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Forever Amber: Amber Rudd Resigns, Thérèse Coffey, (Suffolk Coastal MP) Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.

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If you had better sense you’d have learned by now that nothing thrives so well as wickedness”
 Forever Amber

This Blog has long been supportive of Amber Rudd.

Posts such, “God Bless you Ma’am”, “You’ve Done a Grand Job!” “Thanks to you Coachie helped me get started as a fully-qualified Mud Urchin on the River Orwell” will be there, for all time, on the Net, to show how highly we looked up to her.

Is this the way to express our feelings?

 

Amber – we feel her pain – shows dignity.

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“Therese Coffey Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal.”

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Biography

Thérèse Coffey was appointed Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 8 September 2019.

Thérèse was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 25 July 2019 and 8 September 2019.

She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 17 July 2016 to 25 July 2019. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

Education

Thérèse graduated from University College London (UCL) with a PhD in chemistry.

Political Career

Thérèse Coffey served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until July 2016.

Thérèse served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Energy.

Thérèse has campaigned on stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband.

Wikipedia says,

Coffey’s decision to author a paper for the Free Enterprise Group recommending pensioners should be forced to pay National Insurance provoked a backlash among older constituents, who claimed that in an already tough economic environment, it was wrong to tax pensioners further. However, she said that she had “no regrets writing about National Insurance” and that it was “a policy proposal – it is by no means, at this stage, anymore than that.”[23]

Coffey also faced criticism from Suffolk residents over her support for the Government’s proposal to sell off forestry and woodland in public ownership, in 2011. Protestors argued that “previous experience shows us that when private landowners come in they close car parks and make access as difficult as possible.”[24] Although Coffey voted for the bill,[25] the proposal was afterward dropped by the government.[26]

In October 2016, she was criticised by the then Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron for accepting hospitality worth £890 from Ladbrokes after supporting the gambling industry in parliament as part of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Coffey denied that she had been “influenced in her considerations on matters of related policy by any hospitality received”.

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Career outside politics

Thérèse worked for the international company Mars. When Thérèse qualified as a chartered management accountant, she became Finance Director for a UK subsidiary of Mars. She has also worked at the BBC.

Personal life

Thérèse enjoys watching football, gardening and music, especially Muse. She is a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They have direct responsibility for departmental expenditure and departmental management.

DWP is responsible for the administration of the State Pension and working age benefits system, providing support to:

  • people of working age
  • employers
  • pensioners
  • families and children
  • disabled people

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

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  1. Coffey sounds like a

    to me!

    Patrick M.

    September 8, 2019 at 10:26 am

    • Ha. I saw in the Wicked Witch’s CV that Muse was her favourite band. Reminds me of Gordon Brown claiming to like the Arctic Monkeys. Why do ageing politicians say such patently silly things?

      Jim

      September 8, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    • Shouldn’t that be Supermassive Arsehole?

      Q. Coldwater

      September 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    • Thanks, “Generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights Show votes
      2 votes for, 9 votes against, 3 absences, between 2011–2019”

      Andrew Coates

      September 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    September 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm

  3. MP how long for? Talk of election,its an honourable way out get back at the extremists’.The nasty party has become the Natzi party,clearly under David Cameron the National Front siezed their chance go gain foothold on the political stage exploiting EU membership stiring up hate regardless of the damage to the economy and country already in trouble.Worryingly even the ear of the US president.An article in the New York Times labled Nigel Farage as the most dangerious man in Britain.For us unemployed the effects remain to be seen.

    Nigel Farage Is the Most Dangerous Man in Britain

    He’s the most effective demagogue in a generation. Now he sets the agenda.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/opinion/nigel-farage-brexit.

    Add html after the full stop

    ken

    September 8, 2019 at 1:57 pm

  4. I’ve just seen this on What do they know. Does this mean that claimants can be forced to use the UC journal to provide evidence of work search?

    Frank Zola posted this:

    https://mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/notifications/

    in relation to this:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/using_the_to_do_list_and_a_messa

    jj joop

    September 8, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    • Frank Zola has also updated this posting as well:

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/universal_credit_journal_2

      jj joop

      September 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    • This is all very confusing Mr Joop. Do I have to upload work search history to journal or no.

      Diptal Patel

      September 8, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      • No.

        Doctor Winstanley

        September 10, 2019 at 10:28 am

    • Diptal

      Search me, me old China. On the one hand, the DWP is saying there is no legal requirement for claimants to use the journal to provide evidence of their work search. But on the other hand, it appears that it can be included in the journal’s To-Do’s under threat of sanction if you don’t comply.

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/using_the_journal#comment-81230

      jj joop

      September 8, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      • If you agree to use the Journal to record your jobsearch activity and it gets included in your CC and you accept that CC, you’re stuffed because THEN using the Journal to record jobsearch IS compulsory for you. The only protection against this bind is to decline to use the Journal for such a purpose and agree to provide jobsearch evidence in some other way whenever the Jobcentre ask for it.

        I do it in writing.

        Others do it in other ways.

        The CC is like a contract, both parties have to agree to what it contains before it is legally binding. Once both parties have signed up to such an agreement then whatever has been agreed to is enforceable in law.

        Jim

        September 8, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      • the only law that backs up a cc is actively seeking work everything else is a expectation like the 35hr job search.

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claimant_commitment_is_not_a_con

        I can confirm that the Department deliberately did not refer to a legal contract in the previous
        Freedom of Information response. Rather, we referred to a contractual concept because the
        Claimant Commitment is intended to be about a very specific two-way bargain: claimants are
        provided with financial support; and in return for that financial support we expect them to do
        everything that they can to prepare for and find work.

        superted

        September 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      • Why not just keep some sort of ‘job search’ record in findajob? Findajobs accounts can be nuked instantly!

        Clay Mant

        September 8, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      • The claimant commitment is supposed to be a ‘two-way’ negotiated agreement. For an agreement to be valid in law it must be a free agreement and your agreement to use the journal but be a free choice given without force, threats or deception. “We only use the journal for job search now 😉 ” But we all know how the jobcentre works and they will close down your claim if you don’t agree to their demands.

        Catwoman

        September 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      • The claimant commitment is supposed to be a ‘two-way’ negotiated agreement. For an agreement to be valid in law it must be a free agreement and your agreement to use the journal must be a free choice given without force, threats or deception. “We only use the journal for job search now 😉 ” But we all know how the jobcentre works and they will close down your claim if you don’t agree to their demands.

        Catwoman

        September 8, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      • Why not just keep some sort of ‘job search’ record in findajob? Findajobs accounts can be nuked instantly!

        DSC_0052

        😉

        superted

        September 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      • Frank Zola has added further annotations to this FoI link. It’s all good stuff!

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/using_the_to_do_list_and_a_messa

        jj joop

        September 8, 2019 at 8:37 pm

  5. DWP has been clear that there is no specific information or legal requirements that compels all
    Universal Credit claimants, in every case, to use the journal. However some claimants can
    have a requirement set, to provide information and evidence as part of their work-related
    requirement for claiming Universal Credit. This requirement can be set by a Work coach under
    Section 23 of the Welfare Reforms Act 2012, Chapter 2 but it does not compel this evidence to
    be supplied in a particular way, only that it must be supplied if and when requested.

    it is data protection so you can provide it any way you like and there is a non digital version of uc where you dont use the journal

    superted

    September 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    • superted

      I hear that!

      We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when we are finally migrated over to UC. I think it may be down to individual work coaches putting their own interpretation on things and us lot having to stand up to them, as usual.

      jj joop

      September 8, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      • Changing from phone to online claim
        Phone claims should be regularly reviewed with the claimant by both work coaches and case managers. They should ensure this i s still the most
        appropriate channel for them to manage their claim.
        If a claimant attains the skills and support to manage a claim online take the following action:
         access the ‘Change from phone claim to online’ ALP which is held in the resources area of Universal Learning. Complete the fi rst two sections of
        this ALP
         generate a ‘Change from phone claim to online’ to-do. This is only available to cases flagged as phone claims and only when the claimant’s identity
        has been verified
         this sends a link to the claimant’s email address for them to set a password. The service sets a user name
        The claimant will then be able to manage their claim online, and see any journal entries previously made.
        This process should be completed face to face and only exceptionally over the phone.

        there not getting my email address or phone number to try that in the first place. 😉

        superted

        September 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    • @superted – Goodbye superted, you naughty boy, and good luck with your jobsearch. I know that Therese will do everything she can to help you get a job.

      Amber

      September 9, 2019 at 10:46 am

  6. Give the new DWP Minister 3 months & they will be out the job. Tory Suicide Policy is called Brexit. DWP Suicide & State Sponsored Murders by the Tory Government. Leave & Remain having riots.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    • Amber Rudd’s departure from DWP is bound to be deeply destabilising

      Resignation comes at time department faces myriad problems of policies.

      Amber Rudd’s departure from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) brings to six the number of secretaries of state it has got through in less than four years: an alarming top job turnover rate in any organisation, but particularly destabilising in what is not only the government’s biggest spending department but one of its most politically sensitive ones.

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/08/rudds-departure-from-dwp-is-bound-to-be-deeply-destabilising

      ken

      September 8, 2019 at 10:52 pm

  7. 500,000 more suicide risk people in work.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm

  8. 200 more suicide risk Tories out of work.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 8, 2019 at 7:20 pm

  9. DWP has been clear that there is no specific information or legal requirements that compels all
    Universal Credit claimants, in every case, to use the journal. However some claimants can
    have a requirement set, to provide information and evidence as part of their work-related
    requirement for claiming Universal Credit.

    Refuse to except their cookies’ on your computer.We had all this with screenshots’ exe.I always back up job applications’ in print screen/word anyway and online PDF converters’ for ads’ when needed.

    ken

    September 8, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    • ken

      The trouble is that the work coaches do just as they like, never mind about their being no legal requirement to use the journal. My Jobcentre is still telling people they have to use the journal to pony up evidence of their job search as a condition of claiming UC.

      jj joop

      September 9, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      • i would still take it in on paper what they going to do sanction you for not providing it in a way they demand pmsl.

        instant loss at tribunal that would be but unless someone does take them to a tribunal about it they will just keep doing what the hell they like.

        superted

        September 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

  10. When a Work Coach asks you to do something always question it before agreeing to if it seems dodgy: ask if it is voluntary or mandatory because Work Coaches are not supposed to lie to you and if the answer is voluntary you can refuse it. The trouble is people see Work Coaches as figures of authority, whom, if challenged, can hold it against you and so just accept what they’re told fearful of penalties and sanctions. So if a Work Coach says something like, “Ok. So I can help you more and keep tabs on what you’re doing I’d like you to record you jobsearch in your Universal Credit Journal. This will enable us to stay in touch better and assist me to help you help yourself.” You should ask: “Is recording my jobsearch in the Journal compulsory for claimants or voluntary? I much prefer to record and my jobsearch on paper than do so digitally and intend to keep doing it that way and believe that as long as I keep a scrupulous record on paper like that cannot be forced do it in another way.” The Work Coach should tell you that you don’t have to use the Journal and can keep a record of your Jobsearch on paper or using other means. If they lie and tell you that it is compulsory challenge them and ask for a letter dated and signed by their manager telling you that using the Journal is compulsory, which of course won’t happen because it would give you documentary proof that you were being lied to.

    Same goes for other things like so-called courses, job fairs and such like, most of which cannot be forced.

    You have to fight your corner or they will walk all over you.

    Landry

    September 9, 2019 at 9:21 am

    • @Landry – Very true. The Jobcentre almost always try it on regarding what is and is not mandatory. If they can get you to go along with something by carrying on as if you have no choice, they will do. Every time.
      Always best to find out for yourself if the course etc. is really ‘mandatory’ or not. If you can’t, then just ask them out straight,…. but keep it polite. Often its just the Work Coach trying to look good by sending you on some course or other. It shows the Jobcentre management they are being active, and not just letting things slide. It’s always a balance with the DWP. If it’s just a one-off JobsFair you might be better going along with it. All you have to do is turn up, look round and go home again. But if it is something where you are going to be referred to a third-party training provider, who could sanction you, be a lot more careful.
      I was signing-on next to a guy at the Jobcentre the other day. His Work Coach tried to get him to go on Steps To Work. This is voluntary. The Coach gave him the full sales-pitch, as if it was a done deal. But the guy looked unconvinced, said he thought it wasn’t for him really. He stayed polite, no F & C this and the other.
      The Work Coach, faced with a polite refusal, backed down and said it wasn’t mandatory. The guy goes out smiling to himself, having avoided going on the course.

      Andrew T.

      September 9, 2019 at 10:42 am

      • Very good advice Landry and Andrew T. Like the jobcentre says “you have to be seen to be doing something 😉 “. Like the other commenter said most times coachy just wants to tick a box to look good to head coachy. It makes them you look active and you can be seen to be doing something – even though everyone knows whatever you are doing is a complete waste of time 😀 It gets a box ticked 😀 There is no point in fighting a ‘jobs fair’ 😀 That is just stupid 🙂 If you can’t go to a jobs fair they might think you are ‘working on the side’ or summat 😉 Like the other commentators said just be careful of signing contracts and giving some provider bastard the power to stop your money. Just be polite at all times – no need to smash coachy’s computer up 😀

        Yalina

        September 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

      • I believe that if you go to Job Fairs you have to pay travelling expenses yourself. I did anyway. So if you’re asked to go to a Job Fair and are thinking about it ask about travelling expenses, if it’s a long way away, before signing on the dotted line if you are a little short of coin.

        Q. Coldwater

        September 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

  11. ” Please Amber, I beg you, in the name of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, do not leave my government.”

    ”No Boris, I would rather suffer the fate of Andromeda, and be chained to a rock, there to be devoured by a sea-monster, than remain as Work & Pensions Secretary. Goodbye !!”

    Amber

    September 9, 2019 at 10:55 am

  12. Denise Coffin, the new DWP head honcho – looks like the roach from 👿 Hell 👿 A right old battleaxe!

    Ubah

    September 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

    • She looks like Pauline the Jobcentre menace from the League of Gentleman.

      Ross

      September 9, 2019 at 6:17 pm

  13. MSPs have launched an investigation to try to uncover why benefits worth millions of pounds go unclaimed each year.

    Holyrood’s Social Security Committee is carrying out the inquiry in a bid to determine what can be done to improve uptake.

    Fewer than a third (31%) of families without children who were eligible for Working Tax Credit claimed this in 2016-17, figures from HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Department for Work and Pensions estimated, and only 60% of those eligible for Pension Credit signed up for it.

    The charity Independent Age has estimated that pensioners in Scotland are missing out on more than £300 million in benefits.

    Labour accused the UK Government of “disgracefully” allowing the estimated £332 million in pension credit to go unclaimed.

    Independent Age said in June it believes there are 123,000 households in Scotland with pensioners eligible for pension credit that have not claimed it.

    MSPs will now consider if information campaigns could boost take-up, or even if technology could be used to automate the process and make it easier.

    Committee convener Bob Doris said: “There can be any number of reasons for low benefit uptake rates, but it is absolutely essential that we learn the scale of this challenge and take every possible action to improve uptake.

    “There is no doubt the stigma of claiming benefits hinders uptake, while too often people are simply not aware of the benefits they are entitled to.

    “Administration processes are also often too complex, and our inquiry is determined to identify any barriers to benefit uptake and how we can remove these.

    “The committee will consider the Scottish Government strategy on benefit uptake, which will be published in October, but what is clear is that everything possible must be done to ensure those in need receive the full benefits they are entitled to.”

    It comes after it emerged a Scottish Government-supported free financial advice service has helped low income households save more than £6 million in its first nine months.

    Low-income families who seek free financial advice from the Money Talk Team are said to be on average now £1,850 better off.

    The service offers one-stop, personalised advice on dealing with debt and ways to cut household bills and helps low income families identify what financial support might be available.

    Newshounds

    September 9, 2019 at 11:21 am

  14. ……expect sudden power cuts in the Commons, evacuation of the chamber due to Thames flooding and the tellers going walkabout………………

    A machine gun incident in the gallery, a bomb hoax or an envelope of exploding talcum powder…………..

    Novihoax on the mace or a Boeing aircraft making an emergency landing….

    A white rod exchanged for a black rod and the discovery of a Taliban insurgent beneath the rocking horse mane worn on Michael Fabricant’s bald head.

    ………………STOP PRESS

    BREAKING NEWS… JO SWINSON FARTS…. COMMONS EVACUATED

    Sarah7

    September 9, 2019 at 2:52 pm

  15. Desperate Copeland residents with debts totalling more than half a million pounds have been flocking to a lifeline charity.

    Copeland’s Citizens Advice Bureau said it had helped 265 vulnerable clients owing £567,952 between November last year and this June – and the bureau blamed the Government’s flagship Universal Credit scheme for the crisis.

    https://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/17887039.500k-debt-crisis-shock-new-report/

    ken

    September 9, 2019 at 3:08 pm

  16. POLICE SCOTCHLAND TELLING SCOTCH S TO BE PREPARED WITH A GRAB BAG. PREPARE FOR WHAT? ZOMBIES ON THE STREETS OF SCARBOROUGH?

    PREPARE FOR AN EARLY GRAVE

    Sarah7

    September 9, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    • Universal Credit claimants fear “dark days ahead” with appointment of new DWP boss

      How claimants and critics have responded

      Recipients of Universal Credit, and opponents of the scheme, fear there are grim times ahead for those on benefits

      “She’s worse than Rudd,” said one individual online as angry comments flooded social media over the appointment.

      “OMG can it get any worse,” exclaimed another.

      A third wrote: “Another reason to get rid of the nasty, uncaring Government.”

      https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/universal-credit-claimants-fear-dark-3303314

      ken

      September 11, 2019 at 1:40 am

  17. The men most at risk from suicide in Scotland

    The type of job somebody does is a big factor in the risk of suicide, figures released to BBC Scotland show.

    A breakdown of National Records of Scotland (NRS) data has revealed that male-dominated jobs, such as farm workers or tradesmen, have a higher suicide rate than other occupations.

    However, it is unemployed people who represent the biggest category of those taking their own lives.

    The number of suicides in Scotland increased by 15% last year.

    This hike came after a decline in the suicide rate over the previous decade.

    The NHS publishes annual figures, using information from NRS death records, on suicides in Scotland and it has consistently shown men are markedly more likely to take their own lives than women.

    Using freedom of information laws, BBC Scotland obtained a breakdown of suicide deaths by last known job.

    Between 2011 and 2017, the data shows 1,211 of the 4,661 suicides were by people who were unemployed.

    Of those who were working, the most affected are in the “elementary trades and related occupations” which primarily covers farm, forestry and fisheries workers – where people are seven times more likely to have died from suicide than those in customer service roles.

    Other areas where the rate is high is skilled construction trades – where the suicide rate of 43.1 deaths per 100,000 workers is 10 times that of teachers.

    Billy Watson, chief executive of mental health charity SAMH, said it was time to “redouble our efforts” to tackle suicide rates.

    He added: “We need to better understand the risk factors associated with suicide.

    “These figures show us that those employed in skilled trades are at a higher risk of suicide, along with those who are unemployed.

    “While there’s compelling evidence to show a positive link between employment and mental health, this highlights that employers have a responsibility to create a culture that is open in talking about mental health and which challenges discriminatory behaviour.”

    The jobs data released to BBC Scotland shows that 904 of the 4,661 suicides in Scotland between 2011 and 2017 were in the skilled trades such as construction or engineering.

    Gary Macdonald, who helped to set up the Mind the Men peer support group in Glasgow in memory of his cousin Grant, an electrician who died from suicide, said he was not surprised by the figures.

    He said: “What has been interesting is the range of people who come through the door. We get everyone, rich and poor – mental health problems don’t care how money you have in your wallet.

    “A lot of them might work in places with a lot of other guys where it is not just the done thing to talk about your feelings so we have guys come to us who have not discussed their feelings for decades.”

    Reducing suicides

    Scotland has had a higher recorded suicide rate than the UK as a whole since the early 1990s, although this may be due to the variation in recording practices.

    The Scottish government published its suicide prevention action plan in August last year and a National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group has been tasked with helping to implement the plan.

    Ministers want to reduce Scotland’s rate of suicide by 20% by 2022 – using the 2017 rate as the baseline.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-49607078

    BBC

    September 10, 2019 at 1:10 am

  18. BBC

    September 10, 2019 at 1:18 am

    • Well, on the bright side, at least the suicide rate amongst productive workers is much lower that that amongst the unemployed. In management accountancy we call the “natural wastage”. If we were losing skilled and professional people rather than the jobless our productivity and overall economy would suffer. It’s no good being too sentimental about these things.

      Therese Coffey MP PhD

      September 10, 2019 at 8:24 am

  19. People who were on benefits are being forced into work. Just think about that for a moment.

    Dave Blunt

    September 10, 2019 at 9:46 am

    • Indeed, Dave! The thought of being forced into work against your will is enough to make you suicidal.

      Saadunah

      September 10, 2019 at 10:14 am

      • It is the every present ‘Sword of Work’ hanging over the unemployed that is tipping them over the edge.

        Sword of Damocles

        September 10, 2019 at 10:25 am

      • It is the ever present ‘Sword of Work’ hanging over the unemployed that is tipping them over the edge.

        Sword of Damocles

        September 10, 2019 at 10:26 am

    • Repeating the same thing over and over, without alteration, is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.

      Dr Winstanley

      September 10, 2019 at 10:27 am

  20. The co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) has calleld the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey “nasty”.

    Coffey replaced Amber Rudd, who resigned over Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy.

    DPAC co-founder Linda Burnip told The Morning Star: “Therese Coffey is just the latest in a long line of nasty DWP ministers who have consistently voted to further impoverish disabled people.”

    “She has also suggested that pensioners should be forced to pay national insurance contributions to get their pension.”

    The Scottish National Party also criticised Coffey. Their work and pensions spokesperson Neil Gray said:

    “The Tory government must rule out any plan to further attack older people’s incomes by forcing pensioners to pay National Insurance.”

    “It is deeply worrying that the new Tory Work and Pensions Secretary proposed increasing taxes on pensioners – who are already struggling to get by after a decade of Tory cuts.

    “The Tories cannot be trusted on pensions. Under the Tories, pensioners have been pushed into poverty and hardship.”

    “The UK now has a higher pension age, the lowest state pension in the developed world, injustice facing WASPI women, and cuts to key benefits like the free TV licence.

    Therese Coffey has previously been criticised for supporting gambling industry proposals to remove the limit on the number of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals allowed in a betting shop.

    She has since received several hundred pounds worth of hospitality from gambling company Ladbrokes.

    Coffey also courted controversy by tweeting support for a weedkilling product called Roundup.

    https://leftfootforward.org/2019/09/new-dwp-minister-criticised-by-disabled-peoples-group/

    Andrew Coates

    September 10, 2019 at 10:44 am

  21. Andrew Coates

    September 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

    • Hiring declines at fastest rate for three years

      Political and economic uncertainty continues to affect the labour market as data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG showed that permanent placements fell at the quickest rate for more than three years.

      Temporary recruitment remained weak, close to a six-year low, and total demand for staff rose at the weakest pace since the start of 2012, with both permanent and temporary vacancies rising more slowly.

      https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/rec-report-on-jobs-august-2019-kpmg-hiring-declines/

      ken

      September 11, 2019 at 1:31 am

  22. Just seen this on What do they know

    UC journal usage clarification
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/uc_journal_usage_clarification#incoming-1429120

    jj joop

    September 10, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    • DWP Response:
      I can confirm we do hold the information to respond to your request.
      The information we hold that best explains / answers your questions is exempt under Section
      21 of the Freedom of Information Act because the information is reasonably accessible to you,
      as it is already in the public domain.
      However, to be helpful you can find the information you seek at:
      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/5/section/23/enacted
      Section 23(3) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 provides that the Secretary of State, for the
      purpose of verifying a claimant’s compliance with a work-related requirement, may require a
      claimant to
      a) Provide to the Secretary of State information and evidence specified by the Secretary of
      State in a manner so specified;
      b) Confirm compliance in a manner so specified.

      ——————————————————————————–
      At the claimant commitment meeting there would be a discussion about the Universal Credit
      journal. It would be discussed and agreed on an individual case by case basis. Claimant may
      be mandated to complete the Universal Credit journal. If they fail to complete it or accept it
      after a discussion with their work coach, then they could be sanctioned.
      https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/already-claimed/sanctions/
      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-your-claimant-commitment-quick-
      guide/universal-credit-and-your-claimant-commitment

      If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me quoting the reference number
      above.
      Yours sincerely,
      DWP Central FoI Team

      Frank Zola left an annotation (10 September 2019)

      #UniversalCredit: Your Work Search. A ‘Coach’ can require you to supply your evidence in a “particular way”?
      What about your CV?
      https://mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2019/0

      Frank Zola left an annotation (10 September 2019)

      Section 23 of the Welfare Reforms Act 2012, Chapter 2…does not compel this evidence to be supplied in a particular way, only that it must be supplied if and when requested.
      FOI reply 4528: ‘UC job search evidence format‘ – 17th November 2017
      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4

      Chahrazad

      September 10, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    • DWP Response:
      I can confirm we do hold the information to respond to your request.
      The information we hold that best explains / answers your questions is exempt under Section
      21 of the Freedom of Information Act because the information is reasonably accessible to you,
      as it is already in the public domain.
      However, to be helpful you can find the information you seek at:
      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/5/section/23/enacted
      Section 23(3) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 provides that the Secretary of State, for the
      purpose of verifying a claimant’s compliance with a work-related requirement, may require a
      claimant to
      a) Provide to the Secretary of State information and evidence specified by the Secretary of
      State in a manner so specified;
      b) Confirm compliance in a manner so specified.

      ——————————————————————————–
      At the claimant commitment meeting there would be a discussion about the Universal Credit
      journal. It would be discussed and agreed on an individual case by case basis. Claimant may
      be mandated to complete the Universal Credit journal. If they fail to complete it or accept it
      after a discussion with their work coach, then they could be sanctioned.

      If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me quoting the reference number
      above.
      Yours sincerely,
      DWP Central FoI Team

      Frank Zola left an annotation (10 September 2019)

      #UniversalCredit: Your Work Search. A ‘Coach’ can require you to supply your evidence in a “particular way”?
      What about your CV?

      Frank Zola left an annotation (10 September 2019)

      Section 23 of the Welfare Reforms Act 2012, Chapter 2…does not compel this evidence to be supplied in a particular way, only that it must be supplied if and when requested.
      FOI reply 4528: ‘UC job search evidence format‘ – 17th November 2017

      Chahrazad

      September 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      • As clear as mud as usual: “… a claimant may be mandated…”. What does that mean? If claimants can be mandated to record their worksearch in the Journal surely everybody would be wouldn’t they? Why would claimants have to discuss this with their work coach as if the work coach has the discretion to mandate or not to mandate people to record worksearch in the Journal? To me this indicates that claimants cannot be mandated to record worksearch in the Journal unless they agree or have agreed to it during discussions with their work coach as other FOI replies have indicated. This is typical of DWP deceit with a lot of use of vague words like “might”, “may be”, “can be” etc.

        The acid test is: Has anybody who has NOT voluntarily agreed to use the Journal to record their worksearch during discussions with their work coach subsequently been ordered to do so in their “To do” list and/or been sanctioned for not doing so? To me it looks as if something like “Use Journal to record worksearch” could only ever appear in anybody’s “To do” list if they agree to use the Journal voluntarily, after which they can be mandated to do so and suffer sanctions if they refuse to and/or don’t. This is typical DWP ambiguity and obfuscation in respect to UC rules and regulations where they try to make people believe that certain things are true, evasively, when in point of fact they are not. This kind of trickery is meat and drink to these people.

        Dr Winstanley

        September 10, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      • personnel data is owned buy you and they need your permission to use it like the journal to provide data ie job search or the late ujm where you had to tick the box to let them see the account, you can refuse.

        they can not mandate how you provide personnel data and in what format as you can provide this anyway you like just make sure you can back it up if they ever want to look at it.

        if you do a sar for information from the dwp on near every page at the bottom it says customers personnel data.

        so as ever all the coaches are telling lies to get you to agree to use the journal or use threats of sanctions if you dont.

        same with the work programme and all the other crappy places they send you to so a 3rd party can use you as a profit unit but they will need your permission and to sign there paperwork/contracts so they can get there esf funding for it, you can refuse and have taken the dwp to tribunal about signing provider paper work and they lost.

        so the wp was mandatory but what they dont tell you is it is mandatory you turn up for induction on said date and time it is not mandatory for you to attend the programme unless you sign on the dotted line then it does become mandatory as you have given the provider permission to process your personnel data and why the provider can then sanction you at will.

        you dont even have to give them a email address or phone number as this is personnel data and you can refuse to give it to them to keep on record.

        and it is the same with the digital signing pads you can refuse to use it and sign on clerical on paper as i do when i have to sign on.

        i have pissed them of so much they dont even want to bother with me anymore and am in and out in less than 5 mins and the word provider has not come up since i kicked there ass at tribunal in less than 10 mins.

        superted

        September 10, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      • It’s all could, may or might with the DWP. It’s never “you will …”

        jj joop

        September 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      • you can see past there bs and lies when you have been playing there game for 2 decades if i was put on uc it would make no difference at all as i will not give them my personnel data to hold on record in any format.

        superted

        September 10, 2019 at 8:46 pm

  23. Section 23(3) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 provides that the Secretary of State, for the
    purpose of verifying a claimant’s compliance with a work-related requirement, may require a
    claimant to
    a) Provide to the Secretary of State information and evidence specified by the Secretary of
    State in a manner so specified;
    b) Confirm compliance in a manner so specified.

    That has to be lawful,Universal Credit has to follow the law not the law follow Universal Credit.There carn’t be one law for one and not another.

    I would view that journal as a breach of privacy.

    There would be content need for internet access,its like telling the unemployed you must have a smartphone a tablet/laptop and all kinds of gizmos’.You cannot rely on digital technology an hour’s use a day in the library hardly the thirty nine thats on top of the £0-5 a month thats been seen on the blog.It looks like library then foodbank.stockpile clothing.

    Positively Stakanovite.

    ken

    September 10, 2019 at 6:27 pm


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