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No More Welfare Cuts?

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And there’s this:

 Now there’s this….

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May, says minister

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits

There will be no more welfare cuts under Theresa May’s government after those have already been announced, the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, has announced.

Strongly hinting that the government’s austerity agenda was over, Green told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show planned cuts would continue but there would be no further raids on benefits.

Green said his tenure in the department would be different from Iain Duncan Smith, his predecessor before Stephen Crabb, who quit over his distaste for disability benefit cuts. “I am different from Iain – I will use different language,” he said.

“But I know we both share the desire for increasing social justice, by which we mean … that you don’t just measure it by the benefits bill, you measure it by the help you are giving those individuals.

“The commitment that the prime minister has made since she took office has been that obviously we will meet the previous commitments we’ve made,” he said. “But there will be no new search for cuts in individual welfare benefits.”

Green added: “You’re right that the period of austerity meant that tough decisions had to be taken across the board, not just in the welfare system. There are things that have been announced that haven’t yet been introduced but people know that they are coming. But no new cuts.”

Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, an 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, was among those who spoke out in the House of Lords against the controversial welfare reform bill, which proposes to cut disability benefits by £30 a week.

The work and pensions secretary said the government’s overall attitude to welfare had not changed but appeared to acknowledge there had been some mistakes, including people being wrongly assessed as fit for work. “The simple thrust is making sure work always pays,” Green said.


Disabled activists have been promised a seat “at the heart of government” if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as Labour leader and the party wins power at the next election.

The pledge was made by shadow chancellor John McDonnell at an international disability rights conference hosted by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), the final event in its Rights Not Games week of action.

McDonnell, who made repeated references to the need to co-produce policies with disabled people during his speech, told the conference in London that it would be vital to ensure that disabled people were represented “at every level of decision-making”.

He added: “That will mean bringing organisations like DPAC and others into government to advise us on the development of policy so you will be at the heart of government, sitting alongside ministers and others, advising them on how to implement these policies.”

And he promised that DPAC would also have “a fundamental role in advising us on the policies that need to be developed” by Labour in preparation for government.

He added: “You will be advising us on what priorities there are when we go back into government… for those people who say that this country can’t afford a decent living for disabled people we have got to challenge that as well.”


Written by Andrew Coates

September 18, 2016 at 12:33 pm

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  1. Doug

    Further info of heath & safety at work.

    Dr Bill Gunnyeon said:

    “The health and wellbeing of working age people has never been more important to economic success than it is today and health and safety professionals have a key role to play in protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of all those at work.

    “I feel hugely privileged therefore to be asked to lead the Trustee Board at this exciting time for the organisation as it looks to the future and prepares to set its strategic direction for the next five years.



    September 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    • enigma

      Yep there will be no NEW cuts under Witch May. That does not mean the cuts already planned by GidIdiot & Cameron ConMan will not take place. Only then will the age of austerity be at an end… Er, sorry I’m lying there – it’ll just be a small cut here … Sorry “Adjustment” here, another “Adjustment” there…


      September 18, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      • “the government’s overall attitude to welfare had not changed but appeared to acknowledge there had been some mistakes”,

        That says it all doesn’t it Gazza.


        September 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    • Enigma

      Firstly when you cover this particular news DON’T forget the link you posted on the last post.ITS IMPORTANT to BURN this into peoples MINDS as its the unpinning aspect to the WHOLE MESSAGE and point i hope your trying to make if you have connected the dots in this particular branch.


      Believe it or not this affair goes all the way back to 2010 and you wouldn’t believe the SINKHOLE you just fell through and if you handle it right and learn, the WARREN that festers at unimaginable depths will reveal itself. You see all that ive mentioned so far when you posted this the other day is nothing but a cautionary footnote to follow and not what this is all about.

      It isn’t just another story, its part of THE STORY ive been trying to share but unlike a fable this one is OH SO REAL AND IMPACTING TO ALL.


      September 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit


        Remember this government need to find 12 billion by 2018.

        Tie this in with more aggressive and repetitive health assessments, making employees attend the likes of maximus or only other government approved centers and the appointment of Dr Bill Gunnyeon from DWP to the highest and only health and safety department and,


        This is just one part of this branch.

        Remember this,



        And this isn’t all that’s on the plan as their will be an attempt to replace industrial accident insurance with an employer-funded scheme meaning more out of the wages of employees.

        So basically you as a worker would pay into a scheme that the government control and decide who and who is sick or disabled and who should receive what.

        And that’s still not all but that’s enough for now.



        September 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

      • “There will be no more welfare cuts under Theresa May’s government after those have already been announced, the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, has announced.

        Strongly hinting that the government’s austerity agenda was over, Green told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show planned cuts would continue but there would be no further raids on benefits”.

        To just say BENEFITS is a bit generic DON’T YOU THINK ?


        “But I know we both share the desire for increasing social justice, by which we mean … that you don’t just measure it by the benefits bill, you measure it by the help you are giving those individuals.”

        REMEMBER they NOW consider SUPPORT provided as a measure of POVERTY.
        This means the money they spend filling the pockets of providers and the funds they all take like the EU SOCIAL FUND.

        SEE THE TRICK ?

        “The commitment that the prime minister has made since she took office has been that obviously we will meet the previous commitments we’ve made,” he said. “But there will be no new search for cuts in individual welfare benefits.”

        Green added: “You’re right that the period of austerity meant that tough decisions had to be taken across the board, not just in the welfare system. There are things that have been announced that haven’t yet been introduced but people know that they are coming. But no new cuts.”


        “The work and pensions secretary said the government’s overall attitude to welfare had not changed but appeared to acknowledge there had been some mistakes, including people being wrongly assessed as fit for work. “The simple thrust is making sure work always pays,” Green said.





        September 19, 2016 at 9:18 am

      • Please bear in mind, when reading the article below, that there are a huge number of benefit cuts already law and waiting to be implemented. Including

        A reduced benefit cap,

        Reduction of £30 per week in ESA benefits for new claimants unfit to work, planned to ‘help claimants back into work’. If you see any logic to this, please comment below. Coming in in 2017.
        Reductions to Universal Credit, due 2017.

        Housing benefit cuts to people in supported accommodation.

        Changes in working tax credit for new claimants after April 2017.

        Removal of universal credit higher payment for a first child for new claimants after April 2017.

        child elements will not be counted in UC sums for new 3rd and subsequent children within Universal Credit born after April 2017 ( except in “exceptional circumstances”).

        Market rents for social housing ‘pay to stay’ for people in social housing with a joint household income of over £40,000 per anum.

        And many more cuts already in the pipeline will still be implemented.

        Benefit Tales:


        Andrew Coates

        September 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    • OT: Cuts you say?I know of no cuts to vital services … Manchester Firemen… wait a minute…

      h/t: unemploymentmovement


      Title says it all

      So cuts are history are they? Austerity is over is it? Really? There’ll be another CpnMen bus along in a minute… trust me I am a politician.

      People will directly die due to this utter stupidity [near on 14 hour shift and that’s okay is it? For life saving work – how long before the NHS goes that route… hold on wait a minute…]


      September 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      • NHS doctors told to declare income from private work.

        ‘Under the radar’

        Sir Malcolm said: “It’s not an attempt to curb private work by consultants. Let’s just have some transparency here. Much of what goes on in these communities is almost under the radar.”


        news seeker

        September 20, 2016 at 8:23 am

      • But it is an attempt to direct the audience elsewhere.

        Now does anyone care where i worked outside of my primary job, hell no so why bring this up at a time no less a certain court case is going on.

        Hey wheres Wally ?

        Wally Hunt yet again remains the illucid illusive character he is but to be sure, scarlet pimpernel he is not.


        September 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

  2. No more welfare cuts, does anyone believe that, of course many will do, notice how they just recently announced more cuts now telling us there won’t be any more.


    September 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    • “There will be no more welfare cuts under Theresa May’s government” ………………one to remember.


      September 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      • Is the UN’s investigation getting through?.


        September 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  3. Violet

    September 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    • I wouldn’t believe anything the fckers say and that goes for Labour to!


      September 18, 2016 at 3:19 pm

  4. Working-age benefits are frozen until the end of the parliament, which means that working-age benefits ARE going to be CUT in real terms EVERY YEAR for the next FOUR YEARS by whatever inflation happens to be running at (currently 1% to 2% a year but might be a lot more post Brexit).


    September 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    • And Council Tax, and a host of other costs including transport (well above inflation), are still rising.

      Andrew Coates

      September 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  5. It won’t be long before we are like New Zealand, no welfare state at all,poor people there have to rely on scum charities.


    September 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    • More scum charities will pop up all over the place,ready to give a helping hand,into the taxpayers purse to help themselves…bastards!


      September 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  6. WATER suggested to be privatized.


    After 3 days, you need water or you’ll perish


    The proposal of buying batches of water off our current providers who are heavily regulated is adding a middleman. Its ludicrous to think water wont go up, its ludicrous to think they wont consider selling it abroad.



    September 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    • Hasn’t water already been privatized? As far as I can remember it there was supposed to be a market, much like electricity, where you could buy your water from any of several different companies but it never happened properly and many water companies remained monopolies. (I suppose various private companies would buy a large number of units of water from some local water company – usually the only local water supplier connected by pipes to homes in the area – at a wholesale rate and then sell these units on to consumers trying to undercut the original water company’s prices to make a profit.) At the moment under British law no water company can disconnect you from your water supply even if you don’t pay your bills as far as I know. I wonder how long that will last? In Australia if you don’t pay you water bill they only allow you two litres of water a day to live on which isn’t enough; not enough for cooking and drinking let alone laundry and hygiene. Other countries cut you off completely. Hopefully we won’t ever go down this dark alley. Water is life.


      September 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

      • Bingo – we have a winner.

        The thing is like electric and gas, people seldom realize you have a natural resource supplier, a producer, a transporter. This means in the case of electricity when they did it, a fourth entity entering the market.

        Now this is where the gamble always comes. If resource output lowers, purchase costs go up for the producer who then passes said cost onto the fourth entity who pushes the cost on the customer. At this point the transporter bar inflation remains stable. Now if people consume less like making efficiency savings this means the transporter now becomes effected so seeks to recoup said loss by higher transport cost to producer who in turn puts cost on fourth entity who puts cost on customer.

        So the benefits you receive only on this point from a fourth entity is based on the profits they decide to lose in order to keep customer.

        Now Mr Joe blogs company and say british gas offering duel fuel cant compete with the latter so goes out of business or is bought out or invested into by lets say EON another duel fuel supplier. Now Eon is a competitor to british gas so both ensue on deciding the profit they wish to lose except they this time transfer cost towards one of the duel fuels they supplier (imagine a bar graph with two bars finding balance).

        So around and around we go till we end up with the suppliers we already had before privatization except this time their not tied to to decency in the public interest.


        September 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

  7. UK ‘appallingly bad’ at start-up funding


    This is why this country is losing out on the tech market and often sees the likes of google swoop up the pattern and makes zillions or strip it down to stave off competition for an already owned product.


    September 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

  8. Concentrix REFUSE interview with BBC Victoria Derbyshire show.


    Its a short piece in the middle of the program so wont take much of peoples time.

    I appears theirs still no answer on backdating claims, an inaction echoed throughout the whole welfare system.


    September 19, 2016 at 9:00 am


      The moment ( i kid you not) a live video interviewed guest got off the phone to Victoria Derbyshire after mentioning how no one would say anything about backdating her claim.

      BINGO, she got a phone call stating she will be rebated in full.

      Clearly if it wasn’t for the BBC show, none of this would have been mentioned by our government and departments let alone sorted in a timely fashion.

      Call it a conspiracy if you like but me thinks this is another Tory clawing back money ATTEMPT for the sake of finding 12 Billion or as has been claimed on a certain news channel, 22 billion if you consider balancing the deficit by 2020.

      Another Tory money grab tanked.

      (Remember concentrix is stating they followed HMRC policy, now remember ATOS said the same thing while trying to defend themselves)



      September 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

  9. Andrew brought this up before but I just came across a interesting article about the housing costs cuts on the unemploymentmovement twitter feed.

    It makes for interesting reading on the implications, especially for the fools at Refuge/YMCA…



    September 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  10. g

    news seeker

    September 19, 2016 at 5:13 pm

  11. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    • I remember him. Didn’t he used to be David Cameron?


      September 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

    • Cameron still got shares & vested interest in Atos & Maximus. ££££££££££ That is why he gave up his 2nd job of being PM & an MP to work at corporate death.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 20, 2016 at 1:06 pm

  12. Suicide £200 Suicide – Bonus on switchboard medical Suicide Bonus £200 – Through the system as a £24,000 suicide bonus. Suicide Cash Cow. Suicide £200 Suicide now £400 Suicide £600. Buzz word for generating money – DWP Assisted Suicide PLC.

    I have just generated £26,000. 10 more people to make suicide the talk & that`s £288,000 generated. 100 people as suicide at £26,000 a suicide cash cow head & that`s £2.6 Million generated. So I now fit into ATOS & MAXIMUS WCA !!!

    Going up to £50,000 a suicide for suicide risk assessment. Now let the healthcare professionals do their DWP Assisted suicide.

    The more I can use suicide the more money is generated. My job as a suicide risk assessor is to make my wages bigger by getting target bonuses which means the more I can get people to be suicide the better. Funny that since your only the DWP switchboard doing medicals & making medical judgements over the phone. So the DWP are undercutting Maximus & Atos by doing a WCA over the DWP phone call, just like Universal Credit !!!

    Make suicide where suicide does not exist, is the guidance for suicide working. So the DWP taboo of suicide is a DWP suicide risk assessment on DWP Assisted Suicide !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    • DWP do you really want to be arrested & charged for wasting police time !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 19, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  13. “They did not pass”: Lessons from Britain’s history of anti-fascist resistance.


    news seeker

    September 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

  14. promising no further raids on benefits

    Those being reassessed under PIP are losing their benefits,burdened with losing DLA having to face the ordeal of the appeals process not to mention the sanctions process.After calamity Cameron we’re now left dismayed.

    Tory welfare secretary says he won’t turn back from Iain Duncan Smith’s cuts – and pensioners are next


    Leaving people on benefits is not helping them.

    Endless appointments at anytime,interviews under “helping you find a job” that do anything but,threats here there and everywhere and a so called jobmatch which is about as much use.


    September 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm

  15. I saw oily little Damien on the Marr show on Sunday, where Marr half-heartedly tackled him about suicides of benefit claimants and food banks. He gave the usual standard reply about the “reforms” (for which read cuts and sanctions) were getting people “into work faster and keeping them in work longer” and to him, form his perspective, this was evidence of real “compassion” rather than harshness ad was working. Do Tories really believe that horrors like the infamous work capability assessment, cuts, caps, sanctions, slashing of social security and systemic state sponsored cruelty meted out to the poor is more compassionate than supporting them decently and adequately? How can anybody defend the so obviously indefensible in such a manner? It’s like listening to a paedophile claiming that he abused defenceless children not for perverted sexual purposes but unselfishly to give them pleasure. In truth the Conservative claim to compassion is no less sick.


    September 20, 2016 at 8:21 am

    • Yes. All that pain and misery and hunger and death is for your own good people. It’s the Tories being cruel to be kind. I suppose we should all feel grateful for the Conservative’s inexhaustible and endless tough love.


      September 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

  16. Benefits included in the cap

    The cap applies to the total amount people in your household (you, your partner and any children living with you) get from the following benefits:

    Bereavement Allowance
    Carer’s Allowance(this won’t be affected by the benefit cap from autumn 2016)
    Child Benefit
    Child Tax Credit
    Employment and Support Allowance(unless you get the ‘support’ component)
    Guardian’s Allowance(this won’t be affected by the benefit cap from autumn 2016)
    Housing Benefit
    Incapacity Benefit
    Income Support
    Jobseeker’s Allowance
    Maternity Allowance
    Severe Disablement Allowance
    Widowed Parent’s Allowance(or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widows Pension if you started getting it before 9 April 2001)
    Universal Credit(unless you’ve had a work capability assessment and aren’t fit for work)

    Payments towards carer’s costs in Universal Credit won’t be affected by the benefit cap from autumn 2016.

    Benefits that aren’t included

    You’re not affected by the cap if anyone in your household qualifies for Working Tax Credit or gets any of the following benefits:

    Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
    Armed Forces Independence Payment
    Attendance Allowance
    Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    Employment and Support Allowance(if you get the support component)
    Industrial Injuries Benefits(and equivalent payments as part of a War Disablement Pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
    Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    Universal Creditpayment for ‘limited capability for work and work-related activity’
    War pensions
    War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension

    If you have adult children or non-dependants living with you and they qualify for any of these benefits, you may be affected by the cap. This is because they’re not usually included in your household.

    news seeker

    September 20, 2016 at 8:36 am

  17. Vote ‘doug’ for Moderator

    doug roolz

    September 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • Let anarchy rule the day! No moderation of opinion on this blog unless it incites violence, prejudice or hatred against the innocent, voiceless and harmless.

      Wei Wu Wei

      September 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  18. Not interested in my suicide unless there is money to be made out of it. Suicide disability slander. The DWP medical vetting system where the DWP are making medical judgements without a medical WCA. Now for the DWP Assisted Suicide Bonus. Death Works Pounds = DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  19. DWP call the police on my suicide once more & the DWP will be all over the press as a suicide hunter.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  20. DWP read & act. I have got the depressed DWP acting out suicide bonuses. Care for me in a public way of mass media. I have got the DWP scared of care of duty. Now at 4PM the DWP are going to commit suicide & at 6PM it will be on the news.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

  21. I will commit suicide.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    • The police already know about the DWP wasting time & the DWP are on their last warning for not only suicide threats by the DWP but DWP hate Crime & wasting police time. Read it DWP & Act like what is in your DWP guidance book for suicide !!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  22. I hear voices. They are saying suicide has a £200 bonus for the DWP switchboard. Let me put you through to the next level of £500 for the next person who says I will just put you through to the next level. Ok sir you are through to opr suicide expert & will be a £24,000 suicide cash cow. I hear voices.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

  23. I am a DWP suicide coach. In your rules DWP & reading the social media you the DWP need to act otherwise you are at fault in my suicide. Failing care of duty is a criminal Offence.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    • So what makes me so special then DWP !!! The DWP on their final warning from the police.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      • The DWP Police Crime Number is ……….

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      • The DWP are now giving out crimes to make it a Crime Number & criminal records are being made by the DWP. So DWP you don`t even know your own DWP Police Crime Number but I do DWP. On record DWP. I can say what I want without the DWP going to the police. Now suicide means DWP Deaths & DWP breaking the law DWP death in a court of law.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • The DWP Police Crime Number is ………. 666?

        Considering the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is none other than… DAMIEN!!!!

        The Neighbour of the Beast

        September 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      • What the fuck are you on about Stepping? Are you saying that if the jobcentre accuses a ‘customer’ of “shouting, wearing and acting aggressive” that the jobcentre files a crime report and it is effectively a criminal record. ffs Where is the judicial oversight? Jobcentre – Judge, jury and executioner!

        Minority Report

        September 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      • Stepping says: “The DWP are now giving out crimes to make it a Crime Number & criminal records are being made by the DWP.”

        Minority Report

        September 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      • Stepping, your posts never make any sense and only serve to take up valuable blog space. Just one of the many reasons JV BANNED you from posting!

        Razor Step Sound Plating System

        September 20, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      • What bullshit – Cash Cow is wanted for exposing DWP Assisted Suicide. Tory Trolls commit suicide & keep trolling.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 21, 2016 at 2:41 am

      • Discredit DWP Assisted Suicide.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 21, 2016 at 2:43 am

  24. Who are the DWP going to call !!!! Failing Care Of Duty !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • Who are the DWP going to call? Ghostbusters 😀


      September 21, 2016 at 2:17 pm

  25. Norfolk women wage war over increased state pension age

    Women from the PAIN – WASPI Norfolk Group symbolically ‘chained’ themselves to the bandstand at Chapelfield Gardens, wearing garb reminiscent of the suffrage movement and holding signs saying: ‘I have my vote, now I want my pension!’


    news seeker

    September 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

  26. Hammersmith Jobcentre approaching claimants to take photographs for DWP promotional material.


    news seeker

    September 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    • You must admire the plunk of those asking claimants for a selfie with best mate Coachey.

      Andrew Coates

      September 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      • More pathetic job centre antics.

        The only difference between work coach and fleas is that fleas are a lot less irritating lol!!!


        September 20, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    • So you have no control & copywrite over that photo & can be used for any DWP fraud. The DWP are desperate & desperate to continue their fraud.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      • First you need a haircut & makeup & have good smart clothes.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      • So a nice photo of a under fed, not washed & dirty clothes for the DWP photo shoot.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    • Readers should be informed before turning to that article that it contains absolutely shocking use of the C*** word!

      Ban This Filth

      September 20, 2016 at 10:55 pm

  27. DWP Suicide Photo

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    • A photo of the DWP Switchboard !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      • Looking on a wiki medical page !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

  28. Javid rejects Aylesbury CPO bid on human rights grounds

    Inside Houssing – 16th Sep 2016

    The secretary of state has rejected a London council’s bid to move residents out of an estate earmarked for demolition because it would breach their human rights.

    Southwark Council planned to use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to move out residents and demolish part of the 2,704-home Aylesbury Estate. The council plans to build 3,500 new homes, 50% of which would be affordable through a mixture of social rent, shared ownership and shared equity.

    In his decision letter on the first phase of the demolition, the secretary of state for communities and local government, Sajid Javid, said many of the remaining leaseholders on the estate would be unable to afford the options of either a shared ownership or shared equity property on the estate, and the plans would “probably force many of those concerned to move from this area”. This would particularly affect older residents and those with children, he concluded.

    He added the council had not taken “reasonable steps” to acquire the land through agreement with the residents and the use of the CPO would have “considerable economic and social dis-benefits” for leaseholders who still live on the estate.

    The Aylesbury Leaseholder Action Group, who lodged an objection to the council’s plans, said the scheme would fail to deliver enough social rented housing and the estate could be regenerated without being demolished. Under the scheme, around 50% of the residents would be moved away from the estate. There are eight leaseholders who are still living on the part of the estate affected by the first phase of the plan.

    A compulsory purchase order should only be used where there is a “compelling case in the public interest to justify sufficiently the interference with the human rights of those with an interest in the land affected”, Mr Javid’s decision letter stated. He said the council had not met this test.

    Although the secretary of state concluded the scheme is viable, fits with the council’s Local Plan, and the plans for a mixed-tenure development would help the area, he agreed with the inspector who first assessed the council’s plan who said a number of the new homes would not meet the council’s daylight and sunlight standards.

    Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: “This is an extremely disappointing decision by the secretary of state, and the council will be reviewing the detail of the report and the decision before commenting further.”

    He added the council remains committed to the regeneration plans.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

  29. HMRC accused me of fraud over my working hours and wants £4,000 tax credits back.

    I work in a school kitchen for a private catering company. I did 16 hours per week until May 2015, when I increased to full-time (32.5 hours per week).

    I have claimed working tax credit for the past six and a half years. Last year, HMRC accused me of fraud saying I had been working for only 13 hours per week and demanded I pay back nearly £4,000 of tax credits.

    HMRC has looked at your case again and agrees it made an error. A spokesman said this was ‘due to a miscalculation involving the number of working hours undertaken’.


    news seeker

    September 21, 2016 at 8:40 am

    • Their are no rules on how an employer must pay you so this with the introduction of the new real time practice has thus brought about these very problems.

      “also added a compensation payment to apologise for the inconvenience and distress the matter has caused you”.



      September 21, 2016 at 9:26 am

  30. Tattoos shouldn’t be a barrier to hiring, says employer advice group


    I wish i had snipped it but do any of you remember our government/DWP suggestion to reduce benefits for claimants with visible tattoos that couldn’t be covered up ?

    If you had a birth mark or a scar it would be considered discrimination so why are we still allowing employers and or even members of the public to dictate what is acceptable ?

    You see while one may argue a birth mark is not self inflicted, one couldn’t say the same for a scar.

    One could but i don’t want to go down this road and advise others not to besides debate that its discriminatory.


    Anyway a certain someone (Samantha Cameron) has one. Daughter to Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield, 8th Baronet, a descendant of King Charles II of England.


    Now im not saying double standards, what im saying is with 1 in 5 of the population having one,with 1 in 3 of our youth having one, isn’t it time like the employer advice group and Acas advocate, that this attitude is resigned to the cupboard marked, “never to return” ?


    September 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    • Has anybody been sanctioned yet for having a tattoo that offends employers? As far as birth marks go Damien Green has one that looks like 666 branded onto his scalp under a patch of what little hair this son of a jackal still has. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

      The Neighbour of the Beast

      September 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm

  31. Labour unveils strict new rules to stop ‘tsunami’ of online abuse


    My concern that may transpire to be unfounded which i cannot substantiate until i get official clarification is that CAN AND WILL THIS APPLY to any posts a person had made prior to it coming into force.

    Im also concerned about Mr Watsons suggestion that airs the constant disdain we are seeing from many Labour party MPs towards in this case Mr Corbyn.,

    As for the first it is without doubt pointless from the point of cost and sheer number of negative posts/comments regularly aimed at every party and or singular politician. Basically Labour would have to apply to the police on such posts/comments meaning from the very start that the taxpayer is paying for this irrespective of the party they support if any. Now Labour could suggest using supporter funds but this would mean in my opinion mis spending funds designed to aid the party in getting elected so should be spent of the message rather than a witch hunt of every joker online, most of which proportionally never ever carry out the threats they offer. As for derogative comments, who decides the line in the sand as what is acceptable as most aren’t transparent like for instance i could say, “don’t let me teach you the definition of detrimental”. Now im clearly issuing a direction so is it a threat as i haven’t defined what i mean by detrimental and could be regarding say a disdain towards Owen Smiths anti democratic behavior recently.
    Now i have actually checked this out with both the police and solicitors and its not deemed a threat under criminal law but none the less, labour would have to unnecessary waste the public’s money finding that out.

    As for Mr Watson, his underhanded plan to basically force contributions/subscriptions through the likes of unions and other approved organizations has not escaped my radar and could very possibly if supported bring about two very unacceptable practices.

    A: Illegitimately force supporters/voters to have to join such without being in a relative sector and thus increase effectively fees that will benefit one or even both union and Labour and,
    B: Illegitimately inflate and mask the total numbers of union members whom may not participate in any union matters while on the other end of the spectrum, allow unions to circumnavigate the figures of union members required to be supportive to a particular course of action like say a strike for instance.

    Obviously its to early to say as hes keeping it close to his chest and what i described is the long term suspected plan as opposed to his current vague short term proposal based on as yet mysterious undeclared audience claiming this quick registration to be unpopular. But judging him on his past actions through his life being more right wing than left, i find it hard not to conceive such a thing as not being a possible outcome.


    September 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    • Yes it affects me, as a member.

      My initial reaction is that it is incredibly broadly worded and open to abuse all of its own.

      People here on this Blog have a variety of views, but above all they are entitled to be rude about their bad treatment for a start – if they are members of the LP does this mean they have to be polite?

      If you recall this Blog got me in trouble with the YMCA because I was rude about them….

      Andrew Coates

      September 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      • I’m not sure the Village People did the YMCA much good either.

        The Neighbour of the Beast

        September 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      • It’s not just about Labour, everyone on this site and similar should know that this is what is coming to everyone, even the kids at school. expecting everyone to behave, a bit more control. on line and off.

        news seeker

        September 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      • I don’t suppose you have a link to the official and finalized agreement Andrew Coates ?

        Although im not particularly anyone one party i hope Corbyn wins again as ive had enough of 99% of the Labour party and wish they would just Foff with their lets copy the DNC on how they deliberately sabotaged (rigged) Bernie Sanders and the law and Obama himself did nothing about it besides la la laring while lying through their teeth.
        Oh before anyone attempts to say it, im not a socialist as both that and capitalism have failed, end of.


        September 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      • Labour Staff Sent Official Advice On Coping With ‘Violent’ Conduct At Liverpool Conference.

        Labour party staff have been warned they may face “aggressive and potentially violent” situations at the annual conference in Liverpool.

        The unprecedented advice – including an emergency hotline – has been included in a circular sent to officials ahead of the gathering at the Echo Arena in the city this weekend.

        Staff and stewards are told they may face physical or verbal assault and could be harrassed by angry activists.

        The official advice, obtained by HuffPost UK, states: “If you feel someone is acting inappropriately towards you firstly, remove yourself from the situation; do not engage in the conversation or person’s actions..”


        news seeker

        September 21, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  32. The UK’s first food waste supermarket opens: in pictures

    The food is priced on a pay as you feel basis and has already helped desperate families to feed their children

    Food waste campaigners from the Real Junk Food Project have opened “the warehouse”, a store on the Grangefield Industrial Estate. Customers are invited to shop for food thrown out by supermarkets and other businesses.


    news seeker

    September 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

  33. Homeless man hailed as hero after finding bombs. New Jersey.


    Linda Flores-Tober, executive director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, says she is glad Parker is being recognized. The group is putting Parker up in a hotel and an online fundraising campaign has raised thousands for him and a friend.


    news seeker

    September 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

  34. The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is to grow by nearly 1,000 staff by 2020, BBC Newsnight has learned.

    The spy agency argues the planned boost – from 2,500 staff to a little under 3,500 – has been made necessary by the development of the internet and technology.

    MI6 will use the extra staff to ensure the security of people and operations.


    The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Sir John Goldring as the Intelligence Services Commissioner until the post is abolished in accordance with the Investigatory Powers Bill. The role will be wound up under provisions which will see the existing oversight framework overhauled, and a stronger Investigatory Powers Commissioner introduced.


    news seeker

    September 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  35. Disability Fraud – I have been defrauding the DWP of Disability Benefits for 25 years. So DWP there is nothing wrong with me – Time to arrest me for £800,000 Disability Fraud.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    • DWP get off your lazy arses.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      • Daily Fail – Telegraph – Independent – Guardian – The Sun

        DWP Example.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 21, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      • DWP Act on threats !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm

  36. Violet

    September 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm

  37. Councils ‘building up dangerous levels of debt and risk by investing in commercial ventures’ – council tax rises.

    Mr Benjamin said council finance officers could face jail terms when things go wrong, but added: “The blame should be levelled at Eric Pickles, George Osborne and David Cameron, whose scorched earth cuts to council funding and services left town halls with no other option but to turn their Treasury department into a profit-making casino to fill the black hole in council budgets.”


    news seeker

    September 21, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    • Taking the risk!

      Thats after what happend with the Iceland bank collapse.

      Had a guaranteed credit card acceptance through the post despite being in receipt Jobseekers Allowance.This is going to keep happening.


      September 22, 2016 at 12:52 am

  38. Housing shortage means many women ‘feel safer behind bars’


    Oh dear, did the BBC article just vindicate what gaia said many moons ago, i think it did.

    Putting aside contributors on this very site highlighting facts years before mainstream media i want to draw people to a government comments.

    “A Ministry of Justice spokesman said it was working “extremely closely” with all offenders before and after release”.

    “This gives them the support they need to find accommodation. However, the responsibility for making sure there is housing available ultimately lies with the local authority”.

    Just like DWP, government THINK paying lip service and expecting claimants,ex cons,etc to pull rabbits out of hats (find benefit welcome one bed housing,be able to pay bills without getting into unaffordable debt,etc) IS SUPPORT.They even go further to lay blame on local councils WHEN IN FACT, its down to their very OWN CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT CUTS.

    This is what i call the Indian call center trick where a business distances itself from it responsibilities by creating tiers of delegation so when it goes wrong (it was always going to go wrong), ITS NOT THEM.

    To predict what next, expect government to announce that they will be giving out a few million that trust me, WONT BE ENOUGH TO GO ROUND.

    People don’t need advice (that’s what government support is) that this pathetic government now claim in statistics as lifting people out of poverty (blurring the true figures of poverty),

    They need HOUSES,FLATS.

    They need FREE TRADE EDUCATION for worth while trades (I.T, engineering,construction. Not retail and warehouse crap).


    We don’t need some civil servant spouting crap, we need government to provide these things the private sector wont.

    Stop the Tory fantasy machine as until this is addressed, poverty is GOING NOWHERE.


    September 22, 2016 at 7:43 am

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