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DWP Staff: Have Your Universal Credit Cake and Eat it!

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Universal Credit Cake Baked for DWP Employees.

Universal Credit cake sparks outrage.

Belfast Live.

“The cake which was given by staff in England and is understood to be similar to the one given to workers in NI.”

Stormont department spent more than £1,000 on sweet treats for staff

 Civil servants celebrated the introduction of the controversial Universal Credit with specially made cakes, it emerged today.

The 40 cakes, which cost taxpayers more than £1,000, had ‘Universal Credit’ and ‘UC’ iced onto them.

The Department of Communities said the sweet treats were fed to staff as part of a “team building” exercise after a “challenging implementation effort”.

Universal Credit, which rolls six benefits into one single payment, is being introduced across Northern Ireland but has sparked widespread anger amid delays in payments leaving claimants facing serious financial difficulties.

The story has caught the beady eyes of the Indy:

Civil servants in a Stormont department spent more than £1,000 on 40 cakes to celebrate the completion of a controversial year-and-a-half Universal Credit benefits roll out program.

Each cake was branded with a Universal Credit (UC) logo and given to staff in some 40 locations across Northern Ireland, paid for by the department for communities.

The North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon told the Irish News:

It is also true however that Universal Credit, and the minimum five-week wait for your first payment, is causing financial hardship especially in North Belfast, Antrim and Ballymena, where it is being rolled out in the month of Christmas.

Here’s some more chaps celebrating Universal Credit.

Let joy be unconfined!


Written by Andrew Coates

December 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Posted in DWP, Universal Credit

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    December 10, 2018 at 8:29 pm

  2. Ironic that cake has the stars of the EU flag.


    December 11, 2018 at 1:03 am

  3. Let them eat cake ?

    I am a stupid Tory

    December 11, 2018 at 11:47 am

  4. This is an essential point.

    Andrew Coates

    December 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm

  5. “The DWP drops itself in the sh*t by boasting about how ‘helpful’ #UniversalCredit is for businesses https://t.co/uthzATaxuK pic.twitter.com/5v2YbeNwP6 ”

    UC helping to normalize, insecure, gig, and zero hour work.

    I am a stupid Tory

    December 11, 2018 at 12:56 pm

  6. I am a stupid Tory (is there any other type?)

    December 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

  7. Off topic has anyone else seen on welfare weekly the fanfare over the new work and health programme? I know it’s bot a new idea but reading it sounds exaxtly like the old deceased Work (waste) programme. ..do they never learn?? What’s meet sending 1 armed ppl to work on a building site? ??


    December 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

  8. War on words begins

    As the climate conference gets under way in Poland, the right to protest has been severely neutered. If you dont get deported the moment you arrive your subjected to 30 minute slots, allocated areas, volume limits and guidance on the wording of signs. Protesting outside the conference is strictly banned when talks are being held.
    This is Poland but how long as all sorts of protests gather gusto around the world before this neutering becomes the norm everywhere. With the EU successfully criminalizing criticizing brought into law will we have to wait before any hotly contested topic gets added to the list to ban protest even online.


    December 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

    • Your comment is awaiting moderation

      How is talking about harsh rules surrounding protesting and debating deserving of awaiting moderation ?


      December 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

      • That genuinely got caught up in the filter, which is directed against racist and far-right comments by alt-right trolls.

        Andrew Coates

        December 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

  9. Its appears we dont even have to wait for an expansion, prohibiting criticism is already upon us here as im prevented from talking about the harsh rules surrounding a recent protest and what it implies for times to come.


    December 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

  10. Andrew Coates

    December 12, 2018 at 11:48 am

  11. When Jacob-Rees Mogg was on Channel 4’s Brexit debate Jacob actually agreed with one of his ‘opponents’ arguments. Krishan Guru-Murty was having none of it though. He came down on the hapless Jacob like a ton of bricks: “Jacob, you’re not here to agree with him. You are here to question his points. That’s what you’re here for.” Jacob humbly apologised with “I am ever so sorry.” What is it with the media and their division for division’s sake. Why aren’t these politicians allowed to agree with other.

    And another thing. Rees-Mogg made Guru-Murty look even fatter than he usually looks.

    The Couch Potatoes

    December 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    • Jacob Rees-Mogg. The Roman Catholic dead nuts against abortion because “all life is sacred” but “uplifted” by the existence of food banks, because the “government can’t do everything”, seemingly believing that pre-natal life needs protecting while cool and the gang with post-natal life – men, women and children – suffering food poverty in 21st century Britain, deserving minimal protection once out of the womb.

      What a counterfeit and caricature of a gentleman Jacob Rees-Mogg is in reality.

      Another Tory waste of skin.


      December 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

  12. A cake to celebrate universal credit. Well that takes the biscuit!


    December 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    • Where the vote of no confidence should be.What a shambles!


      December 12, 2018 at 3:45 pm

  13. Jacob-Rees Mogg for PM.
    We’re already the laughing stock of the world, we might as well go the whole mogg.

    I am a stupid Tory (is there any other type?)

    December 12, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    • Hear, hear. It’s about time that a humble “man of the people” like Jacob Rees-Mogg, who attended Eton College and then went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, to read history, became prime minister of the country. For far too long privileged people with silver spoons in their mouths, unacquainted with the trials, troubles and travails of ordinary working folk have occupied this exalted office with little to no experience or knowledge of unwashed commoners.

      No doubt Jacob’s sons Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher Rees-Mogg, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam Rees-Mogg, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius Rees-Mogg and Tom Wentworth Somerset Dunstan Rees-Mogg would be pleased to see their pater installed at 10 Downing Street.

      This is what the nation needs: A man of the people who understands the plebeian lives.

      Baron William Rees-Mogg of Hinton Blewett in the County of Avon (no relation)

      December 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      • That lot remind me of P.G.Wodehouse:

        Andrew Coates

        December 12, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      • Good morning everyone

        May I present a photographic image of my entire brood

        Good day to you


        Jacob Rees-Mogg

        December 13, 2018 at 10:07 am

      • They should do one of those TV programs where they they have to live as in Victorian times, they wouldn’t have to change anything.

        I am a stupid Tory (is there any other type?)

        December 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      • I think that it’s refreshing to see ordinary, non-privileged, unpretentious, self-made and unaffected men from the street, like Jacob Rees-Mogg, becoming MPs. We need more leaders who know what it’s like to be strapped for cash and not have the money to make the rent, buy food, pay utility bills etc., and what it’s like to suffer debt and fall into rent arrears so that they treat people humanely when wielding political power. Our nation needs more common men of the people like the Moggster to guide us to the Darwinian, bracing, quick and deadly world we will soon be struggling within once outside the protective collective strength of the European Union.

        The survival of the fittest and all that both at home and abroad.

        And Jacob looks like the kind of man that enjoy a pint and game of arrows down the Working Men’s Club with the boys of an evening after shagging himself out with all that politicing.

        Blind Pugh

        December 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      • Jacob Rees-Mogg’s voice sounds rather like that of Oliver Postgate, who used to write and narrate children’s animations like Bagpuss and Pogles Wood. That said I reckon that Mr Postgate has more life in him today than Rees-Mogg does even though Mr Postgate passed away ten years ago in 2008. If I had a head like Jacob Rees-Mogg and was Jewish I would get it circumcised.

        Noggin the Nog

        December 13, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      • Jacob-Rees Mogg has six children. Wow! The idea of such a seemingly sexless person has ever been active with a lady is pretty amazing as far as I’m concerned. I wonder if he fathered those children personally or employed a servant to do the deed on his behalf as a proxy to save him the time and effort. It’s really difficult to imagine such a freak actually gettin’ it on. Uuuuuugh! A pretty distasteful image just popped into my mind which I might never be able to unimagine and could well have done without floating inside my head. Arrrrrgh!

        Okamoto Pack of Two

        December 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    • There are definitely his kids (or his twin brother’s). You can tell just by looking. No need for an expensive Jeremy Kyle DNA test… when you can always tell by just looking 😉

      It doesn’t necessarily mean Jacob has “got in on though” with that pretty young filly. Jacob could have been
      ‘milked’ and the young filly impregnated with a syringe – similar to Royal Family ‘protocol’.

      Queen Vic

      December 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      • Have a look at that ‘mini-Mogg’. He is the spitting image of Jacob. You just KNOW he is going to be a future MP or summat.

        Queen Vic

        December 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      • I bet he keeps his glasses and socks on when he’s at it too!

        Ribbed Featherlite

        December 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm

  14. The remainers have decisively won. Brexit is vanquished by a large majority.

    Fire every brexiter NOW.

    ONLY REMAIN IS SANE! (and supported by a large majority in parliament. – no other choice has sufficient support!)

    So….tear-up Article 50 NOW so that our modern multiracial Nation can optimally thrive for everyone’s benefit.

    H Endon

    December 12, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    • Sounds more plausible than a no-deal Brexit.

      Ribbed Featherlite

      December 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

  15. “The roll out of UniversalCredit is complete.” LOL
    Let the fun begin.

    I am a stupid Tory (is there any other type?)

    December 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    • All this means is that all new claims for any of the six benefits in universal credit will require applicants to claim universal credit rather than legacy benefits. The sh1t will really hit the fan when people currently on legacy benefits get migrated onto universal credit because there are MILLIONS of ’em. Once this begins in earnest, if it ever does, the shower of sh1t that is universal credit will be seen in all of its gory glory.

      Yea, unto and forever

      December 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

  16. Scotch benefits claimants are signing up for Fair Start Scotchland even though the scheme is entirely voluntary. They don’t have to do it yet they are still signing up with a ‘provider’ 😀 Maybe it is something in the Scotch water 😀


    The Searchers

    December 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

  17. I am waiting to be moved over to the uc, I live at home with my parents so annot claim housing, child etc. also get pip because of my disability

    I am hoping that I won’t lose money what I currently get on job seekers. I don’t want to be over paid and find out I have to pay it back later.

    If I means I only have to attend the job centre once per month. I can maanged with attending work and health programme a few more times,


    December 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    • you only have to attend once and refuse to sign there contract if you do sign it your there bitch for 2 years and if they have placements thats workfare!


      December 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      • This is not in someones interest Superted.

        JCP and the provider share relevant information about the participant

        Click to access uksiod_20171020_en.pdf

        Ther trying to get me on this.


        December 13, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      • if you dont sign there esf 1420 form there is bugger all they can do about it there a 3rd party company for profit and permission has to be given of free will.

        if dwp sanction you for not signing it we all know what happens, dwp lose.;)


        December 14, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      • These ‘providers’ should be well out of business by now. Anyone signing up with them has a screw loose.

        Screws Get Loose

        December 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      • I was told that the Work & Health Programme was for fifteen months but could be extended. Who knows? No one is ever given a chance to read the contract they are asked to sign by providers and so, as superted has written dozens and dozens of times, don’t sign up for anything with private providers and you won’t end up as meat on the slab and pimped out to private profit-making companies as unpaid labour.

        Ribbed Featherlite

        December 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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


    December 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm

  19. Thanks a lot, I appreciate this.

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