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Obviously somebody has a wizard idea for dealing with cuts in the police force, and it’ll help if French unrest spreads to Britain….

Young unemployed fill special constable roles in move branded “policing on the cheap” by unions.

Reports the Mirror.

The recruits will work alongside regular officers ­patrolling the streets, but will be paid the minimum wage of £7.20 an hour.

The unemployed are being drafted in as full-time special constables in a move blasted as “policing on the cheap” by unions.

Renfrewshire Council is offering 11-month, full-time “traineeships” which will see new recruits work alongside regular officers patrolling the streets but paid the National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour.

The successful applicants will be trained at the national police college where they will undergo a “revised” version of the training programme undertaken by probationer officers.

If successful it’s possible other councils will follow suit.

Officials in Renfrewshire insisted the special constable recruitment drive was part of an anti-poverty scheme to provide unemployed people with work experience.

But the Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, slammed it as “cynical” and questioned its legality.

General Secretary Calum Steele said: “This proposal is more about a cynical attempt to deliver policing on the cheap rather than genuinely creating employment opportunities.

“Quite simply, if Renfrewshire Council believes there is a need for additional policing resources, it should implore Police Scotland to either deploy more officers or directly recruit those who pass the national entry standards.

“We are also far from convinced this initiative is lawful as it implies the council has the authority to not only pay special constables but also to determine their remuneration.

“We can find no legal basis that would support such a position.”

Scotland’s 1,400 special constables are part-time volunteers appointed by police chiefs to provide support to regular officers.

The advert for the full-time trainee special constables in Renfrewshire says they “could be doing anything from policing a football match to assisting at a road accident” and will be paid the National Living Wage.

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Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur said: “Police Scotland are facing budget pressures but the solution to financial problems is additional funding, not bumping up the number of what some would see as cut-price coppers.”

Councillor Mike Holmes, deputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “The role of our trainee special constables will be to support and complement the work of regular police officers, not to be a substitute for them.”

Chief Inspector Alison Kennedy, Police Scotland’s area commander at Paisley, said: “This is an innovative initiative which will provide young people from Renfrewshire 11 months’ employment with practical experiences and opportunities.”


Written by Andrew Coates

May 31, 2016 at 11:24 am

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  1. Can you imagine the local DWP advisors when these people sign on for inwork benefits ?


    May 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    • Hey this could just be a ploy to find out who has previous convictions that might prevent them getting into work ?


      May 31, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • Yes another consequence of it.


      May 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  2. They will need as many people as possible on their side.


    May 31, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    • To be serious it is clear that this is a way of dealing with the serious cuts to police funding.

      A very discreditable way mixed up with a load of guff about helping young people.

      Andrew Coates

      May 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm

  3. Still using UJM, advisors still saying you should ?

    Im only saying this as no appears to have already but it appears no new jobs have been entered since the 31/05/2016 on the governments flagship job website.


    May 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    • I was told to look at all the time this very day, mind you I’ve heard the opposite opinion from all the other advisers.

      Andrew Coates

      May 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  4. Why so down beat… this is the perfect opportunity for a Revolution, we arrest all the Rich & Politicians, beat them up till they confess (Doesn’t rally matter to what) or stitch them them up and fine them million of quid/ confiscate their illicit earnings and leave them to rot in prison.

    Well they all think we are guilty of something, how the hell do you think the welfare system works… your guilty until you can prove yourself innocent (Profiling) and then they still don’t believe you and try entrapment (Sanctions)…

  5. Strikes and protests continue across France and Brussels regarding labour law changes.



    May 31, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    • President Francois Hollande of France has insisted that a controversial labour reform will not be withdrawn as strike action looms on the railways.

      Meanwhile Police officers, teachers and some civil servants are joining train drivers and prison guards already on strike.



      May 31, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      • France’s chaos stems from its failure to adapt to globalisation says Natalie….




        May 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      • Enigma, as a French speaker, and in daily contact with activists in France, I produce a lot of material directly based on events there.

        Natalie’s article represents the views of one side in the dispute, that aligned with the Valls government and those who back the plans, the union federation, the CFDT.

        Thsoe opposes are led by the left union federation, the CGT (we are going to get into Life of Brian territory quickly when we come to this….)

        “What is at stake is not only moves to make working practices more ‘flexible’ to the bosses’ advantage. It is the shape of French collective bargaining (covering up to 98% of employees). The ‘reforms’ weaken them allowing local accords and which give employers the ability to go over the heads of unions by enterprise by enterprise referendums. The CFDT is equally acting in its own interests, with, it claims, strength in the these direct company negotiations it can by-pass the CGT which prefers to reach agreements by “branche”, that is by sector.

        It would not, by contrast, be unfair to point out the CGT is using the industrial strength that it has – in the sectors cited in the France 24 report. (Loi Travail : pourquoi la CGT durcit le mouvement).

        Why should it not do so?

        As the conflict intensifies there is a concerted attempt to link the CGT not only with claims of intimidation against non-strikers, but also with acts of violence against its opponents which Descacq echoed. Those in the Parti Socialiste who have backed the ‘reform’ – despite opposition within their own ranks – have, it is claimed, been singled out.”

        This is one of the most recent reports: https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/french-conflict-over-loi-travail-intensifies-as-nuclear-workers-join-protests/

        Andrew Coates

        June 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      • Apparently the previous president sarkosy thinks Francois Hollande has handled it all wrong.


        June 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      • Andrew the title of that article by Natalie told me (without me having read any of the article) that she agrees with the reforms, she is just using a excuse, – lying.

        To let you & others know on here, I don’t agree to what is happening to billions of people. I know some people will (because some have) think I am someone I’m not. but I know I have posted many articles regarding many issues without saying what I think about those issues.

        I don’t like what is going on in the world. so I agree with an alternative EU/world.


        June 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      • Jeremy Corbyn warns of Brexit risk to workers’ rights.



        June 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      • Reminds me of some knobhead, probably Lord Pigby Jones or someone of that ilk, who said that we shouldn’t have collective bargaining, unions, etc. and that: “an individual should negotiate their own worth”, this knobheads exact words. Obviously, if the France Government achieves it objective to bypass unions and collective bargaining arrangements, it won’t be long before the individuals find themselves “negotiating their own worth”.

        Viva France - We Won't Give Up!

        June 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

  6. Dodgy Jobsites

    What would you do if a benefit advisor gives you a list of jobs to apply for, and on applying for one of them online, you get a warning message appearing (in this case from Firefox) telling you “YOUR CONNECTION IS NOT SECURE”?

    The message goes on: “The owner of this website has configured this website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website”


    May 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    • If your ever in doubt over a vacancies validness don’t click onto it.

      Now no company/business can claim privacy under the data protection act so if it isn’t titled with the companies name or agency name then get this from your advisors or the call line for UJM if it came from their.

      Also and heres a link to ICO. Here you can enter those company details and see if they are registered to legally process your personal and or sensitive data. If their not on it then their not legally allowed to process your data meaning you don’t have to supply the vacancy with your CV and DWP cannot make you as it puts your data at risk.


      Also you can look them up at company house where companies have to register to say their a legit company. This isn’t full proof as they can do this and still not have registered with data protection so check both.


      While DWP can force you to apply for a job, they cannot force you to supply your personal and or sensitive data to said vacancy as that requires your legal consent which cannot be used should you object to sanction you as its full within the law, a law may i add that according to the civil service code, the advisor must observe and enforce at all times.

      In your particular case your firefox browser is saying basically that the site is hackable dew to its setup or lack of maintenance. In this case despite the checks, ask your advisor for alternate contact address or number.


      June 1, 2016 at 8:54 am

    • Don’t give them access to that account they have no right but continue to pester and try anyway, demonstratiing a job skill feature for example. That screen will be across to a manager straight away sitting across earwiging and every tom dick and harriet in the department including a decision maker.

      They simply post anything in there regardless of experience of what it contains,someone checks up behind the scenes.People do fall foul of this, those that don’t have computer access often with poor skills using one.

      The whole thing is questionable, how many have posted a mobile number only to have it constantly ringing with morgage life insurance and other nusance calls? theres no guarentee whats appled for is even looked at or even exists,at least by not allowing access you can keep your CV private from scammers, your activity confidential also and prevent it being unlawfully monitored.

      Signing away rights does weaken you,nothing more then this.


      June 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm

  7. But these plastic bobbies won’t have the power of arrest … 😉

    Old Lag

    May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    • ah

      Old Lag, what’s the bet that they will not be measured by the number of failed arrests [you know, like traffic wardens – x-number of tickets issued or sacked like in London Westminister/Chelsea etc]?


      June 1, 2016 at 5:55 am

  8. Man’s £3,000 benefit fraud to cover bills


    Title speaks for itself.


    June 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

  9. Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides, peer warns


    A group are involved in a murder where one did the deed while the others didnt aid the victim. Now only one person can be done for murder, the rest for accessory to the fact.

    So you see media and politicians need to stop running around the edges as its not about chapter and verse, its about DID OR DID NOT A SANCTION LEAD TO AN INDIVIDUAL TAKING THEIR LIFE, WAS IT THE PROVERBIAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN, THE CATALYST OF THE ACT ?

    Well a suicide note detailing such along with the rising trend would denote yes DWP are guilty.


    June 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

  10. DWP still trying to cover up ignoring pledge to coroner


    Little do DWP know but computers make footprints so its entirely possible that the data could be retrieved,especially from back up archives.


    June 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

  11. Slavery.

    The Gangmasters Licence Authority (GLA) is setting up a new national team of investigators to tackle modern slavery.

    The GLA’s new remit, which currently covers food, farming and shellfish, will extend into catering, car washing, care homes and cleaning industries.

    The Nottingham-based GLA said “highly experienced investigators” would make a difference.

    The Home Office estimates there are up to 13,000 modern slaves in various trades across the UK.


    Vulnerability to modern slavery is affected by a complex interaction of factors related to the presence or absence of protection and respect for rights, physical safety and security, access to the necessities of life such as food, water and health care, and patterns of migration, displacement and conflict. Statistical testing grouped 24 measures of vulnerability into four dimensions covering: 1) civil and political protections, 2) social health and economic rights, 3) personal security, and 4) refugee populations and conflict.



    June 1, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    • Our own government tries to water down employee rights here, Europe is in conflict over them even as i speak this very moment and employees in Greece literally had an entire harbor sold off right in front of them.

      The only reason why our government would deal with slavery, is if their not getting their fair cut. It isnt enough to make a profit with little overheads, you have to get the employees tax and NI contributions to.


      June 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm



    This shows takes news,granted mostly American and shows it for what it is. Its clever, its funny and worth a watch.


    June 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  13. enigma

    June 1, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  14. Ken Loach: punishing the poor is part of David Cameron’s project

    Film-maker says it would be pointless to show his Palme d’Or-winner I, Daniel Blake to Conservative government

    The director Ken Loach has said he does not want David Cameron to watch his latest film, which deals with unemployment, poverty and the rise of food banks in Britain today, because punishing the poor is part of the prime minister’s project.



    June 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

  15. High-security luxury smartphone launched for global elite for £9,500 “basic model”



    June 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  16. Vicar risks jail and bankruptcy in stand against cuts that hit the poor.

    A vicar has said he is prepared to be bankrupted and go to prison to highlight benefit cuts and charges he claims are “shortening people’s lives”.

    The Reverend Paul Nicolson, 84, who lives in Tottenham, spoke out ahead of a court hearing to deal with his refusal to pay council tax since 2013.

    He calls it an “act of civil disobedience” in a fight against tax and welfare policies which he says unfairly hit those on low incomes. “If you make people ill by not giving them enough income, forcing them into debt, you reduce the length of time they could possibly live,” he said. “National and local government are shortening people’s lives.”



    June 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm

  17. Unemployed fill special constable roles in move branded “policing on the cheap”.

    Looks like some form of national service,long sort after by conservatives.Perhaps they think young people are more likely to riot, the Tories should know they’ve caused enough of them in the past thirty six years.

    Fine ones to speak about the law, do as I say not do as I do!


    June 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  18. Every day that passes he will get more people backing him.

    Jeremy Corbyn must be “bolder and braver” in making the case for immigration in the UK if he is to win over Labour voters to the cause of remaining in the EU, according to the boss of one of Britain’s biggest unions.

    Tim Roache, who took over as general secretary of the GMB earlier this year and is a key Corbyn backer, told the Guardian he was concerned the Labour leader was being “mealy mouthed” about the issue that he said was front and centre for many voters.

    Urging Corbyn to show leadership, the union leader said: “We have to confront the real issues in the minds of working people, and whether we like it or not, that is immigration and the free movement of labour.



    June 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  19. SI 2016/596 – The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 13, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2016

    Released 23 May 2016

    The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 13, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2016 Order modifies a series of prior commencement orders bringing into force provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 relating to universal credit and the abolition of income-related employment and support allowance and income-based jobseeker’s allowance. The prior commencement orders are modified so as to remove the restrictions on claiming universal credit applied in the prior commencement orders (“the gateway conditions”). The order comes into force from 25 May 2016, 29 June 2016 and 27 July 2016.


    June 2, 2016 at 8:26 am

    • Does this mean all will be drawing UC very very soon before the years out ?


      June 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

      • Yup. It does indeed!

        Fuck UC

        June 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

      • Well I think like others that they want the majority of people on UC,


        June 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

  20. Rhyl jobseekers face 46-mile trip to attend appointments…or face having benefits stopped


    Now maybe someone from wales would like to check on this but according to distance measurement via the road its only 21miles and by car takes around 36 minutes. It might be a typo but this 46 is more likely to be the time it takes to get to flint on a bus.


    June 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

  21. Man who carried out £8k benefit fraud ordered to do unpaid work


    It was £4’000 a year over two years, hardly as the judge put it, “this was benefit fraud carried out over a long period of time and involving a large amount of public money”.

    Really, so the other day a woman got convicted for £145’000 benefit fraud between 2005 to 2014. Even if we cut this figure in half shes still been doing it twice longer than this man not to mention as i said half of, her amount is still 9 times larger.


    I think this judge needs to keep his or hers opinion to themselves as clearly math isn’t their strong suite.


    June 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

  22. The Failure of Welfare Reform


    People herald reform but does it really mean it can succeed or just another gamble ?


    June 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

    • “Unless something significant changes, we should only expect the welfare system’s dysfunctions to grow more severe”.

      Reform, always a plan behind it, many would agree it is succeeding.


      June 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

      • Hitler had a plan, genghis khan had a plan, even Tony Blair and Bush had a plan and look how they all turned out.

        A system geared on made up rhetoric, cuts, half hearted attempts at support and excuses is never destined to succeed as its quite frankly disingenuous.

        Without proper training for skillsets that not only aid the individual to earn way more than the living allowance but also allow the person to strike out as a business if vacancies are low. Theirs no more a meaningful base to start from.

        Also welfare needs to acknowledge technology as it is taking away manual labour so again must be encompassed when thinking about retraining/reskilling someone.

        Secondly all employers must get on board as wishful as it is to think most unemployed don’t want to work employers have to except they are the people sending them their and or preventing them moving on. Theirs absolutely no reason why all employers cant find work for everyone. Employers have to except they are the lynch pin to who is and who isn’t in work.

        Thirdly stop handing out money then say its the claimants fault they haven’t found work. Theirs no reason why when someone becomes unemployed that government couldn’t place them in a place of work that utilizes their skills and qualifications consummate to how much benefit they draw so basically if a person only took unemployment benefit, they only work 11 hours which is pretty much equal to the amount they hand out. Its important to keep the work ethics high so we must treat the unemployed as though they were employed so same rules as employment on min wage, work time, etc.


        June 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  23. Thousands of disabled callers blocked from overloaded DWP benefits hotline dubbed ‘Berlin Wall’

    Callers could not sign up for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) 18,949 times due to “heavy demand” from January to April – 4,700 a month.



    June 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

  24. A blogger who writes about living with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia after spending 20 years on incapacity benefit has persuaded the Labour party to appoint a shadow minister for neurodiversity.

    Monique Craine wrote an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn urging him to help end the discrimination suffered by an estimated one in five of the population who have some form of neurological condition.



    June 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  25. Even we Conservatives know that welfare is in trouble, but Universal Basic Income isn’t the answer


    Notice the over use of the word likely meaning these who profess don’t actually have any meaningful proof that proves UBI wouldn’t be more beneficial not to mention lets face it, the article smacks of class discrimination.


    June 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  26. Auntie is anti-white


    Now you would think i would be talking about race discrimination but no, the problem here is yet another example of how businesses manipulate employment laws by abusing the employment term traineeship.

    By neatly doing it this way, their completely abstract from discrimination laws in the workplace.


    June 3, 2016 at 7:29 am

    • We are staying north of the border at the moment and there is an ENGLISHman doing the continuity announcement on BBC SCOTLAND. Think his name is Steve Urquhart, think we’ve heard him on Radio 4. Maybe he is on holiday too and needs some funds lol Anyway, doesn’t it miss the point of this money-wasting ‘regionalisation’ that the BBC squander licence payers money on i.e. having a truck-load of announcers in different ‘regions’ saying exactly the same thing at the same time in ‘regional’ accents. When we first heard his voice we thought we had taken a wrong turn and got lost in the Lake District or summat lol Having just tuned into BBC SCOTLAND Radio we are sure we picked up an ENGLISH voice on there, but on the TV it stands out like a sore thumb.

      The Tourists

      June 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

      • PS There was also an ENGLISHman presenting the weather after Reporting SCOTLAND. Christopher or something his name was. Passable at a stretch. But when it goes against the whole grain of regional identity it takes the biscuit. Are there no SCOTTISHmen/women willing to read a script on the TV for an inflated BBC salary?

        The Tourists

        June 3, 2016 at 11:04 am

      • Well, it’s quid pro quo * seeing as we’ve got bearded Scotchman Hamish McHaggis down here in the South on BBC Spotlight to contend with!

        *something for something/this for that – saves anyone having to look it up 🙂

        Soft Southerners

        June 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      • Not to mention Ena Miller, a Scotch girl who reads the local news, haven’t seen her for a while mind you, maybe she is back in Scotchland 🙂

        Soft Southerners

        June 3, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      • The mystery Sassenach invader must be Steve Urquhart

        Seems he is an ex-con:

        “Then he went to prison.

        Steve became head of station sound at the acclaimed National Prison Radio in HMP Brixton, where he taught radio production to serving inmates, and won Gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.”

        Serves the Scotch right for voting: “Naw”

        Overburden Donkey

        June 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    • Funny how the BBC still has so many TV ‘regions’ (same with radio) when we now just have the national ITV network with the one exception of STV (Scotch Television) – who would have thunk? The ITV network just has opt-outs for the regional news. Maybe with the mixed-up presentation the BBC is trying to bring a state of homogeneous to the ‘network’ and disband with the ‘regional’ variants. It would save a few £s after all. As well as lead to a few job losses, although more like cushy job-creation schemes for the boys and girls though. How to they get those cushy, money-for-nothing jobs any? Universal Jobmatch? 😀

      Widescreen Eyes

      June 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm

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