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Sanctions: Channel Four Dispatches Blows the Lid on Attacks on the Vulnerable.

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Last Night’s Benefits Crackdown by Channel Four’s Dispatches was essential viewing.

It came as this report (signaled by Unemployed in Tyne and Wear) was published.

100,000 Children Affected By Benefit Sanctions In 2013/14

A new report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 100,000 children were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14.

It also shows that in the same period a total of nearly 7 million weeks of sanctions were handed out to benefit claimants.

The new data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, will feature in this evening’s episode of Channel 4’sDispatches, entitled ‘Britain’s Benefits Crackdown’.

The report, entitled Time to Rethink Benefit Sanctions, is published today by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, the Church in Wales, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. It contains new data on the severity and length of sanctions under Welfare Reform, and on how sanctions affect vulnerable groups such as children and those with mental health problems.

More here.

The PCS Trade Union also issued a press release on Monday.

Cost to claimants of benefit sanctions rockets by 3,000%

The cost to claimants of having their social security payments stopped under this government’s controversial sanctions regime has rocketed by 3,000%, analysis by the Public and Commercial Services union shows.

Using Department for Work and Pensions data, the union has calculated the value of jobseeker’s allowance payments sanctioned in the year to September 2014 (the latest for which figures are available) was £355 million, compared to £11 million in 2009/2010.

This massive rise explains why sanctions have been so closely linked to the increase in the use of foodbanks, the union says.

The new figures come ahead of a Dispatches investigation to be broadcast this evening into the government’s sanctions regime that was stepped up in October 2012.

Under the stricter system, the length of time sanctions can be imposed for has increased, with the minimum set at four weeks, rising to 13 weeks and up to three years.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This government is imposing much harsher penalties on people who rely on social security at the same time as seeking to blame and vilify them for being out of work.

“Sanctions do nothing to help unemployed people find sustainable jobs. They only poison the relationship between claimants and jobcentre staff, and they should be scrapped immediately.”


The Programme on Channel Four was very effective.

As the Mirror noted,

“In a probe for Channel 4’s Dispatches, two Job Centre whistleblowers tell how they were forced to “hammer” claimants with sanctions to meet Government targets. Alan Davies, who quit Leicester Job Centre, said: “They weren’t willing to look at them as human beings.”

There was also the case of a man, in considerable pain and previously on on Disability. Support Allowance, left to fend for himself on no money, after being sanctioned

Here is the information on the Dispatches site.

In October 2012, the coalition introduced a new stricter sanctions regime. Benefits can now be suspended for up to three years– or reduced indefinitely for people claiming Employment and Support Allowance.

Channel 4 Dispatches has investigated how the stricter sanctions regime affects some vulnerable claimants and has interviewed former Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff who claim that there are targets for sanctions despite the government’s constant assurances that there are no targets.

New exclusive figures:

  • Latest figures show 93,000 children were affected by sanctions over 12 months.[1](opens in a new window) The DWP told us they do not recognise these figures.
  • Of DWP ‘peer reviews’ of 49 deaths following sanctions or when claimants had their benefit cut, 40 were carried out following a suicide or apparent suicide.
  • 33 of those reviews/enquiries resulted in ‘recommendations’ at national or local level.

The DWP has refused to provide details of the individual cases or the recommendations. They told Channel 4 Dispatches that they carry out reviews to work out if anything should have done differently. They say, carrying out a review does not automatically mean the department was at fault and that it would be highly inappropriate to publish private documents containing extremely personal information.[2](opens in a new window)

Channel 4 Dispatches has interviewed two whistleblowers from a Job Centre in Leicester who say they were subject to targets and had to “hammer” people. Both men have been named and identified on camera.
– Ian Wright, a former work coach, gave written evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry.
– Alan Davies, a former personal adviser, has never spoken publicly before.

Ian was sacked by the Job Centre, while Alan resigned. Both were given Performance Improvement Plans for not giving claimants enough Job Seeker’s Directions. These are the ‘early warnings’ before sanctions are handed out.

Ian Wright says: “It was the management’s policy to drive up sanctions. From my experience they’re more interested in getting the paperwork right and meeting targets than helping the claimants get the benefits that Parliament decree they should do and sometimes sadly vulnerable people miss out.”

“There are or were certain advisors who would try and wind up customers, not give them the full information.”
Alan Davies says: “The pressure was enormous. I just felt that what they were asking me to do was totally wrong. They were asking me to hammer people who were quite, in their own way doing the best that they can to get a job.”

“Well sanction them, to make sure if you’re not doing exactly what we want, they weren’t willing to look at them as human beings.”
“I felt basically it was both ethically and morally wrong.”

The DWP told Channel 4 Dispatches: “There are no targets for sanctions – in fact the number of sanctions has gone down over the past year.”

The Channel Four site adds the facts which contradict this bald-faced lying:


Since the tougher sanctions regime was introduced in October 2012, more than one and a half million benefit payments have been affected.[3](opens in a new window)

A DWP spokesperson told Channel 4 Dispatches:

“Every day Jobcentre Plus advisers work hard to help claimants into work – unemployment is falling and a record number of people are in work. Sanctions are only used as a last resort for the tiny minority who fail to take up the support which is on offer.”

We learnt then, from the DWP,  that there are no “targets” for sanctions, just “aspirations”.

 Ipswich Protest at New Sanction Factory: Maximus. 

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    March 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  2. Pensions and healthcare benefits vary widely across the globe as do people’s perception of their happiness.



    March 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    • The entire globe forgets one thing. The state pension is not a cost but an opportunity. People spend money, so indirect taxes flow through them back to government direct or through business rates. Capitalism requires people to spend money to make business possible.

      The Citizen Income and Citizen State Pension, irregardless of contribution by direct means, creates a minimal admin cost and shares a nation’s prosperity and underpinning capitalism.

      It ends the perpetual truth that the more are left to starve in a nation, the more likely that nation will fail, from social unrest.

      So why did The Greens chicken out of bringing the UK into the 21st century, so
      end all the cruel benefits system that results in
      starving babes in wombs to grannies more and more each year
      yet costing the same hundreds of billions in admin each year.

      And pushing extra cost onto the NHS and GPs
      from starvation symptoms needing
      hospital admissions and permanent inhibited bone development in kids.

      The UK is failing.

      The people will not vote. Never again will any so-called big party get sufficient to form a government of one party in UK’s Westminster parliament.

      So as The Greens will not help the poor, there are many other parties who will.

      As UK is now a nation of coalitions like many nations in Europe over generations, then the UK can learn the successive art of multi-party coalition.

      This is a Vote or Starve election.

      The state pension ends from next year for so many
      See why under my petition, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at



      March 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

  3. Informed comment on sanctions from the web:

    “Under the Condem alliance, homelessness is up, food bank use is up. Hope for the future for many is non-existent. What Iain Duncan Smith is doing with sanctions is akin to putting a pet dog in a wardrobe, not feeding it for days and banging the sides of the wardrobe with a stick every hour.

    What will happen to the dog? It will either come out cowed, anxious and nervous, never trusting again – or it could come out wanting to bite anyone who comes near. Is this the sort of society we want and think is fair”?

    I think I commented on here before about something similar from real life. Some years ago a young farm dog grew up surrounded by rats in the barn; it didn’t bother with them at first – until it was bitten for the first time. After that, it killed every rat in sight!


    March 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    • Weather we want this kind of society or not we at present have no choice until things that are affecting millions are stopped or changed.


      March 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      • You say “we” have no choice. There is a choice in May this year.

        But what happens if things are not changed after May this year?


        March 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      • There were Labour Party activists at the anti-Maximus protest in Ipswich – including the leader of the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council.

        I would certainly back these Labour people.

        Though I add that Ipswich Unemployed Action is for all the unemployed.

        Andrew Coates

        March 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      • “You know we treat flu by giving the body a small dose to help it fight the infection”.

        A person getting sanctioned currently doesn’t get instant hardship or food bank vouchers unless like other benefits they put in for it, you cant make someone apply for benefit, you especially cant sanction them for it and hope to get away with it.

        “You will not hear a tory or DWP person say, “had they had claimed a second benefit they wouldn’t have been sanctioned a second time for there first benefit”.

        How can any minister or DWP person explain how a person suffering from malnutrition with or without homelessness can possibly attend schemes and fully participate, look for work or even hold on to a job should they be lucky enough to get one on an empty stomach ?

        Think about it ?


        March 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

      • A choice in May 15,- the future, how many of the parties say that they will do this and that if they are elected, we know that many in the past have said they would again do this and that which they didn’t when elected as is the case of the present one, we all know they will say what people want to hear, the unemployed, immigration, etc etc.

        No matter which party wins, the present things which are affecting a lot of people won’t suddenly stop, as if sanctions will be no more,


        March 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

      • Gaia

        I know and many others know you have put a lot of information on this site for everyone who needs that information, there are though all those people who haven’t yet found this site.


        March 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

      • That’s where we come in enigma, like I and im sure you do and hopefully many others, mention and encourage others to visit the site or sites like it, to adopt our practices so as to better protect themselves against DWP playing on a persons ignorance, spouting rules that don’t actually exist.

        The problem i find isn’t actually a lack of access to material like this website be it knowing or otherwise but more so claimants taking on board what is said and using it right instead of being worried about rocking a boat that in my opinion, that has all but sunk save the last ensuing inevitable wave.


        March 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  4. There is a way to bring about change, and the poor, mostly in work or poor pensioners as well as the unemployed, have the best chance in a generation.

    The poor outnumber all other voters this election.

    We are in a Vote or Starve year.

    But the words vote, election, elect, politics, political party – all make people go deaf.

    No campaign and no petition is as effective as totally changing government.

    See how the poor could change everything on 7 May:

    Please share the website
    on your social media Facebook and Twitter
    so as to give information about parties
    that grant the end of all the benefit cruelty and change Labour in the process.

    Never again will one party rule government, because so few people come out to vote.

    Coalitions do not need to be just 2 parties alone.

    Multi-party coalitions succeed in other nations over many generations now.

    The media and TV are not informing the public about alternatives.

    Small parties getting MPs into Westminster need more than 1 like The Greens, or 2 (maybe 3 in May) coming for UKIP.

    There are nearly 200 marginals where the poor outnumber all other voters thrughout the UK.

    Tories predicted to get 282 votes, Labour only 280 votes.

    The poor could eat into both these figures substantially making voting in small left wing party MPs and make far more ‘kingmakers’ to Labour than just the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru of Wales.



    March 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

  5. Ah A Tory Wooster notices Sanctions are “Inhumane” – might be a vote loser amongst certain people… [Not to RTU Smith though or his mate Cami]



    March 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    • RTU – Remote Terminal Unit?


      March 4, 2015 at 1:58 am

      • And would it surprise you to learn the Pipsquek has turned round and now says he fully supports Sanctions… oh Dear… I feel the ConCons don’t know if they’re coming or going…

        Oh.. just realized they never did! [An exception is made if finding ways to avoid paying Taxes of course… with HSBC]


        March 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

  6. Annos

    March 3, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    • I didn’t need a husband to have a baby… and now she’s all grown up… what’s this shit all about?

      Jaffa the Sperm Donor

      March 4, 2015 at 1:55 am

      • Is that Betsy? lol

        Jaffa the Sperm Donor

        March 4, 2015 at 1:57 am

  7. The Dispatches programme skimmed across the surface, but wasn’t particularly balanced. Seemingly no real attempt was made to condemn all sanctions, and I don’t think the net was cast widely enough in getting contributions from groups like Boycott Workfare or Class War. Instead we were treated to comments from a spokesperson from the odious and right-wing Taxpayers Alliance.

    Sadly the programme reinforced media notions of the unemployed, and quoted some misleading figures – whilst the figure of 94 billion pounds may be the figure for all working age benefits, JSA, which was the issue under consideration, is a small fraction of that.

    Yes, we need programmes like this, but with more vigour and made in a more balanced way.


    March 4, 2015 at 6:28 am

  8. Plans for a new identity database are to be debated by MSPs amid civil liberty concerns.

    Under the proposals more than 100 public bodies, including HMRC[/DWP], would be able to access adults’ private data on the NHS Central Register (NHSCR).

    Wee Nicola’s Big Brother Database

    Surveillance State Scotland

    March 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    • enigma

      March 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

      • Easy there enigma as name a law that can allow a authority to force a member of public to be chipped ?

        The law doesnt cover our insides and in earnest if I remember right, the only laws that do exist refer to things coming out, not in.


        March 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

      • … you can’t be physically forced – maybe! … but you sure as hell can be ‘nudged’ … if you want to obtain employment; hold on to your current job, be seen as ‘part of the team’; not be seen as ‘outsider’, a “Luddite”, and most importantly: “we won’t be able to pay your benefits 🙂 … ve vav vays van veans 🙂

        The Nudge Unit

        March 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

      • Yet.


        March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

      • I think your missing my point the nudge unit as this device doesn’t have to be placed under the skin to start with in order to perform its function.

        Not to mention it doesn’t even look that hard to extract and that’s not to say the body wont reject it and eventually see it surface anyway like what happens with internal piercings (extreme form of body piercing art).

        A government apart from having to cross a myriad of debates on privacy would have to draft up a completely new set of laws on it which is way harder than reform an original act.

        ID cards never made it so I fail to see at this current juncture how this will.


        March 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

      • All dogs in Scotland will need to be microchipped from April 2016 under a planned change in the law by the Scottish government.

        A public consultation in 2014 showed that more than 83% of those who took part favoured making microchipping compulsory.

        The government said that the move would be a “huge help” in reducing the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland.

        The new law is set to be introduced in England and Wales at the same time.



        March 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      • Dogs are hardly covered under the human rights act so placing that post here in this debate hardly points at this juncture to the writing on the wall as so to speak.

        Secondly and currently this device allows the opening of doors or use of a PC and stuff like that. Im not saying it cant be used as ID and doesn’t act as a form of, what im currently saying is the stories being stretched as though its about to become a fact when in actuality it should serve as a cautionary tail of whats more and possibly likely to come in the future for bogus reasons of cost and the growing threat of terrorism as the catalyst to justify its introduction.

        Currently this company trialling it cannot and doesn’t have the legal grounds to sack someone or let them go all because they refuse to be chipped.


        March 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

  9. Why is not Labour offering to:

    – shut all 750 Jobcentres,
    – sack the managers,
    – end welfare admin private contracts including the replacement for Atos now costing double
    – end the trebling of staff of DWP sanction decison-makers and sack these
    – abolish workfare
    – abolish sanctioning

    This would save the NHS the massive cost of the starvation in adults and kids in medical care for malnutrition, Rickets in kids permanently affecting bone development, Gout from eating cheap food more bulk than nutrition and pauper funerals for NHS / councils’ funding.

    Instead of Labour spending their trade union donations on expensive electioneering in mere speeches, ads no-one will look at and other such costs.

    Labour could electioneer as above and provide meet your MP / local Labour party members in a daily Free Cafe,
    open 7 days a week /
    donating clothes for babes, kids and adults
    from a charity shop on the same premises.

    There are plenty of vacant shops on the high street that have stayed empty for years, that could be a pop up electioneering base for Labour feeding the people.

    Will Labour feed the 5000 for the 60 odd days before the general election?

    And electioneer by deeds not merely by words?

    And who would the hungry be:

    – Sanctioned
    – Lost Housing Benefit
    – Imposed Bedroom Tax
    – forced labour on 6 months workfare wasting food money on bus fares
    – Loss or long delays in disability benefit
    – families on zero hour contracts
    – low waged part time / suffering salary sacrifice scheme so out of the welfare state
    – low income self employed with never any chance to be sufficient in capital as one man show

    Will Labour prove itself by deeds and not merely by words?

    Or one or more combined of the parties not appearing in any media or on TV that actually offer to end the starvation in the UK:

    See them gathered on one website for you:


    March 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

  10. From Refuted: http://refuted.org.uk/2015/03/04/tribunalsdestroyed/

    Benefit Sanctions briefing: DWP’s Mandatory Reconsiderations have “effectively destroyed” independent Tribunals

    Benefit Sanctions Briefing – 18 February 2015: The DWP’s latest release updates the sanctions statistics to the end of September 2014. For the first time it includes the results of mandatory reconsiderations.

    Highlight: “The Mandatory Reconsideration system, introduced on 28 October 2013, has fundamentally changed the whole appeal process, introducing additional steps and a new Jobcentre Plus structure. MR has cut the proportion of JSA sanctions which are challenged by claimants from about one third (33%) to about 20-25%. ESA sanction challenges have returned to below their pre-MR level, at about 45%. The independent element in the system offered by Tribunals has been effectively destroyed, completely in the case of ESA and almost completely for JSA, where only 0.14% of sanction decisions are now being taken to a Tribunal. MR has had no overall impact on the proportion of JSA sanctions overturned, which remains at about 13%. But the proportion of ESA sanctions overturned has fallen from about 35% to about 20%. The most disturbing possibility is that ESA claimants’ medical conditions are rendering them unable to cope effectively with the phone calls made to them by DWP officials at home during the MR process.” [emphasis added]”

    See site for more.


    Andrew Coates

    March 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    • I think most of us seen this coming, so more people will suffer.


      March 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  11. Now I know job websites are no strangers to controversy or error but get a look at this


    Obviously I deserve to be unemployed and un-hired as blow me down but I cannot work out how this can ever be described as a mates job.

    How is it that someone that can make this error no matter the reason has a paid job when I who finds it and points it out doesn’t ?


    March 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    • Oh is it me or has anyone noticed how more and more staff working at job agencies sound oddly European rather than English.

      Or how these agencies seem to be cutting back on umbrella companies and declaring all people applying for work are PAYE yet mysteriously (self employed people will understand this or any that understands tax) during induction still ask about how and what you pay to get to work or how you get food for work, (ie at lunch, weekly shop,etc) ?


      March 4, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      • No.
        But I’ve noticed that the agency person advertising the vacancy often seems to be totally clueless about the vacancy and even its industry in general. You can look them up on FB etc. and see they’ve only ever ‘worked in recruitment’.

        Another Fine Mess

        March 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    • You can apply for that Mate job in the North Devon Journal, but you’d have to get up quite early, it’s 200 miles away.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      • Not really, if you cycle there at 15mph it will take you just over 13 hours to get there; just under 27 hours for a round trip. Pretty much doable and well within the jobcentre travel to work rules.


        March 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      • Then you do it Mate.


        March 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  12. Interesting…possibly,…or perhaps just thinking out loud.

    A few of us keep an eye on that Zois blog linked top right. It takes a snapshot every month of the ‘Number of Jobs posted last week to UJM’.
    I don’t think there’s a problem with his counting method because Xmas week dropped to ‘only’ 109,000 which would be expected.
    You’d think the number of vacancies posted to UJM would slowly rise or fall in line with economic conditions etc, but look at them, instead to me they look to be fiddled/topped up to a certain value each week.

    238,144 Mar,2015
    170,861 Aug’2014

    Another Fine Mess

    March 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    • I observe all the job websites so for UJM to increase while all the others have shown a decrease which is expected a month before the tax year, april, I would also assume something fishy.


      March 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    • April 2015 will be 234,650.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      • Forget April, its the month before that dips, yet from your original post it increased by 3,717 from February.

        There two times of the year where work vacancies tend to dip and they are January after Christmas and March before tax year changes.

        In the close run up to the elections we might experience another dip as employers see staff as investments and not people so that’s why it makes me laugh everytime I hear an employer state they create jobs for people when what they really mean is, they’ve created the opportunity to use people to create even more profit, profit being the operative


        March 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

      • Forget April, its the month before that dips
        He only counts for 1 week per month – when the month changes. So if he posts around 2nd April, most of that week’s count will actually be from the last week of March.

        Another Fine Mess

        March 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      • You’ve tweaked my interest Another Fine Mess in that last post of yours. Do you know this as a fact as I wouldn’t mind if you expanded on this so we can all see another government attempt to fudge figures


        March 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      • Whatever it is, I’ve noticed that all the figures have been ‘too even’ for some time.
        From memory, before UJ, the claimed number of postings to the old direct site varied between 10k and 23k per day, with the peak(doubling) in postings occuring just when I would expect – 5 or 6 weeks before Xmas.

        As you can see, at least in the zois counts, that variation in postings count has totally gone. And as there’s probably 30k new postings, and 30k postings expiring during the hours zois does his count, I don’t think the change of 3,700 / 2% means much – just noise. Which would mean of course he’s counting exactly the same number each time, 236,000. Probably due to the fact they’re topping it up with 236,000 ‘vacancies’ each week!
        I don’t know what that sudden 40% jump Aug-Sep from 170k to 234k is due to, but it stuck.

        Here’s next weeks change in unemployment figures. -30,200. LOL
        Unless you’ve any bright ideas..

        Another Fine Mess

        March 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

  13. Even in an improving economic landscape, more than 1,150 people aged between 18 and 24 are still forced to rely on state benefits to keep the wolf from the door.

    Latest unemployment statistics for the county demonstrated that 610 people of that age group in Shropshire, and 545 in Telford & Wrekin, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance last month.

    Of those, 200 people – 110 in Telford, 90 in Shropshire – had been on the dole for more than a year. The Ladder for Shropshire Campaign will pull more of those young people out of their economic rut.



    March 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    • At first sight, that ladder apprenticeships for young people doesn’t look too bad.

      But, Recruitment in some industries has stagnated, so the training providers are trying to persuade employers what skilled workers/apprenticess they need in the future!
      I think that rattling noise is just another gravy train approaching.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      • More discrimination

        Just sorting something out today, with a company, realized that in a few emails today, (after I had applied for a position) that there is sex discrimination and disability discrimination.

        I have also seen that they are now taking on the unemployed. so yet another company firing paid employees then taking on the unemployed.


        March 4, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      • Like our pockets are effected, so is business be it a vast difference between our pounds and there hundreds of thousands, millions or billions.

        They like our government have been reducing costs and none comes higher than manual labour. I cant remember the maths now but if memory serves me well one paid employee is equal to either 3 or 4 apprentices that are unlike the paid operative, subsided by the tax payer.

        So in effect when we talk apprenticeships, its not so much the employer that creates the opportunity but more so the taxpayer, meaning the taxpayer hasn’t saved on welfare but rather transferred the cost to education and the likes.

        Einstein said, “for every action, theres an equal and opposite reaction”.

        We might be spending less on providing services but that hasn’t stopped this government borrowing more money meaning whats the point to any of it if all we are doing is shifting funds to create an illusion of prosperity, especially a prosperity that only benefits the wealthy.


        March 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

  14. And for Todays Crazy Idea on Benifits I offer:


    ConCon Tory Political Brodcast:

    Lets Limit Child Benifit to just three children.
    I know in the Western World that Population is growing smaller – this could be our contribution! We are all in it together… unless you’re not rich.. on benifits… work for a living….
    If you have any Crazy… Out there… Like Benifit Killing Ideas, all gratefully received by the ConCons “We’re Desperate to be Re-elected and we Bank with HSBC” Tory Party
    This has been a Party Political Broadcast by David Camron and his Bum Boy RTU Smith…. Love from Rich Woosters forever


    March 5, 2015 at 7:21 am

    • Again comes the “life choice” like smoking, drinking or drugs, and in this case a child, if you can’t afford them, don’t have them.


      March 5, 2015 at 9:44 am

      • And of course being over weight, all life choices are ones own fault.

        That’s what they are saying.


        March 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

    • That’s so funny as the last time I checked only a mere 3% of the UK population has more than 3 kids.

      It tells me its more to do with sustainability of the current population and the future costs of as often back in the day and still so in certain countries today, a families size will almost certainly be larger in order to accrue more revenue for the family unit, which is often a symptom reflective of hard financial times working or not.


      March 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  15. Does anybody remember the old style Jobclubs ?. Rumour has it there is one running in Ipswich. Don’t know where though I am trying my best to find out. Will post when I do.


    March 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    • “Middlesex” – you ask: “Does anybody remember old style Jobclubs?

      I ask: Does anyone remember old style jobs?!


      March 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

      • I remember the old style jobs, they were all full time & permanent, a good wage too, and included holiday pay, pension etc etc.


        March 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

  16. Don’t know if others have noticed but employers are beginning to ask for 5 GCSE and now 2 A levels. Its still very small scale currently but will grow meaning all the courses related to ESOL wont be enough by themselves to gain work. So people lacking English and math will also after attending ESOL will have to continue studying the subjects to A level.

    This in turn puts the person at a disadvantage as these two A level courses are only grade 3 A levels so school leavers with higher as there allowed and funded to do full A level courses will trump those with only grade 3 ones.

    Unless the employer knows the differences in A level courses available and the type DWP will only fund, they will assume the candidate is an average to below student even if they get every question right.


    March 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

  17. I have no maths qualifications!

    Andrew Coates

    March 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    • Congratulations!
      I have no English or other language qualifications.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      • What is a qualification!


        March 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      • I, like any my age will have no proof of qualifications taken at school as records were destroyed around 25 years.

        So whether you have or have not taken them at school back then, absolutely no one can actually say whether or not you did and at what grade either.

        Do even employers still know where the old O levels fit in with GCSEs and A levels and how comes you cant get awarded UCAS points for them either or C&G level 3s ?


        March 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  18. Nearly one in five (18.4%) jobseekers were affected by punitive benefit sanctions in 2013-14, new analysis suggests.

    Analysis of official Government figures by Dr David Webster, a researcher from the University of Glasgow, shows that 568,430 of the 3,097,630 individuals who claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) during 2013/14 were sanctioned – with some seeing their benefits stopped more than once.




    March 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    • I saw that just as I was leaving the library yesterday Enigma: Welfare Weekly is essential reading now!

      Have blogged.

      Andrew Coates

      March 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  19. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    March 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

  20. 238,144 March 2015
    234,650 ( April my guestimate )
    236,981 ( April actual )

    So, even over a double bank holiday weekend, the ‘Jobs posted last week’ doesn’t vary ?

    Another Fine Mess

    April 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

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