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All this week protests have been taking place.

Scores of disabled protesters shutdown Westminster Bridge with chilling banners showing all those ‘killed by cuts’. Daily Mirror.

The Canary continues.

Disabled rights activists brought Downing Street and Westminster to a standstill on 7 September as part of a week-long campaign against the Conservative government. Activists coordinated a vocal protest outside Number 10 to remember the victims of welfare reform. They then blocked traffic in all directions on Westminster Bridge for over two hours. This was during the first Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) of this parliament.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said in a statement:

We call on the new Prime Minister to make public the findings of the UN investigation in the UK, into violations of deaf and disabled people’s rights; to scrap the Work Capability Assessment and to commit to preventing future benefit-related deaths.

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Norwich Monday.

Suffolk DPAC activist at London protest, Wednesday.

Get Involved!

 

– Sign the petition to stop benefit cuts for disabled people.

– Support DPAC in its fight against austerity cuts.

– Volunteer to support people with a learning disability, through Mencap.

– Find out when a protest against austerity is happening, near you.

This is stark reminder of why these protests are important.

Diabetic man left too poor to eat after benefits cut forced to have leg amputated Welfare Weekly today.

David says he couldn’t afford to manage his condition after being sanctioned for five months by the DWP.

A diabetic man left virtually penniless after being sanctioned for five months by the Department for Work and Pensions, claims his leg had to be amputated after his health deteriorated.

David Boyce, 59, from Weaste, was left without enough money to meet his basic health needs and even had to sell his belongings. But David says he still couldn’t afford to eat healthily, which is an essential part of the management and treatment for diabetes

David was a photographer who used to own a business, but was forced to give up his work because of ill-health. A dispute with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over “issues with paperwork” led to David’s benefits being sanctioned fourteen times.

However, it’s clear that the sanctions happened because of a flawed decision-making process on the part of the DWP, as he later won an appeal which successfully overturned every sanction, with support from Salford’s Unemployed and Community Resource Centre. He was eventually awarded the money that had been wrongfully withheld from him.

The government have claimed that benefit sanctions are an “incentive” to “help” people like David into work. However, David has been pushed even further away from the job market, because he now has been left with a greater degree of disability: horrifically, the sanctions have cost him his leg.

David said that by July, complications from diabetes had already caused irreversible damage. His health deteriorated because he had no money to live on: he couldn’t control his insulin intake and was unable to follow his strict diabetic diet.

Subsequently he suffered diabetic ulcers and was diagnosed with the flesh-eating infection, necrotizing fasciitis, and doctors were forced to amputate one of his legs.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “I suffered from depression and mental anxiety. I’m not a rich man. I had to sell everything to eat.

You don’t tell anyone, it’s embarrassing, that’s what they prey on. You go into a depression. You lock yourself away.”

David Boyce’s tragic case was revealed as protesters gathered to demonstrate against the extremely punitive and irrational Jobcentre conditionality rules and welfare sanctions.

Campaigners gathered at Eccles Job Centre this week to protest against the immoral benefits sanctions. They said that scores of people were being left depressed and on the verge of suicide.

David’s horrific experience is not an isolated case, sadly. Many campaigners have reasonably demanded an inquiry since the death of former soldier David Clapson, who also had diabetes. He died of ketoacidosis, caused by a lack of insulin in the body, after being sanctioned for missing a single Job Centre meeting. He was also unable to afford to maintain an electricity supply to keep his fridge running, where he ordinarily safely stored his life-saving insulin.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

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  1. Mumsnet on Judge Rinder

    “Lally112 Thu 07-Aug-14 23:44:15

    That I’m not sure on. The English system is different from the Scottish one as we have sheriff courts and high courts here but I am sure if the person doesn’t like the decision there may be some sort of appeal process that would require going back through court.

    He might not actually be a judge but he is a defence barrister so he does have legal standing but again its set in Manchester and I’m not familiar with the English system. The only reason I know about it in general is DH* is in the police and always has stories of the great unwashed (obviously once it has been through court).”

    “Great unwashed”? Just who do the fuck they think they are on Mumsnet?

    *Mumsnet speak for Darling Husband

    http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/legal_matters/a2153236-Can-I-ask-a-question-about-Judge-Rinder

    Bumsnet

    September 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    • I suppose “great unwashed” is better than “insignificant unwashed” at things being equal?

      Dope on a Rope

      September 10, 2016 at 11:59 am

  2. Violet

    September 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

  3. WTF has this shit got to do with the persecution of the disabled?????????

    Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    • Just trolls trying to sabotage Mr Andrew Coates and others efforts to bring to heel a rigged and flawed welfare reform by a corrupt and divisive Tory government.

      The dailymail has always been a petty racist media outlet who spends most of their time when not hating others stalking women in the limelight like perverts.

      As for linking crime and police together, that just goes to show how tenuous their article is. Im up in the midlands and can state fact, the numbers wearing such clothing is infinitesimal (very very small) compared to the total Asian population up here.

      As usual its racist scaremongers trying it on with people who don’t live in such communities.

      doug

      September 9, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    • Just trolls trying to sabotage…?

      OK, I know it’s off topic, but so are a lot of other posts on here – including by yourself, “doug”.

      You mention the numbers wearing such clothing is infinitesimal. Then why pander to such a minority with such favours? The police are supposed to operate “without fear or favour”.

      (Some) police uniforms altered in appearance by other items of dress would no longer be a uniform!

      Let’s have some uniformity here.

      You say the Daily Mail has always been “a pretty racist media…” Do you need to be reminded that Muslims are not a race, you clot?

      Voice of Reason

      September 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

    • The Daily Heil will on one hand publish a story describing some poor bloke who has been caught filming up womens’ skirt as a “pervert”.

      Then on the other hand they publish this:

      Hypocritical doesn’t begin to describe it 😀

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3779789/Jessie-Wallace-s-sister-Danielle-Mason-suffers-wardrobe-mishap-returns-home-night-away-just-shirt-thong.html

      Ban This Filth

      September 10, 2016 at 9:47 am

    • I have a filter on certain key words, you can imagine which ones.

      Have removed the racist trolls latest stuff.

      Andrew Coates

      September 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

  4. That’s yet another shocking story Andrew Coates and boy 14 times getting sanctioned, that’s the most Ive heard of.

    A DWP spokesman said: “Sanctions are an important part of our benefits system and it is right that there is a system in place for tackling those few who do not fulfill their commitment to find work.

    They are only used in a very small percentage of cases, and the number of sanctions has fallen substantially in the last year.”

    I would be interested to hear this DWP spokesman’s take on this claimant. Oh silly me, i forgot, DWP don’t comment beyond la la la denial mantra.

    A man posted this in the comment section when the above story ran in the Manchester evening news

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/diabetic-man-blames-dwp-benefit-11856227

    Samijofood
    Im currently claiming universal credit after loosing my job due to ill health. Im stuck in limbo because my gp wont sign me off sick because im not working, my cpn says im not well enough to work and the job centre keep pushing me into applying for jobs i cant physically or mentally do anymore due to my disabilities. I was sent a sanction for apparently not being flexible for an appointment at job centre. I had a hospital appointment on the same day and time they wanted to see me. I explained this, showed the letter from hospital and tried to arrange to come later that day. (Not unreasonable at all is it?) I appealed it and it was reversed, luckily. If it wasn’t for my PIP payment still being paid id have gone without any money while DWP sorted the UC payment. I cant use food banks easily due to having coeliac diseases, type 2 diabetes and lactose intolerance. If it wasn’t for the PIP payment id be really struggling to feed myself due to the diet i have to follow.

    https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/david-clapson/

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/disabled-womans-life-at-risk-after-dwp-harassment/

    doug

    September 9, 2016 at 11:49 pm

  5. Shouldn’t there be a blue light on the top.

    Another Universal Mess

    September 10, 2016 at 12:39 am

  6. What happened to the pic of Danielle Mason’s derriere ? Surely that was apropos to “Attacks on Disabled People”?

    Daniel Mason's Backside

    September 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  7. GAZZA AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES – VERDICT ON MAN SANCTIONED FOR WORKING.

    After the intervention of this mans local politician the sanction was successfully reversed on the grounds of malpractice of procedure as i described here and also conveyed to the interested party reaching out. I must apologize for the delay but i have been somewhat busy as of late so had to prioritize my workload.

    Yes, it did take around a month to overturn but as it was handled correctly by interested parties and shall we say inadvertently handled badly by DWP, didn’t require the lengthy process of pursuing it in a tribunal.

    This is proof that if it is indeed an impropriety on the part of DWP or even a single member of staff, that if one gets their ducks in order, eventually and ultimately DWP will fall over their own feet.

    Lastly i wish to extend many thanks to Gazza whom in the first instance brought this matter to light in the early stages. As if it was not for him finding and posting the article, everyone here wouldn’t have heard of yet another conclusive victory in the fight against the inherently flawed and callous welfare reform that currently besieges us all. I devote full credit of this post to Gazza.

    doug

    September 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    • It’s always good to hear of the victory’s, there will be more.

      enigma

      September 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    • doug

      well well done by those involved including yourself of course. As that is now out of the way mehinks its time to put in a complaint by this person, oh and ask for compensation due to outrageous treatment, but the main thing its been shown as a illogical, targeted action by the WorkRoach and shown to be by it being overturned.

      Gazza

      September 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      • Gazza

        Although i would agree on formally issuing a complaint i doubt at this current juncture DWP would offer compensation beyond what they have (backdated benefit if any was owed) unless theirs a solid charge to put to them or they believe one exists that would have some considerable success in court.

        Was it operational procedure at fault,was said individual/s acting in a professional capacity at the time, was their harm caused as a result of,Is their a duty of care and if so was their a breach of said duty and that’s just rattling off a few things to mull over when thinking about making an allegation. So i wouldn’t like to speculate where this may if at all it does lead long term.

        At the end of the day this man had his sanction overturned so for me anyway that’s victory enough without the need to look for further blood as lets not forget it would only come from the taxpayers pocket rather than from those that brought about the reform in the first place.

        doug

        September 11, 2016 at 2:55 am

      • doug

        agreed.

        Gazza

        September 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

  8. “14 responses” but only 7 showing! What’s going on here?

    Blue Pen

    September 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    • I get the same – I have no idea.

      But I removed the irrelevant racist rubbish – one person– who posted lots of times.

      There are plenty of places for him to write in, this is not one of them.

      Now, back to waiting till Sainsbury’s sets out its cheap bread, doughnuts etc tonight (….).

      Andrew Coates

      September 10, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      • I get those doughnuts too, not bad at 50p for 6, got to be quick though as you will know Andrew.

        enigma

        September 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm

  9. Survive by crime.

    Evidence of benefit sanctions promoting extreme outcomes in some cases, with certain individuals disengaging from services or being pushed toward survival crime.

    “Harsh disproportionate or inappropriate sanctioning created deep resentment and feelings of injustice.”

    Some of those being punished for breaches did not understand why they were being sanctioned.

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/shock-study-shows-brutal-benefits-8796381

    enigma

    September 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    • Notice how at the end of the article Citizens Advice say: ““There is no doubt that sanctions do impact on peoples’ health and wellbeing.” But what they don’t say that as an organisation they AGREE with sanctions.

      Sanctions should be abolished with immediate effect and those responsible for their conception, design and implementation must be brought to book and severely punished right through from those fuckers Brown and Blair to the bastards of the DWP and their third-party collaborators. The bastards responsible for the tide of human misery sanctions have left in their wake must not be let off the hook; any bastard who has ever instigated, collaborated in, been party to a sanction being imposed in any way, shape or form MUST be tracked down and punished severely!

      End Sanctions Now - Without Exception!

      September 10, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    • Hmmm, survival crime, where have i heard that before ?

      Oh that’s right, here years ago.

      To think they call us skivers and workshy yet its taken them how long to pick up on this information. I wonder if we can have them for plagiarizing.

      doug

      September 11, 2016 at 3:17 am

      • It was long gone and much-cherished poster ‘Gaia’ who first coined the term ‘survival crime’ 😉 But, hey ho, it’s not the first time this site has been plagiarised – C*unt & Penis, anyone? – and certainly won’t be the last!

        Memory Stick

        September 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

      • As in Punt & Denis 😉

        Memory Stick

        September 11, 2016 at 10:57 am

      • This site has a long history of being plagarised. And a lot of the terms you see being bandied about, even ones like ‘Data Protection Act waiver’ all stem from this site 🙂

        Memory Stick

        September 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

    • Thats much of what was mentioned here.

      one DWP source did tell us that the measures are in fact not so much designed to get people back into work as to make it so unpleasant for them on benefit that they will simply opt out of the benefit system altogether, even if that means turning to crime or some other way of making money in order to survive.

      http://www.theopinionsite.org/work-programme-leavers-face-job-centre-threats-and-bullying/

      Its turned very nasty out there,neighbours are intimidating neighbours often involving other people they know also because of disability race or position.Its ironic that the Tories claim to be the party of law and order yet through the properganda they have contributed to its rise.

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/29/police-failing-victims-disability-hate-crime-daniel-smith

      ken

      September 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

  10. Benefit sanctions have not gone away.

    There does’t seem much of a high media profile, though thanks to Doug, Enigma, and others who are reminded that these extreme cases are happening all the time.

    Basically its a recipe for destitution.

    Some evidence of ‘success’.

    I wish people who show concern with left politics would concentrate more on this kind of issue rather than, well we all know.

    Andrew Coates

    September 10, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    • … like “women-only train carriages” 😉

      Jezza's Train Seat

      September 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  11. This dump of a country is nothing but a sanction slaughterhouse, I am ashamed to be British.

    Marie

    September 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    • Marie, I know what you mean, many people around the world no longer consider themselves to be French or German, the list goes on, welfare reforms with it’s sanctions are all over the world.

      enigma

      September 10, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      • Does anyone know if there is any country where there is no sanctions on it’s people?

        enigma

        September 10, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      • That’s right enigma it’s a global attack on the poor.

        Marie

        September 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

    • We live under the constant threat of starvation and homelessness. We live in constant fear of agents of the State – police, bailiffs, social workers, housing officers, ‘work coaches’… What sort of way it that to live. The UK is one big open prisoners. We are like caged animals, kept as pets, our very lives subject to the whims of the farmer. Dumphole – UK!

      Dumphole - UK!

      September 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

  12. The long hot summer of 1976 saw Britain in the grip of a gruelling heatwave, struggling with a drought lasting for months. But it was not the only draining battle taking place. In north-west London, a group of South Asian women took to the streets in revolt at poor working conditions at the Grunwick film processing factory. Eventually more than 20,000 people joined in the protest.

    The line manager compared her and her colleagues to “chattering monkeys”.

    She replied: “What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off.

    “We are the lions, Mr. Manager.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37244466

    To: Members of Parliament

    Don’t cut a single workers’ right when making new UK laws

    Many vital rights at work in the UK are derived from EU law, guaranteeing things like paid leave entitlements, protections from being forced to work excessive hours, discrimination protections and rights for working mums to be.

    Following the UK vote to leave the European Union, Parliament will decide what happens to these rights.

    https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/don-t-cut-a-single-workers-right-in-uk-law?bucket&source=facebook-share-button&time=1466871704

    enigma

    September 10, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    • Working holidays in Australia.

      Mia Ayliffe-Chung is the 21-year-old British backpacker who was stabbed to death in Australia at the hostel where she was staying.

      During and subsequent to my visit to Australia, I have made new contacts and am discovering horror stories of extreme proportions. Young people are not allowed to drink adequate water while working, and end up hospitalised from heat exhaustion and sun stroke. Some pay exorbitant fees for unsanitary hostels, others meet injury and even death through inadequate training in the operation of the machinery they are employed to use. There are even cases of sexual exploitation of young people in exchange for the signing off of visa documents.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/rosie-ayliffe-discovers-horror-stories-of-extreme-proportions-about-working-holidays-in-australia-a7236081.html

      enigma

      September 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm

  13. A few wishful thinkers.

    This task is not going to be easy, but we can do it. As long as we are not divided.

    “Using all our people and resources to help us navigate through the most significant change to the UK’s economic, diplomatic and democratic arrangements in 40 years”
    .
    “Engaging individuals and communities across the country with the Brexit process”

    “Improving how our politics works so that the divide between voters and politicians – something the referendum exposed so starkly – is bridged, and the bond between the people and their government is irreversibly strengthened”
    …………

    http://www.changebritain.org/about/

    enigma

    September 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

  14. @ doug We’ve posted your concerns about State snooping and tracking to your Facebook wall 😀

    The iDiots

    September 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

  15. OT: Frak DWP & Employablity via Councils

    h/t: unemploymentmovement

    http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/chat/3067-looks-like-they-ve-got-something-else-lined-up-for-us.html

    “Thirteen hope to be the delivery partner in the Tees Valley to work with DWP on an exciting pilot which is at the forefront of UK research on psychological interventions and employability, and is one of five contract package areas throughout the country.

    From January 2017 DWP will run a series of Wellbeing and Work Trials to test out the Jobs II group work programme in the UK. This trial follows on from an initial feasibility pilot and will increase the understanding around cost effectiveness and scalability.”

    Gazza

    September 12, 2016 at 11:36 am

    • & for the young.

      National Citizen Service.

      The new #iwill Fund will be launched later in the autumn and will help to transform the culture of community engagement by getting young people involved in greater volunteering opportunities.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-delivers-80-million-boost-to-help-give-young-people-the-best-start-in-life

      enigma

      September 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    • Gazza and everybody interested.

      Ive literally just picked this post up 50 miniutes ago, im all over it and will be at the lions door soon enough as so to speak. When i know more i will naturally inform you all. For now however as i do not know who their intend target market are will simply give you some reading material that may well be relevant in due course.

      Click to access disability-definition.pdf

      Im off air tonight so please do not forward me any questions that highly likely i will at this juncture, refuse to answer for good and valid reasons. Thank you for you patience.

      doug

      September 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      • I have just posted the link you found, on the void.

        enigma

        September 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    • Remember the global goals? “no one will be left out”

      enigma

      September 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm

  16. Here we go again, more psychological torture and workfare, these deplorable basket cases won’t give up will they.

    Marie

    September 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  17. The ‘gig economy’ is just a new name for an old way to shaft the workers.

    The return to Victorian working practices.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gig-economy-just-new-name-8819671

    enigma

    September 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

  18. Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary seat ‘could be abolished’

    http://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/guide-to-the-2018-review-published/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37342828

    Why is Scottish Political correspondent Glenn Campbell working for the BBC in Scotland targeting Corbyn with this article rather than all the politicians holding seats who it will effect.Why not just print that the report is about to be realized tomorrow,that its only the initial report and will effect no ones seat at this point for quite some time to come ?

    Gutter snip reporting me thinks. shame on you BBC,go wash your mouths out with soap.

    Sorry, i did say i was off air but just had to report this as its a deliberate vile crappy act. Off air now, i promise.

    doug

    September 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    • Doug off you go, but come back soon!

      enigma

      September 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    • More targetting going on regarding Jeremy., you’ll see it.

      enigma

      September 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      • When someone is seen as a threat to the ‘establishment’ watch the knives come out – as it has here. Strange that.

        Gazza

        September 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      • We can expect it to get worse.

        Hope your dong OK Gazza.

        enigma

        September 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      • Freinds I’m staying over with [they’re away at mo] cats are treating me as a feeder only & then shoot off out, ignoring me! How ignoble is that?

        LOL aside not bad. It will be interesting what happens this Thursday. CC – you know the Ultra Important live document one which was so important that led to the confusion and the sanction being laid on is finally being looked at, oh, only two months late. Strange that. I’ve been advised that the disability adviser is saying they’ll be taking things off it. Pity, despite the pain, I’ve had so much fun till now – collecting evidence that is.

        Hope ur well, sir.

        Gazza

        September 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

  19. “Please provide information that Section 17 of the Welfare Reform Act (2012) is to be/is
    being used to make registration with Universal Jobmatch automatically mandatory for all
    new JSA or Universal Credit claims? On the UC roll-out basis of:

    If they do not do this voluntarily, = “This requirement will be recorded on their Claimant Commitment”

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/155564/response/384941/attach/html/2/wdtk%201628.responsel.pdf.html

    enigma

    September 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  20. Edward Snowden: ACLU and Amnesty seek presidential pardon.

    Two of the most prominent human rights organisations in the United States are about to launch a campaign for the presidential pardon of Edward Snowden.

    The American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are ready to launch the “Pardon Snowden” campaign.

    They are urging President Barack Obama to act before he leaves office in January 2017.

    The launch this week coincides with the release of an Oliver Stone biopic about the former NSA contractor
    .
    “no-one should be prosecuted for exposing human rights violations”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37341804

    enigma

    September 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

  21. More sharing of data.

    Pensions Dashboard 2019

    “Firstly, it will need to be open.

    No single dashboard can meet the needs of millions of people who all have very different individual circumstances.

    A system for finding, collating, and sharing pension information.

    it should be open to a range of companies who can meet basic standards of security and data protection – including banks and fintechs, not just pension providers.

    They should be able to access its information to deliver the products or advice their customers ask for.

    Because if we want to encourage people to save more, then they need to be able to trust in pensions. That starts with people being able to access basic information, across all their pension pots

    But if there are difficulties getting everyone on board, then we’ll certainly look at legislation or regulation instead.

    Aviva, Aon, B&CE, HSBC, LV, Nest, Now:Pensions, Royal London, Standard Life, Willis Towers Watson, and Zurich have agreed to work together to build a first working prototype of the dashboard by March 2017.

    And particular thanks must also go to the Association of British Insurers for agreeing to project manage the whole process. Together, these organisations will be leading the way forward in making the dashboard a reality.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/launching-the-pensions-dashboard-city-ministers-speech

    enigma

    September 13, 2016 at 12:25 am

    • MPs have been deluged with protests from low-income families that an American company hired by HM Revenue and Customs to root out tax credit cheats are wrongly cutting their payments.

      Ministers face demands to tear up the contract with Concentrix, and MPs will press for an emergency debate in the Commons this week. Frank Field, the chairman of the work and pensions select committee, said: “Decent people’s lives have been turned upside down as a result of Concentrix stopping their claim.” The company, which is part of a multi-billion pound business services group, secured its contract when HMRC outsourced fraud and error detection.

      Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/us-firm-wrongly-cutting-tax-credits-poor/

      Andrew Coates

      September 13, 2016 at 11:41 am

      • Andrew Coates

        September 13, 2016 at 11:47 am

      • “There’s hundreds of girls in my position. There’s no understanding, no empathy. It feels like they’ve been given a quota and they just don’t care”

        It feels like they have been given a quota because they have.

        More & more families appearing in the local food bank.

        enigma

        September 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      • More & more people are learning.

        enigma

        September 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      • Sanctions, the freezing of benefits, the stopping of tax credits, & we’re all supposed to save for a pension, things are bad now but what will 2019.2020 be like.

        enigma

        September 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • ‘Reign of terror’ tax credit company loses HMRC contract

        US firm Concentrix heavily criticised by Frank Field will not be given further work by tax collector

        https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/sep/13/reign-of-terror-tax-credit-company-loses-hmrc-contract

        enigma

        September 14, 2016 at 11:35 am

      • ‘Failing’ welfare contractor Concentrix will still be paid tens of millions before its contract runs out.

        The private contractor dropped by HMRC from running part of the tax credit system will still be paid tens of millions of pounds before its contract runs out, new figures show.

        HMRC’s chief executive Jon Thompson said on Tuesday night the department it would not be extending Concentrix’s contract after a series of high profile failures regarding the non-payment of tax credits.

        The contractor is supposed to root out fraud and error in the tax credit system, but reports suggest innocent people on low incomes are having their payments stopped, sometimes for no reason at all.

        Figures obtained by Labour MP Louise Haigh show that Concentrix is failing on 120 out of 1625 minimum performance indicators set out in the contract – yet has still already been paid £15.8m in commission.

        With the contract only set to end in May 2017 the company will still reap tens of millions of pounds in payments from the three-year contract – despite a so-called “payment by results” system. The total contract pays a total of between £55m and £75m depending on performance indicators met.

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/concentrix-tax-credits-letter-hmrc-paid-tax-privatisation-a7294146.html

        Andrew Coates

        September 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  22. ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THIRTEEN OR SHOULD I SAY THIRTEEN GROUP

    https://www.thirteengroup.co.uk/page/about-thirteen

    Now after some investigation on the surface this a group of multiple housing associations that had moved into the market of administering various community-based services towards their respective communities. Now apart from the obvious advantage of pooling cash and resources so as to be better placed to create more affordable social housing through tact such as cheaper build costs,less staff,etc, it does mean they will be warranted or not intruding into peoples lives. This means investing time in tackling financial exclusion, unemployment and worklessness.

    Now im personally fine with that up to the point DWP have become involved as we all know CHOICE is not something they afford their unemployed,disabled and ill claimants who are without doubt those in the poverty trap that is our national crisis.

    Now as you can see from the advert on their site for the position of Group Leader – DWP Wellbeing and Work Trial (disappears on thirteen groups website in 10 days)

    https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/459860?FromSearch=False

    It does not advertise what requisites in terms of qualification and experience when we consider working with people with health issues both physical and mental. Now i was greeted with, vagueness, misinterpretation, lacking knowledge, refusal to elaborate followed by a sudden meeting that turned into interviews a second later that at the start of my talk never existed. I say never existed as i did offer if they were busy i could call back at a more convenient time to which the person said words to the effect of “no that’s ok, im not busy with any prior engagements”. I even asked for him to calendar me for a time to which he said after 5pm but that’s when the lie, and then another lie started dribbling through.

    Now i did ask as he mentioned more than once that he was the direct link to DWP and the lynch pin of the operation, which DWP department that was however hes choose to declare not to answer, even when i informed him i had friends working at Caxton House. He further wouldn’t elaborate on the contents of the contract the group was about to deliver.

    Now this isn’t the end of this story as now after this communication my investigation now leads me to going down south to hopefully uncover a so called assessment that was conducted in London that this person based the point of DWPs interest on and the tendering out to this group. This means this is only the first part with more installments to follow which as usual i will keep you all posted as i know more if at all this assessment ever took place.

    Its worth noting at this stage that a friend of mine only yesterday where i am in the midlands told me they received a text from their social housing provider advertising support into work (job searching,CV,etc) that was later followed up with another text from the same provider say please disregard which i can only imagine meant they sent it in error as after all my friend works and isn’t in receipt of any benefits. The moral here is that it COULD BE COMING TO A SHOWROOM NEAR YOU SOON.

    SO BEWARE. . .

    doug

    September 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    • Part of the health & work programme.

      enigma

      September 13, 2016 at 8:28 pm

  23. Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Oxford and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have found.

    Aaron Reeves (pictured right), Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Poverty and Inequality at LSE’s International Inequality Institute and lead author of the report, said: “Housing provides shelter and security, protecting health and well-being. But when that security becomes uncertain, health, and mental health in particular, is undermined.

    http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/news/archives/2016/09/GovernmentHousingBenefitCuts.aspx?

    enigma

    September 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm

  24. What about Classism?

    making rigged economics a human rights issue.

    A UK based human rights pressure group that emerged out of and has been informed by two important developments.

    The first is an analysis of anti-discriminatory legislation – namely the Equality Act (2010)

    The second is the analysis that emerges out of the participatory economics (Parecon)

    http://www.whataboutclassism.org/

    enigma

    September 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm

  25. When I’m down in the dumps I just pick myself up and get on with it. It was men of enterprise and fortitude like me that built the British Empire. Men that stand on their own two feet and, once weaned, don’t expect or need to be attached to the teat of state sponsored handouts for the rest of their lives. If you people had more spine and determination Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud wouldn’t have needed to use sanctions to shake you loose from Britannia’s apron strings, because you’d all want to get out into the world and achieve. Instead people like me have to keep you by means of involuntary donations taken out of our earnings. Shame on the lot of you! What the heck is wrong with you slackers, spongers, rejects and defects? Get off your arses and a job!

    Lawrence

    September 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

    • That’s probably the most sensible comment made on this infernal blog. And before these lazy fuckers trot out the old “but there are no jobs” mantra that they so love to hide behind take a look at the government’s job-board, provided free and at taxpayers expense to these lazy fuckers, Universal Jobmatch. Just cast your eye over the millions, literally, of vacancies on there, and then ask yourself why these lackers, spongers, rejects and defects can’t get a job?

      Hard-working Taxpayer

      September 14, 2016 at 9:32 am

      • ah Hard-working Taxpayer

        a ConMan Supporter. Oh dear. See below about this wonderful site you love so much, with GCHQ in title.

        Before that Here’s a taste of the oh so wonderful jobs on offer:
        So when are you going to be applying for the post of “International brotherhood courior” read drugs mule
        Or, Princess, underage Gay entertainer at a hotel abroad.

        Oh, what about the award for the worst jobs site – ever?
        Or it cannot be backed up after a fault – In your eyes I am sure that is seen as a plus. Hopefully you are running windows 10 so will experience this yourself soon.

        I could go on but that’s enough.

        When you can knock over The Times/Channel 4/Guardian/The Independent, get back to us.

        Gazza

        September 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

      • Here’s an example,

        Care workers sue council contractor in minimum wage battle.

        Seventeen care workers are alleging failure to be paid the minimum wage in the sector’s biggest ever legal claim.

        Payslips appear to show contractor Sevacare had some staff in Haringey, north London, on a rate of £3.27 an hour – less than half the then minimum.

        Union Unison says an employment tribunal will examine some of the worst breaches of pay rules it has ever seen.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37350750

        enigma

        September 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

      • & another, who’s next..

        Teaching assistants, striking over plans to pay them only during term-time, will lobby MPs at Westminster.

        Classroom assistants in Derby and Durham are the latest to face term-time only contracts, losing up to £6,000 a year in pay, says their union.

        Unison members from the two areas will walk out in protest.

        Durham County Council said many other councils had adopted term-time only pay and it was fair to pay staff for the hours that they actually worked.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37354681

        enigma

        September 14, 2016 at 11:52 am

      • If you think this is such an infernal blog, why the fk do you come here?????, you strike me as being a little bully boy 😵

        Marie

        September 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      • “infernal”, interesting choice of word and liable to make one think hardworking taxpayer or should i call you Lawrence that perhaps the truth hurts.

        Well i, if you are indeed one Lawrence have already eviscerated you once already so if you know whats good for you, don’t make room for second!

        doug

        September 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

    • Just another blinkered nobhead,obviously believe all the shite written about benefit claimants in the scummy rags,the scum,daily hate,torygraph etc…..

      foxglove

      September 14, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    • “It was men of enterprise and fortitude like me that built the British Empire”. Apart from the fact you MUST BE REALLY REALLY OLD THEN actually it was money grabbing, power hungry elites and royals who got their people to build the empire (acquisition of further wealth to pay for it along with repaying the economical damage they had already caused back home), so yet again a prime example of you claiming to be the wealth creator yet fail to explain how that was achieved without the help of the lower class. And while we talk British empire its very see – saw when we consider conquer, colonize as towards achieving such through peaceful, strictly commerce means when the latter was the Brits usually just conquering what others like the Spanish for instance had already conquered through yet more violence and theft. So be proud i would not sir.

      Further more and finally being myself one the currently unemployed, one can clearly see im certainly not a slacker,reject or defect void of real and recognizable superior intellect when compared to you sir. So with this in mind please take your un-researched assumptions to a place of where others share your unimaginative and ill conceived propaganda.

      Oh and so i don’t leave the sponger part out, im in this position because people like you fear my mental aptitude because i demonstrate your the ones who are lazy of thought,lazy of imagination, constructively deceptive and quite frankly, the reason why this entire planet let alone species in going down the pan at an accelerated pace.

      doug

      September 15, 2016 at 7:50 am

  26. OT: Non Retirement Supporting Rubbish on BBC [Note: its in the Business Section not Health]

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37307347

    “Never Retire”

    “Why you should stay working to age well”

    ME: Supporters of this claptrap :-
    OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    as well as many pensions and retirement experts, [Now what do this shower stand to gain by money pouring into their coffers? I ask you?]
    Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, professors at the London Business School

    Summary: No Scientific Studies quoted to show that this rubbish is supported by facts, only talking heads interested in economics. Does all this sound familiar to everybody GDS/Freud etc etc. I wonder how long before worklessness Mr A Prik will pop up in support? Or Adam Smith Institute, you know the people why supported him but said that if you retire you instantly undergo a whole body make over and are suddenly an asset in need to spunk off your pension on expensive things [no financial help available after its spent though].

    Gazza

    September 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

    • It’s the future isn’t it Gazza, so many people out there who don’t know, lets not forget workers rights are at stake, many people don’t know that either, classic cases above.

      enigma

      September 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

  27. OT: UC – GCHQ Worried about data security

    ht: Refuted

    ht: Kilburn Unemployed

    http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/gchq-says-universal-credit-poses-serious-security-risks.html

    ME: I am copying here as I think it is important to know:

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016
    GCHQ says Universal Credit poses serious security risks
    A Kwuggie (Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group activist) has sent in the following by e-mail:

    I wish I had the facility to scan news paper items. Yesterday the 6th, The Times had a lovely piece on Universal Credit poses serious security risk, spies tell No 10.(1) Experts working for GCHQ the government listening agency contacted Downing Street in alarm after being “fobbed off” by the DWP over security flaws in the benefits program. millions of people could be hacked The system will not be operational until 2022 at the earliest. GCHQ involvement on delaying UC is revealed in a report by the Institute for Government into how the welfare reform program went disastrously wrong. The report says that it still remains to be seen if UC will eventually work.

    Blazing rows between George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith in front of civil servants. “I have not seen two grown adults have such a row for a long time ,” one official said.

    IDS allegedly told one civil servant that he would not back down even when the plan was failing. There is a reference to a small number of jobcentres where UC is in operation major problems have emerged . A quarter of claimants face “significant issues” with the system. Councils had to take on extra staff as CAB couldn’t cope.

    The report reveals the GCHQ officials went to No.10 after being repeatedly “fobbed off ‘. as they tried to establish what security measures were in place. After which the Cabinet Office ordered an independent review. The review team interviewed staff , assuring them that what they said would not be traced back to them. The report said that under every stone was chaos. People burst into tears. One of the suppliers said ” just don’t put this thing online. It is a complete security disaster. There was no way this could be launched as digital service.”

    IDS was ordered to put back the launch. Nick Thimmins , who wrote the report, said that. “There are elements of the policy that are still not entirely clear. Huge challenges remain.”

    Related link address
    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/universal-credit-poses-a-major-security-risk-spies-tell-no-10-m87rs8qq5
    See also http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/news/latest/universal-credit-way-recovery and http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/blog/14592/universal-credit-a-programme-in-recovery/

    ME: Oh oh dearie me.

    Gazza

    September 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

  28. OT: DWP Coverup about warnings about potential sucides

    h/t: refuted & rightsnet

    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3549-dwp-panic-and-cover-up-after-claimant-death-publicity-wca-medics-warned-we-cannot-defend-you

    DWP panic and cover-up after claimant death publicity, WCA medics warned ‘We cannot defend you’

    Category: Latest news
    Created: Tuesday, 13 September 2016 17:22
    Benefits and Work has obtained documents which show that the DWP failed to take steps to prevent further claimant deaths following a coroner’s warning in January 2014, in spite of agreeing to do so. However, the department flew into a panic 20 months later and tried to mount a cover-up when the coroner’s report was uncovered by a journalist.

    ME:
    DWP engaged in outright lies.
    Disaster recovery & for fraud purposes etc ALL computer records must be kept from 7 to 10 years upwards to 20 years [actually I think its 50 years considering release of records to public].
    The Memo would have been acknowledged back to DWP.
    The carrying out of the instructions would also have been acknowledged back to DWP.
    The response rate would have been passed back to DWP.

    DWP says none of the above is in existence.

    Gazza

    September 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm


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