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Universal Credit Chaos Shown in Trussell Trust Report Should be Top of Election Agenda.

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One item which should be top of the election agenda is the failure of Universal Credit.

People contributing to  this Blog have noted this (thanks Enigma) – we hope many more electors will take it seriously…not to mention politicians.

Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos

The Guardian reports.

Charity calls for immediate reduction in six-week wait for first benefit payment after handing out 1,182,954 emergency parcels.

Food banks handed out a record number of meals last year after the chaotic introduction of universal credit, the government’s flagship welfare overhaul, left claimants unable to afford meals when their benefits were delayed.

The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank network, announced that it provided 1,182,954 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis in 2016-17, up 6.4% on the previous year’s total of 1,109,000.

The trust said the standard six-week-plus waiting time for a first benefit payment faced by new universal credit claimants was behind the rise in demand for charity food. As well as reliance on food banks, benefit delays had also led to common adverse effects such as debt, mental illness, rent arrears and eviction, the trust said.

The trust called for an immediate reduction in the minimum six-week wait for a first payment, saying debt and uncertainty caused by being without income was a source of stress and anxiety for many clients, and had led some to lose their homes.

The problems were exacerbated by the lack of official support for both clients and charities encountering universal credit for the first time, the trust said. The move to a full digital approach to benefits administration made it difficult for claimants without internet access to easily make, adjust or follow up claims.

This is the Report:

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25 Apr 17

UK foodbank use continues to rise

UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks.

One food bank quoted in the report said: “People are lost. They have no support at the Jobcentre Plus, and don’t know where to turn for help. Particularly worrying is the number of larger families with young children who are also struggling with low income and mental ill-health.”
  • Over 1,182,000 three day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis in past year – 436,000 to children
  • New report on Universal Credit reveals adverse side effects on people claiming and foodbanks providing help
  • The Trussell Trust welcomes Damian Green’s willingness to work with frontline charities and calls for more flexibility and support to help people moving to Universal Credit

UK foodbank use continues to rise according to new data from anti-poverty charity, The Trussell Trust. Between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 1,109,309 in 2015-16. Of this number, 436,938went to children. This is a measure of volume rather than unique users, and on average, people needed two foodbank referrals in the last year.* [see notes to editor]

The charity’s new report, Early Warnings: Universal Credit and Foodbanks, highlights that although the rollout of the new Universal Credit system for administering benefits has been piecemeal so far, foodbanks in areas of partial or full rollout are reporting significant problems with its impact.

Key findings from the report reveal:

  • Foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit rollout to single people, couples and families, have seen a 16.85% average increase in referrals for emergency food, more than double the national average of 6.64%.
  • The effect of a 6+ week waiting period for a first Universal Credit payment can be serious, leading to foodbank referrals, debt, mental health issues, rent arrears and eviction. These effects can last even after people receive their Universal Credit payments, as bills and debts pile up.
  • People in insecure or seasonal work are particularly affected, suggesting the work incentives in Universal Credit are not yet helping everyone.
  • Navigating the online system can be difficult for people struggling with computers or unable to afford telephone helplines. In some cases, the system does not register people’s claims correctly, invalidating it.
  • Foodbanks are working hard to stop people going hungry in areas of rollout, by providing food and support for more than two visits to the foodbank and working closely with other charities to provide holistic support. However, foodbanks have concerns about the extra pressure this puts on food donation stocks and volunteers’ time and emotional welfare.

Trussell Trust data also reveals that benefit delays and changes remain the biggest cause of referral to a foodbank, accounting for 43 percent of all referrals (26 percent benefit delay; 17 percent benefit change), a slight rise on last year’s 42 percent.  Low income has also risen as a referral cause from 23 percent to 26 percent.

The Full Report can be accessed here: Early Warnings: Universal Credit and Foodbanks.

Note this:

Key recommendations from the report:

  • Recent positive engagement between The Department for Work and Pensions and The Trussell Trust at a national level is welcome. However, more information about the shape and form of Universal Support locally, particularly ahead of full UC rollout in an area, would bring clarity to foodbanks.
  • A reduction of the six week waiting period for Universal Credit would make a significant difference to people’s ability to cope with no income. The ‘waiting period’, the time before the assessment period begins, could be reduced first.
  • More flexibility in the administration of Universal Credit is needed to support people moving onto the new system. For example, more support for people applying online who are unfamiliar with digital technology, and support to improve people’s ability to move into work and stay in work.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 25, 2017 at 9:59 am

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  1. Ah, but the reasons for food bank use are complex, so it’s misleading to link them to any one issue. Employment is the best route out of poverty, and there are now record numbers of people in work. Under universal credit people are moving into work faster and staying in work longer than under the old system.

    So that’s all right then isn’t it?

    Damien "Son of a Jackal" Green

    April 25, 2017 at 11:18 am

    • All right innit?

      Yes, people out of work should live in poverty.

      Punishment is too good for them.

      Andrew Coates

      April 25, 2017 at 11:31 am

    • How long can the DWP continue to parrot the same boilerplate sound bites over and over to excuse the suffering it causes and get away with it?

      Paul

      April 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

  2. My first universal crap payment is due tomorrow, I applied for it five weeks ago, very much doubt if I’ll get it 🙁

    Marie

    April 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    • Five weeks is absolutely as quick as anyone can get UC. In Croyden the average wait is nine weeks!

      Damien "Son of a Jackal" Green

      April 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      • That is atrocious.

        Marie

        April 25, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      • I waited 11 weeks for my first payment(s) (I actually got 2 months’ worth) but it took a phonecall by me to the Service Centre (and then an e-mail from them to the Payment Centre) before I got anything.

        Samwise Gamgee

        April 29, 2017 at 12:45 am

      • If you hadn’t chased it up though you would still be waiting… and waiting… and starving to death…

        The jobcentre should put posters up carrying this message:

        “Universal Credit – the benefit you have to keep chasing up”

        Universal Car Crash

        April 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

      • “Universal Credit – you will be lucky if you receive a payment. EVER!”

        Universal Car Crash

        April 29, 2017 at 7:33 am

      • “Universal Credit – making sure work DOES NOT pay”

        Universal Car Crash

        April 29, 2017 at 7:36 am

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    April 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

  4. For those who didn’t yet know where the NHS is heading.

    No longer is T May’s NHS plan a secret! it’s being shared! plans to replace NHS England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California.

    But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.

    https://tompride.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/theresa-mays-secret-plans-to-replace-nhs-england-with-private-us-healthcare-system-kaiser-permanente/

    enigma

    April 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    • We know where its been.

      “Politicians are scared of telling the truth”: Circle blames Hinchingbrooke hospital failure on unequal spending cuts across the NHS

      the NHS’s biggest privatisation experiment ever comes to an expensive and embarrassing end – Circle Healthcare, which was chosen by the government three years ago to turn around the troubled Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire, is abandoning the project seven years early, leaving behind a deficit of between £7.7m and £12m. What’s more, the taxpayer will have to make up the difference.

      http://www.cityam.com/212853/politicians-are-scared-telling-truth-circle-blames-hinchingbrooke-hospital-failure-unequal

      ken

      April 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm

  5. A new volunteer in the local food bank today, not that we don’t have enough volunteers, you know what I’m saying.

    enigma

    April 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm

  6. Universal Credit is the most cancerous and pernicious change made to Britain’s social security system in living memory. The very worst thing about it is that it affects the poorest and those who need it worst. Put in place by a delusional and idiotic liar (IDS) acting as a mouthpiece for unelected inexpert right-wing twats at his Centre for Social Justice and an incompetent dishonest ex-journalist come banker (David Freud) with shit loads of failure and a chequered past history what else could it have ended up being other than a satanic horror spawning misery like the Black Death.

    With four out of ten British citizens having £100 or less in their bank accounts and many on weekly, zero-hour contract or part-time wages any sane person could see at once that a minimum six week wait before receiving any help from the social security after becoming unemployed is an impossible ask destined to convulse the lives of millions.

    Sauron on Mount Doom couldn’t have devised a better way to fuck up the lives of men, elves and hobbits.

    One benefit to rule them all
    one benefit to find them
    one benefit to bring them all
    and in the darkness bind them.

    Terrible, terrible, terrible!

    Paul

    April 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    • UC is here, and it’s here to stay. You people really need do need to put on new record. You need to get over it.

      son of sen

      April 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      • The question is in what form is UC here to stay. The DWP has already had to backtrack on Housing Benefit for homeless families. My bet is that many other changes will end up being made to this abortion of a benefit, forced on the DWP as scandals associated with UC mount and become subject to public debate, criticism and censure.

        Paul

        April 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      • Get over what? Get over the fact that the Tories are destroying people’s lives? You must be joking, we haven’t even started.

        KJ

        April 28, 2017 at 4:22 am

    • This is his chief adviser in the DWP.

      Andrew Coates

      April 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      • What a handsome geezer 😉 wouldn’t kick him out of bed 😀

        Marie

        April 25, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    • Universal Credit is a deliberate ploy to cause mass poverty, it’s part of The Programme of Agenda 2030 formerly known as Agenda 21.

      Foxglove

      April 25, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    • I ain’t no joke for us Dwarves either let me tell you.

      Gimli son of Glóin

      April 26, 2017 at 8:10 am

  7. I’ll soon be helping people with claiming UC on line while in the local food bank, just two computers in there though.

    enigma

    April 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm

  8. Its their idea of making work pay and a twisted idea that someome a pittence level of handout pretends they live in a world of monthly pay and regular income.Its not surprising that figures are so high the DWP are acting like what was seen at JD Sports total control.

    People I have spoken to say we dont go in there anymore not because they have found work but claim another benefit have been covered by PIP or another allowance.

    The Tories have always been associated with unemployment and hung over this party for decades.They decided to tackle this with bullying intimidation and by any means they saw necessary.

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/25/blue-riband-production-to-move-to-poland-as-nestle-axes-300-uk-jobs-6596317/

    Brexit hasnt seen a trend to move into the mainland continent over the years.Another danger the country could simply be viewed as Little Brittain the country is to small.For someone exporting they would feel much safer in the EU then a climate of not knowing what any trade deal holds and additional costs.Its possible there may be some food shortages inflation could also be a real problem.Productivity manufacturing and export.The Tories are in a new world of instead of years decline the opposite now needs to happen.

    ken

    April 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    • A well paid secure job with low outgoings – basically a local job, not too far away from home, with enough hours at a high enough rate of pay – is obviously a way out of poverty. However, that isn’t what Universal Credit is all about. Universal Credit is about trying to compel people into low-hour low-wage jobs, quite often quite far away, meaning that a good portion of you wages get swallowed up in travel costs, which don’t help anyone; dribs and drabs of low-paid work while on UC categorically do NOT get people out of poverty and nor does trying to hold down multiple low-paid “mini jobs” as David Freud called them, oblivious to the obvious fact that people have to travel to them to do them and travel back home after doing them.

      All this is so blatantly obvious I can’t understand why people aren’t exposing UC as nonsense in the media.

      Stories are beginning to leak out now as the numbers on UC grow.

      The disaster really cannot be kept buried forever.

      Paul

      April 26, 2017 at 8:20 am

      • Paul

        DWP cant stipulate you get a bus,train or cycle. All DWP can do is work with the fact you walk to work which means a place of work around 5/6 miles from your home.

        They cannot tell a claimant how to spend there wages and as such all things considered cant make you travel vast distances and cant sanction you because you don’t want to spend money on getting a bus.

        Lets use our heads, not our hearts here.

        doug

        April 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

      • The only problems I see with UC is the 6 week or longer wait until receiving it, and to many receiving it monthly will be a problem.

        With two PT jobs. both minutes away, walking. if I manage to get myself another PT job which happens to be 5 miles away, I will still walk or cycle, but only because I’m able to.

        While waiting 6 weeks for UC,- I’m lucky to have a decent landlord.

        enigma

        April 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

      • Doug

        Can the DWP force you to apply for ridiculous part-time jobs? I was recently nudged into considering a six hour job split over six days, i.e., one hour a day from which 63% would be deducted, meaning I would have to walk two miles there and two miles home to be £2.77 better off. If I took the bus I would be worse off! Surely you must be able to refuse crap jobs like that? I did and didn’t suffer any penalty. Well, not so far anyway.

        Paul

        April 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

      • Paul

        Post a link to the jobs specs as this sort of hour a day work is aimed at retired people or should i say people with no commitments. You cant be stopped applying but its highly doubtful your get the job considering your employer is aware of in work conditionality or will be that you have to still look for another job of more hours and or better pay. Meaning this employer isn’t going to want to keep advertising the job every 3 seconds.

        There is no published lower tier of gain i know about not to say there isn’t but i would imagine around 3 hours a day would be a logical marker as that about but that’s just me saying it.

        From a logical perspective of cost and time towards DWP its hardly worth the effort but we all know when DWP want to gun for someone or a target, being logical and reasonable never get factored in.

        Now even though they try (punishing method), DWP cant afford to see claimants everyday and even now are doubling and grouping claimants to sign on so if its unreasonable for them to do then how is it reasonable for them to expect you to do. This isn’t your get out of jail card but it is a logical conclusion after all.

        doug

        April 27, 2017 at 9:14 am

  9. ZHCs, the new self employed PAYE system

    Now anyone whose use to being self employed knows job security is as only good as your next contract, that work can peter to a trickle to non existence quite quickly, Well ZHCs are the PAYE version.

    Many people who unlike students and those already holding a fulltime job looking for some pocket money are finding hours are trickling down to zero and thus leading to like the new self employed, more regular visits to DWP for financial assistance.

    Now you wouldn’t know it looking at DWP figures but why would you when DWP record such data in a restricted way. For instance your not declared as unemployed until you hit the month mark so if you become unemployed at the beginning of the month then don’t get work till the last day of the month, you remain statistically as employed while on UC.

    Its possible to only work one week in two (on off) for a year and be seen as employed throughout the year despite only working half of it. Ive even been receiving reports from people on ZHCs who work 37/40 hour weeks that every 3rd or 4th week they are given no work by the employer.

    You see governments new way of measuring has effectively buried the data to all that are determined to search through the lot to disseminate the truth.

    Another thing ZHCs have done is reduce the figure reported for letting people go regardless of catalyst of cause because technically your employment hasn’t ended and remains open regardless of no hours and even further if you don’t cancel that contract when you move on to a better or new job.

    doug

    April 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

  10. All this is so blatantly obvious I can’t understand why people aren’t exposing UC as nonsense in the media.

    Its all a vineer.A public face of tackling the problem while behind the scences its a complete farce and achiving nothing but misery.The mentality is completly risible.Its true you cannot believe a word they say.There is a lack of appetite to dig into this story.

    Its about what an employer thinks at the interview and the all the way from mentioned.Their not thinking of DWP policy their thinking of themselves.Many also are in remote locations because of cheaper rents.

    Meanwhile the Tories dirty tricks continue elswhere.

    http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/the-mainstream-media-wont-condemn-tory.html

    ken

    April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm

  11. Desperate Theresa May at PMQs saying she found a blog on the internet & quoted that Jeremy Corbyn is a terrorist. Is it not that the Tories are terrorists with cuts & DWP Assisted Suicide deaths !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm

  12. The Tories are guilty of Disability Hate Crimes.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

  13. Theresa May has a nervous breakdown !!!! In fact she has one every day !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

  14. Universal Credit costs 20 times more than the old system. So who are the rip off scroungers then, not the poor & disabled but the rich Tories.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  15. Theresa May`s safe stronger Britain while she`s taking anti depressants .

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  16. TORY DICTATORSHIP RULES !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    • Oh no the sabotage !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  17. DAILY FAIL NEWS FLASH

    Jeremy Corbyn was born in North Korea & has pretended to be British.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  18. The first of Jezza’s ‘pledges’ is one of “Full Employment”. Well, that’s just laughable. The only two politicians to obtain “full employment” were Stalin and Hitler. Does Jezza intend to join that ignoble pair?

    Pinnochio

    April 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    • It’s happening in every country in the world!, “no one will be left out”

      enigma

      April 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      • Indeed! Under a Corbyn dictatorship even Andrew Coates will have a “job” 😉 “Full employment” – be careful what you wish/vote for!

        Kim Jong-un - The Supreme Leader

        April 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      • The tories, snp green, all have their full employment plan. .

        enigma

        April 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    • You can add Mussolini and Franco to that list, that pair of fascist dictators were really big on “full employment”.

      Pol Pot

      April 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      • And Sturgeon too, it seems.

        Pol Pot

        April 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    • So Britain is run by dictators !!!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      • Of course, Britain is a de facto dictatorship, haven’t you noticed?

        Pol Pot

        April 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    • At least Hitler cared about his country and his people,not like the Talmud squads lackeys ruling the roost in this country!

      Foxglove

      April 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      • Hitler destroyed and bankrupted his country, destroyed millions upon millions of lives, and left his country with an horrific genocidal legacy that shames and appals every modern German now and forever.

        Alle Nazi-Liebhaber Ficken

        April 29, 2017 at 7:37 am

    • Like it, witty and sharp.

      Actually though neither got all into work so those that couldn’t were locked up, hidden away, executed.

      doug

      April 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      • That’s right doug, they locked up their political enemies especially the communists who were especially dangerous.

        Marie

        April 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      • I was talking more about Arbeitscheuen but yes marie,dissidence was rewarded likewise.

        Mr Andrew Coates once on this very website showed a great picture taken from the BBC British archive of Neville Chamberlain (Conservative) sending his ministers just before WW2 broke out to visit the very camps that existed in Germany that held against there will unemployed Germans. These ministers seemed quite content with the notion of locking up the unemployed,the disabled/ill, addicts, etc.

        If we are lucky Mr Coates still has the picture or link.

        doug

        April 28, 2017 at 7:00 am

      • Hitler,the most lied about man in history. He didn’t destroy Germany,the allies and the j’s destroyed Germany!

        Foxglove

        April 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  19. Since there will be a 8% turnout on June the 8th, at what stage of low % turnout does it make the whole brexit Election a mockery & null & Void 2% turnout !!!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    • Doug, I wouldn’t take anything seriously the BRITISH BULLSHIT CORPORATION says. They have lied to the British public for years.

      Marie

      April 28, 2017 at 7:20 am

  20. Everyone will have a job staying alive. Either working or not.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

  21. Tories are criminals. Criminals to their own laws, criminals towards disabled people & criminals in fraud & that`s just the DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  22. I am not slandering the Tories because there is no slander in a dictatorship. While Theresa May is talking like an idiot puppet with Donald Duck Trump`s hand up her arse.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm

  23. Andrew Coates

    April 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    • Does the Pope shit in the woods?

      The Bear Family

      April 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  24. And is the Pope Jewish?

    Marie

    April 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    • Not necessarily.

      Non-commital

      April 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    • The creation of racism offences

      When they want to flood the country with darkies they always proceed the stampede with the creation of rascism offences.

      Alf Garnett

      April 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      • When I set foot on English soil and claimed the land for the Aboriginal peoples of Australia nobody noticed.

        Burnum Burnum AKA Harry Penrith (white name rejected)

        April 28, 2017 at 10:41 am

      • @ Burnum Burnum

        It doesn’t work without cannons, armies, gunboats, slaughter, rape and pillage, sir.

        Thomas Paine

        April 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    • Huge immigration to destroy national identity

      You can tell that to the bloody darkies.

      Alf Garnett

      April 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      • I bet them darkies said the same thing when we invaded their countries and enslaved ’em.

        Working Class Tory

        April 28, 2017 at 10:38 am

      • Yes! Bastards! What have the Romans ever done for us? Well apart from building the roads… the roads go without saying… and the aqueduct… and the sanitation… and writing… and architecture… and rabbits… and…

        Iohannes Cleeseius

        April 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

    • Political bloody correctness will be the death of us!

      Alf Garnett

      April 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      • Yep. Let’s call a spade a spade even if the darky doesn’t like it.

        Paul Nuttall PhD

        April 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    • Kirk McDonald: We as humans are a very sefish organism and only really care about ourselfs and what is going on now

      Too bloody right. Darkies breed like bloody bacteria and don’t give a shit about the destruction they are causing to our planet. Sterilise the fuckers!

      Alf Garnett

      April 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      • Here… Alf… Where the white women at? You Honkies can’t stand the pace.

        Winston Kodogo

        April 29, 2017 at 7:39 am

    • They come over here, they take our jobs, they take our homes, they take our women…

      Alf Garnett

      April 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      • I know. Bloody Romans! Why don’t they go back home to their own country?

        Boudica of the Iceni

        April 29, 2017 at 7:41 am

    • “DEPENDENCY ON THE GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT BENEFITS – AND ERASING THESE AS IS HAPPENING NOW”.

      Ring a bell!

      Marie

      April 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    • Alf Garnett

      You sound like someone out of a 1970s sit-com 😀 “Bloody darkies” indeed 😀

      Blakey

      April 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

      • Crass racism doesn’t begin to describe Alf Garnett. And to think that we used to huddle round our black and white non-flat screen black & white TVs in the seventies to watch, and laugh at that shit 😀

        The Black & White Minstrels

        April 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

      • ‘Alf’, Warren Mitchell, went to my school in North London,(before it merged and became a Comprehensive), just saying.

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

        Andrew Coates

        April 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      • The Black & White Minstrels

        April 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

      • I have a darky who lives next door to me,
        He said the other day to me “I’m a better man than you”
        I said “I never said you fucking wasn’t, but what makes you think you’re a better man than me?”
        He said “I don’t have a fucking darky living next door to me”

        It’s just a fucking joke!

        Bernard Manning

        April 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

      • I once knew a black man.

        Dave Cameron

        April 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      • Some of those entertainers are wearing too much slap and make up.

        Barbara Cartland

        April 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      • The Black & White Minstrels were prime time TV back in the seventies. Along with Micheal Parkinson and Magnus Magnusson laughing their socks off at Bernard Manning’s overtly racist jokes. Jim Davidson and his ‘Chalky’ character. Mind Your Language, a piss-take on immigrants learning english. Jim’ll Fix It with Jimmy Saville. And Benny Hill and his soft porn. Now we have ‘Strictly’ lol

        The Good Old Days

        April 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      • I was once a black man.

        Michael Jackson (deceased)

        April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

  25. Tory Trolls not liking the dictatorship is sinking.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm

  26. Tory Nervous Breakdown Heart Attacks & DWP Assisted Suicide.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

  27. Tory Racist Chat Bots Trolling. Theresa May you lost the gamble !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

  28. ken

    April 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    • That’s a bug fat “no” isn’t it?

      Paul

      April 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm

  29. Universal Credit and budgeting

    Plan and pay bills,being paid monthly means taking advantage of energy discounts.

    I am on bloddy prepayment meters as are many people on benefits.We are paying the most already what are they trying to imply that we set up a direct debit like those in work who can afford it in good jobs who get the best deals.

    The gaps just to wide.Someone needs to wake up.

    This is not the reality of today.The only people who are going to gain from this situation are loan sharks.

    ken

    April 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    • Ken

      That service is aimed more at those working and struggling. As far as being unemployed goes its,

      1: sell everything you own including soul.
      2: live on the streets as then there’s no council tax charge.
      3: sell a kidney
      4: only eat one square meal a day
      5: break the law or get seriously ill as both provide free of charge shelter, warmth and food.

      (As regards 5, don’t worry about the violence in prison, after a week being homeless, you would have had your far share of it personally and wont care by then).

      doug

      April 28, 2017 at 8:34 am

      • Why is it saying just like your in work,we’re not in work and this benefit can lead people into debt easily robbing peter to pay paul.Its out of touch with life on benefits.The Tories should be ashamed of their ignorance of life in poverty.

        ken

        April 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

  30. doug

    April 28, 2017 at 7:16 am

  31. London homeless sent letters of charges for storage.

    Reported by the BBC, the councils say they don’t know how this mistake happened.

    http://democracy.brent.gov.uk/documents/s1638/FCR%20Fees%20and%20Charges%20App%20B.pdf

    Here’s a document referring to proposal of charges in Labours last year.

    INTERESTINGLY NOTE POINT 5

    The total agreed budget for expenditure on removals & storage for 2009/10 is £303,900. Officers are forecasting a lower spend of £255k as a result of the DECREASE in homeless approaches (which is expected to continue) and the REDUCTION in the use of temporary accommodation.

    doug

    April 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

  32. 19th April 2017

    You’ll lose some of your payment, (UC) this reduction will last 28 days.

    “On 12th of December 2016, we told you we were worried that you hadn’t done everything possible to find work from 29th November to 5th December 2016”.

    Meanwhile showed all my evidence to the work coach at every apt while at the JC.

    “We asked you to tell us why this happened, as you would lose some of your UC payment if we didn’t agree you had good reason”

    Work coach does not look at my evidence.

    “We’ve now looked at all the information we have, including everything you’ve told or sent us.”

    What information,?

    Meanwhile I have been working since January. forget the taper rate!

    “Unfortunately, on this occasion we don’t think you had good reason.

    The same thing happened last year – sanctioned for not supposedly showing my evidence,- 5 months later.

    Appealed last year and won it, so here I go again!

    enigma

    April 28, 2017 at 9:21 am

    • Unfortunatly I will have to start the tribunal process!

      ken

      April 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      • It’s your fault but thanks Ken!

        enigma

        April 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      • Ken, the tribunal last year didn’t happen, which is more the case now, but won the sanction appeal. (after sending my evidence to the tribunal) the same thing will happen, since I have all the evidence. and will send it off to the tribunal, an email to my local MP too, are you talking note DWP!

        To all, keep all evidence of the jobs you’ve applied for etc.

        enigma

        April 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    • What’s with this “worried” and “unfortunately” bullshit?

      What happened to the good old-fashioned straight-to-the-point:

      “On 12th of December 2016, we told you that a decision would be made about a doubt:: that you didn’t do everything you could have done to look for work from 29th November to 5th December 2016”.

      We have look at at all the evidence and considered the points you have made.

      We have now decided that you did not do all you could do to look for work from 29th November to 5th December 2016 and you did not show good reason.

      A C*unt

      For MANAGER”

      AggreS

      April 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    • Just out of interest did the Jobcentre give you any warnings before they sanctioned you? Or did the axe fall out of the blue as it were?

      Paul

      April 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      • No letter, no warning. my work coach is very target driven.

        enigma

        April 30, 2017 at 11:19 am


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