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Lowest-paid workers to receive smaller pay rises, says thinktank

Uncertainty caused by Brexit vote means ‘

The survey results counter evidence that high-profile companies, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and B&Q, clawed back staff benefits after the introduction of the national living wage.

D’Arcy said: “Encouragingly, evidence of workers seeing their hours cut or even losing their jobs has so far been relatively limited. The challenge now is for firms to continue to respond positively to the national living wage, particularly by raising productivity.”

will rise more slowly, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Welfare weekly. 

Millions of workers on the national living wage are set for smaller than expected pay rises by the end of the decade after the EU referendum, according to a thinktank.

It does not much to see that this was an effect on Universal Credit and welfare payments..

Original story from the Guardian.

The “national living wage” introduced by the chancellor, George Osborne, is set to rise more slowly because it is linked to average worker earnings, which are now expected to come under pressure following the referendum.

The real-terms value of the wage by 2020 could be up to 40p an hour lower than the £8.31 predicted before the EU vote, according to the report by the Resolution Foundation.

The minimum pay rate of £7.20 an hour for over-25s was in

The real-terms value of the wage by 2020 could be up to 40p an hour lower than the £8.31 predicted before the EU vote, according to the report by the Resolution Foundation.

The minimum pay rate of £7.20 an hour for over-25s was introduced by Osborne in April after he said: “Britain deserves a pay rise.” The rate is designed to gradually increase over the next four years and initial estimates had suggested it could reach £9 an hour by 2020.

But the thinktank found there is increasing uncertainty about the outlook for earnings. This will have a major knock-on effect on the national living wage, it says. The national living wage aims to reach 60% of a typical (over-25) worker’s hourly wage by 2020. The Resolution Foundation expects 4.5 million employees to benefit from the national living wage in 2016, rising to 6 million – or 23% of all employees – in 2020.

This is important:

The survey results counter evidence that high-profile companies, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and B&Q, clawed back staff benefits after the introduction of the national living wage.

D’Arcy said: “Encouragingly, evidence of workers seeing their hours cut or even losing their jobs has so far been relatively limited. The challenge now is for firms to continue to respond positively to the national living wage, particularly by raising productivity.”


Written by Andrew Coates

July 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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  1. Conor D’Arcy, a policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, also said: “Brexit is likely to reshape the landscape in which many low-paying sectors operate.”

    sure it will but lets face it, it won’t be positive for employees.


    July 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    • My bet would be that the Tories, free from European curbs via the Social Chapter, will rewrite employment law to give employers (and landlords) much more power and employees (and tenants) many fewer rights. So, depending on what the new government decides my bet would be that leaving the EU will make things very much worse for workers in the future rather than making it worse for employers. This is, after all, the Tory way.


      August 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

  2. Anybody who comes out with the ‘raising productivity’ – wise old saw, makes you sound clever when you have said nothing at all – makes you want to reply: how about lowering productivity and raising wages – and benefits.

    Andrew Coates

    July 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    • I think what was implied by raising productivity is about hiring more people. I say this as micromanagement has been around for a while so employers would already have their current staff at max productivity per staff member.


      July 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      • If they are talking about talking on more people what are those people going to be doing, then there’s automation which is no doubt speeding up.


        July 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      • You know as well as i do that would imply as usual temporary work until an order is fulfilled. If you’ve noticed we are moving away from employers advertising to agencies, part time work in comparison to last year is growing while full time has shrunk over the same period. Self employment is up, a lot of which is agencies avoiding tax along with the firm by tricking applicants into self employment through umbrella companies when the work falls well within the legal description of PAYE. So a lot of temporary agency work is listed as self employed on tax records. Although i cant obtain the data it appears temporary work has increased which muddies the labor figures.

        As for automation it is creeping in at an accelerated pace and as theirs no regulation to control it, it will cause problems but governments are ignoring it in the pursuit of false faith in free market capitalism.


        July 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

      • Yes, there is nothing but part time work here, more & more temp – 13 weeks or so. I know many people who had full time jobs, when I say full time I mean full time, as you will know. now their hours have been cut. it is getting bad.


        July 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm

  3. The government has quietly been testing blockchain technology for benefits payments


    We all heard a while back politicians were asking for the reintroduction of benefit stamps/voucher type system. We this is the modern day answer which yes means even more TRACKING.


    July 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  4. The UK’s welfare state has been labelled “mediocre” and in need of reform by a leading think tank.

    A report by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) warns of “endemic squalor” across Britain and suggests action is required to tackle the region’s rapidly ageing population.

    Based on a study of European welfare states between 2003-2014, the UK was ranked 15th out of 23 countries for poverty and social exclusion, with approximately 15 million citizens classified as “at risk of poverty or social exclusion”.

    Those aged 18 to 24 years old have the highest rate of poverty and social exclusion, but the think tank found the elderly to be especially at risk.

    “The golden age of the welfare state is over. A big demographic shift to older societies and the growing pressure on state budgets are threatening its very existence in many European countries.

    “Tackling poverty isn’t just about welfare state provision, its also about pay and the quality of employment. A job should be the first route out of poverty and we need a better labour market, as well as a better welfare system, to improve the lives of the poorest.”

    A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions told The Independent: “Our welfare reforms are supporting the most vulnerable in society and we’re continuing to spend around 90bn a year on working age benefits.

    Earlier this year, analysis by the House of Commons Library found mothers in Britain will be £13bn worse off under the current Government as a result of new policies.

    A report by the Resolution Foundation recently found the Government’s flagship universal credit welfare reform has “serious design flaws” and risks becoming no more than a “very complicated vehicle for cutting the benefits bill”.



    July 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    • £55,000 benefits fraudster is jailed for six months


      In other words if you read the story, this person defrauded a mere £6’106 per annum for 9 years, hardly big league fraud yes ?

      Now the working public will say that’s not the point, well lets see shall we.

      Theirs 31.5 million workers in the UK, meaning if all pay tax and NI (anyone earning over £211 a week) that the individual only got conned out of exactly £0.00019p so not even 1p. If only half of the 31.5 pay taxes that means only being conned by £0.00038p, so again less than 1p a year.

      this means once we look at the whole 9 years it means per person paying tax was only conned out of £0.0017p (31.5 million) or £0.0034p (15.75 million workers), meaning even after 9 whole years this person still hasn’t conned someone paying tax out of 1p.

      Now if i moaned about you short changing me 1p, you would probably say its not worth moaning about, its nothing, infact its so small,were you go, hers 1p from my pocket. So imagine 5263 tax payers moaning over jointly being short changed by 1p. Now imagine 15 and 30 million respectively. The truth is in that context NOT ONE person would moan.

      Im mentioning this as this or any government and media likes to announce things as a whole so they can get impact which without would see the electorate hardly interested in most policies politicians use to get elected.

      So the next time someone tries to moan about benefit defrauders or states ” i pay your dole,go get a job “, just drop this on them and watch what happens next as no one person has the right to speak for others unless they have been democratically elected to and even then still has to face what this means individually and not just the sum of all parts.

      (lastly don’t forget this person was jailed for 6 months meaning the taxpayer has to foot a further £12’636 not to mention arrest,evidence gathering and court and defense costs on top of the money they will never recover).


      July 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

      • Doug what would your solution to justice be in cases like this.


        July 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      • From what i have gathered over the years in evidence related to benefit fraud, it appears the common theme is DWP not carrying out the right checks or checks at all. Its very evident now cross data basing is reeling them in one by one.


        July 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

      • Fraud and error

        The Secretary of State told the Committee that the Department has already started to exploit third-party
        data to identify high risk claimants; in response to the PAC’s recent recommendation.

        Please can you provide more details of what the Department has started to do to exploit third party data to identify high risk claimants, both within and outside of the functionality of Universal Credit?

        We are working across a wide range of public and private sector organisations to exploit data-sets to help combat fraud and error, focusing on three key areas:

        Accessing financial data insight into claimant circumstances to help combat fraud and error relating to undeclared partners, income and capital and claiming UK benefits illegally whilst living abroad.

        Investigating the value of data held by local authorities across all their services.

        Working with organisations willing to share ‘watch lists’ of known fraudsters to see if past behaviour may be a reliable predictor of propensity to commit benefit fraud.

        Wherever we identify that a new data-set has value; is supported by a legal gateway; is Data Protection Act compliant and we are absolutely sure that all data exchanges are completely secure, we will seek to use it appropriately.

        We are currently undertaking trials with GB Group (Transactis) and Callcredit to undertake data-matching within our legacy benefits to detect the undeclared changes of circumstance and in UC and other digital programmes to identify high risk claims before they are paid. The work the department undertakes with the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data-matching service has already successfully matched against taxi, market trading and personal alcohol licences and we continue to work closely with our NFI colleagues.

        The department is a partner in the Cabinet Office led Counter Fraud Checking Service pilot that shares details of fraudsters across banking, insurance and police. We are nearing the end of a trial with National Hunter who run fraud prevention services for the financial sector; and have had data exchanges with the Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance Service (CIFAS) and are undertaking a pilot with the NCA

        Fraud and Error

        July 13, 2016 at 8:15 am

      • That’s quite correct fraud and error, DWP and other departments use private companies who data mine for a living.

        As for national hunters point, well actually not so as its only recently, so we are talking a few years now that cross databasing has been used by the government. If at all DWP ever did sit back, i would like to see the proof as without it, its pointless to even mention it at this stage of the proceedings.


        July 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      • @ doug The DWP have been data-matching for like years. When I was a kid one of my aunts made a claim for benefits. They declared an account in Ipswich. The fraud squad then turned around and said that they had an account with the same bank at a branch in Lowestoft!

        This is at the same time when an uncle used to travel 20 miles to do his banking in order to hide his money from the government! Yeah, open a bank account at a branch 20 miles away and the DWP won’t find out lol 😀 It is like laughable 😀


        July 14, 2016 at 8:08 am

      • The only thing is that nowadays the DWP are getting their filthy hands on more and more ‘data-sets’, and obviously computers make finding ‘matches’ a lot more efficient than trawling through paper records.


        July 14, 2016 at 8:10 am

    • It is worth noting that after detecting the (alleged) fraud the DWP sits back, sometimes for years, allowing the amount of money in question to mount up before taking action… 😉

      National Hunter

      July 13, 2016 at 8:04 am

      • I have often suspected that National, but do you have any sources to prove it?

        Andrew Coates

        July 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • Your telling me, after all the racking through benefit fraud cases such evidence would be a gem as im always saying politicians and media alike sensationalize such fraud so imagine the kick i would get shinning wilful deception and unlawful theft right back at them.


        July 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm

  5. Trial to store benefits claimants’ personal data on blockchain slammed



    July 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm

  6. Theresa May will be no friend to the poor and vulnerable, voting record shows.

    How Theresa May voted on Welfare and Benefits

    Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (otherwise known as “bedroom tax”).

    Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.

    Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

    Generally voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support.

    Generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.

    Generally voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.



    July 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm

  7. Violet

    July 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  8. Lowest-paid workers to receive smaller pay rises. How will this affect Universal Credit?

    Not a problem for some!

    Theresa May’s husband is a senior executive at a $1.4tn investment fund that profits from tax avoiding companies

    May mentioned Amazon and Starbucks in speech about tax avoidance



    July 12, 2016 at 11:26 pm

  9. Because of Osborne’s raid on the Universal Credit budget you lose Universal Credit very quickly once you start working, even on the minimum wage. The taper rate of withdrawal is 65%! For ever pound you earn you only keep 35 pence and, unless your rent is near to the cap, end up living only on your minimum wage without any kind of top-up, as was the case with Tax Credits. Tough times are coming folks. Times where the most put upon in society will find themselves having to work several minimum wage “mini” part-time jobs coupled with scrutiny from Jobcentres to drive them to perpetually seek more work or better paid positions no matter what else needs taking care of in their lives, e.g., elderly parents or children.

    To be honest, for people living on the edge, the future looks bleak.


    July 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

    • Tim

      Especially with all the other changes coming in full tilt aimed at the under 25’s.

      – no rent if not sharing housing [get feeling they’re going to come down even hard on this in near future – remember we’re all in it together… not]
      – changes to qualification post school can work towards – what’s the bet they won’t be all crap? And below Living wage as not a real job… and they are living at home of course…

      I am sure there is a lot more hidden in the undergrowth that will appear over time. Just look at the release of the increase in sanction on JSA that was sneaked out last week.


      July 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

      • Something like this has already happened in America, where millions suffer discontinuous work pattern which completely ruing their quality of life. Work a few hours in the morning before making your way some miles to your second job where you work another few of hours in the afternoon; go home for a couple of hours, grab a bite to eat, and then off to your third job some miles away for a few hours employment in the evening before going home again, having six hours sleep, and repeating the cycle. This is the future that David Freud has planned for hundreds of thousands of innocent British citizens. People don’t seem to realise how awful the government’s plans actually are.


        July 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      • After BritExit, though I would also point out the World is watching closely “The Snowden Revelations & GCHQ”,


        July 13, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      • Tim

        What was a Revelation to me is the figures for the jobs lost at that bakeries in the USA I found the timeframe stunning. The downfall started after 2007, [20,000 jobs] came to a head in 2012, went down to 8,000 and is now 1,700. That level of reduction with automation is what is here now. 18,000 jobs gone in 6/7 years. That’s a reduction to 1 in 20 jobs. Not. Good.


        July 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    • “We need a pan-European movement with the force to organise, mobilise and galvanise across Europe, with an array of actions ranging from civil disobedience to good lobbying”.

      Because we’re heading back to a life similar to that of 1930s, many people are already there.


      July 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm


      The situation in the USA is precisely what happens when you place all your trust in corporations and free market capitalism. So driven by profit its decade old impressive record of manufacturing dwindled to non existency while investing time and money in finance grew.

      America outsourced so much they now struggle to employ their citizens and the TTIP is their desperate attempt to turn the tide to bring in money badly needed not just to help their masses but to attempt to cut down the 19.5 Trillion they owe in government borrowing and god knows what in personal debt.

      America might be the way we are heading but theirs nothing to say we Brits cant change that by bringing back what we excel in which is ideas and innovations.


      July 14, 2016 at 7:43 am

      • Reagan turned America from the biggest lender on earth to the greatest debtor in eight years.


        July 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm

  10. Ruthless Tory scum under Cameron leave Scots homeless and starving on the streets. Tory assassins DWP/ATOS behind thousands of Scottish deaths cruelly pushed to suicide.



    July 13, 2016 at 11:41 am

  11. enigma

    July 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    • How long will it be before rules relating to digital privacy are re-written and Universal Jobmatch sufferers will be forced to be tracked online and surveilled against their will? And that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.


      July 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

  12. That womans speech was unlistenable,now because of this exit and with it the convention of human rights replaced with her “bill of rights” is more workfare on the horizon?Cameron/Osbourne skillfully crafted and so did Duncan Smith properganda against those on benefits making them public enemy number one driving up hate crime and undermining what is their legal position portraying sections of society as an unsustainable burden on the economy and simply to be disposed of regardless if they just died.

    This woman and her relentless vindictive pursuit of Abu Qatada shows she’s to the bitter end character involving the media, again she and the Torie’s generated hostility and publicity regarding this matter for their own purposes making an individual a public hate figure, now with the legal position about to shift anyone can find themselves at the mercy of a state made law without any redress to the European Courts this opens up endless possibilities.Her position as an excuse it isn’t a British thing this is why we need a strong opposition that would stand up against this and say no.

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.


    July 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    • “Mrs May will continue to fill out her new cabinet later on Thursday, with the new secretaries of state for health, education, and work and pensions among those expected to be appointed”

      More workfare? the future of housing, the future of work.


      July 14, 2016 at 7:09 am

  13. UC question

    What does a DWP say is and is not an acceptable offer of work for a claimant who works 30 hours a week at £7.20 an hour ?

    1: Is a job paying a higher rate but less hours but equaling the same pay as the persons current job acceptable. I ask as it would mean the person is nolonger eligible for tax credits which inturn means the person is actually worse off despite DWP promising to support them into more gainful employment.

    2: Is a job paying a higher rate of £7.50 a hour but same hours of 30 a week acceptable even though once calculations and deductions are done it only means you gain 87p a day extra ?

    3: What do DWP do incases where a single claimant applying only for tax credits works 30 hours one week then 28 the next and so on for a year. Technically every second week their below the threshold to be eligible for tax credits ?

    4: Can a working person put in for housing benefit but not tax credits or does DWP make that distinction ?


    July 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

  14. The DWP said: “Reasons for food bank use are complex, so it is misleading to link them to any one issue


    So DWP must have done research on a link otherwise how would they know the reasons are complex ?

    If a person says its because of delays waiting for benefits, how is that more complex exactly ?

    If a person says their benefit has been sanctioned, how is that complex exactly ?

    Are government suggesting most people who go to foodbanks are fraudulently saying these things inorder to get a slip to visit one ?

    Government know with every passing day its getting harder and harder to escape the fallout of their welfare reform that the smoke and mirrors are failing.


    July 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

    • Somebody ought to put in a FOI request to ask the DWP to list what the reasons for food bank actually are based on its own data and research? We already know that long waits for benefits, inadequate benefits, and benefit sanctions are three of the commonest. I wonder what the others are. Perhaps the DWP can enlighten us?


      July 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

  15. Mr Coates, your wish has come true [though god forbid we get a worse frakker – which we will…] :


    Now I wonder if that newspaper report of him sextexting a younger constituent is true… hhhhmmmmm…..


    July 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    • “Stephen Crabb, the work and pensions secretary and one of the contenders for David Cameron’s job, said he had resigned from the government “in the best interests of my family”.

      This came in the wake of a story in the Times in which it was revealed that Crabb, who is married, had sent sexually explicit social media messages to a young woman.”


      July 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      • Obviously the messages Crabbface sent were fully within the remit of the religious following he belongs too…


        July 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      • Crabb obviously take Genesis 1:28 very seriously, especially the “…Be fruitful, and multiply…” bit of it.

        Or would do given half a chance.


        July 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  16. Stephen Crabb has resigned from Government, I wonder which scumbag will replace him.


    July 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

  17. Birds of a feather stick together enigma.


    July 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  18. OT: Predictable Business News on Immigration [Keep the Plebs Down!]

    Leading Bexiteer warns on cutting immigration

    Next CEO Lord Wolson, a leading Britxiter, tells Simon Jack the result shouldn’t mean drastic falls in immigration.

    ME: As I predicted. I wonder how long before the general populous gets angry, angry enough to take to the streets at being duped and made fools of as the rich just gets richer


    July 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  19. One lot of Tory muskets OUT another lot IN.



    July 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm

  20. Typo muppets 😵


    July 14, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  21. New law to recoup crime money needed say MP’s.(will they be starting with their own fraud on the public purse with all their dodgy expense claims.Highly unlikely.



    July 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

  22. Pressures on teaching – outdoor learning hub”



    July 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  23. Caring in later life significantly harms employment prospects say Age UK & Carers UK.

    Age UK and Carers UK call for fresh approach to support those juggling work and unpaid care.

    Age UK, together with Carers UK, is calling on the Government to make all jobs ‘flexible by default’ to support longer working lives, for those with caring responsibilities as well as those without.



    July 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  24. OT: A&E Tragic Deaths [This is What happens when Accountants take charge…]

    h/t Refuted


    “An inquest found that the deaths of three people in the East of England were caused by a trial based on reducing admissions to A&E.

    Changes are currently being forced through at speed throughout the NHS in England which emphasise care closer to home, people being healthy and staying out of A&E.

    The National Health Action Party (NHA) say the only safe way to implement such changes is to have proper consultation, strict guidelines and the right level of staff available to make decisions.

    Yesterday, 14th July, an inquest found that the deaths of three people in the East of England were caused by a trial based on reducing admissions to A&E. In one of the cases the decision not to take the patient to hospital was made after the paramedic spoke to a GP based in the ambulance headquarters – despite it clearly breaching NHS guidelines.

    This was because a year-long pilot scheme was in place, as part of Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View, the main driver of the government’s reshaping of the NHS.

    The distressing story of deaths that have occurred in the East Of England, during a one year trial trying to reduce A&E admissions, shows above all what happens when the proper conditions are not observed and the drivers for such changes are above all financial and ideological rather than clinical.”

    See the original Link above for the rest of the Article.


    July 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  25. UK’s new Information Commissioner formally appointed.



    July 15, 2016 at 6:42 pm

  26. UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption.



    July 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    • China and Iran already ban end-to-end encryption so the UK would only be following suit…

      Eve S Drop

      July 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      • There is any endless possibilities regarding someones rights and what could happen,anyone could find themselves deported to the United States with minimum fuss for little reason,The UK is becoming a dangerous place to live already those on benefits are fully aware of this and suspicion has been in place for a considerable time.


        There will no doubt be more snooping and access to peoples’ accounts’ can be just a stone throw away.The whole ideal of having a united Europe was to prevent hostilities breaking out again and any state becoming a threat to others,also companies in the UK did not like being challenged under EU law now anything can happen.

        Its worth looking at ancestry if for example someone has an irish grandparent they are entitled to citizenship of thet country and hence hold a passport and equally important an EU citizen.In mainland Europe the ideal of calling youself anything but British looks a good ideal.

        Post-Brexit rise in demand for Irish passports ‘won’t cause delays’


        Many resent the idea of being skull hauled out of the EU against their will,people underestimate their position thinking I go to work pay taxes the govenment will look after me,sadly this isn’t true a sudden illness or disability anyone will find themselves being a target for abuse.


        July 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      • Putin Says All Encryption Must Be Backdoored In Two Weeks

        A few weeks ago, we wrote about the push by the Russian Duma to pass a massive new surveillance bill that would mandate backdoors to encryption as well as massive data retention requirements for service providers, including saying that they need to store recordings of phone calls. As you may have heard, earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the bill into law. And apparently to prove that he’s serious about all of this, Putin has also signed an executive order telling the FSB (the modern version of the KGB) to make sure it gets encryption keys to unlock everything within the next two weeks.

        After signing controversial anti-terrorist legislation earlier today, President Putin ordered the Federal Security Service (the FSB, the post-Soviet successor to the KGB) to produce encryption keys to decrypt all data on the Internet. According to the executive order, the FSB has two weeks to do it. Responsibility for carrying out Putin’s instructions falls on Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB.

        As the article notes, there’s a lot of uncertainty here, because in many cases, when things are encrypted locally or where there are private keys, there isn’t any way for service providers to turn over any keys.

        What happens next is a little unclear. But it seems likely that the Russian government will use this to attack certain encrypted communications services, and potentially block and/or fine them for failing to comply with the new law. There has been a lot of talk about how Ed Snowden has been speaking out against this law, as he should. Considering that he uses a number of different encryption systems to communicate with the world, this law puts him very directly in danger. But it also puts lots of other people at risk as well. As we’ve been pointing out for a while, encryption does much more to protect everyday citizens than it does to hide the communications of “terrorists.” Undermining that puts a lot more people at risk of people hacking into their stuff than being a victim of a terrorist attack.


        It’s bad news, ken. Self-censorship also comes into play and as a result a lot of sites/services are going to see their traffic fall off a cliff.

        Theresa M

        July 16, 2016 at 6:33 am

      • Theresa M

        July 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

  27. Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17

    This new Bill – introduced by the youngest MP Mhairi Black – will be debated in the House of Commons on 2nd December this year, so it is vital that as many MPs as possible support it.

    Quote from Mhairi Black:

    “My bill, the Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17, was introduced a few weeks ago and has already won cross-party support from, among others, Tory MP Andrew Percy, Labour veteran Dennis Skinner, Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts, Green MP Caroline Lucas, and my 54 SNP colleagues. This is important: for the bill to have any chance of success it will need as much support as possible from both sides of the chamber”.


    Better Than Nothing

    July 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    • This “Bill” is a load of old bollocks, but what else can you expect from a hairy-arsed lesbian!? This comment gives the intent away (as well as Mhari’s example of the “single parent”):

      “Corrinne Vallely · Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire
      Will ‘single parent’ include fathers who co-parent, aren’t on an equal basis with their child’s mother, but who do not qualify for housing benefits etc…. Because only the one parent (most times the mother) gets the child benefit? Single fathers get no benefits for their child if the mother regardless of her circumstance is the one getting the child benefit.”

      It is all about removing FEMALE single parents, and probably females as a whole group, from the sanctions regime. It is back to the whole so-called ‘vulnerable group’ crap: let sanctions be the preserve of single, white males.

      Fuck this transparent shit: End sanctions without exception – or fuck off!

      End Sanctions - Without Expection

      July 16, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      • It would not be possible to end sanctions without exception. Be grateful for this development.

        Better Than Nothing

        July 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      • Surely it is possible? Stopping anyone’s money – ever – was only done originally extremely rarely; it was an available option but very unlikely/not something people had to live in fear of? They had to not sign on i think – (not just be 3 minutes late) or maybe be (proven to be) earning? Or such like. There is no need and no justification for this barbaric system. If it happens it is devastating for people/children included. If it doesn’t, every time is like a reprieve & the continual fear/stress lifts for about as long as it takes to get back outside the JCP- & back to the 24/7 (35 hour) reality.


        July 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      • “Shirleynott” – It would not be possible to end sanctions without exception UNDER THE PRESENT TORY GOVERNMENT!

        Better Than Nothing

        July 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      • Oh,i see. But i would agree that settling for ‘better tban nothing’ concessions isn’t what people should expect. It’s not as though there are more jobs around and people aren’t bothering to try & get them -sanctions are just an excuse (for sadism)- we can’t accept them being done to some people and not to others – it’s fundamentally wrong & has got to end.


        July 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    • “Pamela Mitchell · Edinburgh, United Kingdom”The other vulnerable groups are single people who are also targeted, many of them are mature adults who end up homeless because the benefit amount is so low and inadequate to cover gas and electric or food.”” But fuck them, eh Mhari!

      RIP David Clapson

      July 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    • Mhairi Black is a fly little shit: “I came into politics not as a career but to help the poor”. Yeah sure Mhairi, we believe you 😉 Mhairi Black is just another self-serving poli-fucking-tician! Get real, folks. Just like wee Nicola, another careerist riding to power and money on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable in society. What’s the betting wee Mhairi is angling for and being primed for wee Nicola’s job when she leaves office. Mhairi Black (on £70,000 a year plus expenses) doesn’t give a flying fuck about the effects of benefits sanctions.


      July 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      • If Mhairi Black is so indifferent, as you claim, why then is she introducing this Bill?

        Better Than Nothing

        July 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    • Thanks for letting us all know BTN.


      July 16, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    • One of the problems is this idea that a “Claimant Commitment” is based on a “negotiation” between claimant and DWP officer. Sort of:

      Officer: “Will you grant me access to your Universal Jobmatch account so that I can leave messages for you about jobs and help you better back into work?”

      Claimant (naive, unaware of what this means and afraid to took uncooperative): “Yes! Of course! I don’t mind that.”

      And from there on ANYONE at the DWP can check his/her jobsearch activities online and surveil that person, in real time, waiting to pounce when the “jobseeker” makes an error or misses logging in as contracted.

      The “negotiation” should have been more like this:

      Officer: “Will you grant me access to your Universal Jobmatch account so that I can leave messages for you about jobs and help you better back into work?”

      Claimant: “Is granting access to my UJM my account compulsory?”

      Officer (unable to lie): “No. But it would help me to help you better.”

      Claimant: “I disapprove of individuals being tracked online under any circumstance and so won’t consent to give the DWP access to my Universal Jobmatch account on a point of principle. If you want to contact me about a vacancy you can phone me.”

      This IS a negotiation; what normally transpires isn’t.

      People stupidly actually believe that DWP staff know what’s best for them and have their best interests at heart. People believe that DWP staff wouldn’t do them intentional harm and so instead of asking questions, finding out what their rights are, and doing what they consider to be the right thing in respect to their own interests just go with the flow and get lumbered when the DWP gives them a list of impossible things to do on a daily basis, day in and day out, day after day.

      Make no mistake about it folks the DWP ARE out to get you.

      Ask questions before you agree to anything because DWP staff are not supposed to lie.


      July 19, 2016 at 8:32 am

  28. Theresa May continued with a reshuffle that some have called ruthless with the announcement that Anna Soubry – a supporter during the leadership battle – was out of her position as small business minister……………



    July 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm

  29. Another connection.

    Using home to fund retirement is a delusion, says former minister.

    Downsizing your home to give yourself an income in retirement is unrealistic, according to the former pensions minister, Steve Webb.

    As many as three million people who are planning to rely on their homes for a pension are in for a shock, he said.

    In a report for the insurance company Royal London, he said most people doing so would experience a slump in living standards on retirement.



    July 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    • Well, it’s true; you could end up in your old age with what you think is a substantial amount of capital (capital which has taken you a lifetime saving up) but still only providing a meager income; capital (money) which you will never actually get to enjoy – but someone else, pension fund managers, or the government will soon squander it. The same goes with all your other property and ‘worldly goods’. You can’t take any of it with you – there are no pockets in shrouds!

      The Grim Reaper (Pensions Expert)

      July 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    • And no doubt your meager pension (income) will exclude you from benefits. The only pensions worth having are gold-plated ones. MPs pensions are the crème de la crème of pensions! All these Mickey Mouse ‘private pensions’ aren’t worth a flying sausage!

      The Grim Reaper (Pensions Expert)

      July 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      • The Grim Reaper (Pensions Expert)

        Don’t forget the recent changes regarding pensions being cashed in in whole/or in part.

        Once spent, its gone forever – along with any help from Gov [you have no right to help at that point – though I doubt there is any help available right now, except in urging you to spend it ASAP to boost Tax Receipts that is…]…. but someone sits pretty on the money you’ve spent. It just won’t be you.


        July 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    • True, you need a proper pension to provide an income a la the Civil Service gold-plated schemes; the lump sum they receive acts only as a ‘cushion’; it is not there to provide an income. Saving money expecting the capital to provide an income or to purchase a small annuity is a fool’s errand. There is such a thing as being capital rich-income poor. i.e say you had a million pounds in capital generating an income of £70 a week, you would be a millionaire living on unemployment benefit effectively.

      S Webb

      July 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

  30. I just hope the new Work and Pensions Secretary obliterates Universal Credit due the costs of its obvious drain on the taxpayer and it’s overall failure as a ‘Pie In The Sky Dream and Total Failure’ of IDS.

    I now here from certain media reporters that he was called into Number 10 on Friday morning and was not seen coming out because the number 10 Cat now is his new boss!


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    • Yes. And while Damien Green is at it he should get rid of Lord David Freud too and hire one or more people that actually have a clue as per what the heck they are doing and what the impact of policies has on benefit claimants before implementing them and actually killing vulnerable citizens.


      July 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  31. As far as Cabinet apps go – Good riddance to that little twat ‘Gove’

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    • Oh and lets not forget that pain in the ass ‘Preeti Patel’ – good riddance to her as well – ex IDS lackey!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      July 16, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      • Patel hasn’t gone but been promoted and is now the new International Development Secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet. God help the poor bastards that used to be helped by British foreign aid and expertise with Priti Scrooge at the helm..


        July 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      • Tim

        I would disagree – to an extent. Nope, this change is to pritify “PritiUseless’s” public image after the UN report and have plenty of “I help the needy Overseas” Pictures to spread around to make it appear the UN report is wrong.


        July 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm

  32. The Future of Work, As many of us know what this means many still don’t.

    The ‘gig economy’ is the future of the labour market according to many companies coming out of America’s Silicon Valley. But is flexibility at the cost of security really what the ‘millennial’ generation want? Edwin Lane speaks to Leah Busque, the founder of gig economy pioneer TaskRabbit, and to Miguel McKelvey, founder of WeWork – the firm that caters to a growing army of young freelance workers. And Steven Hill, author of Raw Deal: How the Uber Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, explains how workers’ rights could be at risk. Plus, Sarah Treanor speaks to Jen Glantz, professional bridesmaid for hire.



    July 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

  33. Theresa May obviously had a plan for being the new P.M.

    I just hope she will be a compassionate P.M. – and put the disgusting Universal Credit to bed forever as the DWP has in this term of parliament to save over £5 Billion in it’s budget.

    Terminating U.C. and the Work Programme would resolve this with money (probably a £1 Million plus or more surplus) to spare.

    Also while you’re at it Mrs May – If you would – Please also take out Universal Jobmatch, which is costing the British Taxpayer nearly 500 Million per year paid to Monster.Co.Uk to maintain it.

    Teresa May you really need to read this! – Monster.Co.Uk certainly saw the British Govt/DWP/Dept coming.

    IDS and his crew (Who really feared him) tried to speak out but were bound by the agreement when first employed.

    If you want to actually sort this deeply divided country out, then you have to get out there all the time and spend more time talking to people than sat in number 10.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 16, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    • “the British Taxpayer nearly 500 Million per year paid to Monster.Co.Uk to maintain it.” 500 millions knicker a year to ‘maintain’ that pile of shite? Seriously! Someone or someones, more likely, are taking the piss.

      Universal Jobshite

      July 17, 2016 at 8:39 am

    • ffs that is like 10 million knicker a week or just shy of 1.5 million knicker a day. wtf! What sort of website costs that to ‘maintain’. Does this site cost 500 million knicker a year to ‘maintain’?!

      Universal Jobshite

      July 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

    • Obi, you sure you not accidentally added on 8 zeros – even £5 knicker a year would be too much 😀

      Universal Jobshite

      July 17, 2016 at 8:44 am

    • Universal Jobmatch: “This page is not available” Fucking hell! How are you supposed to to do a fucking jobsearch!? Jesus! This is fucking unacceptable!

      Gordon fucking Ramsay's Universal fucking Jobmatch Nightmare

      July 20, 2016 at 7:37 am

  34. *Mark

    DJ Shit

    July 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

  35. What’s this about? 25 and under expected to job-search for 48 hours a week under Universal Car Crash


    Universal Car Crash

    July 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  36. When are jobcentres going to provide toilets for their ‘customers’? Sign the petition… with excrement 😀

    Dirty Protest

    July 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    • They won’t, all the public toilets have disappeared down the memory hole 😉


      July 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  37. While peasants face brutal austerity the political mafia think spending billions on Trident is a top priority(they claim there is no money until warmongering comes up)



    July 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

  38. ,MP event sees businesses pledging to hire more employees with disabilities.

    “Big companies such as B&M, Tata Chemicals and ABB Ltd, organisations such as Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Cheshire Constabulary and our local authorities Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Borough Council have all committed to giving employment opportunities to those with disabilities.”



    July 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    • Are employers going to pay those with a disability the NMW?


      July 18, 2016 at 8:16 pm

  39. Start of school summer holidays brings financial worry for parents,



    July 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  40. Its totaly incredible that Cameron and Osbourne could divide a country this time not against benefit claimants,potionally all but devide the Unon and probably have,cause havok and chaos in the EU and just move out and disappear from view.

    George Osborne’s financial conduct chief faces chill May wind


    Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland is in “a strong position” to block Britain’s exit from the European Union, in the wake of comments made by Prime Minister Theresa May after the pair met in Edinburgh.


    How was this ever allowed? The Torie’s and English man’s home is his castle has brought long term damage with this mentaliy.


    July 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm

  41. UK fraud police release wanted list (But no sign of the crooked lawyers stealing far more than all this lot put together)



    July 19, 2016 at 11:02 am

    • “We used to think that secrecy was perhaps the greatest enemy of democracy, and as long as there was no suppression or censorship, people could be trusted to make the informed decisions that would preserve our free society, but we have learned in recent years that the techniques of misinformation and misdirection have become so refined that, even in an open society, a cleverly directed flood of misinformation can overwhelm the truth, even though the truth is out there, uncensored, quietly available to anyone who can find it.”


      July 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    • More misleading.

      The government has broken its pledges on NHS funding and is misleading the public about how much extra money it is actually putting into the health service, a committee of MPs has said.



      July 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  42. Lord Fraud above the law as ex-Tory peer Lord Hanningfield acquitted of fiddling £3,300 expenses.



    July 19, 2016 at 11:39 am

  43. Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

    Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds.



    July 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

    • The prime minister has been urged to open an investigation into the growing use of self-employed workers after the Guardian found some couriers contracted to Hermes were struggling to earn the national living wage.

      Frank Field MP, chairman of the powerful House of Commons work and pensions select committee, said the government should review HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criteria that allow companies to contract work to self-employed individuals rather than hire them as employees.

      Referring to Theresa May’s first speech as prime minister, in which she said she would legislate for “families who are just managing” and people who “have a job but … don’t always have job security”, Field said: “Given what the prime minister said about the nature of her administration, I would hope that she would now ask the HMRC to review whether their criteria are adequate.”



      July 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  44. Lawyers first bid to stop Brexit reaches High Court as they argue MP’s must vote before UK quits the European Union.



    July 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  45. Marie

    July 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  46. Universal Jobmatch: “This page is not available” Fucking hell! How are you supposed to to do a fucking jobsearch!? Jesus! This is fucking unacceptable!

    Gordon fucking Ramsay

    July 20, 2016 at 7:28 am

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