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Food Banks: Demand Rising and Rising just as Food Supply Crisis Looms.

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What food banks are crying out for this Christmas – the items you can donate and how to do it - Mirror Online

Demand Keeps Growing.

 

In our town there is usually a queue outside Gregg’s in Upper Brook Street.

Just a few metres away there are, most of the time, people begging.

Grazia today,

Food banks across the UK have seen a 47% rise in need during the pandemic, according to The Trussell Trust, a charity that supports a network of more than 1,200 food banks, including this one. Between April and September, their food banks provided more than 1.2 million emergency food parcels – over 470,000 went to children. And their figures are just the tip of the iceberg.

We Want To Make Food Banks Extinct, But This Year They’re Busier Than Ever

This is worth reading;

 

COVID-19: Sainsbury’s warns of fruit and veg shortages if freight chaos not solved within days

Now with the real prospect of food shortages, which will affect everybody,  this toss-pot is saying this;

Here’s a suggestion for Xmas Presents.

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Written by Andrew Coates

December 21, 2020 at 11:24 am

350 Responses

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  1. Food banks shouldn’t exist as said years ago.

    xclausx

    December 21, 2020 at 11:31 am

    • I could not agree more.

      Andrew Coates

      December 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

      • Unisef said a solution was needed to be found for people inc kids without food etc, Unisef will know already what the solution is as we and many people know, only many people won’t like the solution.

        xclausx

        December 21, 2020 at 11:53 am

      • Many people won’t like what should be done to bring in the solution.

        xclausx

        December 21, 2020 at 11:59 am

      • The solution is to get rid of the Tories and reverse all their policies of the last decade. Undo the disastrous Welfare reforms, create a functioning, easily accessible and non-punitive Benefits system, increase Benefits and wages to a reasonable level, increase public spending, re-Nationalize public transport and Utilities, and re-distribute the wealth more equitably, possibly introduce an Unconditional Basic Income.
        All of the above, however, don’t address the problems yet to come caused by a no deal Brexit.

        trev

        December 21, 2020 at 12:08 pm

  2. Food shortages and blocked ports are the shape of things to come, better get used to it. If you voted Leave that’s what you voted for. It just so happens that Brexit No Deal shenanigans have coincided and collided with the fall-out from the Covid pandemic. There was probably never a time for greater political and economic cooperation between countries since WW2. Division, economic isolation, and Imperialism won’t put food on the table. Is it too late to cancel Brexit and say we didn’t mean it?

    trev

    December 21, 2020 at 11:40 am

  3. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    December 21, 2020 at 11:53 am

  4. What is kind of sad is when people say “Isn’t it wonderful that these food banks help poor people avoid malnutrition and starvation out of the goodness of their hearts?” and it is. The charities and individuals supporting people and trying to prevent them from falling into food poverty in the seventh richest country in the world – we’ve dropped to seventh in the list of countries ranked by GDP, behind the United States, China, Japan, Germany, India and France – are absolutely wonderful. They really, really are. But when did people stop getting angry, even furious, and saying “Isn’t it disgraceful that the government stands by and allows our people to fall into such dire poverty, in 21st century Britain, that they no longer have the means to nourish themselves or their children whatever their circumstances?”

    Food banks have become normalised in Great Britain and as wonderful as they are I am very sorry for it.

    We have now fallen to such a low level that UNICEF has launched a domestic emergency response and intervened to deliver food parcels to those in need for the first time in its 70 year history as if the UK was a member of the third rather than the first world:

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/16/unicef-feed-hungry-children-uk-first-time-history

    We are ruled by a government that has neither sense or shame.

    Aleister

    December 21, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    • The people who work in the foodbanks echo your sentimental Aleister, they shouldn’t have to be doing what they do and there shouldn’t be any need for foodbanks in a civilized society. Foodbanks are a symptom of a failed State. And I am a foodbank volunteer worker myself. This has been the busiest year in record for us at our foodbank and at the moment, Christmas being the busiest time of year, it is insanely busy, we are struggling to cope and there is talk of having more volunteers working extra shifts. And we’ve still got the Council helping out with deliveries because of Covid.

      trev

      December 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      • I applaud what you are doing, trev, but am sorry that you have to do it. I hope one day that food banks, like child labour and workhouses, will be remembered with a mixture of shame and regret. Happy Christmas to you, all and everyone anyway.

        Aleister

        December 21, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      • Thanks Aleister and Merry Christmas to you too! I will be back at the foodbank Christmas eve. Been watching some Dickens on tv over the weekend and it just makes you realize that we’re still dealing with the same issues but obviously in a different historical context, poverty, injustice and inequality still exist as does greed and societal attitudes one way or another. Instead of Workhouses we now have Jobcentres, Workfare schemes, Sanctions and foodbanks. The rich continue to get richer and the poor get poorer, same as it ever was, a hundred-plus years after Dickens and Marx.

        trev

        December 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm

  5. 20,000 disabled County Durham people miss out on £21m due to DWP benefit freeze

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/20000-disabled-county-durham-people-19427588

    superted

    December 21, 2020 at 12:52 pm

  6. Disability Services, Decision Making and Working Age Directorate members’ update
    21 Dec 2020
    GEC negotiators recently met with senior management as part of the regular consultation process. We meet separately with Working Age management.

    Resourcing
    Senior management in this directorate acknowledged how difficult a year this has been and recognised the efforts of members in continuing to deliver services to the public in the difficult circumstances during the pandemic. Whilst the workload levels have been impacted by the pandemic with less PIP applications for example, PCS will continue to keep a close eye on staffing levels and pressure on our members especially when the rate of claims return to more normal levels. Working Age management reported that the movement of staff from Working Age to Kickstart should be achieved mainly with volunteers and with the posts being over-subscribed in some areas.

    IT kit provision
    The GEC highlighted feedback received from members regarding their frustration at the limited availability of IT kit to allow members to work from home. We raised the disappointment of members affected in Disability Service after this area was removed from the Home Working Pilot. DS management stated that they shared the disappointment of the members regarding this and confirmed they are working on providing members with the equipment to work from home as soon as possible as part of the departmental rollout. Management also confirmed that they would look to allow flexibility wherever possible to take into account when individual members have urgent circumstances or needs to work from home.

    Annual leave
    PCS has continued to have issues raised from members about problems accessing annual leave for 2021 specifically in DS. DS management confirmed that whilst the initial work on leave applications is done at site level, the annual leave is managed at a national level. This is in order to allow more flexibility and to take account of differing demand at different sites on different days and the variations in school holiday dates across the UK which should help to increase the availability of annual leave for members. Where members are still experiencing difficulties in getting leave for 2021 they should raise this with their local reps who can check if the site has confirmed the national position on leave before refusing leave applications. Where issues cannot be resolved at site level by your local reps they can also escalate problems to the GEC negotiators who can raise these with directorate management to see what can be done to alleviate any problems that members have accessing their annual leave. There will be a few weeks a year with the highest demand across a lot of the offices for the same weeks especially around the bank holidays. But most demand can be staggered when looking at the pool of staff available at national level rather than just site level.

    On-call payment for Covid-19 report contacts
    Following concerns raised with the GEC we raised concerns that members were being asked to be “on-call” over weekends, without being remunerated appropriately, to take reports of Covid-19 cases and initiate all the action necessary to book the cleaning and ensure there are no staff working or planning to work overtime in the areas affected.

    DS management have confirmed that the staff who volunteer to be the contact point for receiving reports about any positive or suspected Covid-19 cases over the weekend should be paid overtime for the period when they are on call and that this will be implemented for all DS sites.

    Access to Work
    Members had raised concerns of rumours about Access to Work coming to an end. The GEC negotiators queried this and were assured by DS management that there are no plans for Access to Work to end and they were in fact surprised at rumours that there might be any issues with its future. They advised that this remains and important area of work and that they expect it to continue for the foreseeable future.

    Subsequently PCS after the meeting has raised questions about the way civil service wide changes may impact on Access to Work and are awaiting a response from management.

    If you have any issues in this directorate you should raise them with your local reps who can work to try to resolve any problems locally. Local PCS branches can escalate any issues that cannot be sorted out locally to the GEC negotiators. You should also feedback any concerns about workloads, pressure, working conditions and practices or safety etc. to your local reps so that they can raise issues with the local management and escalate anything to national level as necessary

    superted

    December 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

  7. It’s astonishing when you think about it, how far we come along this road of Tory cuts and austerity. And Foodbanks are one of the very worst symbols of all this. But you notice how it is becoming increasingly normal to have foodbanks ? And for people to use them ? I’ve lost count of the number of people I know on Universal Credit, who no matter how they try, still end up at the local Foodbank.

    Jeff Smith

    December 21, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    • superted

      December 21, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      • Why does he presume that he’s the “voice of reason”? Just some Rightwing gobshite.

        trev

        December 21, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      • yet they have stripped the shelves in our local tesco and asda already the bog roll bandits have struck again.

        superted

        December 21, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      • Oh no, panic buying again?! It doesn’t take much for people to panic. And I’ll be needing to get some more bog rolls myself before Xmas too. I went to Aldi Saturday lunchtime and it was all normal, not packed, no queues, shelves well stocked. I’m expecting to get my JSA Wednesday probably as it would normally be due Friday, so can’t do any more shopping til then.

        trev

        December 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      • there buying everything in site the place is rammed it is way worse than it was b4 like x10!

        superted

        December 21, 2020 at 4:06 pm

  8. Got my annual verification form on 3rd December I sent it back signed for first class. They have now sent me another one claiming they didn’t receive the first on.

    More me mind games?

    Bigbird

    December 21, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    • Maybe they’re just in more chaos than usual due to Covid related staff shortages? I got mine too a couple of weeks ago sent it back normal postage presume they got it as haven’t heard otherwise. You might have been just unlucky.

      trev

      December 21, 2020 at 4:56 pm

  9. The Job Centres are going to become the new Food Banks !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 2:23 pm

  10. Why are the DWP stuck in Tier 8 when the rest of the country is in Tier 24.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    • Ebenezer Scrooge aka Jacob Rees Mogg is in a tier of his own, Tier Tory, on a different planet to the rest of us where there is no poverty and childrens’ charities stage “Political stunts” just to embarrass him in his Victorian top-hat. Mr. Bumble aka Iain Duncan Smith says “No, you can’t have any more!”.

      trev

      December 21, 2020 at 2:50 pm

  11. superted

    December 21, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    • Good video that, I agree with what he said, but also let’s not forget that ten years of Tory policies have caused this situation and don’t confuse it with Cameron’s notion of the so-called “Big Society”, which was just a cynical euphemism for cutting public spending. Having said that, Society does benefit from Charities and the work they do, and volunteering can benefit the person doing it, but let’s be clear that no one should be forced to do unpaid/Charity work either, and in the case of foodbanks they shouldn’t be needed in the first place.

      trev

      December 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm

  12. Is Marcus Rashford getting busy with the adult food poverty next. If he can’t play because he has no time Marcus Rashford for Prime minister.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 4:52 pm

  13. How many Tiers in the bubble stadium ?

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    • Tiers for souvenirs are all you’ve left me

      Memories of a love you never meant

      I just can’t believe you could forget me

      After all those happy hours we spent (together)

      Tiers have been my only consolation

      But tiers can’t mend a broken heart I must confess

      Let’s forgive and forget

      Turn our tiers of regret

      Once more to tiers of happiness

      Tiers have been my only consolation

      But tiers can’t mend a broken heart I must confess

      Let’s forgive and forget

      Turn our tiers of regret

      Once more to tiers of happiness

      Lets forgive and forget

      Turn our tiers of regret

      Once more to tiers of happiness

      trev

      December 21, 2020 at 5:11 pm

  14. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles

    Verse 1:
    I’m dreaming dreams,
    I’m scheming schemes,
    I’m building castles high.
    They’re born anew,
    Their days are few,
    Just like a sweet butterfly.
    And as the daylight is dawning,
    They come again in the morning.

    Chorus:
    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air,
    They fly so high,
    Nearly reach the sky,
    Then like my dreams,
    They fade and die.
    Fortune’s always hiding,
    I’ve looked everywhere,
    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air.

    Verse 2:
    When shadows creep,
    When I’m asleep,
    To lands of hope I stray.
    Then at daybreak,
    When I awake,
    My bluebird flutters away.
    Happiness new seemed so near me,
    Happiness come forth and heal me.

    Chorus:
    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air.
    They fly so high,
    Nearly reach the sky,
    Then like my dreams,
    They fade and die.
    Fortune’s always hiding,
    I’ve looked everywhere,
    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    • Both you and Trev have some real talent here.

      You geezers may not have written the verses, but they are memorable.

      Andrew Coates

      December 21, 2020 at 8:31 pm

  15. The Brexit Dash Way The Metric
    No Kilometres, No Kilograms,
    No Metric Ut’s The Brexit With No Electric,
    Infect The Brexit It’s Still Using Metric,
    Perfect Reject Metric Brexit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    • cm & mm

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm

  16. There Was An Old Man Called Boris Who Came From A Land Of Fuck Foster
    The Eton Dosser With The Loss Adjuster & All That Could Muster With Mustard On The Dinner
    The Loser & The Winner For Dinner & The Work Houses Have Closed Down.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    • By Limer Rick

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 21, 2020 at 9:15 pm

  17. Covid deniers and non-mask wearers should be hanged. End of.

    trev

    December 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    • I do not agree with that, but this looks appropriate,

      “Anti-lockdown protest organiser faces £10,000 fine as London enters tier 4

      Five police officers were injured and 29 people were arrested during the demonstrations.”

      The organiser of anti-lockdown protests in which five police officers were injured and 29 people were arrested faces a fine of £10,000, the Metropolitan Police have said.

      The woman was identified as the organiser of the demonstrations in which more than 150 people gathered on Saturday and marched through parts of central London – just as tier 4 restrictions for the capital were being announced.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/anti-lockdown-protest-london-tier-4-fine-b1776794.html

      Andrew Coates

      December 22, 2020 at 11:41 am

      • 10k fine plus time in jail would be appropriate. These idiots are putting lives at risk and working against the rest of Society. But I certainly do NOT support capital punishment!

        trev

        December 22, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      • Do those people really think the protest they have will actually stop the restrictions, why they would protest when they have no doubt seen many other people fined for doing the same, who knows. I mean does anyone like being fined.

        Billions of people are angry with the restrictions inc me, it’s just best to deal with it.

        xclausx

        December 22, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      • Interesting how some people are left until they are right.

        What if the person being fined is both unemployed and or disabled, what if they are sanctioned already ?

        You already complain daily how unemployed people, disabled people, low paid in insecure work, people let go because of the infection dont receive enough financial support and all contribute to the escalating rise in foodbank recipients.

        Have you made the assumption these people work, have large bank accounts, not on furlough from a job paying the min wage, not supporting children or caring for their elders, have no debt, aren’t struggling to live financially already ?

        Tell me in your deliberation, how long do you consider an appropriate timescale in relation to an amount of a fine is set to pay for a penalty as your quite staunch vocally in your view towards sanctions ?

        Have you even considered the timescale in relation to a £10’000 fine and someone who makes less than £15’000 after tax, NI and pension contributions ?

        Its impossibly hard not to see such a person as effectively on the right when they install and support the notion that money is the answer to everything.

        Community service would have been the correct response dont you think ?.

        Doug

        December 28, 2020 at 10:03 am

    • I DID NOT POST THAT COMMENT!!!

      SOMEONE POSTING UNDER MY NAME AGAIN.

      trev

      December 22, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      • Checked and you are obviously right.

        Since you are effective the alt-right must be frothing at you.

        A compliment really.

        Andrew Coates

        December 22, 2020 at 4:44 pm

  18. It might be his real name after all there are millions of trevs in the universe. We have 5 trevs in the little village I live in Derbyshire.

    Cloverleaf

    December 22, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    • Yeah right. It’s clearly malicious intent to impersonate me, otherwise he would have put his last initial or the name in full or at least have used a capital T. It’s some twat fucking about as usual.

      trev

      December 22, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      • Apart from the fact Cloverleaf is quite right in that its more than plausible considering how very common the use of name trev online, dont you think unless your assertion is both the perpetrator and all readers are color blind, that its all clear to everyone via the avatar that you are not one in the same.

        But hey, you have a right to the presumption so please all enlighten us with your irrefutable burden of proof.

        Doug

        December 28, 2020 at 10:13 am

      • Fuck off Doug

        trev

        December 28, 2020 at 10:55 am

      • Now now Trev, we are all allowed to call ourselves whatever we want these days.

        Think it over, perhaps your come back as sally tomorrow and we can all debate your chosen pronoun.

        Doug

        December 28, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      • Oh before i forget Trev.

        Dont ask others for proof if you yourself refuse to do the same.

        Doug

        December 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

  19. Just shows how much the UK relies on Europe.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    • Medication Time !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm

  20. We’re So Pretty, There So Pretty Patel Vacant

    Pritti Patel Vacant

    Red Lolly, Yellow Lorry
    Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm

  21. ALL

    For anyone who is being migrated onto UC from a legacy benefit or claiming UC by phone in general.

    UC migration training materials request #2

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/telephone_claim_for_uc_revised_r#incoming-1695833

    jj joop

    December 22, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    • Whoops!!!

      Wrong link but same answer. Here’s the right link.

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/uc_migration_training_materials_2#incoming-1695813

      jj joop

      December 22, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      • “””The claim by phone process should only be used when other assisted digital
        options have been exhausted or found to be not suitable, and all reasonable
        attempts have been made to enable, support and educate claimants to selfserve online.”””

        Claiming by paper form should be before phone claims.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 22, 2020 at 3:26 pm

  22. Assisted Digital Options ADO

    Fraud, False Claim, System Breakdown, It Don’t Work.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 22, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    • Assisted Dying Digital Options

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      • Assisted Digital Dying Options

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      • ATOS the French IT Systems & Weapons Of War & Health Professionals Company. Are ATOS part of Brexit or are we still in metric !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm

  23. The DWP Minister becomes Home Secretary. Is that what Therese Coffey is going for since Pritti Palet was useless as DWP Minister.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 22, 2020 at 3:36 pm

  24. Here’s a news report in the Mirror all about the £20 increase to Universal Credit and how it has been denied to recipients of ESA, but absolutely no mention whatsoever of JSA claimants, the pariahs of the Benefits system.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/two-million-disabled-brits-miss-23205963

    trev

    December 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    • @trev- It’s a disgrace Trev, and they have the audacity to keep this going. But you are right, the legacy claimants have been airbrushed out of the picture. But come April if they take £20 back from 6 million struggling families, we are going to be in Poll Tax territory.

      Jeff Smith

      December 22, 2020 at 8:45 pm

  25. Here’s an article from the blog of Kitty S Jones about ‘Nudge’ theory and how it is used by “Conservative Neoliberalism” but fails to acknowledge that Blair’s New Labour also used ‘Nudge’ tactics (in effect if not by name) as a fundamental aspect of their mandatory New Deal scheme, which was enforced by threat of Sanctions as a punishment to make people comply, a means of forcibly modifying behaviour and if that’s not ‘Nudge’ I don’t know what is.

    https://politicsandinsights.org/2020/12/21/nudge-the-expedient-alibi-of-conservative-neoliberalism

    trev

    December 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    • The Nudge Unit not working for all the struck lorries.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    • Trev, Trev,

      Your a day late and a dollar short as we spoke about this ages ago from governments and employers/businesses to its prolific use in welfare.
      This persons article is nothing short of plagiarism all for the sake of attempting to raise profile and funds rather than work or continue to for a living like all us common folk.

      If you want to know about such things then research cognitive psychology.

      Doug

      December 28, 2020 at 10:23 am

  26. Tesco has introduced purchasing limits on some products including eggs, rice, soap and toilet roll.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55406136

    superted

    December 22, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    • And so they should. it’s not the end of the world.

      xclausx

      December 22, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    • “eggs, rice, soap and toilet roll”

      Well that’s my Christmas ruined.

      trev

      December 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    • Only 3 supermarket trolleys.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 22, 2020 at 7:37 pm

  27. From saving the country from a state of emergency it will be a Happy Lockdown New Year.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 22, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    • It won’t be a happy new year for millions. many more job losses, many more on UC, many more at food banks, many more homeless.

      The Government today held a meeting to consider plunging Birmingham into Tier 4 before Christmas – and a nationwide lockdown straight after.

      Tier 4 = lockdown.

      xclausx

      December 22, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      • this will carry on as long as they have there emergency powers till the end of march.

        superted

        December 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      • So Belfield is now encouraging people to flout the Christmas Covid safety rules. What a Rightwing gobshite.

        trev

        December 22, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      • And also not forgetting many more lives lost and/or badly affected by Covid, many more dead, many more in intensive care, many more left with long-term debilitating illness, many more widowed and orphaned.

        trev

        December 22, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      • “A temporary mortuary on a former RAF site is being used for the first time after an “unprecedented” number of deaths.

        The site at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire was created during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

        More than 300 deaths were recorded in the county in the week from 9 December, double the 2019 rate.”

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-55412013

        trev

        December 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      • all he said was it is not the law and he is right just more government lies! and if the government funded the nhs rather than cuts for the last ten years as every year they are in crisis and full but that was always ok until now so thats there fault as well.

        everything this tory government touches turns to shit and cost a fortune and just more of the same old lies and bs and point blank refusing to answer questions and change the subject and just do what they like and sod the consequences and just walk away when they finished there stint of destruction.

        and you wonder why no one takes any notice at all they have lost control all the lock downs are doing is destroying company’s that cant open every one i know is out and about as normal.

        and none of it is doing any good masks dont work lock downs dont work unless that was the plan to bankrupt most of them because like i said from the start you can not control a virus it is impossible even if you gave everyone a military grade gas mask as you wont stick one of them on for very long!

        every one is so scared in tesco today it was like the final in supermarket sweep i shit you not and like battle bots with shopping trolleys and a free for all stripping the shelves again!, it takes the piss when ppl in front has £600 in there trolley at the checkout.

        superted

        December 22, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      • I know superted, the lies continue.

        xclausx

        December 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      • Why would all the governments of the world be lying and how would they achieve that in unison when they can’t normally agree about fishing rights or anything else? What would the governments of the world stand to gain by lying and wrecking the global economy in the process? Why would the NHS staff and all the doctors and nurses be lying about the severity of Covid? The fact is none of them are lying. Covid 19 is a major health risk and left unchecked would be threat to the survival of the human race. Covid denial is based on falsehoods and paranoia, fear and ignorance, misinformation and deliberate disinformation being spread by the Alt-Right.

        trev

        December 22, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      • It’s become a pattern that we’re increasingly familiar with!.

        xclausx

        December 22, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      • trev if you dont get it buy now they dont give a shit about anything bar them self same as every other country and there governments its all about them and there agenda they dont care about ppls lives.

        there is no accountability!

        every government department lies for there own gain and agenda just look at the dwp there all the same.

        The DWP was just forced to reveal that 100 benefit claimants a day have been dying on its watch

        https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/08/16/the-dwp-was-just-forced-to-reveal-that-100-benefit-claimants-a-day-have-been-dying-on-its-watch/

        and what is done about that nothing same as all of us on jsa we are classed as dead already and do not exist anymore.

        the only way to get the truth from governments is via the foi request as they cant lie or say it will cost more than 600 quid and told to fook off which means they are hiding something its just all a game to them our lives do not matter just look at every war that has ever taken place in history and all for what CONTROLL!

        superted

        December 22, 2020 at 11:08 pm

  28. There are fish swimming this evening,
    In our briny British sea,
    They are British fish, not foreign fish,
    And they belong to you and me.

    They have swum for generations,
    In the storm-tossed sea,
    For they are British fish, not foreign fish,
    And they belong to you and me.

    Don’t let them all be taken,
    By some evil Brussels rule,
    Or handed over to foreigners,
    By some blond-haired Eton fool.

    They’re the fish our ancestors have eaten,
    That made this country great,
    British fish, with chips and peas,
    On a British plate

    Random Poet

    December 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    • The truth about the UK Fishing industry….

      “This stunning sell-off of British waters by our own Government is a national disgrace and an economic, social and environmental tragedy,” said Will McCallum, head of oceans at Greenpeace UK. “Successive governments have presided over a monumental mismanagement of this precious public resource – destroying the livelihoods of local, inshore, fishermen, eroding coastal communities and encouraging unsustainable fishing, while allowing a wealthy cabal of fishing barons to become the UK’s Codfathers. How long before the Government stops blaming other countries, looks at its own broken system, accepts responsibility for fixing it and creates a fairer and more sustainable distribution of fishing quota across the UK? ”

      https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/uncovered-rich-list-codfathers-dominating-uks-fishing-industry/

      trev

      December 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    • trev

      December 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      • id go fishing if i had one of those 😉

        superted

        December 22, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      • @trev- No-one is going to want to eat Fishless Fingers. You might as well say Meatless Pies !

        Jeff Smith

        December 22, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      • @ Jeff

        Haha! You may think not but many people DO eat both of those things – fishless fingers and meatless pies, along with many other items such as meatless sausages and burgers, myself included. There’s a big market for vegetarian/vegan alternatives hence they are available in all major supermarkets nowadays but it wasn’t always the case, when I became a vegetarian in about 1970 there wasn’t much choice available, things have improved and I am convinced that one day it will become the norm and meat-eating will eventually become a thing of humanity’s unenlightened past.

        trev

        December 22, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    • Bravo Random ! A poem designed to stir the hearts of all fish-loving Britons. Cod be with you !

      George M.

      December 22, 2020 at 10:40 pm

  29. Yes of course the Tories lie about unemployment and poverty, just as Trump lies about everything, but that’s not the same thing as lying about a pandemic, about something that is a National emergency. Why would they deliberately wreck the economy and jobs? It doesn’t make any sense. How would all the governments of the world conspire to tell the same lie? They wouldn’t and they couldn’t! The ones who are lying are the Far Right cranks and gullible people are taken in by their lies and nonsense out of fear and as a reaction to finding themselves in a fearful situation that is beyond their control, hence they latch on to outlandish explanations, hence the denial of the reality of the situation.

    trev

    December 22, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    • Don’t know why that comment appeared at the bottom of the thread, it was a reply to superted.

      trev

      December 22, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      • why would you care about your actions if you dont give a shit in the first place it does not make any sense because these ppl just do not care.

        it is all a game of life and ultimate control of everything why do you think we have nukes in the first place.

        the reality is they would nuke us all to save there own ass if it got that bad and you know it.

        superted

        December 22, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      • trev

        December 22, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      • and there you go one rule for us and one rule for them says it all.

        superted

        December 22, 2020 at 11:45 pm

  30. this also confirms the uk ons mortality rates as well as other country’s of total deaths overall as normal same as a bad flu season which are 40-60k per year anyway.

    Using the most up-to-date data we have available, the number of deaths up to 11 December 2020 was 579,491, which is 67,864 more than the five-year average. Of the deaths registered by 11 December 2020, 72,546 mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate. This is 12.5% of all deaths in England and Wales

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending11december2020#deaths-registered-in-the-uk

    In 2019, there were 530,841 deaths registered in England and Wales, a decrease of 2.0% compared with 2018 (541,589 deaths).

    Taking into account the population size and age structure, age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) in England and Wales decreased significantly, by 3.7% for males and 4.7% for females.

    superted

    December 23, 2020 at 12:15 am

    • The reason for this is precisely because the lockdowns, social distancing and hygiene measures have suppressed the virus, ted. Without these measures there would have been much greater numbers of people dying and becoming ill, possibly long term. You keep quoting statistics without taking the effects of the anti-Covid measures into account, which have never been applied during flu season or at any other time. You cannot compare the coronavirus contagion with flu contagions statistically, in other years, because there were no specific measures like lockdowns, social distancing and hygiene rolled out in other years to counteract the worst effect of flu, other than vaccination in respect to particularly vulnerable groups like the elderly.

      Aleister

      December 23, 2020 at 10:26 am

      • but the ons figures show the highest spike in deaths was in April and may in lockdown cov 19 has just replaced the deaths from the flu all lock downs do is destroy the economy it saved no one.

        there is no massive rise in the death rate compared to other years when nothing was done and is the same in every other country.

        yet this will never be in msm news but is there for everyone to see just not reported as does not meet the governments agenda. of more lock downs that will not end for months and do not work.

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

      • It’s all about correct interpretation of the data, which is a very skilled and nuanced thing, i.e. Statistical Analysis, which is taught and learned from post-Grad level up to Doctorate and is not for the layman. You keep saying that there have been no more excess deaths than normal and that Covid is no worse than the Flu but a simple search on Google provides a wealth of evidence and experienced opinion to the opposite.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      • •Of all death occurrences between January and August 2020, there were 48,168 deaths due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) compared with 13,619 deaths due to pneumonia and 394 deaths due to influenza.
        •Influenza and pneumonia was mentioned on more death certificates than COVID-19, however COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death in over three times as many deaths between January and August 2020.
        •The highest number of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia occurred in January 2020, however influenza and pneumonia deaths were below the five-year average (2015 to 2019) in every month.
        •Deaths due to COVID-19 were higher than deaths due to influenza and pneumonia between March and June.
        •Age-standardised and age-specific mortality rates for deaths due to COVID-19 were statistically significantly higher than mortality rates due to influenza and pneumonia when compared with the five-year average and 2020 rates.
        •The proportion of deaths occurring in care homes due to COVID-19 was almost double the proportion of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia (30.0% and 15.2% respectively).
        •In comparison with the deaths due to influenza and pneumonia occurring in the year to 31 August 2020, deaths due to COVID-19 have been higher than every year monthly data are available (1959 to 2020).

        Statistician’s comment

        “More than three times as many deaths were recorded between January and August this year where COVID-19 was the underlying cause compared to influenza and pneumonia.”

        “The mortality rate for COVID-19 is also significantly higher than influenza and pneumonia rates for both 2020 and the five-year average.”

        “Since 1959, which is when ONS monthly death records began, the number of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia in the first eight months of every year have been lower than the number of COVID-19 deaths seen, so far, in 2020.”

        Sarah Caul, Head of Mortality Analysis

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsduetocoronaviruscovid19comparedwithdeathsfrominfluenzaandpneumoniaenglandandwales/deathsoccurringbetween1januaryand31august2020

        Understanding changes to mortality during the pandemic

        https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/charts-and-infographics/understanding-changes-to-all-mortality-during-the-pandemic

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      • yet the total numbers do not lie on avg for the last 20 years the death rate is between 500-600 thousand deaths per year in the uk.

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      • “•The number of deaths registered in the UK in the week ending 11 December 2020 was 13,910, which was 1,625 deaths higher than the five-year average”

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending11december2020

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      • @ superted

        ‘Excess deaths remain well above the five-year average and there is no room for complacency’:

        The King’s Fund

        The King’s Fund response to ONS deaths data

        Rachel Case
        Press and Public Affairs Manager

        Responding to the latest Office for National Statistics data on deaths in England and Wales in the week ending 4 December, Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund said:

        ‘With more than 71,000 excess deaths in England and Wales since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the death statistics for this year are truly sobering. If current trends continue, the total excess death toll for 2020 could exceed 80,000, very likely leading to a significant fall in life expectancy in 2020.

        https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/press/press-releases/excess-deaths-ons-data-kings-fund-response

        Give it up ted, you’re wrong, deaths are higher than normal because of Covid and that’s a fact.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm

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

        like i said the death rate for the uk is 500-600k per year for the last 20 years.

        2020 was 579,491

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      • You’re making the mistake of thinking statistics are black & white. It’s down to skilful interpretation that identifies hidden factors and accounts for underlying trends etc. Why would the experts be saying that deaths are higher due to Covid if that wasn’t the case? Do you think they bought their Degrees and Doctorates online? They look for causes within those overall figures and compare averages within given timeframes identifying peaks, troughs, spikes and so forth. Trust the experts.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      • the ons is the governments official site for statistics the total dearths for the year have been released make of them what you will the numbers dont lie no matter how you look at them.

        there was no massive spike in deaths this year going back to 2020.

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      • Then why are the experts drawing the opposite conclusions to you? Excess deaths have increased nationally and globally due to Covid, and there can be no doubt about that. The expert analysis says so.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      • meant to say 2000- 2020

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      • there are excess deaths every year but at the end of the day the total deaths are not much different from any other year from 2000-2020

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      • So why are the experts, official and independent, saying the opposite? i.e. Excess deaths have increased more than normal due to Covid.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      • excess deaths dont mean anything only the total numbers for the year is all that matters and when compared to other years the death rate is in normal levels.

        excess deaths from the flu is also around 50-60k per year and is the same every year.

        like i said b4 if i gave you the total death numbers for the last 18 years and said pick the number with this pandemic you could not tell the difference there was no massive spike compared to other years the data shows over the last 18 years!

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      • Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall.

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

        and thats why the total deaths this year was not much different to any other year on record.

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 4:26 pm

  31. Saturday working in jobcentres after December
    21 Dec 2020
    Arrangements agreed for December, with extra concessions implemented to mitigate the risk to members’ safety in the build up to Christmas.

    Saturday working from January
    PCS has received a number of enquiries from branches and members regarding how Jobcentres will operate from January onwards.

    It is important to dispel the myth that after the December period, when we were able to agree extra safeguards against possible increased footfall, Saturday working will operate the same a Monday to Friday.

    While we have not been able to reach agreement about extending services on a Saturday and PCS opposes this decision while the pandemic is still with us, we have been able to negotiate a number of concessions as part of the dispute resolution process that have so far prevented the need for an industrial response. It is important that these gains are implemented fully if we are to avoid an escalation in our dispute.

    Saturday is not a normal working day in Jobcentres
    While we acknowledge that the introduction of Saturday working across 270 Jobcentres is now implemented across the country, the union has negotiated how Saturday opening should operate.

    Members are reminded that Work Coaches have the autonomy to decide how to progress your workload and whether any appointments need to be carried out remotely or face to face.

    This applies equally to a Saturday and you should consider the following factors when deciding the appropriate course of action:

    For offices in areas with the highest rates of Covid infection – Tier 3 in England, Level 4 in Wales and Levels 3 & 4 in Scotland – only the most vulnerable customers should be seen face to face, and then only where no other options are available.
    For offices in all lower tier areas, we should only offer face to face engagement on Saturdays to those customers that are unable to access our services any other way, and who have to be seen on the Saturday, rather than being supported during the week, and only when determined necessary by our empowered Work Coaches.
    There can be no top down initiatives to drive F2F activity on Saturdays. DWP have made clear that our “Work Coaches are empowered to undertake this activity multi-channel, as we seek to support unprecedented numbers of people back into work.”
    Where there is genuine concern and evidence to of increased footfall on public transport on a Saturday, or if we find a local JCP within the 270 where there is a local problem and evidence suggests an increased Saturday risk, PCS and DWP will undertake a joint H&S inspection, exploring whether to continue or change the nature of Saturday operating at that site
    New Work Coaches
    An important factor for DWP has been their desire to utilise the office space on a Saturday to embed and support the 13,500 new Work Coaches. Given the employer are short of estate and space, and they need to double the number of Work Coaches to meet the increased demand on our services, making “the best use of that time to coach and consolidate new joiners in their new roles, without face to face contact with the public, and with an experienced buddy and mentor is a key driver for operating on a Saturday”.

    Again, this would point to the importance of not overloading diaries or scheduling unnecessary face to face appointments on a Saturday.

    PCS will continue to highlight areas of concern with DWP and challenge any attempt to water down or break the agreements we have reached, and encourage members to continue escalating examples were you believe these important concessions are not being adhered to.

    superted

    December 23, 2020 at 11:55 am

    • If I were you, ted, I would drop a line to Doctor Chris Whitty CB FRCP FFPH FMedSci, physician and epidemiologist, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chief Medical Adviser to the UK Government, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, Head of the National Institute for Health Research and Gresham Professor of Physic to set him straight about Covid-19 and its dangers. Whitty has been saying pretty much the opposite to you about dangers and mortality relating to coronavirus (since last March if not earlier believe it or not!) and I think it’s about time somebody like you had a word or two with him because the chap is obviously clueless.

      Aleister

      December 23, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      • the ons has all the numbers i need to see yet msm will not report the numbers for the mortality rate for 2020.

        because it will make them look stupid lol.

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      • Tell that to the families of the 70,000+ people in the UK who have died of Covid, and the thousands more left struggling with long-term ill health as a result of having had Covid. It’s ok cos statistically you would have died of something anyway sooner or later.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      • im sure the dwp will do a better job of killing more ppl in the years to come and you know it 😉

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      • The governments chief scientific advisor is corrupt to the core and will say what he is told, for the right price.

        Cloverleaf

        December 23, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      • Do you have any evidence of that Cloverleaf?

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 6:06 pm

  32. @trev- I think it will be a long time before human beings give up meat and fish. Perhaps in the far future when they have perfected the new, lab-grown meats, and fish-substitutes. But even then, you can bet that ‘real’ meat and fish will always be preferred to the synthetic equivalent. And no doubt be more expensive.

    ‘I didn’t claw my way up the food chain just to eat vegetables ‘ – Anon

    Jeff Smith

    December 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    • We’ve a long way to go yet but mankind is on an upward spiral of progression and vegetarianism/veganism have increased massively during my lifetime. It’s not about being at the top of the food chain, what use is that if you’re at the bottom of the scale of Soul growth and Spiritual progression (or in secular terms Humanitarianism) in terms of ethics and compassion? Eventually vegetarianism and/or veganism will become the norm also out of necessity for environmental and sustainability reasons. That’s what I believe anyway. But people have to arrive at that decision themselves according to their own conscience.

      trev

      December 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

  33. Superted, do what I do, it;s simple.

    xclausx

    December 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm

  34. DWP urged to remove benefit cap – many households to see income lower by £62 a week

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1375964/dwp-benefit-cap-covid-19-income

    superted

    December 23, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    • Dwp have been urged to do many things, things that havn’t happened or won’t.

      xclausx

      December 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    • For example

      Tories must scrap ‘debt-inducing’ five week Universal Credit wait in New Year say SNP

      Scrap benefit sanctions for Christmas and for good, say SNP

      xclausx

      December 23, 2020 at 7:56 pm

  35. With the British Army helping out the NHS at Dover with Track & Trace run by Serco. The British Army helping Serco’s shares to increase on the stock market. Why are the British Army workjing for Serco for nothing are the British Army political !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    • The question should be why is Serco, or any other company, involved at all? I can see why the NHS and the Army would be involved. Any and every type of emergency situation whether it’s a pandemic or a war is exploited by Rightwing and /or Neoliberal governments to award contracts, and therefore public money, to profit-making companies, or other supplying companies, that members of the government and their mates often directly or indirectly own shares in and profit from. That’s what the anti-lockdown types should be protesting against.

      trev

      December 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      • Profit & Bonuses – Is that why it is not going smoothly !! Targets Stock Market Government Targets. A political Virus with Government contractors down the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      • Serco had control of the odious Cervical screening programme and we’re so incompetent the NHS took it back in house

        kattyrehman

        December 24, 2020 at 12:48 pm

  36. Virus Variation No. 4
    Tier System No. 8
    Cashier No. 12

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:03 pm

  37. Secro works on a Saturday so I don’t see why the Work Coaches are moaning about working on a Saturday.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:05 pm

  38. Serco Employee Reviews for Customer Service Representative

    Terrible place to work for.
    I worked in the customer service centre for 6 months. The training was poor. Most of the time you would be thrown in the deep end. No help was given when needed. The manager of the office did not say one word to me or the people I started with at all during our 6 months. Nothing was ever clear and the management team were one big group who separated themselves from the rest. Without a doubt the worse job I’ve ever worked.

    Place is good to work yoy make alot of friends
    If I could give minus to serco I would the company is an international company as a whole company is good but management is in it all for themselves they treat the staff as slaves as they are not humans they treat u like dirt which is wrong management is just all for them selves .. ..

    Restrictive environment and incompetent management
    Working within this office in Newcastle has positives and negatives, however the negatives largely outweigh the positives. The company has an unusual practice of a high turnover hiring process in which all employees are first recruited as careers advisers. There is opportunity to move within the contract office, however this almost never represents progression as you can find yourself being moved onto a much more complicated project with no additional renumeration. The best thing about the job is the people and that is a disappointing minimum for any company to reach.

    In an office with up to a hundred staff there are two inadequate cloakroom areas, with pegs for something like 15-20 coats. Lockers are largely broken or are occupied by staff members who take their keys home with them. The canteen space is similarly inadequate for the number of staff, even with shifted lunches. There are missing chairs which were not replaced in the 9 months I worked there. There are two fridges which are just about adequate for the number of staff.

    Managers themselves mostly have a positive and encouraging attitude, however they are competency issues.

    There are concerning management structures in place within Serco’s public contract at Newcastle Upon Tyne. Inexperienced and poorly trained managers who are handed more responsibilites than they can manage, inadequate equipment and poor human resources management has led to a culture of extremely high turnover. Further concerns include a lack of prayer space which has repeatedly been fed back and ignored by management.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    • Vile company
      Serco are an appalling company to work for, the management at head office are either related or in relationships with each other, thats how people progress, its certainly not because of their abilities. The place and culture drips with nepotism, they talk about Serco code of conduct, which basically means do as I say, not as I do, they speak to their minions how they wish to and because of their relationships up top it is always swept under the carpet

      Not a nice place to work
      This is one of the worse jobs.
      It is very high pace job and the management or not very helpful.
      The work pattern is very unfair and you are not heard when you approach this subject.
      Not a recommended place to work.

      Awful.
      I had applied on a gap year from University for experience and it was the worst experience I had ever had in a job. Vile atmosphere amongst staff. Elder staff and young more qualified/experienced ignored and rudely dismissed. Many employees appeared lazy and cruising. My TL of initials LG frequently allowed inexperienced and agency staff to listen to our calls. We were also spoken about openly and could here him talking about our appearances ect loudly. It was shocking they had been allowed to become a TL.I think personally LCC should drop the serco contract and focus on in house. I would advise young people to avoid and advise serco if they wish to continue to focus on employing the RIGHT individuals.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 23, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      • Trip Advisor for employers.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      • Where are the good reviews – There are from local councils & government Departments.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      • Code Of Conduct in the work Contract of a gagging order.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm

  39. Serco Defense Contracts

    Serco held defence contracts in 2004, including the UK Government’s contract for the maintenance of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales;[55] contracts are also held for the operation and maintenance of RAF Brize Norton,[56] RAF Halton,[57] RAF Northolt[57] and RNAS Culdrose [58] in the UK and RAF Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic.[57] Serco also provides support services to garrisons in Australia.[59] Serco also manages many aspects of operations at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in Shrivenham.[60] Serco is one of three partners in the consortium which manages the Atomic Weapons Establishment:[61] in July 2015 the Office for Nuclear Regulation issued an improvement notice to the consortium demanding that it demonstrate that it has a long-term strategy for managing Higher Active radioactive Waste in order to reduce the risk to the public and its employees.[62]

    Serco also has a 15-year contract worth £400 million to provide facilities management services to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).[63]

    Serco Marine Services is responsible for fleet support at the three main UK naval bases, HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde.[64]

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:45 pm

  40. Serco Health Contracts

    Serco provide facilities management services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital,[71] Leicester Royal Infirmary,[72] and Wishaw General Hospital.[73]

    The company had the contract for out-of-hours GP services in Cornwall from which it withdrew in December 2013 after the company left the county short of doctors. The company also said it would stop running Braintree hospital in Essex as it pulled out of managing GP services and large hospitals.[74]

    In health services, Serco’s failures include the poor handling of pathology labs and fatal errors in patient records. At St Thomas’ Hospital, the increase in the number of clinical incidents arising from Serco non-clinical management has resulted in patients receiving incorrect and infected blood, as well as patients suffering kidney damage due to Serco providing incorrect data used for medical calculations.[75] A Serco employee later revealed that the company had falsified 252 reports to the National Health Service regarding Serco health services in Cornwall.[76]

    It emerged in November 2013, Serco, which won a contract for Suffolk Community Healthcare in 2012, had 72 vacancies after earlier cutting 137 posts. Problems identified by Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group include “staff capacity, skill mix, workload, succession planning and morale, training, communication, mobile working, care co-ordination centre processes, incidents and near miss incidents”.[77]

    In April 2014 Serco revealed that it would lose almost £18 million on three of its NHS contracts. The firm has made provisions for losses in its Braintree and Cornwall contracts, which were cancelled early. It has also made provisions for losses in its contract for services in Suffolk. The company claims it will take longer to deliver the operational efficiencies it hoped for, despite saying in May 2013 that it expected to make a profit on the three-year, £140 million contract for community services.[78] It said that staff had not recorded activity accurately on the Electronic health record and that activity had increased significantly during the course of the contract.[79]

    In August 2014 it was reported that the company had decided to withdraw from the clinical health services market in the UK after a review of the cost of delivering “improved service levels” and meeting the performance requirements of several existing contracts.[80]

    On 24 October 2017, it was reported that Serco was preparing to buy healthcare contracts from facilities management business Carillion. The deal included 15 contracts, with annual revenues of approximately £90m, for which Serco would pay £47.7m, with Carillion losing £1bn from the value of its order book.[81]

    In May 2020, Serco accidentally shared the personal email addresses of nearly 300 trainee COVID-19 contact tracers.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    • The collapse of the Carillion group ……………..

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 23, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      • Building again – How the Grenfell Tower getting on !!!
        Shall we get Serco in for the Grenfell Tower farse !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 5:53 pm

  41. ATOS & CONCENTRIX & MAXIMUMS

    Child Benefit is run buy Concrentrix.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:55 pm

  42. The CEO at Caxton House
    We Three Kings From Orient R rates

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm

  43. Where has the Disability Minister Justin Tomlinson gone from the Cabinet’s Disability Unit. He’s not been heard of for over 3 months. Has Justin gone into a disability Quarantine or is he not working for the past 3 months.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 5:58 pm

  44. Norfolk & Suffolk are now in tier 4 from Boxing Day till ………..

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 7:49 pm

  45. Food banks will soon be changing. with it’s 5 year plan, it won’t be as easy.

    In Changing Communities, we’ll be working with food banks to reduce the need for their services locally, helping people to access targeted support that addresses the underlying reason for their crisis.

    In Changing Policy, we’ll be working alongside food banks and partners to provide stronger evidence of the drivers of extreme poverty (or ‘destitution’) and pushing for positive solutions that will help tackle these.

    https://www.trusselltrust.org/about/our-strategic-plan/

    xclausx

    December 23, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    • if the government wont give the extra £20 a week to ppl on jsa and most think uc with the extra £20 is still not enough to live on then there 5 year plan is pointless as nothing will change my internet has gone up 12p yet i will only get a 5p increases next year.

      superted

      December 23, 2020 at 10:14 pm

      • Foodbanks exist because people don’t have enough money, simple as that. Both wages and State Benefits are too low in comparison to the costs of living. Rents and house prices are too high, utility bills are too high, costs of public transport are too high, Council Tax is too high. Added to that, Benefits are subject to Sanctions and deductions. You can’t change any of that by changing peoples’ attitudes or helping unemployed people to get min. wage jobs. The entire system needs to change so that wealth is more equally distributed and the majority of it not in the possession of the top 1%. Nationalize and subsidize utilities and public transport so it is affordable. Cap rents. Build more flats and houses. Increase incomes, higher min. wage, higher Benefits, abolish Sanctions, introduce Unconditional Basic Income. Share the wealth. Tax the rich. The Tories won’t do any of that and I doubt that Starmer will either , so basically nothing is going to change.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      • It’s about peoples out goings superted, so people will need to take a bank statement into the food bank,

        xclausx

        December 23, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      • Foodbank referrals are assessed prior to provision anyway.

        trev

        December 23, 2020 at 11:21 pm

      • how is that going to work then even the dwp can not demand that data under the gdpr, but i know what you mean like a 1200 quid iphone every year and no money for food as all gone in debt!

        or go sign on with a 1kg gold chain and a 50k Rolex but a wc can not refuse you to sign on 😉

        superted

        December 23, 2020 at 11:26 pm

  46. It shows that furlough needs to go on till at least 2022. Lots of work for the DWP in 2021.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 10:21 pm

  47. When will Universal Credit be a success 2040 ?

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    • The DWP are a success running Universal Credit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 23, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      • So the roll out on the furlough scheme run by the Nudge unit to get people fasted track onto Universal Credit.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 10:24 pm

  48. The Work Coaches will have to work on Sunday’s in the new year, so the weekends off for the Work Coaches. Is that the days they clean out the Job Centre toilets !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    • Call the Work Coach Union !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 23, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      • Saturday working from January
        PCS has received a number of enquiries from branches and members regarding how Jobcentres will operate from January onwards.

        It is important to dispel the myth that after the December period, when we were able to agree extra safeguards against possible increased footfall, Saturday working will operate the same a Monday to Friday.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      • Now Sunday’s same as Mon to Sat hours.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 10:29 pm

  49. The Political Virus if causing more Political Virus of corruption.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    • We know Serco are not Political !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      • So it must be the Tories. Don’t blame it on the virus for a Political Virus spreading political virus in the ear talking.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 23, 2020 at 10:33 pm

  50. No Metric Brexit !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    • Ban the Metric System.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 23, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      • superted

        December 23, 2020 at 11:42 pm

  51. The DWP just sent a Christmas ‘f*ck you’ to millions of hungry kids

    https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2020/12/23/the-dwp-just-sent-a-christmas-fck-you-to-millions-of-hungry-kids/

    superted

    December 24, 2020 at 1:24 pm

  52. High court is asked to order fresh inquest into death of Jodey Whiting

    The mother of a disabled woman who killed herself after her benefits were wrongly stopped has asked the high court to order a second inquest into her death.

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/high-court-is-asked-to-order-fresh-inquest-into-death-of-jodey-whiting/

    superted

    December 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm

  53. UK and EU reach post brexit trade deal.

    Cloverleaf

    December 24, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    • There are 2000 pages of of it but that will take some time!

      For a start

      Brexit deal explained: 5 things agreed by UK and EU and what it means for you

      The UK said that the deal is the biggest bilateral trade deal signed by either side, covering trade worth £668 billion – but the devil is in the details

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-deal-explained-5-things-23216698

      xclausx

      December 24, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    • 13 Brexit changes (most of which seem very superficial and none of which will affect me personally one little bit):

      https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/13-changes-you-hit-january-19520647

      trev

      December 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    • This is where mandatory becomes compulsory.

      xclausx

      December 24, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    • 6. The EU will work with the UK on security – but only if the Tories behave on human rights

      The EU said the deal “builds new operational capabilities, taking account of the fact that the UK, as a non-EU member outside of the Schengen area, will not have the same facilities as before”.

      However, Brussels has set a major condition on this agreement – the Tories must observe their commitments to the European Convention on Human Rights.

      The Commission said: “The security cooperation can be suspended in case of violations by the UK of its commitment for continued adherence to the European Convention of Human Rights and its domestic enforcement.”

      It comes after the Conservatives confirmed that they were launching a review of the Human Rights Act which gives the ECHR force in UK law.

      xclausx

      December 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      • It is no secret that the bloke who runs this Blog is a Remainer.

        I am a member of Another Europe is Possible, an alliance of the hard left, Marxist groups, like Socialist Resistance, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, Left Unity, people like John McDonnell, the soft left, Open Labour, Chartist, Green Left, Red Pepper, and the Green Party.

        Anybody who backs Brexit, like the ‘Lexiteers’, who some imagine represent left opinion, is a class traitor.

        Andrew Coates

        December 25, 2020 at 2:22 am

      • Andrew Coates

        December 26, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      • Agreements reached between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union

        1246 pages +

        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/agreements-reached-between-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-and-the-european-union

        xclausx

        December 26, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    • At least haulage between the UK will continue and food and drink supplies not interrupted. Good news for vegetarians and vegans who need reliable access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

      Tim

      December 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm

  54. Cloverleaf

    December 25, 2020 at 12:31 pm

  55. The casualties of this year’s viral conspiracy theories

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-55355911

    trev

    December 26, 2020 at 10:33 am

  56. Only the BBC would ever publish such utter bunk, bull****, and crap.

    http://stateofthenation.co/?p=43619

    Cloverleaf

    December 26, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    • LOL a very predictable response, you’re consistent if nothing else!

      trev

      December 26, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      • the bbc was rated worst in the country buy ofcom the bbc is trash these days and no one trusts them anymore there finished as they are licence fee wise. no one my age even watches any of it anymore as more better free options on the free tv and movie sites.

        superted

        December 26, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      • I don’t watch much bbc tv tbh, apart from the news (Breakfast/national/local) and Dad’s Army, but I do listen to Radio 4 quite a bit. The standard tv programmes don’t interest me, though BBC 4 is sometimes interesting. But I wouldn’t bother to waste my time reading the nonsense and drivel on those fake news conspiracy websites that Cloverleaf and Tigerlily are always posting links to.

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      • I bet you sit glued to the BBC shitenews with your gob gusset and nungy gloves on getting your fill of the latest crovid bollox!

        Tigerlily

        December 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      • “gob gusset” and “crovid”, your phraseology demonstrates the lengths to which you have been taken in by the conspiracy peddlers who prey on the gullible and paranoid. I wear a facemask in shops and whilst walking through the crowded town centre, as any sensible people do. I don’t watch the bbc news every day, just occasionally, preferring to get my news mainly from credible online sources such as the ‘i’, the Graun, and Independent, but read others too for balance, but not conspiracy fake news websites that are purveyors of utter nonsense. I did read something that might be of interest to you though, apparently a B52 Bomber has been found on the Moon, and it turns out that the moon landings were faked and filmed at Area 51 by Elvis who also faked his death, oh and the pyramids were built by aliens, which is why ‘they’ shot JFK to keep him quiet. Makes perfect sense if you (don’t) think about it. Be careful not to tread on any cracks in the pavement lest the MIB get you. SHhhh 😉

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      • Buzz Aldrin admits they never went to the moon… 7mims,10secs into video!

        Tigerlily

        December 26, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      • Tigerlily you seriously believe that the moon landings were faked? I can’t believe I’m having this conversation. Just ridiculous!

        Did Buzz Aldrin admit the Moon landings were faked?

        Short answer: No.

        https://www.spacecentre.nz/resources/faq/spaceflight/moon-hoax/buzz-admits.html

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      • Why so many people still think the moon landings were faked

        https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/10/one-giant-lie-why-so-many-people-still-think-the-moon-landings-were-faked

        You’ve got to stop believing all this conspiracy theory nonsense!

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      • There is this round here:

        Andrew Coates

        December 26, 2020 at 9:17 pm

      • Now that really IS an unexplained mystery!

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      • Why did they never go back? Apparently NASA lost the data, wtf, how do you get through the Van Allen Belt? You would need a rocket made of lead at least several feet thick!

        Tigerlily

        December 26, 2020 at 9:28 pm

      • It’s all explained here:

        “One of the most popular theories as to why the Moon landings couldn’t have happened has to do with something called the Van Allen belts. These are two huge belts of radiation that surround the Earth, shaped by Earth’s magnetic field and pounded with high-energy particles from the Sun’s wind. It’s been claimed that humans couldn’t have passed through these belts without being fried with lethal doses of radiation.

        In fact, the international scientific community was aware of the Van Allen belts thanks to the Explorer, Pioneer, and Luna missions in the 1950s. Luckily, the timings of the Apollo launches were such that the Van Allen belts were at their lowest intensity, which fluctuates with the Sun’s activity.

        Radiation sickness occurs when you have been exposed to around 200 to 1000 ‘rads’ of radiation within a few hours. The Apollo 11 crew were within the belts for less than two hours during their journey to the Moon, and so would have only been exposed to an estimated 18 rads – well within the safe limit. There can still be some adverse effects from even this level of radiation, so NASA made sure that the Apollo 11 spacecraft was well-insulated such that the average dose of radiation over the 12-day mission was just 0.18 rads, or similar to the radiation dosage from a chest X-ray.

        You can work through all the maths of the estimated radiation levels, along with some helpful answers, in this NASA Education worksheet here.

        For more information see this excellent blog from Vintage Space.”

        https://spacecentre.co.uk/blog-post/know-moon-landing-really-happened/

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      • we are going back but what is the fkn point in the first place! and billions pissed down the drain.

        superted

        December 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm

      • Going back where superted? Back to normal? I thought there was no going back, we’re going into the ‘new normal’, there’ll be no Jobcentres in the post-Brexit island, only in the Brave New World, but which will it be?

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 12:24 am

      • sod hs2 lets build this 😉

        How much, and how long, would it take NASA to build a Death Star?

        a Death Star would actually run you about 50 septillion dollars. Conservatively. But since it’s going to take around 30 million years to complete the whole project, we’ve got time to save up.

        https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/geekend/how-much-and-how-long-would-it-take-nasa-to-build-a-death-star/

        superted

        December 26, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    • trev

      December 26, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    • You do realise don’t you, Cloverleaf, that stateofthenation.co is a bogus fake news site that nobody with any sense takes seriously?

      “State of the Nation is a propaganda site that focuses on right-wing politics. Although debunked long ago this source continues to report on Pizzagate. They also report on the New World Order and other political conspiracies. State of the Nation does produce legitimate news among the conspiracies and propaganda.

      [State of the Nation] exhibits extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence. Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.”

      https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/state-of-the-union-2012/

      Tim

      December 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      • Fact checkers = liars, fact.

        Cloverleaf

        December 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      • Tim, the trouble with fact checkers is they never seem to present evidence that someone is telling untruths. They simply label you as someone who is untruthful or spreading disinformation, or accuse you of being a nazi or far right without any evidence to back up their claims.

        Cloverleaf

        December 26, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      • @ Cloverleaf

        You’ve got it backwards. Carl Sagan said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Christopher Hitchens put it this way. “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.” It isn’t the job of fact-checkers to disprove facts it’s the job of people making assertions to accompany them with evidence and/or proof that they are true. A lot of websites you reference as evidence to support your viewpoint don’t do this, making wild and often ridiculous claims as facts without a shred of evidence to support them in much the same way as Donald Trump does and has done all his life as if saying something and/or believing something can make it true, especially if you can persuade enough people to accept some random statement as fact. Apparently most people who voted for Trump believe that the election was “stolen” from him based on Trump’s assertions of “rigging” and “ballot fraud” every single one of which has been shown to be completely baseless and unfounded.

        You are being sucked in, Cloverleaf, by a diet of urban myths, deliberate lies and nonsense.

        Tim

        December 27, 2020 at 9:07 am

    • The BBC are lying scum,funded by Kill Gates to peddle the covid narrative, covered up for Pedo Saville… Says it all!

      Tigerlily

      December 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      • “Kill Gates” lol, I suppose that’s part of the “Plandemic” hahaha 😂 Watch out for the “Chem trails” ! And the “Lizard people”. But continue to support Trump, that most honest, wise, honourable and truthful fellow. LOL.

        trev

        December 26, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      • That’s crazy talk, Tigerlily.

        Tim

        December 27, 2020 at 9:09 am

      • You are the one being sucked in by the corporate media’s lies and propaganda Timothy.

        Cloverleaf

        December 27, 2020 at 10:28 am

      • It’s the reason why so many people are being scammed,

        xclausx

        December 27, 2020 at 11:42 am

  57. How different it would have been under Jeremy Corbyn handling the Virus & Brexit.

    The UK’s fishing has gone up 5%.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 26, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    • 200,000 dread in the UK end of 2021.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 26, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      • Is that the Universal Credit levels !!!!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

  58. Sir Humphrey explains Brexit

    trev

    December 26, 2020 at 8:58 pm

  59. trev

    December 26, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    • I would love to know how you can develop a drug that gives you instant immunity for a fake virus!

      Tigerlily

      December 27, 2020 at 11:41 am

      • This blog is getting funny!!

        xclausx

        December 27, 2020 at 11:46 am

      • Heres another funny one.

        UK covid restrictions ‘could ease in February’ if 15million vaccines delivered in time!!

        xclausx

        December 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

      • There’s nothing “funny” about a pandemic or about people dying of Covid 19. Here’s an article remembering the 3000 people in my area who have died of Covid in 2020, the continued Covid denial being expressed by some on this blog is an insult to all those people who have died.

        https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/devoted-mothers-fathers-nhs-key-19318543

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      • It’s not a “fake virus” Tigerlily and it is highly irresponsible of you to post such patently false assertions. More than 70,000 people in this country have died of the virus that you erroneously claim is “fake”.

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 12:13 pm

  60. A bit of propaganda from the bbc.

    UK’s oldest postmistress Kay White retires after 80 years,

    Retiring at 60? not!!

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 12:29 pm

  61. The consequences of the restrictions are not funny.

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    • “The consequences of the restrictions are not funny.”

      No one said they were, but necessary and unavoidable nonetheless.

      trev

      December 27, 2020 at 1:11 pm

  62. Nostradamus terrifying predictions for 2021 – brain chips in soldiers and asteroid hits earth!!

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/nostradamus-terrifying-predictions-2021-brain-23154305

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    • Sadly mainstream media such as the New York Times, Washington Post and BBC are revealing a lack of journalistic integrity despite the open accessibility of medical studies to the contrary. Instead the media serves as an echo chamber to continue advancing this international debacle created by our leading health officials.

      xclausx

      December 27, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      • It’s the other way around, you’ve got it all back to front, it’s precisely because they have journalistic integrity that the mainstream media don’t publish such falsehoods and nonsense!

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      • Rubbish.

        Tim

        December 27, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    • Yet more disgraceful and moronic Covid denial from Tigerlily quoting fake news conspiracy websites that feature the mad opinions and disinformation of dissident mavericks and discredited quacks. An insult to the families and friends of the 70,000+ people who have died of Covid in the UK, and the one and a half Million worldwide.

      trev

      December 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      • That’s an awful lot of discredited quacks don’t you think Trev!

        Tigerlily

        December 27, 2020 at 1:58 pm

  63. Did anyone see Biden and pence getting the vax on TV, if you havn’t seen them take a look.

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

  64. A rise to alcaholism due to lockdowns, I’m on the wine, oh dear!!

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    • That would at least be good news for the Wine, Beer and Spirits industry if it were true, but although external factors can act as triggers for alcoholism they are not the cause of it. Genetics plays it’s part in Alcoholism as do social factors, but if you haven’t already got that propensity to become an Alcoholic you will never become one. I’ve got a fridge full of beers that people have given me this Xmas and they’ll probably still be there until summer time.

      trev

      December 27, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      • special brew has gone from 9% to 7.5% and it is the same price skanking bastards lol

        superted

        December 27, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      • A mate pointed that out to me only on Christmas Eve when I was in the town centre Sainsbury’s Superted, previously there was some kind of ban on Special Brew in the supermarkets round here (not in the corner shops).

        I pointed him to the bottles of Duval 8.5% ABV.

        If anybody thinks they are going to stop me drinking wine with my festive dinners – given my well known French cultural background – they can think again!

        Andrew Coates

        December 27, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      • I’m looking forward to trying the alcohol-free Guinness when it finally comes available. Not really interested in getting intoxicated.

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      • they sell it in the supermarket but the cans are a bit smaller and cost more than the local shop @ 4 cans for £7.

        crest is still 10% last time i looked tho 😉

        superted

        December 27, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    • It;s on Your fav website

      Alcoholism in the time of restrictions

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-53684700

      xclausx

      December 27, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      • Some people may have been drinking more during the lockdown but alcoholism can’t have been caused by lockdown restrictions, you have to be born an alcoholic, you can’t become one. And I don’t believe everything I read or hear, even from the BBC.

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 4:28 pm

  65. We’re all on the same planet but everyone is different, that’s for sure, however they are trying to change that by making everyone think the same, well it’s not going to work, that’s also for sure.

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 3:44 pm

  66. Tony Blair wants students to get the jab first!

    Cloverleaf

    December 27, 2020 at 3:59 pm

  67. “they are trying to change that…”

    Who are “they” ? There is no “they”. You could say that conspiracy theorists are trying to make everyone else think like them. In a public emergency, such as a pandemic, people need to pull together and all work towards the common good, which means following the instructions and obeying official rules to protect yourself and others. Posting disinfo and conspiracy nonsense helps no one and is not in the common good.

    trev

    December 27, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    • @trev- As always Trev, a beacon of common-sense on this blog. For many of these conspiracy theorists, disgraced scientists and struck-off doctors, that is all they have. A determination to continue spouting their nonsense theories, in the face of scientific fact.

      Jeff Smith

      December 27, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    • Tim, Dr Fauci was probably injected with a placebo, the people who are getting the real ‘covid’ jab have suffered side effects, it’s all smoke and mirrors.

      Cloverleaf

      December 27, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      • The casualties of this year’s viral conspiracy theories.

        Conspiracy theories ripped through the internet this year, destroying relationships and endangering lives.

        The flurry of online falsehoods about coronavirus began as soon as the pandemic hit.

        Misleading pictures suggesting tanks were rolling down village streets and lists of false diagnostic tips were frantically forwarded on WhatsApp.

        As luck would have it, I had just begun my job reporting on the impact of online disinformation.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-55355911

        Andrew Coates

        December 27, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      • @ Cloverleaf

        Which is the most likely scenario: Fauci (and other VIPs) actually being vaccinated against coronavirus with one of the vaccines, or a massive national and international conspiracy in which VIPs are injected with a placebo anti-virus in order to encourage unsuspecting others to be injected with a real anti-virus, or perhaps something else, dangerous to their welfare? That’s a no brainer to me. In the UK the government is aiming to vaccinate at least 80% of the population. Nobody could get away with doing anything harmful to so many people without anybody noticing. There is no conspiracy and the vaccine offers the human population the best, perhaps only, way to get back to some kind of new normal where many less people will become ill from or die from Covid-19 or any of its future variants, hopefully.

        To me Occam’s razor – ‘the simplest explanation is most often the correct explanation’ – makes a whole lot more sense than all of this complicated, unfounded and baseless conspiracy nonsense circulating on the web and western science a whole lot more plausible than bizarre mythology created by unnamed nutcases.

        Tim

        December 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

  68. Miillons of americans living without benefits, many people should think thenselfs lucky.

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

  69. Huge Covid Study Proves No Evidence of Asymptomatic Spread!

    http://stateofthenation.co/?p=43925

    Tigerlily

    December 27, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    • No matter how much evidence, need I say more!

      xclausx

      December 27, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    • You’re quoting from Rightwing crazies, both that website State of the Nation and the AIER, whose dubious ‘research’ they quote, are Ultra Rightwing /Ultra Conservative /Libertarian loony tunes. The AIER were internationally discredited for being in favour of following a plan of ‘Herd immunity’. They have also published many articles denying Global Warming /Climate Change. That’s why I don’t believe a word of it. You really need to stop looking to American Rightwing nutjobs for your info.

      trev

      December 27, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      • You know Trev, a lot us really hate this people. Most recently they attacked our antifa mates in the US (I speak as someone who spent some serious years fighting the fash in the UK, like tens of thousands of others), and, well I just loathe them.

        This is serious stuff, this has affected people I know and love and people in my Manor,

        More than 680 people in Suffolk have now died after contracting coronavirus. Each one a person’s loved one, and a family changed forever. Here we remember some of those lives lost during the pandemic.

        https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/obituaries/suffolk-coronavirus-victims-tribute-6870866

        Andrew Coates

        December 27, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      • Certainly not the people I turn to for health advice and information. The AIER is a bit like Smith’s CSJ but on steroids, they actually have also said that Workers in far-east sweatshops benefit from being exploited. Any ‘findings’ they publish is to be taken with a grain of salt, unless you’re a Trump supporter.

        trev

        December 27, 2020 at 8:36 pm

  70. No one is going to take my wine away either Andrew, or stop me from doing what I want or stop me thinking what I want.

    xclausx

    December 27, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    • Un repas sans vin et fromage, c’est un repas triste.

      A meal without wine and cheese, is a sad meal.

      I went to Aldi last week to buy the King of cheeses (le roi des fromages) , Roquefort, £1,75.

      Andrew Coates

      December 27, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      • Many bargains in Aldi, I hope it continues.

        xclausx

        December 27, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      • Did you enjoy your cheese on toast love.

        Cloverleaf

        December 27, 2020 at 6:38 pm

  71. Godes Angels Prey for Boris:

    Andrew Coates

    December 27, 2020 at 8:02 pm

  72. Oxford coronavirus vaccine approved ‘in days’ and lockdown ‘over by February’

    but only if millions are vaccinated.

    AstraZeneca, which hopes for approval within days, said: “WE THINK we’ve figured out the winning formula.”

    THINK ABOUT IT.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/oxford-coronavirus-vaccine-approved-in-23227624

    xclausx

    December 28, 2020 at 1:00 am

    • Well they’re right. AstraZeneca’s vaccine costs about £3.00 per dose, Moderna’s about £35.00 and Pfizer’s about £20. Given properly AstraZeneca vaccine offers is about 90% effective, much the same as the others, and doesn’t need to be kept refrigerated at -94°F and -4°F same as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations, respectively. but much less costly and so it’s likely that this will be the most widely used vaccine of all, particularly in third world countries, with large populations, and not much money: the AstraZeneca vaccine is the winner as far as saving lives at the lowest cost is concerned.

      THINK ABOUT IT.

      Tim

      December 28, 2020 at 8:44 am

      • Why don’t you become a volunteer for those trials.

        xclausx

        December 28, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      • Tim, you do realise that the vaccines are still in the trial stage and have only been given emergency use approval, so every person injected is a lab rat for their experimental vaccines!

        Tigerlily

        December 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      • I would happily be inoculated by any of the current crop of anti-virus anytime. Sadly I won’t be able to until the spring, probably, because I’m not in one of the priority groups. Here’s the order of people who get the vaccination in the UK:

        Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
        All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
        All those 75 years of age and over
        All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
        All those 65 years of age and over
        All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
        All those 60 years of age and over
        All those 55 years of age and over
        All those 50 years of age and over

        And then me, somewhere down here.

        Can’t be too soon as far as I am concerned.

        Tim

        December 28, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    • xclausx

      December 28, 2020 at 2:16 pm

  73. Uk prepares to infect 2,500 volunteers with experimental nasal vaccine!

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19-/worlds-first-human-challenge-begins-uk-prepares-infect-2500-volunteers

    Cloverleaf

    December 28, 2020 at 11:25 am

    • How can they infect them with a virus that hasn’t been isolated and proven to cause covid, Imperial College are Evil Bastards funded by Kill Gates, what could go wrong?

      Tigerlily

      December 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      • The Covid-19 virus has been isolated many times:

        https://fullfact.org/health/Covid-isolated-virus/

        Tim

        December 28, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      • The clown who wrote that rubbish doesn’t offer up any actual proof that the sars cov2 virus has been isolated and proven to cause covid19, no links to show actual papers from actual studies that prove the existence of covid, what makes it more of a joke is the fact that viruses don’t invade cells they are produced by the cells to flush out toxins(exosomes)!

        Tigerlily

        December 28, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      • THE SEQUENCING OF COVID-19 (Cambridge Uni)

        https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/sequencingcovid

        Tim

        December 28, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      • Tigerlily, I’m sick & tired of your cynical Covid denial and conspiracy bullshit nonsense. His name is Bill Gates, not “Kill Gates”, and he is a philanthropist.

        trev

        December 28, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      • Your best mate Piers Corbyn is a graduate of Imperial College, his International Marxist Group IMG student group there was still involved with him, was remembered when I was doing my A levels at Westminster Further Education College in the 1970s and a member of the Central London student IMG cell. He was also involved with my mates in the Squatters’ movement.

        “he was awarded a first class BSc degree in physics from Imperial College London in 1968 and a postgraduate MSc but then went into student representation and politics for some years.” (he was on the SU Exec, “In 1969, Corbyn became the first president of the Imperial College Students’ Union to be directly elected by the student body. As president until 1970, Corbyn was successful in establishing a sabbatical union president, enabling the elected student leader to be registered at the college without having to study or pay fees (in fact they received a grant from the college and union).[7]

        Corbyn set up a short-lived Imperial College Representative Council, seats on which were distributed between members of the college on the basis of their numbers, a system that almost gave students a majority. The ICAUT, a staff union, refused to cooperate with this student-led initiative. Although this particular council did not survive, increased student representation on college boards and committees became, like the sabbatical president, a lasting success of Corbyn’s time as ICU president.”

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

        Now, look at the pitiful state of your best mate,

        To say my lot hate him is the biggest understatement ever.

        Andrew Coates

        December 28, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      • I’ve just checked out Tigerlily’s favourite news outlet of choice, i.e., stateoftheunion.co. It’s totally whacked advocating violence and God alone knows what else with articles with titles like “They All Need To Be Hung — LIVE — On The Internet ! ! !” and “COVID-19 Is NOT A Coronavirus! The Best Treatment Plans Prove It”. Check it out for yourselves it really has to be seen to be believed. Anybody habitually feeding their brains with manure like that, day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out, is bound to end up spaced.

        Tim

        December 29, 2020 at 8:35 am

      • Andrew Coates

        December 29, 2020 at 10:48 am

      • Who is your best mate Coates, George Soros!

        Tigerlily

        December 29, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      • Tim, probably best that you stick with the BBC, it’s tailor made for the brainwashed!

        Tigerlily

        December 29, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      • The truth v’s nonsense, the battle has begun!..

        I know what the truth is, I know what nonsense is!

        Don’t bother me with nonsense.

        xclausx

        December 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      • Sorry, Tigerlily, but after seeing stateofthenation.co, I can’t take you even half-seriously any more.

        Tim

        December 29, 2020 at 4:34 pm

  74. Army to train teachers to vaccinate children and young people in schools.

    Cloverleaf

    December 28, 2020 at 12:37 pm

  75. Foodbank use in Scotland triples in seven years,

    It’s the same in many parts of the world.

    xclausx

    December 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm

  76. All the Universal Credit changes coming in 2021 – DWP confirms new rates and rules

    https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/universal-credit-changes-coming-2021-4836124

    superted

    December 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    • Well hopfully most people on UC won’t have any dedictions in the next few years. given what is ging on.

      xclausx

      December 28, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      • In the mean time I’ll sort out my spelling!

        xclausx

        December 28, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    • What I would like to know is when will the DWP restart the process of migrating us lot onto UC and where will it start. Probably not before summer I would imagine.

      jj.joop

      December 28, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      • Since people are supposed to switch from legacy benefits to UC digitally, I can’t see how anybody can be migrated from one system to the other until everybody affected can be guaranteed access to computers at the Jobcentre. (To make sure that nobody is left out.) So I can’t see how the planned migration can happen until coronavirus has been pretty much licked and normal life, or as near as we can get to it, is restored with people attending meetings in person at Jobcentres as before.

        Tim

        December 28, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      • you can make a uc claim over the phone you dont have to do it online.

        superted

        December 28, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      • Switching benefits isn’t the same as claiming a benefits from scratch because if it isn’t done correctly you end up with a gap between payments made under the legacy system and the new system. When I did it I did it using a Jobcentre PC with my Work Coach guiding me through the steps to make sure nothing went wrong and that there wouldn’t be a hiatus as per payments when the move from one to another took place. Maybe it’s different now.

        Tim

        December 29, 2020 at 8:17 am

  77. New Year’s Eve rules for Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4 – everything you can and can’t do!

    I’ve just bought a few bottles of wine for it! what did I say earlier, ‘just deal with it’!

    xclausx

    December 28, 2020 at 5:08 pm

  78. A Christmas message from our sponsor:

    Tim

    December 28, 2020 at 7:40 pm

  79. trev

    December 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm

  80. Covid bereavement ‘a Tsunami of grief’

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55190787

    Something the Covid deniers need to consider.

    trev

    December 29, 2020 at 1:41 pm

  81. Tier 5.

    Cloverleaf

    December 29, 2020 at 2:10 pm

  82. No mp’s have said what will happen to those who refuse the vax, no one has said it will be compulsory.

    Now comes the news that in one of many of the so called misinformaion reports is the fact that those who refuse the vax will have to isolate, wherever that may be untill they comply.

    Refusal will therefore result in financial loss. don’t anyone think this will exclude benefits.

    This doesn’t mean I’m for it, I will make my case for not having it, however I do not want to lose my job.

    xclausx

    December 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    • Now comes the news that there will be no reports regarding the people who refuse the vax.

      So we won’t know what is happening to those who refuse, before we have it.

      xclausx

      December 29, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      • Nothing is going to happen to the non-vaccinated if they stay in the UK, other than a greater risk of dying by Covid-19. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, well, that will probably be a different story but I don’t think many on here can afford to go abroad anyway.

        Tim

        December 29, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      • Many countries will be sharing the names of people who refuse the vax, no entry or exit.

        xclausx

        December 29, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      • Yep. As far as I know that is correct but on the bright side. with a recent passport to identify you, if you have been properly vaccinated, everything carries on as before with your vaccination status checked prior to boarding. Bit of a pain if you won’t or can’t have the antivirus and travel relatively short distances to the continent by hovercraft, boat, plane or Channel Tunnel regularly because you won’t be able to.

        Tim

        December 29, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      • We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to do the right thing for their own health, and for the benefit of the wider community. There are currently no plans to introduce a Covid-19 vaccine in a way that penalises those who do not take up the vaccine. However, the Government will carefully consider all options to improve vaccination rates, should that be necessary.

        Prevent any restrictions on those who refuse a Covid-19 vaccination

        https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/323442

        xclausx

        December 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

  83. What is your job xclausx anything exciting?

    Cloverleaf

    December 29, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    • Working is my life!

      xclausx

      December 29, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    • Many people could end up homeless all because of this.

      xclausx

      December 29, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      • Yes I know all done deliberately.

        Cloverleaf

        December 29, 2020 at 3:33 pm

  84. Mandatory vaccination programs violate the Nuremberg Code.

    http://stateofthenation.co/?p=44273

    Cloverleaf

    December 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    • it will take over a year to even be able to give it to everybody so the jcp will be shut for at least another year if it even opens back up at all.

      superted

      December 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      • I won’t be having it they can shove it where the sun don’t shine ☀

        Cloverleaf

        December 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      • superted, if you ever find out from anyone you know who refuses the vax, let us know what was said to them.

        xclausx

        December 29, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      • everyone i know says they dont want it or will give it to there kids either.

        superted

        December 29, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      • @superted

        I don’t want it either. I’ve had the flu jab two years in a row now, so I am not one of these anti-vax nutcases. I believe it’s been rushed out too quickly and we don’t know what the long term effects are going to be or even whether people will still be carriers or continue to pass it on to others even after they’ve been vaccinated.

        Be warned though. Some firms are in negotiations with the government to produce an accredited vax-app and documents to prove you’ve had the jab. Without one these no one will employ you. Work coaches may even use your not being able to prove you’ve been vaccinated to say that you are deliberately making yourself unavailable for work and sanction you.

        In Australia they have a no-jab no benefit law. That is to say, if you haven’t been vaccinated you don’t get any benefits!

        jj joop

        December 29, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      • JJ Joop same! I’ve had a flu vaccine every year for 10 years as I work in a school, but I won’t be having the covid jab unless it’s mandatory! I’m not an anti vaxxer either, my daughter had all her jabs apart from the HPV, which I felt was also rushed through. Less is best for me with medical care, if I don’t have symptoms I’ll stay away, and research carefully any treatment I do accept for my existing medical issues

        kattyrehman

        December 30, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      • no one will employ me anyway i have over 13 thousand job applications to prove that fact for the last 5 years.

        so if a wc wants to try that one bring it on fkn clowns lol 😉

        superted

        December 29, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      • @ jj joop

        Australia isn’t in the EU and so, because it’s very right-wing, can be very harsh when it comes to social, medical and work related regulation… of course next Friday the UK will also not be in the EU fully and so what happens next as far as compulsory or penalty related vaccination, data protection and all sorts of other things can’t be predicted. (You can bet the farm on EU inherited rights like being able to refuse to work more than 40 hours a week will go pretty quickly!) I doubt of even a Tory government would try to force people to be vaccinated but I could imagine Therese Coffey taking, or reducing, benefits to working-age unemployed citizens if they refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19. When 80% or more of the UK have been vaccinated we ought to be well into the “herd immunity” region and the 20% or less of the population who have no immunity to Covid-19 will pretty safe based on the immunity possessed by others, assuming of course that the immune won’t be able to pass on Covid-19 to the non-immune after receiving the vaccine.

        Aleister

        December 30, 2020 at 11:30 am

    • And cons want and will try to change the human rights act.

      xclausx

      December 29, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      • Government launches independent review of the Human Rights Act

        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-independent-review-of-the-human-rights-act

        superted

        December 29, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      • The EU will work with the UK on security – but only if the Tories behave on human rights

        The EU said the deal “builds new operational capabilities, taking account of the fact that the UK, as a non-EU member outside of the Schengen area, will not have the same facilities as before”.

        However, Brussels has set a major condition on this agreement – the Tories must observe their commitments to the European Convention on Human Rights.

        The Commission said: “The security cooperation can be suspended in case of violations by the UK of its commitment for continued adherence to the European Convention of Human Rights and its domestic enforcement.”

        It comes after the Conservatives confirmed that they were launching a review of the Human Rights Act which gives the ECHR force in UK law.

        xclausx

        December 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm

  85. lmfao 😉

    superted

    December 29, 2020 at 11:08 pm

  86. superted

    December 29, 2020 at 11:55 pm

  87. superted

    December 30, 2020 at 12:03 am

    • The Journalists havn’t asked those awkward questions because they are told not to ask those awkward questions before the event.

      Ask any Journalist.

      xclausx

      December 30, 2020 at 3:55 am

  88. superted

    December 30, 2020 at 12:06 am

  89. Imposing restrictions across the country by “tiering” based on the incidence of coronavirus in different areas isn’t working and has never really worked: hospitals are reaching bursting point with admissions of covid patients now having exceeded the previous first peak. It’s difficult to see how another countrywide lockdown can be avoided and I reckon it would be better to bite the bullet now, lockdown for at least a month, and hope that the spread of coronavirus (R > 1) can be slowed and reversed (R < 1) before large numbers of fatalities occur. All the experts say that prompt and early action is essential in order to avoid to suppress and control the contagion. Sadly Boris Johnson is not really a "take the bull by the horns" and "strike while the iron is hot" kind of prime minister and probably won't do the necessary until forced into it by an overwhelmed NHS and shitloads of premature deaths.

    Aleister

    December 30, 2020 at 10:50 am

  90. Off topic so apologies. I’ve deliberately stayed off the Internet and just spent my holidays resting up. But now I’m bemused, confused and furious so my poor stress busting chicken toy is really getting it! But it’s not funny
    The government had the perfect opportunity to end homelessness after the first lockdown, carrying on with the everyone in strategy, but it seems our homeless are back on the streets ! In our SE England town it is literally freezing and in town today a poor homeless guy politely asked, did I have any change please Miss? Trying to get enough for the shelter tonight! He thanked me so much for stopping and for the £2 I gave, I asked if there was nothing in place for them as our town is tier 4, he said no! Typical
    Also I got work email today with apologies for disturbing my leave, it’s unbelievable. I’m sure you all saw about secondary skl going back late, and the army going in to help? So most of our primary kids have siblings and cousins in high school but primary is so far to go back as normal, and not only that schools are assessed differently, we are Tier 4 in our town, but schools are tier 1 ie business as usual! Bearing in mind befwe broke up we had no kitchen staff for 2 weeks and 37 staff off, and now we have a new more contagious virus????
    Off to bang my head against the wall lol! Stay safe all

    kattyrehman

    December 30, 2020 at 12:14 pm

  91. There’s no going back to the norm in 2021.

    xclausx

    December 30, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    • Looking at the big picture life won’t be the same as it was in 2019, for billions of people.

      xclausx

      December 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm

  92. well there not going to get the vacine out to every one any time soon so i bet they will pass another 6 months of the emergency powers act in march so nothing will change in 2021 it will just carry on as is atm.

    superted

    December 30, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    • Superted, it matters not if everyone takes up the vax, the restrictions and all that goes on with it will continue on.

      All their nonsense saying eveything will get back to norm in Feb, easter or any other month.

      xclausx

      December 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    • some time next year your going to hear ‘because some people havn’t taken up the offfer of the vax we have no other choice to to continue the tiers or lockdowns’

      The excuses never end.

      xclausx

      December 30, 2020 at 7:57 pm

  93. Doesn’t look like 2021 is going to be so great Covid-19 or not. The extra £20 a week on Universal Credit and temporary Council Tax relief look odds on to go so many of us will be significantly poorer from April 2021 on because rents, utilities, transport – EVERYTHING! – is going up much more than benefits are increasing meaning that less will be left to buy food etc., after paying unavoidable bills. (When your main meal already consists of a tin of ASDA soup or TESCO spaghetti and a couple of slices of bread and margarine, you’re hard pressed to be able to keep yourself healthy.) Plus after leaving the EU you can be sure that low-paid workers, part-time workers and working-age benefit claimants will be much worse treated too.) Not looking forward to 2021 I have to say. For me at least the future isn’t what it used to be and there’s precious little I can do about it.

    Tim

    December 30, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    • you will get a massive extra 5p in April mind so dont spend it all at once after you are now £20 down per week.

      the courts are going to be backed up for years with bankruptcy cases and it wont even hit the fan until furlough ends in April, tho that might change and kick it down the road a bit longer.

      and i bet the dwp will up the work search hrs to 25hrs per day or else sanctions for 6 months because if they think you are stupid and wont do anything about it they will do it even if it breaches there own rules and regs and then you are a sanction target for every work coach at the end of your uc journal account online to add to there Christmas performance bonus.

      millions of sanctions mean millions of pounds in there bonus pot bet the fuckers empty this year tho 😉

      superted

      December 30, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      • If you’re in tier 3 or tier 4 of the coronavirus tiers you’re supposed to “work from home if you can”. Libraries can’t be used for jobsearch, nor can Jobcentres, and most of the businesses are either shut or not doing much. So how the heck can anybody do any kind of jobsearch, worth its salt, when things are like this? The only jobs available locally are too part-time to be worth having, e.g., two hours a day for three days a week, and I’m finding it impossible to find much, sometimes anything, to apply for on a weekly basis. With so many employees on furlough or laid off hardly any businesses are taking on staff these days anywhere.

        Tim

        December 31, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      • 2021 more like survival.

        Brits can get back to the pub in 2021, Boris Johnson claims in New Year message

        The Prime Minister warned of ‘tough weeks and months ahead’ but expressed HOPE people would be able to return to ‘going to the pub, concerts, theatres, restaurants, or simply holding hands with our loved ones’

        Will there be any of the above left to go to? will people have the money for those?

        xclausx

        December 31, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      • Those pubs, some history.

        From banks to cinemas and police stations to churches: Take a look inside Britain’s most unusual Wetherspoon pubs

        Many of the pubs are steeped in history – including from the world of entertainment, banking and the railway

        One in Harrogate was part of spa town’s Royal Baths; another, in London is on the site of a 1550s’ coaching inn

        In Bury St Edmunds, a drinking hole was once a Corn Exchange; another used to be ballroom of a grand hotel

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8920613/Britains-unusual-Wetherspoon-pubs-banks-theatres.html

        xclausx

        December 31, 2020 at 8:43 pm

  94. For those who bank with Barclays.

    Barclays announces plan to shut 63 more local branches – see full list

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/barclays-close-65-more-branches-23241578

    xclausx

    December 30, 2020 at 8:53 pm

  95. Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug in minimum wage fail.

    Almost 140 companies investigated between 2016 and 2018 failed to pay £6.7m to over 95,000 workers.

    Ministers said the offending firms – which included hotels, restaurants, car washes and shops – short changed tens of thousands of workers, in what they described as a “completely unacceptable breach of employment law”.

    It is the first time the government has named firms for failing to pay the national minimum wage since 2018, following reforms to the process to make sure only the worst offenders are revealed.

    TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said may firms which failed to pay their workers the minimum wage still wouldn’t be named.

    “The government raised the threshold for naming employers compared with the old scheme, meaning fewer bad bosses are exposed.”

    xclausx

    December 31, 2020 at 2:40 am

  96. Cloverleaf

    December 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm

  97. UK woman apprehended after filming empty hospital.

    Cloverleaf

    December 31, 2020 at 2:13 pm

  98. Covid 19 vaccine Developers Oxford-Astrazeneca Linked to British Eugenics Movement!

    https://stateofthenation.co/?p=44620

    Tigerlily

    December 31, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    • Can you give me the names of any of the people writing articles on stateofthenation.co, Tigerlily? Who are they? What qualifications have they got? What do they do for a living? What expertise do they possess? Where do they get their information from? What have they been up to and/or done in the past? Basically are these people fit and proper persons to believe about anything?

      Tim

      January 1, 2021 at 9:11 am

      • Tim, could ask the same questions about the BBC!

        Tigerlily

        January 1, 2021 at 12:11 pm

  99. The Great 2020 Seasonal Flu/Influenza Disappearing Act!

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/great-2020-seasonal-fluinfluenza-disappearing-act

    Tigerlily

    December 31, 2020 at 7:51 pm

  100. xclausx

    December 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm

  101. superted

    December 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm

  102. Those depts people don’t owe to the DWP and overpayments.

    DWP blunder blocks up to 50,000 people a day from calling crucial debt hotline

    Huge numbers of people were not even able to get into the queue for its overburdened Debt Management hotline – for people who are told they owe the DWP money

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-blunder-blocks-up-50000-23245089

    xclausx

    January 1, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    • The Employment Tribunal system now has a backlog of almost half a million cases – the highest since 2013 – while immigration, mental health, special needs and disability cases are all hit too

      It is impossible to know the full scale of the tribunals crisis – because benefit case statistics have not been published due to an error.

      But for all cases except benefits, the backlog in tribunals has risen from 508,394 at the end of March to 545,106 at the end of September.

      The average person who brings an employment tribunal now waits 14 months for a result – and a quarter wait more than 16 months.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bullied-workers-waiting-year-justice-23248448

      xclausx

      January 1, 2021 at 3:01 pm


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