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The unaffordable cost of benefits sanctions.

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This has appeared in the Guardian.

We can only endorse it.

We all know people who’ve suffered from the sanctions-rgime.

It’s time to get rid of it!

The benefit sanctions system is a damaging, expensive failure. Churches, as well as charities, see daily the human cost of this failure in people left without enough money to buy the very basics of life. The recent National Audit Office report has now shown that taxpayers also bear a financial cost for this failure (Report, 30 November). There is no evidence that the UK sanctions regime is cost-effective. In 2015 our report Time to Rethink Benefit Sanctions revealed that each day 100 people unfit for work because of mental health problems received a sanction – mainly for missing appointments with work programme providers.

We have seen the harm these sanctions caused and have met people who were scarred by their experiences. The NAO now tells us that, on average, these sanctions actually reduced people’s short and long-term job prospects and led to reduced earnings for those who subsequently got work. The government has repeatedly stated that sanctions improve employment prospects. The NAO confirmed that the Department for Work and Pensions had no direct evidence for this. Moreover, we now know that the DWP held data that could show whether the sanctions system was working or not. Not only did the department fail to analyse this data, it refused to share it with other researchers. It also discouraged its contractors from assisting these researchers. In effect the DWP appears to have deliberately made itself blind to the failures of the sanctions regime.

As church leaders we are deeply concerned that without proper investigation of the consequences harsh punishments are given to people in already difficult circumstances. We again add our voices to the many government, charity, church and parliamentary bodies calling urgently for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions regime.
Alan Yates General assembly moderator, United Reformed Church
Rev Dr Richard Frazer Church and Society Council convenor, Church of Scotland
Rev Lynn Green General secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
Right Rev John Davies Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
Rev Dr Roger Walton President of the Methodist Conference
Rachel Lampard Vicepresident of the Methodist Conference
Niall Cooper Director, Church Action on Poverty


Written by Andrew Coates

December 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Posted in Damian Green, DWP, Sanctions, Tories

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    December 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  2. Off topic.

    Hard pressed workers at Amazon are believed to have resorted to sleeping in TENTS so they can make it to work.

    At least three have been spotted in woodland beside the online giants Base in recent days, sparking concerns about the depths some employees are apparently plumbing to hold down a job!



    December 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    • A number of adverts for that company have appeared on universal jobmatch placed by agencies.Typically they state the location of town locally but is up to twenty miles away to get someone to click into the ad then it becomes clear its miles away.Easily accessible by public transport exe when its shift work is another lie.Its not surprising something like that could happen people are just not going to get to the location without transport.

      Never tell Jobcentre plus you can drive they will turn around and say just that even if a claimant hasn’t got transport means.


      December 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • What a number of these agencies do not mention either is background checks. Here for example asking for national insurance numbers also a credit card or Paypal Account For The Background Check Process (£59.88 inc VAT).


        December 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      • Thanks ken.


        December 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      • Couldn’t have shot a truer arrow there Ken.

        Also recruitment agencies have adopted the practice of not displaying shift times and that whether or not the post involves working both day and night shifts until the person has registered.

        I suspect they know if the applicant then turned it down after registering that they couldn’t then go get benefit or maintain one for so many weeks.


        December 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm

  3. If one has suicidal problems the DWP feel fit to class a suicidal person fit for work because the word suicide is mentioned. Suicide is not a medical issue, it is an issue to be cured by working. So suicide at work or murder all the staff & then commit suicide !!!

    DWP Deaths Threats against disabled. DWP Death – Mrs May Death – Death to the Tory Party – The Tory party policy is death to the disabled. IDS death wish – David Cameron on the death hit list. NOW ACT YOU TORY TOSSERS IN DEATH THREATS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. # SCARED OF ACTING ON DEATH THREATS.

    Now who is giving the death threats !!! Call you lawyers !!! Kill The Tories, Kill The Disabled, Kill The Human Rights Act. DWP ASSISTED SUICIDE – DEATH.

    Let me get arrested DWP for death threats to the DWP & Tory Party. Come on I got a new job on Monday defending death threats & Tory Killers. Kill The DWP Policy. Kill The DWP. ISIS & THE IRA. Bomb Squads..G4S Blown Up.

    Now piss off Tories because you are scared to act !! The Tories are so scared to be set up for money & are scared to act upon me so anything goes to do with the DWP & Tories.

    Does DWP Death piss you off Tories !! It`s called DWP Assisted Suicide.

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    December 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

  4. Kill Theresa May – The R Esa – Kill David Cameron – Kill the killers – New job on Monday sorting out DWP Death Threats on social media. £££££££££££££ pay day.

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    December 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

  5. Can`t touch me I am suicidal & fit for work !!! DEATH WISH !!!

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    December 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

  6. Where are the Police DWP !!! The Communication Act being breeched.

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    December 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm

  7. So the DWP do not do DWP Assisted Suicide !!!

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    December 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

  8. What is there to lose LIFE !!!

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    December 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

  9. Dangerous System for a Dangerous System.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

  10. Current list of DWP 0800 telephone numbers that claimants can use to call the DWP for free from a mobile.

    0800220674 NISSA Benefit Enquiry Line for AA, DLA, Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit
    0800882200 DLA / AA Main Benefit Enquiry Line
    0800991234 Pension Credit Application Line – TPS
    08000224250 Customer First Line
    08000327952 JCP New Claims Crisis Loans – English
    08000556688 JCP First Contact New Claims
    08000856528 Customer Payment Centre – Shared Services
    08000857075 PDCS TPS Method of Payment Refor – MOPR
    08000857102 Customer Payment Centre – Shared Services
    08006783682 DWP Emergency Line – English
    08006783717 JCP New Claims Crisis Loans
    08007314811 PDCS TPS Pension Credit
    08007317898 PDCS TPS State Pension New Claims
    08009172222 PIP New Claims Service Line
    08006783675 JCP Emergency



    If they make a sanction referral against you, act immediately
    Submit a written statement about why you should not be sanctioned
    Insist on a meeting with the manager of the Jobcentre (or the workfare provider) to argue the sanction referral be withdrawn
    If the sanction referral is clearly unjustified, make an official complaint.
    Claim Hardship Payments from the Jobcentre
    Inform Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit so these benefits continue
    If your sanction is confirmed ask for a written statement of reasons
    Write to ask for a mandatory reconsideration of the decision by the DWP
    If this fails, appeal against the decision to an independent tribunal
    Seek solidarity from us and others – consider a demo at the Jobcentre or workfare provider if they are not listening to you


    news seeker

    December 12, 2016 at 9:58 am



      NEWS SEEKER, Came across this while sifting through one of my many data mining operations and thought you may wish to incorporate it based on what you just mentioned if DWP make a referral. In it your notice it refers to claimants providing a reasonable and logical response why something cannot occur and that the work coach must consider whether or not this is indeed reasonable before referral. I say this as claimants NEVER ASK THE WORK COACH, “why is this not reasonable”. You see this could well form a part of your written statement when appealing not only a sanction but also the basis for whether or not the work coach acted appropriately in referring you in the first place.

      I point this as as to often this fact gets ignored in the haste of overturning a sanction. Claimants need when the sanction is reversed to report illegitimate procedure in both work coach and decision maker. The more recorded instances of this will seriously call into question current sanction processes.


      December 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      • Thanks for that Doug, it will be added to my other docs which I show to all those who need this info.

        news seeker

        December 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    • The DWP definition of ‘last resort’ is not the same as its ordinary meaning which is what the public at large will assume it is… kind of like the way the law in general works. The public at large are going to assume that the DWP has explored all avenues, tried all other options, exhausted all alternative courses of actions, bent over backwards to accommodate the claimant … which as we all know is certainly not the case

      The Last Resort

      December 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  11. I’m beginning to suspect there’s a secret plan underway designed to demonise anyone of a certain age who fancies putting their feet up and doing bugger all. The propaganda has already started cascading from so-called health experts hell-bent on telling us how to live our lives “productively”


    news seeker

    December 12, 2016 at 10:50 am


      I dont know whose exactly naive but human productivity is colliding with technology with every waking moment. The joke is, humans are behind both with neither having the slightest interest in stopping.


      December 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  12. council tax rises on the way, again.


    news seeker

    December 12, 2016 at 11:03 am


    No, it’s not 100 years ago in the trenches of the First World War. Cases have already been reported in Ireland among the homeless.


    Meanwhile, here is an interesting take on suicide and the role of the DWP in relation to the Suicide Act, from “Vox Political”:

    “The guidance on page 252 of the DWP handbook clearly suggests that anybody likely to commit suicide if they are found fit for work should be found fit for work.

    This is procuring the suicide of another, contrary to section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961. This used to state: “A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or attempt by another to commit suicide shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.”

    Now it states: “A person (“D”) commits an offence if— (a) D does an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide or attempted suicide of another person, and (b) D’s act was intended to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide.

    The DWP handbook clearly suggests that people who are likely to commit suicide if found fit for work”.



    December 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    • Yeah, but saying: “If you find me fit for work I will commit suicide” is no different from saying: “If you leave me I will fucking kill myself”. File it under (emotional) blackmail. All you have to do if threaten suicide to have other dancing to your tune!. And how many of these people who threaten to commit suicide go on to actually commit suicide? None?! If you are going to do it, you just do it!

      Sue E Cide

      December 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    • And these “If you find me fit for work I will commit suicide” are also tacitly admitting that they are fit for work, there is nothing wrong with them. It is clutching at straws. Why not put the emphasis on their ‘medical condition’? What next? “If you find me fit for work I will say you touched me”.

      Sue E Cide

      December 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    • And how can you possibly pay out ESA/disability benefits on the sole basis that someone threatened to commit suicide? “Just tell them you will commit suicide 😀 They can’t prove it 😀 And they have got to give your your money lol Better than a ‘bad back’ or ‘depression’ You will even get a free car out of it 😀 😀 “

      Sue E Cide

      December 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      • You need to fuck off and educate yourself about serious matters Sue.

        Paul Dacre's Goat

        December 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • Sue

        Remember your words of comfort here to others when you are in this same position.

        Remember EVERYONE will be unemployed at some stage – And way sooner than they think.

        Now having worked in DTI, I wonder what the effects of the pound crashing will have… Industry slowing next year… etc etc


        December 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      • Sue – A lot of people are classed as suicidal by the DWP with no medical evidence. The people classed as suicidal are not suicidal Like me I has been classed as suicidal with no medical. To prove you are not suicidal means there is life & fight left in me to destroy the suicidal myth like disabled scroungers.

        The DWP have made people suicidal on paper – So what do you expect death !!!

        Cutting corners on Atos & Maximus medicals fulfilling the DWP contract making everyone suicidal.

        The suicide weapon the DWP use is political suicide.

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        December 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      • Medical Conditions seem to be a laughing matter for the Tories & their voters. Tories don`t give a shit about their voters.

        NEWS FLASH

        Royal Mail are going on a 6 day strike including Christmas Eve.

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        December 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      • Wow, sue is a genius. Single handed they have diagnosed all suicide feelings are just attention seeking.

        Maybe they should go work for all these units such as the crisis intervention team, infact we should shut them all down as no ones actually going to do it.

        So i take it your saying the ones that do kill themselves were just attention seeking and it all went wrong and accidentally killed themselves ?


        December 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      • @ doug In your usual ham-fisted manner you have not so cleverly conflated the payment of disability benefits and treatment for people who are threatening suicide. People who are threatening to commit suicide should be given appropriate treatment, not just handed disability benefits – no questions asked. Anyone under going assessment for benefits who threatens a HCP (Health Care Professional) with “If you find me fit for work I will commit suicide” should be “sectioned” immediately under the Mental Health Act for their own protection and safety until it is determined what caused them to make such and utterance.


        December 13, 2016 at 12:22 am

      • HCP – If you don`t go for a WCA you are classed as suicidal & fit for work. Now on paper at the DWP one is classed suicidal. The only way to prove your not suicidal is not only get a job, but you have to get a job through the job centre to be cured of suicide. Don`t forget that some people are suicidal already before the DWP & HCP get involved. To use your brain is better than being stupid with stupid comments about death.

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        December 13, 2016 at 1:25 am

      • Now 7 million people on UC are at suicide risk. Seems the tax payers don`t mind sectioning 500,000 people at £3,000 a week = £1.5 million. a week.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 13, 2016 at 1:29 am

      • It seems the DWP don`t like bad media so we have Tory Trolls saying commit suicide or you will be sectioned. Tories piss off.

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        December 13, 2016 at 1:30 am

      • I’m afraid that this attitude is the reason the benefit reforms are so pernicious: they are based on the personal convictions and beliefs of inexpert citizens without a shred of substantive evidence to indicate that they work. The Bedroom Tax is an example, which was supposed to “free up” 650,000 under-occupied units of social housing. To mule-headed numbskulls it must have seemed plausible: Cut the Housing Benefit of under-occupiers in social housing and they’d move out – don’t know where – don’t even know if there are sufficient smaller affordable properties to allow them to do so – and the vacant houses can be rented by people with bigger families. Instead of building more social housing the Bedroom Tax was supposed to drive the very poorest and most helpless tenants, many of them in bad health or disabled, out of their homes and suddenly it became a sin to have a spare bedroom even when there was nowhere smaller that you could afford to rent to move to.

        Result: Only about 50,000 of those affected by the Bedroom Tax moved with 92% staying put, either because they had to or didn’t want to move away from their families, friends and support networks, absorbing the cut in their Housing Benefit and having to do even more without as a consequence.

        This IS the story of the Tory benefit reforms.


        Same thing with Universal Credit and the carrot and stick. Work and you get to keep some of the money you earn but only 35%, so you might be working all week and only be £40 to £50 better off than you were on benefits and that’s before travel and sundry costs are taken into account. This was the rather small and unappetising carrot that was supposed to “encourage” people to work. However, obviously the powers that be didn’t think that the carrot was sufficient hence the ridiculously harsh sanctions regime which was supposed to beat and browbeat people guilty of the sin of unemployment or under-employment into gainful employment. All for their own good you understand. Trouble is nobody seemed to know what they were supposed to do and when they were supposed to be penalised or what for. People who had never done administrative or clerical work or used a computer suddenly discovered that they had to keep a meticulous record of their “work search” activities and provide evidence that they had spent a minimum of 35 hours “actively seeking work” every week, on their own and unaided, or face a severe sanction as a result. Fragile mentally ill people and people previously considered too unfit for work were exposed to the same harsh treatment which, in far too many cases, worsened underlying medical problems and pushed them into an early grave, sometimes by their own hand. Civil servants who were supposed to help and advise “job seekers” suddenly started being given impossible targets in respect to how many people on their “case load” were supposed to move into work each month and, being human and fallible, many of these people, desperate to keep up their “stats”, began to sanction claimants left, right and centre as the only means they had to try to drive such unfortunates into jobs and score points for themselves with horrendous human costs as a result.

        I don’t think Iain Duncan Smith or Lord David Freud were evil men at the beginning. I believe that these two rather hopeless individuals really thought that the things they planned to do would help the poor and hundreds of thousands out of a rut but the trouble was that both of these men were utterly inadequate to the task and had no comprehension in respect to the ramifications of their actions – a bit like some ordinary person with a first aid certificate gained by attending a one day course attempting open heart surgery – these two had neither the intellect or ability to do the things they desired. The Tory welfare reforms were designed and implemented unscientifically, based on beliefs rather than science, replacing a patchy and clunky social security system with something infinitely worse which has caused enormous suffering, pain and misery to millions and, let’s not gloss over it, the premature deaths of thousands, we may never know how many.

        Iain Duncan Smith and David Freud may have begun with good intentions but their time at the DWP paved a path straight to hell that far too many have been driven down whether the cruelty was intentional or not.

        Both men should be held accountable.


        December 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

      • HCP

        I currently have a friend with bipolar who is under suicide watch where the Crysis team are involved. Like government said, its complex and its true as these aren’t healthy people but people all to often with an established mental illness. I mention my situation as this person does not claim unemployed/esa/pip benefits but is none the less off work (support worker for people with challenging behavior and learning difficulties) and has a case history of both mental health and attempted suicide. I also help her mother through old age who has a form of dementia.

        So unlike you and sue im not coming from a place of talking out of my hat.

        Im fully aware of what you are both implying but you like government as yet dont seem to have produced evidence of say for example a wheelchair bound person with no mental health issues claiming suicide. Also you nor government have even bothered to have these potential suicide claimants assessed by the NHS mental health department to see if indeed they are suffering a form of mental breakdown.

        So when you,sue and government can produce hard evidence supported by NHS mental health and NOT a private for profit like ATOS or Maximus that the suicide mentioned at such a place or DWP had no case history of current or previous mental health issues, there is absolutely nothing to go on besides your opinion.


        December 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      • news seeker

        December 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      • Why I hold such tools in contempt is I have had two friends commit suicide – one work pressure, one family. A relative has tried and jas serious issues. Another distant didn’t fail.

        So whenever they experience the same kind of thing lets see if they get or deserve help from anybody.

        On a Personal note evidence for hip probs is now showing some 5/10 years after numerous xrays.

        If you have medical probs keep on it do not give up.


        December 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  14. Thousands of families teetering on brink of homelessness this Christmas after benefit changes, while the tory scum live it up on public money.



    December 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  15. Jewish people sanctioned by the DWP means the DWP are guilty of anti-Semitism. Mrs May will be the first one charged under the new anti-Semitism laws.. DWP Genocide.

    When I write my CV I need to put suicide on it to get a job. Working cures suicide. How about working for ISIS as a suicide bomber !!!

    Tesco has a new recruiting policy. Tesco now employs people who are suicidal. Tesco will not be employing suicidal people which makes Tesco discriminate against people who are suicidal. Tesco now owes me money for discrimination.

    Who`s next !!! What corporate company shall I get a job with next.

    In society I have been classed as suicidal [utter bullshit] & fit for work.

    DWP Deaths Threats still continue !!! Still the DWP Deaths Continue !!!

    7 million hard working families in poverty. Perhaps if they become suicidal they can cure their problems.

    What a mockery !!! Make a mockery !!!

    Council Tax rise for social Care is really money laundering, social care will see none of that.

    I am self employed & since you said fuck off DWP I don`t pay income tax on earnings. No one believes a word I say.

    I have done 25 years of benefit fraud resulting in defrauding the DWP out of £800,000 DWP act you stupid fraudsters.

    One up on the tax payers.

    Some of that £800,000 went to ISIS. Now lawyers what ISIS you talking about.

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    December 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  16. Andrew Coates

    December 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    • Thanks Andrew,completely forgot.

      Plugged in now.


      December 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      • I subjected myself to the full meeting Andrew and all DWP reps did was try and confuse people by waffling figures yet having to concede to any progression todate coming from looking at evidence abroad while having no evidence nationally to back a single assertion DWP and its various ministers to date have made.

        From what i saw, Government through DWP are desperately trying to ride out the storm while bunging in a untested welfare reform which is obvious when the man mentioned if we did that, it would take ages to bring in the reform. In English this means once we get it in, your be helpless to change it as do remember this is not just a conservative plan but also a lot of members of the labour party too.


        December 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • Result expected in 2025.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

  17. Andrew Coates

    December 12, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  18. DWP Disability Hate Crime is rife. Tory Party Disability Hate Crime is rife. Kill The Bastards & stop promoting bad DWP Press.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm

  19. Israel are terrorist – Now act on your anti-Semitism bullshit rule that is not Fit For Purpose.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    • Israel kills Jews. Ethiopians Jews !!! Read your history before you talk politics in bullshit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  20. The UK Government funding terrorists Israel & Saudi Arabia !!! Genocide for Mrs May.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  21. Child pimping – Mothers on the game – Homeless – Universal Credit Advert.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  22. Why do you thing there are so many youth murders in the UK = DWP. The DWP murder on the streets. Youths joining gangs because the jobcentre fucked them off. At least 3 youth murders a day in London 21 a week, 84 in a month. Tories murdering bastards.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    • Well if I am not getting paid in Operation Trident then you`re well behind in getting shot.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      • The government supply guns to keep them busy & they will kill each other saving the tax paying & fear in getting caught in AK47 cross fire.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      • Theresa May is next !!! I love open ended writing. Someone else gets shot !!!

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        December 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  23. I thing that Stepping needs sorting out – Well down Mrs May dragging your high heels in genocide & suicidal politics.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm

  24. 1,000 children die in poverty on Universal Credit. 2017 Tory Policy.

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    December 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm

  25. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

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    December 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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    December 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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    December 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm

  29. OT: The real reason for the HB changes…

    h/t: Refuted


    “The Benefit Cap rationale is unscrupulous UK employers!
    The Benefit Cap …I could go on and on with the impacts of this policy and without any form of conspiracy theory whatsoever say that UK employers who have staff on full time minimum wage jobs will get rid of them and replace with 2 part time staff covering the same post!

    If that sounds truly conspiracy theory writ large reader then look at the FACTS of what it means for the employer and for the tax and NI take by government if instead of paying a salary of £13,286 per year which is 35 hours per week at £7.30and in the left hand column below; as opposed to splitting that into 2 lots of 17.5 hour jobs at £7.30 per hour …

    Full Tume Staff NI Cost = £600 2 x Part timers Cost = £0.0

    ME: Now I wonder if profit lusting Employers will notice this…. hhhhmmm, Sue? Where Art Thou?

    And of course post BritExit it will get immeassurably worse, Sue? Where Art Thou?


    December 13, 2016 at 12:06 am

    • As we know many still don’t know, food bank is getting very busy.

      news seeker

      December 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    • Please.. get angry! Get angry at a government who continues to lie and mismanage the economy and then passes the buck onto everyone else, hoping we are all too blinkered to realise where the blame really lies. The time has come, like never before, to stand up and be counted. If not, you may very well be counted in the number of people who lost their right to the NHS, a home, a carer or to help when you needed it most.

      news seeker

      December 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    • Not directed at you Gazza.

      news seeker

      December 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      • News seeker
        I understand ur frustration


        December 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    • And it gets even worse when you include recruitment agencies and umbrella companies.



      Another glittering example is best connections and transline recruitment agencies who hold major contracts with the likes amazon and sports direct as two examples and are both regularly users/pushers of umbrella companies.


      December 13, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      • Doug

        One thing that you won’t see anywhere (Sue, Where art Thou – and from her/his supporters) is the fact that in the building trade workers , only get two 15min breaks, knowing that plus sending them to the furthest site you can imagine how that makes the accident rate spike.

        All good – at least there is a profit in it



        December 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      • Gazza

        When im not doing field service or native factory engineering, i work the sites. The reason why what you say is not so obvious is because its masked by the many contractors and subcontractor and this goes all the way to site management. Basically they have there own guys but as work is scarce, they take on way more contracts then they can handle so need agency workers from laborers to skilled workers.

        Now with regard to laborers, mates not directly employed by contractors and subbies, they do get a bit more than 2 15 min breaks but dependent on site size can easily waste 5 to 7 minutes getting toa designated food point as your not allowed to just eat anywhere. Then they need 5 min to queue and clean up before eating, then queue again at the food cabin counter to order some snap and finally wait some 10 mins for there food order to be called out.

        I watched at one site to worst practice of removing asbestos i have ever seen when talking health and safety. While doing it they caused even more health violations by openly standing on ceiling trays (not to be stood on ever as dont support human weight) containing electrical cables, small coolant pipes, steam pipes,plumbing pipes. Just about everything they did was a violation but site management covered it. The health and safety books/records are also doctored so never believe the site safety days boards as its an out and out lie.

        To be honest its not hard to break the health and safety rules on site as (not in the above case) as there an ass so we all get reported for one thing or another BUT that dont mean a thing as unless its a serious breach and or a trip to the hospital, it never makes the infraction books. The scandal is so large i could write a book on it but so its clear, not every worker or contractor,even subby is crooked.

        Its a very complex issue but that’s only so as health and safety does not consult remotely enough with the guys actually working it as we all know how to fix it but then that would mean a lot of health and safety middlemen and organizations losing there profession for ever. Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplace environments there is for someone to work, its a fact of life.


        December 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm

  30. Government goes cap-in-hand to Parliament after breaching its own welfare spending cap


    I would say something but im too busy laughing.


    December 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm

  31. The head of the NHS has urged Theresa May to replace guaranteed rises in pensions with a wider system to help tackle Britain’s social care crisis.

    NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said that the so-called “triple lock” on pensions should give way to a new pledge to help the elderly with their “income, housing and care”.

    “We need to think more broadly about public funding streams for older people, for retirees in this country, and we need to go beyond just thinking about health and social care funding and also think about what’s happening in the benefits system, the pensions system and so forth,” Stevens said.

    “When you look at the experience of other countries, if we are looking for some form of insurance model, it needs to be some form of social insurance model or mandatory long-term care coverage because I think you get market failure in private insurance markets for long term care.


    news seeker

    December 13, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  32. £3.3BILLION extra benefits cash paid by mistake: Hundreds of millions wrongly handed to claimants who have moved abroad or got a job


    Now its claimed 1.1 billion was recovered, that 5000 people were prosecuted and 6000 people were sent a administrative penalty.
    From the start i want to point out these 11’000 people would have been prosecuted or sent a administrative penalty for differing amounts so for example one could have been sent a penalty for as little as 20p (HMRC do this all the time so its real and does occur) or prosecuted for sums like £13’000 but not limited to (so higher or lower) for benefit fraud committed over a period of time.

    Example of fraud


    NOW i want you to put this true fact to one side as i wish you to see something rather odd and telling.

    If we take this sum of 1.1 million and group these 11’000 people and do a bit of division, it implies if equaled that each stung the taxpayer/government out of £100’000 each. As we know these are not the amounts we are seeing in the press so WHAT COULD POSSIBLY EXPLAIN THIS.
    Well even with taking away government errors of 1.9% that’s still around £98’100 per person.
    If we even take away the 11 million benefit fraud SFO busted which was committed by organized crime, its still 97’100 per person.

    So there’s more to this than one mere group of criminals,dwp error and the gaggle of claiming fraudsters. What an how innocent or not so innocent has yet to be reveled.


    December 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

  33. i never got my jsa 90k Christmas bonus pmsl or is that the cost of provider fraud and error 😉


    December 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm

  34. Left up the Amazon!

    More on Marie’s story here.

    Desperate Amazon workers ‘forced to sleep in tents so they can be at work on time’

    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/10/desperate-amazon-workers-forced-to-sleep-in-tents-so-they-can-be-at-work-on-time-6314899/#ixzz4SkTtPBsq


    December 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm



      You know, I would consider British naivety quite sweet if it wasn’t for the fact, this naivety is positively global. So rapped in self, sporting a pair of rose coloured glasses, the real, real world just passes them by.
      Luckily for some purple was never there colour and for the remaining now growing weakening audience, destitute, it appears the optics are at last changing. The question now is how fast can we change it.

      “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”. (quote by Mark Twain)

      As ive said all to often, its nothing new, we have been here before and by that i mean our future is mapped in the stars but dont look up but rather look at which i call the American flag. Yes our cheap governments both conservative and new labour are counterfeit. Con artists that have duped near all the population into thinking there original when there proposals are nothing more than already conceived ideology derived from the good old USA. From there welfare reform, there business practices, there military decisions, there population control to healthcare, its all FRAUD, FRAUD, FRAUD.

      Of course you cant have them for this as it was you that committed a far worse crime and that was “to look to”, to place your faith in a false idol, to practice idolatry. Had we “looked at”, things would and could have been quite different but all is not lost as awaken you have even if not all the sum parts of the whole.

      “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” (quoted by Aristotle)

      Broaden your intellectual horizons, share your thoughts and fears and your parts will become the whole and revolution will spring.


      December 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

    • It probably won’t be to long until we’re all living in tents ken 😓


      December 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      • To right Marie.

        American companies are terrible to work for a pound of flesh.Amazon fire now we know where they got the name!


        December 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  35. Rehabilitation programme for 20 years.


    Now i read this article doing the usual of taking stock of the facts to add to all the others i have recorded to identify real facts like the staggering amount of pension credit fraud as one example and i came across this rather odd ending paragraph.

    What rehabilitation takes 20 years to complete, does anyone know ?


    December 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

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