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Welfare Reforms Make People Feel “More Secure” as Man Starves.

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Are these stories related ? (Part 2)

Thursday 23rd January,

“The cuts and sweeping reforms to the welfare system have made people feel “more secure”, according to a senior Government minister.”

Iain Duncan Smith , “the  money saved by reforming benefits has also made people “feel more hopeful about their children’s lives”.

David Cameron, 20th Feburary.

“But our welfare reforms ……..are about giving new purpose, new opportunity, new hope – and yes, new responsibility to people who had previously been written off with no chance.

“Seeing these reforms through is at the heart of our long-term economic plan – and it is at the heart too of our social and moral mission in politics today.”

Today, Guardian.

“Vulnerable man starved to death after benefits were cut

44-year-old died months after sickness and housing benefits were stopped following Atos fitness-for-work assessment.”

Dr Ward told the inquest the Atos decision was an “accelerating factor” in Wood’s decline and eventual death, according to his family. Wood told housing association staff he was very distressed housing benefit had been cut off, and by letters about rising rent arrears and warnings from the electricity company his supply would be cut off. Many letters were unopened, so he was unaware he needed to visit the jobcentre to reapply for support, his sister, Cathie Wood, said.

He was a “sweet and gentle” person, she said. “He didn’t deserve to die. He wasn’t harming anyone.”

Her brother had struggled with undiagnosed mental health issues all his life, which made it impossible for him to work. He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder in his late 20s, and had an eating disorder and cognitive behavioural problems when he died. He was sacked from his first job because his employer said he was “unable to follow instructions”.

“We worked for years to create a place for him to live safely. But that stopped when his benefits were stopped. He tried so hard to survive,” Ms Wood said.

She is to write to David Cameron, who was her brother’s MP, and to the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, to ask them to acknowledge that the system is not working for vulnerable people with mental health issues.

I would like Iain Duncan Smith to stop talking about this as a moral crusade, and admit that this whole process of reassessing people for their benefits is a cost-cutting measure. I want and Cameron to acknowledge the personal costs of this flawed system. This is not just someone being inconvenienced – this is a death,” Cathie Wood said.

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  1. How much longer before IDS and Cameron are brought up on charges of murder or at the very least manslaughter via the so-called welfare reforms they are pushing on people.

    Everyone has to remember that this coalition goverment was NOT voted into power, yet they are presuming to tell the general public ( inc. the unemployed and disabled) how to live or die.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

    • Everyone is watching the events in Ukraine, just like Syria etc.

      Both IDS and Cameron are safe. If ties weren’t interwoven in this country, the EU and US – they will be toppled and prosecuted. All these politicians at the top have secrets just like they know some of the secrets of others – basic corruption of keeping quiet in return for others silence.

      A really BIG example is Tony Blair… he could have been tried in the ICC. Americans are deep in the shit too so they would never support such a move.

      Universal Jobmatch

      March 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      • And David Blunkett – he did very nicely out of his time as a Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, amongst his other little earners.

        “Storm over Blunkett role with private jobs firm
        Politicians and union chief raise fears of ‘revolving doors’ that allow ex-ministers to use their experience to benefit private companies

        The Observer, Sunday 1 February 2009

        David Blunkett, the former secretary of state for work and pensions, has amended his entry in the House of Commons register of interests to include a trip to South Africa paid for and organised by a private training company for which he is an adviser, the Observer can reveal.

        The MP for Sheffield Brightside, who resigned from the cabinet for a second time in late 2005 after breaking the ministerial code over a separate business interest, amended his entry with the House of Commons authorities last week after discussions with the Observer.

        He had travelled with another person last September, on behalf of A4e, a leading employment and training firm that is bidding for multi-million pound contracts in the UK from Blunkett’s former department and is expanding its interests around the world. Blunkett consulted the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and was told: “The registrar suggests that for the avoidance of doubt it would be advisable to amend your entry to make clear that you do travel on behalf of the company.”

        The advice was given in the week that has seen parliament engulfed in controversy and under fresh scrutiny after claims of conflict of interest and sleaze.

        Rejecting all suggestions of wrongdoing, Blunkett, who is being tipped strongly for a return to the cabinet, made a forthright attack on a Commons committee which concluded recently that it was “unacceptable” for former ministers to profit from their experiences and contacts in government while they were still working and being paid as MPs.

        Blunkett was a supporter of opening up the welfare system to the private sector when in government and has praised James Purnell, the new secretary of state, for carrying on reforms that were started when he was heading the department.

        A4e, which is based two miles from Blunkett’s Sheffield home, is currently bidding for a series of multi-million pound, five-year contracts under phase one of the government’s flagship welfare reform programme, the flexible new deal. It has already been shortlisted in 12 of 14 regions of the country.

        Under the welfare-to-work plan, one of Gordon Brown’s most radical policies, private companies such A4e would be paid according to the number of people they get back into employment.

        Blunkett registered earnings of between £25,000 and £30,000 from A4e in the December 2008 Parliamentary register of members’ interests under the heading “remunerated directorships”.

        http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/feb/01/david-blunkett-private-companies

        Andrew Coates

        March 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  2. Quote from above report: “This is not just someone being inconvenienced – this is a death”

    Well said!

    Tobanem

    March 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

  3. I think everyone who has lost a loved one because of these barbaric reforms should sue the government and the sanctions company for every penny they can get. It is obvious now that the government cares about money a lot more than human life. People are dying every week directly because of government “Moral?” reforms, how can this happen in the UK in this modern age? I know a friend in EXACTLY the same situation Take Legal Action Now !

    Phil

    March 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

  4. I am sure that I saw this tragic story written on a forum somewhere, written by the friend of the chap who sadly died. If it’s the same story, then there’s a cruel irony to this poor man’s death to join the sadness surrounding a pointless waste of a precious life.

    The only people who feel more secure due to the shenanigans of this government are the Daily Mail readers who believe that battering the poor is ok because they themselves have a job or don’t know any poor people.

    When these fuckers start getting harassed and bullied by the DWP to find more hours to work in their part time/zero contract hours jobs or face losing LHA, CTA and Tax Credits via sanction, they will feel less secure.

    That’s about all we can hope for I think.

    Lucy

    March 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

  5. It is a truly heart-wrenching story.

    But I doubt if it will make the slightest difference to Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith.

    Andrew Coates

    March 1, 2014 at 11:58 am

    • IDS is a lost cause. He’s a psychopath. Reasoning with him would be pointless; he is mentally ill.

      ghost whistler

      March 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      • He may be a psychopath – but IDS is one psychopath who will never be able to influence any benefit claimants life after may 2015.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        March 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  6. “this is a death,” Cathie Wood said.”

    Cathie Wood is WRONG!.

    This is a MURDER…..

    Annos

    March 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  7. As we all know thousands of people have died due to the welfare reform and still nothing has changed, still nothing will change because of someone dying of starvation, Duncan smith and Cameron know that people will die due to the cuts, thereby saving money, of course they don’t care, it’s all about money. nothing will change unless we do something.

    enigma

    March 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    • I am voting for the Greens next time ! The major parties are all the same now, none of them have peoples well being at heart.

      Phil

      March 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

  8. “We” meaning the living.

    enigma

    March 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  9. 52% of the welfare budget is spent on pensioners, only 2% of the wefare budget is spent on JSA claimants.

    It’s not hard to see that if the DWP (IDS) not stopped but only halfed the free TV license for over 75’s (so they would have to pay half), and halfed the free bus pass to pensioners, it would save a hell of a lot more than they could ever do by sanctioning JSA and ESA claimants.

    OMG! has this even ever occured to you Mr IDS, oh sorry, you’re useless at mathematic’s, my bad!

    Oh I forgot, you have on record that you have ring fenced the pensioners benefits (in essence, protected them) or so you say, well I wouldn’t put anything past a dishonest little piss ant like you, but your fault is that you now need around the clock armed protection due to YOU’RE policies – The Architect – The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith MP – (Misleading Purgurer)

    Mr IDS, I am sure that you realise that this tax payer paid protection will end in May 2015.

    Unless your going to ask your good lady wife (who has nothing to do with your policies) to pay for your protection.

    My answer if I were poor wife would be – you fucked everybody on benefits over! – you pay for your own protection – I need to look after our children and they certainly don’t need to be assoiciated with a little Hitler like you!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  10. “Demonstration Grayling DaySave Legal Aid Friday 7th March 10am Old Palace Yard SW1”

    http://dpac.uk.net/category/legal-aid/#sthash.9u0x3tMx.dpbs

    Annos

    March 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    • I’ll give fucking Mr Graying this:

      At least he identified that IDS’s mentality would fuck everyone up and visualised what he would do, and didn’t want to be tarred with the same brush.

      But the green newbie to the block got brainwashed within a couple of month’s – Her name is: Esther MvVey – MP or DB, (your choice)

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  11. Wickes DIY stores will be taking on the unemployed as workfare in their stores in April, they will be making it public at that time, confirmed by a store manager in Littlehampton, W Sussex.

    enigma

    March 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    • I think we can amalagamate (That’s a big word) some influentional crap to diswade them.

      Ouch, my brain hurts now!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      • HERE’S WHAT YOU DO FOR THE DIY STORES MANAGER IN LITTEHAMPTON – ‘FIND OUT WHERE HE LIVES’ AND GET THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OUT – MAKE IT HEADLINE NEWS THAT THE FUCKER IS EMPLOYING PEOPLE AND NOT PAYING THEM THE £6.31P BASIC WAGE!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        March 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    • Wickes have been using workfare since time immemorial!

      Boycott Workfare

      March 2, 2014 at 12:09 am

  12. Hi, They want to redefine death as inconvenience as in, ‘we ‘apologise’ for the inconvenience’, they murder you and go ‘oops mistakes happen’. (Watch Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’.)

    Yesterday there was a thing on the internet: a woman has been sent threatening letters ordering her to look for a job and go to a work focused interview, or have her benefits stopped. They accuse her of being a basically thieving scrounger and of not doing enough to get work or look for work.

    She has been in a coma for several months!

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/28/minister-apologise-woman-coma-find-work
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544514/Government-workers-pursue-mentally-ill-woman-COMA-fit-work.html
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/department-work-pensions-put-girl-3135341
    http://welfarenewsservice.com/exclusive-inside-work-programme-doesnt-work-2/
    https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/category/esa/page/2/
    https://www.facebook.com/ATOSM

    “…the case of Dawn-Marie Sanders, the DWP worker who told an unemployed father to “Get a f****** job or hang yourself”. …”
    Should corner her at night, and say, “You know that suggestion of yours? [paraphrasing Blackadder] An excellent plan. With just one MINOR alteration….[taking out noose]”

    something survived...

    March 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  13. Wickes under the name travisperkins.co.uk, as other firms under that name. they are interviewing now for supposedly minimum wage, however, they are using the interview process to find suitable people for April, they will be in touch with the job centres to use those they have interviewed.

    enigma

    March 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

  14. From Thatcher’s 80’s! – and how far we’ve come since then…… I think were still stuck there!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    • You gotta have a J-O-B if you wanna be with me……. 😦

      "John"

      March 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

  15. you cant work anywhere if you are taking medication ie pain killers as i already pointed out to my so called adviser and dropped it like a stone.

    local police are taking riot lessons by me lol getting ready to give us all a wash with the water cannons

    super ted

    March 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

  16. Obi Wan Kenobi :
    HERE’S WHAT YOU DO FOR THE DIY STORES MANAGER IN LITTEHAMPTON – ‘FIND OUT WHERE HE LIVES’ AND GET THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OUT – MAKE IT HEADLINE NEWS THAT THE FUCKER IS EMPLOYING PEOPLE AND NOT PAYING THEM THE £6.31P BASIC WAGE!

    I hope the claimant who is placed in this store turns into the placement from hell and that Wickes end up losing a fortune in takings in the process. I will be emailing Wickes tomorrow to advise them of the posssible consequences of using slave labour.

    jj joop

    March 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    • Here’s a call for action from Brighton Benefits Campaign

      Tonight we will be picketing the Grosvenor G Casino here in Brighton.

      Not content with profiteering from the punters, Grosvenor G are maximizing their profits through massive state handouts: in-work benefits for their low paid workers, and now unpaid labour in the form of workfare.

      http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=3340

      Andrew Coates

      March 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      • Best of wishes with the picket, Everyone should do this!

        Phil

        March 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm

  17. Will Wickes be using these people on a 1 month or 6 month placement?

    jj joop

    March 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  18. I don’t yet know how long they will use the people. I can imagine it will be 6 months.

    enigma

    March 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

  19. there’s more on foodbanks’ later

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26369558

    The idea of people feeling more secure is utter rubbish,their bully boy tactics in jobcentres’ simply aims to throw people onto the streets without benefits so as to deny them money and leave them in the gutter.many have mental health problems and disabilities and are unable just to pick themselves up and find help.disgusting treatment with utter contempt. the daily mail readers simply curl up on the pillow i am alright jack attitude,number one,the heart of all this.

    jobcentres charter dictates that “they want you to feel comfortable dealing with them” but the reality is very different,the main thing is to persevere and not give in to intimidation/bullying/lies’/and be careful of attempts to deceive. people dyeing as a result of abuse by atos and now jobcentre plus are the weakest in society and are easy prey to these sharks’.

    jobcentre staff now saying their afraid to go to work,however the way claimants are being treated its a wonder they can sleep at night,its been called a them or us culture.

    http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/uk/jobcentre-staff-in-fear-of-assault-as-ids-reforms-bite-1.187481

    ken

    March 3, 2014 at 5:26 am

    • Isn’t it astounding how ATOS and now JC+ are whining about “death threats” and “fear of going to work” now?

      They give no quarter to those who they have killed or those they continue to intimidate or force into destitution.

      I’m surprised that no DWP/JC+/WP staff have been killed (yet)

      As for Mark Serwotka’s statement, too little, far too late.

      Lucy

      March 3, 2014 at 7:24 am

      • “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

        – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

        Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

        March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

      • “And how we shivered by the camp-fire under the bridge later, thinking: What would things have been like if every jobcentre, atos or work programme worker, when they went out in the morning to sanction jobseekers and plunge them into destitution, had been uncertain whether they would return alive and had to say good-bye to their family?”

        — Victim of the Nazi Jobcentre, Homeless and Hungry in the 21st Century

        Jobcentre Victim

        March 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

      • Yes they only think of themselves being scared, they just don’t care about all those who have died due to the advisors own actions.

        It is only obvious that one day they will drive someone out of complete control.

        enigma

        March 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  20. Monday 3 March 2014

    Nearly 70,000 job seekers have had their benefits withdrawn unfairly, making them reliant on food banks, the right-of-centre thinktank Policy Exchange has said .

    The intervention is the first by a respected rightwing voice claiming that something has gone wrong with the administration of benefits.

    A chorus of churches, charities and Labour has been warning the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, for months that the administration of benefit sanctions has become too punitive.

    Monday’s Panorama also uncovers evidence that a jobcentre appears to be explicitly alerting its staff to the financial savings to be made through “sanctioning” job seekers when they are judged to have broken benefit conditions.

    A wall chart in a Grantham jobcentre explicitly sets out the cash savings available to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through stopping the benefits of claimants, ranging from £227.20 a week for a four-week sanction to £3,728 for a sanction lasting one year.The DWP told Panorama: “This was an isolated incident and does not reflect our policy on sanctions.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/03/70000-job-seekers-benefits-withdrawn-unfairly-thinktank

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • FROM BAD TO WORSE…

      Increasing food bank use because of the rampant sanctions regime is bad enough, but remember many food bank users can’t even afford to cook the food they are given!

      Here is yet another report on that subject – a subject which was first mentioned on here last year:

      http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/people-cant-afford-to-cook-free-meals-154202n.23560656

      Tobanem

      March 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    • The DWP told Panorama: “This was an isolated incident and does not reflect our policy on sanctions.”

      Bollocks it’s happening in every Jobcentre in Britain.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

  21. I volunteer in a food bank and see the amount of people coming through the door increasing, some have the means to cook the food while others as we all know, don’t have the means to cook anything,

    To let you all know volunteering in a food bank will get you out of being used in the workfare program, because 1 it is volunteering, 2 it is serving the community, just like many other volunteer opportunities.

    enigma

    March 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

  22. Tonight’s Panorama programme should be interesting.

    Now “food poverty” is the big public health issue:

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/03/food-banks-public-health-benefits-panorama

    Tobanem

    March 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

  23. It will be interesting to those who just don’t know how far things have gone.

    enigma

    March 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  24. Many people give foods back to me because they don’t have the means to cook it, some because their electricity has been cut off due to their benefit being stopped, while others don’t have a cooker or microwave.

    There are both people who are unemployed and people who work who come through the door for food.

    enigma

    March 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

  25. my so called advise no longer works at the jcp and have been passed/ dumped back to just signing again with random advisers every 2 weeks.

    super ted

    March 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    • Join the queue. I’m in the same boat, I haven’t spoken to my JCP/PWPS adviser since the beginning of January. And yet I’m supposed to see her every week at least. They keep moving them around everytime IDS has another one of his policy-brainwaves.

      jj joop

      March 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    • I’m not complaining, mind. There’s only one thing worse than an adviser not taking an interest in you, and that’s an adviser who does take an interest in you. I’ve no wish to be anyone’s “special project”.

      jj joop

      March 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  26. “special project”. had mine for a while now and tried everything sanction wise and failed every time, ill miss my 30 min arguments cos im right every fucking time and they dont like it so looks like they have finally given up n thats what happens when you not got a clue what to do with ppl 🙂

    super ted

    March 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  27. “Cameron aide arrested in ‘child abuse imagery’ inquiry”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26428308

    Annos

    March 4, 2014 at 12:42 am

  28. Community Work Placements.

    Community Work Placements will be one of the three intensive options available through Help to Work support for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants returning from the Work Programme.

    The scheme involves claimants undertaking a full-time work placement for 30 hours a week for up to 26 weeks alongside provider-led supported jobsearch.

    Delivery will start from April 2014 and the last referrals will be made in March 2016, with contracts and delivery ending in October 2016.

    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/esf/news/community-work-placements.shtml

    This all I can officially find on the CAP at present, will keep looking.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • “Six months on a full-time work placement will provide claimants with a significant boost to their CV, and allow them to demonstrate to employers what their capabilities are”.

      What a load of old cobblers! Including CAP on your CV will only demonstrate to an employer that you are, by implication, an unemployable, workshy layabout. No one with half a brain cell will put this on their CV. Or am I just being cynical!

      jj joop

      March 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

      • Fuck me gently, please!

        jj joop

        March 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

      • JJ Joop:

        It’s interesting to note that there has been no news at all from the DWP regarding CAP/CWP since november last year, that’s almost 5 months now.

        Makes me wonder if they haven’t dropped it as the DWP does like to torture us by letting us all know what’s coming, way ahead of it actually happening.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        March 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

    • Thanks, it’s not very detailed is it?

      Andrew Coates

      March 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  29. David Cameron to announce increase in tax allowance to more than £10,000.

    David Cameron is to claim Tory ownership of an expected increase in the personal tax allowance to more than £10,000 in the budget later this month when he indicates that his government will prioritise tax cuts for the low-paid.

    Amid Liberal Democrat fury that the Tories are planning to steal their signature idea, the prime minister will say that “every bit of government waste” cut by ministers and “every efficiency” will be used to cut taxes.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/04/cameron-raise-personal-tax-allowance

    This is a LibDem idea and your trying to steal it, you tosser Cameron.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 4, 2014 at 11:44 am

  30. Obi Wan Kenobi :
    JJ Joop:
    It’s interesting to note that there has been no news at all from the DWP regarding CAP/CWP since november last year, that’s almost 5 months now.
    Makes me wonder if they haven’t dropped it as the DWP does like to torture us by letting us all know what’s coming, way ahead of it actually happening.

    I certainly hope so. 6 months on this scheme will do nothing to improve anyone’s prospects.

    jj joop

    March 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  31. Food poverty: Panorama, Edwina Currie and the missing ministers.

    The rise of food banks in Britain tells a story of punitive welfare changes, but as a BBC documentary found, the government is curiously reluctant to stand up and defend the reforms.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2014/mar/03/food-poverty-panorama-edwina-currie-and-the-missing-ministers-food-banks

    No ministers from the DWP (IDS or McVile) were available for comment, (which basically means the COWARDS had no stomach to be faced with what their sick and disgusting policies are doing to people)

    Iain Duncan Smith you are a COWARD, Esther McVile you are a COWARD, David Freud you are a COWARD.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

  32. Excellent stand by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty yesterday.

    Anti workfare flying pickets rock Salvation Army in Edinburgh.

    An ECAP spokesperson said: “With the new Community Work Placement scheme starting in April we are stepping up our direct action against workfare exploiters with a UK-wide week of action from 29 March – 6 April.

    We urge all charities and employers to boycott this exploiting scheme and all work-for-your-benefits programmes. We appeal to all workers, especially in the voluntary sector, to pressure their employer to boycott workfare. And we appeal to the unemployed and all claimants to join us to make the workfare schemes unworkable.”

    http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=3360

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  33. forgot to say they gave me the old format job search back as i told them what i was doing to look for work and filled it both sides like a 1000 word sa 😉

    even asked if it was my handwriting pmsl cheeky fuckers.ill ask for 2 next time and go for 100 jobs a week n see how they like that, o i forgot they dont lol

    super ted

    March 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

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    Far from new but very effective when one wants privacy.

    https://freenetproject.org/index.html

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    gaia

    March 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

  35. How long is your dole queue?

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/jobs-crisis-facing-young-people-3207921

    Young people in Scotland = 30 miles long dole queue.

    All people in Scotland = 83 miles long dole queue.

    All aged 16-24 in Britain = 400 miles…from London to Edinburgh!!

    And these figures don’t even take underemployment (part-time work etc) into consideration!!!

    Tobanem

    March 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

  36. Re: Community Work Placements

    Ask to see an amended insurance policy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that JCP/grasping providers become evasive and twitchy if you ask for anything in writing.

    I got an email this morning from refuted.org – Work Programme: Withdraw consent letter completely revised 4 March 2014. A lot of it can also be applied to the upcoming Community Work Placement wheeze. Particularly forbidding them from sharing your personal data.

    If they are going to make our life as difficult as possible; then we’ll return the favour. Bollocks to the lot of ‘em.

    http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/12/withhold/

    jj joop

    March 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

  37. Revealed: the truth behind the great European food bank fund betrayal.

    Ministers assert the right of the British poor to go hungry.

    The European parliament voted on a fund to provide food aid to those suffering extreme poverty. But, despite entreaties from those who administer food banks here, our government decided to opt out.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/04/hugh-muir-diary-great-european-food-bank-betrayal

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

  38. G4S

    New job opportunities for Community Work Placements & Work Programme

    Thursday, 27th February, 2014

    In preparation for the launch of Community Work Placements, G4S are looking for new members of the team to assist in the mobilisation of the programme.

    http://www.g4swelfaretowork.com/new-job-opportunities-for-community-work-placements-work-programme/

    Job Opportunities

    Community Work Placements & Work Programme

    In preparation for the launch of Community Work Placements, G4S is looking to recruit key members of staff to join our team for the mobilisation and delivery of this programme.

    Job descriptions are available under each of the links below:

    Job Description – Contract Director – £60,000 – £65,000

    Job Description – Supply Chain Manager – £45,000 – £55,000

    Job Description – Contract Co-ordinator – £18,000 – £25,000

    Job Description – Finance Analyst – £30,000 – £35,000

    Job Description – Validator (based in Worksop) – £13,000 – £18,000

    Job Description – Auditor – £25,000 – £30,000

    We would be like to hear from people interested in becoming a member of the G4S team in the following areas:

    East Midlands
    Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington
    Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Thames Valley
    London East
    London West
    Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire
    North East
    North East Yorkshire and the Humber
    South Yorkshire
    Surrey, Sussex and Kent
    West Yorkshire

    The deadline for these vacancies is Friday 7th March 2014, and please indicate clearly which area you would be interested in.

    http://www.g4swelfaretowork.com/job-opportunities-2/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm


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