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Universal Credit: as Ipswich prepares for the new System the Mess continues.

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As Suffolk to goes Universal Credit we are directly affected by Iain Duncan Smith’s failing plans.

In Ipswich this is the latest,

Universal Credit is being introduced gradually and the roll out should be complete by April 2017. In the Borough of Ipswich, Universal Credit will start from 16 November 2015, it will replace the following:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit

More information from Ipswich Borough Council here.


Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship Universal Credit roll-out is actually slowing.

The scheme has been plagued by problems and delays since its launch

The take-up rate of the Government’s flagship Universal Credit welfare reform is actually slowing, the latest official figures suggest.

The benefits programme, which has been plagued by delays and criticised by successive spending watchdogs, was reset last year and is still being implemented four years after its initial launch.

Now statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that far from gathering steam, the rate of new claims for Universal Credit has actually fallen 11 per cent since peak take-up in the summer.

New claims fells from their July peak of 6,841 a week to 6,055 a week in the latest stats, which refer to mid-September.

125,877 people in total are now claiming the benefit as of 10 September 2015, and the Government needs a sharp increase in its take-up rate to meet its own expectations of 500,000 people by next May.

The take-up rate is actually going in the opposite direction, however.

The Government missed its aim for 100,000 people to be moved on to the benefit’s caseload by May of this year, with a repeat miss next year looking increasingly likely.

The DWP’s statistics says the fall in claims “may be due to seasonal effects” of the summer – though the effect notably did not occur last summer and has continued into September, with a fall recorded in the latest week.

In 2013 the DWP was forced to write off £34m of IT work on the project after problems and serious criticism, from the National Audit Office, who criticised its “weak management, ineffective control and poor governance”.

The whole roll-out was originally due to be complete by 2015/16 but has now shifted back to 2020.

Workers at the Universal Credit Service Centres in Bolton and Glasgow walked out on strike in July of this year over what the PCS trade union described as “a lack of resources, an oppressive management culture, inadequate training, hard to reach targets and staff shortages”.

Some elements of the scheme have even been cut by the Chancellor George Osborne before they have even been implemented – notably freezing the “work allowances” that were trumpeted as an incentive for people to work.

Another key plank, the payment of housing benefit directly to tenants rather than landlords, has also been quietly amended – with some problem tenants now expected to receive an exemption. The DWP says it has always been clear that alternative payment arrangements would be put in place.

A DWP Spokesman said: “Universal Credit is successfully rolling out across the country and today’s figures show that there has been a 70 per cent increase in Universal Credit caseload over the last four months. Already jobseekers on the new benefit are finding work faster and staying in jobs for longer.

“The number of people making new benefit claims each month will depend on the number of jobseekers there are. With employment at a record high, and more than 700,000 vacancies available at any one time, it is to be expected that this number will fluctuate.”


This why the workers in Bolton and Glasgow went on strike,

PCS members at the Universal Credit Service Centres in Bolton and Glasgow are taking strike action today (Monday 20 July) and tomorrow (21 July) after recent talks with management broke down.
The government’s flagship social security programme has been dogged by delays and allegations of money squandered on IT.
Staff have complained about a lack of resources, an oppressive management culture, inadequate training, hard to reach targets and staff shortages.
New conditions have been imposed on the workforce, including predetermined start and finish times and restrictions on flexible working.
Computer World was explicit about the IT aspect:
The employees’ demands include “proper investment in IT and training”, an end to the “excessive target culture” and a “fundamental rethink of the new ways of working”. Staff at the contact centres are responsible for taking calls from claimants, answering online enquires and processing claims.
Reports coming to us indicate that people already have problems with getting in touch with “contact centres”.
Expect this to worsen.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

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  1. Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

    The Porcelain Doll

    October 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

  2. UC started here in W Sussex last month, this morning in the JC, advisor tells me all new claimants, which includes anyone who finds themselves a job then finds themselves unemployed, and all single mothers.


    October 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

    • update – Anyone who is unemployed, then finds a job then finds themselves unemployed won’t necessarily be put on UC depending of the amount of new claims and single mothers, and of course the way that UC is going.


      October 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

  3. enigma

    October 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

  4. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    The online application for Universal Credit ends with a request
    that the claimant should register with Universal Jobmatch.

    I request the precise wording of the section of the form which asks
    the claimant to do this. A screen-shot of the page that the
    claimant looks at would be appropriate.

    Yours faithfully,

    Andrew Dutton
    Derbyshire Welfare Rights Team


    Will claimant refusal to share their sensitive personal data have an impact on their #UC claim?



    October 16, 2015 at 10:24 am

    • That’s a useful and important point.

      I registered with UJM – the most useless of job sites, a joke compared with others.

      But I do not allow Coachy to look at what I do, which in any case largely involves looking for jobs on the other – numerous – sites.

      Andrew Coates

      October 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

      • I was asked by a new advisor this morning if I had a UJM account, “no I haven’t , why not, it’s voluntary, we need to see your job apps, here it is printed out for you”, no more was said about it.

        As we all know there are many docs available regarding UC on whatdotheyknow.


        October 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

      • Another interesting one, for new claims, Deceiving Jobseeker Claimants.

        DWP clearly states that there is a “need” for a claimant claiming Jobseekers Allowance to bring “your email address” and “your Universal Jobmatch details” to the interview.

        We have taken note of the information you provided from the link in your request and can see how some claimants may misinterpret this to mean that they must do all these things to enable them to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance. This is not how we intended this to be read and we have therefore arranged for this messaging to be immediately removed from GOV.UK.




        October 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

  5. The Universal Credit Regulations 2013. inc updates, of course.



    October 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

  6. Those pre-pay funerals, life insurance, over-50-80s, free pen just for enquiring tv ads really do me head in. “When you are no longer around”, “when you pass on”, “when you are gone”. Why can’t they just say DEAD!! ffs!!

    When You Are DEAD!!

    October 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

    • Gone where? Popped out to the shops lol Another thing is that the free “Parker” pen they send “just for enquiring” isn’t a “real” Parker pen like you would find in the shops. It is one of those tiny pens with you find in the bookies with only enough ink in it to sign the direct debit like ‘charities’ send out with “Parker” badly printed on it.

      Old Ethel

      October 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

    • Got one pre-pay funneral from the Co-op yesterday – very cheering, er…..

      Andrew Coates

      October 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

  7. Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health.

    442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics condemn government plans and call on Labour and other parties to denounce anti-therapeutic practices.



    October 16, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  8. OT: Tax Credits coming Home to Roost for Tory Voters



    October 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

  9. Now we’ll see many more Tories complain! well it’s “why the hell did I vote for them” many suckers out there!


    October 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

  10. This is going to take years to introduce,initially its only for single people living at home and new claims no one need worry unless they break their claim.


    October 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    • Ken

      Er no. Its already started – 2 individuals have already been sanctioned for not getting a second/third job in scotland!

      Copied off the page – link was on Refutted Twitter page


      October 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      • The local food bank is getting very busy, because UC started here last month. I will hear from many of them. and will supply them with many docs.


        October 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      • How can you just go and get a second, third job? Getting the first one is difficult enough!

        Cuppa Soup

        October 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      • We tell the advisors that, because it’s the reality, but they work for DWP!


        October 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    • And single mothers,


      October 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      • Cuppa soup it’s hard going! I’m a working single mum, I work 3 contracts in a school.. 6.45_9am cleaning, 12_1.15 senior midday supervisor, 3.30_6pm cleaning. All my contracts are in the same school which thankfully is 5 minutes walk from my house. And I’m lucky, I was offered the second cleaning contract because I was already there and they were impressed with me. Or I’d still only be part time. I’m also coping with rheumatoid arthritis and microcytic anemia. But I’m lucky I’m working!!

        kat rehman

        October 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

  11. OT: Over 50’s Employablity & yesterdays barmy

    Had a new over 50s Employablity Course. Ladies were nice but clearly uninformed of the traps set out by DWP a] cannot take full time course to retrain – sanctioned, b] over qualified so cannot be taken on as seen as a threat or too costly or not selling yourself enough [cue film Intern, “So Where do you see yourself in 5 years” Answer “I’m 77”] c] Everyone totally unaware of the current changes to Benifits or the one coming in 6Apr16 – and the impact on people on zero hour contracts/self employed etc. Pointed out that this is what Tory Voters wanted.

    Some useful tips, not enough direct help to the diverse problems, or obvious ones over 50s face. How much can you get done for 20+ people in 2 hours?

    Not the ladies fault though. Said would be asking DWP about the changes and people laughed – pointed out that HMRC/DWP has been caught lying in past so good luck on that.

    I had my suspicions about the booking itself – and 10minutes in was called out by management. I told them conversation ended before they could say anything, they called me to come back but I went back to the course. Not even a How are you today, just in my face. Obviously management think I am a fool. Good.


    October 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • The advisor I seen a few weeks ago asked me if I would like to talk to a health advisor, “yes of course” showed me a list of what I would like to talk about, one on it referred to “the realty” so that is what I chose, since I live in it!


      October 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm

  12. Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship Universal Credit roll-out is actually slowing
    The scheme has been plagued by problems and delays since its launch



    October 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

  13. Teenager killed herself after being teased ‘because she was poor’, inquest hears.

    A teenager wrote a note to friends, who she said teased her about her depression, anorexia and “because she was poor” before taking her own life, an inquest heard.

    Ashleigh Bowes, 14, a pupil at Fallibroome Academy, was found dead in her bedroom in Macclesfield on 30 August last year. An inquest at Warrington Town Hall found she killed herself by taking a fatal dose of a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

    “”Taking the p*ss out of my food and my mum. We are poor. We can’t have the big brands like you do. Count yourself lucky that you are so blessed. I am blessed. It is not funny to take the p*ss out of anorexia. Every time you teased it hurt. Watch your words.”


    Andrew Coates

    October 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    • Well there is what goes around comes around, so will come back to those who tease others, especially in this case. the teasers are like Tories, who think they will never experience what many other people are experiencing.


      October 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    • It’s like back in the day when they had “free school meals” the free school meal kids would have to sit at separate table. Of course these kids would be picked on, harassed, teased and bullied by their class-mates. Absolutely diabolical! This speaks volumes about the abomination that is the UK educational system; it deliberately sets out to foster, foment and encourage the kind of behaviour that led to this unfortunate girls death. This is by no means an isolated incident. Personally, I know of a young girl who was hauled up before a juvenile court because she refused to attend school because of the bullying she was suffering: she attempted suicide.

      The UK educational system and those evil fucking connards who work within have blood on their hands. Teaching is a scum ‘profession’. ‘Teachers’ are absolute fucking scum. We really need to save out kids and close down these diabolical institutions known as schools.

      We Don't Need Your Fucking 'Education"

      October 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

  14. OT: Cuts to Benefits

    hat-tip to unemployment net


    Coming Soon to your City the Hit new Stage Show “Let them starve on the Streets”


    October 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    • Duh

      Actually its unemploymentmovement


      October 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    • have only got internet access in the library mate and for the past couple of days every time I try to get on um all I get is a big SpamWall is activated for your IP address. wtf! must be a right fucking clown who runs um

      hungry wolf

      October 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    • I had been thinking about that for a while, just before the election, so yet more misery for millions. lets make them all suffer because the unemployed are after all just criminals because they not working. we all know what they would like to do with the safety net. in an instant.


      October 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    • Just as normal, scheme after scheme for years to come or until the end of our lives.


      October 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    • Benefits will be brought down to that of just enough to survive on. but what will that be. and as for those of us that can afford Internet access, I’ll have to steal I mean ask someone to share theirs!


      October 16, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      • But UK benefits are already set at lock-down basic survival level. UK benefits rates are amongst the lowest in Europe; Hungary and Slovenia pay more in JSA! Lopping 40% off JSA would bring the standard rate down to the current ‘hardship’ rate. Would the ‘new’ rate still be subject to a 40% sanction reduction? Would a jobseeker find themselves on full-time workfare for £23.86 a week.

        Cuppa Soup

        October 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      • I can see that yes. we all have to do something to change what is happening, thousands are not enough, we need millions out there.


        October 16, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      • If UK JSA is at the basic survival level then I’m doing OK, but we’re all doomed if the rate drops to £28 per week. never mind working full time. the JSA rate won’t be the only thing that drops.


        October 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      • Too fucking right! Being on JSA is being in a state of permanent starvation!

        Skin & Bones

        October 16, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    • Is this actually going to happen, or is it just some Tory think tank twat just playing to the gallery?

      jj joop

      October 17, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      • And as for WP+, I will attend all mandatory provider appointments but I won’t be signing a damn thing. No work plans or data protection waivers either.

        jj joop

        October 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    • £100.05 a week is quite a tidy sum for a jobseeker who has the support of friends/family. It is already £26.95 a week higher than the UK JSA rate.

      Anyway, back in the day jobseekers who lived independently received a ‘premium’. This was in recognition of the fact that it does costs more to run a household and it is more costly in comparison to claimants who live with friends/family.


      October 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  15. United Nation’s investigation in the UK concerning the human rights of disabled people- submission deadline.

    A United Nations team have arrived in the UK and it’s understood they will visit Manchester, London, Bristol, as well as parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The team will be gathering direct evidence from individuals about the impact of government austerity measures, with a focus on benefit cuts and sanctions; cuts to social care; cuts to legal aid; the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF); the adverse impact of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA); the shortage of accessible and affordable housing; the impact of the bedroom tax on disabled people, and also, the rise in disability hate crime.

    The deadline for evidence submissions to the UNCRPD is thought to be 31 October.



    October 17, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  16. ALL:

    Universal Crapmatch have just updated their Standards of Behaviour!

    The Standards of Behaviour have been updated. Please confirm that you have read the Standards of Behaviour by selecting the box below.

    1. This page (taken with the documents and pages it refers to) explains DWP’s expectations from those using the Universal Jobmatch website to look for job vacancies.

    1.1 In this document, “Our”, “Us” or “We” means the Department of Work and Pensions “DWP” of Caxton House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9DA.

    1.2 “Site” means this Universal Jobmatch website.

    1.3 If you wish to contact Us for any reason, including complaints you can contact Us by using this ‘Contact us’ link.

    2. Using the Site

    2.1 These clauses provide the basis on which you can use the Site and sets outs the standards of behaviour which We expect from users of the Site.

    2.2 This Site is provided for the purpose of providing information about employment and career opportunities and for recruitment by employers and business owners.

    2.3 For the purposes of the Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 this Site operates as a venue only and does not introduce or supply work-seekers to recruiters (or vice versa).

    2.4 Since this Site is only a venue you need to undertake appropriate checks to ensure both your suitability for the role advertised and of the role itself. For example, checking the identity of the recruiter and the nature of its business, the commencement date and duration of the position, the position to be filled, location, hours and risks to health and safety, experience, training, qualifications and authorisation which the recruiter considers necessary or are required by law or otherwise to undertake the position, whether any expenses are payable by you as a work-seeker or whether there are any requirements imposed by law or otherwise for you to satisfy before taking up a position. Clause 8 below sets out further guidance in relation to safe use of the Site.

    2.5 We aim to update the Site regularly, and may change the content at any time without notice.

    2.6 This Site was last updated on 16.10.15.

    3. Ownership and Reuse of this Site.

    3.1 This Site is protected by intellectual property rights and this clause sets out the intellectual property rights that We do have in the Site and the extent to which these may be reused by you. An integral feature of this Site is that live employment opportunities are posted onto the Site by or on behalf of employers and business owners and individual users post CVs. As a result since We have not created all the features of this Site We do not own all the intellectual property rights of every aspect of the Site.

    3.2 “User Content” means all information, data, text, software, photographs, messages or other materials submitted posted or displayed by you and other users (including employers) on this Site.

    3.3 The submitter of User Content retains all intellectual property rights in it and is responsible for protecting those rights.

    3.4 Subject to clause 3.5 We claim no ownership or control over any User Content.

    3.5 We reserve the right to refuse to accept, post or transmit any User Content we choose subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy.

    3.6 All material on this Site other than User Content is owned by Us and as a result the copyright and all other intellectual property rights (including all database rights, trade marks, text, graphics, code and links) belong to Us and are subject to Crown Copyright protection and may be reused subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence.

    4. Your Use of This Site

    4.1 You should keep your login and password details secure and not disclose these to anyone else including a third party.

    4.2 You should only use this Site for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this Site by any third party.

    4.3 You should not post or include any harmful or illegal material when using this Site. If you misuse this Site We may:
    a) remove your Universal Jobmatch account from this Site;
    b) take other action to prevent misuse including referral to the relevant law enforcement authorities.

    5. Online government services or transactions

    5.1 When using the Site, you may access an online government service or transaction that is delivered by another government department or agency. Each of these services will have its own terms and conditions or end user licences that apply only to that service. Users of any service should make sure they have read the relevant terms and conditions before completing that transaction.

    6. Links from the Site to other sites

    6.1 Where the Site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

    6.2 While We make every effort to keep the Site up to date, We don’t:
    a) provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the Site;
    b) approve of any opinions of others using this Site.

    6.3 If you rely on any of the information posted by other people using this Site you do so at your own risk.

    6.4 We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the Site, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of:
    – income, sales or revenue
    – business
    – profits or contracts
    – anticipated savings
    – corruption of data, information or software
    – goodwill
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    or wasted management or office time in connection with our Site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our Site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.

    6.5 Clause 6.4 above does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

    7. Governing law and jurisdiction

    7.1 Except as set out in clause 7.2 below any disputes relating to or arising from the Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    7.2 If your usual residence is in Scotland any disputes relating to or arising from the Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

    8. Information about you and your visits to the Site

    8.1 You are responsible for the accuracy of your CV, cover letter or any other information that you place on this Site.

    8.2 You should not be asked to reveal personal details such as
    – bank account details,
    – National Insurance number,
    – date of birth,
    – driving licence or utility bill information.

    8.3 The personal details listed in 8.2 above should not be given to Employers as they are not relevant to the application process.

    8.4 You should not pay any fee upfront for help with job searches or training.

    8.5 During the job application process you may be required to have a criminal records check. These are no longer called CRB checks but instead are called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and can only be initiated once an offer of employment has been made to you. Further details about the DBS check and the different rules for getting a criminal records check in Scotland and Northern Ireland can be obtained here:
    Disclosure and Barring Service check.
    You are advised to consider the information on this site to ensure that any proposed criminal records check is appropriate and necessary for the advertised position and is being undertaken by a legitimate organisation.

    8.6 You should not let any interview take place in your own home.

    8.7 You should not provide a photograph of your self until a job offer is received.

    8.8 We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy

    8.9 Visit the Cyber Streetwise website for more information about cyber security and online safety.

    9. Virus protection

    9.1 We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production, however you must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this Site does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.

    10. Viruses, hacking and other offences.

    10.1 Our Site must not be misused by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. Attempts should not be made to gain unauthorised access to our Site, the server on which our Site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our Site. Our Site must not be attacked via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

    10.2 By acting contrary to the above, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.

    Please select the checkbox below
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    jj joop

    October 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    • = don’t use UJM.


      October 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    • Signed it this morning.

      Does anybody actually read this, line by line?

      As I’ve said, I do use the site but – don’t give access – Coachy can’t spy on my every move.

      I sue print out to show the jobs I’ve applied for.

      Andrew Coates

      October 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      • I don’t think most people read that or many other things when signing up to something. face book and the rest.

        All the those people who have lost their jobs and of course all those who will lose theirs will do everything they are told by the DWP, to them it will be normal. that’s the sad thing about it, if only everyone knew the truth, all we can do is try and inform as many as we can.

        The amount of times I have heard an advisor tell a new claimant, “you have to give us access to your UJM account”,


        October 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      • Andrew

        Sadly – as I am that sad sometimes – I just did read line by line.


        October 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  17. enigma:

    I have a UJ account but I will never allow coachy access. My present coach is OK with it but the previous one wasn’t. I can still see her now. At least a dozen times over a 16 month period she badgered me for access. Every time I said no. And each time she was incandescent with barely controlled rage. On one occasion she actually slammed her pen down on the desk. On another, she was figiting in her chair so violently I actually thought she was going to take off. Calm down dear!

    jj joop

    October 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    • JJ They sure don’t like it when we don’t comply !


      October 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      • They sure do JJ

        It sounds like their coached themselves how to intimidate,the pen slamming, the monitor bashing and the aggressive behavior,G4s happen to be around too.


        October 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm

  18. UK living standards.

    The majority of the UK population has suffered from a fall in their living standards during the current government’s term of office concludes an analysis of the latest data of official government data released to the European Statistical office.

    ‘There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from the available scientific evidence – the majority of the UK population has suffered from a fall in their living standards during the current government’s term of office. Both the poor and the majority have indeed ‘all been in it together’ – only the richest appear to have escaped.’



    October 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  19. UN Investigates ‘Grave And Systematic’ UK Human Rights Violations – Call For Evidence

    In 2013, Amnesty International condemned the erosion of human rights of disabled people in UK,



    October 17, 2015 at 9:40 pm

  20. George Osborne has come under fresh pressure to halt controversial cuts to tax credits as new research shows that 71 Tory MPs in marginal seats could be vulnerable to a backlash from families hit by dramatic falls in their incomes.



    October 17, 2015 at 10:32 pm

  21. Apprenticeships expansion ‘devaluing brand’: Low-quality, basic jobs being classed as ‘apprenticeships’

    The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said.

    Tesco 'Apprentice' Shelf-Stacker

    October 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    • “Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on apprenticeship schemes.” that says it all. it’s nothing but workfare.


      October 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

    • Since when has Training & Apprenticeship become a “Brand”?

      Is a Brand not a Corporate Image?

      Training/Apprenticeship as a Brand Image How does that work in practice?

      Did anyone involved at Ofsted actually sit down and read through what was issued and ask how it reflects reality?

      It appears not.


      October 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  22. More targeting of anyone who is not complying.

    Groups trying to root out the “poison” of extremist ideology in British communities will be supported by £5m of funding, David Cameron has said.

    The prime minister said the money for campaigns and charities this year would help prevent the “seed of hatred being planted in people’s minds”.

    There will be practical support to expand the “reach and scale” of groups and promote “credible alternative narratives” to extremist propaganda, which could include social media training and technical assistance with websites.



    October 18, 2015 at 11:45 am

  23. Will the human rights act be scrapped by next summer,?


    October 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    • enigma

      October 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    • Reading the link, it might well be.

      It states ConCons have to get the scots/welsh to agree. I suspect thats not going to happen.

      Say the ConCons bring it in anyway [numbers in parliment don’t look good in the Lords] you’ll hace as I and my sister agreed after talking about it, in england this new regime but in Scotland/Wales people ignoring it


      October 18, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    • I did see the article on Kittyjones, thanks for posting the link though, for all to see.

      But as Gazza noted, the scots and welsh have to agree too.


      October 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  24. A former Conservative Cabinet minister has suggested the government’s tax credit reforms could be “tweaked” before they come into force in April.

    But Andrew Mitchell said he backed the “very tough” reforms overall.

    Labour is challenging Tory MPs to join them in opposing the reforms in a Commons vote on Tuesday.

    “We’ve got some time before it comes in so that we can tweak it if necessary but I think it is the right reform to make and overall we can make sure there are as few losers from this as possible.”



    October 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

  25. Tearful Tory Voter Berates Minister Over Tax Credit Cuts (Video)

    jj joop

    October 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    • Oh deary me – that’ll teach you to vote Conservative.

      jj joop

      October 18, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      • There will be more like her! some people believe anything!


        October 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      • The security of a regular wage,looks to have gone the same way as Esther.

        When affects them its a different story,then this happens.


        October 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  26. Defendants are pleading guilty even when they are innocent, because it’s cheaper for them.



    October 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    • We have homeless people that are now criminals because they are homeless and this, pleading guilty of doing something when one didn’t, it’s getting out of control, the big picture.


      October 19, 2015 at 9:59 am

  27. UNITED Nations officials have arrived in Scotland to investigate allegations that Westminster welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights.



    October 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

  28. A group of cleaners at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have been put under disciplinary investigation by their employers after raising the issue of their low pay in a letter to the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond.

    The 14 cleaning staff were sent letters by the FCO cleaning contractor Interserve asking them to attend an interview that could lead to suspension or punishment, after they signed a joint letter to Hammond suggesting a meeting to discuss the living wage. Three are now also facing redundancy and believe they have been targeted because of their campaigning on pay, although the FCO and its contractor Interserve insist that this is unrelated.



    October 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

    • I wonder if they’ll get Legal Aid to fight their case?


      October 19, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  29. No pre-school, no child benefit, Tory thinktank says in report on poverty

    Bright Blue, a liberal Conservative pressure group, argues poverty can be cut if parents send their children to pre-school education centres




    October 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm


    For those of you have not seen it, here is a copy of the Coroner’s report on “Prevention of Future Deaths” following the Michael O’Sullivan case in London:



    October 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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