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Esther McVey is facing accusations of dishonest behaviour worthy of Donald Trump ..

Somebody should produce a digest of stories about Universal Credit misery.

With a long list of Esther McVey’s Trump like fact-denials.

These are just some of the latest stories:

Birmingham Live.

Universal Credit left one mum so poor she couldn’t buy socks for her children

Birmingham children had to go without socks on their feet because of Universal Credit chaos, says MP.

Liam Byrne, Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, said “chaos” in the way the new benefit system was administered had left parents without money.

Universal Credit replaced benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. It was Irolled out across Birmingham between November 2017 and February this year.

But critics say mistakes meant some people were forced to wait longer than expected for money, or received the wrong amount.

Mr Byrne told the House of Commons: “In my Birmingham constituency, we have the DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] telling my constituents that they cannot apply for housing credit through Universal Credit.

They get sent to Birmingham City Council, which then sends them back to the DWP.

“There is still a level of chaos on the frontline that meant that one of my constituents told me that not only could they not afford to eat, she could not afford to put socks on her children’s feet.”

Esther gave her normal Trump style reply:

In response, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, the Minister responsible for the benefit, highlighted the note written by Mr Byrne when he was a Labour Treasury Minister following the banking crisis.

She said: “And this from the man who said there was no money left. But to be fair, he actually has some honour, because that was correct.”

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 15, 2018 at 10:34 am

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  1. Liam Byrne was Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when Iain Duncan Smith was running the DWP, who sided with and helped IDS introduce emergency legislation to avoid having to implement a judge’s decision that large numbers of people had been misinformed and sanctioned unjustly on the Work Programme and should be reimbursed as per benefits robbed from them by the DWP retrospectively.

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/03/19/liam-byrne-cannot-escape-culpability-for-todays-workfare-vote/

    Byrne is also the little shit who was planning to “regionalise” benefit payments so that people living in poor areas would receive lower benefit payments than people living in more prosperous areas, in order to ensure the same pressure in respect to poverty was placed on benefit claimants everywhere. Byrne said that making hardship equally bad everywhere would “encourage” more people living in areas with lower living costs into work and avoid people in poorer areas from having an easier ride.

    Byrne is hardly better than Esther McVey and a waste of skin as far as the poor of the country are concerned.

    Personally I’m hoping Esther McVey ends up resigning over the government’s attitude towards Brexit.

    If she goes that will be the last of her since what future leader would want her in their cabinet?

    Tiptree Tenbellies

    July 15, 2018 at 10:55 am

    • There are deep problems, going back to Labour’s New deal, with the party policy on social security in general and the unemployed in particular.

      Thanks for that Tenbellies.

      The background about Byrne does not surprise me.

      Labour have yet to come out clearly for an end to the benefit freeze and that’s just to start with.

      Andrew Coates

      July 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

  2. The jobcentre want me to work for nothing – zero, nada, zilch! It is some scheme call ‘work experience’. Roach says: “it will give you an update reference, give you recent work experience and look good on your CV”. What I want to know is – are they taking the piss?

    Jobber

    July 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    • As far as I know workfare isn’t active at the moment, having failed miserably to have shown it helps get people into work. What you need to do is to ask them bluntly whether the unpaid work they are offering you is voluntary or not and refuse it if it is; if they claim that the workfare they are offering you is compulsory request that the manager of the Jobcentre puts that in writing in order to make sure they’re not taking the piss and lying to you deliberately. Like I said as far as I know workfare isn’t running currently and any unpaid work that you do is purely on a voluntary basis in which case you can refuse.

      Tiptree Tenbellies

      July 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm

  3. The jobcentre want me to work for nothing – zero, nada, zilch! It is some scheme called ‘work experience’. Roach says: “it will give you an up-to-date reference, give you recent work experience and look good on your CV”. What I want to know is – are they taking the piss?

    Jobber

    July 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    • They could be. See my post above.

      Tiptree Tenbellies

      July 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      • say that you will participate and sign nothing as the provider wont be able to get any funding for the work placement with no signed contract.

        employers will only look at paid references as had to do it plenty of times and so it is pointless putting them on a cv as they see it as you had no choice but to do it and thus long term unemployed red flag.

        when you are put on these things it is to hide you from the numbers as you are classed as in training.

        superted

        July 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      • Sign nothing. I was going to be referred to the WHP 3 but I’ve heard nothing in the meantime. I’m guessing the new GDPR has got got a lot of providers worried as it gives more power to the individual in relation to how their personal data is processed. The only people doing ‘work experience/volunteering’ at my JC are the sheeple. The less savvy ones are being culled slowly by the roaches from the group signings I’ve been attending. As for having an up to date CV if you’ve done volunteering, it’s all bollocks. I’ve done volunteering, i.e. free labour and some employers at interview have expressed amazement and disbelief that anyone would work for next to nothing.

        jj joop

        July 16, 2018 at 6:56 am

    • You don’t have to do it, it isn’t mandatory so just refuse.

      Violet

      July 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    • Work experience/volunteering is comparable to coming second.

      While it can be said work experience demonstrates determination and volunteering good will, neither actually demonstrate competence which is exactly what employers are looking for which in a micro managed industrial world is everything. The phrase that comes to mind is, ” your nice but i just don’t see you that way,feel that way about you”.
      Its like a lot of these free courses in that claimants are being offered the bare minimum of support in industries that will only serve to see the continuance of welfare support while at work and or an eventual return to the queue.
      What DWP/providers are doing is hitting on the most bargain basement businesses/agencies with a few slithers thrown in of reliable long term businesses, none of which have anything to do with skills shortages.
      I keep seeing these jobs appear where claimants have to attend a class for a week or two with a mere few as low as one actually being offered work. Its not hard to make comparisons with a slave traders market where slaves are paraded, character inflated all for a sale.
      While work experience/volunteering may assist relieving boredom i wouldn’t expect it to offer anything else.

      doug

      July 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

      • Myself I’m always looking to do something, which is why I still vollunteer in the local FB, that goes I’ll find something else, yes bordem sets in very quick with me!

        I’ll never stop looking.untill I drop that is.

        whoknew

        July 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

      • doug,

        I like the term: micro managed industrial world. You’ve hit the nail on the head. That phrase sums up everything that’s wrong with western society.

        jj joop

        July 16, 2018 at 11:27 am

      • These one or two week “courses” are often only held to try to catch people out who are moonlighting and working on the side or fishing to sanction people when they get fed up and stop attending or don’t turn up as they are supposed to. Most such “courses” are pretty meaningless and involve CV polishing, confidence building, how to do interviews, team building, and looking for “hidden jobs”. I went to one of these classes not so long ago and was told that 80% of jobs are “unadvertised” and “hidden” which kind of makes you wonder, if these “hidden” jobs are invisible to the public, how anybody could have found out how many of them there were compared to advertised jobs and come up with the staggering 80% figure!

        It’s basically a sneaky DWP tactic to try to compromise people and sanction as many as possible for dropping out once the “course” has begun or for not turning up and attending after agreeing to. To be honest these things are largely pointless, painless and harmless if you just toddle along to the venue and see them through.

        Tiptree Tenbellies

        July 16, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      • The classic fly-on-the-wall documentary on this bears watching again:

        Andrew Coates

        July 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      • And where’s me pens?

        Pauline from Royston Vasey

        July 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      • And bring back Thatcher and her ‘Restart’ courses while your at it , McVey. Think 1,000,000% success rate!

        Pauline from Royston Vasey

        July 17, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      • volunteering good will, neither actually demonstrate competence which is exactly what employers are looking for.

        people were sent into the retail sector charity shops that would never fitted that role,supposedly for a reference however burly men with coat hangers and dresses never cut it and was a complete disaster.If its anything like my CV its best not mentioned.

        ken

        July 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      • I make damned sure to include all mandatory bullshit on my CV. If theyve forced me to do it under the pretext that it was to give me more experience to put on my CV, as I was told regarding MWA for e.g. then it goes on there as per JCP instructions, hence it says on my CV thatI have successfully completed
        120 hours Community Work. Jobcentre advisers have subsequently suggested that I re-word it to say it was voluntary work but I argue that it wasn’t voluntary, it was mandatory, hence the title Mandatory Work Activity. I was originally told I was doing it to gain extra experience and then told to update my CV to include it, which I did, and there it will stay.

        trev

        July 19, 2018 at 7:40 am

    • They got me doing that last year,( or was it 2016? can’t remember now), but I opted to do my ‘Work Experience’ at the Oxfam sorting depot(part-time) instead of at a private company. It’s optional so you don’t have to do it, but once you have agreed to do it you can still be sanctioned for not turning up, or so the Jobcentre told me AFTER I had signed up to it! Oxfam, however, told me they won’t report anyone to the Jobcentre. I only did it to shut them up (the Jobcentre I mean) and gain a bit of leeway in terms of having it a bit easier for a while when I signed on.

      trev

      July 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm

  4. I’ve never me a single person on Universal Credit that thinks it’s a simpler system than what existed before it. Combining six benefits into one makes it much easier to cut people off from support than before when people in need received income, usually, from multiple sources; Universal Credit allows the DWP to choke off entitlements much more easily. Rather comically the DWP claim that over 80% of people on UC are happy with UC! Does anybody really believe that? How the hell does this department of government come up with such obviously dodgy statistics?

    Tiptree Tenbellies

    July 16, 2018 at 9:17 am

    • Tiptree Tenbellies

      A simpler system like statistics is subjective. If you launch a complete new regulation on people, change the process to add more hoops, you wouldn’t say it was simpler. If you use to work and not go in to get your tax credit, yet now do, you wouldn’t say it was simpler.
      As for statistics the percentage is a sample of a group. If you have 400’000 on your books, poll only 100 with 80 saying they like something, you would get 80%. That 80% however is only the sample group as include all those you didn’t poll and that plummets to 0.02%. Its a meaningless stat in this instance and DWP know this and why they were quite selective on how they went about getting it and presenting it. They could have said this 80% is representative of 0.05% of the entire group but they wont as like the fraudulent representation of sanctioning, it does not play to their narrative.

      doug

      July 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

    • It is like a TV ad that joyfully states “8 out of 10 cats prefer Whiskas” expect that the TV ad has to state (in small print) “8 out of 10 cats who expressed a preference. Sample of ten cats. Survey conducted by Whiskas on 17/07/18.”

      The DWP ads should similarly state “Ten claimants who didn’t express a preference. Sample of ten claimants. Survey conducted by DWP. Claimants were pushed a form at their signing-on appointment, told what response to give with the implied threat of sanctions for giving the ‘wrong’ response’.”

      Zac and Sarah

      July 17, 2018 at 10:43 am

    • It is like a TV ad that joyfully states “8 out of 10 cats prefer Whiskas” expect that the TV ad has to state (in small print) “8 out of 10 cats who expressed a preference. Sample of ten cats. Survey conducted by Whiskas on 17/07/18.”

      The DWP ads should similarly state “Ten claimants who didn’t express a preference. It was assumed that claimants were ‘very happy’ and ‘very satisfied’ with universal credit. Sample of ten claimants. Survey conducted by DWP. Claimants were pushed a form at their signing-on appointment, told what response to give with the implied threat of sanctions for giving the ‘wrong’ response’.”

      Zac and Sarah

      July 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

    • CATS ARE DICKY BIRD MURDERERS!!

      The Sparrow Family

      July 17, 2018 at 10:50 am

      • Cats saved our lives!

        EarthWorm and Caterpillar

        July 17, 2018 at 2:59 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Declaration Of Opinion.

    Mark Catlin

    July 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

  6. The pitfalls of Universal Credit in the Ashton-Under-Lyne area are regularly reported on by Charlotte Hughes on her blog The Poor Side of Life:

    https://thepoorsideof.life/2018/07/12/they-dont-want-us-to-survive-eviction-proceedings-universal-credit-cruelty-never-ends/

    trev

    July 16, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    • Highly recommended Blog.

      Andrew Coates

      July 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm

  7. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    July 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm

  8. My Jobcentre advisor has me booked in for my 18th month JSA review next fortnight, during which she wants to talk to me about the Work & Health Programme and something called Specialist Employability Support. I’ve already been told both of these are voluntary and I’m already turning down the WHP, but I’ve never heard of this SES. Anyone know anything about it or is it just a clone of the WHP under a different name?

    Jake Michaels

    July 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm

  9. Google’s job hunting service comes to UK

    Google has secured several of the UK’s largest recruitment services for a local version of its jobs-hunting tool.

    Reed, Guardian Jobs, Haymarket and Totaljobs.com are among those providing listings, in addition to global sites such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor.

    The facility automatically shows the “freshest and most relevant” openings based on a user’s location when they type relevant terms into Google Search.

    But one expert said those involved might come to regret the tie-up.

    For now, the US tech giant is not charging employment sites to feature their listings nor using the service to place any extra adverts beyond those that normally appear within its results.

    In addition, applicants must still click through to the individual third-party jobs platforms to apply for a post.

    But one industry-watcher suggested this arrangement could change.

    “Google is a behemoth of search, it controls the gateway to the internet – so I can understand why others feel they have to be part of its jobs service,” commented Robert Jeffrey, editor of People Management magazine.

    “But undoubtedly it will start charging for placement and other premium services.

    “And for third-party sites that represents a risk.”

    Commute times

    The Google For Jobs service already exists in the US, Spain and parts of Africa, where the firm claims to have already connected millions of people to new job opportunities.

    In addition to the larger listing sites, Google has also partnered with thousands of smaller specialist platforms.

    “What job seekers get is the ability to find jobs from all over the internet,” product manager Joy Xi explained.

    “What the employers get is easier discoverability.”

    She added that there were also other advantages over individual sites.

    For example, Ms Xi said Google’s “search smarts” meant applicants would not have to carry out multiple searches to find similar posts listed under different titles – for example: programmer, software engineer and developer.

    In addition, she said, the firm’s Maps data had been referenced to let users see how long it would take to commute to each post.

    Even so, one major vacancies site is refusing to share its data – Indeed.

    The 14-year-old firm also acts as a listings aggregator and claims to be the world’s most popular jobs hunt service with more than 200 million unique visitors a month.

    “At this time, Indeed has decided not to partner because we feel that’s the best decision for jobseekers,” its marketing chief Paul D’Arcy told the BBC.

    “Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate this and other partnerships.”

    Indeed’s recent efforts to maintain its lead include the acquisition of the CV-building service Resume.com, and launch of new tools for employers to help them tackle any hiring biases.

    However, its decision to avoid the new service means links to Indeed pages now appear further down Google’s results pages.

    “Indeed is the biggest in the market at the moment, and it may feel like it’s got the most to lose by getting into bed with Google,” said Mr Jeffrey.

    “But it’s a brave move.”

    Google’s job hunting service comes to UK

    BBC

    July 17, 2018 at 8:07 am

  10. The cruelties are heart-wrenching and deliberate. It is common to western civilization at different levels in different places. There are people in power seeking complete global tyranny over a population that has the power of resistance of a bowl of oatmeal. Words from the founder of the hopefully floundering European Union, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, 1924: “The white races of Europe should be destroyed and replaced with a race of Eurasian-Negroids who can be easily controlled by the ruling elite.” “Praktisher Idealisms” He was the first recipient of the EU’s first Charlemagne Medal, 1950. Others receiving such “honor,” Edward Heath, Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrice, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, and Pope Francis. Most churches have abandoned their parishioners and countries, but we must pray all the more and seek churches not sold out to globalism. That is, the New Babylon, the goal of Nimrod and Lucifer.

    I read something in the NWO Report that told of Vatican Bishop Athanasius Schneider telling “I’l Giornale” that senior Catholic officials are paid by George Soros and that the migrant crisis was orchestrated to radically alter the Christian and national identity of Europeans. And, in July, the Pope said that the United States of America has “a distorted vision of the world,” and that we must be ruled by a world government as soon as possible for our own good. In fairness, Protestant denominations here are paid well for the acceptance of our own flood of immigrants. George Soros once said, “Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.” He is a graduate of the Fabian Socialist-founded London School of Economics. Some want to create a non-existent chaos out of which they can build an order with which they can tyrannized.

    marblenecltr

    July 17, 2018 at 8:32 am

  11. AI will create as many jobs as it displaces – a contradiction.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44849492

    Now either the people saying this are idiots or they want you to think like one.
    We hear this argument a lot but a common theme always overlooked is the rate at which technology progresses to replace and thus the rate of displacement.
    Technology is used to make new technology and with every shift the rates change and this includes reducing the technology needed. The ultimate goal even if they cant see it, will be doing the very bare minimum in order to survive.
    If we use physical money as an example and do away with it, we don’t need all buildings/refurbishes, we don’t need staff, stationary, ATMs, security vans and drivers cash handling centers, the mint, you get the picture. You have already seen how administration changed in terms of staff when the computer became a device, now we are removing the need for the remaining staff all together.
    Now we were finding our feet in the 70/80s as regards technology and have since raced ahead. Comparing this to the industrial era of steam is laughable and naive.
    In short what time is available merely sees people having to retrain in some higher skills, not something you see DWP moving on let alone employers who don’t think twice at carting out staff as soon as they can.
    They say products will be cheaper, well people will be earning less,doing less so we wont see a change in wealth and we wont certainly see prices not continuing to rise as profit hunting becomes desperate for those who aren’t uber large in business.The sole trader,the bob a job,the startup will be extinct eventually.
    Technology is at a pinnacle point and while not this very second will swarm ahead at the highest rate ever soon enough.

    So what does that leave us but becoming review panelists for sensitive areas,philosophers, actors and musicians on any stage still standing ?

    doug

    July 17, 2018 at 10:43 am

  12. OBR drops TAX BOMB in Fiscal sustainability report

    http://cdn.obr.uk/FSR-July-2018.pdf

    doug

    July 17, 2018 at 10:51 am

  13. Not sure if that would work for me, I don’t search by job title or industry sector, I just search by area then wade through results to see if there’s anything I can get away with applying for, just to satisfy the Jobcentre and avoid getting sanctioned. There’s never anything really suitable that I could do or ever be likely to get. Jobsearching is just a charade.

    trev

    July 17, 2018 at 10:54 am

  14. McVey needs to take a leaf out of Thatcher’s book and bring back Job Clubs. Jobs Clubs were a tried, tested and effective way of getting the unemployed into work. Think 100% success rate! Reinstating Job Clubs need to be McVey’s number one priority.

    Pauline from Royston Vasey

    July 17, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    • Ah, but where are all the real jobs for all of the unemployed?

      Grumpy Young Man

      July 17, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      • When the immigrants go back home cut benefits from single unemployed under 25s and force them to roam around the country picking crops. These wasters get paid the least amount on the minimum wage and can be bossed better because if the government does what I said and they don’t play ball they’ll get no money from work or the state.

        Treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen.

        Gangmaster

        July 18, 2018 at 9:15 am

      • Forced or compulsory labour is all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.”

        International Labour Organization Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29).

        That is why that is not possible. While its only fair to expect a person to find a job in return for benefits, we cant dictate what that job is. Additionally if we were to go down that road then it would be financially better to actually put people on higher salaries in the field and use the youth once trained to plug those gaps. The logic there is you could push wages down in high wage areas and reduce costs for employers.
        Its funny i say that as actually the governments impetus to fill universities to the rafters is going to and starting to have that very effect on wages in such positions now there is 20’000 academics instead of 200 for each position. Why as an employer pay a person 50’000 a year when you know a desperate ex grad up to there neck in debt will take the job to get ahead for 22’000 a year. Infact there is so many ex grad degree qualified people these days that they are taking the jobs there overqualified for like serving coffee and those putting those less academic in a position of struggling to find work.
        Lastly most of the crop is imported so its also logical to have migrants/immigrants pick it as there the ones (there country) that spend the money on it meaning it comes back to source rather than stay abroad and lessen the UK pot.

        doug

        July 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

      • It’s not slavery, Doug. Just stop single people under 25 from getting benefits. Most will go into some kind of job, maybe having to move somewhere else to do so, and the ones that don’t who make a lifestyle choice to starve will do so. It’s up to them. Or the government could make a law to compel unemployed youngsters to work for the nation like the Bevan Boys during the second world war – make it like national service or similar.

        Easy peasy and we could get the crops in with our own rather than foreigners.

        Gangmaster

        July 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      • Agree, Gangmaster! The crops are laying rotten in the fields around these parts for want of pickers!

        But why single out single people? Wouldn’t it be perverse to provide an incentive for single people to ‘couple up’ in order to avoid supporting themselves? Wouldn’t we be encouraging single parents? Wouldn’t we be encouraging wasters to churn out sprogs in order to avoid supporting themselves – and their sprogs?

        Farmer Brown

        July 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      • As a young man I was out in the fields all day in the Autumn, picking crops…well when I say crops I mean wild mushrooms…well when I say wild mushrooms I mean Liberty Caps. Picked thousands of them I did. Ah those were the days. Now though we’re not at liberty to pick Liberty Caps as they’re illegal.

        trev

        July 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      • In my book “single” means “unmarried”. All the unmarried under 25s should be drafted onto a national service scheme for two years, say, and made to rove around the country doing agricultural and horticultural or environmental work for the minimum wage during that period. If the scheme is a success perhaps older people could be included if more labour is needed.

        Gangmaster

        July 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

      • Gangmaster, surely this is discriminating against the poor! Have you seen the cost of a wedding these days? Besides, how many under-25s are getting married these days anyway. We are not living in the 1950s any more!

        Wills and Meghan

        July 19, 2018 at 8:02 am

      • Have you got a vested interest in your proposed schemes, Gangmaster? Do you stand to make a lot of bucks if they ever come to fruition?

        Kunta Kinke

        July 19, 2018 at 8:06 am

      • Gangmaster

        The word compel even under act of law is force and thus falls under the purview of forced labour as defined in the ILO and subsequent modern slavery bill 2014.

        This aside also selecting a specific age group is discriminatory not to mention just picking farms is somewhat divisive. Two of the core drivers for forced labour is,

        Economic and regulatory framework because it makes good business sense.

        doug

        July 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

      • Fruit ‘left to rot’ due to labour shortages

        A shortage of fruit pickers combined with long periods of good weather has led to some farms’ produce being left to rot.

        Concerns from Scotland’s agricultural sector over labour shortages will be heard by MPs on a visit to a Perthshire farm later.

        The Scottish Affairs Committee will visit West Jordanstone Farm in Alyth.

        The committee has called for a new seasonal agricultural workers scheme in its latest report.

        The report cites declining numbers of domestic and EU workers seeking employment in the seasonal labour market.

        Recent research carried out for the Scottish government found a decrease of 15% to 20% in workers wanting to come to Scotland last year.

        Scottish Affairs Committee chairman Pete Wishart said told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme the issue of crops being left to rot in the fields was becoming an “increasingly big problem”.

        “What we are beginning to see is that a lot of fruit is beginning to rot on the crop because there isn’t the availability of labour to come and pick it,” he said.

        “All the farmers are reporting to us that they are something between 10-20% down on the numbers they require to get the crop in.”

        Mr Wishart said that traditionally seasonal workers came for eastern Europe to work as fruit pickers, however uncertainty over Brexit may be putting them off.

        He added: “Whilst we have heard encouraging noises from the UK government about the case for a new Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme, what producers in Perthshire and across Scotland need now is urgent action, in the form of a new scheme, designed to address chronic labour shortages.

        “The alternative is piles of perfectly good fruit and vegetables left rotting in the fields – which is unacceptable under any circumstances.

        “We need to see action now to prevent this from happening.”

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-44884882

        Newswipe

        July 20, 2018 at 11:33 am

      • But who the hell is in a position to be able to travel to Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter) to pick fruit & veg? Fine if you live local, but no good for anyone else who is living in a rented flat 250 miles away or more and has no transport. I blame it on the Highland Clearances.

        trev

        July 21, 2018 at 8:12 am

  15. What you are not being told about about Britains unnecessary quantitive easing.

    https://www.europereloaded.com/what-you-are-not-being-told-about-britains-unnecessary-qe/

    Violet

    July 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm

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    Violet

    July 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm

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