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High court bid to end discrimination against Legacy Benefit claimants.

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This has been an issue our contributors have long been concerned with:

Universal Credit increase: High Court challenge piles pressure on DWP to extend £20 uplift to all benefits.

The ‘I’.

The Government has come under renewed pressure to raise the value of all benefits in line with the increase ministers introduced for universal credit claimants at the start of the pandemic.

It comes as the High Court gave two people on employment and support allowance (ESA), one of the benefits being replaced by Universal Credit, permission to challenge the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) policy on the uplift, which they claim is discriminatory.

In March 2020, the Government announced that people on universal credit and working tax credit will temporarily receive an extra £20 a week to cope with the disruption caused by coronavirus, but stopped short of extending the increase to people still on the old benefits system, many of whom are carers and those with disabilities. Nearly two million people on ESA have missed out on the uplift, worth £1,040 a year.

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The High Court’s decision to grant permission for the claim to be heard shows leaving out certain benefit claimants from the £20-a-week increase is arguably “unlawful”, he said.

“People dependent on the basic allowances provided by benefit payments are facing higher living costs during the pandemic. However, there is a difference in treatment between those on universal credit and those on legacy benefits, despite the fact that claimants in each group may have very similar circumstances.

“It is therefore welcome that this difference in treatment will be scrutinised by the High Court, particularly given the fact that almost two million disabled people are disproportionately affected by this decision.”

Written by Andrew Coates

April 30, 2021 at 5:49 pm

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  1. Not giving the £20 uplift payment to the legacy claimants, was totally wrong and entirely unjust from the start.
    At least now we will have this tested in court. Something like this should have been done months ago, by DPAC and others.

    Jeff Smith

    April 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      April 30, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      • Going onto ESA means more the £20 a week less more like £30 & £40 a week less.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        April 30, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      • @Andrew Coates – I hope we are not going to see any DWP dirty work here, and they just pay the ESA claimants, but not the JSA. If this case is upheld by the court, then all those on legacy benefits must get the £20 increase.
        Not only the 2 Million Employment and Support Allowance claimants, but also the approx. 200,000 legacy benefit claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance. This is not just about ESA, but JSA as well. I notice a lot of the press does not specifically mention the JSA claimants, and it would be very wrong for them to be forgotten again.

        Jeff Smith

        April 30, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      • I don’t think they could get away with that Jeff if a Court Ruling is made it must apply to all legacy Benefits. The Government might appeal against the decision though and cause further delay!

        trev

        April 30, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      • and the same goes for entering in to contracts with 3rd party company’s for profit you are not required buy law to sign anything and has been ruled on and the dwp lost in 9 mins and did not even bother to send a presenting officer to defend them self.

        why would anyone sign anything if they are not required to buy law under threats of unlawful sanctions if you dont do as your told.

        this shit will never end and only get worse if you keep being good little profit units to the providers if you want a easy life on benefits you have to earn it and put them work coaches back in there box for good and not let them bully you when in fact they have no power over you at all, the cant check even the job search because of gdpr let alone force you to do anything bar job search and you can provide this anyway you want.

        so in simple terms if you sign the restart programme contract/ data wave they own your ass and they will share your data with 3rd party’s because they are going to use the free funded training courses with esf funding to proved this part of it.

        all you have to do if you are mandated for induction is do it to the letter turn up on time on said date and get proof of postage ie bus fair ect.

        say you are fully willing to participate but will not be giving any paw prints on any contracts or enrollment forms as buy law you are not required to and show the the foi request and smile.

        doing this will mean they will ask you to leave and that means you can not participate and thus stopping you from doing so and not your problem.

        ask for a letter if they do this for there reason why they are stopping you from participating when it is clear buy law you are not required to sign anything and see what comes out the mangle of bs.

        DSC_0596

        dont forget i was sent for a skills assessment that did not happen so they are not utilising there funding appropriately as it never happened and they dont get paid for this anyway but i needed a conference boosting course instead i have done so many times i have lost count.

        DSC_0699_02

        thats a sar from the lms as it records everything and there lies i will not comply.

        superted

        April 30, 2021 at 9:10 pm

  2. ‘We need the best lawyers in the land’ the DWP go. ‘It would have never got to court if Dominic Cummings was still around.’ the DWP continue. ‘We can not lose because we are the DWP & will Appeal 25 times till you run out of money to pay your lawyer.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 30, 2021 at 6:23 pm

  3. I will sign the petition. It’s hard to see how any Judge worth their salt could possibly rule in the Government’s favour on this one. The increase will be welcome to say the least, though it is intended to be a temporary measure it should be permanent, which would take it up to the level that the Council of Europe said it should have been at SEVEN YEARS ago!!!

    trev

    April 30, 2021 at 6:24 pm

  4. Does that mean Universal Credit is taken to court yet again. It seem that that is all Universal Credit does is end up in court if you are lucky. The DWP need to sanction their lawyers because the DWP think they are above the law.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 30, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    • It means that the Tory Government is either inept or deliberately cruel, mean and vindictive, or at the very least negligent. They just can’t get over the Victorian notion of the deserving and undeserving poor.

      trev

      April 30, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      • Ha! General Robert Edward Lee the putz who LOST the American Civil War. Tee-hee.

        Aleister

        May 1, 2021 at 6:02 am

  5. DWP Lobbying again.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 30, 2021 at 6:46 pm

  6. now what you lot going to do with £1500 in ur back pocket and are mandated to the restart programme.

    you got 5 sanctions worth of war chest to say no to there contracts so your fully covered if they try a sanction doubt. 😉

    superted

    April 30, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    • I’m saving up for a motorbike

      trev

      April 30, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    • I would also buy a better (newer) phone and maybe a tablet.

      trev

      April 30, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    • If you get Sanctioned on JSA don’t you get Hardship payments that roughly amount to about £40 per week instead of the full £74, sometimes referred to as Reduced Rate JSA? If so, then would you still qualify for such payments if you have a Grand in the Bank, or do such Hardship payments depend upon having zilch? If that is the case it might be better to withdraw the £1000 backdated lump sum of “uplift” money from your Bank and stash it somewhere safe or spend it, so that in the event of a Sanction you can still get Hardship.

      trev

      May 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      • yup they will ask for a bank statement from the cash point to prove you have nothing in the account but on uc you have to pay it back and on jsa you dont.

        superted

        May 1, 2021 at 7:21 pm

  7. I need something practical & economical with panniers to carry my shopping you prick.

    trev

    April 30, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    • Get one with a sidecar then, just like Bibi.

      zamo887878

      April 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

  8. Everytime I was sanctioned it was because of the providers and you still had to attend with no money.

    Big bird

    April 30, 2021 at 8:44 pm

  9. The last time the DWP had a major judgement against it (when Iain Duncan Smith was introducing workfare) the government of the day, with support from most Labour MPs, passed emergency legislation to overturn the verdict and prevent future similar judgements from happening. It will be interesting, if the DWP lose the case, whether they will do something like this again. If not a couple of million people might be getting a £20 p.e., increase in JSA, until next September anway, and a £1,080 backpayment!

    Aleister

    May 1, 2021 at 5:59 am

    • Ah yes, the Cait Reilly case. The Government decided that it was in the public’s best interest to NOT pay the millions owed to those illegally exploited, and that was that, the world kept on turning as normal.

      trev

      May 1, 2021 at 7:05 am

      • That’s the one! And with a big majority the Tories might try to pull off a repeat as per “uplifting” JSA… unless of course enough “red wall” Tories, with an eye to their future, decide to threaten and rebel as they did when Boris and Co., began trailing their coats about stripping the increment away from Universal Credit recipients.

        The discrimination the DWP has shown between UC and JSA claimants in this case is glaringly obvious and so I’m assuming the DWP will be defeated in court. It will be interesting to see what the government decides to do try to do after the verdict and how many on the Conservative benches decide to do about it.

        Aleister

        May 1, 2021 at 10:27 am

      • I don’t see how they can have a leg to stand on, but if true to form the Tories will just make the law up as they go along. They’ve even been condemned by the UN in the past few years but it didn’t make a bit of difference.

        trev

        May 1, 2021 at 10:43 am

  10. I have just received in the post my claimant commitment after attending the Jobcentre on Thursday. I noticed that although it shows the starting date as on Thursday this week it then states that this job seekers agreement is treated as made in 2009. I’m now supposed to contact employers every week, look and apply for jobs daily.
    I don’t know the relevance of using 2009 as the starting date for my job seekers agreement.

    Rob

    May 1, 2021 at 9:20 am

  11. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    May 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

  12. Get ready for government to do what they did last time they lost and apply a retrospective law just so they dont have to payout back payments.

    Doug

    May 1, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    • That’s exactly what’s going to happen.

      jj joop

      May 1, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    • IDS’ time machine. It might have been him that crash-landed in the Rendlesham forest all those years ago.

      trev

      May 1, 2021 at 3:16 pm

  13. Not that it’s any business of yours but I stopped smoking ages ago, and having transport would enable me to apply for a lot more jobs that are further away.

    trev

    May 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm

  14. The DWP Lobbying Committee with Iain Duncan Smith * David Cameron.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 1, 2021 at 4:47 pm

  15. The DWP Universal Credit is the Tory Flag Ship, so it has to stay afloat at what ever cost.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 1, 2021 at 4:49 pm

  16. So it’s the DWP that brings down the Tory Party without voting on anything.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 1, 2021 at 4:50 pm

  17. One roll of Wallpaper for Boris Johnson….

    Andrew Coates

    May 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm

  18. My Jobseeker’s Allowance,
    Is like a friend to me,
    Without his help each fortnight,
    I don’t know where I’d be.

    We’ve been together for some years now,
    JSA and I,
    Through many different Work Coaches,
    And mandatory schemes.
    Where greedy training providers,
    Try to sell their foolish dreams.

    How any job is wonderful,
    No matter what the pay.
    And how you’ll laugh with pleasure,
    Going in to work each day !
    But JSA and I,
    We’ve seen it all before.

    The dirty, run-down office,
    And the goon upon the door,
    The false smiles and the promises,
    We don’t believe them any more.

    The register that you must sign,
    Their endless paper work too,
    All the forms that must be filled,
    So they can get money for you.

    But through it all, JSA and I,
    We carry on just the same,
    With token applications,
    We play their pointless game.

    Random Poet

    May 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    • Very true

      trev

      May 1, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      • WTF is your problem dickhead?

        trev

        May 1, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    • Well done Random, another cracker !

      Jeff Smith

      May 1, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    • @Random Poet – It is rare to find welfare poetry of this quality on a blog. And so it gives me great pleasure to present Random Poet, with the Ipswich Unemployed Action, Welfare Poetry Award 2021. Well done Random , and many congratulations.

      The Editor

      May 1, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      • @The Editor: I’d like to thank Andrew Coates for setting up the blog, Trev , Jeff Smith and so many others for all their kind comments. My 10th grade English teacher, Mrs.Johnson, my neighbour Malcolm, and lastly my cat Sebastian.

        Random Poet

        May 1, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    • @Random Poet: A classic, I particularly liked the bit about the goon by the door.

      George M

      May 1, 2021 at 11:11 pm

  19. they should use this as the restart programme adverts pmsl.

    deadly parasite detected approaching fast raise shields and set phasers to fun and photon torpedoes’ to fuck that.

    superted

    May 1, 2021 at 9:51 pm

  20. restart programme preparation advice.

    superted

    May 2, 2021 at 12:14 am

    • LOL 😂 Cheech n Chong takes me back

      trev

      May 2, 2021 at 9:36 am

  21. Conservative donors were approached to cover the cost of a nanny for Boris Johnson’s son Wilfred, it has been reported — as party staff have been given one week to hand over all communication related to the Downing Street flat refurbishment.

    An unidentified Tory MP received a complaint from a supporter who has been asked to pay for childcare for the one-year-old, according to The Sunday Times.

    The donor reportedly told the MP: “I don’t mind paying for leaflets but I resent being asked to pay to literally wipe the prime minister’s baby’s bottom.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-nanny-flat-loan-b1840805.html

    Andrew Coates

    May 2, 2021 at 8:52 am

  22. India farmers warning, if our resistance fails they will starve the world.

    Cloverleaf

    May 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

  23. The Indian government is destroying farms, people are dying of starvation and it is being blamed on corona, the whole world is one big crime scene and it is bloody frightening.

    Cloverleaf

    May 2, 2021 at 10:57 am

    • A suitably ominous soundtrack for the current times…

      I think we could see millions of Covid deaths in India.

      trev

      May 2, 2021 at 11:09 am

    • That article is stretching things to say the least. The situation in India is horrendous, the infrastructure can’t cope, and whilst yes there is some corruption in India we all know that, but there is nothing “alleged” about the Covid pandemic and there is no “Genocide” being carried out in secret – that is just paranoid conspiracy nonsense yet again from taps news wire (which isn’t a news outlet, it’s a conspiracy website). The situation in India is bad enough as it is without making any of it up.

      trev

      May 2, 2021 at 11:44 am

    • Horrific scenes of Covid deaths in India show there is nothing “alleged” about the pandemic:

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-56913348

      trev

      May 2, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      • India population 1.4 Billion. Deaths per million population – 155

        UK population 68 Million. Deaths per million population – 1,870

        Context.

        bob1234232

        May 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm

  24. This case (legacy “uplift” justice) is filtering through the media and now even appearing in local news:

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/millions-benefits-could-up-1040-20511229

    trev

    May 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

  25. On this basis, Stepping Razor might as well have a go at being Prime Minister.

    George M

    May 2, 2021 at 1:30 pm

  26. NHS whistleblower on what’s been going on behind the scenes in hospitals in the UK January 2020 – January 2021.

    Cloverleaf

    May 2, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    • For crying out loud how many more times is it necessary to explain that a viral pandemic constitutes both a National and International state of Emergency, and during such a state of Emergency you don’t ask questions you follow instructions, you don’t question instructions you follow orders. End of.

      trev

      May 2, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      • You’re a fucking liar. You don’t believe that shit you just posted. You have sinister motives behind your “support” for this insanity.

        bob1234232

        May 2, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      • Following orders wasn’t much of an excuse at Nuremberg was it vert.

        Cloverleaf

        May 2, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      • If you’d read my comments properly Cloverleaf you would have noticed that I said within the context of a National Emergency.

        trev

        May 2, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      • Conclusion

        “Trust in leadership is needed for transformative, collective action in times of uncertainty, such as during a pandemic. For leaders to instil trust in their followers, they must take appropriate action via preparation and planning; seeking out information and intelligence; leading adaptation; and ensuring a coordinated response. However, to sustain trust, leadership requires taking ongoing responsibility and accountability, and remaining closely connected to those on whom their decisions impact. Developing and maintaining leader trust in circumstances such as a pandemic is a dynamic process, changing over time from pre-existing trust, to trust based on actions, to trust in the strength of the authentic relationship. As COVID-19 continues to play out over the globe, it is becoming clear that trust ultimately also requires leaders to offer hope, a credible vision of our lives for the future and guidance on how it can be achieved.”

        https://bmjleader.bmj.com/content/early/2020/09/29/leader-2020-000271

        trev

        May 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    • Who cares what some disaffected renegade ex-nurse thinks now she’s left the NHS and joined the so-called “Freedom Alliance”?

      trev

      May 2, 2021 at 2:21 pm

      • @trev- Anyone who can deny the Indian pandemic must either be making a sick joke, or be a very disturbed individual. I notice the alt.right is creeping back onto this blog, why who knows ?

        Pete

        May 2, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      • They are very strange people with a chip on their shoulders, probably sociopaths.

        trev

        May 2, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      • @ Gormless Pete

        In what way is pointing out the facts denying anything ?

        India population 1.4 Billion. Deaths per million population – 155

        UK population 68 Million. Deaths per million population – 1,870

        Context.

        bob1234232

        May 2, 2021 at 9:23 pm

      • Billy bob zammo suebi, you obviously haven’t considered the wider connotations of the situation in India, let alone demonstrated any sympathy or empathy for the hundreds of thousands already affected.

        “Globally, the pandemic shows no sign of easing, with the virus devastating country after country.
        The situation in India is a bleak reminder that none of us will be safe until everyone is safe.”

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-56907007

        trev

        May 2, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      • @ trev

        https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/22/covid-pandemic-britain/

        Britain is no longer in a pandemic, experts have said…

        Sarah Walker, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at Oxford and Chief Investigator on the Office for National Statistics COVID-19 Infection Survey, said that Britain had “moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation” where the virus is circulating at a low, largely controllable level in the community.

        bob1234232

        May 2, 2021 at 10:28 pm

      • But Coronavirus still exists and is spreading throughout the world, and we are all connected, every person in every country are related to each other. The virus is not yet under control and does not respect borders, and is capable of mutation. My area currently has the highest infection rate in the country. We’re not out of trouble yet by a long chalk.

        trev

        May 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      • As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK. There are many diseases which can cause serious illness which are not classified as HCIDs.

        public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall),

        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid

        superted

        May 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      • https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths?areaType=region&areaName=Yorkshire%20and%20The%20Humber

        These are the official figures that matter. Not your alarmist fear mongering.

        bob1234232

        May 3, 2021 at 12:51 am

      • @Pete – It’s strange how some people are determined to deny scientific fact and plain common-sense. Yet they will easily believe any anti-vaccination or conspiracy propaganda.

        Jeff Smith

        May 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      • ” @Pete – It’s strange how some people are determined to deny scientific fact ”

        It’s very strange that Jeff Smith is calling official figures from gov.uk conspiracy propaganda.

        bob1234232

        May 3, 2021 at 8:50 pm

  27. Billy Boyne aka zamo aka suebi aka bob goes to the Rangers Supporters Club meeting…

    trev

    May 2, 2021 at 2:16 pm

  28. India population 1.4 Billion. Deaths per million population – 155

    UK population 68 Million. Deaths per million population – 1,870

    Context.

    bob1234232

    May 2, 2021 at 2:27 pm

  29. It’s all about *context*. I’m talking about during a National Emergency such as a viral pandemic when it would be utterly foolish not to follow orders and adhere to official instructions. In such a context only the foolhardy and narcissistic would attempt to think for themselves in the belief that they know better than the consensus expert opinion.

    trev

    May 2, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    • bob1234232

      May 2, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      • An assortment of Renegades, Mavericks, Cranks and Rightwingers who coincidentally work in the field of Medical Biology whom have not been officially asked for their opinions.

        trev

        May 2, 2021 at 2:45 pm

  30. Nice one 😉

    Cloverleaf

    May 2, 2021 at 3:01 pm

  31. from there media there more interested in the election results.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india

    superted

    May 2, 2021 at 9:32 pm

  32. superted

    May 2, 2021 at 9:54 pm

  33. superted

    May 2, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    • Superted

      Anyone not just the police would naturally surveil the border to their property be it home or place of work.
      This bloke with a phone camera is without doubt deliberately poking the bear just so he can get the source material to make these stupid videos.
      This bloke tries to sell in the public interest yet not once has edited the registrations (blurred out), especially cars that are more than likely to be police officers own personal vehicles.

      Further to this, the bloke put himself in the firing line which had he had not would render his cocky use of the law mute. These videos represent nothing more than a person suffering from narcissism coupled with delusions that every police person is inept and or a bully. Youve only got to see he has zero videos of good examples of policing to prove his biased self absorbed nature.

      He is not a journalist, he is an unprincipled fink whose media serves no valuable purpose towards keeping the public informed of anything noteworthy.

      Doug

      May 3, 2021 at 8:41 am

    • @superted -The reality of this is some bored idiot with nothing better to do, trying to wind-up the police. They do nothing wrong here, but treat him with politeness. Even when he goes onto police property, all that happens is he is pushed away gently by the WPC. There are obvious security issues around him filming the cars in their car park. And I don’t think he is allowed to go onto police property as he likes, without some legitimate business at the police station. I wonder what would have happened if he had tried this on outside a foreign police station ? In Russia, or France, or America ?

      Jeff Smith

      May 3, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      • Freedom to photograph and film
        Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

        https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ph/photography-advice/

        bob1234232

        May 3, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      • trev

        May 3, 2021 at 9:08 pm

      • Happy Beltane Kameraden

        bob1234232

        May 3, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      • Ah yes, the ancient Irish Celtic festival of Beltane, Sláinte!

        trev

        May 3, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      • Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media

        ‘Finally I was forced to admit that I work in a corrupted profession.’ When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street’s unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

        Read this book Jeff Smith, open your eyes to what the Lügenpresse are really all about.

        bob1234232

        May 3, 2021 at 11:24 pm

  34. My new claimant commitment states I have to contact employers directly to ask about jobs on a weekly basis.
    It doesn’t say how many a week so I guess I will have to phone up a few employers every week and ask whoever answers the phone. I noticed the claimant commitment looks more nasty. It doesn’t say “may be sanctioned” it says “will be”.

    Rob

    May 3, 2021 at 11:43 am

    • this is the new one i was sent note no 35hr job search.

      DSC_0088_03

      yet one from 2009 has a 30hr job search.

      DSC_0689

      these things are custom made to how stupid they think you are there expectations mean nothing in law so as long as you apply for jobs and can prove it to stop a ase doubt being raised there screwed.

      Claimant Commitment is not a contract, just a “contractual concept”?

      I can confirm that the Department deliberately did not refer to a legal contract in the previous
      Freedom of Information response. Rather, we referred to a contractual concept because the
      Claimant Commitment is intended to be about a very specific two-way bargain: claimants are
      provided with financial support; and in return for that financial support we expect them to do
      everything that they can to prepare for and find work.

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

      the reason everyone was sent a new cc is because that is the date they can now sanction you from.

      DWP and DfC should communicate clearly with those whose pre-lockdown claimant commitments have not yet been updated to identify what it is reasonable to expect them to do under their existing claimant commitment. DWP and DfC should also ensure that there is consistent treatment with those who have updated claimant commitments so that no sanctions are applied for something that would not be sanctionable under an updated claimant commitment.

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

      superted

      May 3, 2021 at 10:29 pm

      • The thing people HAVE to remember is that the Claimant Commitment is supposed to be the result of a negotiation between the claimant and work coach about what steps the claimant is willing and able to take in respect to finding a job and what the work coach would like the claimant to do as per the same purpose. Claimants really need to understand this and ask questions BEFORE agreeing to anything because work coaches often try to pressure people to sing up for voluntary programmes and activities, making them sound as if they were compulsory, so before agreeing to ANYTHING it is imperative to find out from the work coach whether they can be refused or not BEFORE you make up your mind.

        People these days really do need to stick up for themselves otherwise they end up shanghaied onto unpaid work experience and workfare schemes, pointless so-called course and all sorts of other activities and schemes which they could have refused if they had wanted to without any fear or sanctions.Once you sign/agree to a Claimant Commitment what is on it is set in stone, without renegotiation with a work coach, and if you transgress the agreement after signing you are liable to be sanctioned as the discretion of the powers that be.

        In a nutshell: Be careful, ask plenty of questions (because although work coaches routinely mislead claimants they most times baulk at telling barefaced lies) and negotiate the best possible Claimant Commitment for yourself before accepting any CC you have doubts about as a binding agreement. If the work coach suggests something, e.g., workfare or a scheme, ask bluntly whether the suggestion is mandatory or voluntary and if it isn’t mandatory and you don’t fancy it simply refuse bluntly on the spot.

        Fight your corner, people, because nobody else is going to do it for you!

        Aleister

        May 4, 2021 at 9:59 am

  35. There are loads of jobs clearing up the DWP’s mess, admin, structure, legality, state sponsored murders aka sanctions. Don’t the DWP have lawyers for that !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    • Welcome Serco to the DWP to run the DWP’s Admin. Makes 3rd Party contracts more easy. Does Serco sell data !!! Does Serco rip off the Tory Party !! The DWP do so much lobbying. Where’s Iain Duncan Smith gone !!! David Cameron is Banksy.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 3, 2021 at 12:07 pm

  36. Haulage boss hits out at Kickstart Scheme delays

    A Felixstowe businessman has hit out at the Department for Work and Pensions over its running of the Kickstart Scheme.

    https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/business/cp-transport-criticises-kickstart-scheme-delays-7920744

    superted

    May 3, 2021 at 12:29 pm

  37. The Tories know there is mass unemployment so they are going to fiddle the unemployment figures at the DWP because they know there is not enough jobs to employ many.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 4, 2021 at 11:55 am

    • The DWP are fantastic at fiddling the unemployment figures but only if you go on Universal Credit fast tracked.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 4, 2021 at 11:57 am

  38. Thousands of people’s benefits cut by DWP sanctions in Birmingham and Black Country

    These are penalties when the DWP says someone has failed to stick to the rules of a benefit claim such as by missing a work coach appointment, training course or job interview. Others are for reasons such as being late to sign on for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

    But there have been cases where claimants said it was not their fault. A former Birmingham bus driver was sanctioned after he missed the DWP’s online notifications of appointments because he could no longer afford his home internet service when he lost his job.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/thousands-peoples-benefits-cut-dwp-20483915

    superted

    May 4, 2021 at 12:37 pm

  39. Kickstart slow off the mark: Businesses complain of red tape and delays as just 16,500 young people are placed in jobs

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-9530175/Government-placed-16-500-young-people-jobs-Kickstart-Scheme.html

    superted

    May 4, 2021 at 12:39 pm

  40. .All the Tory voters thought DWP sanctions on Universal Credit was a myth. The Tory voters also though Work For Your Benefits was a vote winner. Now all the Tory voters do is moan about sanctions & Work For Your Benefit. Tory Myths are vote winners

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 4, 2021 at 2:12 pm

  41. Work Pays The DWP & the DWP’s Contractor.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 4, 2021 at 2:14 pm

  42. The Disability Unit in the Cabinet Office is lobbying their Stakeholders with American Farmed Beef. Justin Tomlinson at the lobbying table.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 4, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    • Justin Tomlinson are you going to contract out the Disability Unit to Maximus the American Farmed Beef Company!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      • I thought the Disability Unit was vegeterian !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 4, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      • Or maybe Vegan.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 4, 2021 at 2:19 pm


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