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Boris Johnson Goes Trump, Makes False Claim that 200,000 are in work thanks to Universal Credit.

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Uproar over Latest Johnson Lies.

As Universal Credit takes hit after hit its supporters are resorting to desperate tactics.

Universal Credit: Boris Johnson made false statement in PMQs about number of people in work because of the benefit, regulator confirms

The UK Statistics Authority has confirmed Boris Johnson’s assertion 200,000 people are now in jobs because of the benefit was incorrect.

Serina Sandhu

A comment made by the Prime Minister about the number of people who are in employment as a result of Universal Credit has been confirmed to be incorrect by the UK Statistics Authority.

Boris Johnson claimed in January that 200,000 people had already found jobs because of the benefit during a session of Prime Minister’s Questions after being challenged over its its effect on poverty.

The shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood, who sought to fact-check the statement, has now called on the Prime Minister to apologise for his claim which she said was “simply wrong”.

The BBC says,

In a letter to the prime minister, the watchdog’s chairman Sir David Norgrove confirmed the figure was an estimate, rather than for “the effect so far”.

The jobs figure, estimated to be achieved by 2024/25, was made by the Department for Work and Pensions in its 2018 business case for universal credit.

It has already been questioned by the National Audit Office, which concluded the department would “never be able to measure” the impact on employment.

“It cannot isolate the effect of universal credit from other economic factors in increasing employment,” the NAO concluded in a 2018 review.

This is not the first time the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority has clashed with Mr Johnson over his use of statistics.

In 2017, Sir David criticised him for his claims during the EU referendum campaign that Brexit would save the UK £350m a week.

He added that the figure, used by Mr Johnson whilst he was foreign secretary, constituted a “clear misuse of official statistics”.

Not only is Boris Johnson an admirer of Donald Trump’s politics of brazen lies but he was until not long ago a dual British and US citizen.

This is why he dropped his US nationality.

Boris Johnson among record number to renounce American citizenship in 2016

Boris Johnson has renounced his US citizenship, ending years of ambiguous loyalties and probably ridding himself of a hefty tax bill.

A list released by the US Treasury department showed the UK foreign secretary was one of 5,411 individuals to renounce his American citizenship in 2016.

Johnson was born in New York when his parents worked there, but has not lived there since he was five years old. His decision does not appear to be an attempt to distance himself from the politics of Donald Trump, but may instead be a move to ensure he is out of reach of America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In 2014 he publicly said that the US was trying to hit him for tax on the sale of his home in Islington, north London, something he said he regarded as “absolutely outrageous”, although he later reportedly paid the demand. The US tax authorities have been mounting a campaign to crack down on the earnings of dual nationals.

As she squirms at the prospect of losing her job Electric Dog Collar Thérèse Coffey tweets this.

It looks like a return to a full blown Workfare programme.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 7, 2020 at 10:25 am

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  1. The other main story of the day on UC:

    Andrew Coates

    February 7, 2020 at 10:56 am

  2. Another one of no interest.

    xclausx

    February 7, 2020 at 11:33 am

    • It has disappeared!

      Andrew Coates

      February 7, 2020 at 12:07 pm

  3. Lies continue, they will never stop.

    xclausx

    February 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

  4. I almost chocked on my lobster thermidor.

    Betty

    February 7, 2020 at 11:43 am

  5. A late bloomer so to speak.

    Tom "Twice" Daley

    February 7, 2020 at 11:55 am

  6. Well, really, what would you expect? Competence and/or honesty from a philandering liar like BoJo?

    Cecil Parkinson

    February 7, 2020 at 11:57 am

  7. The ones that bang on about their prolific sexual conquests with the ladies always turn out to be gay, George Micheal springs to mind, Sir Cliff Rchard is another one, Morrissey, Graham Norton and ‘ladies man’ Tom Jones 😀

    Fudge Packer

    February 7, 2020 at 12:11 pm

  8. This is not the first time that Boris Johnson has fallen foul of the UK Statistics Authority. Once again, false Tory statistics are used to support the idea that Universal Credit has been a wonderful success. When every official report shows the complete opposite. That UC has been an expensive, error-ridden failure. With a large side-order of deliberate, calculated hardship and cruelty.

    Jeff Smith

    February 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    • bang on Jeff ! It will take a lot more than messing about with the 5 weeks to fix Universal Credit.

      Andy

      February 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm

  9. Universal Credit: ‘I went wild – and it hit me like a ton of bricks’

    Paula was on Jobseeker’s Allowance but had to switch to Universal Credit when her boyfriend moved in with her.

    Universal Credit is a new benefit that replaces six existing payments – and it’s been beset by problems.

    Like a lot of claimants, Paula had to wait five weeks for the payments to start.

    She was offered a large advance payment to see her through until then, which she was initially happy about. Then things went wrong.

    “I have just got myself into one big mess and I’ve lost control over everything”, she says.

    You can watch the three-part series ‘Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State’ on BBC iPlayer here

    Universal Credit: ‘I went wild – and it hit me like a ton of bricks’

    BBC

    February 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm

  10. Let’s not forget that the driving principle of Universal Credit was to force people off benefits and into work. To prevent them from being on benefits long-term. And to make them take up temporary, low-paid employment. Which they did not have to do under JSA. All of this backed up with a brutal. uncaring sanction system. Designed to intimidate and threaten claimants into complying with the system, or else face absolute destitution, hunger and homelessness. The big problem with Universal Credit is that hardship and cruelty were designed into it from the very start. It needs to be scrapped and replaced with a decent, humane system. Claiming benefits is not a crime, despite what some Tory right-wingers seem to believe.

    Alan Turner

    February 7, 2020 at 1:27 pm

  11. It is more than likely that 200,000 unemployed have been sent to a provider than getting that amount of people into work, what a load of crock!

    Violet

    February 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm

  12. Even if it were true that UC has propelled 200,000 unemployed people into work it wouldn’t be that much to boast about. UC has been around and growing like a malignant cancer since 2013, i.e., has existed for some 7 years or so. So 200,000 over 7 years boils down to about 28,500 people per year, a mere 550 per week for the whole UK, which isn’t any better and may even be worse than the legacy benefit regime that it replaces did annually. For something that was supposed to be simpler, cheaper, more effective and the cure to poverty clearly UC is a failure on all counts being the opposite of everything it was touted as and supposed to be.

    Iain Duncan Smith used to lie about UC statistically too and was reprimanded several times for lying.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/12/iain-duncan-smith-fiddling-figures

    In fact all Conservative Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions and the DWP itself have been guilty of lying to the public frequently:

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/05/esther-mcvey-lies-work-pensions-universal-credit

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/18/dwp-admits-making-up-positive-quotes-from-benefits-claimants-for-leaflet

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-lies-again-about-impact-of-benefits-freeze-on-disabled-people/

    Google or Bing yourself to find dozens, if not hundreds, of links to articles gaslighting such atrocities.

    Therese Coffey, despite being a devout Catholic, is cut from the same cloth obviously.

    (But then again after making confession to her priest she will be shriven of such sins.)

    Abacus

    February 7, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    • Thanks for that, and, yes, it’s so true that the scales have fallen from my eyes.

      A blessing brother..

      Andrew Coates

      February 7, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    • Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9

      Claudius

      February 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

  13. All work should be graded for mental and physical stress ( MPS). The worst heavy and dirty work, with the worst conditions MPS Level 1. Then the next jobs, not so bad, semi-physical, MPS Level 2. Then things like retail, MPS Level 3. Clerical and office work, MPS Level 4, and so on. With maybe 5 or 6 Levels of work altogether. No-one claiming Universal Credit, should ever be forced to undertake MPS Level 1 or 2, unless they do so voluntarily.

    Jason

    February 7, 2020 at 3:49 pm

  14. Poverty so bad Ipswich still likely to need foodbank for 20 YEARS, warns founder.

    Ipswich Star, today.

    Escalating numbers of poverty-stricken people in Ipswich mean the town is likely to still need a foodbank for another 20 years, a charity founder has warned.

    Maureen Reynel set up Families In Need (FIND) in Ipswich 20 years ago to provide food and household equipment to people struggling to make ends meet.

    Since then the charity’s workload has steadily grown as ever-increasing numbers ask for help, so much so that FIND outgrew its premises and struggled to cope with demand.

    This week it officially unveiled new and larger premises in Braziers Wood Road, adhacent to Gainsborough Sports Centre, finally allowing it to store more goods and make use of more volunteers.

    Mrs Reynel believes a major reason for the most recent rises in demand is the new Universal Credit (UC) benefit system.

    First brought in by the coalition government, it is designed to simplfy multiple benefits into a single payment.

    Its defenders argue it has made a previously complicated system better and easier to understand for claimants.

    However detractors say long waiting times for initial payments to be processed, as well as harsh penalties for those who do not attend JobCentre meetings, has left many to struggle for weeks with no money at all.

    Mrs Reynel believes: “It’s going to be another couple of years before they’ve sorted out how UC works.”

    Asked if she agreed with one person’s comment at Wednesday’s official opening that the foodbank would still be needed in 20 years, she said: “I think we still will be around.

    “I started FIND 29 years ago and I’m still here. It is not going to go away, not for a long time yet.”

    https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/families-in-need-ipswich-suffolk-new-venue-official-opening-1-6501348

    Andrew Coates

    February 7, 2020 at 5:01 pm

  15. No wonder the Tories are being so careful with the Universal Credit Pilot Scheme. So far they have put just 18 people on Universal Credit. This all has still to be debated in parliament, to see if the full roll-out goes ahead. So the DWP are going for the best result possible , by carefully choosing the claimants they transfer. These are the ones most likely to get jobs anyway. Then they can present it all as another Universal Credit ‘success story’. On the lines of ‘80% of claimants found sustainable employment .’

    Tom Sutton

    February 8, 2020 at 10:52 am

    • Oh well, that rules me out then for transfer.

      jj joop

      February 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm

  16. It’s shallow government.

    ken

    February 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    • Or shadow government.

      Omnicron

      February 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      • Or shady government.

        Stanislav Olensky

        February 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm

  17. ‘He was fit for hospital, not for work’:the people failed by the benefit system. Three case studies highlight what might have gone wrong in the dozens of benefit related suicides investigated by the Department for Withholding Payments.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/feb/07/three-cases-of-suicides-linked-to-the-dwps-handling-of-benefits

    Violet

    February 8, 2020 at 1:45 pm

  18. Sorry about the first link folks I suffer from lack of concentration and memory problems due to all the frequencies permeating our atmosphere 🤕

    Violet

    February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    • @Violet – The best thing to do is to make yourself a tin-foil hat that covers the head and ears. This will offer protection against these frequencies, some of which are of alien origin.

      Geoffrey Lighthorn

      February 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      • @geoffrey lighthorn, That’s good advice, I’ve worn one of these hats for years, and it does block out the signals.

        Henry Gorlingham

        February 8, 2020 at 4:27 pm

  19. Wrong the frequencies are of military origin.

    Secret
    Militarised
    Armaments in
    Residential
    Technology.

    Violet

    February 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm

  20. Starting in March 2020, public transport in Luxembourg will be free of charge. Primarily a social measure, this policy will also be implemented to decrease congestion in the capital region. From a report: Luxembourg’s public transportation system is already heavily subsidized as fares in the country are as low as $2.2 per two hours. Even so, the country has the highest car ownership per person in Europe. This is mainly because citizens and out-of-country commuters argue that Luxembourg’s public transportation is more time consuming compared to driving. Additionally, its unique position between France, Belgium, and Germany, draws lots of commuters across its borders every day. Therefore, the investment and legislation for free public transportation will be complemented by improving the country’s network, but also for raising the minimum wage, pension adjustments, and financial aid for higher education. For out-of-country commuters, a parallel policy will allow workers to deduct travel expenses from their annual tax bill. However, many citizens argue that the money spent on free transportation and modernising

    Newshounds

    February 8, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    • Hang your head in shame Sarah Newton and that includes the rest of the klepto – plutocratic toffee nosed snobs err sorry I meant scum.

      Violet

      February 8, 2020 at 6:08 pm

  21. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    February 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm

  22. Others likely to be shuffled out include Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey...

    Boris Johnson to reshuffle Cabinet with weak ministers sacked and One Nation MPs promoted
    The Prime Minister will unveil the new Cabinet line-up on Thursday

    https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-cabinet-reshuffle-analysis-weak-ministers-sacked-brexit-1393258

    Andrew Coates

    February 9, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    • If Coffey goes could someone even worse take over? Is that even possible? Does a Conservative politician even more unsympathetic and cold towards the poor than Coffey actually exist? I remember everybody cheering when Amber Rudd bit the dust and then we got Coffey, an individual ten times worse. What carreer orientated politician would want to sip from the poison chalice of the DWP anyway? Pretty much anybody and everybody who goes there ends up sliding down a snake on the Ludo board of life and is never heard of again: Iain Duncan Smith (resigned to the back benches), Demian Green (resigned to the back benches), Steven Crabbe (demoted to the back benches), David Gawke (resigned to the back benches and lost seat), Esther McVey (demoted to housing, planning and obscurity), Amber Rudd (resigned and subsequently left politics altogether). Being in charge at the DWP has been the kiss of death to many a political career.

      Ro

      February 9, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      • You can bet whoever it is will be someone on the right-wing of the Conservative Party. Able to force through the Universal Credit roll-out against the increasing amount of negative opinion. So more than just any old gammon is required.

        Fred

        February 10, 2020 at 1:51 pm

  23. Tory Squirrel up the tree,
    Have you got any nuts for me ?
    Labour Mice on the ground
    See there’s nothing much around,
    Is it right for you to be
    Stuffing yourself up in a tree ?
    When we have nothing down below,
    No food, or anywhere to go.
    A sudden sound, a human tread,
    A roar like thunder overhead.
    And Tory Squirrel falls down,
    Dead.

    Woodland Sage

    February 9, 2020 at 5:12 pm

  24. Great ! I can think of few Tory Squirrels myself.

    Andy

    February 10, 2020 at 11:39 am

  25. House Of Lords peers are set to hand themselves a 3.1 percent pay rise, meaning they will receive a huge £323 per day tax-free. Now that’s what I call a benefit bonanza !

    Dave Blunt

    February 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    • But that’s £1615 a week just for turning up and signing-on ! I’d cheerfully go and sign-on everyday for that.

      Colin Claimant

      February 10, 2020 at 3:37 pm

  26. Benefit scroungers you mean Dave 🐷

    Violet

    February 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm

  27. So it continues,

    “Sandwell Council rent arrears hit £5.7m as IT system struggles with Universal Credit
    Sandwell | Politics | Published: 3 hours ago

    Nearly £6 million is owed in rent to Sandwell Council – but staff working to recover the money are wasting time dealing with wrongly flagged cases due to a poor IT system.”

    https://www.expressandstar.com/news/politics/2020/02/10/sandwell-council-rent-arrears-hit-57m-as-it-system-struggles-with-universal-credit/

    Andrew Coates

    February 10, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    • Sandwell is a Labour council so legislate to force them to claw back rent arrears by hiking up Council Tax locally. Then we can attack Sandwell for being a high taxing council and get a bit of political mileage out of it! People will hate the poor tenants on Universal Credit for running up arrears and blame benefit claimants and the Labour Council for sky high Council Tax levied locally. Win-win.

      A. B. de P Johnson

      February 10, 2020 at 5:33 pm

  28. Love the bit, “I got round every pub in my constituency in my first two years as an MP . I’m going to do the tour again and Sunday lunch is a convenient way to do it.”

    Andrew Coates

    February 10, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    • Time for Therese to spend more time with her family I think… Oh… sorry… she hasn’t got one has she? And should she really be advertising pub cuisine on instagram? Is she on a backhander or angling for free grub?

      Didge

      February 10, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      • I’ve been trying to work out how she managed to get round every pub in Suffolk Coastal – I know the area well.

        That’s a lot of Sunday lunches – I’d like to see how she did it, and paid for it, while she was working as an MP and Minister.

        Does she ever leave Suffolk?

        Andrew Coates

        February 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    • Sunday lunch at The West Bromwich food bank.

      Thanks for all your help, Therese, for turning this enterprise into a rapidly growing concern.

      Momus

      February 11, 2020 at 8:50 am

  29. She sure does like to live life on the hog does fat Thérèse, spending tax payers money on luxurious food while the peasants live on cheap nasty rubbish from supermarkets, it’s disgusting.

    Violet

    February 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    • It’s disgusting alright, dirty fat hog has got no shame. Hope the sponging bag chokes on a fooking Yorkshire pud!

      Tigerlily

      February 10, 2020 at 7:38 pm

  30. What is it with supermarkets reducing the number of apples in a pack from six to five? That is 20% inflation overnight! It is stupid too because the apples don’t fit in properly with the gap and roll around and bash into each other.

    Supermarket Sweep in the Weimar republic

    February 10, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    • It’s bleedin’ Brexit, mate, I tell ya! Been down the Old Market? Cock and hen Sistine Chapels for a nicker 😉

      Market Trader

      February 11, 2020 at 2:01 am

    • Forget about fresh fruit like apples and eat cake instead.

      M. Antoinette

      February 11, 2020 at 8:53 am


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