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Theresa May, from “no” more Welfare Cuts, to…..Cuts.

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Those with memories as long as fruit flies, that is pre-Brexit honest healthy fruit-flies fed on EU straight bananas, not the cheap and nasty type now breeding on rotten apples in the Tory-Trump Brexit land and driven to work till they are 92 years old, may remember this:

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May, says minister. Independent. 18th of September 2016.

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits.There will be no more welfare cuts under Theresa May’s government after those have already been announced, the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, has announced.

Strongly hinting that the government’s austerity agenda was over, Green told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show planned cuts would continue but there would be no further raids on benefits.

Today we have this,

A recent report from the left-leaning Resolution Foundation think tank warned Tory policies are causing “the biggest increase in inequality since Thatcher”. Their research found that the rollout of more than £12bn of welfare cuts, coupled with poor wage growth, means household incomes after housing costs are set to grow by just 0.5% a year between now and 2020.

The Resolution Foundation also warned that the incomes of the poorest half of households are set to fall by an average 3%, while the richest look set to see income gains of around 4% over the remainder of this parliament.”

Then,

Commenting on the research, Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation, said at the time: “Britain has enjoyed a welcome mini-boom in living standards in recent years. But that boom is slowing rapidly as inflation rises, productivity flatlines and employment growth slows.

“The squeeze in the wake of the financial crisis tended to hit richer households the most. But this time around it’s low and middle income families with kids who are set to be worst affected.

“This could leave Britain with the worst of both worlds on living standards – the weak income growth of the last parliament and rising inequality from the time Margaret Thatcher was in Downing Street.”

And a couple of days ago this:

£3.7bn in cuts to disability benefits needed to help cut the deficit, says cabinet minister

Despite cuts Conservative chairman Patrick McLoughlin claimed ‘we do very proudly in this country’ at helping disabled people

A cabinet minister has rebuffed calls to cancel more than £3.7bn worth of cuts to a disability benefit, setting the scene for a showdown in Parliament.

Patrick McLoughlin said ministers had to view the funding, which would go to people with conditions including epilepsy, diabetes and dementia, in the context of a wider need to reduce the UK’s budget deficit.

Ministers have said the Government will introduce emergency legislation to tighten the criteria of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) after they were ordered at tribunal to cover a broader spectrum of claimants, leading to the £3.7bn in extra spending by 2022.

While charities have warned of the impacts of the cuts, Tory party chairman Mr McLoughlin told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “We are spending as a country over £50bn a year supporting people who have got disabilities in this country.

“I think we give, overall, very generous schemes. There are changes that come about as a result of tribunals and we have to look at that.

“But as far as supporting disabled people, I think overall we do very proudly in this country.”

Asked again about the changes, Mr McLoughlin said: “We will obviously listen to what people say and look at the proposals that come forward, but overall we are still spending as a country over £60bn more each year than we are getting in as a country and we have got to look at trying to balance that budget and reduce that deficit.”

Disability benefit change shows Tories are still ‘nasty party’, says Corbyn Guardian.

Labour leader accuses government of ‘sneaking out’ news that it was overturning tribunal rulings on personal independence payments

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of turning the Conservatives back into “the nasty party” by quietly announcing a change to rules on disability benefits.

The Labour leader told prime minister’s questions that the government had “sneaked” out the announcement that it was overturning two tribunal rulings on personal independence payments, including one that found people with extreme anxiety should be given the same status as those who are blind.

May responded by saying the pensions secretary, Damian Green, had made a written statement to parliament, briefed officials and called the office of his Labour shadow, Debbie Abrahams, only to get no answer or any response for four days.

Corbyn responded by disputing that anyone had tried to contact Abrahams’ office, and called the decision over the personal independence payments, known as PIPs, “shameful”.

Recalling May’s speech to the 2002 Conservative conference, when she warned it must shed its reputation as “the nasty party”, Corbyn noted comments over the weekend by George Freeman, the Tory MP who heads May’s policy unit.

Freeman said PIP benefits should go to “really disabled people” rather than those with mental health problems. Corbyn asked: “Isn’t that proof the nasty party is still around?”

May stressed Freeman had apologised for his comments. And she argued repeatedly that the reversal of the tribunal decisions did not amount to any sort of cut.

Expect a cut in some people’s potential benefits.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

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  1. Now that we’re leaving the EU, we can expect a lot more of this. The government is will no longer be accountable to Brussels, so they now feel they can do whatever the hell they like, which they can, sadly. More misery and hardship looming, for sure.

    jj joop

    March 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  2. OT: NO legs, fit for work

    I’ll just park this here…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dwp-admits-error-man-with-no-legs-climb-stairs-arms_uk_58b68641e4b060480e0d06da

    The department now says the judgement was a ‘clerical error’.
    01/03/2017 09:09 | Updated 8 hours ago

    A double amputee told by the Department for Work and Pensions that he was “fit for work” as he could “climb stairs with his arms” has won an appeal against the judgement.

    Julius Holgate, from Hackney, London, was told by government officials that because his arms were in working order he could use them to “climb” stairs and have “mobility”.

    A DWP spokesman said on Wednesday: “We have apologised to Mr Holgate for this clerical error, and we are reconsidering his claim.”

    The department had previously explained: “When someone comes in for an assessment they are asked to do a number of actions, and the way the scores were translated caused a clerical error.”

    —————————————————
    ME: So Witch May, no more welfare cut eh? Might want to tell the DWP that, oh and tell them to get their heads out of their arse at the same time….

    Gazza

    March 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    • Gazza i remember that guy when i posted the story when it broke a while back as i remember the other half a head guy i also posted.

      Im not the least bit surprised it was reversed as how could it not be. With that said though to blame it on clerical error is unforgivable as heads should roll for such totally bad and callous decisions that completely go against a duty of care, jobs should be lost not just those individuals but the management that’s meant to have supervised them also.

      doug

      March 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      • We are all “clerical errors” now.

        shirleynott

        March 2, 2017 at 5:58 am

      • Its seems no ones buying the clerical error excuse.

        No matter where you see this story the comments suggest no one believes its just an error and the words profit and commission/bonus are turning up a lot in peoples comments.

        Basically what DWP are attempting to do besides distancing themselves, a tactic that was said would happen is that they are saying it was a simple error of a tick in the wrong box.
        Media needs to confront this private company to find out exactly what happened and i wonder if like concentrix, they will state they were just following government procedure.

        doug

        March 2, 2017 at 10:57 am

  3. Andrew love it:

    Witch May argued repeatedly that the reversal of the tribunal decisions did not amount to any sort of cut.

    So. does this mean its an increase then?

    Gazza

    March 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

  4. MUST WATCH IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO.

    #WeAreAllDanielBlake

    What I learned working in a UK job centre

    I kid you not that you will hear a genuine story from a young man that’s been on both sides of the fence. Its a heart felt video that you can see just by looking at him while he speaks what i see as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    doug

    March 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    • #LivingInACar #WeAreAllDanielBlake

      doug

      March 1, 2017 at 11:48 pm

  5. Dumblebee and The Brexit Bananas Ensemble

    March 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    • The people smiling are thinking WTF am I listening to, while the unsmiling ones are thinking, shut up just shut up – that’s what Boris the Brain made up out of thin air…

      Gazza

      March 1, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    • Anybody that dumb must be a UKIP voter, surely?

      Jem

      March 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    • Heaven’s above, Aldi are GERMAN, you silly woman, and that is why they were given special dispensation by Angela Merkel (the EU) to sell ‘bent’ bananas. The only ‘bent’ bananas you will see on sale are in Aldi and Lidl, the other Jerry supermarket.

      Boris Johnson

      March 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  6. Reckless’ Tory plans for a further £3.5bn in cuts will hit Britain’s poorest hardest

    Low pay and spending cuts.The backbone of Tory policy.

    At least when out of the EU where is article 50?. They wont be able to drag the rest of Europe down anymore.Where will the focus of blame be pointed then?

    ken

    March 2, 2017 at 7:49 am

  7. UK welfare squeeze to push more children into poverty – IFS

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-economy-ifs-idUKKBN169007?rpc=401&

    Whats interesting here and yes it was said would happen here on this very website is how government are suggesting its not the case.

    “Britain’s finance ministry said that the IFS did not take into account the value of public services provided to low-income households, or the benefits of a higher minimum wage”.

    It was said the change in how poverty was measured as in adding the cost of services provided would bump up figures and low and behold that’s exactly what their hiding behind.

    BASICALLY their saying the cost of the service provided is an additional income added to peoples finances.

    They then go on to state a higher min wage which only recently i displayed wasn’t a gain at all when all factors are taken into account. They also mentioning cutting taxes but again i demonstrated how that to gets swallowed up as nothing and how the government are actually profiting from it from those already paying taxes prior to the cut. If you earn less than 11’000 a year then its meaningless.

    Someone only on a 20 hours a week (a common trend practiced by companies) only makes £7’488 a year.

    doug

    March 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

  8. Hammond should boost Universal Credit now – and cut the deficit through more welfare reform later.

    http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2017/03/philippa-stroud-in-the-short-term-hammond-should-boost-universal-credit-in-the-medium-he-should-cut-the-deficit-through-welfare-reform.html

    I will let you read and decide.

    doug

    March 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

    • “We could be investing in the health, education, and employment opportunities of these people, so that they grow up knowing that it is Western values, based on the Judeo-Christian principles that this nation was founded on, that has given them a future.”

      Um, er, sounds like somebody thinks the UK, starting with England, is the USA with “founding fathers” and all.

      Rather than this:

      Andrew Coates

      March 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  9. Tesco refused to serve two men buying £200 worth of food for homeless and vulnerable people.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tesco-makes-offer-men-stopped-9941866

    Marie

    March 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  10. Anybody know what Reed in Partnership are like? I’ve got a leaflet called “Work Routes” and am thinking about going around to their offices and finding out what they have to offer. Just wondered whether anybody has been there and done that and can tell me what they think.

    Cheers.

    Jem

    March 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

  11. Stepping Sound Razor Plate System has been banned PERMANENTLY from ‘the Void’!….

    The Void News

    March 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    • “johnny void | March 2, 2017 at 2:26 am |

      Sorry I wasn’t on the case about this earlier. It’s quite a lot of work to deal with shit like this especially on a barely functional laptop. Both now [Stepping and someone who shall remain NAMELESS] banned permanently. Back soon x”

      Yeah, like Johnny Void can only afford a battered old, worn-out, ex-jobcentre/’provider’, barely functional laptop, pull the other one… 😉

      Money Tree

      March 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm

  12. Reed in Partnershit with the 👿 Devil 👿 Do a search on here to read more about the evil bastards!

    RiP

    March 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    • Seen in Ipswich the last few days. Charity Stand outside POUNDLAND. Certain ex PA from RIP Initials MM trying to get sign ups.

      EX Read Victim

      March 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

      • EX Read Victim

        Keep your eye on it and let us know when you have something concrete like pictures, we love pictures.
        If this is elsewhere then you just broke a very good story EX Read Victim.

        Well done, very well done.

        doug

        March 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

      • DOUG> I don’t have a camera on my phone. But MM is often outside MATALAN POUNDLAND with various charity stands. In PAST TIMES B4 READ MM was one of the charity muggers dressed as the super heros Batman – Robbin etc etc That Used to pollute the Cornhill MM’s beard has gone and his hair is a lighter color but it IS him. Luckily he did not recognise me.

        EX Read Victim

        March 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

      • See if you can get what it is people are signing up to.

        doug

        March 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    • MM sounds like a right fucking knobhead!

      RIP = SCUM!!

      March 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

      • He was but hen he got fired from RIP

        Ex Read Victim

        March 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      • MM M—–N M—-R

        Reed

        March 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

      • Various charities. Different on different days / weeks. MM is NOT always there though

        Ex Reed Victim

        March 4, 2017 at 8:42 am

      • M__N M__R? MartiN MuiR?

        The Puzzler

        March 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      • Knob Head?

        The Puzzler

        March 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm

  13. All participants complete an in-depth assessment of their experiences, learning style and goals to establish the best route for them.

    http://www.reedinpartnership.co.uk/latest-news/work-routes-launches

    so a complete load of bollocks then these places are only interested in 1 thing and that is there fee.

    superted

    March 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    • It is complete and utter bollocks. It is just the usual crap, drive you off benefits hook or by crook. Reed employ a lot of psychology graduates ideally ones with sales experience. They try and put their victims down, make negative comments about their appearance, “mental health”, order their victims to shave/get a haircut, get tattoos removed, remove earrings, and “raise a doubt” for “non-compliance”. They will try and implant negative thoughts into their victims heads, try and make them feel depressed/suicidal. And they laugh about and mock their victims behind their backs. Really quite evil! One of their leaflets was titled: “We are not here to push you into any old job” 😀 As ted says Reed in Partershit with the Devil are a complete load of old bollocks!

      RiP

      March 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    • The New Deal is finished and the Work Programme is not taking new people as far as I know. So what are Reed in Partnership doing still offering their services to the unemployed? My Work Coach suggested that I go around to see them “… to see what I think…” and didn’t refer me to them directly. I suppose I had best check them out. They mention training but don’t say what kind; I suppose it will be useless stuff like one-day First Aid courses, customer care and health and safety. Do they let you use computers for work search? That wouldn’t be bad. But, like I say, why are they still going when the New Deal and Work Programme are both defunct? And how long do you have to be unemployed for before they can force you onto these schemes? Twelve months is it? Less? More? I wish the Jobcentre gave me a leaflet telling me what’s what.

      Jem

      March 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      • the new programme is called the health and work programme and will be run buy the same providers that failed with the wp just in the area you are in will see a different provider pop up than the ones that are there now.

        tho as they will sub contract out these places it could be with anybody like reed ect.

        they will have computers to look for work but be very careful as everything you enter on it is monitored and recorded.

        so no personnel information email phone ect.

        you can look for work and print them out no provider is to be trusted as there 3rd party private company for profit even it if means selling all your personnel information long after you left, a4e done it to me long ago.

        superted

        March 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      • Cheers. I’ll bear all that in mind and not sign any data waiver.

        Jem

        March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      • Work & Health isn’t going yet. It’s supposed to start this autumn.

        Bert

        March 2, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      • Let’s be careful out there 😉

        Sergeant Phil Esterhaus

        March 2, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      • Superted until you get your hands on the paperwork, we don’t know what it was you were asked to sign.

        Now lets be very careful how we chose our words here as a provider asking to share your personal and or sensitive data with a third party is not the same as a wavier. In regards to share your personal and or sensitive data with a third party schedule 1 of the PDA dictates one of the options in schedule 2 (personal data) and or 3 (sensitive data) must be met. Now if its any of the options but asking consent then they dont need your consent. This means if their paperwork is asking for consent then it means they cannot fulfill any of the other options. This means they by law need you to willfully consent and cannot, i repeat cannot gain such consent via force,threat or deception.

        This is the law and under the civil service code, DWP MUST OBEY AND ENFORCE THE LAW.

        JEM

        You can go online and download and print for free the data protection act. You can also download the legal definition of consent under British law. These two pieces along with a copy of what the provider tried to have you sign if indeed it is asking for legal consent to process personal and or sensitive data or even to ask you to wavier your rights so as to not make the provider legally responsible for the loss or theft of your such data and the case is done and dusted as the work coach would not only have to explain how they are unaware of the data protection act and what constitutes as lawful consent bit also explain why they have breached the civil service code they legally swore to honor where it says they must obey and enforce the law (you can also get a copy of this online as well.

        This is why and how to stop the raising of a doubt as if they still continue, the DM becomes culpable as an accessory.

        doug

        March 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

  14. Andrew Coates

    March 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm

  15. OT: AI and implications for UK

    doug, something to have a gander at and think on methinks…

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/03/how-fast-and-impactful-will-artificial.html
    How fast and impactful will artificial intelligence, new wave automation and robotics be on job markets ?

    Bank Underground is a blog for Bank of England staff to share views that challenge – or support – prevailing policy orthodoxies. Bank Underground argues that the potential for simultaneous and rapid disruption, coupled with the breadth of human functions that AI might replicate, may have profound implications for labor markets. They conclude that economists should seriously consider the possibility that millions of people may be at risk of unemployment, should these technologies be widely adopted.

    https://bankunderground.co.uk/2017/03/01/should-economists-be-more-concerned-about-artificial-intelligence/

    .
    .
    Robots and intelligent machines threaten to replace workers in industries from finance to retail to haulage, with BOE Chief Economist Andrew Haldane estimating in 2015 that 15 million British jobs and 80 million in the U.S. could be lost to automation. Past periods of technological upheaval, such as the industrial revolution, may not be a useful guide as the pace of change was slower, giving society longer to mitigate the potential consequences of increasing job displacement and inequality, according to Armellini and Pike at Bank Underground.

    A recent report by Deloitte concluded that around one-third of jobs in the UK are at “high risk” of being displaced by automation over the next two decades, including losses of over 2 million jobs in retail, 1½ million jobs in transportation and storage, and 1¼ million jobs in health and social care.

    Gazza

    March 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm

  16. The evil hag May can never go to far for her KM masters!

    https://www.the canary.co/2017/03/02/even-the-tories-think-theresa-may-has-gone-too-far-this-time/

    foxglove

    March 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    • Poor quality fatty foods and those stuffed with carbohydrates, e.g., lots of bread, will do that to you. But then benefits are too low to afford god food which provides energy, staves off hunger pangs, and nourishes you without gaining weight. Mincemeat just ain’t the same as fillet steak don’t you know?

      Bert

      March 4, 2017 at 8:36 am

      • No-one ever got fat pigging out on blueberries… 😉

        The Value Biscuit Assortment

        March 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

  17. Historically being fat was seen as a sign of affluence but nowadays the opposite is true, the fattest people are the poorest – being fat is a sign of poverty.

    The Fatties

    March 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

  18. Government wants to scrap the national minimum (living) wage “to get more disabled people into work”.

    Mrs Crutch

    March 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

  19. Lets have a smile.

    PADDINGTON BEAR. WALKING AROUND IN THE NUDE IS NOT ALLOWED @
    QUEEN VICTORIA WAS SHE FOUND ON A STATION TOO @ SEE ABOVE
    GOLDILOCKS WHY VWAS SHE NOT DONE FOR BURGLARY
    RED RIDINGHOOD[IE] HAD PROBLEMS WITH THEM IN THE ODEN DAYS TOO
    ROBIN HOOD MEN IN TIGHTS WAS ROBBIN HOOD A CROSS DRESSER

    HA HA

    March 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

  20. Record number of workers on zero hours contracts…. self-employment rates soaring….

    Kamil Ahmed

    March 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

    • Until DWP in their Dragon’s Den Style Assessment declares it is not self employment, HRMC demands funds back and you’re on UC… that is if you don’t get stuffed by the final payment being over the odds whereby you’re told on your bike no UC for you…

      I am wondering just when the penny will drop on all this…

      Gazza

      March 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

  21. Zero hours contracts reach record levels BUT DON’T BE BEGUILED !

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39147135

    Now any slow down is expected at this time of the year until after April better known as end of tax year.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON IS A NEW PHRASE I WILL COIN FOR YOU and its called NIFC.

    NIFC (national isurance free contract) is a new and growing area in industry and the gig economy. There’s no such contract, its a name i have attached to any contract offering anywhere between 16 to 21 hours (basically any work under 21 hours) which these days usually comes in the form of 20 hours guaranteed so it could be the conventional part time contract, zero hour contract and even self employment.

    Basically if a person works under 21 hours, THEY NOT ONLY DON’T PAY TAXES BUT THEY ALSO DON’T PAY NATIONAL INSURANCE EITHER. Most of these people doing this are still reliant on state benefits and why you still see figures for things like working tax credits, child tax credits, child benefit and housing benefit remain largely unchanged.

    YOU SEE, while the government is quite right on more people going into work, THEY NEGLECTED TO TELL THE PUBLIC, those going into work are still drawing the same benefits bar unemployment benefit. So in 6 years if we ignore cut,caps,bedroom tax,etc, this government has only saved the taxpayer £73.10 per person per week they actually work.

    The governments right to be concerned about tax receipts and national insurance payments not going up or not by much (those working over 21 hours but not more than 34 hours) as companies shag them knowing they have to keep up the pretense of a lot of people being in work especially when these NIFCs can still CONTRACTUALLY PROHIBIT AN EMPLOYEE from gaining more work elsewhere by not telling you when in the week your going to work or stagger the shifts such that not only do they roll week by week (3 on, 3 off,etc) but also stagger days with nights shifts.

    SO BASICALLY ITS THE SAME SHIT, DIFFERENT DAY.

    NOW WHATS DISCONCERTING

    “The Treasury is likely to announce further steps towards “balancing” the amount of tax paid by the self-employed and those on short term or zero hours contracts, so that they pay similar levels of tax to those in full-time, guaranteed employment”.
    Now this is or should i say could well be disconcerting as its liable to be more bad than good for these type of workers but we wont know this until announcement is made.

    I suspect a tightening to tax deductible rules, declarations of hours rather than final fee for work carried out (price per job), earlier payments of tax and NIC but like i said i cant honestly say what just yet unless someone releases any leaked documents.

    Basically overall even though government need more revenue, they will settle or attempt to, to make tax/NIC revenue match the amount of those in work even though (public wont know this or government hope they wont) giving back alot at the end of the tax year. Further more to this their hoping to claw back more welfare benefits from such workers as they make the changes i suspect.

    If you know the self employed game like companies do its easily possible to work more hours, earn more, but keep it or explain it away as a tax deductible and say receive more welfare benefits than you would being PAYE and also receive extra bonuses like being able to run a car, a mobile phone and such through it which PAYE employees cant.

    Like i said we will have to wait and see but as usual i don’t see this being good.

    doug

    March 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    • doug

      good post. I take it the flip side for the gov is that by NOT paying NI, a] give argument for abolition and introduction of insurance style plan instead as they have been mooting for years, and b] (as a added bonus) at a later date turn round and say, as not putting in NI now, will not be eligible for a pension later. Maybe NHS care as well if they bring in rationing, maybe…

      Win. Win.

      Gazza

      March 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

      • Gazza

        Its no secret government want the public holding their own babies, all that ball about making claimants responsible for their own monies received from welfare should be evidence enough.
        Governments agenda is to still take the same money and more while handing it all to businesses after lining their own pockets (somewhere in there their be pocketing both ends of that story) not to mention doing just enough to justify their existence by doing it in a way that makes the public believe they need them.

        doug

        March 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

      • Basically gazza their closing your loopholes while fully exploiting their own and then suck you dry like a baby on their mothers tit.

        doug

        March 3, 2017 at 10:50 am

    • Zero hours is the new slave labour and it fecking stinks!

      Marie

      March 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      • Agency work is no better. You register and then get pimped out to all sorts of employers, without any notice, sometimes having to travel for miles for a bit of work immediately after a phone call from the agency. They get £20.00 an hour for your time and you get £7.20 minimum wage for your trouble AND have to pay any travelling costs out of the crust you’ve earned. Nice.

        Bert

        March 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    • And wetherspoons said they were doing away with them.

      With the job market in tatters DWP have turned their attention focusing on the long term unemployed.People are being handed vacancies which they have no qualifications also resorting to the hugely expensive speculative approach and various other time wasting exercises/runarounds that’s at hand in order to attempt a doubtful sanction.

      This dinosaur of history failed by total hopelessness which drags everyone into a quicksand which there’s no escape continues to make itself look what it is keeps the local police station almost in full attendance has run its course.Its about time the Tories stood up and say this hasn’t worked either!

      ken

      March 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      • Ken

        You hand in jobsearch evidence where a qualification was needed for a job you dont have, DWP state it does not count towards your jobsearch so its laughable their handing them out and i can only speculate here, to now boost the evidence.

        Claimants should be careful here as no law states you cant apply for such a job while having no qualification as i suspect they will state the words TRANSFERABLE SKILLS.
        The only jobs they cant do that for are where professional qualifications are required by law like say a doctor or nurse for instance or jobs where specific knowledge is required like computer programming.

        Now anyone who looks in their area for work will find the majority of jobs being advertised are for specific skills sets meaning the non skilled sector is shrinking even if temporary.

        doug

        March 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

  22. SORRY MAPLIN / POUNDLAND DISREGARD WORD MATALAN SORRY FOR TYPO

    EX Read Victim

    March 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

  23. Andrew Coates

    March 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    • The behavior in that department and also the mentality shows that its unfit.Supposedly a civil service department its resorted to a three card monte trick culture of conning/hustling people out of benefits.

      A national symbol of failure at all levels.

      ken

      March 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  24. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/
    politics/mps-take-13-minutes-to-decide-to-double-the-royal-familys-income-a7607986html

    foxglove

    March 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

  25. While the satanists see fit to increase the incomes of the royal parasites and squander millions refurbishing bucko house(the old bag should effing pay for it herself),housing benefit for 18-21 year olds has been axed under a new rule slipped out by the DWP!

    foxglove

    March 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    • http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/housing-benefit-axed-18-21-year-olds-dwp-damian-green_uk_58b99db8e4b0d2821b4dcc6e?ir=UK+Politics&utm_hp_ref=uk-politics

      Old enough to fight for their country, but not to get housing help

      Housing benefit is to be axed for 18-21 year-olds within weeks after ministers decided to go ahead with controversial plans to force young unemployed people to live with their parents or pay their own rent.

      Labour condemned the move, which was slipped out on a quiet Friday in new regulations published to Parliament when the House of Commons was not sitting.

      The new Universal Credit regulations, which are secondary not primary legislation and open to less scrutiny by MPs, state that jobless under-22s will no longer qualify for help with their rental costs.

      The policy – which will affect new claimants – was first unveiled by David Cameron and George Osborne in 2015 and was a key plank of the Tory manifesto.



      Among the exemptions are cases where the Secretary of State judges it is inappropriate for individuals to live with their parents due to a threat of violence and other reasons.

      The policy will not apply to those with dependent children, care leavers, those in temporary accommodation or young people who have been working for the previous 6 months.



      “The government has said its committed to reducing homelessness so it makes no sense to take away this help for desperate young people. Clearly doing something that risks increasing the number of rough-sleepers is the wrong path to take. If it’s the welfare bill they want to cut, the government should make building homes that people can actually afford more of a priority.”
      —————————————————————–
      ME: Could this be the clarion call that alerts people to the ConMen don’t change stripes?
      Unfortunately, I think not
      Only when the poor etc are being shot in the streets will it penetrate..

      Gazza

      March 3, 2017 at 10:03 pm

  26. Record 910,000 UK workers on zero-hours contracts

    Nearly 1m people on controversial terms but growth slowdown points to ‘zero-hours juggernaut’ grinding to a halt, say RF

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/03/zero-hours-contracts-uk-record-high

    enigma

    March 4, 2017 at 5:15 am

  27. Fines imposed on full-time workers who claim universal credit amount to “punishing the working poor”, experts have suggested, as it emerged that one woman was docked £220 for missing a jobcentre appointment because she took a family holiday.

    The fines, part of a little-known “in-work conditionality” programme introduced by the then work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, have been called “political dynamite” by academics, who warn that it may undermine unemployed people taking low-paid jobs.

    By May, in-work conditionality will have been imposed on 15,000 low-paid workers in a handful of trial areas across the UK. An evaluation of the trials is due in 2018. If UC rolls out as planned it is expected that around 1 million workers, many of them currently on tax credits, will be covered by the new regime by 2020.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/14/dwp-punishing-low-paid-full-time-workers-under-new-benefits-rule

    enigma

    March 4, 2017 at 5:21 am

    • Besides fines cut in Housing Benefit are also pencilled in as punishments for people on Universal Credit who earn too much to get the Jobseeker’s Allowance component, perhaps only receiving help towards their rent via the Housing Benefit component, who are subject to in-work conditionality. Pretty much the same as a fine really. Nasty ugly stuff.

      Bert

      March 4, 2017 at 8:32 am

      • Well observed Bert.

        No where since its introduction does the universal credit act stipulate what and what can be sanctioned or how DWP can apply a sanction . This means its perfectly legal for DWP to do currently as things stand.

        I cant remember the document i was reading a long while back but effectively a persons housing benefit is reduced by the closet benefit they would have received so if your hours are at the bottom end then its an amount equal to JSA and the top end equal to tax credit or even possibly child tax credit where applicable.

        The question everyone should ask is why, why sanction housing, why even have in work conditionality ?

        doug

        March 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      • I reckon it’s a “by hook or crook” idea, Doug. If somebody on benefits facing in-work conditionality gets fined it means that the DWP, or somebody, will have to claw money back from them, which involves administration if the fine gets [aid back in dribs and drags. Cutting Housing Benefit only involves one or two adjustments to Universal Credit entitlements via a computer keyboard and probably hurts more because it’s not related to actual disposable income. On the Film Review yesterday on the BBC News Channel Mark Kermode the film critic recommended DVD to watch was Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” which he described as an exposure of “… bureaucracy and inefficiency used as a means of repression”. The whole idea of Universal Credit seems to be to generate a climate of fear and uncertainty coupled with ridiculously severe punishment, as a means to control those receiving it and make them obedient and compliant to the wishes of the government.

        I think the idea behind cutting Housing Benefit as a sanction to the working poor is because it’s just about the most damaging and dangerous thing you can do to them when there’s nothing else that you can take away or cut to punish them.

        That’s what I reckon.

        It’s another one of scumbucket David Freud’s ideas to “give people back their independence and their lives”

        Bert

        March 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

      • The handing over of the administration of claimant’s rent payments to the Jobcentre/DWP is one of the most invidious aspects of universal credit. With this new power comes control and ‘punishment’.

        Housing Officer

        March 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

      • Bert

        They know they cant touch your wages so this is them going around the houses to get around the law of not making you knowingly homeless as their be sure to claim you can make up the difference through your wages if you wanted to and could apply for a hardship loan. So their still treating you like your wages is their unemployment benefit just like they treat the tax credit they give you as a benefit hand out when all it is, is a percentage of your tax back so again your hard earned money.

        If your unemployed and sanctioned that’s one thing but to sanction a working persons benefits is without doubt theft and if that’s too harsher choice of words which i will accept then its a form of punitive taxation.

        doug

        March 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm

  28. OT: Welcome to the new UK Gig Economy – Fined £150 for being sick

    Couriers working for parcel delivery company DPD face being charged £150 a day if they cannot find cover when they are ill, the Guardian reports. The paper quotes a driver as saying that he received the fine after suffering an upset stomach.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/03/sick-dpd-couriers-face-150-charge-if-unable-to-find-cover

    Drivers who deliver for M&S, John Lewis, Amazon and others say they sometimes force themselves to work when ill

    Earnings lost from missing a day’s deliveries were compounded if couriers could not arrange cover and DPD levied “liquidated damages”. When that happened a courier, who typically earns £200 a day, not only lost their pay but another £150, taking their total loss to £350.

    Drivers said the charges seemed to be applied inconsistently, at managers’ discretion, and that they represented a constant threat.

    A spokesman for DPD, which is part of the international parcel group GeoPost, which has a turnover of £5bn, defended its right to recover costs if couriers missed rounds.

    “DPD franchisee drivers are not fined for being off work sick,” he said. “Franchisees are contracted to provide a service – if they are unable to provide that service themselves they are required to provide a substitute driver. If they fail to do so, DPD have to fulfil that service and therefore reserve the right to charge the franchisee for the costs involved in doing so.”

    A courier’s contract shown to the Guardian states: “If the franchisee fails to ensure that the service vehicle, the service equipment and the driver are available to perform the services when requested by GeoPost the franchisee shall at GeoPost’s option pay … for any loss sustained by GeoPost the sum of £150 per day or £75 for any part of a day.”

    Gazza

    March 4, 2017 at 9:32 am

    • on the spot comment from above guardian article:

      Barry Bennett 26m ago

      This is how May is protecting the rights of ordinary working people in Britain which she promised to do in her October Tory Conference!

      Britain apparently has a lower unemployment rate than a lot of other European countries so I wonder how we achieve it.

      It’s very simple. So many people cannot find secure and properly paid employment in Britain that they are forced to become self- employed and are treated like the DPD drivers. John Lewis should investigate this at once. Their former chief executive is standing to be Tory mayor of the West Midlands.

      But that is not the half of the story. We learnt a few days ago that there are nearly one million people on zero hours contracts in Britain. That means that they have to be available without any guarantee of work or payment. They will no doubt be categorized as being in employment.

      Then you have people on temporary contracts whose rights in the case of unfair dismissal have been dramatically reduced by this Tory Government in conjunction with their former Liberal Democrat colleagues. A lot of them will be earning below the minimum wage which this government has no interest in enforcing and are therefore dependent on housing benefit to pay for the huge rents that private landlords are charging because the government has not built enough social or affordable housing. On top of that May has carried out Osborne’s proposal to reduce their housing benefit which goes not to them but to their landlords.

      It makes me sick when I hear May lecturing the SNP when she is failing to put her own house in order and making good the promises she made some 5 months ago. None of this has got anything to do with Brexit which is an unnecessary sideshow. These are all things a responsible one nation government should be doing. I fear that Brexit will only add to the woes of the British working classes, whether employed., unemployed or so called freelance. We will see more privatization of our public services and more austerity and it will all be blamed on the Labour Party which offers the only positive solution to Britain’s domestic problems, in or out of the EU.

      Gazza

      March 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

  29. Pip investigation, the extreme measures taken by a ruthless Tory scum government against the weakest and most vulnerable in society.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-investigation-welfare-expert-says-two-thirds-of-appeals-involve-lying-assessors/

    Marie

    March 4, 2017 at 9:35 am

  30. JJ JOOP (!) Last year you had a post about a Jobclub. The male and Female running it got married. Was this the one in King’s Lynn run by Community Rural Aid Projects. ?.

    HATZAETOS1924. EX JOBCLUB ATENDEE

    March 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

    • No. It was based in Ely in Cambridgeshire. They ran two scams: The Ely And Soham Community Prpgramme, and Community Rural Aid. Although King’s Lynn is only just down the road from Ely, so they may well have had their fingers in that pie as well.

      When I was on the WP with Seetec, I used Facebook and Linkedin to research some of the mangers and staff. A lot of them seem to have followed the contracts down the years. When one trough is empty they move on to the next trough, and so on.

      jj joop

      March 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

      • I am just waiting to see who will be running the new Work And Health Programme for East Anglia. Reed In Partnership have an office in Cambridge and they have expressed an interest in the programme but not in the Anglian region yet, as far as I know. Seetec are no longer in Cambridge, as far as I know. They’ve scarpered!

        jj joop

        March 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

      • Work & Health doesn’t pay much to providers and so only the dregs, providers that can’t make any money elsewhere, will be bidding for and running it. If you think the New Deal, Flexible New Deal and Work Programme were bad the Work & Health Programme looks destined to set a new low water mark as far as the welfare to work “market” goes.

        Bert

        March 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      • Bert

        Yeah, I hear that mate. You’re spot on. Mind you I always thought Seetec was the absolute pisspot of providers. How much lower can you go, I wonder. We shall see, we shall see.

        jj joop

        March 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      • Yep. When I was on the Work Programme I was “put” with Working Links in the Southwest. The only training available were in-house shite that Working Links had made up themselves, one day First Aid courses and a two-day Health & Safety course – all utterly meaningless. A lot of other things like Forklift Truck license and the ECDL computer course, which were listed in Working Links as available, were never run because they “couldn’t get enough people interested to run the course”. Christ knows how many times I my CV got uselessly polished but something useful which really could have helped me, like the Forklift Truck license, despite being advertised never happened presumably because it cost money which Working Links wanted to hang on to.

        The Work Programme was cobblers but the Work & Health Programme is being funded by only 30% or so of what the Work Programme received from the government. So, obviously, Work & Health is really going to be totally useless and boil down to supervised jobsearch with random sanctions doled out to anybody deemed not to be trying hard enough.

        Lovely.

        Bert

        March 5, 2017 at 9:40 am

      • JJ Thanks. Yes Community Rural Aid Projects was in Queen Street King’s Lynn. They used the acronym C.R.A.P on their letter headings. This was until I got there. I actually phoned their SEO who just happened to be Emma Anderson. Before she set up A4E. It had not occurred to them what the letters were spelling out. They dropped the P very quickly. It was replaced with an oak tree.

        Philiop

        March 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

      • Bert

        Did you know a lot of working links staff were ex DWP staff ?

        That aside your bang on the button about worthy courses not being run or considered as the best way out of unemployment is to reskill.
        Back in the early days of 1998 to around 2006 DWP you to use providers that would train and qualify a claimant in many worthy trades. Up till 2011 colleges had what was known as concessions which meant if you were unemployed or a very low earner that the course was free to study. Sadly between Labour and Conservatives that has now all gone. The Conservatives are the worst though as they were the ones that replaced concessions with the 24 plus advanced learners loan scheme.
        Its all crappy ineffectual courses now like communications, team work and don’t get me started on H&S as they teach you nothing about the subject other than to understand the HASAWA in layman terms and even then cant do that right.
        Ive consistently tried to get DWP to invest in proper training in proper trades but apart from the kids their just not interested as it costs money. With had massive skill shortages in areas of trade like nursing and engineering for years now so you have to wonder how many over 25s could have been trained in the last 6 years to plug those holes.

        Government needs to provide good qualification courses in trades that have a future,that even if the individual cant get a job with a company can instead still create their own.

        All DWP wants is you off their books but not out of the gutter or their have no minions to control, to put a parents kid into false wars,to have them serve coffee and other meaningless crap like that, that while may serve the best interests of the likes of politicians does nothing to elevate the claimant/low earner to a rich and fulfilling life of self sustainability, one which makes them not state dependent.

        doug

        March 5, 2017 at 10:26 am

      • @ Philiop – maybe it would have been better to not let on and let trout-faced Emma Anderson [Harrison] continue to make an A.R.S.E of herself and her scumbag company A£E.

        @ doug Working Links was the first ‘provider’ to surface from the primordial soup-swamp from which the other ‘providers’ followed. At that time DWP staff were ‘seconded’ to ‘Working Links’; and they were still members of Mark Swastika’s sanctioner-sheltering PCS union. This was back in the day when Working Links had their office space located in a far-flung corner of the Jobcentre, and Jobcentres had a dual “Jobcentre-Working Links” signage stuck on the outside.

        Association of Related Services for Employment

        March 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

      • And a lot of these ‘seconded’ DWP staff, maybe them all, scurried back to the jobcentres. Maybe they are now fully developed cockroaches.

        Association of Related Services for Employment

        March 5, 2017 at 11:10 am

  31. Guardian today. Now DWP is saying it won’t discuss constituents benefit problems with the MP unless the constituent gives permission and a detailed summary of the query via their UC or government account. It cites confidentiality and data protection as it’s reasons
    Yet more hoops for vulnerable people to jump through

    katrehman

    March 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm

  32. Have you got a link for this Kat?

    Marie

    March 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/04/curbs-on-mps-helping-benefit-claimants-are-a-barrier-to-justice

      “Curbs on MPs helping benefit claimants are a ‘barrier to justice’
      Frank Field attacks rule that says politicians cannot discuss individual cases with DWP unless clients have given explicit consent online”

      The explicit consent rule applies to claimants on the full service universal credit, of which there are around 450,000 in the UK. It does not apply to people claiming legacy benefits such as housing benefit.

      Gazza

      March 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      • No doubt because complaints are on the rise.Even what an MP receives is completely illegible non nonsensical reply.This department is totally unaccountable also has an attitude of impunity.

        It keeps them in the headlines. That is a good point.

        ken

        March 5, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      • Actually DWP or should i say government behind DWP are playing a dangerous game and i would implore claimants not to take the online route to supplying explicit consent.

        DWP dont have the power to dictate that as the claimant is the data subject and so has the power to set how they give MPs permission to access their personal and or sensitive data. Yes it does mean not being to just pick up the phone in the interim but its a far safer approach until a new system can be put in place equal to say the council being able to just ring DWP up in regards to matters such as housing for instance.

        doug

        March 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm

  33. I fail to see the difference between UC and the old legacy type benefits as far as whats required by the law.

    I suspect its more to do with how an MP getting involved throws a whole spanner in DWPs ill gotten practices. If DWP really wanted to take such things into consideration and actually cared, they would simply say to the person saying their an MP, i will call your office.

    It funny how they dont seem to have a problem forcing and tricking claimants into giving it out on their PCs or that of their contractors.

    I bet superteds laughing at this.

    doug

    March 5, 2017 at 12:09 am

  34. Tory scum guarantee only ONE thing, decades of austerity for the peasants.

    Reinforced with latest claims in 2017 budget.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39170453

    Marie

    March 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

  35. IF THE WELFARE REFORM IS WORKING THEN WHY ARE THEY STILL CUTTING ?

    Never a moment goes by where government touts how great their welfare reform is going yet mysteriously they still make cheap unfounded remarks, freeze and cut benefits.

    “Getting into work faster and staying in longer” is their current flagship mantra which if the case should imply theirs more in the welfare pot right. Well no actually as despite a large amount going into work, mostly all are still heavily reliant on state support dew to low wages,poor hours, insecure tenure of employment,rising prices, and im sure you get the rest, etc,etc,etc.

    The Government said the cuts would stop people “slipping straight into a life on benefits”.

    This was mentioned as the premise for removing housing benefit for under 21s. Well currently an 18 year old gets £5.50 a hour (will raise a whole 5p after April – hooray i don’t think) and an apprentice wage is £3.40 an hour (will raise 10 after April – funny that don’t you think compared to the other).

    Now i must assume the Tories believe teenagers to be pygmies feeding from cow & gate baby food as how else do you explain a persistence to believe they need less money to live on. This aside HOW can a teenager not as they put it, “slipping straight into a life on benefits” when they quite easily justify like adults they need tax credits to prop up their existence what with paying the same prices like costly travel to work for instance.

    If their eligible for unemployment benefits, tax credits, then they should be eligible for housing support.

    Now i could go on about how since 1998 more and more kids have opted to stay at home longer, i could go on about the 80’000 kids who are homeless but why when its apparently clear this is so because of a systemic failure by successive governments to address a massive housing shortage, a lack of recognition for pay and employment chances and conditions of our young. Now one can go blame the other if they like but it wont address the conditions the everyday person has to live under (placing blame don’t put a roof over your head or keep one there).

    So yes rather than except its a failure of politicians in government, this Tory government has yet again sought to pick on the least well equipped not just to pettily save money but as another attempt to down the road when they hope all have forgotten to use this as a way of massaging stats to cover up the still very stagnant pattern of house building,fair rents,etc and those stuck in poverty.

    doug

    March 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    • I agree, what strikes me the most is that this is another example of older people pulling up the ladders from the younger.

      Andrew Coates

      March 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      • Ahh yes, the silver haired voters who like to lecture how in their day you worked up chimney or down mine for 2 slices of bread and a knob of dripping a day.

        The problem with that is they knew they were being exploited as no one gave a crap then and said as much where as now its all legal and stuff,perfectly acceptable to flog the shite out of our kids because their not being exploited, they are just being taught valuable ethics in tune with their half powered efforts that businesses so called make an allowance for.

        I suppose to a point they were taught an ethic, sadly that ethic was if you don’t let me exploit you i will sack your ass just like i would an adult if you don’t haul ass.

        Oh and for the record, if these greys when they were young were given the chance instead of being walloped for speaking out of turn to an adult who claims he always knows better, they would have took it in a shot so their full of crap as its been a fundamental flaw since the dawn of man.

        doug

        March 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  36. Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won’t even save us that much money – it’s ideological cruelty

    When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them

    If you want to understand what welfare cuts are really about, the decision to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds provides a perfect example. Only around 11,000 young people are expected to be affected by 2020, meaning that, in government budget terms, the money saved will be negligible. This has nothing to do with “balancing the books” or “living within our means” – it forms part of a deeply ideological agenda.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html

    enigma

    March 5, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    • And if these young people have abusive families the only alternative will be the streets unless they have good friends who will put them up…

      Marie

      March 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

  37. Hooray we are all going to be better off by 21p a hour ?

    Yes that’s right, as of April 2017 if you work 37 hours a week at £7.20 an hour, after tax ,NIC and VAT your all going to pocket a whole £7.77 extra a week.

    Sadly though when you add in rising costs, other taxes, insurance hikes and all the other boring other stuff its all gone, well actually when everything is included you actually go negative financially if you maintain what you do now.

    Hey, on the other side what a great time it is to be young, to leave home for the big wide world said to be your oyster and stretch your wings into adulthood.
    No wait, oops as not only do government expect you to be pleased at a 5p increase per hour while working as a monkey for peanuts but they also expect you to do it without a roof over your head oh what it is to be young, i don’t think as if your parents aren’t carrying the financial burden then a life of debt is all you know.

    I don’t know about you all but i think we all have such a caring government as who can enrich your life so very much and still manage to pocket £173.22 in Income tax/NIC/ VAT this year for a 37 hour a week job (excluding other forms) while doing it.

    Of course you know the only thing rich about my last paragraph is how they will give less while taking more. How rich it is their stealth taxing us all yet claiming to be all doing us a big favor. What a crock of crap.

    doug

    March 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    • SORRY TYPO (REPLACE THIS PARAGRAPH)

      Yes that’s right, as of April 2017 if you work 37 hours a week at £7.50 an hour, after tax ,NIC and VAT your all going to pocket a whole £7.77 extra a week.

      doug

      March 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    • Yes. When I worked part-time my net earnings went up and so did my travelling costs and council tax which pretty much wiped out any benefit from working and left me as poor as I was while unemployed. This is where Universal Credit goes to crap because although you might look as if you’re gaining £30.00 to £50.00 per week in net earnings after the costs and tax hikes that are inflicted on you once you start working in a low paid part-time job are deducted you’re no better off at all!

      Bert

      March 6, 2017 at 8:24 am

  38. Site keeps going down I Firefox.

    Secure Connection Failed

    An error occurred during a connection to intensiveactivity.wordpress.com. The OCSP response is not yet valid (contains a date in the future). Error code: SEC_ERROR_OCSP_FUTURE_RESPONSE

    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
    Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.

    Learn more…

    Had this on and off for the last few weeks.

    ken

    March 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    • Usually this means your system clock is not showing the right time. Normally the real time clock of your computer resets itself automatically from time to time when you go online, by synchronising itself with a time server somewhere, but you can reset it yourself manually if you need to. More than likely that’s your problem.

      Bert

      March 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

    • Or it could be that motherboard battery is flat if your are experiencing time sync issues. Any messages about “on-board” battery on start-up?

      This handy freeware tool will keep your clock synced 🙂

      http://www.ravib.com/timesync/

      Atomic Clock

      March 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

    • Ken, you don’t need no third party software to keep you time sync.

      If its an OS (operating system error in windows,linux) then it can be corrected within the OS quite simply once you get to know your system properly.

      If as atomic clock assumes it is your battery then i feel i need to make something clear but only to the audience who don’t know one end of a computer from another.

      With regards to smart devices like tablets and mobile phones they rely on only one battery which is the same battery your charger connects to. We will call this the main battery which will make more sense to you soon if you fall into the other category of computing im about to mention next after fully explaining smart devices. Now this batteries condition is fully displayed already on your devices so there’s no need for extra software to know that. The type of problem you find with this battery is usually down to age and amount of use assuming you charged it as per manufacturers instructions day one. The symptom of this problem if aged or overcharged is that it fails to hold a full charge and thus runs down rather quickly as opposed to how long it use to last. Its worth noting your onscreen display isn’t designed in most cases to factor this deterioration so may well display a full bar. Learn to know your batteries life by feel which believe it or not you already know and can sense. Alternately the manufacturer will give this battery a life calculated in hours so simply change this once those hours have been exceeded as good maintenance practice but so im clear they do tend to go longer than that so i still suggest feel as the better way forward if you aren’t rolling in money.

      With regards older system tablets that back then were more akin to a laptop in size, desktop PCs and certain sized laptops (net books tend to these days fall into the smart device category but do check manual to be sure as age of design matters). Basically these usually have 2 batteries, one which we call the main battery only often found in laptops/old netbooks and older tablets but you can still find some PCs that use this kind of supply to backup the power in the event of a power outage so as to reduce power spikes that can damage hardware (Newer protection units work differently). DONT worry about this battery in connection with motherboard and OS time sync. The second battery is where its at and its called the bios battery or CMOS battery even though on more modern systems we have moved towards whats called UEFI.

      Now these batteries do last for ages and by ages i mean some serious amount of years so you have 2 methods of going about this. You can either look up online the symptoms of when a BIOS battery starts to become less powered (cannot be recharged) like for instance its lost its current firmware, time sync extra OR you can just replace it say every 2/3 years. There not expensive, one example is a CR2032 battery.

      What is expensive or should i say could be is if you don’t know how to replace them and the associated risks formally known as static discharge. Humans carry a charge of varying amounts but regardless is an amount way above what small electronic components can handle meaning you could destroy your motherboard which isnt as cheap as the battery.

      You can purchase anti discharge hand/arm bands which again are not expensive that if used as per manufacturer instructions will dissipate this human charge and protect your hardware.

      NEVER WORK ON A COMPUTER WHILE ITS POWERED EITHER BY MAINS OR BATTERY.

      Once you have these two things done and inplace unscrew your unit to gain access to the battery very carefully as it involves very small screws and can be alot of them. If your battery is blocked by say a graphics card for example, first carefully remove the card and place it on a magazine so not the sofa or the floor.
      Then remove the brace that holds the battery (undo the bought new battery package prior but keep it in the package until you exchange the batteries). Next as quickly and as carefully as possible swap the batteries over then replace the brace. The reason to change them quickly as if left to long the motherboard will lose its firmware which means you could lose certain functions or effect the operating system. ITS NOT HARD, YOU JUST HAVE TO BE QUICK AND CAREFUL.

      IF IN ANY DOUBT PLEASE GET A COMPUTER PROFESSIONAL TO DO IT FOR YOU.

      doug

      March 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    • True doug, you don’t need third-party software to keep your time sync – windows will sync automatically once a week or whenever it feels like it. But by that time your clock will have “drifted by a few seconds*. And a few seconds can be crucial if you have to make job centre appointments “on time”, a few seconds early late means a sanction, as does a few seconds early. But of course the jobcentre inhabits its very own time zone, so you are stuffed in any case.

      *even standard quartz modules found in watches and clocks are accurate to only 15 seconds a month!

      Cuckoo Clock

      March 7, 2017 at 8:08 am

    • Some more info about Windows clock “drift”, doug

      https://www.meinbergglobal.com/english/sw/ntp.htm

      You will notice that is you have the Windows desktop clock app running it sometimes goes out of whack, especially if some high CPU usage process is running. So it is not as a trivial problem as you make it out to be.

      Cuckoo Clock

      March 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

      • This piece of software makes an excellent addition to a CV:

        Installing and configuring Windows/Linux services, installing and configuring NTP servers, diagnosing and fault finding in NTP servers, an understanding of stratum levels in time servers, an understanding of different types of NTP types (local, multicast, unicast etc.), an understanding of terminology such as PPS (Pulse per second), polling, reach, display offset, jitter/dispersion, an understanding of the octal numbering system.

        The Geek Squad

        March 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      • Linux normally uses daemons, programs that run in the background, to sync the system and real time clock. I like chrony, which not only syncs your system clock and updates the real time clock in the computer’s BIOS but also monitors the “drift” in the real time clock and adjusts the clock, based on its behaviour over time, to keep it as accurate as possible even when not connected to the internet.

        The reason you get trouble if your clock is not accurate is that most sites now connect to browsers using the hypertext protocol over secure sockets which involve passing security certificates to allow encryption to take place between the server and browser. (If you look at the full website address in the address bar of your browser you’ll see the web site address preceded by the letters https. ) Verification of certificates entails checking several dates with regards to “the current time” as known by the system which does the verification (i.e. your desktop or laptop) to make sure that the certificate is current enough to be accepted by your browser. In particular, your system will try to obtain fresh revocation information (the CRL). If your system clock is off, it will not consider whatever CRL it can download as “fresh”; it may spew out scary warnings, in particular if it sees a CRL “from the future”. Also, in SSL/TLS, the client and the server inform each other of their notion of the current time. There again, discrepancies could be warned upon.

        So for https to work properly your ocal system date and time needs to be correct within minutes or your browser will reject the connection because it seems the certificate sent from the server is too old to be used or has a false “future” date and might be fake.

        Normally Windows and Linux desktops sync your system clock and real time clock automatically, but, as has been pointed out if the little battery that runs your BIOS when the computer isn’t plugged into the mains is failing after resetting your clock, if the battery is a bit flat, your clock could lose time in a big way. Usually a failing battery like this leads to other data, often relating to hard disk specs, being lost or corrupted and stop you from booting until you restore basic settings. So if you’ve had trouble booting or find your clock being reset to a very early date years ago your CMOS battery probably needs replacing as as suggested.

        Bert

        March 8, 2017 at 8:45 am

      • Well, I have installed this lol, it even has a graphical user interface add-on. According to this my computer “clock precision” is 1.40 seconds a day, or 42 seconds a month, same as my cheap quartz watch lol

        Old Edna

        March 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    • Of course the desktop clock is in sync with the system clock but you wont notice that going out of whack it being stuck down in your system tray.

      Cuckoo Clock

      March 7, 2017 at 8:16 am

      • Cuckoo Clock

        Windows/linux set by default priorities the OS over all other software. Within that the OS sets protocols for all its processes and services in regards to hardware use.
        So even under out and out CPU use the OS comes first unless the user has tampered with the setting that allows changes to all this in which case its self induced. Luckily by design its not an operation you can accidentally key into so it would be deliberately changed. So that argument tanks im afraid.

        When i spoke about dealing with the problem if OS related i wasnt talking the lame sync auto you were talking about and your comparison with watches and clocks is laughable as time is relative and totally instrumental to the operation of a computer/s singular or in groups/couples which you would know if you knew what your talking about.

        doug

        March 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

      • Laugh out doug, with your “superior knowledge and unsurpassed intellect” 😀 you never pass up on the “opportunity” to berate and put down another poster 😀

        Old Betty

        March 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

      • Me old aunt used to set her clock 20 minutes fast so she never be late for everything. Think this would be a better idea for ken than messing about with his computer. She also had spider on her inside door, yeah, she was eccentric lol but that’s another story 🙂

        Stacey

        March 7, 2017 at 10:17 am

      • *spiders, not just the the one 🙂

        Stacey

        March 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

      • Old Betty

        People have there ignorance (lack of knowledge) preyed upon everyday so if i see an opportunity to prevent that i will.
        In this instance the reference for a third piece of software is unjustified. The only way to explain that is to confront whats being said logically.
        This aside the poster took zero time to actually approach Ken with his issue, didn’t inquire about what device, what OS,etc. Didn’t ask Ken to carryout some tests or produce data. They just ran a program down there throat without a by or leave.
        That isn’t looking out for someone, This isn’t informing someone, this isn’t helping someone.

        doug

        March 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

      • It is very easy for your clock time to “drift” when using Windows. Windows syncs the time only once a week – obviously Micro$oft being cheapskate because it saves on server resources. In addition, if the time server is “unreachable” Windows just leaves it for another week and another week…

        “Make Windows synchronize time more often

        This page explains how to make the Windows network time (NTP) client synchronize its time more often than the default once per week.

        This was tested on Windows 7 but should work with Windows XP and above.
        Why is this important?

        I don’t know about your machines but both my desktop and my HTPC have terrible clocks. They seem to drift by about five minutes each week and that messes up things like scheduled TV recordings or stating that it is 13:37 o’clock on IRC when it’s not. Despite the apparent awfulness of PC clocks, Windows doesn’t provide any user-facing options to change the clock-sync frequency below once a week.”

        https://www.pretentiousname.com/timesync/

        If you are having problems with it the two solutions will help. The TimeSync is more basic and will adjust the time in a “step” assuming the time server (National Institute of Space and Time) is available. The Meinberg one is a deamon in Linux or service in Windows, it polls various time servers and attempts to “smooth” out the time adjustments. As well as to improve clock sync it can be used to ensure that all computers on a network have the same time – not matter how good or bad it is.

        Anyway, all that faffing about with third-party software shouldn’t be necessary though. If the time is 1st January 1980 or something the battery is definitely flat; these batteries last for years but like everything else they don’t last for ever. And if it has been installed for years and years it most likely will be past it’s peak. Replace it! You can also “force” Windows to update manually (Time and Date Settings > Internet Time) if the clock is “drifting”.

        IT Networking Expert

        March 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      • A “deamon” in Linux or “service” in Windows “runs in the background” so you wouldn’t even know it was there.

        IT Networking Expert

        March 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

  39. Alex’s Disability Assessment Rant – The Last Leg

    doug

    March 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

  40. Its worth noting that work experience cannot be mandated under a jobseekers direction as its voluntary. But from other claimants/experience that in not explained until argued.Its possible someone somewhere may try this.

    to refer claimants to Work Clubs, Work Together, Enterprise Clubs,
    Sector-based work academies or Work experience, as these
    programmes are entirely voluntary

    Interestingly,also is the claim that no targets exist but here it clearly states targets.

    as a means of filling programmes;
    as a means of meeting targets;

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/cy/request/149083/response/364985/attach/html/14/Jobseekers%20Directions%2031%2010%2012.pdf.html

    ken

    March 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    • When a Jobseeker’s Direction should not be used
      11. A Jobseeker’s Direction should not be used:
       when a referral to a Decision Maker on another question would be more
      appropriate. For example:
       Actively Seeking Employment; or
       Refusal of Employment.
       as a means of filling programmes;
       as a means of meeting targets;
       where it might be seen as unlawfully discriminatory. An example of this
      could be where a Jobseeker’s Direction requires action that goes
      against any religious beliefs held by the claimant; or
       to refer claimants to Work Clubs, Work Together, Enterprise Clubs,
      Sector-based work academies or Work experience, as these
      programmes are entirely voluntary.
      12. It is important therefore, not to issue Jobseeker’s Directions which may
      breach the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
      13. For example, Jobseeker’s Directions which relate specifically to a
      claimant’s:
       gender;
       religion; or
       nationality.
      14. Similarly, if a Jobseeker’s Direction would conflict with a conscientious
      belief that the claimant can show is sincerely held, it should not be given.
      15. Where a claimant objects to the Jobseeker’s Direction and the adviser
      considers that the objection does not make the action unreasonable, the
      question of good cause must be considered by the Labour Market Decision
      Maker.

      fkn says it all that does so why am i being sanctioned if it was voluntary, why does the adviser not take in to account i done it 25 times b4, and why have i now got another dump now on my case about another shit course if it is not a means of filling programmes? and meeting targets.

      superted

      March 5, 2017 at 8:59 pm

  41. WATCH OUT FOR TRIGGERFISH STUDIOS ADVERTISING ON UJM

    https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/GetJob.aspx?JobID=41068226&JobTitle=Working+from+home+self-employed+%27Call-Center%27+type+services&rad_units=miles&pp=25&sort=rv.dt.di&vw=b&re=134&setype=2&q=Working+from+home+self-employed+%27Call-Center%27+type+services&tm=7&AVSDM=2017-03-02T11%3a41%3a00-05%3a00

    The bare cheek to use tax credits as a lure is disgusting and further proof employers do use government benefits to prop up their inadequate pay,hours and job security.

    Further more these employers fail to disclose you will have to pay for your internet and phone line, any required third party software or security or details how they will cover that cost. They also have not explained if or not your covered by employment law.

    DWP should be ashamed to allow such a job to be advertised on so many levels.

    doug

    March 5, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    • Looks like a scam to me. The website has no contact address, no Terms & Conditions and no Privacy Policy. The domain is registered to a non-trading individual which is a lie. The domain was only created four months ago which means that what the website describes as ‘Fortune 500 ‘Household Name’ UK businesses’ almost certainly don’t exist. Triggerfish Studios Ltd has the grand total of £20 in capital and its sole director, Joby Wood who lives in a flat near Derby, has virtually no internet presence.

      milliem

      March 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      • Interestingly, the “fish” logo :

        is a “Tribal Jesus Fish”:

        Tribal Jesus Fish

        March 7, 2017 at 7:56 am

      • Probably not a great idea to have your wife or girlfriend’s given name tattooed on your arm on the off chance you spit up. Unless of course you have a sequence of partners sharing the same name and can tell each of them that you had the tattoo done specially for her. Finding another match for somebody called “Eliana” would probably be difficult if not impossible.

        Bert

        March 7, 2017 at 8:32 am

  42. Works on Win 7 and upwards no doubt though it doesn’t say.

    Atomic Clock

    March 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

  43. “TimeSync runs under Windows 9x/ME, NT, 2000 and XP. “

    Atomic Clock

    March 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

  44. Firms ‘named and shamed’ for not paying minimum wage secretly underpaid 30,000 workers by another £1.8 million.

    Workhouse conditions being restored in Britain by the tory scum.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/firms-named-shamed-not-paying-9970385

    Marie

    March 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

  45. The Puzzler. 10 0ut Of 10

    Ex Reed Victim

    March 8, 2017 at 11:13 am


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