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A Million Covid-19 Universal Credit Claimants Have Deductions From Benefits.

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Child Poverty Action Group. 7th of January Press Release.

New Year call for an end to clawback of UC advances

More than one million households forced to claim universal credit (UC) when coronavirus struck are entering the New Year having debt deductions taken from their UC, and almost all include repayments of an advance taken out to get them through the five-week wait for a first UC payment, new analysis for the Covid Realities research project shows.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of those who claimed UC between March and June (‘Covid-claimants’) are having deductions taken from their monthly UC payments, compared with 41% of all UC claimants, the analysis by Child Poverty Action Group for the Covid Realities research project shows. That means a million new UC claimants living on less than their assessed need.

The Government suspended some deductions for three months from April 2020 as part of its emergency response to the pandemic. However, deductions for the repayment of UC advances were not part of the suspension and continue to be made as another lockdown begins in England and Scotland and more job losses and UC claims look likely.

Deductions can be taken from benefits for a range of reasons including repayment of a UC advance, legacy benefit overpayments, budgeting loans, rent arrears, utilities bills and mortgage interest. For UC claimants, deductions are limited to 30% of the UC monthly standard allowance but this still means that £179 (for couples) can be deducted each month.

For claimants already living below the poverty line, deductions can deepen their poverty significantly. Ignoring deductions, CPAG analysis shows that, the average household in poverty is 23% below the poverty line; in pounds and pence, for a couple with two children, that means they are £400 per month below the after housing costs poverty line.* However, if this family has to repay an advance, this will push them to £500 per month below the poverty line.** And if they have additional deductions on top of repayments of a UC advance, they could drop to £579 per month under the poverty line.***

1,060,000 ‘Covid claimants’ have a deduction of some kind from their UC. Of those, 810,000 are repaying an advance only, 50,000 have a deduction for another reason and 200,000 have deductions to repay a UC advance and another debt.

More news:

More news:

Regulator investigates DWP over universal credit ‘cover-up’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is claiming not to possess documents that show estimates for the eventual impact of universal credit on disabled people, despite telling both the statistics regulator and MPs that they exist.

In the latest stage of an apparent attempt to hide estimates of how many disabled people will lose out financially through the introduction of universal credit, DWP has told Disability News Service (DNS) that no such written equality impact assessments (EIAs) exist from 2012 onwards.

The freedom of information response contradicts a statement made to MPs by the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson.

It also contradicts information passed by DWP to the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR).

This week, OSR promised DNS that it would investigate the apparent discrepancy.

The existence of any fresh EIAs is important because ministers, including work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey and Tomlinson, have stated on several occasions that around one million disabled households will receive a higher entitlement under UC than they would have received under the previous “legacy” benefits system.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 8, 2021 at 3:42 pm

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  1. Everyone on UC will have no other choice but to take a look at thier outgings, so stop or lower them however they can.


    January 8, 2021 at 5:09 pm

  2. This is what is perverse and hideously unfair about Universal Credit: It helps the poorest and must vulnerable the least and penalises them more. If you’ve just left your full-time job and just been paid a full month’s salary, or have decent savings, you won’t be affected much by the five week hiatus involved in claiming UC. However if you have no money to fall back on and have to apply for an “advance”, i.e., a euphemism for a DWP loan, you are forced into debt and have to live on reduced benefits until your “advance” (debt) is paid off from deductions from your entitlement when they are awarded: so not only does UC drive the poorest claimant into debt immediately by design, it keeps them poorer than more fortunate claimants with better resources and money, by reducing already inadequate entitlements via deductions designed to claw back debt incurred from the DWP by way of advances.

    I mean you couldn’t make it up.

    Universal Credit impoverishes the poorest claimants even more than impoverishes richer claimants.

    Couldn’t be much more Tory than that.


    January 8, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    • Wrong Tim
      Anyone with a final wage and or savings over £6000 will be deducted straight away on their first payment.
      They may not have a debt but they do have a financial loss they wont be reimbursed for.
      So essentially they will dependent on finances not receive a single dime from UC at the least 9 weeks or more.
      Crazy to think the system will penalize you for having a salary and savings banked even though we worked day one in arrears forced to borrow and have been paying back month after month , if we are lucky, scrapped ahead with savings to the day we finally claim UC only to see it all taken away in the form of zero payment while still having to obey the claimant commitment or face further none payments.

      We are tax and NI payers, we shouldnt be treated like this, its disgusting.


      January 10, 2021 at 4:40 pm

  3. What sort of idiots would design a Social Security system that puts people into debt and makes poor people even poorer? ….that’d be Tory pea-brain Iain Duncan Smith and his Political turncoat sidekick Lord Freud then.


    January 8, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    • If you remember Trev, at one point the more extreme free-market Tories wanted to replace benefits with loans…so you’d be in debt your entire life and a private company would be onto nice little earner managing the debt.

      Andrew Coates

      January 8, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      • Yes I do recall something like that being mooted, and they sort of did it up to a point by making Hardship payments into repayable loans for Sanctioned UC claimants, though I don’t know if such debts are sold off to any private finance companies. A Sanction is now doubly punitive because you not only lose your entitlement but have to repay the Hardship money as well.


        January 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

  4. Rocket Science Lab

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    We conducted a process and quantified impact assessment of the British Gas Energy Trust service which provides advice and support to people in financial hardship. Through interviews with services users (many of whom were vulnerable and on the brink of homelessness) to capture their experience and measure financial returns for them and the service.

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    January 8, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    • “”We use a range of research techniques””

      Like a consultancy firm does.

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      January 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      • “””We have developed a tool to measure poverty reduction””

        So not Universal Credit then !!!

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        January 8, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      • Is Amber ‘Useless’ Rudd still there !!!

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        January 8, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      • Have they sent the DWP & Universal Credit to a consultancy firm !!!

        Turn that smile upside down.

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        January 8, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      • Turn that frown inside out.


        January 8, 2021 at 7:24 pm

  5. “Participants’ accounts of the UC claims process and the consequences of managing on UC are reported; UC negatively impacts on material wellbeing, physical and mental health, social and family lives. UC claimants described the digital claims process as complicated, disorientating, impersonal, hostile and demeaning. Claimants reported being pushed into debt, rent arrears, housing insecurity, fuel and food poverty through UC. System failures, indifference and delays in receipt of UC entitlements exacerbated the difficulties of managing on a low income. The threat of punitive sanctions for failing to meet the enhanced conditionality requirements under UC added to claimant’s vulnerabilities and distress. Staff reported concerns for claimants and additional pressures on health services, local government and voluntary and community sector organisations as a result of UC.”

    “Conclusions The findings add considerable detail to emerging evidence of the deleterious effects of UC on vulnerable claimants’ health and wellbeing. Our evidence suggests that UC is undermining vulnerable claimants’ mental health, increasing the risk of poverty, hardship, destitution and suicidality. Major, evidence-informed revisions are required to improve the design and implementation of UC to prevent further adverse effects before large numbers of people move on to UC, as planned by the UK government”



    January 8, 2021 at 9:31 pm

  6. Universal Credit failing millions as current design ‘punishes poorest’, says Lords report

    ‘It has led to an unprecedented number of people relying on food banks and not being able to pay their rent’

    “The punitive nature of universal credit has not worked. It punishes the poorest by taking away their sole source of income for minor infractions. It needs rebalancing, and more carrot and less stick, particularly as large numbers of claimants will have ended up on it because of events completely out of their control.”



    January 8, 2021 at 9:35 pm

  7. Even pre-Covid Universal Credit was a failed Tory policy causing much poverty, debt, hardship. Universal Credit is Class War.

    Million universal credit households ‘do not get full entitlement’

    Chaminda Jayanetti

    the Guardian

    Sat 23 Nov 2019 17.19 GMT
    First published on Sat 23 Nov 2019 16.15 GMT

    More than a million households on universal credit – 60% of everyone receiving the payments –are having their benefits cut to repay debts and loans.

    Data sourced under the Freedom of Information Act show that in May – the most recent month for which figures are available – 1,048,000 universal credit claimants had a deduction of their benefit payment out of 1,759,000 claimants who received any universal credit payment that month.

    The figures exclude deductions for fraud and sanctions. Nearly a third of all people on the troubled welfare scheme are having more than a fifth of their payment cut, often to repay loans that some claimants received to tide them over during the five-week wait for their first payment to arrive.

    Charlotte Hughes, an anti-austerity campaigner who provides support and advice to benefit recipients, said universal credit deductions come up as an issue in her work every day. “Everyone is being hit by deductions in one way, shape or form. I don’t know anybody that actually receives the full amount of money that they’re supposed to get.”

    She added that many claimants were having to use food banks as a result. “Your health suffers, your housing situation suffers, you can’t eat properly, you worry, you stress. It’s just never-ending.”

    The shadow work and pensions secretary, Margaret Greenwood, said: “This is yet more evidence of just how badly universal credit is failing. Harsh, punitive Conservative policies that take no account of what it is like to live on a low income are pushing people into poverty rather than protecting them from it. Labour will scrap universal credit, end the five-week wait and the benefits freeze and ensure that our social security system supports any of us in time of need.”



    January 8, 2021 at 9:42 pm

  8. “Stop preserving doomed jobs and bring in Universal Basic Income”



    January 9, 2021 at 12:05 am

  9. Andrew Coates

    January 9, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    • Perhaps many of those affected will think twice about voting Conservative again in future.


      January 9, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      • There is no Conservative or Labour party anymore, in fact Parliament has been taken over by the Privy Council, Johnson and Starmer are just the mouth pieces for them!


        January 9, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      • I was meaning that the Conservatives are responsible for introducing Universal Credit, though actually the Labour party at the time also played their part by abstaining from voting against the Welfare Reform Bill, Jeremy Corbyn was one of the few who voted against it. Labour now in their current guise are against Universal Credit.


        January 9, 2021 at 5:32 pm

  10. they put my budgeting loan up £1 a week so now have to pay back £9.92 a week out my jsa.

    and i still feel like crap but have lost nearly 4kilos as still cant keep anything down for very long and only managed 2 days of job search this week.

    not that there ever going to bother going through 50 pages of it anyway as half the time dont look at mine anyway lol.


    January 9, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    • They continued to take deductions from my JSA last year until about the end of June then paused for a couple of months before resuming deductions again in either August or September (can’t quite remember now) and I had finally repaid my Budgeting loan by Christmas when I got my first full payment for months.


      January 9, 2021 at 5:37 pm

  11. Covid Update – PCS demands response from DWP
    06 Jan 2021
    Members will be concerned about the ongoing developments with regard to the Covid 19 pandemic and the latest measures imposed by the various governments across the UK to deal with the situation.

    Copied below is a letter sent by PCS yesterday to DWP Employee Relations, making a number of demands of the Department. It was sent following changes to restrictions in Scotland, and in anticipation of tighter controls being brought in for England and Wales. The announcement made by the Prime Minister on Monday evening confirmed that the UK would be moving back into lockdown conditions, very similar in most places, to those that we saw when a full lockdown was imposed in March 2020. As such we believe that DWP should now be reacting in the same way as it did at that time.

    We are disappointed that the statement by the DWP Permanent Secretary, published on the DWP intranet, does not go far enough in providing assurance and protection for our members. It has left many questions unanswered, and generated a huge amount of enquiries for PCS reps.

    PCS me with the Cabinet Office on Tuesday 5 January 2021, to discuss the wider implications for our members across the whole of the civil service. However, based on our previous negotiations at that level, we anticipate that much of the finer detail of what this will mean for our members in DWP will be left up to the Department itself. W will be following up our letter of yesterday with further correspondence to DWP updating our demands.

    “In light of the announcement this afternoon by the First Minister of Scotland and the anticipated address by the Prime Minister this evening, PCS have received a number of enquiries from concerned members looking for advice and support.

    We would therefore request the following are put in place with immediate effect.

    1. Childcare

    As we pointed out in our last meeting prior to Christmas, the likely confusion and concern amongst staff with children has materialised out of fear for their children’s safety.

    In light of the announcement in Scotland and potential changes in England and Wales, PCS request the initial childcare policy agreed in the Spring 2020 is reinstated and replaces the current guidance on the intranet.

    As schools are likely to be closed for a period of time, and other childcare arrangements are as likely to breakdown due to new restrictions, all staff who cannot work from home, or for whom it would no longer be possible to do so due to carer commitments, should be placed on paid special leave.

    2. Scotland

    The First Minister has been explicit in her language this afternoon, declaring that anyone who can work from home “must” do so, rather than “should” as was previously the case. This very firm change in approach must be adhered to and all DWP staff, who can work from home must be exempt from attending the workplace immediately. A message should be issued to staff immediately by their home contact details as well as being placed on the intranet.

    3. Jobcentres and Labour Market activity

    In light of the expected national lock down all Jobcentres, as a minimum, should immediately operate to the successful model introduced April-July, with offices being open to only the most vulnerable for face to face appointments.

    In addition, an immediate request should be made to the minister for a suspension of all conditionality and sanction activity, as happened in April, with our priority being to get payments made to those who rely on the benefit system for financial support.

    4. Other face to face activity

    All other planned face to face activity should be suspended until further notice. This should be for all fraud activity, including IUC’s in CFCD and CMG, visiting and NINO interviews.

    5. Working from Home

    All staff with the necessary kit should be expected to work from home with immediate affect, and should not be expected or asked to enter the workplace.

    6. Vulnerable staff/vulnerable relatives

    In order to limit the risk of spread of the virus, DWP should revert to the policies adopted in Spring 2020, with all Clinically Vulnerable and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable workers, including those identified as vulnerable by either the BAME risk assessment or indivudual risk assessments, being asked to exempt themselves from the workplace, either working from home or on paid special leave if this cannot be facilitated. Any staff who are the main or regular carer for someone who is either Clinically Extremely Vulnerable or Clinically Vulnerable should be allowed to work from home, or placed on paid special leave if they are unable to do so.

    Greater emphasis should be placed on the importance of carrying out both the BAME and Individual risk assessments during this period.

    7. Confirmed cases

    Due to the increased virality of the latest Covid strain, all workplaces where there are confirmed cases should be closed immediately and deep cleaned, with staff at greater risk of coming in to contact with the infected colleague being told to self isolate for the appropriate 10 day period.

    8. Saturday working

    In order that DWP can focus our response to this latest upsurge in infection, DWP should suspend working across 6 days a week in DWP workplaces and revert to Monday to Friday across all work groups. This should include the suspension of physically working overtime on DWP premises.

    Staff contracted to work Saturday, should be allowed to work Monday to Friday instead, where it is safe to do so within allowable numbers, or offered the ability to work from home instead.

    An urgent response is required and PCS will be happy to meet to discuss these proposals in more detail if that is necessary.”


    January 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    • From my perspective the important bit of all that is:

      “3. Jobcentres and Labour Market activity

      In light of the expected national lock down all Jobcentres, as a minimum, should immediately operate to the successful model introduced April-July, with offices being open to only the most vulnerable for face to face appointments.

      In addition, an immediate request should be made to the minister for a suspension of all conditionality and sanction activity, as happened in April, with our priority being to get payments made to those who rely on the benefit system for financial support.”


      January 9, 2021 at 6:50 pm

  12. More Soldiers in WW1 Killed by Vaccines than by Enemy Bullets!



    January 10, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    • ….says *someone-or-other* on Tap News Wire fake news conspiracy website.


      January 10, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    • Spanish Flu killed more people than the war, if only they had a vaccine could have saved millions of lives.


      January 10, 2021 at 12:48 pm

  13. Cloverleaf

    January 10, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    • Covid-19 has so far killed at least 1.6 Million worldwide and over 80,000 in UK. The vaccine is welcomed by anyone with any sense.


      January 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm

  14. Anyone who welcomes a dangerous experimental vaccine is a fool.


    January 10, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    • no rna vaccine has had a licence for human use b4 cov19 yet in the 2017-18 flu season there was 50.000 excess deaths and it was not even reported.


      January 10, 2021 at 4:26 pm

      • Well now there’s another 80,000 on top of the usual 50,000, and that’s with the NHS operating at near maximum capacity, there’d be even higher death figures if it weren’t for the effective treatments being developed and the efforts of the NHS along with lockdown measures and public safety restrictions being implemented.


        January 10, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      • the nhs runs near flat out every year whats new because of ten years of tory cuts mean 13000 less beds.

        and every year since this government has taken over the total mortality rate has gone up since 2010.


        January 10, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      • This is far far worse than a normal winter crisis.


        January 10, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      • because they closed off the hospitals for most treatments even i could see that one coming as ppl wont have a choice this time of year.

        yet the government did nothing to prepare for this and even closed down the knighting gale hospitals is a fkn joke.

        and i expect the total mortality rates for this year will be the highest ever and could top 1 million as 30 ppl a day are killing them self every day.

        then the dwp will have 10 million ppl to deal with so there going to kill a shit load of ppl with sanctions and homelessness and it has not even begun yet.


        January 10, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      • @superted There may have been 50,000 excess deaths but they weren’t all down to flu. Only 17,400 were caused by respiratory diseases.


        January 11, 2021 at 6:02 am

  15. Cloverleaf

    January 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    • More of your far-Rightwing bullshit. Twitter quite rightfully blocked that maniac Trump because he is inciting violence by his extremist supporters. Blocking that disgusting Tyrant from social media is the responsible thing to do, as any reasonable person can see.


      January 10, 2021 at 3:09 pm

  16. Scroll down to see articles about vaccines that’s why I put the link on.


    January 10, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    • I’m not going to read or believe anything on a pro-Trump website ranting about Communists and Marxists taking over the world. It’s a loony-tunes website, not a trustworthy legitimate source of information. Why wouldn’t you notice that? What’s wrong with you? Why would you believe such shite without question but not believe what qualified experts are saying in legitimate news sources?


      January 10, 2021 at 4:21 pm

      • Not a legitimate source of information, sounds like the BBC to me!


        January 10, 2021 at 4:56 pm

  17. Spoken like a true commie.


    January 10, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    • Of course I’m a “Commie”! In your eyes anyway (Socialist actually). You are commenting on a blog run by what you would call a “Commie”. Comrade Coates is a Socialist. You can’t seriously expect any of us to look to American Libertarian nutcase websites for our information.


      January 10, 2021 at 5:24 pm

  18. Government sneaks ‘cruel’ new loophole into eviction ban

    The government has quietly introduced a loophole to its eviction ban that waters down protections for people who lost their jobs during the pandemic.

    Ministers on Friday announced that they were extending the ban on bailiff evictions that has been in place since the first lockdown in March, covering most tenants for another six weeks.

    But the announcement did not mention a key change snuck out in legislation that will for the first time give landlords the power to evict people for not paying their rent during lockdown.

    Since September the eviction ban has allowed landlords to go ahead with evictions in exceptional circumstances, such as when tenants are behaving anti-socially or were sitting on extreme levels of rent arrears.

    These “substantial” rent arrears were previously defined in law as equivalent to nine months’ rent, but debt accrued since the first lockdown on 23 March was not allowed to be counted in the total.

    This rule was to make sure people who lost their jobs during the pandemic were not made homeless because the government had forced their workplace to close.

    But the new legislation removes this protection and redefines “substantial arrears” to cover many more people.

    A tenant can now be evicted if they have been unable to pay their rent for six months, and most crucially, rent accrued since the pandemic began is no longer excluded.

    The charity Citizens Advice estimates that around half a million tenants are in arrears, with the average amount owed being £730.

    Housing activists warned that the new loophole leaves in tatters the government’s promise that no one will lose their home because of the pandemic.


    Andrew Coates

    January 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    • joke is if we miss 1 council rent payment or it is short 1 month the eviction process begins with a letter hand delivered.

      we was £8 short one month so it cost them more to send someone out to deliver a letter buy hand like wtf lol


      January 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm

  19. As far as I’m concerned it is just a alternative news site, I don’t buy into this left/right nonsense, I don’t support either and nor do I put daft labels on myself like communist, socialist or fascist or any of the other isms come to think of it.


    January 10, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    • But you continue to believe what you read on Rightwing/Libertarian /Alt-Right websites, so that is quite obviously where your sympathies lie.


      January 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm

      • Is that not up to Cloverleaf, or anyone else,


        January 10, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      • Yes of course, so long as you don’t expect me or anyone else with any sense to believe any of it. The trouble is though, that when extremist views are presented as fact the truth becomes distorted and misrepresented, thereby misleading and misinforming the gullible, and when the subject matter is pertinent to public health and safety that does become a problem.


        January 10, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    • Same here Cloverleaf, left or right, this group that group, this label that label were created to divide people, and it works!


      January 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      • Yes, it’s all nonsense.


        January 10, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      • Then why did Cloverleaf resort to calling me a “commie” as a derogatory term? Rightwingers always deny that they are such.


        January 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm

  20. I agree, it’s all about divide and rule, get people into two camps so they fight amongst themselves just a distraction really.


    January 10, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    • Well you either believe in big government, or small government, or no government at all. Those three basic things define your beliefs. It’s not a label that is imposed upon you by some external power, it’s where you choose to stand and whose side you are one.


      January 10, 2021 at 6:33 pm

  21. When I called you a commie I was pulling your leg lighten up.


    January 10, 2021 at 6:29 pm

  22. superted

    January 10, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    • The EU is nought but an extortionate racket. That money could have been used to help the homeless.


      January 10, 2021 at 7:35 pm

  23. The DWP is continuing with sanctions despite a national lockdown

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just announced that Jobcentres will remain open during the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. While this is not new, the devil is in the detail. Because the DWP has not publicly said whether it is suspending sanctions or not, like it did in March 2020. But now, The Canary has received confirmation that the DWP will continue to impose sanctions on claimants in some circumstances



    January 10, 2021 at 7:12 pm

  24. Tony Blair wants to make a comeback into politics, the little darling has been advising Mat Mangycock on the vaccine strategy, how nice folks, as if things couldn’t get any worse!


    January 10, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    • Who the hell is Blair to give advice about vaccines he isn’t a medic, much the same as Master Gates he has no medical training either, effing globalists.


      January 10, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      • BLIAR like Kill Gates is a Gofer, put in place to enact their masters wishes


        January 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

      • Here’s something up your street, There’s No Such Place as Ukraine.

        Andrew Coates

        January 10, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      • “to enact their masters wishes”

        And who pray tell are their masters in this grand theory?


        January 10, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      • That’s a strange one!


        January 10, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      • Fooking stupid!


        January 10, 2021 at 9:24 pm

  25. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Please disclose your current JSA and UC Work Coach guidance on the topics:

    benefit sanctions
    work focused interviews
    claimant commitments
    work search
    work preparation

    In the past you have disclosed guidance documents/information you call ‘spotlights’, such as “Spotlight on: Fortnightly work search reviews” RE: FOI2020 52323 disclosed 29 September 2020 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/6
    Please disclose the ‘spotlights’ you have produced on the above topics.

    Yours faithfully,

    Frank Zola



    January 10, 2021 at 8:43 pm

  26. 2021 the DWP are really up & running in business with their back to reality policy. It seems the DWP have their own rules different than everywhere else in the country out Covid. Perhaps the DWP are the virus deniers & think the whole thing should be scrapped & get back to DWP Universal Credit Normal. The Civil Service Union PCS Union are very busy working. Are the DWP Civil Service workers key workers not just within the DWP Covid rules. The importance of the Scrapping of the Universal Credit failure is the importance to make Universal Work. Has the sieve got any more holes in it because Universal Credit has already sunk. Perhaps if we all work together on Universal Credit we will just about see the the flag from the sunk flag ship of Welfare Reform. I know the DWP like Jetsome & Flotsome like a Work Roaches like their Civil Service Union PCS for bad working conditions & feel like a victim.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 10, 2021 at 9:12 pm

  27. The Tory Party from 2010 – 2021 are going to prison like Donald Trump.

    Tory Human Rights


    Human Rights

    Get your lawyers in.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 10, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    • Boris talk to the PCS Union to help you.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 10, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      • Matt Hancock you might consider the PCS Union for Civil Servant just like like Boris.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 10, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      • I thought the press had a gagging order. Is that Boris’s posh crumpet again !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 10, 2021 at 9:18 pm

  28. The Science of Prostitution!


    January 10, 2021 at 9:27 pm

  29. superted

    January 10, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    • The lockdown will continue as long as is necessary, and the longer people flout the rules and spread the virus then the longer and more restrictive that will be, as anyone with more than two brain cells can see. This Brian Rose gobshite is just some narcissistic Rightwing twat wanting to make a name for himself, and it would be to everyone’s benefit if you could refrain from posting his videos on blogs.


      January 10, 2021 at 11:22 pm

      • Tougher Lockdown measures could be needed….


        Personally I think we need Martial Law, otherwise the restrictions can’t be properly enforced or policed, and currently the Covidiots are being dealt with too leniently. Bring in the army and enforced curfews.


        January 10, 2021 at 11:27 pm

      • ill post what i like and i do agree with him as destroying the economy and poverty will kill more than any virus and you are only just seeing the start of it.

        or are you that thick and stupid to think shutting down treatment for millions of people for 100k worth of excess deaths to kill over half a million every year because of lock downs is just insane when the avg death rate is 82.

        get real trev and open your eyes and look at the data the cure is worse than the cause yet you only look at 1 data point cov19 deaths not the total mortality rate of the hole country as cancer and many other things kill more every year and are not being treated!

        yet he could be the next Mayer of London and is in 2nd place but there going to shut that down you wait and see.

        just like you trev the government dont like him because they have no control what he says and makes them look like retards .

        if i was a wc trev id sanction you every interview but what are you going to do about it ,NOTHING!


        January 11, 2021 at 12:51 am

      • I’m surprised you can’t see through him, Rose is just another shit-stirring bullshit merchant wanting to ride the gravy train for his own benefit and agenda, another Trump/Farage/Icke type of character. Anti-Lockdown propaganda is highly irresponsible, dangerous and does the public no favours. Lockdown is necessary. This is just blatant opportunism from Rose, a third-rate chancer chasing fame and money at everyone else’s detriment and expense.


        January 11, 2021 at 10:22 am

      • Did you know Brian Rose is a very nice Jewish fellow who cares about where humanity is being led, so don’t call him a t*at eh.


        January 11, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      • His Religion/ethnicity is irrelevant. You are being taken for a ride. Rose is playing the Populist card, cynically exploiting the fears, disenchantment, disaffection of the gullible in order to gain fame & fortune. Don’t fall for it. Don’t give him a platform. Use your brain.


        January 11, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    • Tougher lockdown restrictions could be put in place as cases surge across UK



      January 11, 2021 at 12:12 am

    • Lockdown needs to be stricter, scientists warn



      January 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

  30. superted

    January 11, 2021 at 1:02 am

    • Tougher lockdown restrictions are not “insane”, they are necessary because the NHS is in real danger of being overwhelmed and too many people are flouting the rules causing the virus to spread extremely rapidly. What’s needed is more effective policing and more severe sentences for Covidiocy.


      January 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

  31. All getting drunk & pissed on your exercise bikes.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 11, 2021 at 1:20 am

  32. People need to pace themself to get through a year & half lockdown.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 11, 2021 at 1:22 am

    • Tick tock, tick tock.

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      January 11, 2021 at 1:22 am

  33. Would you trust a British Army Soldier to give you a vaccine injection !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

    • I just join the Army yesterday.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

  34. Con Spirit See = Drunk Conspiracy.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 11, 2021 at 1:25 am

    • You don’t get fit pissed on a exercise bike.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 11, 2021 at 1:26 am

  35. Some people see farting as exercise.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 11, 2021 at 1:27 am

  36. Covid19 PCR Tests are Scientifically Meaningless!



    January 11, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    • 80,000+ dead, thousands of new infections every day, the NHS close to breaking point and you still haven’t progressed beyond Covid denial. Incredible.


      January 11, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      • Jackanory sure has come on in leaps and bounds since i was a kid!


        January 11, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      • Covidiocy personified.


        January 11, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      • With no autopsies performed on many.


        January 11, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      • Well wait until one of your close family members dies of Covid, which is highly possible, and perhaps you can request a post-mortem just to put your mind at rest.


        January 11, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      • You have no idea!


        January 11, 2021 at 7:54 pm

  37. trev

    January 11, 2021 at 8:11 pm

  38. Go through your bills and cut everything that is not essential (gym membership, magazine subscriptions, TV, and music subscriptions). This is not forever – just until you are debt-free

    On bills you can’t cut, call your provider and negotiate. Don’t be afraid to leave. There is so much choice out there.

    Shop at budget supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl and buy own-brand food.

    Create a meal plan. Make a shopping list from your plan, take that list shopping with you and stick to it!

    Try to increase your income – take on a part-time job or increase your hours at your current job. Think about taking on a side-hustle such as completing surveys online.

    Make a budget! This needn’t be difficult – money coming in and money going out. You need to know where your money is going.​

    Shop at charity shops for clothing. I’ve found some great bargains recently.

    Switch to a SIM-only deal for your mobile. When my contract ended, instead of upgrading my phone I kept my phone and got a SIM-only deal for just £8 per month. This gave me more data and also saved me around £25 each month.


    January 11, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    • I’ve been living like that for the past 20 years!


      January 11, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      • The real sign of this is when you specially got go to buy a tin of tomatoes at B&M because it’s 4 pence cheaper than Sainsbury’s, apart from that us, walking 45/50 minutes from your gaff to go to Aldi/Lidl to be able to buy some decent food at prices you can afford.

        Andrew Coates

        January 11, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      • I do go to certain shops for certain things, walking a two miles circle that takes in Home Bargains, Tesco, Aldi and B M. Carrying the shopping home is getting harder every year. Also get things in the local Asian shops, good for veg, spices, corriander, naan breads, etc. But have also eaten out-of-date food that my neighbour threw in the bin, as well as food I’ve mysteriously found in the street (all pre-Covid of course!). And if you’ve got a bit of space in a garden it’s good to grow things like green beans. Even eaten Nasturtium leaves a time or too. A few years ago in Bradford I knew people who were eating nettles due to being skint.


        January 11, 2021 at 10:24 pm

      • and now you can see how much of a stich up uc is digital only accounts and managed online 1 sanction hit could mean you need the internet more than food or heating because if they change that cc online and you cant accept it in 7 days end of claim! no job search, sanction!

        and i bet if you did a foi to see how many claims was made over the phone over the last 12 months will be in the 100s if that because the dwp policy is to lie from the start and put you in to debt the first day of the claim.

        and what do you think is going to happen if they start face to face interviews again with the middle class never made a claim in there life told to do this that or else,will just loose the plot and we all know how that one goes! but now there all online accounts so no face to face interviews anymore just a online account and sanctions at the press of a button.


        January 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      • Universal Credit is a recipe for disaster. What sort of Social Security system is it that virtually guarantees your life will fall apart if you’re forced to need the assistance of State Benefits? Universal Credit is unfit for purpose despite what the Tories say. Time to scrap it and introduce Unconditional Basic Income. If not Society is going to collapse. Foodbanks are operating at maximum capacity. Millions of people getting Sanctioned, then in rent arrears, facing eviction, unable to feed their families = Disaster and Devastation. The Pandemic and subsequent economic damage + Brexit will initiate inevitable change.


        January 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm

  39. Policy paper
    Restart scheme

    The Restart scheme will give Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for at least 12 months enhanced support to find jobs in their local area.


    jj joop

    January 11, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    • Sounds like the Work Programme mk2. Why spend £2.9 billion of taxpayers money helping those facing eviction and homelessness when you can use it to line the pockets of greedy workfare providers? Vultures the lot of them.


      January 11, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      • you do not have to enter in to contracts with 3rd party providers for profit, dwp own rules and regs say you do not have to sign anything to participate in such scams and if you refuse to sign it you are asked to leave so not allowed to participate because they wont get the money from there funding source.

        i have not had to stay at any provider even b4 the first wp, i attend my induction and will not sign anything because buy law i am not required to.


        January 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      • A Work Programme of sorts but with millions more unemployed and fewer job vacancies. The law of averages means many will be Sanctioned, which on a massive scale means the shit hits the fan; poverty, destitution, arrears, evictions, homelessness, begging, shoplifting, crime wave, suicides…. is Society ready for what’s to come? I think some form of Basic Income is inevitable out of sheer necessity if Society is to function. God knows the last ten years of Tory rule have been bad enough and the foodbanks have taken up much of the fall out, but that’s without Covid and Brexit!


        January 11, 2021 at 11:36 pm

      • superted

        January 11, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    • I don’t see how Reastart can work, currently. Gone are the days of packing as many people as you can into a tiny room. In fact those days are long gone. Reading between the lines of what Prof Chris Whitty has been saying, this whole pandemic/distancing is going to be with us for the foreseeable future.

      jj joop

      January 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

      • Due to start in summer, at the moment.


        January 12, 2021 at 11:55 am

  40. Guidance
    Job Finding Support provider guidance

    DWP provider guidance for the Job Finding Support provision.


    jj joop

    January 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

  41. Guidance
    Access to Work: staff guide

    A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff guide about the Access to Work scheme.


    jj joop

    January 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

  42. We seem to be going backwards from the Universal Credit Roll Out. Reintroducing Income Support & the Government Work Programme as well as many other Legacy Benefits = NEW Legacy Benefits.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 11, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    • The Universal Credit Roll Out will be completed by 2221.

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      January 11, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      • That’s so reassuring DWP.

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        January 11, 2021 at 11:56 pm

  43. Andrew Coates

    January 12, 2021 at 9:33 am

    • I guess someone is at it for thier own gain.


      January 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

    • Keir Starmer slams ‘woeful’ school meal parcels and asks ‘where is the money going?’

      What Chartwells claim SHOULD be in food parcels

      Cheese (200g) – 2
      Red Apples – 6
      Oranges – 4
      Bananas – 4
      Cucumbers – 2
      Carrots – 4
      Baked Potatoes – 8
      Lettuce – 1
      Tomatoes – 2
      Baked Beans (cans) – 4
      Pasta – 1kg – 1
      Chopped Tomatoes Tinned – 4
      Tuna (tinned) – 2
      Green Peas (tinned) – 4
      Loaf of bread – 1
      Children malt loaf snack – 3
      Yoghurts – 6


      January 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    • Free school meals supplier will ‘be refunding the costs’ after huge backlash


      January 13, 2021 at 3:56 am

  44. All over-50s set to be offered coronavirus vaccination by end of April, NHS says


    January 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    • Matt Hancock says scientists still don’t know if people can still spread Covid-19 after vaccine


      January 12, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    • I got a txt from my GP Surgery saying not to contact them and that I will be contacted in due course, but says my nearest vaccination centre is in Manchester, a 25 mile train ride away. That means there’s going to be millions of people travelling from Yorkshire to Manchester to get vaccinated.


      January 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

  45. From a group of socialists in the UK who oppose lockdown on the basis it doesn’t work.



    January 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    • A “group of Socialists” my arse. And even if they are, they are wrong. Lockdown is necessary. Get over it. You are not helping anyone by posting anti-lockdown, Covid-denial propaganda. Covid deniers and anti-lockdown idiots have blood on their hands. Your insane irresponsible propaganda is costing lives.


      January 12, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      • Lockdown is necessary to crash the economy and leave millions without an income, then they will bring in the universal basic income, this shit has all been planned for years duh.


        January 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      • @Cloverleaf

        The rules state all stay at home except keyworkers and those who cant work from home (meaning non keyworker businesses).
        So far company carparks are rammed with worker cars so im afraid crashing the economy and loads out of work has yet to materialize outside of retail and food. The majority of lay offs in other sectors had already been made shortly after the first shutdown.

        No one unless blind has failed to notice more traffic, more filled business carparks than the first shutdown.
        The roads were a ghost town the first time round yet this is very far from the case after said lockdown and has remained the case. Businesses cannot afford to shut, lower productivity and the government refuses to go without taxes to the point of risking everyones health as how the hell is a place of work any less crowded than a shop, a restaurant or other ordered places.

        While all non keyworker businesses remain open, while supermarkets remain open, the risk is ever present as contrary to whats said, the mask does not give anywhere near full immunity and the british are among the worst for practicing hygiene.

        While people do not help the problem, the main architect of failure resides with our government who should have barred all flights in and out of the UK the moment the problem was found back in dec 2019.
        The government again failed to action immediately when the new variant was known to effective immediately cordoned off the south instead of letting the new variant escape into the rest of the country. Lastly the government failed to prohibit cross border travel for work and still does.

        As for you trev, please stop with this false information white knight stuff. Ignore it as your actions will only give it indirect credence. Simply report it to Andrew Coates and let him decide the best course of action.
        Im not having a go at you trev, im simply saying your rising to the bait when you shouldn’t.


        January 12, 2021 at 8:33 pm

  46. Cloverleaf

    January 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    • silly sod, every food store will enforce it. so he’ll starve.


      January 12, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      • Try it superted and let us know what happens!


        January 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      • Good. Nobody that stupid should pass on his genes to the next generation; extinction is an inevitable part of the evolutionary process when all is said and done.


        January 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      • my mum has copd and has had one for months and never had a problem we still have human rights laws on disability’s


        January 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      • In my area Morrisons supermarkets have announced a compulsory facemask policy too.


        January 12, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      • Yes, it’s back to ques.


        January 12, 2021 at 3:10 pm

  47. LOCKDOWN 3


    January 12, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    • That woman at the beginning who says “what another one? I can’t stand this” is old footage, she was being told by the BBC reporter that there was to be another Election, NOTHING to DO WITH LOCKDOWN!!!

      Besides, lockdowns are for your own benefit, for the collective good of the majority of the public. Lockdown is necessary. Get over it. Stop whinging and protesting. Nothing can be done about it. Put up and shut up.


      January 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm

  48. No I won’t put up and shut up, you might want to acquiesce to tyranny but I certainly don’t, you are just has bad as jackboot and Co trying to quash people’s spirit and stop dictating to people on here it’s none of your bloody business what we say and do!


    January 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    • That’s where you’re wrong, it IS MY BUSINESS!! By posting false information online and anti-lockdown Covid)denial propaganda you are putting everyone else at greater risk, and undermining the efforts and hard work of the Government and all the frontline workers who are risking their lives for you. Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters have blood on their hands. You are contributing to a situation that puts my health at greater risk. Of course it’s my fucking business you selfish moronic fucking arsehole. It’s the business of every caring member of the public. Now pack it in. Uf this was my blog you would be blocked.


      January 12, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      • BOLLOCKS, you’re nothing but a BULLY and a GOBSHITE!


        January 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      • @trev – Trev, I don’t know why you waste your time arguing with these covid-deniers. And I take your point about the blog, these people should be blocked. This is supposed to be a blog about unemployment and the welfare state. It’s not called Ipswich Covid Denial. I notice all the serious contributors on here seem to have vanished ? Part of the problem is that Andrew runs another, more serious blog about Marxism, and he has let this one become comedy central.

        Jeff Smith

        January 12, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      • It is the business of every concerned citizen whose lives you are placing under greater risk by the disinformation, misinformation, falsehoods, untruths, you and others are repeatedly posting online along with comments and videos designed to encourage others to disregard safety rules and advice, and to flout, question or disregard the lockdown restrictions that are in place for public protection. You have the right to free speech but you don’t have the right to endanger others by irresponsibly spreading false information or disinformation that is contrary to official guidance and instructions. How many people have died because they mistakenly believed some of the crap you’ve been posting? How many gullible or misinformed people have contracted Covid because they listened to the likes of you?


        January 12, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      • Did you know the NHS have cancelled 2 million peoples cancer treatments because of ‘covid’ these people are going to die in pain and why? Because the caring people of the NHS don’t give a toss about them and will also save them millions, it is what is known as genocide. The benefits system has also been rigged to kill, that is also genocide all done in the name of depopulation. Everything that is happening has been planned for many years, that is why the tories were put back into power to oversee the destruction of the UK and its people. It’s time to wake up.


        January 12, 2021 at 5:49 pm

  49. Trev is the high priest of the covid cult what else can you expect.


    January 12, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    • The under-funding of the NHS and the injustices of the Benefits system are separate ongoing Political battles, but every time you post Covid-denial and anti-lockdown propaganda you potentially endanger life and effectively stab the rest of Society in the back.


      January 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      • It’s the NHS endangering lives by cancelling life saving treatments it is they who are endangering lives you silly little bully boy.


        January 12, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      • @ Cloverleaf

        You undermine the efficiency of the NHS and all the hard work done by the dedicated staff every time you post any comments or videos consisting of Covid-denial and/or anti-lockdown propaganda. On the subject of cancelled appointments and delayed treatments, it is not the fault of the NHS but of those who control the funding, i.e. the Tories. But i don’t expect you to understand that as you’re obviously lacking in intelligence.


        January 12, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    • ‘Inexcusable and disrespectful’: Wakefield hospital chief hits out at Covid deniers



      January 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm

  50. DWP breached equality law when benefits claimant starved to death, court hears

    Lawyers have told the High Court the DWP acted unlawfully in the case of Errol Graham – who was found by bailiffs after his benefits were stopped. The DWP denies the claims and the case continues



    January 12, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    • You’ve changed your tune. “1600 ppl die every day” remember so why should we concern ourselves with a hopeless scrounger with “underlying heath conditions” who probably would have died soon anyway?


      January 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      • there the ons statistics not mine and the dwp kill a lot of ppl as above sanctioned to death! no money= no food.

        you cant just walk down a food bank and ask for food if they got any left these days!

        and there will be many more to come they tried and failed to sanction me to death so know what it is like being a target for defending my rights for years on end because i said no.

        and the mortality rate will be its highest ever for 2021 at imo around 1 million ppl overall but we shall see.

        but then again the death rate in tory government has gone up near every year from 2010 anyway.


        January 12, 2021 at 10:00 pm

      • @superted You use those statistics in an attempt to lessen the seriousness of 100s of people dying from covid every day. Who cares if the dwp kill 50 or even 100 people a day by “sanctioning them to death”? “1600 ppl die every day” anyway.


        January 12, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      • the avg age of death is 82 from covid 19

        deaths with no underlining health issues is under 400 under the age of 65 with no underlining health issues.

        deaths in my age range is 44.

        deaths from cov19 is low overall compared to the total mortality rate of all deaths per year.

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


        so show me the cost based analysis from lock downs and the cost to the economy for the governments actions of a population of 70 million and destroying millions of company’s in the process.

        more ppl will die because they are not being treated for things like cancer ect ect cov19 is not even 20%

        and if you fall of a ladder and land on your head in 28 days of a covid 19 test thats what goes on the death cert.

        Man who died after falling from a 10-foot ladder was actually killed by COVID-19: doctors


        if you made me pm id give every one machine guns and a 1000 rounds of ammo every 6 months 😉


        January 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm

      • So now sick people under 65 don’t count if they die from covid by you care about one person who starved to death? At least be consistent.

        Mortality for 2020 hasn’t been released yet so that’s bullshit.

        Bubonic plague, Malaria, Typhus and HIV aren’t High Consequence Infectious Diseases. I guess they aren’t that serious despite malaria being the greatest cause of death EVER.

        In order to asses the cost/benfits of lockdowns, you have to know the cost of doing nothing. That’s one for the historians to argue over!

        More people will die of cancer etc. – prove it.

        One guy fell off a ladder suffering from covid and that went on the death certificate – proves nothing about the hundreds of thousands of other deaths.

        Your ignorant cut-and-paste bullshit is typical of flat earth idiots all over social media.


        January 13, 2021 at 4:43 am

      • covid 19 is not a hcid it is a virus.

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

        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),

        so lets give it 12 months and see what the mortality rate is for 2021 with all the nhs treatment being stopped.

        and then we will see how many ppl end up on uc and in poverty and at risk of sanctions and homelessness.

        you wont ever see the cost benefits of lockdowns for at least 30 years because it wont ever add up even if it was 200k.

        the cure was worse than the cause.


        January 13, 2021 at 2:40 pm

  51. DWP urged to suspend benefits sanctions with UK nations told to stay at home

    Despite pausing sanctions at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tory ministers reinstated them in July. Now job centres remain open and sanctions continue despite people across the UK being told to stay at home.



    January 12, 2021 at 5:20 pm

  52. Telephone claim for UC – revised request

    Further to my Freedom of Information request, FOI2020/73088, which was refused today due to cost, this revised request is in relation to claimants who are on Jobseeker’s Allowance only and who are making a claim for Universal Credit by phone using the Universal Credit Helpline.

    Universal credit has been developed as a digital service, and as such claimants are expected to make
    their claim online.
    In exceptional circumstances there is the facility for a claim to be taken over the telephone.

    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 self-
    serve online.



    January 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm

  53. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Please provide me with any recorded information held by the DWP, which states whether or not it is a mandatory requirement for non-digital Universal Credit claimants to provide the DWP with their email address, as a condition for claiming Universal Credit. Thank you.

    I can confirm that we do not hold recorded information to answer your specific request.

    However, there is Universal Credit Guidance entitled – Non Digital Relationships in the House
    of Commons library that you may find helpful:


    the reason they do not hold the information is because you do not need a email address to claim any benefits and never have and is also the same for telephone numbers they cant keep them on record if you say no!

    they can not force you to give them one because it is your personnel data and must be given of free will.

    and if you make a online claim the first thing they want is a email address and cant proceed with out one to make a claim online.


    January 12, 2021 at 6:48 pm

  54. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Please provide me with a copy of the Migration Notice given to legacy benefit claimants advising them they are being migrated onto Universal Credit. Thank you.

    DWP Response
    We confirm that we do hold the information you have requested.
    Fol owing the outbreak of COVID-19, and the significant increase in the size of the Universal
    Credit caseload, the decision was taken to temporarily suspend the Move to UC pilot in the
    area served by Harrogate Jobcentre, as part of the Government’s wider and ongoing
    response to the pandemic. As a result, the migration notice being supplied is not currently
    being issued to any legacy benefit claimants.
    A copy of the information is attached but please note that the dates outlined in the migration
    notice are part of the template, they are changed depending on the claimant’s circumstance
    and when the letter was issued.



    January 12, 2021 at 6:50 pm

  55. Email address for Legacy claimants

    Having an e-mail address is not a condition of entitlement for claiming any JSA benefit.



    January 12, 2021 at 6:54 pm

  56. UK Announces Biometric Jab Passports!


    January 12, 2021 at 7:01 pm

  57. Andrew Coates

    January 12, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    • I take it you won’t be in a hurry to shake his hand Andrew 🙃


      January 12, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      • Throw some rotten tomatoes at the b@stard!


        January 12, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    • And this is essential how ?

      Obviously the covid rules dont apply to government.


      January 12, 2021 at 7:39 pm

      • I think it’s a case of do what I say, not as I do.


        January 12, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    • I can’t read the article as Twitter no longer works on my old phone, but other than the fact that Sunak is a Tory (obviously) and has refused to give the £20 “uplift” to JSA , is there any other particular reason why everyone is hating on him and referring to him as “shameful” ?


      January 12, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    • Theres something wrong going on isn’t there.


      January 13, 2021 at 3:49 am

  58. Why is it that the moaners are Tory voters !!!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 12, 2021 at 9:16 pm

  59. Now the Tory voters are moaning about Universal Credit like an expert.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 12, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    • But what’s the specific reason that people are wanting to throw tomatoes at Rishi Sunak, other than the obvious fact that he’s a Tory?


      January 12, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      • Could it be Brexit !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      • You could be on to something there, tomato prices will be going up due to Brexit as we import them from Holland and Spain, and we can’t really do a deal to buy American tomatoes because it’s too far away and they’re pronounced wrong.


        January 12, 2021 at 11:36 pm

      • Sandwiches are a problem.

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        January 12, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      • Could always throw tinned tomatoes at Sunak, save the fresh ones for sandwiches avec le fromage and pretend Brexit never happened.


        January 12, 2021 at 11:58 pm

  60. Let’s privatize the Food Banks & save the economy. “Homeless” sofa surfers only !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 12, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    • Another Government contract for Serco.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 12, 2021 at 10:24 pm

  61. Has the DWP got an underlying health condition, are the DWP getting a vaccine for State Sponsored Murder of the Disabled. Is the DWP vaccine for Human Rights Abuses !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 12, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    • DWP Disability in a nut shell.

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      January 12, 2021 at 10:29 pm

      • WCA anyone !!!

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        January 12, 2021 at 10:30 pm

      • We have found you fit for work even though you got Covid 19 & tested positive you are fit for work.

        We do like kangaroo medical courts.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      • DWP vaccine anyone !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

      • Hello Caxton House are you there !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

      • How about the Caxton House vaccine !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      • Is there a Cabinet Disability Unit vaccine for Justin Tomlinson the Disability Minister for the 2nd time.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      • Oh no the vaccine has been disabled poor Justin.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      • Is the Cabinet Disability Unit engaging ?

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      • Justin stop running away from engaging with the disabled because they need vetting to be part of the Disability Unit Justin.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 12, 2021 at 10:41 pm

  62. Some of us have been on this blog for years, it’s not how it used to be.


    January 13, 2021 at 4:30 am

  63. Welfare chiefs have rebuffed a plea to publish the research – which would have looked at any link between DWP policies and food bank use

    It’s obviuos why isn’t it.


    January 13, 2021 at 4:37 am

    • xclausx

      January 13, 2021 at 5:16 am

      • They don’t want that to be known, and I bet will continue in denial anyway. Foodbank referrals increased massively in my area when UC was introduced, and now increased again obviously due to the pandemic. The Brexit effect is yet to become manifest. The foodbank is working flat out on reduced staff and volunteers, but with the help of the Council to deliver food parcels to people as the public can’t come in. I’ll be there tomorrow and Friday helping out. The DWP have a lot to answer for though, and those who have set up and overseen the Social Security system over the last decade; IDS, Lord Freud, Esther McVey, etc.etc.


        January 13, 2021 at 8:43 am

  64. Good news for those employed at Morrisons.

    Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced a new pay deal which it says will guarantee at least £10 an hour for all staff.

    The retailer, which employs around 120,000 people across the UK, said it will be the first UK supermarket group to secure workers a £10 minimum rate when the pay deal starts in April.


    January 13, 2021 at 7:57 am

  65. The restart scheme will mean many people working over 10, 15 or 20 hours per week will have their hours cut, – employers will then take on more people.

    It means more people will have to stay on UC, many of them would rather not inc me.


    January 13, 2021 at 8:34 am

    • Millions of people have already had their hours cut due to the retrictions, will their hours be cut again because of the restart scheme.

      This sector, that sector, housing, unemployment. and so on.


      January 13, 2021 at 1:17 pm

  66. Asda to be first supermarket to provide in-store Covid-19 vaccinations

    Jabs will be administered by trained Asda pharmacy staff after the supermarket was selected by NHS England to open an in-store vaccination centre

    Individuals in priority groups will be given an appointment at Asda from the NHS and have the option to select the supermarket as a convenient location.

    You should not contact the store directly, Asda said.


    January 13, 2021 at 9:27 am

  67. Why does it always come down to @trev, standing in the corner shouting at a mob of Corvid-deniers ?

    George M

    January 13, 2021 at 1:02 pm

  68. The Restart scheme is a good enough reason to chuck tomatoes at Sunak, though personally I wouldn’t want to waste tomatoes. Every Government employment scheme in the past has been a complete waste of time and public money, Restart will be no different.


    January 13, 2021 at 1:27 pm

  69. Bank will close your account for not wearing a mask.


    January 13, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    • i cant even remember the last time i went to a bank as our local branch was closed years ago.

      i just use the post office if i need to put any money in to my account and that’s only 1 or 2 times a year.


      January 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      • I never go to the bank either, just use ATM. Haven’t been to the bank since they abolished the old pound coins in 2017.


        January 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    • Then wear a mask. Simple.


      January 13, 2021 at 3:01 pm

  70. Tigerlily

    January 13, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    • what next!


      January 13, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      • I think the question is *whatever* next? David Martin is a conspiracy crank. He is now merely arguing pedantics about the definition of the word ‘vaccine’. Meaningless drivel.


        January 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    • Our country is screwed then because 70% of its citizens are predicted to have been getting one of the vaccines soon! Nobody believes your twaddle, Tigerlily, why not give it a rest and soak your head?


      January 13, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      • Looks like your head is already soaked, with mainstream twaddle!


        January 13, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      • Strange isn’t it?, why anyone would choose to trust and believe in the unfounded opinion of some crank maverick posting on a conspiracy website rather than the qualified consensus opinion of medical science. I think one must have to already have a yearning for conspiracy theories to begin with, perhaps as a form of comfort from the harsh realities of the world. It’s easier and more comforting to believe that there is a secret group of people who control everything, rather than have to face the frightening reality that in fact no one is in control. Quite a bizarre mindset, one that rejects science, like an inverted sort of atheism, conspiracy theories have become a secular Religion!


        January 13, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      • @ trev

        Tigerlily should change her name to White Queen, a character from Lewis Carroll’s children’s book Through the Looking Glass, who used to spend a half-hour a day practising believing impossible things, and who, on a good day, sometimes managed to believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast!


        January 14, 2021 at 12:27 pm

  71. Legal Settlements compensation paid out from 2015 onwards

    DWP Response
    We can provide the figures for legal settlements paid from June 2018 – current for the Policy
    Group Legal Directorate. These are as fol ows:
    June 2018 – end 2018:
    Please note:
    1. We interpreted your question to relate to settlement figures where Court proceedings had
    begun but not continued due to settlement out of Court. The above figures therefore do
    not include settlement payments from issues such as maladministration;
    2. The data supplied is derived from unpublished management information, which was
    collected for internal Departmental use only and has not been quality assured to National
    Statistics or Official Statistics publication standard;
    3. The £0 figure for the year 2018 is the amount which was logged against the legal
    settlements code for this year;
    4. The 2020 figures are up to date as of 23 December 2020.



    January 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    • Superted, feeling better?


      January 13, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      • i am but got this msg today SMART Failure Predicted On Hard Disk
        WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.

        got 8 years out of it so not to bad but it is going to die got a external hhd from a m8 so can back up my data but no cash for a ssd atm ;(


        January 13, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      • What size of ssd, cost?


        January 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      • I got a 250 GB Samsung EVO 860 2.5″ SSD for £49.99. This is a top quality drive built to last which boots Linux Mint in seconds. If you’re going to get one pay more for quality and don’t go cheap.


        January 13, 2021 at 3:57 pm

  72. superted

    January 13, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    • I have simlar, spare but 1T!


      January 13, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      • thanks but ill just get a new one with warranty as dont do 2nd hand batts or hdds as cant risk the os and reinstalling all of that crap.

        i got pp credit setup now so will get 1 with that as got free postage from scan as a hexus member 😉


        January 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    • Maybe we can sort something out


      January 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      • you are required to make 20 constructive posts before the system will allow you to register with Scan



        January 13, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      • That’s different!


        January 13, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      • This spare ssd is not long new still with warranty

        I’ll give that one a try!


        January 13, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      • had it over ten years now but saves a fair few quid over the years and dont even use the forum much anymore either lack of funds lol.

        will go for the Samsung drive as the software looks easy enough to clone the drive but only have sata2 so wont get full speed out of it but will be way faster than my spinning drive atm.


        January 13, 2021 at 4:30 pm

      • This spare ssd is not long new still with warranty

        I’ll give that one a try!

        thanks again but got it ordered now and should be here tomorrow as scan uses dpd and the software only works with there drives so it says.


        January 13, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      • Doesn’t an NVMe SSD use a PCI interface not SATA?


        January 14, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      • yes but was looking at cloning drives so both are a ssd just different interfaces i got pcie slots but my bios dont support nvme drives in them.


        January 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm

  73. G4S Security holiday entitlement
    13 Jan 2021
    Group 4 Security (G4S) have plans to impose changes to the holiday entitlement calculations for members working on the G4S security contract for DWP sites.

    The changes will result in a reduction in the entitlement for a number of those members and the GEC believe that it is wrong for these changes to be imposed on members, particularly as they face the same challenges posed the Coronavirus crisis we’re all faced with currently.

    It is well documented that stress and tiredness increase the risk of contracting viruses such as Covid-19 due to the impact on the immune response and therefore that time away from work is even more important at the moment. GMB union (the union with current TU recognition for these members) has rejected the proposed changes on behalf of their members working on the DWP security contract.

    GEC negotiators have written to the DWP to request they intervene with G4S. We’ve asked they ensure no detrimental changes are imposed on members and that holiday entitlements remain at no less than their current levels, or that appropriate compensation is provided to them commensurate with the real value of the changes.

    PCS is not currently recognised by G4S for bargaining on behalf of these members, so in order to strengthen our voice in the workplace it’s important that anyone who is not already a member of PCS, or the GMB, are asked to join so we can do more to fight for their rights, terms and conditions at work



    January 13, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    • All these Government workers going to the PCS Union all the time complaining about how they are treated so badly by the DWP, while in-forcing hardship upon others as part of their job duties, which also involve Care Of Duty. Are these workers going to abandon saving the economy by going out on strike with the PCS Union ballot in full support on a walk out. Do we now have PCS Vs DWP or is it DWP Vs ATOS or maybe it is all of them Vs Human Rights Abuses.Have the DWP gone on strike for Human Rights Abuses or does the DWP think they run Human Rights Abuses.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 13, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    • Quite telling that G4S is a non-Union set-up, what a surprise.


      January 13, 2021 at 6:25 pm

  74. Do not worry:

    Andrew Coates

    January 13, 2021 at 7:41 pm

  75. Ten Things You Need To Know About The Experimental COVID Vaccines!



    January 13, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    • Still putting peoples’ lives at risk by spreading disinformation Tigerlily.


      January 14, 2021 at 7:36 am

      • It is not disinfo at all, these vaccines are experimental and people have died thanks to them.


        January 14, 2021 at 10:25 am

    • Another cr@p site.

      “GlobalResearch a Tin Foil Hat Conspiracy and Strong Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of unproven information such as the dangers of Vaccines and 9-11 as a false flag operation.”


      You are free to refuse the coronavirus vaccination, Tigerlily, take your chances and the best of British luck to you. But why keep quoting material from the web that isn’t respectable? People can check what you’re referencing in moments and immediately discount it as unsound urban mythology. Feel free to keep on doing this until the moderator of this blog decides to block you, or delete your posts, by why bother? Why keep trying to cause harm to people by trying to trick them into putting themselves at risk by serving them false information? Time to give it a rest I reckon because it’s pointless.


      January 14, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      • Listen idiot, you are actually promoting the causation of harm by trying to censor and discredit factual information that people have a right to know about so then they can make their own informed decision whether to have the vaccine or not!


        January 14, 2021 at 1:04 pm

  76. Get your Covid vaccination at your local Job Centre where our qualified Work Coaches will be administering the injections.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 14, 2021 at 12:34 am

  77. Boris Johnson raises fears he’ll cut Universal Credit by £20 a week for millions

    The Prime Minister dropped the strongest hint yet he could slash the benefit by saying his ‘focus’ is on jobs – despite the fact 39% of the 5.7million claimants are in work

    But today he said he would “rather see a focus on jobs and a growth in wages than focusing on welfare”.

    Mr Johnson also rejected calls to raise ‘legacy’ benefits for disabled people – which will rise 35p a week in April – to the UC rate.

    The PM said: “We want everybody to move onto Universal Credit, it’s a successful system.”


    January 14, 2021 at 1:24 am

  78. Tory London mayor candidate suggests homeless people could save £5,000 for house deposit



    January 14, 2021 at 1:30 am

  79. Seven in ten requests for furlough from working mums rejected by bosses

    EXCLUSIVE: A TUC survey of 50,000 women found 71% of those who asked following school closures were turned down. Two in five parents didn’t know they have been entitled to request furlough since March.

    6.8 million people were on to furlough by the end of March 2020.
    This number peaked at 8.9 million in early May and has been falling ever since.
    The latest estimates for December are that 2.9 million were on furlough.
    Gender breakdowns only began in July.
    The latest HMRC figures, from October, show that since July more women have been furloughed than men.
    In October there were 1.19 million women furloughed, compared to 1.14 million men.



    January 14, 2021 at 1:39 am

  80. Lockdown according to a police constables perspective.



    January 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    • There are many decent people out there, difficult to find.


      January 14, 2021 at 12:43 pm

  81. Very true xclausx like finding a needle in a haystack!


    January 14, 2021 at 1:12 pm

  82. Does The Measles Virus Exist? This Will Make Your Hair Curl!



    January 14, 2021 at 2:23 pm

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