Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Scottish Labour Says Universal credit roll-out should be halted.

with 90 comments

Image result for universal credit


Universal credit roll-out should be halted, say Labour  (STV2 days ago)

Only one of our top Newshounds, Ken, noticed.

Yup, it’s Scottish Labour.

Scottish Labour has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted amid concerns that families are being pushed into poverty and debt.

The move follows a similar call from the Scottish Government earlier this year, with ministers warning of problems with the implementation of the new benefit.

The full service of Universal Credit, where people use an online account to manage their claim or apply for a benefit, is already operational in certain parts of the country and is due to be introduced in full by the end of next year.

It is aimed at bringing a number of welfare payments together into one social security payment, making the system easier to use.

However, Scottish ministers said people who are moved on to full service have to wait six weeks before receiving their first payment.

Labour said the delay is leaving people without vital support.

The party highlighted evidence from Citizens Advice Scotland indicating a rise in rent arrears, crisis grant issues and food bank use in some of the areas where Universal Credit has already been introduced.

The party’s deputy leader, Alex Rowley, has written to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson to challenge them to halt the roll-out.

He has also contacted every MP in the UK to seek support for a delay.

Here is Scottish Labour’s ain statement,


Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley has today demanded that Tory plans to roll-out Universal Credit are halted. Alex has written to Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke, amid growing concerns that families are being pushed into poverty and debt. He has also challenged Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson to get behind our campaign.

Universal Credit, which will replace six existing benefits, is supposed to make access to social security payments less complicated. It has been rolled out in parts of Scotland and is due to be introduced in full across the country by the end of 2018 – starting this October. But there are particular concerns about the six-week waiting period for payments at the start of the process.

Since Universal Credit was introduced, Citizens Advice Scotland evidence in initial roll-out areas shows:
• A 15 per cent rise in rent arrears issues compared to a national decrease of 2 per cent.
• An 87 per cent increase in Crisis Grant issues compared to a national increase of 9 per cent.
• Two of five bureaux in impacted areas have seen a 40 per cent and a 70 per cent increase in advice about access to food banks advice, compared to a national increase of 3 per cent.

A Labour government would act immediately to end the worst excesses of the Tory government’s changes, and would rebuild and transform our social security system.
Scottish Labour’s summer campaign, For The Many, will this week focus on tackling inequality. You can read more about the campaign here

Read Alex’s letter to David Gauke MP in full:

Dear Secretary of State,

I am writing to you regarding the accelerated roll-out of Universal Credit.

I have been in contact with organisations in my area, and have met with many constituents at local job clubs and heard first-hand some of the issues around the roll-out of Universal Credit. There is a very real concern that the system as it is operating is leaving many in poverty and debt.

The intention behind Universal Credit is supposedly to make access to social security less complex, and to further support people into work. This cannot be the case if it is leaving people without the vital support they need and drives some to have to rely on foodbanks simply to survive.

Of particular concern is the six week waiting period for payments at the start of the process. This is resulting in people ending up with rent arrears, increased reliance on crisis grants and relying on foodbanks for the very basic necessity of feeding themselves. The evidence to show all of this is now available from the pilot roll out areas as highlighted by Citizens Advice Scotland in a recent publication.

People have also reported that they are finding the process particularly complicated, which is resulting in more time spent ensuring that the bureaucratic process has been followed to avoid sanctioning, and less time actually available to look for work, or to develop the skills needed for work. There are also serious problems with individuals struggling to manage their claims online due to lacking digital skills or access to a computer.

It is for these reasons that I am asking that the accelerated roll-out of Universal Credit be halted until these problems can be resolved. If the system as it is operating puts more people in poverty or debt, or even increases the risk of these, then it should not continue in that form. Universal Credit must operate in a manner that helps individuals who need that support. Surely it cannot be right or acceptable that it hurts the very people it is designed to help.

Any changes to social security must be designed and implemented to support those individuals who rely on it. It can’t simply be a rigid administrative process, it must look beyond the process itself and see what impact it is having for the lives of those that use it. With this roll-out of Universal Credit we are seeing the impact it is having on people’s lives, and it is raising serious concerns.

I look forward to your response on how the DWP intend to resolve these worrying problems and I do hope in the meantime you will delay the roll out until assurances are in place that these concerns which are driving people into poverty are resolved.

Yours sincerely,
Alex Rowley MSP

People have – rightly – been concerned with issues such as mental health services and the DWP’s relation to this, not to mention the energy price rise from the bunch of thieves who run the privatised Gas and Electricity companies.

British Gas owner Centrica has announced it will be putting up its electricity prices within weeks.

We take a look at how it will affect customers:

:: How much more am I likely to pay?

The cost of electricity will rise by 12.5% from the 15 September this year.

Gas prices will stay the same – but the hefty hike in the cost of power means the average household on a dual fuel tariff will see their bills go up 7.3%, or around £76.

That will bring the average annual bill for a British Gas dual fuel customer to £1,120.


No rise in benefits to meet the rise.

End the Benefits Freeze or People will Freeze this Winter!


Written by Andrew Coates

August 1, 2017 at 10:46 am

90 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I heartily concur. But the-powers-that-be have too much invested in this wretched beast to stop now. To halt would mean a colossal loss of face from which they would never recover. Like Universal Jobmatch (another money pit), they’ll just keep throwing money at it, until it’s the only game in town. Well, the only game they’ll acknowledge, any way!

    jj joop

    August 1, 2017 at 11:08 am

  2. The harsh conditions of Universal Credit were known from the very first. The Labour Party under Miliband, and the TUC were quite happy to go along with it all. They watched it being put together piece by piece and did nothing. A system designed to put an end to people simply ‘being unemployed’ and looking for work. A system designed to force them to undertake zero hours, insecure part-time work and unlimited workfare, in exchange for their benefits. Now we see the brutal realities of poverty,hunger and despair as the rollout continues.
    And continue it will, for who is there to stop it ?

    Jeff Smith

    August 1, 2017 at 11:32 am

  3. Very valid points Jeff, particularly ” A system designed to put an end to people simply ‘being unemployed’ and looking for work. A system designed to force them to undertake zero hours, insecure part-time work and unlimited workfare, in exchange for their benefits. ”

    There are those of us who are trying to stop it, even so.

    Andrew Coates

    August 1, 2017 at 11:54 am

  4. While UC continues on

    Thousands of disadvantaged people and long-term jobseekers to receive specialist support to get back into work through 6 new pilot schemes.

    A ‘Health and Care Sector Progression Academy’ to train social care workers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    An ‘early intervention’ scheme in Sheffield to prevent people from long-term unemployment

    A new business-led training hub for modern work skills in the Tees Valley

    They talk of a regular pay packet, let us think about that one.

    600 new apprenticeships, providing us with an opportunity to upskill local people whilst supporting the health and care industry

    This announcement follows on from the Work, health and disability: improving lives green paper, which marks the next stage of the government’s action to confront prejudices and misunderstandings within the minds of employers and across wider society.



    August 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    • As you said Doug, they wouldn’t intend to train the unemployed in these fields would they, or will they.


      August 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      • Enigma

        Wheres the training for unemployed people of all age groups for nursing (all areas),engineering,teachers,science,policing,prisons etc, all the job shortage areas reported.

        DWP in their cheap skate style have only maintained and expanded into areas of low pay, low qualified positions of employment.
        Anyone working in the care sector will tell you how dire the sector is, how people have left the profession in droves like other professions this government has had its hands on. You get trained, employed and you will experience inadequate staffing levels not dew to shortages but dew to cost. You will witness people not knowledgeable enough of people medical conditions, neglect dew to personal preferences, poor management, OAPs left in bed far to long, given far to less motivation/stimulus and need i go on.
        They try and advertise it like your a nurse of sorts yet your more a cleaner. Also its a job requiring empathy yet far to many staff have none. To staff its a job like filling shelves, not a career meaning our poor OAPs are mere stock/objects within a workplace.

        As i said in the past, we are 7 years in, 7 years that could have sourced and trained and now been in work, nurses,teachers,engineers,etc yet it never happened. Any aim towards the unemployed, ill,disabled is pure short termism for places that require little to no qualifications and others requiring low qualification that should require none like ware housing, retail for example.

        You go into one of these training centres and you don’t see say brick laying course,plumbing course. Instead you see CSCS labourer. You see ECDL that qualifies you for nothing as it does not rise above level 2 and doesn’t specialize, low level book keeping yet no accountancy, no I.T programming courses for our ever increasing technology industry. All you get is worthless jobs usually only offered by recruitment agencies meaning no secure full time work with one company week in, week out for years, low pay so the agency can make a profit, low hours or terms of length, tax avoidance on a grand scale by using welfare to prop up the difference while paying no tax or NI.

        Unless government get serious, put money where their mouth of lies lives and train people for proper more secure positions, actually back proper education irrespective of time taken to complete, nothing will change as whats the point of training someone in say warehousing if say a year later they need to train again for a position in care. Its all odd jobbing mentality that will not improve the situation long term for both the claimant and the tax payer.


        August 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

      • Prisons. one of many.

        “It’s about too few staff with too little experience, poor training, as Andrea has said, and uncompetitive pay


        August 2, 2017 at 10:41 am

    • Who’s up for being a carer? wouldn’t be nice at all to be forced to. as is every other job which is forced on many people.


      August 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

  5. Universal Credit gets people into work faster and keeps them in work longer than Jobseeker’s Allowance. Yes, but only 7% more. The question should be: Is the small number of people going into work a little quicker and staying in work for a little longer worth inflicting mass pain and misery on the ones that don’t? The worst thing of all is that the poorer you are the more you will suffer. Universal Credit seems to have been designed expressly to get the poorest of the poor into difficulty and debt; it really is as perverse and unpleasant as it’s architects cancerous Iain Duncan Smith and the abominable Lord David Freud. The fact that the government seems to determined to ignore all criticism and forge ahead with implementation of this atrocious nonsense is contemptible. I have never seen such intransigence and negligence displayed, on this nationwide scale, by any government before.

    Magnifying Glass

    August 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    • That’s because the tories aren’t a government, they are a gang of degenerate bastards, placed into power to implement the policies of their evil masters! It is of no concern to them what havoc they wreak, their duty is to the hidden hand, and they are well rewarded for it!


      August 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      • Is that the hidden hand that wipes their smelly arses? 😉


        August 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    • Imagine a bar, one half blue (unemployed/negatively impacts tax revenue), the other red (employed/positively impacts tax revenue).

      Now between those place a yellow bar (underemployed/negatively impacts tax revenue).

      Go find the figures to fill all bars and all you will find is unemployment has merely filled mostly the underemployment bar. Basically all that’s happened over 7 years is that the yellow bar has filled up the blue bar while the red bar has barely grown if we remove migrant workers, people holding multiple jobs, partners working for a family business, people on government sponsored training courses/apprenticeships,traineeships,students.

      Once we strip away the amount of people who were made unemployed as a result of 2007/08, acknowledge all the jobs lost as a result of remploy factories being closed down by government, claimants on government sponsored schemes like the new deal,volunteering, ill and disabled claimants now declared fit or part fit for work, unemployment levels including the ill/disabled claimants are at what they were pre 2007/08.

      Further more take into account all those unemployed as a result of 2007/08 would have under there own steam always been looking to find work without government intervention.

      This is precisely how government has tricked the figures to trick the tax payer public into believing welfare reform has actually made a difference, that it was necessary.


      August 2, 2017 at 10:06 am

      • I think you’re 100% correct, doug.

        Magnifying Glass

        August 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm

  6. OT: Job Interview experience

    Okay now its getting really crazy. Bloke goes to job interview. Told on arrival said Interview would follow once Health and Safety course completed.

    Said Health and Safety course instead consisted of Customer Care questions on how to handle rich/famous people using provided company service.

    Person quite rightly called company C&^%s and walked out.

    So in Future: Get offered Interview, turn up, told of Health and Safety Course. But instead of even that told to talk about Customer Care. Really? This is the new world of work is it?


    August 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    • It is Gazza.

      This is an important “project” that will help improve the skills and opportunities to those who need it, It will help grow our skills base to ensure a stronger economy and higher quality of life for us.


      August 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

  7. … and I am a Fraud Investigator 😀

    For most people the Department of Work and Pensions means one thing, job centres. I work in quite a specialised area that few people would recognise, I’m a Local Service Fraud Investigator based at Bodmin Jobcentre, Cornwall.

    I have done this job in its various guises over 17 years. I started in the Department for Health and Social Security back in 1987 as a Clerical Officer assessing Supplementary Benefit claims. I then worked for 5 years as an Internal Security Specialist at Income Support. Here we put controls in place to ensure the way we worked was not compromised by security breaches.

    I’ve since joined the Fraud team, which expanded this year to incorporate local authority investigators to become the Single Fraud Investigation Service. This has been the most interesting job I’ve ever done and has given me a wealth of different experiences.

    When I started we dealt primarily with Instrument of Payment fraud where order books or Girocheques were stolen or manipulated.

    As a department we have now moved to a system of making payments made directly into claimants bank accounts. This has changed the ways fraud can be committed as people do not always have to attend offices to receive their benefit. For example I’ve had several cases where people have moved away from the UK without telling the department. Their benefit continues to be paid.

    My job involves looking at a wide range benefits and credits administered by the department, the Local Authority and HMRC.

    One of the most intense investigations we carry out are those around Disability Living Allowance. Often we’re investigating allegations claimants are more mobile than they they claim.

    We look into the lifestyles of the person, such as gym membership to enable us to check whether they’re entitled to the benefit they claim.

    We can also gather further evidence by requesting copies of bank statements and undertaking surveillance. In this case this would mean watching the claimant, waiting for them to run or go the gym, and jumping into action the moment something happens.

    This can be one of the best parts of the job. 😀 It’s exciting and can be tense, and having a good team with you is essential. The camaraderie of the team is probably one of the best aspect of the role.

    We can interview suspects under caution, in the same as the Police. This has to be done well and you have to be prepared for every eventuality. Some of the excuses given during the interviews can be funny or even amazing. You just never know what you will get. If you try to judge people’s reactions it never seems to work. The people you expect to be aggressive are quite often not so, whereas the expected quieter ones sometimes seem to erupt.

    After interviews we send details to the Decision Making team for assessment of overpayments. When we know the scale of the fraud we can then consider whether the person can be prosecuted or another punishment applies.

    At all stages of an enquiry we have to be mindful of legislation as we could be called to account for this in the witness box in a Court hearing.

    On a daily basis I review my investigations to ensure there are no delays and to ensure swift justice. This also reduces any potential losses to the taxpayer by early intervention on cases.

    There are frustrations about the structure of our jobs. There always seem to be several tiers of administration but on the whole the Civil Service provides an umbrella of support for the work we do.

    It’s not glamorous but I feel we do a necessary job that ensures benefits, wherever possible, are given to those that need it.


    I am a Civil Servant...

    August 2, 2017 at 7:57 am

    • Lucky sod, your employed and getting paid for it.


      August 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

      • Harassing and following disabled people around all day is a despicable way to ‘earn a living’.

        Old Betty

        August 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

      • Harassing and following all those who receive a benefit of some sort.


        August 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

      • I keep my curtains shut. I live on the ground floor of a block of flats in the middle of Ipswich. quite often we see cars parked outside with 1-2 or even 3 people inside. Not moving just sitting. Every so often when someone leaves the building one will get out and walk in the same direction. Later that person will return to the car and another will oin them. They drive off and another car pulls up in their place. Normally a Silver Astra or Black Mondeo or BMW. They have used Fiat Pandas too. Too Coincidental for it not to be a fraud unit


        August 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

      • Has to be. They have “special dispensation” from the local plod. Any regular member(s) of the public just sat around in a car would soon attract attention from the plod, and in any case if you were sat watching a block of flats it is a certainty you wouldn’t be sat around for long before someone or someones would ‘phone the plod, but you never see any plod go near them, that is how you know.

        The Sweeney

        August 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      • Private detective give their details to the local plod to. So that if anyone reports them for being sat around watching a building in a car they won’t attend. The fact you never see any plod go near them is the big giveaway.

        The Sweeney

        August 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      • hatzaetos6000

        You could always (anonomously) phone the local plod the next time you see them… and watch what happens… 😉 but you can bet that someone else already had 😉 and they know it is DWP Fraud Squad sat in the cars.

        The Sweeney

        August 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      • Might even be this 👿 Brian Soloman 👿 fucker from 👿 Hell!! 👿 sat in the car 😉

        The Sweeney

        August 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    • DWP Bollocks

      August 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      • That reminds me of the kind of smirky superior way University lecturers and teachers trade ‘funny’ exam answers by their thicko students.

        The intention is to make themselves feel better.

        In this case I bet they have this stuff posted up on their noticeboards, along with this:

        Andrew Coates

        August 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      • About as believable as those bullshit “excuses for not having a TV licence” TV Licencing come up with: “We don’t watch the BBC”, how fucking funny… and we laugh -NOT!


        Can't Believe It's Not Bullshit

        August 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      • The security guard working nights is an odd one! You can work outwith your Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 ‘job-search’ without it ‘affecting your benefits’, innit?


        August 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    • I would feel ashamed if I was doing a job like that.

      Magnifying Glass

      August 3, 2017 at 9:06 am

  8. I’m a civil servant and I… am a knobhead 😀


    Working with the courts and running surveillance operations to catch benefit fraudsters, DWP’s Brian Solomans talks about his unusual Civil Service career.


    Comment by amanda posted on on 13 August 2015

    I fully believe in weeding out fraudsters, but we ourselves came under investigation because of a falsely made report made by a person with a grudge against us, and for a period of time lost our benefits and rent payment until it was over and the allegations proven to be indeed false…..
    What happened to that old adage of innocent until proven guilty..!!!!😠

    Comment by margaret posted on on 12 October 2015

    thanks to inept investigation my partner was falsely accused of benefit fraud on flimsy evidence. The stress and anxiety he underwent for 2 years at a time when he was already terminally ill contributed to his death. Fraud investigations have a one track view; that every one is guilty they continued to persecute him despite medical evidence, and failing to follow PACE regulations. There is no redress for us just the grief of a funeral and loss of a loved innocent person, am I bitter YOU BET

    Replies to margaret>

    Comment by Michel Rodento posted on on 24 August 2016

    You could actually sue for corporate manslaughter. Its a criminal offence under HA1997 to do this. These people are not trained either legally or otherwise. Its a disgrace.

    Comment by Mu posted on on 06 December 2015

    What happens when a fraud investigator has commited benefit fraud themselves ?

    Comment by Linda posted on on 25 August 2016

    How long does a case usually come to court
    Link to this comment

    If any person within the DWP put’s forward a report to the Decision maker knowing it to be untrue and that means by both interviewing officers if interviewed, even if only one of the officers sign any report etc, then under the Fraud act 2006 the officers would be committing an offence of FRAUD BY FALSE REPRESENTATION .
    This act also covers ” any person making it knows that it IS, OR MIGHT BE UNTRUE or worst still MISLEADS .
    Further to this any aforementioned employee/s can be held financially accountable for any loss.
    Yes you can Sue any officer personally for loss , alarm, stress etc
    If you have been accused by any officer and its untrue, do unto them as they fraudulently try to do to you

    Comment by lianne posted on on 23 November 2016

    I have actually reported someone for benefit fraud who works for the dwp and does cleaning on the side (commiting benefit fraud as well as tax evasion), this was over a year ago and no action has so far been taken. Do you know who I would then escalate this to in this circumstance? I have reported using the usual means but nothing has been done.

    I am a CIVIL SERVANT...

    August 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

  9. Firms fear a reduction in cheap labour as a result of Brexit and will make finding staff even more difficult.


    August 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

  10. Employment tribunal fees axe could help older claims – Unison

    People who decided not to take cases to employment tribunals because fees were introduced could now make claims after the charges were ruled unlawful.

    The Unison union said those with claims rejected because they had not paid the fee could write to the tribunal saying it was no longer required.

    Now, those people who did not pursue a case due to the cost could ask the tribunal to use its discretion to hear it, even if it was technically out of time.



    August 2, 2017 at 10:24 am

    • Many a employer will of course not like this, this includes my previous employer. wait for it!


      August 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    • Yep

      A lady found out two years after leaving ex-employer that manger was slagging her off for sexist reasons. [note you have 6 months]. Judge reset time limit to when she FOUND out about his behavior. he lost.

      Judges have wide discretion


      August 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

  11. Welfare Reform Administrator
    Location: Ipswich
    Salary: £17,600 – £18,600 per annum (earning potential up to £19,500)
    Hours: 37 hours per week
    Contract Type: Permanent
    Closing Date: 9 August 2017

    We are looking for someone to assist the Housing Management team in the collation and administration of welfare reform for Orwell. The post holder will report to the Financial Inclusion Officer to ensure that processes associated with the verification of tenancies for universal credit (UC) are completed, guiding tenants to reduce the chance of arrears occurring and, following Orwell’s procedures to reduce arrears where applicable.


    Andrew Coates

    August 2, 2017 at 10:40 am

  12. Theresa May faces Commons showdown next month with Labour and Tory rebels fighting to stay in EU single market, for a while longer at least.

    Tory rebels!


    August 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

  13. Scotlands top asshole Stuart Patrick, CEO of Glasgow chamber of commerce looks down on Glasgows homeless and poorest claiming they are ruining city centre shopping (with so many highly paid jobs as well as working for Glasgow council he won’t have to worry about begging on the streets.)

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/beggars-are ruining-city-centre-shopping-says-business-leader-w756kq9gq


    August 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    • So he’s blaming the homeless for the lack of customers in the shops, lets have the truth shall we, the dwindling amount of customers who can longer afford to purchase many things they want.


      August 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      • The dwindling amount of people who still can afford even!


        August 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      • Enigma

        Don’t forget the ever growing online shopping industry that give cheaper prices.


        August 3, 2017 at 7:08 am

      • Doug

        Not necessarily. It can be a costly mistake to assume that everything is cheaper online, many items are over-priced online and can be bought cheaper in a traditional high street bricks and mortar store.

        Money Saving Expert

        August 3, 2017 at 7:59 am

      • Money Saving Expert

        Unless you lack common sense, one will never assume but rather research. For starters one should never rely on price comparison sites as like security providers, they’re always invested in the rigging and robbing to help proliferate their business and self interests.

        By putting in the footwork, following trade and markets, being patient, using ploys where necessary, you can make savings easily as high as 75% to 92%.


        August 3, 2017 at 10:26 am

    • Enigma, EXACTLY!


      August 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    • The homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera. 😀

      Sir George Young

      August 3, 2017 at 7:54 am

      • And the Lord Mayors Banquet @ the Mansion House in London {Wonder what happens to all those ”Doggie Bags”]


        August 3, 2017 at 10:34 am

  14. Wisconsin company use microchip ‘mark of the beast’ on employees.


    August 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm

  15. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/35-million-of-innovative-employment-schemes-to-benefit-thousands-of-disadvantaged-people


    Thanks for the heads-up on the above. It’s the first I’ve heard about it.

    Is this going to be what JCP calls a mandatory provision and who will be running it, I wonder? Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is going to be one of the pilot areas. I live in Peterborough. There is mention of devolution. So will it be the council running it.


    August 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    • I was on ESA. Then I got taken off it because I am fit for work, apparently. I am now on JSA and am officially classed as long-term unemployed.


      August 2, 2017 at 4:21 pm

  16. Britains judicial mafia (law society) want to block prosecution of war criminal lawyer Tony Bliar (law society)



    August 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    • I doubt it crosses most peoples minds but this man put parents children, their sons and daughters at unnecessary and unacceptable risk. Its unforgivable what he did on so many levels but this, this is the most unforgivable of them all.
      I personally will find no peace to this while people such as him can do what he did with impunity.


      August 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm

  17. ken

    August 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

  18. Landlords are turning young people away from renting for fear of late payment

    The study makes dire reading for under 35s battling low or stagnant wages while seeking privately-rented accommodation. Two-thirds of landlords are unwilling to let to young people in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit.



    August 2, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    • Ken

      Bit of a strange story that is as anyone under 35 can only get housing benefit for either a bedsit or a single room in shared accommodation (housing benefit regulation). This is clearly highlighted in the eligibility.


      You don’t see many of these two sorts of lettings these days so its odd considering shared accommodation NEEDS bodies inorder to generate the profit it does, that such people are being turned away. These types of lets use to rely on people with benefits as no one but those who had no choice, wanted to live in them dew to conflicts,theft and a whole list of other problems.

      Further to being unemployed, most potential tenants are recently released convicts whose time at a half way house has ended or mental health people so is this why so many people with mental health live on the streets and prisons are over crowded (a condition of parole is having a abode). Considering how many ex cons are living on the streets, is it worse than we can imagine. Despite prisons being over crowded, are parole boards allowing criminals to live on the streets, weighing up addressing the over crowded problem of prisons is more important than public safety.

      Where i am the homeless live in groups and these groups are so large now, the police struggle to deal with it and it takes van loads of them just to make an impact considering these groups out number them tenfold. Gone are the days round here where just 2 officers can approach them let alone deal with them these days. From what i can see as a way of being seen to do something, police seem to only pick on the homeless that don’t hang in this group, the ones living in doorways. The problem is, i can only imagine this ends up making these people join the larger group and increase its size still further..


      August 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

  19. Retirement not an option for millions of Brits – and employers just aren’t ready to deal with it


    This is very true and equally ducked by our government and will spell more poverty to come when other factors come into play.


    Employers aren’t at the best of times known for paying a decent wage so with technology replacing jobs, really low wages for the young and a continued push on apprenticeships/traineeships, getting work when your over 40 is going to get not that it isn’t already, very hard to get let alone keep.

    In physical sectors of work like laboring, pick and packing,etc, you just cant micro manage over 40s as they just cant compete physically and this unfortunately is what business is about these days.


    August 3, 2017 at 6:39 am

    • Meanwhile those on very high wages.

      The bosses of FTSE 100 companies now make on average £4.5m a year, down 17% from £5.4m in 2015, according to the High Pay Centre’s research.

      The think tank said the fall was welcome but “limited and very late”.

      It said the average UK full-time worker on pay before tax of £28,000 would take 160 years to earn the same amount.

      Stefan Stern, director of the High Pay Centre, said: “We have finally seen a fall in executive pay this year, in the context of political pressure and in the spotlight of hostile public opinion.”

      whatever the government does, the report advises firms to adopt the use of pay ratios showing the difference in earnings between the chief executive and average employees.

      It said these “should not be seen as a threat or punishment but rather as a mechanism to bring about greater fairness and transparency at work, and avoid the demotivating effects of unjustified wage gaps”.



      August 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

      • Don’t you know when your being pandered ?

        Go on ,have your little bitch because precisely what happened with the banks and financial institutions or should i say didn’t, is going to happen here. Your be offered a little platitude, a few scalps but it will be business as usual.

        You cant say you deserve more while saying others shouldn’t have more in a world that has no logic structure for pay full stop. The public were already duped into believing they needed a minimum ceiling that’s now basically ripping you all off while simultaneously ignoring the high ceiling cap.

        Already people have been beguiled by why aren’t women getting more rather than why are these people irrespective of gender getting so much when they don’t need that much to live on day to day. Why center on women being paid less when billions of us again irrespective of gender are paid less.

        Until you cap the height a wage can go inline with everybody being able to live decently, cap/control profits, cap investment amounts and profits, make businesses co op, make people stop work after earning enough to live on for the remainder of there lives (this ones dependent on factors taken or not), dont allow them to gain any further profit from there gains after stopping work,etc. NOTHING WILL CHANGE.


        Unemployed or not, you like the capitalist lifestyle, the dream of financial hope so will always be victims just as socialists/communists were and are.


        August 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

      • Bosses pay: “When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead”.

        White Rabbit

        August 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      • … And Lord Freud is talking backwards
        And Iain Duncan Smith is off with head
        Remember what the Jobcentre said
        Look for work, look for work….

        Jefferson Airplane

        August 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

      • … And Lord Freud is talking backwards
        And Iain Duncan Smith is off with his head
        Remember what the Jobcentre said
        Look for work, look for work….

        Jefferson Airplane

        August 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

    • Pensions.

      A million women £32 a week worse off thanks to pension age changes

      IFS says increased UK state pension age is lifting earnings from employment but only partially offsetting reduced incomes from other benefits

      As a result of the change, 1.1 million fewer women were receiving a state pension and the government was providing £4.2bn less through state pensions and other benefits, the IFS said. After accounting for the boost to earnings from higher employment, the net effect was that household incomes for women aged 60 to 62 had fallen by £32 per week on average.

      Since both richer and poorer households were losing out by, on average, roughly similar amounts in cash terms the drop as a proportion of income was much more severe for poorer households.



      August 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

  20. Marie

    August 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm

  21. Regarding the benefit cap.according to DWP.

    Since the introduction of the cap in April 2013, 150,000 households have had their benefits capped. Around 81,000 of these are no longer capped, with 34,000 households having moved into work.

    Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke said:

    It is right that people who are out of work are faced with the same choices as those who are in work and these figures show that the benefit cap has been a real success. But behind these figures are thousands of people who are now better off in work and enjoying the benefits of a regular wage.

    With record levels of employment and over three quarters of a million vacancies at any one time, even more people have the opportunity to change their lives for the better.



    August 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    • What happened to the other 45,000?

      Magnifying Glass

      August 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      • Has anyone actually looked at the stats, done the homework ?

        Moved off the cap, moved into work are to put it bluntly, used vaguely to plant an image, to insinuate something in your mind that’s actually if you analyze the data, a case of,” not all that glitters is gold”.

        DON’T CONFLATE, moving off the cap or being exempt with doing gainful work.

        DON’T CONFLATE, moving off the cap or being exempt with NOT STILL BEING STATE RELIANT or CONTRIBUTING IF AT ALL in the form of taxes and national insurance revenue.

        I suggest you read the report, study the stats, there source data and a few other governmental pieces of data and stats as David Gauke is just snake oiling you the public.


        August 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

  22. A second Brexit referendum? It’s looking more likely by the day – Vernon Bogdanor – is professor of government at King’s College London



    August 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

  23. ken

    August 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    • There’s less food coming into the local food bank too, no doubt the same thing happening everywhere, less people donating food, less and less people can afford to, if things carry on as they are………….


      August 4, 2017 at 4:04 am

      • Enigma

        Its all this expansion of the depression over a longer time period so effects aren’t felt by so many and its eventual now contraction that hasn’t been successful enough to shelter our way out of the 2007/8 crisis.

        Pay particular attention to the amounts denoted by both personal donations and supermarkets as the latter is a bad sign of the state of play in this country.


        August 4, 2017 at 8:34 am

  24. ‘They want to be homeless’: Mayor slams people living on streets and says ‘we’re killing them with kindness’

    Cllr Andy Drummond says rough sleepers in his town are earning around £80 a day as they beg passers-by on the High Street to get “money, drugs and alcohol”

    “Their presence doesn’t enhance the shopping experience. You have to consider the retailers – they’re the biggest rate payers. If we don’t do anything about it, it’ll get worse.



    August 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    • You would think he would praise there entrepreneurial, especially considering its the holy grail method of capitalism in that minimal effort and outlay, maximum profit.

      Its basically no different to being a charity worker raising funds except the worthy cause is ones self.
      I bet if they were paying taxes,NI, rent, license and insurance fees that this Cllr Andy Drummond wouldn’t be saying jack diddly.


      August 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm

  25. The workhouse aside, there’s never been a social security programme that delivered as much pain for so little gain as the “great sanctions campaign” imposed on unemployed people over the first half of this decade, reckons David Webster. The human and financial collateral damage from this most quixotic of policies.



    August 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    • I absolute concur with David Webster, my data completely presents the same evidence although i wouldn’t and haven’t spoken about it as tactfully as he has put it in the article.

      Mine was put out over time in pieces so its quite something to see it all together.


      August 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    • With many things being assigned to history, will the great sanction campaign ever be assigned to history.


      August 4, 2017 at 3:59 am

      • Enigma

        It appears to me this government are holding onto it like they do on the failed war against drugs. Had they allowed cannabis like they do alcohol, i doubt we would be seeing the issues we are now having with legal highs. Sanctions are much the same when you consider they lead to the cost of dealing with health issues, crime issues and debt.

        The government know they don’t run sanctions like they would crime as then they would be lost when it comes to presumption of innocence so apart from being inhumane, is in itself subverting law although you cant have them for that.


        August 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

  26. Big rise in families hit by ‘cruel’ benefit cap


    Now you know why David Gauke claimed what he did the other day and why i told you all to look at the data as his claim was to say the least , quite disingenuous.


    August 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    • The benefit cap is a cruel policy that’s been mis-sold to the public.

      Unfortunatly this has happened more and more in recent years such as Brexit where people are just mistold fiction.The problem for the now (half) government has found in that case is the mis-sold was half the voting population.

      As Johnny Void once put it “the bigger the lie the more people will believe it”.


      August 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      • Johnny who?

        Dr Who

        August 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

  27. Glitches with key free childcare website probed



    August 4, 2017 at 9:15 am

  28. UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits

    Department for Work and Pensions unlawfully stopped people going to tribunal to challenge refusals, judges say



    August 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  29. TOO The Sweeney. The Camera on great Coleman Street / Old Foundry Road. It’s always focused on Coleman House Junction when ”they” are there. Same for the cameras on the Bolton Lane Junction facing towards Tower Ramparts and St Helens Streets


    August 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    • More proof in the pudding. The camera operators are keeping an eye on “them” in case there is any ‘trouble’ like, innit?

      Eye in the Sky

      August 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      • Eye in the Sky. If you know Ipswich and Old Foundry Road. You will know where I am talking about. Some NOT all residents in this block are deemed ”Persons Of Interest” PLOD DWP HMRC regular visitors


        August 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

    • More proof in the pudding. The camera operators/plod are keeping an eye on “them” in case there is any ‘trouble’ like, innit?

      Eye in the Sky

      August 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    • And also ‘evidence gathering’ too 😉

      Eye in the Sky

      August 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      • Yep ‘


        August 7, 2017 at 8:45 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: