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Benefit Claimants Forced To Live In Fear. Publish the Death Toll!

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Government ‘Nudge’ to Help Claimants ‘Start Smiling Again’. 

Enigma points out that the government is using ‘nudge’ theory to guide how they work (BBC Politicians learn power of using nudge technique).

“A nudge, as we will use the term, is any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. To count as a mere nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid. Nudges are not mandates. Putting fruit at eye level counts as a nudge. Banning junk food does not.”

One of Nudges’ most frequently cited examples is the etching of the image of a housefly into the men’s room urinals at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, which is intended to ‘improve the aim’” (Wikipedia).

Personal commitment devices in Jobcentres. 

BIT is working with Jobcenters in a trial involving cutting down the process, personalising job advice and includes the introduction of commitment devices, which require the jobseeker to make commitments to the job advisor about what they are going to do in the next week. They write their commitments down in front of the job advisor, who then follows up whether they were successful. The job seekers are encouraged to make the commitments unambiguous by specifying when and where they are going to perform the action. The early results from the trial has showed a significant increase in those off benefits at 13 weeks.”

I can’t help feeling that the only ‘nudge’ I can see at work at the moment is claimants being shoved towards destitution and – in some tragic cases – death. 

In Ipswich we see people every day in the street in a terrible state, asking for money: how have we come to this?

This is happening everywhere.

As in this: 

We all know that without any form of income via wages, benefits or savings that the inevitable outcome is almost certainly homelessness, hunger and poverty – even crime.

Comments Lesley Roberts on Welfare Weekly. 

Common sense tells us this. So why do we believe that a person with a serious and recognised illness, who we know cannot work, should be put into the position of living in fear of this happening to them? Why are we pushing people into the position of feeling that the only way out is to take their own life?

Even the excuses used by the “I’m alright Jack” crowd will find it difficult to give a decent reason to ignore or hide what is happening. Even giving a dismissive comment will become an embarrassment; how many people have to end up on the Iain Duncan Smith’s death list before there is a public outcry?

The Mirror reported on the death of Glenn Harris on the 21 July 2015, who was so afraid his benefits would be stopped he ended his own life.

He is sadly not alone. There is a Facebook page, “National Remembrance for the DWP/ATOS Dead”, dedicated to those who have died due to welfare cuts. Anyone can google and find name after name, news report after news report, to find out about Britain’s very own ‘Schindler’s List’.

Something that strangely seems to be missing is the actual official statistics; a bit like child poverty being non-existent because the Tories want to redefine its definition.

More here.

Publish the death toll!

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

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  1. I defied IDS and a spiteful (not my usual!) Job centre advisor who tried to move me from a REAL voluntary project in which I’d enjoyed participation for almost two years to a RIDICULOUS DWP one, and I WON!

    Don’t be bullied, people…IDS is, as Mrs Slocombe once said of Capt. Peacock, “only a man” haha.

    Edward Quinn

    July 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    • How did you deal with this, may I ask? Did you have to go over the scumbag’s head to the manager? Were you threatened with a sanction if you did not comply?

      I ask because like you, I am involved in a real voluntary project, which I enjoy. I’d like to know exactly what to say or do if I’m put in a similar position.

      Thanks.

      jj joop

      July 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm

  2. Indeed, as the DWP certified Start Smiling Again © says

    Andrew Coates

    July 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  3. The pic is of the urinals in the gents in Amsterdam-ed Schipol Airport. These etched in flies genuinely catch you out. Us well-mannered Brits spend all of our time trying to avoid hitting the fly lol when the idea is that you are supposed to aim at the fly 😀 It is only when you notice the same fly sat on another urinal, then another urinal that you take a closer look and catch on 😀

    The Fly

    July 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    • It should be a bee not a fly (as indeed is the case in some urinals in Oxford and Cambridge universities – the Latin for bee is apis).

      Anton

      July 24, 2015 at 11:44 am

  4. PS never checked the ladies lol 😀 though it is quite easy to get them mixed us – think they are both wearing trousers/skirts in the pic on the door 😀

    The Fly

    July 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  5. Tobanem:

    On the previous thread, you asked: Do peripherals still work, eg printers – or do you have endless exasperation over new and suitable drivers etc?

    Most printer models that are older than 6 to 9 months seem to work quite well on Linux. Most of the time, it is possible to add or configure a printer in Linux easily and quickly. Some printers are configured automatically when plugged in to the system. Mine does. HP and Canon are well supported by Linux. You can see what other people have experienced by looking at the list of models and the state of their drivers at http://www.openprinting.org/printers

    Listen up guys. I know this isn’t a Techie’s forum, however there are a lot of claimants out there who are wasting a lot of time, not to mention precious money on expensive MS products, when there is a viable alternative that won’t cost them a penny.

    jj joop

    July 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    • To add to your fine post jj joop

      http://download.cnet.com/windows/

      Cnet is a long established website that vets all it advertises in software. You get good reviews from both tester and users, tells if its free, timed use or paid for not to mention in the case of security, whether it only scans or does more.

      Its a great site I highly recommend, judge it for yourself.

      gaia

      July 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    • jj joop

      Thanks. My apologies for mentioning this subject on here, but I suppose we all need to know something about operating systems etc in order to use computers competently in the first place! Why should Microsoft have the lions share?! And don’t forget spyware and viruses on Windows!!

      Would it be better to use Linux as a dual boot arrangement on a Windows 8.1 computer, or would it be easier to use a USB flash drive to boot Linux on an existing Windows 8.1 computer? What about using a virtual box?

      Also, supposing someone (who is not a computer guru) gets a new computer with no operating system pre-installed; what’s the best procedure for installing Linux then?

      Tobanem

      July 24, 2015 at 8:23 am

      • The USB stick method is a simpler approach to dual booting not to mention you can take it anywhere unlike a PC desktop.

        As for installing an OS, first find the F key related to drive priority. Next as soon as you start the PC press and keep pressing this F key. You will notice a sound once you visually see the bios splash screen (first screen to be displayed, usually for a matter of a few seconds).

        If you have pressed the right F key, this will take you to a screen listing drives. You need to prioritise the first to either the disk drive or USB port dependant of how you temporarily stored the OS (make sure stick is in prior to or it wont show up).

        Once this is done and before selecting restart ensure if used the disk is in the disk drive.

        If all is correct, on restart you will see a small bit of text outlining press any key, select this and the installation of the OS will begin.

        Again give use shout if you need and further assistance.

        gaia

        July 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

    • You don’t need to spend a penny on MS products. You can ‘download’ all their products for free. Easy to ‘activate’* and perfectly good software such as Windows XP Professional and Office 2003 is available for next.

      XP Pro and Office 2003 are simple to ‘activate’.

      Steve Jobs

      July 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

      • From which link?

        enigma

        July 24, 2015 at 11:43 am

      • Yup, just download the ‘Corporate’ versions…. install and go 😉

        Bill Gates

        July 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

      • It might be this enigma,

        http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=1000

        But personally I wouldn’t bother as it cant run a lot of todays features like touch screen for instance and is heavily hackable as security updates ended in 2014

        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/end-support-help

        I still as others have already said, recommend Linux as its free and modern. For an office suite program I recommend open office which is also free and does exactly what MS office does.

        gaia

        July 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      • I will be looking at Linux mint later today, just download it.

        enigma

        July 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      • Downloaded even.

        enigma

        July 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      • Windows XP and Office 2003 can certainly be got for ‘free’ IF you an an IT geek and don’t mind fing and blinding as you tear you hair out. ‘Free’ but not in terms of time and sheer frustration. Getting stuff for ‘free’ on the net is one steep learning curve. Solution: go for Linux and Libre Office instead 🙂

        William Gates III

        July 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  6. That fly nudge is no different to the sticker some people place in the rear window of there car to help navigating while parking.

    There’s nothing surprisingly shocking about cognitive psychology that we all don’t do naturally anyway, mostly I may add without even knowing it day in, day out.

    Advertising bundled head first into this decades ago, even had some of the technics banned, they were like kids in the cookie jar. I See at some point in the last five years or so, the government has found the exact same jar and have dusted it off as so to speak.

    We might laugh at the fly idea but when you factor in how the eyes work and what they actually see, then mix what looks like a dark blemish on a massive white background, then the subconscious reaction, you can see the then eye to hand coordination. The use of the cue such as the fly I suspect is a reinforcement but what that is off hand I couldn’t say with any certainty.

    gaia

    July 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

  7. Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

    Mark Catlin

    July 24, 2015 at 2:33 am

  8. Landlords on post budget welfare cuts and changes

    http://www.residentiallandlord.co.uk/featuredarticles/3976-the-post-election-budget.html

    If this is what is to come, then the future looks bleak what with private landlords turning there backs of welfare tenants rather than having to contend with arrears, social housing being extremely short of availability not to mention the double whammy of the shrinking of both markets stocks if the south does maintain its ever increasing rental costs.

    Anyone want to draw straws for who gets the dumpster tonight ?

    gaia

    July 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

    • Prisoners to build “affordable housing”

      “Once the homes are built, they are then sold and the original capital, plus any profits, are re-invested back into the business to finance further property purchases and further job creation”.

      Affordable? I suspect not to benefit claimants!

      http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13497404.Barlinnie_prisoners_to_help_build_affordable_housing/

      Tobanem

      July 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

      • Affordable to the unemployed aside, this is quite a good idea providing its backed up with qualifications and registration dependant on skills trained in.

        It would also work well with the unemployed so begs the question why not both in a time of a massive house shortage.

        In the case of prisoners but not withstanding the unemployed, its a respectable trade that has the adage of forcing the housing developers hands considering there always crying about not having enough skilled staff to be amongst the first to take on ex cons who have turned there life around.

        (Word to the wise though)

        Either that or all these cons are going to find there way onto the famous black list that developers hold despite having a court banning its use (still continues undercover) that states who and who should or should not be hired.

        gaia

        July 24, 2015 at 9:25 am

  9. ‘Not With My Name’: protect your identity ((Home office/police advice) Published 29 June 2015 )

    https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/news-and-appeals/campaigns-and-initiatives/notwithmyname/Pages/default.aspx/

    So, when DWP try to state you have to have a UJM account and upload your CV, show them a copy of this and simply state your protecting your identity from fraud.

    DWP CANNOT IN ANY LEGAL CAPACITY USE JOBSEEKER DIRECTION OR ANY METHOD OF WITHOLDING BENEFIT IF A CLAIMANT REFUSES TO USE THERE REAL PERSONAL AND OR SENSITIVE DATA ONLINE WHILE OPENING A UJM ACCOUNT, THATS A FACT JACK.

    People all to often spout, ” if you have nothing to hide”, well now you have unless of course you want to become that 1 in 4 victim.

    (Sadly UJM doesn’t allow encrypted CV’s to be uploaded, oh dear).

    I’ve previously listed a few options so as to allow claimants to apply for work online safely or as best can that greatly improves upon anything DWP can and do offer, would anyone like me to cover it again ?

    gaia

    July 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

    • Thanks for that info Gaia, I’m sure everyone on here will appreciate it for it is in every ones best interest.

      enigma

      July 24, 2015 at 10:46 am

  10. Panning the week ahead – 35 hour, no – many more.

    enigma

    July 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

  11. I had a reply from a job I never applied for. It was meant for somebody with a similar name

    It's not mine

    July 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  12. The benefit cap risks turning half of England into a ghetto

    (A guardian article)

    The article highlights certain fallouts that may well occur after the new cap goes into action.

    An interesting one was, ” Whos going to serve the coffees and burgers now” as lets face it, would you spend £35.00 a day to get on a train during peak times earning the min wage which only nets to a wage before tax and national insurance of £45.50 for 7 hours work ?

    (prices taken from a train from Luton to London, the anytime care price includes unlimited travel on tube and buses) Just the train fare is £10.00 return however you could expect to pay another £10.00 for catching a tube and or bus to get to the actual work destination).

    gaia

    July 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    • How many of those who end up in the ghetto will be of “it’s everyone for themselves, I’m alright jack.”

      enigma

      July 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    • Do you remember my comments on here a good while ago about the French word “Banlieue” – a suburb or peripheral ghetto populated by the very poorest where drugs, crime and unemployment are rife.

      It’s where the workshy will be banished to for the moral disease of idleness, and, I suspect, the social cleansing result of Benefit caps and and the bedroom tax!

      Tobanem

      July 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      • Well you wont be able to tell the difference between the ghetto and prison, that’s for sure as when it festers which it will as a by product of putting too many people in too closer a proximity, it will make prison feel like a butlins summer camp what with the murder, violence, abuse and bullying rate outside far out stripping any such acts in any prison ever, period stroke period. On top police will lose all sense of control as they already did in high urban estate areas meaning crime will largely go unpunished.

        On a good note though, the black market will flourish once again as will cash in hand and favour for a favour although this will have a seriously negative effect on the government revenue stream.

        gaia

        July 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    • I forgot to mention if you live outside of London and your advisor mentions applying for work in the big smoke and prices are what appear to be the case in Luton, then state, “are you trying to make me welfare dependant” ?

      gaia

      July 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    • I couldn’t believe when I looked up the cost of travelling into London if you live within 90 min travel distance to work to see how feasible it was, how expensive it actually is.

      The Luton prices I took were out of this world as if you look it up yourself will see anytime peak is £35.00 per day which as I said includes unlimited travel on bus and tube while off peak is £16.00 per day.

      No doubt some advisors would say get a weekly or monthly pass but who’s going to sponsor that without expecting the money back, meaning the claimant despite still being welfare dependant is liable to get into a debt there struggle to deal with amongst having to cope with the cost of living already, a debt may I add that isn’t tax deductible.

      This IF the case means its unreasonable for a DWP advisor and or decision maker to rule against any claimant (ie class it as failure to take up work or failure to apply for work) in such a position who declares they don’t wish to apply for such a job on said grounds and can demonstrate such.

      To add credence DWP CANNOT

      Legally stipulate, speculate or threaten with sanction a claimant for not wanting to take out further benefits as a result of there wages being poor.

      or

      Legally stipulate, speculate or threaten with sanction a claimant for not wanting to accept a repayable loan.

      If your advisor asks will you be applying for any in-work benefits if you were offered such a job, decline to answer or say no, as they cant legally threaten you with a sanction for this either.

      IMPORTANT NOTICE – This doesn’t mean DWP wont try to sanction a claimant but if said claimant retains the facts and pursues the complaint/unfair judgement as far as necessary, it will be over turned.

      gaia

      July 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      • Also,

        7 hours a day, 5 days a week nets £11’830 per annum meaning your going to be paying both tax and national insurance of around £8 to £10 a week in total meaning your take home salary is going to be around £35 to £37 a day before travel expenses.

        Even at £16.00 pounds a day, that’s over a third of a persons total national min wage (£6.50) before tax per day or after tax that means once travel expenses are removed, a daily take home will be around £19 to £21.

        DWP cant argue about these figures not being just and reasonable cause not to apply for such work considering the costs not to mention the one thing DWP is trying to avoid and has openly said they will fight against, the claimant remaining welfare dependant.

        (remember what is said as current situations stand and wages and prices are such that DWP cannot speculate the claimant will want to take out inwork benefits, nor can they punish a claimant for not wanting to be it prior to or after a job offer so don’t allow it into the debate).

        gaia

        July 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  13. The true cost of privatisation

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30652098

    Mr McLoughlin told the BBC: “The truth is we’re seeing the largest investment we’ve seen in the railways. Over the next five years Network Rail will invest over £38.5bn.

    “I accept that 2.5% is more than the passenger wants to pay. Any increase is regrettable but it is a fact that we’re investing record amounts into the industry so that we get better train services.”

    (Now read this and ponder for a moment please)

    Now why oh why are the taxpayers funding as well as having to pay extra travel expenses in fare hikes for a private company to modernise there service/product.

    What happened to all the revenue they gained since thatcher began the mass flogging of back in 1984 and the eventually full privatisation back in 1994 under the then John Major.

    The way I see it, is if a private company/business wants to succeed, they have to have a product/service the public desire, that innovations should come directly from the previous profits and not through government investment (taxpayers expense) and fare hikes.

    It pretty clear to me apart from squandering profit over the decades on doling out to investors that the private rail firms have the UK government and the public over a barrel what with knowing it the rail don’t work, the people don’t work, the government gets no taxes not to mention we starve and end up homeless.

    Now our government will claim, this investment will reap rewards but with no sign of exports moving any faster and no real meaningful foreign interest in coming here what with cheaper options abroad besides pledges linked to government contracts only, I don’t personally see it, do you ?

    This lack of guarantee aside, no matter how you slice it and dice it, we NOW are paying for all of this modernisation that rightly should have come out of the private firms decades old profit pockets.

    And on that note what’s to say we the citizens will ever see the profit from this governments 38 billion investment, what’s to say a party wouldn’t spend it offering a pledge we can ill afford just so as to butter us up for a then upcoming election so as to get voted in ?

    The railway and water suppliers are just 2 examples of once owned public services that the government flogged off that have returned looking for a hand-out to help fix there poor infrastructure they let happen as a direct result of mishandling there profits.

    So I seriously hope the entire UK considers what the monumental cost will be if we allow our NHS to follow suit.

    (Its not the nicest note to end on but do try and have a good weekend all).

    gaia

    July 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  14. OT

    Heard of the “Wilson Doctrine”? It’s supposed to stop MPs from having their communications intercepted.

    Now an issue in Scotland has arisen over allegations that MSPs are having their communications intercepted:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33650000

    Google “Wilson Doctrine” for more very interesting information.

    Tobanem

    July 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm

  15. OT?

    Meanwhile, Scotland’s only (and lonely) Tory MP opens a foodbank – after denying there was any link between poverty and Government policy:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-33644000

    Thankfully though, a high profile anti-austerity protest was mounted.

    Tobanem

    July 24, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    • Although the Tory MP, David Mundell, avoided protesters by slipping in to the foodbank through the back door as he arrived, his car was chased when he left! The protesters made their point.

      Tobanem

      July 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  16. That “commitment devices” is another attempt to introduce problems and undermine someones benefits,someone not thinking clearly for many reasons being cornered.Already there are claiment commitments which do exactly this which are already being abused by the DWP.

    There is a another totally pointless exercise renamed “work search review” now also operating,a letter called JSA WSR 20min contains sheets but carrying usual threats, which essentially an altered signing time but backed up with the same evidence as before to receive payment fortnightly.

    ken

    July 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

  17. Iain Duncan Smith replies to his critics.

    23 July 2015 by The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

    Earlier this month The Tablet published an open letter from fellow Catholics to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging him to rethink his welfare reforms, warning that vulnerable people will be harmed by cuts. He has now responded, defending efforts to incentivise work. We publish his reply…………………….

    http://www.thetablet.co.uk/features/2/6213/iain-duncan-smith-replies-to-his-critics

    enigma

    July 25, 2015 at 11:41 pm

  18. OT. If you are being ”required” to use UJM. Please note that the PASSWORD is not case sensitive. I have reported it too many times now. I am tol it is and it’s safe. It is not I tried various case settings. Lower Upper Mixed. It still let me in. BTW I have had replied from jobs I have NOT applied for

    Mr James

    July 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    • (I personally don’t have a UJM account so I don’t know if this password problem is singular or an issue for all claimants).

      Considering most jobcentres now have computers for claimants, you could have proved it there and then as you do have a right to privacy which in this case is tied to UJMs security.

      If it is the case and DWP refuse then withdraw your data protection consent in writing to them, followed by removing any data that is considered personal and or sensitive under the act. You see DWP can only make you via jobseekers direction open a UJM account, they cannot via force, threat or deception make a claimant use there personal and or sensitive data (ie name, address, etc) while doing so. DWP also cant make a claimant apply through said account.
      Then there’s no legal regulation that stipulates a claimant/person must use a CV or application form while applying for a job. An employer can ask for this but cannot directly rule against any application that doesn’t conform to there wishes in any legal capacity. I don’t doubt a company will but this cant be used by DWP to sanction a claimant as after all the claimant did apply.

      Companies unlike people aren’t covered by the data protection act so have no legal expectation to privacy meaning a company has no reasonable right to withhold there company name, especially when its in there natural course of business to advertise it to gain work, sell a product or service. I say this as no doubt DWP would try to say a claimant has to apply through UJM because of a companies anonymity. This applies to sole traders ( one person self employed company).

      DWP reside as the data controller for UJM so it is there legal responsibility to ensure your data is secure so far as is possible and considering higher and lower word case is readily available, they could supply it as does every other website that requires or offers registration for an account. So if your advisor is ignoring this then demand the data controllers address so you may contact them or that DWP forward your letter to them(DWP cannot refuse) regarding the issue you have discovered.

      If someone has applied for a job in your absence then it will show up in your accounts application record but do bare in mind if its not there that you may have been contacted because your CV is on show to an employer or agency that you did apply to on another job a while back. It may even be the case that when a CV is on show (not blocked) that its visible to all employers (this can be switched off I believe).

      I suggest investigating first before contacting the data controller so as to have the full facts when tackling the issue. If DWPs data controller fails to resolve the matter to your satisfaction then report the issue assuming its not user induced (that’s you because say you don’t block your CV) to ICO (data protection authority).

      Hope this helps

      gaia

      July 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

  19. Anyone on here heard of “ACT Training” based in Wales?

    A very interesting letter appears in the comments section on The Void, which suggests a company called ACT Training is trying to conceal it’s involvement in Workfare.

    A company called “Learn About” is mentioned along with Working Links. When signing up for CWP, you go to the offices of “Learn About” – a company which is owned by ACT Training – and you fill in forms which display the “Working Links Logo.

    Very interesting. Here is the letter:

    “My induction at Learn About in Newport the other day to sign me up for my six months of slave labour on CWP comprised of filling in forms that had the Working Links logo on them. I was told that all the forms will be sent to Working Links. Learn About used to be based in Cardiff at the offices of the company that owns Learn About called ACT Training. The guy running the induction couldn’t explain why they were moved from that large building. I would say it was because the owner of ACT doesn’t want ACT to be linked to making money from forced workfare but still wants to make money from workfare. Because people see the working links logo and working links are mentioned at induction they tend to think that they must own Learn About. ACT Training were a well respected company but it looks like even they will do anything for profit. I wonder how many other companies are hiding workfare profits by fronting it with new companies”.

    Tobanem

    July 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    • Placements, work programme providers do have the option to retender parts of there service to subcontractors, its nothing new.

      https://www.linkedin.com/company/act-training

      Now if you do some research the first thing you will notice is theres no privacy policy on there website despite having an online procedure that requires personal data. Secondly if you look them up on the ICO data protection register, you will find there not on it as regards there company name.
      Thirdly if you read up on them, they seemed to disappear into obscurity between 2008 and 2013.

      Now its probably best to ask people in wales as to the validation of the company and its work but in the mean time would suggest reframing from filling out any paperwork be it on paper or online until a ICO registration code is sort and verified as its illegal to process personal and or sensitive data without firstly registering. There are exclusions to this so if the company states there not required to register then they must state why.

      If they claim an exclusion then come back to me and I will advise the next course of action if any action is warranted under the circumstances.

      Its also worth contacting HMRC to check there a registered company as all businesses who trade must be registered even if non profit. State to HMRC that you are unsure if this is a legit company and such have concerns in parting with personal data, time and money.

      gaia

      July 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

  20. Outraged actor left fuming by TV benefits shows hits back with positive Jaywick documentary

    Dew to air on Wednesday

    The article also highlighted the following,

    “But we get so many people on benefits shipped in from London, you don’t get a complete picture of the community.”

    It will be interesting to see not to mention to gage public reaction if any is given.

    gaia

    July 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

  21. Benefits Shows and Why We’re All the Poorer for Them

    An article in the huffington post

    The story hits out at the jaded view and misconceptions often made by the public on poverty porn (benefit programs).

    gaia

    July 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

  22. Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime’s effectiveness

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/26/benefit-sanctions-review-urged-amid-concern-over-regimes-effectiveness

    (to important not to post)

    Calls are being made to suspend sanctions dew to demonstrating no real evidence that they help people into work and actually causes hunger, debt and ill-health among jobseekers.

    gaia

    July 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    • Sanctions should be suspended by the neck until they are dead! And may the Lord have no Mercy on Iain Duncan Smith’s soul!

      Hanging Judge

      July 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

  23. “gaia”

    Permit me to hark back to the subject of Linux!

    When running Linux from a bootable USB stick, what happens if, when selecting the particular boot device, you are confronted with two options, namely, “USB Flash Drive” and a second one “UEFI USB Flash Drive”?

    What one do you choose – and for that matter, why are these two options listed when only one USB stick has been used?

    Tobanem

    July 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  24. UEFI is the modern replacement for the aging BIOS.

    If the motherboard of the computer is UEFI and utilised then that is what you select and the other for BIOS based only system.

    You cant damage the system if you make a wrong choice.

    gaia

    July 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    • “gaia”

      Thanks. Clearly, it has to be one or the other! I’ve yet to try Linux out, but I’ll be giving it a go soon.

      It appears most people (not all) who try Linux say there is no going back (to Windows)!

      Do you think Windows will ever go the same way as Labour did at the General Election – especially in Scotland? Will Linux become the “SNP” landslide Operating System?

      Tobanem

      July 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      • Linux already is and has been since the early 90s.

        To quote using one of your words, by a landslide because its open source, why do you think Mozilla’s Firefox is so popular and so good ?

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source

        gaia

        July 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm

  25. “gaia”

    ANOTHER REASON TO BE WARY OF WINDOWS 10

    The following article suggests Windows 10 could lock down “Secure Boot” thereby disabling Linux and other operating systems from booting up.

    Unless you know differently!

    Fascinating subject this..!

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2901262/microsoft-tightens-windows-10s-secure-boot-screws-where-does-that-leave-linux.html

    Tobanem

    July 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    • Ive read it and according to the article its up to motherboard manufacturers to decide.

      Now I personally build my own PCs so its a all just another thing to consider when purchasing a motherboard but as I tend to build gamer machines and so use gamer boards, would highly imagine the option will be there considering the prevalence of Linux in the industry.

      gaia

      July 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  26. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    July 29, 2015 at 9:11 pm

  27. Abuse of agency workers zero hrs contract include non payment of wages,tribunial fees,agency lying about rate of pay abusive clients you are spoken to like a dog.
    From jobseekers allowance to this all the torys are creating a modern day slavery that is with more immigrants allowed back in the uk cameron and torys have to go If people dont take action know we will be colonised by every other nation. I think we should publish every agency that treats its staff like dirt.
    Uk is the dustbin of europe

    Tony Montana

    September 10, 2015 at 7:50 am


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