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As Local Housing Allowance is Frozen DWP Minister Thérèse Coffey Gets £1,885 for her London Pied à Terre.

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Robert Goodwill's visit to Scotland and Minister Coffey's visit to  Salisbury pub re-opening - Defra in the media

Coffey Celebrates Nice Little Earner for Tory MPs.

Tory MPs claim almost £3m in housing rent on expenses

Welfare secretary Thérèse Coffey, whose department runs the LHA system, claimed £1,885 a month.

Revelation comes at same time as government freezes housing allowance, which could drive many tenants into debt.

A spokesperson for tenants’ union Acorn said: “To commit to this [LHA] freeze at the same time as huge swathes of the government’s own MPs are claiming extortionate amounts on expenses to pay rent on second homes is disgraceful and perfectly demonstrates the contempt with which they treat low-income people in this country – particularly given many of these MPs are claiming these expenses for second homes at the same time as raking in profit from homes they are renting out to tenants, while already taking home salaries far beyond what most people could ever imagine.”

The Tory MP claiming the highest rent expenses is Helen Whately, minister for social care. Despite earning £113,612 as an MP and minister, she claimed £3,250 in housing rent from the taxpayer each month between April and November 2020 – £26,000 in total during those eight months.

If Whately claims £3,250 a month for the whole of 2020/21, she will receive £39,000 towards her rent during the financial year. This is higher than the estimated average annual pay of her constituents, the average full-time earnings in the UK, the average nurse’s salary – and over double the average full-time care worker’s pay in 2019/20.

Suffolk Coastal, Coffey’s Constituency, is within commuting range of London.

This is the background:

Benefits system increasing homelessness in London, research finds.

A report from Homeless Link, titled Homelessness and welfare benefits in London, found that both the frozen Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and the benefit cap mean people claiming benefits cannot afford the housing that is available in the capital.

The report notes that the number of single people claiming Universal Credit in London increased by 88% between March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the UK, and August last year.

Meanwhile, an analysis found that 24 of the 32 boroughs in London do not have enough shared private rented accommodation to house those claiming the housing element of Universal Credit or housing benefit.

Across those 24 boroughs, only 54% of shared private rented accommodation would be affordable to those claiming benefits for their housing, the analysis found.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, chancellor Rishi Sunak reversed a multiyear freeze on the LHA rate, which determines how much housing benefit private renters receive, to ensure benefits covered the lowest third of rents in a local area.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 11, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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  1. Doesn’t seem to be much social distancing going on in that photo of Coffey and the other fuckwit.

    trev

    April 11, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    • Maybe they know there is no deadly plague doing the rounds.

      Cloverleaf

      April 11, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      • Covid denial from Cloverleaf? Surely not!

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    • There many photos of Coffey enjoying a good feed in Suffolk pubs, quaffing ale, and socialising with her local mates, tucking in to tasty meals. Unfortunately they are not from the last 13 months…..

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      • Ah, I see, photographic evidence of pre-Covid Coffey quaffing. Try saying that after a few pints of Adnams.

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      • Suffolk Coastal: Therese Coffey MP appointed Beer Parliamentarian of the Year after visiting all 118 pubs in her constituency (2014).

        https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/business/suffolk-coastal-therese-coffey-mp-appointed-beer-parliamentarian-of-the-2149898

        Andrew Coates

        April 11, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      • What they didn’t tell you is that she visited all 118 pubs in one day. She’s a boozy old bird who’ll drink you under the table!

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      • But does she practice social distancing and wear a face nappy when she’s at her swanky parties, I think not, distancing rules only apply to us peasants not our overlords. Who the f do they think they are anyway they are nothing but a bunch of criminals masquerading as a government. End of.

        Cloverleaf

        April 11, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      • I take it you voted Labour then?

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 5:38 pm

  2. An excellent piece Andrew if I may say so. It has that active, contemporary feel to it that is the hallmark of good journalism. Not afraid to call out a situation of injustice, and speak up for the underdog. Well done.

    The Editor

    April 11, 2021 at 1:09 pm

  3. Typical shabby Tory tricks.

    (Make a mental note; “must vote Labour in future”)

    trev

    April 11, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    • Perhaps the Labour Party should be dissolved, and a new centre-left party formed that has more public appeal ?

      George M

      April 11, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      • Labour are more centre-left under Starmer, the left who have been expelled or resigned have gone on to other Political projects.

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      • Or perhaps I should have said more Centre-Right under Starmer (?) , Centrist anyway.

        trev

        April 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm

  4. It can be a nice little earner being an MP. Look at the allowances and expenses that they get. It’s not so long along go that they we had the expenses scandal. When they were found to be claiming money for duckponds, stables and moat clearance. This wasn’t just a one-off, generations of MPs had claimed for similar expenses. It was just that this long-standing tradition, was unexpectedly brought to public knowledge.

    Jeff Smith

    April 11, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    • It’s a right old scam, nice work if you can get it. Where’s our missing £20 per week, backdated to April 2020 ???? Life is cushy for the Westminster elite, but those living on “legacy” Benefits can sing for their supper in Tory Britain. Those on UC still waiting for first payments or enduring deductions can pay their rent on promises whilst living on fresh air.

      trev

      April 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

  5. Housing represents probably the most expensive cost that people have to meet and so freezing LHA will convulse the lives of millions. The freeze is really an awful thing to do at the best of times but at the worst of times it will spell disaster for many. No one can pretend any more that there’s plenty of gainful employment out there if people want it and if they fall behind with things like rent and such it’s mostly their fault for being too lazy. When the effects of this catastrophic social policy eventually manifest themselves the Tories will be hard pressed to spin it however they try.

    Aleister

    April 11, 2021 at 2:08 pm

  6. And the B@stards call benefit claimants scroungers, what a fooking cheek!

    Tigerlily

    April 11, 2021 at 2:11 pm

  7. Signing-On At The House of Lords

    Enter two Noble Lords, to their right stands a Footman in wig and knee breeches. He is standing besides an antique desk. On the desk is a large leather-bound register, an ancient iron-bound wooden chest, and a quill pen and inkwell.
    The Footman: ” Good day your Lordships”, he bows to each in turn.
    Lord D. ”Good day Palmer, we have come to sign-in for today .”
    Lord P. ”However we will not be staying for the debate.” He smiles briefly at Lord D.

    The Footman bows, and opening the register, takes the quill pen, dips it in the inkwell, and gives it to Lord D.
    who accepts with a cultured dignity. The product of generations of careful breeding.
    Lord D. signs the register, and offers the quill pen to Lord P. , but not before carefully dipping it in the inkwell. So that Lord P. is not incommoded in any way whatsoever.
    Having supervised the signing, the Footman goes to the money chest. It opens with the creaking of time-worn hinges. The box is lined in a deep red velvet, and inside can be seen rows of leather pouches. Each contains the sum of £323 pounds sterling. Taking a pouch in each hand, the Footman bows, and gives one pouch to Lord D., and the other to his companion, Lord P.

    Lord D. ” Thank you Palmer.” He turns to Lord P. ” Just time for lunch at the club ?”
    Lord P. ” Lead on my dear fellow. and did I tell you about my new Purdey ? Absolutely first-rate, a little
    light at first, but once you get used to it…..”

    They exit, conversing together.

    Jeff Smith

    April 11, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    • @jeffsmith: Good one Jeff ! And very true as well, I can just see see it. Bit different to signing down at the Jobcentre.

      George M

      April 11, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    • 300 smackers a DAY for doing fuck all. Compared to £300 per week for a grafter, or £74 a week for an obsolete grafter who gets grilled like an hardened criminal on an episode of The Sweeney.

      trev

      April 11, 2021 at 3:30 pm

  8. Quite the bon viveur is Ms Coffey. Check out her Twitter feed to see what I mean. It’s a wonder how she manages to fit in being an MP and Minister of State with all that bingeing, gluttony and hammering the poor.

    Tim

    April 11, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    • I can hear those arteries hardening from here…won’t be long before she goes belly up.

      trev

      April 11, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      • Bet the disgusting Razorback has got a right apron on it!

        Tigerlily

        April 11, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    • What used to strike me Tim (I know this pub-restaurant, it’s at Thorpness, near Aldeburgh ) is that her good lunches would take at least half, it not more, of my weekly JSA:

      One Cromer Crab, alone, from Ipswich Market costs between £5 and £8, and that’s without the platter, drinks, and service charge.

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      • The unabashed opulence and greed of the Tories amid widespread poverty and suffering is reminiscent of the Czars or the French Royalty, and look how both of those situations ended!

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      • I don’t want to be too miserabilist, they obviously regard a few tenners spent on lunch as nothing, but those of us who have spent time weighing up whether to get baked beans, Sainsbury’s own brand or Heinz ( former obviously) on the basis of price have a different take.

        I like baked beans on toast, me.

        Andrew Coates

        April 11, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      • Believe me you’re not being miserabilist, I’ve eaten food I’ve found in the street and out of date food my neighbour threw in the bin before now! Walking that extra mile to save on shopping costs is a shared experience for many of us I would bet. The most infuriating thing is when the jobcentre and their various agencies offer the unemployed advice on Budgeting! How bloody patronizing is that when there’s nothing to budget with! Uk State Benefits are woefully inadequate, and it’s high time that changed, it’s ridiculous to expect someone to survive on £74 per week in this day & age.

        trev

        April 11, 2021 at 9:36 pm

  9. Ya hanging down to its trotters.

    Cloverleaf

    April 11, 2021 at 7:25 pm

  10. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    April 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

  11. There was a time you could gather up a carrier bag full of fresh vegetables that had fallen off the stalls in the market, or fallen out of the vans into the gutter, the odd onion here, the odd potato there, a few sprouts that had been dropped, a carrot under the counter not yet trodden on. But it came to pass that the local fresh market had security men who would sweep such unwanted escapees into a small pile and stand guard preventing anyone from taking it. How times have changed. I also remember people retrieving outdated salmon sandwiches from M&S skip before they cottoned on to it and paid security men to stop people from doing it by puncturing packages and pouring blue dye on things so you couldn’t eat them. That’s going back 25 yrs ago or more.

    trev

    April 11, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    • welcome to the future 😉

      web site crashed in 20 seconds and all pre orders were sold i bet the scalpers bought them all like gfx cards and will be on ebay for 3x the price.

      superted

      April 11, 2021 at 10:02 pm

  12. Sounds like it’s all falling apart at my jobcentre, I’ve got a phone appointment for tomorrow morning but they’ve rung me twice this morning to rearrange it ! The system isn’t allowing them to book appointments fir some reason. Bloody ridiculous.

    trev

    April 12, 2021 at 9:56 am

    • P.S.

      It just goes to show that you need to have your phone on hand at all times in case the fuckers ring you unexpectedly. I wasn’t expecting them to ring me at all today but they rang twice this morning! Remember, the Jobcentre staff have to pester folk to justify their own existence and validate their jobs, their phone calls and even appointments in person are not to benefit or help you in any way.

      trev

      April 12, 2021 at 11:07 am

      • Well they’ve got to do something to justify 27K plus in salary. Plus they know exactly what is coming down the line, when the £20 uplift payment goes, and then the furlough scheme ends.

        Jeff Smith

        April 12, 2021 at 1:51 pm

  13. What’s the point of politicians !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 12, 2021 at 11:11 am

    • Everything is political, even farting is political. What a load of political farts.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 12, 2021 at 11:12 am

      • Is disability political for political farts !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 12, 2021 at 11:13 am

      • How about leaving the politics out & just have a disabled fart without the politics.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 12, 2021 at 11:14 am

      • Here comes Justin Tomlinson Minister For The disabled.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 12, 2021 at 11:15 am

      • Justin Tomlinson has loads of disabled farts running the Cabinet Office & the disability Unit. Justin has problems farting.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 12, 2021 at 11:16 am

      • Stepping, did you ever think of working as a political journalist ?

        Jeff Smith

        April 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      • Move over John Pilger…

        trev

        April 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      • Well Jeff like Human Rights Daily Newspaper. Sounds better than cock ups at the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 12, 2021 at 4:42 pm

  14. xclausx

    April 12, 2021 at 12:31 pm

  15. It is 2.45pm, time for my telephone appointment.

    Ring.Ring.

    ”Hello Mr.Smith, it’s xxxx Jobcentre.”
    ”Hello.”
    ”How are you Mr.Smith ? ”
    ”Oh,I’m fine thanks.”
    ”Well, I’ve just called today to check in with you. Is everything going okay ?”
    ”Yes, everything seems to be going reasonably well. considering the current situation.”
    ”Good. Well, is there anything you would like to ask me ?”
    ”Not really, at the moment”
    ”Or any problem I can help you with ?”
    ”I can’t really think of anything at the moment.”
    ”And you have been told about how important it is to answer these calls, as they count instead
    of attending the Jobcentre ?”
    ”Yes, I do know about that.”
    ”Good. Well in that case I’d like to make another appointment to call you at 2.30pm on the 15th.”
    ”Right. (checking ) So that’s 2.30pm on the 15th ?”
    ”Yes, that’s correct. Goodbye Mr. Smith ”
    ” Goodbye.”

    Jeff Smith

    April 12, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    • I swear it’s like something from Alice in Wonderland, or Monty Python. Surreal.

      trev

      April 12, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    • The Job Centre won’t you to have a change of circumstances like changing from blue toilet paper to orange. That would make it a change of circumstances in the DWP Rules.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 12, 2021 at 4:38 pm

  16. lmfao

    superted

    April 12, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    • I was in my town centre this afternoon but steered clear of the pubs, the shopping centre was bad enough with massive queues everywhere, people queuing at a Barbers shop, and even at charity shops, and queuing to checkouts in Tesco and Home Bargains, queuing around the block to get in Primark, it was heaving with people everywhere and I was glad to get out of there. Lockdown was so peaceful by comparison.

      trev

      April 12, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      • that’s because you dont go outside every day and im still not dead even tho i was ran over 2 times last year with ppl on fkn push bikes with rim brakes.

        one dude was flying down the canal path round a corner hit my arm and went flying over the handlebars and was tko for 3-5 mins had to drag his ass out a ditch with some help and phoned a ambulance at the bridge crossing hut as was out of it and a bent front wheel.

        he was 72 and had flipflops on and shorts if he landed on the path like he did well prob would have killed him at that age.

        but ppl still walked past and just looked like not my problem and carry on with there day.

        superted

        April 12, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      • @superted – They can be a real danger. Cyclists on the pavement, riding fast. Zig-zagging through pedestrians. You are walking along, and some clown goes streaking past. With inches to spare. No bloody bell on the bike. Couldn’t care less.

        George M

        April 12, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      • So speaks the High Priest of the Lockdown Zealots.

        suebi28

        April 13, 2021 at 9:54 am

      • Well you must admit it was a lot more peaceful, less traffic, fewer crowds, birds singing…but it will be ok eventually, it’ll just take time for people to readjust and establish a new normal, shop less, consume less, use car less, walk more, don’t go out for the sake of it, slow down, work fewer hours, abandon the rat race, stop rushing about and accept a slower pace of life like in Spain, Greece, Eire for example.

        trev

        April 13, 2021 at 10:04 am

  17. 12 Apr 2021
    PCS has condemned the decision to fully reopen jobcentres today warning that it will increase the likelihood of avoidable Covid-19 infections.

    Pre-lockdown opening hours for jobcentres will resume allowing a huge increase in face-to-face appointments for people to claim Universal Credit and other benefits.

    However, the union has said that the move unnecessarily risks further outbreaks of Covid 19 and pointed out that DWP staff were delivering services to claimants successfully, working from home.

    PCS are clear that the vast bulk of the interviews now expected to be done face to face can still be carried out remotely, and fear the real driver for targeting 18-24 year old UC claimants and customers in receipt of JSA back in to jobcentres, is less about providing much needed support to customers and more about reinstating the previous labour market and conditionality regime which saw thousands sanctioned, having their benefits removed.

    The government’s instruction for civil servants to work from home if they can, is also still in place.

    PCS said DWP management had ignored their concerns over potential Covid outbreaks, and the union added that its members would now consider all options, including taking strike action.

    General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This reckless move by Ministers is wholly unnecessary and risks putting both claimants and job centre staff in harm’s way.

    “DWP staff have been doing an incredible job delivering key services such as Universal Credit and helping those most in need, access the assistance they require, throughout the pandemic.

    “It is counterproductive and arrogant for ministers to risk staff and the wider public’s health by resuming normal jobcentre opening hours before the vaccine is fully rolled out and when these services are being successfully delivered from home.

    “The anger of our members is palpable and we are not ruling out strike action, until a just settlement is found.”

    https://www.pcs.org.uk/news/strike-action-not-ruled-out-as%C2%A0dwp-reopens%C2%A0jobcentres-pcs-warns%C2%A0

    Andrew Coates

    April 12, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    • “counterproductive and arrogant” yep, that sounds like the Tory DWP.

      “strike action”…hope so!

      They are due to phone me tomorrow, initial time of 10.25 am, subsequently rearranged for 1.35 pm, subsequently rearranged for 3.45pm. Purpose of phone call; to say hello and arrange another phone call. WTF ? Is that an effective use of Taxpayers money? Doesn’t anyone care? The Taxpayers Alliance? The Labour party? The mainstream media? Anyone at all?

      trev

      April 12, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      • So after ringing me several times to arrange and rearrange the time of today’s phone appointment, they had finally settled on 3.45pm after shifting the original appointment from 10.30am to 1.35pm, they just rang me at 1.50pm ! The Jobcentre don’t know their arse from their elbow at the moment. It was a 5 min. chat mainly to ask if I have any change in circumstances, plus a bit of general banter. The woman told me that they are hoping to start having people in for face-to-face interviews after one more phone appointment, so for me that means in 4 weeks time. We’ll see.

        trev

        April 13, 2021 at 1:08 pm

  18. superted

    April 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

  19. It just seems bizarre to me that hundreds of thousands of people have been left to the ludicrous whims of the DWP, a department that seems to have gone rogue, unaccountable to anyone, condemned by the UN to no avail, and now operating with impunity, unquestioned by the Opposition and the majority of the media, it’s ‘clients’ subjected to a Kafkaesque nightmare that never ends, face-to-face interrogations replaced by seemingly pointless nuisance phone calls that serve no purpose other than to maintain the psychological warfare against the poor and vulnerable.

    trev

    April 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    • @trev- The DWP are paranoid that people might be claiming benefits, without doing any proper jobsearch.
      They no doubt see the last year without personal appointments, as some sort of benefit disaster.
      But they are now putting suspicion before safety, with this premature opening of Jobcentres.
      Not only the safety of the claimants, but also of their own Jobcentre staff. As the PCS union has pointed out.
      You have to ask which is more important ? Lives or Claimant Commitments ?

      Jeff Smith

      April 12, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      • But they must know that given the circumstances peoples’ jobsearch is severely curtailed and limited by all sorts of related factors; the lack of jobs, closure of businesses, further job losses, lockdown parameters and hygiene concerns, actual illness, limited access to internet, library and Jobcentre closures, etc.
        I think it’s more about not losing their grip of fear and restating their stamp of authority upon people, and that is both sinister and nasty, they don’t want the pandemic to undermine the regime IDS established for the Tories over the Working Class. Bloody Class War again.

        trev

        April 13, 2021 at 9:40 am

  20. I went into town yesterday and was surprised to see so many people out and about and how few people were wearing masks outdoors and in several of the shops which had reopened. In the TESCO supermarket all shoppers and staff seemed to be masked but in the barber’s and a hairdresser’s salon neither the staff or customers were and there was a big crowd drinking outside a pub unmasked and not socially distancing either. How can such behaviour not cause an increase in coronavirus infections in the population? The only question really is how big the next surge will be and how long before its presence is felt? The people I saw yesterday were behaving as if the contagion was gone altogether which is far from the truth.

    Aleister

    April 13, 2021 at 7:04 am

    • Covid: Return to normality won’t be a light switch moment, says Fauci

      Covid: Return to normality won’t be a light switch moment, says Fauci

      Close

      Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, has said that herd immunity is an “elusive concept” and there is no definitive percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to achieve it.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-56731430

      trev

      April 13, 2021 at 10:44 am

      • Listen to Fauci the Fearmonger deceive the whole world about herd immunity!!!

        http://stateofthenation.co/?p=60058

        Cloverleaf

        April 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      • Perhaps Fauci is privy to inside information Cloverleaf and knows something that you don’t? i.e. that the process of Armageddon (that began around 1912 according to Wellesley Tudor Pole) is well under way, has reached a crucial point, and cannot be stopped. Don’t be fearful though, it’s just the birth pangs of the Aquarian Age.

        trev

        April 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    • “Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of the consequences of lifting lockdown, telling reporters: “As we unlock, the result will inevitably be that we will see more infection, sadly we will see more hospitalisation and deaths, and people have just got to understand that.”

      He also says it is “very important” for people to understand that the reduction in infections, hospitalisations and deaths “has not been achieved by the vaccination programme”.

      “People don’t, I think, appreciate that it’s the lockdown that has been overwhelmingly important in delivering this improvement in the pandemic and the figures that we’ve seen,” he says.

      “Yes of course the vaccination programme has helped but the bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown.”

      The PM says he cannot see any reason to change the roadmap out of lockdown at the moment, but urges caution, saying that people must continue to “do the basic things” to get there.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-56730037

      trev

      April 13, 2021 at 10:50 am

  21. I went past my local library this morning. A dozen or so people waiting to get in, supervised by a staff member. A notice was up saying they were operating on restricted capacity due to Covid-19. And after this number was reached, people would only be allowed in one at a time, as others left the building.
    What happens in the case of a Jobseeker in the queue, who has booked his single hour of internet access ?
    This queue wasn’t moving, so presumably you could stand there for half an hour or more. Maybe even the whole hour, and miss your slot altogether ?
    For a Universal Credit claimant, already reduced to a maximum of 6 hours internet search per week. I can see trouble ahead, if they have to say they have managed only 2 or 3 hours per week.

    Jeff Smith

    April 13, 2021 at 11:26 am

  22. COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows

    https://www.newsweek.com/covid-lockdowns-have-no-clear-benefit-vs-other-voluntary-measures-international-study-shows-1561656

    suebi28

    April 13, 2021 at 11:27 am

  23. Legal Advice about extended services from 12 April
    13 Apr 2021
    PCS has been in intensive talks with the DWP about their plans to extend the opening of all Jobcentres from Monday 12 April to deal face to face with 18-24 year olds, new claimants, JSA claimants as well as self employed proof of earnings, Interviews Under Caution (IUC) and National Insurance number (NINO) interviews.

    PCS is opposed to this rushed extended opening because we do not believe that this work can be done safely due to Covid. In negotiations the union has pressed for a slower more cautious approach. PCS are opposed to this extension of face to face work and any compulsory return to the workplace for staff in non-front facing roles. The DWP have indicated that they intend to press ahead and we are therefore providing members with legal advice in an open letter to all PCS members working in DWP.

    Returning to work and the Law
    To be clear the purpose of the all member letter is merely to explain your legal rights. PCS is not advising members to refuse to work face to face.

    Meeting Scheduled with Permanent Secretary
    Following pressure from PCS the Permanent Secretary has now agreed to meet PCS negotiators to discuss our concerns about DWP’s decision to extend opening in Jobcentres.

    Member’s action gets results
    PCS issued an e-action link to members on Friday afternoon and have had nearly a thousand members submit the action to the Minister. This has already provoked a response from the Permanent Secretary this morning to all staff and the more members that complete the e-action the stronger the message sent to the Minister and senior leaders in DWP. Please ensure you click on the link below if you haven’t already done so. Please follow the link to e-action to Secretary of State Therese Coffey

    If you are told to work in a jobcentre that you feel is unsafe and you want to talk to a PCS representative, please send an email to leeds@pcs.org.uk giving your name, membership number and telephone number. We will contact you as soon as possible.

    PCS will continue to do all we can to protect your safety at work. Your union is here for you at this difficult time. We support any member who requires assistance.

    superted

    April 13, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    • The PCS is mainly just a talking shop, they won’t strike and the DWP knows it. What’s needed is a full-out strike of claimants and Work Coaches. A National Benefits Strike.

      George M

      April 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    • Well they’ve just told me that I have one more phone interview in a fortnight’s time then after that it’ll be Jobcentre appointments in person, so for me that’ll be about 11th May.

      trev

      April 13, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      • They are obviously determined to get everyone back under observation as soon as possible.

        Jeff Smith

        April 13, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      • I would have though that they would at least have waited until “customers” had been given the second booster vaccination to give maximum long lasting protection but no. I suppose the new Work Coaches are getting restless or the government fed up with paying them for their services and not getting them or similar. You will have to say, trev, what safety precautions were taken when you next visit the Jobcentre. I have been told that they now have perspex screening to protect the staff but don’t know if visitors will have to wear masks and such like. If I were you I would try to remain standing because goodness knows how many other will have sat on Jobcentre furniture coughing and spluttering before you.

        I can only be a matter of time before UC claimants will soon be following in your footsteps.

        Aleister

        April 13, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      • Well we’ll see. I imagine they will be quick-fire appointments, in and out, how’s your jobsearch, here’s your next appointment and off you go. I will have had my second jab by then (this Thursday in fact) but many of the Jobcentre staff won’t have even had their first one. The whole thing is pointless of course and could easily be avoided. There’s no real need to see people in person and Benefits can be paid automatically without any problems, as the last 12 months have proven. Jobcentres, Work Coaches, Conditionality, jobsearch, all combine to make an utterly pointless and unnecessary charade for the sake of it.

        trev

        April 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

  24. Tigerlily

    April 13, 2021 at 1:27 pm

  25. Pentagon (Darpa) confirms microchip that detects covid under the skin!!

    Cloverleaf

    April 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm

  26. Yes Johnson you C¥nt there are going to be many more deaths, not from Myth19 but from the vaccines, wait until people start getting flu jabs in the autumn, the shit in those will mix with the shit in the vax causing mass deaths which will no doubt be blamed on another variant!

    Tigerlily

    April 13, 2021 at 5:08 pm

  27. Deaths from the Genocide jab across America and Europe are about 100,000 and rising, A&E’s are seeing huge rises in patients with adverse reactions to the Kill Shot!

    Tigerlily

    April 13, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    • That’s nonsense Tigerlily. Stop spreading untruths and fear mongering.

      trev

      April 13, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      • Says shameless trev the number 1 undisputed liar and fear monger on this blog.

        suebi28

        April 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      • I may be a bit off-beat sometimes, that’s what comes of being a romantic visionary with a creative mind, but I never intend to deliberately mislead.

        trev

        April 13, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    • The opposite is true:

      Prof Whitty warned the virus “will find the people who have either not been vaccinated or where the vaccine has not worked.”

      Even if you have been vaccinated no vaccine is 100% effective and some of the vaccinated, along with a larger number of the vaccinated, will die from covid and covid related illness this year. Whitty claimed that he was talking about 30,000 more such deaths during 2021, as the lowest estimate, based on mathematical modelling. So folks the best bet to stack the chips in your favour in my opinion is to be vaccinated ASAP even though the vaccination may not save you if it doesn’t work for you. (Most people will produce antibodies after getting the jab which offer 70% to 90%+ immunity to the common strains of the virus, which is one hell of a lot better than 0% immunity obviously whatever your age.) I’ve just booked my two injections online and will be having the first next week, almost certainly a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, at the nearest centre and looking forward to it without the slightest concern.

      The best of British luck to all of those unable to be vaccinated or choosing not to be vaccinated.

      Be careful and mind how you go.

      Aleister

      April 14, 2021 at 8:55 am

  28. Sadly, 19 people have died out of the 79 cases – 13 females and 6 males. 11 out of the 19 people who died were under the age of 50, 3 of whom were under 30. 14 of these 19 cases were of CVST with thrombocytopenia and 5 were of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia.
    All 79 cases occurred after a first dose of the vaccine.

    Sadly, 19 people have died out of the 79 cases – 13 females and 6 males. 11 out of the 19 people who died were under the age of 50, 3 of whom were under 30. 14 of these 19 cases were of CVST with thrombocytopenia and 5 were of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia.
    All 79 cases occurred after a first dose of the vaccine.

    deaths under the age of 45 is 101 with no underlining health issues so the odds dont look to good if you look at it that way does it.

    dont forget they dumped these rna vaccines years ago because they did not work so no licence for use was ever given to use it in the last 30 years b4 now.

    in 1992-1993 the population was less but the death rate that year was the same as last year and higher in others.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/deathsintheukfrom1990to2020

    if i gave anyone that list and told them one year was a pandemic what one would you choose.

    and yet when you reach the time to retire and have to go to a hospital bed you will have a dnr notice stuck on ur ass they care that much.

    same as all the old ppl freezing to death each year and a bbc goon banging on the door for the licence fee ect ect.

    boris cant even operate a comb mancock could not even operate a washing machine and all they care about is self preservation the truth does not matter only the agenda of control and self gain from there corporation pals.

    it is the same way the dwp work on lies bollocks and bullshit to con you in to doing this and that for the profit of others because you are there profit unit.

    if they dont stop testing ppl then it will never end because when winter comes around again and a new strain of the flu pops up same as every year since 8000bc it will be locked down again based on cases so they can then get the emergency powers granted for another 6 months in September and get it passed again so they got the full 2 years they wanted in the first place.

    while they have this power they are not accountable for there actions and can do what they want and push everything through with no debate on most of it not that matters with a labour lap dog doing as it is told because there all playing the same game self preservation.

    superted

    April 13, 2021 at 9:11 pm

  29. superted

    April 14, 2021 at 12:26 am

  30. Some interesting info from whatdotheyknow

    If your still claiming old Legacy JSA Jobseeker’s allowance. With no change

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

    jj joop

    April 14, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    • @jj joop : I do wish that people like this would stop making the rest of the working class look like morons.
      Look at the wording of thsi FOI. ‘Can you be blackmailed…etc.’ If you can’t make a written request without looking like some sort of idiot, then please spare the rest of us your stupidity.

      Jeff Smith

      April 14, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      • @jeffsmith: Yeah, got to agree with you there Jeff. I can well imagine they were laughing answering that one.

        George M

        April 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      • Agreed. You can’t use such emotive terminology in official correspondence.

        trev

        April 14, 2021 at 1:40 pm

      • Perhaps I should have said amusing as well as interesting!

        jj joop

        April 14, 2021 at 2:17 pm

  31. UK’s poorest families on Universal Credit hit by shock tax bill as HMRC cuts payments

    The tax-authority is cutting payments for more than 50,000 Universal Credit households a week in a raid linked to historical working tax credits.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/universal-credit-families-sent-shock-23909655

    xclausx

    April 14, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    • A video of some Geordie bloke talking shite, just LOL 😆

      trev

      April 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

  32. If a fourth, fifth or sixth lockdown is needed to defeat the virus, then so be it.

    Jeff Smith

    April 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    • Yes, I’m afraid so, in which case an Unconditional Basic Income would be inevitable.

      trev

      April 14, 2021 at 7:49 pm

  33. Well how else would people survive another lockdown? Can companies be kept afloat indefinitely on furloughed workers doing no work? Redundant workers living indefinitely on Universal Credit? The pandemic almost forced real change in society, very nearly initiated lasting changes to the way in which society operates and people live. Nearly. And maybe it yet will.

    trev

    April 14, 2021 at 8:20 pm

  34. slimeball

    suebi28

    April 14, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    • @suebi28: I understand Andrew allows a certain freedom of expression on his blog. Perhaps more than is ideal from an editorial perspective. There is however, no excuse for deliberate abuse of other individuals. Trev is a highly-respected and established contributor to Ipswich Unemployed Action, and should be treated as such.

      The Editor

      April 14, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      • superted

        April 14, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      • I would allow complete freedom of expression, but for the abuse and far-right stuff which has nothing to do with the issues we talk about, and which came in tonnes at one point.

        Andrew Coates

        April 15, 2021 at 3:27 pm

  35. Apple and Google block NHS Covid app update over privacy breaches
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/12/apple-and-google-block-nhs-covid-app-update-over-privacy-breaches

    the real virus is the tory party nearly every year in power the have pushed up the total mortality rate in the uk for the last ten years in power.

    if i spent 35 billion on a app that does not work and now never will do id be put in prison until i was dead if that was my company for fraud!

    apple and google pay lots and lots of tax in the uk tho.

    Filed June 8, Apple’s statement of comprehensive income reveals that Apple turned over nearly £1.4 billion in retail revenue between October 2018 and September 2019 last year. Yet the filing reveals Apple will only pay tax of £6 million, and that this sum will be reversed

    https://www.imore.com/apple-paying-exactly-right-amount-uk-tax-despite-what-youve-read#:~:text=Filed%20June%208%2C%20Apple's%20statement,this%20sum%20will%20be%20reversed.

    superted

    April 14, 2021 at 8:26 pm

  36. It is outrageous that they can get away with this, and these are skilled workers.

    Jeff Smith

    April 15, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    • Shame the Union couldn’t have done more. The power/energy companies need to be re-Nationalized.

      trev

      April 15, 2021 at 3:39 pm

  37. Fact Check:Full Fact Say The Covid Vaccines Are Not Experimental-They’re Lying!

    https://tapnewswire.com/2021/04/fact-check-full-fact-say-the-covid-vaccines-are-not-experimental-theyre-lying/

    Tigerlily

    April 15, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    • Whilst I appreciate your concern Tigerlily I went ahead nonetheless and have had my second Astra Zeneca Covid jab this afternoon, all done & dusted, protected as much as possible for now.

      trev

      April 15, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    • Also people infected by Covid-19 NINE TIMES more likely to get blood clot than those who have been vaccinated.

      https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/coronavirus-infection-more-likely-to-cause-blood-clots-than-vaccines-new-oxford-study.html

      The best way to be safe currently available is to accept an invitation to be vaccinated against Covid.

      Tim

      April 16, 2021 at 8:17 am

      • Sadly all that does is make things more confusing and begs the question why someone or some group would go to such a length to try to obfuscate a situation that needs urgent research.
        Its and im only speaking for myself whose been vaccinated with astrazeneca (1st dose), somewhat disconcerting and selfish.

        If its all for the greater good then what if i decide to eradicate all the greater good for my greater good.

        What one perceives as the greater good works regardless of numbers.

        Not seeing me in a warm fuzzy glowing kind of light, i wonder why.

        Doug

        April 16, 2021 at 10:16 am


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