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Iain Duncan Smith – Tipped, in case of Brexit – as work and pensions secretary

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Just when you thought Iain Duncan Smith had left the DWP for ever. 

Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit cabinet: the possible lineup

If the UK votes to leave the EU and Boris Johnson replaces David Cameron, who would be the key figures around him in Downing Street?

The Guardian Speculates  (Today).

Our eyes fall immediately on this name and post.

Iain Duncan Smith – work and pensions secretary

The former cabinet minister could return to his old role driving through his universal credit project to shake up welfare if Osborne and Cameron were gone from Downing Street. Having resigned with unfinished business, he may have ambitions to carry on his mission.

Interviewed on his Mobile, Mr Nostfertau, Graf Orlok, aka, Iain Duncan Smith,  the “Bird of Death”  says.

“I shall return!”

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 3, 2016 at 4:27 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    June 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  2. […] Source: Iain Duncan Smith – Tipped, in case of Brexit – as work and pensions secretary […]

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

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-woman-has-benefits-removed-by-dwp-after-trying-to-find-work-a7063126.html

    Something smells off here as this claimant would still have to declare weekly earnings just like anyone else finding a bit of work while signing on. I did quite a few myself.

    And whats this DWP fraud comment, “working without permission” about as no one needs permission to work, all that matters is you declare it as a change of circumstance and declare any money received or likely to in the near future.

    That aside i see DWP are all still on auto pilot with the letters, it would be interesting to know what triggers the letters from the system.

    doug

    June 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

  4. WARNING: that Budget changes are set to hit tenants on housing benefit

    http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/business/news/14534673.Warning_that_Budget_changes_are_set_to_hit_tenants_on_housing_benefit/?ref=mac

    TWO THIRDS of landlords with tenants receiving housing benefit experienced arrears, no wonder the private sector is put off renting to benefit claimants.

    Cant wait to see how DWP/government get around this one as it could be said that government are making people homeless and worst still, keeping them trapped living on the street or if their really lucky they might get a church to bunk down in one night a week.

    When is some power going to put their foot on the Tories throat as so to speak ?

    doug

    June 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

  5. Even Boris isn’t that stupid.

    Dan

    June 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    • No, but he enough of a c**t to do it.

      Andrew Coates

      June 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

      • How ironic, not being able to express yourself because of your own self-imposed censorship 😀

        The Connards

        June 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  6. IDS back in his former position is going to cause unbelievable chaos but what’s really worrying me is that if we do come out of the EU, you can kiss the EU humans rights bill goodbye.

    It will be replaced by a new British Bill of Human Rights drawn up by the Conservative Party.

    They could put anything in that and make it law, very scarey stuff. They could for example make it illegal to be unemployed after 12 months, and put a lot of other really nasty stuff in there.

    Be afraid, very afraid if the Brexiteers win.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 4, 2016 at 10:45 am

  7. The following statement is just reasonable speculation from what has already being discussed on Sky News Q AND A Sessions with Cammoron and Govey slap faced witt nerd.

    I can see it now if the Bexit vote wins — from IDS’s point of view – Police State – Benefits reduced – Rich for the Rich, fuck the poor. I’m not going down the benefits road because there won’t be any eventually.

    If you voted to come out of the E.U. then you idiots will now face my most perverse idea’s regarding benefit sanctions and reforms ever, would be IDS’s statement.

    Well if that were to happen?

    IDS, Gove, and all the other Brexiteers – – – – Dumbasses!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    • I seriously, and I would not normally intrude my precise political views on this site, think that this is a major threat.

      I do not want to live in a right-wing rat hole run by this bunch of utter c**ts.

      Andrew Coates

      June 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      • And again 😀 Just when the only way to express yourself is by using your own self-banned word 😀

        The Connards

        June 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  8. F.A.O. Andy Coates.

    While we still have time please ask the main question – IN OR OUT OF THE E.U. for people who comment on this site, please make it clear however if they decide to vote – No recrimination comments will be allowed on threat of being dispelled from this website.

    This could be interesting.

    To one and all it’s your free vote, but please remember, this vote if it happens to be ‘OUT’ – WILL affect how the government works and new laws that will seriously affect the current human rights we now enjoy will be abolished.

    These new laws (which we don’t have any idea of what they will be) under the new British Human Rights Bill in my estimate won’t be worth the paper their printed upon, But WILL APPLY lawfully for decades to come.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm

  9. What has the EU ever done for disabled people? Quite a lot, actually.

    http://stv.tv/news/politics/1356303-what-has-the-eu-ever-done-for-disabled-people-quite-a-lot-actually/

    enigma

    June 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

  10. Jobcentre Plus offers career services to BHS staff

    Jobcentre Plus’s rapid response service is working with administrators to help workers affected by the winding down of retailer BHS through its career services.

    http://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2016/06/jobcentre-plus-offers-career-services-to-bhs-staff/

    ken

    June 4, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    • “rapid response” lol do job centre cockroaches rush to the scene of job losses with their ‘blues and twos’ on? 😀

      Police Interceptors

      June 5, 2016 at 5:28 am

      • If a redundant steelworker thinks they can outrun a cockroach they got another thing coming 🙂 Oh look, seems like “C*unty” – so-called because they are a right C*unt – has pulled up a jobseeker for a “chat”. If you think you can get away with not having a 35 hour a week jobsearch log, think again – “C*unty” will throw the book at you – a quick trip to the local jobcentre and a sanction to boot!

        Jobcentre Interceptors

        June 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

    • BHS, TATA, im not surprized the tories are moving in as those figures are but two firms carrying out cuts. With a lot of mergers going on in the bookie industry, expect more bodies as tons of betting shops get closed down.

      With investment at a low, one can only hope it is the EU referendum that’s causing it no matter which path UK citizens decide.

      doug

      June 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

  11. Americans Increasingly Angry With Corporate Desertions via Tax Inversions

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/05/americans-increasingly-angry-with-corporate-desertions-via-tax-inversions.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

    If your wondering why i posted this its so people can see what corporate free market capitalism will do to as country.

    doug

    June 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

  12. Too many people still havn’t got a clue was is going on, be it the snoopers charter, EU, welfare reform, the list goes on.

    Snooper’s charter: Most Britons unaware of Tory plans, survey finds.

    Britons could be sleepwalking into a new era of state surveillance powers, judging by a new poll conducted by the civil rights organisation Liberty.

    Before a Commons battle over the investigatory powers bill this week, the poll found that 92% of respondents who were aware of the proposals – described as a “snooper’s charter” by critics – disapproved of them. But 72% of respondents said that they knew nothing about it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/05/snoopers-charter-most-britons-unaware-tory-plans

    enigma

    June 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    • Seems warm enough in here 😀

      The Boiling Frogs

      June 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  13. Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work, report claims

    Government-backed employment project found benefit cuts that push claimants further into poverty also create barriers to finding work.

    Cuts to benefit entitlements make it less likely unemployed people will find a job, a government-backed employment project has found, undermining politicians’ claims that docking welfare payments acts as an incentive to work.

    A scheme run by Oxford city council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) found that the odds of long-term jobless claimants finding work reduced by 2% for every pound of income lost through housing benefit cuts.

    The findings emerged in an evaluation of a one-year EU-funded project aimed at helping unemployed claimants cope with cuts to their housing benefit as a result of the benefit cap, local housing allowance restrictions, and the bedroom tax.

    Meanwhile The DWP said it disagreed with the Oxford report’s conclusion, – obviously

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/05/docking-welfare-payments-is-not-incentive-to-work-report-claims

    enigma

    June 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm

  14. Man who kicked off in Clydebank Job Centre and called staff ‘f****** a*******’ warned by sheriff

    He had “become dissatisfied” with information given by DWP staff, and started shouting loudly.

    http://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/14526586.Man_who_kicked_off_in_Job_Centre_and_called_staff__f_______a_________warned_by_sheriff/

    ken

    June 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    • “Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said McDonald was already subject to a community payback order, which he had been sentenced to the maximum of 300 hours.

      In 10 months, McDonald, of Falloch Road, Milngavie, has only carried out 40 hours of work”

      Compare and contrast with the (now defunct) CWP (Community Work Placement) – 900 hours of unpaid work which had to be completed in 30 weeks!

      Maxwell Hendry

      June 5, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  15. BRUSSELS – The U.N.’s expert on debt and human rights says economic austerity policies are hitting poor people hard in Greece and Spain and undermining social rights in the European Union.

    U.N. envoy Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky said Friday that it’s not acceptable when people “no longer have the means to buy adequate food, lose access to essential medical services or cannot keep a roof over their head.”

    Bohoslavsky called on the EU, where around 121 million people are at risk of poverty, to consider the social and human rights impact of future economic programs and reforms.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/03/un-envoy-warns-austerity-policies-hitting-poor-hardest.html

    enigma

    June 6, 2016 at 7:11 am

  16. What next.

    Philippa Stroud, who was Iain Duncan Smith’s closest lieutenant through much of his time in government, has set up a commission of experts to develop new poverty measures to act as a counterweight to the cost-cutting orthodoxy of the Treasury.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/05/philippa-stroud-cross-party-commission-poor-cuts-treasury

    enigma

    June 6, 2016 at 7:17 am

    • “incentivised the right behaviours for people in disadvantaged backgrounds”,

      So people from disadvantaged backgrounds need mental rewiring do they ?

      Could you be anymore offensive.

      doug

      June 6, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  17. OT

    CORPUS JURIS

    Look it up!

    Innocent Until Proved Guilty

    June 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  18. DWP press office and the art of facts avoidance

    I believe this is an issue that raises important questions about the impartiality of the Civil Service under the current government, and the right of journalists to receive straight, clear, non-evasive answers to questions that are put to government press officers, particularly those within the DWP.

    Yesterday, Disability News Service published a news story which showed that successive ministers for disabled people had signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to their flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in the three years since it was launched.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/comment-dwp-press-office-and-the-art-of-facts-avoidance/

    ken

    June 6, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    • What a shame, they need to hide.

      enigma

      June 7, 2016 at 12:05 am

      • Fully agree enigma,lets remind ourselves.

        ken

        June 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

  19. Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

    http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2016-06-07-Universal-Credit-leads-to-rent-arrears

    The house of cards that is the great welfare reform is beginning to unwind as only after a few days of a government joint research report detailing damning evidence that sanctions DONT incentives claimants to find work, it appears UC is responsible for RENT ARREARS.

    Interestingly although we all understand to monthly part whether we support it or not, little is known as why claimants cant claim for the first 7 days.

    http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06694/SN06694.pdf

    Well according to the document its,

    The fundamental principle behind waiting days is that social security is not designed to provide cover for moving between jobs or brief spells of unemployment. Many jobseekers have access to other resources at the beginning of their claims.

    Oh how nice it would be to drift from one job to the next or suffer but a brief spell of unemployment. Funny but for me anyway, its been more like moving from one benefit claim to the next and or brief spells of EMPLOYMENT regardless whether i sign on or not which currently im not but am also not in employment either not for the want of trying. So i can state FACT, going without benefits DOES NOT help or increase your chances of gaining paid employment in todays labour market.

    Getting back to the 7 days, does this mean if my tax records show i haven’t been in work prior to a claim that the 7 days does not count, of course not so why clearly when i and others don’t fit the fundamental principle do we still full under it ?

    What about this “have access to other resources”, really as i cant even get a business loan to start a business so have fat chance of getting money for just living, just existing. I dont have a family to run to, no friends. Not considered vulnerable enough to deserve emergency payments or even foodbank vouchers.

    I can only imagine government mean LOAN SHARKS, thanks government.

    Im penniless so getting into debt would be the last move i would make,especially when i have no idea when i will get more work if i ever get the chance for an employer to overlook my fast dwindling physical state.
    Im homeless so sofa surf when lucky, tent when not as you just cant get DWP welcome properties for rent anywhere remotely close and yes im talking entire different counties to. One said i kid you not, “im sorry we cant help you but all our remaining properties were given out to people displaced from London given to us by various London councils”.

    These nails in the reforms coffin could not come soon enough.

    doug

    June 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

    • I said a long time ago that this was a crock of S^&t – vis a vis single parents, zero hour, self employed (and no doubt other hidden victims, which will come to light as time goes by). Oh, I forgot thats already happening with with those on Tax Credits. Ooooppppssss.

      This really is going to end really badly. Well well done DWP.

      Gazza

      June 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

  20. Report calls for changes to Universal Credit system

    https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/pipe/news/scotland/report-calls-for-changes-to-universal-credit-system/

    One can only hope.

    doug

    June 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

  21. “The reality is that universal credit – now available to all single jobseekers across Scotland – is revolutionising welfare, with claimants moving into work faster and earning more than under the old system”.

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/tories-blasted-over-flawed-universal-8129457

    WELL THAT’S NOT QUITE TRUE.

    If you look at the stats we still haven’t returned to the levels of unemployment and jobseekers allowance back in 2008. This means so far the tories have only succeeded in getting those displaced from the 2008 crash back into work.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10604117

    The tories like labour have thus far failed to get the figure pre 2008 into work and if the reform is to be heralded, done so to the point their nolonger state dependent meaning if we talk the cost of living and the ever growing figure claiming tax credits and housing benefit that even what the tories have achieved thus far, it would appear even that is only half done.

    It would denote these people aren’t earning enough so with extra hours at the same employment, a additional part time job or even a entirely new job regarding the claimants skill set, earning more money not likely for the majority, what do the government propose that doesn’t involve getting in some form of debt ?

    Media or organizations need to not simply except government mantra that gets continued from one article to next but must attack the very point the tories are trying to assert which as you can see here is while in one case its true, it isn’t true for what the government are trying to assert at the time.

    Don’t let government be generic, don’t allow them to use sentence constructs that mean more than one thing.

    doug

    June 7, 2016 at 9:48 am

  22. A picture speaks a thousand words.

    http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2016-06-07/married-woman-jailed-after-claiming-she-was-single-to-receive-more-than-12-500-in-benefits/

    Only the other day a person was convicted of benefit fraud that declared they needed it to make up their poor weekly wages so coupled with the fact this one has been and is quite prepared to commit fraud on a repeating scale. When you chalk up these benefit frauds its not hard to see the majority are either in work or living with someone in work who is or might be supporting them.

    Its pinnacle enough people are state dependent but benefit fraud committed dew to poor wages signifies a more deeper pressing matter in UK society.

    doug

    June 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

  23. Oh dear, it appears many of the media have taken up the article on how well the great welfare reform HAS’NT DONE.

    Mirror,guardian,independant, the list goes on but the question remains, will media continue to press government on this or reside it to a mere one days worth of titillation.

    Its quite sad that media had to wait for a report when common sense alone dictates alot of what government said simply didn’t add up day one. Its quite sad not just because media didn’t listen to experts early on but because they seemed inept at delving into their own minds eye.

    Take the sanctions lark, for governments claim to be true, not only would they have to have a job befitting every claimants skillset or near about which if you ask DWP, they don’t have the slightest clue up until recently where they now ask fresh claimants but also government would have to guarantee they all get that job which they cant as unlike taking a tin of beans off the shelf at the local supermarket, its up to the employer who and who gets hired which any reporter should know and does.

    As for the 6 weeks wait, one can only imagine the government get a good interest rate for holding onto the funds that long that outweighs the financial loss caused by social housing and private landlords struggling to fill 2/3 bedroom properties, private renters losing properties dew to the debt to acquire them only to find they cant get enough people not on benefits to occupy them. Even the prospect of converting them into flatlets or shared properties seems to have been non existent.

    Government clearly would rather hold on peoples tax and NI than let it flow back into the system among industry where claimants by goods like food,etc. This 101 principle of free market capitalism is ignored by a party who supports it. Government arent just effecting the claimant, they are effecting the lives of businesses who rely on the money to keep themselves going rather than joining the benefit queue with the rest of us.

    If we take say corners shops, although dwindling dew to unfair competition from large super market chains that have also effected the small privately owned petrol stations, your see a overwhelming amount of new corner shops are infact owned by EU migrants who failing to sell whats on the shelves have sort to selling illegal drugs,booze and tobacco under the counter just to make a living.

    doug

    June 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  24. Man defrauds welfare to fund burger van startup business.

    http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/benefit-fraudster-used-job-seekers-allowance-to-help-fund-burger-van-business-in-northampton-1-7418553

    What ever happened to the days when people committed crime to fund lavish lifestyles of drugs,booze,fast cars and women.

    Remember when i mentioned how do you force a partner to pay their fair share ?

    http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/wellingborough-mother-who-falsely-claimed-30-000-in-benefits-tells-court-she-was-worried-about-being-made-homeless-1-7419742

    Notice how we yet again don’t hear how court or DWP intend to make this man pay the rent, well that’s because legally they cant, infact all they can legally do is suggest this woman not let him come back.

    In this particular case the woman is right, if she reported every other week hes here, hes gone, he refuses to pay, DWP would have stopped or reduced her her benefit regardless and as a result considering how terrible delays and errors are at DWP and local council alike, she would have in all likelihood ended up homeless if indeed her story is true.

    Im sorry but unless a person is legally obligated to pay as a partner, i fail to see why declaring them or not makes a difference or should. DWP cant expect people to take responsibility if theirs no legal redress to approach such a situation. Its as though a claimant is being punished for failing to get the other person to except their responsibility which is zero when their not married, the persons not the named father and or even doesn’t have their name on the tenancy which if they didn’t and the claimant did take payment for would make the claimant guilty of sub letting without the expressed consent of the landlord..

    doug

    June 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    • Hmm, sounds more a case of instead of ‘squandering’ his ill gotten gains on fast cars and even faster women he is instead using it as a ‘capital tool’ to make even more money. Up to the point he has been caught working in his burger van he has been claiming benefits… 😉 And of course, if it ever became a success he would no doubt be ranting on about “lazy, work-shy benefits claimants and how they should all be made to work for their benefits”. This is what people are like… 😉 You could argue that it is no different from businesses who use tax-payer funded free workfare labour, but that is another subject.

      Static

      June 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

      • Don’t know much about the food wagon business do you as making more money just isn’t that easy on a building site, its not like being parked up next to a trading park. You cant just walk onto a building site anymore, they have entrance cards and thumb print scanners. Add to that construction is down and has been for quite a few years now and the outlook is bleak.

        doug

        June 8, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    • Interestingly, it also appears that the burger van has been funded through Employment and Support Allowance. No way anyone is funding anything off of Jobseeker’s Allowance.

      Static

      June 8, 2016 at 6:16 am

    • The court heard Thompson had stated she was a single mother but she was living with the father of her children who had registered his car insurance at the address . Hmm… 😉

      Static

      June 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

    • The court heard Thompson had stated she was a single mother but she was living with the father of her children who had registered his car insurance at the address . Hmm … 🙂

      Static

      June 8, 2016 at 6:20 am

      • So what are you say, you cant have a care of address as the last time i checked, its perfectly legal and acceptable to have car insurance but not have a home.

        doug

        June 8, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  25. PIP is a disaster for disabled people. At last the full horror is emerging

    When does reform become dangerous? Over three years ago the Conservatives began to roll out personal independence payments (PIP) – in essence, the mandatory, mass re-testing of disabled and chronically ill people – and the answer is getting stark.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/07/pip-disaster-disabled-access-report-benefits

    ken

    June 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm

  26. Has DWP and providers got around to blocking access to this site then as its a bit of a ghost time ?

    doug

    June 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    • It was originally called: “The One Million Hits to Piss Off the DWP Project”, then the name was changed to “Ipswich Unemployed Action”. Now the one million hits target has been achieved the ‘project’ is all but abandoned.

      Ghost Town

      June 15, 2016 at 5:58 am

  27. Sports Direct docked 15 minutes of workers’ pay for turning up one minute late – but the DWP is worse

    Anyone who has been in contact with the Department for Work and Pensions, however, might find such a policy very familiar. The principle of excessive punishment for trivial ‘offences’ has been happening at the DWP since the coalition began their ‘welfare reforms’.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sports-direct-docked-15-minutes-of-workers-pay-for-turning-up-one-minute-late-but-the-dwp-will-a7070501.html

    ken

    June 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm

  28. A MUST WATCH DOCUMENTARY THAT’S NOT WHAT YOU MAY THINK IT IS.

    http://vu45.com/where-to-invade-next-2015-full-movie-hd-streaming

    This documentary highlights good practices in other countries (mostly europe), practices like the Americans we should adopt for the greater good of the country and its citizens.

    Its no wonder we feel more like Americans more and more everyday because we are allowing our government and big business to turn us into them.

    Please share the link with as many people as you know as this needs to be pressed on government who have sent all these things backwards.

    doug

    June 9, 2016 at 2:15 am

  29. greater good of the country and its citizens.

    lying,conning,thieving,deceiving,cheating,hypocritical,greed how is anyone supposed to get behind that.The comments left on links posted here are interesting also,the awareness is increasing the tone more pointed and the government is to blame ,it should be termed their interests before citizens and more people know it.

    ken

    June 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    • Im unaware of your political and economic knowledge but politicians are puppets, front pieces for corporate interests. People as im sure you have witnessed are quick to cut down others ideas yet seldom offer alternatives.

      For years Ive argued education is more important to peoples lives than even work yet for the longest time made worse by the Tories removing concessions and replacing them with the 24 plus advanced learners loan its never been viewed as essential enough to be made free just as the health service is. This documentary not only highlights free education in action but also shows how multiple tests,homework, poor diets offered to students/pupils have been effecting outcomes and even effects of outlawing private schools and making the rich grow up alongside the other classes. The documentary does not even stop their and demonstrates how working less, better paid holidays, employees involved on boards making decisions and companies putting employee welfare first have positive effects.Theirs even stuff on how to treat prisoners, the effects of legalizing drugs in a society.

      We live in a free market capitalistic money driven society blind to all but greed, a system derived from the very thing that collapsed communism.
      “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet yes.”

      If we don’t change, i might as well give you your slave name now but of course i wont because unlike the past, i doubt we’ll matter as much,yes.

      doug

      June 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm

  30. Councils and DWP to agree disability employment scheme devolution pilots

    The Work and Health programme is designed to get benefits claimants with disabilities and long-term health conditions back into work, and will replace the Work Programme and Work Choice from 2017.

    http://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/Public-Sector-News/councils-and-dwp-to-agree-disability-employment-scheme-devolution-pilots

    ken

    June 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    • Up until now any effort to get the unemployed back into work has only achieved putting those or at least in figure anyway that had the 2008 fallout. NOW, its the figure left left pre so for the Tories, their welfare reform really will be tested.

      doug

      June 9, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      • Back into work, sure, we all know what that means. but then some don’t yet believe it.

        enigma

        June 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      • Credits up,housing benefit up,unemployment down – these are the facts as we all know them thus far.

        Every recession even depression starts out with people losing their job.After every recession people get new jobs so one could say the Tories haven’t succeeded doing anything others haven’t done already, including themselves.

        This time however jobs are not as rosy meaning state dependency has risen even after going back into the work place. Now it could easily be argued this time the job is only half done when we consider the group let go back in 2008. Interestingly that number 3 shows up again as in math if we add back the pre 2008 amount of claimants we would say thus far since 2008 that only a third once unemployed are nolonger state dependent if we treat it on money terms alone rather than bodies.

        To lift people out of poverty requires a good job and just not a job,especially ones where automation is an ever increasing threat as is overseas cheap labour.

        Another problem we face about work, all of us is its nolonger about company size alone, its about speed but here’s the thing.

        You jump in a car and drive at half the speed to a destination you usually drive to.Sure its takes twice as long BUT you DO get their. Free market capitalism has got so out of control we are all now rushing. The thing about rushing though is you tend to risk falling over. Your seeing now high levels of stress and anxiety in the workplace, product failures and recalls, poor innovations,etc.

        Take the gaming industry, not a single game comes out these days that does not have bugs to fix, now if that wasn’t bad enough, the consumer accepts it, sees it as the norm and makes the purchase anyway. Now what makes that worse is if we take say a popular game series like fallout and the new game fallout 4, when it first came out ,seasoned real gamers (people who have played for decades, not a decade) coated it off day one and warned people don’t buy till they sort it out. You would think they would listen but instead come out swinging saying these people don’t know what their talking about with some even saying every game is bad when it first comes out so , so what.

        So brainwashed are these noobies that they will settle for a rock hoping one day a diamond will come from what they paid for it rather than just buy the diamond after its been extracted. Remember the iphone 6 bending issue, didn’t stop people buying it. Remember VW scandal, didn’t stop people buying it.

        What we have been witnessing this past 10 years is a new form that’s both capitalistic and communistic. Corporations want to be the sole receivers of capitalism while the employees are the communists all sharing the same piece of pie.

        We have a shortage of certain skills in this country like engineering and healthcare for example so lets invest and train those interested and competent to from the unemployment queue which could have been already done if the tories had done so day one when in the coalition what with both only taking around three years of study and work experience while studying to get into the field as a starting point.

        doug

        June 10, 2016 at 8:03 am

  31. What’s it with all these programmes, particularly on the BBC, that seek to hammer home the message that cheap, shitty food is in fact good for us. As one of the comments at the end of this review says: “The alternative is to suspect that this is all part of a conspiracy to encourage people to eat badly and continue to ruin their health!” BBC/Government wanting us to deliberately ruin our health!? Really?!

    The Couch Potatoes

    June 10, 2016 at 9:37 am

  32. The UK government is set to face a grilling from UN experts next week over its alleged breaches of international obligations on disabled people’s human rights.

    The government will be examined on Wednesday and Thursday (15 and 16 June) by the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights on its record on issues such as social security, employment, housing, health and education.

    The discussions will take place in public, in Geneva, Switzerland, with the committee’s findings likely to be published the following week.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/uk-government-set-for-un-grilling-in-geneva-over-breaches-of-disability-rights/

    enigma

    June 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  33. A third option on the E.U. Referendum – if you want it!

    By third option obviously I don’t mean IN or OUT.

    What I mean by third option is Mr Cameron – Call the referendum off, cancel it or (while we still have time) apologise to the UK voters and say something like:

    “I now realise that this issue is causing so many divisions in the UK between people who were once united in a common cause are now divided”

    That’s a common sense settlement that stops all this indecision and potential civil unrest, because if this Referendum happens – regardless of the decision, it’s all on the Conservative Party’s head as it was in their manifesto to call for it.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  34. To get rid of Nosferatu you must decapitate them and burn the remains. When you next cross the path of an undead bastard like Iain Duncan Smith you now know what must be done to rid the world of his evil.

    Professor Abraham Van Helsing

    June 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  35. So the general consensus of IUA commenters on the EU referendum are Remain?

    I have voted for Leave – for a multitude of reasons far beyond that of the typical immigration card which always come up in these debates. So boring. It is much wider issue than border control. I keep hearing about Turkey in this debate (not a problem for 20 years) but having watched the whole two hour TV programme… no mention of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which really scares me. I don’t like how this is being carried out in secret. I don’t like many (can I say ALL?) of the people behind the Leave campaign and I don’t like where they want to take us (although its the British people are able to influence this change through their voting at the next General Election)

    Either way I am not too bothered as there are so many benefits to the EU; I just don’t agree with the political union, non-accountability, proposals for an EU army etc. Reform is what is needed but I have the view of reestablishing a new version of the EU as the only way to achieve reform.

    I have to admit I had my mind made up early and not really think about Boris Johnson as the new PM; and with this being a mostly Labour (Remain) vs prospective Conservative government (Leave) so maybe if I waited before voting I might have voted Remain.

    The other issue for me is… a vote Remain is a vote of confidence for the current EU system and would be an excuse for not using Veto powers… “the British people made clear on 23rd June 2016, that they wanted to stay in the EU (yawn)”. Bottom line is I don’t trust our current Government or future prospects (regardless of political party), if we were independent from the EU, I would hope the people would regain control for a better society. We can all dream right? The referendum is not done on number of total votes so the Remain are likely to win by a landslide.

    Universal Jobmatch

    June 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm


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