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More Calls to Shelve Universal Credit.

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Mass Meeting of Happy UC Claimants at Christmas.

You wonder when the number of criticisms and calls for shelve Universal Credit will sink into the very thick head of Rt Hon David Gauke MP.

This is the kind of thing that he’s interested in,

“I live in Chorleywood, am an avid cricket and football supporter and enjoy the countryside around south west Hertfordshire…”

These are his good works by which ye shall know him,

David is a Patron of the Hospice of St Francis, the Watford Peace Hospice and the Three Rivers Museum.  He writes regularly for the Croxley, Rickmansworth and Chorleywood editions of My Local News magazines and The Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette.

These are some of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Latest Tweets.

Apparently Tosspot, as his close mates call him, is now taking a keen interest in Venezuela, a subject on which he considers himself an expert.

His most recent stuff if re-tweets from other experts, like Frank Field, but this is the man’s own considered judgement.

People find the humourless git so unfunny that even his Official Parody site gave up the ghost in March.

Meanwhile while he fiddles Universal Credit burns.

Universal credit shake-up will send poor families to food banks for Christmas, warn Labour MPs

‘In many cases, recipients have had to wait seven weeks for payment of the benefits’

The expansion of the universal credit benefits shake-up will send families to food banks for Christmas, Labour MPs are warning.

A group of 30 Opposition MPs is urging the Government to shelve the introduction of the new benefit in about 50 new areas until next year, to avoid festive hardship.

Universal credit is meant to streamline the social security system but has been plagued by problems in trial areas where it is already up and running.

Citizens Advice has warned that claimants are being plunged into debt, with four in 10 people having to wait more than six weeks to receive their first payment.

Now the Labour MPs, from areas where the shake-up is due to be introduced this autumn, have written to David Gauke, the Work and Pensions Secretary, calling for delay.

“There is a real worry that the introduction of universal credit, at this time, will cause extreme hardship for many people in vulnerable situations, exacerbated by the financial burdens of the festive period,” they state.

Also on the excellent Welfare Weekly site: MPs urge government to delay universal credit rollout

MPs’ letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship.

Here is the letter:

We are concerned about the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed rollout of universal credit (UC) in our constituencies during November and December. There is a real worry that the introduction of UC at this time will cause extreme hardship for many people in vulnerable situations, exacerbated by the financial burdens of the festive period. We understand that the proposed changes were designed to make the social security system simpler, more reactive to individuals’ issues and more efficient. However, evidence from other parts of the country where UC has been introduced already, shows that it is far from the efficient system trailed. In many cases, recipients have had to wait seven weeks for payment of the benefits. This puts an incredible strain on individuals and we have seen in other areas an increased use of food parcels during this period. There are also issues around the removal of the severe disability premium, which leaves many disabled people in a precarious position. In addition, although there is a provision for crisis loans, the mandatory paying back of £150 in three lump sums of £50 adds a further strain on individuals who are already in a difficult financial situation. Overall, the rigid nature of this approach can exacerbate the debt of those in receipt of UC.

The current timetable will cause our residents severe hardship over the months which are most financially difficult. We urge David Gauke, secretary of state for work and pensions, to instruct his department not to roll this system out in November and December, but look to a date later in 2018.
Laura Pidcock
Alison McGovern
Bambos Charalambos
Caroline Lucas
Carolyn Harris
Chris Law
Eleanor Smith
Fiona Onasanya
Geraint Davies
Helen Goodman
Helen Hayes
Ian Mearns
Jack Dromey
Jess Phillips
Jon Cruddas
John Cryer
John Mann
Justin Madders
Kate Osamor
Kevan Jones
Khalid Mahmood
Margaret Greenwood
Mike Amesbury
Preet Gill
Richard Burden
Roger Godsiff
Stella Creasy
Steve Pound
Tonia Antonazzi
Tracy Brabin
Virendra Sharma

We await Gaucke’s reply.

When he has the time…


Written by Andrew Coates

August 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    August 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

  2. In the government’s view work is the best way out of poverty and Universal Credit is getting people into work sooner and keeping them in work longer than predecessor legacy benefits. Considering what a revolutionary improvement Universal Credit is in respect to making work pay and getting people into jobs; in the government’s view it would be wrong to deny those looking for work the guidance and help Universal Credit offers and essential to continue the accelerating roll out of Universal Credit as planned. The reasons for food bank usage are complex and various and it would be wrong to attribute any one factor as the main driver behind this phenomenon.

    D. Gauke Esq

    August 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    • “keeping them in work longer”

      Maybe the government should abolish those ZHC and temp jobs which many people are doing then find themselves in their local food banks.

      Sort out discrimination at work.

      Sort both of these, today.


      August 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    • “getting people into work sooner and keeping them in work longer”.

      If underemployment and 20 hours while paying no tax and NI and still being heavily reliant on state benefits is a step forward then i guess the British will be quite at home when we become a third world western country.


      August 7, 2017 at 9:33 pm

  3. every job i apply for is a zhc yet it says i must find 20hrs per week on my cc so can i refuse a zhc as the hrs are ZERO.

    should my cc not say zero hrs of work instead of 20 then.?


    August 7, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    • superted

      If you’re on JSA:

      Zero Hours Contract
      107. Claimants cannot be mandated to apply for vacancies which include a Zero
      Hours Contract. Therefore, if a claimant refuses or fails to apply for or accept a
      notified Zero Hours Contract job, a decision by the LMDM is not required.


      jj joop

      August 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      • pmsl is it the same on uc tho ?


        August 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    • superted

      It would appear so:

      Universal Credit zero hours contract jobs are viewed as a
      valuable and positive way to boost income, gain work experience, and potentially
      lead to longer term opportunities.

      Universal Credit claimants to whom the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the Universal
      Credit regulations apply can be required to apply for a zero hours contract (ZHC)
      If a claimant refuses to apply for a role when required to do so, or refuses to accept a
      job offer, without good reason, they can be sanctioned.


      jj joop

      August 8, 2017 at 7:09 am

      • When it says UC claimants can be required to apply for zero hours contract jobs, I take that to mean you are at the mercy of your cockroach, as to whether you apply for a particular ZHC job.

        jj joop

        August 8, 2017 at 7:30 am

      • Superted/ JJ joop

        Be very careful how you perceive that declaration.
        The condition set is subject to the fact that at the time of writing, the old regime wasn’t backed up by the new one. This would naturally mean you would have because rules on JSA state you must sign off if you gain any employment over 5 hours, 59 mins and 59 seconds, had no recourse except to sign back on at an unacceptable rate for both you and DWP and council of housing benefit. This would mean naturally massive delays in receiving payment and arrears.

        Now some DWPs while not completely switched over to UC did install UC alongside JSA for any new claimants coming in or out of work only subject to of course the groups not exempt.

        Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know, DWP cannot be trusted to make the right decisions because not all coaches sing from the same sheet and receive different direction by their corresponding managers. Further to this if your CC states any job in the CC and you’ve signed this, then any job it is. This is so because you make those conditions enforceable by expressing your consent.

        The question there after is then, is that ZHC job reasonable to take considering the services available to you (ie, does your local office provide the means to swap over to UC, how stable are the hours and the amount weekly done).

        To be frank if the amount of stable hours a week (total actual hours consistently worked every week despite not being guaranteed) exceeds the JSA by £5.00, then its safe to pursue as you would be dealing with it like you would working over 16 hours and have no conditionality to worry about nor weekly signings while dealing with the council as regards housing benefit. Even though you would be working less than 16, you wont be receiving a penny in unemployment benefit because its cancelled out £1 for after the first £5 earnt.

        In case you need clarification of the sentence (total actual hours consistently worked every week despite not being guaranteed) exceeds the JSA by £5.00.

        Imagine a ZHC for 21 hours a week yet you find you consistently only work 11 of them every week. PLEASE NOTE HOW those hours are spread every week as even though you cant claim back transport costs to work, it would be unwise of you let alone DWP to accept a job whereby you worked those hours at a rate of 2/3 hours a day spread over 5 days with a travel cost of £8.00 a day.

        The gist is, is not to be worse off than if you were unemployed when taking travel costs,work costs into account.


        August 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

      • doug

        Yeah, I hear that. I don’t apply for ZHC jobs and I’ve never been “advised” by my work coach to apply for one, either. My current coach is quite decent, anyway. He actually wants to help me, which makes a change from my last coach who just didn’t like me at all.

        jj joop

        August 8, 2017 at 11:05 am

      • The Jobcentre don’t take travel costs into account in their ‘better of in work’ calculation. Sames goes for any other ‘in work’ expenses.

        Job C

        August 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      • jj joop

        Just remember almost every offer of work is subject to contract.

        I say this in connection to bad work coaches who are self serving. An employment contract does not form a part of your agreement to find and secure work due to it requiring expressed lawful consent. Contracts have to be mutually beneficial but you will see ZHC ones are very far from that. An employer offering one isn’t required by law to do so in order for you to work for them physically so at the point of them stating you have the job subject to one is saying the offer of work only stands after you sign one or with a view to you signing one.

        Now DWP might try but ultimately a claimant cannot be sanctioned just because they couldn’t agree on a contract and or an employer removed an offer of work because you didn’t consent (sign one).
        The catch 22 is, if such a contract is gained via force, threat or deception, it becomes unlawful meaning its precisely the same as not signing one as it makes it null and invoid. Now considering the offer is subject to means in such a case, no offer is being offered or has by virtue, been removed.


        August 9, 2017 at 8:22 am

      • Its also worth pointing out recruitment agencies basically offer the same condition of ZHCs without being as obvious.

        Your never just registering with an agency.


        August 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

    • I wouldnt take those freedom of information requests for granted.The Dwp will run into problems at tribunials’ if say adverse conditions are applied to to somene with learning/concentration related problems.Law/regulations need to be understood.There is protection in place however this is ignored by work coaches who all to often state “every one else does”.

      Unfortunatly people who understand the position often tell people to see their GP and apply for another type of benefit moving disabled people sideways rather then advise on the problem or point a finger.

      My understanding is they could only mandate someone to zero hours “employment” if there wasn’t a clause that barred an applicant from applying elsewhere but stand to be corrected.

      Sadly as has always been the case if someone does not have a trade of is skilled or educated the outlook is not good,being in and out of work often for considerable periods of time.low wages/benefits just keep people trapped in poverty keeping them in the jobcentre enviornment.They have no choice.


      August 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  4. The DWP has launched a legal battle at a tribunal to stop a report about Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public.



    August 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    • “The DWP is protecting the commercial interests of giants Atos and Maximus.”

      Andrew Coates

      August 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

      • This whole work capability assessment is a sham, has always been one and governments continued persistence to block public interest is an omission to guilt.

        There is far to many dots all joined up in this equation for all this to be just coincidence.


        August 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

      • Oops sorry

        Should have read
        This whole work capability assessment is a sham, has always been one and governments continued persistence to block public interest is an admission of guilt.


        August 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm

  5. Help I lost my esa and pip. I have asked for Mandatory Re considerations on both. In the meantime I have too claim jsa under constitutionality. If the MR’s fail I will go to appeal and then IF I have too the upper appeal tribunal. Should I be bounced into work during the MR or Appeal stage and win. Can you then leave your ”job”’ and return to esa with out penalty (2) can you still get pip even if you are working?

    Thanks Folks


    August 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

    • Check out whatdotheyknow.com

      I know there is quite a lot of replies to requests in relation to esa and pips on there!

      jj joop

      August 8, 2017 at 7:33 am

      • Thanks. BTW were you ever at Kings Lynn Job Club in the 1990’s


        August 8, 2017 at 7:49 am

      • Nope. I’ve never done Job Club. Although I did the Ely & Soham Community Programme in the 1980s.

        jj joop

        August 8, 2017 at 10:59 am

      • JJ. Do you remember something about Jobclub in the Cambridge Area where Vicar was running a Jobclub but had a Male and Female leader{s}. He ended up marrying them. ? Does anybody else remember this event.
        Does anybody else Julie Webb from the Kings Lynn Jobclub in the late 1980’s Early 1990’s


        August 9, 2017 at 7:40 am

      • I remember the three individuals you refer to. I even remember their names but I am not going to repeat them here. Because there is a good chance they’re still alive. They’d all be in their seventies or eighties by now. And I think they are entitled to their privacy – legally and otherwise.

        The scheme they ran was called the Ely & Soham Community Programme and was based at High Barns in Ely. I was on it for twelve months between 1986 and 1987. X and Y ran the programme, and the Rev Z who was an industrial chaplain was also a key player. And yes, he did indeed marry them. I could tell you a few stories about this trio but I’m not going to do it here for legal and data protection reasons.

        But those of us who still live in the area remember them, real well.

        jj joop

        August 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

      • There was something very very similar in Kings Lynn. This was in Queen Street King’s Lynn This was about 1990-1991 and into 1993. Could it be them. That was when they seemed to drop off the radar. That was when Julie Webb took it over. I won’t say anything either. I too think the ones I refer to are still alive


        August 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

      • jj joop

        If this event you talk of broke the law then all parties forfeit their rights to data protection under the act. Further pursuant to this, if this case is officially recorded, then in the particular instance, the persons involved also forfeit their right to privacy providing no data submitted is after the fact of being judged.


        August 9, 2017 at 9:40 am

  6. David Cameron pictured hugging Jeremy Corbyn fan at Wilderness festival – Photo

    I didn’t bother adding the photo!

    Even the former PM appears to believe the Labour leader would be the best PM.

    Former Prime Minister David Cameron has been photographed hugging an avid Jeremy Corbyn fan at the Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire, whilst smoking his supposed favored cigarette brand and enjoying something stronger than a glass of orange juice.


    August 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

    • Cameron fucked everything up, for selfish party political reasons, and then fucked off leaving the mess behind him for somebody else to clear up. He was 100% one of the phoniest and worst Prime Ministers Britain ever got saddled with… until Theresa May arrived on the scene to replace him.

      Monseigneur Gonades Gros

      August 13, 2017 at 7:24 am

  7. According to a survey of employment agencies.

    The UK labour market is tightening, with employers finding it harder to recruit staff,

    The survey says that pay rates for both permanent and temporary staff are rising quickly due to a continuing fall in the number of job applicants.

    Isn’t it obvious why so many British are unemployed, does it offend anyone? it’s the bloody truth,

    It’s called GREED.



    August 8, 2017 at 9:25 am

    • Their paying higher wages.

      I’m santa claus, what would you like for xmas?


      August 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

    • Enigma

      Without reading these findings its impossible to say as remember, the polled data is taken from recruitment agencies.
      For an agency permanent, is a word that wont keep them in business for long, certainly wouldn’t invite the growth of the industry which has exploded since 2007/8.

      I have to question what is implied by permanent as being self employed is neither part time nor full time so how many of these so called permanent positions are self employed as opposed to PAYE.
      Further more full time and part time denote hours worked every week, not how long they went on for week after week.
      Then we have whats the ratio between full time and part time.

      Personally these findings don’t hold much water with me.


      August 8, 2017 at 10:05 am

  8. DWP tenders Job Centre fit-out framework worth £375m

    The Department for Work & Pensions is tendering a £375m framework for fit-out and building works across UK job centres.



    August 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    • Put the phones back, for fuck’s sake, and update all the old computer workstations. At least make it possible for claimants to do their work-search properly, or at the very least better.


      August 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

      • Jim

        I would wait to see the detail – I would not put it past this shower to have the Refurb actually turn the job centers into IT/Call center booths – thereby saving on not needing staff [call centre centric], and space thereby allowing a reduction in space taken.

        As the banks are leading this wave in turning bank branches into such outlets how long before the Gov follows?

        Knowingof course that UC is a shambles – but with the delayed payments that will be endemic it will seem to save money. What not to like? Yes there will be those who will starve/homeless etc etc, but it will save money…


        August 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      • Gazza

        They might be making savings, the problem is the public aren’t seeing a massive drop in prices for services as businesses maintain profit margins.


        August 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

  9. I will not sit by as Universal Credit roll out pushes my constituents into poverty over Christmas

    Government has become distant and uncaring

    It takes a government seriously out of touch to not see the warning signs.



    August 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    • But what can she do? What can anybody do? Only the government can do something to make things better, or at least not so bad, and they are resolutely refusing to do so. All that everybody else can do is moan. As far as I can see the government really doesn’t give a hoot about claimants, or local authorities, but is mildly concerned about private landlords not getting their money.


      August 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      • Jim

        Maybe, just maybe they will so they can turn around and say, “see, we’re not the nasty party”

        Wheres a magic money tree when you need one – post marked DUP.


        August 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      • The Magic Money Tree appears to grow only in Northern Ireland.

        Monty Don

        August 11, 2017 at 7:22 am

      • According to sources, the Tories claim the money didn’t come from a magic tree, that they were simply giving the leprechauns their pot of gold back.

        Shhh, don’t tell the gnomes


        August 11, 2017 at 9:20 am

  10. Welfare Conditionality – Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change



    August 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    • It would be interesting to see some of the papers from the Conference.

      Andrew Coates

      August 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      • Yes, we’ll have to wait a while.


        August 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      • We have these for now.

        Sanctions, support and Service leavers, some info at least.

        This study is investigating the effect of a conditional welfare system in the UK, including the use of sanctions, and how this affects ex-Service personnel and their families.

        The research has been funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a £35 million funding scheme run by the FiMT using an endowment awarded by the Big Lottery Fund. It is a major two year project (2017-2019) being undertaken jointly by researchers at the University of Salford and the University of York.



        August 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      • Publications: Reports. First wave research findings

        Below are nine first wave findings papers covering each of our study’s policy areas in more detail.

        First wave findings: anti-social behaviour

        First wave findings: disabled people

        First wave findings: homelessness

        First wave findings: jobseekers

        First wave findings: lone parents

        First wave findings: migrants

        First wave findings: offenders

        First wave findings: social tenants

        First wave findings: Universal Credit

        social housing

        Welfare sanctions and conditionality: initial main report



        August 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      • One of the above.


        Jobseekers were the first social security recipient group to be subject to job seeking conditionality.
        Their job search requirements have since increased, as have sanctions. Little support exists
        for most jobseekers. The Work Programme forms the basis of long-term support. This briefing paper
        presents indicative findings from our research undertaken to date, based on interviews and focus
        groups with policy stakeholders and practitioners plus interviews with 64 jobseekers (WSUs)

        Key points

        The majority of JSA interviewees found the emphasis on sanctions unnecessary and counterproductive, since they were already keen to find a job and were actively seeking work

        16 pages



        August 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      • Thanks Enigma. Really useful stuff.

        Andrew Coates

        August 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

      • for most jobseekers. The Work Programme forms the basis of long-term support.

        Jobcentreplus sat back and did nothing but sign people despite complaints that weeks were going by between appointments.

        A4e were shouting in the office space “the agency won’t tell us who the company is” hardly surprising.

        I was told by a third party provider brought in by A4e I couldnt apply for a job because it was on A4e’s paperwork and it was only for people on their books.

        It was badly thought out and chaotic not surprising given the rush at the time.


        August 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm

  11. Labour Says It Will Take 200 Years To Make Train Stations Disability-Friendly

    Official figures show just 493 stations out of 2,557 around the UK – less than 20% – have step-free access to all platforms.

    Despite claims by the government that it is “committed to ensuring that disabled people have equal access to transport services and opportunities to travel”, the number of fully accessible stations has increased by just 2% over the last four years – meaning it would take until 2218 for all stations to be brought up to the same standard.



    August 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

  12. Nottingham food bank almost runs out of stock in ‘busiest ever’ period


    This appears to be reflected up and down the country.


    August 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm

  13. Universal credit rules ‘could bar many disabled students from university’

    Many disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to the minister for employment.



    August 8, 2017 at 7:56 pm

  14. in a full service area how are they going to change me over from jsa to uc ?
    because im not giving them a email address or Mobil number so how will they open a account to use the journal?

    will i just not have to use it or what?


    August 8, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    • superted

      What is this “journal” you mention. I’ve never heard of it.

      jj joop

      August 9, 2017 at 8:50 am

      • jj joop

        the journal is a page on UC where you put steps taken to find work


        August 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      • Gazza


        jj joop

        August 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      • If you refuse access to the DWP for your UC account how will they be able to look at you journal?

        Monty Don

        August 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  15. DWP Response

    A claimant can use their online account to provide explicit consent to disclose
    information. They can do this via their Journal. Consent must be given freely,
    unambiguously and in an informed way. The claimant must be clear on the
    information that they want to be disclosed and who the information can be
    disclosed to. Consent covers a particular query or piece of business.



    August 8, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    • You wouldn’t believe a word they say in the jobcentre.Everyone takes freedom of information requests they provide for fact.


      August 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

  16. Annemarie King You get your login off your case worker you will get it at your interview x
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Chris Smith
    Chris Smith how do you get the log in?
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Annemarie King
    Annemarie King Off your work coach at jobcentre
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Chris Smith
    Chris Smith with what info on it?
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Annemarie King
    Annemarie King You get a login and a password to get in to your online account
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Chris Smith
    Chris Smith so what about the email address ?
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Chris Smith
    Chris Smith did you give the dwp ur email address and then opened a account for you?
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Annemarie King
    Annemarie King Yes it was all done at my interview when I set up my claim
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Chris Smith
    Chris Smith buy law you dont have to give them a email address so if you said no then wot lol
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    Annemarie King
    Annemarie King I don’t know I don’t have a problem with them having my email
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    no wonder they want a email addr from me on my sar, there fkn taking the piss big time now!


    August 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm

  17. Jobcentre Closures Are Yet Another Nasty Act From The Nasty Party

    Next year the country marks seventy years since the abolition of the Poor Laws and the introduction of social security provision.

    In doing so, this country took massive, progressive steps away from the centuries-long institutional punishment of people for the crime of being poor.

    But under Theresa May’s government we are about to be hurtled even further and faster backwards to the bygone dark days.



    August 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

  18. 20% increase in demand for Surrey foodbanks as thousands more seek emergency food parcels

    More than 14,000 emergency food parcels were distributed in 2016/17, an increase of almost 20%


    Who said the UK was third world.Those words appear to have an air about them.


    August 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

  19. Government response to consultation confirms expansion of undergraduate medical education in England.

    The extra places will be targeted at under-represented social groups such as lower income students, as well as regions that usually struggle to attract trainee medics.

    The government has also pledged to ensure the places are allocated to medical schools who will work closely with their local communities to help talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds become doctors.



    August 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  20. Christmas benefit changes ‘will plunge families into debt’, it has been warned

    MPs want Ministers to delay the introduction of Universal Credit and warn it will lead to massive debts

    They said: “There is a real worry that the introduction of UC at this time will cause extreme hardship for many people in vulnerable situations, exacerbated by the financial burdens of the festive period.”



    August 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    • It’s the same story ALL THE YEAR AROUND! The misery of Universal Credit is for life not only for Christmas.


      August 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    • Yep, all the news regarding UC is the same, so it’s always old news.


      August 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      • Should have said, “The never ending story”


        August 10, 2017 at 9:11 am

      • Turn around
        Look at what you see
        In her face
        The mirror of your dreams

        Make believe I’m everywhere
        Given in the light
        Written on the pages
        Is the answer to a never ending story

        Reach the stars
        Fly a fantasy
        Dream a dream
        And what you see will be

        Rhymes that keep their secrets
        Will unfold behind the clouds
        And there upon a rainbow
        Is the answer to a never ending story

        Show no fear
        For she may fade away
        In your hand
        The birth of a new day


        August 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

      • Popmaster

        August 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

  21. The number of people on zero hours contracts has quadrupled since records began

    The Conservatives have been keen to point out that since they took office in 2010, the proportion of people that want to work but can’t get a job has fallen by 3.5 percentage points.

    But while unemployment levels are low, so is job security. The number of “zero hours contracts” is at a record-high at over 900,000.



    August 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

  22. The choice between food or keeping clean.

    A pilot scheme giving away sanitary products through food banks aims to help low-income women and break down taboos



    August 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm

  23. Number of UK homeless expected to double by 2041, Crisis warns,

    It will be a lot more than that.if the Tories are still in.

    Charity’s research predicts 575,000 people in Britain will have no roof over their heads unless government takes urgent action.

    Before we hear what Crisis has to say, First, Crisis is a charity supposedly helping the homeless so why is there thousands soon to be millions on the street?

    Crisis intends to put an end to the suffering and injustice of homelessness, but we need your help. Everybody In will bring people together to change opinions, raise awareness and, ultimately, end homelessness for good.

    We believe that the power to end homelessness comes from sharing – opinion, stories, comment and sheer determination. Everybody In means just that; it’s a campaign for everybody, and we need everybody in to make it work.

    Join us today, start sharing some of the real-life experiences of homelessness we’ve gathered, and play your part in a movement that’s a force for permanent, positive change..

    “Play your part” you know what you can do. I’ll make sure the food which I buy for them goes straight to them.



    August 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

  24. Question. I cannot get UC. I am applying for JSA under conditionality as I failed WCA for ESA scoring a complete 0. I have a mandatory reconsideration for ESA. I also have a MR for PIP. I lost out by one point. Once I am back on JSA. Can I have Pip with JSA or does PIP only go with ESA. I will launch an appeal for Pip if I don’t get the MR



    August 10, 2017 at 9:46 am

  25. Andrew Coates

    August 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

    • Another benefit being abolished, the slow but sure way of the welfare system being assigned to history


      August 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

    • Only going to affect “homeowners” such as Andrew Coates 😉

      East Anglia

      August 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      • Home?

        You mean my little Suffolk ‘Hall’.

        Andrew Coates

        August 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      • East Anglia

        You could always rent your house out precisely enough to cover the mortgage and go rent somewhere else.


        August 10, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    • I remember this buried awakening prior to government hols.

      Like ive said before, the Tories are trying to make welfare a business they profit from, just like with the NHS,etc.


      August 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      • the way i see it going is every claim will be on line and dealt with that way with a private company like atos running the hole show to boot.

        if you think its bad now the shit storm will be round the corner if that happens log in 1 min late 4 week sanction for the profit for atos and the gov will tax them on that for there profit.

        on fb ppl are giving over email addrs and then have a uc account set up with log in and password given to them buy there advisers it is unreal how many ppl just hand this over and think it will all be fine well they have a big shock coming to them doing 30hrs a week down tesco for there benefits.

        even on the wp if you got a sanction you still had to show up at the work placement. well bar me and a few others pmsl.;)


        August 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      • Superted

        Yep, the coming storm has yet to really hit and the more the truth is revealed, the faster the Tories work to accelerate and action there plans.


        August 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

  26. Food poverty is on the rise in the UK, Oxfam is working with others to campaign for a system where everyone can afford to feed their family



    August 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

  27. OT: BrExit Trade

    doug – no need to comment on this but think it is interesting [ie collapse of TPP and its after effects]


    I forsee probs after Brexit for UK seeing as all this is going on [I am looking at the broad strokes of the trade winds realizing this is from the US pointof view]


    August 10, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    • Nope, sorry, gazza

      TPP was dead in the water before Trump even knocked out Cruz let alone won the vote to become president. Yet again lets blame a certain single person for convenience and to get him out of office when all those countries now cooking deals were among the many countries that threw the spanners in.

      People power didn’t stop the TPP, a loud mouth wannabe running for office didn’t either as only governments can do that and that’s precisely what they did and the proof is the TPP could have been sown up long, long ago before Trump had even had to be taken seriously as a contender.


      August 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

  28. Andrew Coates

    August 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    • Gauke looks like a Nazi at the Nuremberg trials.

      Monty Don

      August 11, 2017 at 7:27 am

    • I don’t get all this fuss about Universal Credit and Xmas. What point is there in treating people slightly less bad for the twelve days of Christmas and then like shit for the other 353 days of the year? People should be treated fairly and decently all year round.

      Monty Don

      August 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

      • Wikipedia is run by Marxist J’s


        August 12, 2017 at 11:42 am

  29. Warning over new Universal Credit benefits which will put Hull families ‘in extreme hardship’

    In a letter to the DWP, 31 MPs say the roll-out could cause ‘extreme hardship’



    August 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

  30. Twice as many people are sleeping rough in Tory Britain as we thought, alarming new study reveals

    Analysis by Heriot-Watt University found 9,100 people are currently sleeping on the streets across Britain – the previous estimate was 4,100

    Their study warns a further 8,900 people are sleeping in tents, cars or public transport, more than 12,000 live in squats and a staggering 68,300 are sofa-surfing on friends’ couches.



    August 11, 2017 at 9:16 am





      August 11, 2017 at 10:22 am


        Tiredness, quick fatigue, coming in beaten up, clothes torn, cant realistically start work early because washing amenities are not open, hungry always in first month of employment at least, always ill, sometimes injured are not signs a homeless person does not want to work.


        August 11, 2017 at 10:31 am

  31. Have heard that some homeless people are required to attend JCP daily


    August 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    • The Tories would spin this as an opportunity to receive guidance and help, e,g,, referral to a food bank and the chance to gain valuable IT skills by using computers to do Jobsearch.

      Monseigneur Gonades Gros

      August 13, 2017 at 7:39 am

  32. I received a letter telling me that I can’t claim UC due to my circumstances. I have ben told that I must claim JSA. This is after failing to get any points in an ESA reassessment. I have the claim up and in progress. I will keep updating here


    August 13, 2017 at 9:11 am

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