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Prime Minister’s Questions: May and Corbyn Clash on Universal Credit.

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Happy Universal Credit Claimants on Job Search.

The Tories seem to have decided on a policy of Stout Defence of Universal Credit.

On the World at One today some Tory MP claimed she was besieged by constituents queuing up to praise the new benefits system.

I can’t recall who it was but a Labour chap said that was surprisingly far from his experience.

Unfortunately the exchange was cut short before said Tory could tell us about the gifts of flowers and chocolate she”d had from over-the-moon claimants on Universal Credit.

Correction: that should have read, claimants, from the moon and well further afield.

Which neatly answers Corbyn today,

Jeremy Corbyn questioned “I wonder which planet the Prime Minister is on?” when she failed to see the problems with Universal Credit.

Guardian.

Jeremy Corbyn has called on Theresa May to rethink the troubled universal credit benefits system and abolish the charge for its helpline, which costs frustrated claimants up to 55p a minute to call from a mobile phone

The call happened during Prime Minister’s Question Time.

BBC

Theresa May has defended the expansion of the government’s flagship welfare reform as Jeremy Corbyn said it was increasing poverty and homelessness.

The PM said the government was listening to concerns about universal credit and said it was getting more people into work.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Corbyn urged her to “wake up to reality” and pause the rollout.

And he called it “absurd” that calls to the helpline cost up to 55p a minute.

Universal credit, which merges six working-age benefits into a single payment, is being introduced in 50 job centres across the UK every month.

It is paid in arrears, and there have been complaints about the six-week wait for payments, with almost a quarter of claimants waiting for longer because of delays in the system.

In the leaders’ first clash since Parliament returned from party conference season, Mr Corbyn said the reform was “driving up poverty, debt and homelessness”, with people facing eviction due to a shortage of cash.

It was “irresponsible to press on regardless”, he said, also urging the PM to “show some humanity” and make the helpline – which costs between 3p and 55p a minute from a mobile phone – free of charge.

The Department for Work and Pensions said the hotline was charged at standard local rates so was free for many people as part of their phone contracts. It added that people could request a free call back from the department.

Mrs May said the government was building a welfare system that provided a safety net for those who need it and which also helps people to get into the workplace and earn more.

Responding to questions about payment delays, she said more people were receiving advances which are available to those in need, adding that the government would continue to monitor the roll-out.

The previous system put in place by the Labour government of 1997 to 2010 was “far too complicated” and left many people better off on benefits, she added.

Conservative MP Heidi Allen also quizzed the PM on universal credit, saying the six-week delay “just doesn’t work”.

Mrs May agreed to have a meeting with Ms Allen.

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm

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  1. The question is: How long can they bluster and bluff like this before the shit hits the fan?

    Jizzwhacker

    October 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  2. Somebody on Facebook made the comment that many Jobcentres are closing, so the cost of the thieving priced Helpline call can only be avoided by travelling longer and longer distances.

    In rural Suffolk, that is lots of it, bus services, where they exist, cost a hell of a lot as well, so getting to a Jobcentre is not easy.

    Andrew Coates

    October 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    • The Jobcentre only talks about getting you into work and polices Universal Credit – Jobcentres do not sort out problems with Universal Credit and claimants HAVE to phone a Universal Credit call centre to query anything and report changes in circumstances or use the journal to do these things.

      Jizzwhacker

      October 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      • Yeah, saw a young lass in tears the other day cracking up about here universal credit non-payments. The sneering cockroach just gave her a piece of paper with this rip-off universal credit so-called helpline on it and showed her out. It is just lies to say you can pop into a jobcentre to sort out universal credit.

        Sharon

        October 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      • Go to the Citizens Advice Bureau they will let someone use the phone.Normally an appointment is needed but sometimes they will also see someone who needs immediate help.

        There appears to be a merry go round of work coaches at the moment at the jobcentre.

        ken

        October 12, 2017 at 9:19 am

  3. At least Jeremy Corbyn has finally stood up and criticised Universal Credit. The continuing cruelty of the roll-out and the cost of the so-called ‘help-line.’
    Universal Credit is a harsh vindictive system, beyond even basic common-sense or compassion.
    How can you leave people, families, to starve and just say – So What ?

    Jeff Smith

    October 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    • It really is the major political story.

      Andrew Coates

      October 11, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      • Indeedily doodily. The uc cat is out of the bag. BBC Radio 4 even had an item on the 6 0’clock News. One particular claimant has been waiting 8 MONTHS for her first universal credit payment… and STILL waiting…

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b097

        Fast forward to 11:35. You can download the podcast if you can’t be arsed ‘signing up to the BBC’.

        iplayer

        October 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      • 55p a minute to phone the universal credit line! Fucking hell!

        Ant Middleton

        October 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      • Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

        Campaigners are concerned that complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls

        https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/12/pressure-grows-to-make-universal-credit-helpline-free-of-charge

        ken

        October 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      • I’ve had to borrow from here, there and everywhere to feed this 55p a minute premium so-called helpline. And I am no further forward in sorting out my uc claim.

        Liverpool Lass

        October 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    • Yep. 55p a minute with, usually, a fifteen to twenty-minute wait listening to Vivaldi (I think it is) until somebody answers. Every call to the UC call centre can clock up £10.00 or more every time if you use a mobile.

      Jizzwhacker

      October 12, 2017 at 6:40 am

  4. The full impact of Universal Credit and welfare reforms on Newcastle revealed in sobering report

    A worrying tale of increases in evictions, rent arrears and a system straining to cope has been laid bare in a Newcastle City Council report

    The impact of the Government’s austerity policy and welfare reforms on the people of Newcastle have been laid bare in a worrying report.

    It highlights the consequences of the ‘bedroom tax’, the new benefits cap and the introduction of Universal Credit.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/full-impact-universal-credit-welfare-13743814

    ken

    October 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm

  5. Corbyn doesn’t give a fuck about the misery universal calamity is causing. He is a member of Or has close ties with the fabian society who founded the labour party to control the masses with their phoney socialism!

    Foxglove

    October 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    • are you two from the same garden by any chance? flowers are pretty your remarks are not. corbyn has a heart. none of the damned torys have.

      hugosmum70

      October 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    • Corbyn has pledged to get rid of the bedroom tax, reform Universal Credit so there is no waiting or severe sanctions doled out by the DWP. THAT sounds a lot better than what we have now with all of its unfairness, cruelty and brutality. ANYTHING has to be better than the status quo in my opinion. And, really, the choice in 2022 (or before) will be a new generation of Tories or Corbyn. What can you do?

      Jizzwhacker

      October 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

    • I think that Foxglove and Violet are the same person. Perhaps Mr Coates can do an IP lookup via his blog and confirm that?

      Lois

      October 12, 2017 at 8:21 am

      • Good point.

        But if I could be arsed they read like something out of Private Eye’s Message Board column.

        Andrew Coates

        October 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

    • for your information i neither knit nor watch tv. better things to do with my time dear.like trying to stop this govt from killing more people.,

      hugosmum70

      October 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      • How do you propose to do that, I know, vote for Corbyn and wait for the silly old tosser to ride to the rescue!

        Foxglove

        October 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      • Corbyn is the only hope we’ve got, love. We should all be getting behind Corbyn and pushing for a Labour victory.

        hugosmum'smum

        October 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    • time will tell. we sure as hell cant rely on maggie may n her lot thats for sure. we have to have faith in something/someone. and up to now i cant see anything wrong in what corbyn has said or done since he became leader of the labour party. if we dont have faith in him we have nothing to keep us alive. might as well all go chuck ourselves in the sea, slit our wrists whatever your poison may be. its people like you 3 that send others over the edge with yur pessimistic comments. mauybe your members of her team… if so thats what you want isnt it.

      hugosmum70

      October 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      • Hugosma

        If I were you I’d stick to knitting and watching the degenerate soaps, oh to be so brainwashed!

        Foxglove

        October 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

      • Why not send the elderly lady to a concentration camp, foxglove. Or make soap out of her?

        Bernd Ottovordemgentschenfelde SS

        October 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      • Even at my ripe old age we don’t sit knitting and watching degenerate soaps old day. A game of dominoes will keep your brain active.

        hugosmum'smum100

        October 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

  6. May and most Tories seem totally ignorant about Universal Credit. If they are that out of touch and delusional about Brexit we’re fucked people. Well and truly fucked because our economy will tank and unemployment begin to soar. If UC is bad now with less than 600,000, with the simplest clams on it, imagine what it’s going to be like with 8,000,000 on it with more added on a weekly basis as joblessness rises.

    Jizzwhacker

    October 12, 2017 at 6:44 am

  7. Hugosmum70

    So what kind of ideology creates mass deaths, homelessness and slavery – it sure as hell isn’t democracy is it.

    It’s time you opened your eyes to the ugly truth.

    Violet

    October 12, 2017 at 6:52 am

    • The Nazis have a successful record as far as starting wars, murder, death and destruction go, Violet. And Hitler was elected democratically in the first instance. Over 11 million people were earmarked for destruction and deliberately killed by Hitler’s regime during the Holocaust, including six million Poles and not all of them were Jewish: three million were Polish Jews and the other three million were Polish Christians. And these were only the ones murdered by design; many more millions perished as collateral damage due to starvation, cold, disease and casualties of war. Quite a toll since the Nazi regime only lasted for twelve years. But then they did work overtime as far as the killing was concerned and were very efficient.

      Lois

      October 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

      • A typical sheeple believing everything the lugenpress rams down your throat, did you know that the bolsheviks tortured and slaughtered 60 million Christian Russians starting in 1917 revolution, I wonder why the rotten media doesn’t ever mention that?

        Violet

        October 12, 2017 at 11:50 am

      • It was the cold-bloodedness of the Nazis that horrifies people. As far as I can remember only the Nazis rounded up men, women and children, worked them until they could work no more, and then gassed them and burned their bodies in special purpose built facilities.

        Lois

        October 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    • “So what kind of ideology creates mass deaths, homelessness and slavery”

      In the twentieth century Nazism and Communism both ended up killing millions.

      Corbyn isn’t a Mao or a Hitler.

      Lois

      October 12, 2017 at 8:19 am

      • Hitler, the most lied about man in history.Try reading about what happened to millions of German civilians at the end of ww2 at the hands of the red army and the stinking allies, and the firebombing of Dresden(there’s a real holocaust)!

        Foxglove

        October 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      • No he is neither he is a trotsky 😉

        Violet

        October 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    • Corbyn is an animal-loving vegetarian as was Hitler. This tells you everything you need to know 😉

      Rose

      October 12, 2017 at 11:58 am

      • Hitler was an artist. Corbyn also likes to paint in his spare time 🙂

        Lilly

        October 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      • Leonardo Da Vinci was both a animal-loving vegetarian and an artist.

        Do we compare him to hitler ?

        How about god ?

        scopolamine

        October 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      • Hitler was an intellectual as is Corbyn 😉

        Weed

        October 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      • Animal lover, vegetarian, painter, intellectual: the similarities between Hitler and Corbyn are too numerous to be ignored.

        Japanese Knotweed

        October 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      • I don’t know if this is serious or not and invoke Poe’s law on this comment stream.

        Lois

        October 12, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      • Japanese Knotweed

        Then Confucius and Gandi are also hitler. Hitlers traits as you put it are shared by some of histories most famous people, even people that advanced mankind. None of these people were like hitler, nor did what he did yet all share the same traits.

        I think this valid point is too numerous to be ignored.

        scopolamine

        October 13, 2017 at 11:43 am

      • Jeremy Corbyn an “intellectual”? You’re ‘aving a laff! Despite the misleading, uni lecturer beard, Jezza hasn’t one academic qualification to his name, not even a solitary O-level!

        Oooooooh, Jeremy Corbyn

        October 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      • Wasn’t Jezza awarded a degree from the same “university” as Iain Duncan Smith? 🙂

        jeanie

        October 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      • Indeedily doodily! The University of Make Believe 😀

        Ned Flanders

        October 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      • what a stupid thing to say. my best friend is an animal loving vegetarian as are thousands of others. they are vegetarian because they dont like harming animals to feed themselves. (or harming them in any other way. )NOT because they want to rule the world or produce a super race and gt rid of millions they think are not PURE enough as hitler did. Seems to me you dont know the first thing about vegetarians Rose. just cos one turns out to be an evil sadistic swine does not mean ALL animal loving vegetarians are hitlers.

        hugosmum70

        October 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

      • hugosmum

        You have fallen for a non sequitur “it does not follow” argument. It is like saying everyone with a side-parting and moustache is a Nazi – it does not follow.

        Bee Cool

        October 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    • no its not democracy…thats the whole point.this conservative govt are not democratic at all and they are the ones committing those atrocities. dunno bout my eyes needing to be opened. seems yours are superglued together

      hugosmum70

      October 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      • My eyes are wide open dear lady.

        Violet

        October 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      • To hugosmum

        Questions you ask coffin-dogers to determined whether they are senile:

        What’s your name lovey?

        Who’s the prime minister?

        What year is it?

        Do you know where you are?

        There endeth the lesson, dear. Now off you go.

        Dr Megele

        October 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

      • Spell ‘world’ backwards

        Count back from 100 in 7s… 😉

        Dr Shrink

        October 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

      • “Are you the milkman?”

        “No, I am your doctor you senile old git 😀 “

        Dr Shrink

        October 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

      • Some really personal and very nasty comments have been made by some cowardly commentor, directed at hugosmum70, above. Really thuggish, snide and ugly teasing of an older person. Could the moderator of this blog please consider removing them please? Although this person keeps changing their pseudonym they should be easily identifiable by means of an IP lookup.

        Shrike

        October 16, 2017 at 7:30 am

      • Too right, mate. It’s bang out of order! Leave Danny Dyer out of it. ‘e’s family!

        The Mitchells Bruvas

        October 16, 2017 at 9:10 am

      • Too right, mate. It’s bang out of order! Leave Danny Dyer out of it. ‘e’s family!

        The Mitchell Bruvas

        October 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

    • WHAT? FFS i am not a conservative.i abhor everything they say and do. i am an ex nurse. spent most of my life looking after others in hospitals and their homes . brought up kids. nursed my mother when she was dyimng , my dad through alzheimers and spent 5 years helping those who had no jobs.or were ill. disabled. exactly the people this govt are killing off. making what lives they do have as miserable as they can/ how DARE you imply i dont know what democracy is. go back to yur conservative masters. one minute yur for them next having a go at me for what? just to p;ick on someone? your as bad as them whichever side of the fence yu are on.

      hugosmum70

      October 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

      • Hugosma

        It might make you think twice before you come on here having a go at folks because they don’t hold the same views as you!

        Foxglove

        October 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      • Why aren’t we allowed to form our own opinions anyway? What’s with this ‘group think’ bollocks? And bollocks to ‘political correctness’. Orwell warned us about ‘political correctness’. ‘Political correctness’ is an insidious form of self-censorship and thought control.

        Free Thinker

        October 16, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    • DWP say UC is tailored to the individual yet as soon as the subject comes to money, its most people are paid this way, this reflects the world of work.
      Shouldn’t how i get paid reflect my working life rather than the majority whom im sure most of haven’t been unemployed benefit claimants for at least a 17 years if at all.
      How is 6 weeks plus even a reflection, who starts work and waits six weeks for a business to process their wages ?
      Its always been a month in hand, a month that a business has to process your wages. Why isn’t DWP if it reflects the world of work, working to the same time frame, why and how do they get to opt out of the world of work when it comes to benefit payments but the claimants and even businesses don’t ?

      One of the underpinning selling points of UC was to make the system easier,simpler but all its done has got even harder, even longer, largely dew to increased, not decreased demands placed on claimants under the reform act and government cannot deny this point.

      Hell have no fury

      October 12, 2017 at 11:04 am

      • Government needs to hire more people instead of running their tills like pound stores do which laughingly like UC, ends up seeing huge queues of waiting people.

        Hell have no fury

        October 12, 2017 at 11:08 am

      • UC obviously doesn’t reflect the world of work unless when you take a job offering a monthly salary you don’t get paid for six plus weeks and not at all for the first two weeks.

        Goldfish

        October 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    • Suddenly Frank Field cares?

      ghost whistler

      October 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      • Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents.

        Lois

        October 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm

  8. Andrew Coates

    October 12, 2017 at 10:34 am

  9. Andrew Coates

    October 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

    • The DWP are acting like a tacky chat sex-line operator. The DWP must be coining it in from this outrageous charge imposed on the poorest members of society

      Ingrid

      October 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

      • I wonder if they are making money out of it?

        Lois

        October 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • It will be divided up between the network operator and the DWP.

        Frustrated uc claimant

        October 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      • 55,000 calls a week times 30 minutes minimum holding time = £907,500 a week, £47,190,000 a year!

        Frustrated uc claimant

        October 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      • If the DWP weren’t making money from it it is the very first thing they would be shouting it from the rooftops of DWP Towers: “Let me assure you that the DWP doesn’t make a single penny from the universal credit helpline.” But they don’t!

        Frustrated uc claimant

        October 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    • And like a sleazy sex line they try and keep you on the line as long as possible knowing full well that the call is costing you 55p a minute: “Hold on, please bare with me :D, the system is running slow today : D ” Yeah sure, buddy 😉

      Sick and tired of universal credit

      October 13, 2017 at 10:23 am

  10. Just shows how the bastards don’t care. It’s pretty obvious to me this is merely the DWP trolling at this point. No one in their right mind could possibly think expensive phonelines are the answer for people eager to find out why they haven’t received any money in the first place.

    ghost whistler

    October 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    • if people have no money how are they supposed to keep a phone topped up or landline going?

      hugosmum70

      October 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      • You put like a £5 top-up in a mobile phone and expect it to last 6 months not 6 minutes.

        The Skints

        October 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

  11. Revealed: What Really Happens When You Call The Universal Credit Helpline

    As Jeremy Corbyn urges PM to ‘show humanity’ and scrap fees.

    Universal Credit claimants languish on hold to a government helpline while racking up bills as high as £16, without the option of an immediate call back, contradicting claims made by Downing Street.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit-helpline-costs_uk_59de1cc8e4b01df09b77ac8c

    ken

    October 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    • “An earlier call made by HuffPost dropped out unexpectedly after two minutes and 11 seconds, at a cost of £1.20 to those on a mobile.”

      Does it all the time!

      Frustrated uc claimant

      October 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm

  12. Andrew Coates

    October 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    • Does anybody think that the “Tory rebels”, like Heidi Allen, will vote against their own party or abstain from voting at all in order to force a pause in UC roll out? Usually such people get bought off by means of private “assurances” which mean nothing at all in practice. The fact that the government can’t see that if it pushes on with the UC catastrophe its own reputation will end up severely harmed is scary. To be honest the whole government seems more than incompetent and kind of delusional if not crazy these days.

      I really don’t believe that Theresa May actually has a clue as per what is going on.

      Goldfish

      October 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      • What about the LibDems? Jo Swinson and who is the other one? Tim Farron. Part of the ‘Coalition’ who voted with the Tories to bring about Iain Duncan Smith’s cruel ‘welfare reforms’. Lest we forget.

        Nick Clegg

        October 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      • What about the LibDems? Jo Swinson and who is the other one? Tim Farron. Part of the ‘Coalition’ who voted with the Tories to bring about Iain Duncan Smith’s cruel ‘welfare reforms’. Lest we forget!

        Nick Clegg

        October 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      • In fairness Farron voted against the Bedroom Tax and other Tory “reforms” despite being told to by his party. Swinson didn’t.

        Goldfish

        October 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      • I am a little shit 😀 😀 😀 😀

        Jo Swinson

        October 13, 2017 at 7:12 am

      • The LibDems treachery was the reason the fuckers were wiped out in the 2015 General Election – and deservedly so. Hell have no fury like an electorate scorned. Nick Clegg somehow clung on like grim death until May’s 2017 ‘snap’ election saw him fall on his blood-soaked sword. Unfortunately Swinshit crawled back into Parliament of the back of the 2017 General Election.

        Wipeout

        October 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

      • Is this the same Jo Swinson who claimed on her expenses for a tube of toothpaste and tub of cotton buds?

        Tim Farron

        October 13, 2017 at 10:08 am

      • MPs’ expenses: Jo Swinson submitted receipts for tooth flosser and eyeliner

        Miss Swinson, a Liberal Democrat who was 25 when she was elected MP for Dunbartonshire East in 2005, denied claiming for cosmetics but defended the use of taxpayer-funded expenses to pay for dozens of other everyday items.

        At one point, she submitted a Tesco receipt for £22.67 that appeared to show that the MP or an aide went to the trouble of putting an asterisk next to three items, totalling £5.75, for which she intended to claim — a £1.75 chopping board, a “food saver” for £1.50 and a £2.50 sieve.

        An Asda receipt included a bottle of Mr Sheen cleaner costing 78p and a £1.19 window cleaner. She also claimed for a hair dryer and £16 lavatory roll holder, along with a £14.10 invoice to have a spare key cut for her cleaner.

        Public concern over MPs’ expenses has focused on the petty nature of some of the claims submitted on second home allowances, as well as the more extravagant spending of taxpayers’ money.

        Miss Swinson’s records show that she submitted receipts for items ranging in price from a packet of dusters for 29p to a television costing £544.90.

        Known in Westminster for the attention she pays to her appearance, Miss Swinson’s receipts contain a number of items relating to her personal care. They included a “tooth flosser” costing £19.10, which the Commons fees office rejected, along with a set of “toothbrush refills”.

        A few months previously, however, and in an apparent breach of the rules that prevented claims for personal items, she was reimbursed for an electric toothbrush and hairdryer.

        Also among her receipts was a £27.94 bill from Boots, which included a £5 eyeliner, a lip liner for the same price, and a £12.00 “R&M Eye Kit”.

        Contacted by the Telegraph, Miss Swinson said she had not claimed for the eyeliner, suggesting that it featured on a receipt that included other items for which she did seek repayment. No items other than cosmetics appeared on the receipt in question — it seemed to be the second of two pages, the first of which is missing.

        Asked why she had regularly used the additional costs allowance, which MPs may used to fund a second home, to claim for low-cost, everyday items, Miss Swinson said: “None of these items would have been necessary for me to buy were I not living away from home for half of the week.

        “Most of these were approved and the costs reimbursed, a couple were not and I accepted this.

        “As a new MP, my understanding was that the ACA reimbursed the costs of setting up a place to stay in London, including duplicates of the various kitchen and bathroom items that I use in my main home.

        “The receipt for the Mr Sheen and dusters was with the invoices from my cleaner submitted on Oct 13 2005. However, I directly reimbursed my cleaner for these items and did not claim for them.

        “I am at work when she cleans my flat, so it was necessary to provide her with a key in order to get in. A television is necessary in order to follow programming relevant to my job.”

        Miss Swinson said she claimed less than the maximum food allowance of £400 a month — usually about £10 for each day she attended Parliament.

        Jo Swinson

        Job: backbench Lib Dem MP

        Salary: £64,766

        Total second home claims

        2004-05: £0

        2005-06: £18,383

        2006-07: £18,590

        2007-08: £23,083

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5357437/MPs-expenses-Jo-Swinson-submitted-receipts-for-tooth-flosser-and-eyeliner.html

        The Torygraph

        October 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

      • Jo’s teeth looked well-flossed 😀 Must be all those expenses 😀

        Toofy

        October 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    • would like to know what that means….secured a vote. dont ALL MP’s have a vote on ALL issues?if not why not? we voted MP’s into their jobs, so they could represent us in parliament. therefore they should be allowed to vote on ALL issues that concerns them and their constituents. surely????

      hugosmum70

      October 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    • Toofy

      Where I come from, we call the cockscrapers!

      The Dentist

      October 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

  13. I Shouldn’t Have To Help My Constituents Call The Universal Credit Helpline – The Government Must Make It Free

    People who need to phone a helpline because they have no money are being charged money to use that helpline. Is this a sick joke, or a misinformed decision that shows a lack of understanding and rubs salt in the wounds of the people that the Government are supposed to be helping?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/danielle-rowley/universal-credit-helpline_b_18248766.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics

    whoknew

    October 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    • Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

      The chair of the Commons work and pensions committee, Frank Field MP, called for the universal credit helpline to be moved to an 0800 number. “The country will be flabbergasted that people without any money at all should be expected to pay for a call to try and gain some help,” he said. The government needed to “iron out difficulties with telephone costs before they blast the poor to bits”.

      An employee, who asked not to be named, was concerned about the length of time clients were put on hold. He said this was often because staff had not been properly trained, so were “looking round the systems trying to find the information that could be needed”. “The issue is that there aren’t enough people on the phones who know the system well,” he said.

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/12/pressure-grows-to-make-universal-credit-helpline-free-of-charge

      whoknew

      October 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      • The Welsh-speaking universal credit helpline is a freephone number:

        Catherine Zeta-Jones

        October 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      • Everyone should just phone up and say they speak Welsh. And everyone that can speak Welsh can also speak English. Just keep saying Boyo from the Valllleeeeeys until they have to revert to English 😉

        Catherine Zeta-Jones

        October 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      • To make a claim yes.

        whoknew

        October 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      • Its only for the making a claim part though not reporting changes.

        Catherine Zeta-Jones

        October 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

  14. Beat me to post 😀

    Catherine Zeta-Jones

    October 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm

  15. got a brown letter today and my new adviser i have seen 1 time has dumped me on to another adviser already pmsl.;)

    superted

    October 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    • Same here Superted.They come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.

      ken

      October 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm

  16. DWP Forced To Admit Universal Credit Claimants Need To Call Costly Helpline
    Exclusive: Government concedes sign-up process requires paid phone call.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dwp-forced-to-admit-universal-credit-claimants-need-to-call-costly-helpline_uk_59df8024e4b0eb18af06bea6

    ken

    October 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    • it wont let me post that link on fb as says it is spam lol ?

      superted

      October 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm

  17. You don’t want to know, do you DWP.

    Our social security system has become a welfare deterrent, –

    Sue Jones writes that social security has been transformed from a system that once aided people in need, to one that punishes them for needing support.

    Claiming any form of state support has come to entail a deeply hostile and extremely challenging process that is causing psychological distress and often, physical harm, to our most vulnerable citizens.

    If we want people to find work, we must first ensure they have the necessary resources to do so.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/our-social-security-system-has-become-a-welfare-deterrent/

    whoknew

    October 13, 2017 at 3:54 am

    • See that someone has picked up on Maslow’s triangle:

      Government policy is designed deliberately to keep the poor and downtrodden scrambling about on the
      bottom rung of the triangle i..e trying to keep a roof over their head, food in their belly…

      1. Biological and physiological needs – air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.

      2. Safety needs – protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.

      3. Love and belongingness needs – friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).

      4. Esteem needs – which Maslow classified into two categories: (i) esteem for oneself (dignity, achievement, mastery, independence) and (ii) the desire for reputation or respect from others (e.g. status, prestige). Maslow indicated that the need for respect or reputation is most important for children and adolescents and precedes real self esteem or dignity.

      5. Self-actualization needs – realizing personal potential, self-fulfilment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences. A desire “to become everything one is capable of becoming”

      Maslow's Triangle

      October 13, 2017 at 7:32 am

    • Speaking to a claiment earlier,sadly she fell for the work experience line despite already being on Skills Conditionality already supposedly assisting persons’ to obtain employment however that didn’t appear to matter as jobcentre staff were pushing people on to the former.

      I asked her what she got form it,the reply was nothing.These work placments have no impact on being out of work whatsoever.The same organisations are repeatedly involved.They know they can get more people and treat those less favorably who attend and are easily replaced.People are frightend and intimidated by this practice and believe they will suffer financial loss.

      Its interesting also that previously that these past when mandated programmes were deemed ineffective, the DWP still pursues this line.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-scraps-mandatory-work-for-your-benefits-scheme-without-fanfare-a6750041.html

      ken

      October 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm

  18. whoknew

    October 13, 2017 at 4:04 am

  19. I work for the DWP as a universal credit case manager – and what I’ve seen is shocking

    I see so much suffering on a daily basis. Case managers like me are well-trained to deal with any claimants threatening suicide, simply because it’s become such a frequent occurrence

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/universal-credit-dwp-worker-case-manager-benefits-system-government-food-banks-a7998196.html

    ken

    October 13, 2017 at 7:24 pm

  20. £6 bleedin’ knicker for a sandwich and coffee! They’re ‘aving a laff!

    Eastender

    October 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    • ‘cuse me, mate 🙂 You’ve dropped your ‘h’ 🙂

      Bob 'oskins

      October 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    • Danny was so pleased to discover he was related to Thomas Cromwell, Chancellor of Henry VIII (before having his head chopped off), on the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? Being an ignorant c*nt Danny didn’t realise that Cromwell was an even bigger c*unt that he is himself and not someone to be proud of.

      Flash Bristow

      October 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

  21. Eastender

    October 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm

  22. 8 MONTHS after claiming universal credit still not received a penny

    Universal Credit Sucks

    October 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

  23. Universal Credit Sucks

    October 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  24. The Tories look less and less likely to get away with this one as every day passes. Far too many people are going to get fucked over and shafted by Universal Credit for the general public not to notice how utterly evil and faulty it is.

    Flash Bristow

    October 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

  25. Universal credit director dismisses whistleblower’s harrowing account of system as ‘anecdote and opinion’

    These claimants are completely neglected, sometimes for many weeks, as colleagues are told to only send out payments for the people they manage themselves.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-whistleblower-director-general-dismiss-anecdote-neil-couling-a8000746.html

    ken

    October 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    • Just think, Gov want the majority of the population on UC, when the majority have been laid off from all paid employment.

      How many people will they employ to keep an eye on the millions of claimants.

      whoknew

      October 15, 2017 at 3:41 am

  26. Learning/literacy difficulties & can’t use online Universal Credit? “Find a friend to help,” says DWP. This is dire
    http://www.katebelgrave.com/2017/10/learningliteracy-difficulties-and-cant-use-the-online-universal-credit-erm-find-a-friend-to-help-says-dwp-so-much-for-support-this-is-dire/

    superted

    October 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  27. superted

    October 14, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    • What about MEN’S pensions? Oh silly me, men don’t count!

      Retired Coal Miner

      October 15, 2017 at 2:59 am

    • MEN Against State Pension Inequality (MASPI) . Until the EU stepped in and forced the Government’s hand there was always inequality in state pensions – men having to soldier on until 65 whilst women enjoyed a full state pension at 60. Where were these WASPI women then? These same WASPI women who were told about the pension changes over 20 years ago?

      And yet another bandwagon for Labour to jump on. I ripped up my Labour party membership many years ago. And I will tell you something for nothing if the Government are defeated on this and have to pay out to these greedy WASPI women the vast majority of whom will already be taken care of through final salary pension schemes they will claw it all back. And I will tell you something else for nothing they will claw it back from those who are suffering at the bottom on the pile, like universal credit recipients. Be careful of what you wish (campaign) for for you might just get it.

      Retired Coal Miner

      October 15, 2017 at 3:10 am

    • Labour are a funny lot. Maybe this WASPI women nonsense runs in tandem with Jezza’s ‘pledge’ to introduce women only train carriages. Peston on Sunday pointing out that Labour’s ‘pledge’ abolish student tuition fees means that the richer you are the more you gain. One Labour MP called their plans a “handout to the middle classes”.

      In the next breath Peston on Sunday pointed out that the benefit freeze with see benefit households at least £300 a week worse off. Jezza and Labour don’t even take up this cause let alone mention it. Labour and Jezza seem only concerned with handing out more money to the already well off; the WASPI women, middle-classes and the rich.

      Pesto

      October 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

    • From another forum:

      “Mum has 30k of savings – what to do?
      15th Oct 17 at 8:57 AM

      Hi

      My mother received 30K of inheritance from my Dad. She earns about £24K per year between private/state pension, after tax. After all expenses – including the repayment of interest on a mortgage at a flat owned by my sister, brother and I, she comes out with about £20K per annum.

      We are looking to safeguard the £30K for a rainy day. With that in mind, I’m not sure we would want to take on much risk.

      Any thoughts on what to do with the £30K? My mum isn’t keen on splitting it across current accounts in an attempt to ‘chase the cash’ through associated 5% savings accounts. So possibly bonds is the way to go?

      Any advice or ideas appreciated.

      Thanks”

      A lot of “pensioners” are pretty well off. It would be stupid to assume that these “WASPI” women are up to their uppers and existing on sweet tea and ginger nuts.

      MSE

      October 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      • JJ said:

        “Does she really only spend £4000 per year? (just over £330 per month) That seems very low so she presumably is accumulating £20k per year? Where is that money now and how much is there?

        Does she need additional income if she already has £20k more than she spends?”

        MSE

        October 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      • You could buy gold bullion, e.g., Krugerands, which keep their value very well and are water proof and fire proof. Firms like Bullion by Post sell them and buy them back if you need liquid currency to spend. If you do it on the quiet HRMC won’t ever know about it and you can cash your golf in, as and when needed.

        Teatree

        October 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      • Yeah, but there will be something like a 5% ‘spread’ on Krugerands, so a buy-sell ’round-trip’ would knock 10% of their value (assuming the ‘spot’ value of gold was still the same). Easy to conceal from HMRC/DWP unless they search your premises, look inside your body cavities…

        Green Tea

        October 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      • Ah! But gold doesn’t depreciate because of inflation in the manner that “paper” money does. So, if you keep gold for a decent while before selling it (several years, say) the loss you make on the trade is compensated by the reduced value of the currency (you end up getting many more £ for the gold than you paid for it originally) almost always keeping you ahead of the game.

        Midas

        October 17, 2017 at 10:45 am

      • The best time to sell gold is just when you want money, i.e., during a financial catastrophe or slump when the price of gold becomes inflated. The best time to buy gold is at the height of a financial boom when the price of gold goes down as confidence in the economy goes up.

        Vampire Brat

        October 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

  28. Tory rebels!

    Chancellor urged to lower tax rate on universal credit

    Conservative MP calls on Philip Hammond to cut rate to allow people receiving in-work benefits to work more hours without facing such heavy tax

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/14/chancellor-urged-to-lower-tax-rate-on-universal-credit

    whoknew

    October 15, 2017 at 3:59 am

    • Nothing for those not working then?

      Flash Bristow

      October 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm

  29. As if times are not hard enough.

    Austerity benefit freezes and Brexit inflation to cost lower-income households £300 next year

    September’s inflation figures will be announced on Tuesday. If inflation remains at 2.9 per cent as expected, the benefit freeze will leave a family with one working parent and two children £305 worse off next year, according to the Foundation. A working single parent with one child will be £225 worse off, and a single unemployed person will be £115 worse off.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/austerity-benefit-freeze-brexit-inflation-lower-income-squeeze-a8001281.html

    whoknew

    October 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm

  30. sexual orientation monitoring by the NHS coming soon.

    whoknew

    October 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      • Why are the gay and lesbian community in support of this and the likes of Jacob -Rees-Mogg against this bollocks? Surely any right-minded person would be against such an intrusive, Orwellian and privacy-invading measure. A person’s sexuality is at the core of a person’s being. It really is none of anyone else’s fucking business.

        And this: ” If patients decline to answer that will also be recorded.” One for the plod to pick up on. “‘ello, ‘ello, must be the neighbourhood pedo we ‘av ‘ere 😉 “

        Big Mags

        October 16, 2017 at 7:16 am

      • “The document states that as sexual orientation is one of nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act, public sector bodies must “pay due regard to the needs of LGB people in the design and delivery of services and ensure (and be able to demonstrate) that people are not discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation”.”

        If that is the case, why can’t a gay or lesbian person inform their doctor/nurse of their sexual orientation and have it recorded on their medial records if they so choose. Why does every patient have to be asked about their sexual orientation and have it recorded if they refuse to provide the information? There is something very sinister and fishy about this.

        Stonewalled

        October 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

      • “The document states that as sexual orientation is one of nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act, public sector bodies must “pay due regard to the needs of LGB people in the design and delivery of services and ensure (and be able to demonstrate) that people are not discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation”.”

        If that is the case, why can’t a gay or lesbian person inform their doctor/nurse of their sexual orientation and have it recorded on their medial records if they so choose? Why does every patient have to be asked about their sexual orientation and have it recorded if they refuse to provide the information? There is something very sinister and fishy about this.

        Stonewalled

        October 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

      • The gay/lesbian lobby have completely lost the plot. The current Government notwithstanding, this is a totalitarian regime’s dream-come-true: a readily accessible database of citizens you want to round up and exterminate. Nobody knows, and neither does Stonewall know, what flavour of Government will take power in the near or distant future. Would Stonewall have wanted to be ‘branded’ gay/lesbian in pre-Nazi Germany? The Jews really did live to regret have a ‘J’ for Jew stamped on their identity documents. At least the authorities back then didn’t have the foresight to stamp ‘GBLTQX’ on identity documents back then. And to make matters worse if you ‘refuse’ you will be branded and put on a ‘deviant’ list. Has this country gone mad.

        Mrs Sussex

        October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

      • Indeed. What if so-called I*slamic State took over? There are many countries around the world where gay/lesbian relationships are illegal. The penalty can be severe including death.

        Offred the Handmaid

        October 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

      • Once told that by personnel head they like married people because it shows stability.However the Tory party have a Stepford Wives image of society.

        ken

        October 16, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      • An appearance of being outwardly stable, but not behind closed doors stable 😉

        The Stepford Wives

        October 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    • Sexual orientation is none of the NHS’s fucking business. It also means that your sexual orientation will officially recorded on government systems to be shared with whoever the government choose: government departments, DWP, police, security services, insurance companies, employers, google, NHS database hackers. And a refusal to state your sexual orientation will also be recorded. This very personal and private information in the wrong hands could cause an individual serious damage.

      Enemy of the State

      October 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      • It could be used who receives priority treatment linked to family life and productivity.Someones social position for example.

        It might sound far fetched but this country has become so twisted under Ian Duncan Smith and his Centre of Social Justice crownies.This back in 2010.

        Conservative high-flyer Philippa Stroud founded a church that tried to ‘cure’ homosexuals by driving out their ‘demons

        A high-flying prospective Conservative MP, credited with shaping many of the party’s social policies, founded a church that tried to “cure” homosexuals by driving out their “demons” through prayer.

        https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2010/may/02/conservatives-philippa-stroud-gay-cure

        This is an attack on freedoms,choice and democracy.Its becoming a our way or no way state.

        ken

        October 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    • As far as it goes all I ask for is a human female, above the age of consent, with a pulse. Lovely Jubbly! Lately I bin jacking off to Jesy Nelson from Little Mix. Thanks to Jesy and Simon Cowell, for discovering her, for all them luvely w*nks. Crackin’.

      Danny Dyer

      October 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    • as if they have time spare for such things.whose idea was that? hunts? we have to phone on the day we need to see a dr. we can no longer make appointments with them. appointments with nurses are easier to get. but they give you 3-4 weeks notice of clinic appointments by letter.when you do see a dr you are painfully aware that you have only 10minutes at most to tell them whats wrong, be examined(assuming they arent scared of touching you. as i and a few others i know have observed).then be diagnosed and given a prescription if needed. 10 minutes is not that long after all. if someone has problems with their sexuality surely they will go see the dr.if and when they need to, not that he/she can do much about it i suspect if thepatient isnt straight.councelling being the only thing i can think of that may help the person cone to terms with it. other than that why would the NHS need to know what your sexual leanings are?

      hugosmum70

      October 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      • It won’t be the idea of hunt the c*nt, it will be the idea of those that you can’t criticise!

        Foxglove

        October 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm

  31. Simone Scarlet Thomas
    New member · 13 October at 12:12
    So iv just received my universal credit payment today of £5.77 as opposed to £250. It turns out I was sanctioned from 8/09/2017 But they thought it wasn’t at all necessary to notify me of this sanction. I phoned on the 15th to explain why i wasnt there on the 8th and rescheduled another appointment for the 20th where i would present my evidence for the reason for not attending. However when i arrived on the 20th i was left waiting over 30mins and had other things to do that day. It was then rescheduled again to today which they cancelled and then rescheduled to the 18th
    They are responsible for me not getting to work today.
    A job I have ONLY just started. How I’m supposed to live on £5.77 for a whole month is simply beyond me.
    Any suggestions??
    Thanks in advance x

    so it seems work does not pay esp on uc and get a sanction doubt wonder what bs they will come up with about that!

    superted

    October 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    • People have received no money or payments have just suddenly stopped with Universal Credit without explaination.People often living at home with parents who then rely on them for support.

      ken

      October 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      • And that’s with about 600,000 on Universal Credit – only 7.5% of the final number (eight million). If the system can’t cope with and support 7.5% of claimants what’s going to happen when they try to migrate the remaining 92.5% of those affected from legacy benefits onto the faulty, inadequate and creaking system? Imagine the food poverty, rent arrears, ill health (physical and mental) and evictions that will result. I have never seen any government pus forward with such a disastrous social policy so eagerly. What do they think they are doing? If they know at all of course, which I kind of think they don’t.

        Goldfish

        October 17, 2017 at 11:18 am

  32. UK’s scum and filth cops manhandle 85 year old anti-fracking protester.

    Violet

    October 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

  33. Ministers braced for Tory rebellion over Universal Credit roll-out

    Ministers are braced for a Commons rebellion this week over Universal Credit with up to 25 Tory MPs said to be ready to vote for a pause in the plans.

    Labour is also examining whether it can amend the legislation underpinning Universal Credit to force the Government to stop the roll-out of its flagship welfare reform.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/15/ministers-braced-tory-rebellion-universal-credit-roll-out/

    ken

    October 16, 2017 at 1:55 am

    • Few people fully realise the apocalyptic impact universal credit may have on millions of low-income households.

      The horrors are only just coming to light. Even before the full service has been roll-out across the UK the government seem hell bent on destroying people’s lives, putting them in huge debt before the new system has gotten off the starting block. The government now sees itself as a moneylender, where everything is a loan to be paid back, regardless of whether a person is working or not.

      http://www.welfareweekly.com/universal-credit-or-universal-disaster/

      whoknew

      October 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

  34. Universal credit: DWP withholding bad news, says senior MP

    Frank Field, work and pensions committee chair, believes department has not revealed scale of problems with welfare changes

    Frank Field said he suspected that ministers had only pressed ahead with the accelerated rollout of universal credit this month because civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had withheld the true scale of the problems.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/16/universal-credit-dwp-withholding-bad-news-says-senior-mp

    whoknew

    October 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    • Secretary of State questioned on Universal Credit rollout

      Very few statistics in the public domain

      The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to respond to the Committee’s call for written evidence, or any of the four letters requesting statistics and clarifications of policy sent to the Secretary of State over the past six weeks.

      The Department was asked to respond to the questions by last Thursday, so that the Committee could go into the session with a full understanding of the current picture of the rollout and the protections in place for vulnerable claimants. Despite all this, the DWP has failed to provide any new information to the inquiry.

      ‘Not paying hungry claimants on time’

      The Committee will be putting some of the many individual cases and scenarios it has heard to the Minister on Wednesday morning. Later in the day in the House of Commons there will be an Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit.

      http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-a
      nd-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2017/no-dwp-response-ahead-of-evidence-hearing/

      whoknew

      October 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

  35. Foodbank volunteers ‘perform £30million a year worth of unpaid work’, shock study reveals

    Researchers have measured the time generous volunteers spend on helping hungry families across uplifting Britain.

    The study also found volunteers are doing a further 1,208,602 hours of additional tasks per year – including stock-taking, fundraising, collecting and delivering food, data entry – worth £9,064,516.

    Much of the work is carried out by the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest foodbank network with more than 420 outlets.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/foodbank-volunteers-perform-30million-year-11350829

    Some might come to the conclusion how bad the situation Broken Britain is.

    ken

    October 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    • I for one have spent thousands of hours in the local one, yes there comes a time when enough is enough, (if you knew how many years I have volunteered in my life doing all sorts)

      whoknew

      October 17, 2017 at 8:31 am

    • Same thing is true big time for carers looking after loved ones with inadequate benefits and support.

      Goldfish

      October 17, 2017 at 11:05 am

  36. Peterborough’s jobcentre will relocate to the Town Hall once city council staff move out of the iconic building next year.

    Renovations costing £2.4 million will soon begin at the south side of the building to prepare for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to move in.

    The council, which will pay £1.7 million of the cost, is taking up residence at offices in the new £120 million Fletton Quays development from July 2018.Peterborough’s jobcentre to move into the Town Hall

    http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/politics/peterborough-s-jobcentre-to-move-into-the-town-hall-1-8195630

    ken

    October 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm

  37. Immigration – loves the jobs you hate : D 😀 😀 😀

    The Chuckle Sisters

    October 17, 2017 at 5:03 am

  38. Councils buying homeless one-way train tickets
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41501554

    h_nimitz@hotmail.com

    gazza

    October 17, 2017 at 7:17 am

    • Andrew

      could you please remove the email address above

      gazza

      October 17, 2017 at 7:21 am

    • This has been happening in the town I’m in for some time, I used to see many rough sleepers and also those who were in a shelter, roughly about a month ago they all disappeared from this town.

      This morning many new rough sleepers in the high street but soon to be given a one way ticket.

      whoknew

      October 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

    • It doesn’t happen often in the winter though.

      whoknew

      October 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

    • I think it’s called “sweeping the dirt under the carpet”.

      Goldfish

      October 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

  39. Time to f*ck off Theresa.

    Violet

    October 17, 2017 at 12:54 pm

  40. The official behind the botched Universal Credit rollout got an award from the Queen

    Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the revelations that honours have been awarded for Universal Credit said: “With thousands of families being pushed into debt, arrears and even eviction by the shambolic roll out of Universal Credit, it is beyond insensitive of the Government to be handing out awards to those responsible for delivering the programme.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/official-behind-botched-universal-credit-11350998

    whoknew

    October 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  41. Report Reveals ‘Staggering’ Scale Of Foodbank Demand In Britain
    Volunteers working flat out to feed people.

    Growing numbers of foodbanks are distributing emergency parcels amid problems with the roll out of universal credit, a new report reveals.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/report-reveals-scale-of-foodbank-demand-in-britain_uk_59e5a2bfe4b0a2324d1d329d

    ken

    October 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

  42. There are signs of a Zimbabwe arising here.The Tories are sounding like Robert Mugabe with the crops’ message.

    UK farmers will ‘grow more food’ if no Brexit deal – minister

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41627341

    UK inflation at highest since April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41649498

    Things could (if they haven’t already) quickly spiral out of control.

    ken

    October 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    • I’m pretty sure that I read somewhere that the United Kingdom no longer has enough arable land to be self-sustaining with a population in excess of 60 million. Where are all these farmers and farms in the UK that can grow all this food that won’t be imported from overseas? The last I heard was that farmers, despite subsidies from the EU, were in Queer Street.

      Goldfish

      October 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      • sold off and now run as holiday venues only. (probably farm holidays where theres a couple of ducks/couple of geese etcetcetc 2 by 2 again.

        hugosmum70

        October 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    • At the moment you can get three days worth of food from the food bank only not for much longer.

      whoknew

      October 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm

  43. The official behind the botched Universal Credit rollout got an award from the Queen

    Janice Hartley, 53, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath for “services to the Development of Universal Credit”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/official-behind-botched-universal-credit-11350998

    It might have been better to offer an award to get people into employment and off benefits altogeter with a living wage instead of relying on an idea like this to prop up a weak labour market.

    ken

    October 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm

  44. Breaking news…Breaking news…Breaking news….

    Universal Credit helpline to change over to freephone number over the coming month.

    Breaking news…Breaking news…Breaking news….

    Breaking News

    October 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

    • Breaking News, as you said – BBC “Universal Credit helpline charges scrapped”

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41659504

      gazza

      October 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

      • Not just Universal Credit but all DWP helplines are apparently going to become free-phone numbers by the end of the year.

        Vampire Brat

        October 18, 2017 at 10:27 am

      • 55 pence a minute call charge scrapped.think about that one!

        whoknew

        October 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

      • WELFARE REFORM, MORE SPIN THAN REALITY

        Under the old system many faced a “cliff edge”, where people on a low income would lose all their benefits at once as soon as they started working more than 16 hours. In the new system, benefit payments are reduced at a consistent rate as income and earnings increase.

        It was never a cliffs edge, more a tripping on a step that DWP put there under the guise of procedure. The person finding more than 16 plus hours work could then go and re-establish say for example housing benefit but this time as a low earner.
        Ive already demonstrated the other day how you still lose your JSA while on UC in the taper rate just before hitting 16 hours so all this government is doing is using things like housing benefit to say you didn’t lose all your benefit.

        I further demonstrated how if you only claim JSA (200’000 currently only claim this one benefit) that while you would be still entitled to remain registered for benefits if you gained 16 hours work that you would still be under conditionality despite not receiving a single penny from the state and as such still sanctionable meaning DWP had the power to effect future entitlement if you didn’t do as you were told despite the fact you may not need to earn more than 16 hours work a week. DWP you should stay on UC if this was the case but couldn’t officially or wouldn’t officially explain how the experience wasn’t a negative when they declined to answer the question on whether they remove conditionality from such cases or officially refrain through procedure guidelines handed to work coaches from sanctioning such cases despite as i said, this class of claimant not taking a penny from the state.

        “The Department for Work and Pensions says its latest data, from last month, indicates 81% of new claimants were paid in full and on time at the end of their first assessment while 89% received some payment”.

        You don’t have to be good at math to know this explanation isn’t self explanatory and is masking a lot of facts that would poison the point DWP and government are trying to sell you the public.

        doug

        October 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

      • The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Gauke has today announced DWP customer telephone lines will be changed to Freephone numbers.

        So are there any phones for people to use in jobcetres?

        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dwp-customer-phone-lines-to-become-freephone

        whoknew

        October 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

      • The annoucement, however, could be viewed as a distraction from the Government ahead of a tough vote in the Commons on a Labour demand for the overhaul of the benefits system to be paused due to concerning reports of delays in payments for claimants.

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-helpline-call-charges-dwp-55p-work-corbyn-labour-pensions-benefits-david-gauke-a8006346.html

        whoknew

        October 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    • 👿 Iain Duncan Smith 👿 must be rolling in his grave.

      Gobsmacked of Swindon

      October 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

      • Sadly Iain Duncan Smith is only brain dead and not dead and buried.

        Vampire Brat

        October 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

  45. David Gauke Refuses To Guarantee There Will Be No ‘Foodbank Surge’ As Universal Credit Is Rolled Out

    whoknew

    October 18, 2017 at 10:57 am

  46. The Government are funding the Nov budget with contracting out food banks. G4S are the front runners to get the Tory Food Bank contract. This will generate £1 billion in the UK’s fraud economy & money laundering money stolen from food banks. You will be vetted to now go to a food bank & since mandatory reconsideration has been scraped the Tories control poverty.

    The denial factory in full swing. Scrapping the 55p a minute call to UC at the end of Dec 2017. That won’t happen & will be brought up again in late 2018. Who’s forgotten. Once the JSA goes on the Universal Credit there will be no unemployment in the whole country, everyone will have a job. Calling the UC at £1.10 a minute.

    Confidence tricksters gambling neo liberalism on valium that don’t work, so you better take another valium just in case.

    The denial factory failures are not real say the Tories. So the denial factories are working very well then!!!

    More incriminating statements from the Tory suicidal Universal Credit with Brexit suicide at breakfast.
    The Tories are thinking which suicide is better for me personally since politics is my 2nd job & corporate business is my main job !!!

    Once ATOS or MAXIMUS or G4S have their £1 billion a year contract, the Tories will give them a £1 billion bonus at the end of each year with tax payers money. Shows politics is their 2nd job. These are corporate companies trading on stock exchanges around the world. Just like the Corporate trains set up. The tax payer funding corporate companies in fraud & money laundering. These companies like ATOS or MAXIMUS or G4S have been banned from trading in many countries around the world. CONCENTRIX aka mum;s net & child benefit is run by CONCENTRIX Con men send trix.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    • That statement will cost the Tory lawyers £20.000 – Please don’t write any more. How much you paying me !!! It’s ok I can keep quiet about it off the books !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

  47. Severely handicapped and disabled punished with fines for going to the dentist. Only one of many nasty measures brought in by a rotten government.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41639456

    Violet

    October 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm

  48. ATOS not only run Health Care Professionals for the DWP they also run 90% of the Tories IT computer systems with ATOS holding all the data. ATOS also are running the NHS. ATOS also have weapons of war to be sold. All part of ATOS Portal. So IDS aka Iain Doppy Shit sacked ATOS. IDS vs ATOS round 120 ATOS vs IDS round 500. Tory corporate runnings. Tory set up.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm

  49. Kill for your country and get left homeless and destitute with the Torys universal credit farce.

    Universally vile and planned to decimate a whole swathe of the population.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/18/veterans-battling-universal-credit-mental-illness-homelessness

    Violet

    October 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm


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