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New Report: Over a Million People in Destitution: Debt, Delays, and Sanctions Make People, “Humiliated” “Degraded” and “Demeaned.”

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File photo of a homeless woman huddling on a bench

Homeless Total on the Rise. 

The government never tires of saying that they prefer work to welfare.

Iain Duncan Smith built his career on the assertion.

He also claimed to believe in social justice and compassion – something he failed to show in his many years of office until his self-serving resignation came about.

There are have been a number of assessments of the Minister’s term in office.

Phillip Collins, in the latest Prospect  magazine shreds his reputation to pieces (Iain Duncan Smith: the quest of a quiet man.)

This, amongst many other indictments,  stands out.

Duncan Smith regularly claims that Britain’s fine record of job creation since 2010 is attributable to his welfare reforms but no impartial observer takes his claim especially seriously. It is hard to do so when there has been almost no welfare reform to assess. The Work Programme was designed to help older people and the long-term unemployed into work. Last year, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee pointed out that 70 per cent of those people enrolled have failed to find long-term employment. The principal effect of replacing Incapacity Benefit with Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was that tens of thousands of claimants were reassessed as fit for work despite serious doubts that they were able to do so. The waiting list for the capability assessment stretches into the hundreds of thousands. Of those decisions that go to appeal, 40 per cent are overturned. The number of disabled people returning to work has been falling.

But this stands out even more:

More than a million people in UK living in destitution, study shows

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes.

Reports the Guardian.

More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, according to a groundbreaking attempt to measure the scale of destitution in Britain.

A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that 184,500 households experienced a level of poverty in a typical week last year that left them reliant on charities for essentials such as food, clothes, shelter and toiletries.

More than three-quarters of destitute people reported going without meals, while more than half were unable to heat their home. Destitution affected their mental health, left them socially isolated and prone to acute feelings of shame and humiliation.

Although the study could not demonstrate that destitution had increased in recent years, it said this would be a plausible conclusion because of related evidence showing austerity-era rises in severe poverty, food bank use,homelessness and benefit sanction rates.

The most common causes of destitution were unsustainable debt repayments to public authorities such as council tax arrears, together with high rents and benefit delays and sanctions. These triggered financial shocks that pushed already poor households into periods of severe poverty often lasting months.

Nearly four-fifths of people who fell into destitution in 2015 were born in the UK, with younger single men most at risk. Migrants, who face restricted access to jobs and benefits, were disproportionately likely to become destitute.

High destitution rates were found in former industrial areas in the north-west and north-east of England, Scotland, south Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as inner London. These areas typically had high unemployment and above average levels of long-term sickness and disability.

Detailed interviews with 80 destitute people found that 30% had benefits sanctioned. More than half of this group directly linked the “abrupt impact” of having their benefits stopped with being unable to afford basic living essentials.

Here is the original:

Destitution in the UK

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Glen Bramley, Filip Sosenko, Janice Blenkinsopp, Sarah Johnsen, Mandy Littlewood, Gina Netto and Beth Watts
Posted on27th Apr 2016

This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected.

DESTITUTION IN THE UK Despite rising concern, there is a lack of robust evidence on the causes, scale, trends and experience of destitution in the UK. This study sought to find out how many people are destitute, and how this experience has affected them.

Key points: • The general public considers people to be destitute when they cannot afford to buy the essentials to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean.

• About 1,252,000 people, including 312,000 children, were in this situation in the UK at some point during 2015.

• While some migrant groups face disproportionate risks of destitution, the great majority (79 per cent) of those destitute were born in the UK. • Destitution is not usually a one-off, transient episode, but occurs in a context of severe poverty and hardship over a considerable period of time.

• The key triggers pushing people in poverty into destitution include debt repayments (usually to public authorities); benefit delays and sanctions; high living costs; and, for some migrants, extremely low levels of benefits and lack of access to the UK labour market.

• People affected by destitution feel ‘demeaned’, ‘degraded’ and ‘humiliated’ by having to seek help with basic material needs like food, clothes and toiletries from charitable organisations, friends or family.

This is particularly affecting:

Experiences and impacts:

Going without food was very commonly experienced, reported by 76 per cent of destitute service users, followed by lacking clothes and/or shoes suitable for the weather (71 per cent) and access to toiletries (63 per cent).

56 per cent of destitute service users reported that they had been unable to heat their home, and 30 per cent that they had been unable to light their home. A large proportion of both the migrant (37 per cent) and UK-complex needs groups (41 per cent) had recently slept rough.

Destitute parents emphasised that they put their children’s needs ahead of their own (although we were not able to interview children themselves), however they also frequently discussed the negative effects of destitution on parent–child relationships.

Other key themes included the additional necessities ill-health created for many destitute households, the importance of being able to cover transport costs in circumstances where walking is not always a viable option, and the critical role played by mobile phones as a lifeline to stay in touch with family and official processes.

The sustained or cyclical nature of destitution frequently took a toll on people’s mental health, and also sometimes their physical health. Social isolation was very often reported, associated with the shame engendered by destitution, as well as by an inability to pay for normal social activities.


Written by Andrew Coates

April 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

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  1. So it will take 27 years to sort out the DWP deaths. Will Tory voters on Universal Credit Deaths speed it up – No !!! 27 years seems to be the magic number. Free Mandela.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    • GP`s are refusing to write medical things for the WCA. For the reason of the Healthcare Professionals are not using the medical info & are selling on the info. Too much fraud at the Healthcare Professionals.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 27, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      • People for a while now have had the opportunity to block their surgery/GP sharing their respective medical data so if you haven’t then get to doing so as this register database is being abused left right and center.

        Use your medical data with care, never extend peoples reach to it without proper data protection clauses in place like for instance, a data subjects ability to control the flow of said data or their right to remove consent.


        April 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • 1.2m patients continue to be ignored over objections to record sharing

        PulseToday – 20th April 2016

        NHS bosses are overriding the wishes of 1.2m patients who have opted out of having their medical data shared within and outside of the NHS, newly released statistics have revealed.

        The figure, revealed today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, is almost double the 700,000 objections that they had originally feared were being ignored and comes as a further blow to the Government’s ambitious record-sharing agenda.

        But it comes as the NHS is finally going to start honouring the wishes of patients opting out of having their medical data shared, starting from next week.

        Read More:

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        April 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      • I opted out last sometime ago but am I still opted out? another trip to my Doc I guess.


        April 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    • Yeah, in 27 years time Iain Duncan Smith will be facing charges of mass murder.

      Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Nelson Mandela!

      April 27, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  2. The sad thing about this study is, government will only throw a certain equality stat into the fray that until demonstrated to the public as a flawed calc, wont get people to see exactly why people are in this position in the first place.

    The point im making is, society lives their life via stat, don’t want to believe governance is rigged or a part of why its all rigged, not just governance. Take the french revolution, never did those that started it, envision how it would end up being not as they imagined in the end.

    The same can be said for this work capability test and the in work schemes that surround it. Doctors under the old doc note use to assess an individual on whether or not they would have their rehabilitation affected by being in a place of work (ie, man with two broken legs wont get better trying to walk on them around a warehouse) and all inline with regulatory requirements such as HSE for instance whereby not only is the individual effected but possibly those around them as a result of say an employer entertaining the idea to have such a person back.

    All this new test does is apply rather wrongly and totally loosely an individual risk assessment to a generic workplace for a particular person with a current medical history. Why this is wrong is the same reason other risk assessments are wrong which is, work places like terrain aren’t generic in nature meaning a risk assessment has to and should be carried out by the individual to the current place they find themselves in.
    They cant be rigged as theirs an agreed format not to mention one of the fundamental underpinnings of HSE is that the individual under law in the first instance must take account of themselves (actions) and that of those around them be they employer or employee so as a first act of HSE must by order and definition of law carry one out every time the environment changes or they move to another one which is to say the least a constant in today’s work places. HSE is one first and foremost of self assessment in a risk assessment manner plain and simple and why be a person in or out of work can only be assessed when in situe and not before and WHY people in cases are falling over and dying in the workplace not to mention making their situation of rehabilitation less progressive.


    April 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • Risk Assessments – That`s it, everything is called a risk assessment. Insurance policy with the Healthcare Professionals that run Insurance policies. Disability & disabled people are Risk Assessed calling it a WCA !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      • & going into a JC is another.risk for many.


        April 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm

  3. What struck me is the clear recognition that sanctions mean destitution.

    This means that somebody inflicting sanctions on a claimant is responsible for making them destitute.

    There’s no ambiguity: they are guilty of a crime, making someone live without resources.

    Andrew Coates

    April 27, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    • Many people still come into the food bank who have been sanctioned don’t know what they were sanctioned for & don’t know how long they have been sanctioned for, it gets much worse when on UC.as you may know.


      April 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  4. DWP Decision Makers need to make their name visible. No DWP Decision Makers name = Not Fit For Purpose. Or is their an automated DWP Decision Maker !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

  5. Full sanctions [benefit cut] also means being banned from the Welfare State. I would like to get into that more being banned from Jobcentres & public forms. The question is how can you be banned from a public form. A. Illegal. Illegal also under the Human Rights & equality Laws.

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    April 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  6. The Risk Assessment for Genocide of the disabled & poor means they think they won`t be caught in implementing Genocide camps at the WCA. There is no DWP Risk Assessment for these Healthcare Professionals because they also run Insurance Policies.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

  7. The Terms & Conditions are not available on the Universal Credit Claim. Because there are no Terms & Conditions the DWP can make the rules up on the spot. Universal Credit ID Fraud.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

  8. In most cases your Claimant Commitment will be drawn up during a conversation with your work coach at your local jobcentre.

    So it`s a unique contract with your work coach.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

  9. National Audit Office (NAO) is currently undertaking a study of benefit sanctions,

    It’s important that we gather and present as much evidence as possible about the detrimental impact of welfare sanctions. The NAO study will run until the Autumn, so that gives us some time to have our say about our own experiences.



    April 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    • Everything seems to be a trial.

      “This document is for internal use only and should not be shared with external partners or claimants.”


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      April 27, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    • The Welfare Cap may create a “perverse incentive” for the government to park the unemployed on Jobseeker’s Allowance and fiddle jobless numbers instead of helping them into work, a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) suggests.



      April 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      • The joke is that they have already been fiddling the numbers and not just regarding welfare. Between fiddle and fudge, they our government have completely hoodwinked the public on many affair.

        Take the labour market stats, its not a head count, its a survey 1’600 followed by math,hell even our very own total population count is a guesstimate.


        April 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

  10. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    • 478 billion web pages saved over time

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      April 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  11. Workfare coercion in the UK: an assault on persons with disabilities and their human rights
    Anne-Laure Donskoy_Survivor researcher, UK

    9 Page PDF

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    April 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    • “”””While there is a lot of focus on coercion organised and implemented in psychiatry, less attention is being paid to state engineered welfare measures based on libertarian paternalism1, which have coercive practices at their core. Among them are policies that strongly support behavioural change using positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy. Freidli and Stearn (2015)2 call this “psychocompulsion”. These policies and measures are increasingly used to ambush and coerce persons with disabilities and the long term sick into adopting new ways of being and living conditions under the constant threat of sanctions. They have driven many to attempt to their lives. This paper builds on the work of Friedli and Stearn3 as an attempt to highlight current coercive welfare policies, including forcing ‘therapy’ on individuals, as human rights violation of the CRPD.”””

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    • There’s going to be a lot of suicides not long after the start of the health & work programme .


      April 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    • Thanks for posting that PDF razor, someone needs to read it.


      April 27, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    • However. many children in care denied mental health treatment, says report.

      Neil Carmichael, Conservative chair of the education committee, said…

      “children and vulnerable young people are turned away because they do not reach the high thresholds required for treatment”,

      He called for children in care to be given priority access to mental health assessments and said they should never be refused care “based on their placement or severity of their condition”.



      April 27, 2016 at 11:49 pm

  12. Background: Psychocompulsion as state sponsored human rights violations Psychocompulsion, the use of psychological strategies to “nudge” individuals to make “life changes” that fit a political ideology or programme, is not entirely new to the UK. Already in the
    1970s, some long term job claimants would be sent for a medical examination, on the premise that if people were not physically ill then they should be able to find and take up work, any work. This had all the flavours of Victorian paternalism written all over it. The ‘mentally disordered’ and the ‘mentally handicapped’ experienced a particular brand of paternalism, hidden away from society and from consciousness in specialist homes and services, often suffering physical and mental abuse or used in rehabilitation work with little or no protection.

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    April 27, 2016 at 10:26 pm

  13. As I’ve said before paternalism and coercion is nothing new in women’s healthcare for years we have been forced into intimate screening tests which are unreliable and outdated, we are nudged with a sledgehammer to present our organs for screening, denied contraception and inhalers ect until we comply, because doctors get bonuses for forcing us, and big money is made by companies who provide equipment for the abuse of our rights and bodies!


    April 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

  14. G4S – It’s not only the books they are cooking

    Did you see the report about the Aboriginal Tribal Elder who was cooked to death by G4S while being transported to court in scorching heat? Link here:

    “Aboriginal leader Mr Ward was cooked to death in a badly maintained G4S van being driven across Western Australia’s scorching goldfields by G4S casuals in January 2008. The Coroner’s verdict: G4S and the government had for years ignored warnings about shoddy vehicles. In the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court last August, G4S was fined A$285,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure Mr Ward’s health and safety”.

    Full report about this incident and a comprehensive list of other G4S misdemeanours here:



    April 28, 2016 at 8:20 am

  15. Interesting report you have here about destitution and debt.

    Here is the Tory solution to all this – and just when you thought IDS was bad enough after visiting Easterhouse:


    April 28, 2016 at 8:27 am

    • Fraser Nelson is the person who spoke at the AGM of ERSA yesterday. “The Void” did a post about it recently.

      ERSA are the people putting the barbed wire into society’s safety net.


      April 28, 2016 at 8:31 am

  16. More Insanity

    Compassionate conservative

    April 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

  17. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 28, 2016 at 11:49 am

  18. Ken has kicked up a wasps nest – The Tory Party are the racists.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

  19. Should homeless people be given tents?

    Cheap, easy-to-assemble tents are being used to shelter those on the streets, with some charities and campaign groups encouraging donations. But in some places, authorities are clamping down on homeless camps.

    “Loads of people on the streets swear by tents,” says Steve, 27, who has been a rough sleeper since the age of 14. “I mean, they give you a bit of extra warmth, so it’s a lot easier to stay out in the open than it is if you’re just using a sleeping bag.”

    The average age of death for a rough sleeper in England is just 47. Bad weather and fear of attack make life difficult and uncertain.



    April 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  20. What the law says

    Under the law, English councils only have to rehouse people faced with losing their homes who are judged to be “priority” cases. Single homeless, healthy adults without children and who are not pregnant or vulnerable tend not to fall into this category
    Rough sleepers are people who are living in places not designed for habitation – such as old cars, sheds or stairwells – and people sleeping, bedding down or about to bed down in the open air. This includes those who use tents, unless they’re part of “campsites or other sites used for recreational purposes or organised protest”

    Since December 2012, local authorities in Scotland have had a duty to secure settled accommodation for all eligible applicants who are unintentionally homeless

    In Wales local authorities have a duty to help prevent homelessness regardless of priority, and have to act within 56 days of the prospect of people losing their home


    April 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    • When people place money over people, this is exactly the type of cases and points you will see.

      Like it or not,free market capitalism, the corrupt aspect taken from communism is the catalyst.


      April 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

  21. Creative people might secretly be psychopaths, scientists warn


    Its funny but this is so apt when we say consider IDS for instance.


    April 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    • Just how many of them are in power.


      April 28, 2016 at 7:01 pm

  22. Man suffered heart attack as he fought to get back wrongly taken away benefits

    Camden New Journal – 28th April 2016

    A TENANTS’ champion was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack during a successful appeal against a government “back-to-work” order.

    Bob Millar, who lives in Kilburn, was challenging a “work capability assessment” (WCA) in March that had wrongly stripped him of his disability benefits last year when a fire alarm was triggered at the Fox Court tribunal building in Brook Street, Holborn.

    The 61-year-old – who sleeps with an oxygen mask and has had four heart attacks in the past year – collapsed trying to get out and was rushed to University College Hospital by paramedics. Doctors concluded that he had suffered severe palpitations.

    The case was adjourned and on Monday a judge and doctor ruled in his favour, reinstating his Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in full and ordering backdated payments.

    Mr Millar said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “have put me through hell”.

    He added: “It has been horrendous. There was a time when I had nothing at all. It has been degrading and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

    “I had already had four heart attacks in the year before my assessment and I was telling them that when someone punched the fire alarm button. We were on the fourth floor and they won’t let you in the lift when there’s a fire alarm – so we had to go down the steps. I only made it to the second floor.”

    Mr Millar was vice-chairman of Hampstead District Management Committee and was a key player in the Camden Federation of Tenants.

    In 2015, he was assessed by a healthcare assistant working for the American firm Maximus – the contractor that has replaced Atos – in an office in Neasden.

    Mr Millar said: “The lady gave me a ‘nil point’ score, but today the judge has given me 15 points [the highest score] and said I should not be assessed for at least two years.

    “The whole experience has been degrading, because I don’t want to explain about my personal health details at a tribunal, to people I do not know. It made me feel so small.”

    The New Journal has seen the tribunal judgment which states Mr Millar has “significant ongoing issues” and had presented “extensive medical evidence” showing he was unable to work.

    Mr Millar was backed by Dorian Courtesi, of Camden Assembly of Tenants, and represented in court by the Z2K charity after he was unable to get a solicitor because of legal aid cuts.

    Mr Courtesi said: “I would say this is the government taking as many people off the ESA as part of Tories’ austerity policy of cuts. It is all about the bottom line and it is unfair and unjust.”

    A DWP spokesman said the WCA had been improved since it was run by Atos, and that it was now “fairer and more accurate”, adding: “If someone disagrees with a decision they can ask for it to be looked at again, and then appeal to an independent tribunal.”


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    • “””A DWP spokesman said the WCA had been improved since it was run by Atos, “””

      Atos still do WCA`s for PIP. So your DWP statement is flawed.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    • DWP, Atos & Maximus just don’t care about the lives of human beings, especially the disabled because many people in this & other societies do not want them in their societies.


      April 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      • They want you DEAD!!

        They Want You DEAD!!

        April 29, 2016 at 5:56 am

    • “If someone disagrees with a decision they can ask for it to be looked at again, and then appeal to an independent tribunal.”

      Doesn’t sound so convincing and heart felt when one remembers the very same department actually considered charging disabled and ill claimants all because the British legal system by far and large considers the work capability assessment to be heavily flawed.

      Oh lets forget about a little thing like WHY are their so many appeals,WHY are over 50% being overturned by a judge and equally importantly, WHO actually designs the test and WHO authorizes their use, WHOs picking up the tab every time DWP allows this fraud of a scheme to continue purely as a money saving exercise.

      Talking of saving money, how is being happy with the notion one can appeal really saving money, surely it would be cheaper to have a system that works right in the first place ?

      Its staggering how much taxpayer money certain appointed ministers and DWP will waste papering over the cracks of a already failed welfare reform. Going from 0 to 15 isn’t a simple case of a wrist spasm, it grave error of judgement worthy of a sacking.

      DWP really should work on some new we just lost the case lines while completely ignoring the fact they themselves caused it to be the case in the first place. Maybe they should try the sound of gritted teeth grinding together or maybe the good old hiss perhaps.


      April 29, 2016 at 7:13 am

      • It is obvious why they continue though.


        April 29, 2016 at 9:33 am

      • The DWP should be charging Atos & Maximus for the appeal costs. The tax payer is paying ten 0f millions £££ on Atos & Maximus fuck ups.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    • That is absolutely heart-rending.

      Sickening abuse of people.

      Andrew Coates

      April 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  23. lol They even have a copper – Detective Constable Nigel Morton – falsely claiming disability benefits in the BBC cop drama Line Of Duty. As Dodgy DI ‘Dot’ Cotton said: “He will say anything to hold onto his pension”. DC Morton as even seen pushing a heavy lawnmower on the bowling green grounds at the end lol It was sad though that “no mourners attended” Lindsay Denton’s “Local Authority funeral”.

    The Couch Potatoes

    April 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm

  24. 👿 evil: Come, it is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man. 👿 👿

    Lord Summerisle

    April 29, 2016 at 7:12 am

  25. Court decision expected in multimillion-pound ‘jobseeker’ battle


    Will justice finally be provided ?


    April 29, 2016 at 7:18 am

  26. Yet another example of media spinning benefit fraud


    If you read the story your know this fraud has been going on since 2007 meaning this couple were only defrauding to the amount of £4’778 a year, not so sensational a figure is it.

    NOTICE how the media never delve into how this couple managed to do it for so long even while under the new reforms, one being a scheme to reduce so called fraudulent claims. To put this into perspective, they committed fraud when we talk under Labour, under Conservatives, 66% of it while under a Tory government.


    April 29, 2016 at 7:40 am

  27. Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism”

    From the Jewish Socialists’ Group

    28th April 2016

    Antisemitism exists and must be exposed and fought against in the same way as other forms of racism by all who are concerned with combating racism and fascism.

    Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are not the same. Zionism is a political ideology which has always been contested within Jewish life since it emerged in 1897, and it is entirely legitimate for non-Jews as well as Jews to express opinions about it, whether positive or negative. Not all Jews are Zionists. Not all Zionists are Jews.

    Criticism of Israeli government policy and Israeli state actions against the Palestinians is not antisemitism. Those who conflate criticism of Israeli policy with antisemitism, whether they are supporters or opponents of Israeli policy, are actually helping the antisemites. We reject any attempt, from whichever quarter, to place legitimate criticism of Israeli policy out of bounds.

    Accusations of antisemitism are currently being weaponised to attack the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party with claims that Labour has a “problem” of antisemitism. This is despite Corbyn’s longstanding record of actively opposing fascism and all forms of racism, and being a firm a supporter of the rights of refugees and of human rights globally.

    A very small number of such cases seem to be real instances of antisemitism. Others represent genuine criticism of Israeli policy and support for Palestinian rights, but expressed in clumsy and ambiguous language, which may unknowingly cross a line into antisemitism. Further cases are simply forthright expressions of support for Palestinian rights, which condemn Israeli government policy and aspects of Zionist ideology, and have nothing whatsoever to do with antisemitism.

    The accusations do not refer to antisemitic actions but usually to comments, often made on social media, long before Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership. Those making the charges now, did not see fit to bring them up at the time, under previous Labour leaders, but are using them now, just before mayoral and local elections, when they believe they can inflict most damage on the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.

    The attack is coming from four main sources, who share agendas: to undermine Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Labour; to defend Israeli government policy from attack, however unjust, racist and harmful towards the Palestinian people; and to discredit those who make legitimate criticisms of Israeli policy or Zionism as a political ideology. As anti-racist and anti-fascist Jews who are also campaigning for peace with justice between Israelis and Palestinians, we entirely reject these cynical agendas that are being expressed by:

    • The Conservative Party

    • Conservative-supporting media in Britain and pro-Zionist Israeli media sources

    • Right-wing and pro-Zionist elements claiming to speak on behalf of the Jewish community

    • Opponents of Jeremy Corbyn within the Labour party.

    The Jewish Socialists’ Group recognises that ordinary Jewish people are rightly concerned and fearful about instances of antisemitism. We share their concerns and a have a proud and consistent record of challenging and campaigning against antisemitism. But we will not support those making false accusations for cynical political motives, including the Conservative Party, who are running a racist campaign against Sadiq Khan, and whose leader David Cameron has referred to desperate refugees, as “a swarm” and “a bunch of migrants”. The Conservative Party demonstrated their contempt for Lord Dubs, a Jewish refugee from Nazism, when they voted down en masse an amendment a few days ago to allow 3,000 child refugees into Britain while Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn, gave total support to Lord Dubs and his amendment.

    The Jewish Socialists’ Group sees the current fearmongering about antisemitism in the Labour Party for what it is – a conscious and concerted effort by right-wing political forces to undermine the growing support among Jews and non-Jews alike for the Labour Party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and a measure of the desperation of his opponents.

    We stand against antisemitism, against racism and fascism and in support of refugees. We stand for free speech and open debate on Israel, Palestine and Zionism.


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    April 29, 2016 at 9:46 am


    There WAS an agreement between Nazi Germany and Zionist Jews after all. It was called “The Haavara Agreement”, signed on 23 August, 1933. Livingstone was merely quoting history, not distorting it.

    It might be of further interest to readers of this page to recognise that the Hebrew word “Haavara”, roughly means “Moving House”. That revelation has echoes to me of the modern bedroom tax, which has forced many people to move house – and would have resulted in many more benefit refugees except there are not enough smaller houses for people to move to.


    April 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • Interesting, and it is also true what Martin Luther King Jr, said: “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” The Law doesn’t necessarily have to be fair, moral or just but is it still the Law.

      MLK Jr

      April 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

      • FAO “MLK Jr”

        Yes, it is the OFFICE of Government, ie, the powers that be, which is ordained of GOD – not the incumbent party of Government.

        The main functions of Government are the protection of its citizens and the making of laws. The Nazis clearly usurped the office of Government in their time. The DEVIL was in the detail.


        April 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

    • Toby Young of the Spectator has just said on the Daily Politics: “as well as being a friend of Muja Hadeen and Hez Bollah Jeremy Corbyn also appears regularly on the Tehran-based Press TV as does Ken Livingstone”. Well, George Galloway is on there as well as the Kremlin-controlled RT (formerly known as Russia Today).


      April 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

      • “Hotbird”

        The Spectator article is part of the right-wing media on a feeding frenzy to attack Jeremy Corbyn et al. It’s like “Reds Under the Bed”!


        April 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  29. 👿 👿 Come, Iain Duncan Smith, it is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man. 👿 👿

    Lord Summerisle

    April 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

  30. OT : UC & Work Conditionality

    HT to Refuted



    Here are two different cases concerning universal credit and work. Both prove the point extremely well that universal credit and the work conditionionality contract linked with this is completely unworkable. Politicians from all parties are not taking this issue seriously enough. Luckily we are.


    April 29, 2016 at 10:28 am

    • I am sure everyone will be amused by the following fact from the article above – I can confirm this is true:

      “Now what is interesting about this is that approximately 40% of Jobcentre staff will be also on in work conditionality when they are switched over to universal credit. The DWP employee contract strictly prevents applying for an extra job, thus leaving them in exactly the same position as claimants. They will be stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. Do they apply for a second job and get sacked? And then sanctioned? Just like claimants? There is no choice really. It’s a no win situation.”

      This will be interesting to see play out in real life.


      April 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      • I can see that if JC staff get sanctioned they will then take it out on claimants.


        April 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    • enigma

      its a gross misconduct charge – sacked.


      April 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  31. OT : ConCons going after EHRC in UK

    HT to Refuted


    Government set to slash equality watchdog’s budget… again

    The government has told the equality watchdog that it plans to slash its budget again, even though the financial year has already started.

    The planned cuts only emerged after the Government Equalities Office (GEO) told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was still “in the process of agreeing budgets” with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, several weeks into the new financial year.

    The comment came after DNS asked GEO about the commission’s plans to make up to 30 of about 200 members of staff redundant.

    GEO said that it was “not currently aware of any issues in this area”, but added: “We are in the process of agreeing budgets with the EHRC and no decisions have been made.”

    When asked why GEO was still discussing budgets with the EHRC in late April, when the commission had already announced that its core budget for 2016-17 would be £17.1 million, a GEO spokeswoman said: “We have nothing further to add.”

    So cannot get agreement for changes/withdrawl from Scotland/Ireland or Wales. So Cut the budget instead.


    April 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

  32. This weeks new DNS thread are up.

    DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

    DNS – 28th April 2016

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it is deliberately misleading benefit claimants into thinking they have no right of appeal if they miss the deadline for applying for the new personal independence payment (PIP).

    There are also claims that it is failing to make it clear enough to existing disability living allowance (DLA) claimants that they will lose their support if they miss that deadline, even if they have been given lifetime DLA awards.

    Increasing numbers of long-term DLA claimants are now being told they need to apply for PIP, but are given just 28 days to do so.

    If they miss that deadline, their DLA is suspended. And if they fail to claim PIP in the next 28 days, their DLA is “terminated” and cannot be reinstated, and they have to make an entirely new claim for PIP.

    Read More:

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 29, 2016 at 11:44 am

    • It is what I have been saying that the DWP & Healthcare Professionals are cutting corner which makes it a criminal matter not a DWP matter.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 29, 2016 at 11:48 am

      • “””When she realised her DLA was no longer being paid, she contacted DWP, but was told that according to guidance issued to staff she had no right of appeal, and would have to submit a fresh PIP claim instead.””

        Illegal & a criminal matter.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

  33. Hundreds of thousands of disabled people in ‘destitution’, research suggests

    DNS – 28th April 2016

    Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are living in destitution, the first piece of research to look at extreme poverty in the UK suggests.

    The study, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that in 2015 there were 1.25 million people in the UK who were defined at some point as destitute because they could not afford the basic essentials they needed to eat, keep clean and stay warm and dry.

    The ground-breaking study by researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh did not calculate how many disabled people were living in destitution, but did conclude that one of the four most common causes of destitution was the extra costs of ill-health and disability.

    Read More:

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

  34. Note that those greedy bastards BT are hiking their prices yet again. This is where the arguments against privatisation fall flat on their face. Imagine a scenario where British Telecom had a monopoly there was ONLY ISP and the ONLY way of getting online was with British Telecom. How exorbitantly expensive do you think it would be. Have a look at how much Kingston Communications (Karro) who have a monopoly in Hull charge!

    Now that internet access is becoming as essential as water and electricity BT are trying to knock other players out off the market so that they can begin endless price ramping. BT charge what they think they can get away with and will squeeze every last penny from their customers given half a chance. Pure SCUM!

    Charles Dunstone

    April 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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