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35 Hours a Week Job Search. The Nightmare Continues.

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Iain Duncan Smith’s 35 Hour Job Search: “The evil that men do lives after them….”

 

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35 Hours a Week Job Search.

A few years ago we published the above.

This obligation was introduced by Iain Duncan Smith in 2013, as his mates in the far-right Daily Express gloatingly reported.

In revolutionary changes to the way people receive benefits, those out of work and in receipt of state handouts will be made to put their name to a binding agreement.

The document will make it “abundantly clear” that if an individual fails to spend 35-hours-a-week looking for work they will have their allowance stopped under a “three strikes and out” rule.

The radical plan is the idea of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith who said a job search should be a full-time occupation in itself.

The unemployed will be expected to fill their “working” weeks searching for work, attending interviews, training, assessments and workshops.

If they deviate from their signed commitment, their benefits will be stopped for 13 weeks for a first offence, then 26 weeks and then three years.

This week I heard a Coachy telling a young woman to follow the above regulation by keeping a ‘log’ of all her activities.

Some people have posted comments saying the same.

The new Find a Job site has this section – so if you agree to let them see it this is what this will focus on.

Your activity.

It is not clear if the sanctions regimes is still as tough as the above but as Boycott Workfare rightly predicted before Find a Job and Universal Credit were introduced this is creating new worries.

There are fears that the new system will be used to police claimants when Universal Credit is introduced next year. Under the new benefits regime, claimants will be expected to spend 35 hours looking for work each week. The DWP, or even Work Programme contractors like A4e, could use the new system to force claimants to spend hours clicking through the site or pointlessly applying for unsuitable vacancies just to meet this 35 hour a week condition. Part-time workers, sick or disabled claimants and single parents will face similar conditions.

It is possible that there may be some attempt to bully claimants to sign up via a Jobseekers Direction. This is a formal order which means a claimant can be forced to take any reasonable steps dictated by Jobcentre advisors to find work or face a benefit sanction. People should also be advised that Jobseekers Directions can now be given verbally. We suggest if you are unclear on anything your Jobcentre advisor says to you that you should ask them to clarify whether it is a direction, and take notes of what is said to you.

Should this happen then claimants could sign up but refuse to grant the DWP access to their online account. Claimants are also advised to set up anonymised email accounts with providers like yahoo and hotmail. Don’t tell them anything you don’t have to.

We hope this helps clarify the situation by reference to past enquires into what obligations you have under the 35 a week rule

Following enquiries by What do they Know published this response to the 35 Hours a Job Search obligation,

 

Dear M Imran,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 29 October 2015. You
asked:
“Could the Department please clarify if it is a mandatory requirement and stated in
legislation for claimants of Jobseekers Allowance to spend there time job searching
for 35 hours a week or 5 hours a day.
Jobcentre advisors are telling claimants to spend 35 hours a week for job searching
but this is not mentioned or stated in the signed Claimant Commitment.
Could the Department please clarify this”?

The response includes this:

To be helpful you may find the following explanation useful about the entitlement
condition for JSA claimants to actively seek work. This has however been provided
outside our obligations under the Freedom of Information regime.
There is no `set’ time that a person must be engaged in looking for work whilst
claiming JSA, rather it is a legal requirement for them to do all that is reasonable for
them to do each week
In order to qualify for JSA, a person must be actively seeking work in each week of
their claim. This means they are generally expected to do all they reasonably can
each week to give them the best prospects of securing employment. The actions that
it would be reasonable for the claimant to take will be personalised and tailored to
the individual and will be specified on their JSA Claimant Commitment. The
expectation is that for most JSA claimants, looking for work will be a full time job in
itself, taking into account any restrictions applied to their availability.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely,
DWP Central FoI Team

In this response the DWP is seeking to suggest that Jobsearch activity is a full-time activity for people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, when in fact this is not the case. CPAG outlines the situation more accurately:

“If you have carried out all or most of the steps in your claimant committment, this should be sufficient to show that you are actively seeking work. However, a failure to carry out all, or some, steps should not mean you are automatically treated as not actively seeking work. This is particularly relevant where your claimant commitment includes many more steps than the legal test of ‘more than two’.

Case law [1] confirms that whether you are actively seeking work is a test of what you do, rather than what you do not do. The test is whether you take such steps as you are reasonably required to take to secure the best prospects of obtaining employment, and not whether you take all the steps set out in your claimant commitment. The DWP should consider whether you have taken at least three steps in a week, or whether fewer steps are reasonable; what steps are taken; and whether those steps are reasonable. If you satisfy the test, it is irrelevant that you fail to take other steps, whether or not they are in your commitment.”
http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/ask-cpag-…

[1] – CJSA/1814/2007
https://docs.google.com/gview?url=http:/…

Another  request asked,

UNDER NEW RULES UNIVERSAL CREDIT A JOB SEEKER HAS TO DO 35
HOURS A WEEK JOB SEARCH PLEASE DETAIL WHAT THIS MUST
CONSIST OF HOW MUCH TIME MUST BE SPENT ON LINE HOW MUCH
MUST BE PHONEING WRITING OR LOOKING IN PAPERS OR VISITING
FIRMS ALSO IF YOU ARE DOING AFTER WORK PROGRAM SIX MONTHS
COMMUNITY TYPE WORK DURING BUSINESS OPENING HOURS HOW DO
SUPPOSE A CLAIMANT FITS IN 35 HOURS A WEEK JOB SEARCH AS HE OR
SHE WILL BE HAMPERD IF HE OR SHE IS DOING COMMUNITY BASED
WORK DURING BUSINESS HOURS AND WILL BE AT MERCY IF A BIAS
DWP ADVISOR WHO WILL SANCTION THEM FOR SOMETHING THAT DWP
HAVE GOT THEM DOING HAVE YOU SET UP CLAIMANTS TO FAIL IN THIS
WAY AND WILL IT MAKE THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE TO REST OF
CLAIMANTS AS THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO JOBSEACH IN BUSINESS
HOURS ALSO IF YOU DOING COMMUNITY WORK AFTER THE WORK
PROGRAM AND YOU GOT JOB INTERVIEWS ON MOST DAYS WILL YOU
BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THESE WITHOUT IT AFFECTING ONES CLAIM
ALSO IF YOU ARE SUBJECT TO HAVING TI ATTEND DWP WEEKLY HOW
FAR DOSE A CLAIMANT HAVE TO LIVE BEFORE THE DWP HAVE TO PAY
FOR A CLAIMANT TO ATTEND DWP WHAT HELP DOSE A HOMELESS
PERSON RECEIVE TAKING IN TO ACCOUNT THEY ARE AT A
DISADVANTAGE TO REST OF CLAIMANTS IE NO HOME NO ACCESS TO
INTERNET OR PHONE OR PAPERS HOW IS A HOMELESS PERSON DEALT
WITH TO A NORMAL CLAIMANT.

This was the response.

Claimants in the “all work-related requirements” group have a responsibility to
find work. Claimants should treat this responsibility as their “job” and our
intention is that claimants should aim to spend as many hours looking for work
as we would expect them to spend in work.
Work search expectations will differ for each claimant depending on their
individual circumstances and job goals and advisers will tailor requirements
for each claimant, setting activities which will give each claimant the best
prospects of finding work.
If an adviser sets any work preparation activity, such as attending a training
course or any such relevant community work, it will effectively be offset
against the time a claimant is expected to spend looking for work. We will
also take into account any voluntary or paid work the claimant is engaged in.
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.
It should also be noted that not all work search has to be conducted within
usual business hours, for example online work search is not limited to
business hours. As long as claimants meet their work search requirements,
they are free to plan the hours they undertake this to suit their circumstances.
Claims will not be affected where an individual has notified their adviser that
they are attending a verifiable job interview.
Travelling expenses may be refunded for pre-arranged interviews in
connection with benefit claims, where the claimant is asked to attend more
frequently than the minimum fortnightly schedule.
The Universal Credit regulations allow the adviser the flexibility to make
decisions based on the claimant’s individual circumstances. The term
homelessness covers a broad range of situations – including rough sleeping,
living in a hostel, and bedding-down on the floors or sofas of family and
friends. So a one-size-fits-all conditionality easement would be wrong.
Advisers will set tailored work search and work preparation requirements,
dependent on claimants’ personal circumstances. In some instances it may be
appropriate to temporarily lift work search and availability requirements while
a claimant secures a place to stay, or moves to new or temporary
accommodation.

As far as I know these guidelines have not changed as this mad list of tips indicates.

The Daily Job Seeker.

2018. “Tips and advice to help give your job search a boost.”

Undertaking 35 hours each week of job searching activity can at first appear hard to achieve. However, there are lots of ways to look for work and to keep your job search productive and you can find tips and advice on this site. It is also important to fully record what you have done so that this can easily be discussed with your work coach. Here is an example of some job searching activity and how to record it.

1. What I did:

I checked the job pages of the Barnet and Finchley Echo when it came out on 21 and 28 February. I made a note of one job as a part-time admin assistant in the finance department at Barnet Council.

I rang up and asked them to send me an application form and I completed the form when it came and sent it back on 4 March.

What this involved: I asked a friend to check the form before I sent it off and added some information as a result. I amended my CV to make sure it was relevant for this job.

What was the result? I completed the application form and sent them my revised CV.

I did this on: 21/2/18, 28/2/18, 4/3/18

Total time taken: 1 hour – checking paper and 2 hours – completing form and amending CV

What I’ll do next: The closing date is 15 March. If I haven’t heard anything by 26 March, I’ll ring the personnel section.

2. What I did:

Looked on job websites – Total Jobs, Indeed, In Retail – for retail jobs.

What this involved: Took bus into town and went to the library to use the internet. Found websites through Google and searched for retail jobs.

What was the result? Found two possible jobs at

1) Sports Direct – closing date 29 March

2) New Look – closing date 5 April

Completed online application form for both jobs and attached my CV.

I also did this type of search on: 22/2/18, 24/2/18, 26/2/18, 4/3/18, 8/3/18

Total time taken: 22 hours

What I’ll do next: Will contact both employers a week after closing date if I haven’t heard anything.

3. What I did:

I registered on Universal Jobmatch on 11 March.

What this involved: I used one of the computers in the Jobcentre after I’d seen my work coach.

What was the result? I applied for two jobs at

1) Subway – closing date 14 March

2) Greggs – closing date 18 March

Completed online application form for the Subway job and attached my CV.

Phoned Greggs to ask for an application form. Job included bakery duties as well as serving customers, so I updated my CV to include my experience doing this. Completed form, included my CV and posted to Greggs.

I repeated this type of search on: 11/3/18, 12/3/18, 13/3/18

Total time taken: 10 hours

What I’ll do next: Will contact both employers a week after closing date if I haven’t heard anything.

This is just an example of some ideas for your job search and how to record it. Take a look at more jobseeking advice to help with your 35 hours a week total. 

As can be seen the 35 hours target  is just that, a target.

Until the get round to 24 hours a day surveillance of claimants (including those in part time work subjected to this regime by Universal Credit, which makes it even madder), they cannot note how you spend every minute of the day. 

This is funnier.

Click here to find out how Universal Credit can make sure you’re better off in work.

Though this is wise advice.

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  1. 168 hours in a week or 10’800 minutes if you like.

    Now DWP like their eggs in one basket but a claimant is full within their rights to spread out the 35 hours how they please, even if they opt for converting it to minutes (2’100) and spread it out among the 10’800 in the form of seconds to every minute.

    doug

    June 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

    • I think I might do four 8.75 hour days of job seeking and have a long weekend every week I remain unemployed.

      The Man in the High Castle

      June 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      • You could fit your 35 hours a week into just under a one and half day non-stop shift. Just need to load up on the caffeine. Gives you five and a half days to recover.

        Woman in the Low Castle

        June 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  2. I recently spoke to a man (a Pakistani man in his late 50s) who uses my local Library for jobsearch, he’s always in there, says he knows nothing of the 35 Hours jobsearch rule even though he is on Universal Credit, seemed oblivious and says they’ve never mentioned it to him. He just does some jobsearch when he can, when the Library is open, and says his JCP Adviser is ok with that.

    But about 2 years ago staff at Huddersfield Jobcentre were trying to tell JSA claimants to do 35 hrs per week in preparation for when they get put onto Universal Credit! I flatly refused and contacted my local newspaper who in turn contacted the Director of Kirklees Jobcentres and confirmed to me that no such rule applies to JSA. I also contacted my MP but never heard anymore about it via him. And I’m STILL not on Universal Credit!

    trev

    June 13, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    • Joke centres have been telling JSA claimants to do this 35 hours a week job search bollocks “in preparation for universal credit” for like ages.

      Worried Jobseeker

      June 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

  3. the 35 hr a week job search is a expectation,a strong belief that something will happen or be the case.

    the dwp has also lost at upper tribunal trying to sanction someone for not doing 35hrs per week and as the person had taken more than 2 steps to find employment the dwp lost.

    as long as you can provide proof of jobs that you have applied for even under uc the time taken does not matter.

    if you do 35hr week job search and dont apply for any jobs you will get sanctioned regardless of how much you have written down as actively seeking employment means looking and applying for jobs.

    here is one i was given for the 35hr job search for uc.
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    superted

    June 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    • What kind of person keeps a record of their days like that? Normal people just don’t log every little thing they do, where they did it, and for how long. Professional administrators paid to do paperwork for a living are not that rigorous, conscientious and precise. My bet is that nobody, anywhere, has ever kept as meticulous a job search record as that, and, based on my experience, even if it were possible, there would be no point in doing so because Work Coaches only cast their eye over the pages, not even bothering to add up the hours recorded to see if they are equal to or greater than thirty-five.

      The UK now has a Baron Munchausen social security system in which everybody is supposed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Even if they haven’t got feet in the case of the disabled. The task of reforming social security should never have been given to a cretin like Iain Duncan Smith, acting as a mouthpiece for his Centre for Social Justice.

      Ro

      June 14, 2018 at 7:06 am

      • You would need to be compulsive obsessive, anally retentive, a novelist, have a good imagination, and a wordsmith to boot to come up with something like this. Not in the annals of job searching history has such a work of such profound significance been presented to a jobcentre agent as a token of sincerity and gratitude for the alms they deign to bestow upon the most thankful and humblest of paupers.

        W Shakespeare

        June 14, 2018 at 8:01 am

      • Looks like it has been ripped from the pages of a Tolstoy novel.

        Anna Karenina

        June 14, 2018 at 8:06 am

      • Baron Munchausen certainly went the extra mile to look for work!

        Andrew Coates

        June 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    • Early Afternoon

      Got up. Had a spliff
      Watched Bargain Hunt for any job vacancies.

      Late afternoon
      Drank a case a Abbot Ale
      Watched Doctors for any job vacancies

      Early evening
      Had a spliff
      Went to bed

      Total time taken 35 hours

      One day in the life a universal credit claimant

      June 15, 2018 at 4:57 am

  4. If they deviate from their signed commitment, their benefits will be stopped for 13 weeks for a first offence, then 26 weeks and then three years.

    Thats not what they were saying here.

    The JSAg is not a contract and it is not binding on the claimant or DWP – there is no penalty to the claimant if they fail to abide by it.

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/547990/foi-712-14.pdf

    Its been described as something else here.

    is “potentially an utter violation of the principles of the rule of law”,

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/judge-brands-dwp-jobseekers-agreement-unlawful-action-disabled-claimant/

    Mine (Claiment Commitment) was signed by a stock digital signing signature no explanation was given to changes and no chance of input was given.

    ken

    June 13, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    • Too right, ken. They just write any old bollocks on the claimant commitment and sign it for you? The joke shop are criminals!

      JCP = CRIMINALS!

      June 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm

  5. To do a Jobsearch as meticulously as the example above a person would need to be organised, have a phone, access to a PC with an internet connection and some clerical experience. People who have never used a QWERTY keyboard, filled in many application forms and kept a blow by blow account of what they get up to throughout the day could find this sort of thing beyond them. How many people would think of timing how long it took them to fill in an application form and record it? Imagine some guy who lost his job as an agricultural worker who had never done anything like this before being ordered, by the Jobcentre, to toddle of an “actively seek work” for 35 hours a week off your own bat. Normal working people just won’t be able to invent enough things to do every day, without guidance, to complete the 35-hour job search requirement.

    So what happens?

    Well, unless you’re doing it under scrutiny in a Jobcentre or similar, the 35-hour job search requirement is unpolicable. The DWP cannot know what you have been getting up to unless you are daft enough to tell them. End result: The innocent and the guileless get sanctioned for not looking for work hard enough and the more experienced and wise make things up to pad out gaps and stutters as far as looking for a job is concerned! The DWP can’t possibly tell or specify how fast you need to look at a job site, or how quickly you are supposed to complete an application, or how long you should spend on any activity you might care to mention.

    Unless you incriminate yourself there is no way that the DWP can prove that you haven’t done a decent job search. Speaking personally, at least where I live, 35 hours of job search, week in and week out, week after week is factually impossible.

    The Man in the High Castle

    June 13, 2018 at 1:47 pm

  6. Video: Anarchist David McHarg fights conviction over ‘F*** Off You Tory C***s’ window poster

    A SCOTS anarchist is planning a ‘freedom of speech’ appeal after being convicted for displaying a political poster in his window which said “F*** Off You Tory C***s”.

    David McHarg, a member of the Class War Scotland anarchist group was twice arrested during the 2017 UK parliamentary elections after police officers conducted a home visit at his house, claiming they received a complaint over abusive use of language.

    He was charged with abusive behaviour in connection with the A4 poster displayed three up in his Dennistoun tenement window.

    He has already raised hundreds of pounds in a fund-raiser to challenge his Glasgow Sheriff Court conviction through an appeal. He is also seeking help from Amnesty International and is prepared to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

    He said: “I stated that the judge set a dangerous precedent. Police Scotland who now armed with this can arrest you if you have a badge on that makes a political statement.

    Nazi dog Youtuber Mark Meechan raises £100k from public to launch High Court conviction appeal

    “This is Scotland 2018 where you cannot express, even offensively, your political expression.”

    He added: “Is it a crime to offend someone? My political expression is my political expression. They have no right to dicate that.

    “This is a direct challenge on freedom of speech as far as I am concerned. The words are used on a daily basis on social media, the television and in many art forms by comedians and in song.”

    Mr McHarg says that during his trial he invoked his Article 10 right to ‘freedom of expression’ under the Human Rights Act 1998.

    Class War said the defence was based on the premise that if activists are targeted for protesting or expressing their political views without having offended “then we have a case where the justice and the penal system actively constrains people’s freedom of speech”.

    The group said the same images of the ‘offending’ posters were used in their own newspaper and had been on their Facebook site for months now without any action taken or any complaint.

    It said people needed to support – activists like McHarg who put their liberty on the line because they believe in “direct action, free speech and in challenging the state”.

    McHarg was convicted on two charges under Section 38(1) of The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2012 and sentence was deferred for good behaviour till December 4.

    Someone commits an offence under the Act section if they behave in a threatening or abusive manner and that it is behaviour that is likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm.

    In a video of the arrest over the display of a poster in a window, police officers told Mr McHarg: “Someone has phoned us about the language that is on the posters. Under Section 38 of The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2012 you need to remove the signs because… I am asking you nicely to remove your signs..

    “Someone has taken offence to it and it is abusive behaviour. If you don’t remove the signs, you will be charged with a breach of the peace…due to the language.

    “I understand you are trying to get your point across. That’s abusive behaviour.

    “I have asked you to take the signs down and you’ve refused to do so.”

    The police officer told McHarg that he was being arrested for ‘obstruction’ by not providing her with his details.

    Class War Scotland said that it had taken “a bit of a kicking” as a result of the conviction.

    “Our member David McHarg was found guilty on two counts – minor offences, if expressing your political freedom in your own living room is even a criminal offence,” the group said.

    “Despite giving a stunning self-representation, and challenging the prosecution on many levels successfully – David lost the case. CWS (David) will appeal this ruling, as the case should have been ‘no case to answer’.

    “To be a criminal offence, the complainant has to have been placed in a state of fear or alarm – to which under oath in court the complainant (he waited a week to officially report David to the police, such was his disgust) stated he was ‘not put in a state of fear or alarm’.

    “In fact one of the officers attending the scene didn’t even see the poster as it was evening and dark!

    “We can’t say too much about the proceedings – other than it was the usual judicial pantomime – a one-sided affair, stage-managed by the state……… as we expected!

    “But we’re not down and out! CW Scotland will continue to fight this case and seek to overturn David’s conviction while getting justice for the wrongs (and there are many in judicial practice, police procedure, complaint – the list of wrongs against David is endless)!”

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16285808.Video__Scots_anarchist_s__freedom_of_speech__fight_over__F____Off_You_Tory_C___s__poster_conviction/

    Police State Scotchland

    June 13, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    • At least Bercow kicked the Scottish Nazi Party out of the Commons. The fascist bastards aren’t wanted down here!

      Londoner

      June 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      • Why is a political party which has ‘Nazi’ in the title even allowed to exist in this day and age never be allowed entrance to the Commons?

        Romford

        June 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      • Why is a political party which has ‘Nazi’ in the title even allowed to exist in this day and age never mind be allowed entrance to the Commons?

        Romford

        June 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm

  7. A friend of mine is profoundly dyslexic (functionally illiterate). He has a disability and is not learning disabled. He has been on every course he can access and is just one of those cases that the experts can’t help.

    To give an example of how severe his problem is, he cannot catch a bus by reading the destination he has to know the number.

    He is regularly threatened with sanctioning for not doing enough online jobsearch…..

    A few weeks ago one of the ‘advisers’ told him to use the library computer as one of the librarians would read the screen for him……. no luck there.

    Tomorrow he has been asked to bring a written list of what jobsearch he has been doing to his signing on. He was told to get a friend to write it out for him.

    You couldn’t make it up for a comedy program as it would be too unbelievable to broadcast.

    Jonathan Skrine

    June 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    • There are many people who are not functionally illiterate at all who still have great difficulties using computers.

      Luckily I was made to do a course on word-processing at work back in around 1990 and so have followed the developments as they have come.

      Others, suddenly told that everything has to be done on computers – let alone online – in late middle age have particular difficulty.

      As in the scene in Daniel Blake I have had to help somebody I know who’s a skilled carpenter/joiner but who’s never used one for typing in/writing documents/job search.

      One of many I could add.

      Andrew Coates

      June 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      • Some people can’t be helped, or just won’t listen.

        Someone I know had an interview for a job, went for an induction, did 1 and half shifts, then walked out, what’s going to happen to that person, that person hasn’t a clue.

        whoknew

        June 15, 2018 at 10:38 am

  8. I had tiredless arguments with training providers etc, some agree if you pester companies you applications will go to the bottom of the pile. I have a disability and anxiety

    myfinalusername

    June 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

  9. I spent almost two hours today trying to print off emails of job confirmations at the job centre but no one could get the prnter to work. The printer was only connected up to one computer. It might be deliberate to make claimants go elsewhere for paper copies and save the DWP money.

    Rob

    June 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm

  10. Insect burgers being served up at community barbecue

    Insect burgers will be on the menu this weekend at the Glasgow Science Festival.

    As a protein rich alternative to beef, pork and chicken, burgers containing dried locusts, grasshoppers, mealworms and ground insects will be served up at a public barbecue.

    The insects will be mixed up with cauliflower, mushrooms and yoghurt.

    As part of Caledonian University’s Community Science day on Saturday, the burgers will be served up to highlight food sustainability.

    Dr John Butcher, lecturer in Food Bioscience and Microbiology at the university, has sourced the insects from a specialist supplier in Holland.

    Dr Butcher said: “Trends on how we consume food can change quickly.

    “With exposure to things on television, there’s much more of a restaurant culture developing in the UK and a willingness to try new things. Celebrity chefs can drive that change.

    https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1418589-insect-burgers-being-served-up-at-community-barbecue/

    Jamie fucking Oliver

    June 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    • Coming to a ‘foodbank’ near you soon…

      Jamie fucking Oliver

      June 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm

  11. As Brexit distracted us, the DWP released some truly horrific figures
    https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/06/13/as-brexit-distracted-us-the-dwp-released-some-truly-horrific-figures/

    superted

    June 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm

  12. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    June 14, 2018 at 8:55 am

  13. The DWP are moving into our communities and taking over our ‘Job Clubs’. Portakabins and sheds are springing up to ‘warehouse’ claimants for 35 hours a week.

    Invasion of the Cockroaches

    June 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    • Sounds like New Labour’s ‘New Deal’ all over again. Will Dencora House be raised from the ashes?

      Back to the Future

      June 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm

  14. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    June 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm

  15. Nobody does a full-blooded 35 hour a week job search.

    Oh là là.

    Oh là Làrry

    June 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

  16. The DWP just lost a humiliating court case. The compensation floodgates are open for thousands.
    https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/06/14/the-dwp-just-lost-a-humiliating-court-case-the-compensation-floodgates-are-open-for-thousands/

    superted

    June 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm

  17. Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained to a corpse’

    DNS – 7th June 2018

    The government’s decision to extend the contracts of two discredited companies that carry out disability benefit assessments has been branded “appalling”, “shocking” and “a complete con”.

    The move has also been criticised by the Scottish government.

    Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, told MPs in a written statement this week that she planned to extend the assessment contracts for the two companies that carry out the personal independence payment (PIP) assessments – Atos and Capita – by a further two years.

    The contracts had been due to end in the middle of 2019.

    Newton also announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was developing its own IT system that would allow it to “enable more providers to deliver PIP”.

    Read More:
    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/atos-and-capita-win-pip-contract-extension-because-dwp-is-chained-to-a-corpse/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    • In fact 90% of the government is run by Atos with their IT system running the Civil Service. Atos also sell weapons of war !!!! Bombs, anti missile rockets, & are terrorists at disability WCA.

      Disabled terrorists being a threat to Tory deaths because the Tories own 120,000 DWP Assisted Suicides to prove disability is a terrorist threat.

      Now call the police DWP but whoops you really need to call the Home Office to kill disabled people.

      The DWP’s policy is to kill disabled people that are killing the Tories death wish on the fear of disability Human Rights.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm

  18. Now the Tories want to spend £20,000 a week on my care & welfare to save a Tories suicide policy within the DWP. Which no is £50,000 a week extra on Human Rights Lawyers to save the Tories from a Human Rights Issue amounting to £70,000 a week trying to sort my so called problem out which is really the Tories problem

    Gagging orders will now be issued to any Tory & their tory Chat Bots who I will malfunction in 5 minutes to attack their own makers. Yet again the Tories have to pull their chat bots from public, just pulling disabled people from public life.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2018 at 8:45 pm

  19. Disabled people face death threats everyday by the Tories who have also made the public join in. Yet disabled people like me are not even on Twitter Death Threat watch like all the MP’s are.

    Ban every political from twitter & FB !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2018 at 8:51 pm

  20. It is now taking 41 weeks to even get your PIP appeal heard which will then take another 20 weeks to sort out. 35 weeks for ESA. So the big PR last year of under 4 weeks have been lost.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2018 at 8:54 pm

  21. Universal Credit is a failure causing misery for hundreds of thousands of people

    The National Audit Office, the official spending watchdog, delivers a damning verdict on Universal Credit

    The benefits that it set out to achieve through Universal Credit, such as increased employment and lower administration costs, are unlikely to be achieved

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/official-universal-credit-failure-causing-14785749

    ken

    June 14, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    • Universal Credit’s Multiple Failings Exposed In Financial Watchdog’s Damning Report
      Costs spiral, delays mount – as the roll-out continues.

      The crisis-hit Universal Credit benefits scheme could end up costing more than the system it replaces, with ministers unable to tell if the reform will ever be a success, a damning report finds today.

      It costs around £699 to administer a single Universal Credit claim, against an ambition of £173 by 2024.

      Some 20% of claimants waited almost five months for money, the NAO found,

      https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit-nao-report_uk_5b229147e4b09d7a3d7b2a6a?utm_hp_ref=uk-news&guccounter=1

      ken

      June 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      • didn’t see your post Ken.

        whoknew

        June 15, 2018 at 10:17 am

  22. Mayhap just a tad off-topic, but IMHO worth perusing..

    http://www.ehn-online.com/news/article.aspx?id=10104

    Irate WASPI

    June 15, 2018 at 1:11 am

  23. The Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2), which was enacted into Irish law in January, will bring in new rules on customer authentication from the end of 2019.

    “All payments transactions, with the exception of some contactless payments, will require two-factor authentication,” Horgan explains. “This means you will need to authenticate yourself using two of three things – something you know, something you have, and something you are. You know your PIN, you have your card or phone, and what you are includes fingerprints and other biometric information. This will have implications for large online retail organisations and their one-click payments systems, which will have to be updated to take PSD2 into account.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/sponsored/elavon/businesses-need-to-adapt-in-the-drive-towards-a-cashless-society-1.3522583

    Mark of the Beast

    June 15, 2018 at 8:20 am

  24. Universal Credit’s Multiple Failings Exposed In Financial Watchdog’s Damning Report

    Despite repeated government claims that the reform will put 200,000 more people into work, the NAO said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), led by Esther McVey, has been forced to admit it won’t ever be able to determine whether this pledge has been achieved.

    thousands of claimants are forced to cope with delayed payments, with around 113,000 new claims not paid in full on time last year.

    Late payments were delayed by an average of four weeks, but delays were as long as 11 weeks in the first ten months of 2017.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit-nao-report_uk_5b229147e4b09d7a3d7b2a6a?utm_hp_ref=uk-homepage&ncid=newsletter-ukThe%20Waugh%20Zone%20150618&guccounter=1

    whoknew

    June 15, 2018 at 10:14 am

  25. “Always attend the joke centre suited and booted just in case employers are interviewing” – pmsl

    Scarecrow

    June 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm


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