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Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit and Food Banks, a Photo Novel.

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On 16 November 2018, Rudd was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May, and succeeded Esther McVey in steering and leading the Department for Work and Pensions.

She has “promised to fix Universal Credit and make it ‘better’.”

It’s a busy job fixing things.

Here are some of her Tory colleagues doing their bit for the poor.

Four near identical tweets from Tories going to donate to foodbanks



Or not…..

Update: Tory Ross Thompson’s latest good works:


Written by Andrew Coates

December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    December 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

  2. Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.


    December 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

  3. While people will wish him well good deeds cannot solve the Universal Credit problem for everybody.

    Andrew Coates

    December 4, 2018 at 4:10 pm

  4. DWP boss Amber Rudd is being rinsed on Twitter. Again.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) boss Amber Rudd doesn’t have the best of times on Twitter. But after a Labour MP took her department to task, she hit back. She’s probably now wishing she hadn’t.

    The DWP: an “outrage”

    As The Canary previously reported, Labour MP Chris Williamson criticised the DWP and its contentious benefit Universal Credit on RT‘s Going Underground show. Host Afshin Rattansi raised the Peabody Trust’s analysis that over 100,000 children could be left in hardship this Christmas. This, it said, was due to delays in the DWP paying people on Universal Credit.



    December 4, 2018 at 6:01 pm

  5. DWP stops Christmas Bonus payment to benefits claimants under Universal Credit

    Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/work/universal-credit-benefits-christmas-bonus-payment-stopped/


    December 4, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    • Superted

      Do you know under the old system that a person getting £10 is only better off to the tune of 3p an hour over 2 weeks (72p a day). That under UC that would be 1.5p an hour over 4 weeks (36p a day).

      Its funny isn’t it that depending on how you look at it, its more of an insult to give it to a person in the first place let alone take it away when you consider people queuing at foodbanks,sleeping on the streets.


      December 5, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    • I claim pip, wow


      December 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

  6. Tories visiting food banks is a very BAD thing because it normalises food banks and makes them everyday and expected rather than cruel and unusual. This is the way bad things become part of the furniture. This is the way that the bedroom tax wormed its way into the British way of life: first there was outrage, resistance and protests which gradually died away and now the bedroom tax is never spoken of and is now going to be here forever.

    People going to food banks should NEVER be considered normal.

    Tories visiting food banks and giving them the seal of approval is an attempt to make them so.


    December 5, 2018 at 8:06 am

    • Universal Credit claimants ‘told to apply for provisional driving licence’ as a form of ID

      A number of people claiming Universal Credit have been told to apply for provisional driving licences as a form of ID with the costs being taken from their benefits, an MP has claimed.



      December 6, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      • but you dont need id like that to claim uc as if you have not got them then an id interview will have to be done at the jcp to prove who you say you are with bills ect.

        or long birth certificates.”

        and if you look at the bottom in red writing it says, WARNING a certificate is not proof of identity!!

        so as ever just done to make it more difficult yet there own rules and regs state the opposite where id is required and what is required to claim benefits.


        December 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      • The problem though, ken, is suppose you already have a FULL driving licence but have told the joke centre you don’t have one because you don’t want them sending for some shitty driving job you don’t want how can you get a PROVISIONAL one? Just say, oh look what the DVLA sent me, must be shome mishtake?


        December 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      • It costs £34 to apply online (£43 by post). You also need another ‘identity document’ such as a passport!

        Before you start

        It costs £34 to apply online. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

        You’ll need to provide:

        an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
        addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
        your National Insurance number if you know it

        You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.

        Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online. It may take longer if DVLA need to make additional checks.
        When you can drive with a provisional licence

        There are different rules depending on your age and the type of vehicle. Check what vehicles you can drive and when before you start to learn.
        Other ways to apply

        You can apply by post. Fill in form D1 available from the DVLA form ordering service and certain Post Office branches.

        It costs £43 to apply by post. Make your cheque or postal order payable to DVLA (do not send cash).

        You’ll also need to include:

        an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
        a colour passport-style photograph

        You must send original documents.

        Send your application and payment to:

        DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD – if all your documents are from the UK
        DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AF – if any of your documents are from outside the UK

        Your provisional licence should arrive within 3 weeks. Contact DVLA if it has not arrived by then.



        December 6, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      • * an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport

        If you already have a passport you can use the photo for your driving licence. But if you don’t have a passport it looks like you will have to apply by post. £43 + £5 for photos + envelope + postage is going to be a whopping £50 out of your JSA!


        December 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      • “In response to the letter a DWP spokeswoman told Sky News: “Having ID is not a requirement for those making a Universal Credit claim but it does make the process easier.” What does that mean? If you don’t have ID it will take forever like to claim it?


        universal crap

        December 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm



    December 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

  8. Is Katie Hopkins banned on here too?


    December 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

    • Didn’t she marry Tom Cruise?

      L. R. Hubbard

      December 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    • Anyone that blasphemes the Word of the Prophet Iain Duncan Smith and his Disciple Amber Rudd is banned on here. Anyone that dare decry Universal Credit as it is written in the Holy Legislation is banned from here.

      Universal Credit is Great

      December 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      • The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.

        Lieutenant Iain Duncan Smith (retired) MP and alumnus of the Università degli Studi di Perugia

        December 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

  9. Tory government issue law that its a criminal offense to criticize welfare reform when existing claimants are migrated to UC.


    If that were true and lets face it this latest ruling opens the generic door, this blog would be up in arms, that it was a travesty, a restriction of free expression, human rights and decency. What this proves that mostly all dont consider is that people no matter the subject, no matter for or against are operating the very same agenda to forever silence the other rather then reaching an understand while acknowledging the differences.
    Criticism means concisely – the practice of judging the merits and faults of something a person feels is incorrect in some way.
    We have criticized the welfare reform here for years now, are we suggestion if put upon us that our intent is less than genuine, that we only cherry picked the bad stuff while ignoring the all the good to sell our narrative that UC is broken and does not work.
    Criticism isn’t a dirty word, it does not imply definitively bad intent. You cannot have any debate without criticism otherwise you would have no opposition would you and therefore nothing to debate as we would all be in aligned agreement.
    We seriously cant blast a government for using a stick instead of a carrot when we in part agree to let them use that stick when it favors our belief only to see it used on us later which it will, it always does, you know that irrefutably. Its the fundamental reason why this and other sites exist.
    We have to agree to disagree otherwise change never comes,lessons never get learnt.

    We’ve gone from committing a physical act to a fear of, to a preference based on feeling to now an opposing opinion. None of the latter guarantees the first, each case must be dealt with individually and scored on its merits and faults.


    December 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

  10. Andrew Coates

    December 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    • Weve come a ways since the days IDS first incited foodbanks encouraged welfare dependency, IDS accusing the trussell trust of scaremongering, snubbing them publicly and the Pièce de résistance when Esther McVey told this very MP that there is no link between welfare reform and the use of foodbanks and all dating back to 2013/14.

      This government has had 7 years to get the promise of welfare reform to deliver yet year on year all the problems its suppose to fix have got undoubtedly worse. All bar everyone on UC from the welfare reform has been implemented or removed as impracticable from the welfare reform so are we saying its only because everyone’s not on UC that the problem persists. If welfare reform is helping why on earth is this MP opening yet another foodbank that without doubt will be packed to the rafters everyday the moment it opens. There not free supermarkets anyone can walk into and help themselves to food.

      Its terrible that the Tories would attempt to normalize such places as though it was their idea to begin with and a part of the welfare reform. How is now having to queue up at a foodbank simpler and less complex than just receiving the money when people need it. If we got rid of foodbanks,soup kitchens and make shift shelters to hide the ever increasing homeless problem, we would have hospitals inundated with malnutrition cases and associated illnesses and disabilities, we would have higher crime and arrest rates,more people in courts and prison, more deceased persons found on the street and buried and all of which would be at a far higher cost to the taxpayer.
      So what does this tell you about this welfare reform and how its working despite a famed speech by IDS that welfare reform would benefit all those who “play by the rules” and ensure “work always pays more” by easing the rate at which benefits are withdrawn as income rises.


      December 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      • Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame has renewed calls for an immediate halt to Universal Credit after it was revealed that councils are spending millions of pounds offsetting the policy.

        Ms Grahame (SNP) said Midlothian Council has lost £340,000 in the past year and is expected to lose £3.3 million in the next four years as a result of rent arrears caused by issues with Universal Credit payments. She claims arrears have already increased from £1,167,625 to £1,531,575 in the year following the introduction of Universal Credit in Midlothian



        December 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      • The Tories are trying to institutionalise food banks, doug, and make them a much a piece of Britain’s charitable furniture as the RSPCA or RNIB. They want what we’ve got now to become the new normal where men, women and children commonly visit food banks to avoid malnutrition before lowering the bar even further. I find it ironic that Theresa May, who warned the political party that she currently leads, not to treat people too coldly and unkindly because becoming the “nasty party” would spell ruin for the Conservatives, now leads one of the cruellest and nastiest versions of the Tory party in living memory.

        James Keasley

        December 5, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      • Very true,and they would like ‘welfare’ to be like in the US, after a very tiny minimum it’s run by charitable agencies, Lords and Lady Bountifuls.

        Andrew Coates

        December 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      • Like America

        Well people living in urban areas are going to have to get ready for large homeless communes seen throughout the famed American cities and criminals released on parole for murder,sex offenses and such living among them.

        America is proof positive that the dystopian image you see in scifi movies is going to happen as it grows with large placards and billboards near by promoting corporate interests who indenture themselves ever more into politics.


        December 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      • @ doug

        If the Conservatives keep getting returned to office I think your prediction is a dead cert, doug, especially if after leaving the EU the nation desperate for trade, we lower our standards, giving away too much away to the US to get a trade deal and end up as virtually America’s fifty-first state.

        James Keasley

        December 6, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    • Renfrewshire Councillors have approved £30,000 funding to Renfrewshire Food Bank to reduce the impact of Universal Credit.

      The Tackling Poverty Programme has been at the centre of many projects to help struggling families and households in Renfrewshire since launching in 2015.

      Renfrewshire Council has provided the food bank with funding in recent years, working flexibly with them to provide extra money when needed from its Tackling Poverty Fund.


      Tackling Poverty?


      December 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm

  11. The UK is the most surveilled nation in the world. We are up there with Russia, China and Iran .. 😉

    No Privacy

    December 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

  12. DWP Has Spent Millions On Universal Credit Marketing Blitz
    Spending on advertising accelerated at the same time as mounting criticism of the scheme.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has spent a total of £4,289,676 on its campaign to promote Universal Credit, splashing out on social media campaigns, digital displays and bus stop posters.



    December 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm

  13. Doctors’ concerns over universal credit are mounting

    GPs are seeing increased workload related to the benefit change

    “We haven’t seen this level of deprivation before,” Dornan tells The BMJ. “We feel so upset seeing people in such difficult situations.”



    December 5, 2018 at 3:07 pm

  14. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating!.


    December 5, 2018 at 3:09 pm

  15. Outrage as straight-A students rejected by Scotland’s top universities for being SCOTTISH

    “I am appalled that our students are being discriminated because they are Scottish.
    “Had my son been born in Ireland or overseas he would have been able to start the course of his choice in September.

    School leavers with as many as eight A passes in their Highers have been rejected from Scotland’s top universities in favour of English and foreign students who pay sky-high fees.

    Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney have been sent dozens of letters from furious parents after their children lost out on places.

    The Scottish Government’s free education policy means universities have quotas for domestic applicants, while they can accept as many as they want from fee-paying countries.

    The parent of another 18-year-old boy who had five As asked Swinney: “Can you tell me why there are opportunities for international students and those from the rest of the UK in almost every discipline but the only options open to Scottish students are in secondary education and nursing?”

    The Government’s Scottish Funding Council determine the number of places available for students from Scotland and the EU based on the amount of funding available.

    Universities can then independently set the number of students taken in from England and other countries who pay fees. An analysis of places available through the last-minute clearing process earlier this year revealed that Glasgow University had 29 courses available to hopefuls from elsewhere in the UK compared to just five for Scottish students.

    Applicants to Aberdeen University from England could pick from a list of 390 courses but none were available to Scottish school leavers.


    Who Cares

    December 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm


    Handy Cam

    December 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm

  17. The ‘mask’ is to keep out the cold and traffic fumes. Lots of Chinese people wear ‘masks’, maybe SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is doing the rounds.


    December 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm

  18. Wind the tape forward to 4:00 😀


    December 5, 2018 at 4:54 pm

  19. Tories’ Universal Credit policy to leave 10,000 Scots penniless this Christmas

    The new benefit has a five-week waiting time built in which means anyone claiming today will not get support until the New Year.

    The UK Government claimed it would “simplify” payments and guide people into work.



    December 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    • universal credit has just completed its roll out up in Scotchland. The scotch will only be penniless over Christmas if they are switched to universal credit in the next few weeks. That would mean no haggis, whisky and shortbread for them so maybe a blessing in disguise 😉

      universal crap

      December 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm

  20. ‘Usually claimants under the 19 types of payments including Disability Living Allowance and Jobseekers’ Allowance would receive the payment in the first week of December – as a way to help with the added financial pressures around Christmas.’

    This is baloney! The unemployed have never received the £10 (£10 since forever)! Only OAPs have received the £10 Christmas bonus – none of whom are struggling or need it. And anyway, OAPs aren’t even on universal credit!

    Kawala Unagabe

    December 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm

  21. And what can £10 buy you these days? Seriously!

    Kawala Unagabe

    December 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    • A packet of 20 fags mate 😉

      Fag Ash Lil

      December 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm

  22. The £10 bonus was introduced in 1972 when £10 was a great help to OAPs. It has remained at £10 ever since. At least it was worth something nearly half a century ago!

    Kawala Unagabe

    December 6, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    • In 1972 when the Christmas Bonus of Ten Pounds was first paid the weekly basic state pension was £6.75 ……….. so the bonus was a week and a half’s money

      To be equivalent today it would have to be over £200

      Tanwabe Yanwankbe

      December 6, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      • One and a half of a weeks Pension Credit for a single person (the MINIMUM income floor) for a single OAP) would be £244.50


        Tanwabe Yanwankbe

        December 6, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      • This proves that if you ‘freeze’ a benefit for long enough it becomes worthless.

        Tanwabe Yanwankbe

        December 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    • Yup! They are pretending the evil Tories ™ are taking away a benefit that never existed in the first place lol

      Felcity Unbungbe

      December 7, 2018 at 8:49 am

  23. … to a Foodbank 😉

    Felcity Unbungbe

    December 7, 2018 at 8:53 am

  24. … to an early grave 😉

    Felcity Unbungbe

    December 7, 2018 at 8:54 am

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