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DWP Under Fire for new Universal Credit Delay and Sanctions Regime.

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DWP still not Ready. 

DWP being evasive over universal credit delays, MPs claim.

Reports the Guardian today.

Iain Duncan Smith’s department accused of blocking efforts to find out cause of delays to flagship welfare scheme.

MPs have accused the Department for Work and Pensions of using “evasive” measures to prevent parliament from finding out why there have been yet more delays to the universal credit scheme.

The government’s flagship welfare programme will not be implemented before the autumn of 2021, four years after its completion date, a report by the committee has disclosed.

But Iain Duncan Smith’s department has been accused of blocking MPs as they tried to discover the cause of the delays, how many people they will affect, and how long they will persist.

Meg Hillier, chair of the public accounts committee (PAC), condemned the department for evading MPs’ queries. “The lack of transparency surrounding a programme with such wide-reaching implications for so many people is completely unacceptable,” he said.

The new welfare system, which rolls six existing benefits into one, is being introduced gradually, with about 500,000 people on the new scheme by April. But the full rollout date has been pushed back several times as ministers grapple with a complex IT system.

The estimated completion date for the rollout of the digital service is six months later compared to when the PAC examined the programme last year, the report found. It will be fully operational in March 2021 but the Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast a further six-month delay, according to MPs.

The PAC is concerned such delays will “postpone” the programme and create “uncertainty for claimants, advisers, and local authorities, and makes it difficult for parliament and taxpayers to hold the department to account”.

Delays there are then.

Computing states,

DWP’s Universal Credit programme delayed by six more months

By Sooraj Shah
The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) much-criticised roll-out of its Universal Credit programme is to be delayed yet again, meaning that it now expects the end date for moving all benefits claimants onto the system to be March 2021.
The revelation comes as MPs on the Public Accounts Committee examine the progress of Universal Credit one year after labelling the project a £700m flop that had managed only “very little progress”.
Shah concludes,

The scheme, designed to merge six different types of benefit into a single monthly payment, has had problems since its inception, with various delays and at least £130m in taxpayer money being written off.

It’s hardly the first time the Department for Work and Pensions project has been criticised, with a former DWP employee slamming the scheme in an exclusive interview with Computing in November 2013.

Meanwhile Boycott Workfare informs us ,

Sanctions centre plus: open all hours?

February 3rd, 2016

Roll up! Roll up! The first oral evidence session for the Works and Pensions Committee inquiry on ‘in-work progression in Universal Credit’ began on 3 February. This is all about ‘in-work conditionality’, where low-earning workers receiving top-up benefits such as Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit will be subject to the tender attentions currently enjoyed by unemployed claimants. We previously covered this in Workfare: Don’t Think a Job Means You’re Safe and Suggestions, They Want? Now, with Universal Credit due to be ‘rolled out’ in more areas, we can enjoy another round of parliamentary mumbling.

Despite the limited terms of reference, Boycott Workfare made a written submission to this inquiry. Given that we campaign against sanctions imposed on unemployed people, we naturally oppose sanctions against working claimants. Extending conditionality – which will include sanctions – to working claimants extends these harms to a wider population and will only punish people on the receiving end of the UK’s low-pay no-pay precarious labour market. Small rises in the national minimum wage will not make these concerns go away: with the imposition of conditionality for workers, a higher minimum wage will simply mean a higher conditionality threshold and the use of the minimum wage as a stick to hit workers who are not earning ‘enough’.

More via link above.

From Written Submission:

Written evidence from Boycott Workfare (IWP0020) Boycott Workfare campaigns against forced unpaid labour and against sanctions. Our website can be found here: http://www.boycottworkfare.org From Frank Field’s comments it appears that this hearing is a mere rubber-stamping exercise, approving policy that is still highly questionable. The government is attempting to normalise a concept that had been rightly regarded as ridiculous at best, if not furthering the destruction already wrought by sanctions and compulsion that targets the unemployed.

Full text here.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

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  1. 2025 Universal Credit still not completed. The new completion date is 2030 !!!

    A confidence tricksters way of money laundering.

    Let`s make it 2035 UC completion date !!!


    DWP post for Amazon boss is ‘disgusting’, says Margaret Hodge

    Hodge says non-executive director role for Amazon’s China chief, Doug Gurr, is ironic as ‘they are killing off UK business and jobs’

    Guardian – 3rd Feb 2016

    The Labour MP and tax campaigner Margaret Hodge has described as “disgusting” a plan to give an executive of Amazon, one of the companies at the centre of an intensifying row over taxes, a directorship at the Department of Work and Pensions.

    Hodge was responding to the news, first revealed by Sky News, that Amazon’s head of Chinese operations, Doug Gurr, is to become a non-executive director of the DWP. The DWP said it would issue a statement, which was not available at the time of publication. Amazon declined to comment.

    Hodge said: “If people are not putting their proper share into the pot, how can government ever justify giving them prestigious positions?”

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    February 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

  2. DWP being evasive over universal credit delays, MPs claim

    Guardian – 3rd Feb 2016

    Iain Duncan Smith’s department accused of blocking efforts to find out cause of delays to flagship welfare scheme

    MPs have accused the Department for Work and Pensions of using “evasive” measures to prevent parliament from finding out why there have been yet more delays to the universal credit scheme.

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    February 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm

  3. Cameron: Benefit claimants make lifestyle choice:


    Ah, but who actually makes the choice? Remember back in the “no such thing as society” days of Mrs Thatcher when it was said by the Tories that high unemployment was a “price well worth paying” for getting inflation under control? The Yuppies laughed all the way to the bank and even tripped over piles of rough sleepers while travelling to the opera!


    February 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    • What makes me laugh is every time the Tories open their mouths with rhetoric like this, they just make employers even less likely to employ anyone claiming benefits, think about it, if you were an employer, would you hire someone your very own prime minister labelled a skiver, a shirker.

      Secondly he bangs on about creating work yet fails to mention mostly all of it required qualifications and skillset experience people unemployed by far and large just don’t have and heightens it still by refusing to back free education for unemployed people that’s relevant to the trades on offer in adverts instead of piffle courses completely not needed for trades like warehouse and retail, both shrinking sectors dew to various conditions.

      And of apprenticeships, why do only the under 24s get the opportunity to be say a plumber or engineer for rolls Royce, why isn’t their funding to help over 25s who might be interested in learning a trade to as he says lift them out of poverty ?

      At the end of the day all DWP and government alike want to do is usher people into dead end temporary low paid work, then attack them again for taking it which if they didn’t at the time would have seen them sanctioned so DWP cant say they didn’t put them their in the first place proving their just not creating the right sort of work and opportunities to as they say, lift them out of poverty.

      Lastly what are the figures of these people making life choices that thus far the Tories haven’t produced as far back as 2010 ?

      Don’t get me wrong, everyone’s entitled to an opinion but opinions are not facts and only facts have any basis in any meaningful debate, especially when talking politics.

      This is the picture, this is the truth.


      February 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      • 24 is also the cut-off point for graduate schemes too.


        February 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

    • “Life-style choice” makes unemployment something like Veganism, New Age philosophy, or a being a Hipster.

      What in fact it says is that we will ‘choose’ for you, make you crawl through the hoops to do everything some DWP official decides.

      Andrew Coates

      February 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm

  4. People end up being labled and trashed by this rhetoric.Black and white thinking,cover ups and scapegoats is the name of their game.Someone once said third world.


    February 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  5. Web Censorship – Once you hear the Jackboots, it’s too late.

    Facebook “Algorithm” triggered:


    Soon, all computers will be awash with “algorithms” detecting prohibited words and “phoning home to Big Brother” – before the ink is dry!


    February 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    • All I can say is welcome to the club kittyjones and start using your god damn head.

      What people of the likes of facebook need to do is open multiple accounts, make them friends and let them post your site. By using anti tracking software (plenty for free) for each account makes it impossible to limit these account that you can open up infinitely. Its best practiced this way as then they cant block the number one account as you cant be responsible for others work and thus providing the platform if you understand anything I just said.

      Even though facebook mods could quote any rule they like other sites reserve the right to do anything without reason and this is what you consign to when registering.

      On one of these other posts here on this site I detailed the definition of extremism which is to be frank generic. People assume such meaning is about hate, terrorism and the likes but they couldn’t be more wrong.

      As for algos I wouldn’t worry as their easily circumnavigated and in time would render such algos useless unless you wish to prohibit all languages.


      February 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      • Kitty is not as smart as she thinks she is otherwise she wouldn’t be on that N(Spider)A site in the first place. Fakebook seem to be trying out some new “algorithm”; it will randomly throw up crap such as “you have been restricting from tagging for one week”, even though the profile has NEVER tagged one photo.

        Youtube will delete/”restrict” videos after x amount of ‘reports’/some “algorithm”, “dating sites” randomly delete profiles after x amounts of “reports”/some “algorithm” to use but two examples.

        Rather than becoming more and more dependent on evil entities such as Fakebook until it becomes an indiepsible part of your life and you have nowhere to turn as you become more and more trapped whilst Facebook becomes more and more intrusive and totalitarian Kitty and anyone still on this site need to get the fuck off it!

        The Fuckerburg

        February 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      • Fakebook even has a dashboard-style graphic with a slider ‘control’ “Restriction ON” / “Restriction OFF”. Get the suckers hooked and dependent and then fuck with their mind. What fully-grown adult would allow themselves to be treated in such an authoritarian manner – by a WEBSITE, because that is all Facebook is – a WEBSITE. Close your browser and it’s gone. And what is it with the “smart” TVs with their Facebook “app”. Who in their right mind would poney up ££S for a TV to have Facebook in their face!?


        February 5, 2016 at 9:37 am

      • Oh yeah, and you can “appeal the decision” lol 😀


        February 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

      • @ doug Facebook log and track all IP/device info. If you log on from another IP/device your account will be “locked”


        February 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

      • or an “unfamiliar location” 😉


        February 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

      • Buggle circumnavigating device data isn’t hard and again for the know not’s, has many a piece of free software on the market to change or randomise it. You see its never in the interests of a website that generates money to deny people from using multiple devices and as such uses a simple guard method that’s often done via ones email/s.
        As for unfamiliar your find as these sites are to lazy to do these things manually that this can be circumnavigated through their own walkthrough support.

        I’m sorry but if what you said held any water what’s so ever then hacking wouldn’t exist which it does and will continue to do so because of how PCs work in the first place.


        February 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

  6. OT: UC/UJM Sanctions

    Hat-Tip to Refuted.

    I am sure everyone remembers my comments about DWP and setting targets for jobs?

    Guess what, its at the tribunal. This will get interesting.


    See also http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/8777/

    “I have a claimant who has been sanctioned on UC for not doing sufficient job-search. Part of the argument is that UC say he did not keep sufficiently thorough records of how much time he spent on job-search activities (we’ll see about that) but my key beef is this – an MR has come back refusing to change the decision because:

    ‘He was advised that although he used other sites and applied in person…his Claimant Commitment specifies that he uses Universal Jobmatch’

    In response to my demand that they specify the jobs they have claimed he missed on UJ, the decision reads,

    ‘It is not possible to specify which jobs would have been available on UJ for the period in question, I have contacted the work coach but received no reply’.

    If it’s in the CC, does this mean one must, on pain of sanction, use UJM even if one can do more and better job search on other sites??? I’ve made the point elsewhere that UJM simply copies details from other sites; it has very little other content. (Today, for instance, it’s mainly copying the content of Thistle Recruitment and Jobs4.co.uk)

    And can a DM make a decision on jobs someone has missed out on without knowing what they are, or whether he looked at the same jobs on other sites?


    ME: I am sure Refuted posted up details where DWP admitted CC’s had no standing in law…. hhhhhmmmm, I wonder how this is going to end?


    February 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    • Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat
      (the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies).

      People know this as innocent until proven guilty.

      If DWP say you haven’t done enough but you claim you have then it is up to them to prove that is the case, not you.

      Before anyone says but that’s only if its criminal, well you have effectively been accused of intent to fraud and thus making it criminal. What I mean is claimants must start asserting when such happens that if DWP incite this that they must call the correct authority (police) and report it which believe me they so do not want to do as it prevents them making a case as the law of the land out regulates them.

      Also and I’m not saying a claimant would want to do this, puts them in defamation of character frame when police find no evidence to support DWPs claim.

      Ive in the past used this to great effect and it enraged DWP so much they tried to attack me in other ways, all of which ultimately failed.

      Know the law, win the score.


      February 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

    • There is NO unique content on UJM. It is a spam-fest ‘cut n paste’ from actual job boards. UJM just wastes jobseekers job-seeking time and limited internet access if they are using library computers. UJM exists solely as a sanction-machine.


      February 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

      • As is Indeeds offerings, i even have a name for them (rape sites) as they harvest others like jobsite.
        To compound the problem theirs software out their that allows agencies /businesses to post multiple sites with the same ad.

        Although you cant really stop DWP making you sign up to UJM or soon will be the case with UC, DWP cant stipulate you use your private data. They also cant stipulate how you use said account so cant demand you write your life story in it, your job search from other sites or even how often you enter it if at all providing you don’t agree to it (sign consent) on any of their paperwork including CC. They also cannot stipulate how many accounts you have and finally cant demand you hand over the accounts details.

        Plenty jobs on UJM have email contact addresses which people should use and thus circumnavigating UJMs account tracking.

        If as has already been mentioned its another website address or agency web address simply go to them directly and merely quote UJM as a point of a starting reference.

        Now despite this and the claim above their actually some genuine adverts so don’t be that dismissive of UJM.

        Look the condition is to search 35 hours worth of work, well welcome to the digital age where that’s done in a matter of up to an hour and that’s being generous. This said only a fool would only look once a week if they wanted work. I and others have found from extensive research that a hour or 2 a day is more than enough dependant on your methods and experience. We’ve have tried to get DWP Caxton house to see this but they point blank refused and even laughably quoted phrases like, “more is better” and “the more you put in, the more you get out (law of averages crap)” that simply isn’t the case in this modern era where one can assign a computer to do it for them and thus freeing up the 35 hours, the simplification of the DWP computer system and welfare system itself being point in case.

        Employers want many attributes in a candidate, one of them being effective time management skills which the method/s I and others prescribe achieve in a micro managed society.

        Well that’s all so look at your methods and see how you can make them more effective, more secure and overall more productive as this is about you and your wellbeing and not DWPs.


        February 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      • What employer would want to employ someone who took 35 hours a week to complete their jobsearch?

        Work Smarter - Not Harder

        February 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  7. Atos, Maximus and Capita forced to admit assessment failures

    Disability News Service DNS – 4th Feb 2016

    The three companies that carry out disability benefit assessments for the government have all been forced to admit regret at the poor quality of their work, while giving evidence to a committee of MPs.

    Senior executives from Maximus, Atos and Capita were providing evidence to the public accounts committee, following a highly critical report into their work by the National Audit Office (NAO).

    Last month’s NAO report said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to achieve value for money from the health and disability assessments it had contracted out to Atos, Maximus and Capita.

    In 2014-15, DWP spent about £275 million on assessment contracts, but this is expected to more than double to £579 million by 2016-17.

    The NAO report showed that, in August 2015, 36 per cent of Capita’s personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports failed to meet standards agreed with DWP, compared with the four per cent target set in its contract.

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  8. Dr Green: Hidden & Homeless – Dr Green sets out to discover the modern face of homelessness , changing our perceptions of who the homeless are and the harsh reality of their lives.

    Dr Green: Hidden & Homeless – BBC 3, Tuesday 9th February , 21-00-22:00, Freeview channels 7 and 105 HD, and online

    BBC Three

    February 4, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    • Typo – Professor Green

      BBC Three

      February 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    • People might want to watch Spotlight : Housing Fraud: The Hidden Scandal dew out I believe on the 11th Feb 10.35 BBC 1 aswell.


      February 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

  9. Now some may have already noticed that YouTube or more importantly Google is now forcing users to consign to being tracked or cant use their video service.

    Well for the interim anyway rather than explain how you go about misleading them with generated data you can still use Bings search engine to search out and watch videos on YouTube without this interference.


    February 5, 2016 at 11:33 am

    • Sorry, you don’t have to use bings search engine, you can use any search engine.


      February 5, 2016 at 11:34 am

    • Some people think that the snoopers charter hasn’t yet started, while others think it won’t happen. of course it’s happening on an epic scale.


      February 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

      • Indeed and I seriously hope people install CCleaner as it removes that pesky Google super cookie (the same one implanted in UJM should they consign to it.

        As an important notice people must be aware that deleting this super cookie once isn’t enough as every time you go to another page be it UJM or YouTube, its instantly replanted.

        Its free software people.

        You would think these days considering the money made on peoples data that in all earnest it was time to copyright peoples identity and force such website and business to agree a fee for your data and people have no idea how much their personal data is batted about every second let alone everyday.


        February 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    • Keep getting this message when trying to post on this site:

      “Information: to post on Ipswich Unemployed Action you are required to sign in with your REAL NAME Facebook account”


      February 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  10. I can’t see any reason someone can’t sign up to Universal Job match on a Library Computer or even the Jobcentres own IAD then never use it logged in at home then they can’t match your account or use the cookies in a way that ID’s you – if you do wish to apply for UJM posted job – well 1stly most of them are posted on other sites so use those – and 2ndly most seem to have an E-mail address in theory you can even ring them up or look for the companies website and “try to do it that way”.

    But obviously what one who is sensible about their privacy would do is not allow UJM to send them e-mails and refuse JCP access to their account. as well as using a 3rd party e-mail provider for your verification e-mail.

    Remember the line in the legislation talks about maintaining “an online presence” that is all – and even that may still not even apply in some sectors so much like the casual Building trades or childcare providers.

    You could even give them a letter saying you preferred method of communication is in person or by post if you want too.

    The biggest thing to say though is never give the DWP your mobile phone number for any reason ever. If they demand it say it broke and you can’t afford to replace it or given the your old defunct number if you fell pressured – but tell them you can’t afford to use it as you don’t have the money to keep it in credit or pay for the contract.. They abuse the use of it to much to allow them the access to it.
    If they ever demand printouts from you make sure that you are not using your “private E-mail” for this as they may abuse the access to that too if they think they can get away with it.

    But you won’t get any job alerts if you tick the boxes to say that you do not allow them to send them now will you.

  11. The phrase “an online presence” is amusing when you consider they cant compel legally a claimant to put their personal and or sensitive data anywhere they don’t wish it to be, online or otherwise.

    It gets even more amusing as who out their has ever received a reply in say 5 or 10 minutes of applying to a job advert ?

    Is it so you can track me dear DWP because everyone is guilty until innocent, perhaps its because it frees up valuable coach time so they can concentrate on the real work that is sanction because every time you make a cut it just blows up in your face and balloons higher ?

    With the financial markets in meltdown, 1000s of job cuts to come, I can wait to see the effect of the living wage on the labour market not to mention how low 2016s revenue collections going to be.

    As a terrorist prophet once said, “tick tock, tick tock”.


    February 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    • But the financial markets are NOT in “meltdown”, but “they” want they suckers to think that so that they will sell at the bottom. It is called ‘shaking the tree’. And who do you think writes these bullshit articles? Why do you think the rich are rich? PS Never make a financial decision based on emotion.

      Surrey Stockbroker

      February 5, 2016 at 9:11 pm

  12. Look out for the “Annual Verification Of Your Claim” Jobseekers Allowance letter likely to be coming through the door,a seventeen tick box questionaire to be returend direct to the benefits payment centre telling you what you must do.

    The DWP are obsessed with “a change in circumstances” and seeking to criminalise the unemployed,endless jobcentre appointments don’t seem to be enough as they continue to look for what is not there.This exercise started ending the work programme being interviewed by compliance teams as if that wasn’t bad enough and a total humiliation totally unwarranted and without justification.look out for the one no changes to report box.


    February 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    • change of circumstances – depending on………

      Tory councillor George Ringrow appeared in Fareham Magistrates Court yesterday accused of two counts relating to dishonestly failing to notify authorities of changes of circumstances affecting his entitlement to benefits.

      The case was adjourned to Portsmouth Crown Court on March 7 when he is expected to enter a plea.

      Ringrow has been suspended from the county council’s ruling Conservative group pending the outcome of the case.

      But the politician – who received unconditional bail – will continue his role serving as a county councillor.



      February 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

    • Ken and All others

      DWP Investigators. Non of them have the power of the law in questioning you.

      There is nothing in ANY Act which gives them that power – if you ask for the evidence. That then puts them on sticky ground as if there is no evidence that is Slander and Defamation for which they personally and the Department are liable for.

      Way I’d play it is:
      Them: So we believe….
      Me: Okay Please show me the evidence of this so called crime, and s you’re not the police and cannot point to any part of any Act where you can act as Judge and Jury, by making this claim you are Slandering myself, and inablity to supply Written proof, signed by yourself and your section head and departmental head, of this claim is also Defamation. Paperwork please as I must consult a lawyer after this.
      Them will engage in bluster then slink away


      February 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  13. I had an interesting observation about Bank Account’s and the DWP if when a claimant fills out a claim they say they have ZERO FUNDS in their “Main” bank account it does not ask you what the Number or details of that account is when filling the claim out.

    Another curious quirk is if someone then has their claim’s funds paid into a relative or other person’s bank account (not their own) rather than one in their own name – it hugely limits the actions they can take against the person with regard to snooping on the bank account – though I would say it’s likely best still to not fall foul of the £6,000 rule just to be in safe side.

    It means the claimant can point blank refuse to give them print out and bank details as it isn’t their bank account and so they can’t do that it wouldn’t be legal to offer or take them in that specific circumstances.

    That said the DWP are sneaky and if someone else in that family is in receipt of another benefit they will often haul in other family members for a fishing expedition – especially pensioners.

    But anyway my point is you don’t have to make it to easy for them. It is pretty offensive that they can already open fraud investigations on a whim and gain full access to people’s bank transactions as it is by that process.


    And just when you thought it could not get any worse. Now it’s private companies operating food banks for profit!


    Meanwhile, a food bank in Glasgow faces an uncertain future after “financial irregularities”:



    February 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    • Excerpt from privatised food banks report:

      “G4S, expected to be among those preparing a bid to run food banks across the country, caused a furore last month when they published a report proposing that food bank users should be electronically tagged and should be made clearly identifiable by wearing a special badge”.


      February 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

      • Why would the government fund such private ventures unless their planning ahead for something.


        February 8, 2016 at 7:10 am

    • You can’t beat this shit! And you know why? Because EVERYONE, fucking EVERYONE is on the make! EVERYONE is trying to get ahead! It is HUMAN NATURE! You CANNOT beat it!!

      T Montana

      February 6, 2016 at 10:26 am

    • @ Toblerone Even you would have to admit that being unable to account for £2897 does seems kind of “dodgy”… 😉

      A Daley

      February 6, 2016 at 10:40 am

    • Why not just poney up the receipts, provide evidence of the transactions, account for how the knicker was spent. Slinging the council a rubber doesn’t cut the mustard me old china… 😉

      A Daley

      February 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

      • rubber ear… 😉

        A Daley

        February 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

      • How do you know she didn’t but a security system for cash from some dodgy geezer wearing a trilby hat and smoking a cigar who drives a yellow Rolls Royce Silver Shadow down the Winchester Club who then did a runner with her dosh… 😉

        Terry McCann

        February 6, 2016 at 10:51 am

      • As me grandfather always said: “When it comes to money, people are shit on legs!”

        D Bannatyne

        February 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      • “Money is the root of all evil!”

        — 1 Timothy 6:10

        The Holy Bible

        February 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    • There will always be those who take advantage of what has been created to help people.


      February 6, 2016 at 11:14 am

      • And this is why bleeding “co-operatives” and what have you always turn to shit before your very eyes.

        AM Sugar

        February 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      • The Daily Record want to do something to help Greater Maryhill Foodbank after over £3,000 in vouchers and £800 in cash was stolen from their premises over the weekend.


        The Digger

        February 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    • Donations of about £15,000 have been made to a Glasgow foodbank after money collected to help a girl injured in a hit-and-run incident was stolen.

      Greater Maryhill Foodbank had raised a four-figure sum to send 10-year-old Chelsea Sommerville and her family on holiday.

      The cash was stolen along with items of clothing and supermarket vouchers.

      Glasgow comedian Frankie Boyle and the Scottish government each gave the foodbank £5,000.

      Further donations and pledges have also been made.

      The foodbank, in Chapel Street, Maryhill, was broken into through the roof over the weekend.

      Chelsea broke her leg after being hit by a car on Sandbank Street in Glasgow on 14 November last year. Her friend, 11-year-old Sophie Brannan, died.

      Sophie’s 36-year-old uncle, Joseph Lloyd, suffered a fractured shoulder.

      Christopher Hannah, 32, has been charged with offences, including causing death by dangerous driving, over the incident.

      Foodbank organiser Julie Webster told the BBC Scotland news website the donations were “amazing”.

      “I know I live in a wonderful country, and a great city, so my expectations have always been high and people have never let me down,” she said.

      “But I never expected this volume. It makes me proud to be a Glaswegian.

      “Today is a day I will never forget after previously just wanting to walk away.”

      Frankie Boyle

      Ms Webster said Frankie Boyle, already a supporter of the foodbank, had contacted her saying he wanted to help and then sent his PA over with a cheque for £5,000.

      She was then contacted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who also sent a £5,000 cheque from the government.

      “I can’t describe how it feels that the Maryhill Foodbank is so well recognised by the Scottish government,” she said.

      Ms Webster also revealed that a supporter in Shetland had sent £1,000 and a man had walked into the foodbank with another £1,000.

      Tesco have also said they will replace all the Tesco vouchers and clothing stolen in the raid and numerous other donations have been made.

      Speaking about the thieves Ms Webster said: “They’ve taken food from people’s mouths and shoes from children’s feet. I will never forgive them.”

      Speaking earlier on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, she said the theft was “absolutely devastating”.

      Describing the scene she said: “There was a lot of mess. Babies nappies and children’s clothing that had been donated just scattered all over the floor with no respect for what we do.

      “They did their best to get into the safe, which thankfully was secured, but unfortunately the tins with other money for this separate thing were smashed to a pulp in a kind of desperation to get what was in them.”

      ‘Disgusting crime’

      In an emotional video post, Ms Webster described the theft as a “disgusting act of crime” and appealed for anyone with any information about the raid to come forward.

      Struggling to fight back tears, she pledged: “We are having to start from scratch for Chelsea’s appeal, but I would like to say to Chelsea’s family: ‘We’ll get that money back Chelsea and we’ll make sure you get your holiday’.

      “I would ask the public to please support us as much as you can over the next couple of weeks to try and get this project back up and running again.

      “I give you my 100% assurance that I will work day and night to make sure we get the food bank back up and running.”

      Donations of £15,000 made after Maryhill foodbank raid

      The Digger

      February 6, 2016 at 7:21 pm

  15. The danger of ‘updating’ to the ‘latest’ operating system or whatever; you never know what nasties it may bring 🙂

    ‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6

    DOS 1.0 User

    February 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

    • Just how stupid are Apple fanboy/girls. The touchpad/fingerprint scanner is a neutral hardware input device. It sends its input to the software in the same way that a keyboard sends your password, the same way the jobcentre signing pad sends it’s data. If you change your keyboard does Apple ‘brick’ your Mac? Maybe they do! If a disgruntled Jobcentre ‘customer’ presses too heavily on a signing pad, destroying it and necessitating its replacement does Apple ‘brick’ the entire Jobcentre computer system? ,,,.

      Steve Jobs

      February 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm

  16. 6/02/16

    CV Library:

    The area search is currently not working. i.e. say you put a city in the search box, it comes up with ‘Internal Error 500’

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 6, 2016 at 11:12 am

  17. Organisations given UK government grants will be banned from using the money to try to persuade ministers to change the law or increase spending.

    The Cabinet Office said “the farce of government lobbying government” had to stop, but a Tory MP said the move could have serious consequences.

    Voluntary groups said the rules could threaten their freedom to speak out.

    “The new rules attached to grant income would appear to prevent charities from suggesting improvements or efficiencies to civil servants or ministers, or even from raising concerns with MPs, for example about the treatment of vulnerable people.”



    February 6, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  18. The Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised for an increase in the number of its own staff reporting discrimination on the grounds of disability.

    More than 1,400 civil servants working for the DWP said they had experienced discrimination, harassment or bullying on the grounds of a disability, according to the department’s latest staff survey – up from just over 1,000 reported in the same survey in 2014.

    The survey shows a 23 per cent increase in one year in the proportion of staff reporting such discrimination and have led to calls for the department, which leads government efforts to tackle discrimination at work, to “sort out its own housekeeping”.

    The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, has not responded to the findings, and DWP officials have played them down, pointing out that the percentage of all respondents to the DWP staff survey who reported discrimination on grounds of disability has risen from 1.91 per cent in 2014 and 2.36 per cent in 2015.



    February 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm

  19. Violet

    August 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

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