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It’s Official: Nine times more people sanctioned under Universal Credit.

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As a follow up to our recent post.

From Politics Home.

Nine times more people sanctioned under Universal Credit

The Government has released statistics detailing how many people who need support from benefits are being sanctioned – having their financial support cut or stopped entirely because they’re not able to do the things that are being asked of them, such as attend appointments with a work coach or Jobcentre Plus advisor.

Universal Credit (UC) is gradually replacing a combination of other benefits, including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), provided to those who aren’t currently able to work due to a mental and/or physical health problems, and Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) provided to people looking for paid work.

The figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show:

  • Sanctions under Universal Credit are at least nine times higher than the benefits it is replacing. In the last period for which data is available 2.8 per cent of people saw their benefits drop due to a UC sanction compared to 0.3 per cent of people on JSA and 0.1 per cent of people on ESA.
  • Disabled people receiving ESA are over three times more likely than people in receipt of JSA to still be receiving benefits six months after a sanction – 85 per cent of people receiving ESA compared to 27 per cent people receiving JSA.*

Responding to these data, Ayaz Manji, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer at Mind, said:

“It’s concerning to see that people who are currently receiving Universal Credit are much more likely to be sanctioned than those receiving the benefits that it’s replacing. We have long been warning the Government that a punitive approach towards people who are out of work because of their health or disability is not only ineffective but is causing a great deal of distress. In addition to the harm they cause, sanctions are counter-productive, causing many people with mental health problems to become even more unwell and move further from hopes of getting back into paid employment as a result.

“We’re hearing from more and more people with mental health problems who are struggling to cope with far more stringent requirements under Universal Credit. That includes people who have had to stop claiming benefits altogether without another source of income because they couldn’t cope with the added pressure. The Government says that the higher sanction rate reflects technical changes to Universal Credit and that they do not think it is possible to compare different benefits.** We need urgently clarity on what is really happening and for the Government to put in place safeguards to protect people who are unwell and in need of support.”

*Benefit sanction statistics to April 2018 (p. 1 and p. 9)

**See para 22 of the Department for Work and Pensions response to the Work and Pensions Committee recent inquiry into benefit sanctions.

Mind itself posts this:

Some anonymous Mind supporters receiving Universal Credit share their experiences of being sanctioned, or threatened with sanctions:

“… I had to rearrange a signing on appointment as it clashed with a doctor’s appointment. When I rang UC to rebook it, she told me that if I ‘chose’ to go to the doctor’s rather than the job centre, they would sanction my benefits. Fortunately, my Job Centre advisor intervened and rebooked the appointment without any problems. I have been covered by sick notes (for fibromyalgia and depression) continually since November last year, but UC consider me able to work as I am actively looking for work – but if I don’t provide proof of my job searches, or if I fail to attend any appointments due to ill health, they threaten me with sanctions. The amount of times I’ve been crying my eyes out trying to explain why I can’t get the bus into central Manchester to attend the work programme is ridiculous.”

“It’s been awful, I became depressed and found the Job Centre staff very unsympathetic. One told me she knew all about my illness as her father and partner had Bipolar disorder like me. She was angry, telling me “you can’t sit on your bloody backside until you retire”, I am 57. I found it embarrassing as there is no privacy at all. Her attitude was terrible with obvious bad temper but I felt bad about it, it dwelled on my mind and I felt like a burden. Even felt suicidal for a while, I had fitness certificate from my GP, not sick certificates these days. Told that I had to commit to certain tasks which I found hard due to my mental state, otherwise I wouldn’t get paid yet had to wait anyway.”

“I was treated like a work shy nobody up until I had my work assessment and they realised I am actually struggling with my health at the moment, even after that point they can be very inconsiderate. They would change my appointments at a moment notice and borderline harass me to attend meetings even though my GP had provided me a sick note for several months at a time. Because of the stress of it all my step dad had to become my advocate and deal with them because it was making me more ill.”

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Written by Andrew Coates

August 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm

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  1. Most of us expected sanctions to rise under UC. That was the intention all along. I’m still on JSA thank goodness.I’ve just received an email about attending a health and wellbeing event being held at my local job centre next week. It was sent to me by a UC coach. Do I have to attend as I’m still on JSA? I don’t want to give them a reason to sanction me.

    Rob

    August 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    • Since when did the Jobcentre give a flying sausage about their ‘customers’ health and well being? Have you been threatened with a sanction if you fail to attend a health and well being event? How the irony. And it does sound kind of creepy in a Jobcentre-creepy way. Health and well being, hmm…

      Superwoman

      August 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    • if you was given a job seekers direction to attend then yes you must attend but thats about it sign in walk round sign out thats it.

      if you was just told there was a job fair ect then no it is up to you if you go or not.

      we have a jobs fair here next week and it was put on my book the time and date ect and was asked if i would attend and said no.

      as long as i can prove i am doing more than 2 steps per week to gain paid work they cant do jack about it.

      i dont listen to there out right crap anymore they have no power over me anymore 😉

      superted

      August 17, 2018 at 3:40 pm

  2. Oh look everybody, if i take a calculator and divide 2.8 by 0.3 i get around 9.

    What part of “Sanction statistics between benefits are not directly comparable” fails to hit home here.

    doug

    August 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

  3. Why so many sanctions? The bottom line is that sanctions save the government money. End of.

    Jizzwhacker

    August 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

  4. The BBC TV Licence will die soon.

    So many people I know are not paying it now!

    My next door neighbour yesterday told me he has cancelled his direct debit!

    7 colleagues at work have recently stopped paying for theirs!

    It is everywhere now. The TV Licence cannot possibly survive in my opinion.

    Square Eyes

    August 18, 2018 at 1:43 am

    • Your friends will get caught. If they’ve had a telly license in the past their names and addresses will already be on file and when they don’t renew, but still keep watching TV at the same address, the detector van will eventually pay them a visit and they’ll be done. Same thing happens when you buy a TV and the company you buy it from has your name and address. When you buy a TV from Amazon, or John Lewis, or whoever they send it off to the licensing people and you get put on the database. Like owing a car without an MOT or paid up Vehicle License Tax if the powers that be know who you are and where you live they will one day check up on you will be caught, taken to court and fined or even sent to prison.

      Personally I’d rather pay the £150.

      Laurence

      August 18, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      • you should go on you tube and watch some vids lol we not paid it for years now and get to the occupier letters now and then that goes in the bin if they send ppl round just dont open the door they soon will give up because if the cant get joinder ie enter your name in to a contract at the address you are at they cant take it to court.

        and there never was any tv vans pmsl not 1 case has had any proof one was used at a court.

        superted

        August 18, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      • Reporting TV equipment purchases to TVL ceased to be a requirement on retailers years ago. We bought a TV from Amazon over two years ago and still receive our monthly threatogram addressed to the ‘Legal Occupier’. You have to put your own head in the TVL noose for them to take you to court i.e. letting them on your premises, giving your details and signing their ‘confession’ form. TVL can do one! NO CONTACT!

        PS Even under the law as it stands you don’t require a TV licence to own a TV. WE DO NOT REQUIRE A TV LICENCE!

        Here is a collection of the disgusting threatograms the Capita trading as TVL on behalf of the BBC send out:

        http://bbctvlicence.com/

        The Jones

        August 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      • PS Their threatograms are written by PR firm Fishburn Hedges who also act as TVL’s ‘spokesperson’.

        The Jones

        August 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      • The requirement for retailers to pass on names and addresses of TV receiving equipment purchasers and renters to TVL ceased on the 5th June 2013 with the repealing of the Wireless Telegraphy Act (1967).

        Historian

        August 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      • Laurence

        August 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      • TV licence is the first thing that needs to go.People on benefits need the money.it amounts to intimidation through the letter box,that won’t be investigated on Watchdog.Plenty of videos cheap dvds’ in Poundland and on the web.

        ken

        August 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      • Laurence

        Firstly a retailer never asks for actual proof you are who you say you are and that if you don’t, you cant buy the TV, that’s the first strike against you.
        Secondly its not just people who purchase TVs, its any device capable of receiving a signal and when it gets updated, any device capable of showing a licensed show what with people now needing a license just to watch iplayer playbacks after the live transmission.
        Just because you have a device capable of does not mean you actually are using it to watch a license required program meaning any approach made is purely on the premise of suspicion of and is subject to burden of proof. Owning a device capable of does not satisfy the requirement of burden of prove to issue a warrant and hence why they cant come and kick your door in or get a judgement in your absence prior to any visit.
        Only in cases of via the internet could it be said one was or was not watching but again one would have to prove ownership and viewing of said IP device was the one and same person which again you cant establish prior to any visit.

        doug

        August 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      • Be that as it may over a hundreds of thousand people still get caught and convicted for license evasion, by some means, every year; in fact once upon a time license evasion was the most common reason for women to end up behind bars serving custodial sentences. Personally I’d rather pay £2.88 a week for my TV than risk being done over by the powers that be but good luck to all you brave souls who choose not to and chance your arms. Hopefully none of you will get your name in the local papers or end up in Clink.

        Laurence

        August 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      • if they dont know ur name then what they going to do about it ring them and give over the ref number all you will be asked is to confirm ur name and address over the phone and bang they got joinder.

        same thing if they come knocking at the door they need a name to the address if they dont get one they cant do anything court wise as they have no name let alone any proof.

        superted

        August 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      • I hope this doesn’t read too much like the ‘Confessions of an EX-TVL Goon’ but I will tell you the typical demographic of who we nick: female, single parent, on benefits, lives on council estate (we use the Multiple Deprivation Index to ‘target’ ‘poor’ areas), has door at street level with garden. The reason that they are so easy pickings is that they have so many comings and goings, (unexpected) visitors, their door is left wide open, they have they kids running in and out playing in the garden/on the street, watch daytime TV. Typical scenario is is we bump into a friend on the way out, they will ask “who are you”, “Telly Man 😀 “, “OK, I will show you in”, and they will show you right into the front room with Jeremy Kyle grinning from a big screen. “Here is the TV man for you, Chelsea*”. Chelsea becomes speechless and goes ashen-faced. So there we have ‘evidence’ of a ‘TV installation’ screening a ‘live broadcast”. From there it is just a quick matter of reading Chelsea her ‘rights’ i.e giving her a ‘caution’ like we are the Police or summat ;), taking down her details, getting her to admit the ‘offence’, filling in the RL743 ‘confession’ form and getting her to sign it, We will also try and sell her a ‘TV Licence’ in order to make our £20 ‘commission. We are expected to do two ‘collars’ am and pm which equates to roughly £20,000 a year ‘bonus’ money 🙂 We the bid Chelsea a good day. Back at the ‘office’ we bundle up these ‘confession’ forms and ship them off to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service). They set-aside a half day a week (only takes half a minute to ‘process’ a case) usually a Friday morning to hear these ‘cases’.

        As ‘doug’ says you are entitled to have a case proved against you. You are under no obligation to do TVLs or the Police’s work for that matter for them.

        Top tip: Have NO CONTACT with TVL in any way, shape or form. Despite bestowing upon ourselves the fancy title ‘Enforcement Officer’ we have no more powers than an door-step duster salespersons. In fact that is what we are, salespeople, trying to make a quick £20 who will also dob you in to the CPS.

        Happy viewing 😀

        An EX-TVL goon ‘)

        EX-TVL Goon

        August 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      • *Chelsea is a fairly common name on council schemes. Must be all that TOWIE* 😀

        *The Only Way is Essex (never watched it personally 😉 )

        EX-TVL Goon

        August 19, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      • But I have bought TV licenses for years, ted, and so the powers that be already do know who I am and where I live. If I suddenly stopped paying the license fee when I got the reminder the people behind it would wonder why. Was I dead? Gone abroad? Moved? Changed home, name or sex? And as sure as eggs are eggs, when they were in the area, they would check me out. (Probably they’d first check the voting register to see if anyone with my name was still living at my address and take it from there.) I’m a static target. Once identified there ain’t no way to make yourself unidentifiable.

        Laurence

        August 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      • Notwithstanding that TVL don’t even have your name they are ‘arranging an appearance for you at the local Magistrates Court’ “because you have not responded to our previous letters” pmsl

        Katty

        August 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      • This must have caught a few ‘evaders’ out until they realised that even if you have signed for a recorded delivery letter it doesn’t necessarily mean that you require a ‘TV Licence’ pmsl

        Katty

        August 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      • if you stop paying it they will just send a to the occupier letter to the address for all they know you could be dead.

        my mom used to pay it then stopped and just got the above letters that now go in the bin 😉

        superted

        August 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      • No Laurence, they will send you increasingly threatening ‘renewal notices’ for something like six months. You will then be put on the regular cycle and addressed as ‘Legal Occupier;

        See http://bbctvlicence.com/ (2006)

        Katty

        August 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      • https://streamdreams.org/

        just install a ad blocker b4 you click the link 😉

        superted

        August 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      • We tried to download ‘Beast’ but all we got was ‘redirected’ all over the place. Then we landed on a site – https://bepphurychutist.review/19843/1690/82uyr4/4oa – wanting us to install ‘Java

        “Download Java
        Install Java Update
        Your Java version may be outdated. It is important to use the latest version of Java plugin, upgrading to the latest Java version improves the security of your system, as older versions do not include the latest security updates.

        The latest Java version contains important enhancements to improve your computer performance
        Allows you to see web content properly
        Safe and secure.
        Free Software.

        Update Version: 8u111”

        We declined especially considering we have only updated Java two hours ago!

        Comply or Die

        August 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      • JavaSetup_1613533728.e**x**e is not even from Oracle. It is from Beloka. Bet is is malware.

        Comply or Die

        August 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      • Got the download link to work. Just settling down to watch it on the big screen 🙂 Thanks, ted 🙂

        Comply or Die

        August 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      • Good luck to all you outlaws and Robin Hood types defying the TV licensing people but it’s not for me. Six figure numbers of folk are still getting prosecuted every year, I see local names of such people published in my local newspaper two or three times a year, and unless I become even more cash strapped than I am will continue to pay up and grumble rather than risk a £1000.00 fine or jail sentence.

        It is time for the TV licence to go though I think. The BBC isn’t producing much original content these days, except maybe for BBC4, and buys a lot of it in from overseas padding everything out with cheap game and talk shows. With so much content available – I’ve only got Freeview but have a lot of choice as per what I view – I can’t see how the BBC can remain publicly funded forever.

        Like the future the BBC isn’t what it used to be.

        Laurence

        August 20, 2018 at 7:40 am

      • Java up dates come straight from http://www.java.com or some other “official” source if you’re using a Java clone. I use Linux and so use a piece of OpenJava software called IcedTea, straight from the Ubuntu repositories. Be afraid, very afraid, of bogus software and malware from unauthenticated sources.

        Laurence

        August 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      • Laurence

        If everybody stopped paying do you think the BBC will operate just because of you, of course not so why do you insist on keeping talking about what you will and are doing when the individual is irrelevant.
        You will continue to do what you do while people continue to do what they do so unless your here to scaremonger, your posts are rather, well, mute considering the consensus presented here on this very site.

        We should scrap this out of date license nonsense and the likes of the BBC move to becoming a paid channel so people only pay for what they want meaning the BBC should come in the same family bundle as other mediocre channels and stop acting self entitled as HBC/allstars they are not when we talk most viewed content.

        The only people who get done currently are those that don’t know better end of.

        (PS- this post requires no reply whats so ever so any reply by yourself continuing to mention people getting done will be perceived by both present and future audiences as nothing more than scaremongering and ignored)

        doug

        August 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      • Laurence

        Just clocked your java post and still you attempt to scaremonger.
        Well lets sink that battle ship aswell shall we.
        Java has for ages been presented as vulnerable because well it is quite frankly it is. As long as you don’t shop and or bank, store private/personal data on the same system its in use, i wouldn’t lose any sleep over it as the infections are often only as annoying as wasps buzzing your around your head.

        If you duel boot, use virtual OS, virtual sandbox OS or OS on a stick it takes 3min to 20 min to remove without the need to reinstall an operating system. Simply isolate the hard drive by prioritizing the disk boot in BIOS/advance boot (Fkey function), place a kept updated disk mounted infection remover in and in no time the infection is gone. In the case of USB OS simply erase and redownload. In the case of virtual simply close the virtual OS and reopen for a new virtual OS.

        Even if you have only the single OS, worst case you have to reinstall OS but that’s hardly ever warranted as java infections are either cons/scams or spyware often easily removed by isolating the infected hard drive if task manager is blocked, security over ridden or a worm.

        Child’s play really no more dangerous than an out of date flash,silverlight,etc plugin/addon.

        doug

        August 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      • Am not on here to scaremonger or frighten anyone but just to let you all know that I am sat here on a concrete mattress posting this from a cell in Wormwood Scrubs. All for being caught out for not having a TV
        Licence. All you TV Licence evaders had better watch out. They have got Detector Vans that can even see what channel you are watching.

        Laurence's Old Nan

        August 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      • @doug

        I go my own way, doug, make my own decisions and don’t go along with the herd no matter how much of a “consensus” there is amongst them. I advocate that everybody does likewise and pays the piper without complaint if/when things go wrong. I never advise anybody to do anything only express my opinions based on my perspective and have no interest in influencing anybody in any way that matters. I do not consider myself clever enough or well qualified enough to behave differently.

        We are, I think polar, opposites.

        Good luck to you all the same.

        Laurence

        August 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      • Oh! And about fake Java updates. Here’s a couple of links warning of the danger from genuine experts.

        https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/consumer/consumer-threat-notices/malware-disguised-as-java-update-careful-what-you-download/

        http://www.itpro.co.uk/645427/microsoft-warns-users-to-be-wary-of-fake-java-updates

        It’s difficult for me to take advice about IT from a gentleman that writes “java” rather than “Java”, “aswell” rather than “as well”, writes “i” for the first-person singular nominative case personal pronoun rather than “I”, writes about “duel boot” instead of “dual boot” (or multi-boot), and seems to believe that everybody uses Microsoft based operating systems running Java hosted by some other OS in a virtual machine using Open Box, or VMWare, and will discover that their virtual system has been infected and replace it with a clean copy before they get key-logged, have passwords stolen, are hacked, are used as an element of a botnet, or whatever.

        My advice to readers is simply to be to be careful about installing any kind of software on computers.

        (And only to take technical advice from computer whizzes who spell properly and write intelligible English )

        Laurence

        August 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      • doug

        If I were you I would stop writing about IT, mate, because you’re showing yourself up. I mean you haven’t even got spellcheck facility enabled in your browser and that’s available out of the box or as an add-on for pretty much every internet browser these days. Even kids know that. Get off your high horse, mate, and stop pretending that you’re something special because most of what you write shows that you’re just a nobody like the rest of us, neither better or worse. Come back down to earth, sport, and cut out the bull because your haughtiness and conceitedness is making you look like a tw*t.

        Martin Pond

        August 21, 2018 at 8:34 am

      • Laurence

        “key-logged, have passwords stolen, are hacked, are used as an element of a botnet, or whatever”.

        Your words right. Well what part of i quote myself ” don’t shop and or bank, store private/personal data on the same system its in use” did you not understand ?

        Contrary to what you think virtual ware is also available for Linux.

        Anyway you see all software has vulnerabilities in construction, its even mentioned in the policy a person excepts before downloading/installing along with taking no legal responsibility. The notion of downloading from a reputable website/brand being a given is also somewhat a myth as remember, they can only scan for listed known infections and commands that could act like an infection meaning again only what they know.
        Most of the infections people get are often what we refer to as cast offs which get dumped on torrent sites, written and presented in text,etc. If something is new, if something behaves differently, it cant be tracked/stopped in the first instance and why security software asks for samples to analyze as well as system access to study other non lethal software. As everyone witnesses, new infections pop out like an unprotected whore on steroids every minute meaning someone/s have to be stung before security experts and professionals can do a damn thing about it.

        All you can do is throw up doors and minimize damage and the best way to do that is live multiple lives online, never allowing any two or more to cross and that when you do decide to dip your foot in the dodgy pool, make sure you always always partition virtually as infections cant see as so to speak and will always take the candy.

        doug

        August 21, 2018 at 11:02 am

      • Martin

        Already did a piece ages ago on this site about people who resort to word trolling and attempted character assassination. Its an old boring trick now only the uniformed still perpetrate.
        Try updating you skillset along with your web browser, your just so yesterday.

        doug

        August 21, 2018 at 11:08 am

      • doug

        Mate it isn’t character assassination but suicide. You show your ignorance whenever you write anything about science, technology and especially IT. You yourself are sawing the branch off that you perch on! Anybody that knows anything about these things can see that you are an arch poseur with a meagre, hardly even a layman’s, knowledge of many of the things you pontificate about. If you wrote less about these specialist topics and wrote more nebulously and generally your ignorance wouldn’t be so conspicuous to those of us in the know.

        Doug, mate, your lack of education, knowledge, and expertise stand out like a sore thumb.

        Blimey, sport, stop kidding yourself and get over yourself for the sake of all concerned.

        That said it’s nice to see that you seem to have installed a spellcheck with an English dictionary, or at least pulled your socks up, which will make reading your copious prose a lot less painful for people like me who love and respect the English language.

        It’s kind of pathetic and rather sad that you keep trying to be a big cheese on this particular blog but at least while wasting your time self-aggrandising yourself hereabouts you’re not roaming the streets and frightening the young, elderly, horses, and those with a nervous disposition with your ludicrously unreadable twaddle.

        There’s nowt so queer as folk, as they say.

        I have no idea or interest in how old you are but pray you live long enough to learn from your mistakes. At least your paranoia hasn’t inspired you yet to accuse me of being a paid employee of the DWP tasked with hindering and interfering with your mission, or work, or whatever you call commenting spasmodically on another person’s blog.

        So not all is lost, which is nice.

        Martin Pond

        August 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      • Martin Pond

        Please feel free at any point to point out exactly where im quoted as accusing you of being a DWP employee in the above posts.
        Lastly if you know so much then please grace us with the counter argument on any of the topics you say im uninformed on as debate does portray a more balanced picture.

        doug

        August 22, 2018 at 11:59 am

      • doug

        I didn’t accuse you of implying that I was a DWP employee but pointing out that your paranoia wasn’t yet quite severe enough to drive you to do something quite that insane. You are not important enough for me or anybody else to have it in for you in such a manner. Savvy people will read your posts and draw their own conclusions about the level of your knowledge, expertise and capability; more innocent, less experienced, and more guileless persons I pray to God will not be sucked in or led astray by some of your extravagant, feverish and inaccurate views and come to grief as a consequence.

        Based on a few sentences from me I don’t really expect you to curb you pretentiousness, lessen your bulls*it, or deflate that inflated and swollen ego of yours although I am gratified, I have to admit, that my presence has spurred you apparently to get a spellcheck facility working in your browser which is no mean feat as far as I am concerned.

        My work here is done and I happily depart leaving you the biggest shrimp in the rockpool.

        Enjoy!

        Martin Pond

        August 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      • That’s bang out of order! Leave doug out of it. ‘e’s family!

        The Mitchell Bruvas

        August 22, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      • L’est we forget it was doug’s expert knowledge on contract law that was instrumental in securing victory for superted at the Social Security Tribunal. What have you ever achieved sen, er… ‘Martin Pond’ pmsl pray do tell… thought not 😉

        Amy Pond

        August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      • ‘Always leave off while you’re losing,’ Desmond had several times been advised by his father, who despite having been a schoolmaster all his working life had known a thing or two. ‘Never have the last word on anything. If you let them have the last word, no matter what as long as it’s the last and a word, then they’re happy. Even if it’s “so what” or “I dare say” or “hark at him”.

        The Folks that Live on the Hill, by Kingsley Amis

        Professor Green

        August 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm

  5. Andrew Coates

    August 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

    • Probably, he will be able to afford more wankers crisps than the rest of us 😨.

      Archangel

      August 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

  6. THERE CAN BE NO GALLOWS TOO HIGH FOR IAIN DUNCAN SMITH AND HIS TWISTED SIDEKICK DAVID FREUD!

    Sarah7

    August 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

  7. Woman forced to survive on £1 ready meals after Universal Credit stopped

    “They tell me I’m sanctioned but then how I am supposed to live? I can’t live on nothing and I haven’t got a money tree in my garden.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/woman-forced-survive-1-ready-15045454

    ken

    August 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    • Comments:

      heremenow:
      “Her back can bend to open fridge”

      MoisturiseUrElbows
      “Loooooool!”

      heremenow
      “Why is news from hull in Birmingham mail ?”

      Brummy Lass

      August 18, 2018 at 2:07 pm

  8. if they dont know ur name then what they going to do about it ring them and give over the ref number all you will be asked is to confirm ur name and address over the phone and bang they got joinder.

    same thing if they come knocking at the door they need a name to the address if they dont get one they cant do anything court wise as they have no name let alone any proof.

    superted

    August 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

  9. Jobcentre joke is the funniest at the Fringe

    A one-liner about being sacked by a Jobcentre has been chosen as the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe – now in its 11th year – has been won by Liverpool comedian Adam Rowe.

    The joke came from his show Undeniable.

    Supported by 41% of the public who voted for the award was: “Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.”

    Andy Rowe said: “I thought my agent was lying. He rang me and told me I couldn’t tell anyone for a week which has been almost impossible.

    “I’m massively taken aback by it, I’ve never seen myself as being in the running for things like this.

    “It’s a massive honour and a genuinely huge surprise.”

    Maths student Ken Cheng won last year’s prize with the line: “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.”

    Improvisation

    Adam said this year’s winner came about by accident during interaction with an audience.

    “I was doing the usual compering thing,” he said, “asking people what they do for a living.

    “A guy said he worked in the Jobcentre and I said the joke that has now won the award.

    “Because it got such a nice reaction on the night I thought I had to do something with it as a line. I didn’t expect to be winning an award for what was essentially a brain fart.”

    Best of the rest

    The other jokes making the top ten were:
    ◾”I had a job drilling holes for water – it was well boring” – Leo Kearse

    ◾”I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed” – Olaf Falafel

    ◾”In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me” – Daniel Audritt

    ◾”What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens?” – Flo and Joan
    ◾”I’ve got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it’s not easy. They keep moving the goalposts” – Darren Walsh

    ◾”Trump said he’d build a wall but he hasn’t even picked up a brick. He’s just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project” – Justin Moorhouse

    ◾”I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it” – Adele Cliff

    ◾”Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off?” – Alex Edelman

    ◾”I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it’s like this all the time” – Laura Lexx

    ave channel director Luke Hales said: “This year, the news agenda and everyday British idiosyncrasies have provided some wonderful opportunities for comedians to use their creative and comic genius in giving us all a giggle.

    “As ever, we have enjoyed some quite brilliant one-liners and are delighted to crown Adam Rowe as the recipient of this year’s Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-45238696

    BBC

    August 20, 2018 at 6:33 am

    • Good One!

      “A gag highlighting an unfortunate issue for anyone sacked from working at a Jobcentre has been declared the best joke at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

      Comedian Adam Rowe came up with the quip: “Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.”

      The former bartender, who began his stand-up career in 2010, said the line came to him off the cuff while he was performing in Liverpool.

      Mr Rowe, who was previously named as Liverpool’s Comedian of the Year, even went so far as to call the award-winning joke “a brain fart”.

      He said: “I actually wrote it when I was on stage when I was hosting a gig in Liverpool.

      “It was a bit of crowd work that stayed with me. I was doing the usual compeering thing, asking people what they do for a living.”

      https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/edinburgh-fringe-2018-jobcentre-joke-by-comedian-adam-rowe-voted-funniest-at-festival-a3915396.html

      Andrew Coates

      August 20, 2018 at 11:10 am


  10. 2,600,000 bolivars for this toilet roll 😀 😀

    More funny hyper-inflationary pics here:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45246409

    Hugo Chavez

    August 20, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    • Boy, Americas, western corporate and right wings attack on that country is relentless.

      doug

      August 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    • Would you not be better off just wiping your arse on the paper money? 😀

      Bog Roll

      August 20, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    • Imagine feeding all that lolly into a self-scan machine just to pay for the one toilet roll 😀

      Self-Scan Checkout

      August 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    • Every country spies on every country except some are better than others. Every country tortures, spies,kills on foreign soil, even illicit political unrest,rigging and coups.

      So its hardly news, hardly surprising.

      doug

      August 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm

  11. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    August 28, 2018 at 11:49 pm


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