#underlockandkey #’Disabled genocide’ of Tory austerity torn apart on The Last Leg

Hi Alex,(The Last Leg) can you start a new face book called “Man vs Genocide” and we can really get some action. Hope you managed to see ch4 Dispatches “Under Lock and Key” .
As I watched this familiar horror already repeatedly proclaimed by Finola Moss  yet ignored by the world, I wept as I was sick with anger and disgust with this State sponsored atrocity (holocaust).To add  salt or an injection to the wound the Nhs funded £45m for an extension to the “camp”(there’s no money ! ) which could have been used to fund Care Act 2015 “Personalisation” which is what we have fought LA “ultra vires” genocide agenda for.



There are questions about whether Cambridgeshire County Council got value for money from a law firm it hired to fight cases against parents with disabled children, after close ties were revealed between the council and the firm.

The county council dropped Baker Small last week, after its official Twitter account posted a number of tweets that appeared to gloat about victories over parents whose children have special educational needs (SEN).

But further investigation into Baker Small reveals close ties with Cambridgeshire.

Baker Small’s managing director Mark Small was Cambridgeshire County Council’s principal solicitor and head of adults, education and employment between January 2009 and May 2010.

He left to set up Baker Small.

The council’s own payment data then shows Cambridgeshire commissioning services from Baker Small as early as July 2010, when it paid the firm £24,000 for ‘specialist equipment for service provision’.
What councils paid Baker Small in 2015/16

Buckinghamshire – £144,000

Hertfordshire – £122,500

Norfolk – £92,590.50

Hammersmith & Fulham – £87,000

Worcestershire – £82,068.85

Barnet – £64,634

Hillingdon – £60,680

Croydon – £55,000

Kensington & Chelsea – £50,370.41

All figures from these councils’ own payment data for 2015/16
Analysis by the News also shows Cambridgeshire paid Baker Small the joint highest amount of any local authority in the 2015/16 financial year.

Cambridgeshire paid Baker Small £36,000 every three months, according to council payment records.

Only Buckinghamshire County Council had the same deal. Other councils have long-term contracts with Baker Small which work out at a smaller annual spend, or appear to pay the firm on a case-by-case basis.

A council spokesman said this sort of regular payment “represents much better value for money than paying on a case-by-case basis”.

Council records show Cambridgeshire has paid Baker Small almost £550,000 the past six years.

Cambridgeshire County Council is one of two owners of LGSS Law – a law firm tailored to the public sector. A press release last year announcing its creation said LGSS Law had access to 85 lawyers and support staff.
Cambridgeshire’s payments to Baker Small (all figures from the council’s own payment data)
Jul-10  £24,000
Jan-11  £2191.40
Feb-11  £15,275
Jul-11  £13,500
Oct-11  £13,500
Feb-12  £15,600
Apr-12  £15,600
Jun-12  £30,000
Oct-12  £30,000
May-13  £30,000
Sep-13  £60,000
May-14  £72,000
Nov-14  £36,000
Feb-15  £36,000
May-15  £36,000
Aug-15  £36,000
Oct-15  £36,000
Jan-16  £36,000
TOTAL  £537,666.
We would have preferred to use in-house lawyers, but at the time there was no-one with the required expertise in SEN,” said a council spokesman.

“LGSS Law did not have any SEN expertise or experience at the time, but are currently developing this. We will shortly be putting the service out to tender.”

Cllr Lorna Dupre was the first to write to the county council demanding action in light of Baker Small’s tweets.

“The immediate decision to cease to engage Baker Small for new cases is welcome – there is no place here for the attitudes towards local families displayed in the Twitter messages of 11 June,” she said.

“But there may well be more questions still to be answered, about the large sums of money used by Cambridgeshire County Council to pay for external representation at special educational needs tribunals, how these choices were made, and whether they represented value for money and fairness to parents.

“It seems to me that those are questions we as councillors have a duty to ask.”

Baker Small managing director Mr Small did not respond to requests for comment.

Council continues to use ‘despicable’ law firm in SEN cases




Autism and Learning Disability Mandate and Support Funding

Sadly all what the Councils say is all window dressing. We have got to realise that it all comes down to finding ( bringing to justice ) the Controlling/Directing mind as they say in the Corporate Negligence Act. Until we do we are not going to stop this horrendous situation. There are so many parallels that can drawn that give rise to overwhelming public outcry once they have been uncovered. This is another of those instances, but this one is a far greater  National scandal and bears the mark of National shame that will never be forgiven.

What is happening in practice is that when all this window dressing passes down to Local Authorities the Local Authorities are able to break the law or bend it by fettering their discretion and get away with have a telling off or pay a nominal compensation (only to those that are able to mount a challenge in the first place and stay the course) rather than pay out the larger funding amount that is required. This is done at the expense of the vulnerable, and carried out with the use of sanctimonious, convoluted meaningless jargon.

We are all sharing the same experiences. We are all saying the same thing- but separately. We are all banging our heads up against a brick wall becoming frustrated, bewildered, angry, despairing almost radicalised. Whichever way and however you approach “them” (Local Authorities/Social Services/Learning Disability Partnerships) you arrive at zero or stay at square one during which long drawn out time you are tortured and then punished with the fallout of the consequences that “they” have created.

We are all going to carry on stressfully struggling through the ever increasing labyrinth of jargon and formulations, and bureaucratic hoops and stages, at the mercy of those despicable people that are exercising their discretionary powers this way, only to come full circle and end up back where we started, and having to repeat the whole stressful meaningless exercise yet again. All the while having to deal with an incredibly stressful learning disability lifestyle. Legally and morally we still have to go through the whole charade to verify our case even though the result is injustice. The RAS forms are rigged (by a person) with a factoring quotient that always gives a zero result !

Sadly it seems by all our experiences that all our efforts at bringing into reality the humanity that we are lead to believe is what makes us humans different are being crushed by the people with no humanity and who have the power to do it.

This problem is systemic.

This systemic problem is made possible by the policy that drives it.

The policy comes from the Government policy.

It’s simple, the public voted to cut benefits, a term they understood as unemployment benefits by the way that pre-election discussions were always spearheaded. However, there is also a simple agenda, the Government is using the vote catching “get the unemployed loafers off benefits” and be like the rest of the “hard working people” by using the word Welfare as a Trojan Horse to include and cut Disability, Learning Disability, and Autism support funding.

However, those hard working people are the same people that have sons, daughters, spouses, family members who are suffering disabilities and are struggling against this despicable agenda and the despicable people that are employed to carry this out in the name of “care”. According to Mencap there are approximately 1.4 million people in UK affected by learning disabilities. Add to this all the “elderly hard working families” that have or are affected by a son, daughter or relative with autism or learning disabilities and you have got approximately 5.2 million people, a sizeable chunk of angry voters. The answer, in my opinion after a very long and stressful learning curve, is not to petition this Minister or that Minister, because they pass you from pillar to post and Parties will fudge and invent (expensive) commissioners, commissions or working committees that never conclude anything satisfactorily,

I think what we are all saying should be said together as one voice, I think the total number of voices are considerable and we should agree an AUTISM MANDATE list of requirements that must be carried out (now).This could include funding, a dethroning of Local Authorities fettering the law and clarification of social service legal limits making them a service proper. etc

This AUTISM MANDATE would be presented to the main political parties prior to the next general election offering them the chance to pledge to include our demands into their policy in return for our vote.

If no party agrees we withhold our vote.We all know that politicians are desperate for every last vote. If it is our moral duty to vote why would we vote for immoral representatives. No one “out there” is going to help or change anything, there is  only ourselves, together.