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As Freeze on Benefits Looms is Iain Duncan Smith in Need of Behavioural Cognitive Therapy?

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A Plea for Help?

Iain Duncan Smith is showing signs of being the worse for wear.

Most of his time these days has been taken up defending Blighty from the foreign threat.

Iain Duncan Smith: UK risks Paris-style attacks by staying in the EU.

Staying in EU ‘exposes UK to terror risk’, says Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith’s claims about the EU make no sense, Ken Clarke says.

The Work and Pensions Secretary had argued that EU made terrorist attacks more likely.
Unkind people may suggest that these wild claims demonstrate signs of inner psychic turmoil.
The sort that should be treated with by a course of the DWP’s favourite NLP and CBT [Neuro-Linguistic Programming – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy].

Meanwhile in his part-time job at the DWP we learn that the Brexit campaigner has hatched this: Plans To Freeze Benefits For Four Years ‘Will Hit 7 Million Children’

Government freeze on tax credits and jobseekers’ allowance could cost families 12% of their benefits, says report.

More than 7 million children living in low-income families will be affected by a four-year freeze to their benefits that risks pushing many more into poverty, according to new research.

A report by the Children’s Society, published on Tuesday, says families could lose up to 12% from the real value of their benefits over the next four years as a result of government plans to freeze child tax credits, working tax credits and jobseekers’ allowance from April.

The charity is calling on ministers to reconsider the planned freeze and agree to a moratorium on any further cuts in support for low-income families. It says almost two thirds of those who will be adversely affected live in working households who receive benefits to top up low pay.

The research paper, called The Future of Family Incomes, was published ahead of a debate in parliament on Tuesday about the government’s welfare reform and work bill, which returns to the Commons to consider amendments from the Lords. Charities are also looking anxiously ahead to next month’s budget.

Matthew Reed, Children’s Society chief executive, said: “Families on low incomes are facing a barrage of cuts. If ministers are genuinely concerned about child poverty they must reconsider plans to freeze benefits over the next four years.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill could cause four-year benefits freeze for 130,000 families across Suffolk and North Essex.


Almost 130,000 families in Suffolk and North Essex could face a four-year benefits freeze, new figures reveal.

Research by the Children’s Society warns that from April, a child and working tax credit freeze – which forms part of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill up for debate in the Commons today – will hit 127,000 low-income families across the two areas.

Young parents and families with disabled children claiming Universal Credit for the first time are particularly likely to lose out, the charity’s report finds.

“Families on low incomes across the East of England are facing a barrage of cuts. If ministers are genuinely concerned about child poverty they must reconsider plans to freeze benefits over the next four years,” said the charity’s chief executive Matthew Reed.

This Freeze affects us all.

It means that those on JSA and in low-paid work – that is, our likely employment – will suffer.

This is the kind of British ‘freedom’ Iain Duncan Smith wants to extend: the freedom to make the less well off suffer.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 23, 2016 at 11:52 am

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  1. Are prices being frozen for the next four years?

    The Skint Family

    February 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    • It’s about making people even more worse off than they already are – the cost of everything will only go up.


      February 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • Or maybe its a sign the chancellor expects inflation to go even more negative ?


        February 24, 2016 at 8:45 am

  2. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    February 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  3. Care services for elderly and disabled people in England are “at breaking point” and planned council tax rises are not enough to cover the growing costs, local authorities are warning.

    Nine out of 10 councils say they expect to increase bills by 2% from April to boost social care funding.



    February 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  4. And the EU’s taken all the fish!

    UKIP have recorded a campaign song for Brexit and it’s hilariously crap: http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2016/02/23/ukip-brexit-song/


    We’re coming out we’re voting leave
    Believe In Britain coming home
    We’re coming out we’re voting leave
    Believe In Britain coming home

    Scare stories already begun, we’ve seen it all before
    From Lib/Lab and Cameron
    But we know the EU’s full of flaws
    And they’ve opened out doors, overruled many laws

    But we believe our flag’s red, white and blue
    More than just a star
    Only wanted trade; but now it’s gone too far

    They want prisoners to vote
    They’ve taken all our fish and money through the years
    There’s endless regulation, red tape
    It seams, there’s no escape
    Till the Leave vote takes shape. LET’S GET OUT!

    NIGEL FARAGE SPEAKS BIT: (We’d like to pretend it’s a rap but it’s not)

    The more politicians; the more international leaders; the more Goldman Sachs’s, and JP Morgans that line up and try to bully us, and tell us what to do; the more likely we are to tell them to sling their hook: we don’t need their advice, they’ve been wrong again and again and again.

    Better off when we Leave, we just need to believe…

    Andrew Coates

    February 23, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  5. Government going ahead with £30 pound reduction in ESA


    So what service will government supply the mental health claimants on their books, a placebo in the form of a chat therapy I suspect.

    You get a dicky tummy you can simply go to the toilet, drop a non prescription pill and carry on but what if you do have mental health issues, what about the drugs some take in terms of quite frankly being out of your head in the workplace. I say this as any employer wouldn’t allow any employee that was drunk or high on drugs to work if they knew as their at risk of an accident or causing an accident that hurts another and productivity drops.

    Will employers be willing to pay the new living wage they already resent for a person who may not be able to compete with his work colleagues, if god forbid an accident did occur, like to afford the hike in insurance that will no doubt land on them as a result of one to many ?

    Before we change anything we must first put in place real help, real support and not the hoodoo of CBT the government plans to adopt and equally as important employers willing to except their have to go the extra mile for staff with such issues.


    February 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

    • Claimants groups can spin this all they like with their spin about “dying cancer patients will suffer”, but lets be honest for at least once, we all know that ESA claimants in the main are lazy professional scroungers who populate the pub and bookies with the ‘depression’, ‘anxiety’, ‘bad backs’. They want to go back to the days when they can intimidate and bully doctors who just want a quiet life into giving them a ‘sick line’.

      Besides, giving these ESA professional scroungers an extra £30 a week over what jobseekers receive; jobseekers who have to satisfy onerous ‘work search’ requirements and work for their dole is completely unfair, irrational and perverse.

      The Government (IDS) is CORRECT on this one. We ALL know it. This will remove a gross injustice in the benefits system and the Government (IDS) should be fully supported on this.

      Minimum Wage Worker

      February 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

      • Im not even claiming JSA or UC let alone ESA and speak from whats all over the net which is a thing called along with witnessing what companies do and how the disabled and ill are treated at work so im sorry but i cant agree.

        If you could produce some sound evidence min wage worker then i certainly will consider it but as i have found the figure that do behave in the manner you prescribe is trace and according to the last government findings was i believe only 0.2% of all claimants claiming benefit irrespective of whether or not they are held back for one reason or another.

        I would as i imagine we all would like to see a welfare system that works but lets face it, its nothing more than a cost cutting exercise built on propaganda.

        Theirs no bullying doctors into sicknotes so again collect substantial evidence and i will consider it.

        Hey take a look at my post below, does it really sound if we are to go along with the skiver life choice argument that IDS has actually made a difference to the premises of such acts being committed while wasting in the process may i add of billions of the tax payers money.

        And lastly min wage worker what you say is also leveled at JSA/UC healthy people to not to mention very soon, that of those working but still state dependent.

        Welfare expenditure goes mostly towards pensions and working families not to mention when we consider unemployed verses working that the unemployed are only 2.5% of the whole.


        February 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  6. A lesson in how to pick holes in welfare reform

    Often ive pondered how airtight the new welfare reforms are both now and if it ever successively gets fully rolled out and works with regards to IDSs claim that most claimants are skivers and making benefits a life choice and have come to the conclusion its just as faulty as the current system.

    I found if a person went for jobs that required DBS and or drug testing that each could be fooled to ensure the person doesn’t get the job. In the case of both, data protection comes into play so before already carrying out any test a person can prevent getting the job by lawfully declining consent. Even with consent again DWP couldn’t pry on the results as a third party because its beyond their remit to justify the grounds to see such. To further add to this in the case of DBS its about being honest so you only have to lie and again the job offer gets removed. In the case of D&D testing you only have to deliberately consume say a joint the night before or neglect to mention your on certain prescribed drugs and bingo again the offer is removed but where this is a bigger clanger for DWP, they cant sanction you as yet even under UC for being an addict or even being a regular drug or drink taker who isn’t an addict.

    Lastly on the subject of D&D testing companies make the fatal mistake of carrying out such tests prior to it becoming lawful to need to carryout such. The test gets its regulation from the transport regulation when the use of heavy machinery is involved. This means an applicant could refuse to take such a test on the grounds,

    A: they as yet haven’t been offered employment so the test is non applicable and,
    B: They haven’t been using any heavy machinery, nor has an accident resulted as a result prior to.

    Moving on DWP stipulates all claimants must except an offer for gainful work in order to be eligible to receive and maintain receiving benefits but the problem is an interview isn’t an offer meaning if you cannot reach an agreement with the said prospective employer they wont hire you not to mention again the employer must seek the persons legal consent not only to make the contract legally binding but to also satisfy certain other laws.

    Then their after the offer if its excepted, what’s to stop the individual working slowly as we know an employer will let that person go and sadly for DWP a reason that they cant withhold benefit for.

    Currently under welfare only certain people can claim UC meaning for instance you only have to declare one of the outs and bingo your not going on UC and waiting X amount of weeks for your first payment.

    As in the case of homeless people government has failed to secure single person accommodation meaning the homeless are highly unlikely to secure employment and thus making the whole job hunt experience pointless and a prick tease of look what you could have had.

    So far I’ve found around 80 odd ways where the new welfare reform can ensures all get into work even through the threat of sanction.

    Just to leave you with one more, not DWP or provider is practicing safe use of computers meaning apart from violating health and safety to declare a person should search for work 35 hours a week, their actually contributing to adding more health issues that are related.


    February 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

    • Don’t want in work conditionality ?

      Currently anyone over a certain amount of hours (30 to 35 I think) isn’t mandated to inwork conditionality so what’s to stop such rot by simply declaring a self employed business ontop of that part time PAYE job until the person secures more work without the added unwanted pressure of government ?


      February 24, 2016 at 10:18 am

      • doug

        that won’t fly about self-employment I’m afraid – IDS has got that covered by specially trained [you know, 20mins online course by ‘insert self-declared made up expert name here, with bogus University Certificate’ who declares the staff are now buisness experts Dragon Den’s Style – you’ll be facing that type of inteview at least monthly I understand, let alone the provision to provide weekly/twice weekly accounts to DWP] DWP staff of the highest calibre who will evaluate the viability and on-going support to “Stock”…. errr sorry “Customers”.


        February 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      • You see Gazza it hangs on the basis without getting to graphical as we mustn’t promote the practice of dodging as all im doing is exposing flaws here in the new system but i draw upon 2 words, one being gainful, the other being a certain type of activity and a smidgen of MIF.

        Your a clever guy Gazza so read the link and see if we see where im coming from ?



        February 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    • Oops, typo

      Should have read thus

      So far I’ve found around 80 odd ways where the new welfare reform cant ensure all get into work even through the threat of sanction.


      February 24, 2016 at 10:23 am

  7. Knowing what poverty really is in todays climate.



    I wish more people did this sort of video, maybe even that say the guardian could set up video booths so everyone can tell their story, a story that’s long over dew for the telling.

    We can all see even with the best will, poverty isn’t something a person can really have much control over in todays climate proving I feel sanctions amongst the stereotyping blanket propaganda of government and the publics misconceptions to act likewise are all counter productive to a struggle of life that’s already occurring.


    February 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

  8. Thousands of workers who have been encouraged by the government to take out pension plans could be at risk of losing their savings, the industry regulator has told the BBC.

    It follows fears that dozens of companies providing auto enrolment pensions are too small to survive.

    The BBC has also uncovered evidence that employers and workers are being deliberately misled by some providers.

    Independent experts claim the problem could affect up to a quarter of a million people a year who are putting their savings into so-called master trust pensions.

    Such schemes are popular with the 1.8 million small employers with fewer than 30 staff who are currently signing up under the auto enrolment programme.

    “There is a risk of these schemes falling over; there is a risk that members might lose their money,



    February 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    • enigma

      and how many will run with their ill-gotton gains leaving us [the ordinary public] to pay the bill…


      February 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    • The DWP offered me a chance to go on a training day for selling dodgy pension schemes to mugs – opps, Pension Trust sales.

      I should have taken the chance to get the snout in the trough.

      Andrew Coates

      February 24, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    • Yep, just as predicted then enigma.


      February 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm

  9. OT: Trump Poem

    from BBC :

    133. Posted by MaddestMax

    Our Trump who art in golden penthouse
    Hallowed be thy hair
    Thy corporation come, thy will be done
    In Vegas, as it is in Merica
    And let’s barricade ourselves from trespassers
    As we punch those who rally against us
    Lead us not into negotiation
    But deliver us from liberals
    For thine is the megalomania
    The bigotry and the idiocy
    For ever not clever

    ©Trump 2016

    Spot on…


    February 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    • Shame hes running away with it at the moment then isnt it.

      I dont know if you keep up with state side but as try as other runners might, as much as the media try, he just ends up even more popular.

      Every time he opens his mouth the media say “oh well that’s it for him”.

      If you think thats amazing you should see the support and hate for sanders to. People with money are all saying democracy is now bad, that its not a democracy, its a mobcracy full of uneducated teenagers and crap like that.

      In France the president of the country wants to introduce a law or has that bans any far right political parties from running now its quite a fancy for the European public to want to elect such.

      Amazing isn’t it, the system was all fine when the right and left were getting the votes but now its not going in their favor after years of corruption and disappointing polices, they all even in the UK want to change the process.

      Now who are the ones acting and preaching extremism ?


      February 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      • doug

        I’ve been following this from the start. The Republican Party is in big big trouble. The Biggest is Demographic wise a seriously ageing population.
        From the comments I’ve been following, I’ll concentrate on the Military Personel as they are a good gauge for Republican Support. It is plain to all that even the military won’t vote for him – the military normally vote Republican. Same with ex-military.
        Now turning to true Blue Local Republicans, if even a high flying Republican Official who is going to be a shoo in in a upcoming local state election – states publically she won’t vote for him or his ilk – she isn’t alone – it says it all.
        Those voting for Trump are: Tea Party [Hard Core ConCons, closet Racists &] – irony here – The Regligious Right. Look at the numbers of who voted in Obama [young, fair minded – not over 65 – forward thinking, city based] you can see why anyone from this point on like Trump will not get in. And he’s only gone and pissed of the mexicans the largest non-white voting block in the US, and tarring the Republican Party as being like him with the support he’s being getting to boot.
        You are watching The Repulican Party on the verge of a civil war and break up.

        A Pity its not reflected by the ConCons here… Wait we have the EU vote…. hhhhhhmmmmmm…..


        February 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

  10. OT: Equality Act & claimants

    Hat-Tip to Refuted/WhatdotheyKnow

    I suspect everyone knows this but its always good to have it spelt out.




    What if any is the suggested procedure for claimants who wish to
    request an equality adjustment?”

    All DWP staff have a legal duty to comply with the requirements of the
    Equality Act 2010. DWP has a legal duty not to discriminate against
    customers who are protected by the Equality Act. Therefore, staff must make
    sure they understand their responsibilities so that they know how to recognise
    customers who may need additional support to access DWP services; how to
    put the necessary support in place for customers and how to ensure this is
    consistently applied.

    “What if any is the suggested procedure for claimants who wish to request
    an equality adjustment?”

    The duty created by Section 20 of the Equality Act is an anticipatory duty. This
    means that we must not wait until a disabled person wants to use our services
    before we consider the type of reasonable adjustments that may be needed.
    We must anticipate the requirements of disabled people and the adjustments
    that may have to be made for them.

    Establishing and providing a reasonable adjustment, whether the need is
    identified by DWP staff or volunteered by the customer, depends on the
    particular circumstances and will be specific to the needs of the disabled
    customer. Staff are trained to help identify and provide the right support to
    individual customers, this includes appropriate reasonable adjustments.

    Customers can request a reasonable adjustment through any of the channels
    they use to make contact with DWP. For example, this may include face to
    face contact on our premises; home visits; telephony; online services; and
    written communications.

    Clearly in my own personal case I fall outside of the Act According to DWP
    staff…. Now I wonder what that means legally….


    February 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  11. Callous Tories Press Ahead With ‘Damaging’ Disability Benefit Cuts
    MPs in the House of Commons voted by 306 to 279 to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 a week.



    February 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    • Yeh i posted an article on that this morning superted and would you believe it that in just over an hour a mysterious poster named Minimum Wage Worker preached hate, didn’t bring any to substantiate their claim, just hate.


      February 24, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      • I left it up because apart from the free speech issue, it exposed just how sad, vile, and bankrupt people’s anti-benefits rants can go.

        Andrew Coates

        February 25, 2016 at 11:50 am

      • Some or rather many people obviously think they will never be unemployed or have the need to receive some form of benefit.


        February 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  12. OT: Health Secretary Caught Lying about Weekend Death figures, undermining Call/Need for New Contracts

    Well I never. Who would have thought of a ConCon MP, a Minister at that making things up….



    February 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm

  13. Crisis warns of ‘homelessness trap’



    You would think considering employers don’t hire people who are homeless that the government would pay close attention, the point they don’t speaks volumes I think.


    February 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

  14. Inside Ingeus

    February 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

  15. Cognitive Behavioural Therapists.- G4S

    Role Description

    Manage a caseload of Customers and provide return-to-work advice and guidance regarding health issues.
    Targeted on the level, number and effectiveness of interventions in re-engaging Customers and Customer progression into work.
    Focus on practical techniques that enable them to manage their conditions to enter and sustain employment.
    Work with Customers on a one-to-one basis and in groups to provide support on a range of mental health conditions. Refer clients to relevant external health or specialist services as required
    Conduct bio-psychosocial assessments via face-to-face and telephone-based interventions and produce tailored action plans to support Customers in line with contractual MSO.
    Deliver specific health for employment workshops and input into delivery models to support achievement of MSO
    Build relationships with key stakeholders including GP’s, employers and relevant NHS bodies
    Identify and build relationships with other organisations that contribute to the successful delivery of the programme.
    Expected to contribute substantially to the development of the service. Including the routine collection, review and feedback of activity/data, ensuring that activity targets are adhered to.

    Job Requirements

    Experience of delivering CBT.
    Evidence of understanding of Welfare to Work and the issues that unemployed people face.
    BABCP accredited or accreditable CBT Therapist or a Registered Mental Health professional with Post Graduate training in CBT
    A minimum of five year’s professional experience in mental health
    A minimum of 1 year post qualification CBT practice
    Experience of managing common mental health problems
    Excellent IT skills
    Flexibility in traveling in travelling within your delivery area and between G4S CPAs to support Customers and to provide IWS will be required.



    February 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • G4S Diversification

      “Enigma”, the foreword of the G4S advert for CBT therapists in Jobcentres is particularly disturbing, with references to G4S Forensic Medical Services to the Police, Prisons, Immigration Removal Centres, Secure Training Centres, Sexual Assault Referral Centres”, and Patient Transport Services.

      G4S Medical Services is the leading provider of evidence based clinical services to the NHS and Police in the UK.

      We specialise in:

      Forensic Medical Services to the Police, completing over 100,000 assessments per year
      Primary Care to 7000 offenders and detainees in Prisons and Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs)
      Specialist healthcare services within Secure Training Centres (STCs)
      Operating and management of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)
      Provision of non-emergency Patient Transport Services

      G4S Medical Services recognises and values the differences between people and seeks to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community within which the company operates. As part of our commitment to the highest standards of employment practices we aim to provide equality of opportunity and fairness to all.


      February 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

      • Jobcentre CBT: PSYCHOPOLITICS – there’s a new word for you!


        February 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

  16. .

    February 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

  17. Meanwhile, ASDA backs down on food bank collection points after 88,000 objections to their removal.

    Tesco, too, is to introduce 100 new food bank collection points in its stores:



    February 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

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