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Iain Duncan Smith Goes for “Stout Denial”.

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IDF Adviser. 

Hauled up before the Bosher Street magistrate’s court, facing charges, Bertie Wooster, always adopted the tactic of “stout denial”.

His manservant, Jeeves, is said to be the source of this sound advice.

Comrade Jeeves always recommended getting your denial in quickly.

It seems that Iain Duncan Smith’s Gentleman’s Personal Gentleman has been giving his master the same tip.

Today we see this rebuttal of reality, just before the House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions continues its investigation into the miserable shambles that is the DWP’s sanctions policy.

This is what Smify has just announced (Daily Mail),

I have slowed the soaring rate of increases in Britain’s benefit bill, boasts Iain Duncan Smith

  • Iain Duncan Smith will say that government reforms led to £50bn savings

  • He will claim people have been ‘transformed’ by pushing them into work
  • There is 1.75million more people in work despite Labour’s austerity claims

Britain’s benefits system is growing at the slowest rate since the inception of the welfare state, Iain Duncan Smith will say today.

The Work and Pensions Secretary will point to almost £50 billion of savings for the taxpayer thanks to government reforms.

He will hail a ‘momentous reversal of Labour’s reckless spending’ and claim that the lives of hundreds of thousands of people have been ‘transformed’ by pushing them into work.

Despite Labour’s claim that austerity measures would cost a million jobs, there are 1.75million more people in work, and 700,000 fewer people in workless households, he will say.

Mr Duncan Smith will attack the ‘accepted wisdom of the Left: that poverty is solely about money, and more state money solves it’.

Poverty is not about money…..

No doubt the riches of the heart shine more brightly than pennies, and that fuel and food bills can be paid with inner goodness. 


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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    February 4, 2015 at 11:17 am


    Vote CLASS WAR!!

    February 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

    • every last morsel…yum, yum….

      Starving Peasant

      February 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    • … with some fava beans and a nice chianti. 😉

      Hannibal Lecter

      February 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm


    Vote Syriza!!

    February 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

  4. Anti workfare protestors shut down Edinburgh charity shops.

    Monday2nd Feb.

    “Anti workfare demonstrators closed down two Edinburgh charity shops involved in the government’s exShutting down workfare exploiter Salvation ArmyShutting down workfare exploiter Salvation Armyploiting workfare schemes on Saturday 31st January. Protestors blockaded the entrance to the large Salvation Army shop on Earl Grey Street with a huge banner : IF YOU EXPLOIT US WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN. For two hours the shop was virtually empty.

    The action then switched to the DEBRA charity shop on Marchmont Crescent, another user of the compulsory “work-for-your-benefits” schemes. Demonstrators briefly occupied the shop, then completely blockaded it, the closure completed by the manager bolting shut the wooden door. Simultaneously protestors besieged the Salvation Army shop in Broughty Ferry, by Dundee.”


    Andrew Coates

    February 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    • It’s all good news, I know many people in this town are on workfare, I’ll do some investigating!

      Mean while the food bank is getting busier, more and more young people.


      February 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  5. What the heck is wrong with you Mr Coates, how the hell do you justify placing this thread over the previous one ?

    This website is not the standard database forum so topics while available aren’t openly displayed as they are in more established more progressive forums. This fact is borne out by the instant drop in others still commenting and debating on any of your previous threads.

    So while you may be continuing the debate you are infact covering up facts given in the previous thread that are now not so obvious to visitors not familiar with the site.

    At the end of the day its your website but if your trying to get the word out with the right support then your not doing a very good job of it especially when you yourself once advertised how many a claimant struggles to understand the workings of the PC and the internet.


    February 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  6. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    February 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  7. Hello. New to this site. Has anyone any experience of Southend DWP? Have just moved there from London. My first appointment I was treated like a criminal. A deeply depressing and degrading process.

    greyhound smith

    February 5, 2015 at 2:44 am

    • Welcome greyhound smith,

      Im afraid that’s the climate at every office in all parts of the UK.

      To make matters worse according to the latest list and you can confirm this, your highly liable to be on the new universal credit so basically have just done a deal with the devil and will be subjected to 35 hour jobsearch rules meaning if you fail one point of your commitment are liable to find yourself on a sanction sooner rather than later.


      Learn this act word for word as your very wellbeing is at stake. I strongly also suggest you printout a copy of it and carry it everywhere when dealing with either DWP or any organisation they send you to.

      Keep in touch with this site as you are I believe the first visitor to be possibly on universal credit. There is a great deal of helpful people here so feel free to visit if help is required but always point out if you are infact on it that you are receiving universal credit as the regulations differ from the jobseekers act.

      PS: Don’t put in for working tax credit no matter what you earn if employment found as it now has inwork conditionality attached to it meaning if your not working long enough or earning enough, they can still sanction you while working.


      February 5, 2015 at 6:53 am

      • lol this act costs £26.95 – we are not all made of money!!

        The Skints

        February 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

      • Also greyhound print out the civil service code


        This which is enshrined under law is how civil servant MUST behave. Some may try to kid you they don’t, this is simply untrue and such an admission is in itself a contravention of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.


        February 5, 2015 at 7:57 am

      • The Skints what on earth are you dribbling on about, the link I gave is free and you only need to go the likes of connections or any other jobsearch provider to print it out.

        Don’t listen to this idiot greyhound, hes just another troll.


        February 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

      • @ skints – its a pdf of the Act, that’s why it says £26.75 at the top – it costs £26.75 if you want to buy the hard copy! … but you can just scroll on down to keep reading it – no need to spend anything 🙂

        The Richies

        February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      • lol 😀

        Dumb and Dumber

        February 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  8. I think we should reframe the conversation about unemployment to job shortages. Unemployed implies there are jobs to go to and it is therefore the unemployed persons fault. Job shortage describes the situation more accurately and the fact job shortages exist is the governments responsibility – and their job to solve it.


    February 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    • Your probably not going to like what I say praywarrior but the amount of jobs available is really dependant on the individuals skillset along with location and standing.

      WHAT we really should be talking about if we are to take your avenue is a BARRIER TO WORK that todate as yet to be covered and recognised by both DWP and claimant alike.

      You go to an interview so what stops you getting the job ?

      As you will no doubt answer it is the employer, and it is this that really is the biggest BARRIER TOP WORK and is a study I have named EMPLOYER WHIMS.

      There is no denying that since 2010 that there has been enough jobs to get all of us off benefits YET, here we all are still doing the jig and why, because of an impossible fence to climb, one so high the employer can easily hide there intent and opinion behind.

      Its recently been proved despite employer claims that a lack of skill is not the case so what do employers do, then claim a lack of experience (do you smell free labour) along with an inability to communicate.

      Lets be honest, any of us can fill a shelf, serve a customer, push a broom yet we consistently get passed over time and time again at interviews. The reasons vary claimant to claimant but say in my case its always, ” to over qualified for the job”, that their afraid the moment they hire me the phone will ring and I will be off at the sniff of £19 an hour when the truth is so would they or anyone for that fact but if such was true then why am I at the interview in the first place, why haven’t I been snapped up already.

      As for experience and again I will draw from my own personal experience, back in the day when I was 16 I took a job at Waitrose with no prior knowledge of the workings of a supermarket yet my training if I can call it that took less than 3 hours before I was thrown out on the shop floor which even though a child was more than enough for me to grab the horns like every other member of staff. So you can imagine my smirk when at a supermarket interview when the potential employer states I lack experience and that it involves weeks of tutelage.

      Lastly I cant get my head around this assertion that current staff lack good communication skills as we all go around shop to shop, service to service and never have I thought, “my god that person cant communicate”, “that’s a deal breaker”. This notion that employers would have us believe is reminiscent of the teacher in Charlie brown is laughable and such I have to put it that it is the employer that is put out when a staff member stands up for themselves.

      Make of it what you will but it is this that is the biggest most important barrier of them all that a claimant faces, especially when you have DWP and provider alike suggesting methods like, “don’t speak until spoken to”, “be seen but not heard” “be someone your not”, “twist the truth”, “grovel”, etc. Basically if you followed this advice, you would attend every interview dressed as a bondaged gimp.

      Interviews are two way traffic, an opportunity for the potential applicant to ask any vital questions and to actually discern whether or not they want to work for this employer or whether this company is right for them, something simply not taught by those claiming to be supporting you into work and often backed up by threats of loss of benefit, possibly even sanction if the two were any different when one thinks of there pocket.


      February 5, 2015 at 8:55 am


    If theirs one thing more common than the sun coming up, its the Tories ability to blame everyone else when it comes to facing a flat term of governance. Topping this list is Labour who the conservatives would have us believe is responsible for the whole global crash and if they could get away with it, world hunger to.

    The Tories if we are being honest knew full well when they got into office that they were never going to achieve there goals in a mere five years so have spent such laying the foundations to get re-election.

    From start to finish they have sort to discredit anyone who stood in there way from various expert academics to the church, trusts, courts, civil servants, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and even the EU.

    So the question remains, how long do we tolerate excuses all for the sake of inept action formed by intended deceit and an increasing national debt under there governance all for the sake of another power grab ?

    Equally questionable with the elections looming, is how Labour, Liberal Dems and even UKIP can possibly be any different ?

    I urge you to listen to the rhetoric VERY CAREFULLY and advise working or not to vote for any party other than the 4 already mentioned as a shot across the bow is needed that the public will no longer tolerate being manipulated and mislead.

    Let it be that any future party recognises that they serve us and not the other way round as it is no democracy when a prime minister gets to choose when and where to take the podium when the decision is truly ours.


    February 5, 2015 at 7:43 am

    • EAT THE RICH!!

      Vote CLASS WAR!!

      February 5, 2015 at 7:58 am

      • Now Class War’s 2015 poster offers:
        Double Dole and Pension.

        The state pension is being lost altogether to huge numbers of men and women from 2016 for those retiring next year onwards.

        See why in my petition, and in my WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT section, at:

        Now there is a cunning plan that emerged out of the excellent Benefits and Work website, offering advice to claimants.

        Because there is a way that socialist parties can rule Westminster from 7 May 2015.
        See how on my personal website:


        February 7, 2015 at 2:34 am

  10. “I have slowed the soaring rate of increases in Britain’s benefit bill, boasts Iain Duncan Smith”

    A neighbour’s teenage daughter has had her JSA stopped for a month. Her crime? She was given a jobsearch task to do. She was told to spend an hour a day on indeed.co.uk. Her search on that website only took 10-15 minutes a day. She told her coachy this, so her claim was referred to a decision maker and her JSA was stopped. She wasn’t trying hard enough to find a job, apparently.

    This is why the welfare bill has gone down. Claimants are being sanctioned left, right and centre.

    jj joop

    February 5, 2015 at 9:11 am

  11. Gaia – you are right in everything you say. The job market at the moment is a buyers market – which the govt has deliberately brought about – and employers are exploiting the situation. But the unemployed are not the cause of unemployment. The shortage of jobs is down to the govt, being in the pockets of the trans- nationals and accomplices in off shoring jobs. What is good for business – monopoly, labour gluts, etc is not good for people. The govt are hypocrites. They have caused the job shortage and now they are scapegoating the unemployed. Yes the clap trap you get from the DWP and employers these days is obscene. What kind of people get off on and gloat over other people’s misfortune? They make you a victim, insult you and blame you for a situation our govt has caused. Politics and politicians in this country have sunk to a new low.


    February 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    • FAO “prayerwarrior”

      You might be interested in the word “schadenfreude” – the motto of Jobcentre Plus these days!


      February 5, 2015 at 10:23 am

      • Tobanem – schadenfreude – appropriate term. Going on the stories coming out of Job Centres up and down the country, the staff are taking courses in it.


        February 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    • Sacking people so the employer can then use the unemployed.


      February 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  12. And you think this country harsh on the poor?

    Norway is set to jail people who give food, money or shelter to the homeless. Beggars will also be jailed:



    February 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    • We can see that happening here as well as every other country.


      February 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    • Tobanem – Norway – sounds like the Nazis treatment of the Jews.


      February 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    • What do you mean worse, its been a criminal offence in the UK to beg for ages and don’t forget squatting’s illegal to.


      The only difference is the beggar and public don’t get prison sentences for it.

      Now get this, most beggars are homeless and the penalty for begging is a fine so considering there probably sanctioned as well means they still end up in prison.

      That said though some break the law in small ways just to get in prison so they can get a warm bed, food and a roof over there head, especially around Christmas time.


      February 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

  13. Dear Gaia and others thank you for kind advice. If it comes to the crunch I just want the rent paid.

    greyhound smith

    February 5, 2015 at 5:52 pm

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