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Iain Duncan Smith Rumoured to Seek Cognitive Therapy as his Universal Credit System Worsens.

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Creator of Universal Credit Rumoured to be up for Cognitive Therapy.

Every day I walk past Major’s Corner in Ipswich.

Often there are people in a dire state.

Every day I walk round Ipswich town centre and get asked for money from people in a dire state.

I hear all the time from people with problems with finding work, pay, bills, and with benefits.

This is not remarkable: it’s the case for just about every town and city in the country.

What is is clear is that the more that the government’s welfare ‘reforms’ it’s getting worse.

From , Two-child policy’ cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support.

To this, which is typical of the hundreds of reports now filling local and regional papers,

Ex-serviceman facing eviction after receiving just £84 Universal Credit for one month

Grimsby live. 28th of June.

Brian Lister has fallen into rental arrears after receiving only £84 Universal Credit in one month.

An ex-serviceman is facing eviction from his home after receiving just £84 of Universal Credit to live on in one month.

Brian Lister, 61, of Hildyard Street, served for 15 years in the RAF as a telecommunication operator, where he toured in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles, and is now being told that he faces eviction from his Lincolnshire Housing Partnership home after falling behind on his rent because of Universal Credit.

He owes his landlord £260, and has been threatened with court costs of £325, if he is not able to clear his debts.

He says that the problems all started because his Universal Credit payment was heavily deducted due to him having been working for an agency, and Universal Credit deducted 63p for every pound that he is meant to have earned.

It has come to a sorry pass when even Money Week, not a journal of the radical left, publishes this,

Universal credit and the Tories’ stumbling welfare reforms

What happened?

Two big problems. First, as part of his spending cuts, George Osborne (as chancellor in 2010-2016) cut the level that claimants could earn before their benefits were withdrawn, thus saving money but reducing the reform’s effectiveness in creating an incentive to work. The overall result is that the universal-credit system is expected to be about 3% less generous overall than the previous system, shaving £2bn off the total spend. That means that many claimants – in particular self-employed people – will be worse off than under the previous system. Meanwhile, the Office for Budget Responsibility argues that the reform may in practice not save as much as ministers hope, and that the uncertainty poses a “significant risk” to the public finances in coming years as the numbers grow. Only 660,000 people (around 10% of all claimants) were in receipt of universal credit by last November, but the rollout of the benefit is expected to gather pace this year, with two million people projected to be covered by March 2019 and about seven million by 2022-2023.

And the second big problem?

The rollout, costing £2bn to date, has been shambolic – due to multiple management and IT failures and to radical flaws in the overall design. For example, a key benefit of universal credit is supposed to be simplicity and a smoother claim system. But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) greatly overestimated the number of claimants who would be able to confirm their identity online using the government’s online interface Verify. The officials reckoned on 90%, but the reality is just 38% (according to the National Audit Office, or NAO), meaning the supposed savings are much lower amid administrative chaos. Additionally, under the new system claimants receive one monthly payment, but have to wait five weeks – and in many cases much longer – for their claim to be assessed.

Why is that such a problem?

Many low earners are paid weekly, not monthly, and reams of research show that people on low incomes struggle to budget over long periods. And the five-week wait for money, in cases where people have no other savings or resources, has proved disastrous – leading to real hardship: a surge in the use of food banks in the areas where universal credit has been brought in; a spike in rent arrears and evictions; and widespread reports of private landlords now refusing to let to benefit claimants. The NAO report is harsh in its criticism of the DWP for failing to react to the mounting evidence of real hardship – from claimants and other stakeholders including landlords and welfare advisers – and instead being “defensive, insensitive,
and dismissive”.

Will it get more people into work?

No one knows, but there are reasons to be sceptical. The NAO says that the DWP will “never be able to measure” whether universal credit actually leads to 200,000 more people in work, because it cannot isolate the effect of the reform from other factors that raise employment. The way the DWP has rolled out the reform means it “lacks appropriate control groups” of legacy (old system) claimants, says the NAO, and “the larger claims for universal credit, such as boosted employment, are unlikely to be demonstrable at any point in the future. Nor for that matter will value for money.”

Wilson concludes,

 Despite evidence that it should pause the scheme, change course, or “risk doing real damage”, the government seems determined to plough ahead with this “giant, increasingly unpopular project”.

No wonder the creator of Universal Credit, Iain Duncan Smith is rumoured to be shortly bundled off for treatment by “nerve specialist” Sir Roderick Glossop with cognitive therapy in a special rest home.

Here is his cry for help:

Tory Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith links CBI to Nazi appeasement.

“Before World War II, as the historian Andrew Roberts has pointed out, the Federation of British Industries – the forerunner of the CBI – supported both the Gold Standard (which, in its constraints on a government’s ability to manage the economy is an instrument of jobs destruction), and the appeasement of Nazi Germany.

“Between 1937 and 1939, while the Nazis were opening their concentration camps, the FBI oversaw the creation of no fewer than 33 separate agreements between British and German business groups.”

Also citing CBI support for nationalisation, the European Exchange Rate Mechanism and the euro, as well as hostility to Margaret Thatcher’s policies, Mr Duncan Smith said the organisation has historically been “wrong” with “amazing consistency”.

“Yet the worry is, despite the CBI’s appalling track record, when it comes to Brexit, aggressive corporate campaigning could have a pivotal impact on government policy by forcing Britain to remain, in effect, under EU rules,” he added.

“There are already signs that this is happening, with key figures in the cabinet now acting as cheerleaders for the argument – made by BMW and Airbus – that Britain must remain as closely aligned to the single market and customs union as possible.”

Written by Andrew Coates

July 1, 2018 at 11:51 am

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  1. Andrew Coates

    July 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

  2. is this his way of avoiding work when he is inevitably chucked on the scrap heap?claiming mental illness after all he has done to others who have anything wrong with them that comes under that umbrella term as well as the more physically disabled. unemployed etc.serves him right if he is now feeling guilty and so he should but diminished responsibility may be the ultimate reason in case he is taken to court and found guilty of the DWP clients deaths we all know should be laid at his door.


    July 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

  3. Smith is barking mad.


    July 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    • Don’t worry Sir Roderick has lots of experience dealing with this kind of patient.

      Andrew Coates

      July 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

    • “Newsnight reveals inaccuracies in Iain Duncan Smith’s CV

      Aspects of Iain Duncan Smith’s CV, relating to his education, are inaccurate and misleading, an investigation by BBC Newsnight reveals.

      The investigation into the Conservative Party leader’s education and early career – broadcast at 10.30pm on BBC TWO last night (Wednesday 18 December 2002) – was presented by Michael Crick, author of the best-selling biography of Jeffrey Archer.

      If any of the following material is used BBC Newsnight must be credited.

      The University of Perugia

      Iain Duncan Smith’s biography on the Conservative Party website, his entry in Who’s Who, and various other places, state that he went to the Universita di Perugia in Italy.

      This is not true: his office now admit that he went to the Universita per Stranieri, which is also in Perugia.

      The Universita per Stranieri – or University for Foreigners – was founded in 1921 and is a totally separate institution to the medieval Universita di Perugia, founded by the Pope in 1308.

      Although the Universita per Stranieri is a respected language school, it did not grant degrees when he studied there in 1973, although some students attained diplomas.

      Mr Duncan Smith’s office has now admitted to Newsnight that he didn’t get any qualifications in Perugia or even finish his exams.

      Dunchurch College of Management

      The first line of Iain Duncan Smith’s biography, on the Conservative Party website, claims he was “educated at Dunchurch College of Management”.

      In fact, Dunchurch was the former staff college for GEC Marconi, for whom he worked in the 1980s.

      Mr Duncan Smith’s office has now confirmed to Newsnight that he did not get any qualifications there either, but that he completed six separate courses lasting a few days each, adding up to about a month in total.

      Newsnight has now spoken to 19 former tutors at Dunchurch. Most agree it is over-emphasising his experience at Dunchurch to describe it in the way he does.

      John Garside, a former Dunchurch tutor, says: “I’m puzzled, flattered, but puzzled. What we did was offer short courses… it was not a continuous form of education by any means.”

      Newsnight has shown these details to some of Iain Duncan Smith’s constituents in Chingford.

      Several people assumed he must have been at both the University of Perugia and Dunchurch for several years, and obtained qualifications in either or both places.”

      Andrew Coates

      July 2, 2018 at 11:04 am

      • I’m convinced IDS has a Personality Disorder, probably Narcissistic, Sociopathic, or Psychopathic, often characterized by self-aggrandizement & lack of empathy.


        July 2, 2018 at 11:38 am

      • And even with all this on the record David Cameron allowed Iain Duncan Smith to overhaul and ruin Britain’s social security system. And allowed George Osborne to strip billions of pounds out of the new system to fund tax cuts to people who didn’t need them in order to win an election. The Tories always hated the poor and exploited a financial crash to get them good by appointing a pathological liar and incompetent (IDS) to oversee the project. So now we have a situation where under-occupiers are hit by the Bedroom Tax during a time when landlords no longer rent to Universal Credit claimants, with already too low benefit levels frozen for four years while rents, utilities and prices are going up, and most having to pay a sizeable portion of Council Tax out of diminishing benefits never designed to meet such expenses.

        Why are people asking why food bank use keeps increasing?

        Isn’t it obvious?


        July 3, 2018 at 7:10 am

  4. 19.12.02… the date on that report………… but yes there was a big uproar back then about his cv claims etc.


    July 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm

  5. I’ve got to go DBC training and I’m not going to sign anything but I am willing to participate, will I be told to leave if they can’t get a signature…. grateful for any info!


    July 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    • What is DBC? Is this part of the Work & Health Programme?


      July 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

      • DBC is directing better careers(yeah right) and they are subcontracted by working links(scum)they are all poverty pimps!


        July 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      • Right I get it now, I thought DBC was a type of therapy like CBT !


        July 2, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      • so what happen then you walk in sit down then get give the contract to sign or else pmsl 😉


        July 2, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      • Superted

        The cow I saw was asking me the usual shit, phone no. email etc so I cut her short and said I’m willing to participate but I don’t want to sign anything. I was told if you don’t sign there’s nothing more they can do for me so I asked for written confirmation that I’d attended and was willing to participate, so she emailed the jokecentre and sent me the same email!


        July 2, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      • sounds about right pmsl 😉 tho what did the email say that you attended and that was it or did they lie like they tried on one i got.


        July 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      • Superted

        Yes the email did say that I had attended but said I was challenged about not signing(which is a lie), so now it makes it look like I didn’t want to do it anyway, no doubt a sanction will be heading my way!


        July 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      • they could try it but they would never win at tribunal as you did attend and dwp own rules state you dont have to sign anything so because you refused to sign you could not participate as they would not allow you 2 unless they got there money via signed contract.


        July 3, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      • I just flatly refused on each occasion to even go look at the opportunity which is all about they can mandate to us do BUT they have to show it would benefit me in some way even at this stage, I stuck to my guns. after 2 years work programme DBC offer nothing new at all, I asked them to give me a leaflet outlining the activities or any information about all the activities and they cannot so I can not make an informed decision to go or not. .

        If it is the same jobcentre Foxglove goes to as I they have been doing a see random work coach each sig on for the last 8 weeks and they are sending everyone they can to DBC, so had this on my last 4 visits, 4 different work coaches 4 different arguments still not gone yet


        July 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    • Since the change whereby the provider applies for funding (ESF,SFA) through DWP i haven’t met or spoken to anyone who decided to decline consent.

      Now this is an educated guess/opinion but i suspect DWP have remapped the provider process for funding so DWP can circumnavigate the issue of consent and this is how and why.
      Effectively DWP are already holding a second party right to process your personal data so are using exemption/s to warrant the once required lawful consent for funding not necessary.
      So if im right in suspicion its just as well your happy to participate as participate you will.

      Whats important here rather than consent is what is it you are being offered in that have you already attended such elsewhere and can you supply the evidence of such (ie, you cant get funding for say ECDL level 2 if you already hold it). Also you cant claim funding where a learner only sits or resits a learning aim
      assessment or examination and no extra learning takes place. This covers both vocational and notional courses (not regulated, not considered vocational (ie employability course,time management,CV creation,etc)).

      I would ask many questions while at the appointment as i sense such education providers have moved away from single course funding towards a flexible package i assume will last around a year, maybe more.
      Essentially a lot of what you will do at such a provider is not required in order for an employer to hire a person so is really only in place to either or local market demand/shortage and making the candidate appear more appealing to an employers.

      Now i have noticed DWP are sending people and requiring a 35 hour attendance but it does raise the question of what about actually looking for work in that like the old work programme, time was allotted for job searching and making applications for actual work. Now this does not have to be done at such a provider which is borne out by currently providing evidence without being on a program. This would imply if the program involves a job search and application time period that this could effectively be deducted from the 35 and carried out away from such a provider. Under the old work programme that was around 12 hours although a voluntary ruling in the new law would suggest maybe its as high as 16 hours.
      I would thrash this out with DWP if you are proficient already in jobsearch and application and can demonstrate such as this would mean only participating such a provider for 19 to 23 hours.


      July 2, 2018 at 11:51 am

    • they will want you to sign a contract so they can get funding for it so if you refuse to sign it they will ask you to leave.

      make sure you get it in writing why they are asking you to leave because then they are the ones failing to participate because they wont get any money oh dear lol.


      July 2, 2018 at 11:51 am

      • Thanks Doug and Superted you have been most helpful, I’m going to the dump in a bit so I will see how it plays out!


        July 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    • superted

      July 2, 2018 at 11:56 am

    • Only just saw this, so far 4 Work coaches have tried to get me to attend this DBC and failed on each occasion, Derby jobcenter is corrupt as fuck and there some money changing hands in the background pushing as many people as they can on this DBC that is useless, why would they waste the public purse strings it makes no sense as all !
      Someone at the jobcentre is lining their pockets from this !


      July 3, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      • Sourchimp

        Did you get sanctioned for not going to DBC shithole?


        July 3, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      • No I refused to even attend, you do not have to take up the opportunity so you should cannot be sanctioned lawfully for not taking up the opportunity, you attended so that should be the end of it.


        July 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      • Not sure if you same as me but I also refused to sit in line for that job room they brought in before allowed to sign and got the the manager to sign me on and left


        July 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      • round 1.

        i said if i dont get it in writing why i have been asked to leave then they will have to phone the police to remove me from reception, 45 mins later i got that.

        round 2 done mr over the phone as wanted to go to tribunal, coach thinks im stupid so sanctions me for not signing a contract buy law with there manager sat beside them.

        round 3 6 months later,dwp loose tribunal in 9 mins and did not even show up.


        not seen the coach or there so called floor manager since, coach has bee replaced but i have not been on anyone’s case load since so i have no work coach and just sign on and go they dont even want to engage with me anymore pmsl.


        July 3, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      • Good job superted, first pic looks like you took it hard with the empty tablet packet lol,.

        9/10 they try overstep the mark believing they have more power than they actually do, still guilty or not for a lot of people the damage is already done when they stop your benefit.

        Thankfully not had a sanction yet but sailed close to the wind many times.


        July 4, 2018 at 10:30 am

  6. Local councils are worried about negative publicity in the area,combined with council tax reduction the bedroom tax disabled people Universal Credit is coming.While the Torie’s have seeked to turn headlines against people they see to do fit,nothing is paid to the effects in local areas of this crusade of destruction.People see the damage done in later times and this builds on Britains shame of past political decisions.


    July 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    • The Tories wanted to stick it to the poor and vulnerable but not take the blame for the suffering that resulted, so what they did was to give local authorities more power, e.g., raising taxes, and then cut nearly 50% of the money supplied to them to them from central government to run services forcing them not only to cut services but to tax the unemployed, poor, under-occupying tenants and whatnot so that they would have to take the blame rather than the government even though central government was 100% responsible: The government has basically dumped responsibility for dealing with the pain and misery caused by welfare reforms like Universal Credit onto local councils up and down the country, causing them to become more and more cash strapped and hard pressed to provide essential services like social care to the elderly and home visits to the sick and disabled.

      Central government is hiding behind local government hoping that councils will be blamed for all the misery.

      What happened to principled and responsible government?.


      July 3, 2018 at 7:25 am

      • That is very true.

        Those who think that ‘decentralisation’ is the answer to everything have their answer right there.

        Andrew Coates

        July 3, 2018 at 10:34 am

      • Decentralization would only work if we also abandoned the goal of economic growth, as E.F. Schumacher said, create sustainable local economies utilizing local resources in a sustainable way whilst putting people before profit and only making what we actually need.


        July 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      • That is utter rubbish Andrew.
        Decentralisation or centralisation can be made to work just as much as it can be to not work. You focus on the people which in James post is that our centralised current government that deliberately created the proverbial indian call center trick to distance themselves from their decisions.
        Also while i don’t doubt for a second certain people including public practice the the art of labeling for the purpose of verbal eugenics, you would have to be blind to not notice money takes a more central theme with the tories than actual people.
        This government and its not just welfare is playing accountancy tricks and considering pensions, namely credits are coming back into the conversation (pensions is the go to place for governments when economic policies fails or shows a steep decline) it would suggest this government is still very far from achieving its initial aim it traded most off.

        Getting back to James post the same thing you see with work coaches knowing nothing about UC having to go off and take courses/read, this is precisely what your seeing with local councils in this late approach to adopting an understanding only when its dropped into their lap. This government knew this as they wanted to cause a wide scale of over/under payment which if you understand money and business, is a good way to make a profit and or hide a decline.


        July 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

      • It is certainly true that successive governments have centralised local government finance, so that any decentralised power is pretty illusory, though what there is (for example, the rate at which Council Tax relief for those on benefits and low incomes) also indicates how local prejudice by the well off can be used to penalise the poor (see a whole range of Tory councils on this).

        The record of 19th century and 20th century local government is a marked by local prejudice against the poor, not to mention varying degrees of corruption whenever the well-off get the power to do deals off their own backs.

        John Stuart Mill and plenty of others noticed this long ago.

        Labour, as those who saw Our Friends in the North, has not been immune either.


        Municipal socialism, green, left politics, need a national framework of equality to work fairly.

        Andrew Coates

        July 3, 2018 at 4:29 pm

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    July 3, 2018 at 5:25 pm

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