Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Day of action against Sanctions Thursday 19th March.

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In Ipswich there is this:

Day of action against Sanctions Thursday 19th March.

Ipswich Job Centre plus, St Felix House, Silent Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1TF – 12.30pm.

Protest and leafleting.

Supported by UNITE, Suffolk Disabled People Against Cuts and Suffolk Peoples Assembly


Written by Andrew Coates

March 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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  1. “East of England Job Centres
    Great Yarmouth: The Conge, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1EJ – 11am to 1pm
    Cambridge Job Centre, 73 Chesterton Road Cambridge CB4 3BG – 12pm to 1.30pm
    Peterborough Job Centre, Clifton House, 84 Broadway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1QZ, 12-2pm
    Ipswich Job Centre, St Felix House, Silent Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1TF – 12.30pm
    Norwich Job Centre, Kiln House, Pottergate, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1BZ – 11am to 2pm”

    Andrew Coates

    March 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    • Sussex, W Sussex.

      Bexhill Jobcentre Plus
      41 St Leonards Road, Bexhill,

      Bognor Regis Jobcentre Plus
      Gloucester House, High Street, Bognor Regis,

      Brighton Jobcentre Plus
      Windsor House, 30-35 Edward Street, Brighton,

      Chichester Jobcentre Plus
      5, Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex,

      Crawley Jobcentre Plus
      Gresham House, 20-22 Station Road, Crawley,

      Eastbourne Jobcentre Plus
      St Annes House, St Annes Road, Eastbourne,

      St Leonards Jobcentre Plus
      Heron House, 149-159 London Road, St Leonards on Sea,

      Hastings Jobcentre
      Aquila House, Breeds Place, Hastings,

      Haywards Heath
      Kingsley House, 31 Boltro Rd, Haywards Heath,

      Horsham Jobcentre
      Marlborough House, 50 East Street, Horsham,

      Hove Jobcentre
      Boundary House, Boundary Road, Hove,

      Lewes Jobcentre
      Medwyn House, Mountfield Road, Lewes,

      Newhaven Jobcentre
      55 High Street, Newhaven,

      Worthing Jobcentre Plus
      Crown House, High Street, Worthing


      March 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

  2. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    I am wondering why it is not possible to claim Mobility for somebody who has become disabled over the age of 65.

    Why is it, that somebody who has become disabled under the age of 65 and is on DLA has the ability to continue getting the Mobilty component over the age of 65. On this, they have no worries about insurance, maintenance of their vehicle, road fund licence or
    anything else in relation to the vehicle.



    March 18, 2015 at 12:07 am


    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 18, 2015 at 12:58 am


    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 18, 2015 at 12:59 am

  5. Osborne to double the dole in pre-election ‘give-away’ 🙂

    Onion News

    March 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  6. Self Sufficiently.

    Grow your own food to survive, Vanuatu leader tells locals hit by cyclone Pam

    Prime minister Joe Natuman says residents are too dependent on government due to colonial past on visit to devastated island of Tanna

    “Of course, I suppose it’s government business to service the people, but people have to be able to survive on their own, to be self-sufficient. The government will be providing some relief measures: food, shelter. But they will have to, in the long run, plant their own gardens and survive.”



    March 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  7. Civil servants to be sacked if they talk to journalists without government approval

    Controversial change to the Civil Service Code uncovered by The Telegraph bans civil servants from talking to reporters without ministerial approval.



    March 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    • Freedom of expression or should I say freedom of expression BUT this, BUT that.

      Government know how much poison they still have to pour on the welfare system inorder to secure funds for other projects and how far todate they have had there hands caught in the cookie jar.

      Im sure most journalists will be looking at this more closely to see what is actually implied like for instance, does the fact an advisor formed the opinion that the UC software is rubbish as it breaks down everyday really in earnest covered by this code change or how about talking to someone who isn’t a journalist who then inturns hands the material to a journalist.


      March 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    • The question everyone needs to ask themself is WHY when so close to an election would a party representative instruct people not to vote for them ?

      HINT: Hung parliament.


      March 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      • Could well be – Sorry Mug… er Voter, but our coalition partners forced us too… [import your own horror story here]… We’ll do better next time.


        March 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  8. On probation, sanctioned and hungry and the case of the invisible man.

    The Poor Side of Life.


    “One issue that people don’t seem to talk about is the people who are on probation for whatever reason and are sanctioned. One gentleman came to us yesterday when we made an impromptu visit to Ashton Jobcentre. He was angry and quite rightly so. This man had been in trouble with the police in the past and was now trying to get his life on the straight and narrow. He attends probation which he said that he likes, they are helping him. The only problem that he has is the Jobcentre. He’s been put on universal credit and the Jobcentre staff are refusing to a knowledge his probation terms and conditions. They are saying that he has to go out of the house when his curfew is on and they have told him that they expect him to have the Internet at home. As a result this man has been sanctioned because he cannot break his curfew and neither can he afford the Internet at home. He’s been sanctioned and can’t afford it. They have told him that they won’t help him make telephone calls which is normal so he had to use his last £10 to buy credit to make a phone call to appeal to the 0845 number that they provide. He’s only just managed to get his own place to live after being homeless for a long while and had stopped committing crimes. He went in to say that he cannot starve but he doesn’t want to end up having to steal and loosing his flat. He said that the probation service are struggling enormously with problems arising from the DWP. They are struggling to cope and have tried to contact the DWP but they just get shunned away like a member of the public. They aren’t happy. They want their clients to make a success of their life’s but the Jobcentre are making this impossible.”

    Full story on site.

    Andrew Coates

    March 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  9. Germany riot targets new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt.

    Dozens of people have been hurt and some 350 people arrested as anti-austerity demonstrators clashed with police in the German city of Frankfurt.

    Police cars were set alight and stones were thrown in a protest against the opening of a new base for the European Central Bank (ECB).

    Violence broke out close to the city’s Alte Oper concert hall hours before the ECB building’s official opening.

    “Blockupy” activists are expected to attend a rally later on Wednesday.

    In earlier disturbances, police in riot gear used water cannon to clear hundreds of anti-capitalist protesters from the streets around the new ECB headquarters.



    March 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  10. I don’t think most wouldn’t, there is always those who wouldn’t like to get involved but would like to go to where it’s happening, “I just want to have a look” where some of them just might end up getting involved.


    March 18, 2015 at 8:22 pm

  11. CWP mandate claimant for further information. 18thMarch 15.

    They cannot mandate you to do anything, this is a scam used by them to con and dupe people into doing something.
    If we establish first principles: first the JSAg is a contract as any agreement legally enforced is a contract and they legally enforce theirs.
    Secondly: nobody can be forced into signing any contract.
    Third: your personal information is YOUR property.

    Under both English Contract Law (ECL) and European Contract Protocols (ECP) any mandate is defined as a an order given by a court or a judge, so where is the ORIGINAL court order? ask them to produce it. This must carry both a true wet signature of the judge which is a real signature signed with a pen and not a printed signature, and the court seal. They cannot produce it as it doesn’t exist as to get a mandate they would need a court hearing and you would be notified by the court as to the date and time of the hearing so you could submit a defence



    March 18, 2015 at 8:48 pm

  12. 06 Apr 2015, HB back up, a bit.


    March 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm

  13. One for “gaia” – who has strong views on data protection!

    The DWP has sent out a memo encouraging Welfare-to-Work providers such as A4E and G4S to access a person’s Claimant Commitment.

    This of course is completely against the Data Protection Act – as I’m sure “gaia” will point out!! One sentence in the memo gives the game away: “if the claimant refuses to share their Claimant Commitment you should not take any further action to pursue”. But how many people will be aware of their rights under the DPA?

    Expect abuses galore!!!



    March 19, 2015 at 9:30 am

    • A lot of people “don’t listen” when someone is telling them things like this., they are scared to say “I don’t have to sign, show me where it say’s I have to” how many people who don’t know what DPA is, or even heard of it. meanwhile I will meet some of those people today.


      March 19, 2015 at 11:32 am

  14. The Greek parliament approved a “humanitarian crisis” bill Wednesday, the first of a raft of social measures proposed by new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, despite stiff opposition from the European Commission, who called the law a “unilateral” action.

    The bill, which adopted housing allowances and emergency food aid for the poorest Greeks, was passed with support from conservative New Democracy lawmakers, as the government snubbed efforts by the European Commission to scupper it.

    “If they’re doing it to frighten us, the answer is: we will not be frightened. The Greek government is determined to stick to the Feb. 20 agreement. However, we demand the same from our partners. Let them stop unilateral actions, respecting the agreement they signed,” Tsipras told parliament.

    “What else can one say to those who have the audacity to say that dealing with a humanitarian crisis is a unilateral action?” he added.



    March 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

  15. The main Stormont parties are to attend what is being billed as a stock taking meeting with the secretary of state over welfare reform.

    Last weekend, Martin McGuinness said he hoped there could be a mid-week deal on welfare reform.

    Peter Robinson said it was possible the bill could be tabled for a fresh debate next week.

    However, sources have said no fresh documents have been circulated to all the parties in advance of the meeting.

    The current political impasse at Stormont began last week after Sinn Féin withdrew its support for welfare reform legislation.

    The Northern Ireland parties have held a number of meetings to resolve the impasse, but no agreement has been reached yet.

    The Chancellor warned Northern Ireland’s political parties on Wednesday during his final budget speech before the general election that they must reach agreement on welfare changes if they were to get power over corporation tax.



    March 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  16. British Chancellor George Osborne said on Thursday that his latest budget plans did not represent a “rollercoaster” ride, as described by the country’s independent budget watchdog.

    Osborne said he did not plan to deepen his spending cuts if he remains in his job after May’s elections, challenging claims from the main opposition Labour Party.

    The government would seek to make further savings from welfare spending and bring in more tax revenues from a crackdown on tax evasion and avoidance, he said.

    “I am not proposing deeper cuts than the ones of the past five years. I am proposing the same pace of cuts for the next couple of years as we had over the last five.”



    March 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    • The Treasury will need to find “unprecedented” welfare savings over the next three years for the government to achieve its public spending plans, according to an influential thinktank.

      The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the chancellor’s plans require welfare cuts that have eluded ministers over the past five years.

      Spending on welfare, tax credits and public sector pensions faces an extra cut of £20bn compared with last year’s budget – but the Treasury has yet to identify which areas would be most affected.



      March 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm

  17. UK benefits cap is lawful but breaches UN children’s rights obligations

    Supreme court rules that £500-a-week cap is lawful but incompatible with UK obligations under the UN convention on rights of the child

    Iain Duncan Smith said: ‘I am delighted that the country’s highest court has agreed with this government and overwhelming public opinion that the benefit cap is right and fair.


    Long-term food bank users risk nutritional problems

    Researchers say reliance on processed food usually provided by food banks is unlikely to result in a balanced diet



    March 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  18. OT: Electronic signing

    I have seen the future and it is a zombie walking.

    Last sign on told today would be using Electronic Signon [ES]. Was leary about ES after seeing posts on here about it but was willing to listen before making judgement. Did I mention that it is voluntry only? DWP wanted to insist but after my little exchange of pointed letters they realized it was me and dropped that insistance. Wonder why? Anyway was sitting there and gentlemen before me suffered a ES fault. I grew concerned concerning ES use. It got worse.

    An example now. If you went to a bank till and the till took your card for no reason is it fit for purpose? I think we can agree such technology is not. Welcome to ES in all its glory.

    The issue – I have a little IT skill – the registered fault which prompted me to decline the so called oppurtunity was a ‘buffer overrun’. The most common ways viruses got onto a PC was by causing a buffer overrun in the webrowser. This caused it to crash and on restart the virus went active on the PC [I am simplifying things here].

    Now imagine you have used ES. Does it or does it keep the registration? Further when used by thousands will it cause a virus like crash of the entire system?

    And the fault lies with the software and hardware used. Obviously top class stuff this, to allow buffer overruns [the most basic of faults to slip through the testing period…. If there was a product testing period that is].

    So there you have it. Yet Another fine product from the DWP Titanic coming to a office near you.


    March 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    • OT: Electonic Signing

      Oh Dear thinking back I have just realized what the ConCons plans on Electronic Signing is for.

      This is a prototype ID system using biometrics. The Gov dept I knew of looked at this way back when – it was rejected due to te following, extremly high false positives, high costs, high costs and again say after me high costs. The False Positives was the killer but the idea of opening a bottomless pit for paying for something that will not work is what killed it off.

      Welcome all to the new version of the ID Card. How long before a Card is introduced, Housing Benifits, Dole money…. Dentists? Chemists? Visiting the Hospital/doctor [it will make the NHS more “Efficient” will be the reasoning]. Food shopping, get money off for your food shopping if unemployed?


      March 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      • When a particular offices turn comes, claimants are issued with a doc detailing what they need to bring in for proof.

        Now its every claimants decision but I would not bring a single piece in or at least nothing with a signature and or address on.

        Also as there are absolutely no laws governing signatures, I urge everyone to produce a signature that is fresh and new (don’t use your normal one). DWP cannot stop you using whatever signature you like so you could simply place an x if you fancy. Also if you fancy, change your signature every week which again there is no law to prevent you from doing so.


        The following week from when you entered the new signature or at least the day after, tell DWP your old signature is no longer in use (the one you gave when signing via pen and paper) and as such is now incorrect personal data they hold on you and should be removed and that you wish to be informed in writing when this took or will take place.

        If they get difficult about it, simply place an FOI claiming they hold incorrect data that must be deleted as is your right under law, namely data protection act and freedom of information act.


        March 20, 2015 at 12:28 am

  19. More on this tomorrow.

    Within ten minutes of our protest we had people telling up about the ridiculous reasons they’d been sanctioned.

    Honestly, you barely have to mention the subject and people come out with stories about sanctions.

    Andrew Coates

    March 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    • Guy in office – still waiting for house benifit to be paid, 4 kids and wife. Now all being theatened to being kicked out of house – still 5 weeks later DWP unable to explain why housing beniit bnot been paid yet or what hold up. DWP Manager/Advisor said documents not provided then pointed out to said advisor had given HER the documents weeks before. Welcome to “Standing Tall UK” Its never DWPs fault. I was kept wait over an hour so couldn’t speak to him.


      March 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm



      March 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

  20. ESA Reforms and Intensive Activity Programme for JSA claimants

    18 March 2015

    In November 2014, The Government announced a number of measures which change the ESA process for claimants. The changes in respect to repeat claims and payment pending appeals have been covered in DWP/BB/024/15.

    The measures also mean that JSA claimants with a temporary health condition lasting more than two weeks but less than thirteen or who have already had the two periods of sickness allowed under the JSA regulations can now volunteer to stay on JSA for a further 13 weeks instead of claiming ESA.

    Additionally a number of pilots are to begin this month:…………………..



    March 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    • 35 Hour Weekly Jobsearch

      Following a Freedom of Information request which referenced a PCS circular, management confirmed our view that 35 hour weekly job search is not a legal requirement within the JSA Claimant Commitment. It is therefore unreasonable for members to be penalised through performance improvement plans or marked down on their performance at the end of the year for not including 35 hour job search as part of the JSA claimant commitment.

      Work Experience / Movement to Work

      PCS made it clear to management that in many areas there is inappropriate work being carried out by people on Movement to Work (MtW). In particular some of the MtW participants in Jobcentres have been working with claimants unsupervised and with very little or no Keeping Safe training. This is unacceptable because this is work that should be rightly done by paid DWP workers.

      Conditionality and Sanctions

      We are aware that pressure is still put on our members working in Jobcentres to refer claimants to decision makers for sanctions and that end of year performance markings can be affected by the numbers referred for decisions. DWP Management and government ministers have been keen to state publicly that there are no targets for sanctions. If there are no targets for sanctions then it is not appropriate for PCS members to be told they have not referred enough claimants to a decision maker on a purely numerical basis.



      March 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      • They don’t seem to know wether they’re coming or going.
        Instead of scheme after scheme after scheme, when are they going to twig that it’s jobs that are needed.

        Another Fine Mess

        March 19, 2015 at 9:50 pm

  21. People on benefits who suffer from mental health conditions could be offered treatment at jobcentres, it has been announced.

    Up to 40,000 people could benefit from access to a mental health treatment course in jobcentres, costing £25 million over the next three years.

    The scheme will provide access to treatments such as talking therapy and online support in jobcentres, with the aim of helping more people with mental health conditions into work.

    Mental health specialists will be based at 350 jobcentres across England to provide psychological treatment to mentally ill benefit claimants. Evidence suggests that offering onsite support could improve the work prospects for unemployed people with mental health issues.



    March 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  22. Osborne should spell out welfare cuts, says IFS


    I don’t know about you but I would like to know how there going to make a 12bn saving within welfare as all that’s left that’s sizable is social exclusion and social protection.




    March 20, 2015 at 12:36 am

  23. Its shocking locally,jobcentreplus own computers cannot access their jobsite,because they don’t have the right certificate.staff look like their ready to crack any moment.if anyone’s relying on those computers,they not going to get very far.the facilities are terrible,and no one cares.


    March 20, 2015 at 2:41 am

    • Ken– Checkout my previous post about the Heart Attack at Ipswich Jobcentre yesterday. Online version of Ipswich Star and Today’s Hard Copy Version. It’s in an inner page


      March 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  24. Anyone watch question time last night ?

    I don’t know if you noticed or even know about the topic of body language but during the debate regarding capping rents so as to allow the less well off to save to buy a house, a large potion of the audience all started touching there neck region simultaneously.

    Heres a link explaining what this implies


    Also interestingly a woman started to tell a story about a housing scandal in her area but was stopped and ignored by one David Dimbleby.

    In general if the ministers didn’t know it but the audience weren’t very amused with there responses and at one point became agitated when the tory and labour members began arguing amongst themselves. Then there was the look on there faces when Shirley Williams tried to detract from a statement from Dia Chakravarty by rambling on about the NHS even though the question was about possible savings by changing how the heating allowance works.

    Lastly I liked how the whole panel tried to say the grade A kids leaving the UK for ISIS were merely doing so out of admiration for the group. Now its just my opinion but I feel that couldn’t be further from the truth as its hardly like a lady gaga fan following there idol around, especially when you consider the caliphate part of the story. I reckon these kids are hoping for a new life what with being disillusioned by there respective government who to date was quite happy to see saddam be tried and executed on TV as so to speak yet refuse it appears to try Mr Blair and Bush, arguably just as guilty of crimes against humanity as Hussein.


    March 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    • woman who has just started talking about a housing scandal in her area, thank you… we have to move on now… 😀


      March 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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