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Brexit: Welfare Under Attack.

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As Teresa May speaks on Brexit today we will hear a lot about how the free movement of labour in Europe will be ended. That it is has helped create unemployment.

We will hear about ” building a “stronger” and a “fairer” country and creating a “truly Global Britain”.

This is the reality of what is what is happening and what they plan for the unemployed.

The Mirror reported this a couple of days ago.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the UK could change its economic model towards a US-style low tax, low welfare one as a result of Brexit .

His comments came after Theresa May angered Remainers by pushing for a hard Brexit that will take us out of the single market and customs union.

This is already happening.

And this:

Universal Credit has pushed 86% of claimants in council housing into rent arrears Welfare Weekly.

Shocking research reveals Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship benefit has left almost 9 in 10 claimants living in council housing in rent arrears.

Joint research from the NFA and ARCH reveals almost nine in ten Universal Credit (UC) claimants living in council housing are in rent arrears, two and a half years after Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship new benefit was introduced.

The research charted the impact of UC on the rent arrears of claimants living in council owned homes and found 86% are in arrears, up from 79% in March 2016, with 59% of these more than a month behind on their rent.

Although 63% of UC tenants in arrears had pre-existing arrears before their UC claim only 44% of them are on APAs (alternative payment arrangements with direct payment from DWP).

The average value of rent arrears owed by UC claimants living in council housing has almost doubled since 31 March 2016, from £321 to £615.

  • With the Benefit Freeze we will see people increasingly unable to cope with rising prices.
  • With Universal Credit we will see more and more people falling into arrears and debt: Food Banks will become a normal part of the ‘welfare’ state.
  • With the Work and Health Programme we will see more bogus courses, more dodgy people from the welfare-to-work industry making a pile, and more sanctions.

Some fairer society!

As James Bloodworth says:


Written by Andrew Coates

January 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

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  1. Predictable – We are Dealing with Money Grabbing Tories

    The Rallying Cries:

    – Its all the fault of the EU
    – The EU is undercutting us
    – Our Competitors (and Everyone) else is undercutting us – more productivity is needed or lower wages
    – There must be a bit of suffering for the greater good
    – We will make Britain Great again [Yes I have chosen the wording very carefully]
    – Unions are enemies of the state
    – Yes profits are up but we must do more so there will be further wage restraint
    – Yes there is a crisis in housing but we are expanding the housing market by leaps and bounds
    – No no there is no crisis with debt…

    And on and on and on….

    I am sure everyone will be able who remember the slogans by the Sun et al, from the 70’s and 80s can fill in the blanks…


    January 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    • A much better summary Gazza than we’ll see in most of the papers tomorrow.

      Andrew Coates

      January 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    • She is just laying the grounds to blame one sone one else when it all goes pear shaped, oh it wasn’t our fault those evil Europeans wouldn’t give us a fair deal. Having to pay our workers a living wage is an unfair trade condition.

      The rotten scoundrels cheated they actually had a plan and brought professional negoatiators to the conference.

      etc etc. The blame will be pit on Anybody but themsleves


      January 18, 2017 at 1:38 am

    • And its Started – Full Panic Mode now Activated – Blame everyone else

      “Johnson: No Brexit punishment beatings”


      January 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

  2. We will hear about ” building a “stronger” and a “fairer” country and creating a “truly Global Britain”.

    We also heard

    were all in together

    Big society

    UK inflation: now it’s the pound in your pocket being devalued


    Theresa May: UK must leave European single market


    She knows she is not going to get her own way.The threats continue however with low tax havens.She knows she’s in for a clash.

    Netherlands ‘will block UK-EU deal without tax avoidance measures’


    Theresa May’s Brexit speech: ‘No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal’ – Politics live


    Tough times ahead.


    January 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    • Ken

      thanks for pointing out about the tax avoidance issue – that one is huge [think of the City and how they make money on the side via the havens].

      As a side note something many might not be aware of but I was reading in the economist a few years back, that there was a plan to link the City with Dusseldorf to build a EU spanning financial powerhouse [If I Remember Correctly, it was a German financial centre], the New York stock exchange stepped in and messed things up. Does anyone think that the US financial centres or anyone else for that matter will not do the same again?


      January 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    • Gazza

      January 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

  3. “Food price rises disproportionately hit the poorest in society. Highly predictable impact of #Brexit https://t.co/Nh9XuNTOKh

    — Ian Birrell (@ianbirrell) January 17, 2017″

    Wow, Ian Birrell is on the ball. Commentators on here have noticed this donkey’s ago. Food has been soaring. Even consumer electronics such as flat-screen TVs which generally come down in price have been soaring in price.

    Sally Shopper

    January 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    • Maybe its time to tighten your belt then, Sally 😉 And meet the woman who lives on just £1, yes £1 a day!


      Fru Gal

      January 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      • Oh, God! Oh, Jesus Christ!

        The Wicker Man

        January 18, 2017 at 1:40 am

    • Fru Gal

      January 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      • There will be many more who are living on £1 per day.

        news seeker

        January 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      • Way, way tot carbohydrate-loaded. No wonder cases of adult-onset diabetes are sky-rocketing. Bake-off has got a lot to answer for too.

        Mary Berry

        January 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      • Way, way too carbohydrate-loaded. No wonder cases of adult-onset diabetes are sky-rocketing. Bake-off has got a lot to answer for too.

        Mary Berry

        January 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      • Yup! It is carbohydrates that are making people, ill, fat and diabetic. Yet we still have knobheads like this silly woman peddling diets consisting of nothing but stodge and sugar. Yeah, just feed you and your kids on a big bag of sugar. Feed a family of 4 for a £1 a month. Silly woman!

        Gillian McKeek

        January 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      • To be more accurate – EXCESS carbohydrates. You still need *some* but it is very easy to consume an excess particularly if you follow this silly woman advice and her ‘recipes’.

        Gillian McKeek

        January 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      • Oh, God! Oh, Jesus Christ!

        The Wicker Man

        January 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

      • Fucking hell!

        Ant Middleton

        January 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

      • Oh, Krishna! Oh, Rama Krishna!

        Shit Scared Hindu

        January 18, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      • Oh, God… if there is a God! Oh, Jesus Christ… if there was a son of God!

        Shit Scared Agnostic

        January 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    • Cheap jars of coffee that were 50p are now suddenly 69p.

      Of course what will follow is likely to be blamed on the EU stance The danger for the UK is simply they take a “we’ve had enough” which they have being held hostage since June and the Tories since Margaret Thatcher. Hence pushed to one side.Germany exports however foreign owned companies export from the uk to Mainland Europe.

      Many are not happy with the idea of losing EU citizenship.Mistakes were made in Brussels however the benefits of membership have been overshadowed/ignored by what looks to be the single issue of immigration with a nothing else matters or consideration for long term consequences.Losing the single market customs is going to cost substantially so is post all that was taken for as a formality suddenly has barriers no mention of these costs.

      We’ve heard it all before a British job for a British worker.nothing happened politicians came and went but they always do.

      Trump has played the same game with jobs but again US companies’ were the first to bolt to China and Mexico for manufacturing and tough if that means job losses.


      January 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm

  4. It’s non stop at this food bank, it will only get worse as we all know.

    news seeker

    January 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  5. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    January 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

  6. Found paid, – by an employer, employment, today was the first shift!, I didn’t forget you DWP!

    news seeker

    January 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

  7. Two families in London are made homeless every hour, a charity claimed today.

    Shelter predicted that 1,260 families in the capital will lose their home in the next month and 7,370 over the next six months – the equivalent of a household every 34 and 35 minutes respectively


    news seeker

    January 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

  8. THE government has made compensation payments worth £87,000 to victims of the Concentrix scandal, it has emerged.

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ended its deal with US-based contractor in November amid public outcry about welfare claimants whose funds were wrongfully stopped as they were branded benefits cheats.

    Those affected included residents of flats neighbouring branches of the newsagent RS McColl, with Concentrix claiming the newsagent was in a relationship with claimants.

    Others were accused of living with deceased former tenants or being in relationships with their own family members.


    news seeker

    January 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

  9. 2015: £132 million clawed back from sanctions = £42 million bonuses for DWP staff.

    Not too sure of a reply.


    news seeker

    January 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  10. Andrew Coates

    January 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    • The Wicker Man

      January 18, 2017 at 1:32 am

    • Oh, God! Oh, Jesus Christ!

      The Wicker Man

      January 18, 2017 at 1:35 am

      • The Lord is responsible for many deaths and evil… Lord David Freud that is!

        Broken Toy

        January 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  11. Disabled claimant takes DWP to court over email

    Legal action is being taken against the Department for Work and Pensions after it refused to allow a disabled man to use email to claim benefits.

    DWP officials said Mark Lucas must make changes to his claim for Personal Independent Payments (PIP) by post.



    January 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

  12. ‘I’m backing Britain, yes I’m backing Britain
    We’re all backing Britain today
    The feeling is growing so let’s keep it going
    The good times are blowing our way ‘

    Official song From ‘I’m Backing Britain’ Campaign 1968

    Jeff Smith

    January 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

  13. The Wicker Man

    January 18, 2017 at 1:34 am

  14. EU.

    Antonio Tajani of Italy was elected president of the European Parliament on Tuesday, consolidating a conservative grip on key European Union institutions as the mainstream right and left struggle to unite against eurosceptics.

    The new speaker, a 63-year-old former EU commissioner and ally of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, relied for his victory on support from the ruling Con parties of Britain and Poland, which are sharply critical of the EU.

    The fracture with the socialists, the second-largest party in the parliament, is likely to worsen if the right keeps its hold on all top three pivotal EU political institutions following Tajani’s win.

    The socialists have called for change from either Juncker at the European Commission or Donald Tusk, who chairs the European Council of national leaders and whose mandate ends in May. However, there is no clear consensus for such changes.


    news seeker

    January 18, 2017 at 9:28 am

  15. Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think.

    The real plan’s under wraps? we can be sure of that.


    news seeker

    January 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

  16. National Insurance (NI) credits.

    In the year to the end of September 2016, only about 1,300 people claimed the credits, according to a response to a Freedom of Information request.

    In response, the government said that as many as 5,000 people in total had benefited from the scheme – officially known as Specified Adult Childcare credits – since it started in 2011.

    “These credits are available to people in a small number of specific circumstances,” said a spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


    news seeker

    January 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

    • If families think they’ve missed out, they can make backdated claims for all the years back to 2011.

      news seeker

      January 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

  17. EE mobile firm fined £2.7m for overcharging customers.

    Most customers have been refunded, although EE could not identify at least 6,900 who were more than £60,000 out of pocket.

    EE has donated about £62,000 to charity in lieu of this sum, but Ofcom has ordered the company to make further attempts to trace and refund every customer who was overcharged.


    news seeker

    January 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

  18. Gazza, a reply – “advisers cannot use implicit consent to assist claimants in the universal credit full service”

    DWP Response

    In Universal Credit live service, that is in most jobcentre areas throughout the country, the
    claimant does not have access to the claim information themselves via an online account. We
    therefore have implied consent arrangements in place so that someone can act on a claimants
    behalf. As the Universal Credit full service rolls out, claimants have access to their personal
    information via their online account – a claimant can specify explicit consent at any time via the
    online account or on the phone, so an advocate can enquire on their behalf. Instructions to
    operational staff reflect these arrangements.


    news seeker

    January 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    • news seeker

      thanks for pointing out this DWP double-Speak.

      My problems with this rubbish is
      a] are claimants specifically informed of this as DWP has specific criteria.
      b] can DWP produce the specific instructions given to staff as this is such a specific criteria to show staff should and must adhere to it?
      c] this implied consent, is it fully explained (Nope, see e] below)
      d] by not explicitly explaining it might well be
      e] I understand the language DWP is using but others would find it confusing – its a simple yes we want to use and share your information. Do you want to allow this? I suspect that in self will a be aproblem with the information act.
      f]when was the last time anyone heard staff agreeing to this [i think someone at dwp made a mistake i letting this cat out of its bag]
      g] upcoming court case – the principle thath will be made about email/written contact is “is the requirement/request reasonable?” DWP will fail on that very fact.


      January 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

  19. Brexit boost for France: HSBC set to switch 1,000 jobs from London to Paris.


    news seeker

    January 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    • And so it starts…


      January 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

  20. OT: BBC – Live to 100. Work to 100? (New Brilliant ideas coming out of Davos)

    Does living to 100 mean we’ll work forever?

    It may sound great – after all who doesn’t want to live for as long as possible – but the reality is we may also be working for as long as possible to be able to pay for it.
    “If we live 30 years longer, then in order to retire at 60 we would have to save five times as much during our working lives. It’s the end of retirement as we know it,” says Lynda Gratton, who hosted a session on the topic in Davos.

    Rather than the three traditional stages of life: education, work and retirement, Ms Gratton expects people to have to constantly retrain as they shift careers and focus.
    Counter-intuitively, she suggests that one positive of having a longer career could actually mean a better work-life balance.
    If you’re working for longer, then taking a couple of years out to look after children, or ageing parents for example, won’t be such a big deal when your career lasts for 60-plus years, she suggests.
    Of course, increased life expectancy isn’t always matched by better health.
    But if even the idea of working part-time when you’re in your 70s seems depressing, Ms Gratton has some encouragement.
    She says the fact that you’re likely to have to change jobs and retrain several times to remain employable over 60 years offers a natural break to take time out.
    “Take a gap year. Why should it only be the young who take gap years? You could take a gap year at 50, and travel around the world,” she says.

    ME: You have to wonder when we all stepped into a parallel universe with the drivel that comes out of peoples mouths.
    So – on money already being earned by people how to save 5 times current amount/
    So – Retraining. Who’s going to pay for that? In what sector of work? And the impact of AI/Automation on all this?
    So – Have kids? And the likelyhood of falling even further behind for women on pay scale? Retraining anyone?
    So – Not matched by better health? Really?
    But wait there is encouraging news – So you can take Gap Years. And how exactly will that be paid for, if making up for non-working years, pensions, etc etc, let alone paying for retraining [you know the individual will end up paying for it]?


    January 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    • They keep saying medical science makes us live longer but the truth is its the effect of limiting exposure to environments that killed them earlier back in the day. Now don’t get me wrong, medical science has its role when we think extension but that’s only because over mid 60s aren’t or should i say weren’t working. The pension has just as much influence im afraid as medical improvements.

      This age group is the largest public expenditure on the purse for a whole array of public services so even if it was possible to still be working age 100 for mostly all, the public financial problem isn’t going to go away. if it all went private, the bill would go up still further. When you add in a whole array of other factors affording is just not on the cards in any practical sense. And what would happen if we sustain life further still as no ones mentioned that advances have hardly halted.

      With private health, social security and pension insurance style arrangements put in place like this government wants, your probably see the life expectancy drop back to 60 to 64 (1945) meaning your pay all that money and never get to collect. Essentially your be creating a nest egg of money for the likes of government/businesses to live off infinitely as generation after generation just keep topping it up.

      In essence their making you a money vault, a business long term profit plan to not only lower ensuing costs as they escalate but also leave tons of money to pay off things like growing national debts each countries governments keep increasing with every false promise they make to the public.

      A logans runsesque swindle if you like.


      January 19, 2017 at 1:53 am

      • That’s why the want us to eat shite, doug like that loathsome* women further up the page. Because, it KILLS you slowly but surely, just enough to keep you sustain you but your life span falling below your pension age. Optimum timing for the government/businesses/pension companies is to have you working all your adult life paying into a pension and dropping dead on your way round to collect – let’s not kid ourselves.

        *Apologies to Andrew Coates as he is a bin fan of this loathsome woman and her ‘recipes’.

        Logan's Run

        January 19, 2017 at 2:19 am

      • What we need to do is return to the good old days where pandemics killed millions, clearing the decks so to speak, or a nice little world war, of several years duration, to rejuvenate the military-industrial complex and kick-start the global economy back into growth.

        Keres Ares

        January 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

      • Increasing the death rate among the needy wastes a lot of protein which could be cheaply recovered and recycled to nourish poor visitors to food banks.

        Soylant Green

        January 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

      • It is crazy when you think about it that in 2017 we still partake of the medieval practices of BURYING and BURNING a valuable source such as protein. Human dead body disposal should follow the practices of animal slaughter – waste nothing*!

        *Interestingly, about the only thing that they used to throw out in abbatoirs was brains, ears and intestines. Nowadays, we put brains into processed ‘meat’ products, fry ears and put them in crisp bags, we even have factories processing (and people work in them) intestines.


        Meat Inspector

        January 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

  21. Cheese = Brexit

    Hard Brexit Cheese, Soft Brexit Cheese, Smelly Brexit Cheese, Gate Brexit Cheese = Brexit Gate Cheese.

    The Great British Wall around Britain & Europe will pay for it.

    Westminster Council sending people wanting council housing because they are homeless sent to Coventry.

    Theresa May`s Mental Health Problem of no real power as unelected, like Gordon Brown & looks like going the same way recession.

    25% of the UK voted for Brexit – 75% did not vote for Brexit. The minority Brexit War Voters being robbed of wages & go & see your work & life coach.

    The confidence trick done by useless confident tricksters ends badly.

    If you voted Brexit that means you have to get a tattoo of Brexit & it has to be on your both your cheeks of your face & well as your arse.

    Donald Duck Trump – DDT

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  22. Brexit aka Tribal War aka Brexit Gate.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm

  23. DWP Workers On Strike.

    Civil Servants On Strike.

    Council Workers On Strike.

    Train Workers On Strike.

    NHS Workers On Strike.

    1st base – It`s not baseball !!!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    • Sadly that’s what the workforce didn’t do and we ended up in this mess if people had stood we might just be in a better position.Cheapened easy to sack temporary workers for two years and Cameron at the ready.

      Cameron’s war on employment rights

      Prime Minister backs plans to make sacking workers easier



      Its the skivvy gangmaster economy that many migrants do.However many fill the skills we don’t just have and employers need on tap.


      January 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      • That was benched a while back Ken. With the famed gig economy in fall swing it isn’t necessary. With part time work, and self employment and variable hour contracts (ZHCs, agency contracts,etc) on the rise, With stupid costs to take employers to court on top, employee rights have already been diminished to near non existence. With accrued holiday pay added to a final wage and counting as final wage when a person makes a claim for benefits, both government and businesses have got all they want.


        January 19, 2017 at 1:07 am

  24. Andrew Coates

    January 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    • The Dog Sniffing at Gove’s Ass …


      January 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      • Like many a Tory Gove most times talks out of his anus and so the dog might just be listening to his master’s voice.

        Broken Toy

        January 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

  25. All ready to insert a part of its body up Goves ass hole 😉


    January 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    • Marie,dont think the dog would be that desperate,now nobhead johnson on the other hand…..


      January 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      • More like her fist.


        January 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    • Mrs May`s hand up the dogs arse !!!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

  26. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 18, 2017 at 7:01 pm

  27. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm

  28. Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against ‘punishment beatings and of course World War Two mentioned.

    No single market what was contained in the NIssan deal?



    January 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm

  29. Depressed single mum was ‘unlawfully’ sent to jail for 40 days for not paying her council tax, – £10 per week

    A single mother with depression was “unlawfully” sent to jail after she was unable to pay her council tax debt, the High Court has ruled.

    Melanie Woolcock was sentenced to 81 days in prison after falling behind on her council tax payments when she became unemployed from her part-time job in a sports shop.

    After being sentenced at Bridgend Magistrates’ Court, she spent 40 days in jail before she was released on bail.

    But on Wednesday, the High Court ruled her committal to prison was unlawful, that magistrates had failed to assess her financial means and had no basis for concluding her failure to pay was because of culpable neglect.

    About 100 people are imprisoned for not paying their council tax each year, according to figures supplied by the Ministry of Justice


    news seeker

    January 19, 2017 at 9:28 am

    • What’s the point? It will waste much more money sending people to prison than writing off their Council Tax debts. Sending people to prison for things like this, e.g., not having a TV license or owing Council Tax, is expensive, cruel and pointless because when the people are released their situation will remain the same and they will still be in no position to address their debts.

      Broken Toy

      January 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

  30. Britain warns EU it will `find ways’ to compete if no trade deal.

    Finance minister Philip Hammond warned the European Union on Thursday that Britain would be forced to find different ways to remain competitive if there was no “comprehensive trading relationship” after Brexit.

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Hammond stuck closely to the government’s script that Britain wants to explore ways with the EU to ensure that decades of close ties are not broken, saying with goodwill, anything was possible.


    news seeker

    January 19, 2017 at 9:32 am

  31. Ministerial meeting will discuss Scottish government’s Brexit plan

    The Scottish government’s Brexit document is to be discussed at a gathering of ministers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

    The meeting, which will also involve Conservative ministers, will look “carefully” at the Holyrood proposals.

    Holyrood’s Brexit minister, Mike Russell, is due to be at the meeting taking place in London.

    He pointed to a new YouGov poll, surveying 2,066 people across Scotland between 6 and 16 January, which showed concerns that the country’s economy would be damaged by Brexit.

    Mr Russell said: “People think – by a margin of more than three to one – that the Scottish economy is more likely to get worse than better as a result of Brexit.

    “And an even bigger proportion think the situation will get worse for the poorest in Scottish society.


    news seeker

    January 19, 2017 at 9:41 am

  32. Theresa May says her mission for the British government “is to build something that I’ve called the shared society” – that doesn’t value just individual rights, but respects the bonds of family, citizenship and strong institutions.

    She says she wants to correct “the injustice and unfairness that divides us wherever it is found”.

    “Talk of greater globalisation can make people fearful. For many it means their jobs outsourced and their wages undercut,” the British Prime Minister tells delegates at Davos.

    “It means having to sit back as they watch their communities change around them.

    “And in their minds, it means watching as those who prosper seem to play by a different set of rules, while for many life remains a struggle as they get buy, but don’t necessarily get on.”

    news seeker

    January 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

    • The fact May is full-on behind Osborne’s programme of targeted welfare cuts and Universal Credit shows that all of her fine words are bullshit.

      Broken Toy

      January 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

  33. Marie

    January 19, 2017 at 10:59 am

    • I wilt see thee upon the square, Soror.

      Grand Paladin Heirophant Imperator Illujminatus of the Thirty Third Degree

      January 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

  34. DWP slammed for “shambolic” Universal Credit roll-out

    MP demands figures on how many people are being put on Universal Credit in error



    January 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

  35. With the Work and Health Programme.

    Anyone on the original Work Programme with a health problem or a disability found A4e just didn’t want to know.I found I was given wrong appointment dates also arriving for courses that didn’t exist and staff hostility before being passed to a third party eventually who used their offices.

    It gave the impression they just wanted people with these issues out initially.


    January 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

    • When I was with a4e I learned how to make a tower out of newspaper but didn’t end up getting a job as an architect.

      Quick Fit Thickie

      January 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      • Jelly and custard to build the tower, but that was with Ingeus so maybe they had a bigger budget 😀 Saying that, the tower was shit 😀

        Jelly & Custard

        January 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

  36. These so called ‘courses’ that don’t exist are a BIG money spinner for the poverty pimps Ken, scrounging money out of sick unemployed people is bloody disgusting…


    January 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

    • When I was on the Work Programme I did a one day course to get a useless first aid certificate and a two day course to get a worthless Health and Safety certificate. Useful courses like European Computer Driving License and Forklift Truck License etc., which were supposed to be on offer never ran because the company running the version of the Work Programme I was on could never get “enough people” to run a class. I always thought it was funny that the useful but expensive courses, which seemed the most popular, weren’t ever actually run but there you go. As I remember it a few people got CSCS and SIA certificates but not many. Most of the “courses” weren’t recognised, accredited or valid and had been drummed up by the company running the Work Programme internally, seemingly made up on the spot.

      Basically: There was no real training or qualifications available on the Work Programme and all it boiled down to was directed jobsearch, scrutiny as per how “active” you were looking for work with sanctions if you weren’t, all delivered by individuals who were academically less well qualified than I was but who feigned an expertise that in reality they didn’t possess. With the same the same piss poor firms bidding to run the forthcoming Work & Health Programme as ran the Work Programme, only with much less money in the budget, surely Work and Health has to end up more useless and much worse than the useless schemes that preceded it. With the same people being paid less to do more what else could happen?

      Broken Toy

      January 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  37. At PMQs yesterday, answering a complaint about the Concentrix farrago, Theresa May admitted that Concentrix had provided a bad service and promised that HRMC would never use a private company like that in future to fish for potential benefit fraud. Shallow and slimy David Cameron would NEVER have done anything like this. All he would have said is that Concentrix has saved “hard working taxpayers” hundreds of millions of pounds “stolen from the country” by “benefit fraudsters”, praised Concentrix and let that shit company carry on fucking people over as before.

    So maybe, just maybe, May might turn out to be better than Cameron.

    Only time will tell.

    Broken Toy

    January 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

  38. No chance of that matey, they are all puppets on a string doing whatever the banksters order them to do, the dick heads of Westminster couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery.


    January 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

  39. Man dies from heart attack on way home from Jobcentre after being ruled ‘fit to work’

    CNJ – 18th Jan 2017

    A MAN collapsed and died in the street after being ruled “fit to work” and forced to sign on.

    Lawrence Bond, 56, suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after leaving Kentish Town Jobcentre on Thursday. His sister, Iris Green, said that he was in obvious “physical distress” when he arrived at the offices in Kentish Town Road, adding that staff are faced with an “awful dilemma”.

    “I do feel really sorry for the people who dealt with him,” said Ms Green. “They face an awful dilemma of being the people responsible for ­collecting signatures for people signing on as fit for work, even when they can see people are very sick.”

    Mr Bond suffered from prolonged health problems, including difficulty with mobility and breathing, associated with being heavily overweight. But his incapacity benefit, now known as Employment and Support Allowance, was cut following a second “work capability assessment”, which was carried out by American private firm Maximus in July.


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    • The most spot on comment:

      How can he appeal if he’s dead, DWP?

      Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2017-01-19 12:46.


      January 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

  40. Soup kitchen set up to help the homeless searches for new premises after being told it must leave council building

    A SOUP kitchen for rough sleepers that is run by volunteers could be made homeless next week as their ­head­quarters in Kentish Town are readied for building works.

    Streets Kitchen, who provide food, clothes and other essentials for homeless people three times a week in ­Camden Town and King’s Cross, have been based at a vacant ­council building in Holmes Road for the past 12 months.

    But Camden Council have told them they must vacate the building by the end of the month, leaving them searching for new premises to store the goods donated to them.


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  41. Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

    InsideHousing – 16th Jan 2017

    The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a “critically high” 86% over the past year, sparking “extreme concern” among councils.

    The National Federation of Arm’s-Length Management Organisations (NFA) and the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH), which together represent more than one million council homes in England, carried out annual research into Universal Credit claimants and found the percentage of council home tenants in receipt of Universal Credit who are in rent arrears has increased by seven percentage points – from 79% in March last year to 86%.

    This compares with 39% of tenants in arrears who do not receive Universal Credit.

    The average arrears total has also increased, from £321 to £616. The research also revealed 59% of Universal Credit claimants living in council homes have arrears that equate to more than one month’s rent.

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    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

  42. OT: Workfare

    h/t: Refuted

    Uh uh, I did not know this


    Bottom of page:

    “The Gov’s ‘Youth Obligation’ from April 2017 proposes to limit benefits to 6 months and thereafter, mandatory workfare is planned.”

    So will be stuck on perpetual Workfare until the youngsters get a job/die?


    January 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm




    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm


      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      • Every day the team sit around all day in a team bonding think tank of egos !!!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      • It`s only a 3 day course & you become a DWP Product Owner.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

  44. OT: Tory Councils to Stick it to poor via Council Tax – the pain is starting….

    A Conservative-run council wants to raise its tax by 15% in the next financial year, blaming government cuts and increased demand for social care.


    January 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

  45. I, Daniel Blake demand my appeal date before I starve. And change the shite music on the phones.

    I, Daniel Blake

    January 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

  46. Seen spray-painted on a Newcastle Jobcentre wall:

    “I, Daniel Blake demand my appeal date before I starve. And change the shite music on the phones.”

    I, Daniel Blake

    January 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm

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