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Benefit Sanction Misery in Cameron’s “giving, sharing and taking care of others” Christmas.

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A couple of days ago Welfare News reported that,

80,000 Face Benefit Sanctions Misery This Christmas – Including 6,800 Disabled People Steven Preece.

More than 80,000 families face a bleak and miserable Christmas because of punitive and unfair benefit sanctions, the PCS union says.

PCS say an estimated £20 million – £250 per person on average – in benefits will be withheld from poor and desperate job seekers during the run-up to Christmas and the new year festivities.

Mike Sivier posts in Vox Political.

A wheelchair-bound man from Littlehampton has been left ‘devastated’ after the Government axed his disability allowances just days before Christmas, according to the Littlehampton Gazette.

Jon Ball, 59, has suffered from Klinefelter’s syndrome all his life. It’s a condition which has left him in constant pain and in need of heavy doses of medication.

However, this month, the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP), which provides his incapacity benefit and disability allowance, said he was no longer eligible for support.

He explained that due to his condition, he was forced to take dozens of pain relief and muscle relaxant tablets a day just to get by.

WH 151214  Disabled man Jon Ball, has lost his benefits, despite being a wheelchair user and suffering from a debilitating condition. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141215-214150001

Disabled man Jon Ball, has lost his benefits, despite being a wheelchair user and suffering from a debilitating condition. Photo by Derek Martin .

Meanwhile we hear Cameron’s Christmas message,

David Cameron has stressed his commitment to “Christian values” as he delivered his seasonal message to the country.

The prime minister said “giving, sharing and taking care of others” at home and around the world was something Britain could be proud of.

 

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

December 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

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  1. It amazes me how DWP on one hand can deal out so much pain and suffering, yet with the other feel pretty as punch at the notion that their being charitable by not having us all sign for the next 2 weeks albeit I suspected the jobsearch evidence which will probably usher in fresh sanctions.

    Isnt it time DWP felt first hand what its like to feel vulnerable ?

    gaia

    December 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • So it’s not just my pretty face that got me the waiver from signing on next week.

      Andrew Coates

      December 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

  2. Reblogged this on stewilko's Blog.

    stewilko

    December 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm

  3. TEST!!

    TEST

    December 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  4. WordPress is pile of shite!

    TEST

    December 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  5. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    December 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  6. Soaring numbers of families are going hungry this Christmas as Sheffield food banks struggle with demand.

    Support networks around the city are coming under increasing pressure – with volunteers blaming the impact of ‘petty’ benefit sanctions forcing more people to turn to food banks to feed their families.

    Nick Waterfield, from the Parson Cross Initiative, run from Mount Tabor Methodist Church on Wordsworth Avenue, said its food bank had its busiest day of the year earlier this month, with 16 households referred for support in one afternoon.

    He said increasing demand has been a trend throughout the year.

    Mr Waterfield said: “About 75 per cent of our referrals are related to benefit delays and sanctions, which is similar to the national picture.

    Jack Scott, Home-Start manager, said there had been a ‘sharp rise’ in demand across Sheffield.

    He said: “Most of our families who are going to food banks have been sanctioned or lost their benefits, often for petty reasons.

    “Many families are struggling and sanctions like this push them in to crisis.

    “It’s important for people to know this crisis doesn’t just affect adults sanctioned, but can have a major impact on children, who haven’t done anything.”

    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/soaring-number-of-sheffield-families-going-hungry-this-christmas-1-7018951

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  7. The Courier – Dundee.

    Food banks open on Christmas Day according to the SNP.

    SNP work and pensions spokeswoman Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said: “It is a disgrace that in a country as wealthy as Scotland food banks will be open on Christmas Day and will be relied upon by families with children.

    http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/politics/food-banks-open-on-christmas-day-1.753320

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    • Its awful when politicians start using templates…

      [It] is a (national) disgrace …

      This is becoming far too often used for everything. It almost has little meaning left.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  8. Government slammed over decision to reject EU hand-out while folk go hungry.

    The North’s poor are going hungry after the Government rejected a £22m food fund from Europe, it is claimed today by the region’s Labour MEPs.

    David Cameron has been criticised for allegedly failing to take the money, which could directly go to foodbanks in the region, over fears it reveals the UK’s dependency on the EU and weakens his position.

    Foodbanks in the North East would have been able to apply for funding from the pot.

    However David Cameron decided to opt out of the scheme in 2013, which Labour members believe could have eventually totalled £22m for the UK between 2014 and 2020.

    Today North East’s two Labour MEPs, Jude Kirton Darling and Paul Brannen have said in their joint letter to David Cameron that he should ‘remove opposition’ to support for foodbanks.

    The letter has also been signed by leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes and leader of Durham County Council Simon Henig.

    Jude Kirton Darling, MEP, said: “People are under intense financial pressure at the moment and many people will have used food banks this year.

    “As the weather turns colder and people face increased heating bills and Christmas approaches we feel now is the time for the Government to remove its opposition to support for food banks.”

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/government-slammed-over-decision-reject-8304956

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    • Cameron’s speech about “giving, sharing and taking care of others” looks pretty small now doesn’t it?

      Andrew Coates

      December 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      • Cameron’s speech was beyond belief, I don’t know how he could make such a statement while people are going to go hungry not just at Christmas but well beyond that.

        I just hope he and his coalition cronies one day find themselves in the same position – especially IDS and the DWP cronies.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        December 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      • Its the Big Society all over.

        Getting the poor to look after other poor people, after all the rich Tories do not care about them.

        They somehow expect others to give first aid to people instead of taking them to A&E. (Indeed those with minor injuries do not need to go to A&E; except to give any medical advice people need to be qualified, and sticking the burden on non-qualified people to determine whether something slightly more serious than first aid etc. is silly. IMO)

        Universal Jobmatch

        December 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  9. Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

  10. Andrew/Obi

    You have to understand the mentatlity [as exemplified by George “Returned to Unit” Smith of DWP in spades] – they just DO NOT CARE. That’s the acid test I use on whatever claptrap any from the Contradiction Party come out with – If they cared what have they done? Who has benifited? Were the poorest actually helped rather than words of worthless platitude?

    Gazza

    December 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

  11. Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

  12. the term “mission” is now used to describe foodbanks’ such as Southampton.the usa has arrived.

    http://www.southamptoncitymission.co.uk/basics-bank/food-banks

    ken

    December 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  13. Have any of you scroungers who purport to be starving, reliant on food-banks and all that poppycock never considered a career as an after-dinner speaker? You would get to gorge yourself silly on the finest of cuisine and trouser a shed-load to boot. Plenty of opportunity to grope pretty waitresses too if one is that way inclined…

    Merry Christmas,

    Boris

    Boris Johnson - Mayor of London

    December 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

  14. Hey jobseekers – make sure that you don’t ‘slack off’ on your jobsearch over the Chrimbo period – universal sanction match will be online tomorrow and New Year’s Day so make sure you log-on to your account ‘and apply for all suitable jobs’, yeah I know its Christmas day… but remember that when you sign-on again after the ‘two-week holiday’ the jobcentre will expect/demand evidence of the past 4 weeks. Don’t be caught out (and sanctioned in the New Year)… the jobcentre sanction machine will be waiting…

    Jobseeker WARNING

    December 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    • WHEN CHECKING EMAIL THIS MORNING, CURIOSITY GOT THE BETTER OF ME. YES THERE ARE JOBPOSTS TODAY ON UJM. PAGES FROM CV LIBRARY AND FINDMYDREAM JOB ETC. SO DO BE CAREFUL FOLKS

      PJ

      December 25, 2014 at 7:07 am

    • A lot of jobseekers are going to get busted over this, can’t wait… 🙂 Hang ’em jobseekers high… 🙂

      Sheriff Sanction

      December 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

      • NOT JUST IN THE IPSWICH AREA…OTHER AREAS TOO ARE SHOWING VACANCIES FOR TODAY. IF YOUR ONLY IAD ACCESS IS THROUGH THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OR AN INTERNET CAFE, YOU ARE STUFFED. THEY ARE ALL CLOSED TODAY. UJM DOES NOT FUNCTION WELL ON MOBILES EITHER.

        PJ

        December 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

      • UJM doesn’t function well at all – Period!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        December 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    • Jobseeker WARNING:

      ‘two-week holiday’ – I have a JCP interview next week. No rest for the wicked.

      jj joop

      December 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      • How are the wicked getting on!?

        enigma

        December 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      • I do too. Got a text alert today reminding me. Auto Generated of course. I’ll get a recorded voice message to my mobile too reminding me [Like the hospital does] DO NOT IGNORE ANY WITHHELD NUMBERS or in the same vain any numbers you do not recognise.

        PJ

        December 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

  15. Some of you may like to know that Email Accounts through http://www.hushmail.com DO not let people see your IP Address if you keep your received email images hidden

    PJ

    December 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

  16. Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 25, 2014 at 11:22 am

  17. 35,000 TURKEY DINNERS

    Remember the report about Jobcentres and their “smashed targets”?:

    Well, here is another smashed target; this time about a sandwich shop which has raised enough funds to buy an absolutely astounding 35,000 plates of turkey for the homeless. All the sandwich shop’s profits go to charity and workers are recruited from homeless backgrounds:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30597009

    IT’S A VERY GREAT PITY THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN NECESSARY IN THE FIRST PLACE THOUGH!

    Tobanem

    December 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • What an amazing project and truly epic fundraising!!!

      I agree with your last sentence though. I just wonder whether this is something that would end up scaling to displace food banks sometime in the future but like in a jobcentre… a canteen where you are served your rations of food in return for completing a full day of job search.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

      • In the future, food only to those who work, never mind job search.

        enigma

        December 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

      • You know, just like the concentration camps, Warsaw ghetto etc

        enigma

        December 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

  18. And here is a tale of compassion for homeless people’s animals:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30555546

    Tobanem

    December 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

  19. And here is some Christmas food for thought:

    Tobanem

    December 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

  20. And if you like the above pictures side-by-side, here are more depictions of 2014 – that tell “A Thosand IDS Lies”. (WARNING: CONTAINS HIGHLY GRAPHIC IMAGES OF THE TRUTH):

    http://speye.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/a-year-in-pictures-ones-that-tell-a-thousand-ids-lies/

    Tobanem

    December 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

  21. Have a nice day everyone, many won’t though, we all know, the local food bank (was open 2 days per week, now 4 and soon to be 5). the other day, a lot of people appearing for food for reasons we also know.

    enigma

    December 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    • It’s usual for us to give 4 or 5 bags full of food to people, but there is that much food, (people donate food every day) which is also stored elsewhere because there is no room for it, people are now receiving 7 or 8 bags.

      enigma

      December 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  22. All say they are homeless and occupied the building to raise awareness about the epidemic of homelessness in London especially amongst young people. There were 6,437 people sleeping rough in London last year, an increase of 8% on the figure two years previously. Many of those, like the Love Activist team, are young people

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/25/love-activists-squatters-rbs-serve-christmas-lunch-london

    enigma

    December 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    • I cannot say how much I admire the people who did this squat.

      Absolute love and everything to them!

      Andrew Coates

      December 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

  23. Sacks of food was being thrown out of the local co op unsold Christmas eve,before closing. people just stood there looking.

    ken

    December 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  24. A lot of food is wasted, the co op as you said and every other supermarket, there is also those many people who buy too much food, Dec 24th in the local Morrison’s store where the q’s were all the way to the back of the store, as if the stores were closing for many weeks. (there was I with my pint of milk) A lot of people buy too much food, as do schools etc, if they didn’t we wouldn’t be receiving food from any of them.

    The local food bank is open again Dec 30.

    enigma

    December 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  25. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    December 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  26. JAILED FOR GETTING A JOB

    A man has been sent back to prison because he managed to get a job which started 45 minutes before his night-time curfew expired!

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/23/man-prison-job-too-early-morning

    I wonder if he would have been sanctioned if had refused the job in order to comply with his curfew conditions?

    It’s similar to a person who gets sanctioned for going to a job interview instead of signing-on at the exact same time – even although the Jobcentre knew about it in advance!

    Tobanem

    December 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    • You can see from this that anyone/everyone on benefits are looked at like criminals and so are treated as such.

      enigma

      December 26, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      • Dear Enigma,
        I once asked the question; How long will it be before a Benefit Sanction or MWA appears on the disclosure element of a job application form or an application for financial services etc. I asked this question under an alias and a different email address

        PJ

        December 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      • I remember it PJ

        enigma

        December 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    • Supervised job search, or workfare etc, your not permitted to leave between the hours of 9am and 5 pm or lose all benefits, that’s a curfew, will it be detention centres soon. locked up because your unemployed.

      enigma

      December 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      • Enigma: Do you know anyone who is actually doing the supervised job search, i.e. 35 hours a week with a provider? I’ve heard nothing about it so far.

        Parker Pyne

        December 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      • Parker Pyne

        Some of the people who appear in the local food bank have told me they have been told they will be on the supervised job search which is starting soon after new year, in this area which will be in Chichester, W Sussex. one has told be they were told it will be held in Chichester college.

        They have been told but have not received anything in writing stating that they will be on it. If I manage to get a letter from someone about it I will put it on here. (if one exists)

        All those who have told me that they are on it after new year have been unemployed for more than two years. but there will also be those on it who the advisers think, will help them, which means anyone no matter have long unemployed.

        enigma

        December 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      • The providers for the supervised job search are Learn Direct. for all that don’t yet know.

        enigma

        December 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      • WOT NO SEETEC ?????????????

        northolt

        December 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

      • Learn Direct was awarded to do the supervised job search, but that may have changed since then.

        enigma

        December 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      • Subcontract to SEETEC ?

        No To MWA

        December 29, 2014 at 9:51 am

  27. DWP To ‘Blitz’ Unemployed People Into Unpaid Work

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/dwp-blitz-unemployed-people-unpaid-work/

    ken

    December 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  28. Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, said that doctors will now be tasked with spotting overweight patients and offering them treatment to lose weight, and companies will be encouraged to use financial incentives such as gift vouchers as a “nudge” to tempt workers into shedding excess pounds.

    The NHS is going to be funding a new national programme, proven to work, that will offer tens of thousands of people at risk of diabetes proper support to get healthier, eat better and exercise more.

    Hitting out at a recent judgement by the European courts that obesity is a disability, he said: “Rather than recent daft judgements by the European court practically pretending that obesity is inevitable, in England in 2015 we’re going to start proving that it isnt.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-will-offer-diet-and-exercise-support-to-obese-brits-9945641.html

    enigma

    December 26, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  29. I should have also added, Is the community action element the same as the one offenders are on. If so this harks back to the late 1980’s. PANIC BEFORE THE ELECTION AND CHANGE THINGS AFTER [?]

    PJ

    December 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  30. Terrorism law, drafted December 2014

    If rubber-stamped by Sisi, this law would expand the definition of terrorism to anything that “harms national unity”– loose phrasing that could be applied to the opposition. “It’s the most horrible new law in my opinion,” said Abdulrahman. “It’s very vague, and relates to almost anything. It’s almost unprecedented.”

    Protest ban November 2013

    The protest ban has become one of the state’s main new tools of oppression, used to arrest thousands of people.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/26/sp-egypt-pillars-of-freedom-crashing-down

    Sounds familiar.

    enigma

    December 26, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    • This is me new Job coachy-coachy:

      Andrew Coates

      December 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      • That COULD mean that if that law were being enabled here, as this site contains some alleged words and alleged phrases that some people allegedly do not like. Then this site could allegedly fall in to that category.

        northolt aka pj

        December 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

    • Facebook, twitter and every other social networking site.

      enigma

      December 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  31. The ICO found the Council breached the Data Protection Act when it ordered the surveillance of an employee suspected of fraudulently claiming to be sick.

    Benefit claimants next?

    https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2014/12/caerphilly-council-warned-after-employee-surveillance/

    enigma

    December 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • As we look to 2015, some might say that the whole system is in desperate need of reformation. And perhaps even Jobcentre Plus itself. Because, while Jobcentres are good at moving people off-benefits and have some dedicated, caring and very effective personnel.

      Each ‘Jobcentre’ (would we call them that anymore? How about ‘Health, Employment and Learning Places (HELPs!)?) should deal with the ‘whole person’ under one roof, via a local partnership; offering access and informed signposting to a fully outsourced and locally-assembled set of holistic services pertaining to; employability, skills, health, money/budget/debt management (including better-off-in-work calculations), offender rehabilitation, housing, substance dependency, troubled families, volunteering and local, innovative initiatives designed to engage.

      http://ersa.org.uk/media/blog/mark-cosens-i2i-questions-whether-there-will-be-work-programme-plus-or-new-start

      enigma

      December 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  32. Andrew Coates:

    Like me, I’m sure you’ll be relieved to hear that East Anglia will not be delivering SJP due to no valid provider bids. I think this might have something to do with logistics, i.e. getting claimants to and from the provider office within a ninety-minute commute, not to mention the cost as well.

    As I’ve stated previously on this website, I live out in the sticks. I had to shoo some fucking deer off last night, they were about twenty yards from my bedroom window making enough noise to wake the dead. But anyway, to get me to the Seetec office within ninety minutes from where I live I would have to use the train and the bus, which would cost about 14 quid a day. Not really all that cost effective, is it!

    And I can only describe Seetec’s delivery of the Work Programme in East Anglia as abysmal.

    Check out page 3, section 5 of this link.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/361090/m-23-14.pdf

    jj joop

    December 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    • That’s good for you and any other people who live out in the “sticks”

      enigma

      December 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    • Wow, I am pretty surprised.

      Seetec went from a little pathetic training provider to pretty much the “new A4e”.

      There must be an FoI request to determine how the scheme has already failed by not able to run in all its intended areas. Did no one bid for East Anglia or were there invalid bids? (if so what made them not suitable? Perhaps foul play?)

      Its pretty much Seetec territory, give-or-take, so for them not to win the contract for East Anglia is a big surprise. I know their Work Programme delivery is abysmal but they never judge on past delivery when awarding these contracts (unless it has changed) – as its the only way Welfare to Work companies had ever won a subsequent contract.

      I am curious whether or not they will later negotiate with a provider to take on East Anglia (as permitted in the Regs) or whether they have admitted defeat.

      There are 5 JCP districts for this pilot – 1 already failed (or 20% start failure rate) – its not looking pretty.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    • It must be a real pain for you lot living in rural areas: the buses cost a fortune and take for ever.

      I once took a bus to Aldeburgh from Ipswich and it practically drove me out of my mind!

      Andrew Coates

      December 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  33. enigma

    December 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  34. Antonis Samaras, the conservative Greek prime minister, blamed the far-Left, Syriza and neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, parties for triggering elections against the will of the Greek people.

    “The time for democracy has come. Democracy means truth and responsibility. The truth to the people and responsibility towards the national interest.

    “Elections that the people do not want.”

    “It is an historic day. democracy cannot be blackmailed,” he said following the parliamentary vote.

    “There will be an end to the polices of austerity. The future has started, be hopeful and happy.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11315842/Greece-to-hold-snap-elections-as-parliament-refuses-to-approve-new-president.html

    enigma

    December 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

  35. I’ve just learned today that the DWP are no longer providing interpreters for people who want to claim benefits. If you don’t speak English then you are no longer allowed eligible to claim JSA, etc. Does anyone know anything about this?

    While I appreciate that allowing people who don’t speak any English to come here and claim benefits is a bone of contention for a lot of UK nationals, surely it’s against the law, i.e. anti-diversity and discriminatory.

    Parker Pyne

    December 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    • Well, I never understood the UK’s obsession with burning money on interpreters for close to pretty much every language in the world; when most other countries do not do so. The burden is on you when abroad to be able to get around language barriers; here the burden is on the state to ensure the person understands the law being applied to them etc.

      The vast majority of people going abroad for work or holiday pick up a phrase book and learn the very basics before they go. A lot of people coming here for whatever reason a) doesn’t know any basic English at all or b) know no English (or pretend not to know, to have the upper hand)

      I think it is what is good about our society, unlike other states we don’t pin things on johnny foreigner as an easy target because they are unable to understand or fight the case… in order for the Government to start removing interpreters does raises eye brows, and could get them into trouble.

      Of course, its not discrimination. There is no racism involved here. Its about language. There is absolutely no reason why non-Brits couldn’t learn English (if they don’t already) – even if its that awful US sub-dialect – however, the issues faced here is, how does this align with Europe?

      Removing this service to cleverly force people out of claiming will be frown upon. The bottom line is in the long run this wont save a single penny. Its highly unlikely this administration would have to deal with the consequences. Its just trying to get the UKIP vote. Rather desperate IMO.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    • Its actually rather old. (as from April 2014)

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-curbs-to-migrant-access-to-benefits-announced

      The government has also announced that from today new claimants eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance will also no longer have routine access to interpretation services, and from the end of the month (28 April) their spoken English will be tested in England. If claimants’ language is found to be a barrier to looking for work they will be expected to improve it.

      The interpreter services costs £3 million each year – a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of things. I assume the expectation to improve it ultimately means benefit sanctions?

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  36. I now regret taking that job in august that didnt work out because i now have my jsa agreement changed to the claimant commitment…7 days aweek jobsearch and i am not sure i can challenge this, yes i know its basically comes under the jsa agreement and the 35 hours still is not binding but still. what gets me these scum have have had just had 5 days off work over a period they bloody know its pointless looking for work but they expect us to look any way and prove it. Oh i am not a mug they have never had access to my UJM account. sadly some people give access as its easier to type some bull into it than keep a paper record.

    Somewhatbitterdoley

    December 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    • I wont lie. I did a job search this morning, for Ipswich and 30 miles radius took me 5 minutes. 2 real jobs from hundreds of fake, agency and reposts, from today and the weekend.

      It will take more than 5 minutes to apply, but by this logic it wont take no more than 15 minutes each week to search, and no more than 2 hours to apply, not 35 hours!!

      Wasting time getting stressed and depressed wont do anyone any favours.

      Slightly less comprehensive than the first, but my first comment didn’t submit – hitting back my comment was gone, grr wordpress. I suppose my internet connection was just as responsible.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 29, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      • I have appled all over xmas to just cover my arse…

        Somewhatbitterdoley

        December 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      • It is assumed (by smith) that unemployed people are making money on the side so here comes workfare and the 35 hour SJS.

        enigma

        December 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      • They are just curfews which prevent the assumed from making any money.

        enigma

        December 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      • Sorry I meant “the accused”

        enigma

        December 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

  37. Indeed they are

    Somewhatbitterdoley

    December 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  38. It’s the first day since Dec 23 that the local food bank is open, we’re in for a busy day.

    Mean while in Oxford

    http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/11692198.Dispersal_order_helps_drive_out_area___s_antisocial_group/

    enigma

    December 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

    • Most food banks are Christian – lots of them are based at a local church, I find it ironic that their “Christian values” make them want to help people in need of food but not to harm their right of a holiday period. Christmas Day and Boxing Day granted… but why isn’t the Church opening its arms on Christmas Eve, the weekend and the Monday?

      Do people not need to eat then? Its two-tiered snobbish hypocrisy.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      • The local food bank was closed from 23 Dec to 31st, all the propaganda from Trussel Trust stating that they have helped a lot of people which they have but as you said, the churches and food banks were not open on xmas eve, (in this town).

        Trussel Trust are just like any greedy business, always looking to make more money, even in food banks. food is available but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes.

        Those so called “Christian values”

        Me, I’m just a volunteer.

        enigma

        January 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  39. Doing some research… I am unable to find the FIND food bank. Anyone got any clues?

    Their Food Bank page is blank on their website and they require you to be “referred” to them…

    http://www.findipswich.org.uk/referring-agencies/

    They don’t display their address anywhere.

    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1106050&SubsidiaryNumber=0

    FIND (FAMILIES IN NEED) LIMITED
    42 CHEQUERS RISE
    GREAT BLAKENHAM
    IPSWICH
    SUFFOLK
    IP6 0LT
    Company No. 05115880

    (Address residential – don’t turn up there looking for food!)

    Ipswich Star says it costs £1000 week to operate the foodbank

    Universal Jobmatch

    January 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  40. “Police dismantle soup kitchen for London homeless, evict activists”

    http://rt.com/uk/219019-soup-kitchen-evicted-london/

    Annos

    January 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    • I have so much respect for this group. The authorities will clamp down hard on them in the next 6 months. It is something you could reasonably expect a mayor to get involved with. With the London Mayor you wouldn’t be too sure if he was a VIP or an equal – despite being a Tory.

      I didn’t see this link when you first posted it. RT has far better coverage than BBC these days. All about the balance of bias.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  41. “However, he claimed they were told she had not actually been fully sanctioned but was subject to a “discontinuance of entitlement”, which he says is a “back-door method of stopping claimants’ benefits” while not being counted as a full sanction.”

    http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/expectant-mother-of-two-says-inability-to-use-computer-has-left-her-without-cash-for-food-or-heat-1.668265

    Is that a new one they have come up with ?.

    Annos

    January 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    • Nope, they did this to me many many years back before I ever got my first sanction.

      The only problem was they never told me about it so when I next went to sign on they had to tell me my “claim was closed” and told me to reclaim. Of course, i was waiting 40 minutes before anyone called me over to point this out. You wouldn’t believe it that it had been closed for the entire 2 weeks, and lost me 2 weeks money, myself not counting in the claiming count (obviously discontinued my claim…)

      But they didn’t get their way, I made a big deal out of it and eventually I got the amount backdated. Of course, it screwed me over financially for a while. Money makes the world go round, but sometimes, just sometimes, highlighting this on a blog for the whole world to see does them far more damage than them trying to a) get one over on me and b) distort claimant unemployment statistics.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  42. Annos

    January 5, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    • I don’t think it’s “might” or “maybe” we will work until we drop. (only those of us that are not rich)

      enigma

      January 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  43. “MoJ pulls the wool over its own eyes in G4S and Serco contracts”

    http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2015/01/06/moj-pulls-the-wool-over-its-own-eyes-over-g4s-and-serco-cont

    Annos

    January 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm


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