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TUC: Welfare Conference, called by the TUC Consultative Committee for Unemployed Workers’ Centres.

Up to a hundred activists came to the Welfare Conference, held on Friday in Congress House. As the introductory speakers made plain the Liberal-Conservative Coalition, assisted by large sections of the media, have launched a frontal assault ion the basic principles of an equitable benefit system.  Instead of helping people in need they have attacked the most vulnerable.

Eleanor Firman (Disabled People Against Cuts, DPAC and UNITE) illustrated what this has meant on the ground. As a result of cuts in housing benefit and the bedroom tax their group in Waltham Forest had had to defend those facing eviction.

She talked of how the Work Capability Assessment targeted disabled people. Those not meeting the government’s criteria – enforced through a flawed system run by private companies (ATOS and now Maximus), could expect to be treated with “harshness”, to the point of being left destitute. This was only one example of how welfare ‘reform’ was making people’s lives a misery. The answer was to challenge the DWP with the help of bodies like UNITE Community and, where they still exist, Law Centres.

Workshops covering benefit sanctions, the basis of the benefit system, unpaid work, and equality were held.

In the one I attended, on Sanctions, participants concentrated less on particular stories of injustice than on the nature of the arbitrary regime. We tried to bring together a rejection of all sanctions with proposals for realsocial security for all.  Disabled needed to be assessed not by private companies and computerised questionnaires, a source of many sanctions, but by clinical criteria, – the work of GPs. The power of ‘work coaches’ to decide to withdraw benefits – whether they should eat or have a home – should be removed.

There were fruitful discussions throughout the day. Groups talked through proposals for a universal minimum income, others investigated the socialisation of basic needs, “universal goods in kind’, proposed by the Greek party, Syriza. A group of us looked into the use of Blogging, Twitter and other social media to spread an alternative message to the media hate campaigns.

Others planned activities on Monday the 2nd of March Day of Action against Maximus and the 19th of March Day of Action Against Benefit Sanctions. Further protests against benefit sanctions are planned to coincide with May Day.

Stop Sanctions: A Priority.

In the afternoon Richard Exell, the TUC’s senior Policy Officer on these issues, spoke. He cast aside his prepared notes. Instead he talked of how public opinion had been swayed behind the Coalition’s polices. Cautious about demanding an end to all sanctions Richard observed, however, that the way they had left hundreds of thousands destitute may help to alter popular attitudes. The children of claimants, through no ‘fault’ of their own, were left hungry and dependent on food banks and charity. Now they will affect those in low-paid work who received benefits. There was a need to develop alternatives to this and to Universal Credit.

Paula from DPAC stated that the introduction of the new system, with its new complicated ‘claimants’ commitment’ spelled ‘Armageddon’ for those reliant on benefits.

A set of principles and demands – drawing on the Centres’ Charter for the Unemployed is being drawn up. It will include demands for a decent level of benefits, an end to sanctions, and opposition to all forms of workfare – to make volunteering really ‘voluntary’ – a higher minimum wage, rent controls, and decent jobs for all.

These will be put into a coherent form at a further meeting on the 25th of March. The finished programme will be designed to take into union bodies and wider afield.

People are urged to support Boycott Workfare.

In a speech that touched on the way activists can change government and party (Labour) policy Lynne Groves drew on the way the Bedroom Tax had been challenged, and cuts in social services opposed. Activists and the wider public were urged to get involved in UNITE Community Branches, open to all.

At the end of the meeting Kevin Flynn noted the seriousness and richness of the debates that had taken placed. Amongst other points he welcomed the “historic formation of the National Union of Bloggers”.

The breadth and depth of the experiences of those attending this meeting – about a hundred strong – were striking. The words ‘the labour movement’ really came to life. There was strong participation of the disabled, young people, women, and black people. Those attending came from a wide variety of work backgrounds: from heavy industry, clerical and service work, to the voluntary sector. Delegates attended from all over the country, from Newcastle, Liverpool to the West Country and even South London.

It was, as always, a real pleasure to hear Northern accents. The discussions were more than good natured and creative. Everybody had something to contribute. It was, in short, bloody great!

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  1. Hi everyone,
    This is a reminder for our peaceful day of action against MAXIMUS this Monday March 2nd:

    SCRAP WCA – MAXIMUS OUT.

    MAXIMUS the successor to ATOS, have been found guilty of massive frauds against the US government, Disability, Race & gender discrimination and forced to pay out millions in compensation for botched IT projects and fined for improper spending on expenses.

    Ipswich: Medical Assessment Centre, St. Felix House, Silent Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1TF. Time: 1 pm onwards.Facebook events page for Suffolk action: https://www.facebook.com/events/1513102252288548/
    Twitter: #ScrapWCA #Maximarse follow: @Dis_ppl_protest
    Solidarity

    Andrew Coates

    February 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

    • Portsmouth Assessment Centre, 1st Floor, 316 – 334 Wingfield House, Commercial Road, Portsmouth. PO1 4TA.

      enigma

      February 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

  2. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    February 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  3. Can a JSA Workcoach force a JSA Claimant to provide written / printed evidence of any roles that they have applied for? – refused

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/can_a_jsa_workcoach_force_a_jsa#comment-57950

    enigma

    February 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    • enigma:

      I’ve seen this FOI request before. R Davis is asking a lot of questions that seem to be going off on a tangent. The DWP only respond to requests for recored information held by them.

      jj joop

      February 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      • Yes, refusing for their best interests.

        enigma

        February 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      • Meanwhile the answer is obvious.

        enigma

        February 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    • I agree with jj joop that R Davis is rambling but I think I get what his implying so here goes.

      I announce a while ago that JSA regulations had been amended and that for JSA claimants, the inclusion of a claimant commitment would become a way of life until the switch over to UC is complete.

      While most of UC or should I say the welfare reform act now applies to people still under JSA, its still done on a amount of points basis rather than the 35 hour rule.

      Now usually I have a link but for some damn reason I cant find it so for now I cannot prove this is fact even though it really is, so for now just think how did the claimant commitment come in for JSA claimants if it wasn’t already law ?

      PS: I clocked your post jj joop on the previous thread but will need a little time to answer it as I assume your not just asking for whether or not I have witnessed it at my local office.

      gaia

      February 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      • Just to let you know jj joop, ive finished my response to your previous question and entered it under your question so it will not appear on this thread.

        gaia

        February 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      • gaia:

        I’ve posted a reply to you on the previous thread. Cheers.

        jj joop

        March 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

      • Added a bit more for you jj joop that may help expand on the subject.

        gaia

        March 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

  4. …In the afternoon Richard Exell, the TUC’s senior Policy Officer on these issues, spoke. He cast aside his prepared notes. Instead he talked of how public opinion had been swayed behind the Coalition’s polices. Cautious about demanding an end to all sanctions Richard observed, however, that the way they had left hundreds of thousands destitute may help to alter popular attitudes. The children of claimants, through no ‘fault’ of their own, were left hungry and dependent on food banks and charity. Now they will affect those in low-paid work who received benefits. There was a need to develop alternatives to this and to Universal Credit. …

    The public could not care less about those on benefit, who they perceive as all being only about what they see as ‘scrounging skiving unemployed’,
    when Dame Anne Begg informs the truth, that 97 per cent of all benefit goes to the working poor and to poor pensioners.

    The sneers and whispers against the disabled on the street are increasing, perceiving all of us on benefit and all of us defrauding the state.

    The ‘hard working’ and ‘through no fault of their own’ wording of Mr Exell just falls into the trap of perceptions of the deserving and undeserving poor.

    The TUC supoort workfare, which adds to people starving from wasting money each day on bus fares and not buying food.

    Welfare reform has been hitting the low waged since 2010, just as much as unemployed, who equally go to foodbanks. Themselves inadequate as needing vouchers and only a few times a year emergency food.

    The EU in Europe provides daily free cafes providing a free cooked hot meal and hot drink equally to the working poor, poor pensioners and unemployed.

    In Greece this was the church, which the EU wanted to tax because of all the donations coming from around the world, just as happened with the Irish Potato Famine. Fortunately the EU via the Troika did not manage to do that cruel act of taking the bread out of the mouth of babes, kids, families and grannies (that they took most of their pensons from all sources).

    Fareshare, the supplier of food banks, does not gain most of the surplus food from the food industry as gets no subsidy from the state, so only gains 5000 tonnes instead of the 400,000 tonnes available.

    The government instead pays the subsidy to energy from waste profit making private companies who therefore undercut the charge Fareshare has to make to pay for storage and distribution costs.

    But the energy from waste companies could gain millions of tonnes of rotten household food waste by collecting it from homes directly, without burning still edible food needed by the starving in the UK.

    Doctors are saying more and more about the massive rise in malnutrition hospital admissions and the government is not monitoring the surge in the hunger symptom in kids of Rickets that affects bone development for life, as anecdotally seen by GPs.

    The low waged and women especially will be hit with nil state penson for life from next year, when there are 1 million 60-64 year olds only on some kind of welfare and
    half of over 50s / early 60s are within the working poor.
    The flat rate pension is the biggest con in UK history.
    See why, under my petition, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    The UN will return after the general election to continue its investigation into early deaths and suicides caused by welfare reform in the UK.

    Charities complaining about the rise in starvation and saying it is welfare reform as the cause are threatened with being cut from funding from government.

    The church that says this are called outright liars.

    The unions could stop all this hunger tomorrow by advertising on the side of their union buildings in towns the posters of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) that has union members running as candidates in the general election (100) and in the 6000 council elections (1000 candidates running).

    There are other socialist parties, but these are the ones who specifically have trade union links and members as candidates.
    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Let us recall that the rise in foodbank use began in 2006 slowly under Labour, but went into hyperdrive from 2010 under the Coalition.

    But if you are hungry one day, you are hungry every day. Sanctions are for many months time and time again for the most trivial reasons. It takes between a fortnight and a month to starve to death. And the idea of cutting the obese off benefit, means they will day much quicker, as shown by the British servicemen prisoners of war in the Far East.

    Obesity is a symptom of poverty, because we can only buy cheap rubbish food that is more bulk than substance. So gout is another symptom of hunger more these days.

    Will the TUC give full coverage of TUSC please in all the voting areas they are running?

    As Labour is only neck and neck with the Tories, Labour needs all the help it can get to ensure a majority coalition and stop the Tories still runing after May.

    This is a Vote or Starve election.
    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Chris

    February 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  5. Oh deary me. Lets not delude ourselves that the Unions give a flying fuck about sanctions and workfare. They’ve done too little, too late. They’ve finally woken up to the fact that the Jobcentre brothers and sisters are going to be made redundant.

    The DWP are going to be relegated to a behind-the-scenes the role: processing payments and general administration. Front line staff will be made redundant. Signings and work search interviews will be carried out by Capita, or whoever gets contract to run the whole show. They will almost certainly rehire some of the work coaches because of their knowledge and experience but most of the new crop will be target-driven, more so than they are now. And they won’t be very discerning or professional about it, either.

    I refer to a previous IUA posting:

    Capita to Run Universal Credit ‘Initial’ Stages.

    https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/capita-to-run-universal-credit-initial-stages/

    jj joop

    February 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

  6. Capita – (Private Provider… again) Fucking Disgusting, Oii – IDS as an elected minister and as you have appointed yourself as head DICKHEAD of the current DWP, shouldn’t you be running this fuck up!

    Oh, as I and now everybody else see’s, You are trying to get out of all the fuck up’s you are responsible for, you are trying to get other Providers involved… wait! – shall we say few month’s and then blame the Private Provider or other junior ministers for all your DUMB ASS FUCK UP idea’s… Which by the way haven’t worked and will never work.

    If you want it in simple terms Mr IDS… YOU ARE THICK, NO GOOD AT MATHS OR ENGAGEMENT WITH PEOPLE YOU ARE TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR. i.e BENEFIT CLAIMANTS.

    YOU ARE TOO SCARED TO MEET A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTORS (as in 2 or 3) and when you can’t publicly come out and face your benefit claimants in public…and talk to them openly, then you should be sacked, after all, the public put you in your £67,000 a year job, you sick bastard.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    • That’s an MP’s wage, as a minister he’ll be scrounging about twice that ~£135,000, plus one or two little expenses.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

  7. The UK could become a “permanently divided nation” unless political leaders commit to measures to reduce poverty and improve social mobility, a major report has found.

    The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found there was already a postcode lottery, with some parts of the country faring far worse than others in offering educational and employment opportunities.

    http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/national/11825011.Call_to_improve_social_mobility/

    enigma

    February 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

  8. Radical plans to increase national insurance contributions to plug a looming £30bn a year “black hole” in NHS funding and pay the spiralling costs of care for the elderly are being examined by Labour’s policy review.

    The Observer has learnt that the idea is among options being considered to ensure NHS and care costs can be met under a future Labour government, without it having to impose crippling cuts on other services in successive budgets

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/19/labour-national-insurance-nhs

    enigma

    February 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    • National Insurance Fund is already £30 billion in surplus since 2013, because of the
      non pay out of state pension at 60 to women from 2013 and 65 to men
      (6 years for women til 2019-2020 and for men 1 year).

      The looming black hole in NHS funding could easily be paid off by the
      – abolition of the House of Lords
      (easy as decreed by Cromwell when he began people’s parliament began centuries ago),
      – ending funding the cardboard cut-out ceremonial mayors / Lord Mayors
      who have no real job,
      – single layer councils throughout England so far less councillors’ expenses, Council Leaders’ fees and employed managers big salaries.

      Even more could be saved by Labour nicking the now unused two policies of The Greens of:

      – Citizen Income, universal and automatic, at £72 per week
      (Although Class War offer Double Dole and Pension)
      http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

      – Full Citizen State Pension, irregardless of National Insurance history

      (all the little socialist parties offer far more than the current £113.10, which is falling to not even £55 per week with the flat rate pension).

      Helps especially the poorest workers and women about to get hit by nil state pension from 2016.

      See why under my petition, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at:
      https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

      If Labour paid the full £278.10 per week Citizen State Pension to all aged 60-64 in 2015, Labour avoids the looming opt out top up to the state pension coming from 2016.

      This would replace all the tens of billions wasted on welfare admin, both state and private contractors, ending work programmes and workfare, sanctions, and benefit losses for trivial reasons, equally liable to those aged 60-73 denied state pension for a variety of reasons udner benefit rules.

      With the citizen income and citizen state pension, this puts the people’s money back into their own hands and generates business on the high street and creates youth jobs.

      There is no national debt. The world authorities state UK’s debt is only a world average.

      And we had massive debt after the war, yet started the welfare state and the nation was prosperous.

      Chris

      March 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      • According to Camiila Long on Question Time these ‘clerk’ fuckers who do jack-shit in the Houses of Parliament get paid THREE TIMES more than an MP – how about cutting them out! Incidentally, what the fuck was Chuck Champion doing chatting up Rachel ‘I admit I am privileged, but nonetheless I am going to boil the unemployed into glue’ Reeves when he had posh hot tottie Camilla sat right next to him.

        Michael Green aka Grant Shapps aka Chuck Champion

        March 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm

  9. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    March 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

  10. Australia, similar picture in UK and every other country. requested info is refused as in the case here.

    A large gap between rich and poor areas in use of mental health services revealed.

    Researchers analysed 25m mental health care interactions and found people in wealthiest suburbs accessed highly qualified staff up to three times as much as people in poorer areas

    Access to the Medicare data to perform the analysis was hard-won. Associate professor Roger Gurr, from the University of Western Sydney, requested the information for individuals postcode in Australia multiple times from the government, but was refused.

    “When you aggregate data and only make it available by state for example, you can hide many problems,”

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/01/large-gap-between-rich-and-poor-areas-in-use-of-mental-health-services-revealed

    enigma

    March 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

  11. Unemployment in Australia is at its highest in 12 years. The Government’s solution is an innovative billion-dollar scheme called Jobs Services Australia. But the initiative is failing.

    Now, a Four Corners investigation shows how the scheme is being manipulated and, at times, systematically exploited. Reporter Linton Besser reveals the corruption at the heart of the program aimed at helping some of this country’s most vulnerable people.

    He travels to suburbs where unemployment is a way of life. He meets Kym, struggling to find work and pull her daughter out of a cycle of poverty.

    There to help are private and not-for-profit job agencies, paid by the Government to help find work for Kym and others like her. These agencies have blossomed thanks to the privatisation of the Commonwealth Employment Service in 1998, and are thriving on contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Unemployment is now big business in Australia. Each year the Government spends about $1.3 billion on its welfare to work scheme

    http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/02/23/4183437.htm

    enigma

    March 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  12. ADVANCED NOTICE TO THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE MANDATED 6 DAY JOBSEARCH ON UJM IN IPSWICH. DURING THE EASTER PERIOD ALL PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN IPSWICH WILL BE CLOSED ON….GOOD FRIDAY….SATURDAY….SUNDAY AND MONDAY….THAT WILL BE FOUR DAYS, YES THAT IS FOUR DAYS WITH NO IAD ACCESS. THE JOBCENTRE WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU WILL HAVE TOO USE THE INTERNET CAFE ON THE NORWICH ROAD.

    DWP

    March 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    • FAO “DWP”

      How many computers at the local Internet Cafe?

      How many Jobseekers in Ipswich?

      Tobanem

      March 2, 2015 at 11:26 am

      • 16 Computers At The RASPUTIN Internet Cafe Norwich Road Ipswich…..50p Half An Hour £1 An Hour £2 For 3 Hours

        DWP

        March 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      • FAO “DWP”

        Do the 16 computers always work?

        Oh, and I should have also asked if all the Ipswich Jobseekers are computer literate?!!

        And how many jobs are available in Ipswich currently?!!!

        Tobanem

        March 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    • If you ask them, that is.

      Andrew Coates

      March 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    • Why not give jobseekers a break over the Easter holiday ffs It is not like any new jobs are being posted over the holiday period and jobcentres will be closed in any case.

      The Easter Bunny

      March 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    • DWP:

      Mandatory 6 day job search on UJM. Is this a joke?

      jj joop

      March 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      • It isn’t a joke for those who are having to do it.

        enigma

        March 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      • No and Ujm DOES AUTO POST at Easter And Christmas. I Informed Andrew of this at the beginning of the year.

        PB

        March 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

      • Sorry I Made A Typo Avatar Should Be

        PB

        March 3, 2015 at 9:54 am

      • Checked on Christmas and New Years day and there was screeds of “new” job vacancies posted.

        UJM sucks

        March 3, 2015 at 11:29 am

      • Anyway, it is after the 4 week Christmas and New Year ‘break’ that most jobseekers get caught out!

        UJM sucks

        March 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

      • Heard on the radio the other day that 80% of jobs are never advertised; they weren’t talking about the ‘hidden job market’ and all that bull crap, just that most positions are already ear-marked, who you know, nepotism, old boy/girl network, “right” connections, even sexual favours…. etc. And most jobs i.e with the local authority are already filled, it is just that by law they have to be advertised. You won’t find an old Etonian wasting 35 hours a week on that waste-of-bandwidth universal jobmatch crap. As a foreign national once commented: “in the UK it is very difficult to get a job through the ‘front-door'”. Jobseekers are just wasting their time on UJM, you may as well go and pick oakem.

        Old School Tie

        March 3, 2015 at 11:39 am

  13. Here’s one for the legal eagles.

    The question: are benefit sanctions legally classed as “fines and forfeitures”?

    Have a look at this case (from 2006) in which a judge ruled that parking tickets were not “fines and forfeitures”:

    http://forums.pepipoo.com/lofiversion/index.php/t12519.html

    The commentator suggests that “This judgment will now open the door for local authorities and Government abuse at every level … Fines for littering, fines for not putting your bin far enough out into the street, fines for wearing a loud shirt in a public place, fines for failure to recycle… all on the say so of a badge wielding Government appointed jobsworth, without there ever being recourse of reference to a Court of Law…except for the registration of a civil debt. The general public are now living in the real “big brother house”.

    Tobanem

    March 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

  14. EAT THE RICH!!

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 2, 2015 at 11:39 am

  15. DOUBLE DOLE & PENSION

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

    • You’re repeating yourself, “Vote for CLASS WAR!!”

      You’re giving us indigestion with your suggested diet!!!

      Tobanem

      March 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      • Is Class War Wayne Kerr Police Officer Police Inspektor Or Just A DICK

        PB

        March 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

  16. Radio 4’s You and Yours will be hearing from someone whose brother died as a result of his unemployment benefits being withdrawn.

    RIP David Clapson

    March 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  17. EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat)
    March 2, 2015

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eurostat?src=hash

    enigma

    March 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm

  18. Enigma…

    Re your comment above on corruption surrounding the welfare-to-work industry in Australia, it should come as no surprise that Maximus are heavily involved in welfare-to-work in Australia!

    In fact 10% of their revenue comes from Australia:

    https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/sell-sell-sell-maximus-share-prices-could-tumble-after-welfare-to-work-scandal-rocks-australia/

    Tobanem

    March 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    • Yes, I watched the video on it, it will be the same in every country involved with Maximus.

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

  19. Dispatches investigates benefit sanctions.

    Channel 4 Mon 02/03/15 (tonight)

    Freeview – Channel 4

    Channel 4

    March 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    • 20:00-20:30

      Channel 4

      March 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      • Thanks Cha 4

        enigma

        March 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      • You’re welcome 🙂

        Channel 4

        March 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      • Let’s hope tonight’s Channel 4 programme is as riveting as the report from Australia on the corruption within the welfare-to-work industry – which is a mirror image of what’s already happened in this country.

        For those who have not seen the Australian report, it can be found here:

        http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/02/23/4183437.htm

        Now before I go, can I just ask the legal eagles again, if benefit sanctions are legally classed as “Fines and Forfeitures” – as in the Bill of Rights Act? If not, what are they then?

        Tobanem

        March 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      • I especially like the bit in the Australian documentary where Maximus manage to get a quart out of a pint pot – by cramming 141 people into a training room which can only accommodate 15 people!

        How did they achieve this? Easily, BY FRAUD!!!

        Tobanem

        March 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    • We talked about this on the Maximus picket organised by DPAC in Ipswich today.

      Will indeed be watching and hope it’s as thorough as all the material, from the Churches to the PCS, have been also putting out today.

      Andrew Coates

      March 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

  20. Very similar to benefits street, that’s all I can say about channel 4 dispatches.

    enigma

    March 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm

  21. well they have screwed up my esa claim already and have paid my esa 2 times in 2 weeks pmsl im rich 😉

    super ted

    March 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    • Your in the money, for now! that will have to last you 4 weeks unless you get away with it, is it likely? !

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    • Super Ted

      One of my pockets is empty!

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  22. joke is last year i had a tax rebate of 330 quid n never had to pay that back, tho i bet like you say id not get nothing now for 4 weeks tho it was meant to be paid again this Friday so will see whats what then i guess.

    funny thing is my sick note has ran out and they still paid it anyway and they will not get the new one i sent till tue Wednesday this week?

    o well 😉

    super ted

    March 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    • Your still paid ESA when your sick note runs out, they give you 5 or 7 days to get another sick note, that’s why your still paid ESA at the moment.

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    • I’ve never heard of any payments from DWP being early except when the date of payments fall on a holiday, .maybe someone in the DWP made a mistake. but if I were you I would be careful with the money, what with 4 weeks.

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    • Once when I knew my sick note was going to be late, if I sent it to the benefits centre, I just handed it in to the job centre, no problems.

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm

  23. they have screwed it up as i was paid again 7 days later same amount 2 weeks esa, but like you say might have been an error or done on purpose so i spend it and go 4 weeks with nothing.

    super ted

    March 2, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    • Yes Spend it all, then one day they could tell you to be somewhere for training or something, (as here, some people are being sent from this town to Worthing), then you can’t go because you have no money left so they sanction you. do as you always do super ted, beat them at their own game.

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

  24. Can anyone please tell me if this is correct. Can it be expected of me to attend work program 3 days a week to look at a computer for 1 and a half hours when there is alternative internet places and ways of looking for work apart from the net and what more chance is there of me finding work by conforming to this attending mandatory waste of my time and tax payers money . I am looking for work between 9.30am to 2.30pm due to caring rights, and how many jobs in my area are suitable for me. If someone could let me know how can sitting in a room looking for jobs that do not exist can be justifiable for the DWP and increase my likelihood of finding work in this method! I thought they cannot dictate how you conduct and look/search provide evidence of your job seeking. There is no work there for single parents in the times to care for my child so this must be unreasonable and if there is work it is very slim.

    paul hinkley

    March 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    • While job-searching at your work programme provider’s office you will receive additional help and support from fully qualified staff; more specifically you will have access to ‘on-tap’ help from experts to compile and tweak your CV for specific vacancies you want to apply for. You will also have access to exclusive vacancies, as well as having prior notice of all upcoming courses your provider is running. You will receive none of these advantages and will severely hamper the effectiveness of your job-search if you choose to job-search at the library or internet café . Good luck with job-search!

      Work Programme Employment Advisor

      March 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

  25. Tweaking A CV Is LYING. LYING on a cv is a criminal offence and YOU as an EA can be nicked for conspiracy

    PB

    March 7, 2015 at 9:20 am


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