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DWP MInister Thérèse Coffey on her “Dream Job” and Universal Credit.

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Thérèse Supporting People into Work (Falcon Inn in #Felixstowe).

DWP Secretary attacks Labour’s plan to scrap Universal Credit

DWP Secretary Therese Coffey’s speech at the Conservative Party.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, the new Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said: “Conference I’m delighted to be here in Manchester for my first speech as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

“Let me tell you that there are a lot of unexpected things that have happened to me very late on a Saturday evening. But taking a phone call from the Prime Minister to become a cabinet minister was certainly a new one.

Electric Shock Dog Collar finally got to Universal Credit,

“Universal Credit provides a safeguard for the most vulnerable in our society. It supports strivers, who are not content living a life on welfare.

“We know that work is the best route out of poverty. But Jeremy Corbyn would scrap our benefits system that makes work pay. With no alternative – from the Party that only knows how to trap people on benefits.

“And just like last time – it’s working people who would end up paying the price for Labour’s incompetence. Instead, our party, the Conservatives, want to increase the incomes of the lowest paid.

“And since last year working people have benefited from a £1,000 increase in work allowances in Universal Credit providing those in work with a much needed financial boost.

“And workers across the country are receiving a well-earned pay rise – now at 4 per cent – the highest in over a decade – alongside 18 months of real pay growth.

“Conference, we are not blind to the challenges that face some families. That for some the money coming in does not stretch to cover the costs at the end of the month.

“And so let me say to you: we are on your side. We will work for you. Because this is a compassionate Conservative government.

“So my priorities for my Department are simple…

  1. To continue to improve Universal Credit to ensure people get the money they need in a timely manner, are helped into work, and onto an escalator up to better work.
  2. To help with the cost of living across the country to ensure     that people feel secure in their homes and can support themselves financially.
  3. To support everyone in society – especially disabled people –     so we all can share in the success and prosperity of this county.

“Which is I have today announced a further £4 million package to support people to find not just any job, but that dream job.

Not everybody wishes the pious Minister well.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

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  1. ‘Dream job’, what is Coffin on about? “I have agreed 😀 with my Coach 😀 that: I will be available for all types of work. I will seek and apply for all types of work”. Where does it mention ‘dream job’ 😀 What a crock of shit 😀

    The Fairy Jobmother

    October 2, 2019 at 10:51 am

  2. What about people like me who don’t have a “dream job”? Every job I’ve ever had has been a nightmare not a dream. The only jobs I can find that I can apply for are either Production or Warehouse, mostly many miles away with awkward shifts, early starts, late finish, and I have no transport. On top of that they are invariably described as being “fast paced”, which obviously means they want younger workers who can work fast, not old blokes with health problems who haven’t worked for years and can’t even get there. I continue to apply for them nonetheless, simply because I have to, but am very unlikely to ever get any of these jobs, or last very long if I did. Even the agencies have rejected me, when I said I was looking for something nice and steady, nothing fast paced, and not too far away, they said “sorry, we’ve got nothing for you”. The best I can hope for is to live long enough to get my State Pension and just hope to survive on the dole in the meantime. Dream job, my arse.


    October 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

    • It’s the difference between reality Trev, and Tory ideology. The true level of the jobs on offer in the local Jokeshop is very different to the DWP propaganda about the wonders of work.

      Alan H.

      October 3, 2019 at 9:11 am

      • Yes you can say that again. All they have done with me over the last 4 years is bounce me about from one bullshit scheme & training course to another. I’ve only just finished the Right Steps to Work course and now they’re sending me on some other nonsense run by Interserve, even though the fact that these courses are not Mandatory seems like a minor detail to the Jobcentre, who just go ahead and refer people to these things without even pointing out that it’s voluntary. I am even expected to suspend or rearrange my voluntary work that I do at a local foodbank just so I can sit in a classroom listening to some woman waffling on about CVs, application forms and interview techniques (yet again) for the fucking sake of it. I am sick to death of the Jobcentre and cannot wait to Retire (or pop my clogs, whichever comes first). Fuck the DWP and fuck the Tories. I’ll be voting for Corbyn.


        October 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      • if you dont want to do it dont sign there contracts/paperwork but say you are willing to participate and out the door you will go.

        you are not required buy law to sign any 3rd party paperwork if the dwp try a sanction they will loose at tribunal and will cost the work coach there job for gross misconduct braking there own rules and regs.


        October 3, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      • Too right, you seem claimants being railroaded on to these bullshit schemes all the time. None of them even ask if it is mandatory or voluntary. At times you feel like doing a Daniel Blake and getting up and shouting out: “These schemes are fucking voluntary y’know. Y’ dinne ‘av tae do them if you don’t want to”. If everyone took superted’s advice these fucking provider would have all shut up shop ages ago.

        Daniella Blake

        October 3, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      • the induction meeting with the provider is mandatory and you must attend on the day and time it says on the letter but thats where it ends.

        contracts must be signed of free will with providers if threats are being used it is fraud and against esf ect funding rules and in breach of the gdpr.


        October 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      • @Trev: Sounds like a strict Jobcentre. But you see people who always seem to dodge these things ?


        October 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      • It’s a shit Jobcentre and I absolutely hate the place. I really wish it would burn down. I keep seeing the same old faces either outside the Jobcentre or on these courses, one guy is 65 and doing the Right Steps to Work course. Mind you, I’m not that far off 60 myself. The Jobcentre just can’t bear to think that people are happily sat at home putting their feet up and watching American Pickers, or even doing voluntary work of their own volition.


        October 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      • @ Jake, you mean like superted 😀


        October 4, 2019 at 6:33 am

      • That Find A Job website has to be the worst I’ve seen and probably the last place you’ll find one.


        October 4, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      • If people haven’t got the skills’ then companies’ have to look elsewhere,its been a UK problem for some considerable time along with under investment.

        Weymouth & Portland among 10% most deprived areas in UK


        Waste lorry drivers in line for pay rise after lack of new recruits



        October 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm

  3. Boris Johnson’s Civil War in full swing & Thérèse Coffey on her coffee mornings on Twitter. DWP Death Without Parole.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm

  4. My dream job is to be a set-aside farmer. I’m looking forward to Therese helping me to realise that dream.

    Brother to the Ox

    October 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

  5. And how would that fat old bag like to have a shock collar around her neck? She seems quite happy to torture a little animal God knows what she will do to the unemployed.


    October 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm

  6. Dream Job ? What a load of nonsense. There are no Dream Jobs in Universal Credit. This is the lie at the heart of Universal Credit, that somehow zero-hours work is going to provide a golden future of employment.
    It’s just about turning the unemployed into cheap disposable labour, convenient for employers.

    Jeff Smith

    October 2, 2019 at 5:49 pm

  7. Ba ha ha looks dog rough especially for 47, a face full of busted blood vessels from drinking too much…
    A body shaped like a doughnut.
    It’s brain riddled with greed and hate
    Glad I had a poor but healthy life


    October 2, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    • Coffey is 47? I thought she was in her sixties. Blimey! No wonder she looks like she’s got a poker up he ar$e.

      Hootie and the Puffer Fish

      October 3, 2019 at 11:15 am

  8. Dream of a job is more like it Jeff.This article highlights the checks’ of these ad’s on a website.

    A Iowa teenager was arrested on Monday afternoon after he allegedly posted a job application online seeking a ‘school shooter’.

    Officers were alerted to the post on Friday, just hours after it was posted on Indeed.com.

    Indeed.com regards itself as the number one job posting website in the world, with over 250 million unique visitors each month.



    October 2, 2019 at 6:28 pm

  9. Help The Vulnerable is the Tory Slogan. Vulnerable Tory State Sponsored Murders called Universal Credit that kill the vulnerable in hunger & poverty. What shame you Tories bring unto the British Empire of Crimes Against Humanity for vulnerable & disabled people. Vulnerable is the magic word to abuse the vulnerable.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 2, 2019 at 9:15 pm

  10. My baby!, my baby! The dingos killed my baby 😦 *spins in grave*

    Iain Duncan Smith (deceased)

    October 3, 2019 at 9:07 am

  11. At the end of the day the Conservatives don’t like benefits, or welfare as they call it. They would much rather people were working even in a crap job, than being unemployed. This is never going to change.

    Tom Sutton

    October 3, 2019 at 9:17 am

    • Rent arrears in Crawley have rocketed since rollout of Universal Credit

      The amount of housing rent arrears owed to Crawley Borough Council has rocketed since the introduction of Universal Credit.

      Before the new benefits system was rolled out in June 2018, the amount of rent unpaid hovered around a £470,000 average.

      In May it peaked at just under £750,000 with officers predicting a further rise to £814,000 by April.

      The workload for council staff has increased so much that members of the cabinet have agreed that four new housing officers should be hired immediately, with two more at a later date.

      A report put to the cabinet said there had been a number of problems with the roll-out of Universal Credit.



      October 3, 2019 at 8:37 pm

  12. The amount of unnecessary suffering the Tories have caused to the people of this country all across the land is unprecedented in modern times, from Ipswich to Manchester and beyond, and all points North & South, East & West, the Class War has raged. Here’s the latest news from Ashton Under Lyne where Charlotte Hughes has been protesting outside the Jobcentre for 5 long years:



    October 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    • The Class War has raged. If you worked for Thomas cook I’d hardly call it class war forced to claim benefit’s but that’s always been a Conservative problem unemployment and now all seen as bad apples in the barrel.

      One size doesn’t fit all.


      October 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm

  13. Andrew Coates

    October 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    • Even personal trainers are not allowed to dish out arbitrary health advice willy-nilly. As for jobcentre and library staff most of them are morbidly obese so they are the last people you should be taking health advice from.

      Personal Trainer

      October 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      • And that goes for this Denise Coffee character too. Look at the state of her!

        Personal Trainer

        October 3, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      • You actually have to be a Registered Nutritionist with an armful of qualifications to give out dietary advice. It is a criminal offence to do otherwise. It is doubtful that any Jobcentre or library staff are Registered Nutritionists.

        Personal Trainer

        October 3, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      • Coffey chain smokes cigars apparently!

        Only the Good Die Young

        October 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    • Yes, and the librarians could give people a certain amount of time to lose the weight, or be fined.
      And then they could use the money for new books etc.


      October 3, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    • all part of eugenics.

      bbc 4 last night, second and last part next thurs 9pm ge

      not a joke

      October 4, 2019 at 11:58 am

      • Cyril Burt, one of the eugenicists who implemented 11 plus selection tests so as not to waste more money then necessary on the “less able”, faked evidence he used in his studies on twins and intelligence in order to justify sifting children at the age of eleven.

        H. G. Wells was a passionate eugenicist.

        (I only mention this because I love his science fiction novels and would have though he had more sense.)

        These f*ckers are still around, Professor David Marsland foremost amongst them.



        October 6, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  14. Soon give up smoking too if you knew you were going to be fined 50p a day if you didn’t !

    Jack R.

    October 3, 2019 at 8:34 pm

  15. Tory conference: Universal credit damage ‘is throwback to Victorian era’

    The boss of a homeless charity that provides services just a short walk from this week’s Tory party conference has told party members that universal credit is causing early deaths, addiction, mental distress and suicides, with claimants “at the end of their tether”.

    Yvonne Hope, chief executive of the Manchester charity Barnabus, which works mostly with rough sleepers, said universal credit (UC) had caused poverty levels that were “a throwback to the Victorian era”.

    “We continue to see a development in poverty which I think my whole team thinks is a throwback to the Victorian era where they have almost created ghettoes of people who are never going to be able to move on.”



    October 3, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    • @Ken – The Conservatives would like nothing better than a return to the old days, when the working-class knew their place. And the only time they had anything to do with them was as tradesmen, shop assistants and domestic servants.


      October 3, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      • After Brexit happens it’ll be straight back to the 1950s for all. Hurrah!


        October 4, 2019 at 11:15 am

    • its already here.


      October 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm

  16. lol 😀 at how Fakebook tries to trick you into turning on Facial Recognition 😀 It is all about protecting you from strangers and to help blind people 😀

    “Face Recognition

    Face Recognition
    Before you manage your data setting, these examples can help you decide what choice to make.

    Face recognition technology allows us to help protect you from a stranger using your photo to impersonate you or tell people with visual impairments who’s in a photo or video through a screen reader.
    If you keep face recognition turned off, we won’t be able to use this technology if a stranger uses your photo to impersonate you. If someone uses a screen reader, they won’t be told when you’re in a photo unless you’re tagged.


    Accept & Continue” Don’t think so!


    October 4, 2019 at 7:06 am

  17. “Face Recognition

    Manage your setting for face recognition
    To recognize whether you’re in a photo or video our system compares it with your profile picture, and photos and videos that you’re tagged in. This lets us know when you’re in other photos and videos so we can create better experiences.
    Select one of the following options:

    Allow Facebook to recognize me in photos and videos

    Don’t allow Facebook to recognize me in photos and videos”

    Oh look, “Don’t allow Facebook to recognize me in photos and videos” is greyed out 😀 Only joking!


    October 4, 2019 at 7:10 am

  18. “Face Recognition

    Your choice has been saved
    Thanks for taking the time to review this setting. We won’t use face recognition technology to recognize you in photos and videos.”

    How long before Face Recognition becomes MANDATORY? 😀

    And how many peeps just click “Accept and Continue” on the first screen? It is what Fakebook is banking on. Fuckers!


    October 4, 2019 at 7:13 am

    • Fakebook will pass on your mug shot to ‘law enforcement’ like the filth passed on their database to that housing company in Kings Cross. The end game is to have your face act like what a car number plate is to ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition). You won’t be able to go anywhere without the ‘authorities’ i.e the filth, the Jobcentre knowing about it 😉 Of course is is all to do with finding missing children and helping blind people lol That is why they put TV programmes such as ‘The Capture’ out there to predicatively programme your brain and get the idea into your head until it becomes acceptable and part of the furniture like ANPR cameras are now.

      Big Bruva Watch

      October 4, 2019 at 7:34 am

      • How many people just follow on like sheep ? You see these in the Jobcentre. If the Work coach asked them to do a few somersaults before signing – they’d do it.

        Shepherd Sam

        October 4, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    • And in other news France and Germany have told Fakebook to fuck off with their cryptocurrency Libra shit.

      Mark of the Beast Fuckerberg

      October 5, 2019 at 9:31 am

      • Libra: PayPal first to drop out of Facebook cryptocurrency

        Payments firm PayPal has become the first company to pull out of an alliance that is trying to launch Facebook’s digital currency Libra.

        PayPal made the announcement in a statement on Friday, but did not specify what had prompted the decision.

        Libra, and its digital wallet Calibra, were revealed by Facebook in June.

        But the cryptocurrency has been criticised by regulators, and both France and Germany have pledged to block it from Europe.



        October 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

  19. What starts in Oz usually ends up making it’s way to the UK. And fits is with facial recognition and the banning of face-masks like in Hong Kong.

    Two senior Liberals have raised the prospect of taking welfare payments away from people who spend too much time protesting.

    “The federal government could move to take away welfare payments from activists who spend more time protesting than looking for a job.

    The Australian reports that two senior Liberals — Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton — have raised the prospect of taking away welfare from protesters.

    Mr Dutton has also called on the public to take photos of disruptive activists and “name and shame” them as widely as possible.

    “Taxpayers should not be ­expected to subsidise the protests of others. Protesting is not, and never will be, an exemption from a welfare recipient’s mutual obligation to look for a job,” Senator Cash said.”

    Down Under

    October 4, 2019 at 8:45 am

    • Australian Employment Minister Michaelia Cash makes Therese Coffin look like a walk in the park.


      October 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm

  20. ‘In some cities, the Bureau found almost no affordable two-bed flats to rent; York had seven, Bristol three, and Cardiff two. In London, of more than 4,400 2-bed flats only seven were affordable. In Ipswich, not a single two-bed flat was available’. – Bureau of Investigative Journalism Report
    Ipswich is getting expensive then ?

    Fred T.

    October 4, 2019 at 12:21 pm

  21. ” You have two overdue books. Mr.Brown, and have put on four and a half pounds in weight. So that’s eighty pence for the books, and two pounds fifty personal overweight charge.”

    Chief Librarian

    October 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    • “The Bureau’s analysis found that the average British council would need their benefit allowance to be raised by £100 each month to make the cheapest 30% of the two-bed properties it sampled affordable.”

      £100 a month top-up a month in the absolute minimum. Around here the shortfall from the Local Housing Allowance is at least £150 a month. And most rentals would leave you needing to top-up by about £200 a month. It is well-nigh impossible to rent privately without spending a large chunk of your benefit money on topping up the rent.

      Rough Sleeper

      October 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm

  22. Peter Dowd MP: Austerity has proven a failure – but this Government is still locking millions into poverty

    Even the smallest respite to those in poverty is at risk under this Government – they must commit to ending the benefits freeze in April 2020 as promised, writes Peter Dowd

    One in every five people are now living in poverty in the UK – 14.3 million citizens. We’ve heard many promises of halcyon days ahead over the last nine years of Conservative rule, but austerity has only worsened this picture – pushing a million further people below the breadline.

    No policy is more symbolic of this government’s intentional immiseration than the benefits freeze. The Work and Pensions Select Committee stated that cutting the real value of people’s benefits is “predicted to increase poverty more than any other policy.” Shelter described is as “directly stoking the homelessness crisis.”



    October 4, 2019 at 2:50 pm

  23. These places where you are silly enough to agree to go on cv courses, tailor your cv to each job, not true I got two interviews without tailor my cv, I must have met the minimum as I ticked I have a disability.

    All the advisors are after is a bonus, with the outcome payment should be split between the person who got the job (the person going for the job) and the rest back to the pot.


    October 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm

  24. My Dream Job would be Human Rights Abuse & Crimes Against Humanity & being disabled.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    • Sounds like Thérèse Coffey’s dream job as well.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      • Thérèse Coffey has been reported to the RSPCA for Abuse & torture of animals.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      • It is even worst with disabled animals like disabled people are disabled animals.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

  25. That is Thérèse Coffey sacked shouting NO I RESIGNED.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

  26. Tory conference: Leading disabled Tory ‘wouldn’t give UN the time of day’

    DNS – 3rd Oct 2019

    A leading disabled Tory has defended his government’s disability policies, dismissing three highly critical reports by the UN and concerns about the impact of Brexit on social care, rights and access to medication.

    Barry Ginley, deputy chair of the Conservative Disability Group (CDG), said the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) and its special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights were “not seeing the true Britain” when they criticised the UK government for its policies on disability in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

    And he insisted that he was not embarrassed when CRPD was so critical of the UK government two years ago, telling it to make more than 80 improvements to how its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights.

    Ginley (pictured, right, with chancellor Sajid Javid), who is disability and access officer at London’s V&A museum, said: “I am not putting my head in the sand over that.

    “I know a hell of a lot of countries around the world I have visited that do little or nothing.

    “For us to be criticised by the UN for stuff that we have done, being proactive and so on, I just wouldn’t give them the time of day.”

    He was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) after a fringe meeting hosted by CDG, an independent organisation of Conservative party members “who want to see a more inclusive society for disabled people”.

    Ginley, who voted “leave” in the 2016 European Union referendum, said that he believed Brexit was being used as an “excuse” by its opponents.

    He said: “It was raining, I got wet this morning coming to conference, some people say it’s down to Brexit, everything is down to Brexit, everything bad is down to Brexit and everything good is because we are in Europe.”

    He compared “scare tactics” about the impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights, access to personal assistants and medication to fears about the Y2K Millennium Bug in the lead-up to 1 January 2000 “when planes were going to fall out of the sky because computers weren’t going to work”.

    He said: “I get told that if we come out of Europe, disabled people are going to suffer and they won’t be able to get out and about, da-de-da-de-da.

    “I think personally that’s rubbish.”

    Asked about concerns raised by disabled campaigners such as the crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell about a possible shortage of personal assistants after Brexit, he said: “She obviously has her experiences… but we do have plenty of British people that are still unemployed so we shouldn’t say that everyone from eastern Europe should be a PA because they are not.

    “The government has said they have the right to stay in the UK after Brexit. That’s been mentioned at conference today.

    “I think there has been a lot put on Brexit, these scare tactics.”

    He said he had not read the government’s progress report on disability, which was hidden away on the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) website last month, and not publicised by the minister for disabled people or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    He said: “I didn’t know the report had been published so I will go and seek it out. I would have hoped that they would have communicated it better.”

    He said one of his previous roles had been as an ambassador for ODI on its Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations project, which ended in 2015.

    But told that organisations like Shaping Our Lives and the National Survivor User Network had raised repeated concerns at the number of user-led organisations that had been forced to close, he suggested that some of them “may have merged and become stronger that way”.

    Although he was critical of the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process, which he said was “a failure”, he insisted that this was due to the private sector organisations carrying out the assessments, rather than the ministers who were responsible for the system, or DWP decision-makers.

    He said: “It’s not the ministers saying you have to go out to work if you are terminally-ill with cancer.

    “It is the individual who has made that assessment, not the minister. It’s the human factor.”

    But he said he would not defend the government over links between the fitness for work test and disabled people who had taken their own lives.

    He said: “I don’t defend it. I’m not going to defend it. One lost life is one too many.

    “Work should be done to ensure those kinds of benefits aren’t just whipped away from people that are vulnerable.”

    Ginley said ministers should have acted to improve the work capability assessment, adding: “I am happy to say it is a failing and it is something that still definitely needs to improve.

    “And that’s a Conservative member saying that of a Conservative government.”

    He was also concerned and critical of the five-week wait for universal credit and the “ridiculous” proportion of subsequent payments that must be paid back by those who take a DWP loan to tide them over while waiting for that first payment.

    He said CDG tries to challenge the government “when we feel it is necessary and because disability comes before party”.

    He said: “We challenge when we feel we need to. Some ministers are better than others. I am not going to name names, good or bad.”

    The fringe meeting had discussed how to make the UK the world’s most accessible tourist destination.

    Ginley said that the V&A and other UK museums were seen as leaders on access for disabled people.

    He said: “We still have a lot to do in this country, but we are far better off than most countries.

    “That’s not just me saying that: it’s feedback I get from disabled people from anywhere from Taiwan to Argentina, where I was last month. British museums are seen as leaders.

    “We can be tough on ourselves and say what we are doing is rubbish: actually, it’s not.

    “I would challenge people to go to other parts of the world and see if you find that as accessible as what London might be.

    “Yes, we still have challenges, but we are much further down the road than many other countries around the world.”

    Diane Lightfoot, chief executive of the Business Disability Forum, and a member of VisitEngland’s England’s Inclusive Tourism Action Group, said the ambition of the government and tourism industry’s Tourism Sector Deal was to make the UK “the most accessible tourist destination in Europe by 2025”.

    A key measure of this was to increase the number of in-bound visits by disabled people by 33 per cent.

    She said VisitEngland research valued the accessible tourism market – the amount spent by disabled people and their traveling companions on day trips and domestic and in-bound overnight trips – at about £12 billion a year, and more than £14 billion in Britain.

    Peter Hand, CDG’s chair, defended the decision to choose accessible tourism as the subject of the fringe when there were so many crucial issues affecting disabled people.

    He told DNS after the meeting: “There are lots of issues concerning disabled people. We as CDG focus on those throughout the year.

    “We are not saying it’s the only issue, far from it, but in the context of Brexit, we thought it was a valuable opportunity to help promote UK PLC, but there are many other important issues and we still think they should be discussed as well.”

    John Pring – DNS 3rd Oct 2019

    [The link won’t show up on the posts] That is why it is in full.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 4, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    • Barry Ginley said “not seeing the true Britain”

      Well Barry Ginley the True Britain is Crimes Against Humanity Barry the true Britain.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      • 180.000 DWP State Sponsored Murder Deaths Tories Welfare Reform & Universal Credit Works for state crimes against the British Empire.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 4, 2019 at 6:48 pm

  27. This is harrowing:

    Andrew Coates

    October 5, 2019 at 10:08 am

  28. Most advisors at the providers I been to, don’t stop long, due to high targets from their managers , as the managers want to boost their paychecks with outcomes

    All the advisors I have met have been reading from a script apart from one or two, she has tailor it my needs and what I want to do.


    October 5, 2019 at 11:38 am

  29. The main problem with the Tories is that they are not in the least sorry for anything they have done.
    All the austerity, cuts, Universal Credit, you name it. All quite deliberate. This is how they think society should be. Low taxes, low benefits, with only very limited state support for people. You have to make your own way.

    Alan Turner

    October 5, 2019 at 6:08 pm

  30. Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2019 at 11:51 am

  31. Now we have proof:

    Benefits managers have been caught on tape making horrifying comments about claimants.

    One advocated blowing them up with a grenade, another accused them of getting money for nothing while the disabled were accused of “faking it.”

    In one disturbing taped conversation a manager says: “The police sometimes have sting operations where they gather people together.

    “We should nominate one person to throw a grenade in.”

    Another reveals a case manager railing at claimants, who can be out of work because of ill health.

    They rant: “It does my head in. They’re getting something for nowt, they don’t really have to do a great deal to get it. And they still whinge.”

    Another says they “have absolutely no time” for claimants with depression and anxiety.

    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    • One advocated blowing them up with a grenade, another accused them of getting money for nothing while the disabled were accused of “faking it.”

      yet the national debt is trillions and not 1 penny has been paid off so who is getting money for nothing then o yes the hole fkn country including them pmsl.



      October 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      • It’s as mean and as nasty as it come’s.Theres plenty more of that in the population,it can mask crime against disabled people.


        October 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    • What about drug addicts that have kids that are born drug addicts. Shouldn’t breeding of this sort be at least ‘discouraged’? Or are you one of the army of social workers, police, prison staff, addiction counselors, courts staff and judiciary who stand to profit these unfortunate kids who lives have ended before they have even begun? Many kids are tortured, abused and even murdered by the most evil pieces of scum who should never have been allowed to give birth to a child. How can society prevent these atrocities from happening in the first place? Ken?

      “Eugenics is the the practice or advocacy of improving the human species by selectively mating people with specific desirable hereditary traits. It aims to reduce human suffering by “breeding out” disease, disabilities and so-called undesirable characteristics from the human population.”


      October 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    • Disgusting behaviour from the DWP. The end result of years of claimant abuse, and government ‘skiver’ propaganda. There is a hard core of these types in the Department after the Duncan Smith years.

      Jeff Smith

      October 6, 2019 at 5:29 pm

  32. A world-renowned mesh removal surgeon has withdrawn his offer to come to Scotland after accusing health officials of needless delay and disrespect.

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman pledged Dionysios Veronikis would be brought to Scotland to help some of the 600 mesh-damaged women and train surgeons.

    Instead, the US-based surgeon, who has developed techniques allowing the full removal of mesh implants, has written to her explaining that he can no longer come because of how he has been treated during four months of discussions with her senior health officials.

    He does not believe officials or surgeons involved in mesh removal were ever serious about bringing him to Scotland, despite Ms Freeman’s promise.

    “I am not a politician, I’m not a civil servant, I’m a doctor and do not have the time to play games,” said Dr Veronikis. “In good faith, I offered to come to Scotland for a month to operate on women and train surgeons.

    “I made myself available at every stage but after months of discussions I no longer believe officials or surgeons in Scotland ever seriously tried to bring me to Scotland.

    “I do not have time for interminable discussions and feel I must now withdraw my offer.”

    Ms Freeman in June promised to arrange for Dr Veronikis to be brought to Scotland after meeting with mesh-injured women, who told her Scots surgeons did not have the skills to carry out full implant removals.



    October 6, 2019 at 4:43 pm

  33. A world-renowned mesh removal surgeon has withdrawn his offer to come to Scotland after accusing health officials of needless delay and disrespect.

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman pledged Dionysios Veronikis would be brought to Scotland to help some of the 600 mesh-damaged women and train surgeons.

    Instead, the US-based surgeon, who has developed techniques allowing the full removal of mesh implants, has written to her explaining that he can no longer come because of how he has been treated during four months of discussions with her senior health officials.

    He does not believe officials or surgeons involved in mesh removal were ever serious about bringing him to Scotland, despite Ms Freeman’s promise.

    “I am not a politician, I’m not a civil servant, I’m a doctor and do not have the time to play games,” said Dr Veronikis. “In good faith, I offered to come to Scotland for a month to operate on women and train surgeons.

    “I made myself available at every stage but after months of discussions I no longer believe officials or surgeons in Scotland ever seriously tried to bring me to Scotland.

    “I do not have time for interminable discussions and feel I must now withdraw my offer.”

    Ms Freeman in June promised to arrange for Dr Veronikis to be brought to Scotland after meeting with mesh-injured women, who told her Scots surgeons did not have the skills to carry out full implant removals.

    Missouri-based Dr Veronikis said: “But for the delays, three Scottish patients I have seen in St Louis could have been operated on in Scotland.

    “All three, who had been told they had complete mesh removals, had their residual and remaining mesh fully removed by myself.

    “What has been recorded in their medical records as full removal was a partial removal.

    “My trip to Scotland could have helped many women and could have trained surgeons in my tissue-sparing techniques of full mesh removal and help many more.

    “It is then with great regret, and frustration, that I have decided my trip to Scotland will not now take place.”

    A mesh review group that Ms Freeman claimed to have set up to help victims had previously proposed Scots doctors and officials could lead a fact-finding trip to the US to study mesh removal techniques.

    However, facing calls to apologise and resign after wrongly insisting the group had not previously planned the reintroduction of mesh, Ms Freeman pledged Dr Veronikis would come to Scotland. She charged her chief medical officer, Catherine Caldwerwood, and her deputy Terry O’Kelly with arranging the visit.

    However, Dr Veronikis does not believe the original plan was ever changed.

    “I have to conclude that despite what Ms Freeman promised, her officials had no real intention to bring me to Scotland and continued to plan for the fact-finding trip they had previously proposed.”

    Last week, Mr O’Kelly, an Aberdeen-based surgeon, told Dr Veronikis that, before any trip to Scotland could be arranged, Scots would visit him in St Louis before visiting another US doctor, Ohio-based surgeon Howard Goldman, who did not believe full mesh removable was necessary.

    Dr Goldman, who, like many other surgeons in the field has previously received research funding from mesh manufacturers, defends partial removal of the mesh implant causing specific problems as a successful technique and says full mesh removal can cause other health issues.

    He has said: “If there is pain in an area or the mesh has eroded, we take care of that and patients feel fine.”

    It is thought Dr Veronikis had agreed to welcome the Scots delegation as a formality to pave the way for his trip to Scotland and had not been told their visit was part of a wider research trip.

    Campaigning MSP Neil Findlay said: “Officials in Scotland working with surgeons in Scotland were meant to arrange Dr Veronikis’ arrival in Scotland. Instead, they have delayed and dragged their feet before coming up with a fact-finding trip when they would visit another surgeon who does not believe full mesh removal is necessary.

    “That would certainly be convenient for Scottish surgeons who, it would appear from their record, have no idea how to fully remove mesh but it is not what Jeane Freeman asked them to do. We must ask why Scottish surgeons did not want Dr Veronikis to come here?

    “This is a shameful way to treat a world-leading surgeon and a shameful way to treat the women he wanted to help.

    “I have option but to call for a full public inquiry into the mesh scandal – the biggest scandal in the history of the NHS in Scotland – and for the Cabinet Secretary to take responsibility for this completely avoidable situation and resign. Jeane Freeman gave commitments to representatives of the Scottish Mesh Survivors group that the Government would do all it could to bring the doctor here and she has let them down and taken all of their hope away.”

    The two Scottish surgeons who were tasked with working with Dr Veronikis, NHS Glasgow lead mesh clinician Karen Guerrero and NHS Lothian’s Voula Granitsiotis, knew in June that he was attending the same conference as them, in Sweden last month. According to Mr O’Kelly, Dr Guerrero had originally said she might not visit Dr Veronikis in St Louis but, by the time of the conference, had agreed to join the trip.

    However, Dr Veronikis claims neither of the Scots made any attempt to speak to him. He said: “If the surgeons had any intention of wanting to work with me, they could have at least spoken to me at the conference in Sweden, but chose not to.

    “Instead they approached other surgeons to ask if they would work with them, and those surgeons told me.

    “It was disrespectful. I can’t work with people like that. I don’t play games.”

    Campaigners for Scotland’s 600 mesh-damaged women have now accused Ms Caldwerwood and Mr O’Kelly of failing to properly engage with Dr Veronikis, ignoring the public promise of Ms Freeman and shattering the hopes of dozens of women who hoped he might operate on them.

    Mesh survivor Karen Neil, 54, called on Ms Freeman to resign, saying: “The question is whether she knew what her officials were doing in her name? If she didn’t, she should have. If she did, she should resign. These are the same officials who planned for the reintroduction of mesh when Ms Freeman said no such plans were taking place.

    “These are the same officials who planned a fact-finding trip around America before being told, by Ms Freeman, to bring Dr Veronikis to Scotland. In four months, they made no progress whatsoever but firmed up their plans for a fact-finding trip around America.

    “Is Jeane Freeman all right with this? She says banning mesh was her proudest moment as health secretary. Well, she should ask those women living with the consequences of mesh what they think of her performance so far?”

    The Victim

    Mesh survivor Claire Daisley yesterday voiced disgust at the way Dr Veronikis had been treated.

    Claire, 49, had faced losing both her bladder and bowel and a life of agonising pain after mesh surgery in Scotland.

    Well-wishers stepped in to fund Claire’s travel and treatment costs, allowing her to visit Dr Veronikis in the US and undergo a successful mesh removal operation last month.

    She said: “Dr Veronikis is the only surgeon we trust. He has given me back hope of a new life when I was left suicidal and hopeless.

    “I’m devastated all the other women in Scotland will be denied the chance to get his help.

    “The only thing we have ever asked for ourselves if for Dr Veronikis to be brought to Scotland.

    “We are all living evidence to the fact that surgeons here have not been fully removing mesh.

    “Dr Veronikis does, and he takes photographs to prove he has removed the whole implant. I just can’t understand why our surgeons seem to be so reluctant to learn from him. What gives them the right?

    “I’m broken-hearted knowing that other women who have pinned their last hopes of getting help from Dr Veronikis will be devastated to know he isn’t coming
    to Scotland.

    “Yet again, we’ve campaigned and worked so hard to change things and other places will benefit from everything we have achieved while our women suffer in pain.

    “The way mesh-damaged women have been ignored and patronised by the authorities has been full of low points but this is possibly the lowest of all.”

    Dr Veronikis will address MSPs on the Scottish Public Petitions Committee via video link to explain why he will no longer be coming to Scotland.

    Campaigner Elaine Holmes, of Scottish Mesh Survivors, said: ”I feel sick to my stomach for the hundreds who have pinned their hopes on Jeane Freeman’s pledge to bring Dr Dionysios Veronikis here to help us.

    “Instead she is sending surgeons around the world. To what possible purpose?

    “It would be laughable if it wasn’t so desperately sad.”

    The Officials

    Chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood and her deputy Terry O’Kelly were instructed to bring Dr Veronikis to Scotland but four months of transatlantic discussions went nowhere.

    The Surgeons

    Greater Glasgow’s Karen Guerrero and NHS Lothian’s Voula Granitsiotis were the Scottish surgeons asked to meet Dr Veronikis but, he says, ignored him at a conference only last month.

    The Response

    Jeane Freeman has written to Dr Dionysios Veronikis saying Scots mesh surgeons were still “eager to meet with him briefly” on a fact-finding trip to the US.

    Despite the Health Secretary personally and publicly pledging to bring him to Scotland four months ago, Scottish clinicians decided they first had to visit him in Missouri.

    Last week, Ms Freeman wrote to him saying: “I know the delay in confirming the details of that visit was frustrating. I fully understand that and, indeed, share that frustration.”

    A committee of mesh experts had already agreed a trip to the US and sources suggest there were raised eyebrows when the minister, under pressure over secret plans to reintroduce mesh, said Dr Veronikis would be brought to Scotland.

    Ms Freeman does not discuss bringing him to Scotland in her letter but merely asks him to reconsider meeting the Scots party when they are in the States, adding they “remain eager to meet with you briefly during their visit.”

    Dr Veronikis said her letter lacked detail and conviction and “changed nothing”.

    The Scottish Government said: “The Health Secretary wrote to Dr Veronikis to express her hope that he would be able to reconsider his position. The chief medical officer spoke with him, to invite him to Scotland.

    “We have been clear women should have access to the best possible care for mesh complications. The withdrawal does not change Scottish clinicians’ plans to share learning and experience.

    “As such, clinicians will still travel to the US in November.”

    Dr Tracey Gillies, medical director, said NHS Lothian “remained committed” to collaborating with clinical experts to improve care and treatment of mesh patients.

    NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde said it was “fully in support” of measures to improve treatment of patients with mesh complications.



    October 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm


    Harry Dunn crash: Chief constable demands suspect’s return to UK

    A chief constable has written to the US Embassy in London demanding the return to the UK of an American diplomat’s wife following a fatal crash.

    Nick Adderley is the most senior police officer in the Northamptonshire force, which is investigating the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.

    He died when his motorbike hit a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

    The diplomat’s wife, who is a suspect in the case, left the UK despite telling police she did not plan to.

    Mr Adderley was asked on Twitter whether the woman was lawfully entitled to claim diplomatic immunity.

    He replied: “The short answer is yes,” adding that both he and Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold had written “in the strongest terms” to the US Embassy, urging that the diplomatic immunity waiver be applied “in order to allow the justice process to take place”.

    Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, has told the BBC the family has been left “utterly devastated” by the death of the teenager, from Charlton, Banbury, on 27 August.

    On Saturday the US State Department said that diplomatic immunity was “rarely waived” but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged the US Embassy to reconsider.

    Mrs Charles told the BBC: “We’re really hoping to try to get her back; from me, as a mum, to her, as a mum, you just hope that he [Mr Raab] can try to get through to her.

    “We don’t wish her any ill harm, but we don’t understand how she can just get on a plane and leave our family just utterly devastated.

    “If we don’t get any luck over here, then we will go over there.”
    ◾Should diplomats still have immunity?

    Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, diplomats and their family members are immune from prosecution in their host country, so long as they are not nationals of that country. However, their immunity can be waived by the state that has sent them.

    Police said that the suspect “engaged fully” following the crash near RAF Croughton, a US Air Force communications station, and said “she had no plans to leave the country in the near future”.

    The US Embassy in London confirmed on Saturday that the diplomat’s family had left the UK, but said “security and privacy considerations” precluded it from naming the suspect.

    The US State Department has said it is in “close consultation” with British officials and has offered its “deepest sympathies” to the family of Mr Dunn.

    “Any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry; immunity is rarely waived, ” it added.



    October 6, 2019 at 6:56 pm

  35. ot well my new new new adviser has dumped me again so back to adviser pinball 😉


    October 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    • You don’t seem to have much luck with those pesky old roaches, do you ted!

      jj joop

      October 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      • they must have a warning light on the lms or something no one wants me anymore there bs tactics and lies dont work on me anymore 😉


        October 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm

  36. Scrap Universal Credit to help combat chronic poverty in Kirkcaldy

    “We’re witnessing shocking levels of poverty in pockets of this constituency and the numbers are not going down – in fact, they could get a whole lot worse.

    “Universal Credit – thanks to its five-week wait for a first payment and punitive sanctions – has directly contributed to a rapid rise in demand for food banks over the past year. It’s also the reason why Fife Council tenant rent arrears have topped £2m for the first time ever



    October 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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