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Jobcentre Work Coach. 

Jobless and disabled people could have benefits stopped on Christmas Eve under ‘tough new sanctions regime’.

The Independent reports.

Jobless and disabled people could be stripped of their benefits this Christmas under a strict new sanctions regime for the festive period, it has been claimed.

In an apparent hardening of the Government’s attitude to welfare, those who miss a job centre appointment, interview or work capability assessment in the immediate run-up to the holidays could now be told the news on Christmas Eve itself.

The Independent had previously reported the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would be running a “business as usual” approach to Christmas this year, and was accused of taking a “Scrooge-like approach” to the season.

In new claims denied by the DWP, the SNP say this will be only the second year the approach has been taken, after a series of unwritten “special operations” were scrapped that previously protected claimants from having their Christmases ruined.

The party said concerns were raised by DWP staff themselves, who told the SNP they were made to call people up with bad news on Christmas Eve for the first time last year, and were unhappy they had to implement the alleged change in policy.

https://i1.wp.com/static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_medium/public/thumbnails/image/2015/12/21/13/snp-dwp-letter.jpg

 

And there’s this from Wolverhampton Express and Star.

Homeless at Christmas: We’re a community on the streets – but it’s hard

‘Sometimes the police move me on saying I can’t beg but I’m not on benefits so how am I supposed to get money?

“They won’t give me benefits because I don’t have a home address so it’s a catch 22. If I had a roof over my head I would be alright.”

Scotty Parkin is one of the rising number of people who will find themselves living rough this Christmas.

An Express & Star investigation has discovered that there are almost 2,500 people recorded as being homeless in the Black Country and South Staffordshire – a rise of 13 per cent over the last five years.

Many are forced to sleep rough, including Scott who has been on the streets for a year.

The BBC is going to show a new programme on Boxing Day, mashing together around 3o of Dickens’ characters called Dickensian.

As somebody who’s read his London printer granddad’s complete set of Dickens I am not looking forward to what I will doubtless call a “period soap”.

In case to watch the world of Dickens I only have to walk around the streets of Ipswich and I bet I’ll see some of these sanctioned people.

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Written by Andrew Coates

December 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

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  1. Discredited Maximus adds care inspections to DWP portfolio.

    The care watchdog has been criticised for awarding a discredited outsourcing giant new contracts to manage the use of service-users as expert advisers in care homes and hospitals.

    Two-thirds of the new contracts to run Experts by Experience – which pays people with experience of using care services to take part in Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections – have been awarded to Remploy.

    Disability News Service has also learned that Remploy is offering disabled people who work as Experts by Experience under its contract about half the hourly rate they are currently earning under the programme.

    Remploy, which will start delivering the Experts by Experience programme on 1 February 2016, was formerly controlled by the UK government but is now mostly owned by the US outsourcing company Maximus, which already has a huge chunk of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contracts to provide employment support and assessment services for disabled people.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/discredited-maximus-adds-care-inspections-to-dwp-portfolio/

    enigma

    December 21, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    • And so the truth that is maximus is revealed.

      Get us to the name maximus as it has a lot of fingers in the welfare pie.

      doug

      December 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

  2. It’s only obvious that benefit claimants, the low paid & the rest of the majority are not supposed to have a merry Christmas. as it is for any other holiday.

    enigma

    December 21, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    • Will Hannah Bardell’s letter get anywhere, we’ll find the answer sometime in the new year.

      It’s non stop at the local food bank, with more and more homeless, sanctioned, low paid & UC etc.

      enigma

      December 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      • Then again We’ll know on Christmas eve,

        enigma

        December 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    • I have a job review on New Year’s Eve!

      Andrew Coates

      December 22, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      • There’s no going to see our families at Christmas & new year if they live miles away, I won’t be seeing any of mine.

        We can expect some people being sanctioned for not looking for and applying for a job on Christmas day.

        enigma

        December 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      • Well be ready to do 2 weeks of 20 minuites daily at your local jobcentre, as this is what ive been told to do.Was only told to do it after I denied them access to my jobsearch activities., but if I had given them access would I still be given this im not sure what way it would have went, they have been questioning me as to why im not allowing them access, the reason is because I do not know what the information I leave will be used for and if the site gets hacked they also will have all my details.

        Andy

        December 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      • Well be ready to do 2 weeks of 20 minuites daily at your local jobcentre, as this is what ive been told to do.Was only told to do it after I denied them access to my jobsearch activities., but if I had given them access would I still be given this im not sure what way it would have went, they have been questioning me as to why im not allowing them access, the reason is because I do not know what the information I leave will be used for and if the site gets hacked they also will have all my details.

        Andy

        December 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  3. Make up for benefit cuts by working 200 more hours, government says.

    Department for Work and Pensions admits work allowance will fall under universal credit but people can ‘recoup the loss’

    The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted that people will see cash losses to their in-work benefits under the new universal credit system and suggested they could make up for it by working an extra 200 hours a year.

    But they won’t, they the paid employees (many of) will be laid off between now and next May (living wage) and replaced with forced labour, (work experience/workfare) & apprenticeships.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/21/universal-credit-benefit-cuts-work-allowance

    enigma

    December 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    • So DWPs idea of helping in work benefit claimants is to advise them a sum total of how many hours they need to work to make up the difference ?

      Whats the point of telling a person something they can figure out for themselves.

      Whats interesting though is its a silent acknowledgement of government that work is no longer fixed, that they expect the public’s working life to be turbulent which could well be true come the first round of Nat min rises. It demonstrates that this government expects a backlash of some sort as why create in work benefits conditions if you know by the first increase alone that many wont be entitled to claim it anymore ?

      With jobs still insecure and lowly paid i wouldn’t be surprised if employers literally paid by the minute in the near distant future, well before technology causes the biggest shift in labor that is.

      doug

      December 22, 2015 at 10:33 am

    • This is sick! I’ve previously posted I’ve actually increased my hours all in the same school, but I work an early morning shift lunch time and evening.I have no time to work anyplace else weekdays, and I’m reluctant to change jobs for a variety of reasons. Weekend I basically flop I’m exhausted. I really CAN’T work any more hours. I went sick 2 days before end of term as I’m still having problems with the anemia… Where are all the jobs for us to do anyway????

      katrehman

      December 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

      • The Tories one shoe fits all idea just wont work as up until recently i worked a 38 hour week which included about 30 hours unpaid travel and i worked all over the country so apart from weekends never saw my home.

        Now i was still entitled to tax credit even though i don’t claim it (isn’t worth the effort to jump through hoops for my own tax and NI contributions back) so putting me into this equation, what on earth is my adviser going to recommend for me exactly ?

        How do i have the time to look for a better job while trapped in a hotel room with no computer at god knows at night, how when my DWP is closed at weekends and libraries are full do i look for work then, how will i attend interviews working hundreds of miles away from home, how will i survive what with being unpaid even if i could make an interview and that’s assuming my employer just doesn’t sack me for attending such. I could go on and on pointing out how DWP would MONUMENTALLY fail to help me improve my situation without causing me further financial losses, the very thing its suppose to improve ?

        I mean on this basis alone i could disagree with any adviser advice as unreasonable as it would make me financially even worse off while carrying it out and could even land me being sacked.

        doug

        December 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      • Sorry, the 30 hours travel time is ontop of the 38 hour week and NOT included.

        doug

        December 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      • If some are given more hours this will just result in some being laid off, many will be fighting each other for a few hours more.

        enigma

        December 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    • Theres more on this here.

      Ihttp://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/12/28/benefit-cuts-george-osborne-urged-to-make-u-turn-on-universal-credit/

      Iain Duncan Smith’s goal has never been “making work pay”, as many previous articles on This Blog have shown.

      All thats about is creating the ilusion that the benefit system is generious and needs skinning to the bone,hence the stickers all over jobcentre windows given the nod by white man van who believes anything he’s told while driving past.

      The truth is David Cameron is governing for Oxfordshire/Chipping Norton not for the UK,he lives in a protected world of enormous security,large estates and wealth beyond imagination,used of people getting or forced out of his way and leading with the same attitude hence the disaster in mainland europe which is unfolding.

      ken

      December 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  4. enigma

    December 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

  5. Sanction Information

    Just learned the following, if not getting sanction letters [strangly that’s happening in my case, cannot imagine why…] a call where you mention bringing in MP suddenly reveals that decision IS sent to DWP office you sign on at [I was explictly told that did not happen, something about Advisors/Managers changing the decision at their end – a bit hard as its sent as PDF file for that very reason] and it can be faxed to said office for personal collection.

    Strange that, now why would those Sanctioned not be informed of this I wonder….

    Gazza

    December 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    • Oh I forgot to mention the excuse used for posting is its your address only, I pointed out the obvious – arn’t dwp office considered secure addresses? Silence from other end.

      Gazza

      December 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      • Gazza:

        They really are fucking you about, mate.

        jj joop

        December 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

  6. The homeless 16 & 17 teenagers in Wales.

    Michael Sheen petitions to help homeless teenagers.

    The actor, from Port Talbot, wants to put an end to placing homeless teenagers into “unsuitable” bed and breakfast accommodation.

    Instead, they should be supported by the “fantastic network of charities” across Wales that can provide a safe place, he said.

    But how many charities actually help.

    Meanwhile the Welsh government said more than half Welsh councils do not use B&Bs.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35158195

    enigma

    December 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

  7. We need wholesale CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND RESISTANCE. Whilst keeping the majority on our side.
    Think about it: would taxpayers rather pay £4-6K per year to a benefit recipient, or £30K to house them in a PRISON? We need to be ALL OF US prepared to go to prison for our beliefs. That’s what all you jokers are pretending isn’t necessary. What you do to the Tories is say “well, I’m going to start an employment agency for those with Criminal Records, so people can not be so scared to stand up for their rights and risk getting a Criminal Record. I’m going to judge these potential employees on their merits and ACTUAL criminal history, NOT fascist-like blacklist them for life, merely for having fallen foul of the corrupt legal system. Whilst not ripping them off for half their generated income like other agencies..”
    Well, that’s what those famed angry Poll Tax protestors weren’t scared of (not that the idiot UK populations’ short memories prevented the Tories sneaking it in under the name Community Charge, AKA Council Tax later-on).
    Now, we have Big Brother, Database Culture, so are SCARED to fall foul of the more powerful CONTROL mechanisms that such technology has brought us. Orwell had many good points. Anyone up for a nationwide push to donate copies of ‘1984’ to all State Employees in the UK? It might make a difference, you know? Assuming they can actually read and understand abstract concepts… and aren’t squeezed so tightly in their work-life-balance that they’re too tired to read. That’s another way they get the common person of the UK. Make their brain too tired to rebel. WAKE UP.

    WAKE UP (you get what you tolerate and you tolerate FEAR in yourselves)

    December 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

  8. When I asked people for bedroom tax stories, the response was shocking

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/22/bedroom-tax-my-spare-room

    ken

    December 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

  9. OT: General and Specific information on Benefit changes Site

    H-T to Rightsnet

    http://blog.cix.co.uk/gmorgan/

    Has detailed analysis of upcoming Tax Credit/UC changes at [Dated Oct15]:

    http://blog.cix.co.uk/gmorgan/2015/10/20/tax-credit-cuts-bad-universal-credit-cuts-worse/

    Gazza

    December 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    • Helpful but as we know bad news for many,

      enigma

      December 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

  10. Yet another tragic death at a recycling centre. Why the fuck do workfare ‘providers’ keep sending their victims to these dangerous, dangerous death-trap places? Are they trying to kill their victims? Because it sure as fuck looks like it!

    Man suffers horrific death at a recycling centre

    Vertegen Slave

    December 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

  11. IDS REFORMS ARE WORKING – claims the Daily Mail!

    You’ve all been deceived. IDS reforms are working. 500,000 fewer children in homes where no one works:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3372761/500-000-fewer-children-homes-no-one-works-IDS-reforms-Work-Pensions-Secretary-says-figures-prove-doommongers-wrong.html

    No mention of 100,000 homeLESS children, or the number of children living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation doubling in a year! Also no mention of failed workfare schemes, where the latest one, the “Help to Work Programme”, is a £300 Million disaster!

    No mention either of food banks, zero-hours contracts, soaring sanctions, premature deaths and suicides!

    Amazing!

    Propaganda

    December 24, 2015 at 10:13 am

    • The reforms are sure working, from IDS’s point of view, millions being driven to food banks, homelessness & suicide,

      enigma

      December 24, 2015 at 11:52 am

    • I read the Daily Mail and these comments don’t surprise me one bit: same old, same old. According to them, the unemployed are all wasters, etc.

      jj joop

      December 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  12. The Purge on Film Four last night gave a prescient glimpse into the not too distant future. ‘The Purge’ – one day a year when all crime is legalised. 12 hours when the wealthy “purge” the “economically inactive” from society. 12 hours when the poor, weak, and vulnerable are hunted down and murdered with impunity: 12 hours when the sick and disabled are murdered in their homes. 12 hours when the homeless are dragged from their shelters and killed. 12 hours when the jobless are rounded up and executed. And all set to a background of low crime, a 1% unemployment rate and soaring stock market prices.

    The Purge

    December 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    • The film after it, In Fear, about the couple getting lost on a maze of Irish country roads which was on after it gave us a scare or two just before we went to bed with a cup of hot cocoa 🙂

      The Old Codgers

      December 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm

  13. I will personally see to it that the jobcentres are open on Xmas day as an extra special Christmas signing-on present for all you lazy fuckers, even if it means manning the desk myself!

    Iain Duncan Smith

    December 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  14. ot

    had a letter today saying that they have been trying to contact me about my esa but not rang here?

    says to ring them so to make an appointment to speak to a decision maker ,thought that what the medical was for lol.

    any ideas what they want to know as rang no answer rang dwp and closed til 29th

    superted

    December 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

  15. Homelessness, health and humanity on the streets of Britain’s capital.

    As London’s rough sleeper numbers rise again a Westminster doctors’ surgery is reaching out to its patients on the streets .

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/davehillblog/2015/dec/24/homelessness-health-and-humanity-on-the-streets-of-britains-capital

    enigma

    December 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

  16. ken

    December 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

  17. Housing projects helping more than 400,000 vulnerable adults face closure because of government welfare cuts, analysis on behalf of Labour suggests.

    The Treasury’s decision to cap housing benefit at the level available for private rents makes many schemes unviable, according to the research carried out by housing providers.

    The housing cap is part of a £12bn package of cuts from the welfare bill.

    The government refuted the figures and called the claims “spurious”.

    The Labour Party, which commissioned the research, said under the proposed cuts an annual shortfall of £400m would put the frail and elderly at risk of losing their homes.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35173650

    enigma

    December 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm

  18. Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂

    Ho, ho, ho! 😀

    Father Christmas

    December 25, 2015 at 3:30 am

  19. May I wishes everyone a Happy & Safe Xmas.

    Gazza

    December 25, 2015 at 6:06 am

    • A merry xmas to you Gazza, keep up the fight.

      Here’s one that may be of interest.

      Give magistrates more leeway to turn around lives, US judge tells Gove.

      Alex Calabrese says Britain could learn from his ‘problem-solving’ courts in Brooklyn – and the justice secretary seems to be listening.

      The justice secretary has been urged to grant magistrates greater freedom in dealing with offenders so that they turn around lives rather than increase the prison population.

      Judge Alex Calabrese, who presides over criminal courts in Red Hook, Brooklyn, met Michael Gove this month to expound on the pioneering US community courts he oversees. The 62-year-old New Yorker – who deals with addicts, serial shoplifters and cases of violence – was in London to encourage the justice secretary to transform British courts and boost rehabilitation rates.

      http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/dec/25/give-magistrates-leeway-us-judge-alex-calabrese-tells-michael-gove

      enigma

      December 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm

  20. A merry Christmas to everyone on here,who has helped other people on this site regarding the DWP, inc Gaia (DPA) who no longer comments,

    DPAC would like to thank everyone who has supported us in so many different ways this year and hope the festive respite will allow us all to rest and re-energise and enter the new year with a renewed enthusiasm and determination to end the tyranny of the current bastards who are destroying our country, dismantling our services and obliterating our NHS and welfare state.

    For anyone who does celebrate Christmas we wish you a very happy one.

    http://dpac.uk.net/2015/12/seasons-greetings-to-all/

    enigma

    December 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  21. London is living a modern day Christmas Carol.

    Charles Dickens’ warnings about poverty are as relevant today as in 1843, when his classic Christmas novel was first published.

    If Charles Dickens were alive today, he’d be living on a council estate with his seven siblings, a single mum and a daily struggle to make ends meet. His dad in prison for unresolved debt, he’d have left school early to support the family by working part-time at a high street shop, earning the minimum wage. And in between cigarette breaks, he’d find the time to write about issues that mattered to him including children’s rights, poverty and other social issues.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/london-is-living-a-modern-day-christmas-carol-a6786161.html

    enigma

    December 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm

  22. enigma

    This is for you and others who work on the sharp end and for all others to note. It isn’t good.

    HouseAssoc’s are only now looking to introduce software to cope with the changes currently taking place vis-a-vis UC/Tax credits etc and those due in Apr16. From what I learned today it is due to commission on.. Guess when? Apr16… the same time the changes are taking place … so no burn in/learning time to iron out the kinks. The multiple branches the software must use is beyond a nightmare.

    The benefit system is going to break… And badly. Having had some experience in ICT it will take a year at least, possibly longer to sort out [if its possible to at all….] the software cluster F that is coming.

    Gazza

    December 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    • The local food bank will soon be overwhelmed with all those who are in need of food, more and more people are donating food though – more people are realizing what is happening, there will soon be two food banks in this town, as well as more food banks in schools. there is though still many people who haven’t a clue as to what is going on, next April will only bring more suffering, & every year there after.

      enigma

      December 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  23. REQUEST FOR INFORMATION:

    Has anyone here heard of nodesiretoretire.com? When I signed on just before Xmas, the Jobcentre were urging me to sign up with this group. They are going to be at my Jobcentre first week in January, and my acting coach wants me to attend. I have declined. Just sounds like another gimmick to me.

    Are they totally independent of JCP, or are they like Seetec – just another DWP bottom licker/stooge?

    Anyone with any experience to share about this lot would be appreciated. Should I avoid them, or what?

    jj joop

    December 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    • JJ Joop

      Having looked at their Facebook/twitter pages I am undecided.

      however from:

      http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/no_desire_to_retire_westminster_backs_norwich_firm_tackling_ageism_at_work_1_4123958

      Anything that DWP Boss Sandra Lambert [who celebrates Sanctions] which she backs is something I would run from. Reading the above and “And since the DWP contacted the company at St James’ Place to suggest a formal work partnership, the company is gearing up for an advertising campaign to build the current 3000 subscribers to 50,000 by December – and 150,000 the year after that.”

      My opinion is this is a set of ConCon Wannabe’s leaping on the bandwagon – was it originally aimed at the now down the tubes WP/MWA? No idea but having good old Sandra involved….

      Gazza

      December 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    • Just look at the desperation, – and the state of the UK ‘jobs’ market.

      http://nodesiretoretire.com/listings

      Unless you want to stand in a charity shop or recycling plant for 30 hours slavefare then there is near zero hope.

      Another Cancelled Christmas

      December 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      • This turning yourself out as a product is a mugs game as not only does it lend to allowing your personal data to be abused but allows employers to break a certain rule on keeping vacancies open to all applicants so all may apply fairly and equally. It seems to me capitalism now applies to vacancies as that’s exactly what it encourages when people become involved in pimping themselves out online which is regulated in no shape or form, infact your very own government couldn’t even tell you how many people got work through such a method.

        If theres plenty of work as government boasts, then why pimp ?

        doug

        December 27, 2015 at 10:27 am

      • I only looked at half a dozen of the ‘listings’ there, and I don’t have any language quals – but I wasn’t impressed with most of the grammar!

        Another Cancelled Christmas

        December 28, 2015 at 1:50 am

    • Thanks guys. You’ve confirmed what I suspected – just another scheme set up to take advantage of the unemployed and turn them into low-paid zombie slaves under the guise of giving them a leg up. No desire to retire indeed. Should be called: no desire to be taken advantage of. Yes, thank you.

      jj joop

      December 27, 2015 at 11:30 am

    • This thing looks bizzare, it’s like as if the dwp have just randomly chosen a page off the interweb.

      http://ukdatacentre.co.uk/company-document/08709502/Prod223_1383_08709502_20150531.html

      http://ukcompanydb.com/company/08709502/no-desire-to-retire-limited.html

      Another Cancelled Christmas

      December 29, 2015 at 1:01 am

      • No desire to retire = DWP stooge

        jj joop

        December 30, 2015 at 10:52 am

      • http://nodesiretoretire.com/

        It’s a gimmick. Just another pimp yourself notice board.

        jj joop

        December 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

      • I agree jj.
        After endless employment schemes, most of which were so successful that they were never heard of again. After tens of £millions wasted on UJM, tens of £billions wasted on the Waste Programme, some dwp area manager now decides that the answer to 50s+ unemployment is to get the victims to make a posting on what looks like an amateur blog site!

        You couldn’t make it up!

        Another Cancelled Christmas

        December 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

  24. doug

    December 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    • Whenever it suits themselves & only themselves.

      enigma

      December 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

  25. Nine UK banks launch fee-free accounts.

    Nine High Street banks and building societies in the UK are to launch basic bank accounts which will not charge a fee for missed payments.

    The new accounts will be available from 1 January to people who fail to qualify for a full current account.

    It follows an agreement between the Treasury and the industry in December last year.

    Nine million basic account holders will now not be charged for missing a direct debit payment, or a standing order.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35168705

    enigma

    December 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    • Strange isnt it, they want to provide accounts that don’t charge when you miss a DD or SO, talk about encouraging such behaviour or what ?

      doug

      December 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

  26. Environment Agency reckons Britains flood defenses need rethink

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35188146

    Do you think ?

    This is a prime example of the kinds of fallout people can expect from short termism. For ages the scientist said the sea would rise, the politicians even acknowledged it yet we ended up with piffle defenses because someone somewhere thought they could edge there bets.

    So why am i talking about this on a welfare forum, well, because its high time we addressed the elephant in the room which is as this becomes the norm, people will begin to move inland. With an abundant house shortage already the case conglomerated within time a reseeding land space will only lend to the shortages in all things we currently suffer being exponentially made worse.

    doug

    December 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    • doug

      Don’t forget that GidIdiot has plans to expand the housing for the less well off, that 400K new homes… and where will they be building these so called homes before they’re washed away? You guessed it on Flood Plains. Oh good job, another briliant idea from the ConCons.

      Gazza

      December 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  27. Talking of retirement, expect aches and pains to spoil your retirement years if you have done strenuous manual work when younger:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-elderly-physical-labor-idUSKBN0U716Y20151224

    Tobanem

    December 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm

  28. MINNESOTA STARVATION EXPERIMENT

    Some interesting quotes about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment:

    “Within just a few weeks of the study, the psychological stress that affected all of the subjects became too much for one of the men, Franklin Watkins. He had a breakdown after having vivid, disturbing dreams of cannibalism in which he was eating the flesh of an old man. He had to leave the experiment. Two more subjects also suffered severe psychological distress and episodes of psychosis during the semi-starvation period, resulting in brief stays in the psychiatric ward of the Minnesota university hospital. One of the men had also reported stealing scraps of food from bins”.

    “…democracy and nation building would not be possible in a population that did not have access to sufficient food”.

    https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/the-minnesota-starvation-experiment-provided-empirical-evidence-that-benefit-sanctions-cant-possibly-work-to-help-people-into-work/

    Tobanem

    December 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  29. Another Import From America (Guardian article from 2010):

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2010/jun/16/lawrence-mead-tough-us-welfare-unemployed

    Tobanem

    December 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    • He calls his political creed the “new paternalism”. In policing, it amounts to zero tolerance. In schools, it is about instilling a regimented discipline. With employment, it is workfare. All revolve around the idea that popular opinion backs placing obligations to wider society above an individual’s freedom.

      Which is why many do not comply, why should they.

      enigma

      December 29, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  30. NOW IT’S CLOTHING BANKS – AND THE SICKEST SANCTION YET?

    Given the title of this page is “More Christmas Cheer For The Sanctioned”, it seems appropriate to include a report about sanctions. You’ve all heard of silly sanctions applied for trivial reasons, and many of you will be wondering what is the silliest sanction yet, but here is one which must rank as one of the sickest sanctions yet. It involves a woman who was sanctioned for missing an appointment because she was having a miscarriage:

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/woman-who-was-sanctioned-as-she-miscarried-is-among-those-to-benefit-from-new-clothing-bank.11705

    Tobanem

    December 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm

  31. The Tories relentless assault on welfare benefits could plunge millions of more people into poverty, according to a left-leaning think tank.

    An analysis of Tory welfare cuts by the Resolution Foundation and Landman Economics found that an extra 3.6 million people could be pushed below the breadline by Christmas 2030, including 1.9 million children.

    The damning revelation shows that the number of children living in poverty is set to soar by a shocking 75% by 2030, unless the Government shows a change of heart and halts in attack on Britain’s poorest people.

    It means that the number of children living in poverty will rise to 4.4 million in just fifteen years, around one-if-four (28%) of all children living in Britain.

    The number of children living in “absolute” poverty is also expected to rise by 800,000 over the same period.

    According to the report, the poorest 10% of Brits can expect their annual income to rise by just £90 a year, easily dwarfed by rising living costs, while the richest 10% will see their income boosted to the tune of an extra £1,600 each year.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/shameful-tory-assault-welfare-plunge-millions-poverty-2030/

    enigma

    December 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm

  32. Andrew Coates

    December 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  33. The UK is a Third World country with 10th class citizens, yet is one of the richest countries in the world. The moral is the weak perish & the strong survive. Shame how weak the WCA & DWP are.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  34. 10 more job centres flooded. G4S are at a loss what to do. Have 2 weeks off with full pay & let the Army do the work. Floods are now up to £3 billion cost. A saving of £1.20p.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm

  35. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  36. NEW YEAR’S HONOURS

    Would you believe it? New Year’s honours list contains a high proportion of Tory donors! There is even one high ranking recipient at the Department for Communities and Local Government who was awarded a CBE for “SERVICES TO FIRE SAFETY AND FLOOD RESILIENCE”!

    In case you think I’m making it all up, see this link here:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/new-years-honours-almost-30-tory-party-members-or-supporters-receive-awards-amid-accusations-of-a6791366.html

    Tobanem

    December 31, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    • More noses in the trough.

      jj joop

      December 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  37. Microsoft to warn of nation-state hacks.

    Alerting people about suspected nation-state attacks might cause Microsoft problems in Britain if a proposed law that regulates government snooping is passed.

    Provisions in the law would make it illegal for firms to tell customers they were being targeted if the company did not obtain official permission to do so.

    Microsoft declined to comment on whether its notification policy would bring it into conflict with the proposed law.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35204917

    enigma

    December 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    • This makes for bad law. However, I fear it will make it through parliament because the government will use recent terrorist outrages as a vehicle to push it through. And anyone who opposes it will be branded a terrorist sympathiser.

      As I’ve stated previously, it’s only a matter of time before people who post comments on this site will be branded as trolls, or even terrorist sympathisers. You mark my word.

      If anyone’s a recruiting sergeant for IS, it’s our government who won’t stop poking its nose into other countries internal affairs, i.e. inflicting regime change. Sure Saddam was a-son-of-a-bitch but look at the alternative. Oh dear, I think I can see a policeman on my doorstep. Bye, bye everyone. It’s off to Belmarsh for me!

      jj joop

      December 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm

  38. Sports Direct to pay more than national minimum wage from January 1st. When will they get rid of zero hours contracts, though?!

    http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2015/12/31/sports-direct-to-pay-all-staff-more-than-minimum-wage/

    Tobanem

    December 31, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  39. Happy New Year all

    A Little update on the Sanction. Floor Chief of section is very unhappy with me – gave me a evil look when I popped in as the section had not reactivated the claim [wait a minute lets look at that closely.. section issues sanction… then everyone forgot to fill in paperwork to reactivate it… a mistake or deliberate? Oh dear…] Numerous staff outside of signing office highly embarrassed as unable to explain actions, & now has insisted a external DM look at sanction again.

    Gazza

    January 1, 2016 at 9:25 am

    • Deliberate!!!

      jj joop

      January 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

      • JJ Joop

        Too right. And I am going to have some Name fun this year. the Advisor & Head have names begging to fling back in their faces. Lets not even get started on what they’ve done. Ooops not filling in ALS1 – 3 month time limit has now reset ….

        Gazza

        January 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm

  40. Deliberate!!!

    jj joop

    January 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

  41. OT: Best illustration of why WP (and its like) is utter tosh

    HT to Sian on JV

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/emily-thornberry/help-to-work-failure_b_8895406.html

    the best ever description of the tosh that the work programme is all about is in that huffington article –

    “Kevin Woods · Glasgow Caledonian University
    the problem with these schemes and the entire Work programme in general is that by forcing jobseekers to attend them and allowing them to sanction participants you actually prevent them being effective.
    Take two schemes doing the exact same thing, one A sanctions and the other B doesn’t, A keeps the participants for two years and gets paid for two years, B discovers that 50% of participants quit after a week claiming no help is being provided, A has no incentive to change and help people, B realises it needs to be better if it wants to be paid and makes improvements which result in more successes so its success rate increases to the 15% required, A doesn’t need to make improvements to get money and keeps to 5%.
    If you allowed participants to quit once it becomes clear no job is available then it starts to work as the providers realise to keep people with them they need to hire 1/3 if they want to be kept on as partners
    To provide a comparison imagine a university offers a course and discovers that only 5% of students get the degree at the end, wouldn’t they start to question the teaching methods to find out why they are not working,
    can you imagine any other business model where customers are punished for refusing the product and there is no requirement for the product to actually work?”

    Says all there needs to be said about this and all the Cameron PigF&^%r Followers who’ve got their snouts in that trough and similar like it…

    Gazza

    January 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    • With pressure to have to spend hundreds of millions to billions on weather defenses, terrorism and a whole lot of others they never budgeted for, this government will fail to produce a deficit surplus unless of course they do the unthinkable of borrowing more money and thus negating there whole point of being in office.

      Last year the UKs national debt was 1.4 trillion, its now over hundred billion more and its still months to go before the Tories mark there first year in office.

      So this notion that the UK is doing well isnt the case when such an unpayable debt is included and still clearly escalating.

      doug

      January 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      • TTIP: the key to freer trade, or corporate greed?

        Some say the US/EU trade deal that could be agreed this year will open up markets and promote UK growth. Others fear it will drive down wages and promote privatisation.

        http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/02/ttip-terms-growth-markets-worker-protection

        enigma

        January 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      • enigma

        with regards to TTIP and anything else the ConCons want to push. One word. SNP. The SNP is looking hard for any excuse to hold another referendum – this time they would win – that puts the ConCons in a tight spot, they need scotland [and benefitswise scotland needs the UK].

        Gazza

        January 2, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      • I tell you another thing you will see if TTIP goes ahead.

        The final stages of privatization of the NHS and the introduction of health insurance.

        doug

        January 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  42. Iain Duncan Smith is recruiting a new £140,000-a-year director of his troubled welfare reform project Universal Credit – barely a year after the last change of leadership.

    The job is among the top paying jobs in the civil service – more than the Work and Pensions Secretary earns himself.

    The advert for the role – posted on the Civil Service Jobs website – says the Department for Work and Pensions is seeking someone to develop and implement the £2bn Universal Credit programme, the Government’s flagship welfare reform project that will merge six benefits into one payment over the next five years.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-is-offering-140000-a-year-for-someone-to-take-charge-of-his-troubled-universal-a6791046.html

    enigma

    January 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  43. The Government has a weighty ambition to halve the disability employment gap. Getting anywhere near achieving it will require significant reform, political bravery and, ultimately, fast legislative progress in 2016.

    With the gap currently standing at 33 percentage points, halving it would mean getting around one million more disabled people into work. Based on the recent speed of progress, this would take about 30 years. So, alongside the significant reforms announced in the last five years (including most recently at the Spending Review), from early in 2016 we should expect to see significant reform carried out at pace.

    http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2015/12/matthew-oakley-five-ways-to-help-one-million-more-disabled-people-into-work.html

    enigma

    January 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  44. EU, – your connection to your ISP stops at 9pm, starts again at 6am, – health dept agrees to it, & also DWP,

    You’ll see the info soon.

    enigma

    January 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

    • Enlighten us some more will you enigma please on this point.

      doug

      January 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      • BBC news this morning, it’s not yet on line.

        enigma

        January 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    • You are talking about ‘parental controls’ 😀 lol as if anyone is going to pay for an internet connection that cuts out at 9pm and doesn’t fire-up again until 6am 😀 an even more lol the DWP giving a list of claimants to ISPs and ordering them to “kill” their internet connection out with “authorised hours” RFLMAO. Enigma you really take the biscuit for engendering fear amongst dolies you Tory troll 😀 😀 😀 😀

      Ispy

      January 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    • Enigma Fear Alert over! Nothing to worry about – you can go back to your ‘job-search’ 😀 you dolies 😀

      Ispy

      January 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  45. Britons driven to food banks by poverty seen as ‘collateral damage’ by DWP, says Trussell Trust

    Exclusive: Britain’s biggest food bank provider says the Government has threatened the charity for speaking out on the issue.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britons-driven-to-food-banks-by-poverty-seen-as-collateral-damage-by-dwp-says-trussell-trust-a6794101.html

    enigma

    January 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    • “Enigma” – I mentioned the “Minnesota Starvation Experiment” on here recently.

      It is interesting to hear that Dr Ancel Keys who ran that experiment said “starved people can’t be taught democracy”. He also said “democracy and nation building would not be possible in a population that did not have access to sufficient food”

      So much for the Tory claim to rebuild broken Britain of today!

      Also of interest is the impact of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment on some of the “test subjects”. Some had nightmares about food. Many became depressed, anti-social, lethargic and irritable. Some stole food and one man cut off three of his fingers with an axe! Admissions to psychiatric hospitals increased. Remind you of anything happening in this country today?

      Even more interestingly, it appears the Minnesota Starvation Experiment would not be allowed today because it would break the rules on FULLY INFORMED CONSENT of test subjects!

      Tobanem

      January 4, 2016 at 9:34 am

      • The experiment is being repeated but on a bigger scale.

        enigma

        January 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm


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