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This is the kind of government we now have.

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tomlinson-martinNew Minister for Murdering Disabled People Justin Tomlinson refused to condemn his long-standing colleague Mayor of Swindon Nick Martin who was forced to resign after making vile comments about disabled people.

Martin was forced put of his position in 2014 after he was heard asking “”Are we still letting mongols have sex with each other?” at a council meeting.  Despite initially denying making the comments he eventually resigned after he was found guilty by the Council’s Standards Committee of making abusive and insulting references to disabled people.

Throughout the affair, Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, refused to condemn his long-standing colleague for the remarks.  This prompted local Labour Party parliamentary candidates to issue a public letter to Tomlinson asking whether they supported Nick Martin remaining a councillor and member of the Conservative Party.  Tomlinson apears to have simply ignored this letter.

The truth is that Tomlinson and Nick Martin go…

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Written by Andrew Coates

May 16, 2015 at 2:04 pm

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  1. It begins: we’ve got another five years of this.

    jj joop

    May 16, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    • And it isn’t going to get any better. Trust me.

      jj joop

      May 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  2. As Capt. Kirk say’s:

    Shield’s Up, Arm Photon Torpedo’s and Charge Main Phaser Banks:

    “BATTLE STATIONS”

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  3. This Photon Torpedo is squarely aimed at IDS and the DWP!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    • And set your Phasers on kill!

      jj joop

      May 17, 2015 at 10:13 am

  4. Tory council leaders across England and Wales have presented a united front with Labour and Lib Dem-run local authorities as they warn the chancellor, George Osborne, that another round of funding cuts would devastate local services and harm the most vulnerable in society.

    In a letter to the Observer, council bosses representing every type of local authority in England and Wales, as part of the Tory-controlled Local Government Association (LGA), say they have already had to impose cuts of 40% since 2010 and cannot find more savings without serious consequences for community life and social care, and knock-on effects for the NHS.

    The IFS said the scale of the overall savings – 10% of the part of the welfare bill not spent on pensioners – would involve the Conservatives looking at child benefit, child tax credit and disability allowances. According to the Treasury, the budget would announce reforms of welfare that would protect the most vulnerable while making sure the system is fair to taxpayers.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/16/tory-councils-osborne-no-further-austerity

    enigma

    May 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  5. Universal Credit at Work Spring 2015.

    Businesses

    For businesses, the difference that Universal Credit stands to make is often underplayed.
    Yet the testimony of employers where Universal Credit has rolled out shows that they
    are already reaping the benefits. The key here lies in the flexibility of Universal Credit
    – putting an end to the rigid rules of the current welfare system which has meant
    that people’s working patterns can cluster round the hours dictated by tax credits
    entitlement, and even that part-time or extra work is refused for fear of losing benefits.
    Gone at last will be the tyranny of the 16 hour job, stopping lone parents from improving
    their circumstances through additional hours.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/405921/uc-at-work-spring-2015.pdf

    enigma

    May 16, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    • The Universal Credit (Work-Related Requirements) In Work Pilot Scheme and Amendment Regulations 2015

      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/89/made

      enigma

      May 16, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    • enigma:

      What UC really means is that people will be freed from one tyranny only to be enslaved under another. It means that lone parents and people in receipt of tax credits will be harried and bullied by the DWP into finding full-time work under threat of sanction if they refuse. The poor buggers don’t know what’s coming. And when it does, they won’t know what’s hit them, either. They think welfare “reform” doesn’t concern them; that it only effects the unemployed. Oh deary me. I can foresee major tantrums and eruptions at the Jobcentre when they start hauling these poor bastards in for interviews.

      jj joop

      May 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

      • On a slightly lighter note, there is a major reshuffle going on at my JC. As of the week after next, I will have two new work coaches; along with everyone else. The first wave of voluntary JCP redundancies begins in June, so my coach told me. The second wave is at the end of year. He is taking voluntary redundancy in the second wave. Apparently you get a better severance package if you go quietly. If you refuse your package can be reduced by as much as 50%. When UC finally kicks in next year, claimants will only have one coach, as opposed to two.

        jj joop

        May 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

      • What has yet to come with any clarity is whether or not under UC housing benefit can be sanctioned. Logically it shouldn’t as it would be impossible to explain how such an action wouldn’t reduce a claimants ability to gain meaningful work as we all know companies don’t hire homeless people.

        This doesn’t mean this isn’t DWPs intent but does as full out approaches mean they will have to tackle the rather difficult question.

        If it is deemed that DWP wont then my advice is to claimants not to bother claiming tax credits if working at and over 30 hours weekly as its pittance in terms of amount.

        As for those below 30 hours once again if no sanctioning will occur to housing benefit then don’t retain your UC as your wages will out gross it after a mere 12/13 hours so UC offers no dividends beyond that point.

        gaia

        May 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

      • Truthfully I see no merit in chasing people on tax credits to find an extra 5 hours or less work as your not eligible for such credit unless your work exceeds 30 plus hours in the first place.

        The cost of doing so will far outweigh any gain the tories may believe may be had if the working low paid public persist claiming it.

        I believe there main plan is to attack those under it as then they fall into unemployed benefit country which again isn’t so what with the pound for pound system being extracted from the benefit payment after the first 5 pounds is earnt meaning other than housing benefit, a claimant can kick the unemployed bit to the ground after 13 hours work at nat min.

        The problem the tories have is housing benefit isn’t like tax credits meaning anyone can claim no matter how many hours they do.

        gaia

        May 17, 2015 at 11:11 am

      • JJ, remember that UC will affect everyone on it, those of us on JSA with no kids will also be bullied by the DWP into finding full-time work under threat of sanction if they refuse. because as it is stated in that pdf above, employers are targeting those on UC, because they know the claimant will have no choice but to take “any job” or face sanctions,- employers will be in touch with the DWP, it is going to be bad for everyone on UC.

        enigma

        May 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

      • And this “any job” myself I won’t do any job that I don’t want to do.

        enigma

        May 17, 2015 at 11:45 am

      • Don’t forget this company still has to offer you a contract, which means they need consent.

        Remember the DWP law is if you refuse an offer of work which if you don’t sign a contract is highly unlikely to happen meaning that it stops prior to an offer of work.

        Claimants do need to bare in mind that a verbal contract is also considered binding so listen and speak carefully while at an interview.

        gaia

        May 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      • I know what you mean Gaia.

        enigma

        May 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      • Because of the “verbal consent” many people will get caught out.

        enigma

        May 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      • If you put a privacy clause on your application then this will stop, or at least discourage employers from ratting you out to the DWP. And while your CC states that the DWP “may seek feedback from employers about any jobs they have told me to apply for”, does anyone actually know of anyone this has happened to?

        I usually find putting a privacy clause on my applications generally discourages employers from offering me an interview.

        Parker Pyne

        May 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      • Parker:

        I have never had the Jobcentre contact employers about any of my applications. I’ve never been told to apply for a specific vacancy, either.

        However, on several occasions when I’ve done a job search with my work coach, vacancies have been brought to my attention and I’ve been asked what I think of them. Unless I have a valid reason why I shouldn’t apply, i.e. I don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, or it’s outside the 90 minute commute, then I apply for it. This then stops the Jobcentre from following it up. At least this has always been my experience anyway.

        jj joop

        May 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      • Incidentally, I always put a privacy clause on all my applications and I’ve never had anyone complain.

        jj joop

        May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      • jj joop,

        the only joy I get out of this whole mess is the fact that there are plenty of fools out there.. sorry misspoke, “wannabe” tories out there who voted for this shower who are going to get an education in what the tories really think of the common man.

        God help us all

        Gazza

        May 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      • Gazza:

        Yep. And we’ll be rubbing shoulders with them in the Jobcentre before the end of the year.

        jj joop

        May 18, 2015 at 7:24 am

  6. My message to IDS and his new Asian ‘DOGS BODY’ or ‘LACKY’:

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

  7. The new ‘flat rate’ pension (where everybody gets different amounts)

    For hundreds of thousands of people like Teresa Hunter, retiring in the decade after 2016 will not lead to a full state pension.

    The Government is poised to hit retirees with punitive state pension deductions, making it harder – or impossible – for thousands retiring over the next decade to do so on a full pension.

    We can also confirm that many retiring in the next decade will face punitive deductions, because penalties for contracting out are not limited to years contracted out alone. They can be applied across someone’s entire working history.

    DWP acknowledges that the old system was complex and now seems antiquated, which is why the Government wishes to move to a new system. But it also stresses that the new system was designed to be cost-neutral, so there will be both winners and losers.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11608210/The-new-flat-rate-pension-where-everybody-gets-different-amounts.html

    enigma

    May 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    • There will be more losers than winners, I fancy.

      jj joop

      May 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      • Yes, I would also think so. with the deductions.

        enigma

        May 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

  8. Universal Credit is supposed to make life easier for everyone. What utter rot. It is designed to screw all of us up the chutney, and make us all destitute. You mark my words.

    jj joop

    May 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    • I wish they would say how it would “provide a £7 billion boost to the economy” every year. What are we doing now that wastes £7bn each year.

      another Fine Mess

      May 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      • MP expenses?…

        W2W Defector

        May 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

  9. Chaos on the streets.

    Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, says service is ‘on its knees’, and predicts end of policing by consent and move towards more violent style.

    Police will be forced to adopt a “paramilitary” style of enforcement if the government inflicts big budget cuts on them, the head of the police officers’ organisation has warned.

    West Midlands police is planning ending the bobby on the beat in some areas.

    Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, said his 123,000 members, from police constables to inspectors, fear a move towards a more violent style of policing as they try to keep law and order with even fewer officers than now.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/17/police-warn-big-budget-cuts-will-lead-to-paramilitary-force

    enigma

    May 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

  10. Tens of thousands of people who juggle work with looking after ageing relatives could be forced into unemployment if care for the elderly is subjected to further cuts by the Government, campaigners have warned.

    In less than 10 years, a million people will be living with dementia, a number set to double by 2051, says the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Speaking ahead of Dementia Awareness Week, which starts today, Mr McNamara added: “Workers can’t fit caring responsibilities into a lunch break. Looking after an elderly parent with dementia takes huge amounts of time, energy and emotional stress. Many carers will have no choice but to give up work unless they get better public services.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tens-of-thousands-who-work-and-look-after-relatives-could-be-forced-into-unemployment-under-further-cuts-to-care-campaigners-warn-10255739.html

    enigma

    May 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

  11. Bins overflow with homeless

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32776626

    Biffa starts to add cameras to bin collector wagons after an increase in homeless people looking for shelter seek out wheelie bins for refuge, leads to accidental deaths over the past year.

    gaia

    May 18, 2015 at 7:48 am

    • There isn’t really any safe place for those who are homeless.

      enigma

      May 18, 2015 at 11:44 am

    • There’s never been a safe place as for years they have endured physical violence from the public and bullying and or arrest from the police. I have yet to meet a homeless person who’s been on the street more than a year and doesn’t hang in a group who hasn’t been physically assaulted by a member of the public. I’ve on occasion asked why in a group with the answer often being, ” there’s safety in numbers” which if the mantra carried by many just goes to show how living on the street is indeed dangerous.

      The ultimate insult of course is in how many attacks on the homeless have lead to a conviction ?

      gaia

      May 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      • The number of homeless people who have been attacked I would think obviously unknown because a lot of them don’t go and get help, they like us who are not homeless know that the homeless don’t get helped so don’t bother to get any help, I like many others have seen in the media for instance, just those homeless people who have been killed. the numbers of convictions though my guess is yet another unknown stat.

        enigma

        May 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm

  12. More crypticism over how tories will fund NHS.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32772548

    Prime minister gives out more flannel without yet again , “explaining exactly how”.

    gaia

    May 18, 2015 at 7:59 am

  13. Tories fail disabled adults and hit possible road bump in 12bn welfare cuts.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32693998

    With children and disabled adults being abused at escalating rates (figures while under tory government), the Tories still fail to help the vulnerable. Equally as worse will be how they address the issue what with social protection and exclusion being liable targets for the 12bn welfare cuts.

    gaia

    May 18, 2015 at 8:08 am

    • There is no help for those whom are considered undesirable by the Tories.

      enigma

      May 18, 2015 at 11:40 am

      • Well that rules us out for a start. We are the undesirables!

        jj joop

        May 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      • Yes, the same as those who are being moved/forced out of London and other area’s.

        enigma

        May 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

  14. EMPLOYERS LIABILITY INSURANCE

    Getting back to the subject of Employers’ Liability insurance in relation to mandatory work schemes.

    The plot thickens. The basic question is: “is a mandatory workfare candidate covered by a workfare employer’s liability insurance”? The answer might well depend on the type of policy the employer has. Some policies might cover employees and volunteers only, but other policies might include PUBLIC liability – which could cover mandatory workfare candidates.

    Comments welcome.

    Questioner

    May 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    • Liability cover/insurance really depends on the business taking it out so you would have to contact the firm covering your placement to know for sure.
      The one thing I can tell you is insurance firms don’t miss a trick and wont hesitate to change agreements if they see merit in it.

      Don’t allow your placement provider to come in and do the checks for you as all they do when they get details for things like insurance is ring them up to make sure its valid and never check precisely what and what it covers in detail.

      Whats important is what they class claimants as who maintain there definitely not volunteering nor are employees, contractors, casual workers or temporary staff (including trainees or apprentices).

      http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/casual-workers-rights/

      Also that needs to be found out is in what capacity the provider acts as towards the placement employer. If the placement provider places claimants with an employer who themselves doesn’t interview the placement to agree terms and or provides funds to placement employer to cover liability or covers you under there own makes you an agency worker and thus a casual worker/worker.

      For the record volunteers are not classed as casual workers/workers but if you are not volunteering then exactly what are you to these insurance companies ?

      You see this placement employer must still seek an agreement with you meaning CONSENT is required. As you know LEGAL CONSENT cannot be gained via force or threat. This makes no difference if the placement provider acts as an agency which it does if it supplies workers again once a claimants placement period is up or even during it. It hangs on who approaches who regarding placements.

      If handled right, placement providers and employers wont be able to take you on. As long as the claimant maintains that they are only attending such a placement under duress, they cannot be legally deemed as volunteer status.

      At the end of the day I would expect attacks from DWP but this will come to nothing over the long run if any sanction is placed on you once or possibly even before you reach tribunal but ultimately the decision to resist placements rests with the individual.

      gaia

      May 18, 2015 at 9:32 am

      • gaia

        I’m sure with a few stokes of a pen – and a slightly higher premium – employer liability insurance will easily be made to cover mandatory “volunteers” by including “public” liability.

        But you never know, there might still be some workfare employers out there who might still not be properly insured – but how many workfare slaves are going to challenge that anyway?

        The insurance matter is worth keeping an eye on, but the best defence is the “no contract” one.

        Questioner

        May 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      • There is no such thing as mandatory volunteers, even ex cons on probation or those serving community service fall under the category of worker/casual worker which is a far more forceful approach to claimants on JSA or UC who unlike those in court or looking to end a lengthy prison sentence, are free to sign off.

        As for the no contract argument are you even aware that there is no legal legislation that stipulates an employer has to offer any contract ?

        Are you aware that the most sole reason a contract is offered is to get the potential employee to consign to business policies like working behaviour, dress code, etc, more so than address health and safety awareness induction and data protection privacy policies ?

        Are you aware that once a new piece of legislation gets passed that these placement employees become second parties like the providers already are meaning they don’t have to ask your name or even care to as DWP will supply it.

        At the end of the day if you want to follow stuff DWP is well aware of and working to combat and will likely succeed in after tricking the public out of supporting the current human rights act and replacing it with the bill of rights then that is your decision as it is anyone’s.

        gaia

        May 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      • gaia

        Its just come to me that the workfare providers might well fall under “gangmaster rules”…

        Gazza

        May 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      • gaia

        I did put the word “volunteers” in inverted commas. I’m well aware there is no such thing as mandatory volunteers – but in the world of workfare, anything goes. Very few people raise any informed challenge.

        The “contract” I’m talking about here, is the paperwork at the referral agency.

        Questioner

        May 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      • Im sorry questioner I know you mean well but what contract does the provider have to enter into with a claimant ?

        Apart from data protection consent as regards third parties providers don’t have to enter into any sort of contract as there already getting paid and there contract is with DWP.

        Its all dot the I, cross the T stuff to make the process look humane, caring and provide pathways that claimants cant back out of.

        The hard fast rule is what they say, what you say and whats provable down the line what with both advisors and providers fully happy to falsify documents and even entire conversations that may even not have taken place.

        gaia

        May 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      • gaia

        I think we should be keeping things as simple as possible here. This is not the place to go into the semantics of contracts.

        DON’T SIGN THE PAPERWORK relating to Mandatory Work Activity or Community Work Placements if you are referred to a workfare provider.

        For those who have not yet seen it, have a look at the following link (with video) about someone who successfully did not sign the paperwork with a workfare referral agency – (in this case “Work Solutions”):

        http://refuted.org.uk/category/community-work-placements/

        Questioner

        May 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      • just make sure you know what ur doing and saying when at the jcp or provider and can back it up cos they will try and sanction you.

        done me 5-6 times but they all failed as i won them all 😉

        super ted

        May 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      • You know it ted. Sign bugger all.

        jj joop

        May 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      • Yeah, keep it simply. If the mwa/cwp provider or placement provider gives you anything to sign, anything – DO NOT SIGN!! It might not get you out of mwa/cwp because they could still keep you there (as a punishment). But at least the provider won’t be getting paid because they can’t prove you started mwa/cwp, and neither will the placement provider. Money talks, well it’s the only think that talks with a purely-for-profit provider. If they know they aren’t going to get paid for your ‘participation’ on mwa/cwp and the jobcentre tries re-referring you to mwa/cwp you are likely to get re-referred straight back, or they could just tell the jobcentre not to re-refer you to mwa/cwp 🙂

        Do NOT Sign!!

        May 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      • Also if they kept you on a placement when you hadn’t signed any of their shit they would be breaking the LAW.

        Do NOT Sign!!

        May 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm

  15. Most businesses still not paying living wage

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32722572

    With around 4.9 million businesses operating in the UK, still only around 1000 have adopted the living wage. This 0.02% of all businesses handing out the living wage just proves the money just doesn’t trickle down as businesses still put profit ahead of people.

    http://www.companybug.com/how-many-limited-companies-are-there-in-the-uk/

    gaia

    May 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

    • “The BBC research also showed that most Scottish Premiership football clubs were paying some of their off-pitch staff less than the living wage.” – not only that – football clubs use workfare

      cwp slave

      May 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

      • There pay footballers millions and justify this by saying it attracts the public who generate money for the club.

        The question comes that if stadiums weren’t kept clean, would these members of the public still come, wading through there own self generated litter just to watch players costing bucket loads of money.

        Another question is if no one was stewarding, how would the clubs maintain control of the crowds without it adding extra costs to supplying more police to keep order.

        We know they wouldn’t as even messi’s skill could overshadow a fans anguish at being bitten by a rat or worse still face the threat of violence from visiting fans.

        Its not said often enough but, “its the small things that count”, “its the small things that make the greater whole”.

        gaia

        May 18, 2015 at 10:04 am

  16. With all created tory jobs in the last 5 years going to immigrants, redundant people, people already in work and those unemployed less than 6 months its still clear the tory plan to reduce unemployment has still someway to go.

    Todate despite scheme after scheme failing to help the long term into sustained meaningful employment, can the Tories come up with another approach that doesn’t rely on shifting borders like disincluding under 24s from welfare, that doesn’t rely on letting advisors and providers issue unwarranted sanctions, that doesn’t rely on allowing anyone leaving benefits to be classed as employed for statistical purposes.

    Will the Tories address the biggest barrier to work, the employer ?

    While job creation is always welcome, it does little good when it requires skills and experience most unemployed people do not have. With mass shortages in construction, engineering, science and research, healthcare and education its hard see how these shortages will be addressed without hiring more skilled workers from abroad what with governments reluctance to assist the unemployed into reskilling for such positions.

    Any attempt to keep promoting no to low skilled jobs to unemployed people will only lead to another 2 million not paying tax and national insurance while still relying on welfare in the form of tax credits and housing benefit and thus reducing any hope of a deficit surplus before 2020 that doesn’t involve dismantling public services while, or raising other taxes along with creating new ones.

    gaia

    May 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

    • Many more to be made unemployed.

      Whitehall is facing the prospect of having to shed as many as 100,000 jobs over the next five years, the union representing senior civil servants has said.

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/18/whitecall-could-axe-100000-jobs-over-the-next-half-decade-union-warns

      enigma

      May 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

      • Yeah. And it’s already starting at my Jobcentre.

        jj joop

        May 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    • “With all created tory jobs in the last 5 years going to immigrants”

      Thousands of foreign nurses could be working in Britain with bogus qualifications it has emerged, after police warned that the medic who killed two patients at Stockport’s Stepping Hill hospital used forged photocopies to secure his job.

      Victorino Chua, 49, a father of two from the Philippines, faces life in prison today when he is sentenced for murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others during a 2011 killing spree.

      The case has raised serious concerns over the way overseas nursing staff are monitored and assessed when applying for jobs in the NHS.

      It is feared that thousands of registered nurses, who arrived in the UK a decade ago or before, may have below par, or even bogus, medical qualifications. More than 90,000 nurses who are registered to work in the UK trained overseas.

      The fears come at a time when the Prime Minister is promising to roll out a seven day a week NHS system, meaning stretched managers will be forced to recruit and rely on even more overseas staff.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11614162/Stepping-Hill-The-scandal-of-foreign-nurses-with-bogus-papers.html

      enigma

      May 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm

  17. One in five benefit-related deaths involved sanctions, admits DWP

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/one-in-five-benefit-related-deaths-involved-sanctions-admits-dwp/

    ken

    May 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    • From 60 to 49 now down to 10

      The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that 10 of the 49 benefit claimants whose deaths were subject to secret reviews had had their payments sanctioned.

      The admission came in a response to a freedom of information request submitted by Anita Bellows, a researcher with Disabled People Against Cuts.

      DWP told Bellows that 10 of the claimants covered by the 49 “peer reviewed cases” had had their benefits sanctioned at some stage.

      The figures have caused alarm, as they suggest that claimants who have been sanctioned are far more likely to suffer a death linked to their benefit claim than those who have not been sanctioned.

      This week, a press release put out by the new employment minister, Priti Patel, stated that sanctions were only used “as a last resort in a small percentage of cases”, with less than six per cent of JSA claimants and one per cent of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants being sanctioned.

      But this compares with more than 20 per cent of benefit-related deaths reviewed internally by DWP that involve someone who had been sanctioned.

      DWP has so far been unable to say how many times each claimant who died had been sanctioned because – it claimed – the information was “not available in the peer review reports”.

      Its response also does not reveal whether the claimants were subject to a sanction – stopping an out-of-work benefit for a period of time because a claimant has not met a particular condition imposed by DWP – at the time they died.

      enigma

      May 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm

  18. “Thousands of foreign nurses could be working in Britain with bogus qualifications”

    Nurses may call strike if Government tries to cut pay as David Cameron vows to deliver ‘truly seven-day NHS’ plans.

    Nurses will take industrial action if the Government tries to cut pay to deliver its election promise of a “truly seven-day NHS”, the leader of Britain’s biggest nursing union has warned.

    In what he called “a strong warning to the Secretary of State”, Dr Peter Carter, the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, told The Independent that any “attacks on unsocial hours or weekend working payments” would be a “red line” for nurses.

    His comments raise the prospect of an unprecedented strike, at a time when the Government – eager to change the law to make it harder for workers in essential public services to walk out – faces action from rail workers and teachers.

    Next week will see Britain’s first national rail strike in 20 years, while teachers in some areas have been taking part in industrial action over the imposition of academies.

    With the NHS in financial crisis, experts have questioned whether extra hospital staffing in the evenings and at weekends – promised in the Conservative manifesto – can be achieved without either holding down or cutting pay rates.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nurses-may-call-strike-over-plans-for-truly-sevenday-nhs-10256874.html

    enigma

    May 18, 2015 at 9:40 pm

  19. UKIP has joined forces with the Greens and other parties to petition the government over voting reform.

    The delegation, which also included representatives from the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the SNP, handed a petition to Downing Street on Monday.

    It calls for the UK voting system to be changed to one of proportional representation, saying the current set up has “failed voters”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32786750

    enigma

    May 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm

  20. “Another Fine Mess”

    Good report about sanctions you posted. The most bizarre part of the sanctions regime is the way in which the failed Work Programme managed to sanction more people than it got back to work:

    “The study also shows the Work Programme continues to deliver far more JSA sanctions than JSA job outcomes.

    Up to 30 September 2014 there had been 345,640 JSA Work Programme job outcomes and 575,399 JSA Work Programme sanctions”.

    Even the people who got jobs while on the Work Programme, would have got these jobs anyway without the Work Programme!!!

    Tobanem

    May 19, 2015 at 7:36 am

    • It also proves something else Tobanem.

      It proves sanctions don’t result in people finding work as was claimed along with people signing off at the works and pensions committee meeting.

      gaia

      May 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

  21. YOU’RE FIRED

    As the Tories make it easier for firms to sack workers, B&Q fire 82-year-old employee:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/record-view-82-year-old-ivor-smiths-5720828

    Tobanem

    May 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

    • Any chance of cut n pasting the 82 year old being fired article Tobanem ?

      gaia

      May 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

      • YOU’D be forgiven for wondering if bosses at B&Q have been overcome by the paint fumes.

        It’s hard to see any other logical explanation for their despicable decision to sack war hero Ivor Smith.

        The 82-year-old fought in Malaya in the 1950s and has dedicated his retirement to working at the DIY superstore.

        B&Q bosses even crowned him an old age marvel for being one their best and oldest employees.

        Yet they sacked him when he left a till unattended for three-and-a-half minutes. At the very least the plucky pensioner deserved a second chance.

        Ivor has again shown his courage by taking big business to an employment tribunal.

        His story is also a prime example of the disgraceful way big employers are able to treat their staff under this Tory Government.

        Thousands of workers are now trapped in zero hour contracts with companies that care little for the needs of their staff.

        Others are on the poverty line with wages that fall way below what it is possible to live on thanks to a minimum wage level that is just not enough.

        Meanwhile, David Cameron and George Osborne are planning to make it easier for firms to sack their workers.

        New Conservative Business Secretary Sajid Javid has already said the UK Government will launch a vicious attack on striking rights as a priority now they have a majority.

        enigma

        May 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

      • What has it came to when people can now be sacked easier which is basically being forced, so that an unemployed person can take the job, with no benefits, meanwhile the paid employee loses all their benefits.

        enigma

        May 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

      • Thanks Tobanem.

        gaia

        May 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

      • The problem that in fairness isn’t down to the Tories is in the way employers hold conduct hearings in-house.

        You see unlike criminal court, the employer doesn’t have to go around the houses to prove guilt of misconduct and its been this way as long as I can remember.

        Until this is addressed it will continue again and again as it has down over the decades yet never reported hardly ever.

        Where the Tories are to blame however is not protecting these people through legal aid and thus making such claims rarer to hear of and easier from the employers point of view to carryout.

        Im only saying but 12 years of service makes for quite a costly redundancy package if you know what I mean.

        gaia

        May 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

      • I know what you mean Gaia, it is a very sad state of affairs for people.

        enigma

        May 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

  22. Many more homeless people.

    Housing benefit cuts for under-21s would be disastrous for young people.

    The cost of evictions, homelessness and temporary accommodation would all but wipe out the controversial policy’s predicted savings.

    How will George Osborne cut £12bn from the welfare bill? We’ll find out next month but it’s looking increasingly likely that plans to remove housing benefit from 18- to 21-year-olds who are unemployed and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance will be form part of it.

    This could be disastrous for the most vulnerable young people in our country. From more than four decades of experience supporting homeless young people, we know that the vast majority of young people who claim housing benefit do so as a lifeline at a time of crisis, not as a lifestyle choice. Among these young people are care leavers who have no home to return to and individuals who have fled domestic violence. Then there are those who have left home to find work and claim housing benefit to bridge the gap between their wages and ever-increasing rents.

    http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/may/18/housing-benefit-cuts-disaster-young-people

    enigma

    May 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    • DON’T FORGET THE HIDDEN HOMELESS

      Yes, many more homeless people are on the way – including the hidden homeless. And that’s not all; as has been said on here before, homeless people face violence, such as being spat on, being kicked and having their sleeping bags set on fire:

      http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/glasgows-hidden-homeless-sleep-rough-at-dozens-of-city-centre-sites-207216n.126341482

      http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/number-of-rough-sleepers-could-be-double-official-figures-207217n.126342013

      Tobanem

      May 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

      • There will soon be millions of homeless people and the “official figures” which is again unknown, because as you rightly said Tobanem, there are the hidden. there will never be a true figure.

        enigma

        May 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

    • Its these cited reasons why such an approach wont work. We all know kids talk, we all know parents will stick up for there kids so just like those coming from care, kids will provide evidence stating why they cant return home.

      You see if a parent says no the kid cant come home, what are the government going to do besides having to bite the bullet or face the backlash of escalating under 21s living on the street which considering the sexual abuse cases flying about wont stand them in good stead.

      It is simple, the government are attempting to shift the cost to parents so unless there is an incentive meaning only partial savings, the plan will I suspect fall on its face but who knows.

      gaia

      May 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

      • As if everyone in this society or any other can live independently so be self sufficient.

        enigma

        May 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

      • “And be” even.

        enigma

        May 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

  23. Britain has slipped into deflationary territory for the first in more than 50 years.

    The Consumer Price Index – the official measure of inflation – fell by 0.1% in the year to April 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics. The measure stood at 0% in March.

    This means that the price of food, alcohol and clothing was cheaper last month than it would have been a year ago.

    It’s the first negative reading of the CPI since 1960.

    Food and fuel prices dropped below zero in March

    A problem could arise, however, if savvy shoppers decide to put off spending believing prices will drop further, sending the economy into a negative spiral.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-slips-into-negative-inflation-for-the-first-time-since-1960-10260163.html

    enigma

    May 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

    • Sorry to be a pain but its negative inflation and not as yet deflation. I am sorry but the two have quite different connotations.

      I wont bore you but don’t as yet read into any if scenarios as things are very fickle so its easier to wait for the behaviour pattern to materialise before predicting trends.

      gaia

      May 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  24. DWP Forced To Apologise After Terminally Ill Benefit Claimant Tried To Take His Own Life

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/dwp-forced-to-apologise-after-terminally-ill-benefit-claimant-tried-to-take-his-own-life/

    ken

    May 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  25. Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/18/britain-political-elite-fooled-us-again

    When all this information has been available how on gods green earth did the public still vote for 5 more years of a tory government ?

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/18/labour-deserves-economic-credit-where-due

    We’ve all heard the tory mantra of its all labours fault, well don’t take it from me as im not the only one calling it a crock of crap.

    gaia

    May 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm


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