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Job entry targeted support (Jets): New Government ‘scheme’ for the unemployed.

Government announces new £238 million JETS employment programme that will  help hundreds of thousands of jobseekers

Somebody was well proud of that ‘Jets’ name!

 

Thérèse Coffey was on BBC News this morning, most of the time she spent sucking up to Johnson and his handling of the pandemic.

 

She managed to spend about a minute on the new scheme, though when I caught the words, ‘Reed’ and ‘Shaw Trust’ a large rodent scuttled round the room.

The BBC site says this,

Job Entry Targeted Support is aimed at helping those out of work because of Covid-19 for three months.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said it would give people “the helping hand they need”.

But Labour said the scheme “offers very little new support” and it was “too little too late”.

More details in the Guardian

New jobs coaches will help people back to work, says Rishi Sunak

Thousands of work coaches will be hired under a new government employment programme to help those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic, amid fresh warnings of an unemployment crisis as the furlough scheme ends.

The £238m job entry targeted support (Jets) scheme will help jobseekers who have been out of work for at least three months. It will be available to people receiving the “all work related requirements” universal credit payment, or the new style jobseeker’s allowance.

The Department for Work and Pensions says Jets will “ramp up support” to help people back to employment, with specialist advice on how to move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching. It is recruiting an additional 13,500 coaches to help deliver the programme.

The Currant Bun spills the beans (blimey that’s a bit of an image…!)

It specifically targets Universal Credit (UC) All Work related Requirements (AWRR) and New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants who have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks.

Through JETS, the Department for Work and Pensions will give scheme-members access to tailored, flexible support to help them quickly get back into employment.

The new programme will also see a number of providers offer a range of help, including specialist advice on how people can move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.

The programme will give job hunters a return-to-work action plan, which will be agreed with their personal Work Coach, and complemented by peer support and opportunities to build their skills.

Veterans of these “schemes” may have other views.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 5, 2020 at 6:59 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    October 5, 2020 at 7:16 am

  2. “The Department for Work and Pensions says Jets will “ramp up support” to help people back to employment, with specialist advice on how to move into growing sectors,…”

    What employment – what growing sectors? Isn’t this why people have been laid off and are being laid off because there will be no mass employment or growth because of Covid. Or have I missed something.

    As for the Shaw Trust and Reed in Partnership, they are nothing but malignancy.

    jj joop

    October 5, 2020 at 8:01 am

    • All there is out there are “temporary to permanent” agency jobs, Picking/Packing/Production often “fast paced”, sometimes involving heavy lifting, nearly always shift work, always miles away in out-of-way locations. Hopeless unless you’re young & fit enough to work fast and do the hours, and have own transport. Even then it’s not secure employment.

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 8:38 am

      • I hear that, trev. I live in Cambridgeshire where there are just the kind of vacancies you describe. But unless you have your own transport, you’re screwed. As I write this I am looking out of the window and gazing out upon a sweeping rural idyll of trees and farmland. All very rustic and charming if you’re retired or seeking the Good Life, but job-wise, I am basically living in the arsehole of nowhere.

        jj joop

        October 5, 2020 at 9:06 am

      • Sounds nice though. Maybe you could take up landscape painting.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 10:56 am

      • An agency just sent me this:

        Production Operative

        Salary – £8.72 p/h
        Location – West Yorkshire
        Hours – 6am – 2.30pm During Induction; Then a Twilight Shift Between 2pm – 2am.

        Temporary Ongoing

        Are you a strong and hard-working individual with previous experience applying yourself to manual labour-based activities? We are searching for fit candidates with strong work ethics and keen eye for detail. If this could be you, XXX has the perfect opportunity for some potentially long-term work in a leading bathroom manufacturer based in Huddersfield. This role is demanding but very rewarding, with great opportunity for on-the-job coaching.

        It is vital for the ideal candidate to work lifting heavy objects and also have access to their own transport, as once the training and induction period comes to an end, you will be transitioned on to the twilight shift which will have operating hours anywhere between 2pm and 2am.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 11:04 am

  3. Sounds like more of the same, been there, done that, over and over again. Team building exercises, identifying strengths and weaknesses, CV writing, discussing interview techniques – do’s and dont’s, mock interviews, spelling tests, unpaid Work Placements in charity shops or shelf-filling in Poundstretcher. Leave with another Mickey Mouse certificate.

    trev

    October 5, 2020 at 8:01 am

    • Either that or it’ll be more like the Work Programme, one to one with a Third Party Work Coach once a fortnight, being bullied into applying for every unsuitable job going and into registering with agencies.

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 8:18 am

      • What with social distancing and given that these providers like to cramp as many people as they can in some shitty little room with no ventilation, I don’t see how or where they are going to run these schemes.

        jj joop

        October 5, 2020 at 9:08 am

      • I only ever did induction on the waste programme before finding work and signing off, I’ll always remember an old timer saying, but what if at the end of 2 years were still unemployed coz there’s no jobs anyway? The leader or whatever they were called said then I’m out of a job too……not getting results!
        More of the same for all these prout new Roaches?

        Kat Rehman

        October 5, 2020 at 10:46 am

    • @trev: That’s not a job Trev, that is just working misery. How can they expect people to do stuff like this ?

      Pete

      October 5, 2020 at 11:17 am

    • I got plenty of mickey mouse certifcates and also a few donald duck ones

      my_final_username

      October 5, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    • It’s just a boon for the employment industry. It’ll be a carousel, a treadmill of never ending courses, one after the other. All run by essentially the same company, they just change their name over time. Each subconstracting to the other. People will struggle to keep up with the endless cycle of action plans and commitments and confidence building and self help magic thinking woo woo. Everything will be your fault for not thinking positively, trying hard enough, or ‘engaging’. Sure you might get lucky and find something but it changes nothing;the reason loads of people are going to be laid off is because there’s no work and no demand. Those that fall by the wayside will reduce the benefits bill just the same as those that die from/get infected with covid are an acceptable price in the eyes of Tories. It’s capitalism gone mad.

      What we need is to have these agencies develop class consciousness and join up to fight this system because that’s what needs to change. Won’t happen though

      ghost whistler

      October 6, 2020 at 9:22 am

      • Class Consciousness amongst the Provider employees! I went on one course/scheme in 2016 where the woman delivering the Course was a fan of Margaret Thatcher and made that known to us. She also supported Cameron and Osborne and said something like “someone’s got to sort the country out”, implying that they were doing a good job with all their Austerity cuts and Welfare reforms. She was keen to tell us that if we didn’t get a job we’d be put on the Community Work Programme for two years working for nothing, until I informed her (in front of the group) that no more referrals were being made to the CWP after that April (this was in March of that year) and that the funding had been withdrawn for CWP, effectively it had been cancelled. Should have seen the look on her face. She argued at first, obviously was unaware of this, asked me where I’d heard that and I told her there had been a Press Release in the Independence and the Telegraph. That burst her bubble and the next week she left.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 9:42 am

  4. Also not to be confused with:

    http://jetprogramme.org/en/

    😣

    trev

    October 5, 2020 at 8:32 am

  5. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/05/new-jobs-coaches-will-help-people-back-to-work-says-rishi-sunak

    What new jobs? If they are going to be run by the pimps, then all you have to do is turn up for the mandatory appointment but decline to sign anything. And out the door you go.

    jj joop

    October 5, 2020 at 9:16 am

    • @jj joop. But what about the sanctions JJ when you do ? It seems to me that anyone trying that is going to get the crap sanctioned out of them.

      Frank Taylor

      October 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

      • if you are going to do this you must be fully prepared to take it all the way to a tribunal and they will loose.

        every time i have done this and had a sanction doubt raised it was dropped every single time when i done the mr in writing and include the foi that says you do not have to sign provider paperwork.

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 11:30 am

      • With a 7 month wait. can you afford to do that?

        xclausx

        October 5, 2020 at 11:34 am

      • @superted: Yes I understand that. But this must stop your benefits straight away with a sanction. It could take weeks, or maybe months to get to the Tribunal. So what do you live on while all this is going on ?

        Frank Taylor

        October 5, 2020 at 11:35 am

      • the only time it went past a dm is when i done the mr over the phone as wanted to go to tribunal but i got a budgeting loan to cover the sanction.

        so dont rock the boat unless you are prepared to sink it but i think this will be for new uc claims and will leave most of us alone as been there done that over and over again.

        and it is not going to work anyway at most you will be sat in a office applying for jobs online and places will be limited imo.

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 11:44 am

      • @superted: This is the problem with the not signing method. What do you do for money for 7 months ? Or even while you are waiting for the budgeting loan ? This takes a few weeks on its own. They take it back from future payments, so if you have to get a few of these loans, you’ll have next to nothing coming in from the benefits in the end.

        Jack Reid

        October 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      • i have been doing this since 2010 if you do the mr right it wont go any further as it is the dwp own rules and regs.

        i only went to tribunal to prove once and for all it can be done and get proof i bet they wont be sending me anywhere 😉

        it is your choice if you sign up or refuse but you can do it.

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 12:13 pm

  6. Why don’t they actually take the 238 million or whatever, invest it and CREATE SOME decent jobs these ppl can apply for? A lot of them will be my age mid 50s with the age related medial problems that means we CAN’T temp at Amazon or the like!

    Kat Rehman

    October 5, 2020 at 10:40 am

    • @Kat Rehman: Good idea ! When you think of it they could do just that. Create some decent jobs that people would want to do. Instead of trying to get these training organisations to bully people into low-paid insecure work.

      Jackie

      October 5, 2020 at 12:17 pm

  7. The Tories just don’t want to know when it comes to common-sense of these issues. It’s always back to the same old ideology, the work fare schemes, and paying millions to their corporate friends. It didn’t work before, and it won’t work this time either. And neither will most of the people on this scheme.
    I notice there is nothing said about making sure that the £20 increase on Universal Credit is going to be maintained..So when millions of people are in the foodbanks, they can take comfort from the fact that they are on the ‘Jets ‘ scheme. And all this will be is a vast jet of millions of pounds, pissed up against the nearest wall.

    Jeff Smith

    October 5, 2020 at 11:14 am

  8. The unemployed should start their own scheme really, and call it something like Bullshit. Where we reject the government scheme because it’s just the usual bullshit.

    Colin Claimant

    October 5, 2020 at 11:25 am

    • Or take a more tactical approach, and counter the Jets system with EAT: Employment Avoidance Training.

      Colonel Mustard

      October 5, 2020 at 11:37 am

      • The EAT System Of Employment Avoidance:

        1. At the Jobcentre
        2. Work Coach Tactics
        3 Counter-Work Coach Tactics
        4.Minimum Effort / Minimum Stress
        5. Presenting as an Active Jobseeker
        6. Token Applications
        7. Disruption Tactics / Official Complaints
        8.Hazards Of Voluntary Courses
        9.Avoiding Enemy Training Providers

        Colonel Mustard

        October 5, 2020 at 11:53 am

    • There were some schemes in my area in the early 80s called CEP (Community Enterprise Programme) that you got paid a wage for, which worked out at double your Unemployment Benefit, and you either worked 3 or 4 days. The one I did was 4 days a week and lasted for 9 months and lead to me getting a proper full time job. The scheme was optional not mandatory and you were exempt from signing-on and doing any jobsearch. It was hard graft though but I was only in my 20s. We were clearing a demolition site where some of the old textile mills had been demolished. We reclaimed stone, dressing and stacking it, cleared tons of rubble and bricks, created car parks, mixed & laid concrete, repaired walls along the river bank. Then they had us up scaffolding painting walls inside the remainder of the mill complex that was still operating. It was a good team of lads and we had a laugh and enjoyed the camaraderie. It felt like a cross between Boys From the Blackstuff and Aufweidersen Pet !

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 11:39 am

  9. They are gping to try and fix the care industry with this, nudging as many people as possible into that.

    xclausx

    October 5, 2020 at 11:36 am

    • Only those who can pass a DBS and in some cases a Credit check. References and previous experience may also be required in some cases. Also own transport for unsociable shifts.

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 11:42 am

      • Again Trev, ppl our age couldn’t do care work, lifting, hoisting…..I’d probably manage 1 shift before my nack went and I needed care myself lol!

        Kat Rehman

        October 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      • Care work is synonymous with bad backs but nowadays they send you on Health & Safety and Manual Handling courses so if you do injure your back it’s your fault because you’ve been ‘trained’ not to lift anything too heavy without assistance or correct appropriate lifting equipment and/or techniques, so ouch my back = your bad.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    • care home, social work, retail, funeral directors etc minimum wage, poor hours

      my_final_username

      October 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    • also possible social work, retail, funeral directors etc, anything minmuim wages, poor hours

      my_final_username

      October 5, 2020 at 1:55 pm

  10. Obviously this new scheme won’t be happening until the Covid-19 contagion has died away. I can’t really see the DWP steaming ahead with this on during the autumn and winter when many viruses, flu and coronavirus to name but two, have predicted resurgences in the offing. In theory the Jobecntres are supposed to be opening their doors in November, to welcome the many moving from furlough into unemployment, but really? Can anybody really see that happening in a big way all things considered? I can’t see it myself. Can’t see how it could be possible under the circumstances.

    Duke

    October 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

    • Coronavirus Update
      Following local Government advice, we’re very pleased to announce that we will be re-opening our doors on Tuesday 1st September at 9:30am, but we would encourage all course enquiries to be made via our freephone number 0800 542 1655 to limit ‘walk-ins’. Even though we’ve opened our doors, we will still be running courses online as well as face-to-face and within the local community. A list of all our latest courses is available

      https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/adult-education-in-gloucestershire/about-us/coronavirus-update/

      superted

      October 5, 2020 at 11:47 am

      • I take it that’s not the jobcentre itself though, is the adult education in a different building? I don’t think we have such a thing in my town.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      • it is a quango that is privately run for profit and not part of the jcp

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      • No Face Masks At The Job Center New Rules.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      • I haven’t heard of a single person visiting their Jobcentre since last March, unless they are making a claim for universal credit.

        Dicky Dido

        October 6, 2020 at 7:59 am

  11. So Sunak will spend millions on this Jets nonsense, but he won’t keep the £20 uprate on Universal Credit, or give this to the legacy claimants ?

    Helen

    October 5, 2020 at 12:12 pm

  12. superted

    October 5, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    • Fooking hell something has definitely escaped from the local zoo!

      Cloverleaf

      October 5, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      • I doubt any zoo would house that disgusting razorback!

        Tigerlily

        October 5, 2020 at 1:56 pm

  13. New name new new new New ESA – New JSA – New Work Programme.

    Re-branding will not help like re-branding Disability Confident to Disability Genocide.

    Re-brand the DWP – Death Without Purpose.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    • New Labour , New York, New York Dolls – Jet Boy

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      • New Reality – New Gideon Boots – New Mind Set – New Sinking Sand – New Deal – New Government Work Programme – New Prime Minister – New Fraud Disability Unit – New DWP Genocide Camps.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      • New normal

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      • New Brian – New Minds – New Outlook.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 2:13 pm

  14. Therese UFO Coffey – Useless Fat Object

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 1:41 pm

  15. Harsher Lockdown on the way.

    Cloverleaf

    October 5, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    • Good put them all in a full lockdown.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 5, 2020 at 1:44 pm

  16. None of it will bring down the unemployment figures. 10 million unemployed. On course to beat Thatcher’s 3 million unemployed.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 1:43 pm

  17. What is out there is very targetted.Don’t lose the car is the best advice.

    ken

    October 5, 2020 at 1:45 pm

  18. @stepping razor sound plate system. I remember sitting in an office for one of these providers, the supervisor got bored and wandered off. Leaving about 8 or 9 of us looking at computer screens so-called Jobsearching. People were so bored that they started a competition to see who could make up the best version of the DWP initials.

    Graham T.

    October 5, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    • Jet boy – New York Dolls

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      • Fantastic music but the hair and clothes look like something Superted would wear.

        Johnny Thunders

        October 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      • It was the times man, I guess you had to be there.😎

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    • Graham how about Divvy Worthless Prats.

      Cloverleaf

      October 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    • @Graham T – Any way possible to keep the unemployment figures down. Stick them all in a room with a TV & we can all be day time TV critics was the Job Title. That is the only why you get people to watch day time TV.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 5, 2020 at 2:11 pm

  19. The £238m job entry targeted support (Jets) scheme.

    None of that is going where it is meant. Yet more money laundering fencing off investment help poor & disabled with Corporate fuck ups at the DWP. So no money from the Disability Unit so £1.5 million is gone with the closing date of today to get disability help through the virus.

    Boris does the Corona Virus have a closing date because the DWP Minister has a closing date of getting sacked.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 1:54 pm

  20. Master: ” Extinguish the light that lies a thousand mile away.”

    Answer: With the tips of his fingers the student makes the form of a rising flame. Then saying ”Whoosh ! ”,
    he blows it out.

    Zendo

    October 5, 2020 at 2:02 pm

  21. Silent Curfew Night, Silent Curfew Night – STOP THAT CAROL SINGING !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 2:18 pm

  22. On the 1st day of Christmas the lockdown said to me
    On the 2nd day of Christmas the DWP said to me
    On the 3rd day of Christmas the Work Roach said to me you don’t need a face mask.
    On the 4th day of Christmas the DWP Minister got the sack.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 2:21 pm

  23. JETS will give recently unemployed people the helping hand they need to get back into work, boosting the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain.

    Work and Health Programme (WHP) Job Entry: Targeted Support (JETS) will provide employment support to Universal Credit (UC) All Work related Requirements (AWRR) and New Style Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants who have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks

    looks like it is for new uc and nsjsa claimants only.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nation-s-job-hunt-jets-off

    superted

    October 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    • Not sure Coffey said something about long-term employed, or people who’d got out of applying for jobs, on the BBC this morning.

      Andrew Coates

      October 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      • What jobs?

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      • i have 12577 job applications on paper so there fucked on that one 😉

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      • It doesn’t matter how many jobs you’ve applied for in the past, they’re only interested in the last two weeks.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      • got that as well i have not stopped applying for jobs 5 a day every day for years now 😉

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      • @superted: So you are using the Colonel Mustard system of token applications ?

        Warren G.

        October 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      • no i send a real cv to every job application not that the dwp can check it anyway gdpr!

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      • Officially the Legacy Claimants no longer exist, we are the Hollow Men.

        Jason B.

        October 5, 2020 at 4:02 pm

  24. @trev – That’s very true. No-one is going to have the time to go through hundreds of pages of jobsearch, if and when the Jobcentres re-open. Get a few jobs in each week to cover yourself obviously, but turning up in April with 20,000 job print-outs, is only going to look stupid at best.

    Tom Sutton

    October 5, 2020 at 3:35 pm

  25. @superted: Your method of refusing to sign papers, and then being sanctioned, must have led to long periods without any income at all ? What about people who have families and rent to pay ?

    Malcolm

    October 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    • out of the 28 times they have raised a sanction doubt none have been applied bar 1 which i went to tribunal and won.

      superted

      October 5, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      • @superted: Yes but with respect Superted, you are not really answering the money question. How does a claimant without any savings to fall back on, or other financial support, survive without money, when they get sanctioned ? I know someone who was sanctioned a couple of years ago. For refusing to attend a job interview. His money was stopped straight away. He did the appeal thing, it failed. And he had no money at all coming in. For food or rent. He tried to get a Hardship Payment, but this took six weeks to be paid. So he didn’t have a penny piece for six weeks. He went into rent arrears, the landlord gave him a written warning. He had to use the foodbank, after he hadn’t eaten for three days. And this was just one sanction.

        Malcolm

        October 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      • because i have only had my money stopped once and got that back after the tribunal.

        i have spent many years sat in these providers offices doing bugger all and know how they work and all of the dwp rules and regs regarding 3rd party’s contracts for funding ect.

        your wc will be 100% pissed so if you dont want conflict do as your told.

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 4:06 pm

  26. And it would help matters considerably if the Christmas Bonus of £10 were re-introduced for all claimants.
    A small thank you for claiming during the year from the DWP.

    Charles Rutherford

    October 5, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    • @charles rutherford: And I think a Christmas Card from Therese Coffey would be nice. Best Wishes From All In The DWP

      Jasper Connington

      October 5, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    • @ Charles

      When was that? I’ve been claiming JSA for a long time, in between a few periods on sickness, but I don’t remember ever getting a £10 Christmas bonus. Maybe it was during times when I was in work or at Uni but you must be going back a bit.

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm

  27. superted

    October 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    • The news comes on the same day that Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey announced a Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme aimed at helping people out of work because of Covid-19 for three months.

      superted

      October 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    • That’s bad 😦 This coronavirus keeping jobcentres in lockdown 😦 And heartbreaking when you learn that ‘The news comes on the same day that Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey announced a Support and Help Into Targeted Employment (SHITE) scheme aimed at helping people out of work because of Covid-19 for three months.’

      trev

      October 7, 2020 at 12:37 am

      • A lot of people called “trev” commenting on here all of a sudden, or could it be people who need to grow up?

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 8:34 am

      • No, you’re not 100 and you’re not a woman. Your name’s Colin, your 42 and you live with your mum in Immingham.

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm

  28. @Malcolm. I see what you mean about Superted’s method. Like your friend who got sanctioned, how do you survive with no money for weeks on end ? It may be that Superted is not in the same situation, and has savings to see him through, or family support, or lives with someone else. So he won’t starve whatever happens. He forgets, not everybody is in the same financial situation.

    Patrick Harvey

    October 5, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    • i had to get a budgeting loan to cover the sanction i wont starve to death but could not take multiple sanctions for say 3 months as id be fooked.

      all i am doing is following the dwp own rules and regs as the foi request says in black and white.

      superted

      October 5, 2020 at 4:25 pm

  29. The 10 years sinking flag ship Welfare reform has truly sunk with Tories of jetsam & flotsam swimming in DWP Deaths Blood.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 4:32 pm

  30. The Tories Human Rights have now been taken away.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

  31. Tories will be in front of a DWP War Crimes Committee on DWP Deaths on Tory watch. DWP it will be the United Nation not a in house DWP Party.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    • DWP go & see your lawyers at £3,000 an hour. Your gonna need more than one lawyer.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      • The tax payers paying for a Government Lawyer now. Your gonna need more than 10 lawyers now. Don’t make it worse than it is for you the DWP & the taxpayer.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      • Sinking Sunk Welfare Reform Tory Flag Ship.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      • Let’s put £50 billion into the DWP to save the economy.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      • SUNK

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      • Therese Coffey the DWP Ministers goes “Let’s have a big fat greasy pork pie with a big fat cake for afters”.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      • SUNK

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 4:42 pm

  32. Missing data caused by Excel use
    Leo Kelion

    Technology desk editor

    The BBC has confirmed the missing Covid-19 test data was caused by the ill-thought-out use of Microsoft’s Excel software. Furthermore, Public Health England (PHE) was to blame, rather than a third-party contractor.

    The issue was caused by the way the agency brought together logs produced by the commercial firms paid to carry out swab tests for the virus.

    They filed their results in the form of text-based lists, without issue.

    PHE had set up an automatic process to pull this data together into Excel templates so that it could then be uploaded to a central system and made available to the NHS Test and Trace team as well as other government computer dashboards.

    The problem is that the PHE developers picked an old file format to do this – known as XLS.

    As a consequence, each template could handle only about 65,000 rows of data rather than the one million-plus rows that Excel is actually capable of.

    And since each test result created several rows of data, in practice it meant that each template was limited to about 1,400 cases. When that total was reached, further cases were simply left off.

    Until last week, there were not enough test results being generated by private labs for this to have been a problem – PHE is confident that test results were not previously missed because of this issue.

    And in its defence, the agency would note that it caught most of the cases within a day or two of the records slipping through its net.

    To handle the problem, PHE is now breaking down the data into smaller batches to create a larger number of Excel templates in order to make sure none hit their cap.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 5, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    • “””Public Health England (PHE) was to blame, rather than a third-party contractor.”

      If only that was true down the DWP. The DWP was to blame rather than its third party contractor. Does that mean the DWP are going to get the blame instead of Serco, Atos, Consentrix, Maximus & all the others ripping off the Tory Party.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 5, 2020 at 5:23 pm

  33. https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/government-launches-new-employment-programme-to-support-those-left-jobless-due-to-covid-19

    Job Entry Targeted Support will target certain universal credit and JSA claimants who have been out of work for at least 13 weeks

    The new programme goes live today in parts of the East Midlands, North East England, Southern England, London and Wales, with further areas going live later in October 2020, and Scotland early next year.

    Hope trev is in one of those affected areas. He needs some DWP targeted support.

    Larry Grayson

    October 5, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    • new style jsa is different as it is contribution based and only for 6 months and all this will be is job searching down a providers office, they have never done anything to help ppl in to work.

      providers make a living out of this so it is bad for profits to really get ppl back in to work and real training courses.

      superted

      October 5, 2020 at 7:17 pm

  34. Andrew Coates

    October 5, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    • “a role that really can make a difference to the community.”

      Yes, the local foodbank can testify to that, you’ve kept them in business.

      But what does this mean?

      “The role of a Work Coach is adapting to this new world; we’re balancing the need to see customers face to face in a jobcentre, working in our partner’s premises and operating virtually.”

      Working in our partners premises? Does that mean that JCP Work Coaches are working in places like Reed or Interserve, etc? Or who are their partners?

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      • It’s a gem, isn’t it?

        Andrew Coates

        October 5, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      • When you click for further info about applying all that other stuff comes up. Everyone concerned knows that the Tories have near enough attempted to make it a crime to be sick, from changing Sick notes to “Fit notes” and all the hassle of WCA etc. but fir them to now openly list one of their “responsibilities” as getting ill people working is astonishing, I can scarcely believe their gall. It also lists the DWP/Work Coach “Priorities”, one of which is about saving children from poverty! Child poverty is the highest it’s been since Victorian times, not surprising with the Benefits Cap, Sanctions and other Welfare reforms over the last decade of Tory rule. I wouldn’t work for them for all the tea in China.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      • I think they must be planning to start seeing people in different premises other than the Jobcentre, perhaps using Providers offices. There’s no chance of the Jobcentres in my part of the world reopening anytime soon I wouldn’t have thought.

        BREAKING: Covid infection rates skyrocket in Sheffield and Leeds

        The two Yorkshire cities were one of the highest rises seen in the country

        https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/leeds-news/breaking-covid-infection-rates-skyrocket-19054476

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 11:36 pm

      • If Lockdowns, Masks and Social Distancing Work, Why Haven’t Deaths From Flu and Pneumonia Declined?

        Ju Ju

        October 5, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      • I’ve no idea, I have no medical training and I’m not a Statistical Analyst. But as long as the infection rate keeps rising like it is, especially here in Yorkshire where it’s going out of control, there is no way they will be opening public buildings such as Jobcentres and Libraries.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    • Our Responsibilities

      •Encouraging people to work and making work pay.

      •Encouraging disabled people and those with ill health to work and be independent.

      •Providing a decent income for people of pension age and promoting saving for retirement.

      •Providing value for money and reducing levels of fraud and error.

      ENCOURAGING PEOPLE WITH ILL HEALTH TO WORK!!!

      WTF? The Tory bastards.

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      • @trev: Yes, you’ve got to swallow the whole workfare propaganda if you want to work for them. It’s no suprise really that so many act as they do, when they have been indoctrinated with this stuff. And their own performance is constantly supervised, with disciplinary action or dismissal swiftly following, if they are not up to standard. Then it’s back round the other side of the desk on Universal Credit.

        Jeff Smith

        October 5, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    • £27,565 a year wages for a work roach – I think the DWP have their crossed. There is no way the DWP are going to that. The nudge unit is working hard again to bring down the job figures. Within the DWP Work Coach Contract there will be clauses which means don’t speak out of term. Since Work Coaches are really on Universal Credit work for their benefits they also have to see their work coach who is also on Universal Credit. Maybe the Manager Work Coach gets £27.565 a year.The successful career move move will save the Economy as an important Work Coach Hero working for their benefits.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 5, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      • At the end of the day the Work Roaches have to clean the Job Center Staff Toilets because there is no public toilets. It is part of their contract. That is why they are called Work Roaches. G4S used to have to clean the Job Centers Toilets but now the Work Roach Hero will be doing such important work to help keep the DWP running, but only for staff toilets.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      • I think that is what the Work Coaches are on. That’s considered to be an average sort of wage these days, even though the sort of work they usually expect us to apply for often pays 10K less than that.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    • @ Ju Ju

      Flu victims are not isolating themselves for 14 days, when they realise flu has infected them, in the same way as Covid victims are supposed to, particularly after discovering themselves positive after a coronavirus test. If flu victims behaved in the same way as Covid-19 victims you would have seen fewer deaths from flu, for a while, until a basal level was reached beneath which further decline would slow to a standstill.

      Dr Frogmore Pritchard (President of the Society for Completely Different Reasons)

      October 6, 2020 at 2:42 pm

  35. trev have they started to take the budgeting loan repayments yet ? still not had my letter either lol

    superted

    October 5, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    • @ suoerted

      Yes they have started taking deductions from me. Got my JSA Friday and it was about £17 short, got £131 for the fortnight. And they took deductions from April to June when they shouldn’t have, only suspended deductions from July to September (inc.)

      trev

      October 5, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      • bummer tho tbh i wish they never stopped taking it as went to dentist 2 times last week for a filling and both fell out the same day lol so now need a crown £270 on nhs.

        got some Milliput of ebay for £3.50 as temp filler 😉

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      • What? I didn’t know you had to pay towards any Dental treatment on the NHS ! My Dentist has been closed since March, though I think they might be doing emergency treatment only but they haven’t been in touch with me since my routine appointment was cancelled by them in March.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      • According to the NHS website:

        “The NHS website states that a person qualifies if, on the date they claim the healthcare, they received Universal Credit and “either had no earnings or had net earnings of £435 or less in the last assessment period.

        Eligibility also applies to those in receipt of Universal Credit “including an element for a child, or you (or your partner) had limited capability for work (LCW) or limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA), and you either had no earnings or net earnings of £935 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period.”

        As far as I know if you are on basic benefits and have no other income NHS dentistry is still free.

        Janet Davis

        October 6, 2020 at 10:20 am

    • Band 3: £269.30
      Covers all treatment included in Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

      https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/dental-health/how-much-will-i-pay-for-nhs-dental-treatment/

      i also went a few weeks ago for some other fillings but they are ok atm and seen a different dentist for the last 2 as got a learner filler again brand new out the box had 2 Hubble space telescopes on it head and still fucked it up 2 times in 2 days, it costs me 10 quid to get there and back!

      cant go again till next Monday as over budget lol

      superted

      October 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      • I must be lucky then as I haven’t had to pay for any treatment so far.

        trev

        October 5, 2020 at 11:32 pm

      • it is because it is a gold crown, it is a lot more private same as implants they wont do those on the nhs.

        if you need to go to the dentist you need to ring them as there not sending out appointments and can only make phone appointments tho i had to fill out a health questionnaire from bupa online but that was it.

        i did not even wear a face mask the first time and they used the drill lmfao but have to wear one now or wont let you in as the door is locked and have to phone when out side.

        you can get dentek temparin from boots ect as a temp tooth filler but it is not cheap!

        superted

        October 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

  36. “Four million. Almost a third of children in the UK live in poverty – that’s around nine in the average classroom. The situation is getting worse, with the number set to rise to five million by 2020. Shockingly, two thirds of children living in poverty have at least one parent in work.”

    https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk

    trev

    October 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm

  37. So we are back to seeing 65 year olds crying in the corner of some bastard training provider’s premises ?

    Frank Taylor

    October 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm

  38. Yeah all by design.

    Cloverleaf

    October 6, 2020 at 6:19 am

  39. Is Jets mandatory?

    old timer

    October 6, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    • I don’t know for sure but I suppose it will be for those who are referred to it, which will probably just be certain groups rather than everyone. Others might get referred to the new form of Work Programme they’re planning to introduce. Unless of course you want to risk the superted withdrawal method of withholding your signature on Third Party agreements then fight the inevitable Sanction at Appeal.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      • Yes I’ve seen Superteds hard-core method on here. But it’s not practical for many people. They just can’t afford it, and the Jobcentre know it. Years ago I knew someone who was unemployed, and they tried to get him to go on some course or other. But he’d been made redundant from a good job, with a hefty redundancy payment. He told the Jobcentre he wasn’t going to do it, and they sanctioned him. But with his redundancy payout behind him he wasn’t that bothered.

        David Russell

        October 6, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      • you have more chance of getting sanctioned at a provider if you do sign up they can recommend a sanction if you are 5 mins late!

        if you get sent on mwa for 4-6 weeks and are late or miss one day you can also be sanctioned and still have to attend.

        most of my sanction doubts have been from providers over the years.

        superted

        October 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm

  40. This shows the danger of volunteering for anything with the DWP, (Work & Health Programme Regulations )

    Voluntary Participant reaches 24 month Unemployment and meets Long Term Unemployed (LTU) eligibility (Not applicable to WHP JETS)

    19. When a voluntary Participant in receipt of benefit reaches the 24 month unemployed stage their participation on the Work and Health Programme will remain voluntary unless they disengage from the programme.

    20. If the Participant has disengaged, the Work Coach will explain to them that they are now required to participate on the Work and Health Programme for their remaining balance of time issue a revised mandatory referral letter to them and signpost them back to you. You will be notified of this change on a CEPD1 or UC78e change of circumstances form.

    In effect you can volunteer for the WHP, but if you try to leave, they will immediately convert you to a mandatory participant. What is that but a prison ?

    Jeff Smith

    October 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    • I had a similar experience in 2017. My Work Coach was hounding me to sign up for something called “Work Experience”, which wasn’t Mandatory, and eventually I agreed to an appointment with the “Work Experience” case handler just to shut her up. I got talked into signing up to do 6 weeks unpaid work for Oxfam, but only told afterwards that now I had agreed to do it I could be Sanctioned for failing to complete it or even for showing up late or taking a day off. Luckily though, Oxfam manager told me that they wouldn’t report anyone to the Jobcentre and it was up to me if I came or not or what time I wanted to finish etc. As far as they were concerned I was a Volunteer and it was against their principles to put anyone into risk of poverty. As it happened I did it for about 3 months before I got fed up of it and stopped going, by then well in the clear of Jobcentre rules.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      • Come to think of it, it was late 2016 about 6 months after I’d completed a course/scheme called “Skills Conditionality”, a 2 months course including a 4 weeks unpaid Work Placement, all of which was Mandatory. I got sent on that because I’d been referred to the Community Work Programme but had thrown a wobbly and stormed out of the Induction! In 2017 I got referred to LearnDirect to do a computer course. Then in 2018, I think it was, I got referred to Standguide for 12 months of “Right Steps to Work”. And throughout all of this was doing my own Voluntary work at the foodbank. The bloody DWP have hardly left me alone over the last 4 years or so. One bloody thing after another.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      • Oh yes, and I also got sent on another Employability skills course run by Interserve for 6 weeks, think that was last year not long after finishing Right Steps. I’m so glad the Jobcentre is closed at the moment 😊

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      • then stop signing there contracts or it will never end i have not been sent to any provider for years now 😉

        superted

        October 6, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      • @trev- The time wasted on these stupid courses is enormous. We had a Community Work Placement in a community centre that used to be a church. It’s got a graveyard at the side of the building. Someone I know spent 6 months in there, stacking chairs and sweeping up in the community centre. And going around the old graveyard with a black rubbish sack, picking up leaves and any bits of paper etc. Pinnacle People in command, coming round every week, to see that he was still there.

        Jeff Smith

        October 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      • Pinnacle People, I’ve had dealings with them, they ran the Skills Conditionality B.S. that I was sent on. The Work Placements they had for my course was a choice between a Charity shop, shelf-filling in Poundstretcher or doing nothing but turn up at Pets At Home, I chose the latter and it was mind-numbingly boring. It was also nowhere near where I live and took the best part of two hours to get there.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    • provider courses only become mandatory when you sign there contracts it also means they can sanction you.

      so if you volunteer you will still be asked to sign there contracts and if you change your mind you cant get out of it.

      none of these courses were ever mandatory they just made it look like it was with the mandatory attendance letters.

      so you get a letter to attend a provider for induction on said date and time and it is mandatory you turn up but that’s it.

      you have done what the dwp asked to the letter this does not include signing any provider paperwork and why the providers get this done as soon as you walk in the door and sit down sign this or else!

      you can not be forced to sign anything under threats of sanctions but it does not stop them trying it on in the first place.

      superted

      October 6, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      • Thats where they fall down there’s an immediate atmosphere,they should be independent of sanctions and efforts to make sure its the right course for the person,its like walking into a black hole not knowing whats going to happen next.

        Its to much state on your back and somone could be working and relying on Universal Credit instead of just signing off at the Jobcentre and concentrating on a job.

        ken

        October 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm

  41. Has anybody actually visited their local Jobcentre physically since March? And if so what for?

    Jack the Nimble

    October 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    • Nope not me, thank fuck.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    • Jack be nimble,
      Jack be quick,
      Jack jump over
      The candlestick.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      • The above comment was posted by a different “trev” other than myself.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      • To be honest I wonder why they bother, anything offensive gets blanked.

        And believe me, when it comes to this game, I am ‘ard as nails, me.

        Mind you it is flattering real Trev, I mean they’re always talking about trolling famous stars, personalities, politicians, writers….

        Andrew Coates

        October 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      • It’s beyond me

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      • tho they are good work coach training devices but in the real world they wont say boo to a ghost and obey any command from a real work coach sign this, do that, jump up and down, go work as a slave for 6 months on mwa and sign that fucking provider contract or else!

        i just sit there and smile and say my magic word 😉

        superted

        October 6, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      • ‘cuse me mate. You’ve dropped an haitch 😉

        Bob 'oskins

        October 6, 2020 at 11:49 pm

  42. Just got an email job alert from Find A Job that included 5 separate listings for a Mystery Shopper, 10 separate listings for Progress Your Sales Career, and one for a part-time Fish Fryer!

    trev

    October 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

  43. some providers are open but some are still closed round here

    superted

    October 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

  44. I always fancied Sporty Spice most with Ginger coming a close second.

    Holy Warrior

    October 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    • Fuck off Troll, get a life and stop craving attention, and if you want to impersonate anyone try impersonating your own arse by looking in a mirror you sad pathetic fucking arsehole.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    • Honourable Members are reminded that it is not permitted to impersonate other Honourable Members on this blog. I shall not waste time by entering into a discussion on these matters, but simply direct that this practice be discontinued immediately.

      Speaker Of The Blog

      October 6, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      • I apologise most humbly for my outburst Mr. Speaker but am operating a zero tolerance policy against Trolls, plus I’ve had a bad day, having discovered I’m a Grand worse off than I thought, probably due to the effects of Covid on the economy and Stockmarket.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm

  45. @Bwatty Boy: You do know that this ‘Bwatty Boy’ is an offensive homophobic slur for a gay man I suppose ?

    Charles Rutherford

    October 6, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    • It constitutes Hate Speech and is illegal also under the Offensive Communications Act.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    • Malicious Communications Act 1988

      https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/27/section/1

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    • How can anybody be prosecuted for calling themselves anything they choose, offensive or not? How can anybody be both the accused and plaintiff simultaneously? Be in the dock and plaintiff by the jury at the same time? I think you people are as loony as a moony. Have a word with yourselves for goodness sake.

      Voice of Reason

      October 6, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      • Because it’s obviously not that person’s real name is it? The Troll has chosen to post comments under a pseudonym that is intended to provoke and offend.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    • You’ve been reading Vox Political too much, trev. Sit down with a nice cup of sugary tea, soak your feet in a pan of hot Radox water and take a chill pill. You’ve begun to sound like a thin-skinned dick. Which is fine if you happen to be a thin-skinned dick but not so flattering if you’re not.

      (You do make me chuckle though, so thanks for that.)

      David Jonathan

      October 6, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      • You don’t have to patronize me, I don’t make the Laws in this country. It’s not a matter of being thin-skinned, it’s a matter of right and wrong. There can be no excuse for Trolls going out of their way to deliberately cause possible offence to others on the basis of their sexuality or anything else (e.g. Race/ethnicity, colour, Gender, etc.). It’s a form of bullying is discriminatory and illegal. Why are you supporting such behaviour?

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

  46. @trev- A most gracious apology , and one which I, and I am sure the whole blog, readily accept.
    I know that the Honourable Member has good cause to be vexed at the inappropriate comments that some misguided individuals have seen fit to place upon this blog.

    Speaker Of The Blog

    October 6, 2020 at 4:11 pm

  47. Unsolicited emails, text and UC Journal messages – how can claimants unsubscribe from them?

    The DWP is clear that there is no specific information or legal requirements that compels all
    Universal Credit claimants, in every case, to use the journal. If a claimant is experiencing
    difficulties using their journal, or has concerns about the material received, they should raise
    this with their Case Manager or Work Coach.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/690952/response/1647985/attach/html/3/FOI2020%2052313%20Reply.pdf.html

    superted

    October 6, 2020 at 4:24 pm

  48. UC claimant history

    Should a claimant wish to obtain a copy of their Claimant History from the DWP, the request
    for a ‘right of access’ to the information can be submitted online, using the following website:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-your-personal-information-from-the-department-for-
    work-and-pensions

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/uc_claimant_history#incoming-1647993

    superted

    October 6, 2020 at 6:05 pm

  49. Just a reminder on posting, to impersonators, Trolls, Trollopes and above all to US alt-right Conspi types.

    My Gaff, My Rules:

    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    • superted

      October 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    • Where the trollopes at? I’d like to get me some of that ASAP.

      Cosmo

      October 7, 2020 at 1:57 pm

  50. I can’t see what a work coach can do,one did say if a magic wand could be waved and the jobs that were shown were from a print out indeed it seems more of a hear you out,It isn’t how it was was in the Jobcentre its role has become less and less important vacancy wise and seems to be wound down in that area also they are not in control of happenings outside of the jobcentre as time goes on to claimants.

    ken

    October 6, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    • Jobcentres are obsolete, they have become an outdated concept and they are completely unnecessary. The sooner the Politicians of all sides realize that the better, but the trouble is that the Politicians are completely out of touch. Also, no one wants to rock the Benefits boat in a good sensible way for fear of giving ammunition to their opponents and being branded as the Party of Welfare, soft on the unemployed shirkers in the eyes of middle England voters. Thing is now though there are going to be many such people out of work themselves so perceptions may shift.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      • Here’s a thread from 2015 highlighting the failures of Jobcentres and the consequences of the Sanctions regime:

        The real effect of benefit sanctions – DISGRACEFUL! 😦

        https://legalbeagles.info/forums/forum/money-debt/social-welfare-health-and-benefits/68950-the-real-effect-of-benefit-sanctions-disgraceful

        It’s time the Sanctions were abolished and the Jobcentres closed down for good.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 10:37 pm

      • there is no time limit for a sanction doubt so if they raise a ase doubt and you cannot provide proof that you did apply for jobs on said dates then ur fooked.

        just because you dont have to sign on does not mean they wont ask for job searches when you do have to sign on again from months ago.

        but they wont get me on that one 😉

        superted

        October 6, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      • I’ve continued to apply for a few jobs online now & then over the last 6 months and have kept all the confirmation emails just in case. I doubt they will ask though, but you never know! Realistically they’re not going to have time to wade through 12 months worth of jobsearch for every claimant.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 11:02 pm

      • if i was a new work coach it would be the first thing i ask you for as sanctions = performance bonuses.

        they do not care if you find work they are there to end your benefits claim any way they can and as i have shown they will brake there own rules and regs if they think you will not challenge them and you are a easy target.

        superted

        October 6, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      • I used to print off all my jobsearch evidence at the Library @ 10p per sheet, turned up at every signing appointment with a pile of paperwork that they would superficially glance at (at best) but one work coach a while ago told me it wasn’t necessary and that I was just wasting my money, she said just show me on your phone instead so that’s what I’ve done ever since. Thing is I never have the same work coach, it can be a different person every time and occasionally you do get an awkward one, but so far they’ve all been ok with it. And even if you apply for plenty of jobs they still have a gripe about it, though you’ve covered yourself against a possible Sanction, they’ll say “Why do you think you’re not getting any interviews?”, so you tell them but they argue the toss. I just let them get it off their chest, like water off a duck’s back, knowing that they only have 10 mins to waffle on, then it’s sign here, here’s your next appointment and off you go safe in the knowledge that there’s another payment on the way until next time when you go through the whole charade all over again like Groundhog day. The entire thing is pointless.

        trev

        October 6, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      • i have copy’s of my job search not to show any work coach but if i need it at a tribunal 😉

        superted

        October 7, 2020 at 12:11 am

  51. Boris Johnson is going to save the planet.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    • Renewable Political Farts.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 6, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    • He’ll be lucky if he saves his job never mind the planet.

      trev

      October 6, 2020 at 11:04 pm

  52. Surely it should be Targeted Support For Job Entry (TSFJE)?

    Pee Dant

    October 7, 2020 at 12:00 am

  53. Support and Help Into Targeted Employment (SHITE)

    Pee Dant

    October 7, 2020 at 12:04 am

    • Good one!

      DWP (Department for Worry and Persecution)

      trev

      October 7, 2020 at 10:25 am

  54. Billionaires’ wealth sees record growth in pandemic

    “The wealth of the world’s billionaires grew by more than a quarter (27%) during the height of the coronavirus between April-July to reach $10.2tn (£7.9tn), a new report says.

    The “Riding the storm” study by the UBS and PwC also found that the number of billionaires had increased slightly to 2,189.

    Analysts say billionaire wealth is linked to the performance of stock markets. They have recovered since the start of the pandemic after governments launched economic stimulus packages to counter the effects of the pandemic.

    The world’s richest person remains Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, who is estimated to be worth about $200bn, according to recent financial surveys.

    Last year, Oxfam found that the world’s richest 26 billionaires were worth more than the poorest half of Earth’s population combined.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-54445511

    trev

    October 7, 2020 at 8:44 am

    • Billionaires’ wealth sees record growth in pandemic –

      coronavirus: Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54442386

      xclausx

      October 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      • What do other experts say?

        While clearly “well intentioned”, the declaration has profound ethical, logistical and scientific flaws, University of Leeds school of medicine associate professor Dr Stephen Griffin says.

        The vulnerable come from all walks of life and deserve to be “treated equally”.

        And “long Covid” is reported to have left even people mild infections with problems such as fatigue and joint pain for months.

        University of Reading cellular biology expert Dr Simon Clarke, meanwhile, says whether herd immunity is even achievable remains unclear.

        “Natural, lasting, protective immunity to the disease would be needed,” he says.

        “And we don’t know how effective or long-lasting people’s post-infection immunity will be.”

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      • long Covid.

        good luck with that on a wca you will be found fit for work as it is not a disease and just a virus same as the flu.

        superted

        October 7, 2020 at 7:58 pm

  55. Where’s my extra £20 per week Coffey?

    “..extend the same uplift to ESA, Income Support and JSA”

    https://welfareweekly.com/over-50-organisations-call-for-20-a-week-universal-credit-increase-to-be-made-permanent/

    trev

    October 7, 2020 at 10:22 am

    • @trev- Good point Trev. It’s a disgrace, they may not care less about the able-bodied JSA, who they see basically as benefit rebels. But most of the ESA are sick or disabled, or are Carers for these people. Morally, holding back this money from them, is even worse. It doesn’t bode well for the Universal Credit claimants keeping the £20 after next April either.

      Jeff Smith

      October 7, 2020 at 11:54 am

      • True to form for the Tories aka The Nasty Party. Who votes for these psychopaths?

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm

  56. How Many trev’s Are There

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2020 at 11:12 am

    • Probably millions of trevs in the galaxy 😉.

      Cloverleaf

      October 7, 2020 at 11:55 am

      • @Cloverleaf: According to the multiverse theory, of parallel universes, there may be millions of Trevs. In millions of different universes. Some only very slightly different. So in our universe Trev is unemployed, but in another he works part-time. In a third he is vastly rich, though now he has blue skin. And so on

        Agent Sandoval

        October 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      • And in one he votes Conservative!

        Muskie

        October 7, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      • And in one he works for a living.

        Ivy

        October 7, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      • ‘Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.

        Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star.

        But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star that we call the Sun. And many – perhaps most – of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven — or hell.’

        Extract from the Foreword to 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

        Arthur C. Clarke

        October 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      • ‘Behind every trev now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead trevs outnumber the living trevs. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion trevs have walked the planet Earth.

        Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every trev who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star.

        But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star that we call the Sun. And many – perhaps most – of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every trev, back to the first ape-trev, his own private, world-sized heaven — or hell.’

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      • ‘Behind every trev now alive stand thirty jobcentres, for that is the ratio by which jobcentres outnumber the unemployed trevs. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion trevs have signed on.

        Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion jobcentres in the UK. So for every trev who has ever signed on in the UK, there stands a jobcentre.

        But every one of those jobcentres is a huge building, often far more elaborately furnished than the small, nearby lock-ups that we call provider offices. And many – perhaps most – of those hard-to-reach jobcentres have providers circling them. So almost certainly there is enough jobcentres in the UK to give every unemployed trev, back to the first unemployed ape-trev, his own private, jobcentre hell.’

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      • @ Ivy

        I can completely accept Hugh Everett III’s theory of Relative State Quantum Mechanics where the quantum superposition is assumed to be real leading to the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum theory, where, at every moment, an infinite number of different and gradually decohering mutually exclusive universes spring from every event , but the idea of trev working for a living… come on now… that’s one for the birds!

        Wave hello, particle goodbye

        October 7, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      • And one in which trev is a Work Coach!

        Da'an

        October 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    • @stepping razor sound plate system: There can be only one.

      Highlander

      October 7, 2020 at 11:56 am

      • And Stepping is a right one!

        Wisdom

        October 7, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    • One trev is one too many.

      Therese C.

      October 7, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    • There Are Your Idiots On The Blog

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 7, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      • Everybody’s got an arsehole, mate.

        Chrysanthemum

        October 7, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      • If everybody’s born with an arsehole what does anybody need Stepping for?

        Rhett

        October 7, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      • Everyone has a comment like everyone has an arsehole – Is the saying.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

  57. DWP Press Release – 5th Oct 2020

    Nation’s job hunt JETS off

    Hundreds of thousands of job seekers are set to benefit from a new employment programme launching today (Monday 5 October 2020).

    JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support) is backed by a £238 million investment and is dedicated to supporting those left jobless due to Covid-19.

    Targeting those out of work for three months, JETS will see the Department for Work and Pensions ramp up support for claimants to ensure those put forward for the scheme have access to tailored, flexible support to quickly get back into employment. The new programme will see a number of providers offer a range of help, including specialist advice on how people can move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.

    The programme will also give job hunters the boost they need to return to employment through an action plan agreed with their personal Work Coach, peer support and opportunities to build their skills.

    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey said:

    “JETS will give recently unemployed people the helping hand they need to get back into work, boosting the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain.”

    “We have provided unprecedented support for jobs during the pandemic, including through furlough and subsidising the incomes of the self-employed, doing all we can to protect peoples’ livelihoods – but sadly not every job can be saved.”

    “This scheme will help those left out of work as a result of Covid-19, and is one strand of our wider Plan for Jobs which will also support young people onto the jobs ladder through Kickstart, offer the training needed to pivot into new roles through our Sector Based Work Academy Programme and prepare people for getting back into work.”

    Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

    “Our unprecedented support has protected millions of livelihoods and businesses since the start of the pandemic, but I’ve always been clear that we can’t save every job.”

    “I’ve spoken about the damaging effects of being out of work, but through JETS we will provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, to ensure that nobody is left without hope.”

    Shaw Trust’s CEO, Chris Luck, said:

    “Shaw Trust is pleased to build on its partnership with DWP in the new Job Entry Targeted Support programme. Shaw Trust has the skill, experience and capacity to help the thousands of people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. We aim to help participants return to work as swiftly as possible, as the first few months are critical in preventing long-term unemployment.”

    “As a social enterprise we are committed to maximising social value for those we support in our programmes, our commissioners and ultimately the tax payer.”

    JETS takes off in a number of counties today, with more areas following later this month and Scotland early next year.

    The new multi-million-pound programme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, and follows the launch of the £2billion Kickstart scheme which will create thousands of new high quality jobs for young people.

    To deliver the Plan, DWP is recruiting an additional 13,500 Work Coaches, doubling the total number to 27,000 this financial year.

    At their fingertips will be a range of opportunities that will help jobseekers improve their chances at securing their next job. Sector based work programmes – or SWAPs – will be particularly relevant at supporting people to move between industries, allowing them to find work in sectors that are growing and hiring.

    Further information

    •Work and Health Programme (WHP) Job Entry: Targeted Support (JETS) will provide employment support to Universal Credit (UC) All Work related Requirements (AWRR) and New Style Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants who have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks.

    •Please find below launch dates of JETS in counties across the UK:

    Live 5 October 2020
    •Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland

    North East England

    •Staffordshire and Derbyshire
    •Durham and Tees Valley
    •North East Yorkshire and the Humber
    •Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
    •South Yorkshire
    •West Yorkshire
    •North West England
    •Cheshire
    •Cumbria and Lancashire
    •Merseyside

    Southern England

    •Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire
    •Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
    •Devon and Cornwall
    •Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
    •Surrey and Sussex

    Wales

    •North and Mid Wales
    •South East Wales
    •South West Wales

    London

    •South London
    •West London

    Live 19 October 2020

    •Birmingham and Solihull

    •Central
    •Black Country

    •Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

    •Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland

    •Greater Manchester

    •Mercia

    •Staffordshire and Derbyshire

    •Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

    •Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

    London / Home Counties

    •East Anglia

    •Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

    •Essex

    •Kent

    •Surrey and Sussex

    •Central London

    •East London
    •South London
    •West London
    •North London

    Live 26th October 2020

    •East London
    •North London
    •South London

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2020 at 11:18 am

    • ‘upporting people to move between industries, allowing them to find work in sectors that are growing and hiring.

      What does that tell you.

      Many will be fast tracked into this.

      xclausx

      October 7, 2020 at 11:28 am

    • Sounds like re-branding off the Government Work Programme since the launch last week failed.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 7, 2020 at 11:31 am

  58. The DWP have got no loyalty to their customers. Some people have been claiming with them for years, but you get no credit for it. And precious little appreciation either.

    Ralph Nicholson

    October 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    • The dwp are only loyal to their master… Satan 😈.

      Cloverleaf

      October 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      • Take not my name in vain daughter.

        The Adversary

        October 7, 2020 at 2:10 pm

  59. Just seen a vacancy for a Cleaning Operative on Find A Job;

    “72 hours in total – 12 hours per day, 6 days a week,”

    !

    trev

    October 7, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    • Yea but £25.60 an hour though!

      Fibonacci

      October 7, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    • @ttrev: So you give up your life basically to do this job ?

      Tom Sutton

      October 7, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      • Basically yes. I was once working 64 hours a week back in the 80s, on a fast production line working flat out,and that was hard enough and I was a lot younger then!

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      • I’ve seen another one on Find A Job for a Warehouse Operative that says overtime is paid after first 12 weeks worked! So presumably under 12 weeks you don’t get paid overtime rates. Who the hell do these employers think they are?

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 2:45 pm

  60. @trev: Why not just make it 7 days a week, and you can live on site in the broom cupboard ?

    Jeff Smith

    October 7, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    • And stick a broom up your arse so you can sweep up as you go along.

      trev

      October 7, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      • Clever Trevor

        October 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm

  61. superted

    October 7, 2020 at 1:57 pm

  62. https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/details/4690091

    Salary: £9,094.00 per month

    superted

    October 7, 2020 at 1:59 pm

  63. Here’s the scheme described:

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/government-job-entry-targeted-support-scheme-coronavirus-a4563856.html

    Jets looks as if it’s targeted at the recently unemployed, principally those who have lost their jobs specifically because of coronavirus. Basically people who have been unemployed, for three months or more, from the third week of March onward when the social distancing and lockdown began. I very much doubt that any of the long term unemployed will be targeted immediately because the “help” is supposed to prevent the Covid-19 unemployed from slipping into long-term unemployment by the look of it and not specifically designed to “help” people unemployed for reasons other than coronavirus.

    Domestos

    October 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    • The long-term unemployed will still have the same problems getting employment:

      1. A long time spent unemployed, so not attractive to employers
      2. No current work experience
      3. Problems with obtaining a current work reference
      4. Issues about age / fitness
      5. No transport / driving licences
      6. DBS check

      And many more…

      Advocate

      October 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      • True. Which is what the Work & Health scheme, Jobclubs, Work Trials, Work Experience etc., etc., were supposed to handle. The Jet scheme is more for the recent unemployed than long-term unemployed, although, if it is a success, I’m sure that all of the unemployed will end up on it at some point.

        Sykes

        October 7, 2020 at 5:45 pm

  64. Some of these jobs require a masochist to do them, or some sort of work-obsessive. What about the rest of life ? When you are not mopping-up floors and cleaning toilets ?
    I knew a guy once who was a welder. He had a sort of fearsome delight the more work he took on. The longer the hours, the more he liked it. It was like virtue-signalling, about how hard he could work, and so how good, how worthy he must be. He measured his worth as a person based on these extraordinary hours of work.

    Jeff Smith

    October 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    • I’ve met a few of these Protestant Work Ethic types over the years. Work. work, work, all they think about.

      George Mortimer

      October 7, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      • What about the Catholics ? Are you saying they don’t want to work ?

        Fifi

        October 7, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      • Haven’t you noticed how many employers are of the Catholic faith?

        Veronica Mars

        October 7, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      • What about Agnostics ?

        Agnostic Front

        October 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      • As far as agnostics are concerned I can’t say one way or the other.

        Ben Doon

        October 7, 2020 at 6:46 pm

  65. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.

    Matthew 6:28

    Reverend Green

    October 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    • A university student while visiting Zen Master Gasan asked him: “Have you even read the Christian Bible?”

      “No, read it to me,” said Gasan.

      The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

      Gasan said: “Whoever uttered those words I consider and enlightened man.”

      The student continued reading: “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, is shall be opened.”

      Gasan remarked: “That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood.”

      Master Bator

      October 7, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      • Master Stepping Razor was walking in the temple one day with a group of monks, when a dragonfly flew past. He seized it and ate it, then jumped up and down three times. Turning to the assembled monks he asked, ”What does this teach us about the nature of existence ? ”

        Philos

        October 7, 2020 at 5:13 pm

  66. One of the jobs I’ve applied for today actually sounds interesting and like it might be a good job, working for a recycling company, but it’s situated right over the other side of town from me and asks if you live in their postcode. I don’t know why because there’s plenty of buses going that direction, I reckon I could get there in an hour. Probably won’t get considered because I’m in the wrong postcode. They probably want someone younger anyway. All the other crap I apply for are token applications for the sake of gathering jobsearch evidence.

    trev

    October 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    • Óðinn has a job for you.

      Svadilfari

      October 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm

  67. It’s one of the unstated facts of long-term unemployment, the longer it goes on, the more people reduce the quality of the jobs they apply for. It ends up with them applying for things they don’t really care about one way or another. And who can blame them really ?

    Alan Turner

    October 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm

  68. How many trev’s does it take to change a lightbulb ?

    Clever Trevor

    October 7, 2020 at 5:19 pm

  69. Just cos I ain’t never ‘ad, no, nothing worth having
    Never ever, never ever
    You ain’t got no call not to think I wouldn’t fall
    Into thinking that I ain’t too clever
    And it ain’t not having one thing nor another
    Neither, either is it anything, whatever
    And it’s not not knowing that their ain’t nothing showing
    And I answer to the name of Trever, however

    ken

    October 7, 2020 at 5:24 pm

  70. I’ve seen things that you people wouldn’t believe….

    … herd immunity this…

    … herd immunity that…

    … there may never by any bleeding herd immunity as per coronavirus. Humanity NEVER developed herd immunity against smallpox, now extinct in the wild, nor measles, which still kills hundreds of thousands every year despite a vaccination against it having been developed. The human race may NEVER develop herd immunity against Covid-19 because the virus may mutate and change too quickly for large scale herd immunity to be possible.

    All that may ever be possible is to try to suppress the virus by means of behavioural change, with people socially distancing themselves one from another, washing their hands thoroughly and frequently, wearing masks and other protective equipment and maintaining similar measures indefinitely until it’s…

    … time… to… die.

    Roy Batty

    October 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm

  71. Will Covid’s mass unemployment force a change of attitude to our welfare system?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/06/covid-mass-unemployment-change-attitude-welfare-system-pandemic-austerity

    trev

    October 7, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    • braking news dwp to offer rent free Mobil homes for the poor.

      superted

      October 7, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      • you need to copy the img address and paste that 😉

        superted

        October 7, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    • I’m not particularly interested in the goings on in Californ-i-A, I don’t live in America, we have enough trouble with our own Rightwing nutjobs and this is a blog about UK Unemployment.

      trev

      October 7, 2020 at 8:01 pm

  72. trev

    October 7, 2020 at 6:22 pm

  73. One cannot help wondering why this blog in particular seems to attract the commentary of so many retards, dullards, anti-social morons, attention seekers and assorted fuckwits. Most peculiar.

    trev

    October 7, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    • Birds of a feather?

      Trevail

      October 7, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    • Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
      Ring any bells trev ?

      Trevelyan's Corn

      October 7, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      • You’re the Troll, you’d know better than me.

        trev

        October 7, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    • This seems to have some deterrent effect:

      Andrew Coates

      October 7, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      • And this:

        Andrew Coates

        October 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      • And the fash don’t like this one either:

        Andrew Coates

        October 7, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      • superted

        October 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      • Dukes of Hazard

        October 7, 2020 at 9:49 pm

  74. Knock me down with a feather
    Clever Trevor
    Widebrows wonder wether Clever Trevor’s clever
    Either have they got
    Nor neither haven’t not
    Got no right to make a clot
    Our of Trevor

    Narcissistic Trev

    October 7, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    • I’d just like to point out to you that Cyberbullying is a Criminal Offence.

      trev

      October 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      • I’d love to see a man of mature and discreet years take a cyberbullying case, based on some off-the-cuff jokey and mostly silly caustic comments, to court on his own behalf. You can be done for wasting police time but can you be done for wasting a court’s time?

        Tracy Spencer

        October 8, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      • @ Tracy Spencer

        That’s a rather ageist thing to say.

        trev

        October 8, 2020 at 3:15 pm

  75. Enter The DWP Dragon.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2020 at 7:08 pm

  76. Degrade Words Platform – DWP

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2020 at 7:10 pm

  77. There seems to be a lot of angry Tories.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    • Is Boris Johnson too Left Wing !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 7, 2020 at 7:40 pm

  78. Why are the Tory voters moaning non stop – They did not know what they were voting for with Boris Johnson – Sounds like Brexit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2020 at 7:50 pm

  79. well i went to the hairdresser today and i was only the 2nd person he had in all day he said when he first opened back up there was a surge for about 1 week and next to nothing after that and from the others he talks to most are in the same place and are going to go bust as doing a few ppl a day is just not worth opening for esp with all the ppe shit he said.

    he also said the cov marshals have been up town going round business checking everything and £1000 fines are going out for even minor things like ppl to close together and not wearing there face mask correctly ect ect.

    all it takes is for 1 of theses ass holes to walk in with there action cams recording and if 1 thing is out of place are getting fined so why bother even opening up as it is only going to get worse the more of these assholes are deployed.

    he charges £8 for a hair cut and most other places are double that if they are even open local but i can not afford £16-20 hair cuts on jsa!

    superted

    October 7, 2020 at 8:33 pm

  80. Coronavirus: New restrictions for England likely on Monday

    The government is likely to tighten coronavirus restrictions for parts of England on Monday – including the possibility of closing pubs and restaurants, the BBC understands.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54457377

    superted

    October 7, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    • Appoinments are being cancelled again its now emergencies only.theres no end to this.

      ken

      October 7, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      • Appointments are being cancelled.

        Oddly enough my GP has sent me for a routine blood test at the hospital next week. As far as I know the appointment still stands. I had to phone Phlebotomy and make the appointment myself but that phone line doesn’t allow you to hold, you listen to a recorded message then redial. It took 65 phone calls to get through!

        trev

        October 8, 2020 at 6:59 am

  81. I wish there were more people on this blog,
    As good and kind, as Trevor,
    Instead of posting malicious rubbish,
    And trying to be clever.

    Why they come here,
    These alt.right trolls,
    No-one seems to know.
    This is a blog about welfare,
    Don’t they have anywhere else to go ?

    Conspiracy sites, the Klu Klux Klan,
    Nazis and aliens too,
    Why not go and post rubbish on these sites,
    If that’s all you can think of to do ?

    Random Poet

    October 7, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    • “the White man’s emblem is waving
      Triumphant standards of a race reborn” ?

      “Hail the new dawn” ?

      Are you a White Supremacist ?

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 6:54 am

    • Sounds like some neo-Nazi shite.

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 7:25 am

    • Well done Random ! Trev we love you !

      Helen

      October 8, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    • They are waving their willies ?

      Nathan H.

      October 8, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    • I want to have Random’s babies!!!

      John Wesley

      October 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

  82. Universal Credit crisis as families pushed into debt and forced to rely on charities

    Half of all those surveyed are in rent arrears or behind on household bills – and four in 10 low income families say they have been left even worse off due to the coronavirus pandemic

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/universal-credit-crisis-families-debt-19068455

    ken

    October 7, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    • The situation at foodbanks is frantic and desperate, with a huge increase in demand, referrals continuing to rise, whilst operating on a skeleton staff who are struggling to cope. Older volunteers are still absent, number of people has to be kept to a minimum in a small space, clients not allowed in, food packs still being delivered to clients doorstep by Council helpers. More unemployment will tip the scales. If things get worse and as bad as it is forecast to be I wouldn’t be surprised if the Military become involved in distributing food.

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 6:51 am

      • @trev: But this government just blunders on doing nothing constructive. I notice they are not offering any help to the foodbanks. By the sound of it you are just handing out the food parcels at the door now ?

        Alan Turner

        October 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      • Not exactly at the door no, the food parcels are loaded into vans and delivered to clients doors by the Council who have stepped in to help through the pandemic. As for the Government giving the appearance of blundering on, they are right on track doing what they have planned all along, stealing from the poor and giving to the rich, asset stripping a nation and selling it to America.

        trev

        October 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm

  83. they are still not taking out payments for my budgeting loan and still no letter!

    superted

    October 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    • Weird how it seems to be happening so arbitrary and inconsistent, taking it from some but not from others. Who knows the mysteries of the DWP?

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      • And who knows the secrets of the Black Magic Box ?

        Man In Black

        October 8, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      • What man knoweth Kadath?

        Cuthulu

        October 8, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    • It’s a trap Superted, they are up to no good.

      Darren

      October 8, 2020 at 2:40 pm

  84. It’s a bit weird but more and more full-time jobs these days involve 12 hour shifts. When you factor in a half hour for lunch and, say, 1.5 hours for lunch this means you will be away from home for 14 hours at least, leaving you with only a couple of hours to shop, wash, prepare and eat a meal, watch a bit of TV and so on before you have to go to bed, assuming 8 hours of sleep. And being on you feet for 12+ hours every day when you’re not a spring chicken becomes difficult, for most people, to the point of being infeasible. Why don’t employers offer more realistic shifts of 6 or 7 hours say?

    Why so many 10 to 12 hour shifts?

    Tempo

    October 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    • Yes and some are weird shifts where you finish late at night. Many are located in awkward places out of town, could take best part of two hours to get there. It’s very unsuitable for me as I have stomach problems and can’t eat meals too late in the evening or at night, so it wouldn’t give me chance to get home with enough time to cook and eat. I told that to a Jobcentre Work Coach and she replied “well just eat sandwiches on the bus, it’s not a problem”. Oh yeah, I’m sure that would do wonders for my digestion. Sandwiches on the bus ffs.

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    • In fairness when people in their twenties and thirties struggle to work long shifts for Amazon, surely it isn’t reasonable to expect any average person over the age of fifty, say, to consider jobs like that as options. Where I live a lot of companies also advertise ten and twelve hour shifts, sometimes eight hours rotating shifts, doing pretty hard manual labour, e.g., loading lorries with twenty-five kg boxes of fruits and vegetables, over and over and over because staff become exhausted and have to give up the work for the sake of their health. Working in places like the Amazon warehouse above also must up the risk of contracting coronavirus, considering that a lot of the staff are young people with active social lives. That said if the shifts were shorter, short enough for older people to be able to do them, the work could be shared out more fairly and with less bad effect on the workers doing those shifts.

      Eko

      October 8, 2020 at 4:40 pm

  85. https://gbdeclaration.org/#read

    As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

    Medical & Public 4,699
    Health Scientists

    Medical 8,755
    Practitioners

    General 122,093
    Public

    Sign this declaration trev, you know it makes sense.

    Left Wing Sceptic

    October 8, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    • I have no medical expertise, and most likely neither do you. I will continue to follow Official advice.

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      • Not So Clever

        October 8, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      • Obey your Tory masters orders bond-servant.

        Prisca theologia

        October 8, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      • It’s not very clever to ignore Official advice during pandemic regardless of which Political party is in Government.

        trev

        October 8, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      • no one round here is taking any notice and no one is dropping down dead got some new burgers at mc donalds tho yay 😉

        superted

        October 8, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      • If you walk about naked in a public place you’ll probably end up arrested and either charged with indecent exposure, or sectioned and banged up, because that’s what the law says as far as public nudity is concerned. These days the law says that you have to wear a mask under certain circumstances. If nudists don’t moan about having to wear clothes in public, claiming that it infringes on their freedom and turns them into thrall of the government or whatever, why do some people bleat about having to wear a tiny little mask, temporarily, in
        confined places as if doing so made them a slave of the powers that be etc? If you are compliant in respect to keeping your genitals covered in public why kick up a fuss about having to wear a mask in public, during a viral epidemic, in certain social situations? Makes not a shred of sense to a sane cobber like me let me tell you.

        Tubeway Soldier

        October 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    • Don’t matter ’cause a majority of the public support the Covid-19 policies.

      V-jam

      October 8, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      • Large percentage of people lie to pollsters when it comes to Covid.

        Lyin' Joe Biden

        October 8, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      • Why would they lie?

        Bullshit Detector

        October 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm

  86. Like this Official advice

    “Keep Your Mask On Between Bites,” says California Governor
    Gavin Newsom, the Democrat Governor of California, has tweeted that if people go out to eat they should wear a mask “in between bites”. Fox News has the story.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-govs-diners-masks

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eja21TjXkAI0ilF?format=jpg&name=small

    Left Wing Sceptic

    October 8, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    • Do you also have to keep your mask on in between shites ?

      Camel Toe Harris

      October 8, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      • Not if you light a match, after doing the do, or have an extractor fan.

        S. Melly

        October 8, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    • I don’t live in California, why would I follow that advice? Trump advised people to inject themselves with bleach!

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm

  87. These office furlough Tories having suicidal panic kamikaze Boris Johnson, added with the DWP makes such a rich cocktail of disaster for non free thinking humans.Don’t be afraid of the DWP Concentration Camps.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    • Tory Chat Bot Tea Cake Time – Will you have Cream ? Stepping Razor ?

      Fiddler on the Roof

      October 8, 2020 at 7:51 pm

  88. Remember trev, put your mask on and off in between bites when you’re eating. Even when you are by yourself in your own home.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eja21TjXkAI0ilF?format=jpg&name=large

    Left Wing Sceptic

    October 8, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    • I also take my underpants off when I go to bed but I don’t catch crabs.

      trev

      October 8, 2020 at 4:53 pm

  89. We all have to wear Donald Trump invisible masks that are only invisible to Donald Trump.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    • Lovely picture of Donald Trump’s Nose & Mouth printed on the face mask.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

  90. superted

    October 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

  91. DWP admits Coffey and Duncan Smith both snubbed Disability Confident

    John Pring – Disability News Service – 8th Oct 2020

    Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has failed to sign up to her own much-criticised disability employment scheme, Disability Confident, her department has admitted.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has also admitted that Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who launched the scheme in 2013, when he was work and pensions secretary, has never become a member.

    A DWP freedom of information response also shows other current and former work and pensions ministers apparently scrabbling to sign up after Disability News Service (DNS) first began asking questions about whether they were members of the scheme in the first week of March this year.

    Like all MPs, Coffey (pictured, left) employs staff to assist with her parliamentary and constituency duties, which are separate to her role as secretary of state.

    Read More DNS

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    • So how comes Justin Tomlinson is Disability Minister once again 2nd time lucky & why Justin is a free pass member of the Disability Unit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      • Sir Justin Tomlinson
        Dame Therese Coffey
        Sir Iain Duncan Smith

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm

  92. @ superted

    McDonalds? Please don’t tell me you eat that muck!

    trev

    October 8, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    • i nearly died when they closed lol 😉

      superted

      October 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      • McDonald’s is a humane franchise.

        (All the beef used in McDonald’s products comes from cows which have died from natural causes.)

        Ronald

        October 8, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      • All our products are made from natural ingredients. Natural sugar, natural aspartame, natural mono sodium glutamate, natural artificial colours…

        McDonalds Media Representaive

        October 9, 2020 at 9:06 am

    • Cancer of the colon served in a bap.

      Spider

      October 9, 2020 at 7:40 am

  93. Two years on, most of government’s new disability networks remain silent

    John Pring – Disability News Service – 8th Oct 2020

    Five of the nine regional networks created by ministers to “amplify” the voices of disabled people have not held a single meeting, nearly two years after the government announced they were being set up.

    The aim, the government said, was to “bring the views of disabled people and local disabled organisations across England closer to government”.

    Today (8 October), it is exactly a year since Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, named the new chairs of the nine networks.

    And it is more than six months since the government’s new Disability Unit announced that the networks had finally started work across England.

    But by 24 September, as the country struggled with a pandemic crisis that has led to thousands of disabled people losing their lives – and with the government accused of repeatedly breaching the rights of millions of other disabled people – five of the networks have yet to have their first meeting.

    Two of the four networks that have met – those for London and the north-east – only had their first meetings towards the end of last month, according to a freedom of information (foi) response to Disability News Service (DNS).

    The Disability Unit has also been forced to admit in the foi response that it has not even seen the minutes of the few network meetings that have taken place.

    The foi response is likely to put yet further pressure on Tomlinson (pictured), particularly because last month he appeared to mislead MPs on the women and equalities committee about the success of the networks.

    He told them the networks were allowing “all voices, particularly of all sizes of disability organisations” to “share their real lived experience and help us improve our policies, our communications”, and that he found it “a very, very rewarding part of my role”.

    At that point, only two of the nine networks – those in the north-west and in Yorkshire and Humber – had held any meetings.

    Tomlinson and his new Disability Unit came under further criticism this week after it emerged that they had posted just one announcement on their website in the last six months.

    This near-silence came at a time when disabled people and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) were calling for national leadership, co-production with DPOs, clear information and timely guidance from the government during the pandemic.

    The foi response from the Cabinet Office – the government department that hosts the Disability Unit – said that planning and arrangements for the regional meetings were “impacted” by the 2019 general election, and the move of the Office for Disability Issues (which was incorporated into the Disability Unit) from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Cabinet Office.

    The foi response added: “Work to arrange the network meetings (one in each of the nine regions) was progressing in early 2020, but had to be halted due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus Pandemic.”

    Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, told DNS: “It’s not a surprise to find that the regional stakeholder structure this government chose to pursue instead of meaningful engagement with DDPOs* is not working.

    “These regional stakeholder networks are not DDPO networks, they are not resourced, they operate in a complete policy vacuum and they are simply not compliant with the UNCRPD**.

    “It now transpires a year on that most haven’t even met yet.

    “The government needs to stop this window-dressing approach and start to seriously and strategically engage with DDPOs.

    “COVID has revealed just how deep and structural disabled people’s inequality goes and the government must in response set up engagement mechanisms with us that are genuinely up to the challenge of tackling the structural discrimination and inequality we experience.”

    Vicky Foxcroft, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said: “The government’s claim it regularly engages disabled people and disabled people’s organisations just doesn’t stack up.

    “The government must do better when it comes to genuine engagement and involvement from disabled people on issues that affect them.

    “Disabled people, the experts by experience, deserve to have their voice heard.”

    And Fazilet Hadi, head of policy for Disability Rights UK, said: “In 2017 the UNCRPD committee criticised the UK government for its lack of engagement and coproduction with disabled people-led organisations.

    “Now, after three years of almost total inaction, all that has happened is that four out of nine regional stakeholder networks have met and no minutes have been kept [by government] of their discussions.

    “There is a major question regarding whether setting up unfunded networks with unpaid chairs demonstrates a genuine commitment by government to engage with disabled people.

    “However, given that setting up regional networks was the government’s chosen engagement route, it does seem to have proved singularly ineffective.

    “With the [government’s] national disability strategy being published next spring, there is a real urgency to create a dynamic and transparent engagement process with disabled people.

    “Without this process, it is hard to see how the strategy will be credible.”

    A Cabinet Office spokesperson refused to explain why the Disability Unit had been so quiet during the pandemic; why it had not asked to see the minutes from the few regional network meetings that had taken place; whether ministers believed that regular meetings of the networks would have been useful during the pandemic; whether Tomlinson agreed that his comments to the women and equalities committee had been misleading; and whether Tomlinson accepted responsibility for these failings.

    The spokesperson said: “We have nothing further to add to the foi you have.”

    *Deaf and disabled people’s organisations

    **The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) makes it clear that, when developing laws and policies relating to disabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organizations”. It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    • Disability Unit

      **The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) makes it clear that, when developing laws and policies relating to disabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organizations”. It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      • What Disability Unit Government White Paper & Green Paper Justin Tomlinson & the Cabinet !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      • How much £100 Millions was set up !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 8, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) makes it clear that, when developing laws and policies relating to disabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organizations”. It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 8, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    • Ooooo, Matron! That’s a big one!

      K. Williams

      October 9, 2020 at 9:10 am

  94. DWP chief Therese Coffey suggests sacked cabin crew go work in care homes

    Remember what I said.

    she also said all those who lost thier jobs in cinemas could.

    sunak said musiciand could.

    Those barriers to employent, froget them.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-chief-therese-coffey-suggests-22811510

    xclausx

    October 8, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    • Care work, retail, factory working, warehousing, home delivery are all rapidly expanding sectors. This is where the jobs boom is. The newly unemployed need to be rapidly retrained to fill these positions. That is where JETS comes in.

      Dole Clerk

      October 9, 2020 at 9:13 am

      • Oh, and cabin crew is a dead industry. You have to ‘get real’ as our friends down under say.

        Dole Clerk

        October 9, 2020 at 9:14 am

      • Undertaking has a bright future under Conservative governments.

        1.8288 metres under

        October 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    • There are no ‘barriers to employment’ for ex-cabin crew, cinema workers, musicians or anyone else for that matter. There are plenty of jobs out there. Too many of the unemployed think that jobs like care work are beneath them, well, beggars cannot be choosers.

      Dole Cleak

      October 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

  95. I’m really cheesed off today. Just checked my stock market portfolio to find I was £10,000 less richer than I thought I was 😦 Bloody covid!

    trev

    October 9, 2020 at 9:03 am

    • Should have invested in bitcoin, trev, or gold which holds its value against inflation without need of an electricity grid.

      Max Keiser

      October 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    • A different “trev”.

      trev

      October 9, 2020 at 11:32 pm

  96. They really have no idea what to do, this government. It shows up all the weaknesses of Boris Johnson and his cabinet of Yes men. Sunak going on about how he can’t save every job. Who ever said he could ? But he uses this nonsense as a smokescreen, to cover up the total inadequacy of the Tory response to mass unemployment. And to cap it all they are going to cut the furlough scheme at the end of October.

    Jeff Smith

    October 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm

  97. It makes you wonder what possible jobs Therese Coffey could retrain for in the event of her being sacked ?

    Prospero

    October 9, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    • Cigar Tester ?

      Jack Reid

      October 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    • She is a gem, and, as the MP for the constituency bordering Ipswich (that is, the frontier begins about 15 minutes way on the bus) merits a full post.

      Andrew Coates

      October 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    • Therese is a chemist (with a doctorate) and qualified management accountant.

      Therese's Mommy (Her daddy being a Jackal)

      October 9, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      • So what ?

        Voter

        October 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      • But not a degree in compassion, or a doctorate in social equality ?

        Suffolk Coastal

        October 9, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      • So what? Coffey could go back to being a chemist or manage the finances of a number of businesses. When she is sacked from the cabinet she will remain an MP, more than likely raking it in via a large number of private consultancies, probably until she retires early on a whacking pension. These political types can’t seem to give up politics unless forced out by scandal or losing their seat in an election.

        Gee-Male

        October 9, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      • She would have the knowledge to set up a Meth lab or perhaps synthesizing LSD. For the latter you would need a dark room, a source of Ergot, some Hydrazine and a flash-evaporator (just an educated guess). Coffey could become the County Lines supplier for East Anglia, Mrs. Big of the Suffolk Coastal massive.

        trev

        October 9, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    • Slaughterhouse worker?

      Kat Rehman

      October 10, 2020 at 7:16 am

  98. They should pay a higher benefit rate to unemployed volunteers working in food-banks, like Trev.
    It’s vital work, and not without its hazards. An extra £10-£15 per week would not be unreasonable.

    Charles Rutherford

    October 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm

  99. got my budgeting loan letter today but it does not give a date when they will be taking repayments which it did on all the others i have had in the past.

    superted

    October 9, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    • @superted: Protocol 7, they’ve obviously got it in for you superted. Probably why you’ve heard nothing. They are waiting for you to make a mistake.

      Matt

      October 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

  100. ” Ma’am the team from Hereford is enroute to Gloucester, Protocol 7 is now in effect .”
    ” Excellent, John.”
    ” Ma’am, Can I just say this is highly irregular, and if it fails …”
    ” We are not putting up with any more of this. I’ve seen his file. Superted must be stopped.”
    ” Thank you John, that will be all for the moment.”
    ” Yes Ma’am.”

    Operation Superted

    October 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

  101. MPs have been awarded a £3,500 pay rise just months after leaving nurses and other frontline healthcare workers out of a pay deal for public sector workers.

    The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has today decided to push ahead with the above-inflation rise despite calls to freeze politicians’ pay amid the current economic downturn.

    Over the past decade, the salary of MPs has risen by a massive £19,694 while in stark contrast the salary of the most experienced frontline nurses has risen by just £3081 – far below the rate of inflation.

    A recent survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found that there has been a sharp rise in the number of nursing staff considering quitting the profession – with poor pay being cited as one of the main reasons.
    – Nursing Notes

    Zara P.

    October 9, 2020 at 1:48 pm

  102. The shops are closed in Tory Town,
    And all the shelves are bare,
    The unemployed roam through the streets.
    The government didn’t care.

    The factories are empty,
    The whistle doesn’t sound,
    The machinery lies rusting,
    And scattered on the ground.

    The trains are stopped,
    Upon the tracks,
    Airplanes upon the ground,
    Now nothing moves,
    It’s dead, it’s stopped,
    And no-one is around.

    The wind blows cold through Tory Town,
    A freezing, harsh despair,
    For a government that did nothing,
    And the Tories that didn’t care.

    Random Poet

    October 9, 2020 at 3:46 pm


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