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Stephen Crabb Remains Wedded to Universal Credit Plan, Come What May.

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Stephen Crabb Scuttles into DWP Rocks.

Staff at the DWP have been telling people, often, really often,  that Universal Credit will help us.

That we can make a rapid re-claim, for example, if we are in part-time work and our hours change.

This may well be the case, in theory. It would be a good thing, as anybody who’s had to make a Rapid Reclaim (information here, and:Reclaim JSA (‘rapid reclaim’) You can make a quicker claim for JSA online if you’ve had JSA in the last 26 weeks), knows.

The new system will allow the bundle of claims (Housing Benefit etc) to go together.

Some of us remain sceptical, particularly about Council Tax Benefit.

Our scepticism is increased with this story in the Indy today:

Delays in processing benefit payments left tens of thousands of people exposed to hardship in the past year, with some waiting weeks on end without state support, newly released official figures show.

Between March 2015 and February 2016, 154,309 people waited more than 10 days for a Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claim to be processed, according to stats released by the Government in response to questions from the Labour MP Frank Field.

Officials also admitted they did not know how many new claimants of Universal Credit, which replaces six existing benefit payments with a single monthly payment, were having to wait longer than the normal processing time of one month.

Among the thousands left waiting for JSA in the past year, 44,104 waited more than 16 days, according to answers to Parliamentary questions submitted by Mr Field.

Delays in accessing benefits are one of the most common reasons given for using a food bank, according to the Trussell Trust, which runs more than 400 food banks throughout the UK.

Maybe all this will be magicked away when Universal Credit gets running.

Well, that’s the story of Stephen Crabb, and he’s sticking to it (or should that be clawing to it?).

The newly-appointed Work and Pensions Secretary has signalled that he will not cancel the Government’s flagship Universal Credit welfare reform plan.

In his first speech in the role Stephen Crabb said he as “committed” to the plan, which was the pet project of his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith.

Mr Duncan Smith stepped down in March after the most recent Budget, warning that the Government was balancing its books on the back of society’s most vulnerable with cuts to welfare.

Universal Credit, which seeks to integrate most welfare benefits into a single payment and reduce disincentives for people to move into work, has been the target of steep cuts by the Chancellor George Osborne.

Among elements slashed before it has been rolled out include work allowances and in-work benefits set to replace tax credits.

The programme has also been beset by delays, with the Government’s Major Projects Authority watchdog treating it as an all-new project in 2014 after a “reset”.

Independent.

On the Politics site who’s becoming a must-read commentator on these issues, says today,

Crabb’s welfare speech shows little has really changed at the DWP.

When Stephen Crabb replaced Iain Duncan Smith as the work and pensions secretary last month, there was hope among many disability campaigners that he would take the department in a new direction.

Crabb has first hand experience of life on welfare. Brought up in a council house by a single mother who at times relied on benefits, his appointment made a refreshing change to a Cabinet made up largely of millionaires.

The early signs were encouraging. The Sunday Times reported that he planned to cut ties with problematic welfare assessment contractors and had ordered DWP staff to come clean with the public about problems with Universal Credit. As we reported this week, documents relating to the flagship project, which IDS fought for years to keep hidden, have now been released. He also told his local paper, the Western Telegraph, that he only accepted the position at the DWP on the condition that cuts to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) would be dropped.

But listening to his maiden speech on welfare reform yesterday, it was clear that while the person delivering the message has changed, the message itself has not. Just compare some of the key points he made to extracts of a speech by IDS in 2014.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm

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  1. Maximus doing WCA medicals without a ESA bogus form. Cutting corners with contracts to Maximus without permission or signature. Fast tracking form so no ESA form is needed for a WCA. The nudge Unit at Maximus are falling behind their £500 million a year contract with the DWP. A fake medical without notification of a medical just assessment from the medical advisory service. Which proves contracts without forms as well as Maximus can not report back to the DWP until their job is complete in processing cash cows. A fake medical to fill out a form you never see because some else is filling it out for you & what about the forged signature !!! Shady & underhand & what about any Terms & Conditions with fraud on signing false claims. So the Nudge Unit has become the Terms & Conditions Unit !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    • Razor, I’ve got my own terms & conditions, I won’t be nudged!!.

      enigma

      April 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

  2. “Officials also admitted they did not know how many new claimants of Universal Credit, which replaces six existing benefit payments with a single monthly payment, were having to wait longer than the normal processing time of one month”. – they sure do know & know why,

    enigma

    April 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    • – Always knew.

      enigma

      April 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    • they also don’t know how many people won against a sanction. Brilliant system that is…

      Gazza

      April 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

  3. Desperate plight of those lives destroyed by Tory cuts are laid bare in new film.

    Right from the time he was tiny, Mark was always a very vulnerable person, a very gentle person,” Cathie Wood says.

    She is speaking about the death of her brother, Mark, a constituent of David Cameron who starved to death in August 2013, only months after the Department for Work and Pensions said he was fit for work.

    At the time of his death, he was a desperate and skeletal figure, who weighed only 5st 8lb.

    “Over the summer he gradually just starved to death,” Cathie says.

    Invisible Britain is an artistic attempt to pick up the pieces.

    Not just the angry soundtrack to a documentary about austerity, actor Maxine Peake says the film is a “loud and clear exposé about the desperate times we are living in”.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/desperate-plight-those-lives-destroyed-7748885

    enigma

    April 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

  4. Staff at the DWP have been telling people, often, really often, that Universal Credit will help us.

    Their all sheep,no one takes them seriously and because of their practices are looked on with utter contempt.

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

    The roll out is in name only and its made nothing pay,many are ineligible, the small section downstairs dealing with this benefit hasn’t gone without notice.After a few checks Jobseekers Allowance appears quitely back.

    Its to embarrassing to back down for crabb their in a hole and just keep digging.Locally a claiment who claims this (Universal Credit) was sent on a course that would have made him ineligible for Universal Credit and promptly disappeared,it shows not even perhaps unsuprisingly someone at the jobcentre didn’t know either.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36028001

    ken

    April 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  5. Benefit fraud or tax evasion – row over the Tories’ targets

    Figures show thousands more government inspectors are employed tackling benefits fraud than dealing with abuse of tax system.

    David Cameron was confronted in the Commons on Wednesday with figures showing that thousands more government inspectors are employed to tackle benefits fraud than deal with tax evasion by the wealthiest UK residents.

    Angus Robertson, the Scottish National Party’s leader in Westminster, asked the prime minister why 3,250 department of work and pensions (DWP) staff have been assigned to investigate welfare fraud, while 300 specialise in dealing with the rich.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/13/benefit-or-tax-evasion-row-over-the-tories-targets

    enigma

    April 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      • What sort of fucking website is this that needs cpu-hogging fucking javshit enabled to load the fucking article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????? And this: “free articles remaining this month
        …and another 5 after you register for free” WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Angry Birds

        April 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

      • Sanctions have to go – without exceptions. But sanctions aren’t going anywhere. Because we have a political consensus which supports sanctions – Tory, Labour, even the SNP up in Scotchland.

        Hungry Seagulls

        April 14, 2016 at 9:47 am

      • A really important call, we should back it even if Seagull’s point is largely right, outside of the Labour and Trade union left.

        Andrew Coates

        April 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

      • Yes.
        SANCTIONS HAVE TO GO – WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS.

        They don’t help people find or progress-in-work. They just destroy lives, pay and conditions, the UK labour market and the UK economy, and they even kill.

        Universal Commenter

        April 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    • ah,

      they see that they themselves personally might well be on someone’s menu somewhere… good.

      Gazza

      April 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

  6. .

    April 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

  7. Preventable harm is government policy

    Government claims that welfare reforms are necessary, disregards the inevitable deaths they created, writes researcher Mo Stewart.

    There have been many articles regarding the negative impact of the welfare reforms on the unemployed and the chronically sick and disabled community (see for example, Dr David Webster). Yet, following six years of independent research, few have identified the reality behind the introduction of the welfare reforms as planned over 30 years ago

    http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/preventable-harm-government-policy

    enigma

    April 14, 2016 at 10:13 am

  8. UC’s Sanction Gameshow has started in full swing, coming soon to a JCP near you! Even if you’re working…

    h/t refuted:

    Full-time worker “docked £220 for missing a jobcentre appointment”
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/14/dwp-punishing-low-paid-full-time-workers-under-new-benefits-rule

    DWP ‘punishing’ low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

    Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is ‘political dynamite’

    Gazza

    April 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

    • It’s hard work being 2 or 3 years ahead of the rest of the plebs, (and MPs) isn’t it! It’s clear even many Conselfservative MPs are shocked when they realise what ‘in-work-conditionality’ is.

      A few weeks ago we heard that pubs were closing at up to 20 a week. So even if she ‘progressed in work’ by somehow getting a few more hours – someone else would get a few less hours.

      We’ve already seen many employers simply getting around the £12 rise in NMW.

      The Conselfservatives couldn’t run a bath.

      Universal Commenter

      April 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    • Guardian report: Part-time worker who was sanctioned said: “I actually work more hours a week than the woman in the jobcentre”! And because of cuts to work allowances, this particular victim can now earn less before her top-ups are clawed back making it even less of an incentive to do extra hours. Madness!

      Which raises the matter of Jobcentre personnel – 40% of whom are part-timers – sanctioning each other for not doing “enough” jobsearch.

      It also raises the matter of there not being enough full-time jobs for all of the part-time workers forced to seek extra hours in the first place!

      Tobanem

      April 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      • This needs to apply to JC ‘workers’ ASAP.

        It will be be fun them having to ask their employer for more hours – while they’re cutting staff, and so having to sanction themselves.

        Universal Commenter

        April 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      • The economy is lightweight trash thats why.

        Its a shamless country that since the 1980’s trashed the british workfoce,once called cheap and easy to sack its foreign owned low paid and poorly skilled.Anyone corrupt enough and takes the risk given a government contract takes it all,only exposed by chance is one individual reportedly sacked.

        Ultimate betrayal of Britain’s steel as Government plans to build Royal Navy ships with cheap imports

        Unions branded the move a “betrayal” of staff – thousands of whom face the dole – working in a proud industry that was once the envy of the world

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ultimate-betrayal-britains-steel-government-7222949

        ken

        April 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

  9. PCS Are SCUM!!

    April 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    • 11 April, 2014. 2 years old – nothing much has changed.

      Universal Commenter

      April 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

  10. OT: Company/Corporate Taxes [US Centric]

    http://gawker.com/report-50-largest-u-s-corporations-hiding-1-4-trilli-1770932700

    The gist of the article is:

    “According to a new report from the anti-poverty charity Oxfam, systemic abuse of the global tax system has allowed an “opaque and secretive network” of 1,608 subsidiaries owned by American corporations like Apple and General Electric to hide $1.4 trillion in offshore tax havens.

    The report, entitled “Broken at the Top,” analyzes the financial state of the 50 largest U.S. corporations. Cumulatively, Oxfam found, from 2008 to 2014, those corporations paid $1 trillion in taxes globally, received $11.2 trillion in federal subsidies (and received $337 billion in tax breaks), made $4 trillion in profit, and spent $2.6 billion on lobbyists.

    “Their lobbying appears to have offered an incredible return on investment,” the report reads. “For every $1 spent on lobbying, these 50 companies collectively received $130 in tax breaks and more than $4,000 in federal loans, loan guarantees and bailouts.”

    Now that’s the US… I wonder would UK firms operate the same way… Surely not…. Oh Panama Papers, hhhhmmmmm….

    Gazza

    April 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  11. Capita faces fresh calls to be stripped of PIP contracts after documentary

    Footage he supplied from a hidden camera showed Capita’s chief medical officer, Dr Richard Peters, telling him during his training that the company needed its assessors “to be doing as many assessments a day as you can possibly manage”.

    Peters, who has previously worked for Maximus, another of the three outsourcing companies, also told Finn to “forget your mental health background and park it to one side” when carrying out assessments.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/capita-faces-fresh-calls-to-be-stripped-of-pip-contracts-after-documentary/

    ken

    April 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    • ahhh the fresh fragrant smell of capatilism at its finest, pile ’em high, sell [the poor claimants down the river] em’ cheap.

      Why is the police not investigating for Fraud?
      Not enough bodies already?

      Gazza

      April 14, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      • Gazza, your right, there are still unemployed human beings, but then their plan is working, throughout the world.

        enigma

        April 15, 2016 at 9:24 am

  12. ADVICE PLEASE

    Hi, enigma, super ted and all you other fine commentators, Going to JCP next week and though I don’t give workcoachy access to universal Jobmatch (don’t use it, I give them printouts), how do you get around proving you’re doing 35 hours a week jobsearch when it’s impossible, and what happens when my JCP soon goes universal credit? Do you then have to give access? I have nasty feeling they are gonna spring something on me and I need arming up with some info on what they can and can’t legally do, as you say “knowledge is power”. Much appreciated.

    blimey2016

    April 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

    • blimey2016

      Hi, you ask a good question.

      This will come down if they accuse you of NOT doing 35 hour week jobsearch to them being ABLE to Prove what they say. Things get sticky for them when they do that. There was a thread about this very subject over at unemploymentmovement recently:

      http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/universal-credit/2091-surviving-universal-credit-some-tips-and-tricks.html

      READ ABOVE Link CAREFULLY.

      Concerning UC access, the answer you should give them is “I don’t understand what you’re saying, please write it down so I can get someone else to explain it to me.” They’ll not like that one as it puts them on the spot – demanding access to someones personal data is, No, no, hell no. An Illegal Act in itself as stated by the Information commissionaar on the subject of sanctions. Next up will be changes to your claimant commitmant, head over again to unemploymentmovement for pointers.

      I don’t have the link for that so you’ll have to go through the site/search it for the templates

      Good Luck

      Gazza

      April 15, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • the jcp can not dictate to you how you provide your job search whether thats written on ur job search form or printouts or just take screen shots on ur phone.

      they can not mandate you to give them access to your ujm account either with out your permission and if they try it ask for this in writing as it will not happen because it will breach the DPA.

      as for the 35hr job search you can use universal automation and it will apply for the jobs for you as you just have to put a cv in to it for it to work.

      http://automation.strikenow.org.uk/

      i also use other sites to find work but in 3 months i have applied for over 1000+ jobs with it and i must have the best job search at my jcp as now do not even want proof now as i can fill 3 pages every 2 weeks 🙂

      and it really pisses them off as it takes them so long to read it they just dont bother any more as there is now way for them to sanction me for not doing enough to find work.

      superted

      April 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      • superted

        interesting what you say about jobsearch, after my adventures on the Sanction Gameshow last year and the Inf Act SAR which became not 40 days but, 80 days in my case [no explanation though – but there will be in the future from them], they no longer want my written jobsearch, my hand writing is at times &*^t due to a health condition …

        Best bit was seeing my so called advisor [they’re keeping me well away from him – pity that, I have some pointed questions for him, it appears he’s been demoted somewhat] giving me the evil eye as I left .

        Gazza

        April 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      • there is not 1 adviser at my jcp that will try it on with me now as if they want a 1hr argument then they will get 1 i can do it all day long 5 days a week if they so wish.

        on my cc it does not say i have to do a 35hr week job search or how many jobs to apply for each week.

        all the advisers i seen on the hit squad are no longer there and the last 1 that sent me on mwa has been stuck on the uc desk pmsl.

        all the rest will not even look at me like im not even there that i had to see in the past becouse they faild to sanction me as that is there job and they all failed to get 1 to stick.

        o dear pmsl;)

        superted

        April 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      • strange you say that

        guy at jcp due for op was being forced to go on cwp over 2 hours from where he lived and would have aggrevated his condition no end, gave him some advice, in front of staff about H&S and suddenly the placement has disappeared and he also took up my advice to pressure the hospital about his delayed op – its next week.

        Good result all round – told him to bell me if he got anymore gyp from dwp.

        Gazza

        April 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      • i will be going to court in the next few weeks over my wca as im fit for work according to them as i can lift a empty card board box???

        like wtf will i get a job doing that total madness if i win they owe me near 3k as it took a year for the wca so now owe me 16 month’s back pay.

        and the best bit was when i went to sign on jsa my adviser said im not fit for work and put me on extended sick leave 13 weeks.

        and they thought i was so stupid id not get the forms to take it to a tribunal lol😉

        superted

        April 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      • I give them printouts.

        Andrew Coates

        April 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      • They are starting the “encourage to give access” again with “most people put it all in there”as paper evidence is frowned upon and tellling people their not handing out ES4JPs in the future.

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/113076/response/277283/attach/3/ES4JP.pdf

        Always keep paper evidence because of any possible future tribunal hearing and never ever give them access to your universal jobmatch account they will try and use it against you for whatever reason along with anything else it will be open to everyone in the department.

        Be extremely wary of conversations these are intended to relax and get people talking critically beware of personally aimed intrusive remarks that have ulterior motives.Regular attendence is intended to give a sanction oppertunity and removal of benefits and nothing to do with work support whatsoever any appointment paperwork must be kept as it mounts up to ridiclious levels of what would be reasonably expected .Dont be surprised after a period of time they try to get it back and offer to shred because of NI Numbers or other reasons.

        ken

        April 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  13. TODAY IS THE DAY

    Have you all forgotten about the UKs first Employability Day taking place today, Friday 15 April?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CgE9zUEWcAAlDG8.png:large

    *

    April 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

  14. JOBCENTRE PLUS

    Dear Full-Time Worker

    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 11:33 am

  15. JOBCENTRE PLUS

    Dear Full-Time Worker

    CHANGES TO YOU 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 11:38 am

  16. Reliance on food banks must not become the norm, says charity

    Trussell Trust gave out enough emergency food to feed more than 1.1 million people last year, a slight increase on previous year

    Britain’s biggest food bank network has warned that reliance on charity food is in danger of becoming “the new normal” for low-income families in financial crisis.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/15/reliance-food-banks-new-normal-trussell-trust-charity

    ken

    April 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  17. FAO “DMA” and others

    UNIVERSAL CREDIT: Driven to exhaustion by the requirement to seek more work – and still sanctioned:

    https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/universal-credit-the-devils-tool/

    We will be seeing a lot more cases like that in the near future when these insane rules clash with the real world. Most people have been asleep up until now. Expect more misery, deaths and suicides.

    *

    April 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm

  18. Disability News Service (DNS) has won its appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions’ refusal to publish information from 49 secret reviews it conducted into the deaths of benefit claimants.

    The decision of the information rights tribunal to allow the DNS appeal means the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should now be forced to hand over all of the information from the 49 “peer reviews” that does not directly relate to the people who died.

    DWP has been given five weeks to agree with DNS which information it will release from the reviews, 22 of which took place in 2012-13, 16 in 2013-14, and 11 in 2014-15.

    The information it releases will not include details of the circumstances of each death or even the summaries of the findings in each case, but DWP is now required to release most of the recommendations that were made by the authors of the reviews.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/tribunal-rules-dwp-must-release-information-from-secret-benefit-deaths-reviews/

    enigma

    April 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  19. I give them printouts.

    some bullying jobcentre post work programme staff demand this,however the truth is very different.

    Reviewing jobsearch
    194. The JSA Regulations do not specify that claimants must keep written
    records of their job search. However, encouraging a claimant to keep a written
    record of the steps they have taken can help them to remember what they
    have done, and will help to build up a picture of the progress the claimant is
    making in their efforts to find work.
    195. A claimant may have set up their own records, but if their record keeping
    is inadequate, or non-existent encourage them to use the Jobsearch Activity Log (ES4)

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/222611/response/551475/attach/html/3/4c.Annex%201.pdf.html

    ken

    April 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    • Same here Ken, I use screen prints and also created my own version of a log using Microsoft Word so the dated printouts match the dated log entries. More than enough as proof for the JCP.

      My current work coach has even complimented me on my approach to proving my job search (which was nice). Once she had seen it she said – ‘Ahh someone who’s organised at last’.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      April 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

  20. The week ahead.

    Tuesday.

    The House moves to day two of report stage consideration of the Trade Union Bill, where a series of issues are likely to be pushed to a vote.

    There’s an amendment on retaining the “check-off” system allowing payroll deduction of union subscriptions, on the powers of the Certification Officer for Trade Unions, and the implementation date for the facility time and check-off clauses of the bill.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36058042

    enigma

    April 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm

  21. Mo Stewart: ‘The influence of the private insurance industry on the UK welfare reforms.’

    The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is the functional assessment used in the UK by the Department for Work and Pensions to assess eligibility for the Employment and Support Allowance. This is the most recent income replacement benefit for chronically sick and disabled claimants who are unfit to work. Despite five consecutive annual reviews of the assessment model, the UK government continues to disregard increasing evidence that the WCA is causing preventable harm, with all official reports overlooking the historic influence of an American insurance corporate giant on the UK welfare reforms.

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2016/04/06/mo-stewart-the-takeover-by-the-u-s-private-medical-insurance-industry-of-the-uk-welfare-state/

    enigma

    April 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

  22. DWP ‘punishing the working poor’ with new sanctions in Universal Credit system.

    There are concerns that sanctions might lead to a range of unintended consequences. – no, really

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-punishing-the-working-poor-with-sanctions-in-new-universal-credit-system-a6985461.html

    enigma

    April 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm

  23. Get a fucking job you lazy Bastards!

    Comanche Todd

    April 16, 2016 at 7:40 am

    • Where? Not enough jobs exist, you ignorant moron.

      Sweeney Todd

      April 16, 2016 at 9:54 am

  24. Over 25’s be aware:

    As you now all know the JCP can no longer refer anyone over 25 to an MWA or CWP as the last referral date was 31st March 2016.

    The JCP have now changed their approach to this. They are now trying to get people to ‘AGREE’ to go on Work Experience at local firms by asking you if you would like to do it.

    They can’t force you anymore so they ‘HAVE TO ASK YOU INSTEAD’.

    To avoid this just keep saying no thank you. Their hands are now tied on this subject, unless you actually agree to do it, then your stuffed.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

    • And why not? Work experience will look good on your CV, give you a recent reference, update your work skills and skills, as well as giving your self-esteem and self-confidence a boost. What’s not to like?

      Jobcentre Work Coach

      April 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

      • working as a slave stacking shelves so a provider can gain profit is not work experience as its not paid work so no employer will take that on a cv.

        mwa can not be used to gain recent work experience.

        superted

        April 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      • Universal Commenter

        April 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      • Again as if no one has ever been employed, work experience, & the continuance of work experience – scheme after scheme, workfare for life.

        Who cares, it’s not happening to me. little do such people know..

        enigma

        April 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      • Rule 1 jobcentre work coach is “NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER”.

        Employers are well aware of DWP tricks to bolster someones CV and regularly disregard this as actual evidence of work. With even this aside employers routinely hand send CVs to third party companies that specialize in researching backgrounds and building profiles.

        As for a recent reference, forget it as unless you have years or a demanded skill set, employers don’t consider unless necessary anything below 3 years worth, something impossible to gain in today’s labour market if you’ve been made unemployed since 2008.

        Up date your skills, have you seen what you offer as work experience ?

        When has putting a box on a shelf, sorting clothes or cleaning been a much sort after work skill by employers which for the record can be done by machines now so why equip claimants with skills that are going to become redundant in the not to distant future. Their is absolutely no law in the UK to prevent an employer completely mechanizing their business.

        Lastly self esteem and confidence, so how does that work when the individual was forced into it by the threat of sanction, its never in an occupation of the claimants choosing and any training provided lasts a matter of minutes (i wonder why). If teaching claimants of all ages that working for less than the living wage is perfectly ok (some cases as low as £2.11 an hour) despite contravening your very own regulations as regards gainful employment through threats of inducing poverty then you have a lot to learn.

        doug

        April 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

  25. Austerity protest: Thousands rally in London against cuts.

    The demonstration, organised by the People’s Assembly, was also attended by shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

    He told the crowd that a Labour government would end austerity and “halt the privatisation of our NHS”. – but will they.

    He also pledged that his party would scrap the work capability assessments affecting people with disabilities and target homelessness by building hundreds of thousands of council homes. – but will they.

    Labour’s Diane Abbott, a fellow speaker, said that fighting austerity was the “political struggle of our time” and blamed cuts on “forcing people out of work and into zero hours contracts, – don”t forget what they call “work experience”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36063743

    enigma

    April 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

  26. There are jobs around but……….

    A number of illegal workers have been found working on the construction site of the UK’s biggest prison, a court has heard.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-36062701

    enigma

    April 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    • Meanwhile at another prison.

      HMP Bronzefield: Women given tents instead of accommodation when leaving London prison, inspection reveals.

      The revelation that women leaving a west London prison were given tents instead of housing has been described as “staggering” by Government ministers and raised alarm among housing charity groups.

      A prison watchdog revealed sleeping bags had also been handed out to a number of ex-offenders from HMP Bronzefield amid a shortage of available housing.

      Shadow Prisons Minister Jo Stevens said in response to the report: “It is absolutely staggering that women seem to have been released from prison with nothing more than a tent or a sleeping bag.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hmp-bronzefield-women-given-tents-instead-of-accommodation-when-leaving-london-prison-inspection-a6981926.html

      enigma

      April 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      • Yep,

        to put it in perspective, there are some UK cities which have just 1 secure housing house for ex-offenders, when last I heard of this, some local councils were planning on closing some I can only imagine that said councils would then turn to using Temp Housing Assoc accomodation instead.
        I am sure everyone can see where this is going…
        So – scenario, released dangerous offender [murder/rape/arson/etc – pick your poison] in non-secure accommodation, say in a block of flats, with plenty of rich pickings/victims
        Oh, and the number of Probation Officers has been reduced [enough that I remember Grave Concerns being made public by the union]

        But hey! It saved money….

        Gazza

        April 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  27. MANY THANKS

    Thanks for the link Gazza, very useful info, also thanks superted, Ken, and all you other good people for informing everyone what these so called job coaches are really all about. What I really find hard to comprehend is what the hell kind of person gets up & goes to work with the sole intention of not helping someone to find gainful employment (their supposed role) ie decent job, decent liveable wage, etc. but to seek a way of sanctioning somebody and to inflict misery, poverty and destitution on another human by trickery, deceit and deception.

    blimey2016

    April 17, 2016 at 9:59 am

    • blimey2016

      Good, hope it all helps you.

      Why do people act like this? Several reasons, chief among them are: Keep their job no matter effect it has on others, the power trip having bought into the propaganda, and then there are those who this situation is perfect for their personality.

      There is as always, always a price to be paid.

      What they do not realize, none of them. is that statistically, they themselves will be in the same position on the otherside of the desk at least once [for over a 1 year period at least] in a period of 10 years.

      Gazza

      April 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    • What I really find hard to comprehend is what the hell kind of person gets up & goes to work with the sole intention of not helping someone to find gainful employment

      It used to be like that,but there was a so called culture change here back in 2011,many came off the work programme and into this they were supposed to be told about these new conditions but were not then onto post work progmme support many will have been on this longer then the work programme.This from 2011 may help explain.Unfortunatly some people will do anything anybody with a conscience has spoken out or done the best thing just get out.A Tory Britain isn’t a nice place couln’t imagine working for them must be like they can go rot.

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/apr/01/jobcentres-tricking-people-benefit-sanctions

      with penalties of up to 3 years for serial offenders.

      Interesting also is this point and uses the term “Serial Offenders” as used in the police criminal world as if they have commited some form of crime.However the reverse is again true when examined.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-details-of-post-work-programme-support

      The intensive support will last for 6 months however its lasted two and half years so far,the bullying didn’t work now is appointments here there and everywhere and constant attemps to gain an opportunity to stop money.

      ken

      April 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    • TO: UC victims : blimey2016 & Others [Required Work search Hours]

      h/t to refuted & boycottworkfare

      A Little update on UC (and I suspect it applies to anyone on JSA)

      Boycott Workfare ‏@boycottworkfare 1h1 hour ago
      .@cyanbutterfly @FolkestoneJCP Guidance here: paid or voluntary work hours must be DEDUCTED from 35 hour requirement
      Dated: 6 April 2016
      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/work_search_evidence_for_uc_clai#incoming-792534
      SEE Below:
      “993 UCKM Work Search Reviews.pdf”
      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/322245/response/792534/attach/html/3/993%20UCKM%20Work%20Search%20Reviews.pdf.html

      Boycott Workfare ‏@boycottworkfare 1h1 hour ago
      .@cyanbutterfly @FolkestoneJCP Also applies to hours on workfare schemes, can only require 5 hrs search on UC if you’re conscripted for 30.

      Gazza

      April 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      • It works for me Gazza. no problem.

        enigma

        April 18, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  28. ‘Up All Night’ Protests Sweep France as 100,000 Join Pro-Democracy Movement .

    Paris and other cities across France and Europe have been witnessing a new form of street demonstration since March 31. A so far leaderless movement called la Nuit Debout or Up All Night, protestors occupy a public space well into the night to discuss topics centered around social justice and the effects of neoliberal policies.

    In a short interview given to Europe1 a few days ago, one of the movement’s participants, Gael Brustier, a graduate student in political science, notes how the movement started out simply as a demonstration against the government’s proposed reforms to the country’s Labor Code or Code du Travail, which seek to restrict certain workers’ rights. It has since naturally morphed into a generalized protest movement, notably by young people who have become increasingly disadvantaged by a declining jobs market and are no longer protected by a level of education. Combining seasoned activists and intellectuals with the rookie, the movement seeks a re-evaluation of a democratic system no longer serving people but fostering hardship and increasing levels of social inequality.

    http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/night-protests-sweep-france-100000-join-pro-democracy-movement/

    enigma

    April 17, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  29. The welfare trait.

    The recent controversy around the book The Welfare Trait is part of a long-standing debate on whether poverty is caused by structure or behaviour, writes Mireia Borrell-Porta. Here, she offers her own reading of the book and explains why claiming benefits is not simply a question of personality; instead, a number of other factors – including structural economic and environmental – need to be taken into account.

    http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/worklessness-is-not-a-trait-why-blaming-and-shaming-is-not-a-solution/

    enigma

    April 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  30. Hiya All

    I back in Dec15 was asked by my %^$t of a work roach if I suffered from mental problems. I declined to answer [it was clearly a big big windup to get a bad reaction], unfortuntely the fool put it in the LMs record, further in Feb16 another piece of work did the same thing [yes, they are … or were desperate to lay a sanction come what may].

    I just came across the following info people might find interesting if their work roach pipe up:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/is_providing_a_cv_to_the_jobcent

    John Slater left an annotation ( 9 March 2016)

    Stephanie,
    This becomes very important if the CV contains information about the person’s health or disability that the JCP staff don’t need to know about (it’s called sensitive personal data in the Data Protection Act). It’s unlawful to coerce people into disclosing this type of information so unless disclosure is prescribed in Law the JCP staff are on sticky ground.

    ME: Me thinks this also applies to any conversations you might have. Ohh oh dearie me. Another thing to add to my little (but growing) list of transgressions.

    Gazza

    April 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    • what DWP have been doing in the past Gazza, is while a person makes their first claim to benefit, along with other documents are given a folded piece of paper to sign. Now this particular piece of paper details the person giving DWP consent to process their respective sensitive data. The reason they fold it as it clearly says on the side they place downwards that the person DOES NOT have to consent and that it DOES NOT effect their entitlement to benefits.

      A further thing claimants don’t know is that they can REVOKE this consent in writing at any point and DWP must comply.

      DWP are very good at it, they even claim they destroy it when you question it but if you read the form in question, your see its only one part that gets destroyed with the remaining having to be stored for DWP record purposes. I mention this as often DWP will put you on the system as consenting when you didn’t and this document proves whether or not you consented.

      Claimants who are not claiming for any sickness or disability DO NOT have to summit any sensitive data and DWP cannot demand it.

      doug

      April 18, 2016 at 10:33 am


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