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As BBC Women’s Pay Gap Dominates News, Benefits Freeze leads to Evictions.

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Evictions reach a record high - new report for JRF published

More Important than Pay Gap for Women at BBC? 

No doubt this is important, so important that you can barely turn the radio or the telly on without hearing about it.

45 BBC women urge action now from Tony Hall on salaries as Claire Balding reveals Women’s Hour pays 40 per cent less than other shows.

But I can’t help feeling, call me a workerist, a miserabilist, and all the rest, that this is a lot more important.

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

(Thanks Enigma and others…)

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and ‘no fault’ evictions.

A record number of renters are being evicted from their homes, with more than 100 tenants a day losing the roof over their head, according to a shocking analysis of the nation’s housing crisis. The spiralling costs of renting a property and a long-running freeze to housing benefit are being blamed for the rising number of evictions among Britain’s growing army of tenants.

More than 40,000 tenants in England were evicted in 2015, according to a study by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It is an increase of a third since 2003 and the highest level recorded. The research appears to confirm fears that a mixture of rising costs and falling state support would lead to a rise in people being forced out of their homes. It will raise concerns that even those in work are struggling to pay their rent.

High numbers of “no-fault” evictions by private landlords is driving the increase. More than 80% of the extra evictions had occurred under a Section 21 notice, which gives a tenant two months to leave. The landlord does not have to give a reason and there does not need to be any wrongdoing on the part of the tenant.

The study found that changes in welfare benefits have combined to make rents unaffordable to claimants in many areas. Housing benefit was no longer covering the cost of renting in some cases, with average shortfalls ranging from £22 to £70 a month outside of London, and between £124 and £1,036 in inner LondonHousing benefit has not risen in line with private rents since 2010, and a current freeze means the rates paid will not increase until 2020.

The number of tenants evicted from their properties reached a record high, according to a new report highlighting the misery and insecurity faced by renters struggling on low incomes.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

The report shows:

  • the rented sector has grown in the past 12 years by nearly a half, and the number of tenants being evicted from their homes has grown by a third: 10,000 more tenants lost their homes in 2015 than in 2003
  • the number of tenants evicted by private landlords exceeded the number evicted by social landlords for the first time in 2014
  • the increase in repossessions in recent years has been almost entirely due to the increasing use of ‘no fault’ evictions, using Section 21 (S21) of the Housing Act 1988
  • the use of S21 is highly concentrated geographically – four out of every five repossessions using S21 are in London, the East and the South East, and nearly two-thirds are in London alone.

JRF is calling for the Government to end the freeze on support for housing costs, and uprate Housing Benefit in line with local rents.

According to recent research carried out by CCHPR for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the growing gap between rents and support for housing costs is a key factor behind the rise in private rented sector evictions.

The research included in depth interviews with tenants on low incomes and identified the high levels of stress and disruption caused by insecure housing.

‘With the £50 a month [housing benefit shortfall] coming out of the JSA – that’s almost a week’s money in itself – and then you’ve got the other bills…I just couldn’t make it work. I had to choose… do I pay the rent… electricity… buy some food?’

Changes in welfare benefits have not kept up with rising rents, causing misery for tenants as they cope with inevitable financial pressures. Furthermore, the rising number of ‘no fault’ (Section 21) evictions gives rise to insecurity as tenants on low incomes face a complete lack of options when they lose their home.

The full report ‘Poverty, evictions and forced moves’ can be downloaded here.

We call for Labour to Announce Plans to End the Benefit Freeze.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

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    • QUOTE: High numbers of “no-fault” evictions by private landlords is driving the increase. More than 80% of the extra evictions had occurred under a Section 21 notice, which gives a tenant two months to leave. The landlord does not have to give a reason and there does not need to be any wrongdoing on the part of the tenant. UNQUOTE
      My daughter has just gone through this situation,, no reason given though estate agent thought landlord was going to do it up then sell it. (which we now know from her ex next door neighbour. rather galling when theyve only done minimum repairs in the past 12 years she has lived there. they did just sufficient to get through any safety tests.

      hugosmum70

      July 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm

  1. It is amazing how the BBC have spun the issue of the exorbitant amount of licence payers’ cash paid to their ‘stars’ into one of a ‘gender pay gap’. And here we have the ‘left’ failing for it: “Let’s pay Naga Munchetty the same as Chris Evans. It is a bloody disgrace the way the BBC treats women.” That’s lefty’ ‘manginas’ and ‘feminazis’ for you! Clueless!

    The Magic BBC Money Tree

    July 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    • Totally agree.

      I suspect it’s because some, above all in the BBC’s idea, of left-wing, is not left-wing but US-style liberals who believe above all in equality of opportunity, not equality at all.

      “So the doctrine which throws all its emphasis on the impor­tance of opening avenues to individual advancement is partial and one-sided. It is right in insisting on the necessity of opening a free career to aspiring talent; it is wrong in suggesting that opportunities to rise, which can, of their very nature, be seized only by the few, are a substitute for a general diffusion of the means of civilization, which are needed by all men, whether they rise or not, and which those who cannot climb the economic ladder, and who sometimes, indeed, do not desire to climb it, may turn to as good account as those who can. ”

      Equality by R. H. Tawney. 1931.

      http://www.woldww.net/classes/General_Philosophy/Tawney-on-equality-of-opportunity-and-liberty.htm

      Andrew Coates

      July 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    • With all due respect you are talking a load of sexist misogynistic bolloxs! Naga is on £500,000 and that clown Chris Evan is on £2,500,000 – FIVE TIMES the amount – for doing the same job! How is that fair? Pure sex discrimination! Andrew Coates is right to be outraged at the BBC’s shocking treatment of women. We should be united Naga and her comrades in their fight for better pay.

      Fair Pay for All

      July 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    • @ That “magic money tree” knobhead – not you, Mr Coates. Cross posting.

      Fair Pay for All

      July 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    • Naga is also a very successful businesswoman with many other interests. Maybe Chris is more dependent on his BBC paycheck 😉

      BBC Breakfast

      July 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      • Naga looked hot as hell on Strictly Come Dancing but couldn’t get her hip action going. Bad news for her boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife I would say.

        The Rani

        July 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    • How do the BBC intend addressing the “gender pay gap”? Are they going to pay the women more whilst the men get a haircut? Or are they all going to be on £2,500,000 like Chris Evans? We desperately need to know!

      Marmaduke Hussy

      July 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      • I believe in equality, full stop.

        Like Tawney.

        Some socialists, such as Bernard Shaw, have stood for equal salaries for all.

        There were even those radicals who’ve said this: Equality or Death!

        In any case we should be for more equality, starting, as even liberals like Rawls suggested, with better conditions for those at the bottom of the pile, not for those at the top.

        Andrew Coates

        July 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

  2. Andrew Coates

    July 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    • Another they tried to hide!

      It’s only going to rise.

      enigma

      July 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm

  3. The big worry is that the Tories will declare the ‘benefits freeze’ such a ‘huge success’ that they decide to continue on with it.

    Clay Mant

    July 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

  4. “The Sunday Times revealed yesterday that three presenters of BBC One’s Rip Off Britain – Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville – are paid £53,000 each for a show which attracts audiences of up to 3.8m.” – Utterly fucking disgraceful! What does John McDonnell intend to do to address this pressing issue? “Look into it” like he is doing with the ‘benefits freeze’?

    A Yentob

    July 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

  5. A Yentob

    July 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    • Didn’t I see these three old witches giving the skinny to Macbeth on their show the other day?

      The Rani

      July 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

  6. “The paper said that this is more than the number tuning in some nights to watch Gary Lineker present Match of the Day (salary £1.75m).”

    A Yentob

    July 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm

  7. Marie

    July 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    • Its terrible people are paying £147 a year to support this single organisation in the era of multi channel choice.Various comments are said such as “in the nations heart” “aunti beeb” the truth is its become to big for its boots and offers poor value for money,propped up by a campaign of harrassment though the post and being intimidated on the doorstep.For many could close tomorrow.It would save many time and money.

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-probe-after-tv-licence-9924025

      ken

      July 24, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    • The TVL goons use the Index of Multiple Deprivation to target the poorest areas with their campaigns of harassment.

      It is predominately female lone parents they catch since they tend to be at home during the day with various comings and goings. Typical scenario would be a friend leaving and bumping into a goon on the way up the drive. “Hi, I’m the telly man :D”, “OK. I’ll show you in 🙂 “. Friend then bring the goon into the living room with the 50 inch flat-screen TV on full show. “‘Shell, here is the telly man for you ;)” The goon then tricks ‘Shell into giving her personal details and signing a TVL178 ‘confession’ form.

      Anybody who is still paying the telly tax after these salary revelations really needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

      WE DO NOT REQUIRE A TV LICENCE!!

      TVL Resistance

      July 25, 2017 at 5:10 am

      • Elderly and vulnerable people were reportedly targeted (Image: Getty)

        The BBC has ordered an investigation into TV licence collectors following reports that they are deliberately targeting vulnerable people who have not paid.

        Enforcement officers at Capita are ordered to catch 28 evaders every week and promised incentive bonuses of up to £15,000 a year, according to a Daily Mail investigation.

        The company is reportedly paid £58 million a year to collect licence fees for the broadcaster.

        Staff targeted vulnerable people, including a war veteran with dementia and a young mother in a women’s refuge, the paper said.

        One of the bosses was allegedly caught telling an undercover journalist: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.”

        The BBC has ordered an urgent investigation into the report and said financial incentives were offered only for licence sales, not prosecutions.

        “We are very disappointed by the conduct of Capita’s interviewing managers in this particular case, which is not in line with the high standards we expect and does not reflect the policies in place,” a spokesman said.

        “We have asked Capita to investigate urgently and ensure swift and appropriate action is taken.”

        She added: “We expect inquiry officers to behave in a courteous, professional manner and abide by a published code of conduct.

        “Capita’s incentive scheme operates purely on licence fee sales, never on prosecution statements taken, and Capita has confirmed again that this is how it operates.”

        Anyone with a television or who watches iPlayer without a licence can be fined up to £1,000 and be given a criminal record.

        Capita bosses also face being called to Parliament to explain themselves to MPs, according to the Daily Mail.

        The company told the Mail that its incentive scheme applied only to sales of licence fees, not the number of people officers interview so they can be taken to court.

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-probe-after-tv-licence-9924025

        TVL Resistance

        July 25, 2017 at 9:51 am


      • With video of TV Licensing scum, Ian Doyle interviewing ‘jobseeker’

        BBC’s TV licence bullies are exposed: How ruthless bosses order staff to catch 28 people a week for bonuses of £15,000 a year

        * The ruthless tactics used by BBC licence fee collectors have been exposed

        * Families hounded by BBC licence fee collectors have called them ‘intimidating’

        * Accused officials of snooping through windows and forcing their way into homes

        * Vulnerable people threatened into paying £145.50 fee when it was not necessary

        Ruthless and underhand tactics used by BBC licence fee agents can be exposed today.

        Under an aggressive incentive scheme, hundreds of enforcement officers have orders to each catch 28 evaders a week.

        Bosses promise bonuses of up to £15,000 a year, saying staff must gather evidence to take as many people to court as possible.

        Homeowners who fail to pay can be fined and given criminal records.

        Among the vulnerable targeted in the past seven days are a war veteran with dementia and a desperate young mother in a women’s refuge.

        The revelations come from an investigation by a Daily Mail undercover reporter interviewed for an enforcement job by Capita.

        The outsourcing firm is paid £58million a year to collect licence fees for the BBC, bringing in £3.74billion a year.

        The reporter was told by bosses: ‘We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.’ He was encouraged to spy on homes and take money on the doorstep.

        ‘Cash, debit, credit card, we’ll take anything,’ one TV Licensing manager said. ‘I tell people I’ll take shirt buttons.’

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4262202/BBC-s-TV-licence-bullies-exposed.html

        TVL Resistance

        July 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

      • To describe TVL goons as “officials” is incorrect as this implies that they have powers; they have no more powers than a door-step salesperson.

        TVL Resistance

        July 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

    • John Humphries looks positively embarrassed as he acknowledges that he is not worth £650,000 of licence payers cash a year. At least he has the decency not to attempt to justify his salary or cry out for more. Humphries would probably do his job for nothing* as it is obvious that he loves his ‘job’ at the BBC.
      It keeps him active and mentally simulated which is very important in his advancing years. He certainly doesn’t need the money since he doesn’t look the type that leads a particularity extravagant lifestyle – he looks the type that doesn’t even have a TV, probably does a lot of reading, just can’t see him watching Eastenders – he will have everything paid off, and doesn’t look as if he even eats much.

      But what we are not being told is like the other presenters their salary was negotiated for them by agents such as Mary Greenham of TV Presenters Ltd who appears in the Newsnight piece above. And what a lot of people don’t realise is that these agents take a third of the negotiated fee, so it is in the agents best interest to negotiate as high a fee as possible. Mary Greenham will no doubt be collectively coining in more than Chris Evans, the highest paid ‘star’

      Not to defend any of these ridiculous salaries but as the Newsnight piece stated a lot of these presenters are in the 50s and onwards – part of the “gender pay balance” issue since four times as many men as women are in this category – they are at the ‘pinnacle’ of their career, ‘top of their game’, so to speak. It can take a long time and a lot of hard work getting there.

      As for the money, most of it will all end squirreled away in ‘tax-efficient financial instruments” on some off shore island so the presenters might not have ‘ready access’ to the cash. It is like the singer Subo – Susan Boyle – she had made millions but was living in a council house on an allowance of £100 a week. There are a lot more people behind the scenes making a lot more money than these ‘stars’, Mary Greenham for one, but they don’t appear to be coming in for any flak.

      *A lot of local radio DJs, now known as ‘presenters’ work for peanuts because their radio appearances bring in ‘gig’ work. They would do their show for nothing if they had to.

      Shock Jock

      July 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      • Wonder how much the devilishly handsome Ross Poldark gets paid. He always makes me go weak at my arthritic knees 🙂

        Old Edna

        July 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm

  8. Thank you for your ‘support’, Mr Coates 🙂

    Naga Munchetty's Knickers

    July 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm

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  10. 960,000 households still haven’t renewed their tax credits and face having their payments stopped.

    “The 31 July deadline is fast approaching.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/dont-forget-renew-tax-credits-just-one-week-go/

    How to renew tax credits

    https://www.gov.uk/renewing-your-tax-credits-claim

    enigma

    July 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm

  11. In the last seven years, the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Britain has more than doubled, according to official figures. These numbers are still on the rise, up 16 per cent in the last year. Behind this statistic lie thousands more in shelters and temporary accommodation, with Shelter calculating almost 255,000 people have no permanent home.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/economy/2017/07/2017-year-politicians-finally-notice-homelessness

    ken

    July 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm

  12. Grenfell Tower – Chalcots Estate Towers # Ghost Ants like Electrical Magnetic Fields like fuse boxes, plug sockets, kettles, toasters & fridges. When a fuse box or a fridge gets a Ghost Ant nest it will short circuit & catch fire !!! Ghost Ants build small nomadic nests & have multiple queens !! There have been many Council Block [Tower Block] fires because of the Ghost Ants !! I would like to see the Council`s history of the past 10 years of contracting Pest Control for Grenfell Tower & Chalcots Estates Towers !!! The Ghost Ants ate the Pharaoh Ants !!! Get Focused.. . . ….. . … . .

    Grenfell “Missing Victims, Missing Money” – From the UK Column News

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm

  13. What about disabled women are they not classed as women or just looked down on !!!!

    £2.2M is over £40,000 a week. Do these media men think they are Premier League footballers working 3 hours a day for 5 days !! 15 hours a week talking shit getting £40,000 a week.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 24, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    • Premier League footballers work for only 90 minutes a week. Wayne Rooney earns an incredible £300,000 a week for kicking a ball around for 90 minutes.

      Becks

      July 25, 2017 at 4:55 am

      • Have they not got like training like and stuff during the week?

        White Van Driver

        July 25, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  14. Just like the Tories running away on summer holidays waiting for back to crisis work that has been put off. Tories the Notting Hill Carnival will not be moved & at the Carnival will not be moved. Osbourne lives over there, so does dodgy Dave & Rupert Murdoch. Bun Them Out the little poor people from Grenfell Tower we want our land as the Tory Slave drivers. Insult`s at the Notting Hill Carnival means The Tories in the Carnival area will be evicted with the police of strike. Bun DEm Down the Tories can`t be moved. Light The Fuse Paper Tories & Insult your what are you implying. Thick as shit Tories.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm

  15. Tory Terrorist at the Grenfell Tower non Rescue. Social Murder & Tory terrorism.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm

  16. What have you got planned at the Notting Hill carnival the Tories are saying. Well there is music & dancing & people having fun, but if the Tories get involved it will turn out like Grenfell Tower except it will be your £20M notting hill gaffs.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 24, 2017 at 11:36 pm

  17. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 24, 2017 at 11:49 pm

  18. Banks, credit card companies and car loan providers told they face action against reckless lending

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/24/bank-of-england-household-debt-bank-credit-card-car-loans

    why?

    The next financial crisis is parked out front

    Why personal debt could bring down economy

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/25/tuesday-briefing-the-next-financial-crisis-is-parked-out-front

    enigma

    July 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

    • Never were such words so true

      The public is the business and governments world pocket, there isn’t a single brand that shifts without you putting your hands in it. The conundrum starts however for business and government when how do you when you already have most of the worlds wealth do you still manage to increase profits. So ushered in is reduction of product/service at same price and the good old faithful, credit.

      When you pump new money into a system or guilds, your banking on events yet to unfold. So with your cash spent or ear marked, you credit tapped, what happens besides the possibility of consolidation/ re- consolidation, next ?

      doug

      July 25, 2017 at 12:28 pm

  19. Dealing with the financial gender pay gap.

    Its never hard to spot the capitalist when all you hear is raise the wage. Rather than raise a wage, we need to take a hard look at these top tier wages as the real issue is there levels and not why the other gender isn’t getting them.

    On a radio show and even here the other day, certain persons hit upon some very valid points. One joked about charlie from the hospital series and whether they had considered it or not, its highly questionable how a person faking a position in the NHS is somehow worthy of more wages than the real article. The other on a radio show was a caller who use to work down the mines who made the point he had worked all his life yet never received the wages so called celebs claim dew to working demanding and long hour jobs.

    The world over we have developed very skewed business practices of rewarding people. From charging a ridiculous amount of money on a single person (the product) to encouraging people to go into all sorts of multiple ventures ultimately to the cost of others. Shares and investment for reward is another questionable set of practices.

    Most people and it makes no difference its declared everyone has the opportunity to, will ever have the chance to join in on this as not only is it that they will never have the money but also its a rigged game kept as is to ensure rarity as the proviso to guaranteeing the continuance of such ridiculous commanded fees. These people, this practice is allowing people to be considered a rare and natural resource. If you know how the price of oil, say is determined or say diamonds, your no my exact point.

    In the case of the BBC the need is to lower peoples fees and treat TV as you would any other normal job. Lets stop paying for the shop front display and start looking at and paying those behind the curtain that make it all possible in the first place like we should in other areas of our lives like nurses, shop workers, factory workers,etc who without would see all these brands be reduced to the size of a corner shop and a garden shed of two arms and two feet.

    So don’t be beguiled by gender as even though the gap does exist, it will never address the real problems of pay and inequality and only serves to continue the immoral practice of rewarding those who shouldn’t be rewarded anywhere near as much as even Naga doesn’t need £500’000 a year to live on.

    doug

    July 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    • I’m one to agree.

      enigma

      July 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    • Doug

      Think you will find that Charlie Fairhead is an agency nurse and not employed by the NHS directly. Agency nurses are paid a lot more.

      Casualty

      July 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    • Doug

      Don’t you go criticising Charlie Fairhead now. Charlie is worth every last penny of his salary. He is always there for the patients; to lend a listening ear, to offer support, to help with their personal problems. Charlie
      Fairhead goes way beyond the call of duty. We need more Charlie Fairheads working in the NHS.

      Holby City

      July 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      • Holby City

        And you could literally just by using his salary.

        Diversify and they will come.

        doug

        July 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

  20. Andrew Coates

    July 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    • Like war, there is always opportunity in misery and despair.

      doug

      July 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      • Jobseekers targeted from all sides.

        enigma

        July 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    • Theres ad’s in the Metro start your own recruitment agency with the inevitable £ signs.DBS fees’ have caused headlines before.

      Theres for example applications that ask for national insurance numbers.The advice is don’t but jobcentre jobs that have asked for this.Its very common.

      ken

      July 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      • OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS/DATA PRIOR TO INTERVIEW,PRIOR TO EMPLOY

        It matters not if there an established company/recruiter or not, there is absolutely no need to surrender such documents or data unless you have already sat the interview and been offered a contract of employment.
        Currently employers ask for way to much,especially at a time they have yet to offer you any sort of work. Even simple yet still personal details aren’t warranted when you consider an employer cant use an address as a basis to discriminate against you yet even today its still being asked for far to early and to make matters worse, online applications are deliberately being set up to prevent you from applying for a vacancy if you don’t enter certain details.
        To demonstrate the depth of this problem, you cant even make a claim for welfare benefits unless you enter your home address and or phone number when you may not even have either. The new online system simply prohibits a person from continuing the application without one and that’s on page one, a fair few pages away from talking about being homeless.
        According to law consent must be gained prior to any processing yet its the last thing on the form and or far to often gained by implied consent. This means a company even government cannot stipulate how you present your data and further more, make no real arrangements for you to do so through alternative means, even ones safer.

        This is the very reason why this presents a perfect opportunity for scam artists and abusers to steal your personal and or sensitive data.

        So think before you act as home addresses, NI numbers, tax and bank details, photocopies of passports,birth certificates, utility bills, licenses, photocopies of registration cards (ie CSCS), doctors details and the likes are NOT NECESSARY until you have been actually offered work and presented with a physical not online contract from a firm you have properly vetted.

        doug

        July 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

  21. Andrew Coates

    July 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

  22. Experts?, who needs them.

    As a British EU negotiator, I can tell you that Brexit is going to be far worse than anyone could have guessed.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-eu-negotiator-europe-euratom-airline-safety-negotiations-theresa-may-worse-anyone-guessed-a7858586.html

    enigma

    July 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    • It’s no secret that the Conversative party is suffering thanks in part to a multitude of often ugly and vocal political splits. Whether it’s attitudes towards what type of Brexit we need to be striving towards, or opportunistic ministers hoping to take personal advantage of Theresa May’s weak and wobbly position as leader, the Tories are a very different animal to the party who confidently decided to call a snap election earlier this year.

      enigma

      July 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      • enigma

        I’ve explained in the past Just how nuts Exit is, brace yourselves. There is more, and worse implications to come. The really nasty stuff takes time to bubble up to the surface and its early days yet.

        God help us – UKIP can’t, won’t

        gazza

        July 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

  23. Halt UC roll out say social housing managers

    Council housing managers have urged the government to halt the rolling introduction of Universal Credit, which they said is causing “considerable hardship” to tenants.

    http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2017/07/halt-uc-roll-out-say-social-housing-managers

    ken

    July 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm

  24. What happened to the link to ‘the Void’ at the top of the page, Mr Coates? Didn’t think anyone would notice, eh? 😉

    Eagle Eyes

    July 25, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    • Many more like it will disappear from the web in the future,

      enigma

      July 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

  25. Enforcement of the National Minimum Wage in the social care sector.

    2 pages.

    HM Revenue and Customs is currently investigating social care providers for underpayment of “sleep-in” shifts. The government recognises that the cumulative financial liability of penalties and arrears of wages could pose significant challenges to the social care sector. In extreme circumstances, providers may be unable to meet their obligations to repay their workers.

    The government will waive the financial penalties faced by employers who are found to have underpaid their workers for “sleep-in” shifts. These penalties are levied by HM Revenue and Customs and do not affect the arrears of wages to be received by workers in cases of underpayment of the National Minimum Wage. The government recognises that written guidance published before February 2015 was potentially misleading. The waiver is to apply to any arrears of pay resulting from “sleep-in” shifts that took place before today.

    Any employer underpaying their staff for these shifts in the future will be liable to pay
    financial penalties, in the usual way, of 200% of the arrears found.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/632679/nmw-social-care-sector.pdf

    enigma

    July 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

  26. Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules.

    The court found that the fees, which were introduced in 2013, prevented access to justice for workers unable to fund their case.

    The government brought fees in to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases, but that led to a 79% reduction in cases over three years.

    The government will have to pay back the £32m in fees paid by claimants.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40727400

    enigma

    July 26, 2017 at 9:20 am

    • Trade union Unison said on Wednesday that thousands of people had been charged for taking claims to tribunal since fees were introduced by Chris Grayling, the then Lord Chancellor.

      “The Government is not above the law, but when ministers introduced fees they were disregarding laws many centuries old, and showing little concern for employees seeking justice following illegal treatment at work,” Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/supreme-court-employment-tribunal-fees-unlawful-plaintiffs-women-gender-uk-companies-lawyers-a7860521.html

      enigma

      July 26, 2017 at 9:56 am

      • Really really good news – for once.

        Andrew Coates

        July 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

      • Will the government abolish fees or will they just ignore the court ruling, I wonder?

        jj joop

        July 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    • Will Iain Duncan Smith not be throwing a tantrum though and along with the DWP not be appealing the Supreme Court decision, tabling ’emergency legislation’ to make these fees legal and lawful, you know, like they always do when they don’t get their own way?

      Supreme Delight

      July 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      • MadMayhem is being ‘schooled in not ignoring the small peoole.
        No appeal, has set asside 35 huge ones to refund people.
        I wonder if this is going to extend to legal aid?
        Suspect Cameron All in it Together and GidIdiot and rich bosses not so happy now. Whoever thought a simple vote would have such Repercussions.

        gazza

        July 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      • Landmark ruling for Legal Aid being brought back after being scrapped. The Tories can’t always beat the UN in Human Rights Breaches.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        July 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    • Not surprising given the government’s contempt for the law.People think they can do what they like and get away with it.

      “Too many low-paid workers couldn’t afford to uphold their rights at work, even when they’ve faced harassment or have been sacked unfairly,”

      ken

      July 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    • Enigma

      I see Dominic Raab still doesn’t know how to watch his mouth when he took his usual stab by saying, “It would fall to the taxpayer to pick up the bill”. Even in defeat, his still a wanker.

      doug

      July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

  27. “But you haven’t applied for any jobs, Mohammad?” Mohammad shrugs shoulders. “I have told you many times before that It is a condition of your benefit that you apply for jobs and provide evidence of doing so. If you don’t we will have to send you to someone called a decision maker and your benefit could be affected, and I would hate that to happen. Are you still attending your ESOL* course, Mohammad?” Mohammad shrugs shoulders. “OK, see you in a fortnight but don’t forget to bring some evidence in of what you have been doing to find work”. And then another and another steps up to sign on and similarly having made to effort to look for work and NO action being taken by the Jobcentre. It it apparent that the Jobcentre have a policy of allowing the non-indigenous population to shirk their job-seeking activities. Just imagine if a member of the indigenous population turned up to sign-on and said that they had not made any effort to look for work.

    Overheard in the Jobcentre

    July 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    • *ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

      Overheard in the Jobcentre

      July 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    • Really? This smells. In all years never heard anything like this with non english speakers. Have heard it many times said to english speakers.

      If unable to back up this we’ll all know where this UKIP (N?) Propaganda is for…

      gazza

      July 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    • Yeah Gazza, like the Jobcentre treat ALL claimants EQUALLY. There NO DISCRIMINATION goes on in the jobcentre. Just go on thinking that, Gazza, because no-one would want to burst your bubble. Are you are person of colour or something by any chance, Gazza You never see any non-English people on ‘mandatory’ schemes, it is always the native population and the ones from the POOR areas. It has been statistically proven that Jobcentre in the poor areas dish out more sanctions. But you go on believing what ever you want, Gazza.

      Yazzo

      July 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      • Yazzo

        Actually i have as far back as flexi new deal under Labour. I will never forget it as it was the funniest thing at the time as the providers still not use to claimants full stop, just didn’t know what to do with them. Sown up proper by DWP they were.

        As for sanctions ive seen a few, seen them set up to fail just like everyone else and told if you don’t find work in 6 months or look likely to, your claim will be closed down.
        I don’t doubt a few work coaches wanting the easy life be it near retirement or just don’t want to work would have ignored this from time to time but never on a scale that sets them apart from any other claimant.

        doug

        July 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      • if you don’t find work in 6 months or look likely to, your claim will be closed down.

        i have had a few advisers say that over the years and my reply is smile say thats fine ill put in a rapid reclaim the same day and give the reason why.;)

        superted

        July 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    • I wish I could remember casual conversations I overheard so well. I can’t even remember that accurately what I’ve said to someone or what people have said to me. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought you made it up.

      The Rani

      July 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

      • Rani

        What is your agenda?

        Dart

        July 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

      • As doug would say it is up to the audience to decide what they choose to believe. But if you look back you will notice a lot of comments that were poo-pooed, ridiculed and denied at the time of publication have now been borne out to be fact. Just a couple of instances: a comment from an ATOS doctor published on here which was laughed at and shouted down at the time but a long while later was borne out to be the truth. And for how long did the DWP deny having sanctions targets? Watch out for that egg on your face, Rani 😀

        Libby

        July 27, 2017 at 10:23 am

      • And the DWP just the other day admitted to the existence of fake jobs. How long have the DWP denied the existence of fake jobs and for how long has this site being drawing attention to fake jobs.

        Libby

        July 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

      • “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”

        – Thomas Jefferson

        Thomas Jefferson

        July 27, 2017 at 10:38 am

      • Libby

        Although i see your point your conflating whether your aware of it or not. We simply cant say because such a thing happened, its conclusive that something else sort of related happened.
        Liable or possible maybe but definitely not absolute proof of.
        To explain my point take the alphabet of 26 letters. As you can see if i asked you to go from A to Z, you could take many permutations like going through the lot one after the other in order or simply A straight to Z as just two examples of the many possible.

        5 x 5 – 2 as an equation as yet has no direction because its missing a directional dot (if you remember old math) or an equal sign. The thing is even with an equal sign some people still get it wrong and end up either with the answer 23 or 15. Now if i presented it as (5 x 5) – 2 or 5 x (5 – 2) we wouldn’t have this mistake as brackets in math always dictate prior/primary first course of action.

        In math when you take an exam its always stated you must show your working out, transposition is an example of this. You see as relevant as the total sum of is, your actually scored a point for each break down so could well for instance score 4 points of 6 on every question, have the wrong sum total and still pass. This is because its more important how you arrived at an answer rather than what that answer is if its to mean something and actually be useful.
        There is a saying in math i was taught that ” an answer is only as right as the equation which is only as right as the observation (and application).

        doug

        July 27, 2017 at 11:53 am

    • Assuming this is true how can one section of JSA claimants get away with not looking for work? Is preferential treatment of a section of JSA claimants across-the-board Jobcentre policy? If true this is a very serious matter indeed. Worthy of a Channel 4 News investigation. Are you reading this Jon Snow? Many jobseekers are serving three year sanctions for supposedly not doing enough to look for work. It is breath-taking that a JSA claimant can sign-on, admit to not applying for any jobs, not even bothering to look for work, and not supplying any evidence of jobseeking actvity and walk away from a Jobcentre unscathed. Round these parts if you don’t stick to your JSAG/CC to the letter you are sent for a sanction automatically – not ifs. no buts. If this is indeed true this is a right kick in the teeth to all the Daniel Blakes, David Clapsons and all the other jobseekers out there who have been sanctioned for supposedly not seeking work, and we can only hope for their sake that this comment is made up completely but have serious doubts it is.

      Jobcentre Service User

      July 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

      • there not interested in my job search and dont take much notice of it now as cant get a sanction doubt as it is to good as there plan is to force me to take any job but no one will employ me so thats out the window.
        in 2 years i have been on esl for 6 months and said to go back on to esa after this esl finishes as have a back log and will get at least a year b4 i will be seen again and know for a fact ill be found fit for work again.

        superted

        July 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

  28. Have just been cleaning up the Blog roll and links.

    If anybody has interesting links to sites that talk about unemployment, welfare, and campaigns on these issues, suggestions welcome.

    Blogs with titles such as buffysavedmylife. Everything Buffy, All The Time.

    Don’t Put Lizards in Your Ears or

    Illuminatimatrix.

    are not on that list….

    Andrew Coates

    July 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm

  29. More crisis grants handed out to cover food and heating

    There has been a 14 per cent increase in the number of crisis grants handed out to struggling Scots to pay for basics such as food and heating.

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/more-crisis-grants-handed-out-to-cover-food-and-heating-1-4513959

    ken

    July 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm

  30. Councils losing £6.7m in Universal Credit arrears

    Universal Credit rent arrears have reached £6.7m, representing 10% of total unpaid council rent despite roll-out to only 2.6% of tenants nationally.

    https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/councils-losing-67m-in-universal-credit-arrears-51583

    ken

    July 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm

  31. People who have had cancer, breathing difficulties, a kidney removed, a stroke or heart attack are told to dust themselves down and get back to work.

    Even dogs in the street know the welfare system is broken as more and more get sick of the callous tory scum.

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/even-dogs-street-know-welfare-10878247

    Marie

    July 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

  32. Employers nefarious scheme to change apprenticeships rules kicked into the grass

    http://feweek.co.uk/2017/07/25/dfe-quick-to-rebuff-evidence-of-employers-calling-for-changes-to-off-the-job-rule/

    Currently one of the rules is the apprentice must spend 20% of his working week learning off site to gain a qualification. Now certain employers one of which has already been exposed and dragged over the coals for the contempt it shows for its employees, Pret a Manger, having been trying to change this but here is the thing,

    A working week of 37 hours means this 20% is 7.5 hours (1 day), so these scheming monopolists for these hours are trying to say this is too much, can you believe it. Now so there is context here im going to explore this further for you. If an employer lowered there hours to say 20 a week, this would mean, they would have to attend off site training for 2 days. If it was lowered to 30 hours they would still be serving 1 day away when you factor in employment laws. I f the employer extended there hours to say 48 then they would considering lesson time, still have to be off site 2 days a week.

    So as you can see if employers got their way on this, it would mean apprentices would have to spend more time (anything from 1 to 2 years) working for less pay as second class employees.

    Now i don’t expect this to end here as i imagine this sort of employer will seek to influence colleges to change the delivery of courses through touting stuff like increased student numbers and thus increased fees received by running lessons on a half day basis over a longer period or worst still, a growth in fast track courses. Fast track courses aren’t for everyone, like uni, you have to have a certain amount intelligence to take in the data at twice the rate of its normal course. The problem with that is apart from the exceptional few, most will either fail straight off the bat or barely pass but be totally not competent in applying it. The state of engineering/products failing or being recalled as just one example, is in part down to the wrong sort of person on fast track courses who needed longer to digest the data and teachers/tutors merely teaching how to pass an exam rather than a subject.

    doug

    July 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    • “Reporter, David Knight, shows that a 17-year old UN Agenda 21 document planned ‘replacement migration’ as a solution to declining and aging populations. The UN recommended massive immigration for eight low-fertility countries including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the US. The document says that, in order to keep the population constant in these countries, 6.4 million migrants would be needed by 2050. Wars have been used as the excuse for implementing this plan. ”

      Eh, the UK population is exploding. We haven’t got enough homes to house all the newcomers and their huge families as it is. Our social security, NHS and infrastructure are all creaking at the seams because of the increased demands put on their resources. There is a big difference between controlled which we had up until 20 years ago and mass immi gration which we have now. Controlled can be beneficial to a country but what we have now doesn’t bode well for the future of the UK and the chances of survival for the indigenous population.

      Immy Grunt

      July 27, 2017 at 11:51 am

    • There is nothing wrong with a lower population in my opinion. People are lowering the birth rate by their own volition for a reason. Deep down I suspect it is evidence they feel their cities are too populated. The people have voted with their genitals. Politicians should stop trying to engineer population growth against the will of the people.

      Didn’t you enjoy life as a kid when your cities were smaller? There was nothing dead or dying about the country back then. There is nothing to fear. We should fear over population more. It’s the wall street economy that says we need growth quarter after quarter, and says we need more customers, and more people, and more houses, and more cities, but that can go beyond our resources and capacity, and we’ll hit an unpleasant barrier to such growth. Read Frosty Wooldridge’s work on overpopulation in other countries. It’s not pleasant. He’s seen it first hand from his extensive travels. We need to find a new economic formula that is not based on constant growth and debt, like Catherine Austin Fitz says.

      The population growth in the US is happening and it’s going to be devastating for everyone living in on our cities, society and the environment within this generation unless we tell our elected representatives to lower immigration back to traditional replacement level numbers.

      This was all predicted in 1994 by Sir James Goldsmith. He wrote a book named, “The Trap” which laid all this out. His estate still offers it for free download.

      Jxo

      July 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

      • Trouble is not so much the population size but the size of the working population to the non-working population. As is the ratio of retired citizens to working citizens growing: more people are living in retirement for longer. Without enough tax paid in by workers there will be no pensions, social security, NHS, nothing.

        Magnifying Glass

        July 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    • Marie and Immy Grunt

      I suggest you actually read the full document as your picking on but one of the many things it covered. In the whole its globalization or more importantly too few people trying to make decisions for us all on how we need to proceed with the species if survival is paramount.

      Now you both speak of overcrowding population but you missed two major points not that there isn’t more. The first is the east has a lot of unoccupied ground meaning in a century to centuries time to come the population would swell to a size that would spell as serious sustainability problem for the species as a whole not to mention pose a real significant threat to the west that’s highly likely to happen in the race to survive. So we are talking real armageddon stuff here. The second is it would effectively force a mixing of pools as so to speak to effectively create a sense of purpose as a whole rather than groups taking sides (cant personally say this bit would be achievable) and thus aiding in the first of what i mentioned considering it would have to be populated at some point or liable to be.

      You two are walking into a mine field here of possible outcomes and reasons for and i can tell you for nothing as an arch opponent to the current form globalization is taking it will effectively fall on deaf ears as the public just isn’t willing no matter the reason to take anything like this on board. It tests there faiths,beliefs,even conceptualizations and ideologies and causes mental collapse.

      If you cant get the public curious enough about quite a few inconsistencies, defying physics and some still unexplained departures from procedures in the first instance, your not going to get far on something of this mammoth scale.

      doug

      July 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  33. I, PAULINE PIKE

    The woman in the picture on today’s front page of the Daily Record has had her SECOND stroke – among the long list of other serious medical conditions described:

    Insanity

    July 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    • Where is all this work anyway???

      The reference to morphine in the above report, puts me in mind of another victim from some years ago who suffered an accident resulting in him being paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. The victim had an abscess in his spine which required constant morphine for the severe pain he suffered. The Jobcentre sent him for an interview for a job as as a long distance lorry driver because he was deemed able to do that job sitting down.

      The man was also sent for a job as a painter because he was judged able to reach skirting boards from his wheelchair!

      Have we gone mad?

      Yes, the real world ends – long since – at the door of modern Jobcentres.

      Insanity

      July 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      • And no doubt sent as a job as a car valeter as he was judged able to reach the wheel arches from his wheelchair.

        Bonkers

        July 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      • Insanity

        I like how DWP state isolated incidents yet its amazing how the bread crumbs always lead to work capability assessors. That years on, its inarguable that they have a deeply flawed system at play here, have done little if anything to address it (i would like to see what they have done thus far) like they did concentrix as heaven help you upset the taxpayers, yet remain with the stance there is nothing to see here because we have stats that say otherwise.
        Durex says you have 99% protection but if your one of this 1% who now has aids, got someone pregnant whose now an unwilling father and or mother, could you tell me how small a deal that feels ?
        What im saying is while it may make the many sleep peaceful at night, it does nothing to abate the affected whose world is falling apart.

        I think without doubt the MOST GRIEVOUS case i have ever, ever heard was the man who couldn’t walk who was told officially by DWP/assessor that he was fit for work because he could use his arms to pull himself up the amount of stairs (GET THIS), that the very assessment states you have to be actually able to walk up.

        THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE as you may not be disabled or ill now but could quite easily be later on down the road, even possibly tonight on your way from work when you cross the road on a green man while going to catch the bus and a car just doesn’t stop not because they are drunk but because they’re also going home and just want to get like you, there as quickly as possible. The public shouldn’t think its another person like it couldn’t happen to them, they should think, “what if them was them”.

        doug

        July 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm

  34. How long before this crap comes here.

    Marie

    July 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  35. Job Centres closing down all over the place They will have to change the Local Job Centre slogan with 100 mile round trip for the nearest one. The main Islington on at Archway Tower is closing. Soon there will be no job centres because everyone is in work & off UC. What a success UC was that there is no more need for UC anymore.

    The Work Coaches are on UC & have to see a Work Coach that is on UC that has to see a Work Coach on UC !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm


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