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Thousands of new Work Coach vacancies open across the UK…

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Your local jobcentre is hiring! Make a difference and apply to be a Work Coach today.

Are you “so

People may have missed this announcement. (though Trev  has not……).

  

 

 

Here it is again!

The number of Work Coaches is to be doubled to 27,000 nationally.

  • Employment Minister calls for those who want to make a difference in their communities to apply now.
  • Thousands of new expert Work Coaches to boost support for jobseekers and build back an even stronger economy.

From today (Thursday 10 September 2020), jobseekers across the country will be able to apply for one of thousands of new jobcentre Work Coach vacancies being offered by the Department for Work and Pensions, as part of its pledge to double the number of Work Coaches to 27,000 by March 2021.

Getting Britain back to work as quickly as possible is vital, as the UK strives to build back an even stronger and more resilient economy. Thousands of new Work Coaches will be at the forefront of this recovery, and will be deployed in communities across the country.

These expert Work Coaches will be trained in how to get the best out of people and make sure they have the support they need to get back into work.

Through a rapid recruitment plan, the department will have 4,500 Work Coaches in place by October 2020, with a further 9,000 by March next year.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies said:

Getting Britain back into work is key to our national recovery and our DWP Work Coaches are on the frontline of this effort – boosting their numbers means we can build back stronger.

Our Work Coaches not only deliver financial support to millions of claimants across the country, but take time to listen, encourage, advise, and ensure everyone has access to the best support available – helping those facing a tough time get back on their feet sooner.

If you are someone who cares about your community and are keen to take on a fresh role helping others, then you can make a real difference by becoming a Work Coach and I want you to join our team today.

Work Coaches will deliver:

  • New flagship programmes, such as the £2 billion Kickstart scheme, a key part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, which puts young people receiving benefits first in line for new, high quality, six-month roles provided by employers from all sectors. The placements give them a wage for the duration and the chance to build their experience and professional networks.
  • Increased support for 40,000 jobseekers of all ages will also be available through DWP’s Sector-based Work Academy Placements, which received a £17 million funding boost this summer and will help people learn new skills through a mixture of work experience and training.
  • Work Coaches will also offer vital retraining opportunities to people looking to start a new career, as well as support for those who need to update their skills and CV, or simply prepare for an interview.

For more information on applications and deadlines in your region, please visit the Work Coach recruitment site.

Today’s announcement to boost the frontline comes as jobcentres across the country continue to offer more support for jobseekers in Coronavirus-secure offices, as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs. While many appointments will still be conducted virtually, jobcentres are now open for customers to meet safely with their Work Coaches face-to-face when necessary.

AFfer this good news Thérèse Coffey is on yet another roll!

 

Written by Andrew Coates

September 12, 2020 at 8:14 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    September 12, 2020 at 8:26 am

  2. So they plan to reduce unemployment by hiring everyone themselves! Except for the fact that many of the long-term unemployed will be unable to pass a DBS check, and/or have no customer service/admin. experience, and having been on the other side of the desk for years probably wouldn’t want to work for the dreaded DWP in any case.
    At one time, just a few years ago, you were also required to pass a Maths. & English examination to become a Civil Servant, which I doubt has changed. I once passed it when the Jobcentre made me apply for a job in one of their call centres. I didn’t want the job so managed to blow the interview as I could not face working in a call centre, but received a letter saying that I had passed the Civil Service entrance exam, the letter remained valid for four years.

    trev

    September 12, 2020 at 8:36 am

    • You can sit the civil entrance tests online. They are not exactly rocket scientist level. A dawdle. Easy to score 100%! Then bin the application for ‘work coach’ 😀

      Rocket Scientist

      September 12, 2020 at 9:52 am

      • It was about 15 years ago when I sat the exam and it was held in a centre they had hired for the day, the exams took place all morning under exam conditions and the interviews were held the same day in the afternoon, so it was a full day all together. There was no mention then of doing it online, which could obviously be open to abuse.

        trev

        September 12, 2020 at 10:04 am

    • All barriers will be removed.

      xclausx

      September 12, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      • @ xclausx

        So no DBS required, no previous experience necessary, no references needed, no formal academic qualifications ?

        trev

        September 12, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    • Back in the day, the 1990s, a friend of mine was told to apply for a post with the then DSS, under the YOPS or TOPS scheme.
      He wasn’t front line he was in offices processing claims for sickness benefits, it nearly broke him and that was back then. It’s horrifying people could be forced to apply for and take these roles and punish claimants
      Nazi Germany springs to mind

      Kat Rehman

      September 13, 2020 at 7:35 am

      • There was one many years ago that was £23.50 a week it used to be paid the going rate but that was dropped,it was a bad time 1980-81 and many mistakes were made affecting future employment.

        Britain’s reliance on financial services has increased the volatility of government revenue. The financial sector, as the experience of 2008 showed, is particularly prone to boom and bust. Financial volatility affects all incomes, including the income of the government.

        services of all kinds are worse than manufacturing at securing high employment and progressive increases in median incomes. In the long run, automation is bound to reduce manufacturing employment but as long as manufactures are such a large part of international trade, they are important for maintaining employment in a trading economy, because most services cannot be exported. A country that loses its industrial base will thus experience rising structural unemployment apart from automation.

        The more people are employed in labour intensive activities – especially retail services – the lower the typical income will be.

        https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/culture/2013/01/meeting-our-makers-britain%E2%80%99s-long-industrial-decline

        ken

        September 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm

  3. The problem with the youtube alternatives such as bitchute, brandnewtube etc. is that they are explicitly set
    set up with the intent of cashing in further down the line (the original youtube owners made $billions selling out to google). That is their business model. You can easily spot when they are about to ‘partner’ with ‘the big boys’ and become subsumed by the likes of youtube because their website policies will fall more into line with youtube, i.e they will become more censorious and draconian. You will only get a run for your money and be able to post Vernon Coleman and David Icke videos with free abandon until such times as they build up enough traction and following in order to make the move. Eventually you will end up exactly where you started.

    Around the Sun

    September 12, 2020 at 9:47 am

    • Vernon Coleman who said that AIDS is a hoax, and David Icke who has been investigated by the Anti-Defamation League for his belief that ‘Reptiles’ or ‘Lizards’ secretly run the world. Think I’ll stick with Youtube.

      trev

      September 12, 2020 at 9:59 am

      • If people are going to be so gullible what do you expect ? There is good money to be made from conspiracy theory.

        George Mortimer

        September 12, 2020 at 11:54 am

      • The ADL and SPLC are the biggest “hate groups” in town.

        Morris Dees

        September 12, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      • @ Morris Dees

        I’m sure many White Supremacists would agree with you.

        trev

        September 12, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    • Bullshit,

      Sonnenrad

      September 12, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    • “Eventually you will end up exactly where you started.” I see what you did there, ‘Around the Sun’ 😉 You have to be up early to keep up with this blog 😉

      PS Don’t forget to grab a copy of my new book ‘Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds’; it’s a right page-turner 😀

      Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

      September 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm

  4. Be A Work Coach Hero & save you & the country from recession. With our Work Coach Hero’s we make such a wonderful team with passion & motivation with a very friendly working office.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2020 at 9:52 am

  5. That Work Roach has to she their Work Roach because the Work Roaches are on Universal Credit so they all need to see their work roaches. Swings & roundabouts to be a Work Roach Hero.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2020 at 9:55 am

  6. New flagship programmes, such as the £2 billion Kickstart scheme, = Money Laundering Fencing Off

    Disability Unit fencing off £1.5 Million grant fund for DPO’s.

    Justin Tomlinson is scared to engage with disabled people.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2020 at 9:58 am

  7. 27,000 extra Work Coaches by next March. Signing on is going to be such a joy. Sanction city here we come.

    trev

    September 12, 2020 at 10:44 am

    • @trev- No doubt the DWP think that if they keep employing ever more Work Coaches, they can make mass unemployment go away. It won’t. Frankly it would be much more to the point if they allowed early retirement for the over 60 claimants. Which itself would clear a huge caseload from the Jobcentres.
      The coming mass unemployment will mean a permanent class of older unemployed, most of whom will never see a full-time job again. Just as it was after the mine closures in the 80s.

      Jeff Smith

      September 12, 2020 at 11:47 am

      • Actually according to NOMIS official labour market statistics on claimant count by age, 60 to retirement age count stands at 153,860 while 16 to 24 stands at 537,745 and 24 to 59 stands at 1,963,995.

        These figures are for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

        So 60 to 64 only accounts for 5.79% of the total meaning it would do diddly squat to improve anything.

        Now help me out here Jeff Smith, what figures am i not seeing that made you arrive at it being a good move.

        Doug

        September 12, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      • @Doug

        The answer is obvious, reduce State Pension age to 55. That’s a model that ought to fit your figures.

        trev

        September 12, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      • @trev

        Still only 13.34%.

        A drop in the bucket. Perhaps you would like to lower it again or perhaps do it by regions like in effect but on benefits furlough the North East, East Midlands, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland as thats good for 24.5%, costs the least on benefits and wouldn’t produce that much taxes and NI.

        Doug

        September 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      • But what about Yorkshire & Humberside and the North West? You’d have to do it everywhere, across the board. So it’s agreed, Retirement at 50 it is.

        trev

        September 12, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      • @Doug – Still as sour as ever Doug ? You remind me of those dogs who wait patiently in the hallway until they hear the postman. Then as soon as he posts something, they bite. @Doug the Dog.

        Jack Reid

        September 12, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      • @trev

        When i said regions, the figures were for the entire age ranges per region from 16 years of age.
        These regions have the least claimants overall and thus the least burden on tax funding where as the other regions not mentioned have the best amount of people to raise tax and NI if only worse case to cover that 24.5% which is achievable.
        Of course i know even that idea is also ridiculous as culling age groups wont change a percentage that will merely move goal post

        Pensioners are by very far, the biggest financial burden on the benefits system overall so adding more is definitely not the answer, especially just so a person/government can frig the unemployment figures.

        Doug

        September 12, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      • “Pensioners are by very far, the biggest financial burden on the benefits system overall”

        But if the Government were to create a new category of ‘semi-Retired’ they would be no more of a burden than if they were unemployed, if they were getting £94 p/w until reaching full Pension age. And if that option was also extended to all 60 year olds not just the unemployed it would create more job vacancies for those aged under 60.

        trev

        September 12, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      • @trev

        The government arent going to adopt an earlier age under any idea because this is whats calculated for a person born in a certain year needs to reach to effectively pay for their retirement as so to speak in national insurance contributions. The very fact they advise contributing to a workplace pension ontop should give you an idea of how financially messed up the situation is.

        Finance Vs unemployment statistics is no contest, statistics lose overwhelmingly.

        Contrary to what people believe, a person does not need to be drawing a wage to be considered employed for the purpose of said stat.
        Governments no matter the party always project employment figures in the media to subdue the public taxpayer when in truth the landscape is a lot more different. We covered this ages ago on this very site.

        Being unemployed and not contributing isnt the only problem. Being employed and still reliant on some form of welfare, the inability to finance pensioner welfare are the other two. There are subsets but these three are enough for what im about to say.

        Where businesses/employers/employees (both PAYE and self employed) are at is instrumental to welfare and why you constantly hear me mention you just cant sweep past it and go linear on solely welfare.

        Current government consistently use the approach to tend out the unemployed as cheap fodder with the short termist arrogance if you want to lift yourself out of it, you should pay for it.
        Now excluding degrees it wasnt so bad pre 2011 as a concession was in place to provide the unemployed/lower earners with a means to study and qualify in a self chosen meaningful trade. Prior to that in the early 2000 new deal actually sort out good trades they could send any unemployed on, even arranged courses for anyone with a good idea to open a business or go self employed.

        Now days its all about business shortages, low paid and or insecure hours tied to micro management.
        The message UC sends if people engage critical thinking is your government and mostly all of the top 50% taxpayers DONT CARE if your in or out of work every 5 seconds, DONT CARE how many jobs you have to have, how much you spend on work related costs, how much your still reliant of some form of welfare because the bottom 50% are mug enough to pick up half the tab and DONT CARE and DONT WANT you to to be self sustainable and financially comfortable beyond a certain point.
        Whether working, not working or consuming, THEY need you NEEDING THEM, TIED TO THEM.

        Doug

        September 13, 2020 at 8:45 am

  8. I’m the anti-sanction Work Coach
    Not what I’m supposed to be
    My boss has told me sanction more
    Or it’ll be the worse for me

    We’ve had the orders from London
    To crack down on the unemployed
    For the rates are up and rising
    And Therese is annoyed

    They know the work just isn’t there
    No decent jobs to be had
    So we’re left with one alternative
    And that’s to make claiming, bad

    So sanction when they first come in
    And sanction every day
    Keep sanctioning all the time
    Until the unemployed go away.

    Random Poet

    September 12, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    • @random poet. Random have you ever thought about being Poet Laureate ?

      Richard Price

      September 12, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      • @Richard Price – Oh how very kind ! But really I tend to concentrate more on welfare issues.

        Random Poet

        September 12, 2020 at 7:20 pm

  9. At least now I know what’s coming. Inexperienced people, under pressure from managers under the cosh of work targets, will be trying to push people off benefits, by hook or by crook, into any kind of job in order to score brownie points. So everybody can expect this kind of thing:

    Work coach:

    “Here’s a vacancy that might suit you. General cleaning for fourteen hours a week on the living wage.”

    Claimant:

    “How are the hours distributed over the days of the week and how far away is the workplace.”

    Work coach:

    “Oh! Ah. Let me see. Hum. Two hours every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday, about twelve miles away from where you live.”

    Claimant:

    “Well what good is that? On Universal Credit I will lose 63% of my earnings and so, basically, would have to do seven commutes to work and back, some 168 miles a week, to end up less than four and a half hours on the minimum wage week better off for the whole week. That wouldn’t even cover the cost of bus fares to commute to work and back, even with a discount card, actually making me significantly worse off doing that job than I would be out of work.”

    Work Coach: “Hum. Yes. Mathematically that’s correct I suppose. Never thought about it that way before.”

    This IS the sort of crap that is going to happen with untrained, inexperienced staff given a modicum of power.

    Lovely stuff.

    Jaswinder Dutta

    September 12, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    • “Here’s a vacancy that might suit you. General cleaning for fourteen hours a week on the living wage.”

      my reply would be i have all ready applied for that job and every other in a 1hr 30min radius of my home of all the jobs i would be able to do x10.

      here is the 15.000 job applications to prove this has been done, there is nothing left to apply for, no one will employ me, i cant even get a interview.

      sign this and piss off!

      superted

      September 12, 2020 at 2:42 pm

  10. Payment for testing.

    Cloverleaf

    September 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

  11. “No one can make a real masterpiece of life until he sees something infinitely greater
    in his vocation than bread and butter and shelter.”

    — O.S. Marden

    Thought for the Day

    September 12, 2020 at 2:48 pm

  12. @Jeff Smith : I agree with you there Jeff. It only makes sense to allow people to retire at 60 in the current circumstances. Let the DWP concentrate on younger claimants, with more actual prospects of employment. I know my own Jobcentre is packed with people over 60, trapped in an endless cycle of mandatory courses that never really do anything. So I’m sure this would help considerably to reduce the numbers claiming. But the problem is the DWP are not interested in any sensible solution. Just pushing their own ideology about work.

    Tom Sutton

    September 12, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    • Or even a compromise, give unemployed people the option of retiring at 60 but on the same money as UC, i.e. £94 per week, until getting full State Pension upon reaching 67 ? They could call it ‘semi-Retirement’ and such people would still have the right/option to do part-time work, say up to 16 hours, without any extra earnings affecting the basic £94. Or is that too much to expect, too sensible for the Tories?

      trev

      September 12, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      • @trev- Good idea, and the half-way house method here might have greater appeal. I know in my own Jobcentre there are still many, many 60 plus left over from the Work Programme. It is absolutely pointless and cruel, to put these people through years of harassment. In order to try and force them off benefits, and into some awful zero-hours job instead. CV courses at 65, Presenting Yourself At Interview, Dress For Success, and all the other associated nonsense should be stopped.
        I was on a course myself a couple of years ago, and there was an older guy, white-haired. He became increasingly upset, and when they tried to get him to fill-in some forms, he suddenly broke down and started crying. Something about how he’d worked 40 years. They had to take him out of the room.
        It stays with me somehow, the sheer misery and pointlessness of it.

        Jeff Smith

        September 13, 2020 at 12:09 am

      • @ Jeff

        Yes, it’s beyond ridiculous, just cruelty like you say. I knew a bloke aged 65 who was referred to the Right Steps to Work course run by Standguide. I can’t see the Tories going for my compromise idea though as they seem to want to abolish the idea of Retirement and wipe it from peoples’ minds, you can work ’til you drop.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 10:07 am

      • @trev

        It isnt just 94 a week is it as whose paying the rent and having council tax subsisted ?

        When they injure themselves or fall ill, need the fire brigade, the police, council to step in on a landlord not following the rules, need bins emptied, etc, etc, whose contributions pay for that ?

        Whose paying the stamp towards retirement ?

        Are you saying a person can do all that on just £94 a week while still eating and drinking, having light and heat and clothes ?

        Doug

        September 13, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      • @ Doug

        No I’m not saying that anyone can pay rent and Council Tax out of a basic income of £94, there would obviously still be a need for Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction, which many are already getting anyway.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    • No government is ever going to allow certain groups of people to retire at 60 while others have to keep working until 66 or 67. Retirement ages these days are equalised, under law, which is why women’s retirement age was gradually increased and made the same as men in 2018. There would be hell up if people over 60 but below retirement age were allowed to retire earlier than others simply because they happened to be long-term unemployed.

      Why do you think recent governments have been mad keen to progressively from 65 to 66 to 67 etc? The government would say that because people are increasingly living longer and remain fitter and capable of work beyond the current retirement age, it is right to increase the retirement age to give older people the chance to earn a wage for longer, making them better off than living on the state pension plus top-up benefits. That’s bollocks. The real reason is that raising the retirement age, incrementally, monotonically, saves billions and billions and billions of pounds because keeping non-working people in their 60s on benefits is much, much cheaper than giving them a much higher old age pension plus more generous top-up benefits because old age pensions are triple-locked as far as increases are concerned, going up every year while working-age benefits remained frozen, and don’t get hit by age related penalties like the invidious Bedroom Tax while enjoying enhanced help in respect to rent and council tax etc., so generous that many pensioners end up paying nothing whatsoever towards such costs from their pension in the way that benefit claimants have to from their benefits.

      Face facts: The retirement age is going to increase, universally, for everyone and there isn’t going to be a more generous revamp of social security by any government leading to something like a universal basic income, conditional basic income, or guaranteed minimum income or any kind of hand-out sufficient to live comfortably and decently. Especially after the financial crash in 2018, followed by the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by the UKs toxic exit from the EU, our most significant and nearest trading partner by several orders of magnitude.

      Things are going to get WORSE and almost certainly won’t get better in our lifetimes.

      Much better to face up to the horror than bury your head in the sand.

      Jeremiah

      September 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      • @ Jeremiah

        But the option would be available to anyone so there would be no need to be jealous of others. If you’d had enough of working and had reached 60 you could simply quit your job and register as unemployed, then the option of taking semi-Retirement would be available to you, if you could live on £94 per week.
        I know it will most likely never happen, I’m just putting it forward as an alternative, a compromise between Unemployment /Basic Income /lower Retirement age. It’s something that the Government *could* do if they want to lower unemployment stats. and create more vacancies for younger workers.
        As for people living longer, I don’t believe it. Most of my old friends & acquaintances and many I used to know have already died in their 50s/60s, at least 15 people in the last 5 years. People in the north are still dying young.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 6:24 pm

  13. @Jeff Smith: Plus the training providers Jeff. There is going to be a lot of money to be made just processing the unemployed on mandatory Universal Credit training and placements.

    Alan Turner

    September 12, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    • none of the courses the dwp send you on are mandatory. it is mandatory you attend the induction on said day and time and thats it as you do not have to sign there contracts for funding a data sharing.

      i am also fully trained on uc the only problem is i am not a pathological liar id not last a day telling claimants the truth.

      superted

      September 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      • @superted: That’s not true. Some of the courses the DWP send you on are mandatory. And you will be sanctioned straight away if you don’t do them.

        George Mortimer

        September 13, 2020 at 10:58 am

      • i have not had to stay at any provider since 2009 and yes they have tried to sanction me many times and lost every single time as never went past the dm.

        i have also taken them to tribunal over signing 3rd party provider contracts for funding and the dwp lost.

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 11:22 am

      • @George Mortimer: What Superted is forgetting here, is that he has been sanctioned many times, and his money stopped. This is enough to force many people with family responsibilities onto these courses. They don’t have the option of doing without money for rent and food while they argue with the DWP.
        Superted ( real name Paul Shepherd ), likes to present himself as some kind of benefit warrior. He isn’t.
        He’s just a man who can’t spell with big ideas. A friend of mine was present in Commercial Road Jobcentre, Gloucester, in 2016 when Paul was thrown out after shouting his head off at a Work Coach.

        Al Jackson

        September 13, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      • i have never been thrown out of any jcp office ever! and i have never had my money stopped bar once where i went to tribunal and won.

        when they try a sanction doubt i do it in writing and provide my good reason via foi requests it has never gone past a dm and the sanction doubt has been dropped every single time bar one.

        i have had 1 hate mail letter from the jcp manager but thats it.

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 4:05 pm

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    like wtf, do these ppl just smoke crack and think of this bollocks and its 5 weeks long!

    i bet they Will have a 6 week course coming up on how to wipe ur own ass with confidence bet that will look good on a cv.

    superted

    September 12, 2020 at 7:48 pm

  15. Andrew Coates

    September 12, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    • @Andrew Coates – Keep going Andrew, you may yet be personally responsible for increasing the legacy benefits. After which, I think it should be known as The Coates Principle of equal benefits.

      Jeff Smith

      September 12, 2020 at 11:55 pm

      • Trev, yes thanks, I love my new place, for same rent as I paid fmy old shit hole here I get a room with pretty tiled fireplace, wide windowsill, access to large lounge with big tv, access to a dining area I canuse to work in, a cleaner comes weekly for communal areas and a gardener comes too! And I was allowed to have my cat with me
        After careful thought I’m giving a statement to the council, I WAS after all illegally evicted as evictions paused til 20 Sept and there WERE serious breaches in the shit hole. ….

        Kat Rehman

        September 13, 2020 at 11:17 am

      • Andrew Coates

        September 13, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    • Families having to share toothbrushes due to ‘hygiene poverty’ caused by Covid-19

      Top charity says they have having to provide the most basic toiletries to struggling families hit hard by the pandemic.

      Struggling families in Scotland are increasingly relying on charity donations for personal products due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

      The charity says the additional costs of face coverings and hand sanitiser has caused families to cut back on essentials like toothbrushes.

      The charity says it also fears to have led to a rise in bullying in schools because of the financial impact the crisis has had on families.

      https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/family-kids/families-having-share-toothbrushes-due-22697376

      ken

      September 18, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      • Yes there is a need for such items. Here we provide all the basic toiletries at the foodbank, including toothbrushes, and in the present situation we have just purchased two pallets of hand sanitizer to give out to those who need it.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 11:12 pm

  16. PCS raises concerns regarding bringing more claimants into Jobcentres – 10 Sep 2020

    https://www.pcs.org.uk/department-for-work-and-pensions/news/pcs-raises-concerns-regarding-bringing-more-claimants-into

    jj joop

    September 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    • PCS raises concerns regarding bringing more claimants into Jobcentres
      10 Sep 2020

      The group executive committee (GEC) is frustrated that DWP chose to publish guidance on “Bringing Customers Safely into our Jobcentres” on the afternoon of 8 September 2020. It was done before we had met with senior management tand althought we were provided with a copy of the guidance on the day of publication, we had no opportunity to discuss or influence the contents.

      Sadly, this is not the first time that PCS have had serious concerns regarding poor consultation with DWP in the past few months. At the end of June, the GEC were informed of the Jobcentre Model Office Pilot from PCS reps only for it to be confirmed by DWP the next day when we raised it with them. Subsequently the same happened when DWP decided to extend services in Jobcentres at the beginning of July. PCS negotiators have raised the issue of consultation with senior DWP management at a number of meetings recently and stated that this is unacceptable. Not only are the PCS negotiators being disrespected, but so too are PCS members when the appropriate consultation protocols are not adhered too.
      PCS oppose bringing more claimants into Jobcentres

      PCS negotiators met with senior DWP management this morning and firstly expressed our disappointment once again at the poor consultation from the employer. We made it absolutely clear that this was not the time to bringing more claimants into Jobcentres given the fact that the number of COVID-19 deaths are on the increase across the country and the R number is above 1 across the UK. Added to that the UK and Scottish Governments have in the past 24 hours announced further restrictions being introduced from next Monday.

      PCS have been consistent in our meetings with the employer that not only should DWP not be reopening the Jobcentre network, but they should be enabling as many staff as possible to work from home. The PCS negotiators reminded the employer that almost 80% of our members voted in the Consultative Ballot to support the PCS position that 270 Jobcentres and 21 Universal Credit Service Centres should not extend operating hours from 30 November 2020. This ballot was not about the Employee Deal, but was about safety. We have asked the employer, once again, to consider this seriously and put the safety of PCS members and the public first.

      The employer confirmed at the meeting that any extra capacity in Jobcentre should be used safely with the safety of staff and the public paramount. They have set no numbers, targets or ratios as Jobcentres are all of different sizes and layouts, but they did say that they wanted all of the newly installed screens to be used. They said that site leaders are empowered to decide on the number of additional customers seen.

      Management also confirmed that appointments should still be done by telephone, if possible. That said, they did advise that there are customers who really do require a face-to-face appointment and they will be offered to, but not limited to the following priority groups:

      Identity Verification – claimants self-presenting as unable to engage through digital channels, or referred from specialist teams
      Claimant Commitment for Universal Credit New Claims – for new claims made from 15 July 2020 onwards
      Claimant Commitment for Universal Credit COVID Caseload – for claims made between 1 March-14 July 2020
      Claimant Commitment for JSA New Style New Claims – for new claims made from 3 August 2020 onwards
      Labour Market Interventions for 18-24 year olds
      Labour Market interventions for 25+
      Caseload customers following Labour Market Activation calls before they enter one of the regimes set out above

      The employer stated that the constant cleaning of Jobcentres would be vital in bringing in more claimants. However, since the beginning of August, there have 42 occasions when a Jobcentre has closed due to there being no touch point cleaner on site. Another example why PCS do not think the department should be bringing more claimants into Jobcentres and why they should rethink what they are doing. PCS will continue to make the case with senior DWP management that it is irresponsible to open up the Jobcentre network at this time as it is unsafe to do so.
      Safety Issues

      Ironically although this meeting was about bringing people back Safely the way this has been done does not indicate that jobcentre staff’ safety is at the heart of what they are doing. Since this message has gone out there have been managers organizing group sessions and others telling their work coaches to change all their telephone appointments to visit. We’ve been assured that this should not be the case.
      JCFRA

      Management have said there will be full consultation on the JCFRA with the local TUS. Its important that this review takes in the possibility of group sessions. Its important to look at walkways for customers to get to the screened desks.

      They advised that the 2 meter rule must apply at all times other than when a customer was being interviewed at a screen, where the one meter plus rule would apply. Group sessions should not be held unless the 2 meter rule can be applied. Few jobcentres would have a room big enough for this. If yours doesn’t, make sure the JCFRA says no group sessions should be held. They will ask the customer to wear a facemask, although this would not be mandatory. However, if a work coach feels that they are too much danger working with a customer without a mask they can ask to be moved to a safer place to work.

      In the JCFRA the local rep needs to decide with the local manager what the site safe maximum capacity is. There are no targets. There should still be the expected cleaning regime between customers, If the cleaning facility and the guarding requirements are not in place the office should not open.

      Once again the Department are putting the decision on further opening to the local management. We did point out that we did not think it was fair that local managers carry the can when in a number of cases they are getting pressure from managers above them. It also places the local managers in a precarious position if things go wrong as they could be subject to liability issues. We don’t think this is fair as we know that there are many managers who know this is the wrong time to try and do this.

      PCS believes that members’ safety is paramount and therefore we need to ensure that all the safety protocols are in place even though we don’t agree that the way the department are going ahead will ensure our members safety.

      We don’t believe that the DWP should be the government’s scapegoat for the economic situation.

      jj joop

      September 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      • Hellboy_Shot_1_01

        the new jcp floor manager uniform 😉

        superted

        September 12, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      • It shows how useless the PCS really is. All these unions are just talking-shops now. They say their bit, and then the DWP just ignores them. They can ‘urge’ and ‘recommend’ all they like, it never amounts to anything.

        Frank Taylor

        September 12, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      • “Labour Market Interventions for 18-24 year olds
        Labour Market interventions for 25+”

        Labour Market interventions – DWP-speak for signing-on 😦

        Jolene

        September 13, 2020 at 8:32 am

  17. I dont see it will be safe to open jobcentre under any circumstances at the moment, as a Union officer and schools employee, all the screens in the world won’t help! There’s still the risks of virus lingering in the air, sanitising pens and keypads, and so much more
    I went for my eye test Tuesday and they had to wipe down the surgery room I was tested in, they had to sanitise the frames I tried on to pick my new ones, before they could go back on display, sanitise the card machine I used to pay, and sanitise the chair I sat on to choose my frames
    This is in a setting where not many ppl are being seen.
    Times by hundreds for a JCP?
    Don’t think so

    Kat Rehman

    September 13, 2020 at 7:28 am

    • The Jobcentres won’t be reopening any time soon.

      “When asked whether the UK was still in control of the spread of the virus, Sir Mark Walport said: “I think one would have to say that we’re on the edge of losing control.”

      “Where people can work from home there’s an extremely strong argument that they should do so”

      https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/dont-party-tonight-plea-uk-18925090

      trev

      September 13, 2020 at 10:30 am

      • Stop talking shit. You only want a Lockdown so the jobcentres stay closed and you don’t have to sign on. You don’t care about the suffering and hardship another lockdown would cause millions of people. You only care about yourself you spiteful little cretin.

        Narcissist

        September 13, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      • Don’t shoot the messenger!

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      • Coronavirus: UK faces second hard national lockdown if we don’t follow COVID-19 rules, adviser warns

        Professor Peter Openshaw says the UK is on the edge of losing control of the virus.

        Sunday 13 September 2020 18:26, UK

        https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-britain-only-has-a-few-days-to-avoid-second-national-lockdown-professor-warns-12070680

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      • braking news! sep 12, 9 ppl died, sep 11, 6 ppl died, sep 10, 14,ppl died.

        How many die daily in UK?
        There were just over 616 thousand deaths in the United Kingdom in 2018, compared with 607 thousand in 2017.

        five people
        On average, five people die every day on the road in Great Britain and countless more are seriously injured. Britain’s road safety record has stagnated in recent years, with the number of road deaths remaining broadly constant for several years

        Government’s ‘Moonshot’ programme aims to increase coronavirus testing to 10 million a day
        https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/09/governments-moonshot-programme-aims-increase-coronavirus-testing/

        so it looks like there will a 2nd lock down but this time based on cases as the more you test the more false positives you get as a pcr test does not test for viruses!

        if we carry on with this bs lock downs will never end!

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      • The virus, and the Lockdowns, will not end until people take it seriously and behave responsibly.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      • the government is hell bent on cases trev the deaths do not support what they are doing to the economy because of there actions and lies via msm!

        would you kill 1000 ppl to save 1 person? no!

        would you sanction 1000 ppl to save your own ass, yes, sign up today to become a work coach, you get a performance bonus at Christmas yay. 🙂

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      • Nonsense. A lot of people are working very hard in a co-ordinated attempt to ensure that infection cases don’t become death statistics. The media are merely doing their job by reporting the situation, not lying. Irresponsible people who don’t take the pandemic seriously are the ones who are spreading the infection and prolonging the situation.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      • bollocks they locked down the first time based on hospital deaths that tested positive now they cant match the death rate it is now based on cases going up on a flawed test that does not test for viruses!

        more ppl died from the flu in 2018 where 50k died in excess deaths and nothing was done.

        lock downs will kill more ppl and is if you bother to look as now above the 5 year avg because the hospitals are not treating ppl, fact!

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending28august2020

        i never done the first lock down let alone the 2nd one like the work programme lmfao 🙂

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      • “i never done the first lock down let alone the 2nd one”

        People like you are the problem, not the Government or the Media. The virus is spread by people not following the rules.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      • yet you totally ignore all the facts i have posted trev you cant debate it and prove your point with facts that you would have to do in a court of law and not msm.

        and if ppl like me are the cause why am i not dead?

        i did go out today with a few mates to a massive field and guess what no face masks and about 500 ppl sitting about with there kids.

        no police no problems and no one died you cant sit in that box forever m8 life has to go on even if some have to die which they do every day in there 1000s.

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 11:17 pm

      • “why am I not dead”

        Some people can have the virus with little or no symptoms, possibly not even knowing they have been infected, but without following rules of safe social distancing, hygiene and wearing facemasks, as well as self-isolating, they can have passed the virus on to others.
        I follow the rules religiously. I don’t leave the house unless necessary to buy food, pay bills and get my prescription from the chemists. I wash hands prior to going shopping, I use hand sanitizer in the shops, I wear a facemask in the shops. I wash my hands again as soon as arriving back home. I avoid using public transport. I do not socialise with anyone, I don’t visit family, I don’t visit pubs, cafes. I only meet other people whilst doing voluntary work at the foodbank where strict safeguarding rules are in place. If you don’t adhere to such rules you are part of the problem not the solution.
        I’m not interested in the death toll statistics as an indicator of the virulence of infection. Not everyone dies of Coronavirus but many do, and many survive but continue to suffer. It’s the infection rate that we need to be aware of. If you don’t abide by the rules you risk putting the whole country back in to full lockdown again.

        trev

        September 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm

      • I’m not interested in the death toll statistics as an indicator

        and that says it all as you are not interested in facts and only cases matter and the hospitals are empty!

        the link i provided shows the avg 5 year death rate has gone up and not from cov 19 cases.

        lock downs kill more as not being treated like cancer ect and destroys the economy! yet we will spend 100 billion on tests or did you not read that!

        thats the hole budget for the nhs for 1 year!

        superted

        September 13, 2020 at 11:57 pm

      • trev says ” I’m not interested in the death toll statistics as an indicator of the virulence of infection.”

        As Superted points out trev is not interested in the facts. The only numbers that matter are the hospitalisation
        and death rate numbers.

        trev says he doesn’t leave the house, he doesn’t socialise with anyone, he doesn’t meet his family, he doesn’t go to pubs or cafes or anywhere else. Trev is a pathetic lockdown zombie.

        Because trev has no life he wants to impose this dystopian nonsense on everyone else.

        trev likes spreading the Tory Government / MSM fear mongering crap on here because he’s a servile robot.

        Little Lord Fauntleroy

        September 14, 2020 at 1:28 am

      • Anyone who doesn’t follow the safeguarding rules during a pandemic is an utter moron. It’s not the death figures at the moment it’s the infection rate. The deaths are down because people are working hard in a coordinated effort to prevent infections becoming deaths. Flouting the safe distancing rules and not wearing masks or using hand sanitizer not only puts yourselves at risk but also puts others at risk. It must be a matter of either selfishness or low IQ.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 9:14 am

      • @ Little Lord Fauntleroy

        “a servile robot”

        Alternatively I could have sufficient sense to avoid being infected and sufficient compassion to not wish to risk infecting others, but I don’t suppose that will have occurred to you.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 9:29 am

      • The Mirror has a list of schools affected and there appears to be a number.

        https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-students-isolate-after-coronavirus-22666084

        ken

        September 15, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      • Labour MP for Brent Central Dawn Butler has called for

        the Government to intervene to require Greencore to provide food factory workers with 100% of their normal
        pay during their period of self-isolation.

        https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2020/09/14/MP-wants-Government-action-on-Greencore-food-factory-sick-pay

        ken

        September 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

      • Trev, the vast majority of people are following the rules. What you are doing is behaving exactly the same as if we were still in lockdown. But we are not in lockdown anymore, you can go to the shops, pubs, restaurant, beaches. You seem to be blaming people for going to these places (which wouldn’t be open if government didn’t want people to go). Children have to go to school.

        It is inevitable that the virus spreads when you open up after lockdown. The government have opened up as they have had to do but they have also cocked up test and trace. That is the real reason the virus is running out of control but you seem to be more interested in siding with the Tories in their efforts to divide and rule and blame the people. This rule of six is bound to fail because the virus is still being spread through schools etc. We can lock down again but there is an argument it’s counter productive and that cases will simply soar again as soon as restrictions are relaxed.

        Sweden scarcely locked down but their cases are currently under control. Stop playing the divide and rule game and start acknowledging that this is a persistent virus doing what viruses do and no amount of bullshit social distancing and masks are going to make it go away, and we cannot have the permanent lockdown that you seem to want.

        KJ

        September 19, 2020 at 9:23 am

      • Sweden is far less densely populated than Britain, there’s no comparison. People need to follow the safety rules or we WILL be back in full Lockdown, that’s the point.

        trev

        September 19, 2020 at 9:37 am

      • Once again Trev, most people are following the rules. The rule of six will not work regardless of whether people follow it. Schools, pubs and restaurants are open (as they have to be) for the sake of the economy and children’s welfare. That will inevitably spread the virus. Stop trying to pretend that we can eradicate the virus whilst these places remain open. We have to learn to live alongside the virus as best we can until (if) a vaccine arrives. It is the only way forward.

        KJ

        September 19, 2020 at 9:47 am

      • On another thread, you are asking why the rule of six doesn’t apply to schools and workplaces. It is obvious why the rule of six doesn’t apply. Because people need to earn money and children need an education, and you can’t keep groups of people in schools down to six. Yet you seem to want all this to stop to prevent any risk of anyone getting ill at all. Lockdown is hugely damaging to society and it will not make the virus go away- it will simply come back when restrictions are relaxed.

        KJ

        September 19, 2020 at 10:12 am

      • Yes it’s all very well living alongside the virus and that’s true to a certain extent but since the schools went back there have been loads of Covid outbreaks, some schools shut again. If children get behind they could just catch up later by doing an extra year. People shouldn’t be forced back to work unless it’s safe to do so. I think reopening the pubs is ok so long as safe distancing and small groups of people, but opening hours could be shorter. There were cases of pubs having to close because large groups of drinkers packed the place. In other instances there were people attending private parties, etc. That sort of thing has to be stopped. Ultimately it’s a case of with freedom comes responsibility. Personal choice plays its part too, I personally wouldn’t choose to visit a pub at the moment, or use public transport, but some want to or have to.

        trev

        September 19, 2020 at 10:38 am

      • If children miss a year that is a year out of their lives, effectively, wasted. Why should children have to put their lives on hold and stay in school for longer? And what about the backlog for other people who are due to start school the next year and can’t? It messes up the entire education system.

        KJ

        September 19, 2020 at 11:09 am

      • It’s only a wasted year if you view things in terms of the Rat Race, but in reality nothing is ever a waste of time, every life experience is valid. It’s not uncommon for students to take a gap year from Uni and either go travelling or do some work experience. And people decide to return to full time Education later in life as mature students. It wasn’t uncommon even in my day for young people to re-sit their O – levels at Sixth form if they hadn’t done well at school.

        trev

        September 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      • If we lockdown again it will not be due to a failure of the public to follow rules. It will be due to the collapse of test and trace. The government have had months to get this right and have failed.

        They are getting ready to impose stricter restrictions and blame it on the public. They are playing the old divide and rule game to deflect blame from their own failures. You would do well not to buy into it.

        Reports a couple of days ago suggested they were thinking of imposing a local lockdown in a part of London because they think positive tests aren’t as high as they should be because of a shortage of tests. In short, they don’t even need positive cases any more! It is dystopian nonsense from a government that has lost control and is out of control. The public followed the rules for six months and they are now sick of it, with good reason, because the rules aren’t working.

        All lockdown has achieved so far is to delay the inevitable and prolong the now unnaceptable level of state inteference in our lives. One day, lockdown peddlers like Matt Hancock are going to have to account for this and when they do, it is not going to end well for them.

        KJ

        September 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      • Of course there is now the split in the anti-Lockdown side, between the loony-bin lot out in Trafalgar Square earlier today, saying Covid 19 is a hoax and frothing about QAnon and that fear of catching a ‘virus’ was spread by Rockefeller (whoever he is), and got backed by Nick Griffin, and the sane and reasonable David Icke and Piers Corbyn,

        “”GO Local #Build26Sep on wknd 19/20 ignore FakeNews* +diversions
        (*Piers +DavidIcke are in TrafSq 26th NOT 19th

        Andrew Coates

        September 19, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      • @ Andrew

        Is that aimed at me? Which of those two categories do you somehow imagine I fit into? What is wrong with being “anti-lockdown”? It’s damaging. It is ruining people’s lives. Nobody in their right minds can be “pro lockdown” it is something to be avoided at all costs, because it threatens to be far more damaging than the virus in the long run.

        KJ

        September 19, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    • @kat rehman, Unfortunately the DWP may be prepared to take a risk with claimants and staff, by re-opening the Jobcentres. With neither group having much say in it.

      Robert G.

      September 13, 2020 at 11:02 am

      • @ Robert G I really hope they don’t take the risks for everyone’s sake, but I’ve heard the DWP are total ba@@Ards to their staff and they’d probably be too scared to raise it
        I’ve seen my unions guidance and procedures, and what you can do if you don’t feel safe at work, in my place there’s been issues but luckily atm they’re getting sorted. My immediate boss the Site Ageist also one of my members and we’ve been working well together so far
        I hope all of you can stay safe

        Kat Rehman

        September 13, 2020 at 11:26 am

      • Disconnect is the word as who says its not ok to gather in a house yet ok on a bus or train.
        Incites the opening of pubs as a cause yet it couldn’t possibly be just as risky in the shops, or the restaurants, colleges, schools and work.

        Green core, Green core, nothing to see, look over there.

        Anywhere people can cross paths, the risk is equal full stop so government should stop the bull and admit they are prepared to sacrifice your well being, even life when it comes to money.

        Its not the publics faults, its governments failure to act to prevent it coming onto our shores so if anyone should be paying the price, paying fines or ending in the dock, it should be them.

        Doug

        September 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      • What will the policy be on those with coronavirus self isolating and sanctions’ if the jobcentre does fully reopen with appointments?

        ken

        September 13, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      • ‘Disconnect’ is not only a word, doug, but it is also a film too, would be believe 😉

        A drama centred on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world.

        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433811/

        Barry Norman (Film Buff)

        September 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      • ‘Disconnect’ is not only a word, doug, but it is also a film too, would you believe 😉

        A drama centred on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world.

        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433811/

        Barry Norman (Film Buff)

        September 13, 2020 at 5:29 pm

  18. An’ thaur ur mony places whaur ye coods buy tois haggis a week, fur twintie sassenach poonds.

    Angus McTavish

    September 13, 2020 at 11:21 am

    • Bolt ya rocket. C*ltic FC = Tainted title.

      J Torbett

      September 13, 2020 at 11:50 am

  19. I have noticed more jobs being advertised with reed in partnership to be a work coach advisor.

    my_final_username

    September 13, 2020 at 3:34 pm

  20. Unemployment could jump to four million in worst case scenario

    As the Coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the workplace, British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July.

    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/consumer/unemployment-could-jump-four-million-worst-case-scenario-james-rowbury-2968937

    The over 50’s!

    ken

    September 13, 2020 at 5:04 pm

  21. UK’s autumn Covid-19 redundancies could exceed 700,000

    Analysis by Institute for Employment Studies shows figure for 2020 may top 1m

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/14/uk-autumn-covid-19-redundancies-could-exceed-700000

    ken

    September 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm

  22. Foodbanks prepare to hand out six emergency parcels a minute to desperate Brits

    Peers begged for ‘hardship fund’ when Covid cut their allowance from 323 to £162 a day

    xclausx

    September 14, 2020 at 3:47 am

    • @ xclausx

      “Foodbanks prepare to hand out six emergency parcels a minute”

      And that’s just the figure for Trussel Trust foodbanks not counting the many independent ones too.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 9:08 am

  23. TORY FAILURE IN EVERYTHING

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 7:28 am

  24. INDUSTRIOUSNESS

    Learning to work hard is like exercising; it benefits you now and in the future

    WHAT IT MEANS

    Industrious people do not shy away from work. Rather, they enjoy working hard to provide for the personal
    needs and to help others – even if the work is unglamorous.

    WHY IT MATTERS

    Like it or not, life is full of responsibilities. n a world where many dislike the idea of working hard, being industriousness puts you at an advantage
    –Ecclesiastes 3:13

    “I’ve learned that when you work hard you get a sense of pride and inner satisfaction. That feeling of inner satisfaction has actually caused me to learn to like work. Having a strong work ethic will help you build a good reputation too.” –Reyon.

    BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “There is benefit in every kind of hard work.” –Proverbs 14:23

    WHAT CAN YOU DO

    Cultivate a positive view of work by following the steps outlined here.

    Take pride in learning to do things well. Whether you a doing chores, finishing your assigned homework, or engaing in secualr work, immerse yourself in waht you are doing. Onceyou can perform a task well, look for other ways to improve — doing it faster or better. The more skilful you are the more you will enjoy your work.
    BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “Have you seen a man skillful at his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before common men.” –Proverbs 22:29

    See the bigger picture. In almost every case, when you care for your responsibilities well, you benefit others. For example when you are industrious about your chores, you lighten the load for others in your family.

    BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” –Acts 20:35

    Go the extra mile. Instead of doing just the bare minimum, try to do more than you are required to do. In this way you are in control of your life–doing more, not because you are forced to, but because you choose to. –Matthew 5:41

    BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “Your good deed may be done, not under compulsion, but of your own free will.” –Philemon 14.

    Be balanced Industrious people are not lazy, nor are they workaholics. They aim for balance, finding enjoyment in both periods in hard work and in periods of rest,

    BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “Better is a handful of rest than two handfuls of hard work and chasing after the wind.” –Ecclesiastes 4:6

    Extract from “12 Secrets of a Successful Families” (Awake! magazine) Reproduced with kind permission of The Jehovah’s Witnesses. © jw.org

    Awake!

    September 14, 2020 at 9:39 am

    • Philemon 14
      New International Version

      14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favour you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.

      JHC

      September 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    • JOBCENTRE PRINCIPLE: “There is benefit in every kind of hard work.” –Provider’s handout

      Sam

      September 14, 2020 at 9:48 am

    • ffs the jobcentre/provider/coffee could have wrote this shit – extolling the ‘virtues’ of hard work 😀

      Fanny

      September 14, 2020 at 9:51 am

      • PWE – Protestant Work Ethic, something trev is familiar with pmsl 😀 😀

        Bobbi

        September 14, 2020 at 9:52 am

      • Would that be “Bobbi” aka Superted “pmsl” ?

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 10:53 am

      • Fanny Face aka Trev Face

        Fart Face

        September 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    • I turned down, tuned out, and dropped off as soon as I saw all that biblical shite from the old testament. I don’t need instruction from any scripture that advocates treating women like dirt and murdering gay people.

      Atheistic Andrew

      September 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

  25. braking news! sep 13, 5 ppl died with cov19, 1300 ppl died anyway on avg and it is going up and not from cov 19!

    superted

    September 14, 2020 at 11:04 am

  26. Leeds and Bradford coronavirus rates jump again as 18 areas of Yorkshire see infections rise

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/health/leeds-bradford-coronavirus-rates-jump-18928864

    trev

    September 14, 2020 at 11:17 am

    • Yeah trev, it is very surprising that the coronavirus rates are through the roof up here. I nearly chocked on my lobster thermidor when I opened my copy of the Bradford Chronicle to read the latest grim death toll. You are talking about a sparsely populated, rural area. Up here everyone, down to every man, woman and dog, observes the social distancing rules, wears a mask and washes their hands regularly with hand sanitiser. What gives? Over to you, trev.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      September 14, 2020 at 11:38 am

      • “sparsely populated, rural area”

        LOL Leeds & Bradford are amongst the largest most densely populated cities in the country!

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    • Peru is currently the worst hit country in the world with 925 deaths per million (even though it has the world’s most severe lockdown)

      No country has yet seen more than 0.1% of its population die with COVID-19.

      The average age of death in most countries is over 80.

      Keep cowering in your hovel Trev. What a specimen you are.

      Rupert the Bear

      September 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      • You’re the “specimen” Rupert, I am only following the rules so that a.) I don’t become infected and b.) I don’t infect anyone else. So put a sock in it.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    • Daily deaths from and with COVID-19 have almost ceased, having fallen over 99% from peak. All the numbers monitored carefully fall like this, too: the numbers being hospitalised, numbers in hospital, number in intensive care – all are falling in synchrony from the April peak

      There is no biological principle that leads us to expect a second wave based on the accumulation of data over the past six months. Instead, it is likely there will be local, small and self-limiting mini-outbreaks as areas previously unexposed come into contact with the virus.

      Citizen Smith

      September 14, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      • Nonetheless, if people continue to flout the rules the UK will return to full lockdown again and those who have failed to take the situation seriously will only have themselves to blame.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    • Good on you Trev, following orders from your Tory masters.

      Larry Grayson

      September 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      • Party Politics are no excuse for being stupid during a pandemic. The Tory Government can be criticized for it’s cheap meal gimmick, and for wanting to send people back to work before it’s safe, and for reopening the pubs. Also for not ensuring that the NHS had sufficient PPE in the beginning. The rules on safe distancing and wearing of facemasks however do make sense to anyone with half a brain.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 1:14 pm

  27. TORIES TOP TEN DWP DEATHS

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 11:56 am

    • BEDROOM TAX

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 11:57 am

    • Work Coach Hero

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    • Universal Credit Sanctions.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    • Mandatory Reconsideration aka The Vetting Appeal System.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    • Disability Unit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    • Work Capability Assessment.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    • Scrapping Legal Aid.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    • Claimant Commitment Forms.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    • The Tory Suicide Cabinet.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    • Democracy.

      10 Commandments Of The DWP To Abide By.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 12:50 pm

  28. Cloverleaf

    September 14, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    • Conspiracy bullshit.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      • Tory/Labour/MSM fear mongering bullshit.

        Frederico

        September 14, 2020 at 12:58 pm

  29. Top Ten Paid Tory Trolls

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    • I thought Iain Duncan Smith would have turned up.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm

  30. Every year around 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.
    https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/what-are-the-health-risks-of-smoking/

    time to stop smoking trev thats double the cov19 death rate pmsl

    superted

    September 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    • “Smokers ‘four times less likely’ to contract Covid-19, prompting nicotine patch trials on patients”

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/23/smokers-four-times-less-likely-contract-covid-19-prompting-nicotine/

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      • yet again more msm crap and no facts or stats to prove it and smoking kills double to what cov 19 has fact and proven smoking kills yet the government tax the crap out of it.

        but they wont ban smoking as to much tax money to be made funny that lol

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    • The government takes in a total of about £9.5 billion in tobacco duties, and the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association has told us another £2.5 billion goes to the Treasury in VAT. So the Treasury is taking in about £12 billion directly from tobacco sales

      sod that smoke even more 😉

      superted

      September 14, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      • The amount of Tax on tobacco is outrageous, approximately £20 on a 50g pouch of Golden Virginia. It’s got to the stage whereby smokers of roll-ups (traditionally poor people) are now buying 10 miniature cigars when they don’t have enough to buy a pouch of baccy. Also, the high cost of legitimate tobacco is fuelling the illicit trade in unsafe counterfeit tobacco/cigs that contain who-knows-what.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      • yet smoking kills more than cov 19 yet it is fine, if the government was here to save us then smoking would be banned.

        yet the tax goes up every year i cant even afford gv anymore.

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      • Imagine how much money would flood into the treasury if recreational drugs could be supplied legally and taxed like alcohol and tobacco. We British were once the biggest drug dealers on the planet, growing opium poppies in India and around, and then forcing the drug down the throats of the Chinese by means of gunboat diplomacy. It’s kind of funny to think that the imperial powers once waged wars, opium wars, against China to compel the Chinese to let opium be traded and sold in their country when the Chinese tried their best to stop the drug trade plied internationally by arch-dealer Great Britain, from ruining the lives of countless Chinese men, women, boys and girl.

        When you consider the awful things the British Empire did and stood for it seems funny that so many British citizens look back on it fondly and that the monarch still gives away honours relating to that Empire which, thankfully, no longer exists.

        Tu Fu

        September 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    • You can’t catch smoking, like a virus, from anybody ted.

      Potty

      September 14, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      • yet it still kills ppl and is sold and taxed when it should be banned out right, even tho i smoke lol.

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      • Alcohol and tobacco kill thousands of people every year and ruin more lives than heroin, cocaine, speed all put together and if they were invented now would be banned. Trouble is they weren’t and now can’t be partly because so many people enjoy such vices and partly because they are, like all drugs, big earners for the country and its governments. The world would be a better place without tobacco and alcohol but will never be rid of them now that they have been legalised for centuries.

        Hiss Artist

        September 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm

  31. Whingeing Lords demand hardship fund despite £162 daily allowance

    Documents “expose the total privilege and sheer arrogance of unelected Lords at Westminster”.

    https://welfareweekly.com/whingeing-lords-demand-hardship-fund-despite-162-daily-allowance/

    trev

    September 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm

  32. Brave Irish doctor speaks out.

    Cloverleaf

    September 14, 2020 at 1:35 pm

  33. Sweden got it right.

    Cloverleaf

    September 14, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    • Sweden is far less densely populated than Britain.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      • Nail on head. Sweden is 1.9 times BIGGER than Britain and has ONE SIXTH of Britain’s population.

        Vorderman

        September 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      • French prime minister Jean Castex ‘We have to succeed in living with this virus, without returning to the idea of a generalised lockdown,’ he said in a televised address.

        trev la chatte

        September 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      • Vive la difference! All you lockdown skeptics can go live in France…wait…you all voted Leave, oh well C’est la vie.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8730147/Coronavirus-second-wave-not-lead-surge-deaths.html

        Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has become the face of the no-lockdown strategy, said in a recent interview that voluntary hygiene measures had been ‘just as effective’ as complete shutdowns.

        ‘The rapidly declining cases we see in Sweden right now is another indication that you can get the number of cases down quite a lot in a country without having a complete lockdown,’ he told Unherd.

        Twinkle Toes

        September 14, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      • https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2019/06/03/there-are-strong-left-wing-reasons-to-leave-the-eu-but-therell-be-no-lexit-under-this-tory-government/

        There are strong left-wing reasons to leave the EU

        Brexit is often presented in binary terms: progressives support Remain while reactionaries support Leave. But things are far from that simple. As the idea of ‘Lexit’ (‘left-wing Brexit’) shows, support for Leave cuts across black and white ideological divisions.

        Pepe le Pew

        September 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      • You can’t compare the cantankerous British to the cool and law-abiding Swedes. Different countries: different cultures: different values: different everything. You can’t compare any of the Scandi countries with us Brits. Swedish citizens trust their government to make decisions on their behalf and overwhelmingly take notice of and obey those decision: the Swedes obeyed and maintained the rules as per social distancing, mingling and mixing much more thoroughly and vigorously than the British… or the Americans who have suffered the greatest number of infections and deaths of any country on earth. The yanks were willing to die in huge numbers rather than surrender an atom of their so-called “freedom” to live their lives as they pleased apparently.

        Argurious

        September 14, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      • @ Argurious

        Very true. The Swedes never got to the bottom of those pesky “ghost rockets” though!

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm

  34. Cloverleaf

    September 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

  35. Have the Brexit Sand Bags Arrived from China Yet. The China Trade deal i9n Brexit Sand Bags Made In China. The floods are coming.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 2:28 pm

  36. The Tories know keeping Furlough going will bunkrupt the country. The Tories knowing full well the country is already in Bankruptcy they might as well take the Furlough money & keep all the people on Furlough chasing their Furlough payments for the next two years because the Government has ripped them off.

    I know the Tories read this blog & they also like reading my bits about the loop holes at the DWP.

    Justin Tomlinson Disability Minister is a Disability Hate Crime who imprisons disabled people with his Sector Networks who have free membership & run the Cabinet Disability Unit which Justin Tomlinson thinks he runs.

    How can disabled people become members of the Disability Unity if they have a vetting policy where no disabled people can be members of the Disability Unit. Vetted again.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 2:45 pm

  37. The UK Bill Of Rights aka Brexit aka Britain’s Own Human Rights Law so they can keep all these Tory Human Rights Abuses in house.

    It is not going to happen failing Tories.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm

  38. 2 hrs ago
    Why are coronavirus deaths in the UK low despite a rise in the number of cases?

    https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18719441.coronavirus-deaths-uk-low-despite-rise-number-cases/

    Younger people being infected

    Older people still shielding

    More effective treatment available

    Social distancing and facemasks reducing severity of infection

    trev

    September 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8553929/Lockdowns-DONT-work-study-claims.html

      Lockdowns DON’T work, study claims: Researchers say stay-at-home orders made no difference to coronavirus deaths around the world – but prior health levels DID

      Twinkle Toes

      September 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      • SHhhh…don’t tell the Government that, we don’t want them getting ideas about reopening the Jobcentres and sending people back to work! Personally though, despite whatever this research has concluded, I would think that if people stay home instead of going out and mingling it’s surely bound to reduce infection rates, it’s obvious.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      • Trev is saying that everyone should stay in their homes and not go about their normal lives. He wants no one to have any human contact ever again.

        How many years have we to endure this solitary confinement trev ? 2 years ? 3 years ? Until we have the miraculous vaccine.

        Smallpox was the first disease, and so far the only infectious disease of humans, to be eradicated by deliberate intervention.

        https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/22/dr-anthony-fauci-warns-the-coronavirus-wont-ever-be-totally-eradicated.html

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eradication_of_infectious_diseases

        Twinkle Toes

        September 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      • @ Twinkle Toes

        We might have the vaccine by next year. I’m not dismissing the Toronto research entirely, the other factors they mention are valid points in peoples’ life expectancy anyway, level of fitness and levels of wealth/poverty. But are you going to risk your life and the lives of your friends/family on the say-so of some unverified fringe research from one foreign university? Or are you going to play it safe and remain isolated as much as possible until the research is verified by Cambridge University, for example, or by Public Health England? In the meantime I think it best to follow Official advice from the Government.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    • COVID19 PCR Tests are Scientifically Meaningless

      https://bpa-pathology.com/covid19-pcr-tests-are-scientifically-meaningless/

      so you test more the more false positives you get so it is only a matter of time b4 the next full lock down even if no one dies.

      and thats why there going on cases and msm pumping it out 247 they want another full lock down and are going to use more cases from more faulty test to do it.

      superted

      September 14, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    • @trev – Thank goodness for the honest decency and common-sense of Trev. There are some absolute morons posting on here. Spouting nonsense about Covid-19, anti-vaccination propaganda, and the sort of unbelievable selfishness and stupidity, that will cause a second wave of mass infections.
      Can you imagine how disgusted Trev must be with your immature and stupid ideas.
      At least we have mature posts on this blog from Trev , genuine advice and information.
      And long may they continue.

      Richard Camberley

      September 14, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      • ” that will cause a second wave of mass infections ”

        You said it ‘infections’. Not a second wave of hospitalisations and deaths.

        Spot the Moron

        September 14, 2020 at 7:58 pm

  39. Why on earth are they using the pcr tests all they do is bring up false positives. Even the inventor Kary Mullis said it wasn’t meant to diagnose infectious diseases!

    Cloverleaf

    September 14, 2020 at 5:06 pm

  40. Trev… Why don’t you apply to be a rona warden, it would be right up your street!

    Tigerlily

    September 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    • @ Tigerlily

      What’s a “rona warden” ? Never heard of it.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      • The rules will be enforced by the police and Border Force – as well as an army of Covid Wardens employed by local authorities.

        https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/covid-wardens-rule-six-rest-18906708

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      • I think it’s a job for the Army, Martial Law is the only way to deal with you fuckers. “They don’t like it up ’em”.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      • ‘Covid-secure marshals’ will have no formal powers to enforce new rules

        https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/covid-secure-marshals-no-formal-18917571

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      • Covid Marshall
        https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/details/4683396

        About the role

        Working on a secure site in Selby

        Specifics

        • Working in designated areas such as break areas, walk ways etc, you will be required to provide social distancing/Covid policing patrols.
        • Must be able to challenge people onsite who do not follow the site Covid rules.
        • Must pass a comprehensive site induction
        What we need from you

        • Must be self-motivated and a willingness to learn.
        • Working on own initiative and as part of a team.
        • Must have good verbal Communication skills.
        • English Speaking
        Must be clean shaven
        Great Communicator
        Follow instructions
        Physically Fit – patrolling on foot required
        Must be comfortable with challenging persons on site for not complying to Covid regulations on site

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      • @ Superted

        The job sounds alright but I would want to have the powers of arrest, and a Taser.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      • thats the thing you have no way to defend yourself and going up to a crowd of 6ppl or more is just asking for a beating or worse bloody stupid idea tbh.

        i bet they wont even be given stab vests!

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      • You’d need a stab vest at the very least as people are going to get shirty with you, you’ll probably get a lot of abuse, spat at, assaulted. It’s Policing on the cheap like those PCSOs. What happened to Boris’ pledge to hire 20,000 extra cops? And 50,000 extra Nurses? Turned out he was lying, who would have guessed?

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      • Covid-secure marshals’ will have no formal powers to enforce new rules

        Anyone who claims to be termed “security” is the same,sometimes you would be forgiveen for thinking otherwise.Many times its the person who is forced to contact the police.

        ken

        September 14, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      • Yeah, like I said to ted it’s Policing on the cheap, I wouldn’t fancy doing it.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      • Just to give an example.

        Late this afternoon their were groups of young people, totally harmless, of all kinds of background, sitting around on the grass in Christchurch Park in Ipswich. It was sunny, and they looked happy.

        Just out of interest I could see that two of the groups were of more than 6, both had 7 people in them.

        Honestly, is Deputy Dawg and his Marshalls going to spending their time by going up to this kind of outrage and tell them to disperse?

        Andrew Coates

        September 14, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      • Strictly speaking they should do but most likely will just have a word of advice. I think the rule is probably more aimed at people holding parties with 30 people getting drunk/high in one house, as has been happening in my neck of the woods recently, house parties, raves etc.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      • looks like thats the plan going forward with marshals but there is a gang of kids round here about 15 of them all on electric scooters that can go 15mph for about 5-6 miles there not even road legal yet the police do nothing!

        what is a cov19 Marshall going to do they cant even run 15mph lol.

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      • The security goons in our local Morrisons supermarket act like some paramilitary force. They even dress like the Police. You should see the way they frogmarch (suspected) shoplifters back into the shop. Absolutely shocking! This Covid business has gone right to their meatheads. My wife and I were almost assaulted by these clowns for (inadvertently) not following an arrow on the floor. It is the last time we will be shopping there and we would advise others to do the same.

        Dr Vernon

        September 14, 2020 at 11:18 pm

  41. Trev wants to put us on House Arrest…..with no parole.

    Nasty nasty little man.

    Larry Grayson

    September 14, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    • Shut that fucking door Larry.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm

  42. The Official Moron List of Ipswich Unemployed Action:

    Aggressive / Vindictive Morons who like posting sarcasm and causing trouble:

    1. Tigerlily
    2. Cloverleaf
    3. Twinkle Toes
    4. Sonnenrad
    5. ‘Larry Grayson’
    6. trev la chatte

    John Sandley

    September 14, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    • Most of these monikers belong to the same person. If you’ve ever seen M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Split you’d know what I mean. Better watch out if one of these multiple personalities eventually comes to the fore and starts signing his/her/its posts “The Beast”.

      Mister Glass

      September 14, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    • What are you doing with your comment, if not to cause trouble, duh!

      Tigerlily

      September 14, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    • Why is Slack Alice not on that list ?

      Larry Grayson

      September 14, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      • im not on any of them pmsl

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      • @ Superted

        I’ll nominate you as number one Benefits Adviser, or top Sanction Buster.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      • What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger 😉 comes from an aphorism of the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It has been translated into English and quoted in several variations, but is generally used as an affirmation of resilience.

        superted

        September 14, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      • Yeah, why’s Superted not on either of the lists ?

        Twinkle Toes

        September 14, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    • Hey Sandley, why am i only number 5 moron on your list ? Haven’t i done enough to prove i am as thick as shit to be the Number 1 Official Moron ?

      Larry Grayson

      September 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm

  43. The Official Golden Merit Award of Ipswich Unemployed Action:

    For a continued contribution to the blog of thoughtful and instructive posts:

    1. Trev
    2. Jeff Smith
    3. JJ Joop
    4. Kat Rehman
    5. Stepping Razor
    6. Alan Turner
    7. Tom Sutton
    8. xclausx

    John Sandley

    September 14, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    • Why thank you Mr Sandley! Off topic but from the world of work in schools, at ours it’s not looking good, we started term with 90% attendance, but since then a load of kids are off or have been sent home with high temperatures, and 28 new cases of covid in our town over the weekend. Three high schools are closed for deep clean with confirmed cases, and our school is a feeder school for them so many of our kids have siblings and cousins going there. We started term with 10 covid tests in our school to give out, don’t know how many left.
      Trouble also is teaching and support staff not following risk assessment, contaminating bubbles, not social distancing, they have been told they must leave by 4.30pm so we can clean properly, so of course they were there til 5pm yesterday! My boss the Site Agent is also one of my union members, he’s demented with the strain. There’s already been plans put in place again for if/when we close again. I’m surprised we lasted this long
      Stay safe all

      Kat Rehman

      September 15, 2020 at 12:57 pm

  44. Universal Credit claims soar in Lincolnshire as MP calls for reform in wake of virus

    New data has been released

    Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Universal Credit, said: “The coronavirus pandemic saw a huge and sudden increase in claimants.

    https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/universal-credit-lincolnshire-claims-soar-4510535

    ken

    September 14, 2020 at 7:18 pm

  45. Boris Johnson no one can hear you, they have put their face masks over their ears.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 14, 2020 at 7:57 pm

  46. Just watching The Yorkshire Jobcentre on Channel 4, the guy who does tons of Community Work, Jobcentre not impressed as they think it detracts from his job searching. Can’t win. If he was doing nothing they’d suggest doing some voluntary work. The other bloke (a Black guy) is heading for a Sanction; “where’s your jobsearch?”, “I haven’t done any”. But he’s not computer literate and may be Dyslexic. Thank God the Jobcentre is closed.

    trev

    September 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    • but you can sign up for the hwp for 2 years and basically do bugger all bar sit in a office and job search for 2 years for the profit of the provider.

      it is because if you do voluntary work you are still classed as unemployed where as when you are at a provider you are classed as in training so not included in the unemployment figures.

      not going to work this time round tho just from to sheer numbers that will be unemployed after October.

      superted

      September 14, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      • The baldy guy got a job as a Baker. T’other chap informed his Work Coach of his Dyslexia, did a computer class, and is applying for work in charity shops.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      • Meanwhile…

        Andrew Coates

        September 14, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      • “appropriate fiscal event”

        Presumably that means at a future Budget. Not much chance of JSA claimants getting it by the sounds of it.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 9:26 pm

  47. It looks like the Tories really mean to cut the extra £20 per week for Universal Credit.
    Next thing you know they’ll reduce the legacy claimants by £20 to make it fair.

    Jeff Smith

    September 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    • We’ll have to pay them £20 for the privilege of being unemployed.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    • Good idea Jeff. Trev is overpaid anyway. He only spends it on nicotine and loose women.

      Rupert Bear

      September 14, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      • Just nicotine actually, I can’t afford loose women.

        trev

        September 14, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    • @Jeff Smith: Yeah Jeff, it looks like the Tories are going to tough it out and just cut the UC money. But then they are going ahead with cutting the furlough scheme next month. That’s going to cause massive unemployment on top of what we’ve got already. Plus what’s coming down the line from Brexit.

      Martin H.

      September 14, 2020 at 9:49 pm

  48. Its amazing how ‘claimant’ now means just Universal Credit claimants. Everybody else has just been air-brushed out of it.

    Tom Sutton

    September 14, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    • Just like Prince Andrew at his daughters wedding

      Kolchak

      September 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    • Yep, we’ve been erased from history like Akhenaten.

      trev

      September 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      • @trev: Yep, one minute you’re a god, and the next minute you’re nowhere.

        My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
        Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
        Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
        Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
        The lone and level sands stretch far away.” –

        Percy Bysshe Shelley

        Tom Sutton

        September 14, 2020 at 10:00 pm

  49. With the new legislation in effect from today Policing Minister Kit Malthouse has suggested people ring the non-emergency 101 number if they have concerns laws are being breached.
    Mr Malthouse said if people saw ‘that kind of thing’ they should consider calling the police. – Metro

    Charles Rutherford

    September 14, 2020 at 11:29 pm

  50. 👀Trev’s👀 on the lookout for anyone flouting the RULES

    Curtain Twitcher

    September 14, 2020 at 11:43 pm

  51. There are seven of you in a group, which one of you is getting the £100 fine.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 15, 2020 at 9:20 am

  52. There is a mutiny Boris . It’s called Mutiny On The Bullshit Bounty Boris.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 15, 2020 at 9:34 am

  53. The email job alerts I’m receiving are getting worse. Just saw one in a neighbouring town, thought there might have been a chance of getting there by bus, clicked on it and it says “Hours Of Work : Monday to Thursday 4pm to 2am, Friday 2pm to 10pm”. What is it with all these weird shifts? There’s no way you can do it unless you live next-door to the factory or own a car.

    trev

    September 15, 2020 at 9:49 am

    • @trev- That’s the way of things in the new zero-hours world of work. It’s all based on the employer’s convenience, not the worker’s.

      Jeff Smith

      September 15, 2020 at 11:30 am

      • Other jobs I’ve viewed this morning involved working 12 hour shifts, one of them was 4 days on and 4 days off, but I think 12 hour shifts would be too much for me, maybe 30 years ago but not now. Plus it’s awkward getting to and from these places without own transport.

        trev

        September 15, 2020 at 11:44 am

      • @ Trev:
        And what reward would you get if you did try and do the 12 hour shifts, and then simply couldn’t do it ?
        Then you just get sanctioned for 6 months for leaving a job.

        Tom Sutton

        September 15, 2020 at 11:49 am

      • Exactly, it’s not worth the risk, not that they would hire me anyway, they want younger workers who can do the hours, work faster, have a clean bill of health, not people in their 50s/60s with high cholesterol, high blood sugar, arthritis and hernias, bad backs and dodgy knees.

        trev

        September 15, 2020 at 11:55 am

  54. Does that mean the failure also means a dictatorship failure, or can we rap it up with rapping paper to look like a creative democracy in a Christmas Lockdown.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 15, 2020 at 10:43 am

  55. A question that many claimants need to ask themselves is this: What has the Department For Work & Pensions done for me today ?

    David Russell

    September 15, 2020 at 11:32 am

  56. @David Russell. That’s one of the great unanswered questions of welfare David. The DWP certainly ask a great deal of claimants, with their Claimant Commitments and sanctions. But on the other hand, what exactly do they provide in exchange ?

    George Mortimer

    September 15, 2020 at 11:36 am

  57. DWP Tories refuse to say if £20 Universal Credit rise for millions will continue

    The six-in-one benefit was raised by £20 a week in April to help with coronavirus – but it could now come to an end in just over six months’ time

    Tory ministers have failed to confirm if a £20-a-week rise in Universal Credit for millions of people will continue.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-tories-refuse-say-20-22681543

    ken

    September 15, 2020 at 11:38 am

    • And we JSA claimants have got no chance by the looks of it.

      trev

      September 15, 2020 at 11:48 am

  58. Koan 74. Where Is My Rhino ?

    One day Master Enkan ordered his attendant, ”Fetch me the fan with the rhino on it.”
    The attendant said ” The fan is broken.”
    Enkan said, ”Since the fan is broken, then give me back my rhino.” The attendant could not answer.

    Zendo

    September 15, 2020 at 11:47 am

  59. The DWP are putting peoples lives at risk. What’s new?

    Cloverleaf

    September 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm

  60. The DWP refusal to uprate the legacy benefits is just a hidden attempt to make people so financially desperate, that they will be forced to apply for Universal Credit.
    Their answer to the uprate question for legacy benefits is ‘apply for Universal Credit .’
    But since many of the 2 million legacy claimants, on ESA are officially rated as too sick or disabled to work, how can they ?

    Patrick H.

    September 15, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    • Universal Credit set to decrease £20 per week unless Chancellor amends the plan for April 2021

      ken

      September 18, 2020 at 4:32 pm

  61. TORY PARTY TOP 20 SACKINGS OF 2021

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 15, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    • Scapegoats.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 15, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    • Disability Unit popping up again.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 15, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    • Equality Laws.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 15, 2020 at 3:18 pm

  62. Following your recent application for the position of Sales Controller (reference: BBBH3319), I am writing to let you know that unfortunately you have not been successful this time.

    The reason being is that our client has given us a very tight profile (skills, work experience and career history) of the candidate they require for this particular role.

    I will keep your details on file and be in touch when a more suitable position arises.

    Thank you for your interest in this particular role and I look forward to working with you in the future.

    Best Regards

    ‘I’ve applied for 100 jobs and not got an interview’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54148854

    ‘I’ve applied for 12469 jobs and not got an interview’ and i wont ever get one no matter what i apply for it is a waste of time!

    superted

    September 15, 2020 at 3:06 pm

  63. TOP TEN JOB CENTER TOILETS

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 15, 2020 at 3:07 pm

  64. 10 JOB CENTERS WITH TOILETS

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 15, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    • Someone must know of a Job Center With A Toilet for the public in a public building. You can’t use the Job Center Toilet it is for staff only. Is G4S part of the staff Toilet cleaning team duties team.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 15, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      • Trev used to work as a Toilet Attendant at Fulham FC’s ground (can’t recall it’s name at the moment.)
        Ask him, stepping razor, he should know.

        George Michael

        September 15, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      • @ Fulham Fan

        I have never worked as a Toilet Attendant at your shitty third-rate football ground or anywhere else. Who are Fulham playing next week, the Red Lion?

        trev

        September 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      • They look to be launching a virtual jobs fair online.

        https://www.northern-scot.co.uk/news/virtual-moray-jobs-fair-ahead-212271/

        ken

        September 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm

  65. I was just considering whether to apply for a job I received in a email from Indeed but the job description is slightly confusing:

    Immediate start

    Full time/ Part time roles available

    Part-time hours: 20-40 per week

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent

    Salary: £8.75 per hour

    Expected start date: 05/10/2020

    Job Type: Permanent

    Schedule:
    •10 hour shift
    •8 hour shift
    •Day shift
    •Monday to Friday
    •Night shift
    •Overtime
    •Weekends

    So is it part time or full time, or both/either?
    Is it days or nights, or could be either?
    Is it 8 hours or 10 hours?
    Is it same rate of pay on days & nights?

    I looked up the company and found out they trade under a different company name, for which I found some reviews:

    “Shocking” “There are no pros” “No one knew what they were doing” “commute takes ages due to the traffic” “staff are treated like cattle”

    That told me all I needed to know.

    trev

    September 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    • There was the one where a large group were expected to be interviewed at the Jobcentre but they were expecting eveyone at a different location,it was put down to a breakdown in communication and ended in chaos,the interviewer then had a frantic motorcycle ride to the jobcentre and it ended in a complete mess.

      ken

      September 15, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    • @trev: This looks it’s aimed at Universal Credit claimants, who have to be flexible on hours. Last year a mate of mine went for a job that looked full-time, and a lot of stuff promised. But he ended up on 16 hours a week.
      Couldn’t live on it, and couldn’t go back on JSA. So he ends up having to claim Universal Credit.

      Dave G.

      September 15, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      • @ Dave G.

        Yes you have to be careful what you apply for and read between the lines as it were. If the details in the description are bit sketchy, non specific, or sound too good to be true, give it a wide berth. And reading online reviews of the employer can help too. One false move and it’s Universal Credit. I’ve been on JSA too long to give it up so easily, cos once it’s gone it’s gone for good.

        trev

        September 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm

  66. Here’s the predictable result of one I applied for earlier:

    “Thank you for applying to the Warehouse Assistant position at XXX.
    Unfortunately, XXX has moved to the next step in their hiring process, and your application was not selected at this time.”

    If you showed that to the JCP Work Coach they would say there must be a problem with your CV and you need to go on another course to rewrite it.

    trev

    September 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    • yet every place they send you to says your cv is shit then they rearrange it as good in there eyes and off you go.

      then you get a new wc and the merry go round continues with another cv course and surprise surprise they say the cv is shit rearrange it and off you go.

      it will never end unless you say NO!

      superted

      September 15, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      • My CV has been changed so many times, my Grandad use to have his own small business, I showed him my cv, he said it was rubbish and who did it for you.

        what happened to the one I asked someone to help you do. I got told it was rubbish.

        my_final_username

        September 15, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      • rearrange it as good in there eyes and off you go.

        Someone had a CV sent back once with all the spelling mistakes circled,The times these have been criticised by someone else for words to long theres no set format when these are handed its worth checking closely i’ve had mistakes on them too.

        ken

        September 15, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    • “Thank you Trev for applying to the Toilet Attendant position at Fulham FC.
      Unfortunately, XXX has moved to the next step in their hiring process, and your application was not selected at this time.”

      Trev

      September 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      • @ Trev

        Is that the best you can do, mimick my comment by posting under my name but with a capital T. Well done Fulham Fan, hope it makes you feel better. Now get back to your favourite place ‘The Cottage’.

        trev

        September 15, 2020 at 6:20 pm

  67. @trev – The problem is Trev, most employers don’t really want someone who has been long-term unemployed. All the more so if that person is over 50. So it doesn’t matter how you rearrange your CV. The Jobcentre know this better than anyone. But it’s one of the basic truths of employment that they just won’t face.

    Jeff Smith

    September 15, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    • I know Jeff, it does look bad if you’ve been unemployed for years, but I counteract that with voluntary work on my CV, though if it’s a clear choice between a younger person with recent work history or me then it’s quite obvious who the employer is going to pick. Try getting that point across to a Work Coach, it’s like talking to a brick wall.

      trev

      September 15, 2020 at 8:02 pm

  68. Universal Credit reforms call as welfare scheme branded ‘not fit for purpose’

    One in six people in Birmingham are now on the welfare scheme but MPs and campaigners say “our social security system is not fit for purpose, it is not the safety net that it’s meant to be”

    New calls for a reform of Universal Credit have been made as MPs and campaigners say the welfare scheme is “not fit for purpose.”

    It comes as new data shows nearly one in six people in Birmingham have had to claim Universal Credit in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/universal-credit-reforms-call-welfare-18931602

    ken

    September 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    • @ Ken

      The beginning of the end for UC? If only. But it certainly is not fit for purpose, neither is the DWP itself. Even Starmer said that UC is need of a “overhaul”, but I don’t think he’s said much about it since. Trouble is the Tories just won’t listen, even in the face of mounting criticism, even when condemned by the UN. They won’t budge an inch.

      trev

      September 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm

  69. ‘It’s a scandal’ – Concerns over universal credit in Clacks continue

    Elected members joined forces to condemn the benefits policy last Thursday, September 10, when it was revealed that 82 per cent of council tenants receiving Universal Credit are in arrears.

    Cllr Donald Balsillie, deputy council leader, said: “That does question that particular system, whether it’s working for us or the people receiving it.”

    Council leader Ellen Forson said: “I’m probably going to be a lot more blunt than Donald was about Universal Credit.

    “The consequences of Universal Credit is not only a tragedy for those who are on it, it rolls into the lives of other people.”

    https://www.alloaadvertiser.com/news/18721059.its-scandal—concerns-universal-credit-clacks-continue/

    ken

    September 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    • What’s “Clacks” ?

      trev

      September 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      • Clackmananshire in Scotchland.

        Larry Grayson

        September 15, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      • Clackmannanshire, doesn’t exactly role off the tongue does it

        trev

        September 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm

  70. Try East Fife 4 – Forfar 5 after 7 McEwans Lagers.

    Larry Grayson

    September 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    • I can’t say it, i tried but it keeps coming out as

      Ipswich 5, Fulham 0

      trev

      September 15, 2020 at 10:07 pm

  71. Larry Grayson

    September 15, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    • 9 years ago!

      My prediction
      Leeds Utd. 2, Fulham 0

      trev

      September 15, 2020 at 10:39 pm

      • Who cares about Fulham.

        My prediction
        Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1

        Larry Grayson

        September 16, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      • Who cares about Fulham? Are you saying you’re not the person who used to post comments under the name of ‘Fulham Fan’? I may have got my wires crossed but I thought your current moniker of Larry Grayson was a veiled reference to the “Cottagers”, the nickname for Fulham fans.

        trev

        September 16, 2020 at 1:41 pm

  72. So it’s okay to gather in a group of more than six, as long as all of you are wearing waxed-jackets and carrying shotguns ?

    Rule Of Six

    September 15, 2020 at 10:37 pm

  73. Starmer calls for ‘firing and rehiring’ ban as unemployment grows

    As the UK unemployment rate reaches a two-year high, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is to call for ‘firing and rehiring’ methods to be outlawed and for a successor to the furlough scheme.

    https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/ban-firing-and-rehiring-methods-urges-sir-keir-starmer/

    ken

    September 15, 2020 at 11:13 pm

  74. Scrap Universal Credit and replace it with a system that offers a safety net for all

    We should support people back to work, not push them into poverty. Current social security measures are inadequate, and children are paying the price.

    Universal Credit is fundamentally flawed. It has become synonymous with food banks, debt and insecurity. Some 2.3 million people are currently receiving Universal Credit, a figure only expected to rise as the Government stubbornly removes the furlough scheme in one devastating blow to the economy.

    https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/scrap-universal-credit-and-replace-it-with-a-system-that-offers-a-safety-net-for-all

    ken

    September 16, 2020 at 10:06 am

    • I absolutely agree. Universal Credit was flawed from the beginning, the over-ambitious project of an incompetent, arrogant, egotistical mad man, Iain Duncan Smith, who has since admitted that the 5 weeks (initially 6 weeks) delay in payments was never due to any necessary administrative requirements, merely a “policy decision”, a whim, which is nothing short of Criminal. IDS and his meddlesome unelected side-kick Lord Freud both belong behind bars.

      Rent arrears due to Universal Credit (July 2020):

      https://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/2020/jul/serious-flaw-in-universal-credit-worsens-council-tenants-debts-new-research-shows

      Not only the needless delay in payments but the ludicrous 35 hours jobsearch rules. UC is unfit for purpose. The Tories have deliberately wrecked our Social Security system and shredded the safety net, causing massive amounts of poverty, foodbank use, destitution, evictions, suicides. They are responsible for great suffering and thousands of deaths.

      Labour, for their part, abstained from voting against the Welfare reforms and have said very little about Universal Credit ever since, and still haven’t formulated a coherent alternative policy. Starmer came out against the introduction of a Basic Income.

      trev

      September 16, 2020 at 10:24 am

      • @trev – That’s the basic problem with Universal Credit, it was designed to punish and discipline the unemployed. And to push them off benefits and into low-pay employment instead. All of the worst features of UC stem from this ideology. The long wait for money, the reluctant payment,and the strict conditions that claimants must agree to.

        Jeff Smith

        September 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

    • Reynolds lists five points of change for Universal Credit:

      •Convert Universal Credit advances into grants instead of loans, ending the five-week wait.
      •Remove the £16,000 savings limit which disqualifies individuals from accessing Universal Credit.
      •Suspend the benefit cap.
      •Abolish the two-child limit in Universal Credit and Tax Credits.
      •Uprate legacy benefits to match the increase in Universal Credit, providing an immediate increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance.

      “These five measures would radically improve the living standards of those in receipt of social security”

      I would suggest there are another two major points besides the five mentioned, i.e. Scrap Sanctions and scrap the 35 hours jobsearch requirements.

      trev

      September 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

      • @trev- And I would add, an end to this hostile attitude that the DWP have had, ever since Duncan Smith was in charge. The idea that it is the DWP, versus a mass of idle claimants who don’t want to work. This has filtered down through every DWP interaction with claimants, since the so-called ‘benefit reforms’. From local Jobcentre management, competing to see how fast they could reduce claimant numbers. To aggressive Work Coaches, trained to sanction first, whatever the circumstances. And who caused the sanctions scandals of the past few years. Through to the abrupt and dismissive letters and communications sent out from the DWP. That would better suit a prison environment, than one which seeks to find people employment.

        Jeff Smith

        September 16, 2020 at 11:36 am

      • @ Jeff

        That seems to be the prevailing Tory ethos; the ‘hostile environment’. Whether it’s Immigration or Welfare or Employment Rights, hostility prevails. They’re still at it too, wanting to ditch Human Rights because that will also ensure that employers have the upper hand over workers.

        trev

        September 16, 2020 at 11:47 am

  75. On another point, Reynolds mentions the UC savings limit being £16,000. I didn’t know that. Does anyone know what the savings limit is for income-based JSA ? I was under the impression that it was something like £5000.

    trev

    September 16, 2020 at 10:51 am

    • you can have £6000 in savings and claim benefits but every pound over that is taken from your jsa up to £16000 and anything over that then you are not entitled to anything.

      this is for income based benefits, contribution based benefits like new style jsa there is no savings limit but only lasts 6 months.

      superted

      September 16, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      • @ Superted

        So if you had £15000 in savings (on income based JSA) would you actually receive any JSA or just your Housing benefit and no JSA?

        trev

        September 16, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      • anything over 6k and you will get a reduced benefits up to 16k. but it wont effect ur housing benefit unless you have over 16k in the bank and then you wont get anything.

        you can buy 10k worth of gold per year and not have the tax man know about it 😉

        superted

        September 16, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      • Ok ted cheers. I was just looking at possible ways I could access my private pension without losing my dole. Seems like they’ve thought of everything and blocked all the loopholes to make it impossible for anyone on the dole to actually have any money. You can access private pensions at age 55 but they’ll tax you on everything above first £2,500, and stop your dole.

        trev

        September 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

  76. Anyone else get the feeling that the Tories are preparing for Austerity 2.0 ? They are just going to stick their head in the sand, and wait until it’s all over.

    Matthew G.

    September 16, 2020 at 11:21 am

    • @ Matthew

      I’m not sure the public would swallow that a second time, and if the Tories really want to salvage the economy they’re going to have to get more creative than that. They’re certainly getting ‘creative’ where Brexit is concerned, apart from the fact that it’s illegal. We’ve got the effects of Brexit to face yet too. The future is not looking good. If you’ve got access to any land, a garden or allotment, better start growing your own food. Or get creative on the internet, we’ll all become Youtube film-makers, or invest in technology, manufacturing things at home using a 3D printer.

      trev

      September 16, 2020 at 11:32 am

      • Hi, yol! High inflation and deflation, denflation, is around the corner folks. Take a tip from me use your fiat money to buy bitcoin, gold and/or other precious metals before it’s too late. You’re welcome! Goodbye, yol.

        Max Keiser

        September 16, 2020 at 2:58 pm

  77. People will not survive a second lockdown, mentally & financially. They have been living a life of false pre tense of freedom & greed. The greedy people are keeping the Virus going by being greedy & the virus will continue if people stay greedy. All Back In Lockdown.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    • my guess is 3 weeks from Monday or b4 the furlough scam ends and 5 million on uc next year.

      superted

      September 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    • Coronavirus: Rhondda Cynon Taf to go into lockdown

      “A second county in Wales will go into lockdown because of the rate of coronavirus cases.

      The 240,000 people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) will have restrictions imposed on their daily lives.

      From 18:00 BST on Thursday, people will not be able to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education.

      All licensed pubs, bars and restaurants will have to shut by 23:00 every day, once the lockdown comes into effect.

      People will also be banned from meeting people outside their own households indoors.”

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54093100

      trev

      September 16, 2020 at 8:12 pm

  78. Ipswich 0 Fulham 1

    Larry Grayson

    September 16, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    • Who cares about Fulham?

      trev

      September 16, 2020 at 9:35 pm

  79. Norwich fans.

    Larry Grayson

    September 16, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    • Never mind about Norwich it’s Leeds Utd you need to worry about.

      trev

      September 16, 2020 at 10:17 pm

  80. Chelsea have no fear of Leeds.

    Larry Grayson

    September 16, 2020 at 11:44 pm

  81. UK faces curfew ‘within two weeks’

    https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/16/uk-faces-10pm-curfew-and-pubs-shut-within-two-weeks-13278919/

    IF this is true and actually happens why haven’t jobsearch requirements and Sanctions been officially suspended?

    trev

    September 17, 2020 at 7:20 am

    • @trev

      It comes down to the individual coach. I had a telephone review last week. And I was not asked for specific details about my work search. The coach told me he was not enforcing the CC at the moment because it was not in his interests or the claimant’s interests, either. And he certainly would not be sanctioning anyone, either. I was advised just to keep to my usual routine, i.e. doing my usual work search and keeping a record of it, just in case.

      jj joop

      September 17, 2020 at 11:07 am

      • @ jj

        Come to think of it, now I’m properly awake, it wouldn’t affect jobsearch anyway, I was thinking it was a curfew in the daytime starting at 10 but it’s 10pm duh! It might not even happen but if it does it won’t affect me as I don’t go anywhere at 10 o’clock at night.

        trev

        September 17, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      • Why not trev. There’s plenty to do after 10 at night !

        Night Prowler

        September 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      • Such as what? By ten I’m nodding off, watching tv, sipping my cocoa and ready for bed.

        trev

        September 17, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      • At best I only sleep about five hours out of every 24. Don’t feel in the slightest tired normally and usually full of beans. I spent years caring for a person suffering from vascular dementia and got used to doing without much sleep. Even though she passed away nine years ago my lack of need for sleep hasn’t changed and now I can’t imagine lounging and lying about in bed for eight hours a day even though these days I’ve got the leisure to do so. Go figure.

        Onieros

        September 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm

  82. Well nearly SIX MONTHS since my local Jobcentre closed, as far as I’m concerned, and still no contact, phone call, email or message in my UC journal concerning anything! SIX MONTHS! Am I the only one in this situation or is it common, especially for older claimants? Are there others out there who seem to have fallen through the cracks and been forgotten? I’m pleased to have been given half a year out from under the thumb of my work coach but am amazed, considering what they were like before coronavirus, that I have escaped Jobcentre attention for so long, even during a period of contagion.

    Ro

    September 17, 2020 at 7:54 am

  83. It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. – Voltaire

    Philos

    September 17, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    • Lockdown, Social Distance, Masks, Servitude – trev

      Larry Grayson

      September 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      • Considering what the alternative is – contagion, illness, hospital overload and death – I’m prepared to put up with the first three all of which seem eminently sensible precautions to me.

        Shimbo the Shrugger of Thunders

        September 17, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      • Lockdown, Social Distance, Masks,
        – readily dismissed by fools and narcissists.

        trev

        September 17, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      • superted

        September 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      • @ Shimbo

        The alternative is the eminently sensible Sweden which has undeniably fared better than Lockdown Britain.

        Larry Grayson

        September 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      • No comparison, completely different demograph

        trev

        September 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

  84. Now that the Jobcentres are closed, it would be a good time for redecoration. Out with those ghastly, patronising posters. The ones with some grinning idiot who has just got a zero-hours job in a chicken factory. Or some beaming Work Coach looking as if he just won the lottery, because you’ve got a job. And away with the cheap-looking desks and uncomfortable plastic chairs, like some 1970s tax office.
    A new Spa Theme is needed, soft chairs in small intimate groups. bathed in a gentle background lighting.
    Some quiet background music. Perhaps a small indoor fountain, with the water trickling quietly over coloured pebbles. And a new DWP uniform, a simple white robe and sandals. A symbol of peace and goodwill, and of respectful harmony towards the claimants they are dedicated to serve.

    Jeff Smith

    September 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    • @Jeff Smith – And perhaps some snacks for people to eat while they are waiting, and somewhere to get a cold drink ?

      George Mortimer

      September 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    • @ Jeff

      The very mention of trickling water fountains has me heading for the loo. By the time people in white robes are seen manifesting on earth the Jobcentres will be long gone. For now the Elder Brethren of the White Light remain unseen patiently watching over Mankind.

      trev

      September 17, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    • @jeff Smith; How wonderful, and everyone could sign-on with a sort of musical xylophone. And the Work Coaches, now renamed Companions, would be renowned for their gentle, helpful attitudes. No-one would ever be sanctioned, or asked to do anything they didn’t want to do.

      Penelope

      September 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      • We would eat Lotus and never leave.

        trev

        September 17, 2020 at 9:49 pm

  85. @Superted – I’m sorry to say, but it is exactly these controversial attitudes, which made the Ipswich Unemployed Action Awards Committee, feel that they could not in all conscience make an award in your favour. Despite your many years of service to this blog. It is not acceptable for you to be promoting conspiracy theories, either in regard to Covid -19, or potential vaccinations. You do yourself no good at all by presenting these foolish and misguided theories as some sort of alternate reality. I am bound to say that the Committee has strong reservations about these posts, and indeed about your future on this blog. I suggest that you look instead to the exemplary conduct of @trev, as an example which you would do well to emulate.

    Ipswich Unemployed Action Awards Committee

    September 17, 2020 at 4:05 pm

  86. @Superted – You are only making things worse for yourself by posts of this nature. No-one is going to take you seriously on this blog unless you start behaving more sensibly.

    John Sandley

    September 17, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    • lock downs are being done on the basis of cases its on the news 247 pmsl

      superted

      September 17, 2020 at 4:33 pm

  87. Coronavirus major incident declared in North Yorkshire

    Area’s Local Resilience Forum reinstates ‘full emergency mode’

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/17/coronavirus-major-incident-declared-north-yorkshire/

    trev

    September 17, 2020 at 5:44 pm

  88. Andrew Coates

    September 17, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    • “From a higher Social Grade” ?

      trev

      September 17, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      • Professional.

        Duma

        September 17, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      • we are classed buy the dwp as scum trev and thus treated as such and sent on endless crappy courses ect, the problem the dwp is going to have is there bs wont work on these ppl and they know it.

        superted

        September 17, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      • @trev – This might help to change things in the benefit system. Now it’s not just the usual suspects who are claiming, but a mass of people who have never claimed before. It’s easy to target a relative minority, but much harder when unemployment starts to make major inroads into the general population.

        Jeff Smith

        September 17, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    • Its is uncertain times in every sence,the trouble with these lockdowns is where is the next one going to be putting an area into turmoil.There will be more job losses the longer this goes on with no end in sight.

      ken

      September 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    • @ Jeff Smith

      I doubt that professional people ending up on UC, because of coronavirus, will be more sympathetic insofar as a more generous benefits system is concerned. More likely they will blame the “great unwashed” for spreading the Covid contagion and for indirectly losing them their usual lucrative income thanks to a sluggish economy caused by lockdown(s) and business closures temporary and permanent: I really don’t believe for one moment that professional people will regard peers forced to claim UC because of coronavirus are in any way, shape or form like the people who depended on the benefits system before coronavirus struck.

      Brother Lees

      September 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

  89. I was out on my bicycle every day during lockdown. What lockdown !! People should know there are going to be 10PM curfews imposed as well. At least go for a walk. You have decided to be prisoners in lockdown because you hate any exercise. At least go for a walk in lockdown. If you are going to run the marathon in your living room during lockdown wear your slippers because it makes a racket on my ceiling.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 17, 2020 at 11:42 pm

  90. DWP silent as it stops answering questions from Disability News Service

    By John Pring on 17th September 2020

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stopped answering questions from Disability News Service (DNS), and is refusing to explain why it has taken the “totally unacceptable” step.

    Since early July, DWP’s press office has failed to provide a meaningful response to questions submitted by DNS on 10 consecutive news stories.

    There has been no explanation from DWP for the apparent refusal to respond on issues including the deaths of benefit claimants, the failure of minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson to engage with disabled people’s organisations, and the silence of the government’s Disability Unit during the coronavirus pandemic.

    In two of the stories, the DWP press office suggested that it could not respond for legal reasons, but with the other eight there was no explanation for the department’s refusal to comment.

    The stories DWP refused to comment on include the department being accused of “careless cruelty” after it mistakenly sent out letters to disabled claimants during the pandemic that informed them their disability benefits had been stopped for failing to fill in review forms.

    It also failed to comment on its own research which showed that levels of satisfaction with working-age disability benefits had plummeted in the two years to spring 2019.

    The department continues to respond to requests from mainstream news organisations, but not to those from DNS, which is run by a disabled journalist, John Pring, and was founded in April 2009.

    A Guardian journalist confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that DWP was continuing to provide responses to Guardian queries.

    This week, DNS asked DWP why it did not appear to be responding to questions, and whether it agreed that its policy appeared to be discriminatory.

    DWP had failed to comment by noon today.

    Over the last decade, DNS has reported on links between DWP and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, DWP’s breaches of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, evidence of flaws in DWP programmes such as Disability Confident, and misleading statements made to parliament by work and pensions ministers.

    Over the last six months, DNS has also exposed repeated breaches of disabled people’s rights by the government during the pandemic.

    In July, DNS reported how DWP had re-introduced benefit sanctions, while millions of disabled people were still shielding from the virus, a move described by disabled campaigners as “barbaric” and “life threatening”.

    Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We are saddened to hear that DWP is failing to answer the important questions put to them by DNS, which is totally unacceptable whatever the reason.

    “We hope that this failure of DWP press office is urgently resolved.

    “The work and investigations carried out by DNS have uncovered many facts which we’re sure DWP would have preferred to keep covered up and provide a vital resource for disabled people and our campaigns for equality and justice.”

    [Sorry The Link Won’t Post For Me]

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 17, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    • Dictatorship failing not to fail.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 17, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    • I want to bring up an important thing about forms & what benefits are still on paper forms or have been. With an up to date list for 2020 which be very helpful to all. It has not all gone online digital format.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

    • Also I notice The New Style ESA – Funny that after phasing out ESA onto Universal Credit & now all go back on the New Style ESA.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 12:03 am

  91. The online Forms for Universal Credit have loop holes.

    Name:
    Donald Duck Trump

    Date Of Birth:
    Born Yesterday’s Date

    NI Number:
    000000000000

    Address:
    Genocide Camp

    I won’t go on. The online system accepts my details because I have made a mistake perhaps. Oh dear made a mistake I will need to fill out another digital form

    Name:
    Boris Johnson

    Date Of Birth:
    Born Yesterday

    No I can run any amount of accounts like 4,000 abusing the loop holes in a digital form. That is not fraud but a loop hole which the DWP are being made aware of So Universal Credit is open to fraud DWP by the DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 18, 2020 at 12:10 am

    • We will have to check to see if you was born yesterday Mr Trump. the DWP goes on that name.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 12:12 am

      • 2nd Form the DWP keep ringing me up going is that Mr Johnson can you confirm Mr Boris Johnson you was born yesterday & I say yes I was born yesterday. The DWP goes can you confirm your name is Boris Johnson – Yes I can Dwp. Will you need to more details DWP !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 12:15 am

      • Oh no I muck up the digital form again I will have to fill out another one. Universal Credit

        Name:
        Justin Tomlinson

        Date Of Birth:
        Born Yesterday

        NI Number:
        000000000000

        Address:
        Disability Unit Cabinet Office

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 12:19 am

      • Some many fuck ups in Universal Credit.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 12:23 am

  92. https://hectordrummond.com/2020/09/17/whos-own-document-recommending-face-masks-said-there-was-very-little-evidence-for-them/

    The document concludes (p. 6):

    At the present time, the widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence.

    From the BBC just after the WHO document came out:

    “Masks on their own will not protect you from Covid-19,” Dr Tedros said.

    Billy Boyne

    September 18, 2020 at 1:38 am

      • Masks aren’t supposed to protect their wears they’re worn to protect others. Covid-19 is passed on mostly by aerosol drops which contain the virus coughed, sneezed and exhaled by people who have been infected which CAN be intercepted, caught and absorbed by a mask preventing them from spreading the virus to others. Masks do reduce the spread of the virus as can be seen statistically in countries by comparing the infection rate before and after mandating the wearing of masks when the spread overwhelmingly plummets.

        Madimi

        September 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    • “Masks on their own will not protect you from Covid-19,”

      Ok then, but Masks + social distancing + good hygiene + restricting movement to necessary/essential journeys will help protect you from Covid 19.

      trev

      September 18, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      • id recommend a full face crash if ur getting on the bus 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      • I did used to have a couple of them kicking about but I threw them away a few years ago, the only skid lids I still have are open faced piss pots. Wish I could afford to get another bike.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      • Social distancing is used in prisons inmates have to stay 2 feet apart to stop them passing contraband to one another. Lockdown is also a prison term.

        Cloverleaf

        September 18, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      • So what? I don’t have a problem with that. The English language can be used in many different contexts.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 3:18 pm

  93. trev

    September 18, 2020 at 6:06 am

    • Cloverleaf, Billy Boyne, Superted, and Larry Grayson read the above mentioned article on Scottish Unemployed Workers blog, it’s about people such as yourselves.

      trev

      September 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      • There were 616,014 deaths registered in the UK in 2018, an increase of 1.5% from 607,172 in 2017. There were 3,248 deaths registered to children aged under five years in the UK in 2018; the corresponding mortality rate was 4.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, which is the lowest rate on record.

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/vitalstatisticspopulationandhealthreferencetables

        17 sep 27 dead from cov19 flu

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/excesswintermortalityinenglandandwales/2017to2018provisionaland2016to2017final

        50.000 ppl died from the flu in 2018 the numbers dont lie cov 19 is not even in the top ten and nothing was done in 2018!

        this virus is no more deadly than the flu fact all lock downs are doing is destroying the economy which will kill even more long term ans is as the 5 year avg death rate is going up and not from cov 19 wonder why lol.

        and why do the government keep calling it a deadly disease when it say the on the government web site it was down graded 19 march.

        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      • Second wave of Covid-19 coming to UK, says PM
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54212654

        lmfao 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      • If you think a second wave of Covid is a laughing matter there’s something seriously wrong with you Superted.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      • Already read it Trev, it sounds very mainstream media to me.

        Cloverleaf

        September 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      • Covid-19 is MUCH more infectious than influenza, ted. It’s more infectious, deadlier and so far has no vaccination which can help protect against it in the way that common flu has. Coronavirus is, by any stretch of the imagination, MUCH worse than flu and, if left to its own devices, would kill many more people than flu.

        https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/flu-kills-more-people-covid-19/

        Greenfly

        September 18, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      • well if you bother to look in 2018 50.000 ppl died from the flu cov 19 is at 41,705 so not there yet and smoking kills 80.000 per year and all of this is on the ons web site.

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      • Revisiting the 1957 and 1968 influenza pandemics
        https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31201-0/fulltext

        o look a face mask in 1957 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      • there is going to be a second wave but not based of deaths or hospital admissions but cases.

        and i have never said there was no virus and the stats from the ons shows it is the same as a bad flu season deaths wise same as in 2018 when nothing was done.

        from the start this government has gone on like it is the black death when in reality the numbers say a different story.

        more tests = more cases = more lock downs and the government seems hell bent carrying on like this as there is no lock down exit plan.

        21ppl died yesterday from cov 19 what about the other 1279 that died anyway on avg, check ons for this fact and it has gone above the 5 year avg, ons

        now if 1800 ppl a day started to die then fair enough but 21 is just a joke!

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm

  94. DWP accelerates digital transformation amid Covid-19 crisis

    The Department for Work and Pensions has released an update of the efforts made in the past six months across key digital services, with progress accelerating due to the pandemic.

    https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252489154/DWP-accelerates-digital-transformation-amid-Covid-19-crisis

    ken

    September 18, 2020 at 4:11 pm

  95. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6048912/coronavirus-scotland-nicola-sturgeon-hospital-covid/

    RECOUNT Coronavirus Scotland: Number of Covid hospital patients slashed from 262 to just 48 as stats overplayed by 80 per cent

    After Scotland adjusted its method of counting Covid hospital patients yesterday, the numbers fell by 80%

    Billy Boyne

    September 18, 2020 at 4:28 pm

  96. Cloverleaf

    September 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm

  97. Well one thing seems fairly certain, my local Jobcentre won’t be reopening in the foreseeable future.

    All of Kirklees, Bradford and Calderdale placed under new strict lockdown measures

    “Measures have also been introduced for Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton, while Selby and Scarborough have been added to the government’s watchlist.”

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/kirklees-bradford-calderdale-placed-under-18956881

    trev

    September 18, 2020 at 4:37 pm

  98. Imagine a virus so deadly, you need to take a test to see if you have it.

    Cloverleaf

    September 18, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    • You don’t need to imagine it. All deadly viruses behave like that until they have replicated themselves in sufficient numbers within the cells of their host to present symptoms, by which time the affected person might have infected dozens, hundreds or thousands of others. Only by testing during the early stages of infection, while people are asymptomatic, or presenting mild symptoms, can the infected be separated from the general population for long enough, during the infectious stage of the disease, so as not to pass the virus on to others.

      Without this the only alternative is to isolate everybody, infected and unaffected, of let the virus run riot and hope that the general population will adhere to the recommended social distancing, mask wearing and other measures and hope that the NHS will be able to cope.

      Anybody fancy another three-month national lockdown?

      Moses Schwartz

      September 18, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    • How dim do you have to be to not see that this whole covid narrative is a crock of shite!

      Tigerlily

      September 18, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      • Not as dim as you obviously. Try telling that to the relatives of the 60,000 people in the UK who died of Covid 19, and to the NHS staff who worked their arses off trying to save them. Then read this article, it’s about people like you and all the other Covid-denying lunatics:

        https://scottishunemployedworkers.net/2020/09/17/addressing-coronavirus-scepticism/

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      • Andrew, please make some further effort to monitor this blog, and remove these conspiracy-theory posts.
        At a time of national emergency, it is not appropriate for people to be posting this nonsense about the coronavirus pandemic.

        Editor

        September 18, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      • @trev: I agree with you 100% on this. It is irresponsible and stupid to deny the reality of the Covid 19 situation. But there are people who post on here, whose main amusement in life, seems to be posting this rubbish. Conspiracy theories and advice from eccentric scientific weirdos.

        Alan Turner

        September 18, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      • That’s the sort of shite you would read in the mainstream media rags!

        Tigerlily

        September 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      • @ Tigerlily

        On the contrary, it presents a coherent and well-reasoned analysis from a Socialist perspective, which probably went right over your head. You have allowed yourself to become trapped in a negative and paranoid mindset, trusting no one but the most lunatic fringe who present themselves as whistleblowers and saviours to the gullible.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      • Covid-concerned schools ‘requesting GP notes for sore throats’

        Schools concerned about coronavirus are demanding GP notes from parents to say children can attend with common respiratory tract infections such as sore throats, GPs have claimed.

        https://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/workload/covid-concerned-schools-requesting-gp-notes-for-sore-throats/

        ken

        September 18, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      • As dim as trev nice but dim, the Covid Cultist. trev is salivating at the prospect of a second lockdown. trev wants the lockdowns and associated madness to continue indefinitely not because he cares about the wellbeing of the British public but because he wants the jobcentres to stay closed (no signing on) and to use it as a political weapon against the Tories. trev is nothing but a shameless opportunist and a transparent one at that. trev you are a charlatan.

        Billy Boyne

        September 18, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      • @ Billy Boyne

        No Billy, I don’t want a Lockdown, I obviously want rid of this awful virus that is ruining everything and I don’t want anymore people to get ill or die. I want people to behave sensibly to curb the spread of the virus. I don’t want to hear irresponsible idiots spreading stupid untruthful conspiracy theories and encouraging people to rebel against the safety restrictions and advice. But yes, in the meantime, the only good thing about it is that the Jobcentres are closed, but what a price to pay for a stress-free Benefits system, to have a taste of how things could be in that respect if the Political will were there and Society could progress beyond notions of punishing the poor. The Rich have done a good job of demonizing Benefit claimants and a gullible Reactionary portion of the public largely fell for it. If I was the “charlatan” you allege why would I volunteer to work at a foodbank and continue to do so throughout a pandemic? I don’t know what you have done to help the poor but spreading disinformation about Coronavirus is helping no one.

        trev

        September 19, 2020 at 9:16 am

  99. Started collecting some deleted videos from youtube:
    https://mega.nz/folder/hxUz2SaD#7xgMz437PLIIF166OhWkDQ

    CV-19

    September 18, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    • @ CV-19

      Nothing that any reasonable minded person want to watch I should think. Let me guess, David Icke? Alex Jones? Crackpot conspiracy bullshit about the NWO? Bill Gates being slandered? Vaccines kill you? etc. If they have been removed from Youtube there’s probably a good reason why.

      trev

      September 18, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      • There was this ~50 year old man, he had a go at me in Lidl because I joined the queue let’s say 1.75m behind him while the queue up ahead was moving anyway, the queue kept on moving ahead while he blasted his gob at me from less than 2m. Every time I went to the shops after that I saw this same guy going in and out of 5 or 6 or more shops buying 2 or 3 items from each shop, wandering around from shop to shop without a mask on, I can only imagine he’s kicking off or attempting to, all over the place. I IMAGINE YOU AS HIM. (I’m honestly not one of the trolls on this blog). I get all my shopping delivered now, I can just about make it work (financially), because I can’t be bothered dealing with bullies like you. I’m asthmatic and I haven’t had any medication in 6 months so I have a very good exemption with bells on from wearing a mask, but I’ve been bullied by people like you into staying in the house.

        CV-19

        September 18, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      • There was this ~50 year old man, he had a go at me in Lidl because I joined the queue let’s say 1.75m behind him while the queue up ahead was moving anyway, the queue kept on moving while he blasted his gob at me from less than 2m. Every time I went to the shops after that I saw this same guy going in and out of 5 or 6 or more shops buying 2 or 3 items from each shop, wandering around from shop to shop without a mask on, I can only imagine he’s kicking off or attempting to, all over the place. I IMAGINE YOU AS HIM. (I’m honestly not one of the trolls on this blog). I get all my shopping delivered now, I can just about make it work (financially), because I can’t be bothered dealing with bullies like you. I’m asthmatic and I haven’t had any medication in 6 months so I have a very good exemption with bells on from wearing a mask, but I’ve been bullied by people like you into staying in the house.

        CV-20-20

        September 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      • Oh dear Tory bullies. How about blaming the Tory Party.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      • Oh dear The Tories are being bullied by the Tories.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      • I’m not a Tory Stepping! And I’m not bullying anyone.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      • @trev I know that but the paid tory trolls are trying to get confused.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      • @trev that’s the end of that bunch of idiots.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      • @trev: Right on Trev ! I can see you’re not to let these knobheads take over the blog with their Covid Conspiracy crap. Covid is real, and most of these people are so dumb that if their brains were injected with mind-control nanobots, they wouldn’t notice.

        Pete

        September 19, 2020 at 12:06 am

  100. The Tory Party are not real then !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    • Con Spirit See

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 6:59 pm

  101. There was this ~50 year old man, he had a go at me in Lidl because I joined the queue let’s say 1.75m behind him while the queue up ahead was moving anyway, the queue kept on moving ahead while he blasted his gob at me from less than 2m. Every time I went to the shops after that I saw this same guy going in and out of 5 or 6 or more shops buying 2 or 3 items from each shop, wandering around from shop to shop without a mask on, I can only imagine he’s kicking off or attempting to, all over the place. I IMAGINE YOU AS HIM. (I’m honestly not one of the trolls on this blog). I get all my shopping delivered now, I can just about make it work (financially), because I can’t be bothered dealing with bullies like you. I’m asthmatic and I haven’t had any medication in 6 months so I have a very good exemption with bells on from wearing a mask, but I’ve been bullied by people like you into staying in the house.

    CV-20-20

    September 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    • Oh dear Tory Bullies.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    • @ CV-20-20

      To whom are you addressing your irrational rant?

      trev

      September 18, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      • CV-20-20 is addressing you Trev, I think you know that, I saw it straight away, it’s obvious he’s talking about you!

        Tigerlily

        September 18, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      • @ Tigerlily

        Then the criticism is misplaced as I have never mentioned anything about asthmatics not wearing masks. Obviously people shouldn’t wear a mask if they have breathing difficulties or any other legitimate medical reason. And the lockdown is not my fault! Lockdown restrictions have been made necessary by the spread of the virus, exacerbated by people not adhering to safety advice. How is that my fault? I’m not bullying people to stay at home, their own common sense should be their guide in that regard, and for those who have no common sense and thereby endanger others there are Government imposed restrictions.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      • All you Paid Tory Trolls [not trev] can start getting malfunctioned with me.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      • @Tigerlily – See how you try and link Trev to a post that could be about anyone ? Your spite is showing again.

        Matthew G.

        September 19, 2020 at 12:08 am

      • Matt G, another brown nosed trouble maker!

        Tigerlily

        September 19, 2020 at 12:03 pm

  102. The Fall Of The DWP

    The DWP can not afford to pay £10 million 20 Million people. Bye bye DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

  103. The Fall Of Capitalism – The Fall Of The DWP – The Fall Of The Tory Party

    These Government lawyers & Human Rights lawyers are dropping like flies saying “We not working & being criminals like the Tory Government want us to do”.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 18, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    • The UK Bills Of Rights Tories your Weakness Was that what Brexit was. Don’t tell the People the Lorries can’t get through Michael Gove there is no food in the supermarkets now. Well done Brexit Tories.

      You have been made to be players in Dad’s Army – Don’t Panic Lockdown, easy now Jonsey – We’re all DOOOMED Frazer Says – Mr Boris Mannering Pike you Stupid Boy.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 8:17 pm

  104. TORY STATE SPONSORED MURDERS AT THE DWP

    TORY STATE SPONSORED MURDERS WITH THE CORONA VIRUS

    FAILURE

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 18, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    • No response Tories like John Pring DNS at the DWP.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 18, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      • CONPLAN 8888 google it 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      • @superted – Another name for the country on anti-depressants 🙂

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      • my carbon steal katana is ready to go 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      • I remember the Suzi Katanas, some of them fetch a good price now.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      • I thought everyone was reprogrammed as Cyber Men during lockdown !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      • ill kick there ass as well or die trying 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      • Counter-Zombie Dominance = A Thick As Shit Failure & Your Mind Needs A Committee Meeting With Slaughtered Soldiers aka Or Go Back On Your Anti Depressants.

        Perhaps Chloe Smith Norwich North MP can tell her husband that.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      • DSC_0109_03

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 9:30 pm

      • I know some people legitimately collect such things but if you’re ever unlucky enough to get busted/raided by the cops for anything (eg. Weed ?) it won’t do you any favours having that in the house.

        trev

        September 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      • yet in the real world i have had cid in my house in the last 6 months, nothing to do with me but i still have it and still on the wall.

        it is a live sword and plod was informed when i bought it you just cant go running down the road with it 😉

        superted

        September 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm

  105. Universal Credit, a system designed to perpetuate hardship:

    https://welfareweekly.com/1-6-million-households-hit-by-60-cut-to-benefits-in-just-one-month/

    trev

    September 18, 2020 at 9:50 pm

  106. @superted – So you went down to the local copshop and told them ”I’ve bought a Samurai Sword ”, don’t you see how weird that sounds ?

    Shuriken

    September 18, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    • the dealer has to reg your name and address as bought it retail for £500 10 years ago as it is a live sword.

      it is not illegal to own a sword or buy one plod made a visit and buggers off as cant find jack. 😉

      superted

      September 18, 2020 at 11:39 pm

  107. Let me guess, Superted is the last living member of the Golden Warriors ?

    Tonfa

    September 18, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    • DSC_0637

      i have upgrades installed 😉

      superted

      September 18, 2020 at 11:47 pm

  108. Superted should only be allowed a rubber play sword, far safer if he wants to pretend to be Uma Thurman.

    Sandemann

    September 19, 2020 at 12:02 am

  109. Towards the end of the year best to buy as much tinned food as possible to stock up prior to crashing out of the EU, which looks set to happen thanks to Boris and his dicks determined to become outlaws and so propel the UK out of the EU without a deal, in the worst way possible, facing a future trying to deal with the EU on WTO and harshly hostile terms. Food shortages next year look unavoidable if this happens in ways not seen even during the coronavirus contagion.

    This really is SERIOUS folks and so stock up on tinned food, rather than shitloads of frozen food which might perish if we get power cuts, because things could get very bad if we exit the EU without any kind of a trade deal with our biggest trading partner and supplier of foodstuffs.

    Winter is coming...

    September 19, 2020 at 8:38 am

    • @ Winter is coming…

      It might make sense to do that but you don’t want to encourage or initiate panic buying, and in any case easier said than done when you’re living hand-to-mouth on £74 a week. I can’t afford to stock up much beyond a fortnight.

      trev

      September 19, 2020 at 8:57 am

      • You are a Covid Cultist.

        David Koresh

        September 20, 2020 at 12:24 am


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