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Iain Duncan Smith stays as welfare chief.

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Rewarded for Failure.

New Cabinet: Iain Duncan Smith stays as welfare chief after rejecting move to justice job.

The BBC reports,

“..he has successfully  reinvented himself as a social reform champion who, with his centre-right think tank Centre for Social Justice, has played an influential role in developing Conservative policy on welfare and the “broken society”.

David Cameron reportedly tried to persuade Mr Duncan Smith to move to become Justice Secretary in his September 2012 reshuffle, but Mr Duncan Smith opted to stay with the welfare brief.”

We cannot but admire the BBC’s irony.

Nothing succeeds like failure for the Liberal-Conservative Coalition.

Think:  ATOS,  Universal Credit, Sanctions, Universal Jobmatch, ‘Help to Work’, Workfare, crooked companies running the worse than useless Work Programme……(there’s plenty more).


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  1. More breaking news: Titanic believed to have sunk.


    June 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    • In fact the real Titanic remains with some of the crew in Atlantis, where we should all hope IDS will fuck off to as well.

      Andrew Coates

      June 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

      • Some say it was never the titanic that sank ?


        June 5, 2014 at 10:45 am

      • Yes…Lord Lucan is there with SHEGAR too


        June 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  2. Iain Duncan Smith stays as welfare chief. But only for another 336 days.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    • 336 days! Fuck me gently, Obi. Even one second is too long.

      jj joop

      June 5, 2014 at 6:57 am

  3. I’ll be signing on in a couple of hours. I wonder what delights await me today.

    jj joop

    June 5, 2014 at 6:58 am

  4. There is something deeply unpleasant about this bald headed, patronising, self important over promoted individual, if he is an example of Christian values in our Society then God help us, what’s Christian about allowing private companies to profit from from this Nations unemployed youth and then send those profits back to its American based directors ,when what we should be doing is using this money to equip people to do proper jobs.
    Nobody else appears to want to tell you, so I will ; what you have done with your ill thought out policies is to effectively deskill much of the workforce and one more thing, I have friends in Germany who tell me you would struggle to hold onto the position of Parish Councillor in that Country let alone a Minister of State. David Penson

    David Anthony Penson

    June 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

  5. The bald headed bastard is now having a go at ‘The Big Issue’ magazine.

    The Big Issue is used by migrants to claim benefits, says Iain Duncan Smith.

    Work and pensions secretary speaks out in row over tax credits – but magazine says it’s the system that is flawed.

    The Big Issue was unimpressed with Duncan Smith’s claim. The Times quotes the magazine’s spokesman as saying: “The flaws which IDS has highlighted were inherent in a benefits system created by the government and, to that extent, the problem is the government’s and not one of [our] making.


    Iain Duncan Smith will try and scapegoat anyone or anything rather than admit his own failure’s – what a complete and utterly disgusting piece of filth.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

  6. ‘Workfare’ scheme ‘holed below the waterline’, says Unite.

    Unite has welcomed the news that 345 voluntary sector organisations, including household names such as Shelter, Crisis, Scope and Oxfam, have pledged not to take part in the Community Work Placements (CWP) programme.

    The indications are that the flagship scheme of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been delayed yet again.

    This week was meant to be the deadline for organisations to start the new mandatory CWPs which require that jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) claimants do six months work placement – or risk losing their benefits.

    Unite, which has 60,000 members in the voluntary sector, has branded the scheme as “nothing more than forced unpaid labour.”

    Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “The mounting opposition from the not for profit sector has holed one of Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship projects below the waterline. More waves of opposition will sink this scheme once-and-for all.

    “Unite welcomes the fact that so many charities have given this scheme the thumbs down as they can see that it is grossly unfair and a perversion of the true ethos of volunteering.

    “Questions have to be asked about the government’s slavish reliance on the controversial private sector contractors, such as G4S, to implement the CWP programme.

    “We are against this scheme wherever Duncan Smith wants to impose it – in the private sector, local government and in the voluntary sector.

    Unite is opposing workfare in local government and will be raising it as an industrial issue with local authorities which do not sign the pledge. So far, 13 local councils have signed up not to implement any workfare programmes – and more are actively considering doing so.

    With so many council cuts, Unite is determined that workfare placements are not used to replace paid jobs.

    Studies into existing UK workfare schemes in the UK have found them to have zero effect on helping people find work.


    Twitter: @unitetheunion

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    Web: unitetheunion.org


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

  7. Helping you appeal benefit decisions.

    This page tells you how to appeal and lets you print more information and letters that you can use.

    We are working with Poverty Leadership Panel members to identify further improvements to this page.

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) who pay most benefits have a new process for appealing. You now have to ask for a review (called a ‘reconsideration’). If you’re not happy with the result of the review you can then appeal. This affects Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and other benefits.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  8. A very good point made at the end of this video.

    JobCentre Plus You can’t film me.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 6, 2014 at 8:07 am

  9. Stop Press:

    Iain Duncan Smith on Question Time next Thursday 12th June.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

  10. Published on 2 Jun 2014.

    Welfare Reform Committee Report on Food Banks.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 6, 2014 at 8:24 am

  11. When I asked that very question on a FOI – The only reply I got was It is down to the individual wether they allow themselves to be recorded or filmed as it is not part of their employment contract.

    I see several issues

    1.) I have the legal right to record and their employment contract dosnt negate this
    2.) I wasnt a party to that contract.

    3) if they are doing the job the only authority they have is the secretary of states by proxy and he cant negate my right to record .

    4) if they wish to excercise a private right to not be recorded they they cannot do their jobs because they then have no more authority than you or I.


    June 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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