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Universal Credit: The Epic Failure Continues.

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Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

I have heard from people who have done temporary jobs over Christmas and into the New Year that it is all too easy to get in difficulties with Universal Credit when you sign back on – the money you have earned in one part of a month means that you lose out in reduced  benefits for the rest of the month.

So, the government  advice seems to be, don’t do the right thing and sign off for a short while to work.

Oh, and don’t, really don’t get involved in trying to sort things out, that only bothers the people running the system who have far more important things to do.

As we can see, as the epic disaster that is Universal Credit continues to chunder along,

Universal Credit: from benefits panacea to government blunder, Dan Finn

Problems piling up

Critics, however, quickly pointed to design flaws and the erroneous assumptions made about the circumstances, employment capacity and budgeting skills of vulnerable individuals, poor families and low-paid workers. Incremental reforms have been made to administrative processes but mounting evidence, gathered by MPs on the Work and Pensions Select Committee, illustrates the problems experienced in the transition to the new system.

Local authorities, welfare agencies and landlords highlight slow and inaccurate payments, administrative complexity and poor communications, increased rent arrears and risks of eviction. Claimants have been subject to inappropriate job search requirements and sanctions. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) acknowledges some problems but anticipates that most will be resolved through ameliorative measures, such as the provision of “money advice” and “alternative payment arrangements”. The select committee is unconvinced and, in February, submitted 20 detailed concerns and questions to the minister. And these problems have occurred before the DWP even starts to migrate millions of existing benefit households into the new system.

A series of reports from the Public Accounts Committee have catalogued problems that have beset the implementation of Universal Credit. These include over-optimistic and untested assumptions, weak management, ineffective project control and poor governance. In his valedictory evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee in February, Lord Freud, who for five years was responsible for implementation of Universal Credit, acknowledged it had been “harder than anticipated”, blaming the high turnover of senior civil servants and the loss of in-house expertise to design the IT system.

The practical result was a major “reset” of the project in 2013 with the DWP utilising a “twin track” approach. This presently comprises the national expansion of a more limited live service, where Universal Credit claims are made online, with other transactions managed by phone and post. Over time, there will be a gradual roll out of the more complex, full digital service, which has now been developed in-house. Freud asserted that this will allow for a more considered implementation. He also claimed that reported problems currently experienced by Universal Credit claimants are exaggerated, not directly caused by the new system (as with some rent arrears), and will be offset as minor adjustments are made, people settle in the system and increase their earned income.

More people will lose out

Whatever the merits of the original Universal Credit design, its capacity to deliver the outcomes promised has been further compromised by a plethora of other welfare reforms eroding the living standards of claimants. Universal Credit payment rates have been frozen for four years, and the full roll out will now be associated with benefit cuts and delayed tax credit related reductions. New claimants on Universal Credit have already been hit by some of these reductions, which have been incorporated into the design of the new system. Existing benefit claimants – not yet on Universal Credit – enjoy some transitional protection but will lose this if their circumstances change.

Note: see above….

The cumulative impact is that Universal Credit has become a tool for delivering welfare cuts rather than improving living standards. The new benefit now creates more losers than gainers and, when combined with the reduced value of work allowances, there are now fewer incentives for lone parents and second earners to work. Equally concerning, much of the increased employment secured by those who do gain will be in “mini-jobs” where families will combine work and welfare rather than move from welfare to work.

Early findings show that although, within nine months, the first wave of largely childless, single Universal Credit recipients worked 12 days more than comparable claimants, the primary change had simply been to make “it more worthwhile and easier for them to do small amounts of work”.

Note:  See above.

Always attentive to our needs this has been announced.

Universal credit recipients to get money advice James Richards 15 Feb 17

Universal credit claimants can now receive free support for their personal finances through an online money management tool.

The money manager has been launched by the Money Advice Service in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions.

It is an interactive tool that offers personalised advice for Universal Credit claimants on a range of money topics, such as opening a bank account, paying bills and dealing with debt.

The service has been designed to help people make the transition from Universal Credit to the world of work.

Damian Hinds, employment minister at DWP, said: “Universal Credit gives people back control of their own lives and finances, and makes the transition into work much smoother.

“Our work coaches offer budgeting support to all new claimants and this tool will help more people get all the skills they need to manage their money.”

Claimants will be able to find personalised information about bank accounts, help with setting up direct payments to landlords, budgeting, and saving money on regular bills.

 While we’re living to dream in this world of alternative facts….on which Benefit rates are frozen.

UK inflation hits two-year high of 1.6%

Air fares, imported raw materials, food and petrol price rises plus Brexit-fuelled fall in pound will squeeze family finances in 2017


Written by Andrew Coates

February 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

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  1. “Local authorities, welfare agencies and landlords highlight :

    – slow and inaccurate payments,
    Leading to arrears, court action [who pays for that?] and Eviction
    Evicted, victim is subject to more chaos in their lives

    – administrative complexity and poor communications,
    administrative complexity – short hand for a broken system that is not working and never will
    DWP Civil Servants not talking to each other in their silos? Really. Not listening? Really. I am shocked… What happened to all that wonderful ICT equipment, you know – Talking to people face to face? Email? Phone? Scanning? Internal Post? External Post? Post-its? Obviously systems that work elsewhere, in other Gov Depts, Private & Public offices, even in you and mine lives are not working in DWP I wonder why…. Oh Its UC how could I forget

    – Claimants have been subject to inappropriate job search requirements and sanctions.
    DWP Solution? Silence on sanctions
    Here have : “money advice” and “alternative payment arrangements”
    Won’t help your ass when youre in court and evicted, or starving etc – but it sure sounds good


    February 18, 2017 at 11:59 am

    • I totally agree with you. The Tories have destroyed “our” benefit system. It’s now clearly apparent that Universal Credit is just a money saving exercise at the cost of the people who are unfortunate enough to have to claim anything. Their media campaign of demonisation achieved what they wanted it to and the Nasty Party can now do what they like. Bastards !!


      February 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  2. Watch out for errors when it comes to repaying Working Tax Credit overpayments. I had sold my business in January, 2016 and had to contact HMRC four times to try to get them to stop my Working Tax Credit claim as I wasn’t trading anymore. They kept on paying me for three more weeks than they should have done. I was told in a letter dated 16/09/17, that I owed HMRC £158.37 in September, 2016. The debt was sold to the DWP, who have now deducted over £190 from my monthly payments. I first found out that this was about to happen when I was informed by my case manager via my journal that I was going to have another £47.67 deducted from me this month when I only had an outstanding amount £15.36 still left to pay. I contacted my online Case Manager via my journal the same day and stated that this was an error. The next day, after getting no response, I phoned the expensive phone line and informed them of this error and the call operator agreed with me and emailed my case manager that my payment for February needs to be recalculated. The next day my work coach seeing that I hadn’t had a response from my case manager through my journal, messaged the cretin in question and informed him that he needed to look at my original message concerning the error. The next day I left another message for my case manager informing him again of this error and stated that I would be contacting my MP if I have more than £15.36 deducted from my February UC award. Nothing happened and on that day, a full three days of attempting to contact this inept idiot, I had £47.67 deducted from my payment for this month. Now this means I’ve paid way too much back to the DWP and seem to be powerless to get this error sorted out. I am now short of two week’s grocery money for this month. I’ve contacted my MP for what it’s worth but really seem to think that I’ve been screwed over. It seems to be that DWP incompetence isn’t punished or that anyone’s accountable for mistakes and it’s people like me that lose out. I get £605 a month and barely manage to survive on that and can only afford to eat once a day. The government is out to hurt anyone who dares to have the temerity to have to rely on Universal Credit and seem to be getting away with it.


    February 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    • Thanks for that Tom: an utter complete scandal.

      I repeat, an utter and complete scandal.

      The case I cited, which for obvious reasons (it is not my own) I didn’t go into detail about involves a smaller amount of misery, but there’s plenty there.

      Starting with the money you need for food and bills.

      Andrew Coates

      February 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

  3. Damian Hinds, employment minister at DWP, said: “Universal Credit gives people back control of their own lives and finances, and makes the transition into work much smoother.

    “Control of their own lives and finances”, really!

    Do claimants control conditions of benefit,” NO”, do claimants NOT get mandated, “NO”, then what you mean is they get to control their lives only after DWP control it first ?

    “makes the transition into work much smoother”, Smoother, now that’s a word ive never heard a claimant say working or not.

    “Our work coaches offer budgeting support to all new claimants”, so only new claimants then, arent existing claimants also worth the same support ?
    “Youve been sanctioned so your have £146.20 less for the next 2 weeks”, you mean that kind of budgeting support ?

    “Claimants will be able to find personalised information about bank accounts, help with setting up direct payments to landlords, budgeting, and saving money on regular bills”. Code for don’t go elsewhere,come to us and then we can hide how crap our new welfare reform really is.


    February 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

  4. Ken Loach Q&A and screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ at SOAS University of London

    Published on 13 Feb 2017

    This event was Francesca Martinez in conversation with Ken Loach (director of the BAFTA and Palme d’Or winning film ‘I, Daniel Blake’) was held at SOAS University of London on 9 February 2017.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

  5. Andrew Coates

    February 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    • Thanks for that Andrew, been waiting to see it. and will share it.


      February 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

    • Does this ‘copy’ have Ken Loach’s approval? 😉

      Digital Economy Act

      February 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    • Thanks Andrew.

      The DVD was released on Fri 17th Feb 2017

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    • “The computer has frozen”

      “How do you defrost it then”

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    • Back in the day we used to wait three years, yes three whole years before a film was screened on the TV. Nowadays we watch “cam”, “cams” with Russian subtitles, DVDs with Japanese subtitles, “screeners”, DVD “rips”… well before they reach our TV screens 😀

      Old Timer

      February 21, 2017 at 1:55 am


    Prison officers in 31 jails set for pay rises of up to £5,000


    It seems despite years of tough talk and even tougher tightening of financial belts, yet again government appears to be reversing another very bad policy/decision incrementally in the hope no one notices or more importantly to save some sort of face.
    The stupid hope of micromanaging prisons/prisoners just keeps blowing up in Tory faces from increased violence,damage, suicide,staff leaving and what appears the hopelessness of privatizing prisons. While it may have saved a few coppers back when introduced, monies being reintroduced in the hope of returning staff levels back to before government put there greasy hands on it.

    Now it does not take the sharpest tool to know that this tory government is just quietly attempting to make this problem go into the night but already faces/groups are ensuring there will be no quietly nothing as they highlight the flaws in Tory logic and of course laying the blame elsewhere by trying to introduce schemes that when go wrong fall on the governors of prisons rather than government.


    February 19, 2017 at 11:28 am

    • You ever wonder why it cost like £50,000 knicker a week to keep a prisoner locked up at Her Maj’s pleasure? £50,000 knicker a week to sleep on a mortuary slab in a concrete dungeon and fed on a diet of porrisdge? You could get a whole bloody suite with room service at the Ritz for less then that. Well, I will tell you why – it is all the wonga that the screws are trousering. Same with down the old dole office, all the wonga is being trousered by the staff and the dolies are handed out a few £knicker to keep the whole gravy train on the tracks.

      Old Lag

      February 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    • The Tax Payer paying a Private Companies short fall.

      The UK Government paying (tax payer) private companies extra on top of the contract.

      Theresa May Genocide Plan.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    • Crime pays yet again


      So short after the bribing tagging scandal it appears drug and possibly alcohol tests are being tampered with also. Yet again a privatized company hired by government/departments has been marred with corruption.


      February 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm

  7. Ministers have been accused of sending desperate jobless and disabled people to food banks by stalling on a promised reform to cut the huge number of benefit sanctions.

    A trial of a ‘yellow card’ early warning system helped hundreds avoid a loss of benefits – but the Government has not agreed to extending it across the country

    A “yellow card” system, which gives claimants 14 days to challenge a decision to dock their benefits rather than imposing the punishment immediately, was pledged way back in October 2015

    In a Parliamentary answer, Damian Hinds, the benefits minister, said claimants from the trial in Scotland were being interviewed “to gain an understanding of how the new process affected claimant behaviour”.

    He added: “The final report will be published around spring 2017. Findings from the trial will inform any decisions on future roll-out.”



    February 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    • enigmar

      Joy. And how will food stamps pay things like the rent?


      February 20, 2017 at 1:38 am

  8. So the “… staying in work longer…” bit of Universal Credit means about 12 days longer than Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants. (Over some time period? Per Job? Number of hours worked? Whatever?) Considering the amount of harm, misery and suffering Universal Credit is causing is such a small saving per capita in the benefits bill really worth all that difficulty and awfulness? And almost only because UC claimants have done a few hours work, here and there, in piss poor temporary mini-jobs, losing 65% of everything they have earned in the process.

    This fanciful idea that people on UC can be forced to cobble together 35 (or more) hours of paid work from umpteen part-time, low-paid, mini jobs is ridiculous. Every job normally involves travel to work and racks up costs because of it. So if you have to do three mini-jobs to end up with a 35-hour week’s worth of work you have to do three times the journeys and pay three times the travel costs as you would for one full-time job. Thus unless mini-jobs involve pretty much no travel people on UC working several part-time jobs like that might well look better off, on paper, based on their net earnings before expenses are deducted, but end up worse off as far as disposable income is concerned once multiple travel costs have been accounted for and so still be living in poverty even though earning money received from several positions. Plus with work being so casualised for far too many, mixing and matching several part-time jobs to get above the 35-hour threshold will most likely turn out to be impossible since the hours associated with such jobs a variable from week to week.

    David Freud should be shot and Iain Duncan Smith hung.

    Universal Credit is never ever going to work is it?


    February 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    • Paul

      All good points but is missing a important factor that is going to cause things to boil over – most people have forgotton that the restriction on job distance has been way way extended under UC – anticipate people being sent for impossible distance … saying no and being sanctioned… let alone the fact that being late just once/twice you end up being sacked… and sanctioned.

      There is one fly in this ie the recent court cases and their impacts – that i have no idea about – ie workers rights.


      February 20, 2017 at 1:37 am

      • Gazza

        Do you have a link to the amended Work search requirement and work availability requirement – limitations point 97 that demonstrates the 90 minute rule being extended ?


        February 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      • Gazza

        Also DON’T FORGET how one gets to work is up for the claimant to decide. DWP cannot stipulate you get a bus or train. They can stipulate you walk a distance no more than 90 minutes from your place of residence to work which with obstacles present (ie traffic lights,traffic,people,etc) themselves and taking into account walking speed is if i remember correctly 4.5 to 5 miles away.


        February 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      • doug

        sorry – no i saw it elsewhere when it came up – i think its in the regulations that extended UC back in 2015 – it was mentioned on another site and I took it as true as someone in a comments section on yet another site also said the same thing.


        February 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm

  9. Many people just cannot get any work.It doesn’t matter what the DWP says or does its those who employ people who are calling the shots.Employment agencies want people who have transport of their own and demand it.Had it said to me and heard said to others by phone by someone running the agency by phone on the top desk of a bus. Simply told them when they get their wheels back he could help them .when it comes to barriers like in work support required they just turn people away yhats before age is mentioned.Their not interested what the DWP says they want whats right for them.

    No amount of ninety minutes is going to make any difference to shift work off the beaten track or a distant area with bad employment prospects.Without skills and the time spent unemployed also no up to date employability contacts backing up an application.There is nothing Jobcentre plus can do outside the office porch.The long term unemployed are not able to afford or cope with the demands.Employment agencies have one eye on their clients they know they will just go elsewhere.


    February 20, 2017 at 2:59 am

    • Very true Ken

      With most manual labour recruitment agencies mostly only sourcing work way outside city limits and at times public transport isn’t available not to mention the ever present 20 hour work common place (5 hours a day,4 days a week), that times have become very hard for them to recruit.

      Ive seen a vacancy on UJM from an agency a while back stating they would consider a cyclist for a job that would mean when i calculated it, would have to cycle continuously i kid you not for one and half hours and that wasn’t even possible as the road they took the measure from is illegal for cyclists to use.
      Ive seen other recruitment adds that while took 40 min by train to get to cost almost half the persons wage for a 5 hour a day, 4 days a week job.

      Desperate they are as their model relies on more contracts meaning more people that sadly for them don’t have the money or means to get to or from these job locations.

      Employers also i have noted have started asking for local people only or set a 5 mile location limit as a requirement for acceptance as a possible candidate and the laugh is, these jobs are also advertised on UJM let alone other jobsites. This means despite the 90 min rule for benefits, employers are ignoring it. Also your seeing more and more employers stating on their vacancies “no agencies” meaning even they have grown tired of agencies trying to turn their ads into money making opportunities.


      February 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    • Yep.

      I was once asked to go for a post with a firm on an industrial estate about 10 miles away. Trouble is it turns out that there are only three buses a week that go anywhere near it and none in the late afternoon or evening to get home. So the job was impossible. I get this problem a lot because a lot of advertised vacancies only give the name of the town/city and often turn out to be miles away from the nearest railway station or bus stop to them – in other words too far away to walk and too far away from the nearest terminus to them to walk from as well. All this Universal Credit nonsense makes too many assumptions: everybody has IT and can use IT; everybody has their own transport and are very mobile; plenty of jobs, full-time and part-time jobs exist everywhere within easy travelling distance of every home; it’s worth doing even a few hours of work on Universal Credit because you keep 35% of earnings without taking account of very significant losses in respect to income relating to travel costs and increases in Council Tax contributions etc.

      Having tried it I can tell everybody that doing a small number of hours work on UC isn’t beneficial.

      How the heck can it be right to do eight hours work over four days, split in two hour chunks, which means FOUR JOURNEYS journeys to the workplace and back for ONE DAY’S WORTH of full-time employment, at the same rate, the latter involving only ONE JOURNEY to the workplace?

      Universal Credit heaps too many unreasonable demands on claimants with far too little reward.

      It’s shit.

      Has anybody, anywhere, on Universal Credit ever said that they like it?


      February 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      • Kind of like Ryanair – the city advertised is miles away from the actual airport you fly to/from 😀

        Michael O'Leary

        February 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      • Universal Credit assumes we are all Superman/Wonderwoman with access to a Tardis, time-machine, spaceship and an infinite supply of lithium crystals 😀

        The Fantastic Four

        February 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      • Paul

        Your bang on about when you factor in travel costs but don’t forget time spent also. A good capitalist knows profit comes from getting more out of what you put in so on business sense, why should any person want to add a second job when the logical path is to consolidate those hours that you would have spent into one good meaningful job. Not only will you save on travel costs but your gain extra time you would have spent going to another job you wouldn’t have been paid for while doing so. Also you get breaks that if you were under 6 hours work per employer may have not got.
        Lets also not forget a lot of these breaks are not paid breaks meaning a 6 hour job just turned into a 7 so acts like minus travel costs, two jobs in one.

        According to break laws a person must have 11 hours rest after each work day. So if we add in the 1 hour in unpaid breaks, one and a half hour travel x 2 (3 hours), that leaves only 9 hours availability each day to actually work for an employer over 6 days (1 x 24 hour uninterrupted rest day per week or 48 every 2 weeks).

        If you have a second job and still get the breaks, that’s 7.5 hours a day.

        (this assumes you don’t consent to opting out of working time regulations and no exception applies).


        February 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      • On UC, two PT jobs, one job 2 mins away, walk, other job 10 mins away, because of my circumstances I’m better off.


        February 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      • Yeah, Micheal, like FRANKFURT-Hanh (a 2 HOUR bus journey), OSLO-Torp (a 70 MILE journey)… although saying that Dublin is just a short bus ride into the town centre, it will take you straight to O’Connell Street with the great big penis in the city centre which you can see for miles away and is an excellent landmark in case you lose your bearings. You can even get the local bus which is only a few €, a lot cheaper than getting the ‘Airport’ bus.

        Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

        February 21, 2017 at 1:43 am

      • Enigma

        2 minutes from home, 10 minutes apart, talk about land on your feet there. What city do you hail from enigma as that’s a good find indeed.

        Tells us more enigma like what are the hours per job and what pay rate per hour.

        Here the closest work is 40 minutes bus travel away at a cost of £8.30 to get you there and back home again.


        February 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      • Doug

        I can see one of my jobs from my window!,

        I’m in W Sussex.

        One job is 14 hrs per week, the other is 5 hrs per week, I’m about to get another job which will also be very close. not that I haven’t been looking further afield, but if that were the case I would cycle.. always have. I don’t like the idea of spending money to get to and from work! while I can still cycle!

        Both at £7.20 ph.


        February 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      • Enigma

        Good on you mate as i was enjoying grafting till it all dropped off again. I must admit i was lucky as it was a single job but again i had to work 174 miles away from home and stay in hotels upto 5 days a week. That might sound bad to some but it was my choice, i wasn’t pushed into it by DWP as that’s how i have worked for decades and quite frankly like to. My hotel bills were covered as was lunch and dinner. There was also a lot of overtime i did cash in on and the greatest bit was not just having to sign on or need to have any state handouts but to get to walk away and spend accrued holiday money as i wasn’t drawing from UC as its viewed as declarable income. I also got all my tax back so a double whammy.

        Its really great to hear you got work, im quite jealous as im not built to sit down, im inchy fingers me so need to do something inorder to function. Sadly offers of work have dried up what with my sector not doing a lot of work while further changing regulations to make it even harder to apply for let alone stay in.


        As your working and on UC, i don’t suppose you would like to keep us posted on your life under it ?

        Like whats the in-work conditionality like , have you overheard anyone on UC being sanctioned or having their housing benefit effected, are DWP harsher on people with say 16 hours a weeks work than people with 24 hours a week work and stuff like that.

        Its nice to hear from you again, even nicer you have work and are that bit further from DWPs grasp.


        February 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      • Hey Stelios, when you fly into Amsterdam’s Schipol airport do you still land in that out-of-the-way airport and “taxi” into Schipol? Jeez, it is like going on a tour of Holland lol The “taxi” to the terminal is an age compared to the flight time lol You may as well take the wings off of the plane and call it “EasyBus” lol.

        Michael O'Leary

        February 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

  10. Now there are a small bunch of them are unemployed because of medical condition such as frequent kidney dialysis treatment, past injury, bad hearing in one ear, etc. I perfectly understand and empathize with the situation they are in.

    Thats not what the DWP are saying.



    February 20, 2017 at 3:21 am

    • ken

      this adrian tan is a twat.

      he says you must;

      — state persons are full of themselves
      a] so he says to not appear that – what? you’re supposed to be selling your skills – what not mention them? Does he know the circumstances of everybody? Not think for yourself? No. 2 he lists 2. Mr Perfect is just a variation of this.

      – IT Un-savvy
      a] brilliant, if he can get 10 people (anyone over say 50ish, only ever done manual work) into a room and teach them IT in a week to the profeciency needed to just walk into a job he is the teaching god of the world – sadly he is just twat.

      – 5. The Hot-Tempered
      hard of hearing – told it was closed down, person upset [you know lost job, hint?] and he wet himself at probing further and got a reaction. Twat.

      – The last skill you picked up was 5 years ago
      train up in a new career area.
      a] how to afford it on dole?
      b] how to get DWP not sanction you during course time?

      – None of your friends or acquaintances are helping
      And? That’s why they come to him – Nuff said

      – You make it to the interview but never to the job
      Not what they are looking for – literally
      wrong colour suit on [according to persons mind]
      wrong colour apparel [fill in whatever you want here]
      You the applicant are filling a quota they must tick off – old/young/male/female/black/white whatever

      – You are sending out resumes to every single job
      And if you don’t you get Sanctioned.

      – You keep emphasizing on what you want, not what you can give
      please Sir can i have a wage to live on?

      – You’re not asking questions
      Yeah, right – Relative applied for two identical jobs at the same place – turned down for both – in one asked question, in second didn’t – First one feedback said was too pushy [her questions] – 2nd not ambitious
      You really cannot win

      – headhunter
      Its clear what type of person he wants at his door isn’t it?

      As I said a Twat


      February 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

      • EVERYONE (part 1)

        “But the latest one happens to be a premium club that is in the prime district in Singapore which I happened to pass by a few days before”. Emphasis on Singapore and being present in terms of time.

        He didn’t quote “that was” as in past tense, he said “is” as in present tense.

        Further more a couple of the links are based in Singapore while another is in Vancouver and another that when linked to returns No Results Found.

        This person also has a funny use of English and when referring to qualifications does not mention NVQs or C&Gs so we know its not aimed at the UK. It takes no account of different conditions and criteria in different countries.

        Additional any praise given in the comments section is only come from developing human capital, Project Manager, Associate Director,etc, type people.


        February 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

      • EVERYONE (part 2)

        What your witnessing is not just the over saturation of the recruiter market but to more defining factors. The first is the types of jobs left for these recruiters to fight over for commission,fee that are all mostly skilled, some semiskilled (so part experienced/part currently gaining qualification) occupations. The second is the remaining unemployed, most of which wont have such skills and or qualifications and mannerisms required for such vacancies considering the trades they would have done in their pasts (ie, your hardly find a miner with a plum in their mouth).

        Recruiters don’t see you as a person, your human capital plain and simple. They will as will so called employability tutors speak and show all sorts of tired practices yet when you do all that and go to another recruiter/tutor will state you were advised ineffectively yet will repeat the very same mantra again and again and again.

        “How many times has DWP sent you to have your CV and interview skills looked at by their providers” ?

        You would think by now DWP would learn their not very good at selecting providers but no the same tired mantra continues. Is it any wonder their on the sanction bandwagon again.


        February 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      • “Recruiters don’t see you as a person, your human capital plain and simple.”… or put another way, when you see a ‘job’ advertised it means that some capitalist pig has found a way of making money off of someone or someone’s back… 😉

        Truth Teller

        February 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      • … or as Marx put it, an employer sees you as Labour and as a means to accumulate Capital.

        Truth Teller

        February 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      • It was the writer William Gibson who described Singapore as: “Disneyland with the 👿 Death Penalty 👿 “.

        Singapore Girl

        February 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      • Truth Teller

        Not necessarily as a socialist society would also use human capital but obviously with the intention to share the gain or if you like the fruits of labour.

        What im highlighting is the difference between employer and recruitment agency, maybe i should have put human cattle instead. You see you work directly for an employer, you assist in making a product where as when you are with an agency, you are that product. Its not about whether or not they profit, its about how your viewed. Does this make more sense.


        February 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm

  11. Pensioners could lose 30pc of ‘gold plated’ income under plans being considered by Government



    February 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    • ah as a Tory twit said a while back at one of their conferences “if we stuff them up, they’ll have forgotten about it by the time the next election comes up”….

      i did say the pensioners were next on the list… then it’ll be the lower middle class… then it’ll be…


      February 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      • Government can cut and deregulate all they want as any saving is really just passing the buck down the road as life just keeps getting more and more expensive. Someones going to have to put taxes/NIC up eventually and that moment i cant wait to see as no ones predicting any coming prosperity anytime soon.


        February 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      • doug

        but but Witch May says BritExit will make Britain Great Again!!!

        Not in our lifetime mind…


        February 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      • Gazza

        Unless the UK has some poor countries to exploit for a considerable amount of time (1 trillion pension bomb currently) i doubt it and it makes no difference in or out.


        February 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

  12. Labour councillor brands Oxford homeless ‘a disgrace’


    I like how he blames government yet takes no responsibility for the fact the area hes referring to has been since 1987 under the control of local MP Andrew Smith (Labour).

    “It’s a real blight on Oxford, we are an international city, people come from all over the world and they don’t want to see rough sleepers all over the place”.

    Like everywhere else, no council is really addressing homelessness at the living on the street level yet moan they will like these people are less deserving of the area they occupy but chances are grew up in.
    Are local councils hoping they will all do a mass exodus to the countryside and when they do what then, moan about them occupying that as well.



    February 20, 2017 at 5:04 pm

  13. OT: Automation Job losses – 60% by 2037?

    Facing the robotic revolution


    “My job is to make people understand what not to fear but also explain that robots may well take 60% of the jobs in 20 years’ time and that is of deep concern, if we don’t restructure society to go along with that.”

    If Mr Szollosy is right and robots take 60% of the jobs by 2037, what does he think will happen?
    “The jobs are going to go,” he says.
    “There is going to be greater unemployment. Maybe we need to recast our society so that becomes a good thing, not a bad thing.”
    Prof Prescott says: “If people aren’t able to sell their labour, then the whole market struggles because the people producing still need people to buy.
    “So maybe we need to pay people to consume, maybe through some basic income.
    “I think it is inevitable that we go in that direction. It’s good news.
    “The possibility now exists we can put over a lot of the work we don’t like to robots and AIs.”
    The idea of “the basic” would face huge political opposition.
    But it’s worth noting that many who work in the field think there are few alternatives, even if there has to be an economic crisis before it’s taken seriously.

    ME: Has everyone noted the steady stream of news on Automations impact on the availability of jobs [nothing on the quality & pay for what ever jobs are left floating around]? Does everyone remember Dr A Prik [Perkins] calling for sterilisation? If that’s not radical enough I am sure there are other more drastic solutions to come… all in the name of saving money of course….


    February 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  14. Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis


    February 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

  15. This shocking new law will imprison people for revealing inconvenient facts about the UK economy



    February 21, 2017 at 5:20 am

    • Capitalistic globalists (the politicians,the very wealthy and the very powerful/influential so elite) know their plans for globalization have been massively dealt a blow. Covertly they sort to transform the world in a way we normal mortals wouldn’t like. Even now despite recognizing populism has massively grown they work in secret to scupper the everyday peoples rise like changing laws to justify torture,mass surveillance,freedom of speech. The west deliberately destabilized the east on false narratives and brought about the rise of Isil, racism,indifference. They like Soros, like Blair use their money and influence to fund people like you to create disorder via protests and marches,sit ins,etc.

      The likes of Snowden,Manning, wikileaks are heroes of the people yet governments hunt and treat them like dogs for revealing truths that have no place being kept by governments who let us remember continually lied they weren’t true,were works fiction. They have also in the light of Trump stated we are all abound with false news yet propaganda is what they deal in.

      These are indeed dark times.


      February 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm

  16. Tories force all councils to become private landlords in white paper

    The ONLY new houses that councils will ever build from now on will be private rented properties at full private rent levels.



    February 21, 2017 at 5:22 am

    • can anyone say Panana Papers?

      I would lay money that this is a catch-all bill – thereby letting small things like systemic large scale tax evasion, gov benefits paid to corporations [2014ish it was what 114billion], corporate fraud etc etc go unreported…

      no need for the public.. poor plebs paying their way to know of what their better off are up too…

      I wonder who benefits form that?


      February 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

  17. Benefit claimants are subjected to an unacceptable “postcode lottery” that can determine whether or not they are driven into poverty by sanctions, MPs have said.

    A report by the public accounts committee found that some Work Programme providers and jobcentres withhold payments to twice as many people as others in the same area.

    “The department appears to have little idea what happens to sanctioned claimants nor why there are wide variations in rates of sanctioning. Sanctions can inflict destitution; we should surely expect their administration to be backed by evidence. The case for a full-scale DWP review of sanctions is now irrefutable,” she said.

    A DWP spokesperson said:we will continue as we are.



    February 21, 2017 at 5:26 am

  18. This also depends on what public transport is like in your area. Times of trains and buses etc. In Fenland if you rwly on trains and buses from Manea or Lakenheath. You are likley to haqve a sanction imposed. Just check the timings online

    Transport User

    February 21, 2017 at 9:10 am

  19. sorry typo. Should read IF YOU RELY ON

    Transport User

    February 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

  20. There was an nteresting caller on Radio 4’s You and Yours today saying that as “an elderly person” he was “refused treatment” was told by an NHS doctor that there was “nothing wrong with him” and had to “go private” to “receive life-saving treatment”, and if it hadn’t been for that “I wouldn’t be talking to you today”, and “I am terrified of taking till because I know I will be left to die. It is euthanasia by proxy.”. He also made a crass comment about “paying taxes for years”, “we are not all on benefits”. But never mind that, the point is that this has always been the case. Once you are no longer “economically viable” to “repair”, and “put back on to the production line” unless you can afford to “go private” you will be left to die, make no mistake about that! This is the way, and has always been the way the NHS *operates* – or not!

    Someone else also commented: “That we are unable to accept the fact that we are all going to die. FACT!”


    February 21, 2017 at 12:53 pm

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