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The National today (August the 15th)  reports on the latest cock-up in implementing Universal Credit.

HUNDREDS of vulnerable people in Scotland were left penniless and having to turn to food banks over the weekend after a controversial new online benefits system crashed.

Computer problems prevented payments getting to families, disabled and unemployed people across East Lothian, the first local authority in Scotland to roll out the full Digital Universal Credit Service, which has to be claimed online, and replaces previous benefits such as housing, jobseekers’ allowance and income support with a single monthly payment.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said it was working to ensure that everyone received their benefits today but it was cold comfort for many who spent the weekend struggling to feed their families.

East Lothian MP George Kerevan received complaints from constituents desperate for help after the system went down and failed to make vital payouts to those in need.

He said: “All computer systems fail occasionally, so the real test is how the human agency involved – in this case the DWP – reacts.

“Sadly, in this case, the response has been atrocious. Rather than take the initiative and alert clients and the public, the DWP has gone to earth issuing a bland “everything is under control” statement.

“This is not just outrageous it demands a proper inquiry.”

The DWP said there had been a “small-scale” problem that had been fixed and they were hoping to have all benefits paid by today.

A DWP spokesman said: “We experienced a small-scale problem with one of our service providers that has now been resolved. We will ensure that everyone is paid their benefits.”

When the pilot of the new universal credit system was launched in March, it was branded an “experiment in cruelty” by local councillor Fraser McAllister.

At the time he said: “We are living in a high-cost, low-wage society. It is an experiment and like all experiments there are unknowns but one of the most definite outcomes is that the poor will become poorer and more vulnerable. It is an experiment in cruelty.”

East Lothian was chosen for the pilot as it offers a different demographic to the areas currently being tested in England, such as London and Great Yarmouth.

Kerevan added: “Since its full service roll-out in East Lothian and a few other constituencies in the UK, service users have faced innumerable access problems.

“Many lack computer skills, are vision-impaired or have psychological problems that make concentration difficult.

“In addition, universal credit has been used as camouflage for a wholesale cut in social welfare spending.

“This latest crisis – involving the universal credit system crashing – is the final straw.”

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

August 15, 2016 at 10:04 am

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  1. There is MUCH worse to come. If/when Universal Credit is fully extended to all individuals, families and self-employed persons, with full in-work conditionality strictly applied to part-time workers, most of which will be treated exactly as if they were fully unemployed if earning less than 35 hours on the minimum wage as far as reporting to the Jobcentre fortnightly and carrying out a “work search” for a job with more hours are concerned, well, then the shit will really hit the fan. I really do not think for a moment that many people realise how absolutely awful this “Brave New World” is set to be.

    The heart quails and the mind boggles.

    Tim

    August 15, 2016 at 10:19 am

    • Tim

      A question I would be asking is IF the UC software is capable of being extended to cover such numbers – by the looks of this cockup I suspect not [the inablity to roll-back the software is telling as far as I am concerned]. It would explain the endless delays and foot dragging as they scramble to stop the rot.

      how anyone could commission a software package that at the basic level is unable to cope with just 1% of the numbers at this moment – let alone the expected influx of the other 99% makes me laugh. I look forward to the IT company behind this suddenly bailing & then a big announcment that they are going into another type of IT business after changing their name – think RBS style to rid themselves of the attached stench of Mega Failure. DWP announces UC being cancelled and we start all over again.

      Does anyone know when the current UC contract ends?

      Gazza

      August 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      • Programs bugging out has im afraid become the accepted norm Gazza and you only have to look at the gaming industry to see that.

        Gamers easily spend more per year on software than a business yet despite the cost, most will just go along with , “it will be patched eventually” and give it rave reviews while shouting down those who quite frankly are just being honest about the flaws, the lack of content and so forth.

        The question that really needs to be answered is how unbreakable is it, how secure truly is our data as like UJM, even though DWP claim to protect if the breach is so bad as to call an outcry, they also have the right to abstain in telling those effected.

        Data privacy in this day and age has become a joke so if we cant stop someone stealing someones data, if we cant stop the likes of government constantly trying to circumnavigate around laws to profit from sharing such data then its only fare the data subjects profit from each and every transaction regarding said data.

        The benefit to DWP or taxpayer is with claimants declaring money from, DWP can begin to taper the benefit.

        DWP said they wanted 35 hour job search to as though it was work, well why not have claimants declaring monies from the transfer of their said personal and or sensitive data as though it was work aswell ?

        doug

        August 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  2. If anyone’s interested i think ive tracked the premier inn hotel to this address.

    72 Dale Street Manchester M1 2HR.

    doug

    August 15, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • Did you get the impression that her experience of The world of work[TM] is now over and she didn’t become the CEO of the whole hotel chain after all, – or even get paid!

      Another Fine Tory Economic Slump

      August 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

  3. Renters at risk from ‘toxic cocktail’

    http://www.bestadvice.co.uk/renters-at-risk-from-toxic-cocktail/

    doug

    August 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    • “Very limited state safety net” with many people thinking the opposite.

      enigma

      August 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm

  4. Sports Direct ‘to back-pay Derbyshire workers £1m

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-37085244

    Sports direct makes hundreds of millions a year in profit so its owner should be ashamed of himself on conning people out of what would appear to him, pennies.

    doug

    August 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    • Another one.

      Deliveroo boss defends pay scheme – video.

      Takeaway delivery firm Deliveroo has softened its stance on a controversial new pay scheme which saw it face a backlash from drivers and government.

      Chief executive of Deliveroo William Shu defends the new scheme to presenter John Humphrys and addresses accusations of excessive pressure put upon the company’s delivery drivers.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p044r1v0

      enigma

      August 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  5. Universal Credit: what you need to know,

    With it’s many other concerns,

    The benefits system is supposed to work alongside PAYE tax details, and employers are supposed to feed payment details into the system to make the benefits system ‘dynamic’. Reports suggest the system is not ready and there have been large delays in processing information. The system relies on real-time information being provided to track claimants’ earnings. All employers are supposed to submit wage information, but it may prove difficult for smaller companies to do so.

    http://www.mumsnet.com/family-money/universal-credit

    enigma

    August 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    • Apparently if your employer won’t/can’t tell HRMC how much you’ve earned during the last month you have to do the dirty and tell them yourself over the phone or online. As if there isn’t already enough pressure on UC claimants the DWP have to pull this shit.

      Tim

      August 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  6. What can be done to help tackle financial exclusion?

    The Committee has been set-up to consider financial exclusion, which results in people having difficulty accessing or using the mainstream financial services that are necessary to participate in daily economic life and society.

    The Select Committee on Financial Exclusion has published its call for evidence. Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee by 14 September 2016.

    http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/financial-exclusion/news-parliament-2015/call-for-evidence/

    enigma

    August 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    • Why don’t they call it what it is, social exclusion and its costing the taxpayer more money than children and families (child tax credit, etc), housing benefit and unemployment combined.

      If you think that’s bad, social protection is twice that.

      doug

      August 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      • Doug go for it! “I would encourage anyone with knowledge, or an interest in this area, to return a submission”

        enigma

        August 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm

  7. I was personally thinking mostly of being stuck without money over a weekend.

    Andrew Coates

    August 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  8. Benefits claimants face spike in ‘aggressive and intimidating’ bailiffs over unpaid council tax

    http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2016/08/15/benefits-claimants-aggressive-bailiffs-unpaid-council-tax/

    Just like benefit fraud the reaction while opposite is most certainly not equal. £3.80 week is £197.60 per year, now bailiff’s average charges alone come around £420 but could be higher, that’s already over twice as much as what the council hope to recover. Now a magistrate cannot lock you up for more than 3 months (90 days) for council tax. If you go to prison for 3 months it cost around £7’000 for your retention and lets not forget the £49 you now owe because your not exempt from council tax if your imprisoned as a result of a failure to pay said council tax.

    Now if we spread the cost that equates to around £143 a week.

    This means £3.80 a week is less than 1% of the reaction cost, to be more accurate its 0.05% of the reaction cost. So your £3.80 a week just went up around just shy of 38 times. If we were to add other costs like court and such not covered above it would rise still disproportionally. Interestingly theirs another cost never spoken of and that’s what your absence costs the area.

    Is it any wonder why magistrates and council try their best to avoid a sentence of imprisonment and reduce the reaction cost by around 94% towards the taxpayer.

    doug

    August 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

    • I was told by someone who seen the news this morning that the unemployed will not? or shouldn’t be? sent to prison for council tax etc, instead they will/should be doing community service, I haven’t seen this news on the BBC website yet.

      enigma

      August 16, 2016 at 11:36 am

  9. I was talking to somebody only this morning who’d had difficulties over the Council Tax.

    This is a widespread problem that it is wreaking people’s lives across the country.

    Andrew Coates

    August 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

    • Like i said in another post, local councils were handed down a default equation by central government for the CTR scheme.

      Local councils don’t have to charge anyone who receives less than £100, they choose to so the onus actually goes on your individual local councils and not as one would assume central government.

      Example

      The government says the amount you need to live on is £100 a week (your applicable amount)

      You have income of £150 a week

      The difference between £100 and £150 = £50

      20 % of £50 = £10

      You will have to pay £10 towards your council tax a week.

      https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/help-with-your-council-tax-council-tax-reduction/council-tax-reduction-what-you-need-to-know/

      Generally although ive only surveyed a few areas, claimants of certain benefits are only subjected to paying fees like £2.90 to around a £5.00 a week but for someone who only gets £74 to live on a week not to mention only either a freeze on benefit rates or a mere 1% rise, £2.90 is a lot of wonga when you consider what you could buy from it like say having your heating on a little bit more in winter so as to stave off the likes of flu.

      As every local council has different ways, you would have to look at them on a case by case basis but dependant on the claimants current position (ie on the work for benefit pilot scheme).

      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2886/contents/made

      Which is a sweeping and misleading change from the draft proposal document.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/14749/2213069.pdf

      This draft made clear child care costs and housing benefit cant be considered as part of the individuals income, so in the case of say a single person claiming only unemployment and housing, only their unemployment benefit could be considered as income.

      If you study the official regulations and compare with the draft, benefit claimants who are not ill or disabled are the only ones besides pensioners and fall time students who really get any sort of meaningful concession.

      doug

      August 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  10. OT: UC & 2nd Opinion on CC via 2nd Work Roach who disagrees as well – Result, claim closed

    h/t: Refuted

    http://copingwiththebenefitssystem.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/universal-credit-claim-closed.html

    “Universal Credit Claim Closed
    Did you know that if you ask for a “second opinion” on your claimant commitment and the 2nd work coach disagrees with you, your claim is closed immediately – you have no chance to then sign the CC? I did not know that – its one of those things that you learn if you’ve been claiming a benefit or your an advocate for someone who does.”

    Gazza

    August 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    • Everyone who has the experience of DWP should know there would be no point in asking for a second opinion because of the obvious reason which is every one of DWP has been told to put into the CC things
      which are not in the best interests of anyone who enters a JC.

      It will mean an appeal. but with this comes consequences, as we all know.

      Of course we know it’s all about removing benefits, closing claims with many other excuses just like the one above.

      enigma

      August 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    • Here Gazza, more info on it for you or others. Please ignore the instant artwork picture, simply scroll down and it begins.

      http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/universal-credit/2985-cc-review-automatic-closure-of-claim.html

      doug

      August 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      • Thanks for that Doug, Just what I needed.

        enigma

        August 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      • doug

        cheers. I Might well be offline for a period as life has just given me two serious knocks. I hope to pop in as soon as I am settled elsewhere though god knows where that’ll be. The other I will learn if it as bad as I suspect.
        Everyone be safe.

        Gazza

        August 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    • There is a lot of people out there who are being told that they can not appeal so I am informing more & more people as possible of the truth.

      enigma

      August 18, 2016 at 11:49 am

  11. Sweden is moving to a six-hour working day in a bid to increase productivity and make people happier.

    Employers across the country have already made the change, according to the Science Alert website, which said the aim was to get more done in a shorter amount of time and ensure people had the energy to enjoy their private lives.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sweden-introduces-six-hour-work-day-a6674646.html

    enigma

    August 16, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    • I wonder if T(WITCH)MAY would consider doing this for us!! ☺

      Marie

      August 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      • Italy have great working time schemes that puts workers at the core.

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

        The sites down for maintenance for a little bit (time now 11.26am) but will be up again soon. Within this movie called where should we invade next, your see how different places in mostly Europe do certain things like for instance the great working time practices of the Italians.

        Theirs other examples like free university degree education in one country or how in Germany if i remember correctly the place, normal hard working staff are put on company boards to fairly deicide how the company moves forward and benefits all. How about how one country legalised drugs and now has less

        This if you haven’t already seen it (posted it before) is a must watch movie on how things could and are already being done with success in other countries.

        doug

        August 17, 2016 at 11:28 am

  12. Another delayed IT project.

    Smart meter IT system delayed until autumn.

    The government wants every home and business to be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020. That requires 53 million meters to be fitted in over 30 million premises over the next four years.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37102725

    enigma

    August 17, 2016 at 11:20 am

  13. Tories pushed through welfare changes ‘without meaningful analysis of impact’ – really

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/tories-pushed-through-welfare-changes-without-meaningful-analysis-of-impact/

    enigma

    August 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

  14. Reblogged this on Mark Catlin's Blog.

    Mark Catlin

    August 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  15. BBC claims on TV, unemployment went down HOWEVER,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/business-37060815

    Anthony Reuben, BBC Reality Check WROTE THIS AT 10.54AM.

    Today’s unemployment figures are based on a survey – it’s a very big survey, but it’s still a survey, so the figures are not precise.

    The best estimate is that unemployment has fallen by 52,000, but the Office for National Statistics says it is 95% certain that figure is right by plus or minus 77,000. So the actual figure is somewhere between a fall of 129,000 and a rise of 25,000.

    Because the ONS is not 95% sure that unemployment has fallen, it means the fall is not statistically significant.

    WHY OH WHY DO MEDIA PERSIST IN SKEWING THE TRUTH TOWARDS THE WORKING PUBLIC.

    A stat cannot and should not ever be considered as a stat in any official capacity when the equation/working out is withheld for what ever reason. This is PROOF POSITIVE THE BBC DIRECTLY AND DELIBRATELY DEFRAUDED THE PUBLIC and no citing well we put it down in writing does not get them out of it as look at how much writing in a single day we are talking about.

    doug

    August 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    • Heres what Stafford benefit figures had to say,

      http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/staffordshire-celebrates-lowest-unemployment-rate-in-the-region/story-29629075-detail/story.html

      “Staffordshire Jobcentre Plus employer and partnership lead Carol Hemming said: “I can’t see a particular reason for the rise – perhaps people are waiting to move into new employment or perhaps they have been made redundant. There are certainly quite a lot of employment opportunities in the Stafford area in the majority of sectors”.

      Now central government raised the non paid for period when signing on for a benefit to 7 days for JSA just so to eliminate people who are waiting to move into new employment. So Carols wrong their except for redundancies that is.

      doug

      August 17, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      • The unemployment figures media and government don’t want you to hear.

        http://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/2015-08-12

        These above are last years stats.

        http://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/august2016

        These above are the latest figures.

        As you will see under Changes in people in employment in the UK that will fulltime has crept up, it is actually part time and self employment that has grown more dramatically.

        Without knowing things like those in part time and self employment who are drawing housing benefit and or tax credits and other in work benefits, we cant really assess how successful these figures are.

        Obviously you can pick other things out like, Employment consists of employees, self-employed people, unpaid family workers and people on government supported training and employment programmes, all of which aren’t earning a salary and cant in anyway be said to be secure employment.

        Your also see that they’ve yet again changed how they present it like rather than show construction work as a single entry, they now have combined it with manufacturing, both at low levels currently leading one to believe the new representation is their to mask the fact.

        Enjoy rooting through this as your find all sorts of strange things, especially if you’ve been reading these like me since year dot.

        PS: Yes looking at this statistic is work related and i defy any DWP worker to say it isn’t.

        doug

        August 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    • Yes the reality, many more people will receive something like this.

      “We would like to thank you for your interest and hope this decision will not discourage you in your pursuit of health & happiness”

      enigma

      August 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

  16. Homeless given ‘meaningless advice’ by councils, say MPs

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37110607

    2 months emergency housing, how did they come up with that exactly as what do they feel will happen after. Are these homeless people going to magically find a property to rent in that 2 months that they couldn’t find before. Do government or even the public believe that the homeless have never looked and tried to secure a property.

    And what about DWP and conditionality on the homeless, their expected to look for work or face being sanctioned which is counter intuitive when you consider besides the big issue, no employer will hire a homeless person. DWP know this only to well unless they want to assert every single DWP worker right up to the appointed minister are complete and utter idiots ill placed in the position they are in.

    We only have to look at the way UC was developed to sanction housing benefit to know tory government intent and how when even applying for unemployment benefit, your instantly faced with a screen demanding i quote, ” an address you reside at”, which if you haven’t one, you cant proceed with the claim and its been this way since it was first released and has been mentioned numerous time to DWP not that really it isn’t glaringly obvious from the get go. For the record they don’t even confront homelessness till further into the application and if that wasn’t bad enough, later on it asks for a phone number and again wont allow the person to proceed with the application for benefits if they don’t own a phone and this one gets me, DWP staff have absolutely no answer to it and at best could only if they did and im not saying they do, incite the person to add a fraudulently number and then ring DWP to give a change of details.

    Now according to the dictionary vulnerable means – exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally yet DWP and local council have their own definition and this has been going on for at least a decade, that somehow, if your a certain age and of a certain health that your be perfectly ok living on the streets. DWP even expanded this to instruct public service staff NOT to treat people with certain mental illnesses like schizophrenia for example as VULNERABLE.

    I’ve witnessed up and down the country, many a homeless person deliberately breaking the law just so they can get a temporary roof over their head and food in the mouth, especially in the depths of winter around Christmas. The amount of mentally ill prisoners is also quite alarming.

    Now i and others have said from day one of these welfare reforms that their would be a knock on as people simply don’t lie down and die and will lead to an increase in costs towards the NHS and law enforcement and criminal retention so oh what a surprize certain ministers are now using it to justify change. Constantly others and i have demonstrated how being in prison despite the violence (statistically your odds of being attacked on the street are higher) is easier than being under conditionality, where a murder, a rapist, even a terrorist gets food and a bed no matter the horrible details of their crime yet raise your voice at a DWP staff member, not fulfil your conditions by a mm and WHAM, all monies are suspended.

    A week in prison costs the taxpayer £538 a week, a massive 7 times more than the £74 a person gets claiming unemployment. Malnutrition and the illnesses it causes aren’t any cheaper and the recent revelation that a lot of homeless people develop addictions after going onto the streets and not before as previously believed. Add to that being regularly attacked by the public at night and you can easily imagine the financial burden placed on the NHS.

    Oh for the record its not strictly 2 months housing, its actually UPTO meaning it could well mean a week or even possibly less, who knows at this juncture. What’s being prescribed is clearly manufactured by people who don’t understand the problems of being homeless in todays UK as they actually believe by giving a person a house for 2 months (said on ann derbyshire) that magically they will find another, so we are now back where i started and that’s my whole point,

    When your homeless all you ever do is get the run around only to end up where you started.

    doug

    August 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    • 35.When we asked Giles Peaker, Chair of the Housing Law Practitioners Association, what the future of homelessness would be if no action was taken, he was unequivocal:

      Will it get worse? Yes. Will it get worse faster? Yes. That is already happening, and is just going to continue … One thing that could be done is to stop making it worse. That is the simple answer. There are some immediate triggers facing us … The roll-out of the reduced benefit cap is going to have a fairly dramatic effect across the country, whereas the first £26,000 one basically affected London. £23,000 and £20,000 outside of London is going to have a dramatic national effect, really taking large swathes of public sector tenancies out of affordability for families in that situation. If the rents continue to increase whilst there is the LHA freeze, without wishing to be overly melodramatic, we are heading towards a serious crisis.48

      http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmcomloc/40/4006.htm#_idTextAnchor018

      enigma

      August 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      • Do you get the feeling, anyone over 25 but under 49, deemed fit, healthy and male will still be living on the streets this time next year ?

        I actually know a person whose been living on the streets for 11 years, i would imagine a few of you do to. He was a teacher, so clever, so knowledgeable with no prior or current addictions, not one, not even tobacco. He was a proud man, never asked anyone for anything, even refused to sign on so instead took what he could from dustbins,rodents he caught and any money he found.

        Hes been dead almost 2 years now, winter caught him on the hop what with struggling to find food and refusing to take everything i tried to offer, even my own dole or a portion of my wages with no strings attached.

        It would be disrespectful to mention how he ended up where he did so im going to simply say believe it or not, it was through absolutely no fault of his own.

        Ive had my moments being on the street, recently, 2 years ago and even when i was barely 19 yet i never had to endure the time this man spent. 11 years is a long time, had he still been with us, he would already be up their 2 years shy of serving a life sentence which is funny as he once said bars are not a penalty, what is freedom worth if you cant exist between its reign.

        Life since 2008 has turned a corner, if we don’t turn with it as a real united country, the result can only get worse.

        doug

        August 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      • Not signing on deliberately and choosing to rake bins and live of off rodents? is just daft though! Sometimes we have to swallow all our pride? just to survive.

        Bear Grylls

        August 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      • The way things are yes for sure, with the current policies, welfare reform & universal credit you get a work coach to help you all the way to homelessness. if your not careful.

        I don’t know how many people are without a roof over their head but I can see the amount going into the millions in the future. unless something changes but will it.

        enigma

        August 18, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      • You know DELIBERATELY changing format style in the way you have Bear Grylis tells us all we need to know about your intent. Even the use of the phrase swallow ones pride as a gibe is quite poor form.

        Well if we go with your meaning of deliberate that would mean he did it on purpose, so what is that purpose, oh your say, pride of course.But here’s the thing, in your context , ie a verb, your saying be especially proud of like a quality for example.

        I somehow think he certainly didn’t relish the thought. I myself even though not adverse to signing on wont take a loan from anyone no matter the great pay back when you can terms. I do this as i dont believe in debt which is deliberately proliferated in order to validate money. Basically i don’t agree with how the monetary system works, its a rigged dodgy game that’s caused more than few recessions, depressions which always seem to effect those at the very bottom the most, its like a scratched record now.

        I ask you would you scorn me for not taking a loan, for wanting change in the monetary system we are all trapped into with debt becoming harder and harder to escape from with every passing day. The math as so to speak is simple, i opt out of that system and yes im proud to go without while others sink further and further down a road that will see them working just to cover such, have you seen the personal debt bill in this country let alone governments and the globe ?

        We can all use and say words but sometimes, sometimes its better to say nothing as what you do can cause more harm than what you dont, that’s why theirs always two sides to a story.

        doug

        August 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  17. So was does the 8’600 less claiming actually look like.

    Well if we split it to all cities and towns, villages, and newly developed areas in the rural we get 6 people a month per place. If we then look at work available throughout the UK, the south has the bigger results meaning else where has a far less off flow BUT your never know that as government and this includes the then labour under Blair allow statistics to be skewed by including people as employed even though their not and can be a full time student, a claimant on a government approved training and a few more.

    So if the UK feels proud, feels it needs to pat itself on the back, i suggest they get a reality check.

    doug

    August 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

  18. I was fucking angry when I wrote this comment now I am fucking sun-tanned 😀

    Factor JV

    August 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  19. More youth get sanctioned than any other group.

    Well i would imagine N Korea and Cuba might have something to say about that but i digress from the humor and get to where we need to be.

    “”Our Jobcentre Plus support for schools initiative will provide pupils and their parents with advice on the best routes into work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships”.

    This is the official response from yours truly DWP

    I bet they didnt tell the parents their lose child benefits if their child does anything but go to college full time.

    doug

    August 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm

  20. […] Universal Credit Crash Leaves Hundreds Penniless.  […]

  21. STV has been accused of gagging one of its journalists after “bullying” by the SNP.

    The broadcaster was yesterday criticised for caving into political pressure, while the party was accused of intimidating the media.

    The row erupted after it emerged STV had called a halt to its digital politics and comment editor Stephen Daisley writing articles for its website.

    Wee Nicola Gags Journalist

    Wee Nicola's Boxer Shorts

    August 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  22. My challenge to Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform: Can you live on 63pence per week for nearly seven weeks?
    https://mzolobajluk.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/my-challenge-to-lord-freud-minister-of-state-for-welfare-reform-can-you-live-on-63pence-per-week-for-nearly-seven-weeks

    Another Fine Tory Economic Recession

    August 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm

  23. July’s statistics, released today, show Staffordshire with a figure of 0.9 per cent – the same as the previous month.
    http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/staffordshire-celebrates-lowest-unemployment-rate-in-the-region/story-29629075-detail/story.html

    If Staffordshire’s unemployment rate really was only 0.9% then the article would have been about how employers are struggling to recruit anybody. Instead it goes on about more jobs being created, no company with any sense would try to create jobs where there’s no one to fill them.

    With all the temp jobs, the number of people ‘between jobs’ will be higher than 0.9%.
    The real figure of unemployed is probably more like 15%.

    Another Fine Tory Economic Recession

    August 23, 2016 at 11:33 pm


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