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Freeze on Local Housing Allowance to Hit Low-waged and Claimants.

Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance (LHA) in UK | DNS Accountants

Tories Ready to Throw Us Out of our Gaffs.

This really struck me yesterday.

Coming originally from London, and having many friends there, people talk all the time about the sky-high rents from the thieves, sorry, landlords. Someone I know spends nearly half her salary on funding the lifestyle of these idlers. Hell knows how you can get by if you’re on Universal Credit or Legacy Benefits.

When I had a gaff down Kentish Town in the 1970s we paid about a quarter of our wages in rent.

 

Benefits freeze will leave tenants across Britain facing rent arrears of £1,000

Guardian.

Low-income tenants across much of Britain will be left hundreds of pounds worse off from next month due to the government quietly imposing a real-terms cut in housing benefit, the Observer can reveal.

From April, the government is freezing the amount of local housing allowance (LHA), meaning tenants will receive the same amount of money as last financial year, even where rents have gone up. LHA is paid to tenants in privately rented homes, including those on universal credit.

In some parts of the country, tenants are set to lose more than £1,000 a year as a result of a combination of rising rents and the new benefit freeze, Observer analysis of government data shows. Those tenants affected will have to find the money from elsewhere, or else face growing rent arrears.

There is already evidence of an arrears crisis, with Citizens Advice estimating that half a million private tenants are behind on rent. The ban on most evictions, imposed at the start of the pandemic, was extended last week to the end of May.

“The freeze to LHA rates is yet another example of the government abandoning tenants – this will force many out of the private sector and on to the streets, and will force many more to choose between feeding their families and paying their rent,” said Nick Ballard, head organiser of tenants’ union Acorn.

Now this is the Tories’ responsibility, and specifically fat boy Eric Pickles who when not eating babies, introduced the ‘local’ Housing Allowance,  but I can’t help remembering this:

 

 

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

March 15, 2021 at 11:10 am

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  1. London private renting is so expensive, even people earning £20,000 a year can’t afford it. Low wages topped up with DWP help doesn’t help because most private landlords don’t accept DWP renters.Working Tax Credit is a barrier & anything to do with the DWP. The DWP think they are saving the economy but it is the opposite. Housing Benefits used to be a Local Council Form, now it’s all part of Universal Credit which goes through the DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

  2. So if I’ve understood this correctly it means that there will be a shortfall in Housing Benefit if your landlord puts the rent up, but if your rent stays the same you’ll be ok? My rent hasn’t increased at all in the six years that I’ve been here, mind you they never do any repairs either and I have a problem with damp that remains unaddressed so perhaps they daren’t put the rent up!

    trev

    March 15, 2021 at 11:24 am

  3. Food bank queue goes on for over a mile, what do you expect in tory Britain.

    https://davidicke.com/2021/03/15/food-bank-queue-goes-on-for-over-a-mile/

    Cloverleaf

    March 15, 2021 at 12:44 pm

  4. There is already a considerable shortfall in most people’s Housing Benefit, with many paying £20+ plus each week out of their JSA / Universal Credit. It has been many years since you could rent a bedsit or flat, and the Housing Benefit would normally pay a guaranteed 100% of the basic rent. Every year the HB has fallen behind rents, and the Tories since 2010 have allowed this as part of their anti-welfare campaign.
    Leaving people deliberately short of the rent money each week, just applies more financial pressure on claimants. To avoid them being too comfortable on benefits, and to encourage them to get a job.

    ‘It’s not an easy life anymore chum .’ – Iain Duncan Smith 2010

    Jeff Smith

    March 15, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    • Also some have a shortfall due to ‘Bedroom Tax’, which affected me a few years ago. I was having to pay £14 per week towards the rent because I had a spare room. But otherwise I think they will pay up to £90 p/w for rent in my area, and my current rent is £80 p/w.

      trev

      March 15, 2021 at 2:20 pm

  5. What I want to know is this, when are we really going to get Social Justice ? With benefits, rents and all the rest of it ?

    George M

    March 15, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    • When we get a proper Socialist government George, but not until then, and certainly not under the Tories. IDS’s idea of Social Justice is the other way around, hence the CSJ he founded, justice for the rich and the taxpayers so they don’t have to pay for Social Security for the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged. Tories see an adequately functional Social Security system as an injustice.

      trev

      March 15, 2021 at 2:15 pm

  6. Finally. The DWP £20 uplift is facing legal action.

    The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) £20 uplift to Universal Credit is facing a legal challenge. It’s from people on so-called legacy benefits. And the case may open the floodgates for thousands of other claimants.

    https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2021/03/14/finally-the-dwp-20-uplift-is-facing-legal-action/

    superted

    March 15, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    • DPAC and others should have done something about this 12 months ago. There are any number of human rights lawyers that would take a high-profile case like this pro bono, as they say, i.e. for nothing.

      Jeff Smith

      March 15, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      • If ESA claimants do win this case on the grounds of Disability discrimination then what about JSA claimants?

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      • If they win, it would be very difficult politically for the DWP to single out 200,000 JSA legacy, and not pay them.
        Even for the Tories, that would probably be a bridge too far.

        Jeff Smith

        March 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      • But would it? I don’t put anything passed the Tories. It would have to be a Ruling to pay the increase to legacy Benefits and not specifically to ESA. It’s all in the legal wording of a judgment. Otherwise I bet the bastards would try wriggle out of it.

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      • If the DWP lose the case they will appeal & waste more public money & if they lose that appeal they will appeal again.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 15, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      • Yep that’s true. It’ll drag on for ever.

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      • Even if it costs £500,000 of public money because the case against them will run out of money or run out of money for the Legal Aid Limit.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 15, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      • So the charge is for the DWP wasting public money. I would like to see the DWP defend itself against wasting public money in court cases.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 15, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      • I would like to see the DWP dismantled, reduced to dust, and scattered to the four corners of the earth.

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      • Do you think the DWP will wait until the Legacy Benefits recipient’s payment reaches the £6,000 limit, so they can’t claim benefits?

        Admiral Bill

        March 16, 2021 at 11:38 am

  7. How can you have Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance which isn’t pegged to the actual cost of rents as they rise, and they almost always do rise when they change? When IDS and Freud were “reforming” costs like these they claimed that people affected would be able to “negotiate” lower rents with their landlords when benefits failed to rise in line with rent rises. What utter bollocks. In my experience when it comes to renting accommodation “negotiation” never takes place, it’s basically a “take it or leave it” affair and if you can’t cough up what the landlord, private or social, is demanding you eventually get evicted; since almost all of the ultra low cost housing has already been snapped up many people facing this situation would probably end up homeless.

    This behaviour cannot stand.

    Aleister

    March 15, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    • The alternative would be to cap rents, i.e. place a legal limit on what landlords can charge in rent for particular properties, and only a truly Socialist government would do that!

      trev

      March 15, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      • Building a lot of high quality social housing would help too, which New Labour promised in its manifesto before being elected but never delivered under Blair and Brown, when land, materials and manpower were all much cheaper.

        Aleister

        March 15, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      • Yes, more Council houses/flats/bungalows are definitely needed. Will Keir Starmer deliver?

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 4:04 pm

  8. What we have seen over the past year, is a small example of how Universal Basic Income might be.
    People being paid their benefits without any interference from the Jobcentre.
    I wonder if we will ever see the like of it again ?

    Jeff Smith

    March 15, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    • It’s all gone swimmingly without a hitch, why not continue and do away with Jobcentres now it’s been proven they’re unnecessary and unneeded? Save the country a bleedin fortune!

      trev

      March 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      • @Trev

        Did you not get the development of UC memo ?

        The whole point of the online journal is so to do away with physical visiting. Its always been planned that large offices and claimant visits would be reduced to a bare min which of course would mean the end of the weekly/two week visit.

        This is going to happen but it does not mean a claimants expectations will end which is not and ever going to happen. All your claimant commitment interactions will be conducted online and any physical summons will be only when the work coach deems them necessary.
        Very small amounts of civil service staff will man what would constitute as a hole in the wall at the local council house with work coaches seeded at agencies and training centres which im sure claimants will be visiting far more regularly in the not too distant future.
        There is also provisions to place claimants into workplaces rather than leaving them to their own devices what with the world of work more gig based now due to the uncertainty of regular work.

        Doug

        March 20, 2021 at 11:16 am

      • Oh yes, there’s no doubt that UC was designed with the intention of it being a virtual prison, and that may well happen eventually, though it’s not the system I am envisaging, one with no conditions and people left to their own devices, just like it used to be, no Jobcentres, no Work Coaches, but instead of fortnightly (or weekly) signing make it annual, either online or by postal declaration form. I won’t ever be going on to UC, I’ll sleep in a tent first.

        trev

        March 20, 2021 at 11:33 am

    • Automatic Benefit payments plus an extra 20 quid and no contact, input or interference from the Jobcentre, life would be bliss! Better still if people were also free to do a bit of temporary or part time work on top if they so wished without being penalized for it.

      trev

      March 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm

      • Absolutely Trev, that would be common-sense. Which is why we won’t get it.

        Jeff Smith

        March 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      • Remember when Cameron started thinking aloud about happiness and what it means to be happy, what really makes people happy, etc.? I don’t know if he was having some sort of mid-life existential crisis or he was trying to persuade people to think they didn’t need a pay rise or any personal wealth to be happy, and to ignore the fact that he and his family and all his mates are all happily filthy rich. Or perhaps someone forgot to brief him that persistent untold misery is the order of the day for the great unwashed, who mustn’t be allowed any sort of happiness in their lives on earth, just the illusion of happiness that is to be aspired to through suffering endured, and that’s for our own good, to make us stronger and fit to receive our rewards in Heaven. Otherwise why wouldn’t they enact policies that make us happy? Something that seemingly no government ever will.

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      • One of David Cameron’s slogans was “Hug A Hoodie”.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 15, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      • Even thou Cameron never actually said it like The Wobbly Bridge of Brexit.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm

  9. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    March 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm

  10. I have just had an email below from a DEA (Disability Employment Advisor). Here’s the rub. I am not actually disabled. I am in receipt of legacy JSA and that’s it.

    DEA INFORMATION SESSION

    This is your invitation to the above.

    Please click on the link below to access the meeting about 5 minutes before the start time.

    Microsoft Teams meeting
    Join on your computer or mobile app
    Click here to join the meeting

    jj joop

    March 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    • and this is the reason i do not give them a email address! and my pc does not have a web cam or microphone so like that would work anyway pmsl.

      and if the dwp start doing it the providers wont be far behind with endless nonsensical crap courses you can do on line that will never end.

      DEA sounds like the death enforcement agent lol.

      superted

      March 15, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    • @ jj joop

      Why on earth would a Disability Employment Advisor be contacting you if you’re not disabled or even on ESA? That makes no sense. I wouldn’t bother with it if I were you, in fact I wouldn’t even be able to take part as I’m not on broadband and my phone is too old, which is probably the case with many people on JSA. Weird though, maybe it’s a scam, or the DWP is in such chaos they don’t know what they’re doing.

      trev

      March 15, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      • the problem is trev is there dictating how they want to communicate via a 3rd party app for imo no accountability of what is said or not.

        you are basically giving Microsoft permission to process your personal data on a server not even in this country!

        does anyone ever read the terms and conditions on using a app or just tick the bax and forget about it lol.

        tho the last time i seen a dea adviser it was to con me in to going on esa which would now mean claiming uc esa.

        superted

        March 15, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      • There’s no way they can force people to participate in those sorts of online/remote meetings, best just replying to the initial email saying that you don’t have access to broadband or a suitable device I would think. No one from jobcentre has been in touch with me yet since I got the email several weeks ago that said they’d be getting in touch in the coming weeks to arrange a telephone appointment, heard nothing since.

        trev

        March 15, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      • problem is if he does not answer the call/ use the app then the dea could raise a sanction doubt for failing to attend the meeting.

        id get in touch asap and tell them you wont be using any 3rd party app to communicate with the dwp and only
        buy letters and telephone.

        id also tell them to remove your email address from the lms to stop this happening again but thats up to you.

        superted

        March 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      • There’s nothing in the email that says it’s mandatory or that there will consequences if I don’t participate. It’s just an invitation. And in any event, I am not disabled or in receipt of a disability benefit. But I will email the DEA first thing in the morning.

        jj joop

        March 15, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    • @JJ Joop – But do you have any restrictions on your JSA claim ? Bad back or anything like that ? Maybe they are trying to slide you onto ESA / Universal Credit ? There is some very strange stuff going on with the DWP at the moment. I had a New Style JSA Claimant Commitment ”Just to look at”. Well, I’ve looked at it, and I didn’t like it .

      Jeff Smith

      March 15, 2021 at 9:51 pm

  11. Beware This New Microsoft Teams Password Hacking Threat To 75 Million Users

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/05/02/beware-this-new-microsoft-teams-password-hacking-threat-to-75-million-users/

    id point blank refuse to use it under data protection laws because like everything Microsoft it has a back door.

    plus this is not on there server and not even in this country so how can the dwp say it is protected when after all this is your benefits claim with the most sensitive data you have.

    fuck that!

    superted

    March 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

  12. I hope the DWP are not going to start throwing the rule book out of the window, in an attempt to obtain premature transfers to Universal Credit. By misinforming claimants about benefits they are not entitled to claim. Then when the claim fails, as it must, it’s on to Universal Credit. Or trying to get legacy JSA claimants to rewrite their Claimant Commitment to include 35 Hour jobsearch / zero-hours / part-time work. On a voluntary basis. So effectively making them claim a sort of bastard version of UC. Or trying to link people to disability benefits, as JJ Joop has mentioned above.

    Jeff Smith

    March 15, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    • @Jeff Smith – Good point Jeff. There seems to be a lot of confusion around at the moment. I hope the DWP stick to the rules too. Not go back to when they were looking to sanction people and trying it on.

      George M

      March 16, 2021 at 12:18 pm

  13. I am waiting till the DWP are at their most chaotic which is happening very quickly. Can you prove you sent me instructions on tissue paper. No they can’t because it was tissue paper. Action taken with tissue paper.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    • It was the crinkly type of tissue paper. At lest put a bar code on it !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 15, 2021 at 10:49 pm

  14. The con with ESA which is to do with disability legacy benefits is New ESA which has nothing to do with disability but it can once you fill out the online form. The disability ESA is a paper form & you can only get them if you was on disability legacy benefits. That is why I have 2 ESA paper benefit forms because you know how clumsy disabled people are & I spilt tea on mine so send me another one, which they did.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

  15. Rent debt crisis ‘could lead to homelessness’

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56103280

    trev

    March 16, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    • It’s gonna cost the Tories much more money putting these new homeless [not rough sleepers yet] in temporary housing & hotels.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 16, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      • Plenty of room in Buck Palace, Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral, and other places such as Lord Freud’s 11 bedroom mansion in Kent. Failing that house people in Butlin’s and Pontin’s.

        trev

        March 16, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      • That will be even more expensive for the DWP to rent.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

  16. Landlords urged to accept more tenants on benefits to ease housing shortage

    https://www.mortgageintroducer.com/landlords-urged-to-accept-tenants-benefits-ease-housing-shortage/

    trev

    March 16, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    • If the landlords do accept people on benefits classed as homeless they will triple the rent because they know the DWP will pay it. Double Standards at the DWP.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 16, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      • But they won’t pay it because it will be frozen.

        trev

        March 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      • Homeless = Sofa Surfers – Rough Sleepers are the real homeless.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 16, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      • Do the DWP not have the Care Of Duty to house people in temporary accommodation anymore?

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 16, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      • I think it’s local Councils that put homeless people in temporary accommodation, which is big business as they have contracts to use motel chains like Travelodge etc.

        trev

        March 16, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      • Yes it’s the Local Councils that put homeless people in temporary housing, but it is the DWP that pay for it. That is why more councils can not put people in temporary housing, the DWP won’t pay the rents. I was in a B&B for £350 a week in the early 1990s & fell under Housing Benefit with was then run by the Local Councils. Now the DWP Universal Credit run the Housing Benefit not the Local Councils.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 16, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      • Is housing benefit paid by DWP?

        Local authorities reclaim the housing benefit that they have paid from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by means of submitting heavily audited subsidy claims. … Overpayments of benefit are not fully funded in order to ensure that the local authority takes recovery action where appropriate.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 16, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      • How much does housing benefit cost the government?

        The government spends an astonishing £22 billion a year on housing benefit. That dwarfs spending on the police, on overseas aid and the budgets of many entire government departments.

        Who is housing benefit paid to?

        tenant

        Housing benefit is paid to the tenant in most cases. Payment is usually made by BACS directly into their bank account.

        The great Universal Credit Scam.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      • My HB is paid directly to the landlord, but ultimately yes that £22 Billion figure you quoted goes into the coffers of landlords, whether they be private, Council or HA. It would be cheaper to build houses and let people live in them rent free, or just give poor people a house!

        trev

        March 16, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    • And take a little less profit too Trev ! That would be a good thing. Reduce the rents, and think about whether they really need an expensive car to collect the rents in. Or if something less expensive would be more appropriate.

      Jeff Smith

      March 16, 2021 at 6:08 pm

  17. Benefits freeze will leave tenants across Britain facing rent arrears of £1,000

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/mar/13/benefits-freeze-will-leave-tenants-across-britain-facing-rent-arrears-of-1000

    trev

    March 16, 2021 at 3:23 pm

  18. Thousands of Brits will be left hundreds of pounds worse off by housing benefit freeze

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/14344630/renters-worse-off-april-housing-benefit-freeze/

    trev

    March 16, 2021 at 3:24 pm

  19. Most landlords like to have fixed annual rent increases. They already know that Housing Benefit won’t cover all the rent in most cases. So straight away there is the concern about how the benefit tenants are going to keep up with this. And if they have working tenants as well, you get a two-level situation. Where they can give the working tenants the usual increase. But the benefit tenants can’t be given the same increase.
    It’s extra trouble for the landlord, less profit for them. Plus costs of possible evictions etc.

    George M

    March 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    • I’m in private rented property and my rent hasn’t increased at all in the last 6 years. I used to live in HA flats and they put the rent up every few years, can’t quite remember think it might have been every 2 or 3 or 4 years but it wasn’t every year.

      trev

      March 16, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      • @trev – No rent increases for 6 years ! Jesus Trev. As George M says, most of the landlords I’ve ever had have gone for a fixed annual increase. I remember one, it used to be in April. Another used to increase from the first day of the new year. But all of them kept putting up the rent steadily over the years.

        Jeff Smith

        March 16, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      • That’s why I live here, because it’s cheap, it’s a bit of a dump though, they’re not very good at carrying out repairs and maintenance, bedroom is damp, and they wouldn’t get away with charging too much in rent for this area as it has a bad reputation for crime, social depravation, and basically a lot of people are racist and would be put off because it’s a mainly Asian area but also some Albanians and Eastern Europeans, plus some English of course, so a bit mixed. I like it though, plenty of local shops and life going on. You can get cheaper rents if you’re prepared to live in a rundown area and dodge the bullets!

        trev

        March 16, 2021 at 6:12 pm

  20. Who is housing benefit paid to?

    tenant

    Housing benefit is paid to the tenant in most cases. Payment is usually made by BACS directly into their bank account.

    That is why people can’t pay the rent because they have spent the housing benefit to live on. That is why Councils can’t get the rent from social housing & the private landlords don’t want to know.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 16, 2021 at 4:33 pm

  21. Andrew Coates

    March 16, 2021 at 4:42 pm

  22. Protesting may be coming to an end, it’s being taked about in parliment at the moment, soon to be voted on.

    xclausx

    March 16, 2021 at 7:09 pm

  23. DWP forced to rethink disability assessment recording policy

    https://welfarejournal.com/dwp-forced-to-rethink-disability-assessment-recording-policy/

    xclausx

    March 16, 2021 at 7:19 pm

  24. So, under the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill . If passed into law, a Work Coach sanctioning a claimant would be guilty, (under Clause 59 ) of causing ‘“serious distress, serious annoyance, serious inconvenience or serious loss of amenity.” ??

    Jeff Smith

    March 16, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    • 01 October 2020
      Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Dr Therese Coffey has said that the statutory safeguarding responsibility to vulnerable claimants falls to councils, social services, doctors and others, but not the DWP.

      so they can sanction you to death and they have no accountability its not there problem and it is your fault.

      https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/october/secretary-state-dwp-has-no-legal-duty-safeguard-wellbeing-vulnerable-claimants#:~:text=of%20vulnerable%20claimants-,Secretary%20of%20State%3A%20DWP%20has%20no%20legal%20duty%20to,the%20wellbeing%20of%20vulnerable%20claimants&text=Secretary%20of%20State%20for%20Work,others%2C%20but%20not%20the%20DWP.

      superted

      March 16, 2021 at 8:09 pm

      • “””responsibility to vulnerable claimants falls to councils, social services, doctors and others, but not the DWP.”””

        I like how they say others. Who are others, the postman, milkman, candlestick maker, homeless, but not the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 17, 2021 at 11:04 am

      • Maybe that’s why they keep changing their name over the years, it used to be DHSS but they’ve dropped ‘Health’ (“nothing to do with us”) and Social Security gets referred to as “Welfare” a lot these days as if there’s something inherently wrong with calling it Social Security, perhaps because those words do denote some form of care and responsibility.

        trev

        March 17, 2021 at 11:10 am

    • They always have some get-out clause, like with the official definition of Slavery or Forced Labour there is a clause to say that the definition doesn’t apply to domestic employment schemes such as Workfare!

      “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.”

      In every other respect the definition would fit Workfare schemes perfectly.

      trev

      March 16, 2021 at 8:23 pm

  25. Deaths among homeless people spiked by more than a third in 2020, research shows

    “Nearly 1,000 deaths were reported across the UK last year – despite the apparent success of the government’s emergency accommodation scheme for rough sleepers”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homelessness-uk-covid-cases-deaths-latest-b1805280.html

    trev

    March 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm

  26. Happy St.Patrick’s Day!

    trev

    March 17, 2021 at 12:12 am

  27. Easter 2021 benefit payment dates – including child benefit and Universal Credit and others.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/easter-2021-benefit-payment-dates-23744450

    xclausx

    March 17, 2021 at 12:34 pm

  28. It’s time we ‘shared our truth’ about the DWP.

    Jeff Smith

    March 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    • It’s time we had an Easter Uprising.

      trev

      March 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm

  29. The Jobcentre have finally rung me today, about 5 weeks after I got the email saying they were going to ring me. Anyway I was on the phone for about 20 mins. , was asked to confirm my address, d.o.b. and email address, then confirmed what health conditions I have, then re-did the Claimant Commitment as to what work I’m looking for and what I will do to look for work, etc. Load of bollocks. They said they will now ring me every fortnight for a five to ten minute chat.

    trev

    March 17, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    • @trev- Was it just on your usual legacy form Trev ? Or did they try it on with the New Style JSA stuff ?

      Jeff Smith

      March 17, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      • They didn’t say anything about New Style JSA so I presume it was just updating my normal C.C. It’s all just a load of nonsense as far as I’m concerned, red tape and pointless bureaucracy to keep themselves busy and make it look like there is some point to their job.

        trev

        March 17, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      • @trev – How can they update a Claimant Commitment without a signature & over the phone? It seems to me not legally binding. One for supterted.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 17, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      • I didn’t ask, but like I said it’s all a lot of nonsense and the point you raise proves it because the CC was never legally binding in the first place, they are just continuing with an aspect of the established routine for the sake of it and to give themselves something to do.

        trev

        March 17, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      • the claimant commitment is a contractual concept so it is not a legal contract thus anything they put on it are expectations like the 35hr job search.

        so you dont really have to sign it as it means nothing just another lie they tell ppl.

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claimant_commitment_is_not_a_con

        my cc was sent to me just to look at, i have a pile of them somewhere but it did not have the 35hr job search on it and the only thing that has been changed on mine.

        superted

        March 17, 2021 at 6:33 pm

  30. Bring back WordPress Classic Editor the new Block Editor is useless. For those of you who run a WordPress Blog like me.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 17, 2021 at 6:01 pm

  31. So the DWP have to be polite in the new Health & Disability Green Paper.

    That won’t last long.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 17, 2021 at 9:48 pm

  32. Covid-19: Sister ‘written off’ by do-not-resuscitate order

    BBC News – 18th March 2021

    The family of a woman who died after a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) was put in her records said they had no knowledge of the decision.

    Sonia Deleon, who had learning disabilities and schizophrenia, died in Southend University Hospital of a heart attack after contracting Covid-19.

    Miss Deleon’s sister Sally-Rose Cyrille said her sister’s life had been “written off”.

    The hospital trust said the order had been agreed with Miss Deleon’s family.

    Ms Cyrille contests this.

    “We had no consultation,” she said.

    “At no point were we told that had taken place.

    “We would have disputed that and we would have said, ‘we don’t want that in place’.”

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has conducted a review into “blanket” DNRs made at the start of the pandemic.

    Her family said Miss Deleon, known as Sone, had had her care in her final days in April influenced by her lifelong conditions.

    The 58-year-old, who lived in residential care in Southend, Essex, was first admitted to hospital with a fever and respiratory problems.

    She tested positive for Covid and a DNR was placed in her medical notes.

    The hospital claimed a DNR which referenced Ms Deleon’s learning disabilities had been incorrectly filled in and another order which did not note them was used instead.

    The hospital said the DNR had been discussed with Ms Cyrille and her mother, but the family said there was no communication about the order.

    “I can’t describe the love my mum has for Sone,” Ms Cyrille said.

    “There is no way that she would agree to that being put in place – absolutely no way at all.”

    Ms Cyrille said her sister had had “an absolute zest for life”.

    “She loved being with her family, always smiling, always laughing.

    “I felt like Sone was totally written off. She was devalued, dehumanised and her life was not of value.

    “I just thought it was morally and ethically reprehensible. It just shocked me to the core.”

    An external review of Sonia Deleon’s hospital care found it fell short of expected good practice.

    ‘Unaware of decisions’

    A review by the CQC of DNR decisions during the pandemic found “worrying variations in people’s experiences”.

    The organisation spoke to people “who were not properly involved in decisions, or were unaware that such an important decision about their care had been made”, the report said.

    The review found there was “poor involvement of people using services, poor record keeping and a lack of oversight and scrutiny of the decisions being made”.

    Diane Sarkar, chief nursing officer for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Southend University Hospital, said: “Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with Miss Deleon’s family, and we welcome them to continue to discuss any concerns they have with us.

    “The do-not-resuscitate order that was agreed with Miss Deleon’s family and was in place throughout her care made no reference to learning disability, and she was treated appropriately based on assessments by clinicians.”

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 18, 2021 at 9:30 am

    • Common Practice DNR with the disabled. Well done Justin Tomlinson Disability Minister.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 18, 2021 at 9:31 am

      • Tory State Sponsored Murder

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 18, 2021 at 9:32 am

    • All part of the Culling of the “useless eaters”, the NHS are complicit!

      Tigerlily

      March 18, 2021 at 12:18 pm

  33. Cloverleaf

    March 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm

  34. Good article, to rid ourselves of jackboot Johnson and Co would be very difficult, almost impossible because even though governments are small fry in the pyramid hierarchy, the ones further up and top of the pyramid who oversee and run things will never allow a free society and so will set the country up for a very nasty fall!

    Tigerlily

    March 18, 2021 at 1:15 pm

  35. True, we’ll probably never get rid of the billionaire philanthocapitalist scum that rule every aspect of our lives, we just need more of the brainwashed sheeple to wake up then we’ll have more of a chance.

    Cloverleaf

    March 18, 2021 at 1:56 pm

  36. Hancock terrified that the under 50s will refuse the covid jab.

    https://tapnewswire.com/2021/03/hancock-is-terrified-that-under-50s-will-refuse-covid-vaccine/

    Cloverleaf

    March 18, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    • Hahaha, the murder spree not going as planned, never mind Pratcock, for every critical thinking person who refuses the deadly jab you can take it instead!

      Tigerlily

      March 18, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      • There have been more than 4.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 122,000 people have died. So far way over 24,453,221 people have been vaccinated and about 250 ( < 0.001%) died soon afterwards, none of the deaths attributable to side effects from the vaccinations. Only a fanatic crossed with a complete fool could possibly write nonsense like yours about coronavirus and vaccination against it mostly likely to save your life. Take a laxative, Tigerlily, because you are absolutely full of it and should not be persistently telling lies and trying to discourage people from protecting themselves from illness and possible premature death from Covid-19 as well as cutting down the risk of infecting others as asymptomatic carriers and discouraging novel strains of coronavirus from developing and spreading!

        Tim

        March 18, 2021 at 4:56 pm

      • I think Tigerlily inhabits an alternate reality, a paranoid fantasy world where Scientists are evil and conspiring with unseen forces to destroy mankind, like a story in a Marvel comic.

        trev

        March 18, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      • I just can’t understand how anybody can possibly believe in things that are so obviously and patently untrue to the extent of preaching them like received wisdom to people and putting them at risk. I just don’t get it, trev, can’t understand such a closed mindset for the life of me. That said I really hope against hope that Tigerlily and Cloverleaf (or should I say Tigerleaf?) doesn’t fall prey to the deadly virus herself/himself and suffer dire consequences for his/her folly. Good luck to him/her anyway – and I mean that most sincerely.

        Tim

        March 18, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      • There are articles in papers across the world about how idiot ideas like that have spread.

        How COVID-conspiracists and anti-vaxxers are getting organised and making money.
        https://news.sky.com/story/how-covid-conspiracists-and-anti-vaxxers-are-getting-organised-and-making-money-12206707

        My impression is that they had got to their high point after Christmas but that now they have gone back to being total loony-bins fringe.

        This may have something to do with their collapse.

        Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice-president has announced.

        He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.

        Mr Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours had been circulating about his health.

        Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.

        Mr Magufuli was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-56437852

        Andrew Coates

        March 18, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    • Well they who refuse it will lose, everyone should know that by now.

      The roadmap out of the restrictions will still come to an end.

      xclausx

      March 18, 2021 at 5:14 pm

  37. Andrew Coates

    March 18, 2021 at 4:05 pm

  38. 20 minutes, that’s bad luck trev

    Big bird

    March 18, 2021 at 4:37 pm

  39. DWP defeated in High Court over Universal Credit rule that hits more than 100,000 people

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-defeated-high-court-over-23753837

    superted

    March 18, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    • “”But the DWP has not ruled out lodging an appeal. A spokesman said: “We are carefully considering the judgement and our next steps.””

      The DWP are in court everyday.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

  40. PCS opposes announcement as DWP ends lockdown

    The DWP has announced today that it intends to follow the Prime Minister’s roadmap, and will fully re-open Jobcentres to the public.

    The message DWP has posted on the Intranet says “As society, the economy and the high street begin to open up again over the coming weeks, from Monday 12 April we will return to normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday’s for those jobcentres who open then) in our jobcentres across the UK.”. This is linked to the “Plan for Jobs” which they are saying includes “embedding an intensive regime of face-to-face activity particularly focused on our 18 to 24-year-old priority group.” They also go on to say that it is their belief that “we know – from our many years’ experience of delivering a world class welfare system – that for customers the positive routine of visiting a jobcentre regularly supports the behaviours necessary for them to thrive in work. Ultimately, for many of our customers, face-to-face interactions are the most effective way of helping them into work and removing the barriers to employment.”

    DWP have also stated that, again from 12 April 2021, they will reintroduce face-to-face interviews under caution and National Insurance Number (NINO) activity, on a phased basis.

    It is clear that this will mean a largescale increase in members having to return to office based working, as well as the increased risk of much more face to face contact with customers.

    https://www.pcs.org.uk/department-for-work-and-pensions/news/pcs-opposes-announcement-as-dwp-ends-lockdown

    superted

    March 18, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    • Oh well, it couldn’t last forever. More’s the pity.

      jj joop

      March 18, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      • So that’s it, the holiday is over, Jobcentres return to normal as of April 12th. Sounds like they’re concentrating on harassing 18 – 24 yr olds, which means they’ll probably park us older ones on the Restart scheme or just park us on the dole, bar the fortnightly signing charade of course, ten mins. of BS then here’s your next appointment and off you go. Roll on Pension age….

        trev

        March 18, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      • Roll on Pension age.. I hear that! I’ve got about eight years to go and it can’t come soon enough.

        jj joop

        March 18, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      • I thought that they might forget all about me given that I’ve only got about two and a half years to go until my retirement but I got a dreaded letter from the DWP on Saturday arranging a telephone interview with my work coach on Thursday. Fortunately she’s a decent sort but I’ve got no real choice about giving her a phone number. They want to set up a Claimant Commitment which they seem to have lost and they want to know what I have done to find work. Given that I don’t have a mobile phone due to cost and poor reception I don’t know how to prove this. A telephone interview may be preferable to attending a Jobcentre with all the risks of infection though. Roll on retirement!!

        ben

        March 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    • So before the adult population has been vaccinated and while the country, generally, is still in lockdown and most businesses inactive the DWP is going to unlock and resume “business as usual”. Really? How is that going to work when strangers will still be forbidden, by law, from meeting indoors in groups? Keep visitors to Jobcentres in socially distanced queues outdoors and admit them one at a time to see a masked and/or guarded member of staff individually? Seriously? Therese Coffey and her cohorts must be chomping at the bit to be willing to endanger its staff and members of the public like that.

      HOW THE HECK CAN THAT POSSIBLY WORK???

      Tim

      March 19, 2021 at 7:42 am

      • Well it can’t work can it, they’re being optimistic and I reckon it’ll be phone appointments for some time to come. With a bit of luck Covid might eventually lead to the permanent closure of Jobcentres, though they would probably still want to monitor and oppress people via the Internet and or phone, they need to get over feeling the need to be on everyones’ backs all the time. Jobcentres have become a tool for policing the workforce.

        trev

        March 19, 2021 at 8:21 am

    • Zac and Sarah will be delighted!

      https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33974674

      Tim

      March 19, 2021 at 8:08 am

  41. “The positive routine of visiting a jobcentre”, they’ve got to be f¥cking kidding, there is absolutely nothing positive about the jokeshop, the last thing those b@stards are concerned about is getting anyone a job, bullying and intimidating is the Roaches speciality!

    Tigerlily

    March 18, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    • Attending the Jobcentre is a very negative experience for me, one which I find stressful and depressing, and utterly pointless. It’s like a cross between being sent to see the school headmaster and appearing in Court. An experience of nerve-wracking anxiety that I can well do without. Mind you I’ve had jobs that felt like that every day so going through the fortnightly grilling at the Jobcentre is the lesser of two evils.

      trev

      March 18, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      • if you start biting back they wont see you as a easy target i would have no problem at all going to tribunal 5 days a week if they want to try it on, i got rid of 2 of them so it can be done.

        cant really go wrong when i know the rules and regs better than the person im talking to never lost a sanction doubt and not been at a provider since b4 the work programme.

        i should put that on my cv pmsl 😉

        plus i got every foi request to back up what i am saying so if you was a wc you would not want me on your case load because your not going to get a performance bonus out of me dump me down a provider or even try a ase doubt for not looking for work.

        so i basically have to spend 4 quid on bus fair to show them a job search they cant even check and sign a piece of paper that i dont need to sign so they can push a button to send my jsa.

        the dwp does not give a shit about getting ppl jobs it is all about conditionality lying to you to trip you up and end the claim any way they can think off even if it does brake there own rules and regs to get the job done.

        superted

        March 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      • The Jobcentre is suppose to be a negative experience I reckon. As far as I can see its purpose is to police benefits and punish the recalcitrant, i.e., make sure that claimants keep their noses to the grindstone as far as claimant commitments go and sanction them if a shadow of a doubt exists in respect to claimants sticking to them. In my experience Jobcentres are there to goad and bully people rather than advise and help them. With staff being given quotas and targets they are supposed to meet and social security becoming digitised, rule-based and impersonal harshness like this was bound to happen.

        Tim

        March 19, 2021 at 8:22 am

  42. Don’t worry too much trev I doubt if they will be open for long, we’ll soon be locked down again when ‘covid’ or one of the ‘variants’ goes running amok again, there’s a very long way to go until this is over. Ps the economist is owned jointly by the Rothschild and Agnelli families both 1% globalist parasites I wouldn’t trust them to tell you the truth.

    Cloverleaf

    March 18, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    • The DWP are saying that the Jobcentres will reopen for normal business on April 12th but I wonder how the staff feel about that, many of whom are under 50 and won’t have been vaccinated, and are PCS Union members. Could be industrial action with a bit of luck. Don’t know about the G4SS goons.

      trev

      March 18, 2021 at 9:34 pm

      • @trev – Interesting, my Work Coach told me that he expects telephone interviews to be around for quite some time yet. Simply because of the number of claimants, and the fact that telephone interviews save time. He seemed to feel that the DWP don’t have the staff to see everyone face to face anymore.
        So who knows ? One things for sure, the Work Coaches are not going to have time to spit as things are.
        No wonder the PCS is kicking off.

        Jeff Smith

        March 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      • What happened to the extra 13,500 Work Coaches they were recruiting? But I can’t see them wanting to do face-to-face appointments if they haven’t been vaccinated. They will have to go back to being behind glass or Perspex screens like they were years ago in the DHSS. The whole thing is ludicrously pointless. Just keep automatic payments and introduce annual signing. No need for Jobcentres.

        trev

        March 18, 2021 at 11:03 pm

  43. If/when jokeshops do open their doors again it is going to be a right bloody shock to the system as they have been closed for a year, I’m dreading it 🚾.

    Cloverleaf

    March 18, 2021 at 10:11 pm

  44. The Work Coaches need to stand up for themselves and start a national strike, with the backing of the PCS.
    If they are forced back into the Jobcentres, they should go back stark bollock naked.
    A naked strike. Lets see what the DWP do then when there are Work Coach willies waving around.

    George M

    March 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    • Or a ‘dirty protest’, Work Coaches daubed in shite.

      trev

      March 18, 2021 at 11:05 pm

  45. Covid: Paris lockdown as France fears ‘third wave’

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56450880

    trev

    March 19, 2021 at 7:35 am

    • Covid: Germany warns of ‘exponential’ rise in coronavirus cases

      BBC News

      “Coronavirus cases are rising exponentially in Germany, officials warn, as continental Europe braces for a third wave of infections.”

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56460696

      April 12th is looking optimistic, we’re not out of the woods yet.

      trev

      March 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm

      • id say its when not if the next lock down comes in as long as those testing stations stay open with the pcr test they can pretty much kick the can down the road for years!

        as long as they have the emergency powers they cant be held responsible until they end with a public enquiry that will take 30 years!

        it is all just a political game now and the same tactics the dwp use, do this or else! they dont care if you die.

        RNA vaccine was developed in 1989 and has never been licensed for use in humans since cov19 came around.

        why was this not offered as a flu jab then in all those years because it was useless and they had poor results using it for combating a virus or anything else.

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

        superted

        March 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      • You seem to be implying that the pandemic is a Political hoax or something. I have to disagree, it’s very serious and infections are still spreading, meaning that we are perhaps nowhere near returning to normality yet. Much of Continental Europe is on the verge of a third wave. Mass vaccination is the only hope.

        trev

        March 19, 2021 at 11:21 pm

  46. Actually the DWP press release only says that Jobcentre opening hours will be returning to 9.00am to 5.00pm not that business will be resumed as normal. My Jobcentre has been open for longer than normal since last March, 8.00am to 6.00pm, and so I all that the announcement indicates is that Jobcentre days are going to be shorter. This may not mean much in practice. I don’t know about the rest of you but the DWP plan to open Jobcentres over the weekend and in the evenings never came to pass where I live. I doubt anybody will be going in person to visit any Jobcentres for the foreseeable future.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/normal-jobcentre-opening-hours-resume-from-12-april

    Much ado about nothing and no need to get your underwear in a bunch.

    Aliester

    March 19, 2021 at 10:29 am

  47. Don’t you mean knickers in a twist Aliester? 😁

    Cloverleaf

    March 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

  48. Woman in overpayment dispute with dwp burns herself to death.

    Cloverleaf

    March 19, 2021 at 11:44 am

  49. The whole Jobcentre network needs to be closed down. We have done without it for a year and more.
    You can pay unemployment benefits without Work Coaches, sanctions or conditionality.
    It is wrong that an unemployed people should have to present themselves for inspection,
    at a particular time and place. To see if they have met with approval, and can get their payment.
    Wrong, and entirely outdated in the 21st Century.

    Jeff Smith

    March 19, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    • Totally agree Jeff, enough is enough, shut them down!

      trev

      March 19, 2021 at 3:24 pm

  50. Easter Saturday Opening
    19 Mar 2021
    The decision by the Work and Health Executive Team to open 262 Jobcentres and their linked Universal Credit (UC) Service Centres on a Saturday from 30 November 2020, will result in those sites being opened on Easter Saturday, 3 April 2021.

    DWP have advised PCS that they will take all the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of both staff and customers. They add that this includes ensuring that they have the minimum safe numbers required on site, and enabling colleagues to work from home, as long as the minimum numbers required on site are met.

    PCS challenge decision to open on Easter Saturday across DWP
    Group executive committee (GEC) negotiators challenged last year’s decision about Saturday opening and robustly urged them to reconsider. Additionally, we also requested a circuit break for the entire DWP over the Easter weekend. Parts of DWP such as Child Maintenance Group and Debt Management have been working on Easter Saturday for a number of years. However, this hasn’t been during a pandemic. DWP claim that their offices are COVID-19 free which PCS still disputes, given the number of sites that have closed and continue to close due to the pandemic.

    The GEC negotiators made the following points to the employer:

    All DWP offices should be closed over the Easter weekend providing a “circuit break” whilst society is still in the grip of a pandemic. This could be reviewed next year.
    Customer attendance in Jobcentres is still “negligible” and as such it would make sense not to open on Easter Saturday. Bearing in mind that PCS is still in dispute with DWP and we are demanding that there is no Saturday opening at any time whilst the country is still in the grip of a pandemic.
    DWP staff are subject to a pay freeze this year. The Permanent Secretary said he was looking at how he could support staff this year. PCS made the point that reversing the decision would be well received by staff and could be seen as an act of goodwill on the department’s part. However, it would in no way be a substitute for a decent pay rise.
    Easter Saturday is a holy day in the Christian calendar and as such many members belonging to that faith may wish to observe that day.
    DWP reject PCS request to close on Easter Saturday
    Senior Work and Health management have responded by stating that Easter Saturday is a normal working day and that they will be open on that day as they need to provide a service to vulnerable customers. They also stated that they are always flexible to colleague’s beliefs. Therefore, members who are scheduled to work on Easter Saturday and would like to take annual leave for religious observance reasons, should apply in the normal way. Any member who is refused annual leave for religious observance should contact their local PCS representative as all requests should be carefully considered.

    Kick in the teeth for PCS members
    The GEC have been contacted by many PCS representatives and members angry at the decision of DWP to open on Easter Saturday. This is in addition to the other parts of the department that normally work on that day. This is a real kick in the teeth to the PCS members who have worked round the clock over the past year, during a pandemic, to ensure that everyone who claimed benefit received their payments. This is in addition to the pay freeze that DWP staff face for this year at least. There can be no doubt that the Prime Minister’s warm words of praise for DWP staff last year are nothing more than a memory now and in effect were meaningless.

    superted

    March 19, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    • Even at Easter, the rotten Tory bastards. Got to get these fuckers our. Whomsoever voted Tory, hang your heads in shame.

      trev

      March 19, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      • OUT not “our”, bloody phone.

        trev

        March 19, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    • @superted

      I wouldn’t read too much into it, if I were you. We won’t be going back en-masse like we used to.

      jj joop

      March 19, 2021 at 8:22 pm

      • balls to that it is the only chance i get to go to burger king not had 1 for a year now and i like driving my toys up the wall 😦

        plus they just wont have the numbers to deal with us lot anyway and hammer all the new uc claimants and kill off all the easy targets first digitally online because that was the plan from day 1 with uc.

        superted

        March 19, 2021 at 8:37 pm

  51. Report reveals causal link between homelessness and universal credit

    Report also reveals a link between universal credit and mental health problems.

    The report highlights how people can be put at significant risk of losing their homes due to problems with the five-week wait for an initial payment.

    It also shows how the controversial sanctions regime can lead to payments being withdrawn if claimants don’t meet certain conditions, leaving them at even greater risk of poverty and homelessness.

    https://welfarejournal.com/link-between-homelessness-and-universal-credit/

    xclausx

    March 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    • The links, causes, and negative effects of poverty, debt, arrears, homelessness, destitution, mental illness, Universal Credit, Benefit Sanctions, and the UK Social Security system, have been well known for years and are irrefutable. The Tories don’t care.

      trev

      March 19, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      • @trev- They don’t care Trev, all these problems are the result of creating an austerity benefit system. Designed to discourage people from using it, or staying on benefits for too long.

        Jeff Smith

        March 19, 2021 at 6:17 pm

      • They’ve been condemned by the United Nations twice and did it make any difference? Not a bit, they denied everything and refused to accept the findings of official UN Reports! Incredible.

        trev

        March 19, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      • The DWP are Disability Champions.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 19, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      • Yet the DWP have no responsibility in running the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 19, 2021 at 6:37 pm

  52. Boris Johnson goes for a hair transplant after his Covid jab.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm

  53. What next a Furlough Protest because it’s ending.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 19, 2021 at 6:19 pm

  54. When you think of all the misery, the anger and upset caused by the benefit system. The foodbank use, the homelessness, the hunger and the sheer bloody stress it causes to claimants. It is an outrage that it is allowed to continue in its present form.

    Jeff Smith

    March 19, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    • A Social Security system that causes untold misery, poverty, hardship, makes people desperately unhappy, ruins lives and kills people. The Tories have weaponised Social Security.

      trev

      March 19, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    • At a cost of £22bn a year which is much more than the police budget. The costs are that high because they contract out the Universal Credit services with Atos getting £500,000 contracts & at the end of that contract the Tory Government give Atos a £500,000 bonus. The full cost of Universal Credit [zero unemployment] was meant to be £12bn. The DWP are there to be ripped off by these Corporate Companies & the DWP don’t care as long as they complete Universal Credit Roll Out.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 19, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    • Most people vote for parties with left-of-centre agendas rather than the Tories, but the first-past-the-post system favours Tory victory because the majority ballot is split between multiple others. (Which is why Priti Patel is angling to replace the current system for Mayoral elections in London with a first-past-the-post system to block other parties from winning.) Under our current voting system Labour would need at least a 10.52% swing towards them to win, greater than in 1945 and 1997, which is so unlikely to happen we might as well consider it impossible. Unless things change hugely the Conservatives under Boris Johnson, if you can believe it, look as near to certain as makes no difference to win the next general election in 2024.

      To keep the Tories out of office our actual voting system HAS to be replaced with one that more fairly represents actual support amongst the electorate for political parties across the country. Unless this is done we are more than likely going to be stuck with Conservative governments pretty much permanently. So if/when Labour does form a government, possibly in coalition with one or more other parties, it/they would be well advised to try to change the electoral system for something fairer and better and hold a referendum in respect to same.

      As things stand the chips are stacked heavily in favour of the Tories..

      (Who are shit.)

      Aleister

      March 20, 2021 at 7:15 am

      • Trump (love or hate him) proves anyone can be a leader of a country if the public get behind them.

        Like America, the UK public have to realize only from their own ranks will genuine change have any hope of coming.

        Doug

        March 20, 2021 at 11:20 am

      • Hi, doug.

        Trump only got elected because of the USA’s quirky electoral college where the 50 states cast block votes on behalf of their local electorates rather than electing the president based on the ballot nationwide. In fact Hillary Clinton cinched 48.2% or the vote and Trump only 46.1% of the vote: Hillary Clinton won 2,868,686 more votes than Trump when all of the votes cast nationally were counted individually.

        That couldn’t happen in many democratic countries anywhere in the world as far as I know.

        Something is very wrong with the UK’s voting system where the Conservatives can win 43.6% of the ballot and end up with 56% of parliamentary seats and a thumping majority, while the 56.4% of people who voted differently do not have proportionate and fair representation as far as law making is concerned. It can’t be right that a party which is nowhere near to being backed by half of voters can enjoy complete power and be able to do whatever the hell it likes unless a large chunk of its own members rebel. The UK needs and deserves something better than that as far as legislators are concerned.

        (And I do want to see Boris Johnson and the Conservatives gone by hook or by crook to be honest.)

        Aleister

        March 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm

  55. Outcry to the world from Israel.

    Cloverleaf

    March 20, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    • The cult behind the covid hoax want Israel for the central point of their NWO where everything will be controlled from, these sabbatean cultists have used the Israeli people to shield themselves from any criticism using their favourite response of anti-Semitism, the Israeli government are these cultists, they are not Jews.. They hate Jewish people!

      Tigerlily

      March 20, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      • That’s a controversial allegation Tigerlily, besides which the Covid pandemic is obviously not a hoax. You’re implying that the Israeli government are at the centre of a global conspiracy but to what end?

        trev

        March 20, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      • How is covid “obviously not a hoax”?

        Tigerlily

        March 20, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      • Seriously? If you had more than two brain cells you wouldn’t even be asking that question. How on earth can 2.6 Million people have died of Covid and millions more be suffering illness from it in every country in the world if it was a hoax? How can all the Scientists, medical experts, doctors and nurses, governments and politicians of every nation on earth be culpable of conspiring to perpetrate such a hoax? Think about what you are saying. It’s total fucking nonsense.

        trev

        March 20, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      • I intended to make fun of you a little Tigerleaf and maybe make you look a bit silly, but as you’ve done far more along those lines yourself, than I would ever have contemplated, when I get to the end of the next sentence I’m going to leave it at that. Keep self-parodying to your heart’s content!

        Tim

        March 20, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      • You are just parroting the mainstream media, if there really was something so deadly going around people would be dropping like flies, hiding indoors would be futile, a year on I don’t know anyone who’s had covid or know anyone who knows anyone who’s had it, quite simply it’s the flu rebranded!

        Tigerlily

        March 20, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      • You need psychiatric help for your psychosis and paranoid delusions.

        trev

        March 20, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      • mRNA vaccines for human use have been developed and tested for the diseases rabies, Zika, cytomegalovirus, and influenza, although these mRNA vaccines have not been licensed.[26] Many large pharmaceutical companies abandoned the technology,[24] while some biotechs re-focused on the less profitable area of vaccines, where the doses would be at lower levels and side-effects reduced

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

        Influenza, commonly known as “the flu

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

        yet there using a flu vaccine to cure cov19 so the question is if it does work why was it not licensed for use in humans b4 years ago as a flu jab!

        they have had this technology for decades yet it was never used until now.

        superted

        March 20, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      • The Covid vaccine isn’t a “cure”, superted, it’s more like the annual influenza vaccination we’ve had for years to keep the flu at bay and cut down on deaths, i.e., its a treatment tailored to increase antibodies present in the body which can attack known known strains of Covid-19 and give those vaccinated people a greater resistance to attack from the virus and lessen its harmful effects once infected. The idea is to make more people who end up with Covid-19 not to become sick enough to end up in hospital, suffer long-covid, infect others as much as otherwise or die from viral effects; it’s not and was never supposed to be a cure but a treatment to prepare, boost and bolster the body’s immune system to give those vaccinated a better chance to be spared the worst effects of infection and therefore be much more likely to survive. The vaccination is not 100% effective and the protection it affords varies from person to person but mass vaccination should seriously reduce the number of people who become visibly ill because of it, end up hospitalised, infect others without knowing, or end up dead which is way better than not being vaccinated, rolling the dice, and taking a chance during a pandemic which has already killed millions, is evolving, and looks likely to be with us for the foreseeable future.

        This is no cure for coronavirus, it’s going to be with us probably now forever, but vaccination does offer a proven way to massively lessen the virus’ most harmful effects and in doing so prevent many thousands of unnecessary premature deaths.I will hopefully be having my vaccination within mere weeks and can’t wait to get the chips stacked maybe 70% in my favour as far as coronavirus is concerned and as much as 90%+ when I get the booster dose a couple or three months later. Life is all about risk and I would much rather take a punt on the best international scientific expertise on earth than sit passively on my arse and hope for the best.

        Tim

        March 20, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      • deaths in my age range with nothing wrong with them is 101 from oct last year so next to nothing my immune system works fine i dont need to kick in to action with a vaccine that has never worked b4 they have had 90 years of trying.

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/covid19deathswithnounderlyinghealthconditionsbrokendownbyage

        and like you said it does not stop you getting it or passing it on so should be for old ppl only as that’s where most of the deaths are from over the age of 80 or with other health problems.

        so i wont be taking it but if they can whip up something so i can run at mach 10 ill be first in the line. 😉

        superted

        March 20, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      • @ superted

        That’s fine, man. I’m not trying to persuade anybody to be vaccinated if they choose not to and 100% support people doing as they please. (Same as Jehova’s Witnesses refusing blood transfusions and such like.) As far as I am concerned I welcome all the help that I can get because I have to go out into the world and cross the paths of huge numbers of people putting myself at risk. Good luck and all the best to everybody whether vaccinated or not. Far too many people have already died, been bereaved, had their health ruined long-term or had their lives, plans, hopes and dreams ruined and turned upside down.

        Tim

        March 21, 2021 at 7:03 am

  56. Death cult ☠

    Cloverleaf

    March 20, 2021 at 2:21 pm

  57. So the poverty pimps want to make a profit out of arse paper now, what a load of shit 💩

    Cloverleaf

    March 20, 2021 at 4:03 pm

  58. Are you going on it ted? 😁

    Cloverleaf

    March 20, 2021 at 4:04 pm

  59. superted

    March 20, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    • I bet Boris regrets flogging the water cannon now.

      trev

      March 20, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      • I see the Riot Police are ready. RT Russian Tele on the ground.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 20, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    • The young people have had enough of lockdown & Furlough & No Face Masks – Riots Tonight – 5 idiot protesters killed by the police.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 20, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      • Older people are suffering too but most are wise enough to stoically put up with it for the greater good. I’m getting bored of watching Judge Judy but it’s better than being in intensive care on a ventilator.

        trev

        March 20, 2021 at 4:32 pm

  60. Society Lockdown Meltdown.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 20, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    • All back in full lockdown by July 2021.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm

  61. So, even though there are very few jobs around, the DWP are going to go on pretending its business as usual ? Making thousands of pointless phone calls to claimants, just to keep chasing the unemployed.
    Sending out useless Claimant Commitments, which are not worth the paper they are written on, if they are not signed. What an absolute waste of time.

    Jeff Smith

    March 20, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    • It’s just to keep themselves in a job.

      trev

      March 20, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      • i still get around 100 jobs a day to apply for sent to me via email and most of them are for sales assistant or customer service never get a reply because there not real i click on some of them and said i applied 3 months ago lol.

        on uc the cc is digital and you have to accept it online so no sig required but if the cc is changed and you dont accept it in 7 days the hole claim will be shut down.

        superted

        March 20, 2021 at 7:16 pm

  62. DWP ‘trauma’ for Hull dad forced to pay £100 a month child maintenance to dead ex’s husband

    Army veteran Tony Booth was ordered to pay him despite both his children being adults who have left home

    https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/dwp-trauma-hull-dad-forced-5206313

    superted

    March 20, 2021 at 7:45 pm

  63. superted

    March 20, 2021 at 8:13 pm

  64. Stress – DWP

    4. Total number of sick days taken monthly across DWP beginning January 2020.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/stress_dwp#incoming-1742747

    superted

    March 20, 2021 at 8:16 pm

  65. Council Tax Debt – deduction made from benefit.

    Glasgow City Council currently have 31,263 accounts for which we receive
    deductions from the DWP.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_tax_debt_deduction_made#incoming-1739330

    superted

    March 20, 2021 at 8:19 pm

  66. Happy Birthday Lee Scratch Perry 85 Today!

    trev

    March 20, 2021 at 11:37 pm

  67. How the health passport will work.

    Cloverleaf

    March 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm

  68. Cloverleaf

    March 21, 2021 at 1:50 pm

  69. Indeed what a load of Bollox, if anyone can’t see where all this shite is going and how totalitarian it all is and still think it’s ok then they deserve their NWO dystopia!

    Tigerlily

    March 21, 2021 at 2:08 pm

  70. Too bloody right.

    Cloverleaf

    March 21, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    • I for one do not condone or support such protests and urge people not to take part in these populist protests that are being organized by Alt-Right extremists. The virus has created an opportunity for far right groups to gain purchase in the mainstream by exploiting peoples’ fears. Lockdown measures and facemasks, safe distancing, hand washing, and vaccination are all necessary procedures to combat infection, as any responsible intelligent person can see.

      trev

      March 21, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      • No Trev Condones the dik-tats of the Tyrannical Tory Regime!

        Tigerlily

        March 21, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      • The pandemic goes beyond party politics, in fact I think it should have been grounds for a coalition government. The Tories are not without blame however, lifting lockdown too early, not acting fast enough in the beginning, and cronyism where lucrative contracts were concerned, which a coalition might have prevented. But otherwise during a state of national emergency people have a responsibility to obey the laws, rules, and advice of the government of the day, whichever party is in power, and at the same time that government has a responsibility to handle the situation correctly and competently.

        trev

        March 21, 2021 at 3:43 pm

  71. superted

    March 21, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    • Whoooo hoodoo! 😸

      Cloverleaf

      March 21, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    • Selfish idiots encouraged to protest by Far Right extremists, whose actions are likely to lead to harsher clampdown possibly involving the army if it continues or gets worse.

      trev

      March 21, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    • Good, for everyone.

      xclausx

      March 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

  72. No you’ve got it wrong, the ‘virus’ has created an opportunity for the billionaire philanthrocapitalist class to implement their great reset, they never let a good crisis go to waste didn’t you know.

    Cloverleaf

    March 21, 2021 at 2:33 pm

  73. superted

    March 21, 2021 at 2:59 pm


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