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Gawd Bless you Ma’am ! Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges.

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Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges.

People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them.

But she again rejected calls by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to “pause” the roll-out of the controversial benefit amid fears it is causing hardship.

MPs are currently debating Labour’s call for a rethink.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

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  1. Theresa May prompts roars of laughter after appearing to say ‘yes’ to Corbyn’s request to halt Universal Credit

    It came after the Government decided to scrap the controversial 55p-a-minute charge for the Universal Credit helpline



    October 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

  2. A good result on scrapping the call charges for Universal Credit.
    Long overdue action from Labour on this, 5 years late.
    But no real chance of UC being abandoned, as confirmed by the PM. Unless they make some real changes, UC the online workhouse for the 21st century, is going to cause havoc when 7 – 8 million people are depending on it for food and rent.

    John Greyfield

    October 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    • To save face HM Gov could abandon universal credit all but in name by making a serious of ‘small changes’ such as bringing the payment of rent under Town Hall control, scrapping the hard-coded, baked-in ‘delay’, junking the ‘online journal’ and so on until it became a re-badged JSA 😀

      Mrs Bumble

      October 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      • … make universal credit ‘analogue by default’ 😀

        Mrs Bumble

        October 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm

  3. About that old slag did something right 😬


    October 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  4. (time)


    October 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm


    The Online Workhouse – the best description I’ve heard by far of Universal Credit!

    Mr Bumble

    October 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    • This will be followed by the offline workhouse once the UK leaves the UK.


      October 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      • eu!


        October 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm

  6. Making people wait for six weeks before getting help doesn’t “mirror the world of work”. No employer could delay paying their staff that long. Nor is making EVERYBODY wait ONE MONTH mirroring the world of work for millions of people paid on a weekly basis. Unless every employee is salaried and paid on a monthly basis paying benefits on a monthly basis does NOT mirror the world of work for every claimant. Plus all this shit about “advances”. An “advance” is a loan of up to 50% of a claimants Universal Credit payment to “tide them over” for no more than TWO WEEKS and does NOT include help with rent, so everybody getting an “advance” goes into debt (with the DWP itself) AND falls into rent arrears with their landlord.

    Universal Credit is still poisonous and deadly.

    This small concession in respect to phone calls hasn’t fixed anything.

    Vampire Brat

    October 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

  7. She’s taken pressure off what is a chaotic unfair system of failure backed up with unlawful activities/lies.Nothing the Tories have done has worked from the work programme since.Claiments haven’t worked since either.It’ll take more the a lozenge to sort any of this out.

    Jobseekers Allowance claiments having to phone for the pointless annual verification check are not “spared” the hassle or expence of 0345 numbers.


    October 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    • And Universal Credit cannot be credited with getting large numbers of people into work because only 7% of claimants receive it; Universal Credit cannot possibly be responsible for much of the fall in unemployment.

      Vampire Brat

      October 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm

  8. The many, many reasons Universal Credit is not fit for purpose

    From the devastating human cost of delayed payments and mistakes, to the chaos engulfing those responsible for administering the benefit, here are some of the many reasons why Universal Credit, at least in its current form, is not fit for purpose:



    October 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

  9. What’s the betting that calls will only be free from “a BT landline”, and that you’ll still get ripped off calling from a PAYG mobile? What’s the betting that the Tory scumbags will try to blame the mobile networks for their own cynical small print exercise?


    October 18, 2017 at 6:29 pm

  10. 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.

    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 !!!

    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 6:41 pm

  11. MPs have supported a Labour call for a pause in the roll-out of the government’s new combined benefit, universal credit by 299 votes to 0.

    This a symbolic victory for Labour.

    Conservative MPs abstained and the vote is not binding on the government.

    Following the vote the Commons Speaker, John Bercow has said it was for government ministers to decide how to respond to the “clearly expressed view of the House”.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm

  12. The growing numbers of Tory rebels!

    The Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston has said she will vote with Labour for a pause to the universal credit rollout unless a minister assures her at the end of the debate that flaws with the benefit will be addressed. But otherwise a potential Tory revolt on UC does not seem to have materialised. Wollaston said the main problem was that claimants have to wait six weeks for their money. She told MPs:

    Why are we undermining a policy with the potential to change lives for the better by not addressing a fundamental flaw at its heart? Our constituents who are living on the edge are going to start this process in debt and in arrear.


    October 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

  13. Families are ‘being made homeless’ by Universal Credit – but its rollout will continue

    The ‘chaotic’ system has led to more than 80 percent of claimants in some housing associations falling behind with rent, but the government is refusing to pause the rollout



    October 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm

  14. One in four people ‘trapped in low-paid jobs’

    A quarter of low paid workers are permanently stuck in poorly paid jobs in the UK with little chance of earning more, according to new research.

    The Social Mobility Commission said low pay was “endemic” in the UK, with women more likely to get stuck on low pay.

    It found just one in six low paid workers had managed to escape from poorly paid jobs in the last decade.

    The report defines low pay as hourly earnings below two-thirds of the median hourly wage, which was £8.10 last year.

    The median hourly wage for an average person across the entire British workforce was £12.10 per hour in 2016, according to the report.

    ME : Can anyone say Zero Hour Contracts – the true face of the gig economy for all to see – “the emporer has no clothes”. And I suspect those numbers are on the low side
    Where art thou Herr Idiot Dunce Smith?


    October 19, 2017 at 1:01 am

  15. whoknew

    October 19, 2017 at 8:35 am

  16. Why many people don’t bother to vote, what’s the point.

    People are rightly asking why politicians refuse to listen to their concerns. Sadly the population of the UK have not yet cottoned on to the fact that political parties are largely focused on protecting their own self interest and those of the party they represent.



    October 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

  17. While many of us knew of this.

    Landlords Confess Most Of Them Won’t Rent To Universal Credit Claimants

    But the government’s Universal Credit programme director Neil Couling defended the system against the association’s claims.

    He told a Commons Select Committee that during a reform to housing benefits in 2007, similar fears were raised by landlords but didn’t materialise.

    Instead, he said, the proportion of private homes rented to tenants in receipt of benefits increased from 23 percent to 27 percent.

    “My economic instinct is that this isn’t going to happen,” Couling said. “We’re not really concerned… of course we are looking at it.”



    October 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

  18. Violet

    October 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    • Meditation my arse, more like a five finger shuffle, probably claimed expenses for his bollock talc as well!


      October 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  19. Universal credit is designed to blame the poor for their poverty

    I don’t know what evidence Gauke has about universal credit getting people into work, but round these parts the anecdotal evidence is mounting that it is having the opposite effect.



    October 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm

  20. One food bank says it needs an extra 15 tonnes of food for the Christmas period because of the Universal Credit roll-out

    A single food bank says it will need an additional 15 tonnes of food over the Christmas period to help people affected by the roll-out of Universal Credit.



    October 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm

  21. The party of law and order.

    Crime rises by 13% in England and Wales, ONS statistics say



    October 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    • It’s only going to get worse if things carry on as they are. they will no doubt realize that but they like us know what the problem is..


      October 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm

  22. Million Scots at risk of ‘transport poverty’

    The report by Sustrans Scotland found that up to 20 per cent of communities fall into the high risk category when it comes to assessing affordability for transport.


    This is happening up and down the country.People on benefits priced off rail travel arriving at a station and finding a third of their weekly JSA gone on a short return journey.


    October 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    • Sustrans get £billions from the Government. They employ a ‘staff’ of 800 middle-class knobheads in a cushy office in Bristol. Sustrans do precisely fuck all! Oh yeah, apart from the odd useless survey. A complete waste of taxpayers money.

      Sustrans are a SCAM

      October 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    • IGP’s Social Prosperity Network publishes the UK’s first report on Universal Basic Services,

      The proposal for ‘Universal Basic Services’ represents an affordable alternative to a so-called ‘citizens’ income’ advocated by some economists, according to the expert authors working for UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity.



      October 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      • At first glance at least, this appears to be a much better idea than the now dead-in-the-water “Universal Basic Income”. GUARANTEED housing, food, transport, and phone/internet/TV has the basics covered. No more scrambling about and jumping through hoops to keep a roof over your head and food on the table, …

        Maslow and the Triangle

        October 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

  23. Dysfunctional

    October 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

  24. Universal credit benefit rollout leaves Litherland man “living off biscuits”

    People turn to charities for help as benefit fully rolled out in Sefton

    Michael Goodwin, 26, from Litherland , said he would have been scavenging from bins if his family hadn’t helped out when he was looking for work.

    He said he even suffered blackouts from not eating enough during nearly six weeks without support.

    I was in tears to an advisor over the phone, who sounded like she had no heart.

    “It knocked me a bit, as I’ve had mental health issues in the past.



    October 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm

  25. ‘Universal Credit drove me to the brink of suicide’

    Steve Pogson says confusion, contradictory advice, endless expensive phone calls and repeated delays ultimately contributed to him trying to take his own life

    A bereaved dad has told how battling with the ‘chaotic’ Universal Credit system in the wake of his daughter’s death helped push him to the brink of suicide.



    October 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

  26. What life is REALLY like on universal credit – from food banks to debt

    One woman, Geraldine Hill, survived for more than two decades on benefits without falling into debt.

    following a switch to the Government’s controversial universal credit through a pilot scheme in August she has turned to food banks, can’t afford to watch TV and has been left in hundreds of pounds of debt.


    How much of this is going on in Chorleywood?


    October 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    • ken

      Don’t worry – tories will be shocked when it comes to their door – Good. May they enjoy, the thing that I always remember is that when the economy takes a hit EVERYONE is hit – BritExit will see to that way more [which is causing panic in those self-same circles I would note] than it is currently.

      Banks in the tank
      Economy the same
      Political turmoil
      Rich rapidly becoming poor

      If its good enough for us, its good enough for them. Let us all eat cake.


      October 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      • Carrot cake 🙂 Yummy 🙂

        The Carrot Family

        October 20, 2017 at 6:40 am

      • Must be all ’em vegetable we will all be growin’ post-Brexit 😀

        Green Fingers

        October 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    • Theresa May has admitted for the first time that Brexit negotiations have hit “difficulty” as she beseeched European leaders to give her a deal she can sell to the British people.

      She told Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders that there is now the “urgent” need for progress with the threat of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal looming.

      Get this one

      “I took stock, listened to what the people in the UK were saying, and what my friends and partners in Europe were saying, and I made a step forward,” she said.

      Anyone else would know what to do, wouldn’t they.



      October 20, 2017 at 3:38 am

      • So much for the Tory nonsense that the UK had the EU over a barrel because they sell more to us than we sell to them and so wouldn’t cut off their noses to spite their faces by treating the UK harshly. Trouble is that the EU will still be selling more to us, whatever tariffs we stick on EU imports after Brexit, because the EU is the only place that a lot of things come from that cannot be replaced by cheaper imports from other countries; all that will happen is that out exports to the EU will drop, Europe’s financial hub will move from London to Frankfurt, or similar, and we end up paying more for essential imports from the EU which have no cheaper foreign equivalents.

        If you want to buy a BMW you won’t be dealing with China.

        The EU holds all the cards and Great Britain has a very poor hand to play.

        Basically Britannia will have to bend, think of England, over an take it.

        Vampire Brat

        October 20, 2017 at 8:43 am

  27. Millions of families are still lumped with 55p-a-minute benefits helpline despite Theresa May vowing to scrap fees

    But the Prime Minister’s announcement this week did not include Tax Credits – which were claimed by 4.3million families in 2015/16.

    They are left out because Tax Credits are run separately by HM Revenue and Customs.

    HMRC officials confirmed there were no immediate plans to scrap its 0345 helpline, which also charges 55p on some mobile networks.



    October 20, 2017 at 3:48 am

  28. Possibly more changes.

    Theresa May’s closest ally has hinted at yet another climbdown over the disastrous rollout of Universal Credit

    He said payments under the all-in-one benefit were “always up for improvement” when asked directly if the waiting time could be cut from six weeks.



    October 20, 2017 at 4:00 am

  29. DiscreditedUniversal credit causes Theresa May’s latest defeat in Parliament

    Changing the failing policy would be a victory for economic logic and common sense

    SINCE the general election in June, when the Conservatives lost their majority, Parliament has become a perilous place for the government.



    October 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    • Economic logic and common sense seem in very short supply in government these days sadly.

      Vampire Brat

      October 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

  30. Obviously there will HAVE to be changes. Look at the shit we’re in now with only 7% of people destined to be on Universal Credit receiving it. Imagine what the UK would look like if the other 93% of claimants were transferred onto Universal Credit as it is now. Here’s an idea: Instead of paying Universal Credit in arrears pay it to claimants immediately and claw back any overpayments made to them them only when they are in work and can spare the money, in small amounts over time, avoiding driving them into poverty. This is how the Dutch dole works: You get it straight away and pay back any overpayment later as and when necessary.

    Vampire Brat

    October 20, 2017 at 8:33 am

    • 3. DISS CREDIT

      Unease about the Universal Credit roll out continues. As the Times reported yesterday, there are hopes among Tory rebels that David Gauke will do more to cut the six week waiting time for claimants. But will the Government conduct an even more radical rethink of the system, and stop paying the new benefit in arrears and pay everyone in advance? With more than 50% of people now getting an advance and then having to repay it, charities like Citizens’ Advice have argued that would remove a fundamental flaw in the programme.


      Tory Rebels Hopeful Government Will Use Budget To Reveal Universal Credit Concessions

      Sarah Wollaston said she would not abstain along with her Tory colleagues unless ministers could give assurances they would tackle the issue of thousands of claimants being left with no money while they waited for their initial payment, pushing them into debt and rent arrears.



      October 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      • Good. If it happens, which I doubt. But repayments of “advances” should NOT be made through deductions from benefits received later but from wages if/when claimants are in work. Benefits are minimal amounts to enable people, without other forms of income, to survive modestly and should not be reduced because of repayments of “advances”, bedroom taxes, or council tax contributions, none of which frozen and cut benefits were designed to meet.

        Vampire Brat

        October 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm

  31. Using a netbook or digital screen device to provide evidence

    I don’t know what this is all about. Have the DWP finally come to their senses, or what?



    jj joop

    October 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    • A netbook is a cheap Android computer isn’t it? Does the inquirer mean show a work coach a work search record on the screen of a netbook without printing it out as a hard copy? Maybe using a spreadsheet or similar? If you use the journal any DWP officer, with the right permissions, can see details of your work search so it can’t mean that. As far as I know any method can be used if agreed with the work coach, just as now with Universal Jobmatch. How can it be otherwise when the data protection laws that prevent the DWP from forcing people to allow them access to Universal Jobmatch accounts remain the same, even after Brexit in 2019 until and unless the law is changed by government? Speaking personally I would never choose to use an indelible form of work search recording, which can be accessed any time, remotely, by any DWP employee with the right permissions; I always want to be able to control what these bastards get to see and retain the ability to delete, edit and modify anything in such a record as I see fit and so a record on paper seems the best way to do it as far as I am concerned.

      Vampire Brat

      October 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      • they have tried 27 times and failed there the ones loosing there jobs so will just have to wait in line behind me at the jcp. 😉


        October 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    • jj joop

      I don’t know about you but this DWP FOI response has questions. What and where is this DWP respondent citing this from, why cant the public source this information openly or if they can,where ?

      Furthermore should a claimant decide to take this approach, will it effect the initial date of payment what with having to wait to see someone to physically verify this evidence. I say this as this FOI is counter intuitive to governments plans not to mention how does this fit in with the welfare reform act 2012 Connected requirements.

      23(3) The Secretary of State may, for the purpose of verifying the claimant’s compliance with a work-related requirement, require a claimant to—

      (a)provide to the Secretary of State information and evidence specified by the Secretary of State in a manner so specified;

      (b)confirm compliance in a manner so specified.


      October 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

      • To doug: a DWP stooge masquerading as a human being,

        What happened to your buggering off from this blog and going over to the NHS blogs you were banging on about where you claimed your thoughts and wisdom were needed more. I guess they got sick of you pretty damn quick didn’t they, eh. I bet they told you where you could get off too, so you came crawling back here with your tail between your legs.

        You know what doug you really are a buzz-kill, has anyone ever told you that. I’ve noticed that whenever anyone posts something positive here you just leap in with your negative I’ll-just-put-the boot-into-that comments with that smart mouth of yours. doug my old son, I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re nothing more than a DWP stooge.

        Here’s a thought: why don’t you just do one. Get back to your DWP paymasters. Go on, get out of it.


        October 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      • Its going very well actually, thanks for asking nug.

        Why this is a great website that has strived for years to help and inform claimants, it does next to nothing to do the same regarding the working public who as is so obvious, has swallowed the government narrative.
        Only the other day on a website talking about workers and the future i had the opportunity to drop in how UC was devised to subsides the changing business model rather than to address poverty and a fairer system, that the employee through there own taxes were paying the bill to effectively help all businesses to make this transition to all out flexibility (ever increasing zero to low wage contracts and distorted self employment). While the tax payer (mostly the employee) is no stranger to disliking paying for welfare, they hate even more paying for businesses to sponge off the system on a veiled pretext courtesy of this government when they already have money in there pockets.

        Public perception makes and breaks a party and shutting down a misrepresentation with real facts and figures, putting together different subjects that our government and mainstream has tried so hard to hide to show the cogs, the tricks is immense fun.

        Claimants don’t need to know the welfare reform is rubbish, the public do.

        As for the above, laws win cases, not views,opinions which everyone saw in superteds recent victory the other day. It wasn’t an FOI, there not an enforceable tender, it was contract law and the legal definition of lawful consent that did. All ive done above is suggest to stick some more nails in to cement this not just so the claimant knows where they stand but also shoot a shot at DWP that there tricks will nolonger go unnoticed.

        “Question everything, accept nothing.”


        October 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

      • doug get this all my info on the lms has been wiped off the system had to re do my cc as been reset to the start of 2016.

        my new toy has no idea what there doing as brand new also and it was like back to the future like i just signed on.

        toy said it only knows my old adviser left and not the reason so got me tribunal letter out.

        wanna play sanctions then cos im good at those and there will be consequences for your actions!

        they aint got a clue what to do with me now cant send me to providers cant get a ase doubt wont fall for there out right bs they got nothing to poke me with now as boot on the other foot 😉


        October 23, 2017 at 9:39 am

      • superted

        what happened to the automatic backup.

        if thats gone as well, it’s time to ask for a written explanation to the miss-use of your personal information – so close after you winning a tribunal case… it couldn’t possibly be connected of course… [use that exact wording, in writing – i did and someone got demoted and another sacked]


        October 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

      • superted

        I had the same experience as well. If they don’t update your CC now at least once every six months, it is wiped from the system. It’s something to do with the DPA. They can only keep current data for six months and if it isn’t updated the system will bin it.

        jj joop

        October 23, 2017 at 11:33 am

      • doug

        Just ignore nug. You answer people like that and you just feed them. As for the FoI about the journal, this does merit a closer look. This might just be a blip, or it might be the fact that legally the DWP can’t force people to use the journal. I have looked at The Welfare Reform Act in relation to connected requirements and it is rather vague. If it is a legal requirement for claimants to use this journal they should put it in writing, i.e. via the act itself and not just shilly-shally around. I have noticed there has been a big rise in people making FoI requests in relation to this subject.

        @Frank Zola has a few things to say about this as well.



        jj joop

        October 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

      • doug

        This on whatdotheyknow, clarification is being sought


        jj joop

        October 23, 2017 at 11:44 am

      • jj joop,

        What i think has happened is that it suddenly occurred to someone that to override the information act [i.e. force a person to do a act regarding their own data] they have to pass legislation [primary i suspect, not just a straightup amendment as it has so many other ramifications – force a person to share info on health, money, family matters etc etc to any tom dick and harry who demands it] so their position now is that “no no just ignore what we told you earlier… move along nothing to see here…”


        October 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      • If only you lot would spend more time looking for work than trying to avoid work.


        October 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      • i done a sar so have it all anyway but been less than 6 months as done a new cc b4 i went on sick leave.

        even that had gone and been reset to the start of 2016 when i went from esa to jsa.

        everything is gone like the last year and half has just vanished and the same old shite starts again so went in guns blazing and blew um away.

        they wont be so trigger happy to sanction me now esp as they know it could cost them there job 😉


        October 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      • It is only a matter of time before the DWP nail your rancid hide to the wall, ted.


        October 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      • they have tried 27 times and failed there the ones loosing there jobs so will just have to wait in line behind me at the jcp. 😉


        October 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      • I wouldn’t get too cocky if I were you, ted. The DWP are are lot smarter than you think. Like I said, it is only a matter of time. And the DWP have all the time in the world.


        October 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      • And when they’ve finished nailing your rancid hide to a wall, they’ll come for your rotten teeth as well.


        October 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      • It doesnt mention journal specifically and its clouded in specified.That can mean anything or antics at a local level.Theres no mention of it in the regulations either another giveaway.Their “dictating” that on JSA but it works the other way also.

        the inportant point is consent.You do not give them consent thats it.Theres never any obligation to use a website even more so to upload private information thats widley open to anyone for whatever purpose.

        Furthermore should a claimant decide to take this approach, will it effect the initial date of payment what with having to wait to see someone to physically verify this evidence.

        Universal credit has to follow law/directives not the law/directives follow Universal Credit.


        October 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      • And you putrid head complete with rotten teeth will be placed on display on the Jobcentre wall like a prized trophy.


        October 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      • I always get my man 😉 Hang ’em high! Yeehaw!

        Sheriff Sanction

        October 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

      • They will also take your arms and legs off because they know they are useless then give you hooks so you can work 😁


        October 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

      • jj joop

        The moment the 35 hour rule was introduced i just knew, “here we go, government is going to measure something”. There is absolutely no point suggesting a figure other than to calculate something and that’s fact pure and simple.
        This moves us to how does one do so then as you would have to literally track an individual 5 to 7 hours a day wherever that falls into the spectrum of a 24 hours day, 7 day week. The other alternative is to allot time to tasks which is a presumption and the worst form math can take.

        Are DWP stating officially they intend to police this requirement and if so, HOW!

        Not on math terms but HOW does DWP intend to police whether or not a person has made a fraudulent entry into their work search evidence ?

        If they don’t intend to enforce a practice of both or either then why bother asking for evidence period, isn’t it arbitrary. Youve already heard government say its necessary SO, whats their methods to achieve this, where is it written down as you just cant go around ad libitum.


        October 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  32. This is quite a u-turn. When I spoke to coachy earlier this week, he told me using the journal would be mandatory. He also said the worksearch evidence claimants put on their journal would not be read by or examined by the coaches but by a decision maker elsewhere who would decide whether or not the claimant would be paid.

    jj joop

    October 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    • i.e just a low level admin or a computer algorithm even ‘making decisions’.


      October 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    • I think we had all best note the URL of that one and print out a couple of copies for future reference. I don’t know about the rest of you but I will be recording my work search on paper as I am doing now.

      Vampire Brat

      October 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

  33. What’s this bollocks?

    Rule out plans to stop patients going to A&E without permission

    To Jeremy C… Hunt, Secretary of State for Health

    Why is this important? It is important because people have lost their lives by going to the doctor whilst those who were smart enough to go to A & E are still alive!

    A top NHS professional, Dr Helen Thomas, has revealed that Jeremy C… er Hunt… has been considering a plan that could require patients see their GP or call 111 before visiting A&E. The plans could mean people being turned away in the middle of the night, waiting to get permission before they can visit A&E.

    Extreme measures like these are only being considered because our NHS is at breaking point. A huge petition will show that these new proposals are unacceptable, and convince Jeremy Hunt to drop the idea before it’s trialled.


    The Three Degrees

    October 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    • @ C… Hunt

      That is why they call it ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY i.e you haven’t got the time to be fobbed off by the doctor or spend time phoning 111. Stupid Hunt!

      The Three Degrees

      October 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

  34. Universal Credit is slavery. The Tories slavery of one simple form UC. Yet there are more forms to fill out than before, like the claimant commitment & Health & Well Being forms. The cost of Universal Credit Slavery UCS is over £50 billion so far with £1 billion bonuses each year for each sub contract. The Tories record on Disability Slavery is the worst in the world.

    Slavery Work Pays – SWP PLC.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  35. The Tories record on Slavery is very bad – Tory Disability Slavery at the UN making the Tories Human Rights Record one of the worst in the World. Stupid Tory Robots stuck in the Merlin System like a tick box.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

  36. The Tory UK Rogue State with thousands of Human Rights Breaches !!! Slavery Pays Work !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

  37. The Human Rights threat make slavery real – Another £20,000 in Tory lawyers fees. But it’s not that simple.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

  38. Two-thirds of disabled Scots classed as ‘fit for work’ by DWP are genuinely ill

    Labour renewed calls to scrap the system after it emerged 63 per cent of fit for work decisions in Scotland which are appealed are subsequently overturned.



    October 21, 2017 at 4:29 am

  39. A quarter of low paid workers in the UK are stuck in poorly paid jobs, according to the Social Mobility Commission.

    Its ‘Great Escape?’ report, carried out by the Resolution Foundation, suggests that low pay is “endemic” in the UK

    Andy Bagnall, director at KPMG UK, said the figures were “shocking”. “With the cost of living higher than it’s ever been, the reality for many is that they are forced to live hand to mouth,” he said.



    October 21, 2017 at 4:35 am

  40. Rats, cockroaches, and mould, the squalid slum like conditions of the working poor under the evil Torys.



    October 21, 2017 at 11:48 am

  41. Theresa May’s right hand man slams ‘ridiculous’ people who compare Tories to Hitler.



    October 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

  42. It is ridiculous to compare the tories to Hitler, he is way out of their fucking league. There never was a nazi party, Hitler and his party were national socialists, they never called themselves nazi’s!


    October 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    • I find it incredible that anyone would big up a murderous psychopathic tyrant like Hitler on a blog like this.

      Odin Aesir

      October 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      • That’s because of all the lies you have read and heard about him from the fakestream media!


        October 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

  43. I am convinced that Universal Credit has much merit.

    I. D. Smith Esq

    October 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm

  44. Government could cut Universal Credit waiting time following threatened backbench rebellion

    ‘We would like to see it set down to four weeks which is what you would have when you went into work and got a salary’

    The Government is believed to be on the verge of a U-turn over Universal Credit following public pressure and a threatened backbench rebellion.

    Ministers are understood to be preparing to announce the waiting time for the first payment of the new benefit will be reduced from six weeks after thousands of vulnerable people were left destitute and in some cases having to rely on food banks.



    October 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

    • Four weeks will still be a VERY long time for millions.

      Vampire Brat

      October 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

      • It would, it should be brought down to two weeks.


        October 22, 2017 at 8:41 am

  45. Conservative ministers poised for rethink over housing benefits cap for elderly and vulnerable

    More than 700,000 people live in supported housing, which include people with learning and physical disabilities along with women and children fleeing domestic violence.

    Under plans due to be brought in from 2019, people living in supported accommodation would have their housing benefit capped in line with people renting in the private sector, prompting warnings it could leave vulnerable people facing significant hardship.



    October 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

  46. Will UC be the Tories new poll tax moment


    October 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm


      It’s what they dread


      October 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      • One reason Tories want out of Europe COULD ALLEGEDLY COULD be that ”somebody” COULD be held accountable in the ECHR or ECJ over UC. I Say ALLEGEDLY COULD.


        October 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    • UC has the potential to be MUCH worse than the Poll Tax and affect many, many more people adversely. I mean Thatcher had the decency to add an “average” increment to benefits like Jobseeker’s Allowance to help claimants cover that cost whereas these days UC has been frozen, capped, and cut; is subject to ridiculous and preposterous “conditionality” requirements; includes the bedroom tax, and, because of localism, many recipients have to pay a portion of council tax out of it!

      UC is one of the worst things ever to be fucked up by government.

      Vampire Brat

      October 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

  47. It’s high time everyone should be paid for any work they do.

    Social Mobility Commission: Vast Majority Of Public Would Support Ban On Unpaid Internships
    It could soon become illegal for companies to exploit interns.

    80% of people want to see a clampdown on nepotism – with businesses being made to openly advertise internships and work experience opportunities, rather than organise them through informal networks.

    Its results have been released ahead of a second reading of a private members’ bill in the House of Lords this week, which proposes a ban on unpaid work experience or internships lasting more than four weeks.

    “Internships are the new rung on the career ladder. They have become a route to a good professional job. But access to them tends to depend on who, not what, you know, and young people from low-income backgrounds are excluded because they are unpaid.



    October 23, 2017 at 8:18 am

  48. Capitalism ‘has been broken – replace it with what.

    The state of capitalism is in desperate need of reform and modernisation, according to some of the UK’s top business leaders, who claim that the system has been hurt by management greed, corporate tax dodging and investor short-termism.

    Last week the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, claimed capitalism is coming to an end because it is making itself obsolete.



    October 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

  49. whoknew

    October 23, 2017 at 8:34 am

    • Anybody running a network can use a program like Surf Spy to log keystrokes from machines on the domain to see what users have been up to. (Users can, of course, be identified by means of their logins.) The moral of the story is NOT to browse anything incriminating or embarrassing at work or using any public computer on any private network which might identify and scrutinise your activities. Better to use your own equipment and best to connect to the web via a virtual private network which is trustworthy. And even then you are cannot be 100% sure that nobody is looking over your shoulder, particularly on Microsoft Windows systems!

      Vampire Brat

      October 23, 2017 at 10:23 am

  50. Andrew Coates

    October 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  51. Eat for £5 by ‘dumpster diving’, what a load of old out-of-date nonsense.

    Josephine Liang has revealed how she has cut her food bill to just £5 a week by only eating food that is destined for the bin. Thing is the likes of Iain Duncan Smith lap this sort of crap up, and they think, “why not reduce JSA to £5 a week, let them ‘dumpster dive’ 😀 ”

    The woman on the video looks too healthy to have been living like this for more than a couple of days.
    And what’s with the smartphone? What they are not saying is that most, if not all, of the shop bins are locked, the douse the produce in bleach, they put they bakery in really thin backs that fall apart as you take them out the bin, you don’t want to be eating something that has fallen into a bin, whatever you get is ‘random’ and mostly bakery, not exactly a balanced diet, and if the cops catch you you are in big trouble, they will cuff you and throw you in the meat-wagon.

    Josephine Liang has revealed how she has cut her food bill to just £5 a week by only eating food that is destined for the bin.



    October 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    • More in the Heil: Bring your Imodium, it could be a long night on the bog 😀


      Delli Belly

      October 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    • There is no way anyone can do this and hold down a full-time job. You have to lurk about waiting for the bins being put out. There might be some dodgy geezers after the nosh too. Any bins are usually placed in dimly-lit alley-ways. The bins can be put out late at night in the dark. You can wait around for a long time waiting to snatch a load of jam tarts of the Greggs van. And if you keep anything and eat it too far past the ‘use-by’ date. Well dodgy this – NOT recommended! Fast-track to food-poisoning or malnutrition this,

      Skint Student

      October 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      • *strawberry tarts 😀

        Skint Student

        October 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      • *strawberry tarts 😀 😀

        Skint Student

        October 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    • It is a SCAM advert for some app!

      A quick check on LinkedIn shows that this lady is in reality a PA for Tristam Stuart. To quote her LinkedIn page…” Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food waste.” I’m guessing that he is either the author of one of the apps cited in the article or looking to push his company through the DM. Shoddy of DM not to have set the context for this (so called) story.


      October 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

  52. The Mandating of the JournalIt appears to fall foul of Regulation 6 of the EU e-privacy directive.

    the data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific
    purposes; If you give consent then its fine.Anything that requires consent or requires other forms of permission cannot be mandated legally and will be on a downhill slide at a tribunal.

    Click to access regulation_oj_en.pdf


    October 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  53. Universal credit: Labour secures emergency debate on rollout


    October 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

  54. what happened to the automatic backup.

    if thats gone as well, it’s time to ask for a written explanation to the miss-use of your personal information – so close after you winning a tribunal case… it couldn’t possibly be connected of course… [use that exact wording, in writing – i did and someone got demoted and another sacked]

    any chance you got a template letter i can print off ?


    October 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    • superted

      see below. print and hand over to advisor. also, copy to ICO by email.

      Google automatically generates html versions of documents as we crawl the web.

      [Your full address]

      [Phone number]

      [The date]

      [Name and address of the organisation]

      Dear Sir or Madam

      Subject access request

      [Your full name and address and any other details to help identify you and the information you want.]

      Please supply the information about me I am entitled to under the Data Protection Act 1998 relating to: [give specific details of the information you want, for example

      your personnel data;
      When all data was deleted
      Which systems
      who authorised this action and when
      what regulation and a copy of it that allows data on a active account to be deleted and authorised it in this case
      who authorised destruction of automatic backup data

      If you need any more information from me, or a fee, please let me know as soon as possible.

      It may be helpful for you to know that a request for information under the Data Protection Act 1998 should be responded to within 40 days.

      If you do not normally deal with these requests, please pass this letter to your Data Protection Officer. If you need advice on dealing with this request, the Information Commissioner’s Office can assist you and can be contacted on 0303 123 1113 or at ico.org.uk

      Yours faithfully



      October 24, 2017 at 4:14 am

      • superted

        Delete :

        [give specific details of the information you want, for example

        Add :

        cc: ICO email address at top below your address

        Do :

        send to ICO on day before you visit DWP

        Ring general helpline and check that handover is registered on your personal data record – we wouldn’t want it to mysteriously disappear/get lost in the post like your data has now would we…


        October 24, 2017 at 5:09 am

      • done all that so see what comes back this time 😉


        October 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    • superted

      Re: automatic backup – there isn’t one. Coachy told me that legally they can only keep your personal data for six months and if it isn’t renewed, i.e via an updated CC, then the system will dump it. Something to do with the DPA, or so he said.

      And what you said a while back about them only caring about how many interviews you get and not the number jobs you find to you apply for, it’s true. Now my coachy is querying why I am not getting interviews. Once upon a time they were getting onto me because I wasn’t finding enough jobs to apply for.

      Do you have this problem? And if you do, what do you say to them to get them off your back?

      jj joop

      October 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      • well they cant force employers to give you a interview can they and the more time spent on benefits then the harder it becomes i have found to the point it is now impossible as have applied for every job i could get to.

        add to that i have nothing that is on my cv that would be able to use as a reference for a employer to check and it is game over.

        maybe if they spent the providers fees on real accredited Qualifications then i might have half a chance but now same old crap over and over again.

        why dont you ask ur coach to get you a interview with a employer and see what they say?

        had a brown letter today hmmm but it is in handwriting from my new toy and came with a blue sky form for me to fill in and take back to post off.

        now if you check blue sky is for x offenders and again funded buy sfa esf ect ect and can get paid work for 6 months and then dumped eg the work programme.

        no1 i can apply for this on line why send out a paper copy?

        no2 they only have 3 jobs for the hole of the area i am in.

        no3 the jobs are manual labour and i cant do any off them anyway

        no4 did they even bother to check all this err i guess not pmsl

        no5 i will not sign providers contracts for funding it wants a form to be filled in so it will get the sar i just done.


        October 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      • 7 week job search, total so far is 5208


        October 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      • superted

        That’s a lot of applications there. My inbox is the same – chock-a-block. Coachy is now badgering me for an up to date copy of my CV to see where I am going “wrong”???

        Like you, I’ve been out for a few years. Funny thing is, I’ve been told previously by the JC that the longer you’re out, the harder it is to get back into work. Yet when I point that out to coachy when he asks why I can’t get an interview, he doesn’t want to know. Just looks right through me or gives me that look they give you when you tell them a truth they don’t want to hear.

        jj joop

        October 24, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      • as long as you meet ur cc and apply for jobs then there is not much they can do so just sit there and smile and say what you going to do about it then ? ask for a sanction over it and watch them back right off because at tribunal you will kick there ass like i did.

        also make it Crystal clear any sanction doubt will be taken all the way and if you win it will be there ass signing on 😉


        October 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      • jj joop

        Sorry mate you’ve been lied too. Yes, they do delete your information – six months AFTER your last claim – got it from Sister who is ex-DWP and from whatdotheyknow. Pose this question to your coachy next time this comes up and watch how quite they get.

        “If info is deleted, how can DWP successfully prosecute people for fraud going back years
        if the data is all deleted?”

        Or ask “So where can I get this regulation that data gets deleted on a Active and on-going account. That’s like having a bank account, due to not using it for two months it gets closed. Really?”

        Why not getting interviews Questions? Where do you start – are you over a certain age [it appears so to me] – despite ageism being illegal a simple check of the years you went to school which should be on your CV will give a indication of your age, or when you started working, or how many years experience you have will get you cast into the waste bin, etc etc.

        pose the next Question: I Can apply for inappropriate jobs, if you’ll accept personal laiblity?


        October 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      • i just checked my new cc and for some reason changed the jobs i was looking for to
        retails -sales assistant
        admin customer service.

        it was on my job search tho 😉

        then sends me a application for blue sky ie manual labour the next day even tho i stated i will not sign provider paper work. pmsl.

        and i dont even need to sign it as no jobs in this area and can do it online anyway to go on the waiting list.


        October 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      • Gazza

        This doesn’t surprise me. Every time I go in there, I get a different story. Coaches contradict each other all the time.

        jj joop

        October 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

      • Your name also often indicates age, religion and race.

        Mohammed Winston Kodogo

        October 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

      • Winston Kodogo – wasn’t that a person referred to in a Not The 9 o’clock News sketch?


        October 25, 2017 at 9:22 am

      • Indeedily doodily! The black bloke that Constable Kunt was always arresting on charges such as “being in possesion of thick lips and curly hair”

        Ned Flanders

        October 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

      • Once you have been out of work for two years you are more likely to retire or die than find work.

        Home Truths

        October 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

  55. Would you have thought it.

    Universal Credit’s creator Iain Duncan Smith demands cut in wait for payouts: Former minister blames George Osborne for delay amid warnings policy could be a ‘new poll tax’

    Mr Duncan Smith said two of the weeks were not ‘wholly necessary’ – saying a four week delay was what he had envisaged.

    He has set aside three hours after Tory MPs joined with Labour to demand ministers come to Parliament to explain themselves.


    October 24, 2017 at 3:25 am

    • The man is a fucking liar. Before the last election not only didn’t he complain about the six week (plus) delay in paying entitlements but boasted about a further £12 billion of further savings (cuts) that he planned to make in the welfare budget. This prick is trying to salvage a morsel or two of his trashed and ruined reputation by blaming others for what he personally and his conspirator the non-elected David Freud did themselves.

      Vampire Brat

      October 24, 2017 at 7:36 am



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    October 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

    • Andrew

      is there no way of blocking these ConMen parasites?


      October 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm

  57. The lardies who vote through austerity spend like there is no tomorrow and do sod all for it.


    October 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    • But it’s NOT a salary. We HAVE to turn up (or at least get someone else to clock-in for us) or us lose out on the £300. It is still trifling inconvenient to say the least.

      Lord and Lady Muck

      October 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm

  58. censorship.

    Conservative MP demands universities give him names of lecturers teaching about Brexit

    Chris Heaton-Harris, a staunch Brexit supporter, was accused of “McCarthyism” after sending the letter to university vice chancellors asking that they send him information on what their lecturers are telling students about Britain’s departure from the EU, as well as the names of all staff who are doing the teaching.



    October 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    • Attacks on free speech,democratic process,internet censorship and the right to choice.we’re being told the Taliban are against education.

      Perhaps the focus might have been better on rising inflation and hiking food prices,living standards,and the were the country is heading under this behaviour.


      October 24, 2017 at 6:15 pm

  59. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-gauke-work-pensions-universal-credit-emergency-debate-commons-parliament-secretary-dwp-a8017651.html

    DWP Secretary David Gauke accused of snubbing Commons after not attending Universal Credit emergency debate


    October 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm

  60. Universal credit rollout not expected to increase food bank use, MPs told

    Junior minister says government listening to concerns after Labour passed advisory motion calling for rollout to be paused



    October 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  61. Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, ‘guinea pig’ councils say

    Research by Southwark and Croydon councils reveals devastating effect of new benefits system

    The universal credit system is pushing poor tenants deeper into rent arrears and sending food bank referrals soaring, according to a study by two councils that have been guinea pigs for the new regime.



    October 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm

  62. Man died ‘in hunger’ while waiting for Universal Credit just days after ITV interview



    October 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    • Hell mend him.

      Iain Duncan Smith MP

      October 25, 2017 at 3:05 am

    • In the Conservative war against idleness and poverty there needs must be casualties due to friendly fire.

      D. Gauke Esq.

      October 25, 2017 at 8:57 am

  63. London borough warns Universal Credit pushing tenants into rent arrears

    London borough warns Universal Credit pushing tenants into rent arrears
    Rent arrears for those claiming Universal Credit (UC) are worse than under the previous housing benefit system, new report reveals.



    October 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm

  64. DWP Secretary David Gauke accused of snubbing Commons after not attending Universal Credit emergency debate

    Addressing the Commons Debbie Abrahams, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “I always welcome the minister to his place, but I would like to ask why the Secretary of State isn’t here to answer.

    “It needs to happen urgently. This is already happening – already 55 areas this month are having full service rolled-out to them.

    “The cold months are upon us. Christmas will be around the corner any moment now. We need an urgent response now



    October 24, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    • Last week was Jeremy Corbyn’s best ever PMQs since he became leader and his tough task today is to secure a straight hat-trick of wins against Theresa May across the despatch box. Will he keep up the pressure on Universal Credit, seizing on Iain Duncan Smith’s call for the ‘waiting’ period to be reduced?


      October 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

  65. Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap ’causes misery to no good purpose’



    October 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm

  66. Three-quarters of the British public – including the majority of Conservative voters – want government action now to cut the time vulnerable people are waiting before receiving universal credit benefit payments, a poll has revealed.

    Labour called a further Commons universal credit debate on Tuesday to push the Government into making changes as the new welfare system is rolled out across the country,

    “Some 71 per cent of people who would vote Conservative at the next election also wanted the Government to cut the six-week period”. do they foresee their paid employment isn’t going to last.

    Mr Gauke has said he hopes that by the autumn 2018 all new claimants would be on the new benefit and the Government would begin to convert longer-term claimants.



    October 25, 2017 at 5:43 am

    • Thanks for flagging this.

      Andrew Coates

      October 25, 2017 at 12:53 pm

  67. Just been given more hours of work per week, but that will do!


    October 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

    • Congratulations!

      Cliff Richard

      October 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

  68. How long before universal credit is accessible only through some ‘app’?

    Appy World Order

    October 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

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