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Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith’s Love Child.

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This is important to bear in mind:

If you make a new claim for Universal Credit you will not be paid for the first seven days. These days are known as waiting days. Don’t let this stop you making your claim and apply as soon as you are entitled to do so as it can take up to six weeks after you claim for your first payment to reach your account.

During those 6 weeks (increasingly the norm), people can take out loans.

The loans are taken from the first payment.

You could be left – a real case – with around £70 a month to live on…

The latest on Iain Duncan Smith’s Love Child:

House of Commons Debate on Universal Credit

 On Tuesday 27th June 2017 there was a debate in the House of Commons on Universal Credit, Damian Hinds Minister for Employment informed the audience that DWP recognised the concerns raised and are working to resolve them.

To date over a million people have made a Universal Credit Claim with £530,000 currently on the new benefit, more people are now on Universal Credit than on JSA.

Under the full service 99% of claims are made online DWP have conducted a survey on those on the scheme, apparently 82% of claimants have said they are satisfied with the new system.

Landlords were a key topic in the debate and it appears that DWP are aware of the issues faced with Housing, because of this they have introduced a Housing Confidence Scheme whereby work coaches now speak with claimants about Housing and look at their budgeting and any difficulties that they may face making it easier to facilitate direct payments to Landlords.

The UC 47 has been redesigned with improvements making it easier for the landlord to complete and apply for direct payments and receive payments faster.

Currently, DWP are working on ways to make it easier for Landlords to find out the status of APA’s and will announce the details in the near future.

You can watch the debate by following the below link:


Alternatively you can follow the below link to read the transcript:


After watching the debate are you confident in the proposed changes and would you house someone on Universal Credit?

Today in the Mirror,

Families could be left penniless over Christmas as the online roll-out of Universal Credit causes a “Scrooge effect”, a former minister has claimed.

Labour MP Frank Field has written to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke to express fears that expanding online applications for operation to 27 more local authority areas at that time of year could add to hardship already caused by delays in payments.

He wrote: “Such a revolutionary transition to the full service shortly before Christmas risks leaving large numbers of families without money, and facing misery, over the festive period.

“There is, of course, the six-week wait which new claimants must endure even if their claim for Universal Credit is processed on time.

“It is not inconceivable that a family with children making a new claim in mid-November could be left without money on Christmas Day, even if the system processes their claim as planned.

Given, though, that the current system struggles in some cases to cope with its existing caseload, the new system being rolled out just before Christmas could trigger all sorts of chaos.”




Written by Andrew Coates

July 4, 2017 at 10:09 am

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  1. Jezza’s spokesman when pressed by Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics admitted that Labour have no intention of scrapping benefit sanctions or ending the benefits ‘freeze’. Not that we didn’t know that already since it is blatantly obvious. But Labour do want to go on a public sector pay spending spree. Something else we didn’t know already. That is why public sectors workers are kissing Jezza’s feet, nowt to do with the predicament of those struggling on benefits and low pay, they can go and pick shit with the hens. As the Institute of Fiscal Studies pointed out it won’t be the high earners who will pay for any “fully costed”, stop laughing at the back, public sector pay spending splurge but benefit claimants indirectly through through inflation and low earners also directly through their taxes. Labour bad for benefit claimants and low earners but good for the police on salaries north of £40,000.

    The Daily Politics

    July 4, 2017 at 10:51 am

    • I spy with my little eye, something beginning with D ?

      And that’s DIVISIVENESS.

      You see we could not only raise public sector spending, but we could also kill two birds with one stone and place the unemployed into the public service itself so rather than a cheque for being unemployed, you get a cheque for working instead. Dispelled rumors of not wanting to work, remove any non work reference issues for when they move on,diverse range of services to gain experience in, room to lower education costs by replacing it with time honored on the job experience, criminal record checks made redundant what with instant access to records,health records to thanks to the Tories dream of an interlinked real time service. The benefits just go on and on.

      Not only would we bring back what being a true citizen was as in serving your country, we would end the term unemployed and replace it with in service. Let public service become a beacon of guaranteed employment, a position to be proud of, a position that pays and the private sector pays for not in percentage but in whatever the hell it needs to function.

      Wow now that’s a Tory capitalist nightmare if i ever saw one but more importantly just as amusing as the The Daily Politics post.


      July 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

    • Today, axed the plan to end free school meals.

      Yesterday, u-turned on the plan to end the ban on fox hunting.

      What policy will be scrap tomorrow?

      Ministers are at each other’s throats in Parliament.

      Negotiations on Brexit are dissolving into incoherence.

      No manifesto.

      No policies.

      No support.

      How long do we have to endure this farce?

      We no longer have an administration; we have an international laughing-stock.


      July 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    • Labour’s Manifesto demanded an end to sanctions.

      “Labour will act immediately to end the worst excesses of the Conservative government’s changes. We will:

      Scrap the punitive sanctions regime
      Scrap the Bedroom Tax
      Reinstate Housing Benefit for under-21s
      Scrap cuts to Bereavement Support Payment.”


      The weak point, which you are right to underline Daily, is that there is no commitment to end the Benefit Freeze, something which is seriously affecting people now.

      Andrew Coates

      July 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      • That’s true and on the Daily Politics a representative from the Labour Party said so. The person calling themselves “The Daily Politics” is a liar. If the programme is still available on iPlayer and you have an internet connection you can confirm this yourselves.


        July 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

      • The person calling themselves “The Daily Politics”

        I addressed a post on Andrews previous post regarding IDS about about inflation and clearly outlined what triggers it. This The Daily Politics poster stated in reply “What you are saying may be true to a degree”.

        Maybe to a degree, i think not as the value of the pound alone since the brexit vote has massively influenced inflation without discussing all the other factors i mentioned. If we went by the likes of the The Daily Politics poster, we could simply lower how many people are in work and it would change or blame government for putting more people than ever into work. We all know its far from that simple.

        Lastly proving businesses put up prices because people have more money in there pocket (this certainly happens) is like businesses telling you specifically why they didn’t choose you for the job honestly, it just doesn’t present itself because they have no intention of telling you that.


        July 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

      • Labour have always been fuzzy on the benefits freeze. The best John McDonnell could come up with when backed into a wall was: “We will look into it”. Labour then go on to talk about the “cost” of ending the benefits freeze. Cost, what cost? Claimants rightful increase in their benefits to account for inflation has already been stolen and will continue to withheld. Why not say that we will reimburse claimants for the stolen money and increase their benefits to where it should be in the first place?

        As we all know, and especially a seasoned political campaigner such as Andrew Coates should know, Manifesto “commitments” don’t amount to a row of beans. Do Labour intend to scrap sanctions across the board as soon as they set foot in Downing Street, or are they going to “make a start” at some point by introducing exemptions for so-called vulnerable groups, the non-media friendly face of sanctions,
        and then forget about it. And maybe remove hardship allowance if you are not in a so-called “vulnerable group” like under the previous Labour administrations.

        The truth is we don’t know until and if Labour are actually in power. Maybe we have to complete the sentence in Labour’s Manifesto “commitment”: “We pledge to scrap sanctions” [at some point during our third term in office and then only if you are in a so-called “vulnerable group”]

        Teller of Truth

        July 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      • Labour say they will end sanctions targets

        Rachel Reeves ,the shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Stephen Timms, shadow Employment Minister have said that if labour is elected next year they will end targets for sanctions. But how much difference would this actually make?

        According to Reeves and Timms:

        “. . . we urgently need to get a grip on the delays and administrative errors that can mean the difference between eating and not eating for people trying to make a few pounds last for days. As MPs we have had to refer people to food banks because of problems like this. In one case a mother who worked three jobs as a cleaner but ended up living on payday loans because she had been forced to wait months on end to get the tax credits. We should take this kind of system failure as seriously as we do a delay to an important medical appointment or a failure to respond adequately to a crime report.

        “We also need to ensure that sanctions are fair and proportionate, and based on transparent procedures and appropriate safeguards. Sanctions have been part of our social security system since its foundation, and the principle of mutual obligation and putting conditions on benefit claims were integral to the progressive labour market policies of the last Labour government, from the first New Deals to the Future Jobs Fund.

        “We in the Labour movement have always believed that the right to work goes hand in hand with the responsibility to prepare for, look for, and accept reasonable offers of suitable work.

        “That’s why we have pledged that there will be no targets for sanctions under a Labour government so that jobcentre staff are focused on helping people into work, not simply finding reasons to kick them off benefits. We will also ensure that rules and decisions around sanctions are fair and properly communicated, and that the system of hardship payments is working properly.”

        But, without a change in the criteria for sanctions and a change in the attitude towards claimants of both politicians and the civil servants at the top of the DWP, how much difference would ending targets that are never explicitly stated in the first place actually make?

        Let us know what you think.


        Teller of Truth

        July 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      • The above is probably more represents the true position of Labour on sanctions and the Manifesto “commitment” like any other Manifesto “commitment” is intended solely to garner votes from a particular “demographic” i.e. telling them what they want to hear. Rachel Reeves scrapping sanctions!?

        Teller of Truth

        July 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      • Labour conference: Abrahams says party will scrap WCA… but not sanctions

        A Labour government would replace the “discredited” fitness for work test with a new assessment but it would not scrap benefit sanctions, the party’s shadow work and pensions secretary has admitted.

        She said the party’s pledge was only to scrap “the punitive regime introduced in 2012” through the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

        She said: “There has always been conditionality. The sanctions regime we have got is not the one we want.”

        A-ha, light bulb moment.

        Vindication has last: Labour have no intention of scrapping sanctions across the board but they do intend to scrap the punitive sanctions regime which is NOT the same thing.


        Teller of Truth

        July 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      • Eat your hat, Mr Coates 😀 😀

        Teller of Truth

        July 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      • Touche! Andrew Coates crawls back under a rock with egg on his face and a mouthful of hat 🙂

        Charity Burbage

        July 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      • “A Labour government would replace the “discredited” fitness for work test with a new assessment but it would not scrap benefit sanctions, the party’s shadow work and pensions secretary has admitted.

        Debbie Abrahams told a delighted party conference in Liverpool this week that Labour would scrap the work capability assessment (WCA) – which Labour introduced in 2008 – and get rid of the government’s “punitive sanctions system”.

        It was a pledge repeated by the newly re-elected party leader Jeremy Corbyn in his main speech to the conference, saying a Labour government would be “scrapping the punitive sanctions regime and the degrading work capability assessment”.

        But Abrahams had already admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) that this did not mean that a Labour government would scrap all benefit sanctions.

        She said the party’s pledge was only to scrap “the punitive regime introduced in 2012” through the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

        She said: “There has always been conditionality. The sanctions regime we have got is not the one we want.””

        This is so disappointing and saddening to read. We were mislead, fooled and conned by all those headlines screaming “Labour will scrap sanctions”. This was fundamentally dishonest, Sickening!


        Penelope Clearwater

        July 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      • Truthteller

        You owe the “Daily Politics” an apology (and so do you, Mr Coates) for calling them a “liar”.

        Penelope Clearwater

        July 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      • Rachel Reeves, Stephen Timms and Liam Byrne et al are not in the shadow cabinet and do not set Labour policy any more. These people became backbenchers when Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015. All the quotes below about Labour supporting the sanctions regime reference the last days of the Brown government, were quashed under Corbyn, and are not applicable.

        The person kicking up a dust about Labour backing sanctions is living in the past.

        I wish people would get their facts right.

        Salt of the Earth

        July 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      • Yes, exactly.

        The section in the Manifesto, that is the promise that matters, was clear on getting rid of the sanctions regime.

        There remains the issue of ending the benefit freeze, which has neither been supported nor rejected, but left unexamined

        We have a chance to put pressure on this which should be our intention.

        Andrew Coates

        July 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      • The wording is the same though – “scrap the punitive sanctions regime” with Debbie Abrahams admitting what is really meant by the exact same form of words that appeared in Labour’s Manifesto commitment. Are you suggesting that “scrapping the punitive sanctions regime” now means that Labour will scrap all sanctions – without expection? Why don’t they say “scrap sanctions – without exception” if that is what Labour (Jezza) really mean. As soon as Labour form a government, without any delay whatsover, an end to all sanctions in any way, shape or form? Is that what Labour now mean by the exact same form of words used only recently?


        July 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      • Comment aimed at Salt of the Earth before Mr Coates posted.


        July 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      • “sanctions regime”? Is that like sanctions per se, a wholesale end to sanctions, not just the “punitive regime”? Oh, how benefits claimants would feel really cheated if a Labour government did come into power and they were still being sanctioned because Labour didn’t mean what potential sanction victims thought they meant when they pledged to “scrap the punitive sanctions regime”. END SANCTIONS – WITHOUT EXCEPTION!


        July 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      • The last we heard on the benefits freeze was that John McDonnell was “looking into it”.


        July 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  2. The Bank Of England Staff are going on a 4 day strike over pay. Is that why Public Sector Pay is being talked about by Boris Johnson & the split of the Tory Party !!!

    Bank of England staff to go on strike
    BBC – 3rd July 2010

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 4, 2017 at 11:29 am

    • So Bank Of England Staff are topped up with Universal Credit !!!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

    • There is public sector workers and there is public sector workers. There is talk about giving one group of public sector pay workers a rise and saying no other groups, Labour didn’t deny that they would do this too. They are all at each other’s throats fighting for more cash from the public purse, mounting media campaigns, even shamelessly resorting to using the horrific deaths that occurred in the Grenfell Tower fire to trouser even more of the public’s cash. We all remember the faces of the smug, smirking “hero coppers” stood watching the terrified faces of the victims from a safe distance and shouting the order: “STAY IN YOUR FLATS.”


      July 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

      • And there’s green and then there’s green too.

        You mount a statement that not all public service will get rise, then sweep to a statement that hints at do the ones that will get a rise,deserve it.

        If that wasn’t an attempt to plant in the mind no one should get a rise, the futility of it, i don’t know what is.


        July 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

  3. UN confirms that UK government’s treaty violations were both grave AND systematic

    DNS By John Pring on June 29, 2017

    The United Nations (UN) committee that found the UK government guilty of violating the UN disability convention has revealed for the first time that its breaches of the human rights treaty were both “grave” and “systematic”.

    The decision to clarify the seriousness of the UK’s breaches of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) shows for the first time just how seriously the committee viewed those violations.

    Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said the UN’s clarification showed that the actions of the Conservative government that led to it being found guilty of breaching the treaty were “obviously based on a deliberate intention to cause harm without any regard to the horrendous consequences for disabled people”.

    When the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) published its report last November, it said the UK had committed “grave or systematic” violations of the treaty in three specific areas.

    Read More:

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

  4. Man forced to hitchhike to Personal Independence Payment assessment(Disabled given the run around by the Tory scumbags)



    July 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm

  5. Galloway vs the BBC propaganda machine.


    July 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    • Adhering to “core Tory values”. coming soon.

      Internet crackdown. The world over.

      filmmakers, bloggers, media and educators, celebrity gossip websites, restricted what video people can post and suspended online streaming, all on grounds of inappropriate content.

      On Friday, an industry association circulated new regulations that at least two “auditors” will, with immediate effect, be required to check all audiovisual content posted online – from films to “micro” movies, documentaries, sports, educational material and animation – to ensure they adhere to “core socialist values”.



      July 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      • Enigma

        Sensational for you that is, not even to bother to say its coming,be warned its coming.

        Your quite right even if you didn’t say its coming, the thought police are in play but unlike china, its not quite going to have the same effect in how people react to it. You would have to for start prevent any video,audio only and posts being uploaded prior to censorship which right there will create problems for the likes of zuker and google who rely on millions of uploads a day that make it possible for them to enjoy the revenue they currently make. Then there’s the work around as such material could be hosted elsewhere and merely linked to. Then there’s the likes of patreon and private sponsors who cant be corralled by corporate mobs and government as many a already famous uploader/blogger, etc has shifted to. With P2P in the mix, the genius of tech anti gov/corp geeks and the choice for people to denote there money where ever they want i personally don’t see it working out well for the west just yet considering there train of limited thought and lack of technology grasp.
        Governments are stuck in the mode of thinking everything will revolve around the likes of facebook and youtube style setups while branching to offshoots of torrent sites later. We know this is ball however as the lovely internet allows us to communicate in a heart beat where the next venue is as lets face it, creating a taboo is the greatest kick and compliment any platform can receive.

        You would literally have to get every IP to vet every piece of content leaving every computer manually to ever have any hope of preventing it which would make the term hyper speed somewhat redundant.


        July 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      • A guest on today’s Victoria Derbyshire programme propsed that the solution to your problem, doug, was for Facebook, Google, Snapchat et al to “employ an army of moderators.”

        Joanna Gosling

        July 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      • Joanna Gosling

        Yeah, well when your ignorant of the reality, a person would say that. The problem is cost when you consider the hideous amount of uploads per day. Youtube for instance last reported 100 hours of video every minute. Army, army, i think you would need a work force the size of an invading planet to address that. Youtube and facebook tried to be gentle when they told governments and public alike, algorithms are the closet hope to addressing this and even then it simply wouldn’t stop it.


        July 4, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      • Doug

        Youtube needs to employ 6000 moderators then:) Think of the jobs 🙂 This is a job creation scheme from manna 🙂


        July 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      • Assuming a 40 week for 24/7 coverage that would mean 25,000 moderators. And that is Youtube.


        July 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      • 25,000 YouTube moderators, even better!


        July 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      • 25,200 YouTube moderators, even better!


        July 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      • Honey

        You clearly didn’t give this much thought when you bashed the calculator did you.

        For starters everyone has a right of appeal meaning at worst doubling that figure of 6000 days worth in a single day. Second if this went ahead you would have agitators who will deliberately upload loads more crap to bog the system down, most probably by using bots and other techniques. there be innocent videos so no ones going to be looking at where they come from individually as that would take even more resources and time. Then there’s link videos that simply state to youtube rules we are not permitted to show this video so go the the address on video (this is well within youtube rules and breaks no laws). This would extend the time your spending per video chasing the lead. I could go on but your getting the picture here.

        So 6000 days worth in a day could easily escalate to biblical proportions and spiral costs far beyond what you imagine while governments insist on chasing a rainbow that cant be caught while maintaining that kind of platform/audience attention.


        July 5, 2017 at 10:34 am

      • Even Youtube’s stupid ‘flagging’ system doesn’t work as there are ‘covens’ of users trolling for videos to ‘flag’ that they object to politically, morally, ideologically, whatever. Whatever ever you do human nature will sure as hell find a way to turn it to shit.

        Sergey and Larry - The Google Guys :D :D

        July 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

      • What they probably will end up doing is to moderate posing BEFORE they appear publicly except in the case of “trusted users”. So if you post something to Facebook or Youtube somebody will give it the once over before anybody gets to see it slowing things down to a standstill.

        Salt of the Earth

        July 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  6. OT: House of Lords Immigration Minister Revels future of work – banged up work for £1.00 an hour

    Minister: Immigration detainees ‘benefit from £1-an-hour work’

    ME: No mention of profit made by Company that ’employees’ detainees – do they pay NI I wonder… maybe not as to quote the minister: “She said it helped meet “recreational and intellectual” needs – and was not a scheme designed to save money.

    Really? If she says so it must be so.


    July 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm

  7. Did government keep Grenfell rehousing promise?



    July 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm

  8. Minimum wage for the self-employed, suggests RF

    But Seamus Nevin, head of employment and skills policy at the IoD, said undermining the gig economy would bring disadvantages.

    “Evidence from the Labour Force Survey and the ONS suggest that easier routes into self-employment have also led to rising workplace participation for those who have historically struggled to find a job; notably single parents, disabled individuals, and the long-term unemployed,” he said.

    “An obligatory minimum wage would undermine the business model of many gig platforms, such as taxi, delivery or cleaning services, who would find it hard to justify paying people at times when there was no demand.”



    July 4, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    • Enigma

      A minister would say that as its another example of hiding the decline and the ever present protraction of the depression/crash. Now an ideal system of work would produce reasonable wages while producing public revenue. With the knock on effect of of less benefit going out, we would have more money for the likes of the NHS for instance.

      What we have however is not only businesses having humans on no risk tap financially but them also zeroing out office,staff,etc, costs not having to deal with collecting government revenue while still allowing them to claim back wages as deductible expenses. We then have the culture of umbrella companies who the government make revenue from based on quantity rather than the individual.

      So everyone wins apart from the actual employee in these low paid positions still weighed down by debt/borrowing and rising costs. Further to this there still heavily state reliant, negating the small clawback of revenue the government got.

      When the government claim they have got more people back to work, im afraid not really in the manner that is productive and beneficial for the country financially at any meaningful level. You know this is true besides figures in that our government has never ever mentioned that which should be mentioned fact. They have simply sort to hide in figure totals hoping you wont go look.

      What would be a better step forward and was much the thing back in the day, is to increase the amount these self employed people earn per piece work/contract. This still allows companies that flexibility but transfer the savings they have made directly to the employee which in turn if there a good successful business means more revenue for the country and a better living for that individual built on earnings rather than state handouts. We have to stop propping up fad ventures that line to far few pockets at the cost of many.


      July 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

  9. MP urges DWP to drop its ‘truly shocking’ benefits cap appeal

    DWP minister admitted that the appeal could cost up to £40,000.

    SNP MP Alison Thewliss has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to drop its appeal against a High Court ruling that the controversial benefits cap unlawfully discriminates against single parents with young children.

    Earlier this year, a High Court judge said the cap was causing “real misery” for lone parents with children under the age of two and serves “no good purpose”.

    Thewliss accused the government of “punishing” lone parents with children, saying it risks “stunting the life chances of those children as they go through their life”.

    “We are punishing people for the circumstances they are in”, she said.



    July 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

  10. The former PM showed his true colours with his slur on “selfish” public sector workers.

    How the Eton wealthy are groomed to keep the peasants in their lowly place by stifling wages.



    July 5, 2017 at 11:36 am

  11. A number of jobcentres are to merge or close, affecting up to 750 jobs, Department for Work and Pensions says


    July 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    • Pass us a fucking onion 🙂 We won’t be shedding any tears for sure 😀

      The Crocodile Family

      July 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      • You might be if you have to have a long commute to attend appointments. Don’t forget you only get travelling expenses if you are called in on days other than your signing day.

        Salt of the Earth

        July 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      • “For constituents who are already struggling, paying bus fares to get to mandatory JobCentre appointments will be an extra burden. Increased travel times will also put people at increased risk of falling foul of the Tories’ brutal sanctions regime.



        July 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    • This one says it all.


      July 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      • The whole aim of this is clearly to avoid the appeal process with antagonistic tactics.Its an attempt of closure by stealth.

        Work has very little to do with any of this or how bad it really is out there.

        But of course the economy is doing very well unemployment is falling being the message.



        July 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      • This all really fits in with the discussion a short while back on the push to go full automation next year.

        Ditch all the small ones and have everyone bus to centralized main city ones as and when required like for instance finalizing a new claim for instance.
        With this said though there is still some unanswered questions like how do they if at all intend to replace people signing on at a specific time if the mainstay of a claimants obligation is online. Will we see for instance unmanned e-pad booths at the remaining JCP or perhaps libraries even if time keeping is still to be maintained as an exercise. What about people signing on everyday, namely the homeless they invented for besides a tactic to wear certain claimants down. Surely it couldn’t be all online minus e-pad as then anyone could sign for you and thus making fraud even more possible.


        Further to this its fairly safe to say prior austerity has failed to turn the tied and we as a country irrespective of governing body have failed to pull us back into the black while still increasing the national debt, a note even Tory electorate should stand up and take notice of what with not being the area to have a pissing contest on political views.


        July 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      • Britain’s wealth problem – we don’t create enough of it


        Its good see when people wish to discuss and air this glaring concern as it is a clear and present danger to us all. If being stuck in poverty wasn’t bad enough, its going to get far worse if we cant escape the velocity of the fall far to many people wish to ignore.


        July 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm

  12. SNP MP Mhairi Black has hit out against the UK government for failing to pay women their pension, arguing that if the Tories can find a billion pounds for a deal with the DUP to cling on to power then they can afford to give women the pensions they’re rightly entitled to.

    wait for it

    Her comments come as the Pensions Minister Guy Opperman enraged WASPI women by claiming they “can take up apprenticeships“.

    Opperman said the government would not change laws that have disadvantaged older women, adding they have “extended apprenticeship opportunities” to get older people into work.

    A stunned Graham Jones, who is the Labour MP for Hyndburn, responded by saying: “I’m struggling to hear the debate, did the minister just say that women aged 64 could go on an apprenticeship course?”



    July 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    • Mhairi Black is full of shit. Fingers crossed she gets kicked out at the next election.

      D Alexander

      July 6, 2017 at 8:51 am

  13. Destitution, a word redolent perhaps of a kind of grotesque, long-ago Dickensian hardship, is back. It describes a chronic poverty so acute that those afflicted can’t afford to eat properly, stay warm and dry, and keep clean. This, sad to say, has resurfaced as a thoroughly modern British condition.

    The child sent to scavenge for food in a supermarket bin by its parent; the family who begged for candles at the food bank because they had no money for electricity; the starving family whose baby was found crawling around on bare floorboards with nails sticking out.



    July 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm

  14. Has trust broken down completely between the Grenfell Tower survivors and the authorities?



    July 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm

  15. Jeremy Corbyn: UK must embrace technological change


    I have to wonder if any politician has grasped the implications of this as none seem to recognize the clock and logic technology works under. They speak of new opportunities also yet you notice how they cant name them.

    Money whether we care to acknowledge or not is now considered more important than the species that created it and work is the great revolving door that transforms effort for cash, cash for consumerism. We all play a part and as much as around the houses it goes, we all end up with food on our plates as just one resultant. Employers simply cant disregard the essential part humans play but they can if technology fills our shoes.
    That profit now does not go to you but to other owners of firms like energy for example and into one or a group of investors pockets. So we now have to get our wages from somewhere else but where and what that would make these few want to spend and even then when we talk billions of people all selling to a few instead of a few selling to billions, an awful lot of people are going to lose out.
    Redistribution will collapse.

    So this creating new opportunities is to say the least naive because it assumes we billions will all somehow have money in our pocket, will some how afford to effectively support each others ventures while simultaneously paying for food,energy,etc, where most of its profits simply wont float back into the system under our current economical model.

    You already know what you spend on food,water,energy,public travel,tax,insurance,communication that’s essential so with most of that not coming back into the system, how long do you really expect to keep propping up your fellow humans via consumerism ?


    July 6, 2017 at 8:34 am

  16. Andrew Coates

    July 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    • The ‘left’ seem to have overlooked the benefit freeze and the deep suffering it is causing. We are sick and tired of McDonnell and Corbyn’s ballyhoo urging public sector pay increases. These ‘left’ clowns want to give even more taxpayers cash to coppers and the like who are already on salaries north of £40,000. How would the largess with taxpayers cash Corbyn and McDonnell are demanding help those who are really struggling under the benefits freeze? What is it with the ‘left’? Corbyn/McDonnell/Labour have all but abandoned the poor and the working classes.

      Ex -SWP

      July 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

    • “Millions are suffering under the welfare freeze – hard-pressed families must be put first

      We should be looking at where any extra cash will have the biggest benefit, for the largest number of people, who need it most.” Not giving it those who DO NOT NEED IT! Are you listening Corbyn/McDonnell/Labour?

      Ex -SWP

      July 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

    • “Labour brought the public sector pay cap to the fore with a vote in the Commons. But lifting the freeze on welfare ought to be their first priority when it comes to pressing the Government on living standards and extra spending.”

      Ex -SWP

      July 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    • Where is the public outcry over the cruel benefits freeze?

      Are the poor and disabled any less deserving of our support than public service workers?



      July 6, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      • Only those affected know, let alone care, that it is happening.

        Leggy Mountbatten

        July 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  17. What’s it with President Donald J. Trump hiding behind a bullet-proof glass during his speech in Warsaw, P*oland? What’s he scared of?


    July 6, 2017 at 11:33 am

    • It’s probably the men in white coats from the institution trying to keep the public safe from a madman when he’s out on day release.

      Leggy Mountbatten

      July 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  18. Brexit

    The consequences which should have been explained to citizens, businesses and civil society

    EU chief negotiator demolishes key aim of Tory strategy by ruling out ‘frictionless trade’ with Europe

    He said: “I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits – that is not possible.

    “I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and build a customs union to achieve ‘frictionless trade’ – that is not possible.”



    July 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

  19. Universal credit rollout should be delayed as it is ‘failing too many people’

    David Gauke, the new work and pensions secretary, has been urged to delay the mass rollout of the new universal credit benefit, after Citizens Advice produced fresh evidence that it is causing debt, financial insecurity.

    Many more evictions.



    July 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

    • Ah! But it is getting people into work faster and keeping them in work longer and the vast majority of people on it are satisfied with it. With this in mind we obviously must press on with the roll out post haste.

      Leggy Mountbatten

      July 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm

  20. Watch out for those strawberries, not that those of us can afford them.


    July 7, 2017 at 9:05 am

      • Enigma

        Sorry but as someone who no only grows but grows strawberries, that’s the worst article i have ever read and explains precisely nothing.

        Im well aware of exterior methods of feed (additional method to feed via root), methods of enhancing photosynthesis,etc but to not name the chemical troubles me deeply. I have to wonder if this is to protect the manufacturer of the chemical, a long held practice by officials dew to global public outcry against the likes of monsanto,bayer,etc altering our fruit and veg and connections to serious and growing illness,etc.

        Now they talk of selling this crop but even if it wasn’t stolen, it could have never been sold and considering people don’t steal unrip fruit still needing flushing brings up more questions than answers. You cant simply pick strawberries and flush them, they still need to be attached to the plant with its roots still grounded in a medium.


        July 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      • Do they still blast soft fruit with gamma rays to increase the shelf life?

        Salt of the Earth

        July 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

  21. Just out of interest: How many of you on Universal Credit like it or are satisfied with it?


    July 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    • How could anybody living a hand-to-mouth existence, from week to week, with little or no money in the bank, possibly be happy with a six to ten week wait, sometimes even longer, before they get their entitlements – including rent! – if they lose their job?

      How could the DWP possibly make a claim like: “The vast majority of claimants have told us they are satisfied with UC. ” There are over half a million people on UC now and as far as I am aware not one of them, let alone the majority, have ever been asked what they thought of UC, let alone whether or not they were “satisfied” with it.

      This seems like a brazen lie to me.

      I cannot see how the DWP’s claim about satisfaction with UC can possibly be true.

      Salt of the Earth

      July 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      • Salt of the Earth

        As you would have no doubt noticed plastered on JCP walls and a few websites, the censor DWP run only asks questions like how satisfied are you with your work coach, are reception staff helpful and mindless generic stuff like that.

        The last thing they want to do is get people to care old welfare with the new one and i can only speak for the local ones to me and the near surrounding cities but they tend to keep JSA and UC claimants well apart.


        July 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm

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