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Damian Green Tipped for Chancellor as Universal credit ‘must be halted’ – Scottish social security minister after Inverness meeting

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A few days ago..  Damian Green denies he will replace Philip Hammond as Chancellor

‘He is doing a great job…and I’m sure will continue to do so after the election’

Davidson caught out over ‘shameful’ child poverty claim

Scottish Conservatives leader accused of falsely claiming child poverty has fallen under the Tories.

Inverness Courier. 

HOW many people have to suffer before the UK Government freezes the roll out of problematic new benefit changes, a Scottish minister has asked.

The social security minister, Jeane Freeman, made her comments during a visit to Inverness where she heard of people going hungry and being plunged into debt as a result of universal credit.

The city, along with Nairn, Badenoch, Strathspey, Wester Ross and Ullapool, was one of the first places to feel the force of the new single benefit when a trial began last year. It replaces Jobseeker’s Allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit, and will be rolled out gradually across the UK over the coming years.

Claimants say they have been plagued with problems since the trial launched – from the complicated online application to a six-week benefits freeze any time a change of circumstances is reported.

On Monday Ms Freeman attended a working group of Highland Council, Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) and housing associations and was shocked by the hardship people have been left in.

“I heard a lot of detail about the practical difficulties of the roll out and the impact it has, not only on individuals but the local authorities and housing associations,” she said. “The Scottish Government has already asked the UK Government to halt the roll out until they get these problems fixed.

“Online is just one part which is causing problems because not everyone is confident working online. The information being asked for isn’t always clear and in many places in the Highlands you can easily lose signal. Even what can be done on the phone costs money and if benefits have been frozen money is something people don’t have.”

Highland Council is now owed more than £700,000 in rent arrears from people on the new benefits system, an increase of 82 per cent since September last year.


Written by Andrew Coates

May 27, 2017 at 2:14 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.


    May 27, 2017 at 2:34 pm

  2. Hi tweeted @melissacade68


    May 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  3. What exactly has Damian Green done while at DWP to earn the right to be the next Chancellor ?

    He hasn’t been in a year yet and hasn’t done anything that IDS hadn’t already laid bar decreasing working tax credit that later got u-turned.

    As for halting the new system, considering how very long it hasn’t been working in all its components, do you seriously see the Tories doing that. The very fact this is all released untested should be telling enough about how insistent they are to nail this door shut.


    May 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  4. ………………………


    May 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

  5. As European nations mourn their dead and prepare for the next wave of “imminent” terror attacks, President P*utin warns that the N*ew W8orld O*rder are in the final stages of their “70 year masterplan for Europe“, and the process will only speed up from here.

    “The N*ew W*orld O*rder put hornet nests in your countries,” Putin told a K*remlin tour group. “And now they are poking them.”

    With France in a state of emergency, the United Kingdom under m*artial l*aw with thousands of troops patrolling the streets, and Germany and Sweden suffering m*igrant-related breakdowns of law and order, it is hard to argue with P*utin.

    The N*ew W*orld O*rder’s plan to fill Western nations with r*adical I*slamic i*mmigrants – against the will of the citizens of these countries – and then unleash hell on earth by “poking them“, has been achieved.

    P*utin believes that rejecting the o*pen b*order policies forced on European nations must be rejected if the continent is to have any chance of a peaceful future.

    “My European brothers and sisters must reject the g*lobalist open border policies being pushed onto them by the e*lite.”

    There is no place for s*overeign nations in the g*lobalists’ vision of the future, according to P*utin. And the R*ussian president pointed the finger of blame directly at the R*othschilds and their c*abal of international e*lites.

    “The R*othschild-c*abal have infiltrated your government, your media, your banking institutions. They are no longer content with committing atrocities in the M*iddle E*ast, they are now doing it on their own soil, desperate to complete the plan for a o*ne w*orld g*overnment, w*orld a*rmy, complete with a w*orld c*entral b*ank.

    “They think they can do this by terrorising you into submission. Scaring you into accepting whatever new laws they will put in place to protect you.”

    Putin issued a call to arms, urging Europeans to reject the siren call of the globalists and their death cult.

    “They [Europeans] must rise up against their masters, who have long since stopped serving the people, and demand their voices are heard.

    “The governments of the west are no longer hiding their true intentions. You can see the horror that lies beneath their mask. Keep your eyes on them. Don’t fall for their tricks.

    “Russia will not stand by and allow its European cousins to be slaughtered and dehumanised like this. The battle is over. The war has begun. Truth and justice will prevail.“


    May 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm

  6. Newswire

    May 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

  7. Mandatory reconsiderations and the rule of law

    This appears to be an absolutely outrageous interference by the executive with the rule of law.



    May 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    • Ken

      As much as im glad the truth is spreading, it kills me that its taken these people and when they do comment mainstream media and politicians, this long to realize whats been going on.

      It hasn’t taken the Tories to gain government in 2010 for this kind of doublespeak to exist. Taken from the annuals of advertising, this has been around for decades, even from the advertising aspect, known to the public yet they still forgot, this allow it to happen to this very day.

      When i look at say DWP, there isn’t a single shred of literature that isnt sown through and through with what i call generics.

      Take the CC for instance – I will look for work that i can travel to within 90 minutes each way from home.

      Now most claimants are not acquainted with welfare law and even if they were, wouldn’t find what exactly that means. Still now i get and we get here claimants asking stuff like can DWP make me use my car, do i have to spend my wages on trains and buses.
      The cut and thrust of the answer is DWP like an employer expect you to front expenses and time but all is not what it seems.

      DWP like to assume that as your in receipt of benefits, that they are fronting this but considering this benefit provided only accounts for the cost of your particular living, it doesn’t actually account for funds towards funding a job prior to being paid. Further more its after the fact of making a claim for benefit meaning like work, you do what they want, then they pay you so its always past tense, never upfront. UC has applied this tenfold as DWP only assume you’ve just come out of a job and that this job will correctly fund you prior to a first payment. Now they quietly acknowledge this may not be the case nor provide the correct funds so still have to begrudgingly agree you may be living off a loan you have to repay.

      Further more you have to declare all work and what is declared is deducted under the taper, further proving they don’t fund travel time and cost.

      All DWP can enforce is that you walk providing you can for 90 minutes. I know i give out 6 miles but please be clear this is an average and takes no account for peoples individual strides, the layout of the land, amount of traffic lights and other obstacles that impede your motion Vs time meaning it could be 4 miles or even less. So if you work this out can effectively draw a circle area around where you reside where DWP can only enforce you look for,apply and be prepared to work.

      If people research like i do, DWP actually have very little influence over what they can make you do that’s actually enforcible by act/regulation/law. That’s why they are generic, lie/deliberately mislead and cheat so much.


      May 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

  8. More nonsense from Marr.


    May 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

  9. Nothing unusual for the Tories.

    The Observer has obtained a series of Conservative party attack ads sent to voters last week in the key marginal constituency of Delyn, north Wales. Activists captured the ads using dummy Facebook accounts after finding that their own ad – encouraging young people to register to vote – were being “drowned out” by the Tory ads.



    May 28, 2017 at 8:37 am

    • Enigma

      Bumping is one of the oldest tricks and im afraid to say not the only one they plan to launch on you.

      The rise in popularity of and for referendums threatens the very fabric of the need for governance in an age we are all connected enough to make democratic decisions for ourselves. You might remember quite a while back i spoke about Ayn Rand and how she proposed back in the day that there’s no need for centralized governance, that the collective is quite capable of making these decisions themselves and that a scientific experiment was much later carried out that actually proved this to be very true.

      Now im saying this as referendums like elections constrain governments and political parties to the will of the people, which you’ve all seen in the flesh now. The only gripe to be had was political parties were not scrutinized enough in the data they gave us, much the same as the Tories and Labour let alone the others are doing again towards our impending election. In short they have far to much power to avoid the difficult questions. Now in a facsimile they are looking to jump on the band wagon with suggestions to put out proposal for the public to comment on in a yes or no fashion. These will be far less strict than a referendum meaning its open to manipulation/corruption on a grand scale to its counterpart. Politicians by far and large are not your friends, do not be deceived by rhetoric and as yet unproved assertions that they know whats best for you.

      Referendums with stricter controls are the way forward for a true democracy, they would completely render the need for centralized governance and parliament to a non near existent state where ones own importance does not exist and thus prevent outside influences such as lobbies,corporations and wealth persons. I warn you now DO NOT allow any political body in government or otherwise to introduce open to the public consultations without outlining first how they will tirelessly protect the system from manipulation/corruption. Insist on a referendum, insist on tighter strict controls and definite criminal punishments for those who seek to subvert the rule of the people.


      May 28, 2017 at 11:08 am

      • The DWP deliberately cloak everything in vagueness hoping that clients won’t ask questions and will passively just go along with anything their representatives say. Although they are not supposed to lie they when asked they do encourage people into believing untrue things to get people to do things that are voluntary having convinced themselves that they are compulsory. A good example would be Universal Jobmatch access which can be denied to the DWP without penalty, with far too many claimants allowing access to their accounts unnecessarily afraid to look uncooperative or contrary when asked for access by a clerk at the Jobcentre. Same with a lot of the “courses” and “programmes”, most of which are not compulsory.

        This deliberate vagueness allows the DWP to fool people into agreeing to things that they didn’t have to.

        I anything is suggested to you by the Jobcentre that you don’t fancy ask if it is compulsory and if it isn’t refuse it.

        Talking Teeth

        May 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

    • The creation and use of dummy Facebook accounts are against our Terms & Conditions, so these “activists” were clearly breaking the Law.

      Many thanks for reaching out


      Mark Zuckerberg

      May 28, 2017 at 11:35 am

  10. Violet

    May 28, 2017 at 11:03 am

  11. Violet

    May 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

  12. Violet

    May 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

  13. Tory suicide. The high cost of an Election gamble that the Tories MUST WIN . A Tory loss would mean criminal charges against them. for instance Human Rights Breaches & many more. The Tories suicide policy is now backfiring to be Tory political suicide leading to Tory suicide. Russian Roulette !!!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 28, 2017 at 11:46 am

  14. Stable & Strong not Theresa May`s Strong & Stable Anti Depressants that don`t work all the time.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

  15. Cutting costs costs lives !!!!! The Tories are terrorists to disabled people.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 28, 2017 at 11:49 am

  16. Tory Chat Bots now becoming to enemy of the state because the Tory Chat Bot has now malfunctioned.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 28, 2017 at 11:50 am

    • Tory Chat Bots on Facebook !!! Make new friends with a Tory Chat Bot they can be malfunctioned at any time to turn against their makers. Twitter aka Jesus.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 28, 2017 at 11:53 am

  17. It’s difficult to trust anybody who grins as much as Damien Green. Just ain’t natural.

    Talking Teeth

    May 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

  18. BA’s on-going problems.

    Mick Rix, GMB national officer for aviation said: “BA made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India. BA have made substantial profits in for a number of years, and many viewed the company’s actions as just plain greedy”.

    And BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott said: “Yes, the union has a big axe to grind, but still, people will want to know if BA made its IT systems more vulnerable by scaling back computer support to save money.”



    May 28, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    • Enigma

      Put your faith and all your eggs in one basket and look what happens. Anyone might think this was divine intervention.


      May 28, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      • Yep, they always seem think they’ll get away with it.


        May 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    • A lot of firms outsource their software to India, BT billing software for instance.

      Beth Lee Hem

      May 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    • Or are you saying that Indians are less capable at writing software. Some of the IT industry’s best brains are recruited from India, Google for instance is headed up by an Indian. So all this talk blaming the so-called BA failure on their outsourcing of their software to India just doesn’t fly. (pun intended)

      Beth Lee Hem

      May 29, 2017 at 8:36 am

    • And to claims that Indians are less capable is racist, surely. Going by the other posts this blog appears to be ‘right on’, politically correct with a zero tolerance to racism. Posters have been roasted for challenging religious extremist yet it is PC to denigrate Indians?

      Beth Lee Hem

      May 29, 2017 at 8:41 am

      • ‘racism’

        Beth Lee Hem

        May 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

  19. New Work and Health Programme Guidance

    Hat-tip: Frank Zola a whatdotheyknow regular. Cheers Frank!


    jj joop

    May 28, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    • It will be to ICE for many.


      May 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      • It says it’s for EMPLOYMENT & SUPPORT ALLOWANCE.

        Beth Lee Hem

        May 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

    • JJ Joop

      My fear for people sent to this new programme is while the providers move the bench they stuck them on last time, government will claim victory of getting more people into work when we know all three of those strategies sees a person be classed as EMPLOYED STATISTICALLY.

      A work placement is not the same thing as work experience, its making people pay for being disabled, being ill because effectively they are earning that money without the recognition being attached. If the illness or disability worsens i suspect instead of time off sick, they will receive a sanction instead. I see nowhere any documentation addressing this if or when it happens. Anyone in work be it this programme or a actual paying job need to be monitored on a daily basis physically, not a phone call but all we will see is the provider pop in to set up the game between employer and claimant, then be nowhere to be seen.

      If employers wanted to show willing in this scheme then get them to pay for it, pay this persons benefit instead of like government, hiding behind a community wall of helping your fellow people. The very fact we have community work placements demonstrates the lack of co-operation and assistance from businesses and governments willingness to support this.

      Im sorry, but until government face the main barrier to work the employer, all we will see is yet more people return back to DWP after these providers fail once again.

      The taxpayer wants them to get back into work, the employer to pay them from there own profits,pay taxes and insurance and not in work at the taxpayer expense. They especially don’t want those who shouldn’t be in work end up with an even worse condition only to springboard further costs towards healthcare.


      May 29, 2017 at 8:59 am

      • doug

        I couldn’t have put it better myself. This is just a mini-me version of the Work Programme. And as the budget for it is minuscule in comparison to the WP, it remains to be seen how it will actually work. I think it will just turn into a sanction-fest.

        This guidance isn’t even available to the public. Check out S. Gwilliam’s original FoI Request on whatdotheyknow: “However to access this guidance you first need to register on BRAVO as as a potential DWP supplier, giving full details of companies house registation, Vat registration, EEC certification, etc., etc.”


        jj joop

        May 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

      • Perhaps we should start a website and call it: what-they-don’t-want-us-to-know!

        jj joop

        May 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

      • JJ Joop

        I have considered although the NHS is taking up my time, for a welfare website addressing home truths. I want to put employers and agencies under the spotlight and on the spot. Not with articles by mainstream but by directly approaching them to provide them with the opportunity to clear or indict themselves with carefully crafted questions that don’t allow for get outs/put offs.

        Now i know some will say they wont reply, well you cant say you didn’t get an email and weren’t afforded the time to responded and thus clearly proving you would rather avoid the difficult questions than face reality.
        Its not about setting them up, its about getting this out in the open so we can all move in the right direction, a direction that sees this country moving forward while owning not just its strengths but its weaknesses.

        I would rather a potential employer says i don’t like your personality, your criminal record raises issues of doubt, you have no home,your disablement impedes my profit rather than find the one egg they will simply say is the better candidate and thus avoid all i already said. At least then the likes of DWP or government couldn’t hide behind and peddle assumption.


        May 29, 2017 at 11:02 am

      • Funding to shrink by 75% from March when work programme is replaced by much smaller work and health programme


        £20m windfall for Emma Harrison as she exits welfare to work firm A4e


        One appointment every three weeks,courses told booked that didnt exist or run on arrival.appointments given that were different on their system aloof staff and a jobcentre adviser on the attack for not asking for help from them(that was her uninformed opinion) It was going very badly wrong in there from an early stage.They didn’t care,

        Instead they let it all unravel into an expensive farce.Some small outside companies were eventually brought in did try to offer specialist services but were up against time spent unemployed barriers to work lack of job skills and a poor local job market.

        Eventually Peopleplus moved eleswhere


        May 30, 2017 at 9:42 pm

  20. Theresa May will not reveal social care cap before general election, well well.


    May 28, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  21. Reiterate

    May 29, 2017 at 8:21 am

    • No matter how its penned in a DWP phrase, you are effectively punished for not already having a job.

      Government spends hundreds of millions a year on one scheme or another yet never answers the question, if there’s hundreds of thousands of jobs a month, why aren’t employers queuing up at JCP, clambering to steal claimant from another employer, why aren’t they ringing DWP crying i offered one of your claimants job and they turned it down ?

      We all know it is the employer who makes the oh so important choice, that the true onus falls on them and that there reluctance to show up in the millions speaks volumes. We had no problem drafting conscripts for 2 world wars, got women in the workplace like never seen before yet cant get employers to hire 0.02% of the population.

      DWP and government keep saying its the claimants responsibility to find work, they need schemes because they don’t know how to, avoid work. Well if its that’s easy, why pass on the blame, why don’t they as they seems to hold our hands in everything else, just produce the jobs we could all turn upto the following day, jobs that don’t keep people state dependent, in debt.

      ANSWER – They cant, that the truth while ignored cannot be avoided.


      May 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    • Michaela Holberg 7 hrs ago
      UK not only has about the West’s worst income gap but also apparently justice gap. Having the Western world’s worst social mobility is also a kind of justice gap, as smart children with poorer parents have less chance of moving up the social scale than in any other developed country. It’s become almost acceptable in these islands to assume that members of the power elite are above the law; numerous accusations of eg. serious child abuse (inc. one death) that would be investigated/ press campaign in most of Europe, are swept under the carpet. Conversely, plebs are jailed for relatively minor things in UK, examples I’ve heard often are possession of younger teen nude pics. or fairly small amounts of drugs that would be sensibly ignored in most of Europe, or for minor crimes that would incur a fine elsewhere. Much of our media magnifies ordinary people’s misdemeanours (in most of Europe that’s illegal and it’s easier to get legal aid for libel) and says little about the crimes of the rich. Similarly they have tried to discredit all benefit claimants, exaggerated the extent of benefit abuse, while playing down the much larger problem of tax avoidance and the elite’s government that makes that easy. Our benefits are not as generous as we’re told – we get cherry picked figures- many benefits are higher in other countries, sanctions generally fairer, and UK pensions are the West’s worst. I hope Dr. Webster’s observations are well covered in the tabloid press but I won’t hold my breath.


      May 29, 2017 at 10:45 am

      • How many people sanctioned even once are still unemployed 6 months later as opposed to going into work.

        Evidence as in registered at HMRC with tax code and not simply signing off on a DWP form.


        May 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

    • John Thomas

      “It means that the average job seeker can expect to be sanctioned at least once a year, which probably represents a loss of about 10% of a minimum income. This would be sufficient in itself to thwart any realistic attempt to obtain work”

      Even if your figures are correct, if you cannot get a job within a year then there is something clearly wrong with you.

      Dr Douglas McKenzie

      Yes – you might be disabled, or have had learning difficulties, or you may be suffering from mental health issues, you might happen to live in an area that has no jobs, you might have to care for someone else. So many reasons that you might be worthless eh?

      John Thomas

      Why would any of the scenarios you have stated above stop people from finding a job?

      For example, I see disabled people in all sorts of jobs these days.

      My very own physiotherapist in my local hospital is in a wheelchair and has been all her life.

      Another example is that my local supermarket employs Down’s Syndrome adults.


      May 29, 2017 at 11:11 am

      • “My very own physiotherapist” – sounds like someone who has been/is on benefits themselves!?


        May 29, 2017 at 11:13 am

    • “If our people are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.”

      – Sun Tzu

      Sun Tzu

      May 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

      • Will we end up with bare foot doctors

        Bobby The Copper

        May 30, 2017 at 8:47 am

    • And with Theresa May in power, we have police officers and nurses queuing up at food banks. An utterly disgraceful and shameful situation!

      A Police Officer

      May 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        May 30, 2017 at 10:17 am

      • Nurses and coppers reduced to using foodbanks? You’re ‘aving a laff? Nurses and coppers earn bleeding good money!


        May 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      • Eastender

        Whats the tactic here, say the same thing again and again, say it long enough and hope people start believing it ?

        If there was one ounce of truth that police and or nurses DIDN’T visit foodbanks, don’t you think the Tories would have been all over it with hard evidence ?

        The official government declaration is “reasons are complex”, so their clearly not denying it.


        May 31, 2017 at 8:42 am

      • What you are saying is true, doug. Police, nurses and others on good salaries ARE receiving food parcels whilst benefit claimants are being turned away: “because we are out of stock”. Foodbanks are broken, like everything else in British society they are riddled with fraud. The truth about foodbanks will be exposed one day.

        Foodbank Volunteer

        May 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

      • It always breaks my heart to see my local chief inspector being handed a BMW X5 boot’s worth of food, the rest of us have to make do with a packet of dried pasta. No waiting standing around in line for him either… the helpful staff even go out back to help him load up his car. A police warrant card works wonders…. wish the same could be said for a benefit book.


        May 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

      • Foodbank Volunteer

        Food banks riddles with fraud ?

        Just because stock is running out does not imply fraud. There’s no deserving and non deserving queues, there is one queue. Stocks are running out because not only are more people coming but also because people have less to give charity, its the chain effect of stagnant poor wages and insecure hours our government introduced inorder to try push up productivity. What i mean is why have one employee work long hours when you can have a handful working short and thus produce a rise in productivity irrespective of the fact when translated into singular manpower over a longer 37 hour frame presents the same resultant. Its a statistical trick that gives the appearance a company/companies are doing more while simultaneously reducing job security and longevity. The reason why no particular party is interested in pushing down immigration is that this makes up the financial shortfall so governments and businesses get more while you the employee gets less money,less longevity,less rights and security.


        May 31, 2017 at 9:58 am

  22. Crisis Actor

    May 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

    • Channel 4 News deleted this – quickly! It is so obvious that these girls are lying through their teeth. Some people will do or say anything for their 25 minutes of fame!

      Sandy Hook

      May 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

      • The girl in the video looks a bit young to be talking about ‘shrapnel’.

        Yorkshire Pud

        May 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      • No wonder Channel 4 News pulled this.

        Yorkshire Pud

        May 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    • Not really ‘crisis actors’ as such. They just need someone who is articulate and who works well on camera to give an account. Any real person wouldn’t be composed enough. It would make for bad, sloppy, messy unprofessional, incoherent TV. So they hire some folks from a local theatre troupe, so what. At least it provides some much-needed work for actors. 90% of actors are unemployed 90% of the time. Why do actors leave their curtains closed in the morning? It gives them something to do in the afternoon.

      The Ipswich Players

      May 29, 2017 at 9:40 am

    • CrisisCast
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      We dramatise events for emerging security needs in the UK, Middle East and worldwide. Our specialist role play actors – many with security clearance – are trained by behavioural psychologists and rigorously rehearsed in criminal and victim behaviour to help police, the army and the emergency services, hospitals, schools, local authorities, government, private security firms, shopping centres, airports, big business, criminal justice departments, media and the military to simulate incident environments for life saving procedures.

      We use state of the art British film industry techniques, props and special effects to help trainers deliver essential, hands-on, high octane crisis response and disaster management training. We also work with trainee doctors, psychologists and care professionals.



      May 29, 2017 at 10:07 am

  23. … boom! boom! as Basil Brush would say.

    The Ipswich Players

    May 29, 2017 at 9:41 am

  24. Watch Tory Dominic Raab LIE about the reasons for food bank use

    The Trussell Trust’s official figures show that benefit delays and changes are the biggest causes of referral to a food bank.

    It may interest you to know that the Trussell Trust has compiled a report about the effect of Universal Credit rollout on food bank use.

    It says 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 the 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.


    Making the NHS and society pay!


    May 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    • And with Theresa May in power, we have police officers and nurses going to food banks. An utterly disgraceful and shameful situation!

      A Police Officer

      May 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      • This should make for interesting if Mrs May does win the election and attends the next Police Federation Meeting.

        Bobby The Copper

        May 30, 2017 at 8:46 am

      • Nurses and coppers reduced to using foodbanks? You’re ‘aving a laff? Nurses and coppers earn bleeding good money!


        May 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      • Eastender

        Maybe drinking in the Albert and reading the sun has jaded your senses but there’s different types of nurses and police, paid vastly different incomes IF any in certain cases.

        Like a Tory or a politician infact, your trying to stereotype these trades either because you haven’t spent enough time studying it or are just trying to avoid a few home truths you hope people wont notice.


        May 31, 2017 at 8:35 am

      • Just out of curiosity what “type” of police, nurse is paid so little or nothing at all that they have to resort to foodbanks. Foodbanks are supposedly there for benefit claimants. They are for circumstances in which you have absolutely NOTHING; you have no income, you have no savings, you have depleted your resources, your cupboards are bare, if you have any kids they are screaming out for food, you have no friends/family whom you can borrow money from. These are the people whom foodbanks are intended for. If the filth (and nurses) are receiving handouts from foodbanks is surely suggest fraud in the foodbank system and it is something that urgently needs to be looked into since the intended recipients are being are having the food stolen out of their very mouths by people on salaries which are ample enough to pay for basics such as food.

        Nurses generally fall into two categories. Auxiliary nurses and staff nurses. Auxiliary nurses are paid less than staff nurses; it is auxiliary who do all the real work though, they change the beds and empty the bedpans whilst the staff nurses sit on their fat backsides in the “station” eating the boxes of chocolate gifted to them by leaving patients and popping out occasionally to tick a chart. There are also agency nurses who are paid a lot, lot more, some earning upwards of £100,000 per annum. The lowest band on the NHS pay scale is band 1, which pays £15,404 -£15,671, this is the bare minimum where auxiliary nurses (health care assistants) could fall. “Proper” nurses are on Band 5 at least which which pays starts at £22,128 rising to £28,747.

        As for the police:

        “The starting salary for police constables in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is between £19,383 and £22,962, rising to £37,254 at the top of the scale – achievable after about seven years. In Scotland it’s slightly higher, starting at £23,493 and rising to £36,885 – achievable after about ten years.

        The range of typical salaries with several years’ experience is £36,885 to £41,865 for sergeant; £47,730 to £51,771 for inspector; and £52,830 to £55,005 for chief inspector.”

        A London weighting applies of £2,277 per annum and a non-pensionable London allowance of £1,011.”

        The police also receive a huge range of “hidden” benefits such as free travel, free petrol/diesel, free prescriptions for them and their family, free furniture, house decorated twice a year for free… they even used to get their rent/mortgage paid.


        May 31, 2017 at 9:24 am

      • Broken

        Yes you are aren’t you.

        Listing a pay structure does precisely nothing to highlight worker participation. This government CUT the police force meaning as was so obvious the other day after the bomb incident across Britain, that the main stay of our police force is made up of specials and PCSO’s. Specials work part time (some get paid,some don’t) and PCSO’s starting salary is £16’000.

        Nurses are degree trained or training towards a degree. An intern does not earn what a nurse does. The already qualified have to payback the £40’000 student loan ontop of taxes and NI bringing there salaries massively down to around £16/17’000 per year. Again as you have seen in the police,prison, numbers had been cut and demands of expectation raised leading to increased use of part time/agency staff in the face of the crisis this government instigated through their plan to privatize the crap out of everything while so called balancing the books.

        At the end of the day this government created a clusterfck they engineered and why workers tax and NI contributions is most certainly not going down but rather heading very close to a rise that will only serve to exacerbate the problem. Running Britain costs more and quoting a reduction in deficit doesn’t hide the fact this government has borrowed more money than new labour to paper over their failed polices.


        May 31, 2017 at 10:31 am

      • Doug

        lol no one is talking about Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) laughing known as “plastic bobbies”, they don’t even have the power of arrest for crying out loud. When commenters are talking about “police” they are talking about “proper” police, you know they ones who can drag you off the street, throw you in a meat wagon and take you off to the cells.

        The Plastic Bobbies

        May 31, 2017 at 10:38 am

      • Doug

        lol no one is talking about Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) laughingly known as “plastic bobbies”, they don’t even have the power of arrest for crying out loud. When commenters are talking about “police” they are talking about “proper” police, you know they ones who can cuff you up, drag you off the street, throw you in a meat wagon and cart you off to the cells.

        The Plastic Bobbies

        May 31, 2017 at 10:40 am

      • The Plastic Bobbies

        Actually they never outlined specifically.

        For a start any verification comes from the likes of the trussell trust, main media hasn’t spent the last 6 years camped out at food banks just to win one over on government. These type of trusts if a conversation arises with a visitor doesn’t simply expand into interrogation mode of, “well what type of police are you then” or “what type of nurse”, What if any occupation asked is quite adequate enough without having to go into the specifics as your hardly trying out for a job while asking for food.

        Now i noticed you steered clear of SCs, Is that because you couldn’t belittle them the way you just did PCSOs ?

        Just because you have reduced powers does not make you any less of a serving law enforcer, any less of standing out in a foodbank to an FTE as plumping up the pillars as so to speak saying it was an FTE somehow makes it a lie or excusable.

        The sheer attempts to debunk or inflame today are a testament to the OPs character/s. You should be ashamed at the way you have acted towards an unfortunate turn of advents for particular individuals with your vile and asinine comments.


        May 31, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    • I think Raab said that most people go to food back due to “temporary stoppages” or something like that, which of course is no doubt the way a Tory would describe the five to ten week wait for Universal Credit after application, or what happens when somebody gets sanctioned, trying to make it look like something incidental or accidental when in fact it is the Tory social policy that causes it.

      Diesel Dragster

      May 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm

  25. Clue: YES!

    Sandy Hook

    May 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    • Three massacres? What three massacres? Blimey! She’s an unlucky chick ain’t she?

      Diesel Dragster

      May 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    • It IS strange how you NEVER see any ‘ugly’ people featured in any of these ‘massacre’ videos. Kind of like you NEVER see ‘ugly’ people in soap operas/movies/reading the news. If it was a truly random selection you would expect some really ugly fuckers to pop up from time to time, but it is always some good-looking blonde bombshell or summat. Really, really strange that, innit?

      Yorkshire Pud

      May 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    • And as for Manchester why do we only ever see the same five second clip. And it does look kind of odd, like if you have ever watched a movie being filmed like someone is stood out of sight on the ‘film set’ with a megaphone and and shouted: “Action, Go, go, go”, before the ‘audience’ started running, the “Cut, it’s a wrap.” And the Filth ALWAYS looks as if they are covering something up. Why have they always got to be so secretive. Also why is there ALWAYS a ‘rehearsal’ just before the ‘main event’. Everything looks so manipulated and stage-managed to look almost unreal. It is good at least some people are thinking rather than just hoovering up the mainstream ‘narrative’ wholesale.

      Yorkshire Pud

      May 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    • The story behind the fake Manchester attack victims

      After the bombing, several posts of fake victims went viral. We look at the disturbing trend that keeps fooling social media

      he tweets usually go something like this.

      “My son was in the Manchester Arena today he’s not picking up my call”

      “Help my sister is missing in #Munich, she was working in Mcdonalds when the shooting started”

      “My sister was in #Nice near the accident, please help, my mama is crying”

      The posts all have something in common – they were all sent after an attack in a European country and were all fake. Attached to each was a picture of someone who wasn’t at the scene; some weren’t even in the same country.

      In the wake of the Manchester attack, family members of people genuinely caught up in Monday night’s terror searched desperately for news of their loved ones. Many turned to social media. Collages of the missing were created by people who wanted to help.

      But as their posts went viral, so did the hoaxes. And this time, some ended up being published by major news outlets in the media scramble which traditionally follows a terrorist attack.



      May 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm

  26. Andrew Coates

    May 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

    • Everything that comes out is!

      To she the majority of the population will believe anything for they are stupid..


      May 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

    • its the reaction of the loke beside him that says it all… the way he is looking down as he’s listening then looks up over his glasses and just looks at her
      then there is the black lady just in shot who raises her eyebrows and shakes her head


      May 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

    • Lucky it wasn’t the Jobcentre! Funny how an audience member suffers no consequences for an action, the very same action which would have had very severe consequences for a benefit claimant. Just imagine he had said “that’s bollocks” to a jobcentre cockroach. His claim would have been closed and he would have been man-handled out of the Jobcentre by the G$S security guards. Then they would have called the cops and had him charged with “aggressive and threatening behavior”.

      Katie & Daniel

      May 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      • YOu are quite right, even talking disrespectfully can get you in hot water….I merely speak on behalf of a friend….

        Andrew Coates

        May 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      • been there done that… or rather they tried to do that. i just said bring it on, nothing happened… maybe it was because i was recording at the time… strange that.


        May 31, 2017 at 6:30 am

      • Gazza

        Ever since last year, i have jumped on this group session bandwagon, DWP has rolled out to mask a serious cutback in staff. From all the emails and recordings i get to hear, its really clear, there pedaling a mantra while ostracizing or ignoring anyone demonstrating logical thought.
        The most common one is anyone can get a job on the basis a claimant should look for any work. They always mention i looked today and found quite a few jobs requiring no skills. Funny thing is, when challenged, neglected to bring said jobs to session. Its worth pointing out here when they do present
        One peach one i heard was one session being held by an ex professional educator. They used this admission to covertly somehow demonstrate they know what there talking about and that can see through people on some psychological level.
        This person didn’t realize it at the time but had just stepped on a land mine. I say this as they were challenged on why did you give it up and why in a sector so bad in need of such professionals. The answer that was really no answer was to laugh,turn away from the questioner and proceed with another sentence in their crafted mantra.
        The result of the point comes as this person did then on go to receive a more forceful regime of support when signing next time around.


        May 31, 2017 at 9:43 am

    • Lucky it wasn’t the Jobcentre! Funny how an audience member on a live TV programme and in front of the Prime Minister suffers no consequences for an action, the very same action which would have had very severe consequences for a benefit claimant. Just imagine he had said “that’s bollocks” to a jobcentre cockroach. His claim would have been closed and he would have been man-handled out of the Jobcentre by the G$S security guards. Then they would have called the cops and had him charged with “aggressive and threatening behavior”.

      Katie & Daniel

      May 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

  27. enigma

    May 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

  28. British establishments dirty murderous tricks.



    May 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

  29. Marie

    May 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  30. Class War

    May 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm

  31. Class War

    May 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

  32. enigma

    May 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm

  33. Twiiter

    May 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

  34. Man declared fit for work despite needing double hip replacement slams benefit system


    It seems the Tories are still living up to their strong and stable image by continuing to stick it to disabled and ill people.
    I don’t know if others have noticed but if you sift through the Tory sounds bits, the only audience their really catering for is as they put it, “the hard working taxpayer”.
    Maybe someone should ask, when they say, “the hard working taxpayer”, what amount of tax and NI they pay and benefits they don’t receive to be classified as such ?

    For a country they claim is prosperous, we sure do seem to have an escalation of in work poverty, homelessness, food bank visits, arrears and debts surrounding living. Dominic Raab called it a financial blip yet blips don’t last years, Theresa May said causes are complex yet how hard is it to understand,people are skint and it all surrounds government changes and a lack of assistance where needed.


    May 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

  35. Osborne criticises the government’s manifesto, while charities are silenced by ‘gagging act’

    George Osborne, the architect of many an omnishambolic budget, has called the Conservative manifesto “the most disastrous in recent history” in a suprisingly critical editorial.

    He attacked Theresa May’s handling of Brexit as marred by “high-handed British arrogance”

    He has already mocked May’s net migration target as “economically illiterate” and branded Brexit a “historic mistake” since becoming the London paper’s editor.

    The Evening Standard has also criticised the government’s manifesto meltdown over the highly unpopular “dementia tax”,



    May 31, 2017 at 10:09 am

    • Sadly, many of these charities have been infiltrated by the elite who influence control through funding.

      Follow the money if there’s any doubt.


      May 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

    • Hell hath no fury like an arsehole sacked.

      Diesel Dragster

      May 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm

  36. Please feel free to pass the message on to any Conservative voters you may know!



    May 31, 2017 at 10:12 am

  37. Theresa May’s plan to slash net migration to tens of thousands would double unemployment, study warns

    British workers would be the main losers from lower economic growth, research finds



    May 31, 2017 at 2:20 pm

  38. Workers have few rights in the ‘gig economy’. Only Labour will change this

    Tory and Lib Dem claims to care about employment rights ring hollow when you look at their track records. But Labour has concrete plans to help workers



    May 31, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    • I’m pretty sure that Damien Green made a speech this year adulating and praising the GIG economy as a way forward enabling self-employed people to become “entrepreneurs”. Cobblers I say!

      Diesel Dragster

      May 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  39. The BBC has refused to play a song which protests the policies of Theresa May, despite despite it making it to number one in the i tunes download charts.



    May 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm

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