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Corbyn Tells PM May to See ‘I, Daniel Blake’.

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Corbyn Urges PM to See I, Daniel Blake.

During Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday this happened (BBC)

Jeremy Corbyn asked Theresa May why she was bringing in cuts to Universal Credit.

The Labour leader said her predecessor David Cameron had abandoned cuts to tax credits, but these changes were now being brought back via Universal Credit.

But the prime minister defended changes to benefits and she said it was “important to value work”, and that struggling families were struggling to pay for the benefits of others.

The Guardian summarises,

Today’s exchange was almost wholly around benefits. Jeremy Corbyn recommended that the prime minister should “support British cinema” by going to see Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake during a series of questions about benefit sanctions, universal credit cuts and cuts to the employment support allowance for disabled people. He accused Theresa May of “imposing poverty on people” under the guise of helping them find work. In response, May said Labour was in favour of no sanctions and no obligation on claimants to prove they were unfit for work, and that the benefits system needed to also be fair to the people who pay for it. She said Labour had lost touch with its working-class support and the Tories were now the true party of the working classes.

They add,

Memorable lines

It’s time we ended this institutional barbarity against the most vulnerable people in the system.

Jeremy Corbyn urges May to undo benefit sanctions.

The Labour party is drifting away from the views of working-class people. It is this party that knows how to support them.

May accuses Labour of abandoning its core supporters

The Mirror observes,

Prime Minister’s Questions. She got her knickers in a twist when she somehow called an MP Jeremy Corbyn’s son.

She then brazenly claimed the Tories were the party of the working class when she was told to end cruel benefit sanctions and watch hit film I, Daniel Blake.

The Guardian further reports,

Corbyn urges May to see I, Daniel Blake to gain insight to life on welfare.

Jeremy Corbyn is urging Labour members to attend a series of special screenings of the campaigning Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, in the run-up to Philip Hammond’s autumn statement, in an effort to rally support against planned cuts to disability benefits.

The film, currently on release in cinemas, details Blake’s struggles with the complex bureaucracy of the benefits system, and was made after the director researched the lives of welfare claimants.

At Wednesday’s prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, the Labour leader suggested May should “support British cinema” by watching the film, to give her an insight into the struggles faced by the “just managing” families she has pledged to help.

Corbyn will attend a special screening of the film on 17 November – less than a week before the autumn statement – as will a series of other frontbenchers, including shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

McDonnell said: “I, Daniel Blake was one of the most moving films I’ve ever seen so I’m very pleased we have teamed up with Ken Loach to urge people to go and watch it at these special screenings taking place before the autumn statement.

“We’re living in an I, Daniel Blake society as a result of having the Tories in power for six years. The government should be caring for sick and disabled people, not making their lives worse.

In particular, Labour is calling for Hammond to scrap cuts to the employment and support allowance. ESA, which goes to sick and disabled people, who either can’t work or are trying to find employment, is due to be reduced by £30 for some new claimants from April next year. Labour has said it would reverse the policy.

The ESA cut is one of a series of planned reductions in benefits for future years set out by George Osborne before he was removed as chancellor by May in June.

Damian Green, the new work and pensions secretary, has signalled that there will be no fresh cuts in the welfare budget; but his department have insisted they will go ahead with reductions set in train by Osborne, including £3bn a year due to be trimmed off the cost of universal credit.

Tory backbenchers have expressed concerns about the potential impact of some of the changes on poorer families, with backbencher Heidi Allen leading calls for the UC cuts to be reversed – a cause that has also won the support of Green’s predecessor, Iain Duncan Smith.

Duncan Smith has called on Hammond to use his autumn statement, which will reveal the first estimates from the independent office for budget responsibility of the economic impact of Brexit, to cancel planned tax cuts, and spend the money saved on making UC more generous.

Corbyn challenged the prime minister on the various benefits cuts in the House of Commons. She responded by claiming Labour would like to see “no assessments, no sanctions and unlimited welfare” – an assertion later denied by Corbyn’s spokesman

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  1. What is needed is a documentary to be made, hidden cameras etc,

    news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

  2. PMq’s May thinks the cuts, sanctions and the misery that goes with them are funny..

    news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm

  3. “In response, May said Labour was in favour of no sanctions” Well, that’s a load of old tommyrot. It was Labour who brought in sanctions under Tory Blur’s administration – remember?

    Fact Checker

    November 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    • And they have yet to announce a clear policy on the issue.

      A very important point Facty.

      Andrew Coates

      November 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm

  4. Has anyone ever asked the irascible, short-tempered Jezza what his position on sanctions is?

    Fact Checker

    November 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    • He’s probably waiting for Momentum to tell him.

      Harley

      November 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

  5. A very long wait for your pension, if you make it to 80.

    28 pages.

    http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/161102105025-TheStatePension.pdf

    news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    • Its called not living long enough to collect it at any worth.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3061611/Britain-facing-life-expectancy-timebomb-Longer-lives-pressure-pensions-elderly-care-funding.html

      As you can see the idea behind 80 being a fair retirement age sees if your lucky, a person getting 5 years of pension. Under Thatcher had it gone ahead you wouldn’t have even enjoyed a single year.

      What most interests me is where are they going to find work for such age groups exceeding 60 let alone 65. With employers already cashing in on cheap labour such as our youth, introducing more technology with every passing year, where exactly are we to find a happy work home for a 70 year old. With sickness through age, easier chances of injury and a heart unfit to handle the riggers of manual labour i see this costing more than government hope to save. If government do force through a privatized healthcare one can only imagine people will die sooner rather than later.

      doug

      November 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      • Really, so what was governments support idea when they informed DWP staff not to treat anyone with a mental illness as vulnerable unless its accompanied with a physical disability.

        The only thing government take serious about suicides is the rate under which they have been happening under their watch dew to their polices.

        doug

        November 3, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      • “longer life expectancy” is a crock though. The reason is it put our there is to give a pretext for increasing the pension age. Most of you be long gone before you reach 80!

        The Grim Reaper

        November 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm

  6. Chaos Brexit Cheese. Disaster Brexit Cheese. Ms May failures – Law is law.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    • Have you tried that Smelly Brexit Cheese yet !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      • Former Conservative leader and Leave campaigner Iain Duncan Smith says allowing the Commons a vote on Article 50 could spark a “constitutional crisis” between Parliament and the public.

        He accused the courts of being “in danger of telling Parliament how it should go about doing its business”.

        And he warned that if MPs voted down the triggering of Article 50, they will be going against the will of the people.

        It would be “an act of stupidity” if the government was forced to lay out its negotiating stance over Article 50, he said.

        And he stressed that MPs will have a chance to have their say on the issue, particularly during the repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act, which legislated for the UK’s accession into the Common Market.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      • IDS for PM.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      • IDS for RIP.

        Woodrue

        November 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

  7. Disability Confident Vs Ken Loach

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  8. If you don’t know, look out for those yellow stickers.- cut-price food

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37624872

    news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  9. Over 10,000 DWP Assisted Suicide Deaths since 2010 are more important than some Brexit Cheese. Treason – If found guilty punished by hanging – Is that about the DWP or the Tory Brexit Cheese !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    • Law is Law !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  10. Brexit DWP Assisted Suicide. Suicide Assisted by the DWP & Brexit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  11. news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  12. Disability Confident is being revived like a dying DWP UNUM FTSE 250 trade deal. Now every one can work even with newly open heart surgery can do some work to help the country out of recession. With our new “Conversation” think tank words we can make disability a thing of the past & work is the future. The work is watching TV all day training to be a TV critic just like on the Work Programme. Stick the disabled in a UNUM tick box & make £ millions out of the disabled at a going rate for process of £32,000 which is then put through Disability Confident to be worth £100,000 a disability cash cow head. Really helps the FTSE 250 companies getting £ million from the DWP for killing disabled people for profit. If there were no disabled people there would be no prophet & £billions made out of DWP Assisted Suicide.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  13. An extra 2,500 prison officers in prisons, but those will be paid a lot less than they were. the Tory meaning of the working class.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/justice-secretary-calls-time-on-failing-prisons-in-white-paper-to-help-cut-crime-and-protect-society

    news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    • The Prisons have already been lost & defeated. May has lost the plot & is having a nervous break down – Tories not fit for purpose – New Tory Leader – IDS – General Election May 2017.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      • Somebody once told me that you can judge the quality of a society based on the way it treats its elderly, young, prisoners, sick and disabled, poor and disadvantaged, and its animals. Based on these criteria in my opinion the UK leaves much to be desired.

        Towser

        November 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

    • Oh yeah, and how does Elizabeth Truss propose to make a fresh convict allow a drug test or be tested on math and english exactly ?
      Its naive to say the least to imagine throwing money at this will equal less violence and more rehabilitation.

      Prison and violence go hand in hand, after all this is a place full of people who care not for the law so the only thing that will change the level of violence will be more staff and even then it will only lower it, not stop it. As for English and math, their offering a bargain basement useless GCSE qualification which will change nothing in a persons life, certainly wont reduce reoffending that’s for sure.

      doug

      November 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    • Industrial action at Maghaberry high-security prison – pay and conditions. what else.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37871141

      news seeker

      November 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

  14. review of electronic voting for industrial action ballot.

    risks of interception, impersonation, hacking, fraud or misleading or irregular practices associated with electronic balloting

    if systems can be safeguarded to reduce risk of intimidation of union members and protect anonymity of voters

    security and resilience of existing practices of balloting union members

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-review-into-electronic-voting-for-industrial-action-ballots

    news seeker

    November 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    • ATOS IT. Electronic Government Services.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 3, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  15. Not Fit For Purpose – CHAOS CHAOS IDS can save the Tory Party from Corporate Manslaughter Charges on the Tories & DWP. Makes ATOS – CONCENTRIX -MAXIMUS – UNUM look squeaky clean. 10,000 DWP Corporate Manslaughter Deaths aka DWP Assisted Suicide. Who can save the UK from Human Rights Breaches & Equality Laws that have been profited in corporate contracts with no country law borders. The responsibility lies with the DWP not ATOS – Maximus or ATOS doing the governments IT service as know as cutting civil service jobs. How can we cut costs – Send in a firm that cost hundreds of millions of £ to tell you how to save money – easy rip off targets at the local councils. Spend £580 Million to save £10 million – good maths you saved £10 million !!! These people spending the tax payers money are thick as cleaver clogs we help our community in corporate trading all over the world with our contractors.

    I will write I-Daniel Blake Part 2 – The lost 30,000 Funerals.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  16. You can’t trust ANY politician or ANU political party.

    I remember in 2010, when Gordon Brown was unelected Prime Minister and leader of the Labour party said party advanced some really awful policies which would have been implemented in Labour had won the 2010 general election. At the time there was a lot of media attention to teenage mothers jumping council and housing association waiting lists and one absolute stinker of a policy devised by the Labour party to put a stop to this was to strip all teenage single parents of all benefits, meaning that most wouldn’t be able to rent a home to live in with their children on their own, unless they agreed to live communally under supervision with other young mothers and children in dormitory-like places called Foyers (based on a French idea I believe) several of which would be scattered around the country. I can vividly remember a grinning and rather dopey looking Ed Miliband explaining the policy on the television and revealing the amount of money that would be spent on it – not much as it happens – certainly not enough to implement a policy like that nationwide.

    Basically young single parents would be forced by Labour – of all people! – to move with their children into a supervised communal home, probably miles away from their families, friends and support network, where they would be watched and controlled and only see boyfriends when chaperoned etc., or lose all state support until they kowtowed. This is Labour that I’m talking about and shows that when led by rotten people any political party is capable of doing rotten things if given half a chance.

    I consider Jeremy Corbyn a much better person than drippy little Ed Miliband and would never in a million years endorse shite like Foyers or similar. Sadly I fear that Jezza, despite having some sterling qualities, has about the same chance of becoming Prime Minister as twatish and geeky Ed Miliban – that is to say, basically, no bloody chance at all.

    Forgetmenot

    November 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm

  17. Corbyn Tells PM May to See ‘I, Daniel Blake’

    Some would argue the Tories can’t see past the end of there nose.

    Food prices in shops are on the rise.How much of this supposed growth was down to to skilled people from abroad? Triggering article fifty potentially could be like tying lead weights’ to the pound. Once again the Tories have made us the laughing stock.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/02/philip-hammond-needs-a-bonfire-of-taxes-to-spark-growth-here-are/

    Ken

    November 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    • Deutsche Bank economists have today predicted that Theresa May will be forced into calling another general election next year.

      If she loses, the next Prime Minister and Government, conceivably, might not really want to Brexit.

      Or maybe the whole process will be slowed down, giving time for the British people to change their mind.

      Some legal experts have suggested that there is little chance of Article 50 being invoked by next March as May previously promised.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-legal-challenge-wins-pound-sterling-value-euro-dollar-economy-financial-markets-a7395986.html

      news seeker

      November 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      • Brexit is NOT going to happen!

        Wee Nicola

        November 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    • Fandabbydozy!

      Wee Jimmy Krankie

      November 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      • And inflation especially, food and domestic power as well as the cost to fill your car tank, if you have one, is going to go through the roof to make sure the public is on side 😉

        Ponerology

        November 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      • When you have to take a wheelbarrow stuffed with £1,000,000 of worthless Great British Pounds to the supermarket in order to buy a value loaf of bread Brexiters will be down on their hands and knees begging to be allowed to remain in the EU.

        Ponerology

        November 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  18. What’s it with the sinister universal jobmatch recording in the ‘activity log’ every time you change your CV from public/private, delete/create a CV. And why can’t you delete entries from the ‘activity log’? What is that all about? And where is the ‘feedback’/sanction traps to a ad recorded/who can see it: “I am not interested in this job” And what else does this sinister piece of crap record? Log in/out times? And who can see it? Job board!? More like a sanction machine?

    Universal Jobmatch Sucks

    November 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    • It’s because they want to catch you out. Say you apply for a job and then change your mind, wishing that you hadn’t. Well, if you did it by an add posted by an employer, say, and Universal Jobmatch has noted your application in your Activity History you have to follow through, or risk the Jobcentre checking up on you with said employer and finding out you didn’t reply to their invitation to interview – you get sanctioned. Or suppose your Work Coach leaves a list of jobs to apply for in your Universal Jobmatch account and your Activity History doesn’t record that you have applied forth – you get sanctioned. The idea is to record all of your Work Search to make sure that you get sanctioned if you backtrack or don’t move forward in the way directed by you Work Coach or enough by your own efforts.

      Universal Jobmatch is like a mine field riddled with tripwires set to end you.

      Steer clear if you can or at the very least deny the DWP access, which is your legal right.

      Harley

      November 3, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      • Its not just the “work coach” the whole department including the decision maker has it all right there in front of them.People continually give them access and report it gets filled up with anything they want. Don’t apply and their after your benefit.The tripwires are right in front of you.No access is the key to that site.

        ken

        November 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      • Too right, ken! Jobseekers are getting wise though – probably on on no small part due to sites such as this 🙂 Local JC is still having to handout ‘job logs’. You often hear a jobseeker say: “I have forgotten the password to my universal jobmatch account 😦 ” “We will soon sort that out 😀 ” says the roach. By using*, but most importantly giving the bastards access you are setting yourself up for a sanction. They are going to keep spamming you with crap, possibly adding erroneous entries to the activity log/application history in the same way that they retroactively edit the entries on the LMS (Labour Market System) to stitch up customers, until you slip up then it is a three year or whatever sanction for “refusal of employment”. That is what the bastards really want. And as you say, ken, the “evidence” is all right in front of them. No way to wriggle out. NO ACCESS! KEEP OUT! The jobcentre are ruthless bastards of HELL. They are the ENEMY!

        KEEP OUT!

        November 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

  19. “Jeremy Corbyn is urging Labour members to attend a series of special screenings of the campaigning Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, in the run-up to Philip Hammond’s autumn statement, in an effort to rally support against planned cuts to disability benefits.” But I, Daniel Blake isn’t even about disability benefits. It covers quite a lot but every time Ken Loach talks about I, Daniel Blake his focus is always on SANCTIONS. Something Jezza NEVER mentions. How convenient! Never mind ‘cuts to disability benefits’, it is not ‘cuts to disability benefits’ that are leading to human beings being thrown onto the street and starving to death, it is SANCTIONS, SANCTIONS which YOUR party brought in Jezza that are are leading to human beings being thrown onto the street and starving to death The ‘conscience cruelty’ of SANCTIONS, as Ken Loach put it. Jezza and Labour’s response to I, Daniel Blake once again proves why Labour are not worth a flying fuck!

    JezzaBollah

    November 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm

  20. “When people think of benefits claimants, it’s important they don’t think I, Daniel Blake, but that they think iPhone and iPad”. Quote by one Ian Duncan Smith

    http://newsthump.com/2016/11/04/people-on-benefits-receive-award-for-outstanding-contribution-to-channel-5s-schedule/

    Even though his nolonger the welfare minister he still tries to be as nasty as he can to turn everyone against claimants and poor people.

    Little does IDS know which shows how out of touch he is that i pads have been given away for free on certain Iphone deals that within itself is also free on a contract basis. If these deals didnt exist they or even the working public wouldn’t have them. Samsung through virgin are running the same deal. IDS wants the public to believe they bought them but we all know they most certainly didn’t at £500 to £600 a throw.

    The big laugh comes as how does IDS wish claimants to search and apply for work, especially 6 years past DWP removed free phones to ring potential employers while having only a mere handful of PCs. Maybe IDS believes employers have a plastic cup with a piece of string attached,either way living in the real world he is not.

    doug

    November 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

    • With benefits already capped, cut and frozen how many claimants will be able to afford iPhones, iPads and computers with internet connections? Or if they have them because they have recently been in work, how long will; they be able to afford to keep them? Also, it’s all well and good for Jobcentres to have creaky old PCs connected to the web and for the DWP to claim that people without their own equipment can use them whenever they want without mentioning travel costs incurred by claimants travelling between home and Jobcentre. While Jobcentres may have the equipment and make it available to “jobseekers” they do not reimburse travelling costs to claimants to travel to and from the Jobcentre to use this equipment. This is exactly the problem I face living some eight or nine miles away from public access to a free computer with internet access, I’m in my local library now, which means that it is impossible for me to use Jobcentre computers very often because the bus fares involved would use up so much money I’d have too little left to nourish myself.

      If IDS believes so much in internet ready devices why don’t Jobcentres loan claimants tablets with paid for internet access for the duration of their unemployment to help them look for jobs online? Or pay for tickets on public transport to allow those too far away to walk to Jobcentres to get to Jobcentres to use their equipment? Why does the government keep heaping more and more responsibilities and costs on claimants most of whom are already stretched to breaking point?

      Harley

      November 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      • You dont have to be able to afford them, their free when you take a cheap mobile phone contract with certain providers. No one goes out and pays £600 for a mobile iphone or any other phone.

        IDS out and out lied plain and simple as mostly all, i repeat mostly all mobile phone users all get their fancy costly phones for free as part of a line contract with a provider. You get mobile access and internet access tagged on and it costs next to nothing weekly or monthly.

        Is IDS saying he does not want people to phone employers or apply for jobs through the internet. It was him after all that REMOVED all the free phone use from all JCPs that claimants used to call employers. Is it not him that allowed mobiles to be able to be connected to JCPs wifi.

        IDS is so full of shite, even he does not know let alone remembers what hes saying.

        doug

        November 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      • The Jobcentre IADs (Internet Access Devices)* connect to BT FREE WiiFi. The bastards don’t even pay for internet access!

        *and presumably any jobseeker lucky enough to be able to afford £600 for an Iphone 😀

        Insider

        November 4, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      • Oh, see doug’s comment above 😀

        Insider

        November 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm

  21. Spending watchdog urges clearer plans for cutting benefit system fraud and error

    http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/spending-watchdog-urges-clearer-plans-for-cutting-benefit-system-fraud-and-error-11364110449091

    “HMRC must do more to safeguard the interests of claimants as part of its strategy to address fraud and error and we will expect to see effective measures in place as a matter of urgency.”

    A Government spokesman said: “The reality is fraud and error in the benefits system is at a record low, reflecting the work we are doing to improve detection, prevention and recovery, in order to protect taxpayers’ money.

    How is benefit fraud at an all time low dew to improved detection when governments own figures prior to the likes of concentrix got involved proved it was very small ?

    Why don’t we see the same passion on tax fraud, why are we not reading in the news daily how x and x got fined for tax fraud or locked up ?

    doug

    November 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • reversing Robin Hood

      Not so long ago, the Conservatives vowed to end child poverty. Now they are enacting laws to create not just poverty, but generations of destitution.

      Tax inspectors have identified potential evasion or avoidance worth £2bn among 6,500 super-rich individuals. Of those, only two individuals have been criminally investigated, with one single prosecution. Tax inspectors have identified a variety of ways in which the very wealthy game the system: from failing to declare foreign income to investing in schemes that are sold as tax dodges. The NAO points out that hundreds of millions stand to be collected from enforcing the law. It also paints a picture in which the tax inspectors are outnumbered and outgunned by the super-wealthy and their armies of advisers.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/the-guardian-view-on-austerity-reversing-robin-hood

      news seeker

      November 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

  22. Security Risk Delays Universal Credit

    http://www.residentiallandlord.co.uk/security-risk-delays-universal-credit/

    UC delayed still further as the cracks in the tory mantra begin to show.

    doug

    November 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

    • doug interesting news

      I have been hearing that UC as currenty envisioned is dead in the water.
      This new report seems to backup what I have been hearing from someone with DWP contacts and i also overheard it mentioned by staff a coulpe of weeks back.

      gazza

      November 4, 2016 at 10:02 pm

  23. Holding the state to account. yes you.

    Having helped many hundreds of people battle with the Secretary of State over benefit decisions which are often full of flaws, badly reasoned and which are all too often overturned by independent Tribunals allowing appeals in favour of the claimant, I am increasingly concerned about the gross erosion of access to justice following cut backs in legal aid and cuts backs in the advice sector. As a front line benefit specialist we are fully stretched in trying to help more people than our limited resources can adequately properly provide for.

    I’m seeing large numbers of people turn to social media in an effort to find online solutions, its soul destroying to see so many people out on a limb and alarming that much of the advice available simply isn’t right.

    So here’s a few handy hints.

    What should you do if you find your benefits stopped, reduced or subject to sanction?

    http://dpac.uk.net/2016/11/holding-the-dwp-to-account-and-how-to-complain-when-your-benefits-go-wrong/

    news seeker

    November 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

  24. MSPs have given the UK government’s work and pensions secretary a signed copy of the I, Daniel Blake book.

    It came as a Holyrood committee repeatedly challenged Damian Green over the benefit system’s sanctions regime.

    Mr Green strongly rejected claims that the welfare system had driven people to commit suicide.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37863161

    news seeker

    November 4, 2016 at 11:34 am

  25. Andrew Coates

    November 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    • A choice of breaking the law or the removal of your benefits. it’s a winning case.

      news seeker

      November 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

  26. Regarding the health and work programme.

    Mind boss lies to protesters over DWP contracts

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mind-boss-lies-to-protesters-over-dwp-contracts/

    news seeker

    November 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  27. We must act to make sure that there are no more Daniel Blakes – Debbie Abrahams

    To describe our current social security system, following six years of Conservative ‘reform’, as Kafkaesque sounds prosaic. Yet I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach shows us how in this case the description rings perfectly true.

    http://www.debbieabrahams.org.uk/2016/we-must-act-to-make-sure-that-there-are-no-more-daniel-blakes

    news seeker

    November 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • You should act fast then, as in right now.

      news seeker

      November 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      • I say if someone has the book, convert text to document and upload them so claimants can print them out and dump them in all JCPs, in all ministers posts.

        Lets make sure Tory ministers and DWP never ever ever forget Daniel Blake.

        We live in every town,city and village, DWP staff and Tory ministers cant get away from us. We know where they live, where they shop, we know everything we want and need to know about them so lets start nudging them back, lets show them our brand of psychological therapy.

        doug

        November 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm

  28. lol at the Cereal Killers aka the Bearded Wankers crying into their £15 bowl of cereal on Peter York: The Hipster Wankers Handbook on BBC 4 last night: “200 members of Class War appeared and threw petrol bombs into our shop. They even daubed “SCUM” on the shop windows” Ha, ha, fucking ha 😀 😀

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/27/hipster-cereal-killer-cafe-gentrification-east-end

    Class War Roolz

    November 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    • It is an interesting programme this. It shows that if you wrap up any old shite with a ‘backstory’ and a hipster theme that the gullible public will pay over the odds for the shite. One of the hipsters businesses was even caught melting down and re-packaging supermarket ‘value’ chocolate and selling it at £50 for 6 tiny squares of chocolate.

      The Bearded Wankers

      November 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      • The Mast Brothers chocolate scammers!

        The Bearded Wankers

        November 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    • This lot on the programme were more annoying (look at the ‘Cucumber Soda’ isn’t soda something you use to clean drains with?):

      Andrew Coates

      November 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      • Lawd above, it’s “‘and made ‘ ‘ackney”, mate, innit? 🙂 Must cost a lotta brown and folding me old china 🙂

        Cockney Rebel

        November 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

      • A fool and his money are easily parted 🙂

        Wise Buddah

        November 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

      • or her money for that matter. See a lot of female customers in “Cereal Killer” 🙂

        Wise Buddah

        November 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • The Bearded Wankers and their rip-off cafe are on at 01:38, 04:18 and 53;24.

      Class War Roolz

      November 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    • Business Minister chairs meeting with leading retailers

      Keep a look out for these.

      A full list of participants

      Aldi
      Asda
      ASOS
      British Independent Retailers Association
      British Retail Consortium
      Co-op Retail
      FSB
      GFirst LEP
      Iceland
      IKEA
      John Lewis
      Kingfisher
      Lloyds Pharmacy
      Marks and Spencer
      Morrisons
      National Federation of Retail Newsagents
      Sainsbury’s
      Spar
      Hutchison Whampoa Europe Limited
      Tesco
      Walgreens Boots Alliance

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-minister-chairs-meeting-with-leading-retailers

      news seeker

      November 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    • What utter, utter scumbags.

      Marie

      November 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

  29. Owen Jones

    November 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  30. Damian Green

    Violet

    November 4, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    • F*cking hell what a donger,could do some serious damage with that!

      foxglove

      November 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    • I doubt if any Conservative MP is as well endowed and virile as Priapus there.

      Harley

      November 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

      • Bet old damo would like to be that well endowed,he could give himself a blowie!!!

        foxglove

        November 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    • You could have somebody’s eye out with that!

      Wee Jimmy Krankie

      November 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  31. On Benefits: The Baked Bean King at 20:00 this coming Thursday 10 November on…. er… Channel 5!
    What the fuck is this all about? Some bloke who has been on benefits and living off of baked beans for the past 40-odd years?

    Ben E Fits

    November 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

  32. doug

    November 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

  33. Anger and frustration grow!

    Whether its question time,a breakfast program or a radio 4 show, the public are growing short of patience with politicians. This government particularly made a declaration of transparency back in 2010 yet operate from a KGB manual at every turn.
    Article 50 is definitely most in the public’s minds and watching government first inform the UK public there’s two types of democracy in the UK, that their vote at the referendum is there democratic vote done and now its up to parliamentary democracy, the reserve of politicians to make the ultimate decision/s wasn’t as shocking as when it became apparent, government thinks we work for them and not them us.

    doug

    November 5, 2016 at 9:53 am

    • Yes, as every day passes.

      news seeker

      November 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm

  34. Who thought claimants would receive a cap for Christmas.

    The department of wicked people have dealt a massive mean Scrooge approach to making cuts. Could they have picked a worse time to reduce the cap ?

    doug

    November 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

  35. Marie

    November 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

  36. Employment tribunal fees ‘pricing people out of justice’ I’m one of them.

    The number of employment tribunal cases has fallen by 9,000 a month, since fees of up to £1,200 were introduced.

    The dramatic change includes a shocking 76% drop in unfair dismissal claims, a 71% drop in sex discrimination claims, 58% for race discrimination cases, and a 54% drop in disability discrimination claims taken to tribunal.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/employment-tribunal-fees-pricing-people-out-of-justice/

    news seeker

    November 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    • What, no one sees the the nudge technic in there ?

      How cost has turned the table of results the other way around like the organ donor scheme ?

      They haven’t said it i believe but like welfare, our government is accusing the public of bringing fruitless cases to court. We are all lazy, lie, cheat and don’t understand politics and statistics. Is there an end to the tories description of us public, would they like to blame us for 2008 perhaps ?

      doug

      November 6, 2016 at 8:19 am

      • I think whats important here is to have some sort of register so the public even if they cant afford tribunal can still have their complaint listed as then and only then will we see any truth in any figure and what better place than have ACAS record it.

        Maybe it time to name and shame employers instead, create a website that openly lists employers who abuse and insult there employees, maybe its time to take justice into our own hands and set up and report to the police these nasty perverted employers as after all sex and picking on the vulnerable do fall under the criminal law.

        I tell claimants to record there meetings at DWP and provider without informing them and use them quite successfully in defending claimants so assert employees should do the same as regards there employers.

        Just remember section 4, point 29 (1) of the data protection act stipulates and individuals rights under the act cease when,

        a) the prevention or detection of crime,

        b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.

        Lets snag these perverted heartless employers.

        doug

        November 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

      • They want Transparency, so be it.

        That future website.

        1. Natures Way Foods.

        news seeker

        November 7, 2016 at 11:09 am

  37. London is bracing itself for one of the year’s biggest days of protest.

    The day will begin with a Youth March against the Tories starting at 9am outside Downing Street. Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, cuts to a variety of children’s services have been far-reaching. Child and adolescent mental health services have seen £50m slashed from their budgets. As The Canary previously reported, calls to ChildLine this year have massively increased and services are stretched to the limit. And amidst these cuts, the government is also forcing through a law which is going to affect children’s social care and protection services drastically, possibly opening them up to priva

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/04/london-is-bracing-itself-for-one-of-the-years-biggest-days-of-protest-images/

    news seeker

    November 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

  38. Economic woes create anti-establishment movements around the world

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/nov/05/economic-woe-trump-style-movements-created-worldwide

    People want change and if they don’t get it, eruptions not seen since the french revolution are liable to follow as people feel they have nothing to lose against an establishment clearly not listening, clearly not working in their best interests.

    doug

    November 6, 2016 at 8:38 am

  39. Government set to do the predictable

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3909276/Controversial-task-force-slams-Britain-s-welfare-cuts-says-disabled-people-unfairly-bearing-brunt.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

    As the UN’s report on UK welfare treatment is about to drop in our laps, government are already reading themselves with speeches of they dont understand, the figures are out of data and we will spend the crap out of your tax payers money to defend in court, our harsh treatment of such people.

    I always thought America was the land of the impossible after 911 when it was discovered that no steel structure had ever fallen as a result of fire, that recorded was already such fires that burnt hotter and longer than the twin towers. Now any who understand probability know and can accept that a building would finally one day will fall as a result of, yet the probability of not one, not two, but three, one of which a plane didn’t crash into all falling on the same day in the same place is simply staggering. Well obviously UK government does not like to be out done as according to them,every disabled and ill person is a faker and can work, no one on benefits wants to work and own lavish goods. Hell even now when you are in work, government says you chose the wrong work so threatens you further to find another despite telling you if you hadn’t had taken the first job they now don’t like, they would have sanctioned you.

    The lesson here is simple as regards in work conditionality. Had government provided the right support in the beginning not just in finding gainful employment but in tackling employer whims, encouraging claimants through concessions to attend college for meaningful trade qualifications, their wouldn’t have been a need for it.

    doug

    November 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

    • Had the jobs available had enough hours and a decent rate of pay no in-work conditionality would have been needed to compel people to extend the hours they work. To be honest I really can’t see people, especially older people, juggling two or more jobs in order to satisfy in-work conditionality requirements; imagine the difficulties and travelling costs incurred when your work pattern is a morning here… and a few hours there… and an afternoon somewhere else… and an evening over there. I really don’t see that as being feasible in the long term for anybody.

      Concrete

      November 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

  40. DWP denying benefits to agency workers.

    Now i mentioned this a short while back that recruitment agencies are also abusing the welfare reform by taking on claimants and offering them poorly paid work. That they are increasingly demanding registered agency workers to work more than 37.5 hours and if they don’t, even if they refuse to sign the 37 hour waver are being denied work. They are also increasingly expecting registered agency workers to travel ridiculous distances and adopt ridiculous work patterns.

    Where this becomes detrimental is when the individual goes to sign on as then their told they are not entitled to benefits because they refused work, that the 37 hour rule is neither here nor there as is traveling distance and swallowing up your earned money. Why oh why, because your recruitment agency told them they offered you a 48 hour contract and you refused.

    doug

    November 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

    • I advise everybody to avoid private employment agencies in general, especially those offering minimum wage menial work. Once you are on their books THEY pimp you out to all and sundry, paying you low wages directly while pocketing shit-loads by charging employers many times what you received for your work and labour. Not all are bad but a lot of them are bastards. Don’t register with any of them unless you really know what will be expected of you or you could end up living like a bonded slave,

      I am not joking.

      Concrete

      November 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

  41. Marie

    November 6, 2016 at 9:54 am

  42. Tory assassins turn on pensioners after financially crippling the already poor,sick and disabled (a new target after bleeding the rest dry)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37871681

    Marie

    November 6, 2016 at 11:15 am


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