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Ben Gummer, Ipswich Tory Candidate, Backs Sanctions Regime for Claimants.

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Gummer Backs Sanctions Regime.

In reply to a recent letter (23rd of March – above) protesting at the sanctions regime for Benefit claimants Mr Ben Gummer, Ipswich MP and now parliamentary candidate for Ipswich (Conservative) says this:

“I must be honest with you from the outset, however, I support the changes the current government has made to welfare, including sanctioning those who break the conditions for Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA).”

Gummer talks of how the “sanctions regime has been made as fair as possible.” He asserts that, “it is not designed to catch people out or to make life unreasonably difficult.” It will, apparently, “ encourage behaviour that is ultimately in the claimant’s interest”. Why? It “will help the get a job – by discouraging behaviour unhelpful to their prospects”.

There is, he continues, an equitable punishment system in place. People get one level of reprimand for being late for an appointment, another for not turning up the Mandatory Activity Scheme.

Gummer sugars the pill: “small mistakes are therefore relatively lightly dealt with”, and that “all decisions are based on impartial facts”, by a decision-makers high above the Work Coaches.

DWP judges, no doubt schooled in the tradition of King Solomon, and Tribonian (I add the latter as Gummer is both a gentleman and a classical scholar), are in charge of the process.

There is an “appeals” system to boot. The fact that “about 40% “ of the sanctions decision are “revoked” demonstrates how fair the initial decision-making process is.

Gummer believes that the sanctions regime’s aim is to “get people into work by encouraging the kind of behaviour that will make an employer wants them”. He asks, “Why should working people in Ipswich keep funding someone who has the chance to get a job but who simply decides not to work?”

Indeed: not only are the DWP the wisest of lords of the law, but they also have the ability to see that when somebody turns up late for an appointment it’s because they have decided “not to work”. Perhaps they look a certain way, shifty, out to get funding from ‘hard working families’.

Punishment works. Honestly. Among with other (unspecified) “measures” “are succeeding in getting people into employment”. They save people from a “life of unemployment” and let them “fulfil their potential”.

Ipswich Food Banks are full of people fulfilling their potential…..

Ben Gummer’s Direct Link to the DWP:

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  1. Hardly surprising this. Tories just don’t see the situation in the same way: they think it’s no different thatn getting a stern talking to from the Head of the dorm or Matron. That it’s just corrective; ideological. They simply cannot see how taking someone’s very income away can be anything other than devastating – that, at first, it’s a temporary thing. A bit like daddy threatening to remove your allowance if you don’t wash the dishes. Having your pocket money temporarily removed isn’t the same thing as being starved to death or pushed into a diabetic coma. This is why we must vote these filth out; they will never understand. It’s like expecting a robot to know what it’s like to be a human being. They cannot understand and shouldn’t have power.

    ghost whistler

    March 30, 2015 at 11:26 am

    • I think you’re absolutely right Ghost Writer.

      This is pretty much about as close as they get to ‘common people@:

      Andrew Coates

      March 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

  2. “Not turning up to a Mandatory Activity Scheme” working for benefits which is what it means, sure that’s what employers want so they don’t advertise all paid positions and wait it out for those who will be turning up to their places of business sent by DWP and other providers.

    Of course those who complain about those who don’t attend these so called schemes are complaining because those people (like us) know they don’t have to do those schemes because we don’t have to sign any paper work. because we haven’t been handed a court order.

    enigma

    March 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    • Not forgetting the fact that IDS etc assume we’re all making cash on the side so this must be the reason behind those who don’t turn up to work for benefits.

      enigma

      March 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  3. Now Parliament has been dissolved and all MP’s have to remove the M.P. part from their names until a new government is elected, here’s a serious question.

    Are any of the Coalition policies still valid as currently (technically) ‘we have no government’?

    If not then legally the JCP can’t sanction anyone.

    It also opens up the door for any other policies that the Coalition Government have passed ‘invalid’

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  4. Ben Gummer’s casual remarks about the impact of sanctions beggars belief. There is no such thing as a “light” sanction – that’s his nonchalant description on the impact of a 4 week sanction!

    Gummer also rambles on about the impartiality of the Decision Maker in sanctions cases. He forgot to mention the former independent adjudication system has been scrapped. He also says 40% of sanctions cases are stopped by the Decision Maker, but forgets to tell you that only 3% of JSA claimants bother to appeal – and only 1% of ESA claimants appeal.

    Moreover, Appeal Tribunals don’t set a legal precedent, which means the DWP can go on and on doing as they like! That is why we keep hearing of claimants being misadvised, intimidated and lied to at Jobcentres everyday as ludicrous sanctions soar.

    Here is an unmissable quote from an incisive report into benefit sanctions:

    “The Tribunal appeal system is almost useless: it is used by only 3% of JSA and 1% of ESA sanctioned claimants, and because its decisions set no precedents, the same abuses are constantly repeated by DWP”.

    http://www.cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/CPAG-HofC-Wk-Pens-Sanctions-DW-evidence-Dec-2014.pdf

    PS Is the 3 month sanction about someone missing out the last 3 digits of a postcode on their jobsearch record, the most ludicrous thus far? You tell me!!!

    Tobanem

    March 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    • A guy comes into the food bank the other day, told us he had been sanctioned, I asked him why, he said “I didn’t apply for enough jobs” he did apply for 7 jobs, so I told him and showed him the doc that states the truth as to how many actions we have to take, then told him of the “targets” – everyone on JSA and ESA (at the moment) will be sanctioned at some point in time, at least that is the plan.

      enigma

      March 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    • Go to a tribunal because it will be in your best interest to do so, but it won’t help anyone else. in the future.

      enigma

      March 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      • And keep the evidence of your treatment – buildup a picture and it could be classed as harrassment [or even fraud in the cases of the Waste Pogrom]

        Gazza

        March 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    • This BG seems so out of touch and out of date on sanctions, that I was going to suggest we politely send him some links such as the recent reports on sanctions, But I’ve since changed my mind, the more out of touch he is the better.
      Going by 2010, only about 1,000 voters out of 40,000 have to change sides, and more than that number and their families will have been sanctioned. So he’ll be getting his own 5-year sanction in 5 weeks time. 🙂

      Another Fine Mess

      March 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm

  5. The Void’s just published a pretty fair summary of just what you expected to do as part of “encouraging the behaviour” to get into work.

    “The guidance for Jobcentre decision makers gives an example of a typical day:

    “Dave is in receipt of UC. His expected number of hours of work are 35 a week. “On a typical day, Dave spends
    1. two hours on-line looking through recruitment sites
    2. one hour reading the “situations vacant” pages in the press (local papers,
    national papers and trade journals)
    3. one hour and a half completing a job application and covering letter
    4. half an hour reviewing and updating his CV
    5. half an hour pursuing further information on suitable advertised vacancies
    6. half an hour speaking to friends, family and former colleagues about possible employment opportunities
    7. one hour researching the possibility of setting up in business as selfemployed.”

    Under the rules Dave is supposed to do this every single day or face his benefits being stopped. That means updating his CV – every day. Looking at the same job vacancies in the press and on the internet, every day. Boring his friends and family by asking them about employment opportunities. Every day.

    It is beyond a fucking joke.”

    https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/from-tragedy-to-farce-how-universal-credits-work-related-activity-is-beyond-a-joke/

    Andrew Coates

    March 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    • So many people don’t yet know of the truth of this 35 hr per week job search, so many people will end up trying their very best to do it because they will have been told and told the loss of benefits. if they don’t.

      A typical day in the life of a 35 hour job seeker – It sure is a joke!

      enigma

      March 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm

  6. Does anyone on here know how to easily change your password on Universal Jobmatch?

    Imbicile

    March 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    • Assuming you can access the email address you used to sign up to it, pretending you’ve forgotten the PW should work.
      https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/Account/LoginHelp.aspx

      Another Fine Mess

      March 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    • Ask your work roach for it 😀

      iDiot

      March 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    • Yes. Go To http://www.gateway.gov.uk Enter Your Details Such As XXXXXXXXXXXX Then Your Password. On The Righthand Side There Is A Link In Blue Change Your Password. You Then Get A Normal Link As With Email Accounts, Change Your Password There. Once You Have Done That Go To Your Universal Jobmatch As Normal.

      Hope This Helps

      April 1, 2015 at 8:08 am

  7. from theVoid:

    we are alive | March 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    Looks like A4E are in trouble again.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3018389/Ten-workers-work-firm-founded-former-Cameron-advisor-forged-signatures-300-000-fake-jobs-fraud.html

    Gazza | March 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm | Reply

    Well well well

    Now we can finally see the figures of this fraudalant rip off scheme:

    A4e was paid £1.3million for the contract and £10,500 a month to implement it. The company received payments for each person it helped gain employment.

    [at 10.5k x 36 months = 378,000]

    The court heard that while A4e helped 558 people find jobs, staff lied about others.

    ‘The total amount of fraudulent claiming was 167 files, for a total loss of £288,595.’

    The firm signed the £1.3 million, three-year Inspire to Aspire contract in August 2008.

    [Lie, add on the 378K and its £1.7 million]

    What a name, I like it “Inspire to Aspire”, which was subsequently changed on reflection to “Aspire to Defraud”… love it.

    Gazza

    March 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    • I’d add that ‘helping’ people get Jobs on the Work Programme means sticking them in a room with a computer and shouting at them to get work and leave their ‘comfort zone’.

      It’s the people that got the jobs, not these parasites.

      Andrew Coates

      March 31, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    • This kind of fraud is nothing new. It has been going on ever since the very first government exploitation programme started – The Youth Opportunity Program (remember that?) The same funding model always applies, bums on seats/in job = money for the contractors.

      The only thing that surprises me about the A4e trial is that it has taken so long for this type of fraud to be exposed and the perps prosecuted. In previous schemes (those that were running in the 80s and 90s) there was endless auditing by the then Training Agency, yet still the fraud continued unabated.

      The fraudulent activities of those who ran these schemes didn’t just reach as far as funding. It extended, by virtue of an industrial production line model to the “qualifications” that the poor sods on the schemes were forced to undertake. The NVQ model of qualification, opened the door for all manner of evidence fabrication before final assessment and verification. The qualifications were a sham and mostly worthless.

      Lucy

      April 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

  8. Let me think.

    Probation officers face redundancy in plan to replace them with machines.

    Sodexo, UK’s largest operator of privatised probation services, is to use cash-machine style kiosks for offenders to report in without seeing an officer.

    The largest UK private probation operator plans to allow offenders to report in at ATM-style electronic kiosks as part of cost-cutting plans that will involve large-scale redundancies.

    Staff have also been warned to expect jobs cuts of more than 30% – at least 700 posts – in the next six to 12 months.

    The machines, which use fingerprint recognition technology to check identities, allow an offender to report in, to give and receive information, and to request a face-to-face meeting with a probation officer.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/30/probation-officers-face-redundancy-in-plan-to-replace-them-with-machines

    enigma

    March 30, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    • How the Eff’ing hell will they be able to tell if its not someone impersonating the offender if its a kiosk machine – Biometrics like Electronic Signing? That’s such a “Suceess” with Buffer Over Run [cue 1980-90’s music]. I thought the world had gone mad when I saw this – but its not a joke is it. WTF?

      Gazza

      March 30, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    • It’s the march of technology… first came the self-service checkout… now they have automatic cash-counting machines in banks – just feed in the cash and it counts it for you, prints a receipt and credits it to your account; also accepts cheques; so bye-bye bank teller jobs.

      Luddite

      March 31, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    • Another good example of .gov automation is the automatic production of driving licences, so bye-bye clerical jobs at DVLA. As Marx said: “Capital doesn’t really like labour” so anything that can be automated will be automated. What’s the obsession with ‘work’ anyway – why can’t the machines do all the work anyway? It’s almost as if Queen bee needs less and less drone bees to bring in the honey (because it has all been automated) and she won’t allow ‘useless eaters’; nobody will be allowed to enjoy the benefits of increased automation, the ‘life of leisure’ that we were once promised.

      Luddite

      March 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    • Jobcentre work roaches face redundancy in plan to replace them with machines… 😀

      Automaton

      March 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      • Automation, I can’t get a job because of you 🙂

        enigma

        March 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      • Even us Jobpoints were replaced 😦 – I am now resident of a ‘re-cycling’ plant. 🙂 Who knows where I will end up… part of an jumbo-jet wing, an aircraft carrier a soft drinks can…. Don’t miss the jobcentre one bit – those G$S goons were brutal, always kicking us.

        Redundant Jobpoint

        March 31, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      • Those self-service check-out probably think they have a job for life – that’s what we used to think… 😀

        Redundant Jobpoint

        March 31, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      • Automated machines have got it made, human beings were warned many moons ago, they just didn’t listen. who do the humans blame?

        enigma

        March 31, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      • How will we sign on. Will there just be IAD’s and robots (G4s Etc). How will we sign on and deal with other issues

        Roe Bott

        April 4, 2015 at 7:34 am

  9. Regarding the recent incident of graffiti reading “McVey murderer” being daubed on the wall at Hoylake town hall. It was reassuring to read that councillors are “appalled” by the graffiti and feel that “a line has been crossed.” Because you could be forgiven for thinking that a line had been crossed when David Clapson, a diabetic man, was found dead after being sanctioned with no food in his stomach and a pile of CVs next to his body. Or when Mark Woods, a mentally ill man, had his benefits stopped after being found fit to work. Mr Woods sat quietly in his flat and starved to death. He weighed 5st 8lbs at the time of death.

    http://occupylondon.org.uk/being-appalled-at-esther-mcvey-graffitti-by-leanne/

    enigma

    March 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    • I’ll be Appalled when that Vile Evil woman chokes to death. Mark my words. And real sad too. Really.

      Gazza

      March 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm

  10. PERMANENT SANCITONS UNDER UNIVERSAL CREDIT

    Sanctions will become permanent under Universal Cedit that will replace not only unemployment benefits but also working tax credits to the working poor and deny pension credit if either of a couple is below the raised retirement age.

    Hardship Payments will become a recoverable loan by direct deductions from future benefit or wages by court action.

    SANCTIONS CAUSE STARVATION WHATEVER THE TORIES DENY

    Sanctions several months long are starvation by design, as medicine knows it takes, on average, about a month to die of starvation. Some people can die in a fortnight depending on weight and health.

    Kids suffer Rickets, that affects bone development.

    Pregnant women suffer premature birth that has lifelong health consequences on the child.

    New mothers sanctioned, lose the ability to offer milk to the baby, and do not have the money to buy milk. As on the Dispatches programme on Channel 4, with the lady also suffering the stress injury of Bells’ Palsy, that has paralysed half her face.

    Stress causes heart attack and suicide.

    THE POOR HAVE NEVER HAD MORE POWER THAN THIS GENERAL ELECTION

    Throughout the UK, the parties of the poor are being ignored by the national press and TV news.

    Even when reaching the threshold of being 6th biggest party, running over 125 MP candidates like TUSC (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION).

    The only way to utterly change Labour back to anti austerity, is for other left wing parties to win in Tory and Lib Dem marginals, especially in England.

    This can happen.

    The poor massively outnumber the votes gained by the sitting Tory and Lib Dem MP in most marginals, especially in England.

    But this is the case for Plaid Cymru in Wales and SNP in Scotland.

    WITHOUT A MULTI PARTY COALITION OF A GROUP OF LEFT PARTIES
    REACHING 323 – 326 MPs
    GET A TORY / LABOUR COALITION
    AFTER SECOND GENERAL ELECTION

    The experts predict the most severe hung parliament.

    Then a second general election, with ever fewer voters, so get a
    TORY / LABOUR COALITION.

    This means there will be no parties left on the opposition benches in UK parliament.

    VOTE DIFFERENT
    VOTE PARTIES OF THE POOR

    LOGOS / PARTIES OF THE POOR /
    HOW ENSURE REGISTERED TO VOTE

    On my personal website:
    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Chris

    March 30, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  11. TUSC – TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION

    Running MP candidates for general election 2015 in:

    CLEETHORPES
    Malcolm Morland

    GREAT GRIMSBY
    Val O’Flynn

    LINCOLN
    Elaine Smith

    EXAMPLE HOW POOR OUTNUMBER ALL OTHER VOTERS
    IN TORY MARGINAL

    LINCOLN – TUSC candidate Elaine Smith

    TORY MAJORITY 1,058

    Claimants Count 10,440
    Poor Pensioners – 23,900
    DISABLED VOTERS – 13,899
    Disabled on ESA – 2,730
    Disabled welfare supported
    under 65 – 3,540
    Carers on Benefit – 1,010

    TUSC CAN GAIN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF POOR VOTERS
    LABOUR HAS LOST

    Labour has said again and again they are not the party of those on benefit.

    Means not the party for 97 per cent of benefit for the poor pensioners and working poor.

    The 3 per cent left of unemployed also mean the poor disabled dumped off disability benefit, even after getting it for years by change from DLA to PIP, and onto the much sanctioned unemployed benefit, even at age 66 by raised retirement age.

    LOGOS / PARTIES OF THE POOR /
    HOW ENSURE REGISTERED TO VOTE

    Please see my personal website:
    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Chris

    March 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

  12. A ‘fit note’ not a ‘sick note’ is the key to good health.

    A ‘fit note’ not a ‘sick note’ is the key to good health in the workplace

    Replacing the traditional ‘sick note’ with a ‘fit note’ is the way forward for ensuring a healthy and productive workplace in New Zealand, according to UK Government Expert Adviser on Health and Work, Professor Dame Carol Black.

    The traditional ‘sickie’ is causing more harm than good for the overall health of workers and in New Zealand, workers take a staggering 6.1 million sick days each year.

    Professor Dame Carol will address an audience of physicians in Wellington this week on the topic of Health Benefits of Work.

    “The traditional ‘sick note’ from a GP doesn’t give the full picture of an injured or ill worker’s health, leading to misperceptions regarding their capacity to return to work,” she said.

    “GP’s should be given the option to nominate patients for a phased return to work, different hours, a get well program or changes to the workplace environment.

    Professor Dame Carol was responsible for successfully introducing the ‘fit note’ system into the UK five years ago.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1503/S00126/a-fit-note-not-a-sick-note-is-the-key-to-good-health.htm

    enigma

    March 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  13. That would be nice, thanks.

    Scottish Greens have today (30 March) launched their 2015 general election manifesto, pledging to tackle poverty and rollback benefit cuts.

    The party membership has surged to 8,500 members and they will be fielding candidates in the majority of Scotland’s 59 parliamentary seats.

    Their general election manifesto includes key pledges to promote equality over poverty, protect public services and devolve more powers to local communities.

    Councillor Maggie Chapman, Scottish Greens co-convener, said: “With a £10 minimum wage we could ensure no-one works in a job that keeps them in poverty.

    “By rolling back benefits cuts and lifting the punishing sanctions regime, we can restore a society with compassion.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/scottish-greens-pledge-to-tackle-poverty-and-roll-back-benefit-cuts/

    enigma

    March 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

  14. DIY chain B&Q is to close as many as 60 stores over the next two years in a shake-up set to impact on 3,000 jobs in the UK and Ireland. –

    sack 3.000 paid employees.

    Later – B&Q to create 3.000 jobs

    http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/national/12493265.Jobs_hit_as_B_Q_closes_60_stores/

    enigma

    March 31, 2015 at 11:51 am

    • Tesco, Morrisons, BnQ, all part of osbornes economic miracle.

      I know of at least two 7 story office blocks and despite signs on them saying “Free office space”, only one floor is occupied between them… And that occupier is a Waste Programme provider! – trying to sanction people into the jobs that don’t exist!

      Another Fine Mess

      March 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    • But it won’t be paid jobs, Enigma… so don’t get your hopes up 🙂 B&Q already use workfare!

      Unbreakable Code Machine

      March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      • Saying that it the new jobs might be part of New Labour’s “COMPULSORY ‘Jobs’ Guarantee Scheme”…. the currently existing Tory/ConDems MWA/CWP or UKIPs Organisation Farage depending on who ‘wins’ the election…

        Unbreakable Code Machine

        March 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      • Sack paid employees …………………………. workfare

        enigma

        March 31, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      • Unbreakable Code Machine

        March 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      • And Cameron

        jobs for everyone who wants one, – workfare.

        enigma

        March 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  15. Alienation is the precise and correctly applied word for describing the major social problem in Britain today. People feel alienated by society. In some intellectual circles it is treated almost as a new phenomenon. It has, however, been with us for years. What I believe is true is that today it is more widespread, more pervasive than ever before. Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation. It is the cry of men who feel themselves the victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. It’s the frustration of ordinary people excluded from the processes of decision-making. The feeling of despair and hopelessness that pervades people who feel with justification that they have no real say in shaping or determining their own destinies.

    Many may not have rationalised it. May not even understand, may not be able to articulate it. But they feel it. It therefore conditions and colours their social attitudes. Alienation expresses itself in different ways in different people. It is to be found in what our courts often describe as the criminal antisocial behaviour of a section of the community.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/still-irresistible-a-workingclass-heros-finest-speech-2051285.html

    enigma

    March 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  16. Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 31, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  17. Confirmation ConMen Conservative Woosters are cheating us Joe Public and lining thier own pockets? Need Austerity? Need 100Bn cut? Lets start with Business shall we?

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses?CMP=share_btn_tw

    Gazza

    March 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  18. Okay Now I know for sure that the Conmen Conservatives are coming for everybody else – want to see how check this out from JobCentreMole Link:

    https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/single-parent-attend-the-jobcentre-and-get-referred-to-social-services-as-a-troubled-family-new-trial-at-ashton-jobcentre/

    WTF?

    Gazza

    March 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  19. Well you have heard it. The Tories plan more major Benefit Cuts, if they are re-elected.They treated, degraded and stigmatized the unemployed.Now it’s time, to show, the wheels of fate, can turn a full a circle.DON’T VOTE FOR THE TORIES!They forgot that the People they degraded, have rights, and power.And now WE, can show that and stop the Tories from being re-elected!Power to the Unemployed.

    mike azur

    March 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  20. The government cannot go on living beyond its means.’ This seems common sense, so when someone puts forward the view that just now austerity is harmful, and should wait until times are better, it appears fanciful and too good to be true. Why would the government be putting us through all this if it didn’t have to?

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n04/simon-wren-lewis/the-austerity-con

    enigma

    March 31, 2015 at 7:19 pm

  21. Labour leader plans to give employees legal right to a regular contract after 12 weeks’ continuous work but critics say employers will sack staff before deadline.

    The pledge, affecting 90% of zero-hours contracts, comes after David Cameron said last week that most people on such contracts want to be hired on a flexible basis, a claim that has been challenged by the TUC.

    Cameron also admitted that he could not himself live on a zero-hours contract when pressed by Jeremy Paxman on a Sky News/Channel 4 interview last week.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/31/workers-on-zero-hours-contracts-to-get-regular-contracts-after-3-months

    enigma

    April 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

  22. right to a regular contract after 12 weeks’ continuous work but critics say employers will sack staff before deadline.
    Of course they will. ‘Full time’ contracts were often 11 months.
    How the hell are they going to outlaw exclusive only ZHCs? If one employer rings you up while you’re doing another job they just won’t ring again – simples!

    Another Fine Mess

    April 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

    • Too right they will, in the same way as soon as you are in a job long enough to accrue any employment rights your contract gets terminated. All that will come from this is ‘rolling’ 12 week zero hour contracts. It’s just pure poppycock!.

      ZHC

      April 1, 2015 at 11:05 am

  23. EAT THE RICH!!

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    April 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

  24. DOUBLE DOLE & PENSION

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    April 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

  25. A4E – Jail Sentences for “Wholesale Forgeries”

    “Genuine jobseekers whose names were used for the fraud when they did not in fact take part in the scheme may have had their benefits reduced or stopped”.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3020303/Government-work-contractors-forged-signatures-taxpayers-300-000-jailed-total-15-years.html

    Tobanem

    April 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    • Looks like I’ve duplicated your post (again) Toberman.but this underlines where huge sums of money is involved the risks and greed and exploitation and outcome of this whole dubious sector .

      ken

      April 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      • “ken”

        No, you did not quite duplicate my post. You merely posted a report about the imminent sentencing!

        My post actually gives details of the sentences!

        Tobanem

        April 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  26. Little Benjy was interviewed on Newsnight last night.

    He reckons:

    ” There is nothing worse in the world than seeing your parents slated in the press or in public. ”

    You must had led a sheltered life Benjy lad, if that’s that’s your idea of the worst thing that could happen to anyone.

    pauly

    April 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    • Apart from being a good reason never to watch Newsnight again, Benjy should perhaps be sent to live on the streets of Ipswich, only about three minutes from Constituency Office, where people beg.

      Andrew Coates

      April 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  27. Following revelations that the Immigration Department accidentally leaked the passport details of several World Leaders, ASIO has reiterated its commitment to making sure you don’t find out when your information has been leaked.

    In a statement left on everyone’s answering machines, ASIO Director and Judi Dench impersonator, Duncan Lewis, spoke of his disappointment at the fact that people found out about the breach of private data, and promised that his organisation will do everything in its power to make sure no one finds out about something like this again.

    “I am shocked and saddened that this intelligence has got out. We take the privacy of the Government’s incompetence very seriously, almost as much as we enjoy collecting everyone else’s information”.

    The latest comments from ASIO have received the backing of Attorney-General George Brandis, who has announced plans to introduce a controversial new “metadata metadata bill” to Parliament. The new law will be designed to ensure that any data, about how ASIO is collecting and leaking everyone’s data, is kept secure and safe from the public.

    http://thesauce.co/asio-vows-to-not-leak-details-about-how-they-leaked-everyones-details/

    enigma

    April 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  28. Welfare-to-work company employees to be sentenced for fraudulent claims

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/30/a4e-welfare-work-company-workers-sentenced-fraud

    ken

    April 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm

  29. 1 how many reviews into benefits claimants killing themselves since Jan
    2012.

    2: Seeing as you are killing people by your actions, can I see a copy of the
    latest report, as this is of paramount public interest.

    3: Do you realise that you are liable for your actions, with that in mind how
    many staff have left the DWP since Jan 2012.

    4: How many staff have been sacked for failing to install the draconian
    policies since Jan 2012,

    5: How many whistle blowers have been sacked since Jan 2012.

    6: What is your policy on vulnerable households and sanctions.

    Your department is responsible for killing thousands of people in the UK by
    your actions, I posit that this makes you democidal maniacs Terrorists and
    Traitors and I demand you resign immediately.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/253859/response/635699/attach/html/3/590%20reply.pdf.html

    enigma

    April 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  30. Typical Tory filth – Offering threequarters of a pint for the price of a pint.

    milliem

    April 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm


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