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Food Bank Britain Faces Bleak Winter.

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Food banks report huge surge in demand for food parcels amid Covid pandemic

This is no surprise.

Most things like this you can see if you care to look, right bang in your area (obviously not in IDS’s manor).

As this Blog has mentioned there is a queue of people outside the Seventh Day Adventist Church in  this area waiting for food on a Sunday.

This is outside of the main local Food Bank network. FIND foodbank

It is just a lot more visible to anybody in the centre of the town.

Trussell Trust reports that it has already helped more than a million people affected by the Covid pandemic.

More than a million food parcels have been handed out families and individuals in crisis since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, according to new figures from the UK’s largest food bank network.

The Trussell Trust, who operate more than 1,200 food bank centres, says it has helped to support over 1.2 million households who have been negatively affected by the economic fallout, caused by the outbreak.

It includes 470,000 food parcels given to parents to feed their children, a 52% rise on last year, and is equivalent to 2,600 food parcels for children being given out every day since the start of the pandemic.

There is also an article by James Bloodworth which is really really worth reading:

Why the poor eat poorly

The Government has U-turned on free school meals. But moralising about people’s diets won’t help

BY 

 

When I was researching a book on low-wage Britain, I stumbled across an article in the Daily Mail about a woman who managed to survive on £1 a day. “Frugal Kath Kelly, 51, ate at free buffets, shopped at church jumble sales and scrounged leftovers from grocery stores and restaurants,” ran the story. “She even collected a staggering £117 in loose change dropped in the street.”

The story was written in admiring tones — Kath Kelly was presented as a sagacious and resourceful example to the poor. The underlying message was that the lower orders were feckless and stupid. Instead of sourcing and preparing healthy ingredients, they chose to plonk themselves in front of a television set and inhale pot noodles and multipacks of crisps.

 

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For those on low wages or benefits, poverty is the thief of time. Being poor invariably consists of countless hours spent waiting around for public transport, bosses, landlords or public sector bureaucrats. And that’s before one adds up the additional time it takes to care for a family. Even if it can be done relatively cheaply, preparing a healthy meal invariably takes longer than putting a pizza in the oven.

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We no longer dictate the food those on unemployment benefits must consume (though the argument that we ought to is a frequent saloon-bar trope). But a peculiar moral tone to our conversations about food persists. This is not confined to one political tribe. Nowadays liberals too are often heard laying down pious strictures as to what the poor should eat and drink. Sugar taxes have been introduced and junk food advertising is set to be banned before the 9pm watershed. Newspapers such as The Guardian have called for the government to go even further in terms of regulating what people eat.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

November 12, 2020 at 11:03 am

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  1. Many people on furlough are living well above their means with the life style they are used to. The only people in the 2nd lockdown are the people on furlough. Now there are going to be more & more who can not afford to live because they still can’t tighten their belts in not spending so much. The old, disabled & unemployed should be first in the queue for the food banks not people with 8 smart phones in a household.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm

  2. There are also lots of independent foodbanks too besides the Trussell Trust, for example:

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/10/half-term-hardship-and-heartbreak-one-month-in-the-life-of-a-food-bank-manager

    trev

    November 12, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    • How about replacing foodbanks’ with jobs’ and support for those that need it into work.

      ken

      November 18, 2020 at 7:39 am

      • Ken, there are some people who are in work who have to use foodbanks, neither Benefits nor wages are enough to cover the costs of living. The Tories (particularly IDS) are still peddling the lie that it is possible to work your way out of poverty. Look at the costs of commuting by public transport, or running a car, petrol, parking charges, child-minding cists, then pay your rent, and utility bills, Council Tax, etc. On Min.Wage there’s nothing left to feed the kids.

        trev

        November 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

  3. UK out of recession but growth slows in September

    BBC News – 12th Nov 2020

    The UK’s economy rebounded from recession in July to September, but growth showed signs of slowing down at the end of the three months.

    Growth of 15.5% in July to September was the biggest on record, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    It came after a six-month slump induced by the first coronavirus lockdown.

    However, growth was weaker in September than in the preceding months, while the country’s economy is still 8.2% smaller than before the virus struck.

    The economy had shrunk in the first three months of the year and then contracted by a record 19.8% in the April-to-June period. Two consecutive three-month periods of contraction are generally defined as a recession.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    • “Growth of 15.5% in July to September was the biggest on record, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).”

      What rubbish best on record. Everyone needing a morale boost for spending for Christmas.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 12, 2020 at 2:33 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    November 12, 2020 at 2:48 pm

  5. Tory denial about the existence of foodbanks:

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/27/five-things-tory-mps-blamed-food-bank-usage-except-government-cuts-11226874/

    This is from 2019, pre-Covid…

    Foodbank hell for Britain as demand soars 3,800% under a decade of Tory rule

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/foodbank-hell-britain-demand-soars-20903189

    trev

    November 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm

  6. Food Bank Britain

    “There is a new approach to poverty in Britain: starve people out of it.”

    https://tribunemag.co.uk/2018/11/food-bank-britain

    trev

    November 12, 2020 at 3:05 pm

  7. The Tories are not fit for office. There does not need an election for the failure causing death of people’s lives with Universal Credit & the Corona failure. As long as the Tories get the UK Bills Of Rights when Brexit starts. that is all Brexit was about, the UK’s own Human Rights Bill to cover their backs for Human Rights Abuses called the UK Bills Of Rights.Not Fit For Purpose.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    • Differences from the Human Rights Act
      Specific details on the specific legislation at this point are unknown, due to sparse information being published as of yet, however, some proposed differences between current legislation and a “British Bill of Rights”, have already been made apparent, due to the way in which the Westminster system operates.

      Currently, in order to change the text of the European Convention on Human Rights, there must be broad to unanimous agreement between member states of the Council of Europe. With a “British Bill of Rights”, however, rights would be set forth by the UK parliament or by another body directly on its behalf, operating under the principle of parliamentary sovereignty. The ability to alter what constitutes a “right” would thus ultimately rest with the current parliament of the time.

      As a result of this difference, the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights would no longer be directly enforceable before domestic courts. However, the UK would remain bound under international law by the convention.

      Moreover, the Convention provides that its provisions are minimum standards, that a member party can enact laws granting rights. Thus, a British Bill of Rights must reflect all the provisions of the ECHR. Ultimately, any person who had exhausted domestic remedy could refer their case to the European Court which has obtained before and since the enactment of the HRA 1998.

      The proposals for the Bill of Rights appear not to include denunciation of the ECHR, only repeal of the HRA 1998 which incorporated c1-12 and 14 of the ECHR. This would mean that, taking the previous paragraph into account, people in the UK would access their basic ECHR rights via the proposed Bill and the courts’ interpretation of the Bill and its relationship to the ECHR. Denunciation would not free the UK from the provisions of the ECHR in that any matter which occurred prior to the date of denunciation would remain within the jurisdiction of the Court of the ECHR as provided by the convention.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 12, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      • Equalities & Human Rights Commission ECHR is not a court neither is it a fair choice of judges to make decision on Human Rights as it’s record shows on Disability Human Rights.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 12, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      • Everyone in the ECHR has vested interest in corporate business.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 12, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    • trev

      November 12, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    • When I was young (1970s) in my own experience, that it was unknown for even the very badly off to go to what were called Soup Kitchens. There were very very few. In central London you could see one on the Embankment by the tube, just down by Charing Cross. They were homeless but most had somewhere to stay temporarily, as in the big places in Soho and in New Oxford Street towards Holborn.

      Andrew Coates

      November 12, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      • Yes, it used to be the reserve of the most very destitute of society, the ‘down and outs’, the gamblers and alcoholics, now it’s ordinary families, working people, even some professionals, in fact could so easily be any one of us.
        I grew up with the cautionary tale of my mother’s Uncle Jud, a hopeless gambler and alcoholic, thrown out by my Gran, he ended up living in a covered wagon style caravan on the river bank with some Irish gypsy woman, both drinking meths, back in the 1920s or 30s. I got that story every time I had one too many or was late for work.
        In recent years I’ve known people like that in Bradford, alcoholic heroin addicts, who used to get fed at a soup kitchen in the city run by Franciscan monks known as “the Brothers”, and/or at the ‘Day Centre’ for the homeless. Some had flats, others were rough sleepers or in hostels. But they were on some form of sickness Benefits and didn’t have to sign on or do any jobsearch.

        trev

        November 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      • That is true and I did not account of this wider picture today which sounds like yours.

        I worked in central London, did my ‘A’ levels at an FE in Soho, even spent one winter as a street trader there.

        One time when the gas heating and water heating broke down in our flat in Kentish Town for weeks and weeks and weeks, Landlord took his time to repair it, (working by New Oxford Street) I went to an old Public Baths (I mean, you got an actual bath with soap and all) next to said homeless hostel.

        There was lots more, Camden had flats lie the ones you talk of. They were sold off long ago.

        That still exists, in my area, Sally Army has rooms (said by friends who have been there, to be an under an ultra-strict regime, like being in prison some say, mind you some of the people they deal with…. ) and short-stay flats next door which are well regarded.

        Andrew Coates

        November 12, 2020 at 10:05 pm

  8. DWP extends benefit sanctions against disabled people just as new lockdown begins

    EXCLUSIVE: People who fail to attend a ‘fit-for-work’ test over the phone have been at risk of a sanction since November 2 – two days after Boris Johnson announced the new shutdown in England. And it includes many people on Universal Credit

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-extends-benefit-sanctions-against-23001009

    xclausx

    November 13, 2020 at 2:10 am

  9. unemployment soaring every day.

    Two million jobs at risk in coronavirus crisis, warns Build Back Better campaign

    Millions of families can get £150 off their council tax bills because of coronavirus

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/millions-families-can-150-council-23001412

    xclausx

    November 13, 2020 at 2:16 am

  10. Possible more unemployed and possibly your benefits will cease,. no shopping, no dentist, no docs – you get it.

    Workplaces Could Bar Anti-Vaxxers If They Refuse Covid Jab, Tory MP Says

    rejecting it “is going to have consequences”.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-vaccine-work-tugendhat-tories_uk_5fad5e8fc5b635e9de9fe488

    xclausx

    November 13, 2020 at 2:26 am

  11. Britain In Meltdown. Well don Tories let’s be even more useless my saving the economy with DWP Sanctions.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm

  12. Disinfecting Pods!

    Tigerlily

    November 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm

  13. superted

    November 13, 2020 at 8:08 pm

  14. superted

    November 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm

  15. trev

    November 13, 2020 at 10:44 pm

  16. “It’s vital that the Government takes responsibility for feeding its citizens, and does not rely on the goodwill of charities.”

    https://www.endhungeruk.org/2019/02/07/uk-food-poverty-now-public-health-emergency/

    trev

    November 13, 2020 at 10:52 pm

  17. “As articulated by the Independent Food Aid Network, a collective of independent food aid providers, “the problem that needs to be addressed is escalating poverty”, where lack of food is a symptom of inadequate household income.

    Welcome though efforts to feed children living with poverty are, the financial stress experienced by people facing loss of income will not ultimately be resolved by providing free food. The question is whether this latest collective outpouring of goodwill can be harnessed to drive lasting positive change.”

    https://wickedleeks.riverford.co.uk/opinion/inequality-health/food-poverty-are-we-crossroads

    trev

    November 13, 2020 at 10:58 pm

  18. “Handouts Aren’t a Long-Term Answer To Food Poverty

    Food charities do sterling work. Without them, people would suffer – but handouts can’t be the long-term answer.

    Our government needs to get a grip on this situation. We need investment and support for businesses like The Good Kitchen with great ideas that could bring food poverty to an end. A more robust way of identifying those in food poverty, and ways to ensure people get the food they need is crucial.

    Charities should not have to pick up the pieces of failing government policy”

    https://www.ecoandbeyond.co/articles/the-surprising-issue-of-food-poverty-in-the-uk

    trev

    November 13, 2020 at 11:05 pm

  19. Human Rights Watch

    Nothing Left in the Cupboards

    Austerity, Welfare Cuts, and the Right to Food in the UK

    “Tens of thousands of families in the United Kingdom every year do not have enough food to live on and are turning to sources of non-state charitable aid. This new phenomenon of growing hunger for some of the least well-off people in the country, has emerged alongside a wide-ranging and draconian restructuring of the country’s welfare system since 2010. With reductions in welfare support year on year, the number of people, including families with children, going hungry is rising at an alarming rate and represents a troubling development in the world’s fifth largest economy.

    The right to food is a fundamental human right contained in several international treaties to which the UK has long been committed. This right, however, remains unrealized for the increasing number of people, many of whom are families with children, living on the breadline….

    Government policies are either not addressing rising hunger, or worse, are exacerbating it….

    . It is failing in particular to ensure that the changes it has made to its welfare architecture, does not leave children and families to fall through the net.”

    https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/05/20/nothing-left-cupboards/austerity-welfare-cuts-and-right-food-uk

    trev

    November 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm

  20. so if your kids are hungry just take them to tesco and let them eat what they want inside the store as it is not classed as theft if you don’t walk out with it on your person!

    also if the amount is under £200 the police wont get involved anyway and kids under 10 will be a no go area esp if there starving.

    yet if you did get arrested you will have 3 meals a day yet on benefits you could be sanctioned and have nothing for food.

    the government does not care about anyone’s lives and only there agenda it is just a game to them tbh.

    superted

    November 13, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    • It’s true that the Tory Government doesn’t appear to care, but actually even worse they are deliberately forcing people into this position, into destitution, as some sort of twisted ideological means of punishing the poor for the poverty they’ve been pushed in to. It’s Nudge Theory at its worst, Tory ideology taken to an inhumane extreme. They hate the poor and think that people can be ‘saved’ from themselves or made into work slaves by the application of stick and the absence of carrot. Yet Working Class people still voted for the fuckers!

      trev

      November 14, 2020 at 12:43 am

  21. superted

    November 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm

  22. Give hard-up families broadband discounts so they can use the internet – report

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/give-hard-up-families-broadband-23005599

    Keep in mind.

    Public Uneasy About ‘Dystopian’ Home Working Spy Tech,

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-work-home-tech-monitoring_uk_5f760481c5b66377b27eb20f?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&guccounter=1

    Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

    The goal is to make sales of technologies like spyware and facial recognition more transparent in Europe first, and then worldwide.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/11/09/1011837/europe-is-adopting-stricter-rules-on-surveillance-tech/

    xclausx

    November 14, 2020 at 7:50 am

    • The Mirror is essential reading, though I can’t say I buy a print copy, my usual, and a lot of people I know, is the ‘I’. But the Mirror is really doing a good job on issues that affect us.

      Andrew Coates

      November 14, 2020 at 10:57 am

  23. Am I the only one in thinking this very odd?

    So a 5 yr old boy writes to Boris Johnson with a recipe for soothing the symptoms of Covid, and Johnson replies with a recipe for cheese on toast – wtf?

    Also note that Johnson’s letter concludes with the instruction to “work hard and never give up”.

    trev

    November 14, 2020 at 9:38 pm

  24. dont watch it dont use iplayer dont watch any live tv so not paying it simple as that!

    yet they can not take you to court unless you sign the paperwork that is then submitted to the court to get you fined in the first place.

    i had a letter a few weeks ago and was in a brown envelope very scary and filed in the bin! 😉

    superted

    November 14, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    • It’s alright, there’s no door bell where i live and if people knock it’s rare i even hear them and I never answer the door anyway unless I’m expecting someone i know, which is also very rare.

      trev

      November 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    • Superted

      Clips are not programs so normal youtube (non channel subscription service) does not constitute as requiring a license.

      Only platforms offering full bbc programmes live or catalogued whether you watch it or not are subject too this.
      Technically these platforms are a paid service so in effect your being asked to pay twice for a single channel or two which is morally wrong if the platform does not state in the contract that your subscription does not cover the cost of the license,
      The BBC have since cable and sat always forced themselves onto other platforms so as to force fees on people.
      People need to remember unlike a TV that a computer or mobile or the likes dont come with a channel system inbuilt. The user would have to follow certain paths for it to be possible, gone are the days of openly available bbc under legal means.

      Regardless as long as people ignore the advances of the BBC be it in person,mail, the bbc as yet cant do a damn thing about it.

      Doug

      November 15, 2020 at 10:37 pm

  25. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie

    If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

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

    Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment, often evoking in them cognitive dissonance and other changes, including low self-esteem, thereby rendering the victim additionally dependent on the gaslighter for emotional support and validation. Using denial, misdirection, contradiction, and misinformation, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s beliefs. Instances can range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents occurred, to belittling the victim’s emotions and feelings, to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. The goal of gaslighting is to gradually undermine the victim’s confidence in their own ability to distinguish truth from falsehood, right from wrong, or reality from delusion, thereby rendering the individual or group pathologically dependent on the gaslighter for their thinking and feelings.

    id say that sums up the dwp and all of the providers they use there all full of shit!

    superted

    November 14, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    • You are right Ted again and a wise clever man.Another one is gossip rumor sreading.

      https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/rumors.html

      https://lom-em.weebly.com/

      I would always say to people never go against your instincts’ about someone and always trust your judgement and never look back on a missed chance again always look back on the reasons’ that decision was taken at that time for the answer.

      ken

      November 15, 2020 at 7:23 am

    • Your only a victim if you make yourself one.
      People are lazy, like to rely on others to tell them things and blame it on them when it all goes south.

      Do your homework before believing anything no matter how creditable the source.

      Doug

      November 15, 2020 at 10:40 pm

  26. Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham, Deptford) (Lab) [V]

    “The £20-a-week uplift to universal credit has been a lifeline for many during the pandemic, yet this vital extra support continues to be denied to legacy benefit claimants, many of whom are disabled. I raised this with Ministers in the Chamber on 11 May, again on 29 June and yet again on 14 September, each time getting a non-answer. To date, the uplift could have given legacy benefit ​claimants £600 of extra support. Minister, can we please have a straight answer today: will anything be done to rectify this?”

    Will Quince

    “The hon. Lady is right is that she has asked this question on three occasions, and she has had three answers. The legacy benefits were increased by 1.7% in April 2020, following the Government’s announcement to end the benefit freeze. It has always been the case that claimants on legacy benefits can make a claim for universal credit if they believe that they will be better off…”

    https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2020-10-19/debates/6F52D4FC-5580-4AE8-9022-D57F2CAFCB1E/LegacyBenefitsAndUniversalCredit

    trev

    November 15, 2020 at 12:43 am

    • Strange how no one bats an eyelid at this government being allowed to act like their are two types of unemployed.

      Doug

      November 15, 2020 at 10:43 pm

      • Perhaps it’s because people have been conditioned by a decade of Rightwing rhetoric into believing that there are two types of poor, the deserving and the undeserving. Having said that there are calls from some quarters for the increase to be made permanent and extended to legacy Benefits, but if that happens will it be backdated to April? By rights it should be but I bet it won’t!

        trev

        November 15, 2020 at 10:49 pm

  27. Labour are calling for action to be taken against those spreading anti-vax conspiracy theories online, and I agree with them.

    Covid-19: Stop anti-vaccination fake news online with new law says Labour

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54947661

    It is now predicted that if all goes well life will be back to normal by next winter, so if true that’s another 12 months or so before we go back to the Jobcentres.

    Covid-19: Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54949799

    trev

    November 15, 2020 at 11:47 am

    • You do know trev all this labeling of conspiracy and fake news followed up with a total ban only leads people to distrust those who would seek such an action even more.

      If that wasnt already a problem, the people they de platform become even more popular and despite best efforts to cut their funding and banking, just a financially stable.

      We have a history of not liking vaccines so tall stories or not, a large enough portion of the public will abstain and thus render the success of a vaccine down to the lower end.

      What then , force people to have it like forcing people onto work programmes or having fitness tests. How about sanctioning them like benefit claimants and thus removing their right to be able to acquire food and work.

      Doug

      November 15, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      • Fair enough, no one wants to live in a Totalitarian State but it is referring to the dangerous nonsense being spread by the likes of Icke and Jones and their followers, which is highly irresponsible and not in the public best interest. The ridiculous rumours have their roots in Alt-Right fascistic propaganda.

        trev

        November 15, 2020 at 11:17 pm

  28. Cutting Universal Credit will push people into hardship

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/14/cutting-universal-credit-pandemic-government

    It doesn’t mention that legacy Benefits claimants have been denied the increase.

    trev

    November 15, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    • “Despite chancellor Rishi Sunak’s efforts, many people still lost their jobs. The benefits system held up as a flood of people sought support. In February, there were 3 million people on universal credit. There are now 5.7 million.”

      That is 5.7 million unemployed on Universal Credit, yet they are not an unemployment figure because it is Universal Credit. That is almost double Margret Thatchers 3 million unemployed in the early 1980’s. The joy of fiddling the unemployment figures is the magic of Universal Credit. Once furlough stops there will be 10 million unemployed, but no wait they will be on Universal Credit as a job figure.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      • Yeah and they don’t mention people on JSA or ESA either, and what about those who are Sanctioned, are they included in the figures or not? Also many people lost jobs but not entitled to claim because of savings so they won’t be included in unemployment figures either.

        trev

        November 15, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      • you can claim new style jsa if you have 2 years of contributions that lasts 6 months and savings are not included.

        but they wont tell you that over the phone and just say not entitled to nothing with savings.

        superted

        November 15, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      • Yes that’s right, I think a lot of people were unaware of that and were incorrectly advised to apply for UC then got told they’re not entitled to anything, not knowing that they should have claimed contributions based JSA (now confusingly called “New Style JSA” for some bizarre reason). Let’s face it, the Social Security system is a bloody mess, and the Tories have deliberately done that. It was more straightforward and functional 40 years ago than it is now and if that’s meant to represent ‘progress’ it’s beyond me.

        trev

        November 15, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      • Also it was cheaper to the DWP 40 years ago. The sub contracting has cost so much & peoples lives. The Tory Government is an easy target to rip off for these contract companies as it is seen as a soft touch to make money & the Tories are scared of them in case they pull out & the country falls apart without the contractors.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 15, 2020 at 4:23 pm

  29. superted

    November 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    • What’s all the panic about? It’s a commitment to create a better world, sustainability, putting Nature first. All good.

      trev

      November 15, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    • I remember the last one where leading tech experts said in effect, gone are the days of the man and his machine for the future heralds the beginning of the machine and its man.

      What could possibly go wrong with the future.

      Doug

      November 15, 2020 at 11:11 pm

      • anything man made can be broken! 😉

        superted

        November 15, 2020 at 11:18 pm

  30. Cross-party leaders join forces in call to halt Universal Credit cuts

    Call for £20 a week up-lift to Universal Credit to be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits.

    https://welfareweekly.com/cross-party-leaders-join-forces-in-call-to-halt-universal-credit-cuts/

    xclausx

    November 15, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    • Gordon Brown demands Tories halt plan to cut Universal Credit by £20 a week

      He warned of ‘community revolt’ if the changes which have provided a lifeline to millions through the pandemic were cut

      “Add to this the impact of rising unemployment, rising food prices and the continuing impact of the two-child limit and the cap on benefits and other social security cuts now in train, and we face a worsening social crisis in the new year.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/gordon-brown-demands-tories-halt-23018678

      xclausx

      November 16, 2020 at 4:23 pm

  31. Boris Johnson self-isolating after MP tests positive for Covid-19

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54954698

    lmfao! total lock down next year and i applied for another budgeting loan 2 days ago either way i win 😉

    superted

    November 15, 2020 at 10:38 pm

  32. Cloverleaf

    November 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm

  33. Here’s one of the Covid deniers and conspiracy oddballs who comment here in Bristol on Saturday., a Woke Gammon.

    Andrew Coates

    November 16, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    • It best to keep ones mouth shut!

      xclausx

      November 16, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    • Thesis Vs. Antithesis produces Synthesis, it’s just that the conspiracy nuts, being of a pessimistic mindset, automatically assume that Synthesis equates to Totalitarianism, which they subsequently equate with the latest popular conspiracy theory – the NWO, Covid, or now the ‘Great Reset’.

      trev

      November 16, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      • https://www.weforum.org/great-reset/

        There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative.

        so much for a conspiracy it is being advertised in the public now!

        superted

        November 16, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      • Yes but the conspiracy theory is that it’s a bad thing, that it involves an evil cabal of powerful men conspiring against us to control the world, rather than seeing it as a group of enlightened philanthropists seizing the opportunity to improve the world and save the environment by altering the way that global economics works.

        trev

        November 16, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      • The vaccine needs to be tested on MP’s first, since they are spreading the virus like at the beginning with Nadine Dorris kissing everyone white having the virus.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 16, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      • Serco profits surge thanks to Covid-19 test-and-trace contract

        Shares rise 18% for firm heavily criticised for its role in contact-tracing system

        16th Oct 2029 The Guardian

        Serco, one of the outsourcing companies behind the heavily criticised NHS coronavirus test-and-trace programme, will consider paying a dividend to shareholders after the government contract helped boost its profits.

        Shares in Serco surged by 18% on Friday after it said it expected to make an underlying profit for the year of between £160m and £165m. This is higher than previously forecast and an increase of more than a third on the previous year’s total. The company will make a decision in December on whether to pay a dividend.

        The improved performance was driven by the extension of the test-and-trace contract, as well as US government contracts for healthcare and emergency management, Serco said in an unscheduled update to the stock market.

        Serco was one of a number of private firms hired by the UK government to test people for coronavirus and trace their recent contacts. Serco runs a quarter of the 500 test sites around the country as well as providing handlers who call possible contacts of people who have tested positive for the virus.

        The system has received vocal criticism for its reliance on the private sector, including multiple outsourcing companies and expensive consultancies, for a scheme that was envisaged as a key part of the UK’s effort to contain the pandemic.

        One of Serco’s contracts with the Department of Health and Social Care could eventually be worth up to £410m. It has faced criticism because its call handlers reached a lower proportion of contacts of people who had tested positive than local public health counterparts.

        Rachel Reeves, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, said: “This is grim beyond belief. While Serco is raking in the profits, people are paying the price for its failure on contact tracing. It also appears that this money is going straight into senior executives’ pockets, while shareholders and workers are left in the dark. It is utterly wasteful and impractical, that after this long line of failure, Serco has had its contract extended.”

        Rupert Soames, Serco’s chief executive, told the Guardian that Serco had done everything the government had asked of it, and that the broader test-and-trace system was unfairly criticised.

        “Part of the narrative of this is just completely wrong – this dialogue that it is all a shambles and it’s not working,” he said. “Does anybody turn around and say: ‘Wow, to go from a start and test 3.5 million people [a week]’? They’ve done bloody well – not saying error-free, but no system that tests 3.5 million people every week will be error-free.”

        Soames said it was up to the company whether or not to pay a dividend but that no decision would be taken until the end of the year.

        The GMB union, which represents some Serco workers, called for ministers to step in to move test and trace away from private companies.

        Rehana Azam, GMB’s national secretary, said: “We need a real public interest track-and-trace system, run by the local authorities who know their areas best, with full funding – not a malfunctioning scheme that lines the pockets of shareholders.”

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 17, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      • Rachel Reeves “we’ll be tougher than the Tories on Welfare”. Never to be trusted, or voted for.

        trev

        November 17, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    • Vaccination not compulsory

      Reports have suggested that it may be made compulsory for people to receive any new vaccine for coronavirus.

      But a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told Autism Eye that “in the UK, we operate a system of informed consent for vaccinations”.

      https://www.autismeye.com/face-mask-public-transport/

      ken

      November 17, 2020 at 3:11 am

      • Shame the UK hasn’t until recently operated an informed consent policy for women’s cancer screening then! But then men too will have this vaccine. ….

        kattyrehman

        November 17, 2020 at 6:03 am

      • Andrew Coates

        November 17, 2020 at 8:27 am

  34. All these anti lockdown protesters out on the streets should be tasered by the police.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2020 at 7:19 pm

  35. If one was on the high rate of DLA you would get about £140 now that is half. How are disabled people suppose to live or should they die in poverty like the DWP planned.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm

  36. Have all the disabled people gone away & found jobs now Therese Coffey !!! Or is the death blood on your hands Therese Coffey DWP State Sponsored Murder of the disabled.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    • Boris claims he’s as fit as a butcher’s dog, but Therese Coffey has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp, or as an old mate of mine used to say like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle! Quite apt seeing as I knew unemployed people in Bradford just a few years ago who were eating nettles they were that skint.

      trev

      November 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

  37. Each Government Minister now has no responsibility & held accountable of their department. The DWP Minister is not responsible for the DWP. Go & see your lawyers loophole DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    • That makes the DWP Universal Credit not fit for purpose.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 16, 2020 at 7:28 pm

  38. The DWP are being held for ransom buy furlough because once furlough stops the economy crashes, but the furlough is already crashing the economy. Catch 22 damage limitation. Reccession.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    • the work trails are done most of the time via a 3rd party provider for profit so cant get any data from them why the dwp has no data, there a private company for profit! so cant do a foi request.

      if you sign the providers contracts they can send you anywhere they like and it is mandatory and they will get there fee either way!

      it is always about the money they just replaced slavery with debt statute law is contract law and that is the grate reset means corporations own everything and we own nothing and be happy about it.

      we need a green future yet elon and nasa are still blasting rockets in to space at a ever faster rate for what! the iss is no death star is it lmfao.

      superted

      November 16, 2020 at 11:37 pm

      • The trouble I had on work experience was a disgrace from the manager and her assistant and it wasn’t until a volunteer member of staff complained I was finally withdrawn,I was told it was to gain a reference it was so bad I didn’t even finish the term or gain any reference.The company were placing people into an already hostile unsettled staff enviornment where the manageress and assistant were hated.It was a disaster and even someone doing community service was being bullied by threats of telling his probation officer over being a few minutes late by her clock.

        ken

        November 19, 2020 at 5:38 am

  39. Apparently automatic payments of JSA *without need for jobsearch* have been extended until May 2021. Nice of the DWP/JCP to officially inform us of this. No letter, no email notification, nothing.

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1359125/carers-allowance-job-seekers-allowance-claim-dwp-changes-coronavirus

    trev

    November 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    • @trev

      And they’re not going to inform us, either.

      I look at the Latest from Department of Work and Pensions link below every day and I can find no official announcements.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments%5B%5D=department-for-work-pensions

      jj joop

      November 17, 2020 at 6:51 am

      • Still applying here but theres’ and these from a few pages.severe problems for the unemployed in some areas’ it caused the providers to shut down and leave and abandon jobseekers and the disadvantaged as there was no money in it.

        MUST BE ABLE TO DRIVE DUE TO LOCATION.

        Own transport is ideal due to location

        All candidates MUST hold a valid UK driving license*.
        Full driving licence and own vehicle.

        driving licence is desirable

        Please only apply if you have safety shoes and your own transport.

        ken

        November 18, 2020 at 7:50 am

  40. The extension to JSA easements means claimants will continue to receive regular payments through to May 2021, even in the event they aren’t able to fulfil their work search requirements as a result of the pandemic.”

    trev

    November 16, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    • Then when it gets to next May they’ll probably extend it again to the following November whilst the vaccine is rolled out to everyone, so I reckon that we’ve basically got another 12 months from now before we go back to the Jobcentres again. Every year that goes by is another year closer to Retirement. Just try stay alive in the meantime…

      trev

      November 16, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    • yet if i can get a job i could do im still going to apply anyway doing nothing helps no one esp when £20 a week down compared to uc it is a fkn joke.

      looks like ill get my budgeting loan and not have to pay anything till end of may now then pmsl 😉

      superted

      November 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      • I’ll still keep looking at job vacancies just in case I see something suitable, not requiring own transport, reasonable working hours, and not “fast paced”, not asking for previous experience or driving licence, no DBS, and not too far away. Doubt I’ll see anything like that though.

        They’re still docking deductions from my JSA for the Budgeting loan I had in April. I won’t get a full payment until Christmas.

        trev

        November 17, 2020 at 12:18 am

      • The best I can see at the moment is in a neighbouring town and consists of working 12 hour night shifts. The sort of drudgery I was doing 35 years ago. Fuck that.

        trev

        November 17, 2020 at 2:22 pm

  41. To any sane and rational person it would seem like perfectly reasonable common sense for Universal Credit regulations to take into account that the dates on which monthly salaries are paid can vary due to weekends and bank holidays, but not the Tory government who actually fought AGAINST this in Court, and lost:

    https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/uk-world-news/universal-credit-rule-change-starts-4704822

    So it’s good that this unfair anomaly has been addressed but just goes to show the type of people we are dealing with and are up against, the type of people who didn’t see this as being unreasonable and unfair and who didn’t care that it was causing some people undue hardship.

    trev

    November 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm

  42. trev

    November 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm

  43. Tigerlily

    November 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm

  44. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer chap.

    Cloverleaf

    November 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    • It hasn’t happened, it’s fake news from a bullshit conspiracy website.

      trev

      November 18, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      • Bet you would believe it if it was in the daily mirror!

        Tigerlily

        November 18, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      • Well yes seeing as the Mirror is a legitimate and trustworthy news outlet I probably would, and would also corroborate it by looking on other legitimate sources too, such as Reuters and the BBC. But I certainly wouldn’t believe anything on Taps newswire! It’s complete and utter nonsense.

        trev

        November 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm

  45. Trev, a serious question, has the daily mirror ever done a front page expose of all the benefit claimant deaths caused by the Dwp?

    Tigerlily

    November 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    • That’s a subject that the Mirror regularly covers, don’t know if that specifically has been front page but Benefits, Welfare reforms, Austerity, poverty, Universal Credit etc. is something that they very often report and have done for the last decade of Conservative rule. The Mirror is one of the best in that respect.

      trev

      November 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      • Just watching the 6 o’clock news on BBC, but no mention of Matt Hancock’s arrest…

        trev

        November 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      • the bbc are a government funded propaganda unit paid buy us in taxes via contract law/ statute law and can not be trusted.

        if you believe the above is possible buy 2030 you have shit for brains and it is not going to happen unless they built thousands of nuclear power stations in the next 9 years to charge 40 million cars a year and what about the boats trains aeroplanes generators ect ect, yet if you can buy a electric car for 50k and go over your allocated miles it is then £1.50 per mile after that fucking amazing lol and the best bit is you can not recycle lithium ion cells which a tesla has about 8000 of them built in to the floor.

        yet the army was deployed in Liverpool for mass testing and from what i can find only 25% of the population took part out of 400 thousand.

        yet not a peep out of msm on that one cos it was a total fuck up and they never got the numbers they wanted.

        not got that on the msm either and been going on for weeks now they want there freedom and a 4 star hotel to live in ,a bunk and a roof over there head is not enough! id fkn shoot them all for taking the piss or fuck off back home and throw them in the sea at the beach they arrived on.

        superted

        November 19, 2020 at 12:13 am

  46. Blind student, 22, wins Universal Credit legal fight that could help ‘30,000 people’

    A top judge has ruled the DWP breached its own Universal Credit laws after a challenge by disabled student Sidra Kauser – in a move her lawyers believe could help thousands of others

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/blind-student-22-wins-universal-23030574

    Coronavirus: ‘Almost no one’ is getting £500 self-isolation support payment

    MPs have been warned many people are missing out on a special £500 payment for up to 4million working people to self-isolate – leaving them to fall back on £96-a-week sick pay instead

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/coronavirus-almost-no-one-getting-23029153

    xclausx

    November 18, 2020 at 6:39 pm

  47. Disabled people denied benefit uplift during pandemic because it would be ‘too complicated’ for DWP IT system
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefit-uplift-universal-credit-dwp-it-system-b1724260.html

    DWP Universal Credit: New online application process revealed
    https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/dwp-universal-credit-new-online-4715828

    Defence funding boost ‘extends British influence’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54988870

    plenty of cash for everything else but no £20 extra for legacy claimants as it is to complex!

    superted

    November 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    • Fearmongering. Taps is not a news website, it’s just people posting conspiracy theories grounded in fear and pessimistic paranoia.

      trev

      November 19, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    • Scary stuff Cloverleaf, One only has to watch the trailer for the film Songbird to see the parallel!

      Tigerlily

      November 19, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    • Canada isn’t located on another planet.

      This is happening in Canada, it is not a conspiracy, I know this for my sister lives in Canada and has told me, it’s not just happening in Canada but many other countries.

      xclausx

      November 19, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      • No it’s not. And Matt Hancock isn’t under arrest either. It’s all total bullshit.

        trev

        November 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

  48. Poor hit by fallout of Covid driven into extreme hardship – but the rich get richer

    During the reopening period, high-income adults were more likely to have seen their family budgets improve than deteriorate compared to their pre-pandemic position. The report finds that 35% have seen their income rise relative to spending, compared to 24 per cent who have seen their income fall relative to spending.

    The contrast in how low- and high-income households have coped financially with the crisis, is demonstrated by greater savings among better-off working age adults (with 37% actually saving more – three times the rate for the poorest households), and rising material deprivation for poorer individuals.

    https://welfareweekly.com/poor-hit-by-fallout-of-covid-driven-into-extreme-hardship-but-the-rich-get-richer/

    xclausx

    November 19, 2020 at 4:38 pm

  49. Top Pathologist Claims Coronavirus is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on an Unsuspecting Public”

    http://stateofthenation.co/?p=37463

    Tigerlily

    November 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    • Another one regarding truith wlll be deleted.

      xclausx

      November 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      • It’s not truth, it’s irresponsible horse shit.

        trev

        November 19, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    • *Rolls eyes* I for one have neither the time nor interest in listening to anymore of your paranoid Covid-denial bullshit. Whilst people are falling ill, struggling with lengthy recovery, and others are dying every day and everyone is making personal sacrifices and interrupting their lives, your fucking crank crackpot bullshit is more than just annoying, mire even than highly irresponsible, it is downright fucking offensive you stupid ignoramus.

      trev

      November 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      • Agree totally Trev, 2 cases just confirmed in our skl and I’m tearing my hair out trying to keep up with regulations and keeping my members safe, I sure wish Covid WASN’T here……

        kattyrehman

        November 19, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      • Kat, my next door neighbour has Covid and is fighting for his life. His mother died of it a couple of weeks ago. These morons in denial are round the bloody bend, they are a danger to society and ought to be locked up.

        trev

        November 19, 2020 at 9:23 pm

  50. superted

    November 19, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    • Yet another! all articles of truth will dissapear. replaced with fake news.

      xclausx

      November 19, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    • If testing for avian influenza or MERS-CoV is also indicated (based on assessment
      of travel and exposure histories), specific and separate samples will need to be
      collected and sent to the appropriate laboratory as per routine practice.
      Where Ct values are below an agreed value (based on analysis of proficiency testing
      performance and other local testing data) with satisfactory quality control
      parameters, including internal control performance, the result is considered valid and
      should be telephoned and a report issued as a final result. Any such positive result
      will be recorded as ‘confirmed’ for public health reporting purposes and will be
      notifiable under recent legislation.
      Results where:
      • the Ct value is ≥ 40 and/or
      • there is an abnormal assay curve and/or
      • the clinical context makes the positive result highly unexpected

      ct is cycle thresholds 40 and over, the test is useless at these rates! page 8.

      Click to access guidance-and-sop-covid-19-virus-testing-in-nhs-laboratories-v1.pdf

      superted

      November 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    • Trev so sorry to hear, hope your neighbours can pull through x

      kattyrehman

      November 20, 2020 at 11:51 am

      • As with Katty I hope so as well.

        Andrew Coates

        November 20, 2020 at 2:42 pm

  51. Don’t you know yet jack I do not read your comments..

    xclausx

    November 19, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    • Absolutely NO mention of any prospect or rumour of Martial Law in Canada, NO mention of any extraordinary Covid measures being introduced or enforced in Canada.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/us_and_canada

      Admit now that you are talking out of your arse and have the decency to refrain from complaining about the “truth” when you wouldn’t know truth if it fucking bit you.

      trev

      November 19, 2020 at 7:47 pm

  52. unemployment soars again, not stop

    Peacocks and Jaeger collapse puts 4,700 jobs at risk

    xclausx

    November 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm

  53. What is going through the heads of people who think coronavirus isn’t real?

    https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/covid-deniers-what-going-through-4519966

    trev

    November 19, 2020 at 8:13 pm

  54. Release date:
    17 November 2020

    Of the deaths registered in Week 45, 1,937 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, accounting for 16.4% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase of 558 deaths compared with Week 44 (when there were 1,379 deaths involving COVID-19, accounting for 12.7% of all deaths).

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending6november2020

    https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-flu-reports

    cov 19 has a death rate near the same as a bad flu season cov 19 is not even in the top 20 of recorded deaths like i have told you b4 like smoking deaths ect ect.

    the pcr test is useless at over 40 cycles thus the track and trace system is a 10 billion pound moon shit, that is the hole budget for the nhs for 1 year!

    10 billion for a app! based on a test that does not work and a 10-15% excess death rate over 12 months tells me everything i need to know.

    there either doing this on purpose to destroy the economy for a grate reset or there just that fucking stupid and dont give a shit anyway.

    there going to make all of us pay for it at the end of the day and at this rate will take 250 years! @1 billion per day of borrowing.

    so defaulting on the national debt could be the only option as there is not going to be the tax revenue to pay the interest over the coming years esp if the rates go up!

    superted

    November 19, 2020 at 8:58 pm

  55. 5k in debt on uc as only option imo next year there will be mass public bankruptcy and the courts backed up for the next 5 years dealing with it all.

    millions will have no where to live wont pass a credit check and hb wont cover the rent in the private sector anyway.

    the kicking of the can down the road is coming to a end how it will end i do not know but it is not going to be good either way.

    imo if weapons grade virus was released that was man made like a t virus we would all be dead buy now anyway because you can not control viruses even with nukes.

    superted

    November 19, 2020 at 11:41 pm

  56. Martin Lewis explains 7 ways you can legally save hundreds on council tax

    With money tight, and one viewer claiming back thousands after taking Martin Lewis’ advice, the money expert has laid out 7 ways to save on council tax

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/martin-lewis-explains-7-ways-23038939

    xclausx

    November 20, 2020 at 12:54 am


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