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Call for DWP Death Statistics will Not Go Away with ‘Start Smiling Again’.

DWP Funded Answer to People with Mental Health Problems.

Release the Death Statistics on Benefit Cuts to Show Their Full Impact

Mark Sivier. Huffington Post.

Following last week’s budget announcement of £12billion in benefit cuts, how many people will die as a result? Dramatic as it may sound, there is already solid evidence that deaths directly correlate to the harsh family benefits caps like those the government plans to introduce. But that evidence is being hushed up. And you can help it become public by signing the petition I’ve set up on Change.org, which appeals for its release.

I’m asking Iain Duncan Smith to stop blocking the publication of these death statistics from the past four years, which reveal how many people have died within six weeks of their benefits being stopped.

Between January and November 2011, 10,600 people died while claiming Employment and Support Allowance. Some, of course, would have sadly died anyway because they were ill or because – put bluntly – people die. Analysis showed that 1,300 of those deaths were in the ‘Work Related Activity Group’ – those expected to be well enough to return to work within a year. It’s false to say – as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has – that the link between deaths and benefit cuts is tenuous.

The DWP has thought of all sorts of reasons not to release the post-2011 death statistics. Initially, they claimed the request would create an undue burden on its time and resources. This was later disproven when it admitted it could indeed provide some of the information within the Freedom of Information request cost limit of £600. Then, they said they were planning to publish the information at an unspecified time in the future – and only recently revealed that this was not true – the information to be released would show the deaths as a ratio, not the actual number of deaths that have occurred.

(see link above for full story).

Perhaps this is part of their response:

A Wales-based company is partnering with the Department for Work and Pensions to roll out an initiative in South Wales job centres. to get people with mental health problems back into work.

The ‘Press Pause to Play’ programme was piloted in Swansea towards the end of last year, helping people with anxiety and depression through a combination of psychology, physiology and neuroscience.

Run by a specialist stress and anxiety management company, the programme reportedly saw 50% of participants successfully run to work.

By partnering with the Department for Work and Pensions, the company – ‘Start Smiling Again’ hope to achieve similar results across Wales by rolling the programme out to a number of job centres in South Wales.

This is the Start Smiling Company.….


Hi, I’m David Rahman, Harley Street Therapist, founder of Start Smiling Again and creator of the revolutionary Blueprint Therapy & Coaching. By visiting this website today, you have already taken that first important step towards regaining health, happiness and the confidence to live the life you deserve.

Anyone can suffer debilitating stress, anxiety and depression at any time. Nobody chooses to experience these illnesses, but when it happens to you, it can seem that there will never be a light at the end of the tunnel; that you will always feel the way you do right now. You may have unsuccessfully undergone therapy before; you may have read self-help books or seen GPs and specialists only still to be left misunderstood and without the help you need.

This is the kind of stuff the DWP is now funding (from David Rahman’s Facebook page Believe in yourself – – it’s not made up):

Fail. Then Win.

Hi, David!

How’s it goin’ Dude!

Hi, bloody Hi!

Written by Andrew Coates

July 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

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  1. Vox Political has a further piece today about the delay in publishing the true ESA death figures, when Debbie Abrahams MP tried to unsuccessfully raise the matter yesterday.

    Amazingly, the Speaker of The House of Commons says “…I accept that she {Debbie Abrahams MP] might not elicit a substantive reply from the responsible Minister” [IDS]”.

    Even the Speaker knows the procrastination of IDS!



    July 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm


    Hmmm, cant see that working on an advisor, and more so cant see that working out for DWP when claimants surround themselves with other unhappy claimants because that’s all the people they know.

    I bet these suggested people are only happy because there looking at you thinking, ” things could be worse”.


    July 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    • “gaia”

      While you are still around, you might be interested in this news about the apprentice death in Manchester which was talked about a lot on here last week:



      July 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      • Sorry “gaia”, I didn’t see you had already commented on the apprentice death on the previous page! I knew you had heavily contributed to this matter earlier on.


        July 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      • Its sicking to see yet another employer get away with what is quite frankly murder. The sentences handed out are pitiful to say the least.

        One gets basically no sentence while the other will be out in 4 months (you never serve the complete sentence I case you didn’t know). Basically under 4 years you serve half, then automatic release. For over you serve a third before being eligible for parole.

        I know exactly what is meant by his overalls were around his waist as often, even at college you see someone having to wear oversized ones because the correct size they should be wearing has been already taken. By the time this kids roll it up and tie it around there waist, it protrudes and 2 to3 inches not to mention the sleeves are used as a belt making it stick out another 3 inches. So no wonder the moment he leant forward the machine took him. No engineer skilled or otherwise should be wearing ill fitting PPE and its illegal for the employer to allow it.

        I wont go on but im at constant war with HSE over the reasonable practicability part as I believe no expense should be spared nor time taken into account when it comes to safety.
        Put it this way, if it was removed a lot of employers would be in prison as they use this to blatantly by pass health and safety.


        July 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      • These sentences do seem rather lenient when you consider the exemplary sentences handed down to a bunch of 80 year old men for brushing against some woman’s knee 40 years ago. When it comes to the criminal justice system it is almost as if the taking of a like is less important than being seem to be politically correct. What has it come to when lesser sentences are handed down for murder than ass slapping?

        Rolf Harris

        July 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      • – “taking of a life”. These prison computers are bloody diabolical!!

        Rolf Harris

        July 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      • This is what happens on governement workfare schemes too: “Sorry these extra large overalls will have to do, we don’t have any small ones”. So you are left walking about all day in among dangerous heavy machinery tripping up over yourself.

        Workfare victim

        July 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      • And the thing about overalls is I don’t think they even order in any small ones, they only ever seem to have extra large; it is like everything else on these atrocious schemes: “one size fits all”. Extra large overalls will fit everyone.

        Workfare victim

        July 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      • @ gaia Would just ordering a batch of extra large overalls fall under the ‘reasonably practical’ get out clause? It wouldn’t be ‘reasonably practical’ to order overalls in a range of sizes to cater for different builds?

        Workfare victim

        July 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      • It is kind of like when someone buys clothing as a present: if it is too small it won’t fit, but even if it is too large it will always fit… to a fashion. So extra large it is. It is like shops, they always have more in the larger sizes to. But is this practice ‘reasonably practical’ under Health and Safety legislation especially when it is leading to the most horrific of deaths?

        Workfare victim

        July 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      • It is kind of like when someone buys clothing as a present: if it is too small it won’t fit, but even if it is too large it will always fit… to a fashion. So extra large it is. It is like shops, they always have more in the larger sizes to… But is this practice ‘reasonably practical’ under Health and Safety legislation especially when it is leading to the most horrific of deaths?

        Workfare victim

        July 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      • Reasonably practicable means – cost and time Vs safety, meaning will either or both time and money be unreasonably spent or lost securing safety.


        To insist a machine shop should have only CNC machinery when weighed is seen as not a cost effective measure despite the fact CNC is much much safer (fully inclosed and requires programming only as the computer does the physical work with automated tools).

        Now when it comes to overalls they are neither time consuming nor expensive so the answer you seek is no, reasonably practicable cannot be seen to be justifiable in the case of not providing proper PPE.


        July 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      • Now an employer is not a tailor, nor is the foremen so it is up the employee to state there PPE is incorrect. Well in the case of this lad and an awful lot of beginners they don’t state, “no sorry this is ill fitting and presents a danger relevant to the environment there working in”.

        Why, because there either unknowing of health and safety and or are in fear the employer might ask them to leave and not return.

        This aside no one should ever even if fitting well drop the top half of there overalls and tie it around there waste without assessing the risks it may bring relevant as I said to there environment.

        Hopefully this helps but again feel free to ask me to expand if you wish.


        July 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      • Good point on CNC. Why are we still using these deadly manual lathes anyway? Why are we not using these fully enclosed computer-programmed lathes that all modern facilities seem to have. Or are are the lives of apprentices/workfare slaves cheaper than the investment in this modern technology. When have you ever heard of anyone being killed or injured by a CNC lathe? It has never happened. These deadly manual lathes should be outlawed and consigned to the dustbin of history.

        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      • Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      • It is this you see in modern facilities:

        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      • It is this you see in modern facilities:


        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      • And this set-up on a government workfare scheme, compare and contrast:

        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      • What you are saying then, gaia, or rather the Law is that these live are worth less then the cost of the modern machinery. That is it in a nutshell!

        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      • And another thing is that you would think that ‘modern’ apprentice would be being trained on the latest technology, not obsolete technology. It just proves the point that these schemes are all about cheap labour. A pile of mangled corpses is cheaper than the investment in a CNC lathe!

        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      • It is about as useful in the real world as doing an apprenticeship to repair cathode-ray TVs or penny-farthings. How could you possibly get a job as a lathe operator in a modern facility after completing this ‘apprenticeship’ when the only places still operating these machines are death-trap back-street operations who use an expendable supply of slave labour.

        Safety Inspector

        July 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      • I used to work in a factory in France which made bespoke bicycle parts such as headsets. We used CNC lathes to produce the parts. Firstly, we designed the part on computer and then transferred the programme to the lathe. We loaded the lathe with ‘blanks’ (roughly shaped pieces), secured the lathe then set the program in action. We then went back to the office to work on more designs as the lathe did it work. We would then return later to collect however many pieces we wanted, maybe a few hundred, maybe a few thousands of perfectly machined pieces. Nobody was ever killed or injured as a result of a lathe; there was never any danger to personnel. I am shocked and saddened that the UK still allows such dangerous operating practices. These are lives being lost needlessly and in the most horrific of circumstances. I would say that is it ‘reasonable and practicable’ that all factories are fitted with CNC lathes. If you can’t afford to operate safely you shouldn’t be in business. If a small bespoke bicycle company can operate safely, anyone can.

        C Tatala

        July 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      • Students are taught on both types of machines. This is so because there’s a lot of small machine operations still functioning in the UK, not to mention some processes still cant be done by CNC.

        Your never hear anyone say life, reason being most accidents don’t end up with loss of life. As far as the powers that be, they will weigh say Cameron’s incident on how often does it happen in the UK and the answer to that is not that often.


        July 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm

  3. Do you have a slow computer? A new computer package called “Turbo Your PC” is being given away free until 18 July.

    Is it too good to be true? Am I being used and manipulated here? I notice the term “free analysis”, but do you have to upgrade (and pay) before the subsequent removal of all the slow files is done?

    This should be right up your street “gaia”. Link here:



    July 17, 2015 at 8:20 am

    • Wouldn’t touch this. It will scan your PC. Say you have umpteen ‘dangerous virii’ that need removed urgently. Then pop-ups will appear incessantly saying you have to ‘upgrade’ to have them removed. Of course it could install itself in such a way as to make un-installation and the removal of the pop-ups extremely tricky. As we say in IT systems network admin NSTAAFL ( No such thing as a free lunch)

      IT Network Adminstrator

      July 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

      • More like: It will ‘scan’ your PC.

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

      • You will also notice that ‘supertechconsultant’ ‘refers’ to the site that this ‘software’ is hosted on. So ‘supertechconsultant’ will get paid every time you ‘click’ on the link to ‘turbopc’ on their site. They will also probably place a cookie/other tracking device on your PC so that they will receive ‘commission’ probably a third of your payment when you decide to pay for an ‘upgrade’ to the software, and in this instance too it will probably link back to Toobola who will receive part of the commission/’referral fee from ‘supertechconsultant’. This is how these scams work. In the same way ‘recruitment’ scams work. You will also see the same thing with ‘free’ dating sites which are really just ‘banner farms’ and to frustate and piss people off so they will sign up the the other ‘pay’ sites they advertise; they will also use tracking so that they will receive a hefty ‘referral’ fee if you are stupid/desperate enough to sign up with any of the site they advertise. There is nothing for nothing on the internet – no such thing as a free lunch. Well, apart from torrents and the like, and even they can have a ‘payload’ if you are not careful.

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

      • PPS ‘supertechconsultant’ is just another ‘front’ site set-up to like to ‘review’ and link to these sites hosting these scam software in order provide some credibilty. ‘supertechconsultant’ and these hosting sites are probably operated by the same entity. As will all the ‘software’ be a product of the same entity.

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

      • PPS ‘supertechconsultant’ is just another ‘front’ site set-up to like to ‘review’ and link to these sites hosting these scam software in order provide some credibility. ‘supertechconsultant’ and these hosting sites are probably operated by the same entity. As will all the ‘software’ be a product of the same entity.

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

      • And gaia, thought you would have spotted all this being an “IT Expert” and what have you… 😉

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

    • PS Tobanem this is one of those Taboola ‘click-bait’ advertising links “Ten everyday things you eat that give you cancer” you have clicked on and being ‘referred’ from another site. Taboola gets paid every time you fall for it and click on the link, kind of like all those ‘click-bait’ ‘recruitment site’s universal jobmatch ‘re-directs you to. Anyway, re the ‘software’, basically its a scam.

      IT Network Adminstrator

      July 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

      • “Don’t Buy A New PC.. Until You’ve Read This!” and you’ve been ‘baited’ and ‘clicked’ on it… 😉

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

      • Another thing you will notice if you land on these “ten everyday things you eat that give you cancer” click-bait links is that it won’t be just the one page listing “ten everyday things you eat that give you cancer” but will be a series of 10 pages that you have to ‘click through’ with each ‘cancer causing item’ listed separately on each ‘page’. This is done to generate more ‘hits’ to the sites and thus more revenue. ‘Monetized’ to the nth degree.

        IT Network Adminstrator

        July 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

      • Going by your posts, I think you’re too thoughtful, logical and well organised to be an IT Network Adminstrator.

        Another Fine Mess

        July 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  4. These system sweep and tune up programs are old hat so if you wanted to do such then go to CNET downloads where they vet all programs and describe which is free, sample or fee based.

    Oddly enough CNET downloads doesn’t include it so for now I would say don’t touch this model.


    By looking at the ad I would say it scans only but doesn’t fix or at most it might remove a few things but that’s about it.

    Windows actually provides all the tools a user needs to tune there system (hasnt got registry cleaner) as its a fact that over time the system becomes bloated with old unused programs, poor uninstalls leading to derelict files, registry entries, old cookies, out of date temp files, to many start-ups in the boot, duplicate files and so forth. On top of this the user may have not set up the system to work at its best which is something else these programs deal with.

    I don’t use them myself as I do it all manually not to mention my OS is customised (cut out loads of the system not required) as Microsoft make a system for all meaning lots of it a domestic user will never use so has this running in the background unnecessarily taking up resources.

    So in summing up I wouldn’t touch this product and instead if you want to try one, try a totally free one/s from CNET downloads. CCleaner is a great free program that sweeps very well but doesn’t have a tuner. Advanced system care is another. Try different ones to see which you like BUT always back up before using incase it as they do from time to time takes out an important file. The all singing all dancing type tend to be paid for models however often they give out a free full trial for so many games.

    Hope that helps but do ask again if any of what I have said needs expanding.


    July 17, 2015 at 8:55 am

  5. Majority of benefits fraudsters WORK

    When you follow committed welfare fraud court cases you tend to find the majority are claiming a benefit or a variety of benefits while there working. From the average jones to a Nolan sister its quite rife. The often case from DWPs stance is it was a failure to report a change of circumstance and it appears housing and credits are the most abused.

    Its funny as government always portrays these fraudsters as out of work scroungers faking an illness or injury which although does appear in court cases isn’t by a long chalk, on the level of in work benefits fraud.


    July 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

    • Oh, I forgot to mention apart from inwork welfare fraud, there’s also second on the list of most done which is to work, not declare it so these people can maintain collecting out of work benefits.

      Either way the majority of benefit fraudsters actually WORK.

      Im not surprized as its already been proved most benefit claimants who claim work but feel it needs to be highlighted as our government and mislead public believe despite this evidence that somehow fraud is only committed by those out of work.


      July 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  6. EBM Mental Health Examination Techniques and analytical guidance.



    July 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

  7. I realise now where David Rahman got his idea from (Black Books, the Little Book of Calm)

    Andrew Coates

    July 17, 2015 at 10:45 am

  8. New DWP advice to unhappy Claimants – after Sanctions:

    Andrew Coates

    July 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    • No bath so that’s that then.!


      July 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

  9. The idea that the NHS can remain taxpayer-funded and free needs to be re-examined as costs rise, a Conservative health minister has said.

    The announcement is the latest in a string of radical policies to be floated by Conservative ministers shortly after the general election campaign.

    Culture Secretary John Whittingdale this week questioned the sustainability of the BBC TV licence system, while DWP Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has floated the idea of more private involvement in sickness and unemployment benefits.



    July 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    • I’ve said all along that contributions would have to increase so how can healthcare not end up unsustainable in the long run, especially when you consider inflation and our governments reluctance to raise taxes and NI contributions.

      The Tories know this and are deliberately letting it happen so they can justify privatisation and we all end up with a system much like in the united states.


      July 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  10. The first rule of insurance is not to pay out if at all possible… 😉

    Loss Adjuster

    July 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    • ………or better still, if possible avoid paying for insurance in the first place.


      July 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  11. Here’s a bit of codswallop for you all


    Please watch the video as this idiot suggested cavemen existed in the same time as dinosaurs and if you look up the notion you will only see people quoting from the bible as there source of evidence.

    Need I say anymore ?


    July 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  12. It is kind of like when someone buys clothing as a present: if it is too small it won’t fit, but even if it is too large it will always fit… to a fashion. So extra large it is. It is like shops, they always have more in the larger sizes to. But is this practice ‘reasonably practical’ under Health and Safety legislation especially when it is leading to the most horrific of deaths?

    Workfare victim

    July 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    • Talking only of what happened between the boy and the lathe, it was tying it around his waste that presented the machine with something to grab much like what too longer sleeves would do if worn properly but still over sized.

      This would have never happened if he was properly supervised and every other worker adhered to H&S practices. There was enough people in this place who would have seen how he wore the overalls so could have stopped him even before he had even started if we assume there was a time he was unsupervised. So either way it should have never happened period stroke period.


      July 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  13. The sad fact is they are just looking to stop peoples benefits,claiments are mandated on any old scheme dreamt up by the DWP,these courses waste money time and are totally useless at getting people into work all for the sake of attempts to suspend benefits.If someone doesnt turn up the fingers quickly blamed however if some sticks at these it shows up how useless they are of course they will still try blaming the unfortunate person.

    Its surprising how this department still clings to the hope that someone doesnt do enough to look for work,what they dont want to see is someone walking in with plenty of evidence of searching for work.

    Really their absolutely abysmal,they will discriminate at a snap of a finger,ignore any law and just carry on doing what they please,be on guard and wary dealing with them.


    July 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    • I really wish I didn’t have to say this but in young Cameron’s case, DWP had absolutely nothing to do with it whats so ever.


      July 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  14. Protesters have stormed the offices of a government welfare organisation in Dundee.

    Around ten members of the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network (SUWN) entered the Triage offices in Albert Square this morning to protest against the imposition of sanctions on benefits claimants and the use of “workfare”.

    They could be seen hanging out of windows and shouting.

    Three police units were sent and officers entered the second floor offices. The protesters then left the building at the police’s request.
    They then continued to protest in the street outside for a short time, calling for an end to “slave labour”.

    A spokeswoman said Triage organised ” pointless” work with businesses and charities for the unemployed which they must carry out to secure benefits.

    An official statement from the SUWN said: “Triage is central to the punishment regime faced by unemployed workers in Dundee. It is a private company making hundreds of thousands of pounds by adding to the pressures on people already suffering from stress and poverty.


    Andrew Coates

    July 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    • It’s always good to know that there are people out there fighting against these companies some of which make millions/billions of pounds whilst the unemployed are threatened to work for them.


      July 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    • Good on SUWN – these cowboys need running out of town.

      Sheriff Tombstone

      July 17, 2015 at 8:43 pm

  15. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    July 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  16. Tories begin war on freedom of information act (FOI)

    The papers are awash today with articles on how the tory government has rigged a panel setup in the light of another embarrassment (British pilots in Syria) highlighting how what the government says and does is to different things.

    The panel of 5 contains Jack straw, currently a subject of FOI over the rendition of a terror suspect during his time as foreign secretary. Incase any don’t know what rendition is, its when you get snatched off the street (illegally kidnapped), loaded onto a plane and taken to another country without any dew process and tortured.

    A second member is former Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard who himself had decisions exposed under the act he wished hadn’t. We even have Lord Carlile of Berriew, the man who accused the guardian newspaper of a criminal act when they printed leaked documents by Edward Snowden. They are also joined by Dame Patricia Hodgson and Lord Burns.

    The government state its to see if FOI is fit for purpose, a comment Information commissioner Christopher Graham (ICO) has said, most certainly is and is happy to prove it.

    So it appears even ICO the office/department responsible for freedom of information, data protection believe its completely unwarranted.

    This government may not be able to abolish it but I suspect as does others that they will make it so hard, nothing gets released.

    In summing up just remember, if they can stifle more serious documents, imagine what they will do with reports that should be open to the public like suicide rates of benefits claimants after the welfare reforms.



    July 18, 2015 at 9:19 am

    • I cannot air the seriousness of this by our tory government to fix FOI in there favour.

      We must not forget the logic behind this is largely dew to things the government has said they didn’t do but transpired they most certainly did like we don’t torture people, we don’t spy on all our public citizens and other hot topics that angered the public when revealed.

      By allowing this to pass we are condemning ourselves to a government and successive governments that will act as they please with impunity. Remember terrorists are killing British citizens because of what our government/s have done, again a fact we know courtesy of released data.


      July 18, 2015 at 9:32 am

  17. which will help people with such conditions find and stay in work.”

    – Justin Tomlinson MP

    Their still banging on about sustainable employment!

    which will help people

    Then take it out on people when it doesnt.The tone and stance taken isnt going to improve anything.

    Watchdog backs DWP refusal to release 49 benefit deaths reports



    July 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

    • Arrr, section 44 (1)

      Special information notices.

      (1) If the Commissioner—.

      (a) has received a request under section 42 in respect of any processing of personal data, or.

      (b) has reasonable grounds for suspecting that, in a case in which proceedings have been stayed under section 32, the personal data to which the proceedings relate—.

      (i) are not being processed only for the special purposes, or

      (ii) are not being processed with a view to the publication by any person of any journalistic, literary or artistic material which has not previously been published by the data controller,

      he may serve the data controller with a notice (in this Act referred to as a “special information notice”) requiring the data controller [F1to furnish the Commissioner with specified information for the purpose specified in subsection (2).]



      July 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

  18. The Independent has an interesting front page today on the end of the FoI:


    July 18, 2015 at 9:52 am



    (Article in the sun)

    The high court ruled that spies intercepting phone calls and internet records were illegal.

    The police who are most unhappy used the EXCUSE, that not allowing this will prevent them from finding missing people who are at risk of suicide.

    Notice how for double impact they state both missing and suicide. If we have a government who refuses to release suicide figures of welfare reform deaths, refusing to acknowledge the rise of in prison suicides and rising violence in our jails, what makes the police believe the public will swallow they care about people at risk of suicide when only recently they had been mistreating people with mental health problems not to mention ignored certain complaints that lead in one case to a mother taking the life of herself and her daughter.

    There ramping it up people so it looks like the coming storm is coming sooner rather than later when our government again fails to solve the countries problems so rather than tell the truth so we can all truly be in it together, have instead set about drawing up the drawbridge to protect themselves and the wealthy against the backlash of the working public.


    July 18, 2015 at 10:46 am


      Again in the sun newspaper it is revealed that Gove has suggested selling off disused prisons to provide luxury apartments.

      In a time when the country has a massive house shortage, Gove has the gull to provide only for the wealthy, as who else could possibly afford a luxury apartment.

      This is direct evidence of government failing to serve the needs of the ALL the people they are obligated to act for.

      Still believe young well educated kids leaving to join IS are easily fooled by extremism, the very same kids who’s chosen studies provide them with state or the art technics to methodically and pragmatically assess a given situation like doctors, engineers and scientists.



      July 18, 2015 at 10:56 am

  20. Online piracy laws reviewed

    (BBC article)

    Government again caving in to the lure of money seek to expand the sentence for the crime of copyright infringement to 10 years imprisonment. It currently stands at 2 years.

    So people get a prospective, that’s two thirds of a life sentence for murder.

    Now where this is important, it was made illegal again yesterday to rip music or movies onto your own phone despite paying for them. The reason its important is Bluetooth gets hacked everyday, hell you can even switch someone’s phone back on and that’s before acknowledging most people don’t know how to secure there phones and PCs.

    Basically as the law stands, if someone hacks and steals this music from your phone that you UPLOADED remember (this is who the 10 years is aimed at, not downloaders), you the subscriber are LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE just like if they hack your internet and hack or attack other computers.

    Its staggering to believe that SHARING FOR FREE has gone from simple theft to a stones throw from aggravated burglary and murder, that’s right, sharing which is a GODLY ACT is seen by our government as tantamounting to the taking of a real flesh and blood life.

    If you have to resort to tactics like this, does it sound like a government confident of a prosperous future through hard work and export or a government who like any party cant hold back the inevitable truth that both taxes and business simply isn’t enough to rescue the UK from its own sinking ship.



    July 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

    • There is novel written in the not-to-distant dystopian future where the punishment for the crime of copyright infringement is the death penalty!

      Philip K Dick

      July 18, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      • ‘set’ rather…

        Philip K Dick

        July 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      • lolz

        July 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    • lolz

      July 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

    • lolz

      July 19, 2015 at 9:32 am


    Getting back to the main subject on this page, ie, Start Smiling Again, they must be laughing all the way to the bank!

    Quote from The Void:

    “Iain Duncan Smith seems to think that all someone with a mental illness needs to do to get better is cheer up and start applying for jobs in Tesco. And if that doesn’t sort their life out he’ll stop their benefits to teach them a lesson. And now he’s got a lifestyle guru to force people to start smiling again. Or else”.

    It’s so ludicrous, It’s almost hilarious!!!


    July 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    • Yes, though I suppose it’s not really very amusing to think that this charlatan is going to be charged with responsibility towards people with very real mental health issues.

      Andrew Coates

      July 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

  22. Tobanem

    July 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    • Remember Tobanem, they can only sanction you for a failure to participate, they cant sanction you because the treatment failed.

      Unluckily for IDS and DWP alike, they cant enforce under any law how you think or should act meaning claimants subjected to such a scheme should just milk it so they can while away a few hours so as to put it on there claimant commitment to counts towards what they did that week.

      Repeat after me,

      Im happy to be jobless, im happy to be ignored by employers, im happy to soon be homeless and starving.

      That should give DWP to think about..


      July 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  23. Sharp fall in the number of single parents on the dole

    According to a few news articles the numbers are down by a third in just one year.
    Well you might remember the other day I announced that the second most committed benefit fraud was single parents claiming to be single when infact they had partners they didn’t declare who were working and supporting them.

    I would imagine considering hounding single parents has been ongoing for around over a year heading to two that it begs the question how many signed off just so they didn’t get cited for fraud along with is the benefit really benefiting them considering the hardship a claimant has to go through inorder to get it.

    Our government are all to often anecdotal in there claims of getting certain factions back to work which is constituently picked up on by there refusal to demonstrate any meaningful proof that directly ties these factions to tax and national insurance contributions or at the very least a direct correlation between employer and employee.

    While I don’t doubt some genuinely found work, its still hard to see the silver lining in that there highly unlikely to be paying taxes and national insurance while receiving tax credits, housing and free childcare, meaning the parents still welfare dependant while government is at a greater financial loss than when it started.

    I can only imagine like university student loans that this government is hoping and preying for a tax based payback at some point down the line.


    July 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    • So we will see many couples parting. for the obvious reason.


      July 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm

  24. Ooops, Worthy of note, after rereading my two posts on fraud I posted the other day I realised I made mistakes.

    I clearly didn’t outline in work and out of work benefits when discussing fraud. Both instances given the other day are the same thing but with the difference being what I just mentioned in terms of the type of benefit they defrauded.

    This should now hopefully bring the above post more into line when I referenced to number 2 most committed fraud.

    I humbly apologise but with little sleep, no work, no benefit or food, its quite hard to stay physically focused. I will endeavour to do better in future.



    July 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm

  25. Looking for White Dee

    July 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

  26. We have obviously had an effect.

    Andrew Coates

    July 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

  27. As for NLP:
    “The balance of scientific evidence reveals NLP to be a largely discredited pseudoscience. Scientific reviews show it contains numerous factual errors, and fails to produce the results asserted by proponents.”

    So use/or promotion [say by DWP for instance as a ‘Facilitator’] of any of these bogus schemes falls under the heading of False Representation, Bogus Medical Treatments, and should be reported to the General Medical Council. Also by trying to force this onto a individual this would open themselves up to claims of Personal Injury – as Facilitators, this would include ALL individual involved in the chain – from those who instructed looking into the scheme, to those who investigated, signed off the contract and implemented it.

    Yes DWP this means your managers from the George Prentious Smith, Dep Sec on down.



    July 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    • “Gazza”, I just happen to have some scribbled notes about NLP on my desk which read:

      “Neuro Linguistic Programming – snake oil pedalled as universal panacea for ills of the world”.

      NLP identified as one of top 10 most discredited interventions – [according to] John C Norcross et al!

      By the way, I’m quite sure “CBT Ltd” at the Jobcentre is in the same category!!


      July 20, 2015 at 8:11 am

      • “Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis; you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory”.

        Stephan Hawkings (theoretical physicist).


        July 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

  28. Tobanem

    July 20, 2015 at 10:27 am

  29. gaia

    July 20, 2015 at 10:42 am


      I’m wondering how many wheels are left on the Universal Credit “wagon”, with all these snags and delays, IT setbacks and millions squandered over the years now.

      Could this week’s strike by Civil Servants be the final nail-in-the-coffin for UC?


      July 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

  30. Cross Posted from JV:

    Dear DWP who are currently “Smiling Again” (Sic) and Mr Justin “I am also Smiling Again” Tomlinson

    I am more than happy to point out the followinig to you all:

    a] the website citing the main claims of “Start Smiling Again” and its owner
    David Rahman who I am sure is “Smiling Again”, have a little little problem with that, seeing as it has gone AWOL and even if it comes back – as it was I believe cited on camera by Mr Justin “I am also Smiling Again” Tomlinson is the Contract not now Null and Void?

    b] as a result of the above, I would not be surprised if someone reports this to the police as fraud – has DWP not done so yet? [see c] and d] below]

    c] via Police claimed fraud on the public purse – citing commerial privalage will be interesting to watch

    d] I hope with your fidicury duties DWP Press office [yes I’m talking to you now] has taken the time to do the above. Ooooppppsss you haven’t? Oh Dear.

    e] I’ve already listed the problems .Gov faces personally from the use of such services – with c] above it enters a new area. Good Luck there.

    f] finally the contract. Welll the contract was signed under the old BOGUS reasons, that does make this fraud. DWP see b], c], d] & e]. Internal investigation of those who promoted it? Advanced it to award stage? Who signed it?

    Well I must be off to “Start Smiling Again”, as I am feeling sad about the above.

    But remember – we’re all in it together.


    July 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

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