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Unemployment hits 5-year high as 828,000 jobs disappear.

This is not surprising. You only to walk in our town centre to see that it is not probable that the fewer number of people there is not just the result of people working at home. Empty shops, closed pubs and cafés, are the most visible signs.

COVID-19: Jobless rate hits 5% as unemployment rises by 202,000 in three months


The UK’s unemployment rate has hit 5% for the first time since 2016, according to official figures which suggest over 200,000 people lost their jobs in the three months to November.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said 828,000 fewer people were on company payrolls through December compared to the pre-COVID-19 crisis month of February 2020.

The latest figures covered a time of continuing restrictions on the economy to curb the spread of the virus, including a four-week November lockdown for England, though the core statistics were better than many economists had predicted.


Big rise in redundancies among young people


The number of people out of work in the UK has continued to rise, with those aged 25 to 34 facing the biggest risk of losing their jobs.

In the three months to November, people in that age group had a redundancy rate of 16.2 per 1,000, a fivefold increase on the same period a year earlier.

Unemployment rose to 5% from 4.9% as Covid continued to hit the jobs market.

Some 1.72 million were jobless, the Office for National Statistics said, the highest level in five years.

That was 418,000 more than in the same period the previous year, the biggest increase since late 2009.

Analysis: The unemployment rate hit a four-year high in the autumn and there is a risk it could go higher

The DWP …





Written by Andrew Coates

January 26, 2021 at 10:37 am

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  1. Andrew Coates

    January 26, 2021 at 10:46 am

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    January 26, 2021 at 10:53 am

  3. Hiring an extra 13,500 Dole Clerks isn’t going to change the situation, they can’t create non-existent jobs out of thin air, and mandating older long-term unemployed people to attend yet another ‘Restart’ back-to-work scheme is just pissing in the wind. And with such high numbers of claimants they need to scrap Sanctions otherwise the fallout will be immense in terms of destitution, debt, rent arrears, homelessness, suicides, and foodbanks unable to meet demand. There has never been a greater need for an Unconditional Basic Income.


    January 26, 2021 at 11:04 am

  4. Cloverleaf

    January 26, 2021 at 11:40 am

    • Yes that’s another thing, more and more jobs will continue to be lost to technology has time goes on. The argument is that increased productivity ought to result in increased leisure time for all, not just increased profits for the few.


      January 26, 2021 at 11:50 am

      • There were huge engineering works in Ipswich

        “A huge march through the streets of Ipswich in support of Ransomes and Rapier took place on a wet July 8, 1972. This picture was taken as the march crossed Stoke Bridge heading for the town centre. Closure was deferred, but the end came in 1988 after Robert Maxwells Hollis Group, then the parent company, ordered closure. Were you there that day? (Photo Tony Ray/Archant.)

        Driving through the Stoke area of Ipswich now it is difficult to imagine much of the area was dominated by a huge engineering works with a worldwide reputation for quality.

        They made large cranes including massive walking draglines used in open cast mining. The dragline cranes were so big they could only be assembled on the mining site.”


        Now it’s all long gone.

        Andrew Coates

        January 26, 2021 at 11:56 am

      • A similar story in many parts of the UK. West Yorkshire was Textile Mills and Engineering, South Yorkshire Steelworks and Coal Mining, now all gone. Lancashire Cotton Mills have gone too. Birmingham and Coventry used to have a huge motorcycle manufacturing industry; BSA, Triumph, Norton, Villiers, Velocette, etc. We had the Panther motorcycles factory in Cleckheaton and Scott in Shipley. All gone now. Triumph continue under different ownership at Hinkley.


        January 26, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      • Barnsley in South Yorkshire is known as once being predominantly a coal mining town but it was also the centre of English linen production, and Belfast was the centre of Irish linen production, hence there were many Irish workers came to Barnsley (the origins of one branch of my family – Barnsley coal miners marrying Irish linen workers). None of it exists today.


        January 26, 2021 at 12:57 pm

  5. Tories claim they have ‘no plan to slash workers’ rights’ – but fail to back commitment



    January 26, 2021 at 12:06 pm

  6. Tories refuse to vote against council tax rise ‘bombshell’ for families

    Labour claimed one million workers in England “could face unemployment just as they get hit with Boris Johnson’s £100 council tax hike”



    January 26, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    • It all has a knock-on effect. People fall into arrears with Council Tax, or other bills if they do pay the Council Tax, they get into debt, they can’t afford to live, they go to the CAB who refer them to the foodbank…it’s never ending.


      January 26, 2021 at 1:05 pm

  7. DWP Kickstart gateway firms approved by algorithm, with no trading history or based abroad

    An FE Week investigation has found dozens of companies selected by the Department for Work and Pensions to become “Kickstart gateways” with little to no trading history or based outside of the UK.



    January 26, 2021 at 2:57 pm

  8. ‘When coronavirus struck, we accelerated, because citizens were struggling’ – how DWP revamped the Budgeting Loans service



    January 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm

  9. Council Tax is going up & the Local Councils have run out of Government money. Get on Universal Credit & commit suicide with the ten of thousands of others over the past Tory 10 years.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 26, 2021 at 4:20 pm

  10. It would be cheaper for the Tory Government to just let people die than try to help.

    Sounds like the DWP on Tory watch.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 26, 2021 at 4:40 pm

  11. Pissed on Tory Con Spirit See. Now all get drunk.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 26, 2021 at 4:41 pm

  12. Here’s a Covidiot fucktard who might benefit from spending a year or so in a prison cell:



    January 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

  13. Adherence to Civil Service Commissioner’s rule for Work Coach Recruitment – Additional PCS Advice
    26 Jan 2021
    Additional PCS advice to supplement the guidance provided in previous news articles and to address questions raised by branches.

    What has actually happened?
    The problem is not that people applied for more than one separate advert, which was something that all candidates were able to do, but that they were sifted more than once, which was not supposed to happen. This further sifting of subsequent applications has given these recruits an advantage over applicants who only had their first application sifted.

    What is DWP’s explanation of what went wrong?
    DWP’s explanation of what went wrong is that some applicants that made multiple applications as part of wave 3a recruitment exercise were scored more than once, when the score from their first application should have applied for all subsequent applications. DWP Agreed with the CS Commission that they would treat the wave as a single campaign, but allow multiple applications to reflect geography. They also agreed to use a single sift and interview. Those are the rules that should have been followed. A candidate was able to make as many applications to different districts as they liked, but their first assessed sift should have been a banked score used all the way through the campaign. Anyone that failed the first sift, although they could apply to any other districts, would be knocked out because of the banked score. This process is not unusual when advertising at the same time for a number of jobs across multiple locations and has been used by DWP before.

    DWP explained that something went wrong with the technology at the sift stage. DWP accepted this was their error. Some applications failed the first sift, but because the score was not initially banked, some candidates who were rejected on their first application were sifted again. Some of those rejected on first application were subsequently accepted and given an interview, and a number then passed and got provisional offers.

    When the error was discovered DWP reported it to the Civil Service Commission. The CS Commission concluded that the recruitment of these individuals was in breach of fair and open competition because they had been given an advantage. Not all applicants had been treated in the same way, as most had been dealt with as intended, with the first score being banked and then being applied across any further sifts.

    The CS Commission advised that, as recruits had been given an unfair advantage, DWP could simply terminate contracts giving the requisite notice. However, DWP were uncomfortable with this and went with the option of offering a 12 month FTA, but on non-fair and open.

    In essence these members were not recruited under fair and open competition, because they were given an advantage over other candidates who had applied for more than one exercise. When candidates had their first applications scored, and they failed to meet the criteria, this score should have been carried through to all further applications. It was for many candidates, but for these recruits it wasn’t. They were scored again and were assessed as having passed the sift on the subsequent assessment. They, therefore, have an advantage over those candidates who were not lucky enough to have their applications, erroneously, assessed more than once. Obviously, this flags up the issue of DWP’s standard setting, as there should not be such a difference between how one panel assesses the same set of evidence, and DWP have said that this has now been corrected.

    This was a single recruitment campaign and applicants were allowed to make multiple applications. They should have only been scored once, but some candidates were scored more than once.

    DWP has accepted that this was a ‘system error’ so why cannot the initial contract be honoured and the job made permanent?
    Although an error has been made, for which the individuals are not responsible, the result of that error has been to give them a post, based on a second or subsequent application, when they should have remained sifted out after their first application had been scored.

    The fact that the employer, DWP, made a mistake does not absolve DWP from the statutory requirement to comply with the civil service recruitment principles.

    DWP is mandated to recruit employees on the basis of fair and open competition under Section 10 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. Section 11 requires the independent Civil Service Commission to produce ‘Recruitment Principles’, explaining and interpreting the statutory requirement for fair and open competition. Overall responsibility for complying with these Recruitment Principles, including the use of Exceptions, rests with the Civil Service Head of each Department (usually the Permanent Secretary, or Chief Executive).

    Section 11 (4) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 requires: Civil service management authorities must comply with the recruitment principles. DWP has confirmed that on this basis it must adhere to Civil Service Commission rules for recruitment.

    The initial contract cannot be honoured and the job made permanent, at a date in the future, because the initial contract was awarded in breach of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 and is therefore unlawful. But those affected by this mistake are given the offer of employment on ‘non fair and open terms’ on the same salary for the same period as advertised.

    Why has compensation not been given to individuals affected?
    Compensation is provided by the offer of employment on ‘non fair and open terms’ on the same salary for the same period as advertised. Although the applicants applied for a job that would have given them the opportunity to apply for internally advertised permanent jobs and could ultimately have been converted to permanency, it was advertised as a fixed period appointment, and they are still getting a guarantee of employment for the same period.

    DWP have also said that they will be advertising further FTA posts in all locations where these applicants have been recruited. These applicants will have their prospects of success enhanced when they next apply by having had experience in the role they are applying for.

    Can I see the PCS legal advice for members affected?
    PCS legal advice for members is published in PCS Briefing DWP/MB/003/21. Thompsons Solicitors has confirmed: the employer can lawfully terminate these fixed term contracts with the appropriate notice.

    What would my grounds be for a successful appeal?
    For an appeal to succeed the individual would have to demonstrate that they should not have been included in this group of recruitment candidates in the first place (i.e their first application was a success). Members have the right to be accompanied by their PCS Representative at formal meetings about this issue and grievance and appeal meetings

    Are any more negotiations taking place with PCS regarding this?
    As reported to members, in PCS Briefing DWP/MB/003/20, DWP still needs to respond to PCS legal advice for the appropriate notice period to be 3 months rather than 5 weeks. A further meeting will be held with DWP to discuss the implementation of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 in the particular circumstances of this ‘system error’ which has resulted in a breach of the Civil Service Recruitment Principles.


    January 26, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    • they cant even hire there own staff without fucking it all up lmfao


      January 26, 2021 at 10:01 pm

  14. Covid wiped out decade of job gains in UK’s industrial heartlands, says report

    Larry Elliott

    the Guardian

    Parts of Midlands, north, Wales and Scotland will continue to struggle without ‘levelling-up’ work, say researchers



    January 27, 2021 at 1:19 pm

  15. Major DWP benefits change today prompts warning for 500,000 disabled people

    Ministers have lifted a two-year ban on people who claim ‘Severe Disability Premiums’ moving to Universal Credit.



    January 27, 2021 at 2:05 pm

  16. Your rights to paid time off work to look after children as schools close until 8 March

    With schools now closed until at least 8 March, we explain your rights to paid time off to look after your children – as well as if you can be furloughed to do it



    January 27, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    • Yet more moronic Covid-denial propaganda from the lunatic fringe being posted by Tigerlily.

      Here is the true explanation of the 100,000+ UK Covid deaths:



      January 27, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      • A true explanation from the BBC, you’ve got to be fooking kidding!


        January 27, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      • How anybody could be doing this now..even at the Sainsbury’s till this morning people were exchanging brief, very sad remarks, about it.

        Andrew Coates

        January 27, 2021 at 5:58 pm

  17. Mr Hancock answer this question.


    January 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    • This is spot on:

      Covid lies cost lives – we have a duty to clamp down on them

      “Over the past 30 years, I have watched this business model spread like a virus through public life. Perhaps it is futile to call for a government of liars to regulate lies. But while conspiracy theorists make a killing from their false claims, we should at least name the standards that a good society would set, even if we can’t trust the current government to uphold them.”

      George Monbiot



      January 27, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      • Trev, this covid stuff even if totally false wont cost billions of life.

        Perhaps rather than call for heads you should send a CV to government or organizations demonstrating you could teach them how to word things in a way people couldn’t misconstrued.

        It was once said it wont stop at criminals and terrorists, low and behold look where we are. Funny how conspiracies on current affairs just keep coming true.

        Tell me trev, do you think its a lie that welfare reform was brought in under false pretenses, that it hasn’t cost lives, hasn’t ostracized groups of society, hasn’t been just a stick designed to punish people for things beyond their control and wont lead to a worsening of society god forbid should we have a crisis ?


        January 30, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      • Of course Welfare reforms have cost lives and the Tories probably don’t care. But that’s a separate issue to the Covid pandemic. What that Guardian article is pointing out though is that we can hardly expect a Government of liars to effectively clamp down on Covid liars. They can’t police the truth when they have spent a decade undermining truth themselves! They still peddle the same old lies; “Making Work Pay”, and the lie that it is possible to work one’s way out of poverty. But as a Society we need to be aligned against Covid denial and misinformation/disinformation.


        January 30, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      • Trev

        We cant separate matters from the central causality and attempts to ban and censor will only lead to make the topic/s worse.
        The very act of banning and censoring has since it passed the criminal and terrorist threshold to everyday public created a movement on independents who are now aligning at every opportunity to stick a fork in the eye of governments, their departments and organizations.
        Look around as this movements is global and getting worse in terms of action resorted to on both sides. Luckily the size of the various independents remains a minority of the whole.
        In the case of lockdown, add in the fact a lot of people have become tired of the covid lark, spent an entire year uninfected by it or asymptomatic and you can see where it all extends from.

        Covid real or imaginary is (a lessen very typical of the 1968 flu) is going to remain with us forever and join the list of regular infections we all face globally. Its best i believe in this instance due to the overwhelming amount of people being either immune or asymptomatic currently to let this anti covid/lockdown movement burnout by itself.


        January 31, 2021 at 11:38 am

      • It would be optimistic to think that the anti covid/lockdown movement will burnout by itself, and indeed many of those who flout the rules may be the next to die, but it is stretching public services like the Police who are busting illegal house parties every night of the week in Scarborough for example, and the NHS is struggling to not be overloaded with cases. I wouldn’t mind if the anti-lockdown morons and Covid-deniers quietly snuffed it without affecting anyone else but that’s not the case. They are putting extra and unnecessary strain on public services and taking the risk of infecting others, and/or persuading others to take stupidity to its ultimate conclusion.


        January 31, 2021 at 11:54 am

  18. jj joop

    January 27, 2021 at 5:39 pm

  19. I. Universal Credit guidance. (179 docs). [update of previous guidance, published 21 October 2019 (DEP 2019…

    Deposited in House of Commons


    jj joop

    January 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

  20. Tigerlily

    January 27, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    • Oh for God’s sake fuck off with your insane conspiracy bollocks. I bet you were one of those people who were saying that the world would end in 2012, well guess what it never happened did it? The sky is falling! We’re doomed! Hitler’s hiding in the Antarctic waiting to take over the Illuminati but Elvis faked his death to stop him. BULLSHIT.


      January 27, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      • You’ve got a cheek, you believe in ufo’s lol 😁


        January 27, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      • Cloverleaf, I believe in UFOs because I saw one, though I have no idea of what they actually are. And there is a wealth of circumstantial evidence for their existence, in terms of thousands of eye witness accounts, by ordinary people going about their business as well as airline pilots, Military personnel, Police officers, fighter pilots, etc. More evidence than there is for the existence of some secret cabal plotting to take over the world with nano-chip vaccines and evil economic policies.


        January 27, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      • They are called Unidentified Flying Objects, that is the main point.

        We know no further.

        We do know that over 100,000 people have died from Covid in the UK.

        They have identified that.

        Andrew Coates

        January 27, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      • A very sobering thought.


        January 27, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      • Hahahahaha eyewitness accounts, they could have been pissed or just telling porkies or thought they saw something that wasn’t!


        January 27, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    • The ‘Great Reset’ seems to be the latest fashion, having taken over from the NWO and the One World Government that was supposed to be in place by now, still waiting for that one funnily enough. No wonder the Mayans disappeared. And what about that secret chamber beneath the paw of the Sphinx? Has that been discovered yet? No? That’s strange. It’s supposed to contain the Hall of Records, according to Ancient Aliens, and they can’t be wrong.


      January 27, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      • id blow it up and see whats under it 😉

        in other news i can not get a parcel from Germany they have cancelled all parcel services atm and only letters can be sent @4.50 euro.

        all it is is 2 bits of speaker foam and some glue! but cant send the glue as needs to be sent in a box!


        January 27, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      • You can blame the WEF for your missing parcel,they’ve secretly taken over the German postal service to prepare for the Furher’s return.


        January 27, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      • it is not missing he can not post it in a parcel here is the msg.


        PayPal is ok. But we can´t deliver glue at the moment.

        If we send only the Surrounds we can use a Letter ( € 4,50).

        If send with Glue we have to take a Parcel and we have

        to fullfill customs formalities that we don´t know.

        Many Parcel Services have canceld deliveries to UK.

        Mit freundlichen Grüßen

        Lautsprecher Manufaktur Team


        Lautsprecher Manufaktur GmbH
        Rheingoldstraße 4
        68199 Mannheim


        January 27, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      • Brexit comes unstuck with Restrictions on the international glue trade.


        January 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    • And of course the irony is that if the CIA hadn’t cancelled the Stargate Project their Remote Viewers would have seen all this coming.


      January 27, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    • What a complete load of bullshit.


      It’s a wonder they will get a chance to take over given that we should have all been wiped out by nuclear war according to “The Bible Code” and the world dragged back to the 19th Century when the millennium bug kicked in.

      At least an evil tycoon didn’t manage to recall the Ark of the Covenant back from a parallel dimension to take over the world. Klaus Schwab is certainly missing a trick! LOL.


      January 27, 2021 at 7:31 pm

  21. Of course it’s a load of Bullshit Brainwashed Bob, it hasn’t come from the Ministry Of Truth!


    January 27, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    • Tigerlily, you are inhabiting an alternate reality, this reality is quite scary enough without having to fantasize about imaginary demons. People are dying in thousands. Get real. Observe Lockdown protocols and get vaccinated when your turn comes. Refrain from reading, believing, and spreading disinformation.


      January 27, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      • This is a forum for different opinions, though we have banned the alt-right.

        Public forums for the ideas that Tigerlily expresses exist.

        I can assure anybody, to say the bleeding obvious, that those views would be met with extreme hostility not just down Trev’s area, but here. People would, to put it mildly, not appreciate them. I am a Man of Peace me, but my friend Dr Evil Coatesy, would cast you into utter darkness.

        We know and (mostly) live each other round here, as most of us who don’t live in their parents’ baisements.

        We are deeply concerned.

        Andrew Coates

        January 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    • Tigerlily – It’s bullshit because people like you seem unable to provide any evidence for your deranged ramblings. You just keep regurgitating the same old bollocks that has been cut and pasted a thousand times before by other simple minded idiots on social media.



      January 27, 2021 at 10:57 pm

  22. The Telegraph’s take on the situation…

    The Tories are in denial about Britain’s looming mass unemployment crisis

    “After a year of propping up a fantasy economy, we need a wave of entrepreneurship to magic up millions of jobs ”

    Matthew Lynn
    26 January 2021


    Not surprisingly they see Furloughs as “fantasy” and put their faith in entrepreneurs to rescue the economy.


    January 27, 2021 at 9:44 pm

  23. Inquest finds mother took overdose after removal of disability benefits

    Just days later a letter from the DWP warning Philippa that she would lose her benefits if she did not attend the face-to face assessment was found next to her unconscious body, and notes left on her computer said her dealings with DWP made her feel “trapped” and “isolated from the world.”

    Following the verdict, Imogen Day said: “As our family made clear in evidence given at the inquest into the death of my sister, we believe that Pip’s treatment by the DWP had a direct impact on her mental state and in the end is the reason for her death.

    “She was in despair because of the depths to which she had sunk, she could see no way out of the debt and the poverty in which she was living. Pip’s poor mental health meant she was not able to handle the battle with the DWP for the reinstatement of her benefits. The stress of the conflict with the DWP made her even more ill.”



    January 27, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    • Tragic. The DWP definitely does have a negative impact on peoples’ mental health, dealing with them is enough to make anyone depressed, or pushed over the edge. The DWP is another example of the ‘hostile environment’ policies of the Tories. I well remember the anxiety I used to experience at every signing appointment. The one good thing about the pandemic, if you can call it good, is that the Jobcentres are closed and payments are being made automatically. I don’t see why that can’t just continue without having to face the music all the bloody time like some criminal in front of a Magistrate or being made to feel like a naughty schoolboy going to see the headmaster for a physical beating. It’s time to scrap conditionality, and Sanctions. Shut down the Jobcentres for good. Pay Benefits automatically and introduce an annual declaration form online or by post.


      January 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

  24. trev

    January 27, 2021 at 9:52 pm

  25. Interesting how many of the Covid-deniers seem to have found a whole new role for themselves in life. Promoting this offensive nonsense. I think it just gives them something to do, beyond staring mindlessly at their TV. And if you look at the people doing it, they are mostly sad, ineffectual people. Resentful, self-destructive fantasists, who have found something to believe in, and cling on desperately, abandoning common-sense for their rituals of stupidity and denial.

    Jeff Smith

    January 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    • everyone best man up because when the jcp offices open back up it will be game on to end as many claims as possible anyway they can, not like they brake there own rules and regs everyday if they think they will get away with it.

      and a digital uc claim now makes it easier than ever,sanctions at the push of a button because of a computer error and no accountability for there actions!


      January 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    • Well said Jeff, though to be honest I’m doing my fair share of staring mindlessly at the tv myself lately! Quality stuff though, American Pickers on freeview during the day and repeats of oldies like M*A*S*H and the New Avengers of an evening, plus of course the obligatory documentary about Alaskan serial killers. Oh not forgetting Bigfoot documentaries! I’m beginning to forget what day it is. Though I’ll be back at the foodbank over the next couple of days for a stark reminder of reality.


      January 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      • https://unblockit.ltd/

        just install a pop up blocker using the streaming sites tho some still come up just delete them until you can click the play button. 😉


        January 27, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    • Jeff Smith, I haven’t watched TV for years so there’s that and what makes you so special for you to look down your nose at others on here just because they have a different opinion to the mainstream narrative!


      January 28, 2021 at 11:34 am

  26. X-ray technician aged 60 dies within 2 days after getting 2nd dose of Pfizer jab.

    ~ Daily Mail.


    January 27, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    • May have had some underlying factors such as Allergies or Immune system problems? Unless it was coincidentally an unrelated death? No doubt they’ll be trying to find out. I will still have the vaccine when I get chance.


      January 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

      • they have phoned me for the last 3 days to go get it at the local drug dealers im clinically extremely vulnerable person according to them with a underlining health issue that they could not work out what was wrong with me in 2018 when they was pumping as much blood in to me as taking out for testing and came up with nothing after 2 days so said fuck this im going home as fkn starving to death cant jump out the window to kill my self and a 15min walk to get out side for a smoke takes the piss!




        January 27, 2021 at 11:19 pm

      • Just found out earlier today that I’m eligible for the Covid jab and have only a short time frame of availability up until tomorrow midday so am booked in for it at 3.30 this aft, so setting off soon. It’s the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine I’m having. Apparently Council have listed all the foodbank staff & volunteers as “critical key workers” which is great but sprung on us at short notice.


        January 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    • One death in the UK out of 7,638,543 jabs given so far. That’s 0.000013% – almost zero. Right? He also had high blood pressure, meaning he had an “underlying condition”. According to the deniers, they don’t count.


      January 27, 2021 at 11:09 pm

  27. Time will tell we will find out soon enough I suppose.


    January 27, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    • Not that simple Cloverleaf as its not like you can call it a failure when you have mutations to deal with every 5 seconds.
      Whether a person wants a jab or not, none of us should wish it to be a failure or stick a pin in it with the adage lets see what side effects it causes down the road.


      February 3, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    • These covid-deniers don’t have a valid opinion, just stupidity. Like the people who believe the Earth is flat.

      Jeff Smith

      January 29, 2021 at 2:55 pm

  28. Cloverleaf

    January 28, 2021 at 12:47 pm

  29. Cloverleaf

    January 28, 2021 at 12:52 pm

  30. The above video was about a 27 year old lady who took her life because her benefits were stopped by DWP scum.


    January 28, 2021 at 1:46 pm

  31. Tigerlily

    January 28, 2021 at 2:41 pm

  32. Trev, I wish you good luck for this afternoon, hope it goes well for you and do let us all know how you got on.

    All the best from your ‘virtual friends’ at Ipswich Unemployed Action ♥.


    January 28, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    • Thank you Cloverleaf 😊 I’m back home now (walked 6 miles today, legs aching!)had the first Covid jab, no ill effects yet anyway, have to return for second one on April 15th which seems like a long time. It was at the local football stadium today and was very well organized and busy.


      January 28, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      • Glad all went well Trev!


        January 28, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      • Cheers, I’ll let you know if my arm falls off or anything, haha. Seriously though it is a relief to get the jab , even better when I get the second part.


        January 28, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      • Dosing schedule
        The MHRA Information for Healthcare Professionals states that the vaccine is administered intramuscularly, preferably into the deltoid muscle. The vaccination course consists of two separate doses administered between 4 and 12 weeks after the first dose.


        but the government knows better than the manufacture on when the 2nd dose is given because they dont have enough to go around.

        that is not good enough tbh and yet another reason i do not want it there playing with fire and just do not care they are totally ignoring the science for media propaganda over the eu!


        January 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm

  33. Cloverleaf

    January 28, 2021 at 3:56 pm

  34. Review of workers’ rights after Brexit ‘no longer happening’ in Tory U-turn, the future?



    January 28, 2021 at 5:13 pm

  35. Martin Lewis issues warning to 410,000 households as two energy suppliers collapse

    Green Network Energy provided around 360,000 domestic customers with gas and electricity, while Simplicity Energy had around 50,000 customers.

    Ofgem, the energy regulator, said it would protect the customers of both failed businesses, including their credit balances.

    “You don’t need to do anything yet,” the money expert told viewers.

    “Your supplier will remain the same for now, and, in a few weeks, Ofgem, the energy regulator, will automatically move you to a new company with a replacement tariff.”

    However, he suggested that bill-payers take a meter reading and email it to themselves with a timestamp.

    “Do not panic. Your credit is protected and you won’t be locked in a new deal.

    “Once you’ve switched across, you’ll be able to shop around for a better tariff. But right now, you need to wait until Ofgem has found a replacement supplier.”



    January 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm

  36. Two thirds of tenants in one of London’s largest housing associations who receive Universal Credit are behind on their rent, research shows.

    Of Peabody housing association’s 11,000 tenants on Universal Credit, 67% are in arrears and have racked up an average debt of £1,200.

    A quarter of those in arrears are more than two months behind, analysis of its accounts shows, meaning they risk building up “unmanageable debt”.

    On average, those claiming Universal Credit have arrears almost 70% higher than those of working age residents not claiming the benefit.


    Andrew Coates

    January 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

    • Not suprising. Universal Credit was carefully calculated to provide only the bare minimum of support. So as to encourage claimants to get off it altogether.

      Jeff Smith

      January 29, 2021 at 3:03 pm

  37. Second secret DWP benefit death report could open door for bereaved families



    January 29, 2021 at 1:31 pm

  38. Beijing using anal swabs to detect strains of C-19.



    January 29, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    • Some people would pay a lot of money for that.


      January 29, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    • Expect the jacksy swabs to come to these shores in the not to distant!


      January 29, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      • Can’t wait!


        January 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm

  39. How are you after your jab, are you feeling OK?


    January 29, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    • Yeah I’m ok thanks, arm is a bit sore/aching but that’s to be expected from any sort of jab so nothing to worry about. Other than that fine.


      January 29, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      • In two weeks you should be death proofed as far as Covid-19 goes, although could still get it but recover from it at your own pace at home. Nice one. Apparently I won’t get my jab until June, quite possibly later than that! Can’t wait. Science wins over superstition on every occasion as far as I am concerned.


        January 29, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      • @ Aleister

        Yep, I was fortunate to be offered the chance and I wasn’t going to turn that one down. As for the age-group queue in my area they have done the over 80s and I now know of someone age 70 who has been sent for so they are moving faster than you think, it depends on your age and circumstances but you might well get vaccinated before June, could be March/April or sooner.


        January 29, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      • @Aleister

        Re: Jab date – same here.

        jj joop

        January 29, 2021 at 8:07 pm

  40. I don’t know why the Prime Minister keeps going with the Eton ruffled-hair look. It might be okay on a 20-something student affecting a casual disdain for his appearance. ( With a hidden suggestion of the creative idealist, too special and too intelligent, to be bothered with something as mundane as a comb ).
    But in reality it just looks scruffy, and every time you see him, in an international conference, or outside No,10, he stands about, hair askew, as if he has just climbed out of the nearest haystack.

    Jeff Smith

    January 30, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    • I think it’s a sign of insecurity and lack of self confidence.


      January 30, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  41. He looks like he has combed his hair with a toffee apple.


    January 30, 2021 at 3:43 pm

  42. It’s time the white haired baboon fkd off back to the local zoo!


    January 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm

  43. Calls for a ‘Jobs Guarantee’ initiative:

    The Guardian view on Covid economics: worry about jobs, not the deficit

    “The government, unfortunately, seems more focused on cutting the deficit than creating jobs when the economy recovers. This is boneheaded and absurd. Budget deficits should be used to stimulate the demand needed to generate jobs for all those wanting work. Ministers ought to be thinking about a job-guarantee scheme…”


    The Labour party agrees:



    January 30, 2021 at 7:07 pm

  44. xclausx

    January 30, 2021 at 9:50 pm

  45. I remember when 1984 was just a book, now it is coming to life for real.


    January 31, 2021 at 12:41 pm

  46. Police in UK 🇬🇧 harass and arrest people for going to work and to the shops.



    January 31, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    • Oh no! What are these maniacs doing??? Saving the global economy, tackling Climate change, redistributing wealth, developing and implementing technology to benefit mankind, creating sustainable Capitalism, ensuring a healthy supply of food, how dare they? They must be stopped!


      January 31, 2021 at 2:46 pm

  47. Ensuring a healthy supply of food? Lab grown meat and weeds doesn’t sound very healthy to me. Yuk.


    January 31, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    • “cut global meat and dairy intake by as much as 90%…”

      You’re just listening to the people spreading this news from a fear and negativity perspective. Don’t fall for it, don’t buy into the fearmongering negativity. The irony is that the people spreading the fear propaganda are the Rightwingers who otherwise avidly defend and support unregulated Capitalism! Sustainability is the way forwards.


      January 31, 2021 at 3:23 pm

  48. Does Boris really want to save the lives of ‘smelly peasants’? Certainly not the unemployed that’s for sure!!



    January 31, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    • The Tories don’t care about the poor, and certainly not this modern crop of Tories, Boris and his Bullingdon Club mates. The Government weren’t even planning to have any vaccination centres anywhere in Yorkshire until MPs kicked off about it. They don’t care about the unemployed because we don’t work and make money for the rich. They don’t care about the poor because the poor don’t buy enough, and we generally dont vote for them (apart from the idiots and Class traitors). But it’s a two-edged sword, a nation’s population has an intrinsic value to said nation, and they need people to vote for them, and a workforce to work for them, and an army to fight for them. Above all though, the Leaders play to Middle England voters to try gain popularity and cling to power.


      January 31, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    • I’m just watching ‘The Victorian Slum’ on BBC 4, this is what the Tories would turn us back to if they had their way. No Welfare, no workers rights, slum housing, no State Pension, child labour. I was contemplating how far we’ve come but then remembered the huge damp patch on my bedroom wall and thought maybe not.


      January 31, 2021 at 7:40 pm

      • The problem is poverty, however we label it

        Aditya Chakrabortty

        the Guardian

        The prefixes ‘food’, ‘child’ or ‘fuel’ make life for 14 million poor Britons seem easily fixable. In truth, radical action is needed

        “In IDS’s world, the undeserving poor are always with us. The undeserving rich, such as he, on the other hand, get to marry the daughter of a baron, live in a £2m mansion owned by an obliging father-in-law, and deliver speeches to moneymen at £5,000 a time.”



        January 31, 2021 at 9:20 pm

  49. Trev, I don’t think you will be so enthusiastic about the Great Reset when you are eating Soylent Green!


    January 31, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    • I’ll still be eating my veg curries, and veggie sausages/burgers etc. and homegrown green beans. Linda McCartney’s Soylent Green, yum, yum.


      January 31, 2021 at 6:24 pm

  50. bloody mouse has broken now and cant use the scroll wheel ffs and none in stock for replacement either.


    January 31, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    • I do not eat Vegan food, for ethical, environmental, and taste reasons,

      Soylent Green,

      “Thorn boards a truck transporting bodies from the euthanasia center to a recycling plant, where the secret is revealed – human corpses are being converted into Soylent Green. Thorn is spotted and kills his attackers, but is himself wounded. ”

      Soylent Green


      Andrew Coates

      January 31, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      • Each to their own. A similar theme was parodied in a manner in the ‘League of Gentlemen’ tv series with the local butcher selling the “special stuff”, which it transpired consisted of human flesh!


        January 31, 2021 at 8:03 pm

  51. Lowest paid workers falling ‘deeper into poverty and debt.

    A study by the TUC shows that lowest paid workers are most likely to have lost income and increased their debt compared with high earners



    January 31, 2021 at 9:54 pm

  52. trev

    February 3, 2021 at 9:45 pm

  53. lmfao 😉


    February 3, 2021 at 10:43 pm

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