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The Feckless Poor, The Stigma of Welfare. Mary O’Hara

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Tory Pick-Pockets Idea of Poverty.

There is a theory, a well-attested theory, that the key to the  government ‘welfare reform’ is that they intend to make life for claimants as unpleasant as possible. This will not only reduce the number of people willing to apply for benefits, it will compel them to take whatever work they can get. Over the years they have tried to a variety of schemes, The Work Programme, and now (for a more limited group), the Work and Health Programme, that are intended to guide people into employment.

Over the years ‘nudges’ (this is not a joke, they tried at one point with this daft plan, “Jobcentres try ‘nudging’ the workless” 2013), were replaced with pushes, sanctions.

Some would say that the massive increase in rough-sleeper numbers, a result of housing crisis and the fact that these days the down and out get not benefits  is – for the more hard-line Tories – a welcome ‘nudge’, a constant reminder of where you could fall if you do not pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get work.

Now Universal Credit looks set to cause a lot more misery for a much wider group of people.

Not to mention this:

A lot has to do with the cock-ups of those who created the system, and the way its run.

But the message about the feckless poor keeps on and on.

Mary O’Hara is the author of Austerity Bites,

After coming to power in May 2010, the Coalition government in the United Kingdom embarked on a drastic programme of cuts to public spending and introduced a raft of austerity measures that had profoundly damaging effects on much of the population. This bestselling book by award-winning journalist Mary O’Hara chronicles the true impact of austerity on people at the sharp end, based on her ‘real-time’ 12-month journey around the country just as the most radical reforms were being rolled out in 2012 and 2013. Drawing on hundreds of hours of compelling first-person interviews, with a broad spectrum of people ranging from homeless teenagers, older job-seekers, pensioners, charity workers, employment advisers and youth workers, as well as an extensive body of research and reports, the book explores the grim reality of living under the biggest shakeup of the welfare state in 60 years. with a new Foreword by Mark Blyth, Professor of International Political economy and International Studies at Brown University, USA, Austerity Bites dispels any notion that “we are all in this together” and offers an alternative to the dominant and simplistic narrative that we inhabit a country of “skivers versus strivers”.

This is a review of the book,

Mary O’Hara, Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK, Policy Press, 2014, xiv + 320 pp, 1 4473 1560 5, hbk, £19.99

During 2012 and 2013 Mary O’Hara travelled the UK to find out what effects the Coalition Government’s public sector cuts were having by interviewing some of the people affected by them: both those suffering directly from the austerity measures and those working with them to try to mitigate the measures’ effects.

The introduction describes in broad terms the ways in which wages have fallen, poverty and debt have increased, new sanctions have been imposed on jobseekers, and public services have been cut – and all this in the cause of an austerity that further damages the economy.

O’Hara’s visits and interviews reveal the depth of the crisis: increasing food poverty (and hence the rise in the number of food banks); mounting pressure on household budgets as costs rise but incomes – both in and out of work – stagnate; the disruptive effects of the bedroom tax; and the rise of personal debt and of high-street high-interest lenders. They also reveal the increasing stigma imposed on people who cannot find employment, and on people with disabilities and long-term health problems; declining wages and job security; cuts in local authority services on which some of our most vulnerable citizens depend; and rising rents and homelessness.

This is in many ways a familiar story, but what gives this particular telling of it an added authenticity are the excerpts from the interviews. Here we find the voices not of statisticians, journalists, or politicians, but of those suffering the effects of cuts in services. In the concluding chapter, we hear the voices of those voluntary sector workers who are coping with increasing demand, disappearing grants, and staff redundancies. The concluding chapter ends with a description of the way in which the Government and the tabloid press have succeeded in persuading us that the previous Labour Government and the poor are responsible for the country’s financial problems, and therefore for austerity; and with a description of small-scale resistance to that austerity – as if local pressure groups can defeat the Government- and media-driven prejudice to which we have been submitted for the past four years. They can’t.

Perhaps for our readership the most significant finding from O’Hara’s visits and interviews is that ‘the social security system that had protected much of the population from the worst vagaries of inequality was being ripped from its foundations’. She goes on:

I saw at first hand how destabilised and fearful it was leaving people. What I observed during my travels was a society in deep existential as well as economic and political flux. It seemed to me that austerity was generating social and economic schisms faster than they could be tracked, never mind adequately countered. There was a sense of an expanding segregation of the rich and poor, the entrenchment of a ‘them and us’ view of the world that produced not only a lack of social contract but also a political gap so wide as to seem unbridgeable. (p.15)

As a society we need to take to heart what is being said here, and determine to build a new social security system that will protect everyone from ‘the worst vagaries of inequality’ and will heal our ‘social and economic schisms’.

Today she writes in the Guardian.

Let’s tell the truth about poverty – and stop this assault on welfare

When the Department for Work and Pensions last week decided to issue a Valentine’s message to people on benefits – clearly implying that recipients lie about their “living arrangements” to fleece the state – it was the latest attack designed to blame and shame. It is a well-worn pattern, especially for people who qualify for benefits.

Since the emergence almost a decade ago of the poisonous rhetoric of “skivers and strivers” that has helped to prop up the fiasco that has been Tory austerity, a culture of dismissing poor people has become well and truly entrenched. The despicable idea that being poor is somehow the byproduct of personal flaws rather than bad policy, and that strong welfare systems should be rejected, is pervasive.

How else to explain the fact that food banks have become normalised or that the repeated denial of benefits – and dignity – to people with disabilities has failed to provoke a nationwide revolt? How else to compute that a homeless person dies on the doorstep of the Houses of Parliament and registers only as a temporary blip on the national consciousness?

The DWP’s Valentine’s message on Twitter to benefit recipients


In the early days of austerity Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP framed the slashing of the welfare state as welfare reform in order to sell it to the public as an improvement that would prevent the system being exploited. This tactic was straight out of the American playbook from the mid-1990s when Bill Clinton all but ended the welfare system under the guise of reform, only to exacerbate poverty.

This pernicious, repetitive narrative that has underpinned bad poverty policy for so long is a maliciously clever ruse. But if what it means to be poor can be framed one way, then it can be framed in another, more truthful way, too. In fact, it is already starting. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has launched an initiative called “talking about poverty”,to which I will be contributing, that explicitly aims to examine how to change the conversation. It is incumbent on us to make that happen.

I am not entirely convinced that O’Hara is right to refer exclusively to the USA.

In France there’s been political and media attacks on unemployed ‘spongers’ – if not on the UK scale (France has no Daily Mail, no Express and no Sun for a start)  – for some time.

Presidential Macron announced at the end of last year something that looks to me a ‘job seeker’s agreement’ for the out-of-work on benefits complete with a sanctions regime if you don’t look hard enough for employment (Le gouvernement va renforcer le contrôle des chômeurs.  27.12.17).

I could extend this to other European countries.

But her overall points are well taken.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm

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  1. Netherlands, France and the rest of the world.

    The number of crimes against vulnerable people has increased due to the right wing propaganda, welfare reform, ageing population, cutbacks in care, the theft, fraud and violence against people, insufficient attention is paid to this.


    February 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

  2. Ed Miliband on universal basic income.


    February 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    • More in depth


      February 20, 2018 at 8:41 pm

  3. Homelessness Reduction Act, – is going nowhere fast.

    Government’s anti-homelessness taskforce has not held a single meeting since it was set up, ministers admit



    February 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

  4. People being forced into zero hour by DWP.

    In a report to mark its 100th anniversary, the single parents’ charity Gingerbread said there had been a 58% increase in the number of self-employed single parents in the past 10 years, but warned that a significant number of parents reported being pushed into unsuitable self-employment by jobcentre advisers in an attempt to get them into work. and off benefits completely.



    February 21, 2018 at 8:11 am

    • EVERYONE who agrees with zero hour is not on zero hour.


      February 21, 2018 at 8:26 am

  5. Unemployment rises, it will do.


    February 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

  6. Welcome to “whonew unemployed action”

    mad dave

    February 21, 2018 at 10:28 am

  7. Unemployment rises by 46,000. And so it begins.


    February 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm


    Mandatory long-term unemployed referrals to the Work & Health Programme to start from April 2018 onwards.


    jj joop

    February 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    • I wonder if people in part-time work will have to attend the Work & Health Programme in their spare time? Or whether only people who are completely workless will have to attend? And I wonder just how often people will have to attend? One of the things mentioned as a part of Work & Health was some kind of glorified intensive jobsearch activity, which kind of sounds like full days in front of the computer trawling through jobs you have already seen umpteen times before for work that you know doesn’t exist.

      There are a lot of questions unanswered here. Like: Because Work & Health is underfunded just how many people will private providers actually have room for and be able to handle? Renting office space and paying staff to monitor participants isn’t cheap. Will the providers actually be able to stump up premises with umpteen computers connected to the internet and have many people there for vary long carrying out pointless activities, e.g., polishing up your CV. Man, if my CV were any more polished it would be see through!


      February 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      • Jim

        It’s voluntary – unless you’ve been out of work and claiming unemployment benefits for 24 months. It doesn’t say anything about part-time workers, although when these people are moved onto Universal Credit – who knows!


        jj joop

        February 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      • We should begin by looking out to see if the chancers running this programme are advertising for ‘trainers’ and looking for premises to run their ‘courses’ for the unemployed.

        Andrew Coates

        February 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      • Andrew

        When Seetec ran the WP in Cambridge, they used an annex of Cambridge Jobcentre on Chesterton Road. I don’t recall them advertising for so-called trainers before it started but they did advertise during the programme because of a high turnover of staff. I had several advisers while I was there. They all tried, without success, to get me to change my mind to sign a data protection waiver so they could rent me out as cheap labour.

        jj joop

        February 21, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      • And in Cambridge, the WHP provider Papworth Trust already have an established presence of many years.

        jj joop

        February 21, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      • Thousands of jobs to go in government shakeout of welfare to work sector

        Funding to shrink by 75% from March when work programme is replaced by much smaller work and health programme



        February 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    • dont you think it is funny that they state the same old crap over and over again that it is MANDATORY to participate yet it is clear in the provider guidance that a esf form must get signed to got hold of there funding.

      i bet they will miss that part out when sending ppl the jcp letters to attend induction 😉

      and i will participate until they provide me a letter stating why i am asked to leave when i refuse joinder and not sign there esf funding form.


      February 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      • When they bully you into signing a so-called Action Plan, which will be the ESF1420, they are supposed to explain to you that you are signing a contract and that they won’t be able to get funding for you if you don’t sign. I wonder how many people they will say this to and that there is no legal or mandatory requirement to sign.

        jj joop

        February 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      • well that is easy 0 😉


        February 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      • We should get share of the funding.


        February 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm

  9. ill post a link here so everyone can see for them self 😉

    Click to access whp-provider-guidance-chapter-18-european-social-fund.pdf

    8. Third party evidence will always be the preferred format, self-declaration should
    only be used where third party evidence is unavailable. Eligibility and
    Programme evidence should be obtained prior to the completion of the ESF 14-
    20 Initial form (See ESF MI section). On exception should evidence to support
    Work and Health Provision be unavailable or the Participant refuses to provide
    evidence, this will mean you cannot confirm eligibility and must notify DWP by
    completing an ESF1420 annotated with the words “Participant Refusal” or
    “Participant not signed”.

    14. The fully completed ESF 14-20 Initial form should be signed by the Participant: in
    doing this they declare that they understand Provision is being ESF funded and
    they have received the ESF2020, and that they are aware their information will
    be stored and used for ESF purposes. In the event an individual cannot or
    refuses to sign the ESF 14-20 form you must still submit the ESF14-20 as
    directed in paragraphs 9 and 10 of this Chapter.


    February 21, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    • What is Eligibility and Programme evidence and what happens when the provider submits ESF14-20 as directed in paragraphs 9 and 10?

      jj joop

      February 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      • “Participant not signed”.

        no sig no contract 😉


        February 21, 2018 at 5:29 pm



      Basically your going to be asked for various ID to prove who you say you are which if you don’t leaves you not being able to defend against a sanction as claimants are now regularly asked prior to signing on for benefits to produce such ID. So basically its already established you do have ID otherwise your benefit is cut off because work coaches aren’t allowed to sign you on without it.
      This means your consent is nolonger the primary substance of evidence required to gain the funding aspect which point 8 makes clear.

      Now you could as its still considered personal data and processing under law, show the provider the ID but legally refuse to allow them to process it (use it) but this still means the provider cannot be used as a witness that you attended/participated.

      Without getting into it any further, you cannot nolonger prevent the provider from gaining ESF. Any successful declaration you make to prove participation of the initial interview will in effect act as third party evidence or trigger DWP to use you DWP records lawfully as third party evidence.

      So this only leaves the provider needing lawful consent as regards its own need in order to function/offer a service, lawful consent for personal data that isn’t covered by exemption.


      February 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      • i have never shown id at the jcp when signing on, they have asked but never had anything on me and they still signed me on.

        and if the provider asked me to leave because i wont sign then ill ask for a letter stating the reason why i have been asked to leave the provider as proof i did attend like last time 😉


        February 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      • so you refuse to sign and then they send this back what are they going to do about it then?

        9. When emailing DWP the ESF 14-20 Initial form stating that you are unable to
        provide evidence of eligibility or the customer has refused to provide evidence,
        you must ensure the following wording is used in the email title “Participant
        10.When notifying DWP that a Participant will not sign the ESF1420 form you must
        ensure the following wording is used in the email title “Participant not signed”

        they get my name addr and ni no from the dwp so they must need my sig on that 1420


        February 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      • And they’re not going to get it, either!

        jj joop

        February 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      • And another thing, doug. This form will be sent to the ESF (European Social Fund) for processing. If the claimant hasn’t signed it then they’re not going to process it because without consent they are complicit in a fraud.

        jj joop

        February 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      • Click to access esf-2014-2020-provider-guidance-chapter-3.pdf

        Eligibility and Referral Meeting
        3.4 You must hold a face to face Eligibility and Referral Meeting with potential
        participants to discuss this voluntary provision and how it could help the
        individual; assess their eligibility; and, if appropriate, complete the referral
        documentation and issue leaflet ESF 2020 to inform the individual about the
        support they will receive from ESF


        February 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      • Referral Documentation
        3.34 An ESF1420 form must also be fully completed for each eligible participant
        who has declared their wish to take part in your provision. The information
        captured on the ESF1420 will include:
         Participant Details:
        o name, NiNo, date of birth, address, telephone number, email
         Participant Characteristics:
        o gender, labour market situation e.g. inactive / unemployed, basic
        skills, education level, household status (jobless household,
        jobless household with dependant children, single parent with
        dependant children), ethnicity, disability, ex-offender,homeless
         the postcode of the venue where the Participant Engagement Meeting
        is to be conducted and initial Action Plan agreed
         a declaration from the participant that they wish to participate in ESF
        provision and understand that the provision is funded by ESF and that
        their information will be stored and used to register them for ESF and
        future ESF evaluation
         endorsement (signature) from the participant that the data provided is
         details of the eligibility criteria the participant meets and what evidence
        you’ve seen and retained to support the referral to provision (including
        self-declaration, where appropriate)
         endorsement (signature) from you that the information supplied is correct to your knowledge and that you’ve seen documents confirming
        the participant’s identity
        3.35 You must send the completed ESF1420 form to the DWP ESF Admin Team
        within 5 working days of the participant signing. Contact details for where the
        ESF1420 needs to be sent are included on the form. You will be supplied with
        a Master copy of the ESF1420 form and instructions for completing it.


        February 22, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      • My experience of the “bank card id” was one spiteful coach with an attitude,The same adviser who threw the WS1 back at me because the national insurance number was not filled in.

        The abuse of the ESF is well documented on the web.


        February 22, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      • Superted

        According to DWP documents like Kens example that a certain/s will be mandated to attend and participate just like they were required to do on the last WP.

        Only those that don’t fall into this group/s is voluntary until they agree to participate with the provider.

        jj joop

        According to the document superted posted, the provider makes their submissions to DWP who then submit them to the ESF.


        February 22, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      • doug

        how can you participate even if it is mandatory if they throw you out the building because they cant get there money buy not signing the 1420 esf form because there a private company for profit as at the end of the day they are there to make money.



        February 23, 2018 at 12:27 am

      • doug

        We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we! Mandatory referrals begin from April 2018.

        jj joop

        February 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

      • Superted

        We all know the £ sign is their game but DWP knew if they didn’t change procedure, the whole thing would mean it was voluntary for anyone when you consider contract law/lawful consent.

        jj joop

        Indeed we will as reading the literature it seems these providers will be canvassing for volunteers to make up numbers and so finance to operate. This means we can all expect another round of hopeless help and sly ways of trying to get around facts.


        February 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      • doug

        i have loads of letters from the dwp stating that it is mandatory to attend a course ect even b4 the wp even started and it always ends in the same way i refuse to sign there contracts and then i am told to leave.

        sanction doubts comes up that i either did not attend or did not participate ie not signing there contracts and it has never gone past the dm b4 apart from the last time where i done the dm reply over the phone rather than a letter as wanted it to go to tribunal but i have always one either way.

        ill probable never be sent on the whp but if they try it ill do the same as i have done b4 because nothing has changed under law to force me to attend with no contracts signed because the provider wont get any funding for me so why would they want me there in the first place?

        all these providers have is threats of sanctions to get you to sign there contracts take that away then it is voluntary because that is the esf funding rules at the end of the day.

        or is it mandatory to sign provider paper work that i am required to sign buy law 😉


        February 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm

  10. whoknew

    February 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    • Sounds like another, gob full of plums, upper middle class tosser to me who thinks he knows what’s best for the rest of us.

      jj joop

      February 21, 2018 at 8:10 pm

  11. Work & Health Programme Regulations

    Click to access uksiod_20171020_en.pdf

    The regulations also mean that a claimant, who fails without good
    reason to comply with such a requirement to participate, can be
    liable to a benefit sanction i.e. the reduction or loss of JSA for a
    period of several weeks.

    It comes back to the signature again.


    February 21, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    • It’s always about journeys with these schemes isn’t it. You’re on a journey. Yeah: eff off!

      jj joop

      February 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      • the only journey ill be going on is the bus back home 😉


        February 21, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      • i got a bsa button to take to provider interviews in the future 😉


        February 21, 2018 at 10:36 pm

      • I remember what the work programme booklet with provider A4e, take me on a journey, I was sent to one of their sub contracts who pulled out towards the end of my time on work programme and I had to sort out the problem myself with the provider I started with. neither got an outcome payment


        February 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

      • same here superted and once home I look forward to having a bath to get rid of the dirt from the 3rd party camp.


        February 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm


    For this role YOU will ideally be based within a 30 minute commute of Oxford



    February 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

  13. Terrorist Tories being terrorists against Human Rights or are Human Rights the terrorists against the Tories Bill Of Rights !!!!

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    February 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm

  14. UK Passports after Brexit being made have been put out to tender. The winner of the new Blue British Brexit Passport will be made in France by a corporate French company called ATOS from the ATOS PORTAL.

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    February 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    • The Tories are scared to say it’s ATOS.


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      February 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm

  15. Work and Health Programme just a new name offering the same services, I wonder how many of these providers will cherry pick who are easy to help and who will be parked for the 15-24 months. I will be attending but may not signed due to the European Social Funding logo. I think I had my share spent on the courses I have done over the years.


    February 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    • Actually, where I am it says that Health & Work hereabouts is part funded by the EU. Which beggars the question: What happens when in March 2019 we leave the EU? Will central government step in and take up the slack? Who knows?


      February 22, 2018 at 5:57 am

      • Where does the rest of the funding come from? UK taxpayer I would imagine.

        jj joop

        February 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm

  16. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.


    February 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm

  17. Unemployment rises in Cumbria Official figures show rise for second month in row



    February 21, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    • A rise everywhere Ken.


      February 22, 2018 at 9:27 am

  18. America has been officially bankrupt since 1933

    The bankruptcy is officially on record in the United States Congressional
    Record of March 17th 1993(Vol.33,page H-1303) speech by James Traficant Jr
    of Ohio.

    Traficant is now in gaol and his family have been threatened whilst he’s
    been serving his sentence. Perhaps a warning to others to keep their
    mouths shut.

    During the Geneva Conventions in Switzerland between 1928 and 1932 the
    United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal were
    officially declared bankrupt. These countries still are officially and
    legally bankrupt to the international banking system and will remain so
    until released by the receivers. Needless to say this will never happen.

    Traficant said in Congress:

    “It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has
    been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1,
    Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and
    insolvent. H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress m session June 5, 1933 – Joint
    Resolution To Suspend The Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause
    *dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States* and the official
    capacities of all United States Governmental Offices, Officers, and
    Departments and is further evidence that the United States Federal
    Government exists in name only”.

    “The receivers of the United States Bankruptcy are the International
    Bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International
    Monetary Fund. All United States Offices, Officials, and departments are
    now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War
    Powers. With the Constitutional Republican form of government for the
    United States now dissolved, the receivers of the bankruptcy have adopted
    a new form of government for the United States. This new form of
    government is known as a Democracy, being an established
    Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America. This act was
    instituted and established by transferring and/or placing the Office of
    the Secretary of Treasury to that of the Governor of the International
    Monetary Fund. Public Law 94-564, page 8, Section H.R. 13955 reads in
    part: ‘The US Secretary of Treasury receives no compensation for
    representing the United States…….”

    Effectively the United States is a Corporation and it’s judiciary operates
    under Emergency International Maritime Law. Nothing new here of course as
    they were a Corporation immediately after the American War of
    Independence. They were run by the Virginia Company when the Colonies
    reverted from an overt dictatorship from the British Crown to a covert
    dictatorship of the interests of International Bankers, most of whom came
    from Britain. They cut themselves away from this only to be dragged back
    in again. Nothing like a good old war to drag them back in again.

    Effectively Bush launched the ‘War on Terrorism’ on behalf of a private
    Corporation. The US Federal Reserve was manipulated into being in 1913 and
    dictates the US interest rates. The US interest rates have an effect on
    the world economy, the US being a very large absorber of world exports.

    The Unites States (and Britain) is wholly owned by families and forces in
    Europe and the US and also owned by the Jesuit-controlled Vatican.

    The design for the current One Dollar Note appeared in 1934. Particularly
    the pyramid with the thirteen steps with the capstone suitably detached
    and the words ‘Beginning of New World Order’ around it.

    The other ‘Great Seal’ has Queen Semiramis, wife of Nimrod. Son of Lamech
    (Statue of Liberty). The children of Lamech (from Genesis) are
    thought by some scholars to be the people of Atlantis. She’s on an old
    coin found in Babylon (Iraq)



    February 21, 2018 at 11:25 pm

  19. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 22, 2018 at 12:45 am

    • Brilliant


      February 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

  20. I wonder how many people place/sent to the work and health programme will be told to apply for zero hours contract jobs and accept the job if successfully. I would not be surprised soon these advisors will want to sit in the job interview with us, it happen with a job placement for a company with me on new deal with one of the tutors/advisors I told her no thanks you will make me laugh (no one got the job as we were required to be able to speak mandarin fully and we were no told about this.


    February 22, 2018 at 8:55 am

  21. Worried about the work and health programme? never mind that shit!

    The “Feckless” poor will suffer further for more years to come, until things change, if, that’s a big IF

    Incomes of low earners are set to stagnate for at least another three years, leading to record levels of inequality, a new study has found.

    While household incomes for richer people will begin to rise next year, those on middle and low incomes will not see an increase until at least 2020, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.



    February 22, 2018 at 9:26 am

    • “Eight million people in working households live in poverty and the number of children in poverty is set to soar to a record 5.2 million over the next five years.

      “Labour Say’s it will reform the Government’s failing Universal Credit programme,

      Reform it to what though?.


      February 22, 2018 at 9:43 am

      • Some utter crap.

        “Today’s figures show that The Tories are building a fairer economy that supports people from all backgrounds to get into work. We are closing the BAME and gender employment gaps, and people across the country are accessing new opportunities.”


        February 22, 2018 at 9:47 am

  22. Tory Death Threats = Death Threats. Go & get some bombs of sanctions to blow up the poor. Blow it up Bomb Rupert Murdoch – Since I am a terrorist against the Tories go & sort me out because suicide bombing is next. If you want me to commit suicide I will be taking down the Tory right wing press & the Tories with me. Except the Tories need no help from me for the Tories to commit suicide. UDF whoops DUP. Fear is what the Tories fear. Blow it up in Tory Civil War. Death to all disabled. Now I am being charged for a disability hate crime repeating Tory policy of death to all disabled.

    Better ask your tory lawyers for advice or be killed. Tory Party.

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    February 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

    • General Election 2018.

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      February 22, 2018 at 11:57 am

  23. Propaganda in a dictatorship in a rogue state called Tory World promoting genocide to get what they want has lost & lost the plot.

    Liable gagging orders.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

  24. Theresa May has a breakdown – New Tory Leader – General Election 2018

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm

  25. Shocking impact of Universal Credit in East Lothian laid bare

    THE full impact of the new Universal Credit (UC) benefit system on East Lothian has been laid bare in a shocking new report that shows that nearly three-quarters of all tenants on UC in the county are living with rent arrears.


    From whats been published the government could be as branded feckless!

    This anti message will continue to rise again by those now at the DWP and elsewhere


    February 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm

  26. Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’

    Growth of unsuitable self-employment blamed for half of single parent homes being poor

    Single parents are increasingly being pushed into precarious zero-hours contracts and unsuitable self-employment, putting more children at risk of living in poverty, a charity has warned.



    February 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm

  27. I am currently attending somewhere voluntrary to help me find work, (a job) as I want paidwork not work placement now I am place on this. I hoping I can still attend the voluntrary place as it has boost my confidence and I am treated like a person and not a number.


    February 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm

  28. I will participate but will have to see what the advisor says about me. the other place which is voluntary which my GP mentioned does not forced the placement thing on us, as their would prefer people to get paid work, no zero hour contract nonsense and help us point into courses which employers know about instead of the mickey mouse employmentable courses which I have done three times with different providers, in fact one provider said just round the corner is another provider running the same course but for 8 weeks instead of 2 weeks.


    February 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    • if you put on to the hwp at some point they will give you a mwa and that means workfare and that could be 4 weeks or 6 months at a placement.

      i must have been to these places 40 times now and nothing even changes all there interested in is there money!


      February 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm

  29. “A much more detailed and authoratitive study will be published shortly but as others support the concept we wanted to flag up just some of the reasons we’d suggest great caution is needed in relation to a Universal Basic Income.”

    Andrew Coates

    February 22, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    • Britain is home to the biggest socialist movement in Europe where demands for a living wage, for health and social care support services free at the point of need and a social security system that provides an adequate standard of living free from conditionality are all popular. These are what we need to fight for.

      Will we ever get there.

      The fight for our lives

      February 22, 2018 at 5:18 pm

  30. I have read through the https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-and-health-programme-provider-guidance chapter 12 complaints is a key one.


    February 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

  31. Couple filmed being evicted on Channel 5 TV show win damages
    Ruling in favour of couple filmed on Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away may have repercussions for broadcasters


    February 22, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    • It’s time to end these freak shows once and for all.


      February 23, 2018 at 9:13 am

  32. Extra beds for Bristol rough sleepers as nighttime temperatures forecast to plunge for a week

    Temperatures will plummet towards -1C tonight but could feel as cold as -9C by Wednesday next week



    February 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm

  33. Bosses are keeping workers on zero hours contracts for years. This is how precarity becomes normalised

    And most don’t choose this ‘flexibility’: the vast majority would prefer a job with fixed hours, a new poll shows.

    While employers often argue that they need flexibility to meet short-term surges in demand, it’s clear that many are using zero-hours contracts as a long-term employment strategy.



    February 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

  34. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.


    February 24, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    • Interesting, I hope on the work and health programme we are not forced to sign up to social media sites, some people dont use Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and have left these sites years ago. tweet companies about job opps.


      February 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      • it is a load of bollocks the 35hr job search is a expectation and a ase doubt cant be raised if you dont meet the 35hrs.

        as long as you have proof that you are applying for work there is nothing they can do about it.

        you can also provide this proof anyway that you want to just make sure you can back this up with proof of the jobs you applied for if a ase doubt is raised.

        if you are sent on the hwp then dont sign the 1420 esf form and you wont have to do anything as under law you dont have to sign any paper work that a provider gives to you 😉


        February 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm

  35. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/173632/response/425338/attach/html/2/FoI.3929.RESPONSE.pdf.html
    Work search expectations will differ for each claimant depending on their individual
    circumstances and job goals and advisers will tailor requirements for each claimant, which
    means that not all claimants will automatically be subject to the 35 hour work search
    requirement. Our regulations allow that where a claimant has done all that could reasonably be
    expected of them – for example they have applied for all suitable jobs and undertaken all the
    activities set out in their work search and work preparation plan – this may be considered
    sufficient even where the time taken was less than the hours expected.


    February 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm

  36. Is the 1420 esf form the provider will hand to me, the one with the european flag. I dont what the job centre asked me to sign something about forward my details to the provider.
    I have doubts about Reed in partnership. I have a disability myself. I hope my advisor at this 3rd party will not roll their eyes at me, when I did the business admin the tutor had concerns I would struggle on the course (there were only two others who could be bothered to turn up)


    February 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    • the jcp will give you a letter to attend the provider or the provider will send a letter to attend the induction and they must make it clear that they are funded buy the esf.

      they cant get funding if you refuse to sign it i have been doing it since way b4 the work programme but you must still participate until they ask you to leave just get it in writing why they asked you to leave, just to cover ur ass.


      February 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      • thanks I have not attend the appointment yet (but the provider have sent me two already – but could not attend them as I was away on holiday so waiting to be re-referred) I will still participate until they asked me to leave, I will get it in writing. I do everything in writing and email covers my ass
        I am still with another voluntary place who help people with disabilities etc find employment and no doubt I would be asked to drop this place, due to double funding rules, I am waiting to see whether I could do both if I choose to sign the paperwork which I wont be, I have learnt a lot I should not signed the FND, New Deal or Work programme nonsense.


        February 26, 2018 at 5:07 pm

  37. The course I did where two people other turn up was with learn direct, nothing to do with the health and work programme or other schemes, the vouluntary place help arranged this for me, even though job centre was not very happy with it, that I sorted a course out myself. The only thing I remember when one tutor when I was a4e told us to rip the last form of the sheet (otherwise we would get dismiss from the course – this was when it was the 13 week one turning up monday – friday unless a4e arranged a placement four days per week, one day in centre – I believe this was something to do with the european social fund)


    February 26, 2018 at 7:58 pm

  38. Learn Direct are convicted FRAUDSTERS! And it that wasn’t bad enough they ran the MWA and CWP workfare schemes. This is sort of SCUM who run these schemes.

    CWP VIctim

    February 27, 2018 at 9:47 am

  39. I have also been re-referred back to the provider of reed in partnership (but yet to recieved my appointment) my job advisor told her at rip whilst I was away why I could not attend, my job centre agreement the (the claimant commitment) says I will attend the work and health problem, I told my advisor about the forms,. she has not twig that I am worried and know the game what these providers are after. I am going to be a difficult client for them and will be asked to leave. no to workfare, no to zero hours, certain no to placements if there a job going at the company it has to be the living wage
    I did not know Learn direct ran the MWA and CWP workfare scheme, It always interesting how these introduction to these programmes are ran, if it in a group session hardly anyone asked any questions.


    February 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

  40. I have seen a few jobs already advertised to work for reed in partnership, Employment Adviser, Business manager and Employment Skills Trainer as well as a few others across the country.

    When I was on the work programme I had one advisor with A4e who referred me to one of their sub contractors who pulled out of the contract towards the end, had another advisor back at A4e, All tried their best to get me to do free work the sub contractor advisor said we wont go down the free work, we sooner you get paid work and dont bother signing and refused signing the form so A4e could get outcome payment if you get a job.


    February 28, 2018 at 1:51 pm

  41. Not once provider A4e, Remploy, Learn direct etc has said to me about funding, the servce i have recieved on FND, New Deal, Work programme etc poor.

    I wonder on the work and health programme how many advisors will try the hidden job spec letter route

    Also reading this https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/britain-apos-high-street-had-080000251.html about high street face another crunch. With Toy r us and Maplin going bust.

    It is scary for people who a looking and wanting (paid living wages) employment.

    A lot of companies may be rubbing their hands getting some free work done to save themselves so money with the new programme.


    March 4, 2018 at 11:08 am

  42. So I got my re-ferred phone call, I told him I know all about it, read the complete chapters on dwp, I already told him I with someone else who are helping me find work, who I have more faith in and will not be after an outcome payment if I find employment, as this place will accept I dont want to sign the paper.

    I be referred, now I got to comment where on those tablets at the job centre you cannot read properly the paperwork goes far too quickly, I dont want the g4s staff to get around me for being too gobby for asking a reasonable question,


    March 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm

  43. I just seen this on bbc http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43317334 that store New Look will be closing some stores,

    I will have to bite my tongue when I am on the work and health programmes about companies who gone under recently.

    I am seeing someone else now on the work and health programme, he told me on the phone for a chat and dont need to bring anything.


    March 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

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