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Universal Credit Gets Nearer….Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

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Job Centre ‘Coach’ Let’s Mask Slip. 

But……the Good News is Coming!

Harlow Star  (9th Febrary) brings the Tidings of Comfort and Joy:

A new single monthly payment to replace six existing types of benefit has been introduced in Harlow.

Universal Credit replaces Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit with a single payment.

“For us it’s all quite new,” said Mike King, 52, manager of Harlow Jobcentre Plus in Crown Gate.

“The 14 Jobcentre Plus branches in Essex are among the last to adopt Universal Credit which began being rolled out nationwide in March 2015.

“Some of our staff went away for three weeks training and we’re all quite excited to come back and start.

(Nationally) it’s working really well.”

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages and currently will only apply to new claimants. Those already claiming benefits should carry on doing so until being instructed differently or if their circumstances change.

The system is designed to simplify the process of claiming state payments which the Government hope will reduce red tape while cutting down on benefit fraud and overpayments.

But critics argue that millions of working families will be worse off as a result of cuts to how much people can earn before claiming. In addition a new claimant will have to wait around six weeks to receive their first payment.

Mr King said: “As the weeks go on I think we will be taking more and more claims and the number of cases logged will build up over time. People will be pushed towards Universal Credit.”

Latest Government figures state that in total 320,000 people have claimed under the new system while for every 100 people finding a job under Job Seekers Allowance 113 have under Universal Credit.

Mr King credits increased support and the changed role of a work coach in helping claimants find jobs more easily.

The big change is that it’s supportive all the way through once someone makes a claim and they go into work it still supports them,” he said.

Their work coach will still support them if they have any issues.

“If they are made unemployed again their claim will remain open. There are a number of ways of getting support.

“Not all people can claim Universal Credit, but there are people who are eligible who do not get Job Seekers Allowance.

“It can be that people are receiving Universal Credit and still receiving some benefits.”

The Mirror begs to disagree.

Waiting for Universal Credit is unbelievably terrifying – here’s why


Universal Credit is replacing housing benefit, tax credits and other common payments. But moving onto the new benefits system can be traumatic

Georgina claimed Universal Credit after losing her job

If you get help from the Government to pay your rent, you’re claiming benefits while looking for work or you get tax credits, you’ll soon be claiming Universal Credit .

This is a new system designed to streamline benefits, and it’s being rolled out across the nation .

But unlike existing benefits, Universal Credit is paid monthly and the first payment only arrives 6 weeks after you’ve filed your application.

That means claimants who do not successfully apply for an advance loan may be forced to survive on nothing for more than a month.

After many years of paying taxes, scientist and teacher Georgina Toye lost her job and was forced to claim benefits while she hunted for a new position.

She told Mirror Money her story. If you’ve been through a similar experience, share it with us below.

Moving onto Universal Credit was terrifying. I didn’t get anything for six weeks. No one believed me. Even my close friends and family thought I was making some kind of error.

They said: “They must be giving you something. You haven’t filled in the form right.”

You tell your kids: “There is a delay with money. We’ll get it soon.” But they know you’re worried.

My rent was due twice in that period. I was lucky I had a credit card. I basically had to draw money from my credit card to pay it and feed the family. The bill was massive. I still have a lot of debt.

I found it very difficult to get through to any Universal Credit staff on the phone. When I went to complain to the Jobcentre they always said: “It’s nothing to do with us.”

I am used to being paid monthly, but six weeks without anything isn’t like being in a job. It is just crazy. It’s not preparing you for anything.

It would be better simply be to give claimants a month’s payment at the start and keep paying it monthly. Landlords want the rent monthly, after all.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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  1. Step right up! Welcome to the “Not a Welfare state”.
    You can look forward to to the following Benefits [no money though] :

    “Being Homeless”
    “Being a Skivver”
    “Stitched up by DWP”
    “Sanctioned by DWP even if working”
    “Sanctioned by DWP for not working long enough”
    “Sanctioned by DWP for not looking for more work”
    “Being Jobless as its your fault for losing your last one”
    “Reduced to begging”
    “Suffering Mental pressure”
    “Visits to Food Banks”
    “Visits to your GP and Harassment by DWP staff!”
    “Children harassed by DWP”
    “Being Sick and being harassed by MaxiArse/DWP”

    This is not a exhaustive list but we have more to offer in terms of tailered support

    Its a fun time you’re going to have!

    Form a orderly queue. Roll right up, we have plenty of places….


    February 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm

  2. Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

    The Porcelain Doll

    February 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm


    “DWP contacting employers to determined whether claimant has applied for a vacancy”

    If I have read this Freedom of Information answer correctly then the only instance in which the DWP can contact an employer to determine whether or not a claimant has applied for a vacancy they say they have applied for is when it is a notified vacancy, i.e. the claimant has been instructed by a work coach to apply.


    jj joop

    February 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

  4. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.


    February 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

  5. Tweeted @melissacade68


    February 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm

  6. 4.
    The claimant must understand that the job they are being notified is one that they must apply for The Work Coachmust make clear to the claimant, at the time they are notified to apply for the vacancy, that refusal or failure to apply for the job or non acceptance of the job when offered without good reason will result in a sanction.

    The problem is they don’t and its not explained its not in their interest,breach of procedure is immediate grounds for an appeal.

    How jobs are identified, notified to the claimant, followed-up and (where
    appropriate) referred to a Decision Maker will depend on whether the claimant
    is using Universal Jobmatch and whether they have given DWP access to their account.

    There’s the answer don’t give them permission.

    It used to be with these they needed to be sent recorded delivery to cover yourself,the times they said they hadn’t received the application was numerous.


    February 10, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    • lol ken remember spending £10 to send a couple of job applications by Super Secure Guaranteed Next Day Delivery Signed For Recorded Bullet Proof just to cover me ass 😀 That cock roach really had the knives out 😀


      February 11, 2016 at 8:24 am

  7. The industrial prison complex approaches UK


    Only the other day it was announced prisons will say how they are run and how money is spent, well now its announced early guilty pleas will get lesser sentences even though we already do this to some extent.
    Add the plan to privatise (don’t be beguiled by non profit companies, that’s just a form of tax dodge) prisons with turning them into working prisons and BINGO,


    Just like the Americans have who make around $37 billion dollars a year between them.

    Now I imagine Osborne, Cameron are thinking they can make from it, that rehabilitation will occur and taxpayers are imagining it will save them paying some taxes, well I’m afraid NOT.

    When have you ever known a public service made private costing less ?

    You see yesterdays story demonstrated how government will be able to absolve themselves of what goes on in prisons and todays news is an attempt to save on the cost of going through trial, something that costs way more than prisons and they cant get back from those convicted often.

    Just like providers and claimants on work programmes, prisons will be paid per head meaning their need to keep prisons packed or suffer a big profit loss what with this producing more capital than the profit from production.

    Basically as this unfolds in the next 5 to 10 years, your see a highly biased justice system grow, police cells turn into tanks, lengthy court dates and lots of yet to be proven guilty people sent to prison awaiting trial because bail will be set at ridiculous amounts only wealthy people could afford.

    Your also discover that judges, politicians will be found to profit from this as people uncover how they invest in their local prison for profit reasons furthering the shaky grounds mentioned on getting fair and just treatment and a honest trial.



    These links will tell you more and as we are at the bottom of the ladder of society as so to speak I strongly urge you to read them as your percentage chance of ending up their just rose tenfold.


    February 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

    • When have you ever known a public service made private costing less ?

      British Rail
      British Telecom
      The Lecy Board
      The Water Board 😀

      Misty Eyes

      February 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

      • Not sure what your implying misty eyes but British rail are being heavily funded by the taxpayer for new infrastructure so coupled with the small fare rise, its a massive hike.

        BT who again have poor infrastructure provide services most cant use what with old overhead lines, old ground cables jointed multiple times with resistive material, both of which reduce internet speed massively yet raise fees every year.

        The electric suppliers, and transporters charging high rates not equivalent to market prices on raw material required.

        The water suppliers who are still heavily lobbing government for taxpayer funds to upgrade an ancient system while still charging people for water rates on a distance basis.

        As for the work programme, two thirds of the tax payer cost went do the toilet when it was reported only around a third of people sent actually found sustainable work lasting longer than 6 months.


        February 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    • Almost forgot

      the Work Programme 😀

      Misty Eyes

      February 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

    • The industrial-prison complex is a very serious issue.

      Articles on this in the US made a deep impression on me a couple of years ago.

      Forgot that the Tories always want to import these things to the UK.

      Andrew Coates

      February 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

  8. ‘Murdered by the Tories’: Mentally ill man killed himself after government mistakenly stopped his benefits


    If theirs one thing consistent about the Tories its they just don’t care, poor, terrorist, your just a tax burden.

    Where are you guy Fawkes, where are you ?


    February 11, 2016 at 10:45 am

  9. Politicians who would reform the welfare state should listen to those that use it


    When ‘choice’ is no choice at all


    February 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

  10. Research reports regarding the withholding benefits from people who are obese or addicted.


    Also to add to this report that doesn’t favour such actions by none the less dame carol black the person directly picked by Cameron to carry out this research, is this article taken from where the Tories model themselves on, USA.


    As your see assumptions don’t match facts of findings and will ultimately cost the taxpayer more.


    February 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

  11. Government plans to implement tax exemptions for employers who spend money on health interventions for staff on sick leave.



    February 11, 2016 at 11:19 am

  12. doug

    February 11, 2016 at 11:47 am

    • But on the 11 May 2015, not even a year ago the FTSE 100 was riding high at 7029.850, that is when the ‘smart-money’ will have sold and you were buying. And they will be buying back in at the ‘bottom’ just as you are selling lol

      Top tip: The FTSE 100 doesn’t really go anywhere anyway. The FTSE 250 is where the gains are 😉

      See the ‘gold-bugs’ are back out in force 🙂

      Financial Analyst

      February 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      • Yes, indeed! There is definitely a concerted effort going on at the moment to ‘tank’ the stock markets. Every time the ‘bulls attempt a rally they are quickly squashed by the ‘bears’.

        Lord Rothschild

        February 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    • Anxiety drags down US and European stock markets



      February 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      • Wonder if the well over-inflated UK property market will ever take a tumble? Well, it should if it was left to market forces rather than Osborne keeping pumping money in through more and more fanciful and convoluted schemes to prop it up.


        February 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

  13. Nobody said live by FTSE index alone.

    The UK cant escape its very less than stellar record of export, cant escape the ever escalating national debt, the ever escalating public’s personal debt and its legs being solely held up by public spending, borrowing and a housing bubble deliberately created and left unchecked.

    Its all good and well explaining a strategy but ultimately all the public are interested in is will it effect them which undeniably it always does.


    February 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

  14. Another benefits suicide victim – this time the dead body lay in a flat for two months before being discovered by Council officials who had come to evict him. A letter was found along with the body admitting there had been a blunder and the man’s benefits were to be reinstated.




    February 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    • At least – and at last – cases like this are getting a wider mention in the mainstream media.

      Not that the Tories will take one blind bit of notice, though.


      February 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm

  15. I was struck enough to post this because it looked like the Harlow Star had simply slightly re-written a press release from the DWP.

    Journalists say that’s becoming the norm for local and regional papers these days.

    Apart from the effects of the Web, it’s no wonder their circulations are in free fall when the publish puffs like the above.

    Andrew Coates

    February 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    • Andrew, the Daily Record regional newspaper mentioned in my post above, is certainly not “puffing” on the story of the (latest) suicide victim!


      February 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      • Regrettably though, we still have the inevitable DWP and Council spokespersons still promoting the big lie about welfare reforms.


        A DWP spokesman said: “Suicide is a tragic and complex issue, so to link a death to someone’s benefit claim is misleading. We are fully committed to ensuring that people who are too sick to work get the support they need.”

        “A council spokesman said: “Housing benefit is a Government scheme that is administered by local authorities in accordance with DWP guidance.”


        February 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      • True.

        There are some good ones around still.

        Sadly not, on this evidence, in Harlow.

        Our local papers, The Ipswich Star and the East Anglian Daily Times sometimes publish important stories like that.

        It’s not some kind of plot, though most of the local press has always been out to “boost” the areas, and see themselves as the voice of local business, if not simply the shopkeepers.

        But they’ve cut back on reporting staff to such an extent that they won’t publish lot of stuff that might rub up some of their audience – and their owners who are almost all Tories – the wrong way.

        In heavily majority Tory areas, like East Anglia – with urban exceptions, like Ipswich (which in most districts has more in common with the less well off parts of London than rural Suffolk), Norwich and Lowestoft – this is even more the case.

        Andrew Coates

        February 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    • Iain Duncan Smith is bleating about valid criticisms of his draconian policies on social media and in the mainstream media.



      February 11, 2016 at 5:13 pm

  16. A total of 42,728 households in rented accommodation in England and Wales were evicted by bailiffs in 2015, official figures show – the highest number since records began in 2000.

    Some 19,093 evictions in England were by social landlords, such as housing associations, while 5,919 were by private landlords. A further 16,440 were made through the “accelerated procedure”, which can be used by social and private landlords to evict tenants on assured shorthold tenancies. However, housing lawyer Giles Peaker said they would be “almost entirely” actions by private landlords.

    The London borough of Newham had the highest rate of repossessions, equal to 191 for each 100,000 households in the area. Londoners were most likely to lose their homes, with 16 of the 20 boroughs with the highest proportion of landlord repossessions in the capital.



    February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

  17. In Work UC & Housing Benefit payments – Sanctioning Confirmed by DWP

    Hat tip to whatdotheyknow & refuted:



    When someone in-work gets a benefit sanction of Universal Credit
    (UC) and only gets the Housing Element and no Standard Allowance or
    other element has ever been paid, will the sanction mean a
    reduction in the Housing Element (HE)? If the UC claimer was having
    financial difficulty and the HE was being paid direct to the
    Landlord will the landlord been informed why the HE is being
    reduced because of a sanction?

    Yours faithfully,

    Paul A Jones



    For once I’ll be blunt: All I can say is shit – the problems this is going to cause people…..


    February 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    • I am really beginning to think that the ConCons are out to crash the economy on purpose


      February 11, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    • Theirs no law that says when sanctioned you must seek out a food bank and DWP cant use it against you so their already prepared for you to look gaunt and malnourished while attending interviews meaning you’ve got little to no chance of securing it so what difference would it make if they took away the roof that would ultimately lead to your employer letting you go as we all know, businesses don’t hire homeless people.

      How one can be expected under such circumstances to succeed is the very flaw sanctions install.

      If committees and such spent time questioning a mechanisms outcome like above, DWP would be in a position they cant talk themselves out of rather than tackling say suicides which the Tories know are difficult to prove. Strip away any chance of them laying blame at others feet, a deflection tactic all to often used by the Tories and we would have them hook line and sinker.


      February 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

  18. I’ve never actually found out what the ‘support’ is. Maybe it’s hidden in the small print? (Sorry. My apologies). ‘Support’ never got mentioned to me at any interview that I remember, although it is always mentioned on the letter they send you. Very strange…


    February 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    • Support, don’t you mean individual tailored support ?

      Funny how DWPs stuff like say CC works on a tick box basis meaning you have to fit into their narrative, funny how all you get its someone checking your evidence then if your lucky, might offer you a job to apply for, Funny how when its about a sanction, the 15 to 30 min per claimant rule goes out the window along with offering a job to apply for.

      As tell the truth says its very generic isn’t it, very vague indeed.


      February 12, 2016 at 10:52 am

    • I’ve been reading some recent managerial training stuff – coaches, inspiring leaders, support, all that gobshite comes from some ten year old manuals.

      The Tao of coaching: Boost your effectiveness at work by inspiring and developing those around you


      You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach. Harvard Business Review>

      “If you have room in your head for only one nugget of leadership wisdom, make it this one: the most powerfully motivating condition people experience at work is making progress at something that is personally meaningful. If your job involves leading others, the implications are clear: the most important thing you can do each day is to help your team members experience progress at meaningful work.

      To do so, you must understand what drives each person, help build connections between each person’s work and the organization’s mission and strategic objectives, provide timely feedback, and help each person learn and grow on an ongoing basis. Regular communication around development — having coaching conversations — is essential. In fact, according to recent research, the single most important managerial competency that separates highly effective managers from average ones is coaching.”


      Personally the only management literature I find useful is this book (which is an obvious inspiration for Workfare schemes):

      Business secrets of the pharaohs

      Following the publication by British London of his first book, GQ revisits an exclusive extract from Mark Corrigan about how the ancient Eygptians can help you manage your team, your time and your “pyramids” more effectively.


      Andrew Coates

      February 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  19. From Business Secrets of the Pharaohs as taught to DWP managers and Work Coaches.

    New Work and Health Programme:

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    • The USSR is still much more advanced in the direction of a full-fledged agricultural propaganda, with technically perfect propaganda campaigns at harvest time, hundreds of thousands of propaganda agents roaming through the villages expostulating “motherland” and “production”, radio broadcasts and films, and daily publication of harvest results, as in a pennant race. Joining in the campaign are the local papers, the Komosols, the teamsters, the festivities, dances folk songs, rewards, decorations and citations.

      The Soviets employ the same methods in factory work, and the formula that best explains the whole effort is: “Full understanding on the part of the workers is the decisive factor in raising productivity.” It is necessary to obtain the worker’s allegiance to the cause of productivity; he must accept and search for innovations, like his work, support his organisation, understand the function of labour. All this is to be attained through psychological manipulation, by a propaganda conducted over a considerable length of time.


      He realises that he depends on decisions over which he has no control, and that realisation drives him to despair. Man cannot stay in this situation too long, He needs an idealogical veil to cover the harsh reality, some consolation, a raison d’être , a sense of values. And only propaganda offers him a remedy for a basically intolerable situation.

      Besides, modern man in called upon for enormous sacrifices, which probably exceed anything known in the past. First of all work has assumed an all-pervading role in modern life. Never have men worked so much in our society. Contrary to what is often said, man works much more nowadays than, for example, the eighteenth century. Only the working hours have decreased. But the omni-presence of the duties of his work, the obligations and constraints, the actual working conditions, the intensity of work that never ends, make it weigh much more heavily on men today than men in the past. Every modern man works more than the slave of long ago; standards have been adjusted downward. But whereas the slave worked only because he was forced to, modern man, who believes in his freedom and dignity, needs reasons and justifications to make himself work. Even the children in a modern nation to an amount of work at school which no child was ever asked to do before the beginning of the nineteenth century; there, too, justifications are needed. One cannot make people live forever in a state of never-ending labour without giving them good reasons and creating by example a Virtue of Work , like that of the bourgeoisie of the nineteenth century , or a myth of liberation through Work , like that of the Nazis or the Communists.

      Such dedication to work does not happen by itself or spontaneously. Its creation is properly the task of propaganda, which must give the individual psychological and idealogical reasons why he needs to be where he is. One cannot get good steady work out of a man merely by pointing him to the need for such work, or even for its monetary rewards. One must give him psychological satisfactions of a higher order; man wants a profound reason for what he does. And as this is a collective situation it will be furnished him by a collective means. To furnish the collective idealogical motivations driving man to action is propaganda’s exact task; every time the sum of total labour is to be increased, the increase is accomplished through propaganda. The Soviet Union with its Five Year Plan, set the example, the Chinese “leaps forward” are also typical. In France, all increase in productions rests on an enormous propaganda campaign. And the citizen cannot be really happy in his work unless he is sustained by psychological nourishment, by the combination of promises (such as a few years of hard work and a thousand years of happiness) and the values of the motives handed him. The exigencies of work and economic life life in the modern world create the need for propaganda; in the United States this takes the the form of Human Relations. American writers have often said that the drive toward efficiency cannot be expected to develop by itself. The man who is subjected to the demands for efficiency will ask: “Efficiency for what?” It is then up to propaganda to give him the answer.


      This is why adjustment has become one of the key words of psychological influence. Whether is is a question of adaptation to working conditions, to consumption, or to milieu, a clear and conscious intent to integrate people into the “normal” pattern prevails everywhere. This is the summit of propaganda action.

      — Jacques Ellul – Propaganda, The Formation of Men’s Attitudes

      The Nudge Unit

      February 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      • 😀

        The "Hard-Working Families"

        February 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      • 😀

        Strivers v Skivers

        February 12, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      • The really scary thing is that this shit WORKS 🙂 When was the last time you heard someone describe themselves as “working”? They don’t, they describe themselves as hard working. What the fuck exactly is hard working? Exactly what the fuck is a hard working family? 😀


        February 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  20. Kevin Bridges

    February 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    • *contains strong language which some readers may find offensive

      Kevin Bridges

      February 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

  21. For example, there is not much difference between Mao’s theory of the “mould” and McCarthyism. In both cases the aim is normalcy, in conformance with a certain way of life. For Mao, normalcy is a sort of ideal man, the prototype of the Communist, who must be shaped, and this cannot be done only by pressing the individual into a mould in which he will assume the desired shape. As this cannot be done overnight, the individual must be pressed again and again into the mould ; and Mao says that that the individual himself is fully aware that he must submit to the operation. Mao adds that this normalcy does not take shape “expect at a certain level of consciousness — that is, at a certain standard of living.” We are face to face here with the most total concept of propaganda.

    — Jacques Ellul – Propaganda, The Formation of Men’s Attitudes

    The Nudge Unit

    February 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    • *and this can be done only by pressing

      The Nudge Unit

      February 12, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    • There is a view that modern capitalism has ended the division between personal qualities, private life and the ‘market’.

      We all have to “sell ourselves”.

      Obviously the Work Programme and all the rest of the outsourced ‘unemployment business’ – our ‘providers’ – is about making you do this.

      It’s clear that the DWP has latched on.

      They are indeed out to “mould” us for the ‘market’, instructions from from Mentor to Coachy onwards.

      Andrew Coates

      February 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

  22. Court closures, welfare cuts and health funding slashed: 5 pieces of bad news the Tories tried to bury


    If the Tories aren’t running a dictatorship, defying bodies set up to provide a democratic process, then what ?


    February 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

  23. Does anyone have a copy of the work capability test administered to disabled and ill claimants ?


    February 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

  24. Does Cameron want to stay in the EU or is his attempts nothing more than smoke and mirrors for his real intentions ?

    Now referendums have proved successful thus far, is it not prudent we use this method to how we do move forward should we leave the EU, removing any option from the government of the day to rule as they please ?


    February 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

  25. Violet

    August 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

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