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Life on Benefits and Television Poverty Porn.

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Like many people here I watch serious documentaries (such as last night’s Channel Four documentary, Undercover: Britain’s Homeless Scandal: Channel 4 Dispatches).

I do not watch the endless series of entertainment programmes about people on the Dole.

Such as this one, The Great British Benefits Handout, described by the Mirror, “Channel 5 is still baiting the unemployed with yet another show about benefits. The show’s ‘experiment’, which gives three jobless families £26,000 to change their lives, is a smokescreen for inviting ridicule and vitriol”.

That is, from “the channel that brought us The Big Benefits Row Live , The Great Big Benefits Wedding Live, My Big Benefits Family, Celebs on Benefits: Fame to Claim, Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole, Benefits: The Millionaire Shoplifter and Benefits: Can’t Work, Won’t Work.”

So whatever goes on during their latest,  BENEFITS BRITAIN: LIFE ON THE DOLE, has passed me by.

Not that it’s only Channel Five.

The British television programme The Hardest Grafter illustrates this as it portrays 25 of Britain’s “poorest workers”, all having the shared ultimate objective of winning £15,000 through the completion of various tasks. In this case, the contestants’ poverty attracts a television audience, which was, before the show even started, contested as various petitions were made in order to stop what was believed to be a “perverted audience and profit making operation”. It is considered to not only be perverted, but also discriminatory as the contestants can only be poor.

BBC Two replied to these accusations by affirming that it would be a “serious social experiment to show just how hard those part of the low-wage economy work” as well as “tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time: why is British productivity low?”.

A spokesman from the show’s production company, Twenty Twenty stated that: “the show will challenge and shatter all sorts of myths surrounding the low-paid and unemployed sector”.

Broome, a reality TV show creator, states that it exposes the hardship of some families and their ability to keep on going through values, love and communication. He assures that he would much prefer create these shows rather than those like Jersey Shore which depicts “a group of strangers from New Jersey as they party throughout six seasons”.

Wikipedia. Poverty Porn. 

I sometimes wonder not just about the effect these gruesome shows have on people with well paid jobs, to bait and hate the poor, but on those on benefits.

In letter to the Guardian Ruth Patrick covers that angle.

Zoe Williams asks – somewhat rhetorically – what might be the impact of the endless growth of “poverty porn” on those who rely on benefits for all or most of their income (TV’s fixation with people on benefits breeds suspicion, 9 February). What my research with out-of-work benefit claimants shows – see policypress.co.uk/for-whose-benefit – is the ways in which the stereotypical, demeaning and one-dimensional characterisations that such shows so often feature contribute to a climate in which claimants feel that their behaviours and actions are being endlessly critiqued and found wanting.

The individuals I spoke to had often internalised negative descriptors – self-describing as a “scrounger” or “a bum” – even where they were hard at work caring for children, looking for employment or adapting to independent life after a childhood in care.

Living with poverty and benefits stigma had detrimental consequences for individuals’ self-esteem, mental health and citizenship status. “Poverty porn” and shows like The Moorside may be successfully recasting poverty as light entertainment, but their impact on those struggling to get by on benefits is anything but.
Dr Ruth Patrick
Postdoctoral researcher, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool

Guardian

This is what Ruth Patrick wrote in 2015.

The realities of living on welfare are significantly different from government and media characterisations

What is often missing from these characterisations is the lived experiences of those who rely on benefits for all or most of their income. Admittedly, the explosion of ‘Poverty Porn’ does purport to provide such firsthand accounts. However, these are mediated by editing processes aimed at generating watchable, controversial content; processes which perhaps do not lend themselves to detailed pictures of the lived realities of ‘getting by’ on benefits during times of welfare reform.

Since 2010, I’ve been conducting small-scale research which has sought to explore these lived realities, with an explicit aim of considering the extent of (mis)match between Government and media rhetoric and lived experiences for those directly affected by welfare reform. By speaking to single parents and young jobseekers affected by the extended welfare conditionality and sanctions regime, as well as disabled people being moved off Incapacity Benefit and onto Employment and Support Allowance, I have been able to explore experiences of both welfare reform and the day-to-day realities of reliance on benefits in Britain today. Over a two year period, I interviewed participants three times, enabling me to explore both the absence and presence of change in people’s accounts as the welfare reforms took effect and individuals negotiated complex relationships with benefits and paid employment.

What this research has demonstrated is the very hard ‘work’ which ‘getting by’ on benefits entails, ‘work’ which is not represented in government and media characterisations of claimants as passive and inactive. This ‘work’ includes very tight budgeting practices, frequently having to make tough choices (such as to heat or eat), as well as creative ways of trying to eke out a little extra income, for example by scavenging for scrap in nearby streets. People repeatedly spoke of shopping daily so as to take advantage of the reduced shelves, and going to several shops in order to get the best deals. Parents often went without in order to ensure their children were well looked after. As single parent Chloe explained:

“I go without my meals sometimes.  I have to save meals for me kids. So I’ll have a slice of toast and they’ll have a full meal.”

There was also substantial evidence of participants engaging in other forms of socially valuable contribution such as volunteering and caring.  Adrian, a young Jobseeker, described why he valued the voluntary work he did at the homeless hostel where he used to live:

“I proper love it. You feel satisfaction as well if someone’s coming in really hungry. Give them some food, at least they’ve eaten for the night.”

With the Government’s endless emphasis on paid work as the primary responsibility of the dutiful citizen, these important forms of contribution often go unrecognised and under-valued. Importantly, too, the whole thrust of the Government’s welfare reform approach, like New Labour’s before it, places policy emphasis on moving people from ‘welfare dependency’ into paid employment, which can cause significant problems for those who want to prioritise these other forms of contribution.

The welfare reform policy agenda, with its sustained emphasis on welfare conditions and sanctions also suggests that people need the threat of sanctions to encourage – even compel them – to make the transition from benefits reliance to paid employment. The emphasis is placed firmly on the supply-side of the labour market, on the steps individual claimants need to be compelled to take to become employable, and to move into paid work. Repeatedly, a contrast is drawn between ‘hard working families’ and ‘welfare dependents’, with the latter needing these tough interventions to be ‘responsibilized’ into hard working citizens.

But, this research, like so much of the literature in this field (see, for example, recent articles on this blog) questioned the salience of such static groupings, instead finding participants with strong aspirations to work, where this was a realistic goal. It also found individuals who typically had worked in the past, with several moving in and out of work, during the time of the research, characteristic of the low-pay, no-pay cycle. Those who were not currently in paid employment had often internalised negative characterisations of claimants, with inevitable consequences for their self-confidence, self-esteem, and ironically future job prospects. Sam, a young jobseeker and recent care leaver explained why she wanted a job:

“I need a job; because I’m sick of scrounging. That’s how I think of it anyway, I’m sick of scrounging.”

When asked about the idea of benefits as a lifestyle choice, participants in this study were angry, even disbelieving, of the notion that they would ‘choose’ to rely on out-of-work benefits, instead emphasising the various factors, often linked to impairments, caring responsibilities and demand-side barriers to paid employment, which had led to their current situation. As single parent, Sophie put it:

“People don’t choose to live on benefits – it’s not our choice. It’s just the way that things have happened. We don’t choose to live on benefits, we don’t want to live on benefits.”

Young jobseeker James described why, for him, being on benefits would never be a choice

“[benefits] is enough for you to live off o’, but you haven’t got one bit of luxury left in your life. You’re not living, you’re existing. And that’s how it feels.”

Attending to the lived experiences of welfare reform is critical in helping us to understand the day-to-day realities of ‘getting by’ in contemporary Britain. These realities are significantly different from the government and media characterisations, with inevitable consequences for the likely success of the ongoing programme of welfare reforms. In particular, these realities undermine the logic for a pervasive emphasis on welfare conditionality, while also hinting at the very real financial hardship, and emotional and relational damage caused by welfare reform. If we want to understand more about benefits, and how processes of welfare reform are impacting on people, it is essential that we place far more emphasis on listening to what those directly affected have to say.

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

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  1. Poverty Porn is how the Tories won 2 elections. Benefit Fraud was at 0.6% when the Tories got in in 2010. DWP overspend is more like 10% of the DWP budget with contracts with private companies. The DWP are bleeding the tax payers not the unemployed & the disabled.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 14, 2017 at 11:54 am

    • Exactly.Those sham TV debates Gordon Brown had nothing to say until the unemployed were mentioned then it was New Deal sanctions and tough talk.

      Their all the same.

      ken

      February 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  2. I wouldn’t watch one of those crap programmes if you put a gun to my head, sod them.

    Marie

    February 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    • I prefer the searing realism of the Horror Channel.

      Know your foe!

      Andrew Coates

      February 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

  3. A lot of these programmes appear mid-evening on commercial channels. They would still be commissioned and shown if there wasn’t an audience. I have never watched any of these programmes before but the adverts shown between episodes should give some idea of the demographic such programmes a believed to appeal to. I can’t imagine what anybody could possibly get from such entertainments masquerading as serious television show beyond having negative feeling they already possess boosted and reinforced.

    Shows like this coupled with copious amounts of anti-welfare stories in rags like the Sun, Telegraph and Daily Mail have been hugely helpful however in softening up the general public prior to introducing cuts, caps and freezes when it come to social security.

    More than anything I would love to know why people agree to appear on such programmes.

    I really don’t get it.

    Martin

    February 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

  4. LOOKING FOR WHITE DEE!

    Anyone heard what this back-stabbing, judas-kissing specimen is up to these days? I would have thought that by now she’d blown all her ill-gotten gains and be back signing on with depression, etc.

    jj joop

    February 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    • Martin

      February 14, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      • Here’s hoping she’ll be signing on at a Jobcentre near me, sometime soon. I’ll give her what for. And it’s no more than she deserves.

        jj joop

        February 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    • I wonder what Hayley Taylor the so-called “Fairy Jobmother” is up to these days.

      Paul

      February 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      • Trudging around the town centre looking in shop windows for ‘hidden jobs’ 😀

        Gabby

        February 15, 2017 at 12:03 am

      • Serve the gobshite bitch right!

        Gabby

        February 15, 2017 at 12:04 am

      • If there’s any justice, the Fairy Skankmother will have been the recipient of a drive-by shooting. I say if there’s any justice, scum like this (and they are scum, incidentally), however, scum like this usually go on to live a ripe old age. This country, eh!

        jj joop

        February 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm

  5. I am the Chair of the Eastern Landlord Association, with some 1400 members. Universal credit was introduced in Gt Yarmouth last April and has been disastrous. ELA landlords are refusing to take any such claimant, the council arrears have risen by £86k and the number of homeless has increased across the borough. The use of the local food bank has increased by 33%.
    The local MP, Brandon Lewis, refuses to meet with either the public or ELA members to discuss. Current waiting times are 10-12 weeks and as the article states, DWP will not speak with landlords. I now serve a Section 21 Notice on any tenant who is switched from HB to UC.
    Scotland has recognised the problem and now pay fortnightly and will pay landlords direct at the tenants request.
    This is a huge threat to landlords and undoubtedly those with small portfolios will not survive.
    DWP refuse to accept there is a problem and until they do this situation will continue.

    https://www.property118.com/banging-head-wall-universal-credit/94600/

    ken

    February 14, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    • “I am the Chair of the Eastern Landlord Association, with some 1400 members.” Friggin hell, ken! Wow, just wow! Why haven’t you mentioned this before? Conflict of interests, maybe? 😉

      Gabby

      February 15, 2017 at 12:01 am

      • if this is a joke ken it’s not even funny

        philip

        February 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

  6. Andrew Coates

    February 15, 2017 at 11:14 am

    • Andrew

      glad you linked to this – despite the news that wages are increasing, though expected to fall back.

      – so how many of these people receive benefit in one form or the other
      – how many will be negatively effected by the benefit changes coming down the pipe
      – how many can look forward to starving due to sanctions via UC, which is UC’s main purpose

      All unknowns at the moment but I fear we will soon find out the truth in the near future

      Gazza

      February 15, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      • Gazza

        The figures constantly pumped out are as ONS admits, guesstimates based on a survey of 40’000 families or 100’000 people or 2.5 people per household of the 40’000.

        The government claim people are all the better for the new NLW and tax allowance but this isnt really so if we look at the usual 37.5 hour a week worker. After the math such a worker is actually only making £11.44 per week extra which after you take into account, rising travel costs to work,rising rent,rising council tax,etc,etc,etc, this has completely dissolved in the ether.

        So more accurately such a persons position has remained stagnant at best so not negative.

        I said last year the income tax allowance should rise to £16’000 instead of the £400 to £11’000 that it did but of course government wouldn’t do this as they knew they were going to make a reasonable gain by pushing businesses to pay a higher hourly rate in terms of tax and NIC revenue.

        Now we can toss this around all day but if government go ahead with another demand on employers while barely moving the income tax allowance marker, this year, the next year will be no different for these people on low wages.

        (note, no benefits were included in this calculation meaning any entitlement negatively impacts the gain when we consider tax payers as a whole). To put it another way, its like a dog chasing its own tail.

        doug

        February 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    • Just a third? I expect it to be more more like 50% soon to be 75%

      news seeker

      February 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm

  7. Breaking news… Breaking news… Breaking news… ..

    The Void is back.

    More details on this breaking news story to follow……..

    Breaking News

    February 15, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  8. Radio 4’s Moneybox disguising the sweeping changes, described as “severe”, due to hit the benefit system from April 2017, IN-WORK conditionally, and if you have a child over aged three YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO LOOK FOR WORK. Also discussing the reduction to ESA and benefit “freezes”.

    Radio Tuner

    February 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

  9. People on UC are seen as scroungers & are the target of the Tories & Tory voters. A lot of people on UC are Tory voters who are getting angry & feel they are special cases of slander. Yet on UC they are classed as an employment figure.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  10. UK Parliament are racist sexist bigots – Slavery works.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

  11. The media is run by the middle class for the middle class. These programmes along with crap like Jeremy Kyle are create a fictitious view, so the middle class can feel smug about being better than the working class.

    Kevin Algar

    February 15, 2017 at 4:59 pm

  12. I’ve been to yet another ‘not a proper jobs fair’ at the joke centre today.There were that many people there,they were queueing out of the door and the G4S goons were herding us around like cattle so I just grabbed some bumpf and got the fuck out of there,what a load of old shit!

    foxglove

    February 15, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    • True, they do treat claimants like a herd of sheep don’t they 🙁.

      Marie

      February 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

  13. Union claims 1,000 DWP jobs under threat in Newport and the Valleys

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/union-claims-1000-dwp-jobs-12609677

    ken

    February 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm

  14. Another DWP delay – this time over a scheme called “Working Matters” aimed mainly at ESA claimants. (There is a good comment at the end from a member of the public who knows what he’s talking about)!

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15092832.Job_scheme_progress_stunted_by_DWP_hold_up/

    Yawn

    February 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm

  15. OT: Businesses Striving to make people poorer

    No one will be surprised at this..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38979368
    Hundreds of companies failing to pay minimum wage

    “The government has named 360 businesses which have failed to pay either the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
    Among them are well-known names like Debenhams, Subway, Lloyds Pharmacy and St Mirren Football Club.
    More than 15,500 workers had to be paid back nearly one million pounds.
    But that may represent just the tip of the iceberg: The Office for National Statistics has calculated that 362,000 jobs did not pay the NMW in April 2016.
    The biggest offenders were employers in hairdressing, hospitality and retail.
    One worker at a dental practice in London’s Harley Street was refunded nearly £12,000.”

    ME: ONS is sadly underestimating the scale of this problem.
    A way of guaging it in the past was the number of tribunal cases brought.
    It is noteworthy that with the changes in costs enacted by the ConMen, workers are deterred from seeking redress to their plight by lack of funds which with the added costs of going to a Tribunal mean businesses get away with this travesty.
    All of this was predicted at the time.

    Workers = missing £, poorer ; Businesses = added £ profit at workers expense, richer.

    The prefect Capitalist outcome.

    Gazza

    February 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

  16. Social Media #twittersclosingdown & #facebooksclosingdown because it is a danger to the west. Having a fart is now political so what is left political farts. Contradictions of the contradictory contradicts contradictions. Contradictions are now political with political contradictions. Tongue twisters & Twitter Clusters causes Twitter Cluster Bombs. Spread the word & be on social media !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 15, 2017 at 11:57 pm

  17. Ken Loach to make Terminator reboot

    Ken Loach’s next film will be about a left-wing robot sent back in time to battle the benefits system.

    The robot, which has a drinking problem and will be called the Ciderdyne Systems 101, will also battle estrangement from its family – a group of toasters and vacuum cleaners.

    In the rebooted universe the Terminator will attempt to save Sarah Connor, who the benefits system are trying to destroy before she can become a single mother and get a free council house.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is not expected to reprise his role of the robot, which will be taken instead by Timothy Spall.

    Speaking to reporters, Loach said he viewed the opportunity to make a $200m Hollywood blockbuster as a chance to present his alternative, gritty view of society.

    “The benefits system became self-aware on August 29th 1997 and began to sanction claimants at an exponential rate,” he said.

    “It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

    The film will be set in Leeds, and will be titled T’Erminator: Sanction.

    http://newsthump.com/2017/02/13/ken-loach-to-make-terminator-reboot/

    News Thump

    February 16, 2017 at 6:38 am

    • There is a new film called The Impeachment Of Donald Duck Trump !!! The Impeachment also takes down the Tory Government without an election !! A warning for Tory Trolls.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      • Oh I forgot it`s not a film but reality !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        February 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      • The film comes afterwards !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        February 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      • Tory troll report back to Tory HQ for orders !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        February 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    • If I win the Lottery, that is, on condition I play the Lottery, I will book the entire Ipswich Film Theatre for a special showing.

      Free Frosty Jack in the bar.

      Andrew Coates

      February 16, 2017 at 5:08 pm

  18. The UK government as supposedly forcing Google to “fight piracy”

    “This type of action has no precedent and it would give the government incredible power over companies such as Google.”

    But the UK Government doesn’t have any power over Google, well, as far as Google paying their taxes.
    Oh, that’s right, Google doesn’t even have an office in the UK, so how can they be forced by the UK Government to “fight piracy”. Something doesn’t add up here!

    “The United Kingdom is planning to make Google comply to its anti-piracy rulebook even if the company doesn’t want it, by setting down laws.

    It seems that removing millions upon millions of links from its search results and doing backflips to accommodate copyright holders isn’t enough, as lawmakers plan to make sure Google does their bidding with or without its express will.

    Last week, news came that Google, alongside other search engines, and copyright holders had reached somewhat of a decision that they would roll out a new set of coding rules on their platforms in order to prevent piracy as best as possible.

    In the event of Google and the other backing down from this decision, an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill will make sure to impose it anyway.

    So far, everyone’s hope has been that the government would stay out of this fight between search engines, which merely provide a way for people to find things on the Internet, and copyright holders, which seem to believe Google is the Internet itself.

    Following last week’s announcement, however, that hope flew out the window as Baroness Buscombe revealed that Intellectual Property Office officials chaired a round-table meeting between search engines and representatives of the creative industry. “While there are still elements of detail to be settled, the group is now agreed on the key content of the code and I expect an agreement to be reached very soon,” Buscombe said on the matter.
    “The amendment that gives the govt power over Google”

    The “Code of practice on search engines and copyright infringement,” however, is the backup in case the agreement falls. This is an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill and gives the Secretary of State the power to step in and force companies such as Google to comply with whatever they want.

    “The Secretary of State may impose by order a code of practice for search engine providers with the purpose of minimizing the availability and promotion of copyright infringing services, including those which facilitate copyright infringement by their users,” reads the amendment.

    This type of action has no precedent and it would give the government incredible power over companies such as Google.”

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/uk-wants-google-to-fight-piracy-even-if-takes-creating-new-laws-to-do-it-512975.shtml

    Truth Seeker

    February 16, 2017 at 8:10 am

    • Don’t you just love the digital naivety of UK government, sooo cute.

      https://torrentfreak.com/search-engines-copyright-holders-ready-voluntary-anti-piracy-code-170208/

      doug

      February 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

    • Tee-Hee. Like Google is the only search engine. What a bunch of Bozos!

      Paul

      February 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      • Paul

        Its just not that either, as that assumes torrenters are dumb which there not. Both provider and search engines have tried to stop listings and certain types of traffic and none of it works and no amount of making a law is going to change it. Also torrenting is so yesterday also demonstrating how clueless these people are and the likes of google,etc know it so are just humoring our little government on this pin prick of an island.

        doug

        February 17, 2017 at 12:10 am

      • Doug

        Last time I checked Pirate Bay, or one or more of it aliased domains, was still being listed by Google and Bing and still operating. ISOHunt is still there as are umpteen other sites offering torrents or links to direct downloads of video, audio, e-books etc. When anything can be copied easily, as anything digital can be, it is impossible to prevent the determined from duplicating and distributing digital materials online or elsewhere. If one idea gets slowed down and/or blocked (like peer to peer file sharing using clients such as emule) along comes another (bit torrents) and when that technology is obstructed or slowed down another will be invented.

        http://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/588782/KickAss-Torrents-Pirate-Bay-download-free-movies-trick

        I really don’t know why they bother to waste their time even trying to hold back such an unstoppable tide.

        It’s as daft as using encryption on DVDs to try to prevent copying or from being played on hardware built to operate in a different region than disks are supposedly to be restricted to.

        Paul

        February 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

  19. And while they are it, why doesn’t the UK Government assume this “incredible power” over the other tax-dodgers such as Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, McDonalds, Apple, the list goes on.

    How come the UK Government can be “powerless” against multi-nationals companies when it comes to collecting taxes, but assume “incredible powers” when it comes to “fighting piracy”. Just goes to show we are being spun a pile of crap!

    Truth Seeker

    February 16, 2017 at 8:16 am

    • Allegedly it could be because they are american and at this time. Nobody is in a hurry to piss off the Americans (or the Chinese the Saudis etc.)

      philip

      February 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm

  20. 32% of people on housing benefit are employed

    http://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2224691/32-of-people-on-housing-benefit-are-employed/

    Get more hours they say, get more pay per hour they say but how realistic is that in the low payed non to semi skilled sector these days.

    doug

    February 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

  21. I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/16/daniel-blake-realistic-life-benefits

    doug

    February 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    • Maybe now more people will make similar fact based docs/films. the more the better.

      news seeker

      February 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      • News seeker

        Indie film makers do, especially the Europeans.Take a cat named bob, based on the true events of a recovering addict.
        The difference however between this and Ken Loach’s work is he is very outspoken and uses his media to bring to attention to plights he would like to see addressed. Also remember hes very well known as a director of television and has a political past.

        A lot of people don’t float towards indie media be it films,works,music,games etc because it does not have the massive marketing finances of the mainstream so isn’t plastered everywhere.

        doug

        February 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    • “Anthony thought the jobcentre would help him but, after only one week of receiving benefits, he had his money stopped. Why? Because he had looked for jobs on websites that weren’t the jobcentre’s own site.” And superted has been sanctioned for allegedly not looking for jobs on other sites! What gives?

      Eva

      February 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      • The DWP are running out of idea’s to sanction.

        news seeker

        February 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      • Next time a cock roach in the joke centre starts accusing you of this,that and the other,point out that even if this were to be true its better than being a murderer, soon shuts the fucker up!

        foxglove

        February 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      • Eva

        my powder is dry on this one – they’ve tried it many time on me – i await the next try [new section head i noticed today] it could get interesting right quick.

        I of course always always record

        Gazza

        February 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      • Gold star to Eva

        Im so glad you not only saw it but pointed it out.

        Sadly it wont act as evidence against them wanting to sanction a person but it would sure make them feel like a dick if you throw it in their face.

        Bang on Gazza, they are running out of ideas so tripping over their own feet while thinking the public don’t read stuff on the internet. Governments and there departments never learn when it comes to the power of the internet.

        doug

        February 17, 2017 at 12:20 am

    • It is for guileless people who don’t know how to play the game.

      Fiddler

      February 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

  22. Do some thing useful Work Coach & go to the shop & get me some bog roll because I have run out of bog roll & can`t do anything until I go for a shit. I can`t go for a shit until the shitty work coach goes to the shop & get my bogs rolls. I will pay you back the money when you get back from the shop with my bog rolls work coach so don`t get worried about who`s paying your wages.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

  23. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    • Mop Head

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      • No dickhead 😀

        Marie

        February 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    • Teresa May shows undisguised repulsion at the sight of two working class schoolgirls. “Oiks like that should have been drowned at birth” she confided to a reporter from the Daily Mail while drinking vintage champagne in the Ivy later.

      Daker

      February 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm

  24. Smeghead!

    foxglove

    February 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm

  25. what do i need to do to start recording my signing on as iit just says must be done in a private room.

    can i just ring my adviser and state i want to do this the next time i sign on and to make sure a private room is available or does this need to be in writing first?

    superted

    February 16, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    • Just use a recordable usb stick some with some white polyester thread and tuck it under a jumper.

      They were supposed to view what you did with your jobsearch positively too.The problem with these courses is that if someone doesn’t go they blame them if it doesn’t work out then their in line for blame.No one should be forced to sign anything against their will.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vi_coactus

      I don’t know if anyone else has picked it up in their local jobcentre is the fear amongst staff.The body language is terrible.Its not right.

      ken

      February 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      • these are my cc and have had 3 in the last year all buy different advisers and the last one is with the adviser i have now and was done last year dec.

        now as you can see nothing has changed and have handed in my evidence every time the same until now with no problem at all, even some advisers said it was the best they ever seen!

        i have been given no direction or otherwise in writing to state i must now put other job sites on my work search ie i now have to apply for work on these sites or face a sanction if it has not been written down on the ws1.

        at my last meeting i was advised to add them to my work search not told unless i did i would face a sanction doubt.

        so with the sheer number of jobs i have applied for and screen shots of my ujm account on my phone this is more than enough proof i am actively seeking employment and to say i am not doing this is a utter joke.

        how can i not be actively seeking employment with the amount of evidence i have as i cant fit any more jobs on the fkn page anyway and if every one had to hand in a work search like mine every time well i cant see most ppl getting any benefits at all as no body else has the sheer amount of proof i have.

        i just cant see how not adding a external sites to my ws1 could say i am not actively seeking employment as it is just not true and at most nit picking at my cc to the most extreme and beyond basic common sense.

        217. If the doubt is because the claimant:
         has been placed on the nature of or terms and conditions of employment the
        claimant is prepared to accept, the suspension begins on the date the restriction
        is imposed from.
         is unavailable for a specific period, input a suspension from the start of the
        benefit week in which the doubt arises to the end of the benefit week in which
        the doubt ends.
         is unavailable for an indefinite period, input a suspension from the start of the
        benefit week in which the doubt arises but do not input an end date.
         is not ASE, input a suspension for the benefit weeks in which the claimant
        failed to take sufficient steps to find work.
         is placing a restriction on the type of work or locality, the suspension would
        take effect from the day the restriction is imposed.

        so i take it i got no 4 so not taking enough steps to find work ? yet look at the sheer no of jobs on my work search.

        if i take any more steps to find and apply for work ill need fkn clearance from air traffic control pmsl.

        i just think if i can find enough work to apply for and apply for every thing i can get to regardless what site i use to apply for them is more than enough steps to take regardless of what sites i use.

        it says at the top of my work search i will check all off the web sites i can find on the internet every day and apply for any that i am able to do.

        now as on my medical form i am restricted for work ie i need a job lifting empty card board boxes and to balance them with my body most of the jobs i cant bloody do anyway but i still have to apply for them as my cc states as where can i find a full time job doing that??? any offers 😉

        also the meds i am on also restricts what i can do as there strong pain killers which is also on my cc and my adviser after i asked thought it would be good to send me on a FLT coarse but lucky for me no cash in the pot for it. never has been afaicr.

        but then again what if i was sent and fails to participate because of the meds and sent home and then get a sanction for it.???

        id also like to know that if the jcp adviser had access to my ujm account id still have to use other sites to apply for jobs as in my case it is no it is not enough it seems now for me anyway.

        just seems like a total stich up job hoping ill give in and go away well i have 2 sscs1a forms ready to go ASAP ill see them at tribunal 🙂

        superted

        February 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    • Superted

      You really should read my posts as i covered this a while back on more than on occasion.

      While DWP are supposed to make such a room available, they like to make excuses when you do turn up but fear not.

      As ken says, record in secret and this is why its legal.

      Data protection act part 4 (exemptions) 29 (1)

      Basically This allows you to record a person whom you suspect maybe committing a criminal act like fraud,deception,etc without gaining prior consent. The consent part becomes unwarranted if they do indeed commit a crime as under the very same thing they forfeit their rights under DPA. If to be used as evidence, make sure to make a copy that edits out any other persons personal data being mentioned like say the person at the next table if your recording device picks it up also. The reason to keep the original unedited version is to demonstrate the original source is authentic and unedited.
      Just remember that should they commit no crime, you must delete its entire content.

      doug

      February 17, 2017 at 12:38 am

      • doug mate:

        You are spot on, my son.

        jj joop

        February 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    • superted:

      Just covertly record all your work search reviews, I do. See if you can catch them in a lie. My roach knows I record my reviews. Her manager advised me they don’t allow recording in an open plan office because of data protection and client confidentiality, which is plain silly because you can all the other claimants being interviewed.

      I’ve told them I don’t record but they know I do but there’s nothing they can do about it. If I were you I would just advise them in writing you are considering recording all your future appointments. They’ll mind their Ps and Qs then, trust me. If they try and lay down the law about data protection, etc. Just tell them you were only considering recording, and so on.

      jj joop

      February 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  26. DWP creates new DG role for Universal Credit

    At one stage full adoption of the new system was envisaged by 2015, but service-specification changes and a lack of clarity on IT requirements delayed progress. The government’s most recent estimate expected full implementation by March 2022.

    https://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/dwp-creates-new-dg-role-universal-credit

    ken

    February 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm

  27. Callous’ cuts leave kidney patient with young son relying on food banks after disability benefits are axed

    Alex Crawley has had two transplants and is left exhausted by four hours of dialysis three days a week – but the DWP said he was fit to work

    Great Britain

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/callous-cuts-leave-kidney-patient-9812238

    ken

    February 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

  28. When are the media ever going to learn ?

    Since Trump, mainstream media have gone full out insisting false news is everywhere, well everywhere but mainstream media they claim.

    Desperate not to have to take the rap that Trump played them and as a result of their constant coverage of him in what they thought would lose him voters, actually just increased them, had them now say its all the alternate medias fault. Now during this saga, mainstream media realized that actually alternate media sources where getting the views and subscribers much higher than them so have set about trying to demonize anyone with high figures.

    Well the latest casualty is a guy called pewdeepie yet in true as i now call trump fashion, instead of his figures dropping,there actually rising so well done mainstream and no neck wanna be desperate for clicks amateur media types, you just fell flat on your faces again.

    doug

    February 17, 2017 at 12:52 am

    • Anybody with a YouTube channel, watched by hundreds of thousands of children, commissions two non-comprehending foreign nationals to hold up a sign with “Kill all Jews” written on it and do a dance deserves all he gets. No wonder Google stripped him of his YouTube channel which apparently earning him millions.

      What a plonker!

      Fiddler

      February 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

      • Fiddler

        All YouTube did was cancel his red series, they as i think you have mistakenly thought MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT CANCEL HIS CHANNEL/ACCOUNT/UPLOADS.

        He still has around 53.5 million subscribers and millions upon millions of views per video.

        https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pewdiepie

        So what if Disney pulled the plug, like they haven’t done that before, so what about youtubes red channel,etc

        The attempt by media to discredit him as hes got the most biggest fanbase currently (so has the most influence) while every mainstream media most certainly does not (go check out their subscriptions), failed and failed big.

        Hes still making millions, still drawing the crowds whether you like him or not.

        You need to understand what this is really about, open up your ears and your mind.

        doug

        February 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  29. Zuckerberg: my Facebook manifesto to re-boot globalisation

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38998884

    Oh boohoo, poor globalism.

    When is this nouveau riche twat going to get most people don’t like or trust people with wealth or power ?

    That the only people that have and will benefit from globalisation is those with wealth and power.

    doug

    February 17, 2017 at 1:03 am

    • Hmmm

      It seems defying Trump has become the new slogan for “LETS ALL HAVE A CIVIL WAR”

      Now what form that takes i cannot say but with every passing day, theirs some wealthy twat crawling out of the woodwork who thinks we are all WRONG, that we CANT MAKE DECISIONS FOR OURSELVES so seeks through either funneling huge amounts of cash into causes or uses their platform to PREACH.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38996179

      Remind you of anyone from our past history, still leaves a bad taste in histories mouth ?

      Decadence another subject i have covered here really is rearing its ugly head these days and on cue to which is scary as the projected/calculated prediction isn’t even over yet and does not end well.

      doug

      February 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

  30. i just cant see how not adding a external sites to my ws1 could say i am not actively seeking employment

    I would get down to the Citizens Advice Bureau and quick.And take that bundle too.

    Your right to say that as UJ transfers to other sites and may well be looking at what is already in front of you .Where did that Minimum 30 hours a week come form also?Its supposed to be reasonable.

    Its sounds like you didn’t understand fully what you were signing and there are other issues that need to be looked at here.Its clearly not reasonable.

    http://www.cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/Sanction%20Busting!%20-%20Workshop%20Notes.pdf

    https://skwawkbox.org/2014/03/11/most-jobseeker-agreements-ruled-unlawful-and-the-dwp-doesnt-care/

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/judge-brands-dwp-jobseekers-agreement-unlawful-action-disabled-claimant/

    Its very Important action is taken here and quickly.Get some representation too.

    ken

    February 17, 2017 at 2:16 am

    • It’s all down to the claimant commitment. If you have agreed to look at UJM five times a week, or whatever, and don’t the Jobcentre will argue that you haven’t fulfilled your claimant commitment and may (if they are complete and utter arseholes) try to sanction you even if you have been using other job boards looking fr work. Even if you deny the DWP access to your UJM account the DWP can still see if it is being used and logged into and out from; they may not know what you’re doing or have done with UJM but will be able to see on what days somebody logged into your account for how long.

      If you don’t want to use UJM but have been bamboozled into saying that you will when you’re online open a tab in your browser, log on to UJM, and forget about it while you’re doing something else, When you finish you internet activity with other sites log off UJM, or just close your browser, and as far as the Jobcentre knows you used UJM as promised.

      Of course, if you’re daft enough to grant the DWP access to your UJM account the world and his wife will be able to see EVERYTHING that you’ve been up to as far as UJM is concerned and you will be set up for a fall. Nobody should give the DWP access to any UJM account and currently don’t have to based on EU law. I would imagine that the right to this kind of privacy in respect to personal data will be repealed once Brexit has occurred and the Tories can play fast and loose with all sorts of rights we currently only now enjoy because of the EU.

      Fiddler

      February 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

      • Fiddler

        Your not wrong about DWPs attempts through CC but here is the thing, there not that clever and like you must obey the law.

        It amazes me how i wrote about this a while back while talking about protecting your personal data and what and what DWP can and cant do legally but alas it feel on deaf ears as here we are with everyone talking about it only now because guess what, people are getting sanctioned.

        Theirs this thing called a micro command which basically records and performs a task you would normally type manually like say your name,address,etc on the right side of a letter in MS Office for example. Well a link is the same thing but regarding URLs.
        Every jobsite seems to use them and UJM is no exception.
        This means DWPs only argument surrounds or can be, only those that don’t advertise on UJM like indeed for example despite indeed advertising vacancies on UJM. With regards to recruitment sites some do use links, some don’t but some also auto register you by using you sending your CV as implied consent.
        As for employers of which UJM has next to none it depends on size,etc as to the extent of their exposure but even then without them knowing can end up everywhere.

        Now the logical path be you a jobsite or claimant is to find a way to consolidate such data in the best way possible so as to effectively manage your time to increase your potential of achieving a target.
        DWP are behind the times on all things I.T so really dont have an argument as effectively they are just trying to at best justify this 30 plus hour ballcrap when the truth is regarding jobhunting, “how long is a piece of string”. So DWP effectively are instructing claimants in an inefficient practice and unless they wish to admit their clueless on I.T, cant say they don’t know this.

        doug

        February 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      • Fiddler:

        Your comments are spot on, mate.

        jj joop

        February 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      • The DWP are like Parkinson’s Law, they want to expand a three and a half minute take to needlessly fill 35 hours. Work smarter, not harder….;)

        Oakem Picker

        February 18, 2017 at 1:20 am

      • The DWP are like Parkinson’s Law, they want to expand a three and a half minute task to needlessly fill 35 hours. Work smarter, not harder….;)

        Oakem Picker

        February 18, 2017 at 1:22 am

      • Oakem Picker

        Hows this for smart

        If you do a worksearch at the end of every 3 minutes (so 4th minute) for a minute and do this for 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, you would fulfill the 35 hour requirement.

        Naturally you would get nothing done besides writing in your evidence every time, “went to do work search but found nothing dew to running out of time, will try again in 3 minutes” but so as to be smart put times 2’100 on the end of it.

        Tell me, “is that working smarter, not harder” enough for how do you like those apples DWP.

        doug

        February 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

  31. The Torys murderous trail of the dead goes on and on.

    Marie

    February 17, 2017 at 9:45 am

  32. White House in chaos at extraordinary press conference! sit down and be quiet!

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/alexander-acosta-labor-secretary-nomination-donald-trump

    news seeker

    February 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

    • News seeker

      What do you really see here,forget about your personal feelings towards Trump ?

      doug

      February 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      • Those migrants, from those 7 countries, I’m going ahead with it weather you or your country like it or not.

        A repeat of a well known part of history.

        people are seeing him being voted in was a huge mistake and making it known to him.

        news seeker

        February 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      • News seeker

        When you say a well known part of history, what part of are we talking here ?

        I take it when you say those people and huge mistake, your referring to those that didn’t vote for him in the first place as the room was full of press that have opposed him from the start and used every article they could write and print since he first ran let alone got in office to trash him ?

        When we see protests, if he is losing support, how comes we don’t see a sea of protestors we should expect to see if the tide has indeed turned. Like Brexit as we know not all people don’t vote, the numbers never match the claimed outrage mainstream media suggest is alive and well. That media is still reliant on polls/surveys that lets not forget failed to predict correctly both outcomes of brexit and the USA election.

        doug

        February 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm

  33. DWP creates new DG role for Universal Credit

    http://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/dwp-creates-new-dg-role-universal-credit

    LETS MAKE THE TRAIN OF BLAME LONGER SHALL WE SO THE PUBLIC HOPE MINISTERS OF THIS GOVERNMENT AREN’T BEHIND THE BIGGEST PIECE OF CRAP IN BRITISH HISTORY, WELL SO FAR THAT IS.

    Universal Credit: from benefits panacea to government blunder

    http://theconversation.com/universal-credit-from-benefits-panacea-to-government-blunder-73008

    doug

    February 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm

  34. LETS ALL TURN THE PUBLIC ATTENTION TO ONE PERSON RATHER THAN AN ENTIRE GOVERNMENT MESS KNOWN AS THE WELFARE REFORM

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/viewers-react-angrily-great-british-9835396

    Notice how every time government reaches a tanking point in their welfare reform, this crap keeps coming out ?

    doug

    February 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

  35. SODEXO IN CRAP AGAIN AFTER PRISON ISSUE

    NHS worker fired for ‘stealing’ £4 sandwich reinstated

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39001738

    They were going to ruin a workers life all over £4 which was purely for food, food may i add need dew to the energy he had spent working for the very company that sacked him.

    doug

    February 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

  36. Facebook algorithms ‘will identify terrorists’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38992657

    And the rest Zuckerberg as this will also be used to discern fake news too.

    GET READY FOR THE PHRASE “AWAITING MODERATION”

    PS: By the way wordpress already do it or give their account holders of websites/blogs the power to and edit out posts they personally don’t like or should i say URLS they dont like.

    doug

    February 17, 2017 at 12:52 pm

  37. Illegal move by the Liverpool Local Council to people informing the Council on Fly Tipping & Dog Shitting so they don`t have to pay Council Tax

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39003283

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

  38. G4S, Maximus and ‘A4E’ all set to win contracts under Work and Health Programme

    DNS – 16th Feb 2017

    Some of the country’s most controversial and discredited outsourcing companies are set to win contracts under the government’s new programme to find jobs for disabled people and other marginalised groups.

    The 11 organisations that have been successful in the bidding process will be allowed to tender for the back-to-work contracts that will be offered under the Work and Health Programme.

    They were all bidding for the right to tender for contracts across six regional areas in England and Wales, and a single national contract across the two countries.

    The Work and Health Programme will support disabled people, those who are long-term unemployed, and other groups such as ex-carers, ex-offenders, homeless people and those with drug or alcohol dependencies.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/g4s-maximus-and-a4e-all-set-to-win-contracts-under-work-and-health-programme/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  39. PIP investigation: Woman took her own life two days after learning of failed PIP appeal

    DNS – 16th Feb 2017

    A disabled woman who lost her disability benefits because of a controversial reassessment process took her own life just two days after being told her appeal had failed.

    The body of Susan Margaret Roberts (pictured) was discovered by a care worker at her warden-assisted flat near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by letters telling her that she would not be entitled to the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP).

    The long-term claimant of disability living allowance (DLA) had also placed a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) note by her side.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-investigation-woman-took-her-own-life-two-days-after-learning-of-failed-pip-appeal/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    • It is heart-breaking when you hear things like that:

      Andrew Coates

      February 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      • “More than 40,000 disabled people receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA) have had their benefits docked since 2012, new data released by the Department for Work and Pensions reveals.”

        ESA which is NOT a ‘disability benefit’, so why is someone pictured in a wheelchair. Only the WRAG (Work Related Activity Group) of ESA can be sanctioned, and even then it is up to a maximum of £5 a week. ESA claimants already receive an extra £30 a week more than what JSA claimants receive. JSA claimants can lose 40% of their JSA for THREE YEARS, but hey ho.

        Why doesn’t the ‘Indy’ take up the cause of sanctioned jobseekers rather than post misleading and disingenuous articles which attempt to conflate ESA with disability.

        Fake News Seeker

        February 18, 2017 at 1:01 am

      • Fake news seeker

        https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/while-youre-getting-esa/esa-sanctions/

        “Your personal adviser should have talked to you about what was manageable for you in your circumstances, eg if you’re a wheelchair user you might only be able to attend training venues that have wheelchair access. This should have made your work-related activities more manageable for you”.

        http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/walking-wheelchairs-and-wca

        So it appears even wheelchair users are on ESA.

        I agree sanctions as a whole deserve complete support from all groups to tackle DWPs overuse of them but each faction shouldn’t fall out just because one didn’t mention the other as DWP would love that. Its the media that from the DWPS released data that chose the angle of the story.

        doug

        February 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

    • Enough is enough, it’s understandable.

      news seeker

      February 17, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      • PIP investigation: 100 cases, and still DWP refuses to accept the dishonest truth

        One PIP claimant told DNS this week: “When I received the DWP decision, I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

        “For example, ‘I was observed to drink from a cup and that I had shown good grip, gripping the assessor’s fingers.’

        “I never touched the man, and he never touched me.

        She lied about almost every single aspect of the assessment.

        http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-investigation-100-cases-and-still-dwp-refuses-to-accept-the-dishonest-truth/

        The Tories except noting else but their version of the Aryan race.

        ken

        February 18, 2017 at 3:41 am

    • “Benefits can be reduced for up to four weeks and these punishments can be applied for reasons including “failing to attend a mandatory interview” and “failing to participate in work related activity”” – Same as for JSA. Why should ESA claimants be treated any differently from JSA claimants?

      Fake News Seeker

      February 18, 2017 at 1:09 am

      • Because if they’re on ESA then by definition they are not healthy, fit and able-bodied in the way that JSA claimants are supposed to be. It’s stupid and cruel to impose the same sort of conditionality on both the well and unwell.

        Paul

        February 18, 2017 at 8:48 am

  40. Sister launches judicial review claim in bid for sanctions death inquest

    DNS – 16th Feb 2017

    The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned has launched a high court legal challenge over a coroner’s refusal to hold an inquest into his death.

    David Clapson (pictured), who had diabetes, died in July 2013 as a result of an acute lack of insulin, three weeks after having his jobseeker’s allowance sanctioned.

    Because he had no money, he couldn’t afford to pay for electricity that would have kept the fridge where he kept his insulin working, in the height of summer, and he had also run out of food.

    An autopsy held after his death found his stomach was empty, and the only food left in his flat in Stevenage was six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account.

    But despite the circumstances of his death, and clear links with the sanctions system, no inquest was ever held, even though DWP admitted that it knew he was insulin-dependent.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/sister-launches-judicial-review-claim-in-bid-for-sanctions-death-inquest/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

  41. 30,000 killed with social care failings & 40,000 killed on DWP Sanctions = 70,000 killed by the Tories since 2010. NHS & DWP Assisted Suicide.

    Makes the killings in Syria look like a little war.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

  42. 32% of people in work claim Housing benefit. A third of people working are under threats of sanctions on UC.

    To get Housing Benefits you need UC unlike before when it was a Local Council Housing Benefit Form that went through the Council.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm


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