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IntoWork Convention: Employment Minister McVey to Confront Trussell Trust.

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Our friends at Boycott Workfare and Johnny Void have publicised a protest at the beano, or “convention” (an expression we believe they use in the US for ‘Beanos’), of the Welfare-to-Work Industry  in Liverpool on the 8th & Wednesday 9th July.

Inclusion is re-launching the Welfare to Work Convention.

In 2014 it will be called the IntoWork Convention and will be for everyone involved in helping people find work, keep work and progress in work. The IntoWork Convention will be larger and more interactive showcasing ‘what works’ in employment, skills, health and for disadvantaged people.

The IntoWork Convention is the event of the year, profiling the best creativity and innovation in the field. High-profile challenging speakers and a wealth of break-out sessions, the IntoWork Convention will provide you with the ideas and contacts for the future.

IntoWork 2014 will be the place to network and forge new partnerships across health, skills, and justice. An expanded exhibition will be the centre piece of a more interactive event – dedicated to joining-up services for employability and jobseeking.

IntoWork 2014 is being hosted in the City of Liverpool and is supported by the International Festival of Business running in Liverpool at the same time. A new fringe learning and networking programme will be held in venues across central Liverpool and the main Convention will be in the popular ACC Liverpool. We have reduced delegate prices – more for less and delivering value for money.”

Such value for attendees’ dosh (not their own) comes with this,

Minister Esther McVey MP 
Minister for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions

Chris Mould 
Chairman, The Trussell Trust

McVery is notorious, recently, for saying this,

Charities and politicians have reacted with anger to a claim by the Employment Minister that the dramatic rise in the number of people using food banks has nothing to do with the Government’s welfare reforms.

In a letter to the Scottish government, Esther McVey said “the rise in food banks predates most of the welfare reforms this Government has put in place”, adding that there was “no robust evidence linking food bank usage to welfare reform”.

Figures from the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank provider, have shown that demand has increased by more than 300 per cent in the past year.

The charity’s Ewan Gurr said: “A recent Scottish Government report states that welfare reforms, benefit delays, benefit sanctions and falling incomes have been the main factors driving increased demand on food banks. Food banks are responding to a need that has always existed but welfare reform has exacerbated the need.”

Independent. 14th May 2014.

And there’s this:

Employment minister Esther McVey has come under fire for accepting a £10,000 donation from the millionaire boss of a high-cost loan company that gives loans to people with poor credit ratings.

The Tory MP for Wirral West’s constituency party received £10,000 from Henry Angest, head of the Arbuthnot Banking Group, which owns Everyday Loans, a firm that provides unsecured loans at annual interest rates of nearly 80%.

The rates are higher than those available to people in secured loans, but not as high as payday lenders like Wonga, whose APR (annual percentage rate) can be as high as 5853%.

Critics seized on the high-cost lender boss’ donation to McVey due to her ministry, the Department for Work and Pensions, slashing benefits.

Huffington Post 22nd May 2014.

Let us not forget this either

CON-DEM superzero Esther McVey has revealed shocking plans to force unemployed Scots into jobs with no guaranteed hours or wages.

The Tory employment minister says that when the new universal credit is brought in, poor people will have their benefits stopped for three months or more if they refuse to accept zero hours contracts.

Jobcentre staff will decide when to force people into such jobs.

Opposition MPs, union leaders and Citizens Advice were aghast at the draconian new punishment for the poor.

Daily Record. May 7th 2014.

Going back a bit she excelled herself with this as well,

Disabled people must not worry about the new assessment tests that could lead to their benefits being cut, the new Minister for Disabled People has said.

“I am saying, ‘Do not be fearful of this. This could be positive for you’,” said Esther McVey, the former television presenter and businesswoman who was appointed Disability Minister in September, in an interview with The Independent – her first in the job.

“I guess that will happen overtime and we just have to reassure people really.”

Some people would see their benefit cut, she said, arguing that the new payments are “not a static benefit”, adding: “People do come off it, people do get better.”

Ms McVey acknowledged that disabled people would find the introduction of the new assessments “difficult” and “a tough process” but said the Government had a responsibility to reform the current “outdated system”, which was undermined by a “very fixed idea of disability”.

3rd December 2012.

McVey is a proud member of Iain Duncan Smith’s team of superstars.

The Void recommends the following:

The conference is being organised by CESI (Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion) – self appointed ‘thought leaders’ in the welfare to work industry. People who make their money supporting policies that mean forced unpaid labour and poverty for many, but escalating profits for the few.   Tweet them@InclusionCESI



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  1. Inclusion is re-launching the Previous launch not good enough?

    We have reduced delegate prices Not enough interest?

    Perhaps more and more people are simply realising that the Welfare to Workfare industry is just a load of expensive cobblers.

    Another Fine Mess

    July 8, 2014 at 12:05 am

  2. There’s plenty of money to be made, though!

    Andrew Coates

    July 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    • As most providers are ” Funded By The European Social Fund”. It says so on their paperwork. The funding will stop if we leave the EU in 2017 (If) when there is a referendum. Who will take over the funding then ?. Does this mean no funding = no wpp or placements.


      July 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

  3. Nice post again Mr Coates, I especially enjoyed reading peoples comments underneath the articles you linked to.

    I particularly enjoyed the ones about the food bank, chiefly those posted by people who obviously don’t frequent such places as they all seem to think you can just roll up to these places and demand food. Either its through selective hearing or just plain ignorance but they fail to realise its means tested.

    This naturally brings me I feel to a point worth bringing up and that is WHY NOT put on the ticket given to those worthy of such food WHY their eligible in the first place. Then it would be indisputable as to why these people are their be it sanction, delayed payment or otherwise.

    Cameron the old dog obviously took the tact to bring up a period we all know had little record of foodbank use, sadly no one even the press pointed that out immediately after his weak comment..

    The reason WHY these ministers get away with behaving as they do is because in all honesty the press does zero to press home the valid points necessary to box these ministers into a corner as you have witnessed on the odd occasion on radio and TV shows where once nailed they retaliate in the most juvenile and undignified manner. Also these committees set up should be given power over ministers so they are forced to have to answer whats being asked including producing documents instead of twisting and weaving away from the truth while hiding behind “its not in the best interests of the public” excuse everytime like a scratched record.

    The Welfare reform like the others is the mule that allows government to misdirect the public about governmental expenditure and the UKs official debt. Nothing this government does is straight up,like for example the help to buy scheme which was purely invented to inflate the UKs gross worth all so they can borrow even more when they like so the next time you hear we are taking steps to cut the deficit, trust me when I say what that means is yet another public service getting less funds while debt remains the same. In English that means yes they may borrow less BUT that doesn’t detract from the existing debt that’s current and still not paid for which grows quite literally by the milli second.

    So the next time your if you are in your ESOL math class ask the teacher to mathematically explain finance and debt as it covers a wide range of math so applicable to the course aswell as being very relevant to life and your current position.


    July 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

  4. The point about Food Banks is always worth repeating.

    Here you have to get some kind of referral, and meet the criteria of the local Food Bank.

    In Ipswich this is the set up, “Families in Need (FIND) is a Christian based charity in it’s 23rd year. Part of the charity is the Ipswich Food Bank providing emergency food parcels to those referred by statutory and non-statutory agencies.”

    Personally I would only this, that is going to Evangelical Christians with a keen interest in their faith, if I was really really in need of food.

    Andrew Coates

    July 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    July 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  6. Benefit Sanctions are largely to blame for the rise of Foodbanks, so their usage does predate the most recent reforms, sanctions having been introduced by Labour. What’s increased is the amount of hoops one has to jump through to now avoid getting sanctioned. And that’s why I’m not voting Labour (or Tory, needless to say!).

    Landless Peasant

    July 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

    • To cite sanctions as the catalyst is easier said than done as sanctions have been rising since 2000-2002 yet we know in the case of trussells that they only had 2 banks in 2004 and only 22 in 2007/2008.

      It appears that the main foodbank explosion occurred around 2006 onwards mainly showing its presence around 2007 onwards inline with the cost of food spiking. We also see another spike around 2010 which coincides with the coalitions era of austerity.

      The thing we have to keep in mind here is despite this coalition claiming an increase in jobs and prosperity we still see the demand for foodbanks grow so does beg the question WHY which is even more disconcerting when you consider this government has made no attempt to ponder it themselves, WHY?

      Also worth considering is WHY this government STOPPED monitoring HUNGER in 2012 ?

      Why despite a doubling in malnutrition cases reported by doctors in 2013 that this government still maintained their was no hunger in Britain, that foodbanks only existed because the items were free?

      I would have to say in earnest that its a multitude of reasons like for instance low/less/stagnant wages, less hours, redundancies, and welfare reforms that contribute equally to this escalation when placed against the rising cost of everything.

      This is extremely liable to accelerate when inflation is raised again to either 2.5 or its original 5.0.


      July 9, 2014 at 6:04 am

  7. Woman sacked in ‘ridiculous’ row over butterfly tattoo


    To think advisors wonder why some people struggle to gain and maintain work, is it any wonder this happens when we allow employers to dictate such foolish terms.


    July 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  8. WOW, its quite around here, is everyone now signing daily, forced to jobsearch 35 hours a week ?


    July 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

    • Yes it’s quite quiet, everyone’s got jobs.

      How can anyone jobsearch for 35 hours a week?
      I jobsearch for an hour+ a day, but even if you include applying for a couple of viable vacancies, and occasionally looking around local shops businesses etc, I can’t see how to stretch it to 35 hours each and every week. Are you supposed to keep looking at and applying for the same fake vacancies over and over again?

      Another Fine Mess

      July 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      • I would be thinking if i was you exactly how a claimant proves that they did search for a total of 35 hours as i see a lot of claimants falling foul to this.


        July 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

  9. i dont have to do any of the above 😉

    super ted

    July 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

    • I cant wait to see what your do when they say you have to jobsearch on a PC of their choosing 35 hours a week when its all up and running.

      Dont answer it just yet as who knows whos listening.

      I personally cant wait till they try that one on me but this aside do swat up on the

      The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 2013

      This is how their getting jsa regulated claimants to commit to a compliancy agreement and the new UC rules without actually being under the UC act itself. This was definitely entered to get around those claimants who are to difficult to place on the new UC like the homeless for instance.


      July 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  10. wont bother me as i do a 35 hr job search a week anyway on my own pc at home and record everything on my job search and take photos of all the jobs i find and apply for on me phone just to piss them off.

    made 1 adviser look a right dick when i asked how can i do my job search and do mwa at 30 hrs a week and do my 35hrs job search its impossible.?

    was told do mwa @30 hrs and 10 hrs a week job search while on it.

    so then thats down from 65hrs a week to 40 on my jsa its only 30 hrs a week that im looking to work pmsl.

    as for there pcs i can get magnets so powerful even being next to a pc will tear it apart with it in my pocket.

    i can also make small emp devices that will fit inside my pocket and take out any electric device bit ott tho lol.

    you watch it will be out sourced as the jcp dont have the staff or pcs or space for 35hr week job searches to the likes of a4e ect and it wil be ram as many in 1 room as you can like the old days lol.

    turn up sign the book so they get there fee stay 20 mins n fuck off providers will not care as long as there getting there cash from the dwp.

    super ted

    July 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  11. Have you heard the phrase time management super ted as why do something physically when you can have technology do it for you. A computer can do what a human does in 35 hours in as little as under a minute, even a slow ass one like the cheap crap DWP and providers buy will still achieve it in a remarkable time frame.


    July 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

  12. the last place i went had about 20 net books running of 1 adsl wireless router fkn lucky if even the Google page showed up on that getup.

    you watch it will never happen or just be another cash cow for the providers 😉

    super ted

    July 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    • Cash cow is probably the answer not to mention if you don’t already know forms a part of the figures given out by the tories when they say jobs created.


      July 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

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