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Don’t forget the Benefits Freeze as Brexit Hits Prices.

The Universal Credit disaster continues:

As our contributors write,

Not even students are spared the ravages of Universal Credit. Students are even more worse off than part-time workers who lose 63p from their UC for every pound earned. Students unfortunate to claim Universal Credit lose a whole £1.00 for every pound of their grant.

And now they’re coming for the pensioners:

The Mirror today:

Universal Credit leaves hundreds behind on council rent

The Scotsman,

HUNDREDS of students across Scotland have today joined together to sign an open letter to the government demanding a review of the impact of Universal Credit (UC) on their lives and ability to continue in higher education.

The group say UC has “fundamentally disregarded students” in the way it calculates their income, with lone parents, the disabled and students from low income families among the hardest hit.

Paloma Paige, president of the St Andrews University Students’ Association, is the main signatory of the letter and warns of the long-term impact on access to education.

The headline from Plymouth Live sums it all up:

Universal Credit is affecting everyone – the heartbreaking horror stories

No matter where you are in the country, you are guaranteed to find masses of people who have had problems with Universal Credit.

Last week, Plymouth Live ran a story detailing how you could change your payments if you were struggling – and dozens of people reached out to us to share their stories.

We have heard extensively from Plymouth families who have become increasingly worse off after the change-over.

One single mum who told Plymouth Live she had been stung by the benefit cap – brought in by the previous Coalition Government in 2010 – and faced legal eviction from her home because of her wrangle with the benefits system that forced her into rent arrears.

Disabled Plymouth man, Neil Wright, said he was utterly bamboozled with the new Universal Creditbenefit – after receiving a payment of just 1p and being left with 77p to live on for two weeks.

But now, people from all over the UK have shared their horror stories and they are truly heartbreaking.

Here is the Minister’s Response:

Written by Andrew Coates

February 25, 2019 at 11:28 am

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  1. If something makes many more people suffer ill effects than helps them how can it possibly be considered to be a force for good? One swallow does not make a spring, so they say, and a couple of people on universal credit who have managed to improve their lives, when hundreds of thousands are in debt, rent arrears or worse, does not qualify universal credit as a force for good. I was hoping Amber Rudd, who herself admitted that universal credit if not working properly and only recently came clean about UC driving large numbers of people into food poverty, was going to be better than this, but, there you go.

    Rudd is just another right-wing apologist called universal credit which is, by any definition, a force for evil.

    Jim

    February 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    • The Universal Credit sanctions forcing Liverpool families towards foodbanks and poverty

      Some people are kept off benefits for as long as three months at a time

      more people are having to use food banks, are being pushed into debt, and are forced to “struggle against the tide of poverty”.

      People who are sanctioned for the second or third time can see their payments halted or reduced for additional weeks as a penalty.

      Critics have blasted the findings, and say that sanctions are casting the most vulnerable people into “destitution”.

      Our evidence shows that sanctions can be counterproductive, pushing people further from work – for example by pushing households into debt, using their resources instead to struggle against the tide of poverty.

      https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/revealed-universal-credit-sanctions-forcing-15896084

      ken

      February 28, 2019 at 12:56 am

  2. The Pensions Secretary said Pension Credit is not intended for people of working age – this comment aimed at pensioners who take a partner of working age and where both would need to claim Universal Credit instead.

    Perhaps someone should tell the pensions Secretary the bl…… obvious: Universal Credit (and the nightmare procedure for claiming it) should never be intended for pensioners!!!

    Axeman

    February 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm

  3. Once the roll-out of Universal Credit is fully completed, the only people still claiming Housing Benefit will be state pensioners. And from May 15th 2019, this will be only single pensioners, and couples where both partners are over state pension age.
    One of the stated aims of Universal Credit is to abolish multiple benefits, including Housing Benefit, and to replace them all with a single benefit.
    Unless the Tories are prepared to keep Housing Benefit going on the basis of nostalgia, how long will it be before they scrap the HB system, and transfer all the remaining state pensioners to Universal Credit ?
    And in addition, when these pensioners are transferred to Universal Credit, will the DWP allow them to claim without having any work requirements at all ? Or will they have at least a limited conditionality attached to their claim ?

    Jeff Smith

    February 25, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    • Very true Jeff. It’s not more than a couple of years ago that some clown suggested that the pensioners could do farm work in exchange for their pensions.

      Alan Turner

      February 26, 2019 at 4:15 pm

  4. Andrew Coates

    February 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm

  5. Hang your heads in shame DWP scum.

    Violet

    February 25, 2019 at 7:56 pm

  6. While a payment of 1p is a disgrace surely it costs them more to process and make the 1p payment than the payment is worth???

    katrehman

    February 26, 2019 at 6:15 am

  7. DWP officers fail to turn up at four out of five benefit appeal hearings
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-officers-fail-turn-up-14051870

    superted

    February 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    • If what Violet and yourself is anything to go by any reasonable person would hide their face in shame rather then trying to defend the indefensible.

      Once the department sent representatives’ to and ruled the decision unfair and the amount was quickly paid by Giro cheque.Even in those days’ only the backdated benefit was paid but the damage to mental health caused by stress was never healed,many bad decisions started to emerge back to the late 80’s income support.

      Even in the mid 2000 period Jobcentre staff mentioned that “those who are not going to find work are put on another benefit” back in the 80’s/90’s it was routine practice until iain duncan smith anounced that they were to be given their lives back by that stage turning that situation around became very difficult,the time took its toll and the political scene changed.Its sad that the government wrote off many people often through decline yet today were seeing often barbarity in the headlines.

      ken

      February 26, 2019 at 7:17 pm

  8. Sounds about right ted the bastards don’t turn up because they know they haven’t got a leg to stand on!

    Violet

    February 26, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    • they never showed up to mine neither and it was over in 9 mins lol 😉

      superted

      February 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      • ted, i’d give up on violet if i were you mate. she’s just gonna drag you down and suck the life out of you. you’ve all tried to help her and she’s just ignored you basically. time to put this one to bed, i think. i suspect she may be a dwp troll sent on here to wind you up, mate. dump her now.

        sen

        February 27, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      • just curious, but what would you have done if you were in violet’s shoes mate? agree it’s a tall story and all that but just assuming that violet is the real deal for a mo, mate.

        jill

        February 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm

  9. If you ever end up on universal chaos & sent to a poverty pimp will you still say ‘I am happy to participate but will not sign your paperwork? 😁 I think what’s happened to me is enough to put anyone off!

    Violet

    February 26, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    • yes as i have been doing this for a long long time now and it always goes the same 99% of the time the provider will say i did not attend as on the lms it says dna for every place they have tried to send me to date.

      now most of the time i got a good reason letter why i did not attend and always provided proof i did attend via bus tickets ect and done it in writing and never went past the dm.

      what i did last time was do the mr over the phone as doug and others wanted proof out right i could refuse to sign there paperwork and not get sanctioned.

      the day the provider gave me that letter i had them buy the bollocks and knew a sanction was coming for not participating other than a dna.

      they waited 3 months b4 trying the sanction and then done the mr over the phone and lost which was what i wanted as i put in for a budgiting loan to cover the sanction that came in 2 days after the sanction was applied.

      you should of seen the look on the advisers face when i said that as wanted me to get a hardship grant errr nope ur playing my game now 😉

      and you know what happens after that they lost at tribunal and then dumped me on the top floor just signing ever since and the adviser and its floor manager has not been seen since.

      providers are 3rd party company’s for profit and as they need ur wet sig on there contract to gain funding for the crap they offer and that is not my problem as contract law states it must be given of free will esf and sfa funding rules also state this in there contracts.

      dwp own rules also state you can participate and not sign anything which was 1 part of why i won the tribunal.

      the other part was they was going to share my personnel data with 3rd partys like facebook.

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      superted

      February 26, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      • violet remember it does not matter what they have put on ur cc as it is unlawful and it also breaches the providers funding contracts as you are now being forced to attend it is basically fraud at the end of the day same as a4e just signing there own contracts for dwp funding.

        they cant just keep shutting ur uc claim down but seems where you are they are just doing what they like why it is best to get the cab also involved to get things sorted out for you regarding the cc and what is on it.

        if the cab start sending complaints in at some point they will have to deal with it and will go above the jcp managers head at ur local office.

        if i was you id keep complaining in writing until something is done about this jcp and the management of it as they are braking there own rules regs and procedure, also known as gross misconduct in a public office.

        superted

        February 26, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      • The bloke on the left looks like Wallace pmsl 😀

        Gromit

        February 27, 2019 at 3:11 pm


      • Say cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!! 😀

        Gromit

        February 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      • Is that you on the right ted, with your fancy ‘Celebration of Learning’ doctorate pmsl 😀

        Sami

        February 27, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      • nope tho i got a better one than that 😉
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        superted

        February 27, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      • Healthy cooking on a budget.

        Government announces new national survey of household food insecurity The DWP will now be asking food poverty questions used in a US Government survey

        Reliance on food banks is now an widespread issue in modern Britain, with some 500,000 people now dependant on parcels

        The Food Foundation said nearly four million children in the UK live in households for whom a healthy diet is unaffordable

        Reliance on food banks is now a widespread issue in modern Britain, with some 500,000 people now depending on parcels, and around two million, including children, said to be malnourished, according to Oxfam.

        https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/dwp-household-food-insecurity-uk-hunger-survey/

        ken

        February 28, 2019 at 1:02 am

    • It isn’t a tall story at all Jill, the DWP scum really did shut my uc account down all because I committed the crime of the century – refusing to sign the poverty pimps paper work.

      Violet

      February 27, 2019 at 6:34 pm

  10. Thanks for that ted I’ll keep on complaining I can’t let them get away with this crap.

    Violet

    February 26, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    • i have spent like 10 years sat at 1 dump or another until i said enough is enough and said no as the only thing they care about is the money!

      and i cant wait to see what happens when they try to migrate everyone on to uc as i will not give them a email address or a phone number as even under uc i do not need to provide this as it is personnel data.

      that means no journal if i am migrated over to uc atm lol 🙂

      superted

      February 26, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    • Think yourself lucky you are not ‘volunteering’ for 35 hours a week in a Salvation Army ‘charity shop’ as part of your Claimant Commitment 😦 Roach said she would stop me money if I didn’t ‘volunteer’ 😦

      Salvation Army Slave

      February 27, 2019 at 7:41 am

      • that is not volunteering it is blackmail!

        superted

        February 27, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      • “One man’s slave is another man’s volunteer.”

        – Nostradamus

        Soothsayer

        February 27, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      • SDLP candidate calls for decisive action on Universal Credit

        we are contacted on a weekly basis by people receiving no Universal Credit payments due to inaccurate or late reporting of their wages to HMRC.

        “If wages are reported late then Universal Credit payments can be affected. It all comes down to the Assessment Period, the month long period preceding payment which is used to calculate entitlement to Universal Credit.

        “We’ve had countless incidents where employers have reported wages late which resulted in two monthly wages going into one Assessment Period, giving the impression of massive monthly earnings. This has led to no Universal Credit payment the following month.

        https://www.derrynow.com/news/sdlp-candidate-calls-decisive-action-universal-credit/269439

        ken

        February 27, 2019 at 11:55 pm

  11. superted

    February 26, 2019 at 10:14 pm

  12. Dutch court rules against Muslim man who refused to shave beard for job

    Man’s benefits were cut after he refused to be clean shaven for asbestos removal training

    A Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Muslim man’s benefits over his refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.

    The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course.

    When he refused on the basis of his religious convictions, Amersfoort city council suspended payments to both him and his wife for a month under the Participatiewet, which provides a minimum income for every legal resident in the Netherlands.

    The man appealed the decision at the court of central Netherlands, where he claimed that the removal of his benefits was an infringement of article nine of the European convention on human rights which protects the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

    The council argued that there was a danger of asbestos particles ending up in the man’s beard, which is harmful to his health. They added that his facial hair would also impact on the effectiveness of the respiratory mask he would need to wear.

    Lawyers for the council went on to conclude that the man, who had been unemployed for two years, would have received an automatic job on completing his training and that they had to act in the interests of the taxpayer.

    The man responded that he would have been willing to wear an alternative respiratory mask on the market suitable for those with beards but the court concluded that the training required the use of a specific mask.

    The court’s appeal board ruled that the decision was “unmistakably an infringement of [the man’s] right to religious freedom” but that this was tolerable if there was a legal basis and society required it.

    In the summing up the judges took into account the lack of any prospect of other employment given the man’s history including time in jail, psychological problems and a gambling addiction.

    “The provision offered … did not involve any internship or training, but was provided with a job guarantee”, the court said. “For the appellant, the training was therefore an excellent, concrete chance for regular work …

    “Due to the refusal to participate in the training, the appellant did not make use of the guaranteed opportunity to gain access to the labour market. As a result, he put undue pressure on the public funds to the detriment of those who, in solidarity, bear the costs of the provisions in the Participatiewet.”

    The judges ruled that the suspension of payments was “deemed necessary in the interest of the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

    The Dutch welfare system has undergone significant changes in recent years corresponding with a fall in unemployment from 6.9% in 2014 to around 3.9% today, the pre-financial crisis level. But real wage growth has been slow with work contracts being increasingly short-term.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/27/netherlands-cuts-muslim-mans-benefits-refusing-shave-beard

    The Guardian

    February 27, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    • Jobcentres in the UK have already sanctioned jobseekers for refusing to shave!

      Bearded Dragon

      February 27, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      • Yes. That’s just to stop people coming the old, ‘long white beard, make yourself look like Gandalf trick’.
        Not many employers will take someone on who looks like this. Add a scruffy sweatshirt with a few dirty stains, and hey presto ! You are interview-proof, no matter what the Jobcentre put you in for. And they know it.

        Jeff Smith

        February 27, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      • The “Gandalf Trick” didn’t work for Ian McKellen though did it?

        Saruman Istari

        February 28, 2019 at 10:35 am

    • Interesting story on many levels.
      Probably the most interesting point is that laws everywhere seem to now have a point at which a ranking of law occurs.

      If the council as they touted were so concerned i quote ” The council argued that there was a danger of asbestos particles ending up in the man’s beard, which is harmful to his health”, they wouldn’t attempt to force anyone to do that particular job. Its as i mentioned on another website the culture of “got to break eggs to make an omelette”.
      So its quite disingenuous for the council to put forward this claim when what there really saying is, well someone has to do it, has to take a risk so why not stronghold a person we have a welfare neck around.

      Furthermore this person has a criminal past and psychological problems so your actually giving them a weapon they can use on others which is a very slow and very painful demise not even morphine can subdue. So again its questionable about legal basis and of benefit to society.
      Its unless im mistaken not a communistic or socialistic country even so all this needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few is tenuous to say the least if we factor the cost of if it blows up in their faces as a society.
      Its quite interesting to see how that government will use the strength of public taxpayer funds to force an action to such an extent that they will be willy to perverse law inorder to get it. Weve been as ive mentioned way in the past, been making small additions to law for ages for just such occasions like for instance the position violet finds them self in i said would happen eventually.
      All this aside its quite prehistoric for a society such as them to have jobs only a certain criteria will do. Even in kitchens,food based industry, we have hats and masks that accommodate different facial/hair types.
      In the case of asbestos removal it always makes me laugh how no one ever wants to explain how the persons clothing and masking is removed without putting them at risk at lunchbreaks ans going home time.
      A person everytime they leave the removal area while clothed and masked would have to hit a chamber which showered them while they were still wearing said gear to achieve that. Todate i have never seen such a process done in this country. Its also worthy of note you mostly only ever see legal to work immigrants doing the job, usually polish as no one wants to take the risk for a crappy wage.

      Asbestos related illness/es if you ever see a video is a hideously slow and painful way to die as it hurts to breath and its not like we as a species can stop doing that.
      Such a job due to associated serious risks should always be voluntary and this court and council know this.

      Douglas

      February 28, 2019 at 11:47 am

      • doug

        Indeed! It sets a dangerous president. Coming to to jobcentre near you soon. Avast me hearties, would ye be wanting to drive me ship home? I may be a drunk pirate but not a stupid one. We do need to stop and pick up some rum and booty for the trip home.

        Black Beard the Pirate

        February 28, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      • With a asbestos all it takes is one solitary particle to lodge in your lungs to become a ticking time-bomb. It can be decades before illness manifests. it doesn’t say how old this claimant is but assuming he is relatively
        young (apprenticeship?) this is a virtual death sentence in a few decades at most down the line. Asbestos removal has to be one of the most hazardous occupations. You can’t blame him for using every trick (Gandalf) to get out of this one. Given this decision we can only hope and pray that the Jobcentre don’t have any of these jobs on offer and do what they did with Violet (closing down her claim to enforce compliance).

        Reef

        February 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      • It’s Holland so once he enters into his inevitable slow and painful demise he will be euthanised. Who said the Dutch weren’t a caring society!

        Amsterdamed

        February 28, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      • Some jobs require that the people doing them are clean shaven, usually because breathing apparatus is involved which can’t seal properly unless they touch facial skin, e.g., firemen, construction workers, certain kinds of miners and laboratory personnel etc. If you have a beard and are not willing to shave it off when a particular job requires you to do so for safety reasons consider a different occupation or career. Simples.

        Maximilien de Robespierre

        March 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

      • How does it set a dangerous president? Can you be more pacific?

        Hawaii

        March 1, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      • How does it set a dangerous president? Can you be more pacific?.

        Hawaii

        March 1, 2019 at 2:06 pm

  13. A Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Mu*..slim man’s benefits over his refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.

    The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course.

    When he refused on the basis of his religious convictions, Amersfoort city council suspended payments to both him and his wife for a month under the Participatiewet, which provides a minimum income for every legal resident in the Netherlands.

    The man appealed the decision at the court of central Netherlands, where he claimed that the removal of his benefits was an infringement of article nine of the European convention on human rights which protects the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

    The council argued that there was a danger of asbestos particles ending up in the man’s beard, which is harmful to his health. They added that his facial hair would also impact on the effectiveness of the respiratory mask he would need to wear.

    Lawyers for the council went on to conclude that the man, who had been unemployed for two years, would have received an automatic job on completing his training and that they had to act in the interests of the taxpayer.

    The man responded that he would have been willing to wear an alternative respiratory mask on the market suitable for those with beards but the court concluded that the training required the use of a specific mask.

    The court’s appeal board ruled that the decision was “unmistakably an infringement of [the man’s] right to religious freedom” but that this was tolerable if there was a legal basis and society required it.

    In the summing up the judges took into account the lack of any prospect of other employment given the man’s history including time in jail, psychological problems and a gambling addiction.

    “The provision offered … did not involve any internship or training, but was provided with a job guarantee”, the court said. “For the appellant, the training was therefore an excellent, concrete chance for regular work …

    “Due to the refusal to participate in the training, the appellant did not make use of the guaranteed opportunity to gain access to the labour market. As a result, he put undue pressure on the public funds to the detriment of those who, in solidarity, bear the costs of the provisions in the Participatiewet.”

    The judges ruled that the suspension of payments was “deemed necessary in the interest of the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

    The Dutch welfare system has undergone significant changes in recent years corresponding with a fall in unemployment from 6.9% in 2014 to around 3.9% today, the pre-financial crisis level. But real wage growth has been slow with work contracts being increasingly short-term.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/27/netherlands-cuts-muslim-mans-benefits-refusing-shave-beard

    The Guardian

    February 27, 2019 at 3:59 pm

  14. Bexley foodbank use triples as people reach out for charity lifeline

    Some clients said the change to Universal Credit has caused mental health problems, with one saying: “It’s a never-ending cycle of doom.”

    https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/17463883.bexley-foodbank-use-triples-as-people-reach-out-for-charity-lifeline/

    ken

    February 27, 2019 at 11:52 pm

  15. City council email joked about ‘dismembering’ homelessness campaigner

    A HOMELESSNESS campaigner is outraged over an email found on a city council account which joked about ‘dismembering’ him – which he saw after a GDPR request.

    https://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/regional/17462032.city-council-email-joked-about-dismembering-homelessness-campaigner/

    ken

    February 28, 2019 at 12:23 am

    • This obscene & constant othering of those in need of the help will be the end of the human race.

      Lucy

      February 28, 2019 at 7:44 am

  16. No bigger coercion and control than benefit claimants being browbeaten by government lackeys the DWP.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/universal-credit-thousands-lose-cash-14061151

    Violet

    February 28, 2019 at 9:21 am

  17. DWP blasted for ‘grotesque’ hospital visits in Islington

    Councillors have blasted the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the “grotesque and unbelievable” practice of visiting benefit claimants in hospital.

    Jobcentre staff occasionally conduct hospital visits to confirm people’s bank account or rent details. This ensures we can pay their full benefits on time.

    https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/health/dwp-blasted-for-grotesque-hospital-visits-in-islington-1-5910490

    ken

    February 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    • They don’t miss a trick do they Ken.

      Violet

      February 28, 2019 at 5:37 pm

  18. Alternative work search evidence types for people unable to use the universal credit online journal

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/alternative_work_search_evidence#incoming-1320694

    jj joop

    February 28, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    • Accepting Claimant Commitment
      For claimants who can’t access the to-do on their journal they are able to
      accept their claimant commitment clerically either during face to face or
      telephone interventions.

      just goes to show you can refuse to use the online journal and provide work search anyway you like 😉

      same as those signing pads you can refuse to use them and sign clerically.

      superted

      February 28, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      • At my Jobcentre, they’re still saying you HAVE to use the journal for evidencing job search. They don’t use the M-word (mandatory), though. I’m still on JSA and they’re only putting new claimants on UC, for now.

        Participation on the WHP in Cambridgeshire is still voluntary at the moment, however.

        Quote from the Jobcentre Customer Information booklet:

        “Am I eligible for the this programme?

        If you have a health condition or have been out of work for 24 months you may be able to be put forward for this life changing support. The number of places are limited – so act quickly!”

        I don’t know which county Violet is in but she’s certainly been shafted.

        jj joop

        March 1, 2019 at 11:56 am

      • well go shove that foi in there face and say what pmsl they are either telling lies dont know or just dont care and doing what they like.

        i think i did tell violet to do the new uc claim over the phone but bit late now as that would have stopped them just closing the claim down instead of doing a sanction doubt but you never know with these places.

        as for the whp i have not heard anything around here like it is dead in the water tbh but they shure as hell wont be sending me down there lol.

        superted

        March 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      • As I mentioned before I am on universal credit and do NOT use the journal to record my work search. I do this using a wordprocessor on my laptop, print it out, fortnightly, and show that to my work coach as evidence. So using the journal for to record work search definitely isn’t compulsory. As far as I know you can’t upload anything using the journal either, unless invited to do so which I have never been. It seems that different jobcentres and work coaches have different attitudes as per the journal but speaking personally I have not had pressure put on me or threats made against me to try to compel me to use the journal much at all.

        Perhaps other people on universal credit can share their experiences as per the journal.

        I’ve only made two brief entries in mine since last August.

        James

        March 1, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      • As I mentioned before I am on universal credit and do NOT use the journal to record my work search.

        Sometimes if people have complained they are treated with more respect.

        ken

        March 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      • In my case, I found that if you do complain you are treated with more respect. One of my coaches started photocopying my paper journal without my consent, that is until I emailed an FoI to the manager stating they had no legal authority to photocopy my personal property without my permission. Result: no more photocopying.

        jj joop

        March 1, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      • i have only seen a few ppl signing at the uc desks but there still using there ws1 books for work search.

        superted

        March 1, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      • In that case JJ ask to use the loo and pee on the seat.

        ken

        March 1, 2019 at 8:40 pm

  19. Andrew Coates

    February 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      I thank my lucky stars it wasn’t you that made that observation as its quite unflattering to attempt to suppress anothers right to freedom of expression on baseless grounds.
      It appears this David Osland like so many on both sides and middle badly need a lesson in political,economical and societal history as they all just keep refusing to accept how both communism/socialism and capitalism occupy the same space and have always done as one cannot exist without the other in equal measure.
      No matter where you look in history of current recorded society, corruption and big society stratification, stigmatization and ostracization has always prevailed because the sides wish it so.

      Douglas

      March 1, 2019 at 9:48 am

    • How dare she! What next? Esther McVile hijacking the memory of Keir Hardie and Nye Bevan? Esther McVile isn’t fit to lick the boots of a Jarrow marcher. Not that they could afford any having being ground down to a state of abject poverty by McVile’s ilk.

      Geordie Lass

      March 1, 2019 at 10:05 am

      • Absolutely Geordie I have no idea of what the other chap is on about.

        Andrew Coates

        March 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      • Well Geordie she has as much right to do this as say Andrew Coates likening himself to Stalin he if so wished.
        Narcissism runs deep actively in people who take a political view on either side or middle so it can never truly be any surprise at all.
        The quickest way to trick people is play the leftist socialistic/communistic card, you’ve only got to look at history and not to far to see how that works. Labours last stint in office was designed to be right leaning and a lot of work Blair actually did on welfare actually took over from where Major exactly left off. Had Milliband made it a third, you still would have seen the exact carbon copy of the welfare you have now.
        Its all two sides of the same coin and a lesson in never ever listening to a person who declares a political/economical and social stance.

        Douglas

        March 1, 2019 at 11:16 pm

  20. Chris Grayling leaves a trail of destruction where ever he goes as prison reform slammed costing taxpayers while record amounts of ex-cons return to prison.

    In any other job this man would have been sacked yet here he is dealing death notes to reforms. Will being in charge of transport be 3rd time lucky or will he hurt the taxpayers pockets like never before.

    Douglas

    March 1, 2019 at 9:57 am

    • How is it that he can keep his job ? He just seems to lurch from one crisis to another. But somehow never gets sacked.

      Brian S.

      March 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    • Two disabled households left worse off on Universal Credit aim for court of appeal

      The Government has consistently given assurances that no claimant will be worse off when they move to UC where there has been no change of circumstances

      https://welfareweekly.com/two-disabled-households-left-worse-off-on-universal-credit-aim-for-court-of-appeal/

      ken

      March 2, 2019 at 12:58 am

      • It was proclaimed and so it came to pass.

        Only a very short while ago the topic of Amber Rudd suspending the rollout to a mere 10’000 for observation was spoken about on this very site yet despite being warned this mover was silencer, that DWP would sneak people through the backdoor of circumstance, the site decided not to take the lead and continue to run with it.
        Sat on its hands with the Dolly Parton sountrack, here you go again playing in the background idly watching claimants get besieged instead of warning them DWP is still coming for the millions with engineered change of circumstance.
        It was advertised and even reported by one poster that DWP said they could nolonger use the post office bank, that they would need to change it which squarely falls under a change of circumstances as claimants mistakenly looked at the rules for UC rather than their own legacy benefit.

        Change you bank, have a new resident in shared accommodation, do work experience, volunteer, do a government approved course, change of GP or surgery have consistently and recently since Rudd’s announcement been applied via thumb screws by work coaches to claimants up and down the country.

        Douglas

        March 2, 2019 at 10:37 am

      • Too right, doug. It is a pure evil agenda that is being pursued. A war on the have-nots. It doesn’t matter a jot what colour of rosette you vote for. All roads lead to the same destination. The have-nots have cottoned on though and that is why they voted for Brexit. Like saying we are not fucking stupid, you know.
        You have to laugh at the politicians faux concern over how Brexit (if it ever happens) will affect the poor. As if they give a flying fig about the have-nots. All they care about is their property portfolios. The vote for Brexit has really shown their true colours. You know when you sunk to a new low when the new champions of the put upon are the likes of Tony Blair – war criminal who led the UK into an illegal war with Iraq that resulted in the deaths of millions of human beings, a crook who owns 70 properties and who is a multi-millionaire. As if Blair wasn’t bad enough we have George Soros – a multi-billionaire – a crook who made billions when he bet against the pound almost crashing the Bank of England and bringing the UK to it’s knees. Truth hurts.

        True Colours

        March 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

      • Crooks like Rees Mogg and Nigel Farage, both wealthy swindlers, are leading the Brexit charge still.

        Andrew Coates

        March 2, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      • No doubt Rees-Mogg and Farage will cash in big in the event of a no deal Brexit but by the same token no doubt Soros is set to make a few £billion if/when Brexit is called off. Like any of them give a stuff about the ‘little people’.

        Hedge Fund

        March 2, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      • And whoever ‘wins’ it will be the ‘little people’ who will pay bit time! ‘Tis always been the case.

        Hedge Fund

        March 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      • And whoever ‘wins’ it will be the ‘little people’ who will pay – big time! ‘Tis always been the case.

        Hedge Fund

        March 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm

  21. Andrew Coates

    March 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

  22. No-deal Brexit: Supermarkets prepare for looting and riots amid fears of food shortages

    Stores are have enlisted the help of the police to deal with violent protests

    A “significant percentage” of the food purchased by UK consumers is at risk of disruption in a no-deal Brexit scenario,

    https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/no-deal-brexit-supermarket-food-shortages-looting-preparations/

    ken

    March 1, 2019 at 8:57 pm

  23. Andrew Coates

    What was with the health and safety piece that got removed ?

    Douglas

    March 1, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    • Mad US alt-right rant about Muslim beards.

      Andrew Coates

      March 2, 2019 at 10:31 am

      • Andrew Coates

        What on earth are you talking about or was that an attempt to pervert the truth from the audience as my post was about a regulation in the HASAWA act 1974 known as reasonably practicable (time and money Vs risk), a regulation that prevails in mostly all western countries. It was looking at the problem as a whole and not being cornered by a mere story and ive spoken about this before on this site and you had no problem with that back then.
        I outlined that after a bit of research that PPE is made that allows a person to work with asbestos with a beard. I also pointed out how the court ruling is illogical and manufactured in that particular case as it was as the law permits, the employer was actually the one who refused the bearded man work because of the laws he and not the bearded man is tied to.
        A legally binding contract that is defined as enforcible is only so after a potential employee whose offered work subject to contract has signed it and that it is a and of mutual agreement between both contract parties. Clearly before that point as do remember this bearded person has only been given a offer of a contract after successively completing training that we are talking a different contract, namely a training one. Now regardless much is the case here with providers, the said employer/trainer has stipulated in contract a person if they wish to accept the offer (remember of free will) must be cleanly shaven because as the law permits, they are no willing nor compelled by law to source and supply an alternative.
        So this man would have asked prior to signing what this means which is in fact and legally so, the employer removing the offer of contract otherwise they wouldn’t need a legally binding agreement to try to get that outcome in the first place.
        The welfare in this dutch country pulled the same trick they do over here and the local council and judges bench know this.
        The bearded mans mistake was fighting it on HRA grounds when plainly its a contractual issue and welfare maladministration to attempt to force consent.
        So at no point was it against the poor bearded man let alone US alt right rubbish you seem to have dreamed up to attempt to make yourself feel better about whatever makes you so insecure.
        Only the other day you went against your so called policy about not being prejudiced, being fair and not anti immigrant and banned a long serving poster who dare utter the words a person born of this land has an inalienable right to reside on it. A bit contradictory don’t you think, even hypocritical.

        Douglas

        March 4, 2019 at 1:03 pm

  24. Calls are being made to halt the roll out of Universal Credit in Cumnock and Doon Valley.

    Local politicians are worried the scheme will plunge residents into debt, poverty and despair and having to turn to foodbanks to survive.

    “Now they are being used to prop up their failing Welfare Reform agenda with complete disregard for the people who are forced to use Foodbanks to get by”

    And he warned that the rise in Foodbank usage could be about to get much worse.

    This is not acceptable in a society as rich as ours. No family should have to rely on foodbanks. Remember there were no such thing as Foodbanks prior to the Tories winning the 2010 UK General Election.

    https://www.cumnockchronicle.com/news/17464059.calls-are-being-made-to-halt-the-roll-out-of-universal-credit-in-cumnock-and-doon-valley-over-food-bank-fears/

    ken

    March 2, 2019 at 12:40 am

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

    A6er

    March 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm

  26. In all honesty we are looking forward to a hard Brexit and the empty supermarket shelves it will hopefully bring. It will just us a chance to lose a ton of weight. Our doctors told us that if we came down in a plane crash we had enough fat on us to last for twenty years. There is just too much temptation out there. A hard Brexit will be a Godsend for those of us struggling to lose weight.

    The Jones

    March 2, 2019 at 3:33 pm

  27. Amber Rudd on Universal Credit and praise for a Taunton community centre

    Ms Rudd said it’s a ‘complex issue’ to discuss, and things like an increase in foodbank usage is hard to pin down to just one reason.

    https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/17470870.watch-amber-rudd-on-universal-credit-and-praise-for-a-taunton-community-centre/

    ken

    March 2, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  28. Will one of these providers pay for me to obtain my commercial pilot’s licence? Ta in advance.

    Wings

    March 3, 2019 at 12:52 am

    • Will one of these providers pay for me to obtain my commercial pilot’s licence? Ta in advance.

      no they want every penny of the funding they can get for you thus why what they offer is nothing but useless crap like making bath bombs or a mindful colouring in book. 😉

      superted

      March 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm


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