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Break the Election Silence: Fight Sanctions and Workfare!

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No workfare. No sanctions. Whoever wins we will resist!

As the general election campaign gets underway we are already seeing politicians calling for more of the same policies. More workfare. More sanctions. Yet we know that these policies have been a total disaster. It is shameful that workfare and sanctions are supported by all the main political parties. This is why we are holding a week of action in the week before the election. We need your help to expose and challenge workfare and sanctions policies and the political lies that underpin them.

Workfare undermines paid jobs and wages and results in sanctions. It does nothing to improve the chances of people finding a job and exploits those forced to carry it out. Last year over half a million people had their benefits sanctioned. The number of benefit sanctions imposed by the DWP now exceeds the number of fines imposed by the courts. People are being left with nothing for up to three years. There is now overwhelming evidence of the harm being caused by sanctions. Sanctions are damaging the health of claimants and leading to hunger, homelessness and deaths.

Your actions have already had a huge impact in challenging these policies. Dozens of organisations have withdrawn from the schemes following public pressure. Over 500 voluntary sector organisations have now signed the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement to say they oppose workfare and sanctions and will not be involved. 25 councils have also said they will boycott the schemes. All this means it is getting harder and harder for the government’s private providers to find workfare placements. Hundreds of placements have been cancelled and your actions have made a real difference.

The week of action is a chance for everyone who opposes workfare and sanctions to demand an end to these cruel policies. However you can contribute join us to take action from 25 April – 2 May

More details on site here: Boycott Workfare.

At least some of the issues created by government policies on social security and welfare are coming to the fore:

Figures from the Trussell Trust, the biggest provider of emergency food aid with more than 400 food banks in the UK, will be seen as evidence that families on low incomes are not sharing in the benefits of economic recovery. The statistics could puncture the Conservatives’ optimism on the economy after official figures yesterday showed there are two million more people in work than in 2010, and 557,000 more than a year ago.

Labour will target David Cameron on food poverty, accusing him of being out of touch. The Prime Minister looked uncomfortable when questioned by Jeremy Paxman on the issue last month in the first of four TV election debates.

The number of people given three days’ emergency food by the Trussell Trust rose from 2,814 in the 2005-06 financial year to 61,468 in 2010-11, 346,992 in 2012-13 before jumping sharply to 913,138 in 2013-14 – including 582,933 adults and 330,205 children. Its figures for 2014-15 are due to be published on Wednesday and are expected to show a continuing rise despite the upturn in the economy.

The issue is also sensitive for the Conservatives because Trussell Trust surveys show that the most common reason for people being referred to it are delays in receiving state benefits. Changes to benefits also rank highly.

Last night Labour challenged Mr Cameron to sign up to a pledge to reduce the number who rely on food banks in the 2015-20 parliament. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said the 618 per cent rise in the number receiving emergency food aid from the trust in the past three years was “shocking”.

Independent (as signaled by Enigma).

 

We deserve a voice too!

No to Sanctions!

No to Workfare!

No to Maximus!

No to the whole rotten Work Programme!

Bring the Unemployment Business to a Halt!

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 19, 2015 at 10:31 am

78 Responses

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  1. Who Ever Wins:- In some shape or other I would not mind betting Sanctions, MWA, Atos/Maximus will still be here to hound us

    Northolt

    April 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    • It is sad fact that no matter who wins this welfare reform along with sanctions are still going to be here affecting millions of people.

      enigma

      April 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

  2. Our old friend up to his old tricks again.

    “Zero-hours contracts should be renamed ‘flexible-hours contracts’ and are good for your work-life balance, Iain Duncan Smith says.

    Zero-hours contracts should be renamed ‘flexible-hours contracts’ and are good for workers’ “work-life balance”, Iain Duncan Smith has argued.

    The work and pensions secretary said the contracts, which allow employers to summarily tell workers how many hours they can work on any given day, were subject to “scare stories” originating from Labour.

    “Zero hour contracts are badly named – I don’t know whoever came up with that idea, they should be named the flexible hours contracts,” he told Sky News this morning.

    Mr Duncan Smith appeared to suggest that the contracts provided adequate employment – at an average of 25 hours a week – and that although this was not full-time, they helped people keep a good “work-life balance”.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/zerohours-contracts-should-be-renamed-flexiblehours-contracts-and-are-good-for-your-worklife-balance-iain-duncan-smith-says-10184186.html

    Andrew Coates

    April 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

    • Something that does need addressing as I have yet to hear it said. If you are on a ”Zero Hours Or Flexible Hours Contract”. Can you claim Benefits / Council Tax Support for the hours you do not work. Would you be able to provide your local authority with a Statement Of Nil Income for the hours days you are not at work

      Northolt

      April 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

      • We have seen news about people on ZH who have been evicted due to their being on ZH, so not enough working hours, but what about HB etc, we would like to assume (because they should) that those people are getting HB etc if they don’t work many hours but then if that’s the case why is it that some people if not most on ZH are being evicted.

        enigma

        April 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

    • IDS can change the name “ZH” or anything else but it won’t change what it is. does he really think he can change the reality of it.

      enigma

      April 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    • The fact he thinks they’re “flexible” shows he’s clueless.
      He makes it sound like you can just come and go to work when you feel like.

      I had work like that years ago, before they were called ZHCs, and not knowing whether next week you’ll have 4 days work or 0 is totally useless as a main job.

      Another Fine Mess

      April 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      • I too had a job called “on call” years ago, It was the first time I had a job like it, it doesn’t take long to realize what this means, always ready to work because you know you have rent, bills and food to pay for, so always waiting for your employer to phone you – not fit for anyone.

        enigma

        April 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      • IDS is comparing apples and oranges (in an attempt to mislead): A flexible contract is when you work a guaranteed amount of hours i.e. 40, but you can vary the times you work i.e. 8-4 one day, 9-5 the next, 10-6 the other. It is useful if you have varying commitments or want to schedule your journey to and from work to avoid traffic jams. I should know since I have worked on these contracts. As other commentators have pointed out zero hour (or ‘flexible contracts in IDS-speak) guarantee exactly that – zero hours; you are expected to be at the round-the-clock beck-and-call of an ’employer’. I have also worked these contracts and have seen colleagues sent back home from an (expected early morning) shift – humiliating doesn’t even begin to describe it.

        Colt

        April 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    • 25 hours my butt.

      Even if it was true, what does it say about job security when firms need to issue ZHs for a steady 25 hours work a week.

      By far and large the hours are like that of part time labour and in certain cases even worse. People have to look at this like the average wage being 20’000 per annum, we all know most, especially unskilled DONT earn anywhere near that so when adjusted, your actually looking at around 16 hours.

      This aside IDS dug his own grave as most people on ZH rely on inwork benefits to live as the contract wouldn’t exist or be excepted as they just don’t generate enough income. Also why if there quite acceptable and what people want aren’t they what DWP want, why have inwork conditionality?

      IDSs claim of 25 hours average and flexibility is just a ploy to kid voters such contracts DONT place a burden on welfare expenditure and that they work and people are happy to except them, well any except all the unemployed it appears who have to be threatened to see the benefits of such a contract.

      gaia

      April 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

  3. This is also important (sent via E-Mail):

    “Tory plans to deny patients the right to refuse treatment are an assault on human rights
    Peter Kinderman 18 April 2015

    The Conservative manifesto has announced that people on benefits who refuse treatment may have their benefits cut – but will professional ethics stop such a repellent policy?

    The Conservative Party’s 2015 election manifesto contains an extraordinarily retrograde assault on the rights of people with mental and physical health problems in receipt of benefits. On page 28 of the manifesto, under the euphemistic heading; “We will help you back into work if you have a long-term yet treatable condition”, they propose that; “People who might benefit from treatment should get the medical help they need so they can return to work. If they refuse a recommended treatment, we will review whether their benefits should be reduced.”

    In other words, people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems, or who are overweight will no longer be able freely to choose to consent, or withhold their consent, to treatment. To decline a recommended treatment will result in benefits sanctions, and consequent misery and poverty. ”

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/peter-kinderman/tory-plans-to-deny-patients-right-to-refuse-treatment-are-assault-on-human-ri

    Andrew Coates

    April 19, 2015 at 10:58 am

    • What happens if you are say overweight, and the jobcentre orders you to undergo some sort of stomach by-pass surgery? What happens if it goes wrong and you die on the operating table? Who is responsible?

      Big-boned Bertha

      April 19, 2015 at 11:36 am

      • All the bariatric surgeries are dangerous. The names for these procedures are bandied lightly about as if they were similar to having a wart frozen off. The reality is that every single one of these surgeries (even the basic gastric banding) creates a “patient for life” Many people who have undergone them, regret that decision and are left with several morbidities that far outweigh the issue or perceived risk of being very fat.

        If anyone is forced to undergo any type of treatment, and it doesn’t work (bariatric surgery doesn’t always work and sometimes kills) then it will likely be the dead patient who is blamed. Twenty First Century medicine in the west is currently all about blaming the patient, ticking the box and claiming the funding.

        With psychiatric interventions, those with MH issues are in a seriously dangerous position because most of the therapies on offer do nothing to heal, nothing to cure, nothing to rebuild broken lives. What is on offer (and this includes the private psychiatric/therapy world) is unproven, outmoded, harmful crap based on cheapness of delivery, volume and of course – brain damaging drugs.

        It’s typical of the tories to pick on two health matters which are confounding even the most intelligent sections of medicine and psychiatry. Both matters have a very low “cure” rate when people are treated voluntarily. If people are to be coerced into these types of treatment, then no one is going to be “cured” but many will die or at best have their lives further damaged.

        The fuckers who suggested this coercion to treatment are unwittingly being doubly cruel

        “here’s the treatment that won’t cure you, it might harm or kill you, but if you refuse it you can starve to death”

        Tories – malignant fuckers one and all.

        Lucy

        April 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      • Yes, it will be written as his or her “own fault”

        enigma

        April 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      • ‘I know the dangers but I want them anyway’: or “I know the dangers but I want the operation anyway”

        A 21-year-old student has died after taking diet pills she bought online in order to lose weight. Radhika Sanghani reports on this dangerous trend.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11552359/Diet-pills-I-know-the-danger-but-I-want-them-anyway.html

        enigma

        April 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    • This is something that worries me. At the moment it’s geared towards people claiming sick benefits. But uc is now coming for workers. How long before everyone is told it’s compulsory to have this or that check up / test ect?? Women forcibly. Sent for smear testing and breast screening as was recently suggested in Poland? It seems I’m inundated with offers to attend this or that check up by my nhs gp. My theory is that it’s to patch us up and keep us working longer.. Am I just being silly here or..? And of course it’s everyone’s right to decide what’s best for them and their health. It’s appalling yet again the state is removing people choice

      kat rehman

      April 21, 2015 at 7:44 am

      • And don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying these tests are wrong just that it’s up to the individual to decide. I don’t want an annual health check, because I am well apart from my rheumatoid arthritis. Others might welcome it and that’s fine too

        kat rehman

        April 21, 2015 at 7:55 am

      • Think my previous comments got lost it was basically that I wonder how long it is before everyone, unemployed or not, is subject to compulsory health checks ect in an effort to make us work or do workfare for longper. It was proposed a few years ago to compel every working polish women to undergo regular smear and breast tests or they would not be allowed work at all

        kat rehman

        April 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

      • Now it’s if you don’t agree to treatment it comes with a threat, as usual. but will it be mandatory as Gaia noted, or will it be compulsory, which is what DWP would rather have.

        enigma

        April 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

      • Too right, the ‘healthcare (or the ‘healthcare’ that the proles receive) is bullshit – it just to patch you up and put you back on the production to squeeze as the Ryanair boss said “the last juice out of the lemon”. And it is probably one of the reasons ‘free healthcare’ came into being – some bean-counter calculated it was cheaper to ‘patch up’ the existing stock rather then produce new ones. And once you become ‘uneconomically viable to ‘patch up’ like a used car you are thrown away like a dirty dish rag and consigned to the great scrapyard in the sky.

        Ewok

        April 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      • @ kat I recall A4e ‘mandating’ their female customers to go undergo all sorts of tests as well as asking them intrusive questions.

        Ewok

        April 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  4. No surgical procedures are without risk

    Colin Hendry’s wife Denise dies after botched operation

    Big-boned Bertha

    April 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    • This is why claimants need in writing from DWP that they accept all liability before agreeing to any treatment, don’t allow them to pass it on to whos doing the treatment as it wasn’t them that made you come under threat of sanction.

      Like I said before, its a very complicated subject that IDS or any tory member will have to work hard to get passed so do expect them to present even more lies to play on claimants ignorance inorder to get you to accept treatment.

      gaia

      April 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

      • See my above post to Enigma. I value your opininon too. Thank You ;0)

        Northolt

        April 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

      • Sorry. My post that I previously refer to [enigma] is at bottom of page

        Northolt

        April 20, 2015 at 9:35 am

      • Written statements from the DWP saying that they accept liability, won’t do you much good if you are dead. Even if you are “only” harmed by the compulsory treatments. You are going to struggle to get any reparation via the courts, since medical negligence is no longer funded by Legal Aid (apart from severe cases involving children) it’s unlikely any individual on benefits would get to test the veracity of a DWP statement of liability in court.

        People die under the knife.
        People die and are seriously harmed by the mental health industries.

        Never forget it. It might save your life.

        Lucy

        April 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      • Theres plenty of no win, no fee solicitors covering medical negligence. Its not as entirely free (insurance) but will only be taken on if you have a just case.

        As things currently stand, claimants don’t have to agree to any treatment so the time to strategize is when and dependant on what the tories do to make this so.

        Dealing on past events/schemes I would imagine it wont be as mandatory as DWP will prescribe, that it will have an air of but no substance like the old placement schemes that were voluntary to enter into but mandatory there after, the voluntary bit was masked. Its the same with UJM registration whereby they can mandate you register but they cant mandate you to enter any personal and or sensitive data. They can mandate you to look for work on UJM BUT not to apply only through a UJM account and that’s not all regarding UJM. DWP cannot mandate you use there system as a way to circumnavigate cookie laws (rule 6) yet they led claimants to believe such.
        I could go on and on how DWP mask schemes as mandatory that either wholly or inpart are most certainly not, hence the opinion that this will turn out no different I suspect but only time will tell.

        gaia

        April 21, 2015 at 9:21 am

      • Forced ‘medical treatment’ is straight out of Nazi Germany!

        Josef Mengele - The Butcher of Auschwitz

        April 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

    • That would b the final insult!! Imagine.. You fulfil all your jobseeking or work requirements and then get sanctioned for refusing, say, a sexual health check when you’ve been celibate for years!!

      kat rehman

      April 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      • Maybe going a bit too far there Kat 🙂

        enigma

        April 21, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      • Not at all, enigma – A$e were ‘mandating’ their female ‘customers’ for sexual health checks!

        Ewok

        April 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

  5. The problem we all have regarding looking for and applying for jobs, we send our CV’s out to employers, we sometimes don’t receive a reply, meanwhile the employer has many peoples CV’s and holds on to them knowing that he or she can replace his or her paid employees with the unemployed, so the employer looks through those CV’s and finds some suitable, …………….

    Meanwhile we have to look for and apply for paid employment.

    enigma

    April 19, 2015 at 11:43 am

    • We shall see, Enigma!!

      kat rehman

      April 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      • Please do let me know if it ever happens Kat, don’t forget there is always a solution!

        enigma

        April 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  6. 1 million people using food banks.- those 10.2 million and counting part time workers, ZH, mentally Ill, self employed and who’s next, soon to have to go to a JC because of UC, when UC is in place all over the UK, this 1 million people will very soon rise to 2 million using food banks, we have to remember that at the moment many of those people who don’t yet have to go to a JC will not know what is happening, we know they will all be lied to when in a JC, and of course will be sanctioned left right and centre because they don’t know what we know. meanwhile I have been meeting some of those people, telling them what is happening and also giving them docs. (those docs that we have access to)

    enigma

    April 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    • I can think of 2 part timers who have all their waking hours taken up with traveling, shopping, housework, looking after the kids, they just keel over at 10pm. I have no idea how they’re going to fit in visits to the sanction center and 35 hours jobsearch.

      Another Fine Mess

      April 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      • We’ll soon see what the reality is when all those new claimants have to turn up to the JC, it is going to be worse for those who work part time and who have kids, as you said, in this town UC starts this Sept, while not many of them have heard of UC or of sanctions, some think I’m talking about the sanctions on Russia!. I’m just trying to help as many as I can before they have to start going to the JC.

        Talking about new claimants, on Friday in the JC, a few new claimants came in, adviser – ” while your waiting to sign on, there are computers over here, you can search for jobs, do you know your password for UJM? claimant, – I forgot it, adviser – it’s ok I’ve got it written down.

        I thought I’d wait outside until those people came out of the JC, and told them what they should do and what they shouldn’t do!

        enigma

        April 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      • Hi Enigma, I hope you had a good weekend ?. As previously mentioned I have a Genetic Disorder. I also mentioned it by name. Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Because of the nature of this disorder, it is mainly on my arms. I am very hard to get insurance for anything. This also includes the one called Employer Liability. If I were in the position of being in work and had an accident there would be NO cover. Insurance Companies won’t give insurance for it. The Jobcentre know this so do the DWP Medical Advisors. I am still given the run-around etc. Currently I am at the pre-assessment stage of ESA once again. I know what the answer will be even after any Mandatory Reconsideration and Appeal Process. How can I get them to back off. Thanks for any advice!

        Best Regards
        ”Northolt”

        Northolt

        April 20, 2015 at 8:10 am

      • Northolt, this is the kind of treatment that makes my blood boil.

        WE should be screaming from the rooftops that these ESA ‘assessments’ should be returned to GPs, not given to the chancers of Maximus.

        Andrew Coates

        April 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

      • Hello Mr Coates,

        The 1st Party Or Any ‘Alliance’ That Says Sanctions Will Go WILL GET MY VOTE

        Northolt

        April 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

      • Yeah another fine mess that pretty well sums up my life!! Im hoping I’ll be safe on31 hours at living wage coz only real free time I have is weekend and I’m f….. If I’m gna volunteer jobs search or do work fare then!!

        kat rehman

        April 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

      • Northolt

        I did see your comment on the previuos post regarding you having Neurofibromatosis Type 1, I have seen people with that condition before but did look at a few pictures to remind myself of what it is, If I were you I would go to a tribunal, meanwhile record every convisation when ever your in a JC, if you ever go to a C.A.B. record the convisations there too because the DWP plant advisers in C.A.B.’s, and remember the NHS is involved in making people fit for work, here in W Sussex it’s called “proactive care” so if you ever go to a hospital record any convisations there, so also while seeing a Doctor, Maximus states on their letters they send out to people, “if your going to record the assesment, you should let us know before your assesment”, (of course they would say that) this doesn’t mean you have to tell them, I wouln’t.
        From what you said, you know what to say at a tribunal, meanwhile the DWP is trying to make you fit for work, even though they know they shouldn’t, but we we know the plan is for everyone on ESA to be put on JSA so that we can all work for our benefits – workfare, the truth is though we don’t have to work for our benefits or even be involved in any of DWP schemes.

        Don’t forget, just because of an assesment, it doesn’t mean you will then be made “fit for work” for life. many people have appealed, and won.

        enigma

        April 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      • Conversations even !

        enigma

        April 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      • There are Doctors who are against what is happening to the disabled, when I was on ESA, one Doc said to me “there is other jobs you can do” but still gave me a note for a month, a different Doc the following month, “are you in pain” – a note for 3 months.

        enigma

        April 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    • By working I mean every woman from cleaners to teachers to lawyers and sex workers.. All would have had no control over their own body

      kat rehman

      April 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm

  7. “Zero-hours contracts should be renamed ‘flexible-hours contracts’ and are good for your work-life balance, Iain Duncan Smith says.

    Not that you would ever see him or now disappeared from the public eye Lord Freud but still in the game on one. These people don’t care,they are out of touch living in a fantasy world.these zero hours are to one sided,create tension and unnecessary uncertainty to even existing.the outside world isn’t flexible.its giving powers of an agency to individual companies with menace.

    ken

    April 20, 2015 at 9:40 am

    • Off topic, so apologies. But the scary thing is, I’m currently listening tool the. Audiobook of the road to wigan pier by George Orwell. I truly see we are going back to conditions described in the book!!!

      kat rehman

      April 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

      • To the Audiobook sorry

        kat rehman

        April 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

  8. Important for anyone signing on in Bradford on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April:

    Hundreds of Bradford bus drivers to strike for 48 hours.

    BUS drivers in Bradford have today announced a 48-hour strike in the district.

    Unite members who work for First West Yorkshire say the action, taken by 380 people, will affect thousands of commuters.

    The strike starts just after midnight on Monday, April 27.

    http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/12900450.UPDATE__Hundreds_of_First_Bradford_bus_drivers_to_strike_for_48_hours/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

  9. Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled an SNP manifesto promising to back a series of Ed Miliband’s plan to increase taxes on the wealthy as she promised to ensure Labour delivered “real change” rather than merely being a “carbon copy” of the Tories.

    It claims there will be an additional £140 billion of public spending available across the UK to spend on skills, infrastructure, the NHS and other public services and to lift people out of poverty.

    They will “vigorously oppose” plans for further cuts in Child Benefit and Tax Credits and will vote to increase benefits in line with the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation “to ensure that the incomes of the poorest in society do not fall even further behind the cost of living.”

    The Nationalists also want a 20 per cent rise in the Work Allowance, the amount people are allowed to earn before their benefits are cut. They want an urgent review of the system of assessments for disability benefits and an overhaul of Work Capability Assessments.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/SNP/11549418/manifesto-2015-summary.html

    enigma

    April 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    • Full manifesto, pdf.

      http://votesnp.com/manifesto

      enigma

      April 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      • “Everyone should have the opportunity of a good life in return for their effort and hard work”.

        enigma

        April 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      • Apart from that ‘manifesto’ being plastered with pics of grinning up and coming career politicians wee Nicola seems to have an obsession with Trident; Nobody gives a flying haggis about a few submarines on the River Clyde especially when you haven’t eaten for month and are facing homelessness.

        This is all the SNP have to say on the abject cruelty and utmost evil that is DWP sanctions:

        “We will demand an urgent review of the conditionality and sanctions regime, in order to deliver an overhaul of the current, deeply ineffective arrangements, which impact on some of the most vulnerable in our society. The review will take particular account of the needs of people with mental health issues. We will seek to establish an approach that is proportionate and ethical, that recognises the facing some individuals, and that avoids
        excessive or blanket measures which penalise those looking for work. The removal of cash benefits should be a last, rather than a first, resort.”

        Gee thanks for nothing, Nicola! Now, go and fuck off back to Jockland.

        Prole

        April 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      • I know exactly what you mean Prole, tell people what they want to hear, then those people will vote for you, then create your manifesto.

        Judge

        April 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      • back to enigma 🙂

        enigma

        April 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      • “The removal of cash benefits should be a last, rather than a first, resort.” – well, it already is if you believe the DWP spin, so no change there, eh Nicola 😉

        Poldark

        April 21, 2015 at 6:46 am

      • “The removal of cash benefits should be a last, rather than a first, resort.” – it already is if you believe the DWP spin, so no change there. What is the the point of having ANY of these fuckers in office if the coffins are just going to keep piling higher and higher in the DWP Cemetery.

        Poldark

        April 21, 2015 at 6:49 am

  10. “there are currently less people on unpaid work schemes than during the Labour administration” – interesting quote from “The Void”.

    Tobanem

    April 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm

  11. Looking for a job in customer service? .

    Humanoid robot starts work at Japanese department store.

    Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers at the entrance of Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. But Chihira is no regular employee — she is a humanoid robot.

    Developed by Toshiba last year, the robot made its debut at the store on Monday in a new role interacting with customers.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/20/us-japan-robot-store-idUSKBN0NB1OZ20150420

    enigma

    April 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

  12. Gazza

    April 21, 2015 at 7:17 am

  13. Compulsory Schemes Will Be Called-After The Election

    Training Unemployed (and) Regisiterd Disabled Scheme or TURDS for short

    Northolt

    April 21, 2015 at 8:59 am

  14. Come, train in a new career to become a nurse

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32390112

    Then get sacked for silly things.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32386927

    As usual its more about how a company or service will be perceived than the incident at hand that could have been left at, don’t do that.

    gaia

    April 21, 2015 at 9:57 am

    • When first in the food bank, this was tried on me, but it didn’t work because it can’t, (with me) but I wouldn’t take it to a tribunal because someone tried it on me.

      enigma

      April 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  15. New electric signing-on machine still not working today – despite having been told (again) to bring ID etc for it.

    If they can’t get this to work what chance for Universal Credit?

    Andrew Coates

    April 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    • Andrew, if you can cast your mind back to the wonderful 90s and Windows 95/Windows 98 etc. What was the main problem with them?
      Buffer overflow from virus – ie the sfotware engineers did minimal testing.
      Guess what the main problem with this rubbish is?
      You guessed it – Buffer Overflow is up there at number one.
      It won’t work because it can’t work.
      Software is kaput, and the same goes for the device. It’s incapable of processing the data which is causing it to fall over. Basic Basic problem.
      And DWP didn’t test to spot it before buying however many thousands and are now stuck in a contract paying 200/300 each month for each one.
      Lovely
      [know this from my time in IT procurement in Gov.]

      Gazza

      April 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

    • I haven’t see anyone using those elec pads yet, though they have been placed on all the desks in the JC for the past few months, the ideas that they come up with.

      enigma

      April 21, 2015 at 11:39 am

    • Could Be ”Dipolomatic” Out Of Service Till May 8th.. That Was VE Day Too In 1945. Lets See What Happens

      Northolt

      April 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

  16. Thanks Enigma

    Northolt

    April 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

  17. Teaching people to practise mindfulness works just as well as antidepressants in preventing relapses of depression, according to the first major comparison of the two approaches.

    Mindfulness, the principle of gaining a greater awareness of our own thoughts and feelings through meditation and concentration on the world around us, is attracting interest for its health benefits in a number of fields.

    “Recurrent depression is characterised by people who have very negative thoughts about themselves, other people and the world, and those negative thoughts can quickly go into a downward spiral of depressive relapse,” he said.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mindfulness-can-prevent-relapses-of-depression-just-as-well-as-antidepressants-study-claims-10190798.html

    enigma

    April 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm

  18. Degrees of deception, how competent is our foreign health workers both before and after ?

    http://gamovideo.com/n3balgkjc1kt

    Just another issue our government has failed to make us aware of, where yet again leaving it to middle men leads to money corrupting the process of training and supplying competent, qualified nurses.

    gaia

    April 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  19. Just thought I’d mention that the Green Party has pledged to end workfare completely. It’s right there on page 55 of the full manifesto. No ifs, no buts, no tinkering around the edges. The Greens say that workfare needs to end!

    https://www.greenparty.org.uk/we-stand-for/2015-manifesto.html

    Zac

    April 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  20. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    April 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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