives a monetary return on its investment in welfare reform?