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Humiliated, Humiliated and Humiliated.

Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits

First it was this:

Iain Duncan Smith was confronted at the work and pensions select committee with claims that job centre staff are being handed targets to reduce the number of claimants by moving them off the register or ensuring that they have their benefit removed.

An anonymous whistleblower, a former job centre worker who was employed in the Greater Manchester area, told local Labour MP Debbie Abrahams and the Guardian that on one occasion the entire staff at a job centre were warned they would be disciplined unless they increased the number of claimants coming off the register, or raised the number threatened with the loss of their benefit entitlement.

The complainant’s concerns were subsequently aired at the select committee by Abrahams, but in an interview before the work and pensions secretary’s appearance, the former employee told the Guardian that the system of benefit sanctions is very subtle. “They say to you that not enough people are coming off the claimant register and that if you do not get more people off the register you may be subject to an internal disciplinary assessment – a personal improvement plan.

“If you ask managers how many people you are supposed to get off the register, they say more and more continuously. It is your job to make the claimant’s life difficult, they say. It creates a target culture.”

The former employee also says that a Department of Work and Pensions internal whistleblowers system is not working since the complaints by staff are being handed to the senior district managers responsible for demanding job centres do more to drive claimants off the register.

The complainant wishes to remain anonymous, saying they were made ill by the strain of seeking to complain, but told the Guardian they would like nothing more than to meet Duncan Smith to explain the culture that has grown up in the department.

Then it was this,

The Universal Credit scheme has wasted £130million on ‘useless’ IT systems and will only reach one tenth of its intended recipients by 2015, MPs heard today.

But despite the latest revelations, the project’s pioneer Iain Duncan Smith claimed it is still on track in angry clashes with Labour MPs on the Commons Work and Pensions select committee.

Duncan Smith insisted: “There is no debacle in Universal Credit.”

He admitted £40.1million had been written off on IT systems – but his figures did not include £91million spent on software which will have to be replaced in five years’ time.

The figures also show IDS had forecast 4.5million could get the credit by 2015-16 – but this has now been revised down to 400,000.

Howard Shiplee, the ex-Olympics’ boss brought in to sort out the mess, admitted that the system – which covers six benefits in one payment – is not up to dealing with “complicated” family situations and much of the work has to be processed manually.

Mr Shiplee said: “Couples come together, they divide, have children. Things happen.”

He admitted the system, which is being piloted in a handful of areas, will only be running in the North West of England by the end of next year.

The Government has already said it will not hit the 2017 UK-wide deadline.

Finance Director General Mike Driver said the £91million of IT depreciation had been taken into account.

Labour MP Glenda Jackson was scathing about the way the project had “slipped”.

But IDS accused critics of “moaning” about his performance.

Now it’s this:

Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to force claimants to spend 35 hours a week endlessly applying for unsuitable jobs via the DWP’s shoddy jobsearch website have suffered another humiliating blow.

Universal Automation, which was recently released as a trial version, has now been launched in google’s Chrome store and is free to download.  The app automatically applies for jobs on Universal Jobmatch, the Jobcentre website that claimants are often forced to use as a condition of claiming benefits*.

According to the developers the latest version has several new features:

  • You can now set all Universal Jobmatch search parameters in the extension options. We added distance, posting date and job type.

  • The extension will apply for jobs on all pages of search results, not just the first one. To control that, you can set the maximum number of jobs the extension will apply for in a single session.

  • When the extension finishes applying, you can see a report with all jobs that were applied for.

  • There is a new delay option. It can be used to slow down automated applications so that the extension behaves more like a human using Universal Jobmatch.

The Void adds,

Whilst registration on the Unversal Jobmatch website can be compelled, there is currently no requirement to tick the box allowing the DWP to snoop on your jobsearch (you can also untick the box which asks if they can send you emails).  You should be under no obligation to use the website anywhere but Jobcentres and there is really no need to tell the DWP if you have a home computer.

 

 
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Written by Andrew Coates

December 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

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  1. Iain Duncan Smith has just been savaged by Labour MP’s in the House of Commons over his UC debacle – Esther McVey and Steve Webb were in attendance but said nothing.

    I would say it’s not going to be long now before Labour MP’s call for his resignation or a call for a vote of no confidence in the current Secretary for Work and Pensions.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    • I can’t wait.

      jj joop

      December 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      • Lets see how bad things are are come the euro elections. There’s bound to be a reshuffle

        James Middlesex

        December 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    • Labour’s failure on a host of issues about welfare and unemployment is striking.

      Andrew Coates

      December 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      • Mr Coates, There used to be a political party called the ”Corrective Party”. That collapsed for ”certain reasons” [See Google or Wikipedia]. Most parties are failing [Allegedly] at present. Somehow I think NOT that 656 unemployed people would be allowed to stand in a General Election as independents. We may just win [Allegedly]

        James Middlesex

        December 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  2. The problem with Universal Credit is that the real reason (rather than the stated reasons) for introducing it is farcical. Duncan Smith says it will simplify the system and make people better off in work. People cannot be better off in work when there are nowhere near enough jobs to go round. As for simplifying the system, the way to do that is to remove the pointless conditionality, which he will never do. His real intention is to make everyone who needs to claim any benefit whatsoever have to deal with the Job Centre. Once people are part of that regime they will be given the same unrealistic, unachievable targets as JSA claimants currently have, and when they fail they will be sanctioned. He will see that as a victory as there will be less people claiming benefits, but it will be a hollow victory when people turn to crime just to survive. My understanding of the reasons we bailed out the banks is that people would riot if they went to the Cash-point, and couldn’t get their money out. Has Duncan Smith not thought considered that people with no money are just as likely to riot as those who have money but can’t get at it? Probably not.

    Blackpool Lad

    December 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    • Correct.
      It’s worse than pointless and waste of everybodys time and money, including employers, when there’s already 100s applying for every job.

      Another Fine Mess

      December 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      • They are in a (Dad’s Army )Panic
        Scotlands Independence Vote
        Euro Elections
        Local Elections
        Open Borders {!} 1 Week Away
        They Think They Are Stuffed. Well It’s Christmas. Financial Year And Budget 3 Months Away. General Election {!} 18 Months. Lets Hope We See Better Days

        JONES THE BUTCHER

        December 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

  3. In a complex IT system with multiple interacting parts (such as UC), roughly speaking the effort needed is proportional to the square of the number of parts. So far he has done the single person on JSA only with no children, spouse or housing benefit at a cost of £91 million. It is probable one of 20 cases to be considered giving a rough cost of £36.4 billion – to be fair it’s taken 3 years to do that so we’re looking at several centuries to complete UC, so it will be scrapped long before then.

    AntonZ

    December 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  4. LAUGHING STOCK

    So, IDS now describes benefit claimants as “stock”.

    Well, back in October this year, “The Void” did a story about the web app which automatically applies for jobs on Universal Jobmatch.

    In that report IDS is described as a LAUGHING STOCK like this:

    “Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to force claimants to spend hours a week endlessly searching for jobs on the Universal Jobmatch website could become a laughing stock after the launch this week of an app which will carry out jobsearch automatically.”

    I wonder who’ll have the last laugh now?

    http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/universal-jobmatch-comes-unstuck/

    Tobanem

    December 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    • Well I just went onto UJM and tried to apply for jobs.

      I could not do a single one of them, because they all needed a new CV upload and I could not do this from the public library terminal.

      Andrew Coates

      December 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      • Registered and have an account (I have denied DWP access, cookies and emails) on UJM but don’t use it anymore as it has become little more than a distribution warehouse for other jobsearch websites, also it’s bloody useless.

        I use C.V. Library – much better, the pages load in less than half a second and the connection remains stable.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        December 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  5. Howard Shiplee, Iain Duncan Smith, Lord Freud, Mike Driver: the Four Horsemen of the Social Security Apocalypse. And IDS rides a pale horse.

    This from Huffington Post:

    ‘An unnamed minister described as close to Osborne told The Times today: “There are some ministers who improve in office and others, like IDS, who show they are just not up to it.”’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/10/iain-duncan-smith-universal-credit-george-osborne_n_4417991.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

    JBS

    December 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  6. IDS is useless. Cards and money. Goodbye

    George Fooks Anthony

    December 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

  7. This will not work as someone might get the wrong job.

    Carl Lawrence

    December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  8. If IDS is referring to human beings as ‘Stock’, It makes me think there is something much bigger happening here that no one in the government has or is too scared to mention.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  9. Ian Dickhead Smith

    lku

    December 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    • The man is a total c*nt.

      Chris

      December 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

  10. Deadstock doesn’t need health passports before being shipped! Arbeit macht frei.

    IDS should be mandated to work unpaid for 10 years as a pig shit taster.

    something survived...

    December 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  11. It seems that reality has thwarted IDS’ plan to force people to job search for 35 hours per week. He has no way to monitor people using the Universal Jobsearch because there’s an app that can apply for you, he can’t use spyware because people can jobsearch while offline, the jobcentre cannot supervise hundred of people while they look for work because the jobcentre lacks the facilities, and the work programme has shown why private companies can’t be used.

    It will be interesting to see what form of idiocy IDS comes up with next.

    uanime5

    December 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    • Im afraid you’ve got it a bit wrong their uanime5.

      Even though you can search offline to actually use the app one has to LOG IN meaning your online and being tracked. Even without this day one certain Cookies are attached while registering that stay in the operating system for months in places like your boot menu for instance and lay dormant recording their stuff and sending it out the moment you go online, even when not jobsearching on UJ.

      Claimants don’t know the half of it and even if they did by far and large lack the intermediate to advanced IT skills to thwart it and that’s if their lucky enough to own their own PC and internet connection in the first place.

      Lastly DWP don’t need hundreds of people to monitor a large group of jobsearchers, the PC we will be on will do that and in a pinch to. It was made clear in the UJ TOOLKIT that their nolonger interested in the results but the activity of the claimant. Lets not also forget if we are attending a jobsearch PC pool that the PCs will be locked down so the claimant cant install this app as it requires chromes browser (wont currently work on other browsers) to be installed not that they cant stop the app regardless of whether or not the browser is on the system.

      Their are ways around this but it requires intermediate to advanced IT knowledge so rather than gift IDS/DWP with a heads up I would rather wait until im in such a room and then I will start telling claimants how to do it as I hope other like minded IT geeks will do.

      gaia

      December 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

  12. Annos

    December 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

  13. Shithead smith missed a trick. He should have got the people who wrote the Universal Jobsnatch app to write the UC system.
    Doh!

    Gissajob

    December 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

  14. An excellent report by Zoe Williams of The Guardian.

    Make no mistake: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security

    Don’t let the bluster, incompetence and misinformation obscure the Quiet Man’s true, Tory purpose: destroying the welfare safety net.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/10/make-no-mistake-iain-duncan-smith-end-social-security

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

    • “As a leader column in the Economist famously pointed out: “Questionable numbers have floated out of [his] office into the public debate like raw sewage.” Only that morning, he had claimed that Labour’s tax credit errors cost “£30bn in fraud”. Nobody knows how he reached this figure. Even if he rolled overpayment together with every other DWP error, together with claimant error, together with claimant fraud, it still wouldn’t add up: not unless you then added in all other benefit error (plus fraud), and calculated it over 10 years. Realistically, how can you expect a statistics authority to keep up with a person like this?”

      Well said.

      Andrew Coates

      December 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  15. I’ve dumped Yvette Cooper and now think Rachel Reeves is hot!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  16. I feel like a tory saying this but it must be said.

    Inorder for any system of service to work it must be self sustainable and the very fact government borrows proves this is not the case meaning that eventually if the UK cannot significantly increase its growth of export will no longer be able to keep up with the repayment hence IDS or not it will eventually come to a crashing halt anyway.

    Whether we like it or not income tax and NI payments don’t cover the services bill and it would be professional suicide for any politician to suggest a rise what with peoples annual pay rises being freezed at 1% and an escalating rise of cost for imports.

    With no government support to encourage UK farmers to grow a sustainable food stock and the UK citizen being totally supportive of buy British only, the situation only serves to get worse and when this comes theirs not a single law to stop our European and non European business owners (who own the predominate share of all UK businesses) taking themselves and their assets elsewhere.

    It may not be upon us yet but it definably surrounds us.

    gaia

    December 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  17. I’ve just come in from signing on at a small suffolk branch and was told today that it is now impossible to use their phones to contact employers. When I asked why (fearful that I may be sanctioned for challenging the advisor) I was told that was how it is now and that I would have to make alternative arrangements. I don’t have access to a phone to call out on, and when I try to do the right thing by calling an employer (an insurance company) they throw another obstacle in the way. The whole system is corrupt and unfair.

    Mr H

    December 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    • I’d immediately complain to my MP apart from anything else.

      It must be difficult enough already for many people in rural Suffolk to sign on in the first place, with poor public transport (or none at all).

      Andrew Coates

      December 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  18. Gaia

    You seem to be an expert on IT matters. Have you heard of a browser add-on called “Do Not Track Me” and one called “Mask Me”?

    How do you rate them?

    Lone Ranger

    December 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    • Well DNT isn’t full proof so really the sites your visiting’s integrity can only answer that on a case by case basis. As for Mask Me on the other hand it over comes one hurdle most cookie blockers don’t and that’s when data is required to move on a stage. What users don’t realise is that the likes of windows is open ended meaning the ability is already their, just that it lacks direction and that’s where either yourself or a program like maskme comes into play.

      Good for cookie bashing but sadly ineffective against a database collecting responses from itself.

      To be honest these two and the likes of adblock should be a permanent fixture to anyone’s PC browser but if you don’t own your own PC and internet connection its not going to be an option which would be the case if we are all required to use their system or that of a private contractor who is IT savvy.

      What needs to be understood is what can DWP/provider do and not do even under jobseekers direction.

      1: They cant demand you use personal data (full name, homeaddress, phone number, even company names you worked at and their dates) as it is your right under the data protection act to reserve the right as data holder to control the flow of their said personal and or sensitive data. This is not time limited meaning your free to change it as soon as you want and as often as you want. This counts for both profile and CV.

      2: They cant demand you to not place data protection rights on your CV and cover letters which if worded correctly prevents the employer your sharing your data with from conversing with a third party such as DWP for instance.

      3: They cant demand you only have one UJ account, nor can they demand you cant shut down an account.(If closing an old account and opening up a new one please be aware that currently its not considered as a change of circumstance so doesn’t need to be reported providing you intend to use it (your only allowed not to have a UJ account at the moment if you can demonstrate that you are using UJ effectively already regardless of whether or not you have an account and this is only for claimants who have not signed up to claimant commitment).

      4: They cant demand how you set up and use your UJ account meaning they cannot force you to use their suggested wording when filling out a profile and or CV.

      5: They cant demand you to be tracked, nor can they do so without prior permission. Please note that this is abused and manipulated during registration by BOTH monster and DWP as at no point during the process of registration is it addressed for option ( a common practice of websites to skirt the law). This gives grounds even under jobseekers direction for a claimant to refrain from registering until the matter is addressed in accordance with your rights and wishes under DPA and cookie use.

      6: They cant demand you don’t use blocking programs, encryption and or copyright protection. (please note currently the UJ site does not allow CVs with encryption and copyright protection to be uploaded).

      7: Cant force you to accept cookies even if they own the system your jobsearching on.

      8: They cant force you to allow them to enter your UJ account but a claimant can be forced under jobseekers direction to open one and produce evidence of). Evidence can be a printout and does not need to include details such as UJ account name along with your personal and or sensitive data or any two pieces of data that can be placed together to identify you like suggested vacancies and notes for example which are built up from your unique search footprint.

      DO NOT EXPECT DWP TO TAKE THIS LYING DOWN.

      gaia

      December 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  19. IDS needed a squad of heavily armed bodyguards when he attended the recent Work and Pensions Committee at the House of Commons:

    http://beastrabban.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/ids-and-armed-bodyguards-no-one-trusts-the-man-who-trusts-no-one/

    How long will it be before the sick and the unemployed are confronted with G4S Jobcentre goons pointing sub-machine guns at them?

    Tobanem

    December 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

    • IDS offically doesn’t warrant that kind of protection, who paid for this armed police or security detail? he is just a slimey minister not the Prime Minister.

      So IDS has wasted even more taxpayers money on his own personal protection – How much longer before this self important fucking idiot is kicked out of office?

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      December 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  20. Gaia

    Another useful Browser add-on is one called “NoScript”.

    It gets pretty technical, with protection against “cross site scripting” (XSS) attacks, cross-zone rebinding / CSRF attacks (router hacking), and “Clickjacking” attempts.

    Experts agree: “Firefox is safer with NoScript”!

    By the way it also blocks Java Script – which Universal Jobmatch is dependent on!!!

    Lone Ranger

    December 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    • You can already do this yourself through your browser by disabling Java/flash/silverlight. Granted you wont have their block list but todate I have kept mine completely disabled bar flash addons and reduced exploits by some 40%.

      Don’t get me wrong it does other things as you advertised but again you only have to disable the right thing in your browser and its sorted until you decide whether or not the site is safe.

      The main reason why this is a concern is that these are the types of things that don’t get update regularly so are highly exploitable and as such a common form of attack to a system.

      For the record I have used UJ in the past for testing purposes with Java completely disabled and it DID NOT PREVENT UJ FROM WORKING IN EITHER IE, FIREFOX or WATERFOX (firefox cousin). I did not disable flash or Silverlight but did seriously reduce its storage and use capacity but none the less still was able to use UJ without error.

      gaia

      December 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

      • I mentioned in another post that all these plugins are of no use if the system is owned by another who is IT savvy, well allow me to introduce you to operating systems that you can fit on a USB memory stick that allow you to circumnavigate the operating system already their.

        Mojopac is the first one and it leaves no trace of your activity or files being left on host computer. PLEASE NOTE ITS ONLY GUARENTEED TO WORK ON WINDOWS XP operating systems.

        http://download.cnet.com/Mojopac/3000-2064_4-10618349.html

        Another that will work even with vista, 7 and 8 is a Linux offering named Ubuntu. Its a stand alone OS but can be placed on a USB stick.

        http://www.ubuntu.com/

        For details to install it on a memory stick

        http://www.pendrivelinux.com/creating-an-ubuntu-live-usb-from-cd/

        gaia

        December 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

      • If any are wondering why I mention USB operating systems is because DWP might be able to dictate you use a PC be it their own or a providers but what both cant do is stipulate that you have to use their type of OS (operating system). Sure if told them they can prevent you uploading it claiming security as a factor but that is THEIR CHOICE, I REPEAT THEIR CHOICE.

        Another thing to remember is that online accounts by far and large only allow one login per IP meaning if you kept your UJ logged in elsewhere constantly then you wouldn’t be able to sign in again with another IP. This also applies to email accounts.

        gaia

        December 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

  21. George Osborne announces fresh attack on welfare budget.

    In challenge to Labour, chancellor tells MPs billions will need to be shaved from welfare to avoid deeper departmental cuts.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/12/george-osborne-fresh-attack-welfare-budget

    Will someone please drop this fucker off at the North or South Pole and leave him there!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    • Don’t forget, it;s a must that Ian Duncan Smith goes with him!

      Andrew Coates

      December 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  22. Dear All,

    I would strongly urge you all to look at refuted http://refuted.org.uk/

    They have taken up where consent.me left off. They have two hot pages, which will be of interest to you all. They are:

    Jobcentre Rights
    http://refuted.org.uk/rights/

    Universal Jobmatch
    http://refuted.org.uk/jobmatch/

    jj joop

    December 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

  23. Universal Jobmatch and benefit conditionality

    91. Universal Jobmatch will be a key performance enabler in terms of making sure benefit is
    only paid to claimants who are entitled to receive it.

    Funny, I thought it was for claimants to find work?

    More proof that UJ is a mere beating stick tool purely designed to attack claimants for the smallest of reasons.

    The only way to limit this intrusion is simply to NOT APPLY THROUGH UJ DIRECTLY EVER IF THE JOB DETAILS ARE WITHHELD AND AS SUCH SUMMON YOU TO SIGN IN, SIMPLY RING THIS INSTEAD GIVING IF ASKED FOR PERSONAL DETAILS, A WORKING FRIENDS INSTEAD AS THAT WAY NO RECORD OF YOUR APPLICATIONS EXISTS AND YOU GET THE EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONENUMBER,ETC THAT WAS ORIGINALLY WITHHELD.

    https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch#other-ways-to-apply

    gaia

    December 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

  24. Want to know laws about the use of cookies on a system, want to know what DWP are to scared to tell you ?

    http://www.aboutcookies.org/default.aspx?page=3

    gaia

    December 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

  25. Gaia

    Can you actually log-in to Universal Jobmatch with Javascript disabled in the first place? I believe you can use Universal Jobmatch without logging-in – even if you have NoScript running.

    If you run NoScript, you cannot log-in to Universal Jobmatch unless you overrule the NoScript default settings. That is how NoScript works – it allows selective use of known and trusted websites, and it provides other security measures apart from controlling Javascript.

    It is interesting to note that in the latest version of Firefox, you cannot simply disable Javascript unless you delve (very carefully) into “about:config” – but that is another story!

    The Devil is in the detail when computers are around – especially at the DWP!!

    Lone Ranger

    December 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    • Whether its Java or C++, they’ll still know when you’ve logged in,when you’ve searched and or made changes. These browser add ons are designed to keep control more so over third parties than second however they do prevent the second from knowing what you do after leaving the site (this includes opening another browser while logged in or opening a tab).

      Your dealing with essentially an input/output system so theirs no getting around it in conventional sense.

      Why do you even bother to log in lone ranger as like I said earlier, they can only direct you to open a UJ account if they can find grounds to, THEY CANT DIRECT YOU TO APPLY THROUGH IT. This means they have no record of your usage of UJ directly which is what you want right.

      Also in the UJ toolkit CHAPTER 3 it states

      Actively Seeking Employment

      82. We cannot specify to a JSA claimant how they provide us with records of their jobsearch activity and Universal Jobmatch will not change this – it is not therefore possible to require JSA claimants to give DWP access to their Universal Jobmatch account.

      AND

      Reviewing jobsearch activity – claimant using Universal Jobmatch (No DWP access to their account)

      89. However, the onus is on the claimant to provide evidence of their jobsearch activity (by whatever means they choose).

      They bang on about using an IAD of theirs if the claimant refuses to accept cookies yet I have already shown you reg 6 of The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1208/made

      This piece of regulation puts an end period to DWPs plans to make you accept cookies even on their IAD as the law pertains to the user whether or not the PCs owner accepts them or not.

      Lastly theirs DPA, this gives the data holder (you) a reasonable and legal right to control the flow of their said personal and or sensitive data. This prevents period a government and or business from forcing you to part with your personal and sensitive data. For this to have good effect its best enacted before submitting said data however it can be enacted at any time after but is a tougher approach if the data controller cites exemption.

      gaia

      December 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

      • Yes, Gaia, its enough to drive you mad!

        By the way, in case anyone is referred to a DWP-appointed psychologist for daring to challenge Jobcentre procedures and decisions, here is a useful link:

        http://medicalhumanities.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/whistle-while-you-work-for-nothing-positive-affect-as-coercive-strategy-the-case-of-workfare/

        There are a number of useful links in the above report.

        It is significant that the dubious psychological techniques coming from the Government’s Behavioural Insights Team (or Nudge Unit) have contravened the ethical code of the British Psychological Society.

        Lone Ranger

        December 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      • Testing, probing and correcting behaviour has been a pet habit of governments for decades so I cant say im surprized that they would use it on benefit claimants.

        It also doesn’t surprize me that we are using an American handbook as besides the Chinese and Russians, the states have put a ton of work into it, theirs even documentaries on it.

        The stark truth however is we are not the only ones their using it on as people seem to imagine white coats when in fact its a lesson in already known of observation of inherent traits so one already knows the reaction and thus merely only has to drop the pebble in the pond and the rest takes care of itself predictively.

        gaia

        December 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

  26. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse – Here comes David Lord Fraud spouting crap!

    Welfare minister urges local councils to invest in food banks.

    Niall Cooper, national co-ordinator of the charity Church Action on Poverty, said Freud’s comments suggested the minister was washing his hands of the problem. “It’s a government rowing away from the principle of welfare: rather than the state providing the safety net it is [prepared to rely on] voluntarism and in-kind support.

    “Where are we as a society that people in work are having to turn to food banks? That’s a big question but it does not feel like one the government wants to answer.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/13/welfare-minister-local-councils-food-banks

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    • The whole Food Banks thing is absolutely scandalous.

      Degrading, and making people who give to them feel good to start with.

      Andrew Coates

      December 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  27. Blonde ‘bimbo’ Esther McVey has been quiet this week, she must feel left out but it’s nice not to have to listen the vile venom that comes from here lips.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  28. Another interesting link. Should be read by anyone who is currently with a DWP provider.

    Tips to challenge DWP provider benefit sanctions referrals
    http://refuted.org.uk/2013/12/13/providersanctions/

    jj joop

    December 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  29. This is the first time I have seen this, it goes back to the Cait Reilly case.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  30. So did John McDonnell resign from the party in shame at this exploitation, when they failed to vote against the reform bill. Did he f*ck.!

    They are all in this together. Remember the welfare reform bill when they ask you for your support in the next election.

    Ed

    December 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

    • Ed,

      You have seen the light.

      McDonnell/ Meacher the multi-millionaire, landlord/ Abbott, the true red socialist, who sends her son to a private school. These people are just fronts, they are there to keep the weak minded on board the New Labour ship, it works a treat they still vote for New Labour. There again old Labour were not much better… http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/redclyde/redcly042.htm NO true socialist would have anything to do with the far right Labour party!!!.

      Here is the say anything to get votes deputy leader of New Labour…..

      Annos

      December 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

  31. “‘Half of Lords’ clock in to claim expenses”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25411182

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/?s=Lord+Taylor

    Annos

    December 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  32. And their answer is??? Wait for it. Wait !!! If they do not get their 11% pay rise they will have to fiddle their expences to cover it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ed

    December 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  33. With the Euro Elections all but 5 months and 1 week away. Local Elections too ?. If they do too badly there’s bound to be a re shuffle. But don’t for get there WILL be a General Election on or around 7 May 2015. Lets hope ”someone” will see sense and remove a certain someone from his current position in the DWP.

    MBXK454

    December 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm


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