Thanks for this, Kitty, especially as it is now written and can thus be referenced.
I commend you to send it to:
Universal Credit Official Statistics team
Data & Analytics
Department for Work and Pensions
Benton Park View
A: “Open consultation [sic] — Universal Credit experimental statistics [sic!]: future developments:Endnote (for now): “Sir Bert [Massie, who died last week] once said that disabled people ‘have been invited to look up to the stars while having the rug pulled from beneath them’.”
“From: Department for Work and Pensions
“Part of: Universal Credit statistics
“Published: 13 September 2017
“We are seeking views on plans to expand the range of our Universal Credit statistics….”
More at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/universal-credit-experimental-statistics-future-developments
I met Sir Bert Massie after a Radar debate in 2008 in which he opposed David Freud’s motion: “Most disabled people can and should work.” (That was when David Freud was Labour's 'welfare reform guru' as one who had never been near the benefits system before his appointment.
(Massie and Kate Green — then of Child Poverty Action Group — in ensemble with the audience and questions and comments from the floor, heavily defeated Freud’s motion and replaced it with one that included reference to support requirements.)
In meeting Sir Bert I told that I had met an Occupational Psychologist [sic] at a Manpower Services-run ‘Employment Rehabilitation Centre’ (ERC) [sic] in 1978 at age 24, and she — with her MSc in Experimental Psychology — told me, “You will be terminated [sic] at the end of next week,” with no further help stemming from my six-week ‘vocational assessment period’ there.
Sir Bert Massie then responded that he had ‘been terminated from an ERC ten years earlier!
Now The Guardian has produced a news story headed:
Research by Southwark and Croydon councils reveals devastating effect of new benefits system (2)
Blog post by Dude Swheatie of Kwug