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Abuse of Claimants, DWP Manager, “We should nominate one person to throw a grenade in.”

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Universal Credit staff taped making disgusting comments about claimants


EXCLUSIVE: One member of staff was recorded saying disabled people were “faking it” to get government cash

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.


Today the incompetent  lazy bones managers  at the DWP are shown up.

DWP Universal Credit: 700 ‘suspected errors’ flagged by one council in 18 months


EXCLUSIVE: Labour-run Tower Hamlets demanded the DWP halt the benefit’s rollout after compiling the figures for 18 months

More than 700 “suspected errors” in Universal Credit have been flagged in 18 months by a single town hall.

Labour-run Tower Hamlets began compiling the figures in April 2018 over fears the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was not dealing robustly enough with problems.

Since then the deprived London borough’s officers have reported 728 cases to the DWP – identifying £335,000 in alleged overpayments and £215,000 in underpayments.

Officials claimed some cases took months and several attempts to contact the DWP before they were resolved.

The Borough’s mayor John Biggs said: “The roll out of Universal Credit should be halted. It’s failing our most vulnerable residents and pushing them into hardship.

“It’s simply not good enough that these blunders continue.”

Deputy Mayor Rachel Blake added: “The continuing errors we are seeing due to Universal Credit show it’s not fit for purpose.

Not to mention the present mess find ourselves in:

This has always struck people as inevitable.

Poverty is rising for all groups – even those in work – according to a new financial inclusion monitor report.

Research from the University of Birmingham and the University of Lincoln shows nearly 1.6 million people falling behind with council tax payments, with six in ten people in the poorest fifth of the population reporting they are in problem debt – mainly council tax payments, rent or utility bills.

Nearly 1 million people are behind with their rent, while over a 1 million people are behind on water bills.

The 2019 Briefing, found that nearly 2.2 million people report having been contacted by bailiffs and nearly one million experiencing bailiffs breaking the rules.

A growing number of personal insolvencies were also highlighted, with over 70,000 Individual Voluntary Arrangements (formal alternative to bankruptcy) made in 2018, up from 40,000 in 2015.

Karen Rowlingson, Professor of Social Policy and Deputy Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at the University of Birmingham and co-author of the report, said: “The government is saying that austerity is over but our research shows that millions of people are still struggling to pay essential bills.

“Much more needs to be done to increase income levels to help people make ends meet.”

Electric Dog Collar Shock Coffey is on a high:

Written by Andrew Coates

October 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

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  1. Abuse abuse abuse DWP Welfare Reform. Death deaths deaths DWP Welfare Reform.

    DWP State Sponsored Murders

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

  2. Therese Coffey England Cricket team lost the Ashes & you have been reported to the RSPCA for animal abuse with electric shock collars.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2019 at 1:49 pm

  3. The DWP are like the Gestapo of the Tory Regime, and will be remembered as such when this terrible period of time goes down in the history books.


    October 7, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    • @trev – Next they’ll be rewriting history . Like in Orwell’s 1984, so all these cuts and austerity were only made reluctantly because the people insisted on it.

      Darren F.

      October 8, 2019 at 1:58 pm

  4. Its disgusting appalling behaviour and very nasty.People use it as an excuse to have a go at vulnerable people with looking to commit crime against someone such as theft,anti social behaviour and intimidation which can lead to much worse.It can crop up in places where someone would least expect it.


    October 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    • I very much doubt if this is an isolated case.

      Andrew Coates

      October 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      • Will anything be done about this ? Or is this outrageous behaviour simply going to be swept under the carpet at Caxton House ?

        Tom Sutton

        October 7, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      • I looked, and asked, seriously, and found absolutely nothing about any official response.

        Perhaps there is one now…

        Andrew Coates

        October 8, 2019 at 10:42 am

    • You have to realise that DWP staff go on training courses and a bombarded by propaganda while at work and while training which colours the way they view benefit claimants. Some prejudice is innate but a lot of it is cultivated deliberately by the powers that be to “encourage” DWP employees to have certain attitudes in respect to the people they deal with on a daily basis.


      October 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      • But if the staff had any decency they would have quit long ago.
        They should be heping people.


        October 7, 2019 at 11:03 pm

      • It fill’s peoples’ head’s and history has shown what extremism is capable of.


        October 8, 2019 at 10:27 am

  5. You people ought to buck up! Therese Coffee is going into battle on your behalf focuses on eradicating poverty by means of the power of her personality coupled with novel social policy. Here is a woman – a woman and a committed Christian abroad in the shoes of the fisherman – determined to right wrongs and spare no pains to improve the lives of the needy until neediness is no more. Be thankful and remember Therese in your prayers, thanking the Almighty that such a paragon now heads the DWP.



    October 7, 2019 at 5:07 pm

  6. DWP Disability Hate Crimes DWP That is not a political issue but a crime DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

  7. It’s no excuse for this disgraceful behaviour by DWP staff, but they are under constant pressure to conform to the Tory view that welfare reform was greatly needed. In particular the attitude of claimants towards getting a job. From the moment they login in the morning, and find their inbox full of the latest DWP propaganda, to the daily morning briefing, staff meetings and personal appraisals. they are subjected to this stream of psychological pressure. All these combative attitudes are the direct result of the changes brought in under Duncan Smith. Inevitably, for some of these advisors, Claimant Contempt is a real problem.

    Jeff Smith

    October 7, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    • Correct no excuse.
      “Nuremberg Trial of the German war criminals was tacitly based on the recognition of the principle: criminal actions cannot be excused if committed on government orders; conscience supersedes the authority of the state”


      October 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      • Ze Nuremberg defence: “Vi vas vonly vollowing vorders” was found be to invalid!

        Eva Braun

        October 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm

  8. Meanwhile a G4SS guard gets stabbed in the back in Liverpool.

    ”He was stabbed in the back at the Jobcentre on Childwall Valley Road in Belle Vale at about 11:30 BST.
    Emergency services attended and the victim, aged in his 40s, has been taken to hospital, where his condition is described as stable.
    Officers are searching for a white male described as 5ft 4in (1.6m) tall and wearing dark clothes.
    Det Insp Phil Atkinson said: “This is a shocking incident which has occurred in broad daylight in a public place and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to locate the offender.”

    Wonder what the police are doing about claimants being robbed ( sanctioned) in broad daylight, or driven to suicide by snivelling DWP staff?

    But expect to see security guards at Jobcentres soon to be wearing stab vests and armed with stun guns, coshes, pepper spray and handcuffs,


    October 7, 2019 at 10:59 pm

  9. Why are committed Christians who become Tory politicians willing to act harshly and cruelly when it comes to social policy defying most of the precepts of the Christianity they profess? Often the most religious and pious politicians are the very nastiest and most inhumane of all. Odd isn’t it? Whether religious or not monsters are still at their core monsters it seems.

    Christ on a Cross

    October 8, 2019 at 8:28 am

    • 1. Claim Universal Credit
      2. Die

      The Stages of the Cross

      October 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

    • 1. Claim Universal Credit
      2. Die

      The Stations of the Cross

      October 8, 2019 at 8:39 am

  10. 1. Jobcentre
    2. Foodbank
    3. Mortuary
    4. Graveyard

    The Stations of the Universal Credit Cross

    October 8, 2019 at 8:43 am

    • 1. Universal credit virus blows into town
      2. Explosion in provider companies , shift to agency work with zero hour’s contract and no overtime rate all
      on flat minimum wage.
      3 . ‘Charities’ boom, with newly coerced volunteers.
      4 . Citizens advice advertises for well paid staff (bought out by the DWP)
      5. food banks open
      6 . Sorry no dogs or UC – type signs appear in rented accommodation adds.
      7 . The rich get richer the poor poorer,
      8. The general feel in society altogether gets less and less pleasant.


      October 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

  11. Thanks to Brexit we can kiss goodbye to any chance that social security will be updated and restored to its proper levels.


    The Tories are NOT going to borrow to pay people benefits and so look forward to more cuts, caps, freezes and attempts to get more blood from the welfare stone by way of significant savings in expenditure.

    Buckle up.

    Thanks to Brexit it looks inevitable now, with no deal on the horizon, that things are set to get very much worse for everybody on benefits, including pensioners, because the money to pay what is required will simply not be there.


    October 8, 2019 at 11:02 am

    • Whichever way the road forks the destination is the same.

      Chief Wigwam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm

  12. Claimant being “put forward” for zero hour contract job with agency.

    Overheard in the Jobcentre

    October 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm

  13. The Work Coaches also take on the Social Worker Role in making sure their disabled pets are doing great & any problems with finding work we are there to help. It is also a medical decision being a Work Coach & Social Worker. Since all Work Coaches are Universal Credit they have to see their Work Coaches all playing the Social Worker Role. Perhaps you would like us to take off our belts & shoelaces before we go into the office to see the Work Coach. I see the Work Coaches are Disability Confident within the Work Place.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2019 at 12:37 pm

  14. Disability Confident is illegal, it is a Disability Hate Crime just like Universal Credit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

  15. Work Coach to the DWP: Do you think my client will use his shoelaces? I need to cover my criminal back for suicide.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm

  16. It shows how far things have gone that they can get away with this. But it’s a sad fact, there is nothing trendy or attractive about benefit claimants. And the general public just don’t seem very interested.

    Alan Turner

    October 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    • @Alan- Yeah. Big difference when it’s an environmental issue. Or about going vegan. But what about the cruelty to people in the benefit system ?

      Jack R.

      October 8, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    • After Brexit if things go badly unemployment will swell. Then EVERYBODY will be interested in it.

      Crystal Balls

      October 8, 2019 at 5:58 pm

  17. What is it about going to the government, DWP and related roles for help that leaves them with the misguided impression that they have the unwritten right to treat you like shit? Nevermind spending millions on rolling out an already-failed and purposely shoddy system, maybe they should put that money towards sending every employee through sensitivity training and courses on basic human compassion.

    If I had a job and treated my customers even half as bad as these people treat benefit claimants I’d be fired and placed on a blacklist for life, to never be employed by anyone ever again >_>


    October 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm

  18. Andrew Coates

    October 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    • Inclusive language: words to use and avoid when writing about disability


      They told me not to use the word “unemployed” but to use “seeking employment”.


      October 8, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    • That form breaks the Data Protection Act by false information being extracted by Disability Hate Crime questions. How can a mood be cancer. How can the Tories & DWP keep breaking the own rules set by law on their own admittance of guilt by breaking their own rules that are set out in law.

      Another policy to kill off the disabled. I got chronic bullshitt – ok I have happy bullshit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 8, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    • Depression, M.E., a disability. You could argue that it was disabling that you can’t be arsed to get out of bed in the morning but it is certainly not a disability. It is high time we stopped conflating ‘conditions’ such as ‘depression’, ‘anxiety’ and stress with actual physical, limiting disabilities. We should also distinguish between self-inflicted health conditions and unavoidable illnesses. The general public don’t buy it. Pre-WCA (Work Capability Assessments) the joke down the pub was: “They are two things they can’t prove: depression and a bad back 😀 ” The joke was on the taxpayer for too long. Now the tables have turned.

      Emma B

      October 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      • Depression & M.E. are real conditions – WCA is bleeding the tax payer dry not the disabled.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      • The much abused ‘Blue Badge’ scheme is now being extended to include non-physical disabilities. Surely, the whole point of the Blue Badge is that you are unable to walk. The only people who can afford to go into town is Blue Badge holders who don’t have to pay the exorbitant parking charges that those of us who don’t suffer with crippling ‘disabilities’ as ‘stress’, ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’ have to. And it is not just the Blue Badge holders who get use their free Nissan Qashqai, it is their friends and relatives too. And not just Nissan Qashqais, you will see brand-new BMW, Range Rovers, Audis, even Porsches and Ferraris with a Blue Badge. Some people really do know how to play the system. The sad thing is that it is always those ‘proud’-types, the ones who ‘do the right thing’ who end up on their uppers. Anyway, the Blue Badge scheme is a joke. It is time the DWP and ATOS looked into it.


        October 9, 2019 at 8:39 am

      • Disability hate crime soars as campaigners demand immediate action

        Only 6% of all reported incidents are pursued by police.

        Disability hate crime has risen dramatically in the last year, new figures published today suggest, as campaigners call on government and the police to urgently tackle the growing problem of hate and prejudice in our towns and cities.



        October 9, 2019 at 2:59 pm

  19. That Therese Coffey is a hotty ain’t she. Cor! You would wouldn’t you? Of course you would!

    Stiffy McVicar

    October 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm

  20. Inclusive language ? This is more DWP bullshit designed to disguise the true cruelty of what they are doing.
    Signing-on ? No…..’Looking for opportunity’.

    Gerry T.

    October 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm

  21. And you may wish to avoid words like bastard, cruel sanctions, claimant harassment and foodbanks.

    Dave Blunt

    October 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm

  22. they dont like it at all when you can give as good as you get tho 😉


    October 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    • Thankfully now I am on UC, I only get to see my advised every three months, if my uc50 form goes through, maybe every 6 months old


      October 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      • i would go every day if they paid the bus fair tho last time they tried it only lasted 4 days and my hit squad adviser had had enough buy then as could not find my work programme exit report because i only went 2 times in 2 years.:)


        October 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    • I only seen once of the advisors threated to call the police, the customer give them a helping hint on the number. I have only seen the police go in the job centre once as I was walking by, as I had a job interview


      October 8, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      • If the jobcentre land you with a criminal record how the hell are you going to get a job?


        October 8, 2019 at 10:02 pm

  23. […] here on Ipswich Unemployed Action, the Barmy Bolshevik ridiculously insinuates that Therese Coffey […]

    • Hey Kevin Algarse

      If Komrade Koates is a barmy mad, Marxist, loony, leftie then why did he post this comment on your blog, a Roverside View?

      “Andrew Coates says:
      September 27, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      The sooner we rid Parliament of these awful hateful people the better. The Remoanic Establishment tries everything it can to destabilise Boris Johnson and our lawfully elected government. Everything they do will make Boris Johnson stronger and give us a bigger majority at the inevitable general election.
      The hatred in the eyes of these so called respectable Parliamentarians is beyond comprehension. And Nicola Sturgeon is no better -at what point did she have any say over how our NATIONAL PARLIAMENT works? She does NOT. She should stick with (badly) running Scotchland and hopefully the Scotch people will be sensible enough to reduce the SNP representation at Westminster to a far smaller number by replacing them with decent hard working Conservative MPs.
      MPs should back off whilst the PM and his team attempt to negotiate a deal with the United States of Europe. Whether it succeeds or not, is anyone’s guess, but they should at least allow him to try. After all, the SURRENDER ACT only kicks in after 18 October when (in the event of a failure to agree a deal) an extension has to apparently be requested. Juncker and Barnier have no doubt written 31 December 2199 AD on their draft document already and are rubbing their hands in glee. They will FAIL, Corbyn will FAIL. Starmer, Souby and Dominic Grieve will FAIL. Brexit is happening with or without a deal. Brexit here we come 😀 ”

      A man of many, may hats is Andrew Coates 😉

      An Ocean View

      October 8, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      • Very funny, poor Kevin, he has so much free time on his hands…

        Andrew Coates

        October 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

      • Comedy like this lightens the mood. The only thing that would make me laugh more is if Boris refused to write a letter requesting an extension of Britain’s membership of the EU, as demanded by law, and after being found guilty of contempt of courts was given a custodial sentence and had to do a stretch of porridge in the chokey. He would always be remembered as the only Prime Minister to shack up in 10 Downing Street with his lover, while still married to another woman with whom he fathered four children, who was found guilty of a crime and jailed while still in office! Now THAT really would make me laugh my socks off and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Boris will become the first Brexit martyr sent to clink for breaking the law.

        I can’t say for sure whether Brexit will happen someday but am sure that it WON’T happen in 2019 unless the EU itself, sick to death with the bleating of our small island nation, refuses to grant a further extension by the end of the month!


        October 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      • That’s funny.


        October 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      • What would be the actual consequences of Boris ignoring the ‘Benn Act’? UNPAID work? Like the unemployed are sentenced to. Or maybe he will claim ‘diplomatic immunity’ like the wife of that American spy to scarpered back to the USA after the incident in which a teenage motorcyclist was killed. Absolutely no consequences. What is ignoring the Benn Act in comparison? It wouldn’t even be a criminal court Boris would appear in, it would be a civil matter. The Benn Act 😀 , bet Alex Salmond wishes he was charged with ignoring the Benn Act rather than 2 attempted rapes, 9 sexual assaults, 3 indecent assaults and one breach of the peace, The Benn Act is up there with TV licence ‘evasion’. At the Wireless and Telegraphy Act has criminal penalties attached. Pulling the UK out of the EU is a far bigger fish to fry than ignoring the Benn Act and be damned with the consequences. What Boris does or doesn’t do is anyone’s guess.


        October 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm

      • If Boris ignores the Benn act he will be guilty of contempt of court and jailed if he doesn’t comply.


        October 10, 2019 at 11:38 am

      • Whose court those? One up north presided over by a curmudgeonly drunkard of a Scotch ‘judge’? Why are we English taking orders from the Scotch. And how on earth can an Englishman, born and bred, be thrown into a Scotch dungeon on the whim of a haggis-eating, whisky-drinking, caber-tossing Jock posing as a judge? These people aren’t even civilised. The men wear skirts, they eat porridge for breakfast and eat shortbread for lunch. Boris should build a wall!

        Hemel Hempstead

        October 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      • Which court? The Supreme Court! There is NO higher court in any or all of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. Besides Boris Johnson is a cowardly man of low character who, despite all his nonsense about “dying in a ditch” and “do or die”, WILL sign the letter asking for an extension of EU membership for the UK beyond Halloween because he is an unprincipled liar whose promises and undertakings mean nothing. Not long to wait now. Sadly there is no doubt that BoJo will back down and so my dream of seeing him behind bars will never happen in reality.


        October 10, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      • What if the EU attach strings to agreeing an extension? For instance, a second referendum (what would you put on it?), a General Election, or Boris doing a one-legged jig on the top of Nelson’s Column? And shouldn’t EU (Article 50) take precedence over UK Law (the Benn Act). How can the UK pass a law to circumvent EU law?

        Constitutional Expert

        October 10, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      • And what is the point of yet another extension? What happens when the extension expires? Another extension? Or is the whole point to kick Brexit into the long grass. Oh, look everyone who voted in 2016 is now dead. The current make-up of the House of Commons have no intention of voting for a ‘deal’ even if Boris came back from Brussels with the Moon and the stars they would still vote it down. For whatever reason they patently don’t want Brexit to happen in any way, shape or from. Probably Boris doesn’t either.
        If Brexit gets brushed under the carpet though any semblance of ‘democracy’ in the UK is effectively dead. It sets a dangerous precedent. The UK would be only a stone’s throw from anarchy. Maybe that is what some people want. Ordo Ad Chao – order out of chaos as the Masons say. We certainly live in interesting times.

        Constitutional Expert

        October 10, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    • I’m with Boris 100% of the way.

      Komrade Koates

      October 8, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      • I went all the way with Boris several times and look what happened to me!

        Jennifer Acuri

        October 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      • I’m sure your support and good opinion means the world to Boris.


        October 9, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    • Is this the same Kevin Alg-arse who stood as a Tory councillor and polled not one single vote 🙂 It is not surprising he has so much time on his hands. Time enough to read blogs for the UNEMPLOYED 😀 Just like Kevin 😀 Not that there is owt from with being unemployed, mind you 😉 And who the hell put this turd onto this blog?

      A Beachfront View

      October 9, 2019 at 11:46 am

      • Ah! Leave him be he’s harmless. And while he’s typing away on blogs like this he won’t be playing with himself, worrying harmless citizens on the street or getting up to monkey business. Anybody who admires Boris Johnson and actively wants a no-deal Brexit has enough problems to be getting on with without any of us being nasty to him or censoring his rants.


        October 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      • A poet, a gentleman farmer, and Suffolk’s leading Tory intellectual..

        Squire Algar is known to all the Woodbridge proletariat.

        Sometimes, feeling nostalgic for the old days, he haunts St Jude’s Tavern, the Ipswich pub named after the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.

        Andrew Coates

        October 10, 2019 at 10:18 am

    • A Riverside View East anglia’s Premier Political blog 😀 😀 😀 😀


      October 9, 2019 at 7:15 pm

  24. Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been paid from taxpayers from the Largs area, and the rest of North Ayrshire, to alleviate the effects of Universal Credit on constituents in the district.

    These are the stark sums revealed by the ruling North Ayrshire Labour administration whose political party masters have vowed to scrap the controversial scheme.



    October 8, 2019 at 9:14 pm

  25. Example.
    I have an appointment , the roach arrives a few minutes late, but still takes time to chat with another roach, laughing at whatever is on his screen, before finally taking his seat and summening me over.
    Can’t imagine any shop staff treating a customer like that at the till.
    Maybe in prison , or at a police interrogation…


    October 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    • Probably having a good old chuckle at your ‘case notes’, love 😉

      Doris from Barnsley

      October 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    • Most coaches are running behind, I was waiting for my advisor to phone me up, last week, because the job centre had a fire alarm drill.

      Thankfully I don’t have to go into the arena of the job centre very often now being on uc and getting a fit note from my doctors, telling the job centre about my health conditions.


      October 10, 2019 at 12:08 pm

  26. Universal Credit branded ‘catastrophe’ as Wakefield families wait too long to be paid

    Senior Labour councillors have piled into Universal Credit, which they say has left some desperate families facing “catastrophe”.

    “18,659 people in Wakefield are now on Universal Credit. I see that as 18,659 people potentially in a lot of debt.

    “I pay tribute to all those volunteers out there helping people struggling with this Universal Credit. It’s a crisis and it should be abolished.”



    October 8, 2019 at 9:34 pm

  27. Tory Chat Bots love to chat about being up Boris Johnson’s Arse & are far removed from reality. The competition is who is going to mal-function in reality because it is a windy day & chat bots can’t compute reality.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm

  28. Unfortunately with Labour’s current polling results, they have as much chance of winning an election as the 100-1 outsider at the Grand National. In which case Universal Credit will be around for years to come.


    October 9, 2019 at 2:27 pm

  29. There is no reason really why Jobcentres couldn’t be places of love, kindness and helpfulness.
    Smiling happy Work Coaches….it would be a pleasure to go along every couple of weeks to sign-on.

    Sunshine Sam

    October 9, 2019 at 2:35 pm

  30. DWP: ‘Stunned’ councillors told how Universal Credit claimants only receive half the cost of living

    The scale of debt faced by those on benefits was discussed by councillors in Stockton

    The figures came as Stockton Council reviews its council tax support scheme.

    At the moment, everyone of working age pays at least 20% of their annual tax bill in the borough.



    October 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    • In Cornwall we have to pay 25%.


      October 9, 2019 at 6:36 pm

  31. Looks like they don’t need top throw grenades at us,

    “Universal Credit claimants ‘dying younger’ as rich live longer in Plymouth
    Plymouth councillors blame Government cuts for the worsening health gap between rich and poor

    “blamed benefit changes with the introduction of Universal Credit and “savage” cuts to public health funding.

    She said: “Public health becomes more and more important every year as the gap in inequality continues to grow.

    “Prior to the austerity imposed by this Government there was good evidence that that inequality gap was reducing, but this now seems to be reversing.”


    Andrew Coates

    October 10, 2019 at 4:18 pm

  32. These zero-hour contract, self-employed ‘gig economy’ ‘jobs’ that this site keeps bigging up are a crock of shit. You don’t get any holidays (not even public holidays), sick pay, maternity leave, you haven’t got a pension to look forward. Plus if you take a day off the bastards FINE you like £150 – £250 quid. Doesn’t matter if it is for a hospital appointment of or a funeral etc. And if you lose or break the fucking machine or it gets stolen it is going to cost you an arm an a leg. Fuck these jobs, they are shit.

    Amazon Delivery Agent

    October 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

  33. Hate crimes recorded by police up 10%

    There has been a 10% rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.

    here were 103,379 offences in 2018-19 – a record number – according to Home Office figures.

    Transgender hate crime went up 37%, while for offences motivated by sexual orientation the rise was 25%, by disability 14% and by religion 3%.

    Race hate crimes accounted for around three-quarters of offences (78,991) and rose by 11% on the previous year.

    Over half (54%) of the hate crimes recorded by the police were for public order offences and a further third (36%) were for violence against the person offences.

    Five per cent were recorded as criminal damage and arson offences.



    October 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm

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