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One in Six Young People not in Employment, Education or Training (Neets) for more than 6 Months.

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Long-term analysis says official statistics underplay larger proportion of young people shut out of work, education and training.

One in six young people in the UK are spending six months out of work, education or training, according to new research that suggests government figures are underplaying youth unemployment.

Official figures have shown a drop in the proportion of Neets – young people not in education, employment or training – as the economy has recovered from recession since mid-2011.

But the new analysis tracks young people for longer than the official snapshot figures and suggests a large proportion are still shut out of the jobs market and education for extended periods.

The researchers, who released their report ahead of the latest official Neet figures on Thursday, warned that such long spells out of education or work can scar young people’s prospects for the rest of their lives.

The analysis, published by the youth employment and education charity Impetus-PEF, found an average of 1.3 million 16- to 24-year-olds, or 17% of the age group, spend six months Neet. That contrasts with official figures showing that in the final three months of 2015, 11.8% of young people were Neets.

This is the study the Guardian report is based on:

Quantifying the uncounted  

Can you solve a problem if you can’t quantify it? That was the question we were pondering when we first came up with the idea for the Youth Jobs Index, published today. As an organisation that works to ensure disadvantaged young people succeed in education and employment, we know that there are many young people failing to get on the career ladder. Many of the young people that our partner charities work with have never worked, or have been out of work or education for a long time.

And yet they don’t show up in the quarterly NEET statistics released by the government. We can all celebrate the fact that this number has fallen from its mid-recession peak of over 1 million to around 850,000 today. But what our research – using the same Labour Force Survey data as the government’s quarterly statistics – shows is that those who have been left behind are much more likely to be low qualified and that they are not just taking a few months off, or swapping between jobs; 1.3 million young people are spending six months or more NEET, and 700,000 are out of work or education for over a year.

These young people are not benefiting from the return to economic growth in the same way that graduates are. And maybe that’s not surprising – all through the ‘booming’ 2000s NEET numbers fluctuated between 650,000 and 850,000. This isn’t just an economic issue – and so it can’t be solved just by the economy. Those who are spending six months or more NEET need targeting with sustained, and expert, support to get the into job or education outcomes which last and lead to long-term progression.

From next year the Youth Obligation promises intensive support to all 18-21 year olds from day one of a benefit claim. It’s essential that the purpose of this support is not simply to get young people off the benefit roll, but to get them into a job or education outcome that they can keep, and move on from. Our Youth Jobs Index also shows that for those young people NEET who do get into work or education, sustainment rates are reasonably good – but the majority (70%) are not getting into these opportunities in the first place.

The Independent publishes this comment,

The chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Alan Milburn, said the new figures draw attention to young people at risk of being forgotten.

“This research places much-needed focus on a significant population of young people who are often overlooked and under-supported,” he said.

“Social mobility is not just about getting graduates into the professions but making sure that every child in the UK is given the chance to follow a path into education or employment for the long term.”



Written by Andrew Coates

May 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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  1. Mr Coates

    An excellent summary as per usual


    May 26, 2016 at 5:02 am

  2. OT: Jobs & Pensions


    So the robot wave of job takeovers begins…


    “One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”

    Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating “many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” but denied that it meant long-term job losses.


    “Economists have issued dire warnings about how automation will affect the job market, with one report, from consultants Deloitte in partnership with Oxford University, suggesting that 35% of jobs were at risk over the next 20 years.

    Former McDonald’s chief executive Ed Rensi recently told the US’s Fox Business programme a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers.

    “It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who is inefficient, making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” he said.”

    ME: I welcome our new Robot Overlords… Not.

    Does anyone remember Robert Maxwell’s Pension Grab – this Gov of ConMen doesn’t


    What are the unions thinking?
    so it might lose ten percent of value – is that better than potentially losing the lot to a Robert Maxwell drain off? Mad, absolutely mad.


    May 26, 2016 at 5:08 am

    • Thanks Gazza, i posted that this morning myself on the previous post of Mr Coates.

      The saying is, ” its only a conspiracy until its proven true”.


      May 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    • Automation, a daily occurrence somewhere in the world.


      May 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    • Recently had a exciting and the fastest ever sign on with Mr Cock my fav Roach.

      I sit down
      Him: so use the Pad to sign.
      Me: No. I Choose not to.
      Him: If you don’t sign you won’t get any money.
      [ah verbal threat with nothing to back it up legally – all caught on tape… this man is racist, aggressive, dumb and on top of that deaf]
      Me: What part of No do you not understand? In fact put that in writing!
      Him: Oh I’ve got no time for that this morning.
      [I was the only one waiting to sign on!!!]
      3 minutes later I’m walking out. Smiling to myself.


      May 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  3. Why the DWP is entirely wrong – and following its tip could cost you thousands

    If you’re claiming benefits and want some help and advice finding work then you could always turn to The Daily Jobseeker.

    It’s a friendly Tumblr blog from the Department of Work and Pensions offering advice on impressing at interview, sprucing up a CV and, just this week, a post titled: “ Travel, for fun and for profit: How expanding your job search could lead to a pay rise



    May 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    • That is of course where there are relatively working transport links.

      Try that getting from one end of Suffolk to the other by public transport!

      Andrew Coates

      May 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

      • that’s if the pay can cover the transport costs that is…

        What a Joke.


        May 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm


      Their are in policy certain circumstances where a claimant can refuse an offer of work, one of them is its not financially viable.

      Now under in work claims, your under condition told to look for a new job or second job with more hours and or better hourly rate.

      So the very fact their saying this job isn’t good enough, you need to look for another would imply unemployed claimants can refuse any job that still would require them to put in for tax credits, housing benefit and the likes.

      DWP cannot insist you factor in benefits in the cost as their not mandated to citizens and must be applied for. DWP cannot factor in travel expense by dividing up the price of a season ticket. I can state fact no one earning a min wage for 30 plus hours a week can afford to travel 90 min to work each way. Doncaster to Derby costs 190 a week meaning before tax one only has £10.87 to live on a day. Take away tax and NI and it drops even further.


      May 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      • For the record this is a new print as the old wouldn’t show up on the site for some reason.

        Worried it might be size related i have drawn up this less comprehensive version. If anyone wants to ask more please feel free as im open to responding to any anyone might have.


        May 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    • Total bollox as usual.

      For example, in Oldham latest figures show there were a total of 77,000 jobs.

      Assuming by ‘jobs’ they mean ‘vacancies’, the total population of Oldham is only about 100,000, why would anyone have to commute out of Oldham if there was a mass shortage of labour with 15 vacancies per 1 unemployed person in Oldham.

      Their bollox is just helping to prove that 90% of the vacancies are fake.

      The average daily commute is 55 minutes, each way

      If that’s the average it need to halved not increased! – 50 million person-work-hours lost each day.

      Another Fine Recession

      May 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      • First off, nice to hear from you again another fine mess.

        What your actually find another fine mess is a single job is often advertised 26 times. This means theirs only actually 2’962 jobs in Oldham, most of which require certain skillsets and qualifications.

        What you rightly observe is how government and DWP get trapped in their own lie. Cant state jobs are only in their thousands, cant state most require skillsets and qualifications the unemployed don’t have.

        When i look at my area, its GPs,RGN nurses, shrinks, computer analyst, etc and DWP know this so try to push claimants to look further up to this claimed 90 min travel.

        Employers hire locally for good reason so claimants actually applying to 90 min away jobs stand next to zero chance of getting them so only serves as an exercise in futility.

        Between all this government lie, department lie,employer lie,agency lie and on occasion members of public lie with fraudulent adverts of jobs, unemployed people are consistently failed in what DWP call support.


        May 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

      • Why do government state the unemployed need help finding work then proceed to only offer the tools that still sees you alone looking for. Shouldn’t they be sitting besides you if your that bad at it ?

        And what if you’ve claimed UC once, then at a later date sign on again to UC,

        Will DWP recognize they have already taught you so don’t need to bother repeating the same old tired mantra a second,third time etc.

        And if they have to then are they saying these unemployed people suffer from very bad memory loss where mysteriously its only how to find work they forget.

        Like i said in 90 min travel article, the governments right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing and contradicts itself throughout.


        May 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    • Is the pretty young lady on the train, really traveling to a job over 90 minutes travel time or is she for “illustrative purposes only” 😉

      All content in this comment (including images) is for illustrative purposes only

      'Zac' and 'Sarah'

      May 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

      • She’s doing a good impression of someone going to visit friends/on a day out rather than on the way to work (definitely not rush hour) …


        May 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      • Ee by gum, lass stop taking takin’ mick outta DWP. Empty train carriage too 🙂 When was the last time we seen that on the way to/from work… 😉 Aye lass, you gotta have a good hearty Yorkshire chuckle at the myths and stereotypes the DWP peddle. They have got some happy-clappy ad on yon TV at the moment peddling ‘apprenticeship’. Owt to see anyone slaving in charity shop, recycling plant, oop chimney or down pit in it yet. Back in the day, lass, the DWP ran an “I’ve got the job” campaign. Yon jobcentre had posters of these happy-clappy folk leaping 10 foot in yon air, great big stupid grin plastered on face, with a great big “I’ve got the job” plastered above their stupid faces.

        Yorskshire Pudding

        May 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      • Version 2 of it.

        Apprenticships: Get in, go far 😀

        Yorskshire Pudding

        May 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      • Nothing more than a ‘stockphoto’ of a ‘pretty young lady on a train’ that the DWP have purloined. There is hee haw fuck all connection with her traveling to and from work; and even less to do with this over 90 minute travel time each-way bullcrap!

        Welsh Rarebit

        May 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  4. France is being hit by serious disruption as unions lead strike action at oil refineries, nuclear power stations, ports and transport hubs.

    Motorways, bridges and tunnels have been blockaded, and flights and rail services affected.

    Nuclear power production has slowed, and fuel remains in short supply.

    PM Manuel Valls has again insisted that labour reforms at the heart of the dispute would not be withdrawn, but suggested they could be “modified”

    modified to what?



    May 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • Just realized this was posted on the previous post by Doug.


      May 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      • No worries enigma as the British press until now haven’t covered the french protests that have been going on for around over 2 weeks now.

        So more the merrier and if you don’t know, Brussels are having the same problem what with also changing the employment laws.


        May 28, 2016 at 7:51 am

  5. Poverty: six steps from the jobcentre to the food bank

    A new study demonstrates the reality behind Ken Loach’s prize-winning welfare state-and-food-banks drama I, Daniel Blake

    A few days after director Ken Loach won a Cannes Palme d’Or-for his welfare state drama I, Daniel Blake, the Wandsworth food bank published its latest food poverty audit. This measures food bank use, but essentially tracks the unravelling of the local social security safety net.

    Using data, surveys and interviews collected over the course of the past year, the south London charity’ study explains what Loach’s film dramatises: how jobcentre culture, welfare cuts and benefit delays help drive people to food banks.

    I’ve distilled from the Wandsworth report six reasons why the poor and vulnerable, in the words of the Cannes jurors, can get “caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy” and find themselves reliant on charity food.



    May 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

  6. Dear Mr Coates, it appears im having problems with large posts to this site. I did a piece as to why the 90 min work, in work support and the governments right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing but despite the system saying its entered, it does not seem to appear on my screen.

    It does not occur on older posts, only this one.

    Is anyone else having this problem ?


    May 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    • Ive also checked using a non locatable browser but still no large post shows up, just small ones like the one above.


      May 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      • What’s a ‘non locatable browser’ when it’s at home?

        Simple Mind

        May 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    • You might need ‘special permissions’ to post longer posts. Try changing your user name to “Andrew Coates” or “enigma”.

      IT Expert

      May 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  7. Benefit Sanctions Lead To Hunger, Debt And Destitution, Report Says

    The government’s controversial benefit sanctions regime can cause “damage to the wellbeing of vulnerable claimants and can lead to hunger, debt and destitution”, according to a damning new report which debunks Tory myths that benefit sanctions encourage unemployed people into work.

    Denying vulnerable people, who are already struggling, the only means by which to support themselves and their families does not “incentivise people into work”, the report found.

    In a report titled Benefit Conditionality and Sanctions in Salford – One Year on, commissioned by Salford City Council in 2014, comprised of a task force of Salford’s Financial Inclusion Practitioner’s Group (FIPG) concluded that far from than “incentivising” people to move into work, the sanctions regime actually serves as a barrier, preventing people from engaging in appropriate training, volunteering and demotivating employment-related activities.


    Andrew Coates

    May 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    • “Benefit Sanctions Lead To Hunger, Debt And Destitution”

      and death.

      Another Fine Recession

      May 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  8. Chronicle live: Benefit fraudster who illegally pocketed £116,000 walks free from court


    Sensational YES ?

    Well NO actually as when you break down the story, this person was only committing around £6’000 fraud a year between 1996 to 2015. So unemployed benefit and housing i strongly suspect.

    (So you have sex with an unemployed person, let them use your bed, eat out of your fridge and instantly according to DWP your responsible for them financially ?)

    Theirs no way, no how the government or anyone can make a person that has sex with an unemployed person,etc as i just mentioned be financially responsible for said unemployed person. The person could just walk into court and say get stuffed and theirs nothing a judge or DWP can do about it.

    I don’t know if any have noticed, but the employed partners never seem to get dragged into court as their party to the offense in some part. DWP cant prove that though,hinder their case it would, possibly i imagine see the whole case get handed to the police now a non claimant is involved and thus reduce DWP to the sidelines.

    So has this unemployed person really committed fraud or are they just being punished for having sex more than 3 times a week with a employed person, using their bed and eating out of their fridge.

    1: If you shag this very same employed person on the street all day it wouldn’t have been fraud.
    2: If you just eat from the fridge its not fraud
    3: If you used the bed but didn’t have relations while in it, its not fraud.

    SO, BASICALLY this person is are they not being punished for having sex more than 3 times a week and obviously as we don’t nor have ever been asked to discuss our sexual situation during unemployment, didn’t report it.

    IF you have sex more than 3 times with one single person in a week, do you report it as a change of circumstances ?


    May 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

  9. There used to be something called the ‘co-habitation’ rules with snoopers going round to find out if somebody’d been sleeping with somebody else.

    Little changes….

    Andrew Coates

    May 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    • & the snoopers are all over those dating sites, for the same reason & fraud.


      May 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

      • MumsNet has been particularly concerned with the issue (which is, frankly, humiliating)

        How many nights can a partner stay over if you are on benefits? I’m worried my friend is going to get into trouble.
        (72 Posts)


        Andrew Coates

        May 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

      • Co habitation just describes a situation, it doesn’t imply the one with the money is in anyway legally responsible for the one that hasn’t UNLESS THEY CHOOSE TO.

        Co habit like any relationship not just started out by marriage can be volatile to instant change as an employed partner has no legal requirement to be responsible for you financially or otherwise.

        Unlike kids and a marriage certificate you don’t get maintenance/ a settlement just because your working partner chucked you out or you left them so CANNOT be considered in the same vain as though you were married, its simply not true nor correct to assert it is don’t you think.

        I’m sorry but what DWP call fraud in this respect, i call hedging your bets which is the right thing to do as if you didn’t and this partner chucked you out, you would be homeless and penniless and DWP, government or anyone cannot deny this.

        If your married and or with kids i can see how this is so but if you don’t have kids, are in the process of getting divorced, you cannot be said to be in a stable long term relationship even if your still shagging the person your divorcing as how is that different to shagging say a hooker.


        May 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

      • What the fuck is a “DC”? Darling Cousin? Decision Controller? or some such shit? Why the fuck do they have to write in this impenetrable gobbledegook.


        May 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

      • Shagging the person you are divorcing/are divorced from is ‘common practice’. You not remember as a kid you used to wonder why someone’s ‘ex’ still visited if they hated each other so much 😀 Same with divorcees/just-out-a-relationship who litter ‘dating sites’, and rant about about ‘not wanting sex’; reason being is that they are already having sex with their ex and are just looking for a sucker to pick up restaurant tabs, pay for drinks, entertainment, holidays, etc. So if those women are on the dole, and most of them probably are, it could all get quite murky as far as the DWP goes.


        May 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

      • The bottom line is while married or not, government cannot make one partner financially responsible for the other. They state they are but cannot legally enforce it unless their marriage ends and or have kids and its as simple as that.

        This shows the cohabit stuff is a load of old crap that needs binning not just because what i have said but as viper rightly points out, theirs other ways to skin the very same cat.


        May 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  10. Award-winning businesswoman paid employees to take speeding points in mass scam

    Several of the defendants said they “feared for their jobs” at the builders merchants if they refused to take the points on Ganley’s behalf.

    Wonder how often this goes on… 😉 Just the the workfare tosser to take the points…. or one phone call the the jobcentre and its benefits stopped! And, also demonstrates the fatal flaw in these stupid scameras which litter our roadsides.

    Speedy Gonzales

    May 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

  11. Now the Shadow Chancellor backs calls for IDS to be prosecuted over WCA deaths:



    May 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

  12. These work programme c[expletive deleted] do everything they can to humiliate people, break them and try any trick in book to get people to crack.

    I wouldn’t blame any c[expletive deleted] that buckles to the pressure on them.


    May 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

  13. Multigenerational homes are expected to become more common over the next decade. So what’s it like to have grandparents, parents and children living under the same roof?

    This set-up might not be for everyone, but it could be the model for more families in the future. Insurance company Aviva forecasts the number of households containing two or more families will rise from 1.5 million to 2.2 million by 2025.

    The study also anticipates 3.8 million people aged between 21 and 34 will be living with their parents – a third more than at present.



    May 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    • Back to olden times then, oh how we have evolved not.


      May 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  14. Me Before You

    May 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    • Yeah, don’t understand why DPAC are getting their incontinence knickers in a twist over this Me Before You flick. Just because one of the white pretty people is suddenly struck down by a disability (wow, that came out of left field). It is the same old formulaic shit that we have seen a million times over. We will be saving out pennies to go and see Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.

      Film Goers

      May 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

      • And Nicholas Sparks need to get a new poster designer 🙂

        Film Goers

        May 28, 2016 at 7:35 am

  15. Go to the only poster designer you know 😀

    Me Before You

    May 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  16. get this last time i signed on they tried to do a new cc on the puter system but when it come to sign it had to use the pad to do so.

    as ever it dont work after trying 6 times and adviser gave up and went back to paper and tried to print of the new cc but guess what.

    as i never signed using the pad the adviser COULD NOT print off the new cc as i had not signed on the pad and the system would not print it out with out the digital sig on it hahaha.

    so all you have to do is change ur sig each time and the pad will not have it and the adviser cant even update the cc with out it or print it off the system.


    May 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • When you macro functions what do you expect superted. An inherent flaw when you make autonomous programs soulless.
      Computers are all input output so a lot of functions can be automated behind the scenes, For instance i don’t recopy my data protection rules with every email. So basically and it is easy, i told the program to place the protections on every new composed email. your not limited to just one function either and can have multiples and variable multiples of that and so forth.

      I like you when i use to sign on could never get the epad to except my signature, as why would it when my hand weight changes every second, not my usual signature and although right handed have been doing it with my left (DWP know about this).

      I knew back when it all started how flawed the epad idea was, i even remember you , me and others discussing it and what we found. I personally took the stance of it wont work towards DWP, here let me show you. Even when i first did it they gave up after 10 min trying to register me as the computer kept saying no. Its funny but they all think their crap now, sadly they didn’t say hey i wish i had took on board what you said earlier, it could have saved me loads of man hours.


      May 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      • as well as ‘signature’ the device measures pressure, speed, contact angle and time.


        May 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    • cheers mate – now we/I know why they are so insistent on people using the pad… oh dear, isn’t it voluntary?… this is giving me a good chuckle I can tell you


      May 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      • Being rejected when applying for jobs?

        It probably isn’t your fault – blame the computer!


        “How ‘robo recruiters’ could affect your job prospects”

        Next time you apply for a job, it could be a computer algorithm deciding whether or not you fit the bill.

        ME: I Love the following bit

        But he doesn’t believe we’ll ever reach the point where the computer makes the final decision.

        “The goal is not to tell you who to hire,” he says. “But it might tell you which five people to bring in to interview.”

        ME: Really. Really? Isn’t it robots that want to employ?


        May 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      • Employers already use firms that use third party software to troll the net for all data regarding a potential employee so a program that will save them time and money is something they will welcome even if it cant pick the correct employee to hire.

        It will be used on things like logging buzz words in your profile, trades and tasks performed and qualifications. So for now a business at best.

        Funny isn’t it, governments trying to use technology to get you into work while employers are using technology to quickly brush away applicants.


        May 28, 2016 at 8:24 am

  17. Students & the debt they get into.

    Many graduates have been shocked this week to see just how their debt is escalating, with interest charged at up to 3.9%. That’s more than the typical rate on a first-time buyer mortgage. Have they been mis-sold a dodgy loan?

    University of Nottingham graduate Simon Crowther’s post on Facebook went viral this week, after he revealed how much interest is being added to his debt. He’s part of the first wave of graduates to have left university after paying £9,000-a-year fees. His total debt, a year after leaving college, jumped to £41,976 by the end of March, with the interest racking up by as much as £180 a month. Crowther claims he was mis-sold the loan and “cheated by a government who encouraged many of us to undertake higher education, despite trebling the cost of attending university”.



    May 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

    • I hate to say it but the information has been their day one so im not going to lose sleep all because someone in Nottingham finally read the small print.

      Of course its completely none cost effective and considering your only taught to pass exams these days, your basically paying for a promise of a new fortunate life.


      May 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  18. Some history.1816

    Littleport’s hunger riots: Descendants mark 200th anniversary.

    2016 – so many food banks.



    May 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

    • enigma

      May 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      • Big city, big need: NYC food bank ask for $16 million to combat growing need

        Symmetry is what your seeing as even New York, the home of wall street has a hunger problem. After figures produced last year demonstrated half of all Americans earn less than $28’000 (£20’000 in UK).

        The thing i like about symmetry is most of those in the USA going to food banks are, yes you guessed it WORKING. Also like us welfare cuts, poor pay, insecure work are all the catalysts.

        Another myth we have in the UK is its immigrants taking our benefits which as we know now is absolutely untrue. Well it turns out most foodstamp and welfare claimants in the USA are infact, yes you guessed it again, WHITE AMERICANS.


        May 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      • Hundreds of NYC workers homeless, as mayor to offer permanent housing


        Like us, evictions, poor pay and a far to cut welfare system that yes you can call a welfare reform are the catalysts.


        May 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      • SUPPORT FRACKING, USA has been doing it safely for years.


        If theirs one thing America likes doing is hiding anything that threatens the image that their the greatest country in the world. As you can see here countless American nuclear stations are having problems and leaks. Workers, public living near by are all getting effected with radioactive illnesses and disabilities.

        I can tell you and you can actually see the EPA in gaslands 2 (documentary on fracking in the states and its effects) prove hydraulic fracturing poisons the water table but its not mainstream because government hid it and forced those EPA workers out of work for doing their job. Also in American law, these frackers aren’t in anyway responsible for any environmental issues arising from it.

        ( water table = The level below which the ground is completely saturated with water. This is where we all get our fresh water, humans CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT IT)

        You’ve already witnessed our very own government change the boundary laws below your properties so we cant prevent fracking near us so don’t think for a second like America that our government wont exempt frackers from environmental issues here to in the name of fuel security.

        Fuel security is a term more to do with times of war so why state we need it in the interests of. We are not born to be others war toys, were not born to be others collateral damage/soft target assets.


        May 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      • Hang up? Major US study finds link between cancer and cellphone radiation


        This, pesticides in France linked to cancer,birth defects and hotly rising autism, day after day whats said to help us stay healthier, make life easier really seems to to be harming us even during conception.


        May 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      • doug

        this just occured to me concerning TTIP won’t the new rules that come in under this mean the americans can shove their poorly designed nuclear reactors onto us?


        May 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      • The premise of TTIP is so bad im amazed the public are letting it happen.

        Typical of the UK to never learn until its to late.


        May 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

      • The trouble is too many people believe the propaganda on many things.


        May 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm


      I like this quote (if like is the word):

      “daily hirings instead of yearly hirings – in essence, the introduction of a type of zero-hours contract”.

      Nothing new under the sun, right enough!


      May 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      • I wonder if the current riots across the Channel will spread over here?


        May 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      • Very interesting quote from the Littleport riots report:

        “The government was genuinely worried by the danger of violent protest getting out of hand – the revolution in France was still fresh in everyone’s mind and any challenge to the Establishment was seen to contain the seeds of revolution.”


        May 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      • Take control over Health care and also deploy sophisticated eugenics and soft-kill methods, thus creating a base to build up BIG Pharma and keep the masses weak, sick, demented, and dumbed-down. This makes them much easier to enslave, control and profit off of, and reduces the numbers of those who can rebel.



        May 28, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • enigma

        May 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      • Don’t forget Brussels the other day.

        Everywhere your find it and its getting more fierce every time. If governments continue to ignore the people that this effects, i have to wonder if activism will become more of a problem than terrorism for their respective countries. Look at Corbyn,Sanders, even trumps public support that in trumps case only yesterday saw him narrowly leading Hillary Clinton in the poles.


        May 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  19. MPs to investigate how many pension schemes are at risk of failing

    Select committee announces wide ranging inquiry into occupational pension schemes amid its scrutiny of £571m deficit at BHS



    May 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  20. Universal Credit claimants OVERPAID by £300 costs the taxpayer £35million


    Reduce fraud we will,reduce errors we will, well actually no, the new system is just as bendable as the last.
    I particular found interesting how the government changed the math on this topic, a habit the tories practice when the figure don’t match their argument.


    May 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

    • doug

      please old chap, if you’re tory – facts MUST by dint of manipulation match the Reality they want…

      It’s the Tory way you know!


      May 29, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  21. Cancer scientists’ pensions invested in tobacco..

    Scientists funded by Cancer Research UK who spend their lives hunting for cures for the disease are among thousands of academics whose pensions are invested in the tobacco industry, the Guardian can reveal.



    May 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  22. Benefit IT blunders mean claimants in Stephen Crabb’s own constituency ‘going hungry’


    DWP claim no such glitch so anyone know anyone from Pembrokeshire ?


    May 29, 2016 at 5:28 pm

  23. Britain has been described as the most corrupt country in the world, according to a journalist and expert on the Italian Mafia.



    May 29, 2016 at 7:53 pm

  24. EU UPRISING: Now POLAND rebels as Brussels meddles in its courts system.

    The row marks the first time Brussels has formally investigated a rule of law in a member state sparking outrage in Poland.



    May 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm

  25. From the British Welfare State to Just Another American State

    Over the last three years of independent research, I have found significant links between the British government and the American healthcare insurer Unum Provident Insurance



    May 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    • Excellent article Ken, a lot of us have believed the Tories are following American advice on how to have an insurance based welfare and healthcare system.

      When you look at contracts on the NHS, despite the Tories claiming they don’t want to privatise it, they still went ahead and gave most of all the contracts to private for profit firms.


      May 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

      • It’ll end like student loans – you’ll have to pay back your dole when you get a job (and a nice little earner for those providing these ‘loans’).

        Andrew Coates

        May 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

      • The wages will have to go up some then for non to low skilled workers to pay back that. And i doubt it would be like student loans as their condition is you don’t pay back anything until your wages/job reach over something like £21’000 per annum.

        At that rate the government would never get their money back, especially when you consider that even at £9 an hour, its still only £17’316 per annum for 52 weeks. I also would imagine it couldn’t cope with people on zero hour contracts meaning its quite possible your pop in and out of paying it back every week meaning by the time the system says yes, your already be at a point were it would be no, you don’t have to pay back yet assuming the £21’000 gets lowered.


        May 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm



    Now some may have heard that a certain north location allowed fracking this week gone BUT what many don’t know is how many residents were for it and how many against.

    It turns out of 4’420, only a mere 36 were in support of approving fracking.

    As i said only recently in the states finally after years the EPA report hid by government comes to light that proves a confirmed link between fracking and the pollution of the watertable. A water table is where nature stores our fresh water. Also confirmed in another part of the states was that fracking or more importantly the getting rid of fracking toxic waste water has indeed increased earthquakes.

    I think the Tories are like American government which if true will see us needing to extract blood to get our pound of flesh as so to speak.


    May 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

  27. Welfare giveaways



    It seems councils are having the bug to help unemployed people, the problem is in the case of the gym, does it discriminate those who are not obese and also need to stay in shape to look good for employers.

    Lets hope regardless these obese people can afford the diet to go with it.


    May 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

    • Sounds like the start of the health & work programme.


      May 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

      • Not very healthy catching a bus i think in the case of Manchester.


        May 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    • The planned sugar tax will “hit poorest families hardest” and has nothing to do with the sugar content of products, the Taxpayers’ Alliance says.



      May 30, 2016 at 10:21 am


    Im trying to get to the bottom of an article so if you come from this area and are claiming UC or know someone who is then please let me know as i wish to find out THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION,



    May 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

  29. The prisoner ‘trapped’ 10 years into a 10-month jail sentence


    Bank holiday, a time of rest and joy yet for James Ward its another day 10 years on from what started as a 10 month sentence.


    May 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  30. Eton chief attacks plan to make jobseekers reveal private schooling.

    The provost of David Cameron’s old school, Eton College, has attacked his proposals to ask job candidates if their parents paid for their education.

    Former Conservative Cabinet minister Lord Waldegrave said it was wrong to “punish children” for decisions made by their parents.

    The plan to ask job applicants if they went to private school is part of the PM’s push to improve “life chances”.



    May 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm

  31. Don’t we know it.

    Whoever wins, the EU vote has been a disastrous diversion.

    The economic challenges facing Britain will not go away, whether we stay or leave after 23 June.

    This is all absurd; yet it is also very important, with serious implications for the future of the UK and the rest of Europe. Yes: in or out, we shall still belong to the continent of Europe. Moreover, given that the rest of the world also seems to be taking an interest, the outcome of the 23 June referendum can hardly be invested with too much importance.



    May 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  32. Yet another case.

    Allitt victim’s life ‘hell’ over £23,000 benefits row.

    The parents of a woman left brain damaged by killer nurse Beverley Allitt say life was “sheer hell” after being told to pay back £23,000 in benefits.

    Kayley Asher, 26, was given £11,500 in compensation after Allitt attacked her as a baby at Grantham Hospital.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ordered she pay back her benefits after she “failed to declare” the cash.

    As first reported in the Mirror newspaper, the DWP said it had now revised its decision after an appeal.



    May 30, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    • Now the last time i checked isn’t it your ok if your assets are under £16’000 ?

      It really shows how we are all numbers to DWP as i doubt they would have done it if they had known this claimants public profile/history.

      This is proof positive that when government say the service is tailored personally, individually on a one to one, their saying they care about us yet this proves does it not that they don’t even know who us is ?


      May 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

  33. Greece for sale, the biggest privatisation programme on the continent of Europe in modern times.



    May 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    • I know its the article and not you enigma but that’s not funny. The west is going to rape and pillage that country.


      May 30, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  34. Data reveals drop in benefit claims for Redbridge and Waltham Forest


    Hmmm, why the figure of 27%, why not 6% of the overall count and why not mention they got 12% of over 25’s in work over the same time frame of the overall count ?

    As you can see even though they centered on the youth, they clearly neglected to mention your still twice as likely to get work if your over 25.


    May 31, 2016 at 10:49 am

  35. Are ATOS and maximum employees medically qualified ?


    As this article points out, shouldn’t it have been obvious to any medically qualified person.


    May 31, 2016 at 10:55 am

  36. Disabled woman has benefits removed by DWP after trying to find work

    The woman had written permission from the Department for Work and Pensions to start work when her benefits were stopped



    June 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm

  37. Violet

    August 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

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