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Universal Credit – Threat to Self-Employed Claimants.

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DWP has its finger on the Pulse.

A couple of days this was published;

Universal Credit ‘loans’ trap new claimants in debt and leave them unable to afford repayments, say MPs.

An influential group of MPs has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to introduce new Universal Credit “starter payments”, to ensure that new claimants can support themselves while waiting for an initial payment.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee (WPSC), a cross-party group of MPs charged with scrutinising government welfare policy and recommending improvements, says the mandatory five-week-wait for a Universal Credit payment can leave many people unable to afford food and pay vital household bills.

The Committee’s new report, titled ‘Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment‘, finds that the current system of ‘advance payments’, that allow new claimants to borrow up to a full month’s worth of Universal Credit.

Today this is the news:

Self-employed people could lose hundreds of pounds per month if a little-known ‘Minimum Income Floor’ resumes as planned on November 13

A major change to Universal Credit on November 13 is set to cost self-employed people hundreds of pounds a month unless the DWP decides to delay it.

A little-known policy called the Minimum Income Floor (MIF), which limits how much the self-employed can get in benefits, was suspended for eight months due to Covid-19.

But that suspension is due to end on November 13, according to current laws.

Unless that date is extended, the MIF will take force again from that date – deducting some strivers’ benefits just as swathes of England are plunged into new lockdowns.

Ministers today told the House of Commons they are still reviewing whether or not to delay the November 13 date.

But they refused to rule out sticking to the date – despite the nation entering a second wave.

There’s also this:

Always at the cutting edge of social issues Coffey has herself been re-tweeting on subjects that concern us all, visiting the Golden Key and The Plough and Sail for a good lunch:

 

Written by Andrew Coates

October 21, 2020 at 10:40 am

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  1. As far as I know the DWP has NEVER taken on board or made any positive changes based on select committee reports. Not under recent Tory administrations anyway. Osborne said he was freezing benefits for four years based on “social justice” because why should benefit claimants have increases when the wages of the workers we not rising as if there was a link between wages and benefits, although he didn’t recognise such a link when wages were going up by above inflation amounts by increasing benefit by more than CPI. He also change uprating benefits by changing the inflation calculation from the retail price index (RPI) to the consumer price index (CPI), which was lower, meaning that the increase to benefits significantly dropped and that rent costs were no longer included in the calculation, meaning that as rents soared benefits declined in vale in real terms.

    After coronavirus and recession there will be many more unemployed citizens and much lower rises in wages, because people desperate for work will be willing to accept lower pay for their labour, and can’t you just hear Boris saying, gravely and soberly: “With working people not getting pay rises, our country in debt with the deficit still high, in fairness we cannot uprate benefits in the way which we used to with benefit claimants enjoying increases while workers do not.”

    It worked for Osborne and could well work as a retread for Johnson and crew.

    Bandy

    October 21, 2020 at 10:54 am

    • Back in the days of New Labour the SSAC (Social Security Advisory Committee) roundly condemned in the strongest possible terms the policy of denying sanctioned claimants hardship payments. But the policy continued on regardless of the SSAC voluminous protestations resulting in much misery and many deaths.

      D Clapson

      October 21, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    • Back in the days of New Labour the SSAC (Social Security Advisory Committee) roundly condemned in the strongest possible terms the policy of denying sanctioned claimants NOT IN A ‘VULNERABLE’ GROUP hardship payments. But the policy continued on regardless of the SSAC voluminous protestations resulting in much misery and many deaths.

      D Clapson

      October 21, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      • I thought that everyone who was Sanctioned was entitled to Hardship payments, also then called Reduced Rate JSA. I don’t recall there being a rule applying Hardship to those judged to be vulnerable. Mind you, I managed not to get Sanctioned so perhaps I was unaware of that at the time.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      • No trev, before the Tories got in and changed the rules if you were sanctioned and not in a ‘vulnerable group’ i.e. single parent you got £nowt, £zilch, £jackshit, £bugger all, £nothing.

        Lemmy

        October 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      • Really? I honestly don’t recall being aware of that. I thought it was the case that you could get a Sanction overturned if you could prove you were in a vulnerable group (single parent with kids under a certain age, or people with an ongoing illness or health condition) but for everyone else it was a Sanction and Hardship payments. That’s how I remember it anyhow.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      • Someone mentions it here: “The Hardship Payments Scheme – These are payments that may be available where a JSA or an ESA claimant has been sanctioned by Jobcentre staff or by staff running a work programme. The essential conditions that need to be satisfied to be eligible for a hardship payment are that: the claimant is a member of a ‘vulnerable group’ and without the payment the claimant (or a member of their family) will experience hardship (SI 1996/207, reg 140). “Hardship” is not defined in the regulations, but according to DWP guidance it should be given its normal everyday meaning of “severe suffering or privation” and that “privation” means a lack of the necessities of life (DMG Vol 6, Chapter 35, para 35155).”

        https://gclaw.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/the-gaps-in-the-welfare-safety-net-and-the-scope-for-using-judicial-review/

        There may be other references to it somewhere, but it was definitely the case. You no longer need to be a member of a ‘vulnerable group’ At present you just need to ‘prove hardship’ i.e state that you will be unable to buy food, pay for utilities, etc. Anyway, you can’t just flush such things down the ‘memory hole’.

        Memory Hole

        October 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      • “Anyway, you can’t just flush such things down the ‘memory hole’.”

        Well what do expect me to say if I don’t remember that or have a different recollection? But thanks for clearing that up. All I know is that I’d never heard the word ‘Sanction’, in relation to Benefits, prior to New Labour and the New Deal.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      • trev, if you are wilfully denying the historial record, deliberately misinterpreting facts, feigning confusion (that stuff about proving to the DWP that you are in a ‘vulnerable group’!?) putting those who know the facts to the inconvenience of ‘proving’ what they know to be true but digging up references it casts you and your motivations in a very unflattering light. trev, exactly what or who are you? you have set off the alarm!

        Philomena

        October 21, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      • Now you’re talking out of your arse. I simply have a different memory of the situation to some of you, but I am prepared to say I might have remembered it incorrectly. After all it was about 17/18 years ago that I was first sent on New Deal and made aware of Sanctions.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      • Of course I’m not in denial, I just don’t remember, and I wasn’t a supporter of New Labour, but I didn’t have personal experience of that as I managed to avoid a Sanction even though I stormed out of New Deal on one occasion and went on the sick for a few months. I still ended up having to do it at a later date though but they sent me to a different training centre in a neighbouring town.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      • “Well what do expect me to say if I don’t remember that or have a different recollection?” “I have a different recollection”; you sound like a copper giving evidence in court. Don’t believe you for one minute. The readers can make up their own mind. The jury can decide.

        Philomena

        October 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      • Why are there two “Philomenas” posting with different email addresses? Could it be the Trolls are back?

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      • “After all it was about 17/18 years ago that I was first sent on New Deal and made aware of Sanctions.” Next you will be saying Maggie Thatcher didn’t exist because it was thirty years ago and you have “no recollection”. Nobody forgets stuff like the ‘New Deal’.

        Val

        October 21, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      • I believe that you can get hardship payments if you get sanctions, small ones, but to get them you have to prove that you have no assets and are basically penniless.

        Jess

        October 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      • The Tories introduced sanctions in 2010 before that there were no sanctions you just got kicked off the dole.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      • So there ends the debate.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      • Poll Tax Whoopsy.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 5:07 pm

  2. The Tory Party are hiding behind politics are criminals. The Disability Unit is criminal not political. Disabled people are excluded from the Disability Unit which is Criminal. Justin Tomlinson make disability hate crime speeches promoting the Disability Unit & being Disability Minister he should know better than criminalize the disabled. I seem to be a criminal to the Disability Unit. Perhaps it is only disabled people that are criminals to the cabinets Disability Unit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

  3. Do we have Job Search Tips for bipolar, suicide risk, cancer, corona virus, heart problems, high blood pressure, autism. Seems not. How can we cure our disabilities if there is not Job Search Tips.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 11:11 am

  4. “””Therese Coffey says it is ‘social justice’ that is motivating her actions.”””

    Social Justice has not meaning, so no meaning motivates Therese Coffey to be Not fit For Purpose & forget your fat.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 11:14 am

    • CONCEPT.

      Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society as measured by the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges. In Western as well as in older Asian cultures, the concept of social justice has often referred to the process of ensuring that individuals fulfill their societal roles and receive what was their due from society.[1][2][3] In the current global grassroots movements for social justice, the emphasis has been on the breaking of barriers for social mobility, the creation of safety nets and economic justice.[4][5][6][7][8] Social justice assigns rights and duties in the institutions of society, which enables people to receive the basic benefits and burdens of cooperation. The relevant institutions often include taxation, social insurance, public health, public school, public services, labor law and regulation of markets, to ensure fair distribution of wealth, and equal opportunity.[9]

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 11:17 am

      • Fraud as a Criminal DWP Deaths.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 11:18 am

  5. The Works & Pensions Committee seem not to know or be able to change anything at the DWP. What is the point of a Work & Pensions Committee if they are all politicians !!! Useless.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

    • Nothing about disability then. It’s not disability day again is it !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 11:32 am

  6. Coffey certainly enjoys her pub lunches! The Tories’ usage of the term “social justice” is quite perverse, Iain Duncan Smith’s CSJ would be better named the Centre for Sociopathic Justice. What are we to expect of people who don’t believe in the very existence of Society? David Cameron’s so-called “Big Society” was a perverse pretext for cutting Public services. Any ‘justification’ they perceive is based upon notions of the deserving and undeserving poor. If you are unable to afford the enjoyment of great pub lunches it must be your own fault.

    trev

    October 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

  7. Social Justice is a concept not a policy.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 11:39 am

    • That’s perhaps true, but couldn’t it be both? Or at least be the guiding principle of forming Policy? The problem is in the definition of what constitutes ‘social justice’. Justice determined by Conservatism means every man for himself, dog eat dog, fuck the rest.

      trev

      October 21, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      • Seems they are dragging their feet to make Social Justice a policy because the lawyers & legal team can’t make it policy. It is not up to the politicians it is up to the lawyers & they say it won’t happen as a policy.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

  8. Doris keeps lying about universal credit.

    Cloverleaf

    October 21, 2020 at 11:49 am

    • Boris lies about his head being used as a toilet brush at Eton. Babble Bubble Burble gargle.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      • Haha that’s funny 😂

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      • Boris needs a PM test. 1st off Boris can you boil an egg without fucking it up like posh totty. 2nd Boris can you make a hot milky drink without burning the hot milk. Oh no i burnt the hot milk again, I always burn the hot milk making a hot milky drink. So Boris shall we just stick with trying to boil an egg.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 12:07 pm

  9. There was nothing wrong with the old Social Security system prior to IDS, going right back to the 70s/80s. Unemployment Benefit, Income Support, SSP, Housing Benefit. There is no need for these to be rolled into one, or subject to jobsearch conditionality, or paid monthly, apart from Housing Benefit, which if paid directly to the landlord could conceivably be paid monthly. The rest (in the form of UC) is overly complicated and quite unnecessary horse shit for the sake of it.

    trev

    October 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    • The Housing Benefit used to be a Council Form with the Council Watermark & Trademark with a Bar Code.

      There are no Bar Codes on digital format. Open to digital online DWP fraud.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      • Yes Housing Benefit was a separate thing, administered by the Council, and that’s how it should be. IDS and Lord Freud thought they knew better, as millionaires who have never had to rely on HB they thought they had the necessary expertise to meddle in the lives of the poor.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      • The Poll Tax WHOOPS The council Tax used to go through the local council as well. Now it is run by the DWP. The local councils are falling into debt because the DWP won’t pay the people’s council tax rebates & council Tax. Everyone losses out with Universal Credit even the DWP in Human Rights abuses.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    • Trev, UC isn’t “for the sake of it”, it has been deliberately implemented and rolled out to enslave benefit claimants into the digital system as the precursor for UBI, but not the benign version that has been touted!

      Tigerlily

      October 21, 2020 at 1:45 pm

  10. There’s no stopping the maniac…

    “Universal Credit is not the end of the welfare reform story. The next task that faces the Department for Work and Pensions must be how to support people back in to work.”

    “Whatever our views on the decisions made over recent months, getting people back into work is going to dominate our thoughts”

    “When I first set about designing and implementing Universal Credit with Lord Freud, we put together plans for a system called Universal Support to sit alongside payments. Universal Support is the wrap-around support service, run by local authorities, and aims to help welfare claimants tackle barriers to personal progress.”

    “Welfare policy before Universal Credit was crude in its attempts to solve the problem of worklessness and welfare dependency through increasingly generous handouts. However, it is right to say that the job is only half done.”

    “A truly compassionate social security system should be about life change and empowerment, not just a welfare cheque in the post.”

    Iain Duncan Smith

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/10/12/must-create-truly-compassionate-social-security-system-helps/

    (Note how “unemployment” suddenly becomes “worklessness”)

    trev

    October 21, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    • And what “increasingly generous handouts” ?

      To the best of my knowledge and experience of the Social Security system there never was at any point “increasingly generous handouts”!

      “Handouts”! He means legally entitled payments which people had the Right to claim. State Benefits are NOT “handouts”.

      trev

      October 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    • Who is going to stop this bloody lunatic?

      “There is, I consider, unfinished business in updating our welfare system. The Government now needs to recognise that, more than ever, Universal Credit needs to be joined with Universal Support, creating a truly compassionate social security system that helps change lives for the better.”

      Iain Duncan Smith

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/10/12/must-create-truly-compassionate-social-security-system-helps/

      trev

      October 21, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      • So Iain Duncan Smith is now advising the DWP again. Failure.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      • Universal Support is that Portal of Universal Credit !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 12:51 pm

  11. At this rate the Tories won’t even get to the next election.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    • David Cameron has disbanded the Tory Party. No more Tory Party.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

  12. From 2014, this:

    “Why stubborn Iain Duncan Smith is no Statesman”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/28/iain-duncan-smith-stubborn-fool-not-statesman

    trev

    October 21, 2020 at 12:54 pm

  13. Out of the 26 comments registered at time of writing (13:55) 14 come from Stepping Razor Sound Plate System.

    Just sayin’.

    Abacus

    October 21, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    • Seems we don’t like info & knowledge about the DWP & stay on Topic with the Thread.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    • Back in the long gone days of the Void, Johnny, now Joanna would produce similar statistics: “Out of the 100 comments registered 50 come from Stepping Razor Sound Plate System, the other 50 from GEOFF REYNOLDS.” This is before this pair of infamous posters were BANNED from the Void.

      Counting Crows

      October 21, 2020 at 3:20 pm

  14. More from 2014…


    ‘A few years ago, Duncan Smith met Douglas Alexander, Rachel Reeves and Stephen Timms. He enthused about his belief in a universal credit that would merge taxes and benefits. He would free 6 million people from the poverty traps of welfare dependency and show them that work made them better off.

    ‘The Labour politicians admitted that universal credit was a fine idea. They had thought about implementing it many times. But you had to merge incompatible IT systems and find a way of updating the information on millions of people so that Whitehall knew almost instantaneously how much they were earning, what taxes they should pay and what benefits they should receive. Reforming a complex system would take years. If Duncan Smith rushed it he would be engaging in the vast and self-defeating social engineering the right accused the utopian left of forcing on the human race.

    ‘Duncan Smith would have none of it. The technicalities were trifles. All that was needed was the political will. And he, Iain Duncan Smith, the man of destiny, had the will to make it work. “We looked at him as if he was mad,” one of the participants told me.’

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-conservative-case-against-iain-duncan-smith

    trev

    October 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    • Amongst the technical problems this Blog covered we found Computer Weekly essential reading for a long long time…

      They have, checks site of Computer Weekly, gone away.

      June 2020.

      “Universal Credit still struggles with digital issues, says NAO

      The cost of rolling out Universal Credit continues to rise, while only 20% of new claimants attempt to verify their identity online and digital skills remain an issue, according to the National Audit Office.”

      https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252485979/Universal-Credit-still-struggles-with-digital-issues-says-NAO

      Andrew Coates

      October 21, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      • 10,000 DWP Bottle Necks Hanging From The Wall & If One DWP Bottle Neck Should Accidentally Fall There Wil Be 9,999 DWP Bottle Necks Hanging From The DWP Wall Of Shame.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      • So their previous articles about UC problems have been taken down?

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    • @trev: Those idiots in Ed Miliband’s Labour Party fell for this crap , hook line and sinker.
      Universal Credit was just simply about toughening up a welfare system that Duncan Smith thought was too easy on the claimant.

      1. Claimants aren’t really any better off, because most of them are in poorly-paid insecure, zero-hours employment.

      2.The only reason there is any slight difference between these crap jobs and being unemployed, is because welfare benefits have been brutally slashed to create an artificial gap in payment.

      Jeff Smith

      October 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      • Yep, hence I didn’t vote Labour when Miliband was standing. That remark by Rachel Reeves about Labour being “tougher on Welfare than the Tories” was enough for me, that and the fact that they had abstained from voting against the Tory Welfare reforms. I abstained from voting in the election.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      • @ Val

        I abstained from voting UNDER MILIBAND.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      • You are trying to twist things now, trev, but not for the first time. trev unravels in front of our very eyes 😀

        Val

        October 21, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      • *Unsubscribed from comments*

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      • I Don’t Vote.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 5:10 pm

  15. DWP we are still waiting for you to release & make public the coroners reports on DWP Deaths. We don’t know if they starved to death or committed suicide. We DWP do you keep hiding coroners report from the last 10 years, have you something to hide from the public that Universal Credit is perfect.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    • Be a DWP Work Coach Death Hero

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 1:20 pm

  16. I am a Human Rights Lawyer & the levels I have to stoop to to string up these fascist anti semetic Tory Party.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    • Now Tories get your lawyers. That will cost £100,000 in lawyers fees with me & trev on the ball.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      • I move to Adjourn, m’Lud.

        trev

        October 21, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      • Lets get ATOS in & spread it out with a consultancy firm.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      • No Corporate Manslaughter Tories only State Sponsored Murders at the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      • The Government Lawyers are really pleased I say these things because they are getting well paid by the Tory Government.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      • ” I order this hearing adjourned until the 30th of next month. Mr.Stepping Razor will please see me in my chambers at his earliest convenience.”

        Judge Parker

        October 21, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      • Them Politicians like getting the whips. Walnut.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 6:06 pm

  17. For those who are interested and have the capability to Zoom, Labour Assembly Against Austerity are hosting a Zoom conversation tonight, Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm. between Rebecca Long Bailey and Grace Blakeley, who will be discussing The Recovery We Need.

    Details here:

    https://beastrabban.wordpress.com/2020/10/21/zoom-conversation-tonight-between-rebecca-long-bailey-and-grace-blakeley-on-the-recovery-we-really-need/

    trev

    October 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm

  18. It does look increasingly as if the government fully intend to take back the £20 uplift from Universal Credit, And put two Tory fingers up to the legacy claimants. Bad news for anyone who went on UC expecting to keep the £20 extra. The Tories have got buyer’s remorse now over the whole issue, and are sorry they put it up as much as they did.

    jeffsmith@linuxmail.org

    October 21, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    • The extra £20 nearly takes it up to the amount it should have been 6 years ago.

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/29/uk-benefits-inadequate-council-of-europe

      trev

      October 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    • Me mate who was on universal credit for 18 months got hammered for over 2000 quid worth of sanctions. This extra 1000 quid falls far short of making up for it.

      Ann

      October 21, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    • Yeah, some of them don’t like it much Jeff. It was £1.25, £1.25, then £20 !

      Pete

      October 21, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    • I’ll bet they wouldn’t do it now, if they could go back in time.

      David G.

      October 21, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    • I’m not sure that they will. Covid-19 will still be around next April and many more people will be on UC. It would be tricky to justify taking the extra £20.00 away from people next year, facing the same circumstances and difficulties as similar people receiving the uplift now.

      Unabhaengigkeitserklaerungen

      October 21, 2020 at 5:04 pm

  19. This shows just how bad things used to be in Victorian England for the homeless. And quite honestly how much progress have we made since then ? This is also where the term ‘hangover’ actually comes from.

    ‘ For a penny a homeless person could pay to ‘sit up’ on a bench all night in a hall. Oftentimes this was the only option for people to get off the streets, particularly desirable in England’s wet and freezing winters…..
    For an extra penny you could pay to sleep literally hanging over a rope. This was possibly marginally more comfortable, as if you fell asleep the rope would prevent you from slipping onto the floor or head-butting the bench in front of you. It still wouldn’t have been an overly relaxing experience though. People were crammed in as tightly as possible, and to make sure you got your money’s worth but no more, the rope would be unceremoniously cut the next morning at 5 or 6am. This was done for the dual purpose of freeing up the space, but it also served as a reminder to those lowest in society of just where their place was. Once the rope was cut, the homeless would be kicked out onto the streets once more. Even with the protection that these places offered, they were also not necessarily heated and it was not unheard of for there to be one or two people who could not be woken the next morning, having frozen to death during the night.’

    (from Historic England site ).

    Tom Sutton

    October 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    • If Charles Dickens was alive today with all the Work Houses closed down he would be writing about it.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

  20. What the Tories are forgetting is that Gordon Brown introduced ATOS, Serco into the DWP in 2008 but it was the Tories that Introduced Universal Credit in 2010.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 21, 2020 at 5:19 pm

  21. I wouldn’t like to depend on Therese Coffey if I had a complaint about Felixstowe Jobcentre.

    Flatlander

    October 21, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    • Well it looks like quite a few people might have problems and will have to watch out!

      Just published by the Mirror:

      “DWP planning new laws to snoop on Universal Credit claimants’ bank account data.”
      Officials intend to catch more people who claim the benefit despite having more than £16,000 in savings. It’s part of a drive to reduce record fraud and error in the benefit system – but one MP compared it to Orwell’s 1984.
      DWP chiefs are planning new laws to snoop on people’s bank account data to make sure they’re not cheating their way onto Universal Credit.

      Officials want a clampdown after they discovered enforcing a cap on savings is “one of the biggest challenges” and losses are “higher than we anticipated”.

      People are banned from claiming Universal Credit if they or their partner have more than £16,000 in the bank. Those with £6,000 to £16,000 get a reduced amount.

      But undeclared or unnoticed savings accounted for almost a third of Universal Credit overpayments in 2019/20.

      And the issue has become a flashpoint during coronavirus, as many people who were in work for years have tried to claim benefits for the first time.”

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-planning-new-laws-snoop-22884289

      Andrew Coates

      October 21, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      • This is going to cause chaos, and more delays in payments, if there is some unidentified payment coming in to an account. Or anything undeclared. Universal Credit just locks up tight at the first sign of anything suspicious.

        Tom Sutton

        October 21, 2020 at 10:14 pm

      • Why? When I applied for universal credit I had to supply a lot of documents, including a recent bank statement to make sure I had less than £6,000. I had to do this again when they reviewed my claim. Presumably they want to make sure people don’t have multiple bank account, because there is no other persuasive reason to want to troll through people’s data in bulk. Kind of sinister. If it went ahead only universal credit claimants would be affected and people fiddling as per income not involving HMRC, e.g., working in the black economy, would still be able to bank money without any problem. This is proper creepy insofar as singling out benefit claimants to have their bank accounts scrutinised.

        Much more sinister than people might think in fact.

        Robins

        October 22, 2020 at 10:27 am

      • If the DWP could examine a person’s income and outgoings via their bank they could gather a hell of a lot of data about how you live and what you spend your money on, e.g., subscriptions and payments made by debit card. This could be used to “profile” you in the same way that Google and Facebook do but to monitor your behaviour rather than pitch advertisements to sell things. Ugly stuff which I hope won’t be made law anytime soon. A new way to invade people’s privacy and control them. Very Iain Duncan Smith though.

        Stevie E.

        October 22, 2020 at 10:35 am

      • With Jobseeker’s Allowance if you’d paid enough tax you could get it for six months if you needed it no matter how much you had in the bank. This was to allow people who were employed temporarily to get help without means testing their benefit. Universal Credit is means tested from the word go which denies them assistance if they have a bit of money in the bank, even if they only need help for a short while. Another perversity of the new system.

        Larry

        October 24, 2020 at 5:45 am

      • Since last year i have on more than one occasion spoke about how for the majority working that UC is set up to work against them and just recently gave advice regarding savings above a certain amount.

        Its shocking that money already labored for and taxed while NOT on benefits is in effect being forced to be used as a benefit. Its beyond shocking when coupled with the fact a person gets penalized further for working if they claim benefits as a result of being laid off/ contract ending prior to any final payment.

        Hard working people who manage to save shouldnt be expected to fund themselves when out of work while government through welfare refuses to reimburse the taxes they took that is used to fund the welfare system. This very government announced as far back as 2014 which was covered by media and expressed on your tax and NI breakdown contributions that around 26% is spent on welfare as per tax year.

        If your expected to fund yourself while still paying the lowest NI stamp duty (Mandatory if not in receipt of welfare) are workers not getting said yearly rebates as far back as when they first worked in a lump sum ?

        Basically every £250 (as in upto every) over £6000 incrementally will see your UC reduced by £4.35 in each assessment period (carried out monthly).
        So for example if you had £10’000 in savings, your benefit every month will be reduced by around £69.60.

        This is why with good moral conscience i inform all workers to pre plan and keep all saving in total below £6000 (as in £5999 exactly) by keeping any excess at home in a safe.
        So people understand the DWP definition of savings, i mean ANY asset/s that is a liquid asset/s.

        To allow the government to use such savings and this includes a FINAL work payment/s received prior to the determined pay date of a benefit payment when OUT OF WORK is by virtue an EXTRA TAX on workers and their respective wages.

        RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

        1: NEVER allow your TRACEABLE Savings/liquid assets to total over £5999.
        Im not saying dont save over £6000. Im simply saying be CLEVER, BE SMART.

        2: On being let go from work whatever the reason, NEVER put a claim in for benefits prior to any final payment. This includes any wrongful pay back dated, delayed SSP, etc, overtime, owed holiday pay,etc.
        To be clear and straight you must not be in a position where an ex employer even if as a result of court action is likely to pay you any monies within a benefit period your claiming out of work benefits.

        Doug

        October 24, 2020 at 10:01 am

  22. Main points 20 October 2020

    The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 9 October 2020 (Week 41) was 9,954; this was nine more deaths than in Week 40.

    In Week 41, the number of deaths registered was 1.5% above the five-year average (143 deaths higher).

    Of the deaths registered in Week 41, 438 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, accounting for 4.4% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase of 117 deaths compared with Week 40 (when there were 321 deaths involving COVID-19, accounting for 3.2% of all deaths).

    The numbers of deaths in hospitals and care homes remained below the five-year average in Week 41 (374 and 175 fewer deaths respectively), while the number of deaths in private homes remained above the five-year average (705 more deaths).

    In England, the total number of deaths increased from 9,257 (Week 40) to 9,308 (Week 41; the East, London, the South East and the South West regions had lower overall deaths than the five-year average.

    Overall, there were 401 deaths involving COVID-19 in England in Week 41; the number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased in seven of the nine English regions, with the North West having the largest number (153 deaths).

    In Wales, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased from 25 deaths (Week 40) to 37 deaths (Week 41), while the total number of deaths in Week 41 was 23 deaths higher than the five-year average.

    The number of deaths registered in the UK in the week ending 9 October 2020 (Week 41) was 11,359, which was 197 deaths higher than the five-year average and 85 deaths fewer than Week 40; of the deaths registered in the UK in Week 41, 474 deaths involved COVID-19, 131 deaths higher than Week 40.

    More than 75% of deaths involving COVID-19 that occurred in Week 41 were in hospital
    Number of deaths involving COVID-19 by place of occurrence, England and Wales, occurring up to 9 October 2020 and registered up to 17 October 2020

    Across the UK, there were 11,359 deaths (all causes) registered in Week 41 (week ending 9 October 2020), which was 197 deaths higher than the UK five-year average and 85 deaths fewer than Week 40. Of these deaths, 474 involved the coronavirus (COVID-19), 131 deaths higher than in Week 40 (a 38.2% increase).

    In Week 41, England had the highest number of deaths involving COVID-19 with 401 deaths, followed by Wales with 37 deaths, Scotland with 25 deaths and Northern Ireland with 11 deaths.

    cant say that on msm tho can they and they never will as that are the real facts and data of deaths in the uk.

    cov19 has the same death rate as the flu and in other years has gone above 50.000 in a 12 month period yet nothing was done.

    this and other governments have another agenda and are destroying the economy on purpose to achieve this goal what it is i do not know bar bring in the grate reset and default on all of the governments debts across the world.

    it is either that or these ppl are so fkn stupid they keep putting a square peg in a round hole and are using a sledge hammer to force it in regardless of the damage caused they just do not care.

    superted

    October 21, 2020 at 9:42 pm

  23. I see the DWP are now planning new laws, targeted at people they think are illegally claiming Universal Credit. Because they have with too much in undeclared savings.

    Jeff Smith

    October 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    • See last comment post about Mirror article.

      The most obvious problem is that if people cannot get UC because of their savings, what is the point will they have to have spent them down to the right level? If they just used their money to buy cocaine, fine wine, and, say an expensive yacht, and got down to the right limit, would that be okay?

      Andrew Coates

      October 21, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      • Deprivation of Capital the DWP call that. There is some kind of regulation against it. But as you say, how can you judge if buying a new car and a boat and a motorbike, is being done deliberately ? Or if someone was going to get those things anyway, even if they weren’t unemployed ?

        Jeff Smith

        October 21, 2020 at 10:24 pm

      • the term savings means the amount of money you have in a bank account more than £16.000 this does not include assets like owning a home out right just the cash in a bank you have accesses to when making a uc claim on said date.

        if you buy more than 10k worth of gold in a year the tax man will be told not sure on other items but you could spend 50k plus on a mac pro computer ect.

        it is the money you have worked for at the end of the day so you can spend it how you like on what you want but this changes when you make a uc claim on the day you apply.

        so do not ever have more than £6k in a bank account on uc when making a new claim as they will want receipts for everything over that amount and will be deducted up to 16k where you wont get anything at all.

        superted

        October 21, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      • If things are Means Tested it is meant to include assets like owning a flat or house. That should also include Child Benefits which everyone can claim, however much savings & wealth you have. That means the well off people are stopping people who really need the Child Benefit benefit. Why don’t these well off people stop claiming Child Benefits. Big up Marcuse Rashford.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 21, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      • i know a few ppl that are millionaires inc my ant there as tight as a ducks ass and would pick up a Penney of the floor and charge me interest on a can of coke if i asked for one, its not free!

        yet pay no tax at all and use of shore bank accounts so the dwp would be fooked on that one if they ever made a claim!

        Anger as newly-honoured billionaire brothers who bought Asda for £7bn head for Jersey tax haven

        https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-8832105/Anger-billionaire-Asda-brothers-head-Jersey-tax-haven.html

        superted

        October 21, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      • Sorry Superted but your wrong and i must correct you so as any member of the public is not misinformed.

        It is not just savings in an account. Anything defined as a liquid asset counts.
        DWP much like round about hiding what happens after £6000, do not inform the public clear enough about how far they can go in determining such.

        Apart from the fact a home you live in is a needed base to gain further and future employment, its because to sell early could/would result in a lose of market value and as such is defined as illiquid.(non-liquid asset).

        Doug

        October 24, 2020 at 10:15 am

    • You just beat me to it there Andrew. But this DWP thing is like 1984. Next thing they’ll be searching claimant’s homes, to see if there is any extra money hidden away.

      Jeff Smith

      October 21, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    • Because Universal Credit gives you no receipt the DWP can do what they want unlike the paper system.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 21, 2020 at 10:39 pm

  24. Universal Credit – Deprivation of savings and other capital – From Entitledto

    Deprivation of savings and capital
    How notional capital affects Universal Credit

    Deprivation of capital is when you knowingly reduce or transfer elsewhere your savings or other capital to get, or increase your award of Universal Credit. This may be before making a claim or during an existing claim.If your capital has reduced significantly you may be asked for evidence that you no longer have it. This may include:
    Documents to show that ownership of property has been transferred to another person
    Deeds to show that money has been given to another person in trust, settlement or as a gift
    Receipts to show what your cash or savings has been spent on.

    The DWP will look at the evidence to decide if you have reduced your savings or other capital, by how much and why you did this. You will be treated as still having the capital if it is decided that you did this to get, or increase your award of Universal Credit. This is called Notional Capital.
    When working out the Universal Credit you may get, notional capital is added to any actual capital that you may have.Because savings and other capital don’t stay the same, your notional capital will reduce by an assumed amount in each assessment period until it is exhausted.

    Frank Taylor

    October 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm

  25. @trev- You are correct, under the old system of JSA , if you were sanctioned you were always entitled to apply for a Hardship Payment. No-one was supposed to be left with absolutely nothing. If you will forgive the observation Trev, don’t let trolls using women’s names, drag you into pointless arguments. They know they are wrong, but they just enjoy winding people up, and seeing if they can start an argument. Just like the old Monty Python sketch with John Cleese, where he is supposedly running an Argument Clinic, where you can go and get an argument on any subject.

    Alan Turner

    October 22, 2020 at 12:05 am

    • The Trolls have gone,
      I wonder why?
      Perhaps a Program,
      That cut them by.

      Andrew Coates

      October 22, 2020 at 5:21 am

      • Nah Mr Coates they all moved to mine, they have been evicted so maybe they’ll b back!

        Kat Rehman

        October 22, 2020 at 9:53 am

    • Alan what part of

      “The essential conditions that need to be satisfied to be eligible for a hardship payment are that: the claimant is a member of a ‘vulnerable group’ and without the payment the claimant (or a member of their family) will experience hardship (SI 1996/207, reg 140).” do you not get it? Statutory Instrument 1996 Why do you persist with this lie? You are as bad as Stepping. Is it because Labour were in power? People casually reading this blog will think that the minimum wage is £5 an hour (Stepping) and that there was never a time that if you were sanctioned you were left with nothing. And to add insult to injury you label those who speak the facts “trolls”. Who are the REAL trolls on here? Or is the whole site one huge troll?

      Nic

      October 22, 2020 at 5:48 am

    • “Is this the ten minute argument or the full half hour?”, “I’ve told you once”, “No you haven’t”…

      trev

      October 22, 2020 at 6:24 am

  26. The DWP are trying every dirty trick in the Tory DWP book to rescue Universal Credit like flogging a dead disabled horse.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 22, 2020 at 12:28 am

  27. CQC report: Care of people with learning disabilities ‘inhumane’

    BBC News – 22nd Oct 2020

    Too many hospitals for people with learning disabilities or autism are providing poor care which is, at times, undignified and inhumane, the care regulator for England has said.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found physical restraint part of the culture in some places, and cases of patients secluded or segregated for 13 years.

    It said national change was needed to stop people “falling through the gaps”.

    Care Minister Helen Whately said the findings were “deeply concerning”.

    “Nobody should be receiving such poor care,” she said.

    “We are already taking action, including investment in community services, independent case reviews of people in long term segregation, and the ongoing work overseen by Baroness Hollins.

    “I am determined that this level of care should no longer have any place in our health system, and will carefully consider the recommendations in this report.”

    The NHS said it was reducing the number of people in specialist hospitals.

    A spokesman added that, since 2015, the number admitted had been cut by nearly a third and the NHS was committed to reducing that further while it invests more in community support and improves the quality of inpatient care.

    The CQC’s review comes after a 2019 BBC Panorama programme exposed the mistreatment of residents at Whorlton Hall Hospital.

    The specialist hospital in County Durham was closed after undercover filming showed staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities or autism.

    In 2018, the regulator was commissioned by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock to review the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation of autistic people.

    It visited 43 hospital wards for people with a learning disability or autism, and specialist child and adolescent mental health wards, and other facilities.

    Inspectors found most of the mental health wards were not therapeutic environments and could be “noisy, chaotic and unpredictable”.

    People were seen “as a condition or a collection of negative behaviours”, the report found, with the result often being restraint, seclusion or segregation.

    Patients were “often” subject to restrictive practices because they did not receive care early on, it found.

    The regulator also said it was concerned that some people were being prosecuted for injuring staff, when a failure to treat their needs may have contributed to their aggression.

    The review also found:

    Most (81%) of 313 wards for children and young people had used physical restraint in the previous month

    The length of time people spent in long-term segregation ranged from three days to 13 years

    A lack of suitable care in the community was preventing the discharge of 60% of people it saw during its review

    Some people in seclusion were not allowed to wear their own clothes, while others lacked a clean environment and crockery, cutlery and toilet paper

    In one case, ward staff stopped the mother of a 24-year-old in long-term segregation from visiting for five months, prevented the patient from using the toilet on occasion, and left her in pain for months with an injured arm.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 22, 2020 at 1:01 am

    • Care Minister Helen Whately said she could not give a shit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 22, 2020 at 1:02 am

      • Care Minister Helen Whately said the findings were “deeply concerning”.

        “Nobody should be receiving such poor care,” she said.

        YOUR THE CARE MINISTER GET OFF YOUR LAZY ARSE.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 1:04 am

      • Send in Justin Tomlinson with the disability Unit fuck up.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 1:05 am

  28. Trending:

    Andrew Coates

    October 22, 2020 at 8:40 am

  29. Mr Coates forgive me for hijacking your blog to speak of mine, but maybe you haven’t yet blocked the fake Teds and Trevs I’ve just spent ages blocking on mine! I did some tech digging, amazing how many supposed different trevs and Teds had remarkably similar urls and details! Though I feel sorry if they’re insomniac as lots of comments were left at 3 and 4am…..
    Trolls I’m not as idiotic and hand wringing as you think! Please crawl away and “play” someplace else! Sorry if I sound ” Katty “! Meowwwwwww

    Kat Rehman

    October 22, 2020 at 9:51 am

    • There are way to block particular users based on their IP address and such like, Kat.

      https://antitrollhub.wordpress.com/how-to-block-trollers/

      I don’t know what platform you’re on but the stuff listed above are available on most blogging tech.

      Aleister

      October 22, 2020 at 10:39 am

      • Aleister thanks, I’ll check this out!

        Kat Rehman

        October 22, 2020 at 11:11 am

    • Initially I just could not be bothered!

      But as you say, there were comments in the middle of the night – obviously not our late at night since they seem American alt-right inspired,

      Andrew Coates

      October 22, 2020 at 10:53 am

    • @Kat Rehman – On WordPress you can put a blocker on & approve the real ones. .

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 22, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      • I have found how to get back to the Classic Editor rather than the new Block Editor which is so long winded.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      • Totally agree, it is cumbersome even for simple things like justification, I prefer the Classic Editor as well.

        Andrew Coates

        October 22, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      • Stepping, thanks too! X

        Kat Rehman

        October 22, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      • @Kat thanks – It does not cost a penny to be polite. Message of the Day

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm

  30. Well done Andrew for blocking these trolls,
    Now they have gone back down their holes,
    The blog is once again free,
    For sensible comment and poetry.

    It took a while,
    But better late than never,
    Now Ipswich Unemployed Action,
    Can be troll free forever !

    Random Poet

    October 22, 2020 at 11:59 am

    • It is worth it because, being serious, there’s so many valuable people saying important things.

      I like a larf, me, not some creepy crawly right wing QAnon stuff.

      Andrew Coates

      October 22, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      • Half of businesses have operating costs exceeding turnover according to ONS survey

        In a shocking indictment of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, 97% of businesses surveyed did not plan to apply for the scheme.

        The reality is clear – businesses are struggling to survive and people are losing their jobs. The Kickstart scheme won’t help kickstart anything, with only 3% of businesses saying they’ll apply for it.

        https://labour.org.uk/press/half-of-businesses-have-operating-costs-exceeding-turnover-according-to-ons-survey/

        I don’t know where that rubbish came from we’re not american it’s nothing to do with us.

        ken

        October 22, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      • I don’t quite follow the last bit of your comment Ken, “I don’t know where that rubbish came from we’re not american it’s nothing to do with us”. Or are you referring to the Qanon stuff? It’s been catching on here in UK too, part of the Covid-denial anti-lockdown sentiment, people holding placards calling Bill Gates a “paedo”, etc. Dangerous stuff.

        trev

        October 22, 2020 at 4:20 pm

  31. DWP blunder sees claimants told their benefit overpayment debt has been written off

    DNS By John Pring on 22nd October 2020

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has had to send out a panicked message to staff after its IT system mistakenly ordered benefit overpayments owed by thousands of claimants to the government to be written off.

    Last month, following a COVID-related suspension, DWP told staff they could again begin bids to reclaim overpayments of benefits – whether through DWP or claimant error, or fraud – from disabled and non-disabled claimants.

    The blunder appears to involve claimants who have been overpaid new style employment and support allowance (ESA) and new style jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)*, but it could possibly also involve universal credit.

    The process of recovering benefit overpayments had been on hold since April because of the coronavirus pandemic, partly to allow debt recovery staff to be redeployed to frontline roles.

    The process of recovering overpayments resumed in July, although apparently only since late last month has DWP been able to make new referrals through its IT system for overpayments to be recovered from claimants of new style ESA and JSA.

    But late last week, every member of staff in DWP’s working age benefits section received a panicked internal email telling them they needed to “urgently pause” further referrals for overpayments of “new style” benefits.

    The email said this was because “recoverable overpayments” were being “incorrectly scheduled for write-off rather than being referred through to debt management for recovery”.

    The email also said it was not known when the problem would be fixed, although “digital colleagues” were looking at the issue “as a priority”.

    It is not clear yet how many people have been affected, and what will happen to those mistakenly told their DWP debt has been wiped.

    DWP declined to answer a series of questions about the blunder from Disability News Service (DNS) this week.

    DNS had asked whether the repayments related solely to those who had been overpaid new style ESA and new style JSA.

    But a DWP spokesperson suggested that it could also apply to some overpayments of universal credit.

    He said: “Overpayments of Universal Credit, new-style JSA and new-style ESA that are in excess of entitlement are recoverable.”

    But he declined to say how many claimants had mistakenly been told their overpayments had been written off; whether these overpayments would now be reinstated; and how much the department had mistakenly written off.

    DWP has also made clear that any overpayments above a claimant’s benefit entitlement are recoverable by the department, even when the claimant was not at fault.

    *New style ESA and new style JSA are contributory benefits for those credited with sufficient national insurance contributions, and they can be claimed on their own or at the same time as universal credit

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 22, 2020 at 5:01 pm

  32. Victims of inpatient restraint and seclusion describe ‘inhumane’ care

    DNS By John Pring on 22nd October 2020

    Autistic people have told the care regulator about the “undignified and inhumane” care they have been subjected to in mental health units, including the frequent and traumatising use of segregation and restraint in England.

    They spoke to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of its government-commissioned review into the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation for autistic people and people with learning difficulties and mental health conditions.

    In the report, Out of Sight – Who Cares?, CQC says it found “too many examples of undignified and inhumane care, in hospital and care settings where people were seen not as individuals but as a condition or a collection of negative behaviours”.

    The response to this was often to “restrain, seclude or segregate them”.

    The review calls for “fundamental change in the way care is planned, funded, delivered and monitored”, so it is “underpinned by a firm foundation of human rights”, and restraint, seclusion and segregation “are no longer accepted and are only used in extreme cases”.

    Many of those subject to restraint described to CQC its “lasting and traumatising effects”, with one saying: “I feel absolutely f***ing sh*t about being restrained.

    “It makes me feel …dehumanised. I don’t feel like a real human being.”

    Another said: “It feels like my freedom has been taken away and I am powerless.”

    One of the autistic people the review spoke to – Alexis – described how she sought help from mental health services because of a lack of appropriate community care.

    During an initial 72-hour admission to hospital, she experienced a “catastrophic clash” between her autism and the lighting, noise and chaos of the “box” she was kept in, and quickly became “overloaded”.

    In the following months, she was restrained 97 times and secluded 17 times, was forcibly drugged, and her body was left “battered and bruised”, and her identity “fractured”.

    She told the review: “They didn’t like the autistic part of me. I tried to tell them that autism is all of me, it’s who I am.

    “I argued that my autism couldn’t be treated. They said I lacked insight.”

    After three-and-a-half years, she was eventually able to flee to Africa where she created a new routine and set up an autism-friendly home, weaned herself off the drugs she was taking, received private treatment from a psychologist, and, after six weeks, started to work as a teacher again.

    The key to success, she told the review, “is creating the right environment and treating psychological differences with dignity and respect”.

    The review found that 81 per cent of 313 wards for children and young people, people with learning difficulties and autistic people, had used physical restraint in the last month.

    The review also found widespread use of medicines as “chemical restraint” to control people’s behaviour.

    It found so-called “rapid tranquilisation” used in a third of wards for children and young people and people with learning difficulties and autistic people in the previous month, even though the practice has “significant side effects and should only be used as a last resort”.

    The review looked in detail at 66 people who were subject to prolonged seclusion (which tends to be shorter-term) or long-term segregation (used to isolate someone away from the main ward for a longer period).

    Out of those 66, the review found evidence that just three people received “consistently good quality care and treatment”.

    Some of the people it came across had spent up to 13 years in long-term segregation.

    Almost 71 per cent of people whose care was reviewed had been segregated or secluded for three months or longer, and some people had been in hospital for more than 25 years, although it was not clear whether they had been in segregation or seclusion for even longer than 13 years.

    Most of the people CQC saw were autistic or had learning difficulties, although some had a diagnosis of mental distress.

    Overall, the review concludes, people in community-based services were experiencing a better quality of life than those with “comparable complex needs” in hospital settings, and were subject to less restraint.

    And many people ended up in hospital because they did not receive the support they needed in the community, the review found.

    The review calls for a system of national oversight of people living in adult social care services in the community who are being subjected to “highly restrictive environments”.

    Of the people seen by CQC during its review, 60 per cent had been prevented from securing a discharge from a hospital because of a lack of suitable care in the community.

    The review makes 17 recommendations for improvements, including a demand that the commission itself improves its regulatory approach, such as increasing the number of unannounced and evening and weekend inspections.

    It also says that disabled service-users, their families and advocates must be involved in the development of services and care plans.

    The review concludes: “Immediate action is needed to put an end to the abuses in human rights that we have seen throughout this review.

    “This action must be owned and led from the top by government, delivered by local systems working together, and involve people and their families to ensure the needs of the individual are met.”

    The review also commissioned a group of “experts by experience” – three parents of autistic people and an autistic person, who also acted as the review’s expert advisory group – to analyse the conclusions of previous reports dating back more than a decade on health and social care for autistic people and people with learning difficulties.

    They found that their meetings throughout the review with disabled people, parents, carers, chief executives, psychiatrists and others “almost unanimously came up with the same ideas and themes as those identified in previous reports”.

    They found a repeated failure to implement the recommendations of previous reports, which was caused by the failure of governments to ensure “adequate, fit-for-purpose” administration, funding, accountability and inspection.

    They concluded: “The lack of upfront community funding seems to be the key contributory factor to the failure on the part of all involved to deliver reform.”

    But they also criticised CQC for its inspection regime.

    They said: “People with a learning disability and autistic people need CQC to implement an inspection framework that is fit for purpose, one that is focused on upholding people’s rights.

    “Without this, human rights abuses… will not only continue, but also be inevitable.”

    They said that those paid to “police” the system need to find a way to “find, manage and deal with unlawful practice”, adding: “There must be greater oversight and accountability as we presently see the clear consequences of repeated failure to take on board the recommendations of past reports.”

    They said that “power must be handed back to individuals (and their families), enabling them to make choices and be the rightful authors of their own destinies.

    “If this does not occur, any additional money will be wasted and make little difference to the lives of autistic people, people with a learning disability and/or people with a mental health condition.”

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 22, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    • Tory Party Criminal Pre Meditated State Sponsored Murders. Now Tory Party go & get a Criminal Lawyer.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 22, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      • The Department of Health and Social Care ministers are as follows

        # The Rt Hon. Matt Hancock MP

        Secretary of State Overall responsibility

        # Edward Argar MP

        Minister of State for Health operational performance; Long Term Plan Bill; finance, efficiency and commercial; NHS capital, land and estates; transformation; NHS England mandate; devolved administrations – non-EU Exit; secondary legislation; departmental management; EU Exit, global development and trade Sponsorship of: NHSE, NHSI, NHSBSA.

        # Nadine Dorries MP

        Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety [n 1] mental health; suicide prevention and crisis prevention; offender health; vulnerable groups; patient safety; women’s health strategy; maternity care; inquiries; patient experience; cosmetic regulation; data and technology; medicines and devices regulation Sponsorship of: NHS Resolution, CQC, MHRA, NHSX, NHSD.

        # Helen Whately MP

        Minister of State for Social Care adult social care; health/care integration; workforce; dementia, disabilities and long-term conditions; abortion; NHS Continuing Healthcare; NHS security management including cyber security; research and life sciences; blood and transplants, organ donation Sponsorship of: HRA, NHSBT, HTA, HFE, HEE.

        # Jo Churchill MP

        Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care public health system; health improvement; health inequalities; public health delivery; primary care; gender identity services; major diseases; community health; lead minister for crisis response Sponsorship of PHE and FSA.

        # The Rt Hon. The Lord Bethell

        Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation life sciences; medicines; research; anti-microbial resistance; global health security; international diplomacy and relations; data and technology; rare diseases; NHS security management, including cyber security; blood and transplants and organ donation
        Sponsorship of: NHS Blood and Transplant; The Human Tissue Authority; The Human Fertilisation and Embryology; Authority; The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; NHS Digital; Health Research Authority; NHSX; NHS Business Services Authority

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      • Matt Hancock MP Criminal
        Edward Argar MP Criminal
        Nadine Dorries MP Criminal
        Helen Whately MP Criminal
        Lord Bethell Criminal

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    • DWP = Shambles = unfit for purpose = Dismantle it

      trev

      October 22, 2020 at 5:17 pm

  33. Andrew Coates

    October 22, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    • She looks misereble & pissed off.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 22, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    • What does she mean by “structural challenges in the labour market”? Total lack of jobs perhaps?

      trev

      October 22, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      • Moving the office chairs about.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      • “and that’s why we’ve got a place-based approach around our recovery in all 630 or so job centres across the country … so that we’ve got the right places for people to come in…”

        I’ve never heard such drivel.

        trev

        October 22, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      • But wait, here’s the crunch…

        “We’ve got Reed, Adecco, Remploy helping us,”

        Yippee, Agency jobs!

        trev

        October 22, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      • Told you it was about moving the office chairs about & give it an important name.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 7:56 pm

  34. Andrew Coates

    October 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    • Great, encouraging people to make moonshine.

      trev

      October 22, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    • I expect that most benefit money earmarked to go to children does go to children as far as most parents are concerned. I doubt very much that many parents, mums especially, would spend money designed to succour and help maintain the health and welfare of their children on damaging vices like alcohol. Given the big numbers of people involved there must be some bad parents out there, with addictions perhaps and/or psychiatric problems, which encourage them to neglect their children in order to fuel unworthy lifestyles, but most parents put their children above, before and beyond everything else and are happy to make sacrifices, e.g., skipping meals etc., in order to make sure their kids are properly nourished, looked after and cared for as best as possible.

      Robins

      October 23, 2020 at 9:33 am

  35. To help get more than 600,000 people who have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic back into work, Davies said the number of work coaches will double to 27,000 by next March.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/timeseries/jp9z/unem

    well thats not going to work is it as the jobs are just not there ons do these retards bother to even check the numbers b4 they bend over and start talking total and complete bollocks.

    all the dwp are going to do is clamp down on conditionality/ control and sanctions and that is all these new work coaches are for.

    i bet after a few rounds with me they will give up if they even bother in the first place pmsl.

    superted

    October 22, 2020 at 6:51 pm

  36. news for the self employed

    Rishi Sunak doubles support for self-employed workers to 40% amid second lockdowns

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/rishi-sunak-confirms-shake-up-22888050

    New Job Support Scheme changes explained – how much money people will get

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/new-job-support-scheme-changes-22887366

    xclausx

    October 22, 2020 at 7:22 pm

  37. the it bs at adult education is back up and running, and braking the covid rules surprise surprise and posting pics on twitter!

    Ek2X2-vXgAAoF8x

    Ek2X2woWAAs47k7

    no face masks.
    no 2m distance
    no plastic dividers
    not 1 covid notice on the floors or walls
    nothing will be cleaned between users kbds ect

    and forget a covid marshal as the doors are locked and need to be buzzed in and out!

    and if you die after you signed on the dotted line they still get the money 😉

    superted

    October 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    • Why is everyone sitting down.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 22, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      • Why is everyone lying with a fever..

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      • because there not superted 😉

        superted

        October 22, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      • Why is everyone lying down on the floor with a fever.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 22, 2020 at 8:04 pm

  38. dont forget these places wont share any data with 3rd party’s, but will for training purposes so plaster your ass all over social media.

    superted

    October 22, 2020 at 8:16 pm

  39. superted

    October 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

  40. Tory MPs attack celebrity free school meal campaigners

    BBC News – 22nd Oct 2020

    Conservative MPs have criticised a campaign for free school meals to be offered over the holidays.

    Last week England footballer Marcus Rashford launched a petition urging government to make the change.

    Some Tory MPs criticised the campaign, with Brendan Clarke-Smith calling for less “celebrity virtue signalling on Twitter”.

    But five Tory MPs rebelled against the government to support extending free school meals over the holidays.

    Mr Rashford has argued that the number of children with little access to food had grown due to families losing income amid Covid-19 restriction measures.

    MPs voted to reject Labour’s motion – which called for free school meals to be offered over the school holidays until Easter 2021 – by 322 votes to 261.

    Following the vote, Mr Rashford issued a statement that said: “A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter because of comments that have been made today.

    “We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers – our views are being clouded by political affiliation.”

    Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not change his policy on free school meals, arguing that poor families were supported by the benefits system.

    At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson told MPs: “We support kids of low incomes in school and we will continue to do so.

    But he added that the government would “continue to use the benefit system and all the systems of income support to support young people and children throughout the holidays as well.”

    Earlier this year, a campaign by Mr Rashford pushed the government into a dramatic U-turn when it agreed to extend free school meals over the summer holidays.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 23, 2020 at 7:36 am

    • £12 billion more for the furlough people with savings & mortgage. Now Marcus Rashford & his mum are helping out down a food bank while Tory MPs are snorting cocaine.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 23, 2020 at 7:39 am

      • Matt Hancock says to Boris What are we going to do now Boris? Boris says lets have another line of cocaine Matt.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 23, 2020 at 7:40 am

  41. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    October 23, 2020 at 8:19 am

    • Stepping live the comment! Boris and cocktails it up on cocaine! U made my day

      Kat Rehman

      October 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

      • Should read cock it up lol

        Kat Rehman

        October 23, 2020 at 11:11 am

      • Let me powder my nose in the powder room with Boris’s Americanisms.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      • ATISHOO!!

        Kat Rehman

        October 23, 2020 at 6:11 pm

  42. It won’t make any difference how many Work Coaches the DWP employ, if the jobs are not there.
    But they are just going to carry on with this, millions of people being put on Universal Credit and sent round and round to various training providers. The same circle of stupidity that we saw on the Work Programme.
    No matter how much of this busy-work the DWP put on, or how many courses they send people to..
    They won’t be able to cover-up what is really happening, and the true extent of long-term unemployment.

    Jeff Smith

    October 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

    • @Jeff Smith: Very true Jeff, but this is all part of the usual DWP games. We’ll be back to 80s ”Gissa Job” very soon.

      Harry P.

      October 23, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    • @ Jeff

      So much for the “new normal”, the Government/DWP are determined to stick with the same old worn out ideas, the tried & failed methods of the past decade or more, people passed from pillar to post from one scheme to another over & over again. Bullshit employability skills courses and back-to-work nonsense that was lampooned by The League of Gentlemen 20 years ago; “Hello Jobseekers, have you got a pen?”, in an unwavering effort to keep the lucrative Welfare-to-work gravy-train rolling along at Taxpayers’ expense. Anything but introduce a Basic Income, anything but put the over-50s on to annual signing exempt from jobsearch requirements, and anything but lower State Pension age to 60. No imagination, no Political will for radical change. Just the maniacal whims of Iain Duncan Smith at the mercy of the CSJ and their precious Nudge Theory.

      trev

      October 23, 2020 at 9:41 pm

  43. Universal Credit expectation to spend 35 hours per week on Work Search activity

    A claimant in the Intensive Work Search regime is required to look for
    and be immediately available for any work:
     regardless of the type and salary as long as the salary is at or above
    National Minimum Wage
     on a full-time basis, generally:
     a minimum of 35 hours (to take them above their conditionality
    earnings threshold)
     up to 40 hours a week for 16 or 17 year olds
     up to 48 hours a week for over 18s
     within 90 minutes of their home by their normal method of transport

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/universal_credit_expectation_to?utm_campaign=alaveteli-experiments-87&utm_content=sidebar_similar_requests&utm_medium=link&utm_source=whatdotheyknow

    superted

    October 23, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    • Mp more social media, no more daytime TV myths, you won’t have time doing a 35 hour a week job search & all the other little things.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 23, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    • My “normal method of transport” is Shanks’s pony – me auld legs!

      trev

      October 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    • It’s like the regulations for some kind of prison. The prison of low-paid employment.

      Gerald P.

      October 23, 2020 at 7:36 pm

  44. superted

    October 23, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    • Eat Out To Survive & Bail Out American Corporate Companies.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 23, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      • It’s The Pigs Bollocks & Offal.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

  45. COVID: The Virus That Isn’t There: The Root Fraud Exposed

    The CDC is admitting the virus hasn’t been isolated. In other words, its existence is unproven.

    https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/10/09/covid-the-virus-that-isnt-there-the-root-fraud-exposed/

    https://www.fda.gov/media/134922/download

    superted

    October 23, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    • Oxford coronavirus vaccine works ‘perfectly’ and builds ‘strong immunity to virus, researchers find – providing hope to millions and quelling fears that it might only lessen the severity of infections

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8870023/Coronavirus-Oxford-vaccine-works-perfectly-safely-triggering-immune-response.html

      They won’t be getting near me with their vaccine anyway.The right to say no.

      ken

      October 23, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      • I’ll have it as soon as it’s available.

        Robins

        October 23, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      • Good for you ken I won’t be having uncle bills vaccine either.

        Cloverleaf

        October 23, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      • I didn’t think Ken was anti-vax, was that the real “Ken” who made that comment? They should put the vaccine in the water supply to make sure everyone gets a dose.

        trev

        October 23, 2020 at 9:46 pm

      • I didn’t think Ken was anti-vax, was that the real “Ken” who made that comment? They should put the vaccine in the water supply to make sure everyone gets a dose.

        err are you totally stupid or what lol that would mean you could have a unlimited dose any man made drug can kill you as you cant snort crack cocaine up every day like a henry hoover.

        looks like the dosage is 0.5ml so if you injected 100ml it would kill you dead on the spot same as every other man made vaccine.

        https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/data/index.html

        Fiscal Year
        Number of
        Compensated
        Awards
        Petitioners’ Award
        Amount
        Attorneys’
        Fees/Costs
        Payments
        Number of Payments
        to Attorneys
        (Dismissed Cases)
        Attorneys’
        Fees/Costs
        Payments
        (Dismissed
        Cases)
        Number of
        Payments
        to Interim
        Attorneys’
        Interim
        Attorneys’
        Fees/Costs
        Payments
        Total Outlays
        FY 1989 6 $1,317,654.78 $54,107.14 0 $0.00 0 $0.00 $1,371,761.92
        FY 1990 88 $53,252,510.46 $1,379,005.79 4 $57,699.48 0 $0.00 $54,689,215.73
        FY 1991 114 $95,980,493.16 $2,364,758.91 30 $496,809.21 0 $0.00 $98,842,061.28
        FY 1992 130 $94,538,071.30 $3,001,927.97 118 $1,212,677.14 0 $0.00 $98,752,676.41
        FY 1993 162 $119,693,267.87 $3,262,453.06 272 $2,447,273.05 0 $0.00 $125,402,993.98
        FY 1994 158 $98,151,900.08 $3,571,179.67 335 $3,166,527.38 0 $0.00 $104,889,607.13
        FY 1995 169 $104,085,265.72 $3,652,770.57 221 $2,276,136.32 0 $0.00 $110,014,172.61
        FY 1996 163 $100,425,325.22 $3,096,231.96 216 $2,364,122.71 0 $0.00 $105,885,679.89
        FY 1997 179 $113,620,171.68 $3,898,284.77 142 $1,879,418.14 0 $0.00 $119,397,874.59
        FY 1998 165 $127,546,009.19 $4,002,278.55 121 $1,936,065.50 0 $0.00 $133,484,353.24
        FY 1999 96 $95,917,680.51 $2,799,910.85 117 $2,306,957.40 0 $0.00 $101,024,548.76
        FY 2000 136 $125,945,195.64 $4,112,369.02 80 $1,724,451.08 0 $0.00 $131,782,015.74
        FY 2001 97 $105,878,632.57 $3,373,865.88 57 $2,066,224.67 0 $0.00 $111,318,723.12
        FY 2002 80 $59,799,604.39 $2,653,598.89 50 $656,244.79 0 $0.00 $63,109,448.07
        FY 2003 65 $82,816,240.07 $3,147,755.12 69 $1,545,654.87 0 $0.00 $87,509,650.06
        FY 2004 57 $61,933,764.20 $3,079,328.55 69 $1,198,615.96 0 $0.00 $66,211,708.71
        FY 2005 64 $55,065,797.01 $2,694,664.03 71 $1,790,587.29 0 $0.00 $59,551,048.33
        FY 2006 68 $48,746,162.74 $2,441,199.02 54 $1,353,632.61 0 $0.00 $52,540,994.37
        FY 2007 82 $91,449,433.89 $4,034,154.37 61 $1,692,020.25 0 $0.00 $97,175,608.51
        FY 2008 141 $75,716,552.06 $5,191,770.83 74 $2,531,394.20 2 $117,265.31 $83,556,982.40
        FY 2009 131 $74,142,490.58 $5,404,711.98 36 $1,557,139.53 28 $4,241,362.55 $85,345,704.64
        FY 2010 173 $179,387,341.30 $5,961,744.40 59 $1,933,550.09 22 $1,978,803.88 $189,261,439.67
        FY 2011 251 $216,319,428.47 $9,572,042.87 403 $5,589,417.19 28 $2,001,770.91 $233,482,659.44
        FY 2012 249 $163,491,998.82 $9,241,427.33 1,020 $8,649,676.56 37 $5,420,257.99 $186,803,360.70
        FY 2013 375 $254,666,326.70 $13,543,099.70 704 $7,012,615.42 50 $1,454,851.74 $276,676,893.56
        FY 2014 365 $202,084,196.12 $12,161,422.64 508 $6,824,566.68 38 $2,493,460.73 $223,563,646.17
        FY 2015 508 $204,137,880.22 $14,445,776.29 118 $3,546,785.14 50 $3,089,497.68 $225,219,939.33

        superted

        October 23, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      • Don’t always take me literally, I was being facetious. Do you remember the plot to lace the entire Birmingham water supply with LSD? They made a documentary about it, I think the bust was called “Operation Julia” or something like that.

        trev

        October 23, 2020 at 10:11 pm

      • trev

        October 23, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      • Julie’s been working for the Drug Squad!

        The number of people I know, including me, who’ve been up against the Law for stuff like poss of dope..

        Well, mine took place when I was 18 and it was not the Magistrates but York County Court with the Judge in a Whig and all. The filth threatened me in the cells an’ all, good copper bad copper. Claimed we were big North London dealers. All they had were roaches and a couple of chillums.

        Like me, like a few tens of thousands of us.

        Andrew Coates

        October 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      • Me too! A long time ago… I don’t think it’s taken quite so seriously nowadays unless you’re growing the stuff or dealing in it.

        trev

        October 23, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      • Might be different for substances such as LSD and Magic Mushrooms though, both ‘Class A’ as far as I know, but it’s not something you hear about these days, don’t think it’s a thing now, just something old hippies did back in the day. God knows what people are getting high on now.

        trev

        October 23, 2020 at 10:51 pm

      • not done any lcd then trev, magic mushrooms grow on may hill and the sheep are fkn maniacs they see you nicking there shit and they loose the plot lol.

        http://psypressuk.com/2014/03/12/reservoir-drugs-enduring-myth-lsd-water-supply/

        superted

        October 23, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      • coats it is £10 a g for weed round here and more for the better stuff but this should of been mad legal years ago regulated and taxed same as tobacco.

        but big pharma do not like it as it is as simple as planting a seed and suppressed testing for decades when it can cure a lot of stuff processed right now coming to light with cbd oil ect

        superted

        October 23, 2020 at 10:48 pm

  46. Do you thing £500 million was enough for the Track & trace System Matt Hancock, or do you need a few £ billion more, but do you think the Track & Trace System can work with £10 billion.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 23, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    • That’s not what I was told. The migration from legacy benefits to universal credit was to send/give the claimant a letter stating that he/she has twelve weeks to complete the process to claim universal benefit, moving from JSA to UC with the help of the Jobcentre. After twelve weeks, at the end of the twelve week period, if the claimant had not been migrated onto UC legacy benefit would stop for him/her summarily leaving him/her with no income until he/she successfully applied for and was awarded UC.

      Robins

      October 23, 2020 at 5:59 pm

  47. This is interesting. It would appear the Jobcentre cannot close your claim if you refuse to switch to an online account when claiming UC. They can only encourage you.

    Claiming Universal Credit by phone
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claiming_universal_credit_by_pho#incoming-1663272https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claiming_universal_credit_by_pho#incoming-1663272

    jj joop

    October 23, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    • The DWP can not shut down Legacy Benefits because a lot of them are still on the Paper System which means a Receipt, Bar Code & The Royal Coat Of Arms, Unlike Universal Credit with no Receipts Online is not immiscible evidence in a legal case DWP. The Tories are now seeing that Universal Credit is working against them & they don’t know what to do. All reverting back to paper & legacy benefits to save Universal Credit from sinking as the Tories Flag Ship Welfare Reform which they used to be so proud of.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 23, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      • it is because you will still have to sign the paper cc tho do not ever give them a email address or you might find your claim then goes to digital 😉

        superted

        October 23, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      • It does look like your signing up to it and there arn’t any advantages.That thing could take over your life if you let it and cause anxiety.Call me old fashioned but it was find a job and sign off,that way you keep your wages they keep their benefit’s and you keep your sanity.

        Advantages of a digital claim

        Claimants asking about making a claim by phone should be informed that if they are
        capable of claiming online this has advantages which include

        twenty-four hour access to their account

        an online journal to keep track of their claim

        the ability to update circumstances immediately

        view when payments are due

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/651495/response/1542512/attach/2/Spotlight%20on%20Claims%20by%20phone.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1

        ken

        October 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      • This is only available to cases
        flagged as phone claims and only when the claimant’s identity has been verified
         this sends a link to the claimant’s email address for them to set a password. The
        service sets a user name once a password has been set

        DSC_0030_02

        like i said do not give them a email address EVER!

        superted

        October 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    • THE DWP NUDGE UNIT WORKING

      Coercion (/koʊˈɜːrʒən, -ʃən/) is the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of threats or force.[1] It involves a set of various types of forceful actions that violate the free will of an individual to induce a desired response, for example: a bully demanding lunch money from a student or the student gets beaten. These actions may include extortion, blackmail, torture, threats to induce favors, or even sexual assault. In law, coercion is codified as a duress crime. Such actions are used as leverage, to force the victim to act in a way contrary to their own interests. Coercion may involve the actual infliction of physical pain/injury or psychological harm in order to enhance the credibility of a threat. The threat of further harm may lead to the cooperation or obedience of the person being coerced.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 23, 2020 at 4:47 pm

  48. David Cameron is Banksy.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 23, 2020 at 5:08 pm

  49. World leaders are planning new lock downs to introduce “The World Debt Reset Program” which includes universal basic income and vaccination requirements

    https://olduvai.ca/?p=55380

    superted

    October 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    • Trev will be pleased to get his universal basic income.

      Cloverleaf

      October 23, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      • I’m in favour of Unconditional Basic Income with no strings attached.

        trev

        October 23, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      • If that ever happens, trev, it’l be set at too low a level to support yourself.

        Robins

        October 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

      • @ Robins

        But it would give people the flexibility they need to do part-time or temporary jobs without fear of being financially punished. Or for example the freedom to cash-in an old Pension fund without worrying about losing Benefits. Or perhaps it might enable people to do seasonal work without fear of losing their home, as you would be able to travel to another part of the country to pick fruit or Hops, etc. if you knew that UBI would cover your rent whilst you’re away.

        trev

        October 24, 2020 at 11:07 am

      • I didn’t say that it wouldn’t be a good thing, trev, only that it won’t happen or at least won’t happen fully enough to allow people to live independently on such an income. Too few people would benefit from it and would therefore object to paying taxes towards it to it to enable any government to implement it. Especially with hard times ahead of us as a third country separate from the mighty EU, still recovering from the historic financial crash of 2010 with massive debt to service following the national coronavirus contagion of 2020.

        Robins

        October 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

  50. New Style Employment and Support Allowance

    You may be able to claim New Style Employment and Support Allowance with, or instead of Universal Credit, depending on your National Insurance record

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance#how-long-youll-get-esa-for

    superted

    October 23, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    • Eligibility

      To get New Style ESA you usually need to have been working within the last 2 to 3 years, and have made (or been credited with) Class 1 or Class 2 National Insurance contributions.”

      Robins

      October 24, 2020 at 10:56 am

      • Good story in the Mail. Official figures reveal fewer than 20 deaths in people under 40 in the supposedly even-more-deadly ‘second wave’.

        The latest NHS update published yesterday showed that just one person under the age of 20, and another 13 under 40, have died with coronavirus in English hospitals since the start of September.

        By contrast, 1,425 patients over 80 have died over the same period, along with another 1,093 aged between 60 and 79.

        It means the elderly account for a staggering 94 per cent of hospital deaths this time round.

        Wider figures from the Office for National Statistics covering all deaths across the UK tell the same story, with just 247 deaths among working-age people since the end of summer compared with 2,026 among pensioners.

        They cover a slightly shorter period than the NHS figures.

        It will put fresh pressure on ministers to avoid a new nationwide lockdown that could lead to other deadly diseases such as cancer and heart disease going untreated, and further damage young people’s mental health and job prospects.

        Last night cancer consultant Prof Karol Sikora said: “On the whole, it is not a young person’s illness, healthy young people especially.

        “But they are playing the societal price in terms of education, university and social activities, and they will be paying the bill one day because the old people won’t be there.

        It’s a matter of balance and we’ve not got it right. It’s really important we don’t throw all the resources at Covid.”

        Stepping Razor Plate Sound System

        October 31, 2020 at 3:38 am

  51. There will be strings attached Trev, can you really see them giving you money for free and living happily ever after no way, the parasite class are out to enslave everyone on the planet.

    Cloverleaf

    October 23, 2020 at 10:01 pm

  52. superted

    October 23, 2020 at 10:35 pm

  53. @trev: They could save themselves a lot of money, time and trouble, if they just put on Universal Basic Income. It’s bound to happen anyway, sometime in the future. It’s the only logical solution.

    Alan Turner

    October 23, 2020 at 11:15 pm

  54. Government set to cash in on their own mandated rule.

    Its often said and rightly so that a government never does anything that does not benefit them financially and sure enough here we go again.

    As of after the 31st of October 2020, the government intends to once again charge VAT for PPE despite MANDATING IN LAW any person going into an enclosed space MUST WEAR A FACE MASK other than their own home.

    Bad enough if you dont you could face arrest and a fine of upto £10’000 or worse still be legally refused custom for such things as food for example and even employment, government wants to cash in on it knowing all the while its a tax NO ONE can AVOID unless they want to starve and or be unemployed.

    I quickly vision washable coverings will become a thing yet as i have observed on many occasions, many arent actually washing them enough to classify as sanitary for use so as to protect the person let alone anyone else.

    Lowering protecting pay while bills remain the same and prices grow or size of product shrinks, voting against feeding children out of term time, allowing tier 3 people to travel to other lower tier areas to work, enforcing all unemployed MUST look for and except work involving 90 min travel each way, must be prepared to use public transport (very increased risk of contracting infection) or face sanction. Etc, etc, etc.

    Is there no end this government wont put you at risk and place the entire burden on you rather than themselves who after all FAILED to shut down our borders and refuse travel in and out the moment it was reported as far back as December 2019 that China AGAIN (always the epicenter) had set about causing yet another SARS INFECTION OUTBREAK.

    Doug

    October 24, 2020 at 10:48 am

  55. superted

    October 24, 2020 at 1:35 pm

  56. @superted: These people demonstrating in London, are going to cause more infections, and more deaths. How can they be so selfish and frankly, so stupid ? Do they ever think about other people ?

    Alan Turner

    October 24, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    • Of the deaths registered in Week 41, 438 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, accounting for 4.4% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase of 117 deaths compared with Week 40 (when there were 321 deaths involving COVID-19, accounting for 3.2% of all deaths).

      https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending9october2020

      COVID: The Virus That Isn’t There: The Root Fraud Exposed

      The CDC is admitting the virus hasn’t been isolated. In other words, its existence is unproven.

      https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/10/09/covid-the-virus-that-isnt-there-the-root-fraud-exposed/

      https://www.fda.gov/media/134922/download

      superted

      October 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      • So what is causing respiratory failure in certain cases and is transmittable one person to another if not a bacterial infection ?

        Before covid we had a whole list and experience in matters relating to other causes like for instance COPD, pneumonia, pulmonary vascular diseases, etc.
        Dont you think its a little odd that out of the blue global governments banded together, recruited the majority of the medical fraternity and agreed to deny the existence of known related causes and call it something new ?

        Im all for theories BUT it mustn’t stop short of admitting its own flaws and must stand the riggers of an applied scientific method. Has those who protest admitted any, applied the method and proven their theory ?

        Doug

        October 25, 2020 at 8:05 am

      • Doug a cold and chickenpox are viruses too and contagious!

        kattyrehman

        October 25, 2020 at 10:40 am

      • Viruses are not bacteria, Doug. Viruses are not living things really, are much smaller than bacteria, and couldn’t even be seen physically until the invention of the electron microscope in the 1930s.

        Aleister

        October 25, 2020 at 8:39 am

      • @Aleister

        According to what superted has published/linked to, a virus cannot be isolated and thus proved to exist.
        This leaves bacteria,fungi and protozoa.

        Its not a fungi we know of. It does not fit the bill of a known protozoa and thus if not a virus leaves bacteria as a possible culprit.

        Now its not beyond the realms of something entirely new but currently via consensus both public and medicine alike are looking at it as something identifiable and hence the phrasing of the question posed.

        Im not saying its a bacteria, im giving superted a platform to explain to the readers not only why its not but what is it if it isnt a virus.

        Doug

        October 25, 2020 at 11:13 am

    • And they are with the fash.

      My friends hate them like poison.

      Andrew Coates

      October 24, 2020 at 3:12 pm

  57. Over 300 MPs Voted Against Free School Meals for Children

    This Is How Much They Have Claimed in Expenses in the Last Year

    322 MPs have recently voted against free meals for children in dire circumstances.

    These MPs have believe that poor children are not entitled to free meals, whilst simultaneously claiming tens of thousands in expenses each year. This site allows you to find out if your MP has voted against this motion, as well as how much they have claimed for themselves.

    MP Constituency Political Party Expenses Claimed in 2019/20

    Kevin Hollinrake Thirsk and Malton Conservative £88,197.05
    Karl McCartney Lincoln Conservative £82,196.62
    Marcus Fysh Yeovil Conservative £81,520.11
    Philip Davies Shipley Conservative £78,150.78
    David Morris Morcambe and Lunesdale Conservative £77,676.25
    David Duguid Banff and Buchan Conservative £76,840.99
    John Lamont Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk Conservative £76,392.08
    Karen Bradley Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative £76,361.62
    Andrew Bowie West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Conservative £72,209.00
    Johnny Mercer Plymouth Conservative £69,644.02
    Jack Brereton Stoke on Trent South Conservative £67,290.06
    David Mundell Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Conservative £67,110.07
    David Warburton Somerton and Frome Conservative £65,226.97
    Richard Bacon South Norfolk Conservative £63,656.09
    Luke Hall Thornbury and Yate Conservative £63,179.20
    Tobias Ellwood Bournemouth East Conservative £62,321.99
    Damian Collins Folkestone and Hythe Conservative £61,394.52
    Alberto Costa South Leicestershire Conservative £61,292.27
    Rachel Maclean Redditch Conservative £61,259.42
    Mark Jenkinson Workington Conservative £61,197.82
    Geoffrey Cox Torridge and West Devon Conservative £60,977.51
    Brandon Lewis Great Yarmouth Conservative £60,602.45
    Matt Hancock West Suffolk Conservative £60,373.12
    Jake Berry Rossendale and Darwen Conservative £60,344.09
    John Stevenson Carlisle Conservative £59,921.45
    Bim Afolami Hitchin and Harpenden Conservative £59,704.43
    John Hayes South Holland and The Deepings Conservative £59,646.36
    Stuart Andrew Pudsey Conservative £59,237.34
    Ben Bradley Mansfield Conservative £58,985.65
    Steve Double St Austell and Newquay Conservative £58,940.38
    Trudy Harrison Copeland Conservative £58,542.13
    William Cash Stone Conservative £58,381.42
    Anne-Marie Trevelyan Berwick-upon-Tweed Conservative £58,342.20
    Neil O’Brien Harborough Conservative £57,509.03
    Kevin Foster Torbay Conservative £57,307.15
    Michael Tomlinson Mid Dorset and North Poole Conservative £56,798.19
    Rebecca Pow Taunton Deane Conservative £56,649.39
    Ranil Jayawardena North East Hampshire Conservative £56,584.59
    Craig Whittaker Calder Valley Conservative £56,061.63
    Mark Pritchard Wrekin Conservative £56,030.94
    David Jones Clwyd West Conservative £55,815.45
    Michelle Donelan Chippenham Conservative £55,780.38
    Marcus Jones Nuneaton Conservative £54,795.54
    Caroline Dinenage Gosport Conservative £54,655.35
    Caroline Johnson Sleaford and North Hykeham Conservative £54,510.32
    James Cartlidge South Suffolk Conservative £54,420.59
    Scott Mann North Cornwall Conservative £54,124.42
    Andrew Bridgen North West Leicestershire Conservative £53,992.94
    Simon Clarke Middlesbrough Conservative £53,798.34
    Daniel Kawczynski Shrewsbury and Atcham Conservative £53,788.31
    Sheryll Murray South East Cornwall Conservative £53,644.47
    Victoria Prentis Banbury Conservative £53,644.35
    Alun Cairns Vale of Glamorgan Conservative £52,989.83
    Simon Hart Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Conservative £52,542.57
    Huw Merriman Bexhill and Battle Conservative £52,366.70
    Fiona Bruce Congleton Conservative £52,123.91
    Gary Streeter South West Devon Conservative £51,467.38
    Vicky Ford – Minister for Children Chelmsford Conservative £51,396.73
    John Glen Salisbury Conservative £51,378.33
    Robert Goodwill Scarborough and Whitby Conservative £51,032.15
    Mike Wood Dudley South Conservative £50,969.42
    Andrew Lewer Northampton South Conservative £50,838.68
    Kit Malthouse North West Hampshire Conservative £50,640.91
    Robert Jenrick Newark Conservative £50,536.77
    Jeremy Wright Kenilworth and Southam Conservative £50,172.15
    James Gray North Wiltshire Conservative £50,133.55
    Chris Heaton-Harris Daventry Conservative £50,003.81
    Mary Robinson Cheadle Conservative £49,912.02
    Amanda Milling Cannock Chase Conservative £49,910.94
    Stuart Anderson Wolverhampton South West Conservative £49,551.10
    Martin Vickers Cleethorpes Conservative £49,316.29
    Alister Jack Dumfries and Galloway Conservative £49,240.52
    Laurence Robertson Tewkesbury Conservative £49,059.39
    David Davies Monmouth Conservative £48,947.69
    Mark Pawsey Rugby Conservative £48,837.96
    Bob Seely Isle of Wight Conservative £48,689.04
    Giles Watling Clacton Conservative £48,636.83
    Tom Tugendhat Tonbridge and Malling Conservative £48,507.65
    Helen Whately Faversham and Mid Kent Conservative £48,025.31
    Penny Mordaunt Portsmouth North Conservative £47,926.51
    Maggie Throup Erewash Conservative £47,648.03
    Alan Mak Havant Conservative £47,552.05
    Jack Lopresti Filton and Bradley Stoke Conservative £47,339.20
    Guy Opperman Hexham Conservative £47,252.19
    Robert Courts Witney Conservative £47,128.96
    Ian Liddell-Grainger Bridgwater and West Somerset Conservative £46,970.16
    Peter Bone Wellingborough Conservative £46,881.23
    Mark Menzies Fylde Conservative £46,847.31
    Alec Shelbrooke Elmet and Rothwell Conservative £46,649.25
    Kemi Badenoch Saffron Walden Conservative £46,482.50
    David Rutley Macclesfield Conservative £46,369.87
    Richard Graham Gloucester Conservative £46,362.29
    Chris Skidmore Kingswood Conservative £46,317.51
    Christopher Pincher Tamworth Conservative £46,156.22
    Mark Garnier Wyre Forest Conservative £46,051.57
    Robert Buckland South Swindon Conservative £46,031.38
    David Davis Haltemprice and Howden Conservative £46,015.53
    Jesse Norman Hereford and South Herefordshire Conservative £46,003.27
    Henry Smith Crawley Conservative £45,861.02
    Eddie Hughes Walsall North Conservative £45,548.22
    Bob Blackman Harrow East Conservative £45,532.93
    Peter Aldous Waveney Conservative £45,181.18
    Craig Tracey North Warwickshire Conservative £45,091.66
    Andy Carter Warrington South Conservative £45,017.66
    Nigel Adams Selby and Ainsty Conservative £44,963.34
    William Wragg Hazel Grove Conservative £44,689.15
    Heather Wheeler South Derbyshire Conservative £44,202.25
    Mark Spencer Sherwood Conservative £44,119.29
    Chris Green Bolton West Conservative £43,990.50
    Jo Churchill Bury ST Edmunds Conservative £43,860.28
    Iain Stewart Milton Keynes South Conservative £43,802.98
    Lucy Allan Telford Conservative £43,313.12
    Caroline Nokes Romsey and Southampton North Conservative £43,310.57
    Andrea Jenkyns Morley and Outwood Conservative £43,272.95
    Greg Clark Tunbridge Wells Conservative £43,158.24
    Julian Knight Solihull Conservative £43,136.60
    Alicia Kearns Rutland and Melton Conservative £43,108.53
    Gavin Williamson South Staffordshire Conservative £42,092.87
    James Daly Bury North Conservative £41,895.96
    John Whittingdale Maldon Conservative £41,087.95
    Andrew Selous South West Bedfordshire Conservative £40,569.35
    Helen Grant Maidstone and The Weald Conservative £40,494.56
    Nigel Huddleston Mid Worcestershire Conservative £40,465.53
    Damian Hinds East Hampshire Conservative £40,207.33
    Steve Brine Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Conservative £39,759.97
    Robert Syms Poole Conservative £39,713.13
    Conor Burns Bournemouth WEST Conservative £39,451.64
    Simon Fell Barrow and Furness Conservative £39,172.95
    Virginia Crosbie Ynys Môn Conservative £38,969.97
    Jacob Young Redcar Conservative £38,898.11
    Alex Chalk Cheltenham Conservative £38,821.77
    Derek Thomas St Ives Conservative £38,184.92
    Nusrat Ghani Wealden Conservative £37,733.30
    Dehenna Davison Bishope Auckland Conservative £37,108.76
    Andrew Mitchell Sutton Coldfield Conservative £36,895.92
    Craig Williams Montgomeryshire Conservative £36,830.44
    Thérèse Coffey Suffolk Coastal Conservative £36,379.44
    Mark Eastwood Dewsbury Conservative £36,203.92
    James Morris Halesowen and Rowley Regis Conservative £35,754.40
    Ruth Edwards Rushcliffe Conservative £35,566.94
    Andrew Stephenson Pendle Conservative £34,901.70
    Steve Barclay North East Cambridgeshire Conservative £34,778.86
    Chloe Smith Norwich North Conservative £34,706.05
    Mark Harper Forest of Dean Conservative £34,671.90
    Gareth Johnson Dartford Conservative £34,560.30
    Sarah Atherton Wrexham Conservative £34,213.11
    Lee Anderson Ashfield Conservative £34,076.75
    Oliver Heald North East Hertfordshire Conservative £33,698.06
    Adam Holloway Gravesham Conservative £33,069.55
    Wendy Morton Aldridge-Brownhills Conservative £32,922.24
    Andrew Rosindell Romford Conservative £32,835.54
    Cheryl Gillan Chesham and Amersham Conservative £32,592.85
    Kate Griffiths Burton Conservative £32,575.44
    Craig Mackinlay South Thanet Conservative £32,445.32
    Aaron Bell Newcastle under Lyme Conservative £32,383.00
    Nigel Mills Amber Valley Conservative £32,027.20
    Lee Rowley North East Derbyshire Conservative £31,473.63
    Andrea Leadsom South Northamptonshire Conservative £31,412.66
    Jane Stevenson Wolverhampton North East Conservative £31,399.53
    Graham Brady Altrincham and Sale West Conservative £31,222.85
    Danny Kruger Devizes Conservative £30,909.72
    Kieran Mullan Crew and Nantwich Conservative £30,838.03
    Mark Logan Bolton North East Conservative £30,831.47
    John Howell Henley Conservative £30,762.70
    Brendan Clarke-Smith Bassetlaw Conservative £30,638.73
    Andrew Jones Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative £30,599.76
    Andrew Murrison South West Wiltshire Conservative £30,389.93
    Owen Paterson North Shropshire Conservative £30,362.28
    Selaine Saxby North Devon Conservative £30,315.41
    Jonathan Gullis Stoke on Trent North Conservative £30,237.56
    Tom Hunt Ipswich Conservative £29,939.85
    Peter Gibson Darlington Conservative £29,910.88
    Antony Higginbotham Burnley Conservative £29,570.96
    Edward Argar Charnwood Conservative £29,449.23
    Miriam Cates Penistone and Stocksbridge Conservative £29,413.63
    Saqib Bhatti Meriden Conservative £29,374.48
    Robin Millar Aberconwy Conservative £29,286.74
    Nadine Dorries Mid Bedfordshire Conservative £29,137.43
    Justin Tomlinson North Swindon Conservative £29,125.55
    Bill Wiggin North Herefordshire Conservative £28,964.57
    Duncan Baker North Norfolk Conservative £28,848.74
    Mike Penning Hemel Hempstead Conservative £28,720.79
    Ben Everitt Milton Keynes North Conservative £28,675.37
    Will Quince Colchester Conservative £28,468.73
    Jane Hunt Loughborough Conservative £28,429.32
    Jo Gideon Stoke-on-Trent Central Conservative £28,420.39
    Natalie Elphicke Dover Conservative £28,397.56
    Harriet Baldwin West Worcestershire Conservative £28,326.71
    Mark Francois Rayleigh and Wickford Conservative £28,217.50
    Michael Ellis Northampton North Conservative £28,074.46
    Maria Caulfield Lewes Conservative £27,881.99
    Katherine Fletcher South Ribble Conservative £27,864.25
    Angela Richardson Guildford Conservative £27,733.17
    Gary Sambrook Birmingham, Northfield Conservative £27,574.04
    Matt Vickers Stockton South Conservative £27,515.84
    Alok Sharma Reading West Conservative £27,340.59
    Suella Braverman Fareham Conservative £27,268.75
    Michael Fabricant Lichfield Conservative £26,992.95
    Matt Warman Boston and Skegness Conservative £26,979.21
    James Cleverly Braintree Conservative £26,848.60
    Kelly Tolhurst Rochester and Strood Conservative £26,708.57
    Suzanne Webb Stourbridge Conservative £26,637.79
    Chris Loder West Dorset Conservative £26,613.58
    Paul Scully Sutton and Cheam Conservative £26,529.29
    Rehman Chishti Gillingham and Rainham Conservative £26,449.60
    Iain Duncan Smith Chingford and Woodford Green Conservative £26,313.87
    Greg Knight East Yorkshire Conservative £26,239.86
    Gillian Keegan Chichester Conservative £26,118.49
    George Eustice Camborne and Redruth Conservative £26,070.07
    Robert Neill Bromley and Chislehurst Conservative £25,764.75
    Fay Jones Brecon and Radnorshire Conservative £25,717.57
    Theresa Villiers Chipping Barnet Conservative £25,620.51
    Mike Freer Finchley and Golders Green Conservative £25,501.84
    Chris Grayling Epsom and Ewell Conservative £25,420.50
    Robin Walker Worcester Conservative £25,325.49
    Mims Davies Mid Sussex Conservative £25,219.44
    Darren Henry Broxtowe Conservative £25,195.85
    Robert Largan High Peak Conservative £25,117.33
    Jonathan Djanogly Huntingdon Conservative £25,053.55
    Robbie Moore Keighley Conservative £24,869.13
    Bob Stewart Beckenham Conservative £24,826.00
    Crispin Blunt Reigate Conservative £24,710.75
    Nick Gibb Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Conservative £24,615.48
    James Sunderland Bracknell Conservative £24,522.48
    James Grundy Leigh Conservative £24,311.17
    Mel Stride Central Devon Conservative £24,030.05
    Anthony Browne South Cambridgeshire Conservative £23,706.15
    Cherilyn Mackrory Truro and Falmouth Conservative £23,515.26
    Ian Levy Blyth Valley Conservative £23,097.73
    Luke Evans Bosworth Conservative £22,775.55
    Laura Farris Newbury Conservative £22,707.31
    Nicola Richards West Bromwich East Conservative £22,693.66
    Jeremy Hunt South West Surrey Conservative £22,487.49
    Damian Green Ashford Conservative £22,215.15
    Julian Lewis New Forest East Independent £22,176.37
    David Amess Southend West Conservative £22,083.14
    Victoria Atkins Louth and Horncastle Conservative £22,050.46
    Paul Beresford Mole Valley Conservative £21,817.87
    Jackie Doyle Price Thurrock Conservative £21,753.21
    Julia Lopez Hornchurch and Upminster Conservative £21,598.06
    George Freeman Mid Norfolk Conservative £21,518.65
    Jeremy Quin Horsham Conservative £21,478.08
    Rebecca Harris Castle Point Conservative £21,272.41
    Sara Britcliffe Hyndburn Conservative £21,232.70
    Sajid Javid Bromsgrove Conservative £21,172.78
    Julian Smith Skipton and Ripon Conservative £20,882.37
    John Penrose Weston-super-Mare Conservative £20,779.86
    Greg Hands Chelsea and Fulham Conservative £20,638.89
    Mark Fletcher Bolsover Conservative £20,623.13
    Nick Fletcher Don Valley Conservative £20,595.02
    Marco Longhi Dudley North Conservative £20,198.13
    Imran Ahmad Khan Wakefield Conservative £20,150.82
    Gordon Henderson Sittingbourne and Sheppey Conservative £20,081.88
    James Davies Vale of Clwyd Conservative £19,577.41
    Flick Drummond Meon Valley Conservative £19,504.00
    Alexander Stafford Rother Valley Conservative £19,465.21
    Stephen Metcalfe outh Basildon and East Thurrock Conservative £19,251.24
    Jamie Wallis Bridgend Conservative £19,092.78
    Philip Hollobone Kettering Conservative £18,887.58
    Chris Philp Croydon South Conservative £18,031.70
    Edward Leigh Gainsbourough Conservative £17,864.46
    Nickie Aiken Cities of London and Westminster Conservative £17,224.73
    Gareth Davies Grantham and Stamford Conservative £17,096.42
    Rob Roberts Delyn Conservative £17,009.67
    Simon Baynes Clwyd South Conservative £16,983.37
    Shaun Bailey West Bromwich West Conservative £16,832.58
    Steve Baker Wycombe Conservative £16,770.60
    Anthony Mangnall Totnes Conservative £16,337.35
    Richard Fuller North East Bedfordshire Conservative £16,328.05
    Dean Russell Watford Conservative £16,188.03
    James Wild North West Norfolk Conservative £16,085.01
    Amanda Solloway Derby North Conservative £15,873.96
    Nadhim Zahawi Stratford-on-Avon Conservative £15,471.07
    Maria Miller Basingstoke Conservative £14,851.20
    Jonathan Lord Woking Conservative £14,195.60
    Simon Jupp East Devon Conservative £14,094.31
    Paul Bristow Peterborough Conservative £14,072.66
    Chris Clarkson Heywood and Middleton Conservative £13,886.25
    Grant Shapps Welwyn Hatfield Conservative £13,454.99
    Theo Clarke Stafford Conservative £13,168.22
    Michael Gove Surrey Heath Conservative £13,087.49
    Sally-Ann Hart Hastings and Rye Conservative £12,855.78
    Oliver Dowden Hertsmere Conservative £12,631.30
    David Johnston Wantage Conservative £12,480.51
    Felicity Buchan Kensington Conservative £12,137.69
    Richard Drax South Dorset Conservative £12,066.48
    Peter Bottomley Worthing West Conservative £11,721.63
    Desmond Swayne New Forest West Conservative £11,309.05
    James Brokenshire Old Bexley and Sidcup Conservative £11,299.13
    Rob Butler Aylesbury Conservative £10,920.56
    Ben Spencer Runnymede and Weybridge Conservative £10,459.97
    Paul Holmes Eastleigh Conservative £10,095.95
    Alex Burghart Brentwood and Ongar Conservative £9,386.27
    Gareth Bacon Orpington Conservative £9,121.12
    David Evennett Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative £9,097.39
    Greg Smith Buckingham Conservative £9,044.97
    Paul Howell Sedgefield Conservative £8,390.95
    Julie Marson Hertford and Stortford Conservative £8,202.63
    Sarah Dines Derbyshire Dales Conservative £8,115.33
    Lucy Frazer South East Cambridgeshire Conservative £7,655.27
    Tom Randall Gedling Conservative £7,420.47
    Edward Timpson Eddisbury Conservative £7,394.46
    Jerome Mayhew Broadland Conservative £6,643.29
    David Simmonds Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner Conservative £6,615.11
    Kwasi Kwarteng Spelthorne Conservative £6,402.12
    Stephen Hammond Wimbledon Conservative £6,189.18
    Claire Coutinho East Surrey Conservative £6,166.64
    Laura Trott Sevenoaks Conservative £6,066.80
    Andrew Griffith Arundel and South Downs Conservative £6,019.09
    Boris Johnson Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative £5,435.14
    Theresa May Maidenhead Conservative £5,243.87
    Scott Benton Blackpool South Conservative £5,094.13
    Gagan Mohindra South West Hertfordshire Conservative £4,306.56
    John Redwood Wokingham Conservative £3,557.18
    Adam Afriyie Windsor Conservative £3,547.00
    Rishi Sunak Richmond (Yorks) Conservative £3,047.00
    Jacob Rees-Mogg North East Somerset Conservative £0.00

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 24, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    • All Conservatives.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 24, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      • Jacob Rees-Mogg North East Somerset Conservative £0.00

        Jacob is the only one without expenses. Well done Jacob can’t you tell all the other Tory MPs how to do it !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 24, 2020 at 3:14 pm

  58. It’s hard to follow all the rules,
    To wear a mask, and keep a social distance,
    And do these things,
    Not from choice,
    But government insistence.

    Yet it’s not about individuals,
    And if they wear a mask,
    Though some would say that this,
    Is very little to ask,
    To take a few precautions,
    Is this too much to do ?
    We are all a part of society,
    It’s not just about me or you.

    So before you set off marching,
    In another loud demonstration,
    Ask yourself this,
    Am I helping in this dreadful situation ?
    Or simply putting my selfish desires,
    Above the health of the nation ?

    Random Poet

    October 24, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      October 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      • Put them all in lockdown because they are going that way anyway. Rude selfish greedy people.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 24, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      • @Andrew Coates – These ‘fashionable’ demonstrations are a joke. Like rats following the Pied Piper.
        I see Piers Corbyn is back again, after being fined £10,000 pounds for the last one of these. Alan Turner and Trev are both absolutely correct, and you too Andrew.
        This is crazy behaviour, and it is just going to spread more and more infection. And as for Random, he puts it poetically right on the nail. What about other people ?

        Jeff Smith

        October 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      • I am a undying health condition & these idiots just want to get pissed on booze.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 24, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      • Those face masks being sold don’t work.

        Face masks sold by major high street retailers are letting through up to 93 per cent of particles providing almost no protection from coronavirus.

        Consumer watchdog Which? has tested 15 of the most common face masks available online and on the UK’s high streets and found wild disparities between their effectiveness.

        According to Which? its highest rated face coverings were able to filter more than 99 per cent of particles, similar to those warn in medical settings, while the worst were only able to filter seven per cent.

        https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2020/10/30/face-masks-sold-in-major-uk-retailers-let-through-93-of-particles-according-to-which/

        ken

        October 31, 2020 at 7:24 pm

  59. How many INITIAL repayments have been paused or suspended by the DWP or DWP Repayments

    1. How many debts were loaded onto the Department’s Debt Management system from
    July 2018 to January 2019, which are being recovered via Universal Credit?

    Answer: The number of cases registered on Debt Manager between 1st July 208 and 31st
    January 2019 where a repayment was recovered from Universal Credit in September
    2020 was 161,230.

    2. What percentage of people who are currently repaying debt to DWP are on a hardship
    rate?

    Answer: 7%

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/how_many_initial_repayments_have#incoming-1663232

    superted

    October 24, 2020 at 8:15 pm

  60. Sad about the school meals, this will impact hugely on the kids in our school. So far a football team are pledging free meals for kids not sure about other provisions

    kattyrehman

    October 25, 2020 at 9:55 am

  61. How the MEAN Psychologists Got US to Comply with Coronavirus Restrictions!

    http://tapnewswire.com/2020/10/how-the-mean-psychologists-got-us-to-comply-with-coronavirus-restrictions/

    Tigerlily

    October 25, 2020 at 11:11 am

    • I would rather spend my money on what I wanted rather than give my money away.

      There are many of us!

      xclausx

      October 25, 2020 at 11:53 am

    • @ Tigerlily

      Yet more Covid-denial bullshit. Nudge Theory is predominantly used by the DWP, people aren’t following Covid rules because they’re being psychologically manipulated, they are doing so because it is basic common sense to adhere to official advice/instructions during a National and Global health emergency, regardless of what cranks like David Icke and the QAnon lunatics may believe.

      trev

      October 25, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      • @trev – I don’t know why people pretend to believe this Covid-conspiracy stuff. It’s just an excuse for their selfish behaviour. And these demonstrations are no more than an easy opportunity to have a go at authority, and get their picture on social media.

        Jeff Smith

        October 25, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      • @ Jeff

        It seems to be a kind of subculture of paranoia deeply rooted in a mistrust of Authority, perhaps it stems from Watergate, I don’t know, but the internet has caused this nonsense to spread, allowing the gullible to be taken in, confirming their suspicions that every governmental department is out to get them. It’s a modern day form of superstition, giving rise to belief in a secret Cabal, the Deep State, the Secret Shadow Government etc.

        trev

        October 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      • the dwp dont lie tho do they pmsl 😉
        DSC_0693_01

        superted

        October 25, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      • The DWP is the one government Department you have every right to mistrust and be wary of, they really are out to get you and make your life hell, and along with the odious CSJ they really do use Nudge theory against you. But when it comes to the NHS and Public Health England you have to trust them, particularly during a pandemic.

        trev

        October 25, 2020 at 2:10 pm

  62. MPs should not get expenses to go & buy cocaine & bottles of bubbly. Stop kids having food the Tory MPs need their coke.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 25, 2020 at 11:40 am

  63. Track & Trace System for MPs on drugs aka MPs Drug testing. Of course the politicians don’t want that because it will work unlike the Track & trace we have today.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 25, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    • Good point about drug testing MPS Stepping, don’t some employers drug test their workers?

      kattyrehman

      October 25, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      • What like Snooker players !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 25, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      • Or even factory and warehouse!!

        kattyrehman

        October 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      • I would not know I just get the sandwiches in at lunchtime.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm

  64. What is a virus?

    Cloverleaf

    October 25, 2020 at 12:56 pm

  65. Talking to my local postman,a man in his late 50s. Now he has to collect parcels up to 20kg, and still do his normal delivery of letters ! Only if the parcel is too big for the trolley, can he call for a postal van. But their wages stay exactly the same.

    Alan Turner

    October 25, 2020 at 1:12 pm

  66. All these food places like Chicken Nuggets & Chips feeding the kids to die of heart diseases, well done give out the most crap food.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    • Even the American food chains are helping for helping them in Eat Out To Survive bailing out American Corporate food chains.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 25, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      • Can I have some peas please & the vegetarian option or do we all have to eat offal & it’s the Pigs Bollocks food.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 25, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      • American Beef it’s the Pigs Bollocks.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 25, 2020 at 2:41 pm

  67. Sorry to see that Kat Rehman has deleted her blog, I winder why ?

    Tom Sutton

    October 25, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    • Different Account.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 25, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      • I closed old one and new ones private, I’ll willingly add the old friends, but was getting more trolls and evils than genuine and I didn’t know who’s who anymore! I’m badly in need of a rest during half term, might get more active again when rested. Tom and Co, thanks for your support and kind words, hope 2 c u on the other side as it were

        kattyrehman

        October 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm

  68. When are the cabinet coming back off their 6 day holiday? Is that Monday when they do a statement & then go back on holiday for the rest of the week !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 25, 2020 at 3:06 pm

  69. Andrew Coates

    October 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

  70. Seven months have now passed and only one message from the Jobcentre appeared in my universal credit journal, informing me about half a dozen useless “courses” they were running, and every month another universal credit payment was credited to my bank account as regular as clockwork. I’m wondering now whether I’m going to be contacted by these people, who, previously were the bane of my life, this year! If not that’ll be over nine months of silence and non-interference in my existence by the DWP! How many ladies have become pregnant and given birth during my stay from the dole? I’m really pleased to have had a respite from DWP scrutiny as long as this but find it as weird as it is pleasant. Some people have said that the Jobcentres are due to up their game in November, but I don’t know whether that’s true or a Chinese whisper. It would be lovely to be left alone for the rest of the year and see out atrocious 2020 peacefully and quietly.

    Anybody else out there being left alone like this?

    I live in rural Cornwall – only got one city, Truro, which is smaller than many a town – and am wondering what’s going on with the DWP in more urban and/or populous areas. The Jobcentres supposedly opened their doors months ago but I haven’t heard of anybody being called in or even getting more than a very occasional email, phone call, SMS or message posted in their UC journal.

    What’s going on with you guys?

    Anything happening? Any news to spill? Or are you much the same as me?

    Hope everybody is getting by and mostly OK.

    Ro

    October 25, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    • @ Ro

      I’ve still heard nothing from the Jobcentre apart from an email telling me about Work Coach vacancies (lol). Otherwise zilch. I’m loving it but at the same time dreading the inevitable return to the normality of the fortnightly signing-on charade (I’m still on JSA). I wish the Jobcentres would remain shut permanently, after all they serve no real purpose and cost a fortune to run. Jobcentres are entirely unnecessary. People could sign a declaration annually online or by postal form. No need for jobsearch evidence requirements. Scrap UC too. Just pay Benefits automatically from now on. But you can bet that it will be business as usual, with lots more useless back-to-work schemes and Workfare placements etc. But more unemployment and fewer jobs.

      trev

      October 25, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      • Ro, I’ve had one phone call, that was on the 1st August, I don’t really give the joke shop much thought to be honest, I am doing my jobsearch has required so apart from that they can Bollox!

        Tigerlily

        October 25, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      • @trev- It would be something if they tried to modify the existing system. But they won’t. And when the unemployment chaos really starts, they will use Universal Credit as a shield. To cover up just how bad things are. You can hide a lot of unemployment, in the maze of Universal Credit training and zero-hours work.

        Jeff Smith

        October 25, 2020 at 8:47 pm

  71. I am waiting till the DWP are in so much chaos, like leaving the floods gates open.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm

  72. superted

    October 25, 2020 at 7:54 pm

  73. At least there is some media concern about self-employed Universal Credit claimants. They seem to have just forgotten about the 2 million legacy claimants. It’s as if we don’t exist.

    Jeff Smith

    October 25, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    • Never a mention in Parliament or in the media. I recently had a brief chat with a Council employee who was handing out leaflets about Covid and she was under the impression that JSA no longer exists! She thought that everyone was now on UC.

      trev

      October 25, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    • yep we could all drop down dead and would not be a problem this government does not care about saving any ones life they have there agenda and nothing is going to stop them playing it out the virus is just the excuse for doing it.

      they seem intent on destroying the economy to bankrupt the country for there new debt reset programme to wipe away 10 years of failed borrowing at record levels.

      `and it will be all our fault of course as they all think the sun shines out of all there asses when the plan is reveled and 10 million on the dole being sanctioned to death on mass workfair.

      The DWP was just forced to reveal that 100 benefit claimants a day have been dying on its watch
      https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/08/16/the-dwp-was-just-forced-to-reveal-that-100-benefit-claimants-a-day-have-been-dying-on-its-watch/#:~:text=The%20figures%20show%20that%20around,died%20while%20on%20the%20benefit.

      they dont shut down the jcp offices tho do they funny that when so many are being killed every day for years and years that is fine.

      and if the government did care atos and crapita would have also been gone years ago yet fight ever case at tribunal even know they will loose yet we all pay for the dwp court costs!

      superted

      October 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm

  74. I stumbled upon this:

    Future Jobcentre

    https://www.thombartley.com/futurejobcentre

    trev

    October 25, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      • Why do ppl attend jobcentres? Bcoc they’re forced to under threat of sanctions
        Why don’t ppl attend jobcentres? Bcoz if you’re like me you’re scared of being sanctioned

        kattyrehman

        October 26, 2020 at 8:36 am

    • @trev- This is a strange one you found Trev. Why is he doing this ? Who is paying him for this research ?
      And does Future Jobcentre have any involvement from the DWP ? Training provider organisations or right-wing pressure groups ? His agenda seems very supportive of the official line, where older people are ‘helped’ back into work etc. And the idea that the jobcentre system just needs a few small improvements, rather than any kind of serious overhaul.

      Jeff Smith

      October 25, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      • Strange indeed Jeff, that’s what I thought, and rather sinister. It appears that this guy Thom Bartley has been commissioned to redesign the Jobcentre, physically, structurally, and its role and services it provides, etc. yet it is not actually stated that he has been commissioned or by whom. I don’t know who he is, perhaps some further digging would reveal his credentials and agenda in this respect. I’m wondering if he has any connection with the CSJ or even the Institute for Statecraft?

        trev

        October 25, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      • On the face if it he appears to be involved in the Arts, as a West Midlands based Photographer. Why would he be involved in redesigning the Jobcentre? Maybe he’s working for MI5 or has connections in Government circles? Strange.

        trev

        October 25, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      • trev

        October 25, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      • Blade Runner is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, and written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos, it is loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work at space colonies. When a fugitive group of advanced replicants led by Roy Batty (Hauer) escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard (Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down.

        superted

        October 25, 2020 at 9:50 pm

  75. Former Taliban fighters are hired to clear minefields in Afghanistan: Insurgents are being paid £230 a month by UK charity that Princess Diana helped to promote

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8878291/Former-Taliban-fighters-hired-UK-charity-clear-minefields-Afghanistan-paid-230-month.html

    superted

    October 25, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    • I wonder how much an ordinary worker makes in Afghanistan? Probably a dollar a day, about 15 quid a month.

      trev

      October 25, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      • it is no different to mwa for 6 months down tesco stacking shelves other than you can get blown up in the process.

        would you do it trev for jsa im sure if you ask a provider they can use you as a profit unit and whip you of to Afghanistan so you can help them out.

        if you blow both of your arms and legs off you might even pass a wca when you return to the uk.

        a mine flail costs around $500,000 US. so humans are less expensive and it is always about the money!

        superted

        October 25, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    • superted

      October 25, 2020 at 11:38 pm

      • i think we need to nuke all the major city’s trev it is out of control.

        There were 2,703 excess deaths across England and Wales in September, official figures show – but coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of fatality.

        The numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are relative to the five-year average, counting from 2015 to 2019.

        The leading cause of death in September for both nations was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

        Office for National Statistics (ONS)
        @ONS
        In September 2020, there were 39,827 deaths registered in England, 2,568 deaths more than the five-year average (2015 to 2019.)

        In Wales, there were 2,610 deaths registered, 135 deaths more than the five-year average for September http://ow.ly/8vnf50C0w6J
        9:30 AM · Oct 23, 2020

        superted

        October 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      • superted

        October 25, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      • I don’t know why you’re still in denial, people are still dying of Covid, especially in my region:

        https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/latest-figures-confirm-37-more-covid-deaths-yorkshire-hospitals-3014154

        trev

        October 26, 2020 at 12:08 am

      • 1300 – 1600 ppl die in the uk anyway EVERY DAY can you not add up or read the ons web site on numbers!

        37 more dead yet 300ppl per day die from cancer % wise cov 19 is nothing in the death rates as from last week it was 4.4% so 95.2% died from other things.

        more cases = lock downs for the governments agenda via msm like i said above it is all about the money!

        superted

        October 26, 2020 at 12:27 am

      • @ superted

        So much of what you post about coronavirus is woefully naive. For example you compare unavoidable deaths with avoidable deaths, as if there is some equivalence, which is a hopelessly unwise thing to do. Cancer is not infectious and cancer deaths couldn’t be reduced by a lockdown while coronavirus is extremely infectious, avoidable and, if not controlled, a contagion which would spread through the population like wildfire if not curbed, causing a huge number of fatalities as a consequence.

        Aleister

        October 26, 2020 at 7:59 am

      • Absolutely right.

        Andrew Coates

        October 26, 2020 at 8:22 am

  76. superted

    October 25, 2020 at 11:54 pm

  77. POSTED BY GARETH ICKEPOSTED ON 25 OCTOBER 2020
    Dr Stefano Scoglio study: ‘Sars-Cov 2 virus has never been isolated and Covid-19 swabs produce up to 95% of false positives’

    https://davidicke.com/2020/10/25/dr-stefano-scoglio-study-sars-cov-2-virus-has-never-been-isolated-and-covid-19-swabs-produce-up-to-95-of-false-positives/

    https://resetthedebt.uk/

    i cant get credit so im fooked on that one takes the piss!

    superted

    October 26, 2020 at 12:16 am

  78. @superted- This nonsense about 95% false positives has already been completely disproved. Unfortunately, Coronavirus is all too real, it’s not a conspiracy. The facts, and the deaths, are there for everyone to see. Not only here in the UK, but across the whole world. Do you imagine for one moment that our government, and indeed all the world’s governments, would be taking these preventive measures if they were not absolutely necessary ? Bearing in mind the enormous financial cost to their economies ? Of course not. There is no secret conspiracy of international bankers / aliens / freemasons behind any of this.

    Jeff Smith

    October 26, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    • Jeff Smith, how has this nonsense about 95% false positives been completely disproved!

      Tigerlily

      October 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      • Coronavirus: Airport tests ‘give false sense of security’, says Johnson

        Mr Johnson said testing on arrival would only identify 7% of virus cases.

        Mr Johnson said while he understood “the difficulties” the airline industry was facing, “93% of the time you could have a real false sense of security, a false sense of confidence when you arrive and take a test”

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54031912

        superted

        October 26, 2020 at 7:46 pm

  79. Worldometers/corona virus website for rates & deaths

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    • Putting a link don’t work for me

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

  80. The current rate of operational false-positive swab tests in the UK is unknown;

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600%2820%2930453-7/fulltext

    Of the deaths registered in Week 41, 438 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, accounting for 4.4% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase of 117 deaths compared with Week 40 (when there were 321 deaths involving COVID-19, accounting for 3.2% of all deaths).

    The numbers of deaths in hospitals and care homes remained below the five-year average in Week 41 (374 and 175 fewer deaths respectively), while the number of deaths in private homes remained above the five-year average (705 more deaths).

    In England, the total number of deaths increased from 9,257 (Week 40) to 9,308 (Week 41; the East, London, the South East and the South West regions had lower overall deaths than the five-year average.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending9october2020

    superted

    October 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

  81. Lawyer:Covid PARK tests a scientific fraud, lockdowns a crime against humanity.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-crimes-against-humanity-the-german-corona-investigation/5725795

    Cloverleaf

    October 26, 2020 at 1:52 pm

  82. Typo covid PCR Tests.

    Cloverleaf

    October 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm

  83. The DWP have been working really hard today Monday after having the weekend off, there is only 1 DWP Press Release. Hard working DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm

  84. Stimulus package for UK’s poorest families vital, report says

    Offer allied with job support scheme essential to prevent hundreds of thousands falling below poverty line this winter

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/oct/26/stimulus-package-for-uks-poorest-families-vital-report-says

    ken

    October 26, 2020 at 5:35 pm

  85. Give struggling families cash not food banks, say experts

    New research shows that doubling child benefit or removing the two-child limit could lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty and boost the UK economy by billions

    The new joint study calls for reforms of the UK welfare system – one of the “least generous in the developed world” according to its authors – to prevent hundreds of thousands becoming destitute.

    https://www.bigissue.com/latest/give-struggling-families-cash-not-food-banks-say-experts/

    ken

    October 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    • It’s pretty obvious really. Various governments and politicians have been paying lip service to ending poverty for years but all poor people need is more money.

      trev

      October 26, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      • @trev- Succinctly put Trev, and 100% accurate. Of all the people on benefits that I know, and even some in low-paid work, shortage of ready money is their greatest problem. They don’t need moral lectures, just more money.

        Jeff Smith

        October 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      • It’s hardly rocket science is it. Remember Theresa May going on about how to end poverty, nothing came of it. Their policies create and perpetuate poverty. Look how much the MPs pay themselves, and how much company Directors pay themselves, and how much they pay the workers, peanuts, and inadequate State Benefits that are hardly enough for bare essentials. It could be changed overnight, all that’s lacking is the Political will. Stop being so greedy and share the wealth. Problem solved.

        trev

        October 26, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    • Working-age benefits were frozen for four years by George Osborne: Universal Credit was implemented and brought in: benefit claimants were charged Council Tax for the first time: the cost of living generally and rents in particular continued to soar. The future we inherited from these dreadful people and have been forced to live in should be no surprise to anybody, particularly the Conservative party itself whose leaders steered us to this terrible dystopia and they’re still in power today more’s the pity.

      Aliester

      October 26, 2020 at 6:49 pm

  86. MIRACLE 12 Minute Test!

    Tigerlily

    October 26, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    • £120

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    • @tigerlily: Oh Tiger, Tiger, when are you going to give up this pseudo-scientist ?

      Frank Taylor

      October 26, 2020 at 7:45 pm

  87. Important new childcare rules for parents on furlough or Job Support Scheme

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/important-new-childcare-rules-parents-22908938

    xclausx

    October 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm

  88. Testing (Covid 19)

    Tigerlily

    October 26, 2020 at 8:03 pm

  89. There are two main faults with these conspiracy theorists and coronavirus -deniers. The first is that they are as wrong-headed in their delusions as David Icke, Piers Corbyn, and the various maverick scientists, whose flawed statistics they continue to quote.
    They simply refuse to face the established facts about this awful virus, and the havoc it continues to wreak around the world. The deaths are there for anyone to see. The dreadful suffering, the long-term complications.
    The economic damage which will take years, if not decades, to repair. We saw throughout the lockdown, the enormous suffering and misery in the nation’s hospitals. The deaths of so many dedicated NHS staff. The way in which the NHS itself was almost completely overwhelmed by coronavirus cases, after years of Tory underfunding.
    But like Holocaust deniers, and Evolution deniers, these strange people choose to simply ignore reality..
    Instead they prefer to look for some bizarre conspiracy theory. Though why the world’s governments should have chosen to infect their own people with Coronavirus, is not explained.
    Their second argument is based on their assertion that people die anyway, so why make any effort to stop this virus ?
    As if it were some natural event, like Spring or Summer, and ought to be left alone to run its course.
    Yes, people die everday, of old age, in car accidents, in house fires, of terminal illness etc.
    But that is no reason to say that we should not make every effort to reduce the spread of this virus. In order to save lives, and reduce unnecessary suffering. In just the same way that medical science treats any other serious illness. Where every effort is made to save the patient. Our health service doesn’t refuse treatment, on the basis that people die anyway, so why bother ? Nor should they. This pandemic is a serious situation, which has been quite rightly met with a serious, targeted response. Now is not the time for childish theories and irresponsible stupidity, that puts other people in society at risk.

    Jeff Smith

    October 26, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    • the death rate atm for cov19 is 4.4% the total deaths in the uk is 43,646 flu out breaks have killed more in previous years yet nothing was done ons stats go look at them all for the last 10 years.

      As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.

      The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase

      gov.uk

      cov19 has the same if not lower mortality rate as the flu which mutates every year and no cure has ever been made.

      superted

      October 26, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    • @jeff smith : I notice Superted has got no answer for you Jeff, just more of his ranting and false statistics. If you take my advice ,don’t waste any more of your excellent posts on people like this. With Superted, it’s him against the world, the DWP, the police, everyone. I know the type.

      Martin Penfield

      October 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      • what i have posted was from the governments web site ons!

        it was up dated today.

        1.Main points
        There were 50,335 deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) that occurred between 1 March and 30 June 2020, registered up to 4 July 2020 in England and Wales; of these, 46,736 had COVID-19 assigned as the underlying cause of death.

        Of the deaths involving COVID-19 that occurred in England and Wales in March to June 2020, there was at least one pre-existing condition in 91.1% of cases; this is a similar level to that shown in March to May.

        Taking into account the age structure of the population, the rate of deaths in June due to COVID-19 was 53.0 per 100,000 persons in England compared with 47.0 per 100,000 persons in Wales; in both England and Wales, the mortality rate in June 2020 was lower than in May 2020.

        COVID-19 was the third most frequent underlying cause of death in June 2020 (after Dementia and Alzheimer disease and Ischaemic heart diseases), with 7.1% of all deaths (2,525 deaths) due to COVID-19; this was a large decrease compared with the proportion seen in May, when COVID-19 was the most frequent underlying cause of death and accounted for 21.6% of all deaths.

        Males had a higher rate of death due to COVID-19 than females in England and Wales; the age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) for males was 65.1 deaths per 100,000 males compared with 43.3 deaths per 100,000 females.

        Dementia and Alzheimer disease was the most common main pre-existing condition found among deaths involving COVID-19 and was involved in 12,869 deaths (25.6% of all deaths involving COVID-19) in March to June 2020.

        The rate of deaths from all causes in June 2020 was 742.0 deaths per 100,000 persons in England and 837.5 deaths per 100,000 persons in Wales; both mortality rates were significantly lower than the five-year average (860.5 for England and 924.0 for Wales), though small increases in rates are expected over time as more deaths that occurred in June are registered.

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsinvolvingcovid19englandandwales/deathsoccurringinjune2020

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

        superted

        October 27, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      • Penfold, think you have been watching too much Dangermouse!

        Tigerlily

        October 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      • Watch this!

        Nazi Trumps Fuck Off”

        Andrew Coates

        October 28, 2020 at 5:33 am

      • Coates, what has that crap video got to do with anything?

        Tigerlily

        October 28, 2020 at 12:14 pm

  90. I very much doubt Dr Thomas Cowan is a conspiracy theorist unlike old Icke who probably is.

    Cloverleaf

    October 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    • He’s a quack who came close to being struck off 3 years ago…

      “he had his medical license revoked in California earlier this year [2017] for “unprofessional conduct” and “gross negligence”; the revocation was stayed as part of a five-year probation agreement, during which he must be supervised by another physician, known as a “practice monitor,” and be “prohibited from providing cancer treatment to patients,” according to the “settlement and disciplinary agreement.” He must also take a number of medical-related courses on prescribing medications and keeping proper records.”

      https://www.davidgumpert.com/hot-alternative-doc-cowan-censured-ca-medical-authorities

      trev

      October 26, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      • well he is a drug dealer after all but just a lazy one pmsl 😉

        superted

        October 26, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      • He’s a practitioner of holistic medicine, believes that sea water can cure cancer, 5G caused Coronavirus, and charges hundreds of dollars for a telephone diagnosis. A total crank making a good living out of quackery.

        trev

        October 26, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      • thats what they are all like in the usa every other advert on tv is for some new magic potion to make you live longer with a price tag to boot.

        superted

        October 26, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      • Sounds like a smear campaign to me, remember how they smeared the unemployed a few years ago calling us skivers and workshy dolescum.

        Cloverleaf

        October 26, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      • Trev, what is wrong with Holistic medicine? That is what doctors practised before Rockefeller hijacked medicine to peddle his addictive health destroying drugs!

        Tigerlily

        October 27, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      • Faith healing, shamanism, homeopathy, holistic medicine and similar are bad because they encourage sick people to abandon effective conventional medicine, which could cure them, manage their conditions and extend their lives, for fanciful, uncontrolled and unproven alternative medicine which can harm them, even kill them, or, at best, do nothing for them to improve their health. Much better to see a properly qualified and registered medical doctor if you’re ill than to put your life in the hands of a latter day witch doctor peddling quackery.

        Martin

        October 27, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      • Martin, It is conventional medicine that is making people sick, the quack gives you tablets for a minor ailment, you get side effects, never mind some more tablets and so on, the drugs are not treating the cause only masking it… GP’s are just glorified drug pushers, they get their cut for prescribing pills and Big Pharma rakes in even more lucre!

        Tigerlily

        October 28, 2020 at 9:45 pm

  91. Disabled workers facing coronavirus ‘jobs crisis’, survey shows

    Two-fifths of employers say being unable to support those with disabilities during the outbreak is a barrier to employing them

    Disabled people are facing a ‘jobs crisis’ caused by coronavirus, a charity has warned, with the outbreak discouraging employers from hiring such individuals.

    https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/disabled-workers-facing-a-coronavirus-jobs-crisis

    ken

    October 27, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    • Disability Crisis Of Confidence so not Tory Disability Confident.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 27, 2020 at 3:26 pm

  92. Release date:
    27 October 2020

    The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 16 October 2020 (Week 42) was 10,534; this was 580 more deaths than in Week 41.

    In Week 42, the number of deaths registered was 6.8% above the five-year average (669 deaths higher).

    Of the deaths registered in Week 42, 670 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, accounting for 6.4% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase of 232 deaths compared with Week 41 (when there were 438 deaths involving COVID-19, accounting for 4.4% of all deaths).

    The numbers of deaths in hospitals remained below the five-year average in Week 42 with 184 fewer deaths, while the number of deaths in private homes and care homes were above the five-year average at 776 and 90 more deaths respectively.

    In England, the total number of deaths increased from 9,308 (Week 41) to 9,833 (Week 42); the South East was the only English region to have fewer overall deaths than the five-year average.

    Overall, there were 622 deaths involving COVID-19 in England, across all of the English regions, in Week 42, with the North West having the most at 229 deaths.

    In Wales, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased from 37 deaths (Week 41) to 47 deaths (Week 42), while the total number of deaths in Week 42 was 58 deaths higher than the five-year average

    The number of deaths registered in the UK in the week ending 16 October 2020 (Week 42) was 11,928, which was 726 deaths higher than the five-year average and 569 deaths more than Week 41; of the deaths registered in the UK in Week 42, 761 deaths involved COVID-19, 287 deaths higher than in Week 41.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending16october2020

    superted

    October 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

  93. superted

    October 27, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    • Matt Hancock Criminal.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

  94. That’s because Madge Hancock knows there isn’t a deadly virus doing the rounds.

    Cloverleaf

    October 27, 2020 at 5:39 pm

  95. Tigerlily

    October 27, 2020 at 6:02 pm

  96. Now former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb called for an extension to the temporary Universal Credit hike – which is due to end in April

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/stripping-20-week-struggling-families-22913482

    and Tory Nadhim Zahawi claims activities are ‘more important’ than food for poor kids

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-nadhim-zahawi-claims-activities-22912858

    xclausx

    October 27, 2020 at 6:46 pm

  97. superted

    October 27, 2020 at 7:18 pm

  98. HARD WORKING FAMILIES

    What ever happened to that.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 27, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    • They died 2of overwork or Coronavirus

      kattyrehman

      October 28, 2020 at 9:41 am

  99. Youth unemployment hits highest level in four decades after lockdown job losses

    A quarter of a million young people who were furloughed have since lost their jobs, says the Resolution Foundation

    Britain is gripped by the highest youth unemployment for four decades, analysts warn today.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/youth-unemployment-hits-highest-level-22915450

    ken

    October 27, 2020 at 11:05 pm

  100. superted

    October 27, 2020 at 11:24 pm

  101. On a blog specialising in politics, policy and social security why does superted keep repeatedly posting negative and often spurious material about coronavirus?

    Aleister

    October 28, 2020 at 8:36 am

  102. PCS opposes NINo face to face appointments

    https://www.pcs.org.uk/department-for-work-and-pensions/news/pcs-opposes-nino-face-to-face-appointments

    28 Oct 2020

    PCS consistently opposed the restarting of face to face NINo appointments during consultation with CFCD and have reaffirmed our position following consultation with branch reps at Primary or a Secondary NINo sites.

    The DWP GEC voted unanimously in favour of this position when it met on 21 October, and agreed to ask branches to consult with members on NINo appointments about their support for PCS’ position and willingness to be involved in a campaign to stop the interviews. We encourage NINo members to speak to PCS local/H+S reps about their thoughts and experiences. GEC Officers will discuss next steps on 9 November.

    We believe that face to face appointments should be kept to an absolute minimum during the pandemic to decrease risk to our members. We have not been convinced by CFCD arguments for the requirement to restart these appointments. We have an assurance that sites in Tier 2 and 3 in England and those with additional restrictions in Scotland and Wales (including the firebreak) will not open, nor will applicants be able to attend NINo sites if the area they live in fits this criteria. This goes further than the announcement from the Permanent Secretary last week.

    However, the uncertainty and ever changing risk levels across England, Scotland and Wales create an extremely unstable situation to restart any national initiative. This position was confirmed by the withdrawal of Leeds as a pilot site before the trial was due to commence, and further when City Tower was only able to complete two days as a trial site because of the change of risk level in London. However, CFCD wishes to continue with the roll out despite only two days of interviews taking place at the trial sites. Southampton was named as a new trial site but was only opened two days earlier than any sites in Tier 1 in England or outside the central belt in Scotland.

    We understand that the restarting of NINo interviews will increase the number of staff working from site. PCS is concerned about any increase at this time, despite efforts to make workplaces safer we maintain that working from home is the best way of minimising transmission of Covid-19.

    Whilst we oppose the implementation of these interviews, we continue to talk to CFCD about the detailed process. The constantly changing position of Covid-19 restrictions means that Serco will be required to have up to date information, and there is a risk of a change in the status of customers between the booking and the appointment day. Therefore we have requested that a pre call from NINo staff takes place prior to interviews; these calls will provide a check regarding potential Covid-19 symptoms. At this stage CFCD have agreed for these to be in place.

    PCS have been working on the national risk assessment for a number of weeks and have now made good progress towards a finalised document. However, while we feel that the measures included will mitigate some Covid-19 risks, the process itself creates unnecessary risks.

    PCS (through Ops TUS) has written to CFCD to oppose the restarting of face to face NINo appointments. In our letter we stated:

    “After consulting with our reps based in branches with either Primary and Secondary NINo sites and discussing the NINo face to face appointments with national representatives, we have confirmed our opposition to face to face NINo interviews during the Covid 19 pandemic. This is because of the health and safety risks created for our members (working on NINo and others based in jobcentres), service users and those they come into contact with. We believe that the national and local risk assessment will help mitigate these risks but they remain too high.

    “We further believe that the timing for restarting this work is even more dangerous because of the current rising level of Covid-19 cases. TUS feels that the current different tiered systems in England and Scotland and the restrictions in Wales create an unstable environment for this work which has additional risks. The likelihood of movement in and out of different risk levels means all offices will be subject to an unpredictable and potentially volatile backdrop.

    “In making this decision we have considered that the reduction of NINo sites caused by both the creation of Primary and Secondary sites and closure of sites in high risk area and believe this creates the potential for additional travel at a time when the government is discouraging it. We acknowledge your decision not to open sites in England in tier 2 (high) and by doing so going further than the national DWP position.

    “Ops TUS would like to further explore with CFCD alternatives to serve the public currently unable to complete a NINo application, by looking at options of postal or/and digital methods. Other areas of DWP have used easements to enable staff and claimants to operate more safely. We would like to understand what further work DWP could do (possibly in conjunction with other government departments etc.) to publicise that a National Insurance Number is not a requirement to work in the UK.

    “We hope to be able to meet you during the week commencing 2 November to discuss further. We want to continue work constructively with you and will encourage our local and regional reps to do so.”

    jj joop

    October 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm

  103. Sage – All of England ‘must be under strict Tier 3 lockdown’ by Christmas,

    xclausx

    October 28, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    • Probably true for the same reason as the last time, i.e., not initiating lockdown quickly enough to suppress the virus early enough to curb its exponential growth. Not grasping the nettle quickly enough causes more pain, misery, death and cost to the economy in the long run.

      Aleister

      October 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm

  104. Martin Lewis issues urgent warning over ‘big cut in universal credit’ coming in 2 weeks

    The fear surrounds the little-known ‘Minimum Income Floor’ – which affects about 450,000 self-employed universal credit claimants.

    “I’d suggest self-employed contact their MP asap”

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/martin-lewis-issues-urgent-warning-22919637

    xclausx

    October 28, 2020 at 2:38 pm

  105. Rishi Sunak is refusing to rule out slashing Universal Credit by £20 a week

    The Tory Chancellor is understood to be ‘open to the idea’ of keeping a one-year rise beyond April 2021 – but sources say it will depend on where we are’ despite warnings of mass poverty

    That spells a grim year for millions of people on old-style ‘legacy’ benefits, most of them disabled or long-term sick, who did not enjoy the £20-a-week boost.

    Ministers have refused to raise jobseekers’ allowance and ESA by £20 a week despite UC getting the boost.

    Instead the basic rates of those two benefits rose by just £1.25 a week, to £74.35 for over-25s.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/rishi-sunak-refusing-rule-out-22919434

    xclausx

    October 28, 2020 at 2:46 pm

  106. End child food poverty – no child should be going hungry

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554276

    xclausx

    October 28, 2020 at 5:04 pm

  107. People work for weeks unpaid in “abhorrent practice” hidden by a gap in DWP data

    https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/economy/2020/10/free-work-six-weeks-unpaid-dwp-universal-credit-hidden-data

    superted

    October 28, 2020 at 8:17 pm

  108. Therese Coffey really can’t cope being DWP Minister nor could amber Useless Rudd. Can anyone cope being DWP Minister. How about Chris Grayling he’s good at being useless.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    • r2d2 makes more sense 🙂

      superted

      October 28, 2020 at 10:26 pm

  109. jj joop

    October 29, 2020 at 9:37 am

    • What does that mean then JJ

      xclausx

      October 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      • It means they make it up as they go along!

        jj joop

        October 29, 2020 at 7:47 pm

  110. Piece in a paper beginning with GU today, more and more ppl now think benefits should be more generous and current levels causing hardship, with ppl now beginning to veer away from the line that more generous benefit will discourage work!

    kattyrehman

    October 29, 2020 at 12:53 pm

  111. superted

    October 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    • Participate in society, somehing you don’t want to do.

      xclausx

      October 29, 2020 at 1:20 pm

  112. THE RICH Keep Calling For Lockdown

    Tigerlily

    October 29, 2020 at 1:11 pm

  113. test 1

    superted

    October 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    • Welcome back, mate.

      jj joop

      October 29, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    • Tiger lily looks like there will b a new lockdown, Boris and Co mtg this weekend!

      kattyrehman

      October 31, 2020 at 8:26 am

      • The government is way behind on the curve and should have acted weeks ago. They’ve let the evil genie out of the bottle again and this time it might be harder to put back.

        Aleister

        October 31, 2020 at 8:45 am

      • Yes Kat, could be from next Wednesday till December 1st,i don’t trust or believe those lying scum, it will be more likely 6 months!

        Tigerlily

        October 31, 2020 at 2:03 pm

  114. i never left just could not post logged in to wp for some reason or dos attack idk lol

    superted

    October 29, 2020 at 10:23 pm

  115. Raising Universal Credit key for UK to survive coronavirus-Brexit double hit IMF finds

    The IMF report into the state of the UK has found that, in order to get through the twin economic impacts of Brexit and coronavirus, universal credit is key – and there is plenty of room to improve support for people too

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/raising-universal-credit-key-uk-22925942

    ken

    October 30, 2020 at 12:08 am

  116. New Job Support Scheme explained – what you’ll get as furlough ends tomorrow

    The furlough scheme comes to an end on October 31 and is being replaced by the less generous Job Support Scheme – throwing millions of workers into the lurch. So what will you actually get? Here’s a proper guide

    HALF OF NORMAL HOURS: 83.3% of salary paid. 52.5% from employer and 30.8% from the government.

    ONE THIRD OF HOURS:77.8% of salary paid. 36.6% from employer and 41.1% from the government.

    ONE FIFTH OF HOURS: 73.3% of salary paid. 24% from employer and 49.3% from the government.

    Unions and Labour say this is not enough and will leave minimum wage workers facing destitution. Tory ministers say it can be topped up with benefits – but not everyone is able to do that.

    On the other hand, the scheme is much more generous to employers – meaning you’re more likely to keep your job in the first place.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/new-job-support-scheme-changes-22887366

    xclausx

    October 30, 2020 at 3:39 pm

  117. Empty Test Centres All Over 🇬🇧

    Tigerlily

    October 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    • the vid has been removed but it is the same here our local one is empty most of the time and has been for months yet mc Donald’s drive thru is rammed and always a que says it all.

      another thing is i am now receiving more jobs to apply for than ever b4 via total jobs it is well over 100 a day now go figure that one out as most of them can not be real in the first place.

      superted

      October 30, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    • I think the government has given up on test and trace, as the virus is now beyond their control. I don’t know if I heard it correctly but it said on the news yesterday that a 100 000 people a day are are getting it?

      jj joop

      October 31, 2020 at 8:22 am

  118. and our local tesco have now installed a traffic light system on the front entrance door 1 way in and one way out.

    it was not there yesterday!

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/tesco-to-install-traffic-lights-system-on-its-store-doors/ar-BB19FNy4

    superted

    October 31, 2020 at 12:18 am

    • Our local Aldi introduced a traffic light here a couple of months ago. I suppose it’s more cost effective than having a member of staff on the door. Makes sense really.

      jj joop

      October 31, 2020 at 8:26 am

      • I went into a local store several satudays’ ago and it was packed with a green light outside,social distancing went in the last months,Aldi did have a staff member at the door berfore the green light.

        ken

        October 31, 2020 at 6:54 pm

  119. The Great Reset is coming.

    Cloverleaf

    October 31, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    • Doubt he knows what the Great Reset is really about, Klaus Slob and his evil WEF dress it up as something wonderful, an absolute dream, in reality it will be an absolute fooking nightmare!

      Tigerlily

      October 31, 2020 at 2:21 pm

  120. new total lock down till 2nd December @ 5pm

    superted

    October 31, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    • 2nd December 2022

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 31, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    • Happy with that are you,

      meanwhile this saves me from being unemployed.

      80% Furlough Scheme With Second Lockdown

      xclausx

      October 31, 2020 at 7:34 pm

  121. Martial Law will need to be imposed because people are not going to stick with the Lockdown Rules.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    • Because most people including me are sick of it, enough is enough.

      xclausx

      October 31, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    • But are you sick with Corona virus !!!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm

      • I’ll never be!

        xclausx

        October 31, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      • People are selfish & stupid that is why they are going into a 6 months Lockdown.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 31, 2020 at 9:40 pm

  122. The Equality & Human Rights Commission is run by Tories with vested interest so the judgement can be legally challenged like the DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 5:58 pm

  123. The Universal Credit is going backwards re introducing Income Support.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 5:58 pm

  124. What do we want for Christmas devolution & martial law !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 5:59 pm

  125. The Tory Party have failed in everything they do. What a surprize.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm

  126. 80% Furlough Scheme With Second Lockdown

    The measures would be time-limited from November 5 to December 2, when restrictions would be eased and regions would go back into the tiered system.

    Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, welcomed news of the furlough schemed extension, but told HuffPost UK the self-employed also needed support.

    “Furlough pay must never fall below the national minimum wage. We need a boost to Universal Credit and government should not abandon the self-employed. And we will not control the virus unless the government fixes then test and trace system and the scandal of workers asked to self isolate without decent sick pay.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/boris-johnson-80-furlough-second-lockdow_uk_5f9da9c4c5b60eefc8533b65?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics

    xclausx

    October 31, 2020 at 8:04 pm

  127. The DWP will fall apart now, Universal Credit can’t cope, the Tories can’t cope, people’s greed can’t cope all going about like they are victims without getting the Corona Virus. How selfish.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 9:38 pm

  128. 10 years of Tory cleansing of the poor with Universal Credit as their tool for genocide of the disabled, yet there is no mention of 100 people a week are dying from DWP sanctions.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 9:42 pm

  129. The Tory voters now feel ashamed to be a Tory voter which makes them even more stupid when it comes to Brexit & the failer that is going to be because the Tories have failed in everything. Not one thing has the Tories got right. Even genocide of the disabled is going wrong with Human Rights Abuses.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm

  130. Income Support is now backing up Universal Credit from being a complete disaster.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    • aka Legacy Benefits.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 31, 2020 at 9:46 pm

  131. WORK PAYS

    HARD WORKING FAMILIES

    STRONG & STABLE

    PUTTING GREAT BACK IN GREAT BRITAIN

    FAILED SLOGANS

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 31, 2020 at 9:47 pm

  132. OMG the 2nd wave is here

    superted

    October 31, 2020 at 11:44 pm

  133. Stepping as I always say work does pay, just not those who actually DO it……

    kattyrehman

    November 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

  134. The new half hearted weak lockdown is a failure. If they said the truth that is will now cause a hard 6 months full lockdown then people know what they are doing & can plan ahead. the teachers will be walking out the schools be Tuesday. The Furlough has been extended so the £ Billion used ending furlough has been wasted like Track & Trace with Serco ripping off the Tories. That is what happen with Eton Boys wasting other peoples time & money.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 1, 2020 at 11:49 am

  135. Now everyone is getting Lockdown Syndrome which really is taking the piss out of Down Syndrome. There are some really good music tracks on Soundcloud by the Iain Duncan Smiths but I can’t post links.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 1, 2020 at 11:52 am

    • ducation secretary Gavin Williamson sings his version of Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick in the Wall”.

      LYRICS:

      You don’t need no education
      You don’t need no rent control
      No future prospects beyond the classroom
      Spend your whole life on the dole

      Hey, teachers, go away and shut up
      All in all, it’s just another fuck you to schools
      Except Eton, we like Eton, don’t we, Cronus?

      You don’t need no face protection
      Splash around in covid juice
      Okay, fine, we’ll do a U-turn
      No, it wasn’t meant to be a B-turn
      Go away and shut up

      Hey, teachers, go away and shut up
      All in all, it’s just another fuck you to schools

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

      • He’s a Keir Starmer. Forensic Keir Starmer.

        LYRICS:

        I’m a Keir Starmer, forensic Keir Starmer
        I’m the Keir addicted, Labour moderated
        Public prosecutor, banged up every looter
        ‘Legitimate concerns’ – even Clarkson’s turned!
        I’m a Keir Starmer, forensic Keir Starmer

        Mad forensic haircut, pin-up for the Blair nuts
        20-minute courses, Labour Friends of Forces
        Unconscious Bias Keir, wreck the biosphere
        I’m a Keir Starmer, forensic Keir Starmer

        Courteous opponent, BLM’s a moment
        Government agreer – 5D chess from Keir
        Wreckers compensator, teachers’ union hater
        Should be 20 points clear, yes this disappoints Keir
        I’m a Keir Starmer, forensic Keir Starmer
        And you’re a Keir Starmer, forensic Keir Starmer

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

      • He’s a child-starver, twisted child-starver.

        LYRICS:

        I’m the child-starver, serial absent father
        I’m the anti-Santa, like the Grinch but fatter
        Thatcher incarnate, snatching food off plates
        I’m a childstarver, twisted childstarver
        I’m a childstarver, twisted childstarver

        Crony subcontractor, Serco benefactor, yeah
        Salary bemoaner, give you all corona
        I’m a childstarver, twisted childstarver
        Eton educated, Bullingdon initiated

        Laughing with my mistress, starving kids this Christmas
        Just don’t drink or drugtake – what? Then don’t buy clothes, for fuck’s sake
        Go outside and forage, or just survive on porridge
        I’m a childstarver, twisted childstarver
        I’m a childstarver, twisted childstarver

        Hungry kid creator, spiteful legislator
        Stopping children eating, cutting off their heating
        That’s not all the story, so would every Tory

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      • The Johnson 5 – “Blame It on the Public”

        Boris Johnson’s Jackson 5 tribute band.

        LYRICS:

        You plebs are always dying
        And I’m not exactly crying
        But we need you back out buying
        Shit you don’t need

        So go to work but don’t go
        And take it from old BoJo
        When it inevitably fails to succeed

        Don’t blame it on The Sun, trots
        Don’t blame it on the moonshots
        Don’t blame it on the weeks lost
        Blame it on the public

        Don’t blame it on the testing
        Or the lack of track and tracing
        Or the Wacky fucking Racing
        Blame it on the public

        Don’t blame Eat Out to Help Out
        Don’t blame the PPE drought
        Or years of giving the NHS nowt
        No, blame it on the public

        Don’t blame it on the late lock
        Don’t blame it on my mate ‘Cock
        Could maybe blame it on your weight, doc
        Yes, blame it on the public

        Don’t blame herd immunity
        Don’t blame Vallance or Whitty
        Or Raab or Gove or Priti
        Blame it on the public

        Don’t blame it on Back to Work, no!
        Don’t blame the contractor murk, oh!
        Like giving the tracker to Serco
        Blame it on Bercow
        Uh, I mean the public

        Don’t blame it on the free press
        Don’t blame it on the key tests
        Don’t blame the 5D chess
        Blame it on the public

        Don’t blame it on my good friend Dido
        Or the care homes genocide, no
        Or the missed COBRA meetings
        I know, let’s blame it on the public

        I just can’t, I just can’t
        I just can’t control the spread

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm

  136. 4,500 new Work Coaches to join the frontline to help Britain build back better

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/4-500-new-work-coaches-to-join-the-frontline-to-help-britain-build-back-better

    jj joop

    November 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

    • How will that work if the Joke Centers are closed or are they going to reopen the Joke Centers as Essential Services that have to stay open in lockdown.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 1, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    • They have to be seen as doing something.!

      xclausx

      November 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm

  137. Mortgage holidays extended for up to six months

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) says it’s also considering a possible payments holiday for people struggling to pay off debts such as credit cards and personal loans.

    “We are working quickly with industry to determine whether a similar approach should be adopted for consumer credit products,” it said.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54768692

    xclausx

    November 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    • Payment holidays on credit cards, car finance, personal loans and pawned goods have been extended ahead of tougher coronavirus restrictions.

      The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said customers who had not yet deferred a payment could now request one for up to six months.

      Those with short-term credit such as payday loans can defer for one month.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54777006

      xclausx

      November 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm

  138. Night workers pay, ban zero hours and employment law.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/million-night-workers-pay-rise-22937769

    xclausx

    November 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm

  139. So the Tory Party are paying off peoples debt only if on furlough, also pay their mortgages, yet legacy benefits have a £20 a week reduction & no other help. The people in jobs aka Furlough are abusing the Welfare State. The Welfare State was set up for people who need help. not paying off people with huge savings debt. The whole system is corrupt down to state sponsored murders for profit paying these well off people who moan they have money & don’t want to use it.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 1, 2020 at 2:40 pm

  140. Get ready ready for a six month lockdown & stop moaning hoarding at the supermarkets again.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 1, 2020 at 2:41 pm

  141. 10 Million on Furlough = 10 Million Unemployed – Except they are getting paid much higher than on the dole to keep the unemployment figures down.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

  142. DWP = Death Without Propaganda.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

  143. all of the bog roll has gone in our local tesco and asda pmsl

    superted

    November 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    • Here we go again!

      jj joop

      November 1, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    • Is that where Trev and the gang have buggered off to, mooching round buying all the arse roll!

      Tigerlily

      November 1, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    • Frankie Goes To Boggywood – When Two Bog Roll Tribes Go To War….

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 1, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    • Me, stocked up on pasta and tinned tomatoes…

      I can actually, with a few veg and a bit of mince, live on the stuff.

      Andrew Coates

      November 2, 2020 at 4:53 am

  144. Queen abdication: Monarch ‘to STEP DOWN’ next year – Charles on verge of becoming King

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1354445/Queen-Elizabeth-II-news-step-down-abdicate-prince-Charles-royal-family-latest

    superted

    November 1, 2020 at 6:02 pm

  145. Richer people aka furlough people will be spending at least £1,000 a day hoarding at the supermarkets = £7,000 a week, not even the furlough money can cover that. The people with less are going to go short on the basics as well as they don’t have the money to buy in bulk. So yet again the greedy lazy selfish people on furlough scrounging off the state will kill people through hunger & starvation because of their greed.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 2, 2020 at 9:29 am

    • £1,000 a day = £7,000 a week = £28,000 a month = £56,000 2 months = £84,000 months lockdown.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 2, 2020 at 9:31 am

      • £112,000 4 months lockdown.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 2, 2020 at 9:32 am

      • You see where it’s heading greedy people are killing more than the virus.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 2, 2020 at 9:33 am

  146. superted

    November 2, 2020 at 4:25 pm

  147. Regarding the self employed.

    Boris Johnson has announced support for the self employed will double to 80% of trading profits – but only for the month of November.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-self-employed-more-cash-22945458

    xclausx

    November 2, 2020 at 6:41 pm

  148. Tory MPs Savage Boris Johnson Over ‘Authoritarian’ Second Lockdown

    Reacting to news of the month-long lockdown, which MPs will vote on this Wednesday, senior Conservative backbencher Charles Walker said his constituents would “never ever forgive the political class for criminalising parents seeing their children and children seeing parents”.

    Predicting 12 MPs would rebel, he told the Commons: “I will not be supporting the government legislation on Wednesday because as we drift further into an authoritarian, coercive state, the only legal mechanism left open to me is to vote against that legislation.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/tory-mps-savage-boris-johnson-over-second-national-lockdown_uk_5fa0336cc5b6501b4ba69ffe?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics

    xclausx

    November 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm

  149. PM says furlough available for future lockdowns

    More lockdowns ahead, more job losses, more homeless.

    xclausx

    November 2, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    • the government is bankrupting the country on purpose there wont be any jobs left to go back to they want the grate reset to get rid of the debt they ran up!

      and it will be all our fault of course 😉

      superted

      November 2, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    • UK facing a ‘perfect storm of awfulness’ if welfare support isn’t improved

      Boris Johnson’s own former homelessness adviser warns of an impending winter crisis.

      Politicians have welcomed the extension of the furlough scheme but renewed calls for Boris Johnson to go further – after a welfare expert warned that the UK is on course for a “perfect storm of awfulness” that will see rising homelessness, hungry children and struggling families unable to cope unless action is taken.

      https://welfareweekly.com/coronavirus-uk-facing-a-perfect-storm-of-awfulness-if-welfare-support-isnt-improved/

      xclausx

      November 2, 2020 at 9:02 pm

  150. Love the song parodies on here!!

    kattyrehman

    November 2, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    • They have music with them – They are on Soundcloud – ‘Iain Duncan Smiths’ – 762 songs – The link won’t post for me.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 3, 2020 at 12:52 pm

  151. I pray to God that Donald Trump will be finished today, for the sake of the world and a living things.

    Aleister

    November 3, 2020 at 8:50 am

  152. ‘Covid marshals’ hit the streets and repeat flouters could be handed a yellow card leading to a fine

    They can’t enforce the rules but they can issue a yellow card “as a very last resort” to people who seriously or repeatedly flout advice given to them, which could lead to a fine from the police or their local council.

    Gloucestershire County Council said it received £300,000 for the officers which will be located within each district.

    https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/covid-marshals-hit-streets-repeat-4661175

    superted

    November 3, 2020 at 3:49 pm

  153. Will changing phone numbers trigger a move to universal credit

    Big bird

    November 3, 2020 at 7:13 pm

  154. no that will only kick in if you change bank accounts change address or move in with someone.

    phone numbers and email addresses are your personnel data and can be removed or changed anytime.

    id not give them either tbh and can use the post to contact me.

    superted

    November 3, 2020 at 8:07 pm


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