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Equality Commission Inquiry Follows UN inquiry into DWP’s rights violations

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What the Government Really Cares About.

Last year this was reported.

David Cameron dismisses UN inquiry into DWP’s treatment of disabled people

We have not heard the results of this initiative.

This has now been announced: Equality watchdog to mirror UN inquiry into DWP’s rights violations

But not before this happened – for anybody still taken in by Iain Duncan Smith’s snivelling on the BBC.

Five months ago, Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned last month as work and pensions secretary, dismissed an EHRC offer to help MPs and peers understand the true impact on disabled people and other groups of his welfare reform and work bill, which has since been passed by parliament.

Letters between EHRC and Duncan Smith were published on the commission’s website, following a freedom of information request, and showed that he snubbed an offer from the watchdog to “work more closely” on the equality impact assessments the Department for Work and Pensions published alongside the bill.

In a briefing on its website published last year, EHRC said it was concerned that parts of the bill “could exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing inequalities”.

And it suggested then that measures such as reducing the benefit cap, freezing many benefit rates, and the cut of nearly £30-a-week from April 2017 for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance could breach the government’s international human rights obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The equality watchdog is to commission a major piece of research into whether the government’s welfare reforms have harmed the human rights of disabled people and other minority groups.

Welfare Weekly reports,

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says it wants to examine the impact of changes to the welfare system on independent living and poverty.

Its decision appears to mirror the decision of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to carry out an unprecedented inquiry into “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government, which is examining the impact of a series of welfare reforms and social care cuts carried out since 2010.

The EHRC announcement was included in the watchdog’s new business plan for 2016-17, which was published on Monday (4 April) without any publicity.

The business plan says: “Everyone has a right to an adequate standard of living, including a minimum entitlement to food, clothing and housing.”

It adds: “It is not clear whether the government’s reforms to tax, welfare and public spending have taken into account the cumulative impact of these changes on the standard of living of disabled people and other groups who may have been disproportionately affected.”

EHRC says it will focus its work in this area in 2016-17 on commissioning an assessment to “determine how changes to the welfare system have affected equality of opportunity and the human rights of people who share certain protected characteristics”.

It adds: “This will enable us to identify whether the system effectively supports all groups into work and where improvements are needed to address unintended consequences.”

Five months ago, Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned last month as work and pensions secretary, dismissed an EHRC offer to help MPs and peers understand the true impact on disabled people and other groups of his welfare reform and work bill, which has since been passed by parliament.

Letters between EHRC and Duncan Smith were published on the commission’s website, following a freedom of information request, and showed that he snubbed an offer from the watchdog to “work more closely” on the equality impact assessments the Department for Work and Pensions published alongside the bill.

In a briefing on its website published last year, EHRC said it was concerned that parts of the bill “could exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing inequalities”.

And it suggested then that measures such as reducing the benefit cap, freezing many benefit rates, and the cut of nearly £30-a-week from April 2017 for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance could breach the government’s international human rights obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Other areas EHRC plans to focus on this year for the first time include the launch of a new inquiry examining the provision and choice of housing for disabled people and its impact on independent living.

It also plans to review progress made by public bodies on implementing the recommendations of its 2011 disability hate crime inquiry, Hidden In Plain Sight, which concluded that they were guilty of a “systematic, institutional failure” to recognise disability-related harassment.

Other work will include a major new project that aims to address the discrimination faced by some groups – including disabled people – in accessing health and social care, and it will develop a strategy for tackling gender, disability and race pay gaps.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

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  1. Maybe (just putting it out there for consideration Mind, I have no direct proof of this) just maybe this is one of the reasons why the ConCons want to get rid of the Human Rights enacting Acts. You know as it doesn’t currently reflect ConCons aims and views of the world as they want it to be.

    ConCon, always on top – not yet. Society Stuck in the past [think pre victorian ages] – not yet. Seen but not heard – see previous. Seen and Obeyed – see previous. Cast off if of no value to land/factory owner – see previous. Knowning your place in the natural order of things – see previous.

    Gazza

    April 10, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • As in the US. & many other countries.

      Wisconsin supreme court likely to back right-to-work law, experts say

      Bill targeting unions, signed by Scott Walker last year, was struck down by a judge last week – but law professors say conservative judges will have final word.

      http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/10/wisconsin-right-to-work-law-union-supreme-court

      enigma

      April 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      • enigma

        the irony of unions being attacked by the Republicans (Read US ConCon party) is high considering this :

        http://gawker.com/antonin-scalia-has-saved-labor-unions-1767718193

        “Today, Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent death had its most profound impact on America yet.

        The Supreme Court just announced that in the case of Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association—the case that challenged the ability of public labor unions to collect fees from everyone covered by their contracts, and which could have permanently crippled public unions in America had the court ruled in Friedrichs’ favor—“The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.” Which is to say, the high court, lacking Scalia, split 4-4, meaning that the lower court ruling in favor of the unions stands. Scalia would likely have been the deciding vote against labor unions.”

        Scalia was a out and out ConCon in his rulings. If alive the law would have changed, now that he’s dead, he’s done a great service to the union movement in the US. I love the Irony.

        Gazza

        April 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    • In the UK the check off system for unions in the public sector has been abolished by the Tories,

      “Up to 3.8 million public sector workers will lose the right to have their trade union subscriptions automatically deducted from their pay cheques after the government announced plans to end the “outdated practice”.

      In a move that will be condemned by trade union leaders as another assault on their rights, the government confirmed that the forthcoming trade union bill will force public sector workers to make their own arrangements to pay union subscriptions.”

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/06/public-sector-workers-stopped-automatically-union-subscriptions-pay-cheques

      I note that there are no moves to stop automatic payments by consumers to the Tory party funds by companies that donate to them.

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  2. lol at the autistc/aspie guy on ‘Unemployable Me’. He would apply for ONE job at a time then wait until he received a reply before applying for the next one.

    Gogglebox

    April 10, 2016 at 11:40 am

  3. Everyone has the right to ……….. but only if one complies.

    & a major new project, we can imagine what that will involve. .

    enigma

    April 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  4. It will take a lot more than a couple of investigations to get rid of the conservatives.
    Even now, after the Panama Papers scandal, no-one really thinks Cameron is going to resign.
    He couldn’t care less about people wearing pig-masks.
    These are not the people who would ever have voted for him.
    And once again Jeremy Corbyn fails to make any real criticism of the situation. Unbelievable.

    Jeff Smith

    April 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  5. The business plan 2016 – 17.

    Access to civil and family justice

    “We will continue to monitor the impact of changes and press Government to mitigate adverse effects on access to justice for people in particularly vulnerable situations. We will use our strategic litigation powers to challenge the legality of the new Employment Tribunal fee regime, which has led to a reduction in claimants pursuing discrimination-related complaints, and to highlight the impact on disabled”

    Gazza, I will let you and others know how this pans out for me.

    enigma

    April 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    • enigma

      I will too for everyone else – I forsee a phone call/trip to the Royal Courts of Justice/legal advice line/Equality Commission in the next week or so for myself.

      for a good laugh, know that i have in writing a declaration that dwp cannot find from their own network mind any info on me other than the bog standard stuff, non on complainits [i have copies], none of the letters i instructed be scanned into the system, basically nothing. oh dear.

      Gazza

      April 11, 2016 at 3:23 am

  6. B&Q pulls job ad asking workers for three days’ unpaid ‘induction’

    B&Q has withdrawn an advertisement for jobs at its Swindon warehouse that required jobseekers to work three days’ “induction” for free and pay for a drugs test. The ad for order-pickers offered to pay between £7.50 and £8 an hour depending on the time of day. It said: “Each candidate will undergo three-day induction programme which will be unpaid.” It also said candidates must pay £15 to take a drugs test, with the money refunded if they passed the test.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/10/b-and-q-job-advert-three-days-unpaid-induction-swindon

    enigma

    April 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    • Advert for order-pickers at Swindon warehouse also said candidates must pay up-front cost of drugs test

      Its very common to ask for upfront payments these days,sometimes its 50/50 shared costs something that’s not mentioned in the original ad for DBS or CSCS cards,there is the opportunity for fraudulent activity however anyone who is “lucky” enough to be offered a job with this attached may well find themselves without the access or ability to take the check or CSCS card to another employer as its done through their preferred companies.There’s a real potential for someone to find themselves out of pocket.

      Those drug tests have been on here before with candidates escorted out of a jobcentre building onto the pavement to conduct these in public view in 2009 many will remember.

      http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/13997017.Job_centre_drug_test_fury/

      It appears that Jobcentreplus toyed with the idea themselves at the time too.

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/sep/27/drugs-test-benefit-unemployed-rehab

      ken

      April 10, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      • The work & health programme, I wonder..

        enigma

        April 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      • Or Bollocks&Quit the other!

        ken

        April 10, 2016 at 11:09 pm

  7. Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month

    Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say.

    Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020.

    Ministers have said households affected by the changes could work extra hours to make up the difference, but charities have said that will be impossible in many cases, and that the cuts will push more families into poverty.

    The introduction of the cuts, which will be felt in May because universal credit is paid a month in arrears, comes as the new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, prepares to make a speech on Tuesday setting out the government’s social security agenda in the wake of the resignation last month of his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith.

    Crabb is expected to say the government will push ahead with universal credit, the troubled and much-criticised reform of the benefits system. In a wide-ranging address he will also set out plans to tackle poverty and improve social mobility.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/10/universal-credit-cuts-to-lose-low-income-families-up-to-200-a-month

    enigma

    April 10, 2016 at 7:58 pm

  8. There’s much suspicion as to Duncan Smiths resignation and if his Berlin bunker might be on the horizon if he remained whatever,he became the face for actions’ taken against disabled people and others attracting not only criticism and condemnation at home but attention and shock internationally.He took every opportunity to appear on TV and media to promote division and hate and justify activities against all people who are forced to claim benefits,with the conduct shown there was only going to be one outcome.

    Its cheap its nasty its weak and the sign of a true bully.A failed government with failed policies resorting to attacking the most vulnerable in society without the stomach to face the real causes or deal with those responsible for bring about a national crisis. Its brought nothing but shame on the country.

    ken

    April 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  9. Oh oh dear

    h/t : unemploymentmovement

    http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/internet/2435-dispatches-the-great-benefits-row-channel-4-20-00-to-20-30-it-s-about-pip.html

    Dispatches The Great Benefits Row: Channel 4 20:00 to 20:30 it’s about PIP 11 Apr 2016 06:43 #18496
    The row over cuts to welfare benefits that has rocked the Government and saw Iain Duncan Smith resign as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Former Paralympian Ade Adepitan investigates controversial changes to the Personal Independence Payment, which hundreds of thousands of disabled people are now having to apply for, and, using secretly recorded material, reveals some disturbing sides to the new benefit.

    Dispatches The Great Benefits Row: Channel 4 20:00 to 20:30

    Gazza

    April 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    • Just had a thought – normally the other side is given the right to a rebuttal.

      It will be interesting to see if the timing is mentioned in the program… I wonder if there is a connection and when George Smith fled the scene…. surely not….

      Gazza

      April 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

      • Channel 4 doesn’t work like that. The ‘right to reply’ applies across the WHOLE schedule not within a specific programme a la the interminable self-confessed on TV and radio cokehead Nicky ‘for the sake of balance’ Campbell and the bullshit BBC in general.

        FiveDive

        April 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      • This could be the rebuttal to IDS’s Oscar-winning appearance. The way Channel 4 works.

        FiveDive

        April 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    • Fitness for work assessors ‘mock the disabled’ while earning up to £20,000 a month.

      A fitness for work assessor for Government contractor Capita boasted he “flew through” vital welfare disability tests – earning himself £20,000 a month.

      And another derided a disabled claimant as needing “help to wipe her a*** because she’s too f****** fat to do it herself”.

      The footage was filmed for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme by a reporter who went undercover to expose the hated tests, which have seen thousands of disabled people wrongly stripped of benefits.

      In the documentary, to be broadcast at 8pm on Monday, one Capita employee named Alan crows about raking in vast sums.

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fitness-work-assessors-mock-disabled-7730136

      enigma

      April 11, 2016 at 11:51 am

  10. OT : CammiePiggie sticking it to future PMs/Deputies/Ministers?

    “Potential PMs should publish tax returns in future, says No 10”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36010902

    “Downing Street has said “potential prime ministers” should be expected to publish their tax returns in future.”

    Gazza

    April 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  11. h/t: Refuted/rightsnet

    I also copy below a section which is aimed directly at those who hound/besmirch those who are unemployed and call them workless.

    http://blog.spicker.uk/why-work-is-not-the-best-way-out-of-poverty/

    “Let’s focus, however, on low income. Large numbers of people suffer low incomes for extended periods – previous research suggests that in Britain, well over half of us will have had at least a year on low income in a ten-year period. The reasons for low income include unemployment, but they also include low pay, having young children, divorce, disability, becoming a student, suffering discrimination or falling ill.”

    So for those who criticise, as the Lotto says : “It Could be you.”
    Going by the figures available, it probably will be.

    Gazza

    April 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  12. Just had an interesting Jobcentre appointment. I’ve been volunteering on Monday mornings for over the last 1.5 years. It all started because I got sent there on an MWRA, during which I got on so well there that I decided to carry on volunteering there of my own free will. This was encouraged by my work coach at the time to the point that she actually went and volunteered there herself for a day.

    Fast forward to about six weeks ago… the Jobcentre tell me I’m moving to morning group sign-in sessions on Monday 10-11am. I explain I volunteer, they tell me no problem, disregard the group time on my card, come along afterwards like I have been doing for many many Mondays prior.

    Four weeks ago, before a month long break due to bank holiday, same thing. No indication that I should change my schedule, all seems good.

    TODAY. F*** today. I get a phonecall from the Jobcentre as I’m getting off the bus to go around there. As soon as i mention I’ll be there in 5-10 minutes, they hang up on me, no explanation for why the call. I go in, they tell me they expected me in the morning, I smile and remind them of my volunteering. Oh, how long have I been going? Over 18 months now…

    You’re only meant to volunteer for eight weeks (Nobody’s said this before now…)
    Had any interviews lately? Volunteering’s clearly not helping me then.
    I should attend a college course (I have an ECDL… nothing you will finance is better)
    I need my CV updated, how about National Careers Service (They’re crap… took 3 attempts to improve jack shit the last time i saw ’em)
    How about a Community Work Placement, that might help… (Okay one, those have ended I say. Oh no, they’re awaiting refunding so they can be brought back apparently. – If my volunteering is so worthless, how is sending me on a longer forced version of same gonna do feck all?)

    She pretty much wants me to move my volunteering day or quit altogether just so I can attend my signing on in some stupid group slot rather than solo when the Jobcentre pushed me to volunteer in the first place… anyone got any advice for dealing with this crapfest? I like the Monday crew, I don’t see the issue with signing later besides not having me jump through their hoops on command… where do I stand and what can I say to make my case here?

    AeonThePhoenix

    April 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    • Print this/fill in then hand it to your advisor.

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/68909/response/172846/attach/3/VOLWORK1JP%201110.pdf

      “You’re only meant to volunteer for eight weeks” – nonsense,

      enigma

      April 11, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    • MWA/CWP – “Oh no, they’re awaiting refunding so they can be brought back apparently.” Yup, the barmy owner of this blog (Andrew Coates) has set up some sort of “crowd-funding” project to being these schemes back.

      AbuDAb

      April 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    • MWA/CWP – “Oh no, they’re awaiting refunding so they can be brought back apparently.” Yup, the barmy owner of this blog (Andrew Coates) has set up some sort of “crowd-funding” project to bring these schemes back.

      AbuDAb

      April 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    • The form above has worked for me for over 3 years, it is still working for me being on UC.

      enigma

      April 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    • I would never do that volunteering again,spoke to a disabled friend and was told one charity shop got rid of all their disabled workers locally.their treating staff easy come and easy go because of the Jobcentre sending people in supply in the hope of a reference but that can backfire.

      During a recent “Annual Verification Check” they were so desperate to get a suspension of benefit they dragged this voluntary work up from two years ago in an attempt, all they kept on about was a change in circumstances so that firmly rules any of that out again.Best advice dont do anything that gives them an excuse of a change unless you find a job or its unavoidable.

      The old adage never volunteer for anything has been resurrected by abuse and the DWP’s attempts to stop Jobseekers Allowance for any excuse whatsoever.

      ken

      April 11, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  13. Better Health for Better Jobs programme for unemployed

    Unemployed Wolverhampton residents are being offered the opportunity to take part in a Better Health for Better Jobs – Working Well Programme.

    The 12 week programme, which will take place 2 days per week, is aimed at unemployed people where health and wellbeing is a factor in preventing them from gaining employment.

    It is being run by City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with, Remploy, Wolverhampton Adult Education Service, City of Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton Healthy Lifestyles Team and the Department for Work and Pensions.

    This programme offers an innovative approach to working with people where their health and wellbeing may be a factor in them getting back into work.

    “It aims to help them with their employability skills while also offering specialist support for their health and wellbeing needs.”

    Participants will receive support to develop their employment skills from Remploy with the possibility of practical work experience in the retail sector.

    http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/article/8793/Better-Health-for-Better-Jobs-programme-for-unemployed

    enigma

    April 11, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  14. Osborne and Corbyn publish tax return as Cameron faces MPs.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36010902

    enigma

    April 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

  15. This guidance explains what Universal Credit will mean for employers and their employees.

    6 pages.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/515288/uc-and-employers-faq.pdf

    A run down on the void.

    enigma

    April 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    • enigma

      How are the ConCons going to Square the following Circle (as you say down the Rabbit Hole) :

      If you’re on a zero hours contract [I’ll concentrate here just as an illustration], which procludes you working having extra hours as therefore unable to attend to the hours THEY chose to give you, what does DWP do then? I have a suspicion it will be a broad smile and the words “Welcome to the New Improved UC Sanctioning Gameshow…”

      Alternatively, what happens to a person who gets no steady hours week to week, month to month [with/without the caveat on hours listed above] and is only getting limited help benefits wise?

      Let us not even take into account the chaos due to start now that “Real Time Tax” [as of 6th April – though calling it Real Time is a laugh as Employers have a whole month to submit the data, so how is that Real Time?]

      Gazza

      April 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      • UC is/will be an unknown path to go down for most people as we know, we know what many people will end up doing.

        enigma

        April 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

  16. Sneering Tory Values – Video

    “he that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker”

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/tory-values-laid-bare-millionaire-7735806#plUTDiyu8jH9rPaH.97

    Meanwhile, Dennis Skinner has his microphone cut off and then is removed from the House of Commons because of a remark about “dodgy” Dave!

    Tobanem

    April 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    • If their so perfect why is the country in the state its in.

      Get rich qiuck at the expence of all else.Dodgy Dave sounds about right.

      ken

      April 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  17. …and don’t forget Dave’s dodgy donors (bribes):

    Tobanem

    April 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

    • Do you remember the expression “Tricky Dicky”?

      Amazing qualities for world leaders!

      Tobanem

      April 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

  18. Channel 4’s Dispatches Shows PIP Assessor Mocking Disabled People As ‘Fat’

    An investigation has been called for into ‘abuse of power’ at the company.

    The money? It was ridiculous. I was getting around 20 grand a month, most months.Taxpayers money,then more on appeals that could never be questioned.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/channel-4-dispatches-benefits-row-pips_uk_570c9b0fe4b0ae22c1e0397f

    ken

    April 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  19. “Yesterday I witnessed some pretty horrendous bullying against a JCP client,
    the lady was basically told she was a scrounger and should not still be claiming after two years and didn’t she feel embarrassed about taking other people’s money.

    Everything was very carefully worded however,
    the end result was that the advisor told her she needed to sign off and eventually (after keeping her there for nearly 45 minutes, with by then nearly a dozen clients waiting) she did.
    I have never spoken to the woman before yesterday but I am fairly certain she would be classed as a vulnerable person.”

    – this is the same shit the ‘work programme’ pull. Tell you that by dint of you having been unemployed for 2 years you have been ‘claiming benefits fraudulently and it is time for you to sign off. Your claim is now ended, there is no further need for you to attend the ‘work programme’ or the jobcentre. Bye, and put your plastic cup in the bin on the way out” Always phrased exactly the same. Wonder how many of their victims fall for it and just give up.

    The advisor seems to be new, he seems likely to have a background in recruitment.

    When I previously signed on several years ago I witnessed something similar and reported it,
    I then had my signings made into a living hell.

    Outside of the JCP, who would be the best person to complain to about this?

    Jobcetntre R Scum

    April 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    • Of course you go back in the jobcentre to sign on, but this is the jobcentre pulling the same shit!

      Jobcetntre R Scum

      April 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    • but I am fairly certain she would be classed as a vulnerable person.”

      – this is the same shit the ‘work programme’ pull. Tell you that by dint of you having been unemployed for 2 years you have been ‘claiming benefits fraudulently and it is time for you to sign off.

      this is the same shit the ‘work programme’ pull. Tell you that by dint of you having been unemployed for 2 years you have been ‘claiming benefits fraudulently and it is time for you to sign off. remove them they will not take any of this beyond whats happening and will keep it in the jobcentre

      These are a few jobcentre staff who are assigned to continually harrass and intimidate claiments think they have god given powers and free reign.What they refer to as scroungers have disabilities’ are middle aged or have other barriers to work.Its all mouth intended to frustrate claiments into arguments and remove them whatever the damage done,commonly broken windows were common too when the first round finished the work programme.You will find its covered here.

      Harrassment laws,miconduct in public office the list goes on,certainly its worth reporting to the police as theres a crime in progress also your MP,Citizens Advice one mention of DWP in there the facial expressions say it all.

      http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/20/jobcentre-hit-squads-benefit-claimants-sanctions

      http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/work-and-pensions-committee/benefit-sanctions-policy-beyond-the-oakley-review/written/16165.html.

      http://www.theopinionsite.org/work-programme-leavers-face-job-centre-threats-and-bullying/

      Its surprising that they still use these tactics as they were exposed some time ago,these have been posted many times but cover the situation.

      ken

      April 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  20. DWP knew of Universal Credit problems in mid-2012 despite insisting all was well.

    Officials at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) knew by mid-2012 of issues with Universal Credit that could cause the welfare reform to be delayed and run over budget, and yet continued to insist for at least a year that the controversial project was not experiencing problems.

    The status of the programme in 2012 has been revealed by documents released under freedom of information (FoI) laws after a four-year legal battle by independent project manager John Slater. DWP had argued in court that the risk register and issues log should be kept secret, until a tribunal in March 2016 ruled they should be released.

    The document says that a “resource shortfall” means that skilled staff were “not in the right place at the right time”, which was flagged as a “red” status warning.

    http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450281091/DWP-knew-of-Universal-Credit-problems-in-mid-2012-despite-insisting-all-was-well

    enigma

    April 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  21. FROM BLACK TRIANGLES TO RED DOORS. WHAT NEXT?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall reading any report on here about G4S and the red doors scandal. G4S can’t seem to avoid scandal these days.

    Report here:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/private-firm-g4s-shouldnt-allowed-7212235

    Tobanem

    April 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    • Readers will know about the use of the Star of David in Nazi Germany. You will also have heard of DAB radio, but did you know about people being branded in times past with the letter “D” for Drunkenness, “A” for Adultery, and “B” for Blasphemy?

      Tobanem

      April 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

  22. FAO Andrew Coates

    IT’S ROCKET SCIENCE

    Have you heard of the “Investment Approach” to welfare? It comes from New Zealand. Apparently it involves “future liability”. I don’t like the sound of that one!

    Now an enterprise in Scotland called Rocket Science (which was commissioned to analyse public responses on how a “Scottish Approach” to welfare reform should look like), has a senior consultant formerly from the New Zealand Treasury where she had exposure to the Investment Approach to Welfare.

    By the way, Ingeous and ERSA are already in on the Scottish act. ESRA have even been invited to dinner by a Scottish Minister to discuss matters further – now where have I heard that kind of activity before?

    Iain Gray MSP said: “there must be transparency on how contracts are awarded [by April 2017]. Any sense of a cosy stitch-up will not be accepted by the public, especially if the SNP Government is planning to simply hand the Work Programme over to the same people who have failed to make it work so far”.

    Tobanem

    April 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    • “…the ‘Investment Approach’ is consistent with the objectives of the Scottish Government Prevention Agenda…”

      http://rocketsciencelab.co.uk/investing-in-our-people-learning-from-the-new-zealand-investment-approach-to-welfare/

      It is interesting to note that around 650,000 New Zealanders, about 15% of the population, are in Australia looking for work!!!

      Is it really all about cutting costs and reducing (massaging) the figures?

      Tobanem

      April 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      • I’ll choose my job, no one else will.

        Have a person centred, flexible and tailored approach that considers all elements of an individual’s life that affects their employability

        Focus on ‘real jobs’ through engaging with employers and creating high quality labour market intelligence, so job seekers are prepared for and directed towards jobs that exist.

        That any devolved replacement programme should:

        Involve contracts that use a combination of payment by job outcome, progression towards work, attachment fees, and should incorporate client feedback as a metric for payment

        Target those with the highest needs, and focus a separate programme on this group to avoid them getting lost in the crowd.

        enigma

        April 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    • “The core principle underpinning the ‘Investment Approach’ is that the Government should invest now, to save later”.

      Tobanem

      April 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

  23. OT: UC & its Impact – its starting to become obvious the emperor has no clothes…

    Testing times ahead for Universal Credit
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36028001

    “The government’s scheme to overhaul the welfare system has been the subject of much scrutiny in Westminster, but now the same is happening outside a north London job centre.

    Two claimants become animated as they wait for the next part of their appointment inside.
    No, they don’t want to do an interview – but yes, they have something to say about Universal Credit – the single payment streamlining six current in-work benefits.

    One woman was supposed to sign up to it, she says, only to be told she wasn’t eligible – and doesn’t know why.

    Another thinks paying housing costs directly to claimants is a terrible idea which some people will find impossible to manage.”

    .
    .
    .

    “But its biggest challenge may lie not in its politics or even divided opinions over its funding, but in its delivery.”

    Gazza

    April 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

  24. Panasonic refuses to fix a TV blaming the damage on nicotine. In that Panasonic should put “SMOKING KILLS TVS” on their TV’s boxes 😀 But what next? Being refused NHS treatment because you enjoy a fag?

    Fag-Ash Lil

    April 13, 2016 at 7:17 am

    • Well you would be hard pressed to smoke one, not just inside but also in any hospital grounds to start with.

      Andrew Coates

      April 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

  25. Panasonic refuses to fix a TV blaming the damage on nicotine. In that case Panasonic should put “SMOKING KILLS TVS” on their TV’s boxes 😀 But what next? Being refused NHS treatment because you enjoy a fag?

    Fag-Ash Lil

    April 13, 2016 at 7:17 am

    • That will be the next stage, having to pay to enter a park, having to pay a ‘toll’ in order to go for a walk/cycle along a canal path, etc.

      Bear Grills

      April 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    • Some might say “but it’s only a pound”, but once you let oe bastard council get away with it it will set a dangerous precedent and inevitably grow legs. The organisers were correct to cancel this event.

      Pooah Radcliffe

      April 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm

  26. Stephen Crabb quietly hides Capita logo in photo of his first speech as Welfare Secretary

    The Work and Pensions Secretary’s first speech in post was at an event sponsored by Capita – but you’d never know from his photo

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stephen-crabb-quietly-hides-capita-7740047

    ken

    April 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  27. ROCKET SCIENCE IN IPSWICH

    “MyGo is a pioneering approach to supporting young people in their transition from education to employment. Under the City Deal, Ipswich is piloting a new form of universal employability, advice and brokerage service for 16-24 year olds which triages service users according to perceived levels of need and support. MyGo is being delivered by EOS Works in partnership with Tomorrow’s People Trust and JobcentrePlus; Rocket Science is working with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion on a 2 year evaluation of the programme”.

    Client: Suffolk County Council – Greater Ipswich City Deal

    Team: John Griffiths”

    Link:

    http://rocketsciencelab.co.uk/work/my-go-ipswich/

    Anybody got any comments?

    Tobanem

    April 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    • piloting a new form of universal employability

      LOL

      When are these universal idiots going to admit that the problem is 1,500 application for 1 part-time coffee serving job.

      Another Fine Recession

      April 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      • Spot on! Where are all the jobs? In fact, where are all the proper paid jobs for all of the unemployed?

        Will “MyGo” create one single new job?

        Tobanem

        April 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    • They’re almost admitting the problem here, their subconscious thoughts must have slipped through!

      “Focus on ‘real jobs’ through engaging with employers and creating high quality labour market intelligence, so job seekers are prepared for and directed towards jobs that exist.

      http://rocketsciencelab.co.uk/category/case-studies

      Universal Commenter

      April 13, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      • Yes, but does anyone have any specific info on how Rocket Science is performing locally in Ipswich?

        Tobanem

        April 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      • i.e. shit jobs or ‘entry level’ as the jobcentre/’providers’ like to say … same old same…

        Automatic Commenter

        April 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      • They’re just universal hyperparasites aren’t they, don’t produce anything of any value for anyone but themselves.

        Universal Commenter

        April 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      • If the Jock Government had any decency instead of taking control of the ‘work programme’ and handing out more hard-working taxpayers cash to a rag-tag assortment of hyperparasites, it would be SCRAPPING the ‘work programme’ and using the savings to increase the JSA rate.

        The Jock Parly is shit

        April 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

  28. JOBCENTRE PLUS

    Dear Full-Time Worker

    CHANGES TO YOUR UNIVERSAL CREDIT

    We cannot pay you Universal Credit. This is because we recently told you about a doubt: that you did not do enough to find more work. We have now decided that you did not do enough to find more work.

    Whilst you are in work we expect you to do all you can do to find more work

    A Connard

    For MANAGER

    Legislation used to make this decision: Welfare Reform Act (Universal Credit) 2015

    DMA

    April 15, 2016 at 11:41 am


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