Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Warning about the impact of cuts to Universal Credit.


The National Government of 1931 cut benefits of insured workers by ten per cent.

I mention this because it was something that people, including my Glaswegian father,  remembered for years afterwards, Glasgow was of course on the places heavily affected by mass unemployment during the depression.

The Covid pandemic has had enormous economic effects as experts in the bleeding obvious say.


The number of people being made redundant in the UK is rising at the fastest pace on record as the second wave of Covid-19 and tougher lockdown measures put increasing pressure on businesses and workers.

Unemployment has hit the highest level for four years, while millions more workers have been placed on furlough. Although the jobs crisis has not been as bad as feared earlier in the pandemic, the government’s independent economics forecaster – the Office for Budget Responsibility – expects the jobless rate to more than double from pre-pandemic levels to 7.5% this summer after furlough ends, representing more than 2.6 million people out of work.

The UK’s Covid-19 unemployment crisis in six charts

This is from the East Anglian Daily Times, yesterday.

120% increase in Universal Credit claimants

The number of claimants for Universal Credit in Babergh and Mid Suffolk has increased by 120% amid the fallout from coronavirus – with a tsunami of extra demand expected.

Citizens Advice figures presented to Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils’ joint scrutiny committee on Monday revealed that Universal Credit claimants had gone up by 119% in Babergh and 122% in Mid Suffolk compared to December 2019.

Today the story about the looming cut to Universal Credit continues,


New Fabian Society research finds that over 700,000 people in working or disabled households are to be pulled into poverty by universal credit cuts. 

The report shows how the cut to universal credit will reduce the living standards of households in many different circumstances:

  • Households with a disabled adult will be hit by 57 per cent of the cuts (£3.7bn per year)
  • Families with children will be hit by half the cuts (£3.2bn per year)
  • Households where someone is a carer will be hit by 12 per cent (£700m per year).

Only 13% of the savings will come from non-working, non-disabled households.


New research has found that 95% of those who will be pushed into poverty by the cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit planned by Rishi Sunak this year are in working or disabled households.

Following the publication of the Fabian Society report Who Loses? today, supported by the Standard Life Foundation, the Labour affiliate has said the £20-per-week reduction to the benefit “raises fundamental questions of justice”.

Analysis found that 87% of the cut, £5.5bn, will fall on working and disabled households, while half, £3.2bn, will hit homes where someone is in work. Households with someone in employment will make up 65% of all those pulled into poverty.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Andrew Harrop warned that scrapping the £20-per-week uplift, introduced to help people cope with the pandemic last year, will “overwhelmingly punish working families and disabled people”.

The Fabian Society general secretary added: “The Chancellor’s planned cut will strip £1,000 per year from six million families and plunge three quarters of a million people into poverty.

“Some politicians like to pretend that social security is just for the work-shy. But the reality is that millions of working households need benefits and tax credits to make ends meet, as do disabled people who are out of work through no fault of their own.

“If ministers are considering a few months’ temporary extension to the Universal Credit uplift, that just isn’t good enough. The 2020 benefit increase must be placed on a permanent footing.”

The Chancellor introduced the increase last March. It is not available to those on legacy benefits: child tax credit; housing benefit; income-related employment and support allowance; income-based jobseeker’s allowance; income support.

It took the standard rate for a single claimant on Universal Credit for those over 25 from £317.82 to £409.89 a month. The extra support, worth over £1,000 annually to each household, is currently set to be withdrawn in April.

The paper published today shows that people who are not expected to be job hunting – those already in work or disabled – will be the main long-term victims of Sunak’s insistence on scrapping the uplift.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 17, 2021 at 10:59 am

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  1. And how many thousands are going to be pushed into poverty by Universal Credit itself, by the way in which it works, the delays, deductions and Sanctions? As I recall before the pandemic the public Library was always busy with middle-aged people glued to computer screens doing the obligatory jobsearch, more people will require more computers as not everyone has broadband or internet access. It’s inevitable that many will fall foul of the rules and end up Sanctioned.


    February 17, 2021 at 11:35 am

    • There are an estimated 9 million jobs being supported by the furlough scheme. If they drop the furlough scheme, and also cut the £20 Universal Credit increase, it is going to be an absolute disaster. Worse than the 1980s.

      Jeff Smith

      February 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm

  2. Andrew Coates

    February 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    • Do they care? No, they know they won’t be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.


      February 17, 2021 at 1:11 pm

  3. Social media guidance
    17 Feb 2021
    Breaches of DWP Social Media rules have resulted in disciplinary action

    Departmental Standards of Behaviour
    DWP expects all employees to take care when using any social networking site at home, in your own time and using your own computer. The DWP Standards of Behaviour Procedure for ‘Participating online on the internet or intranet – Social Networking – Blogging or any other media’ warns:

    The simple rule to remember is that the principles covering the use of social and other digital media by civil servants in either their official or a personal capacity are the same as those that apply for any other activity. Social media is a public forum and the same considerations would apply as, say, to speaking in public or writing for a publication either officially or out of work. (Paragraph 31)
    …without proper authorization…avoid commenting altogether on politically controversial issues and avoid making any kind of personal attack or tasteless or offensive remarks to individuals or groups – i.e. anything that would cause offence to a reasonable person. This applies irrespective of whether you can or cannot be identified as an employee of the Department. In these circumstances, if posts / comments are considered inappropriate, disciplinary action will be taken that could lead to dismissal. (Paragraph 33)
    It’s important that we are all aware that posting any content that is considered inappropriate – whether in an official or personal capacity – may result in disciplinary action which could lead to dismissal. (Paragraph 35)
    Civil Service Management Code
    The Civil Service Management Code also requires civil servants to take care when discussing political issues and avoid jeopardizing their civil service role. The Code states that:

    ‘Civil servants…must not allow the expression of their personal political views to constitute so strong and so comprehensive a commitment to one political party as to inhibit or appear to inhibit loyal and effective service to Ministers of another party. They must take particular care to express comment with moderation, particularly about matters for which their own Ministers are responsible; to avoid comment altogether about matters of controversy affecting the responsibility of their own Ministers, and to avoid personal attacks’. (Paragraph 4.4.13)

    Photographs and videos
    Take care when posting a workplace related photograph or video on social media. A record of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace may seem, at first, to be ‘just a bit of fun’ to you but could be evidence for disciplinary action under DWP Standards of Behaviour or Social Media Policy.

    Make sure that photos or videos posted on social media do not contain ‘secure data’ such as building passes, Wi-Fi details, personal information etc. in shot. Double check all images before posting.

    PCS Advice for Members
    When using social media, such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or You Tube or WhatsApp, you should be aware of the current DWP Standards of Behaviour for social media under ‘Participating online on the internet or intranet – Social Networking – Blogging or any other media’ (Procedures 30 – 42)

    Normal disciplinary principles apply for social media related cases but there are some key issues that can impact the outcome of such cases, for example:

    How did you react when social media misconduct was discovered? Was an unqualified apology given? Was the offending material quickly deleted?
    DWP Standards of Behaviour confirm that you do not need permission to take part in Trade Union activities in your own time but you will still be bound by rules on disclosure of information. The Civil Service encourages employees to join an appropriate Trade Union and play an active part within it. (Paragraph 55)

    However, normal standards of conduct should be maintained at all times for all social media postings. Be polite – Imagine someone saying the same thing to yourself. If you would find it offensive then it is probably not a good idea to say it to others:

    Don’t swear or name call
    Never be defamatory
    Don’t threaten, bully or harass
    Always pause before posting your views or re-posting someone else’s – Do you want all intended recipients to see the post? Think about how they’ll react.

    Always contact your local PCS Representative for advice, support and representation before you attend any meeting for any alleged misconduct related to your use of social media.


    February 17, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    • That one applies to everyone, including you superted.


      February 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    • Yes, the DWP will have to be more careful with these telephone calls. The claimant could be recording it.
      Superted probably is recording them.

      Jeff Smith

      February 17, 2021 at 4:10 pm

  4. superted

    February 17, 2021 at 2:35 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    February 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm

  6. We have had 10 years of the Universal Credit Welfare Reform, now they want to know about how crap it is.

    Double standards of hypocrites thinking they are so special not knowing that the DWP has not class system structure.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    • All one class of cash cows to the DWP.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    • “Now they want to know about how crap it is”, exactly stepping, they want to keep track of the devastation that they are causing, same as the UN enquiry into the benefit shambles, that was to make sure the benefits death system was running smoothly!


      February 17, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      • The UN condemned the Tory government in very scathing terms, it was the Tories who then ignored the UN report.


        February 17, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      • Everyone saying “Where’s our Human Rights !!”

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        February 17, 2021 at 9:44 pm

  7. Ya I hear Alston is best mates with Soros, bunch of crooks.


    February 17, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    • Rubbish! What’s Soros got to do with Universal Credit?


      February 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm

  8. DWP Press Release Updated 15th Feb 2021

    Benefit sanctions statistics

    Statistics on the number of sanctions imposed on people who receive JSA, ESA (WRAG), IS or Universal Credit.

    UC full service sanctions rate methodology improvement
    The benefit sanction rates presented in the benefit sanctions statistics are experimental statistics, and as such we are continuously seeking to understand more about the data in order to improve the methods used during calculations. While undertaking a methodology review, an issue has been identified with the method used in previous releases to distinguish open UC full service sanctions in the data; a simpler methodological approach was adopted to establish sanction durations, which made some assumptions surrounding overturned sanctions and claimants flowing into non-payment. Our enhanced understanding of the data means that we are now able to improve the UC sanction rate methodology to more accurately identify open UC full service sanctions, and as a result we will be implementing a methodological improvement and revising the UC sanction rate statistics in the February 2021 release.

    While this issue impacts the previously published statistics across the UC sanction rate time series, the overall story remains the same.

    Statistics covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Statistics covered in the latest release include data for sanction decisions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although legislative changes to disapply work-search and work availability requirements were effective between 30 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 (in response to the pandemic), some sanction decisions for these types of failures could have been made during this time period because decisions are often made and processed after the date that the claimant failure occurred. This means that it was possible for sanction decisions to be recorded after legislation changes came into effect, in instances where a claimant prior to 30 March 2020 has failed to meet the work requirements set out in their claimant commitment. Additionally, sanction decisions were also possible for some failures which occurred after this date, for example, for leaving a job voluntarily without good reason or for misconduct.

    Conditionality has been generally reintroduced from the 30 June, and new and revised claimant commitments for UC claimants are being reintroduced from 1 July 2020 on a phased approach and as capacity allows (3rd August for Legacy JSA new claims). Claimants can only receive sanctions for failure to meet commitments once they have a new or updated tailored claimant commitment in place.

    This impacts data for UC and JSA sanctions.

    Update on suspension of UC sanction durations and median statistics

    Work to investigate the sanctions durations data and code for creating the UC live and full service sanctions statistics for UC durations and median sanction lengths is continuing. The in-depth investigation is expected to extend beyond the next Benefit Sanctions statistics release in February as we consult further with data engineers and architects to ensure the statistical series is robust. We will provide a further update on this page on the release date for the revised UC duration statistics when investigations have concluded.

    UC rate methodology

    Initial investigation into the UC full service rate code and methodology – with the intent of including open sanctions in the rate – has highlighted that the methodology currently used to calculate the UC rate differs from that described in previous published statistics, with open sanctions already being included in the measure for UC full service. As we are currently still investigating if this is also the case for UC live service we are removing UC live service from the rate and will publish UC full service only from April 2019. We will reinstate the UC live service rate as soon as possible, following the finalisation of investigations and successful completion of quality assurance processes. Figures for UC full service adverse decisions, UC live service decisions and destinations and all legacy benefit measures are unaffected.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 17, 2021 at 9:54 pm

  9. Once you are Universal Credit, they own your ass, as the Americans might say.

    Jeff Smith

    February 17, 2021 at 10:59 pm

  10. In a caring society , we would now be looking seriously at Universal Basic Income. Not trying to think of ways to avoid it.

    George M

    February 17, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    • And other measures such as allowing early access to State Pension at a reduced rate, and /or introducing annual signing for older unemployed people as they do in Ireland.


      February 18, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      • Or a system where wealthy people give 20% of their wealth to help the poor. The MPs could start by giving 20% of their 80K salaries to people in need. #Give20%

        Jeff Smith

        February 18, 2021 at 1:24 pm

  11. For unemployed Johnny Cash aficionados…

    “Job centre, I hate every inch of you,

    I’ve hated you since 1982,

    I’ve seen ’em come and go and I’ve seen ’em die,

    And long ago I stopped and asked them why.

    Job centre, may you burn in Hell,

    May your walls crumble and may I live to tell…”


    February 18, 2021 at 7:46 am

  12. Rishi Sunak urged to extend furlough as report reveals 2 million relied on it in January

    The report calls for the full furlough scheme to remain in place for several months after public health restrictions have been lifted to give firms time to bring staff back.

    The study found the number of workers on the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) has risen to around 4.5 million during the current lockdown.

    That’s half the nine million peak during the first lockdown,



    February 18, 2021 at 8:55 am

  13. Andrew Coates

    February 18, 2021 at 11:42 am

    • I explained to a Work Coach /Dole clerk that I was looking for something suitable for a man of my age and level of fitness and thought she had understood but then she printed off a vacancy for me to apply for that according to the job description involved a lot of heavy lifting washing/cleaning rental marquees, clearly a job for a younger and stronger person.


      February 18, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      • It’s part of the way these Work Coaches operate, trying to push people into unsuitable jobs. Either by deliberately ignoring the claimant’s situation. Or crafty tricks like pretending that voluntary courses etc. are mandatory. And trying to get JSA claimants to apply for zero-hours work, by just printing out the job details and then saying nothing, and looking innocent. Then when you say, ”But this is zero-hours ? ”, they look again at the details and go ”Oh, is it ?.” And the same bullshit with low-hours part-time work.

        Jeff Smith

        February 18, 2021 at 1:17 pm

  14. The whole world is a crime scene with all the genocide going on.


    February 18, 2021 at 4:33 pm

  15. Keir Starmer lays out Labour’s Covid recovery plans in major speech

    “Other measures included…improved links between different schemes such as job centres and local enterprise partnerships”



    February 18, 2021 at 6:26 pm

  16. Quango
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    For other uses, see Quango (disambiguation).
    The term quango or QUANGO (less often QuANGO or QANGO) is a (normally pejorative) description of an organisation to which a government has devolved power, but which is still partly controlled and/or financed by government bodies. The term was originally a shortening of “Quasi-NGO”, where NGO is the standard acronym for a non-government organization, and in this sense was used neutrally.

    In its pejorative use, it has been widely applied to public bodies of various kinds, and a variety of backronyms have been used to make the term consistent with this expanded use. The most popular have been “Quasi-autonomous national government organization” and “Quasi-autonomous non-government organization”, often with the acronym modified to “qango” or “QANGO”

    As its original name suggests, a quango is a hybrid form of organization, with elements of both non-government organizations (NGOs) and public sector bodies. The term is most often applied in the United Kingdom and, to a lesser degree, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and other English-speaking countries. In the UK, the term quango covers different “arm’s-length” government bodies, including “non-departmental public bodies” (NDPBs), non-ministerial government departments, and executive agencies.[1]


    February 18, 2021 at 7:18 pm

  17. Andrew Coates

    February 19, 2021 at 6:59 am

    • It’s going to get worse since the essentials have all gone up: electricity, gas, water, phone, transport etc., and we all face substantial hikes in Council Tax demands from next April, thanks to the government placing more and more demands upon local authorities without giving them any more money, forcing them to raise the revenue they need by levying local taxes. Additionally, after a four year freeze in benefit updates, if we return to increasing benefits using a RPI snapshot working-age benefits will keep on getting below inflation increases for the duration and look set to continue to wither on the vine.


      February 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

  18. The GIG economy, changes happening.

    Supreme Court rules more than 60,000 UK Uber drivers should be classed as workers

    The Supreme Court has today ruled that Uber drivers should be classed as “workers” allowing them fair access to rights such as the minimum wage, paid holidays and rest breaks


    Amazon UK sales soar to £20bn in pandemic earned on the back of ‘slave labour’

    EXCLUSIVE: A Mirror investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and ITV News has found how online giant Amazon broke its own rules by using agency workers on zero-hour contracts as it’s ‘£20bn for Amazon… and peanuts for us’



    February 19, 2021 at 10:41 am

  19. Domestic passports could be mandated that would prevent people who haven’t taken the c-19 jab from entering cinemas, bars and even shops.



    February 19, 2021 at 11:51 am

    • You know it will be jobcentres too, so think about that one.


      February 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      • Yes I know, no jab no dole, Tory scum will use blackmail and coercion to force us to get the Gates jab.


        February 19, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      • It’s nothing to do with Bill Gates! Even Cuba are developing their own vaccine.


        February 19, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    • Don’t see the point of that since it’s the people who have not been vaccinated who are the ones who are at risk.


      February 19, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      • Gates funds many of the vaccine manufacturers it’s got everything to do with him. The third richest man in the world and still the greedy swine wants more, he’s only worth 119 billion poor thing.


        February 19, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      • He’s a philanthropist, spends his money on medical treatment for the poor in Africa. Bill Gates has bugger all to do with the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine that is available here. You are spreading ridiculous conspiracy theories again.


        February 19, 2021 at 2:35 pm

  20. Cloverleaf

    February 19, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    • It’s the only reason I will have the jab, for my job.


      February 19, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      • @xclausx. It’s a pity you won’t have it for the sake of other people ?

        George M

        February 19, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      • If he really wanted to help the poor in Africa he could supply them with clean water, decent housing, and businesses, gates prefers to sell vaccines to make massive profits because that’s all he cares about ££££££ duh.


        February 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    • Let me guess, the injections are being given by reptilian aliens disguised as humans ?

      Jeff Smith

      February 19, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      • There’s a viral pandemic affecting the whole of mankind, millions have died so far, I wonder which well qualified and trustworthy expert I should turn to for sound advice? I know…David Icke!


        February 19, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      • Or Vernon Coleman who claimed and still claims to this day that HIV/AIDS was the “hoax of the century”.

        (Makes you wonder what Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett, Rock Hudson and Isaac Asimov died of don’t it?)


        February 20, 2021 at 12:27 pm

  21. This could affect many people who are claiming JSA, in terms of initiating a change of circumstances if you are to claim sickness benefits.

    Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list


    If you are in receipt of JSA and are contacted by the NHS telling you to shield then perhaps it would be best not to inform the DWP as any change in status could lead to a transfer to UC ?


    February 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

  22. How much never really changes. A suspected breach of coronavirus regulations in a Mayfair property, renting at £12,000 per week. The police knock politely on the door, are ignored by the people inside, and just shrug their shoulders and go away. Suspected breach of coronavirus regulations in a rough area of Birmingham, the police break down the door with a battering-ram, and arrest everyone inside. The participants get a £200 fine each, and the organiser is fined £10,000

    Jeff Smith

    February 19, 2021 at 2:57 pm

  23. Yeah right one rule for the rich another one for the poor.


    February 19, 2021 at 3:28 pm

  24. Furlough and business rates relief set to be extended ‘until summer’ in March Budget

    Rishi Sunak is reportedly in talks to push the deadline back on both furlough and business rates relief, in a move that could save millions of jobs across the UK



    February 19, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    • Gov are also in talks regarding the uplift to UC, exdending it for another 6 months.


      February 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      • yet more than 200k have been left for dead on jsa! because a computer said no but can add 35p instead.

        must be because the computer can only go up to 99 as cant add any more digits as it runs out of its 1kb memory.


        February 19, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      • It’s fucking outrageous. Tory bastards have left the most vulnerable to rot on a poxy 74 quid and are just getting away with it.


        February 19, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      • As far as the UC uplift is concerned the DWP have got JSA claimants by the genitals always being able to argue that any legacy claimant could benefit from the UC uplift by “transferring” from legacy benefits to the new system, which every working-age person is destined to end up on at some point, because all legacy benefits are going to be abolished and every working-age person requiring support from Britain’s creaking social security will only be able to get it in future through Universal Credit.

        This is why the matter has not made it to the courts. As a defence all the DWP has to say is that legacy claimants are eligible to receive the UC bonus and all can do so by moving to UC immediately and voluntarily rather than waiting until forced to do so later. The DWP would claim that legacy claimants foregoing the UC uplift is through choice being exercised by individual claimants, not to migrate to the UC system, rather than discrimination on the DWP’s part made against legacy claimants in general.

        Case closed, M’lud.


        February 20, 2021 at 9:39 am

    • Peston: Universal credit £20 uplift to continue for another six months



      February 19, 2021 at 7:35 pm

  25. DWP records ‘show Tomlinson is either a liar or a fantasist’ over engagement claims

    Government records have shown that the minister for disabled people significantly misled fellow MPs about his supposed engagement with a network he and his fellow ministers set up to hear disabled people’s “real lived experiences”.



    February 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    • “””A spokesperson for Tomlinson refused to comment.””

      Says it all when Justin Tomlinson needs a spokesperson with no name.

      Guilty as charged.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      February 19, 2021 at 6:08 pm

  26. How The Gates Foundation Seeded America’s Covid-19 Policy Catastrophes!



    February 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm

  27. Bill Gates runs the DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    February 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm

  28. Warning off for another 6 months.

    Universal Credit uplift of £20-a-week set to be extended by six months



    February 19, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    • The £20 weekly uplift must be extended to legacy benefits



      February 19, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      • @trev – I don’t suppose there is any chance of the legacy benefit claimants getting 6 months of this ?
        Plus the £1000 back payment of arrears ?

        Jeff Smith

        February 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      • @ Jeff

        I very much doubt it Jeff. The Nasty Party have a deep hatred of the long-term unemployed and the sick, hence they’re leaving us to our own devices to survive, sink or swim, on 70-odd quid with no extra help during a period of National Emergency, i.e. a Pandemic, whilst continuing with the pathetic lie that the computer system can’t be adjusted. Their actions speak louder than words. We are clearly seen by them as being the undeserving poor who are a thorn in their side and they want rid of us. Simple as that.


        February 20, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      • why do you think there not giving it to legacy claimants its because they want everyone to jump ship and get uc and have everyone at the end of a computer and digital accounts.

        and they pretty much said that even tho it is unlawful yet the time this gets to court i doubt anyone will be left on jsa anyway.

        and kicking the can down the road for another 6 months is just going to make it even worse in the long run.


        February 19, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      • In a recent telephone work search review with my work coach, she advised me to stay on JSA for as long as you can. Don’t apply for UC at all. Wait until you receive a letter from the DWP telling you when to go over. It was supposed to have been this year but its been put back to 2022 at the moment.

        jj joop

        February 20, 2021 at 10:20 am

  29. Jobcentre letter just delivered today, sent 2nd class. Now I have to contact them on Monday, to make the deadline of doing it before Tuesday. So really, one days’s fucking notice !! Typical DWP.
    Apparently they want to know how they can help me get employment, and my Work Coach is eager to help.
    I’ll bet she is. It was nice not to have to do the Jobcentre thing for a whole year. Like being retired, where they just send you the money, without any signing and stupid questions.

    George M

    February 19, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    • they gave me 6 days notice but why did they send you a letter ? they dont have my phone number why i got one in the first place.

      but said they have tried to phone me to talk about my jsa claim and to ring them by said date but it does not say what happens if you dont!

      mine was just to change the cc so ask for it to be posted do not give them a email address!

      this needs to be signed by you and the work coach, mine was blank the wc did not sign it so means nothing as im not signing it so goes back to the old cc that you had.

      tho it did not have the 35hr job search on it this time round.


      February 19, 2021 at 11:20 pm

      • @superted: Yeah, I had the brown envelope of doom. Apparently they had tried to call me, but if they did they didn’t leave a message. So first news I had of anything was by post.
        You’ve got to be careful with these bastards and the post. Couple of years back a mate of mine had one of these 2nd class extra-slow letters. It was delivered a day after he had to attend the Jobcentre for some stupid in-house course about CVs etc. He was sanctioned for 4 weeks. He tried to argue it, but they wouldn’t have it. Bastards.

        George M

        February 20, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      • he would have one if he went to tribunal but 99% dont bother and let them get away with it thus why they do it in the first place.

        you need to put in a mandatory reconsideration asap and when you get that letter you then send it off with the sscs1 form to go to tribunal.



        February 20, 2021 at 1:59 pm

  30. I had the same cc phone call on 11th Feb, work coach said the same thing that she has been phoning all month,total lie.
    She said she’s posting my cc to me as she has no email for me, I still haven’t received it yet.

    Big bird

    February 20, 2021 at 8:17 am

  31. When you think about it, this last year for legacy benefit claimants has been just like an underpaid version of Universal Basic Income. No signing-on or seeing Work Coaches, the Jobcentre closed and deserted.
    People left to their own devices, able to apply for things as they wish or not.
    If only we could make the move to Universal Basic Income, and stop all this misery of harassment and sanctions.

    Jeff Smith

    February 20, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    • I’ve said it before, there is no valid reason for Jobcentres to exist. They cost a fortune to run and serve no purpose whatsoever. People could continue to receive payments automatically, claims could be made online or by post, once accepted payments could be sent, signing could be annual done online or by return of a postal declaration form. No need for Jobcentres or Work Coaches, or jobsearch requirements, or Sanctions.


      February 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm

  32. A call from the local Jobcentre,
    The holiday is at an end,
    It’s telephone interview time,
    With your Work Coach,
    That faithful friend.

    Back to the world of the DWP,
    Of sanctions and supervision,
    Of patronising job advice,
    Delivered with derision.

    Unsuitable jobs they try to sell,
    They don’t care what you do,
    They only want you off the lists,
    No matter what happens to you.

    ’’Do This !’’, ’’Do that ! ’’
    They make demands,
    As they try to force their way,
    For they want you out, and into work,
    And they don’t care what you say.

    And the training providers wait,
    Like vultures on a branch,
    For the desperate unemployed,
    As soon as they get the chance.

    While in the background grows,
    The evil of Universal Credit,
    A black and filthy slime,
    With the DWP to spread it.

    A true quagmire of misery,
    Sink-hole of regret,
    Lost souls in turmoil spinning round,
    With never a job to get.

    Random Poet

    February 20, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    • Yep, that sums up the situation. What happened to the ‘new normal’ and the notion that life would never be the same again?


      February 20, 2021 at 2:53 pm

  33. Cloverleaf

    February 20, 2021 at 2:33 pm

  34. Indeed seems to have run out of jobs that are anywhere near where I live so are now sending me jobs all over the place ranging from Skipton and Featherstone to Leeds, Wakefield, Bury, Burnley, Heywood, Bingley, Oldham, Barnsley, Rochdale, Sheffield….pretty much the entire north of England!


    February 20, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    • @trev- The whole jobs market is continuing to contract. Where the jobs are going to come from for the mass unemployment that is to come, is anyone’s guess. But the DWP just carry on, with their tactics of denial and false spin.

      Jeff Smith

      February 21, 2021 at 1:17 pm

  35. @Tim, David retracted that statement years ago he knows there is no bloody God.


    February 20, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    • No God Cloverleaf? Then how do you explain your own existence?

      “I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I AM, therefore God is” – Descartes

      (Clue = the Art of Self-Realization 😉)


      February 20, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      • How do I explain my existence? Easy my parents having a jolly good hump 😀.


        February 20, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      • The sex act creates the vehicle for the incoming entity to inhabit, clothed in matter, during this particular earthly incarnation, but it doesn’t create the entity itself, which is a spark of the Eternal Flame.


        February 20, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    • @ Cloverleaf

      If Icke was wrong about his divinity I expect he’s wrong about a heck of a lot of other things too including the Duke of Edinburgh being a blood drinking lizard from an alien moon… unless he’s recently been admitted to hospital to shed his skin or regrow his tail or something. Come on, Cloverleaf, Icke is a headbanger who makes a living by touting ridiculous conspiracy theories – a real Sunday Sport kind of guy – who should not be listened to or encouraged.


      February 20, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      • Icke is a false prophet who makes money from fear mongering and misleading the gullible through perverting the truth.


        February 20, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      • Sounds a lot like Governments and Mainstream Media!


        February 20, 2021 at 6:07 pm

  36. Matt Hancock acted unlawfully over pandemic contracts.

    Matt Hancock acted unlawfully when his department did not reveal details of contracts it had signed during the Covid pandemic, a court has ruled.

    A judge said the health secretary had “breached his legal obligation” by not publishing details within 30 days of contracts being signed.



    February 20, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    • If you or I fail to meet regulations within a specific time period we get Sanctioned and are forced to endure an extended period of hardship, reliant upon foodbanks. What, if anything, will happen to Hancock?


      February 20, 2021 at 5:17 pm

  37. Deaths of Paying Parents – 2019/20

    1. the recorded closure reason was ‘death of client’ (i.e. one of the parents died); and
    2. records indicate that the Paying Parent had died on or before the closure date.

    The number of cases being managed at some point, during the same time period, was
    765,700 (to the nearest 100)



    February 20, 2021 at 7:45 pm

  38. Call for new Beveridge report as number of destitute UK households doubles during Covid

    Michael Savage

    the Guardian

    “Research shows the pandemic has had a disproportionate economic impact on regions such as the north-west of England

    The number of British households plunged into destitution more than doubled last year, according to alarming new research on the devastating fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Amid growing concerns over the unequal impact the crisis has had on the poor and low-paid, it has emerged that there were 220,000 more households living in destitution by the end of last year, potentially more than half a million people.

    The troubling figures come alongside calls for a major review of the support provided to the poorest during the crisis. Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, is expected to extend state support for businesses and the low-paid as part of in his Budget next month.

    The increase in destitution – from 197,400 to 421,500 households last year – was revealed by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) for a Channel 4 Dispatches investigation to be broadcast tomorrow, Britain’s £400bn Covid Bill: Who Will Pay? Destitution is defined as a two-adult household living on less than £100 a week and a single-adult household on less than £70 a week after housing costs.”




    February 20, 2021 at 7:46 pm

  39. Facebook bans news in Australia as fight with government escalates




    February 20, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    • I don’t even use Facebook myself (or Twitter, etc.) but who the fuck goes to facebook for their news?


      February 21, 2021 at 12:10 am

      • Trev

        Dont be daft, its a broadcast platform, a medium like youtube and other popular online brands the mainstream media as well as businesses all broadcast on because a very large majority of the public use it.


        February 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

      • Yes I know a lot use it for socializing on, but for news? It’s not something I would think of as a news outlet. It’s for teenagers to post selfies and people advertise for lost dogs and post holiday snaps. It’s hardly Reuters is it?


        February 21, 2021 at 10:45 am

      • Trev

        It has as it always has been since going mainstream a platform for anyone to broadcast from no matter the type of content. All mainstream media globally broadcast on all branded social platforms.

        Social media platforms are used by every age group in the billions, every second of the day, 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week, 365 days a year without fail.

        Businesses, governments no matter the reason need attention and this is the only real successful way for them to achieve this in the modern era. Both parties want to control social media for the simple reason best put by Dune.

        “He who controls the spice controls the universe”


        February 21, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      • It amazes me that people are willing to divulge so much of themselves to social media businesses like Facebook, who then use that huge amount of data for who knows what? Sell people things? Market things to people? Build up the most detailed profiles about people likes, dislikes, sexuality, politics, spending and goodness know what else? Influence people’s opinion? Sway people towards certain viewpoints? Just look what Trump – a completely amoral malignant narcissist who doesn’t know what the truth is – did on Twitter with his barrage of non-stop half-truths and outright lies, manipulating people into believing all manner of nonsense and acting according to their worst natures rather than their better. Kind of scary really both on just how much people are willing to divulge about themselves, voluntarily, and how undiscriminating they are when it comes to facts, figures and the truth.


        February 21, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    • Superted

      While im no fan of social media sites, i have to side with facebook on this one.
      No one is forced to join and or use facebook, it was like us public, the mainstream medias choice to do so.
      The very fact certain mainstream media are using fake/conspiracists posts to suggest there is an imperative they should be mandated to social media regardless of said free will choice tells us all we need to know.

      What mainstream media is attempting to do tantamount s to the equivalence of what the BBC did towards cable and satellite TV in the UK back in the day which was to force themselves on the two platforms so as to secure a legal right to obtain a license fee from any of its users.

      If the public even those who dont use social media have any smarts, they will back facebook and any other social platform who decide to take the tact facebook did. mainstream media is blatantly trying to muscle in on someone elses business model that has lets face it, made dinosaurs of mainstream media.
      Look at it as social media having to pay a welfare to mainstream media just so it can exist now its revenue stream has largely dried up because like the BBC, it failed to strike out on its own and become a success.


      February 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

  40. First vaccine ever to be used to legalize ostracization.


    Its rather hypocritical dont you think to use the word freedom when announcing without shame that your about to start ostracize people.

    The tell here that they know its wrong is when they like to try to affirm its only a tiny proportion of the public.
    Israel of all people should know the importance of NOT marginalizing people yet here we are, the most self proclaimed victims doing just that.

    We are falling down a slippery road when we allow governments and businesses to force their will upon us all under the guise of so called white knighting.


    February 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

  41. More job losses.

    John Lewis to close more stores with up to eight remaining branches at risk



    February 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    • As a friend of mine said, who worked in a major store for years, you won’t be able to get a proper career in retail any more. With training, and some prospects of managing your own branch or department. It’s just going to be the most basic zero-hours stuff.

      George M

      February 21, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      • Welcome George M to the tool and its man rather than the traditional man and his tool world of work.


        February 21, 2021 at 1:37 pm

      • Ha ha ! Good one Doug, you’re right we are entering the world of the disposable worker.

        George M

        February 21, 2021 at 2:59 pm

  42. Poverty, health, and Covid 19



    February 21, 2021 at 10:18 pm

  43. What British politicians won’t admit – we need to transform the welfare state

    “Nearly 80 years on from its creation, the benefits system has been exposed by Covid to be broken beyond repair”

    John Harris



    February 21, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    • This is very true, the whole system needs to be completely reformed. The basic principle on which Universal Credit was founded, was that the unemployed were not making enough effort to find work. It’s this aggressive, combative nature of UC which is at the heart of the problem.

      Jeff Smith

      February 22, 2021 at 10:37 am

  44. UK, with severe poverty woes, hard to sustain global influence



    February 21, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    • We all deserve to see every calculation on which crucial decisions are made, No10’s notorious secrecy being the enemy of policy-making in the public interest.


      February 22, 2021 at 9:32 am

    • That guy just wants a pint, I just want to get back to work.


      February 22, 2021 at 10:01 am

      • “The common framing of action as a trade-off between protecting health or protecting the economy is a false dichotomy: international evidence shows that the virus must be under control for the economy to recover.”



        February 22, 2021 at 10:38 am

  45. Just rang the Jobcentre about my telephone interview. I tried four calls, got ‘call failed ‘. Wondering what to do, because there was a deadline on the letter, which meant stopping payment if you don’t do it. So I called up the main DWP number instead. Unbelievable, recorded message of a woman’s voice. First off telling you about high call volumes to try and get you to hang up. Then if you persist, a long explanation about different things you might be calling about, and you select a number on your keypad. Then a long rambling account of how to let them know, in a few words, what it is you are calling about. This might be…. you get the idea. It just goes on and on. In the end I rang off, and managed on the fifth try, to get through to my own Jobcentre. And the telephone interview that was so desperate ? That I thought would be done straight away.
    Couldn’t be done now, and postponed for a fortnight !

    George M

    February 22, 2021 at 10:50 am

    • I thought it was supposed to be them who rang you not the other way around. Sounds like a right load of bollocks, which is typical of anything concerning the Jobcentre. I’m still awaiting initial call from them that said would be sometime in the coming weeks. FFS. The whole thing is just so disheartening and as Sgt. Wilson might say a frightful bore.


      February 22, 2021 at 12:29 pm

  46. Typical George, they just act as if because you are unemployed you have nothing better to do.

    Jeff Smith

    February 22, 2021 at 11:28 am

  47. Cloverleaf

    February 22, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    • Benefit cheats pursued 23 times more than tax fraudsters, research finds



      February 22, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      • Class War, pure and simple.


        February 22, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      • Bloody typical.


        February 22, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      • Easier to catch.


        February 22, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      • But disproportionately so for the amounts involved, comparatively, and the level of supposed Benefit fraud, which the last time I saw anything relative (I think pre-Universal Credit) was put at something like 1%, even less than the margin of error!


        February 22, 2021 at 5:50 pm

      • To keep up the justification for a “tough love” social security system, including sanctions, the DWP will grasp at any straw to stoke prejudice and suspicion towards benefit claimants, just as red-top newspapers and sensational television programmes feature lurid stories/shows featuring benefit claimants “on the fiddle” and such like to cultivate good reader/viewer numbers to attract advertisements. The DWP couldn’t behave the way that it does if the general public actually appreciated how rare and insignificant benefit fraud actually is but the DWP bigs it up to garner support for its regime of scrutiny and punishment amongst the voting public.


        February 22, 2021 at 6:41 pm

  48. xclausx

    February 22, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    • yay i cant wait, and phoned them today and it was like i was a brand new bear that has just made a new claim get my cv changed and sign up to the agency’s bla bla bla.

      its like they wiped the lms again got a new wc and back to day 1.

      what these retards dont seem to compute is when you apply for a job with a cv it is sorted buy a computer programme so unless you are a near match for the job advertised with the skills needed ect it goes in the digital bin even if i apply for the same job 10.000 times.

      and when ai takes over uc there jobs just wont be needed anyway but there that stupid they cant see whats going to happen 5 years from now.

      so it seems the plan for the future is to carry on as normal and when i asked about the extra 20 quid on uc they said they wanted everyone of jsa asap to be managed online with digital uc accounts and sanctions at the push of a button!


      February 22, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      • @superted

        How long do you figure this new coach is going to last before they chuck you back into general-population?

        jj joop

        February 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      • pretty much there already after 2 calls as they cant help me in to work nothing they do does anything bar make it worse or get me sanctioned in a stich up but thats not going to happen.

        it just gets me how they carry on reading there script like i just signed on even tho i have been on it for 10 years plus.

        when you have had that long to study your pray there easy targets for me anyway and wont be sending me to any provider and made that Crystal clear.

        if they think they can brake the law and every rule in the dwp hand book to get me sanctioned because thats the only way they could do it and bit them in the ass big time im not going to forget about it ever, they never even said sorry.

        so ill do my job search like a good little bear that i am required to do by law and thats it they can shove there great expectations up there ass!

        and if they want to sanction me ill see them at tribunal ill do the mr over the phone just to get the letter to send of with the sscs1 form.

        so dont rock the boat unless you are willing to take it all the way and not give up because thats what they want a easy target that wont fight back.


        February 22, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    • Another four months of freedom and peace before the inevitable return to normality; bullying, harassment, threats, intimidation, pointless jobsearch requirements and jumping through hoops for the sake of it.


      February 22, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    • Back To The Future…

      George M

      February 22, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    • I’m Kool and the Gang with that if people stop getting ill and dying of Covid-19. Last year was an awful year for so many who died, so many who were bereaved, all those people who lost their jobs or saw their businesses fail, watched as their worlds got turned upside down and all their hopes and dreams turn to dust and ashes. Anything has got to be better than living in a world of risk, pain and misery like that and I will be pleased as pussy to see things change, hopefully for the better for everybody, whether the Jobcentres are open or not.


      February 22, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      • It was said last year that those who lost their jobs last year would be seen first in jobcenters, which a lot of people so it just may be a while longer for everyone else.


        February 22, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      • @ Tim

        Yes it is of course the best news possible for the population in general, that the battle against Covid is being won and a return to normality is almost possible so that people can get back on with their lives. From my personal point of view it’s a thoroughly depressing proposition as the Jobcentre makes me feel like life is not worth living anyway.


        February 22, 2021 at 8:08 pm

  49. superted

    February 22, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    • I wish this Bellend would just stfu and fuck off. I really don’t know why you like this Rightwing gobshite superted. He’s horrible, a nasty sneering piece of work.


      February 22, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      • but he is not wrong tho is he and just look at his subscribers he gets more hits than talk radio and lbc combined in 12 months pmsl 😉


        February 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      • Of course he’s bloody wrong! He’s always wrong about everything and always will be. He’s only got so many followers because he’s playing the populist game, same as Farrage did, and Trump, that’s what Fascists do.


        February 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      • STFU yourself and stop nagging.


        February 22, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      • ring in and tell him what you think then or you not got the balls to debate him live on air every wed ans sun 9pm

        and every penny he gets from youtube is going to the lawyers and give the bbc a good kick in the balls .

        yet he has not had 1 youtube strike on any video and he worked for the bbc for 15 years 😉


        February 22, 2021 at 9:08 pm

      • He’s got a chip on his shoulder against the BBC because they sacked him, and he equates the BBC with liberalism (with a small ‘l’) hence he extends his hatred and disdain to the liberal Left, and by doing so aligns himself with the Rightwing, which suits him because he is a Reactionary, like a personification of the Daily Mail. I wouldn’t lower myself to speak to someone like him, better to ignore him and under no circumstances watch or re-post his appalling videos.


        February 22, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      • like i said you have no balls and when the going gets tough you cave in and do what you are told because you cant debate anyone let alone a work coach in person he would eat you alive and shit you out live on air.

        yet he is now on more money than the bbc ever paid him at the end of a Mobil phone and computer from his kitchen.

        the bbc would need a 2 million quid studio and 350 staff to do the same thing and he gets more views than question time the bbc are finished and there is nothing you can do about it 😉


        February 22, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      • I’m just surprised and quite shocked really that you’ve been taken in by such a Reactionary git, I assumed you were more intelligent than that.


        February 22, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      • i think it would be a good idea to give everyone a machine gun and 10.000 rounds of ammo for free 😉


        February 22, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      • Well that scenario would certainly result in fewer Work Coaches no doubt! Seriously though, that would be like living in the good ol US of A, a kind of Trumpian Utopia.


        February 22, 2021 at 11:48 pm

  50. New job centre planned for Derby as DWP takes over building



    February 22, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    • Many biusinesses which went out of business last year will also become new jobcentres all over the UK for the many millions of unemployed. because the current ones wouldn’t be able yo cope.


      February 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm

  51. Covid status’ certificates to prove if people have been vaccinated or tested are being considered by ministers,



    February 22, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    • he looks cool with his face mask on tho 🙂


      February 22, 2021 at 11:50 pm

  52. “Our survey shows that the unemployment rate has had the biggest annual rise since the financial crisis.

    The number of UK workers on payrolls increased by 83,000 last month despite ongoing national lockdown restrictions.

    However, 726,000 jobs have been lost since February 2020 when the pandemic began, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday.



    February 23, 2021 at 8:18 am

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