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Thousands of New Work Coaches Being Recruited.

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Thérèse Anne Coffey Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

People begging in the streets have began to reappear in Ipswich.

There is at least one outside Sainsbury’s in Upper Brook Street every day.

But …

Jobcentre to recruit 170 ‘work coaches’ amid Covid-19 crisis

East Anglian Daily Times. 19th of November.

Jobcentres across East Anglia are to recruit 170 “work coaches” to help people find work during the coronavirus crisis.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – led by Suffolk Coastal MP, Dr Therese Coffey – is now recruiting thousands more work coaches in Jobcentres across the UK to help give people the skills they need to find new work.

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The 170 work coaches being recruited across East Anglia will also provide “expert mentoring” through people’s job search, with the DWP telling applicants: “Your tailored coaching can make a huge difference to their ability to find, stay in and progress in a job.”

The department, which has also brought in the Kickstart scheme to help young people and the JETS programme to give expert help to those out of work for three months, added: “More expert work coaches means more personal, tailored support for jobseekers who are looking to get going with a new career or to move on from a struggling sector.”

Dr Coffey added: “Work coaches deliver invaluable local employment advice, opportunities to develop skills for new sectors and vital new job support schemes su”tach as Kickstart and JETS, which we have put in place to give everyone the chance to succeed and will help drive East Anglia’s economic recovery.”

It hard to think of more irritating expression than Work Coach, but “tailored support” comes close.

Meanwhile:

Written by Andrew Coates

November 20, 2020 at 10:20 am

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  1. I received these two emails from my work coach. Unfortunately my stock at my Jobcentre is rock bottom. Once enquiries are made about me, any application I make will be torpedoed by the management.

    Email 1:

    Good Morning,

    Vacancies for Fixed Term Contract Work Coach Roles have now gone Live in Civil Service Jobs, vacancies are live until 23.55 next Wednesday 25th November.

    Details can be found via this Link

    Summary

    The Work Coach holds a key role in the Department for Work and Pensions as you will be helping people and their families towards financial independence through work and enabling them to get the support they need as they move towards this ambition.

    Work Coaches are customer focused, dedicated individuals with empathy and compassion and able to deliver an exceptional public service to people who need support.

    You will use sound judgement to help people through some difficult, challenging times in their lives and your tailored coaching can make a huge difference to their ability to find, stay in and progress in a job. You will work collaboratively and proactively across a range of work areas in the Department, as well as in your local community to find support and plan positive next steps for a wide range of people, including some of society’s most vulnerable people.

    As a Work Coach you will also receive a tailored learning and development programme to build your knowledge and skills.

    If you’re looking for a career that makes a clear and positive difference to people’s lives, then being a Work Coach may be an ideal role for you! You can find out more here – https://dwpjobs-workcoach-microsite.co.uk

    Happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Email 2:

    Further to the email I sent out about the DWP Work Coach roles we are offering an online course – see details below if you are interested and let me know so I can get you enrolled ASAP.

    Working in the Civil Service SWAP

    Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November 10.00 to 13.00 14.00 to 16.00

    This course will be Virtual and is open to Customers from Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon and Wisbech

    SPS will be delivering a one-week Civil Service Success Profile SWAP to deliver an understanding of the application process, its asks and how to address the components.

    The SWAP will take candidates through the Civil Service recruitment process step by step; at each stage explaining the rationale and requirements of each component.

    The steps covered are as follows:

    Creating a civil service jobs account
    Searching for vacancies
    Understanding the Job description
    Introduction and practice around the set virtual questions, practising timings.
    The application process including:

    Ø Psychometric test

    Ø Verbal reasoning test

    Ø Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

    Ø Behaviour statements.

    Candidates will be introduced to best practice principles of approaching and completing each stage and will undertake simulated activities, practice tests, mock interviews and become familiar with application tools such as the STAR technique.

    A Civil Servant will also deliver a short presentation on what it is like to work in the Civil Service.

    All Course Completers will receive a Level 1 qualification.

    This course could be of particular use to Customers who are considering applying for any Future DWP Vacancies

    The course timings will be as follows:

    10am – 1pm – in the online classroom session (Using Google Meet for this)

    2pm – 4pm – They have work assigned that needs to be completed and submitted daily (Using Google classroom)

    Participants will be sent a link to join the classroom once they have been registered and enrolled on the program.

    jj joop

    November 20, 2020 at 11:58 am

  2. I thought doctors were meant to abide by the hippocratic oath. I guess that means nothing when you’re a tory and you’re making bank in the cabinet

    ghost whistler

    November 20, 2020 at 1:27 pm

  3. The Department for Work and Pensions contract, released in late October, states that suppliers will be expected to provide services that help people to retain and obtain employment. They will be required to “address barriers to employment for a broad range of individuals with differing and potentially very individual needs,” the notice reads. “For instance housing, physical and mental health, drugs and alcohol dependency.”

    The company’s CEO is Rupert Soames, the Eton-educated grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and brother of former Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames.

    Andrew Coates

    November 20, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    • retain and obtain employment.

      We’ve heard that before on the work programme then it was sustainable employment and its much worse now.They cannot improve employment prospects’ such as an area that has a poor employment record that with lack of skills locally.When there was no money in it here they simply shut the premises’ and moved to areas with already better vacancy prospects.

      ken

      November 20, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      • That’s exactly what I was thinking, ken. Providers are nothing but a bunch of parasites.

        jj joop

        November 22, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      • I’ve just applied for a job in the warehouse of a large supermarket chain, but in another city, it doesn’t say whereabouts in that city the warehouse is located so it depends if I can reasonably get there by buses. Also, it mentions in the application details that they will conduct security checks including credit checks, in which I’m screwed as I am Officially Insolvent and blacklisted from obtaining credit, though why that is relevant to a warehouse job is a mystery. The registration process also requires you to provide both your date of birth and your NI number as required fields, which I think is illegal. So basically I’m unlikely to be offered the job and don’t know if I could even get there if I am offered it.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    • Waste of money, and some of the money could go towards mental health issues if this a barrier for people to find employment, does not need a mickey mouse 3rd party training provider.

      my

      November 25, 2020 at 5:52 pm

  4. Christmas bonus coming for people on Universal Credit and other benefits

    The extra money should be in your account by Christmas Eve and is entirely tax free – what’s on offer and who’s eligible to get a benefits bonus from the DWP this year

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/christmas-bonus-coming-people-universal-23041808

    xclausx

    November 20, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    • Wow! A whole £10 all to ourselves just like Old Age Pensioners used to get, oh, in the eighties under Margaret Thatcher. Don’t go mad when you get it folks, invest it and keep hold of it for a rainy day. Man, it annoys me when government take the piss like this and expect the poor to be grateful

      Burt Yorkshire

      November 20, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      • Not everyone gets it, only those in receipt of certain Benefits. The general unemployed won’t get it.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 1:16 pm

  5. Employing thousands of useless Work Coaches is not going to create jobs for anyone else or help anyone to get a decent job, it’s just a hugely expensive employment scheme for Work Coaches. If there’s no jobs there’s no jobs. Or at least not enough jobs for everyone, and many of us (such as me) are unemployable, or have too many barriers that cannot be swept aside by the over-optimistic attitudes (or bullying) of any Work Coaches. If the jobs are all miles away and usually involve early starts, late finishes or awkward shifts then you need to have your own transport. If the jobs are miles away and pay minimum wage you need your own transport because the wages don’t cover the huge costs of public transport. If the jobs all consist of “fast paced” work then they are unsuitable for older workers. No amount of nudging, bullying or encouragement can change any of those facts.

    trev

    November 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

  6. The real purpose of Work Coaches is to police working-age benefits and punish/sanction claimants who contravene the things agreed on their claimant commitments. They are pretty useless insofar as getting people into work is concerned and will be even more useless now with so few vacancies and so many desperate people chasing them.

    Juda

    November 20, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    • You may know people with young adult children just trying to get a job at the moment; I hear too many stories about that to count.

      Andrew Coates

      November 20, 2020 at 5:54 pm

  7. I can’t see an Increase to any benefits or an extention to the £20pw to Universal Credit past April.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-national-debt-hits-record-23039970

    xclausx

    November 20, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    • all i can see is mass mandatory work activity via providers in big business Tesco amazon ect and it will be well you cant get a job as a sales assistant but what about a work trail as a cleaner in Tesco for 6 months and a job interview at the end of it, and we all know how that one goes!!.

      if you sign that providers contract prepare for the worst as a 6 month work trial will be round the corner 8hrs a day 5 days a week.

      same shit different shovel dont sign anything!

      superted

      November 20, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      • I know someone who’s signing that did work work for Tesco and wasn’t offered an interview even.

        It go’s back to 2012 and the work programme.

        https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/16/tesco-job-advert-offering-jsa-benefits-twitter-_n_1281132.html?

        That mandatory work activity was terrible it did nothing to improve unemployment,it wasn’t until two ladies wanted the providers’ contact details before that nothing was done,the bullying was so bad giggling no support and comments such as trying a dress on wern’t in short supply either.No ones experience of the workplace should be like that.

        ken

        November 21, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    • Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

      Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

      https://welfareweekly.com/nasty-tories-reject-petition-signed-by-120000-demanding-fairer-disability-benefits/

      xclausx

      November 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      • looks like there trying to starve or freeze us to death 😉

        superted

        November 21, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      • A major one-year spending review will be held on Wednesday 25 November in the midst of England’s second lockdown.

        Benefis.

        Pressure is mounting on Rishi Sunak to make a £20-a-week Covid boost to Universal Credit permanent.

        If he doesn’t, 6million households will see a massive £1,040-a-year welfare cut from April 2021.

        He also faces pressure to boost benefits for 2million people still on ‘legacy’ benefits, most of them disabled, who didn’t get the £20-a-week boost this year.

        On current projections, they’re set to get a rise of just 0.5% despite pensions being due to rise 2.5%.

        Mr Sunak is understood to be “open to the idea” of keeping the £20 but is refusing to confirm it.

        Benefit rates are usually announced in November, meaning an announcement must come soon. They may not be unveiled in the spending review itself.

        xclausx

        November 21, 2020 at 6:52 pm

  8. As we know many people choosing betwwen food or heat.

    Households face £21 rise in energy bills in 2021

    Cat Hobbs, the director of We Own It, which campaigns to nationalise energy supply, said: “These proposals from Ofgem are absolutely shocking. The idea that at a time when millions of people are struggling to pay their bills, the solution would be to charge people even more is farcical.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55022157

    xclausx

    November 20, 2020 at 9:41 pm

  9. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    November 21, 2020 at 9:12 am

  10. Just wondering, what if anything have The Opposition had to say about the recruitment of thousands more JCP Work Coaches, regarding the goals and probable outcomes versus the viability and costs?

    trev

    November 21, 2020 at 10:21 pm

  11. HOW MANY MORE MILLONS ON UC/?

    Strengthened tier system for England after lockdown

    A tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions will come into force in England when the lockdown ends on 2 December, Downing Street has said.

    More areas are set to be placed into the higher tiers

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55029401

    xclausx

    November 21, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    • There goes my return to work in two weeks, sick of it.

      Never mind the amount of people on UC , theres going to be many more suicides.

      xclausx

      November 21, 2020 at 10:58 pm

      • Still no mention of Martial Law in Canada…

        trev

        November 21, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      • But then I’ll still be on furlough and will still receive over £500 a month on UC!

        xclausx

        November 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    • as long as the government has the power of the emergency powers act this crap will carry on 6 months at a time so is going to carry on until it runs out and has to be voted in again next year!

      there is no labor opposition to any of it because of this and the government can pretty much do as they like putting the army on the streets or knocking your house down i shit you not!

      governments lie it does not matter which one is in so called control as both will do the same thing so there really is no choice no matter what party you vote for the end result will be the same, you dont really have a choice it is going to happen anyway.

      priti fat ass was found to be a bully to her civil servants broke the code and still keeps her job as no one told her she was a bully like wtf!

      immigrants are coming over in droves and priti fat ass is doing fuck all and there going in 4 star hotels and army barracks and complaining about there freedom yet people are homeless and dyeing on the streets in the uk.

      Coronavirus: Thousands of homeless ‘back on streets by July’
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52915913

      Substantial rent arrears cases are now exempt from eviction ban
      https://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/landlords/breaking-substantial-rent-arrears-cases-are-now-exempt-from-eviction-ban.html

      superted

      November 21, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      • Labour should be questioning the wisdom of hiring thousands more Work Coaches as it is going to be both costly and futile, very expensive and utterly pointless.

        trev

        November 21, 2020 at 11:29 pm

      • even if they had 50.000 work coaches nothing will change bar more sanctions for ppl that has had not had to claim benefits and cant play the game, it is all about conditionality even it is all bs!

        i have never met 1 work coach that wanted to help me get a job and just try to dump me on a 6 month course at a provider or just sanction me when i said no!

        superted

        November 21, 2020 at 11:42 pm

      • Exactly. They are useless at helping people towards finding suitable employment, just there to bully people into applying for unsuitable jobs and pointless schemes/courses under threat of Sanctions. If Labour don’t come out and say so then it must mean they still support such horse shit, same as they did under Blair and under Miliband. Should scrap the Jobcentres altogether and save a fortune.

        trev

        November 21, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    • We have seen a dreadful escalation of mental health issues living with restrictions.

      We know that we derive a lot of wellbeing and support from our interactions face to face with DWP. etc

      Right now we’ve taken away people’s structure, and we’ve closed gyms, pubs, hairdressers and many more where people go to boost their mood.

      Lockdown has added to stress and anxiety because people HAVE lost their jobs.

      xclausx

      November 22, 2020 at 3:06 am

      • Not everyone. My mental health has been improved by lockdown, not having to face the DWP is a huge boon and is massively less anxiety than having to see the Dole Clerk every fortnight. Absolute bliss. And I don’t go to pubs, restaurants or gyms anyway so makes no difference to me.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      • Hey trev, I hear that. Like you my mental health has been improved by lockdown, not having to face the DWP, etc.

        jj joop

        November 22, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      • Definitely. Signing-on was the most stressful thing in my life.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 3:04 pm

  12. Petition

    To: To the current Prime Minister

    Give men and women the option to retire at 60 with a state pension

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/let-men-and-women-retire-at-60-with-a-state-pension

    trev

    November 22, 2020 at 12:32 am

  13. A WARNING TO MANY

    Sunak warns of ‘economic shock’ to come.

    xclausx

    November 22, 2020 at 5:48 am

    • Workers set to plunge into debt in run-up to Christmas

      The warning comes following a survey into employees’ ‘financially-related stress’

      A study shows employees in the West Midlands, East Midlands and Greater London are suffering the most with financial-related stress, at 63% of workers, 58% and 66% respectively.

      Some 47% in the West Midlands, 46% in Greater London and 43% in the the South West say they need to turn to credit cards, overdrafts or loan firms at least once every three months to make ends meet.

      That compares with just 30% in the more affluent South East.

      These are causing serious stresses as a result, affecting personal and working lives, and ultimately their financial health.

      xclausx

      November 22, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    • One of the many reasons why poeople end up homeless and in these times many more people will.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/workers-hit-coronavirus-crisis-set-23049419

      xclausx

      November 22, 2020 at 9:57 pm

  14. The father of Universal Credit.

    Andrew Coates

    November 22, 2020 at 6:52 am

    • So it’s the employees fault for being bullied because bullying is a legitimate response to reduced performance? In the eyes/mind of IDS it is, hence his attitude to the poor/unemployed and Welfare reforms. Bullying people is the obvious answer.

      trev

      November 22, 2020 at 12:25 pm

  15. So another month passes and nothing from the Jobcentre, nor anything expected until next year I imagine. It wouldn’t surprise me now if this blissful state of unfettered freedom continues until mass vaccination hopefully reduces Covid-19 infections to next to nothing: I don’t know many people in the same circumstances as myself but have not heard of anybody being called into a Jobcentre for an interview unless applying for universal credit. Surely with so many people now claiming universal credit et al it will be a very long time until we go back to the fortnightly meetings and invitations to job fairs, courses, schemes and so on. I hope so anyway but at least can look forward to a quiet and peaceful Xmas this year, which will be nice because being on UC means I don’t get Bank Holidays off and am supposed to Jobseek on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day just like any other day! Hard to credit but that is the current state of things. Hopefully the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will be popping around to see Iain Duncan Smith and Lord David Freud and having a word with them about kindness, decency and charity over the festive season, not that either of them have a hope in hell of understanding anything about such things.

    The only thing to do is to take one day at a time and not try to look too far ahead.

    That’s my philosophy during the a time of coronavirus anyway.

    Ro

    November 22, 2020 at 10:18 am

    • Great isn’t it Ro? I’m loving having a break from the Jobcentre. They have extended JSA “Easement” until May 2021, and I reckon they could then extend it further to November 2021 until the vaccine is fully rolled out, so that gives us about another 12 months of freedom from now.

      trev

      November 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    • Social Distancing Measures Could End In Spring, Sage Says

      xclausx

      November 22, 2020 at 6:06 pm

  16. Cloverleaf

    November 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    • *Rolls eyes* here we go again, tap news wire isn’t a news website it’s a crank conspiracy blog.

      trev

      November 22, 2020 at 2:49 pm

  17. Written by some clown from the Adam Smith Institute, a think tank promoting neo-liberal ideas and funded by that little shit globalist George Soros through his open society foundation!

    Tigerlily

    November 22, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    • Well regardless of who wrote it the belief in herd immunity is madness, there has been a second wave, and vaccines very obviously are necessary.

      trev

      November 22, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      • The UK government stand to make billions out of these vaccines, where do you think all that money will end up, straight into the bank accounts of Blojo, Mangycock, Shitty, Unbalanced and Co!

        Tigerlily

        November 22, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      • Some of the big pharmaceutical companies involved stand to make a profit but I don’t see how the UK Government will apart from those individuals who have shares in pharma companies. But either way I and millions of others will be getting the vaccine, those who choose not to can take their chances.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      • it is always about the money no matter how far you go back it is all ways the same boom and bust and the rich get richer and the poor are killed off.

        you just have to look at all the ppe contracts given out to all there mates within government its a fkn joke tbh yet no extra £20 a week for us lot as we are classed as dead already lol.

        i bet if there was a real zombie virus going around we would all be cured already via nuclear bombs just to protect the 1%

        we are expendable just look at ww1 and 2 for example and all the wars b4 that back to roman times.

        governments are there to save there own asses not ours and protect there corporations! and profits for all there friends even if that means we starve and freeze to death on the streets.

        the siege of Leningrad comes to mind 😉 ppl really did drop down dead in the streets because the Germans would rather them all starve to death than take the city and have to feed anyone that was left and bullets’ were a waste of ammo!

        superted

        November 22, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      • Covid vaccine presents pharma with a shot at redemption and profit:

        https://www.ft.com/content/0b18aac0-50a3-4694-9d28-ccbc44debcb2

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm

  18. Gates will be making a pretty penny for himself too, as if he hasn’t got enough $$$$$, well what do you expect he is one of the 1% globalists that owns 90% of the worlds wealth.

    Cloverleaf

    November 22, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    • Does Bill Gates have shares in Pharmaceutical companies? I don’t know. But he is a philanthropist who gives millions to good causes around the world.

      trev

      November 22, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      • you do know he stole the source code from cp/m to create msdos and then sold it to ibm ,corrupt from the start id not trust him as far as i could piss tbh same as windows updates fixing one thing and fucking up 10.000 others in the process.

        superted

        November 22, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      • “cp/m to create msdos”

        I have no idea what that even means! I was an Apple Mac person myself.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      • Gates funds all of the big pharmaceuticals he literally owns them.

        Cloverleaf

        November 22, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      • I wouldn’t know about that, but he’s obviously mega rich and the subject of all manner of conspiracy theories.

        trev

        November 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm

  19. all software has a source code that is built on cp/m was the base code of ms dos thus why both worked on ibm at the time and he won a court battle i think to have to option of ms dos or cp/m but it cost more so most went with msdos.

    mac os is based of Linux base code and apple over the years have no locked it down to only run on there hardware tho there is ways round it all long and complicated to make a hackintosh but that is coming to a end with the m1 soc they have just released and looks good tbh for the price id get one if you are in to mac os but not for me lol.

    and dont bother with the ps5 they put a enterprise nvme slot in it and wont work with drives slower than 9000mb per second so 9gb my m8s gone fkn nuts as can only get 3 games installed with the on board drive.

    a 8tb nvme drive thats 3000mb is £1500 atm and the 9000mb are not out till mid/ end of next year and will cost 3k plus hahahaha.

    superted

    November 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    • I can’t afford a new Mac and I know nothing about them, I was using Macs back in the 90s, the old desktop models and OS9 and up until a few years ago on OSX 10.4 G4, don’t know anything about the newer ones after that. Still have an old eMac.

      trev

      November 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      • what with a ide hard drive and it is still going and on it now?

        superted

        November 22, 2020 at 8:57 pm

  20. https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/desktop-pcs/desktop-pcs/mac-mini-apple-m1-256-gb-ssd-10216296-pdt.html

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/28-benq-el2870u-4k-hdr-freesync-monitor-3840×2160-1ms-dp-hdmi

    you can get a vesa adaptor for the mac mini so it fits on the back of the monitor but the 2nd display needs a monitor with a usb c input.

    with a ssd it will boot to desktop in seconds and you can edit 4k video and not drop frames it kicks intel’s ass.

    superted

    November 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

  21. 1 in 8 people in Nottinghamshire now on Universal Credit

    Universal Credit applications have increased 88% since March

    https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/more-1-8-people-nottinghamshire-4725900

    ken

    November 23, 2020 at 8:49 am

    • 5.7 millions on UC, does anyone believe that? I for one don’t.

      xclausx

      November 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

  22. Hi all, please forgive me Mr Coates for hijacking your blog, I’ve been quiet lately but back with a bang on all fronts as the proverbial hits the fan, I can b found over on WordPress at mykatatonia WordPress.com on a private setting though! The trolls will not run me outta town again lol……

    kattyrehman

    November 23, 2020 at 12:10 pm

  23. Sorry it’s mykatatonia.wordpress.com

    kattyrehman

    November 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm

  24. It has been told that if you have any of the vax’s oxford etc, you can still end up with what they call covid. and so you will be monitered. i.e. the trials on humans are not over.

    xclausx

    November 23, 2020 at 12:41 pm

  25. Tigerlily

    November 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm

  26. Why am I not surprised.

    Cloverleaf

    November 23, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    • there has been no more excess deaths than any other year if you look on the ons site and go back over the years the numbers are mostly the same for each year.

      superted

      November 23, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      • @superted

        Something for the weekend, sir.

        DWP Curriculum Vitae (CV) guidance and procedures on retention, consent to share and erasure
        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dwp_curriculum_vitae_cv_guidance#incoming-1679810

        jj joop

        November 23, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      • Hitchens is a controversial character!

        trev

        November 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

      • Ted, mate, it’s the lockdowns, social distancing and other measures that are keeping the Covid deaths lower than they otherwise would be! It’s the fact that we are being proactive and changing our behaviour that put a lid on Covid fatalities. You are considering figures in an “all things being equal” kind of a way which is ridiculous. As the late Kenneth Williams used to say: “Stop messin’ about!”.

        Pete

        November 24, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      • I am beginning to hear from friends about those they know who have been affected. This has not happened – our region, East Anglia has not been seriously touched – till now.

        This is not a joke.

        Agree with Pete 100%

        Andrew Coates

        November 24, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      • Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 13 November 2020

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending13november2020

        so of all the regions in the uk over the 5 year avg was between 33 lowest south east and 534 highest for the north west over the 5 year avg.

        superted

        November 24, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    • They won’t be getting near me with it.

      ken

      November 23, 2020 at 2:44 pm

  27. i do not let the dwp keep any copy’s of my personnel date like cv email phone number ect as need my permission to do so.

    they can give you a jsd to show them that you do have a cv email but can not keep a record of it unless you give consent.

    they have not even have a phone number on record since the first wp as had it all removed from the lms so the provider got jack 😉

    superted

    November 23, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    • https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cv_job_broking_service_jbs

      Turning to your first point, it may be helpful if I explain that the Work Programme Providers and
      their sub-contractors have flexibility to design an innovative and personalised approach to help
      an individual back to work, this may include the creation of a CV. Under the Work Programme,
      Providers are able to determine which activities are mandatory.

      Customers who are mandated to undertake an activity by a Work Programme Provider may
      incur a loss or reduction of benefit should they fail to comply without good reason.

      my wp exit report was blank mandatory my ass 😉

      superted

      November 23, 2020 at 2:44 pm

  28. For God’s sake will you morons quit with the Covid denial BULLSHIT! Of course people have died of it and still are dying in their thousands. The vaccine is necessary. The virus is not a hoax, is not a bioweapon, and is not an attempt at population reduction or global control. It is a fucking Pandemic ffs!!!

    trev

    November 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    • there is a virus same as every year and the excess deaths for 2020 are not much different going back the last 10 years ons the government official site.

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

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

      more information is available about mortality rates (low overall),

      superted

      November 23, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      • trev

        November 23, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      • trev

        November 23, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      • The same BBC who reported live on air the collapse of WTC7 on 9/11 twenty minutes before it actually happened, funny that!

        Tigerlily

        November 23, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      • @ Tigerlily

        So you’re not content with Covid-denial conspiracies, anti-vax, and conspiracies about George Soros and Bill Gates, but 9/11 too. Are there any conspiracy theories you don’t believe in? JFK and Marylin Monroe? The moon landings? Reptilians?

        trev

        November 23, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      • You’ll know that Elvis faked his own death of course, and that Hitler lives in a secret base in Antarctica.

        trev

        November 23, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      • Ancient Aliens explores the controversial theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Have aliens shaped human history?

        – Aliens And Dinosaurs # 13 (45)
        Aliens And Dinosaurs: Theorists investigate a depiction of a stegosaurus found at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Could it suggest that alien species killed off the dinosaurs? (S4, ep 13)

        Blaze TV (on Freeview) https://www.blaze.tv/series/ancient-aliens

        Andrew Coates

        November 24, 2020 at 7:10 am

      • Ohhh groan! Ancient Aliens is one of the worst of those tv shows, the other UFO documentaries are of valid interest but according to those ‘experts’ and ‘theorists’ on Ancient Aliens practically every achievement of the ancient world is attributable to Aliens!

        trev

        November 24, 2020 at 11:40 am

      • I watched one- once.

        Andrew Coates

        November 24, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      • trev

        November 23, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      • More from the british brainwashing corp.

        xclausx

        November 23, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      • Current figures show UK excess deaths are 20% higher than normal.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55057380

        trev

        November 24, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      • yes but you could say the same in 2017-18 where again over 50.000 died from the flu dont forget they changed the way the figures are now recorded as now over 28 days why you can only get all the figures from the ons and not the bbc take on just one point!

        over all total deaths are up but not buy much same as any bad flu season overall as 1300-600 ppl die per day anyway and it is winter so deaths will be higher anyway same as every other year.

        There were just over 616 thousand deaths in the United Kingdom in 2018, compared with 607 thousand in 2017. Between 2003 and 2011, the annual number of deaths in the UK fell from 612 thousand to just over 552 thousand.

        superted

        November 24, 2020 at 1:41 pm

  29. Number of unemployed people in UK over 50 rises by third, figures suggest

    There are now 91,000 more unemployed older people than there were 12 months ago

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/23/number-of-unemployed-people-in-uk-over-50-rises-by-third-figures-suggest

    ken

    November 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm

  30. Hitting workers in their pockets will choke any chance of economic recovery

    Gas and electricity bills could increase for millions of people across the UK if proposals from the government energy regulator to help companies recoup losses are passed.

    https://www.bigissue.com/latest/ofgem-price-cap-hike-will-force-people-into-fuel-poverty/

    ken

    November 24, 2020 at 1:49 pm

  31. https://www.statista.com/statistics/281488/number-of-deaths-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/

    this government does have a impressive death rate over the last ten years tho lol.

    superted

    November 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    • Tory welfare reforms and austerity have been responsible for tens of thousands of deaths over the past decade.

      trev

      November 24, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      • and there will be many more to come and i bet they remove the £20 from uc but come the end of march next year is when it will really all start to kick in.

        superted

        November 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm

  32. Universal Credit: DWP hires 2,000 former claimants to help process Covid benefits applications

    According to new information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, 2,053 Universal Credit claimants were hired by the DWP between April and October.

    https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/universal-credit-dwp-claimants-covid-benefits-applications-768626

    superted

    November 24, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    • As you know, my work coach sent me an application form for the work coach vacancy. It’s like being asked to mop up the splatter from your own assassination.

      jj joop

      November 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm

  33. An online “Jobs fair”, with no jobs!

    “Their team of advisors will be on hand to offer one-to-one support to get ‘job ready’ for local vacancies including writing effective CVs, giving interview tips and searching local job sites.”

    “The team will also be able to give advice on developing the right skills and qualifications to get into work including joining the ‘hubs’ free online maths and English courses.”

    “This virtual open day also aims to breakdown any barriers people may face in getting back into work and offer them the right support to improve their lives.”

    https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18894809.incommunities-hold-free-online-jobs-fair-next-month

    trev

    November 24, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    • “This virtual open day also aims to breakdown any barriers people may face in getting back into work and offer them the right support to improve their lives.

      every 3rd party provider says that all have failed! for the last 20 years!

      “We have already helped 25 people affected by the lockdown and we’re here to help you.”

      help us make you in to a nice little profit unit for our funding model.

      The Employment Hub is part funded by the European Social Fund and is supported by Bradford Council and Leeds City Region partners.

      A quango or QUANGO (less often QuANGO or QANGO) is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation. It is typically an organisation to which a government has devolved power, but which is still partly controlled and/or financed by government bodies. As its name suggests, a quango is a hybrid form of organization, with elements of both non-government organizations (NGOs) and public sector bodies. The concept is most often applied in the United Kingdom and, to a lesser degree, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United States, and other English-speaking countries.

      😉

      superted

      November 24, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      • Yep, it’s just the usual bollocks, except this time it’s virtual bollocks. I’ve had Providers try to tell a classroom full of unemployed people that there are no barriers, they don’t exist, they’re all in your mind. Age, health problems (mental and physical), lack of transport, lack of required experience, DBS and /or Credit checks, shortage of local jobs, shortage of jobs suitable for older workers, demise of traditional industries, shift work Vs. Public transport, none of these barriers exist! All you have to do is buck your ideas up and write a nice CV.

        trev

        November 24, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      • tbh i have never found a valid reason why you need a credit check to apply for a job as most working ppl are in debt anyway.

        other than a stick to hit you with if you do not comply.

        superted

        November 24, 2020 at 11:37 pm

      • I don’t get why it’s relevant either but some jobs do say that they will do a Credit check on applicants. I’ve just applied for a supermarket warehouse job that says that, and I’m totally blacklisted from credit and not even legally allowed to apply for credit as I’m Bankrupt.

        trev

        November 24, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      • i have never been in debt i have never had any credit bar budging loans so i also fail any credit checks as never had any in the first place.

        and i know all about debt relief orders and bankruptcy it is a fkn joke!

        superted

        November 24, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      • That’s the route I went, a DRO, at the advice of CAB. It cost me a £90 fee payable to the Official Receiver then a 12 months reprieve on my debts then at the end of 12 months declared Officially Insolvent and debts written off, all except for official debts that is, as it doesn’t include such debts as Income Tax, Council Tax, Student Loans or DWP loans, but wipes off Bank loans, overdraft, credit cards, utility arrears, etc. I got a DWP Budgeting loan to pay the £90, which you’re not meant to do but hey.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 12:03 am

      • you are not bankrupt as that is different to a dro and it costs more as a dro is limited to about 20k i think and if the debt is more than that then a dro is not a option.

        with a dro you can keep you bank account ect but you can do another dro after 6 years my sister has done it 2 times now.

        and got bugger all to show for it and she still got a ipad pro and iPhone on credit after the 2nd one pmsl.

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      • I am ‘Officially Insolvent’ , which is the term applied to a individual person but in effect is the same thing as being ‘Bankrupt’ which is a term applied to companies. Yes I still have my existing Bank account but once Insolvent you can have difficulties opening a new Bank account. I am barred from applying for credit for six years and other restrictions such as starting a business.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      • try o2 as they dont seem to give a crap 😉

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 1:56 pm

  34. no-one is left without hope or opportunity..

    The Treasury say people who have been out of work for more than a year will get ‘intensive’ support tailored to their circumstances – and Job Centre Plus capacity will be increased

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/rishi-sunak-promises-3bn-restart-23062194

    xclausx

    November 25, 2020 at 2:47 am

  35. trev

    November 25, 2020 at 12:46 pm

  36. £3 Billion down the drain on some bullshit “Restart” codswallop, but they can’t raise JSA to the correct level it should have been at 6 years ago.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/what-rishis-29bn-restart-scheme-23064651

    trev

    November 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    • so they can get the computer to say yes to 37p but not £20 what a load of bollocks! it has been done on purpose.

      and i just got another letter for a flu jab pmsl in the bin that one goes.

      superted

      November 25, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      • I guess the 2.0 .keys on thier keyboard were kaput!

        The bbc meanwhile have had thier day!, it’s only for the ones who call other news outlets conspiracy’s!

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      • 37p was the cost of a Dog Licence back in the days when that existed (and it wasn’t any cheaper for a B&W dog!). Actually I think it was 37 & 1/2p

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      • it is £15 now as all dogs must have a microchip

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    • The rise for children and under-25s looks set to be even smaller, and the separate Carer’s Allowance looks set to rise by just 34p.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-millions-peoples-dwp-benefits-23066541

      xclausx

      November 25, 2020 at 2:41 pm

  37. United Nations forced to admit that Vaccines from Bill Gates are spreading Polio throughout Africa!

    https://www.scienceclowns.com/2020-09-08-united-nations-admits-vaccines-bill-gates-spreading-polio-africa.html#

    Tigerlily

    November 25, 2020 at 2:53 pm

  38. Cloverleaf

    November 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    • trev

      November 25, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      • BBC are SCUM!

        Tigerlily

        November 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      • People such as yourself who believe in conspiracy theories are mentally unbalanced, trapped in a negative, pessimistic and paranoid mindset. You look to conspiracy theories to validate your own anxieties.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    • The tools of the fourth industrial revolution enable new forms of surveillance and other means of control that run counter to healthy, open societies

      As capabilities in this area improve, the temptation for law enforcement agencies and courts to use techniques to determine the likelihood of criminal activity, assess guilt or even possibly retrieve memories directly from people’s brains will increase. Even crossing a national border might one day involve a detailed brain scan to assess an individual’s security risk

      Many more

      xclausx

      November 25, 2020 at 3:48 pm


      • Justin Trudeau and the ‘Great Reset’

        We start with the revival of the baseless conspiracy theory, known as the ‘Great Reset’, which claims a group of world leaders orchestrated the pandemic to take control of the global economy.

        The conspiracy theory has its origins in a genuine plan entitled ‘The Great Reset’, drawn up by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the organisers of an annual conference for high-profile figures from politics and business. The plan explores how countries might recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

        The WEF recovery plan has been interpreted as sinister, first by fringe conspiracy theory groups on social media, and then by prominent conservative commentators – prompting tens of thousands of interactions across Facebook and Twitter.

        It started trending globally on Twitter last week, when a video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a UN meeting, saying the pandemic provided an opportunity for a “reset”, went viral.

        This sparked fresh claims from people, within Canada and further afield, that a cabal of global leaders is using the pandemic to introduce a range of damaging socialist and environmental policies.

        When asked about conspiracy theories at the end of the week, Mr Trudeau said: “I think we’re in a time of anxiety, where people are looking for reasons for things that are happening to them… we’re seeing a lot of people fall prey to disinformation.”

        A video from August, which now has close to three million views on YouTube, believes only Donald Trump can thwart this secret plot, which uses Covid-19 to bring the US economy to its knees so the “reset” can begin and people will be “begging” for vaccines.

        But the suggestion that politicians planned the virus, or are using it to destroy capitalism is wholly without evidence.

        So too is the notion that the World Economic Forum has the authority to tell other countries what to do, or that it is coordinating a secret cabal of world leaders

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/55017002

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      • You keep on trying to get people to believe what you believe, it’s not working, it won’t.

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      • “You keep on trying to get people to believe what you believe, it’s not working, it won’t.”

        I could say the exact same thing to yourself, and Tigerlily, Cloverleaf, superted. I’m guessing there are many people reading this blog and following the comments without actually posting a comment themselves, what they believe will depend upon several factors such as state of mind, level of intelligence, integrity, gullibility, perceptive ability, astuteness etc. The more sane and intelligent will not subscribe to unfounded conspiracy theories from dubious sources.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      • The more sane and intelligent will not subscribe to the bbc you post.

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      • “The more sane and intelligent will not subscribe to the bbc you post.”

        I think you’ll find that the vast majority of people do read/listen to news reports in the mainstream media, and those who subscribe to outlandish conspiracy theories are a vocal minority.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      • Instead of complaing about everything why don’t you get yourself a job, just like all those who would rather work.

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      • “Instead of complaing about everything why don’t you get yourself a job, just like all those who would rather work.”

        Spoken like a true-blue Tory! Glad to see you’re showing your true colours. The undeserving poor don’t have a job because they don’t try hard enough, not because they have severe barriers, but because they are lazy and feckless? I’ll be working tomorrow actually, for no pay, to enable those worse off than me to feed themselves and their children.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      • or sign providers contracts for a easy life when you do not have to for the last ten years because it was never mandatory and just dwp lies.

        yet not 1 person anywhere i have been sent over the years refused to sign and was a good little profit unit.

        i guess you could have called that a conspiracy as no one believed me until i kicked there ass at tribunal 😉

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      • Superted why don’t you just get a job? XClausX wants to know.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      • its not from a lack of trying as i try to apply for 5 jobs every day and all i get is.

        We have taken some time to review your details, and unfortunately, we don’t think you are the right person for this role at the moment. However, we would like to ask you to register your details on our talent platform. This will give you access to vacancy notifications as soon as they are released as well as expert blogs, job tips, and much more.

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      • “Must have full clean Driving Licence, own transport, FLT and Reach Licence, DBS certificate, min. 2 years experience, 5 year checkable work history, and two references” , “work involves heavy lifting, is fast paced, target-driven, 12 hour shifts or rotating nights/days, not near bus route”, “Must be fully experienced in SAGE and fluent in Polish and Spanish”.

        I kid you not, I have seen all of the above in job adverts.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      • i have had a load of jobs sent to me where they want french or German speakers only and had about 3 today.

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      • I think Indeed has given up on finding jobs in my town, now sending me vacancies within a 30 mile radius ranging from Rochdale, Bury, Ashton-under-Lyne to Skipton, Normanton, Pontefract, Leeds, Bradford, but none near where I live!

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm

  39. Just viewed a job vacancy on Indeed that contained the following, and I quote…

    “To make sure is cleans and spotting”

    “Salary: From £8,000.00 per month”

    “I am ok to a mask and to my hands”

    Wtf wrote that?

    trev

    November 25, 2020 at 3:38 pm

  40. At the end of the day, the content of this blog is down to Andrew Coates. He could easily block all these conspiracy theorists and vaccine deniers. Like Tigerlily, xclausx, superted, and others. He could decide not to have his blog filled with their stupid nonsense. Which puts off so many sensible people, who might otherwise post on the blog. But it seems he is not prepared to do so. Preferring to laugh instead, as they parade their outcast scientists, harmful theories and false statistics.

    Jeff Smith

    November 25, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    • most of the links i have posted are the ons the governments official stats web site 😉

      superted

      November 25, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    • moan moan moan

      xclausx

      November 25, 2020 at 8:16 pm

  41. The Great Reset/Dystopian Short Film!

    Tigerlily

    November 25, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    • Great Reset conspiracy theory Reality Check:

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/55017002

      trev

      November 25, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      • enough of your crap, get off your ass and get a job, don;t bother with your so called barriers to employment,.

        those like you need to be put into the intensive work program,

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      • It’s all coming out now isn’t it? Don’t hold back, get it off your chest, you hate the unemployed and you feel superior because you’re working. Are you sure your real name isn’t Iain Duncan Smith?

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      • Trev never mind covid, I think xclausx has foot and mouth disease, every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it (again! ) meanwhile , you virus deniers, it’s nearly 8pm but I have our latest risk assessment to plough through. …

        kattyrehman

        November 26, 2020 at 7:44 pm

  42. Trev calls everyone a tory because they have a job, think about that one, or do I need tell you.

    xclausx

    November 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    • Not so. I recognise Tory rhetoric when I see it; “why don’t you get a job?”
      Only a Tory would presume that someone chooses a life of abject poverty out of idleness or for want of trying. Only a Tory would completely ignore the probability that someone who is long-term unemployed has underlying issues, problems and barriers, or assume that such obstacles are either imaginary or can be overcome by merely applying oneself, trying harder, and if they don’t they must be unemployed by choice.

      trev

      November 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      • nonsence,

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      • The dwp will fix your so called barriers and mind set of course.

        xclausx

        November 25, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      • The DWP couldn’t fix a dripping tap. No one should be put on the “intensive work program (sic)”, such a *programme* shouldn’t exist in a civilized society. Benefits should be paid automatically without conditions to anyone who needs them. Only a Tory or a Blairite would think otherwise.

        trev

        November 25, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    • Xclausex, I have a job and have never been called a Tory or anything else derogatory here! I respect everyone, went through the system as a single parent, and am Terri of ending up unemployed!!

      Kat Rehman

      November 27, 2020 at 6:06 am

  43. superted

    November 25, 2020 at 9:39 pm

  44. “The three-year scheme will be open to people who have been out of work for more than 12 months, and will provide them with regular intensive support in finding work. It will be aimed at older workers in particular.”

    https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/chancellor-set-to-launch-restart-scheme-to-help-jobless/

    trev

    November 25, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    • I don’t know if that means the scheme is funded to run for 3 years (probably) or is it that people will be on the scheme for 3 years?

      trev

      November 25, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      • any 3rd party company for profit will need you to sign there contract! it is to process your personnel data and form a contract with said company and gain its funding to comply with the gdpr.

        it is the same old shit delivered buy a different brand shovel

        superted

        November 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      • @superted

        I take it you won’t be signing their paperwork, ted?

        jj joop

        November 26, 2020 at 10:29 am

      • i have not been sent to any provider since i won at tribunal and i have not signed any providers contracts since the first work programme and always get asked to leave because i wont sign.

        had 10 years of that crap on and off b4 2010 it helps no one bar the providers bank balance.

        superted

        November 26, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      • In 2018 an over-ambitious jobsworth Work Coach referred me to the Right Steps To Work course without explaining to me what it involved or that it wasn’t mandatory. I ended up going along with it for a quiet life cos it lasted for 12 months and I thought that at least the Jokecentre would be off my back for a year whilst I attended the course (run by Standguide). I did a couple of computer courses there which passed the time and a Warehouse course that got me a BTEC Level 2 certificate, other than that I attended a 10 mins. meeting with a Caseworker once a month and it was a doddle, but mostly a load of crap. In 2019 another guy I know was also referred to the course, at 65 Years old! What’s the bloody point of sending a 65 yr old on a back-to-work course called Right Steps To Work LOL???? Makes no sense other than the JCP Work Coach was ticking boxes, all at the Taxpayers expense for no good reason whatsoever.

        trev

        November 26, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    • You can bet that the Restart scheme will be governed by Sanctions too. Looks like the foodbanks will be in business for quite some time to come. More hardship, more poverty, more evictions… all courtesy of the Tory government who have neither wit nor imagination. First we had Restart interviews in the 90s, then New Deal, then the Work Programme, and the Community Work Programme, and Skills Conditionality, and Mandatory Work Activity, now the Restart scheme. When will they ever learn? Pointless, costly, depressing bullshit that will make no difference whatsoever to the real unemployment figures. There’s only so many jobs, and only so many people that are employable. Endless back-to-work schemes and employability skills courses are not the answer. Shut the Jobcentres, introduce UBI, lower State Pension age, abolish JSA and UC, scrap Working Tax Credits, save a fortune and everyone’s happy.

      trev

      November 25, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    • Great news.

      xclausx

      November 26, 2020 at 2:35 am

      • “Great news”

        I take it you’ve never been on the receiving end of a Government back-to-work scheme. How many times can people in their 50s/60s sit in a classroom re-writing CVs and practising interview techniques, and being required to complete Basic Skills assessment yet again. Then there’s the Workfare element, forced to fill shelves in Poundstretcher in exchange for your dole, under threat of Sanctions. Great? Not so much.

        trev

        November 26, 2020 at 7:24 am

      • …not forgetting also the “team-building” exercises, building a tower/pyramid out of marshmallows and pipe-cleaners, or sellotaping eggs to balloons, a fantastic use of Taxpayers’ money.

        trev

        November 26, 2020 at 7:45 am

      • “Great news” ?

        trev

        November 26, 2020 at 7:50 am

      • @trev

        Just ignore xclausx if I were you. You’re being baited by a troll.

        jj joop

        November 26, 2020 at 10:31 am

  45. Housing benefits cut for low-wage renters quietly slipped out in spending review

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/housing-benefits-cut-low-wage-23069447

    xclausx

    November 26, 2020 at 3:03 am

  46. JJ another lazty one who does everything possible to not get work,

    I’m ignoring the other one,,

    xclausx

    November 26, 2020 at 1:12 pm

  47. The best of luck to all those who have to go into the intesive work program or the loss of thier benefits.

    xclausx

    November 26, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    • So you are now unashamedly stating your support of the Benefits Sanctions regime. Don’t you realize how much poverty, debt, hardship, homelessness and suicides have been caused by Benefit Sanctions? Or perhaps you just don’t care. Sanctions also greatly contribute to foodbank use. Speaking as someone who works at a foodbank and sees the situation first hand I find your views repugnant. Sanctions are Class War. Whose side are you on?

      trev

      November 26, 2020 at 2:40 pm

  48. Tier 3 full list confirmed!

    Cloverleaf

    November 26, 2020 at 3:27 pm

  49. Some bedtime reading for all of you.

    CV training for new jobcentre work coaches
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cv_training_for_new_jobcentre_wo#incoming-1682734

    jj joop

    November 26, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    • I don’t know about JCP Dole Clerks but the CVs and cover letters that Third Party Providers have written on my behalf have always been absolute garbage and I’ve always binned them. I KNOW how to compile a CV and am perfectly capable of composing a covering letter, I have a Degree for God’s sake! It’s so bloody patronising. The last one I had done was on the Right Steps course and it said I had a Driving Licence and FLT and all sorts of incorrect information that he’d obviously copied & pasted from someone else’s CV!

      trev

      November 26, 2020 at 6:35 pm

  50. Cashless Society-Dystopian Short Film

    Tigerlily

    November 26, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    • Living on JSA I pretty much am “cashless” anyway most of the time! Not interested in anymore conspiracy claptrap about the ‘Great Reset’ though, as it is total nonsense. The World Economic Forum is nothing more than a kind of think-tank, it has no power or authority over the economic affairs of any sovereign nation or the Banking system in any way shape or form. Just a group of progressive thinkers and philanthropists discussing how to use their wealth to make a positive influence to improve the world.

      trev

      November 26, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      • Trev, if you’re not interested then just ignore it, why keep making comments all the time!

        Tigerlily

        November 26, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      • @ Tigerlily

        I’m perfectly entitled to make comments, why are you posting conspiracy theory comments all the time? When people post untruths it’s to be expected that others may refute such nonsense. It’s not even a conspiracy website, it’s an unemployment blog! Why don’t you stick to posting stuff on David Wilcocks site or Benjamin Fulford?

        trev

        November 26, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      • cash what can you really buy with it not a lot in the real world as you cant walk in a shop and pay cash for a set of 15k atc speakers or buy a car ect as it is not allowed any more buy law.

        same with buying a house you dont go get 500k cash from the bank and then give it to the seller as taxes ect need to be paid!

        so when you get a mortgage it is just ones and zeros in a computer system so no cash is ever involved in such transactions anyway.

        problem is really the tax system where the likes of apple and all the rest do as much as possible to avoid paying any tax at all as private company’s for profit even the new owners of asda have gone to a tax haven.

        the uk debt is 2 trillion+ over 100% gdp and is going to be the worst recession in 300 years, yet the 1% will get even richer buying up all the assets at a bargain price, boom and bust mentality.

        superted

        November 26, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    • trev

      November 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm

  51. Conspiracy theories

    Belief in conspiracy theories is the product of normal human psychology, but can be extremely dangerous

    Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/term/conspiracy-theories/#ixzz6ewZyr8Nw

    trev

    November 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

  52. superted

    November 26, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    • The only people he hasn’t thrown any cash at are JSA/ESA claimants.

      trev

      November 26, 2020 at 11:25 pm


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