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Government Slash Emergency Fund for UC Claimants and Refuse to stop Benefit Cut because it will “cost Billions”.

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Thérèse Coffey Enjoys a Celebratory Feed on the 17th of May.

The Mirror,

Tories refuse to stop Universal Credit cut because it would cost ‘billions on benefits

Tory ministers have refused to stop a £20-a-week Universal Credit cut this Autumn – because it would cost “billions more on benefits”.

DWP minister Will Quince today attacked Labour for asking for the lifeline for six million people to be extended beyond September 30.

He claimed “I certainly don’t recognise” that 4million children in poverty are “going to bed at night with no food in their tummy”.

And despite 37% of people on Universal Credit having a job, Mr Quince said the DWP would instead “shift its focus to supporting people back into work”.

Universal Credit is due to be slashed back by £20 a week from October after it was raised for 18 months due to the pandemic.

Emergency fund for hard-up Brits on Universal Credit slashed by £3million in a year

A POT of emergency cash for struggling Brits on Universal Credit has been slashed by £3million in a year.

A freedom of information request by The Sun found that the Flexible Support Fund (FSF) shrunk from £40.7million in the 2018/19 tax year to £37.8million the following year.

In four years, the lifeline for millions of families in poverty has been cut by £13.9million.

The FSF is used to pay grants to help those on Universal Credit with the cost of getting back into work.

The grants are issued on top of other benefits and can be used to cover the costs of things like childcare, uniforms or work tools as long as they help you get a job.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decides how much is set aside for the fund each year.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 19, 2021 at 10:57 am

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  1. It will simply shift those increased costs on to Local Resources in terms of homelessness, debt/arrears, advice/advocacy, foodbanks, etc. Typical Tory shortsightedness.

    PS

    Ms. Coffey is looking older than her years.

    trev

    May 19, 2021 at 11:11 am

    • Plus, keeping people in poverty does nothing to aid the recovery of local economies. How many local shops, cafes,pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, boutiques, etc. could do with that extra £20 per week x 10,000 (for e.g.)?

      trev

      May 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

      • How many local shops, cafes ,pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, boutiques, etc. have gone out of business because of lockdowns and restrictions that Covid Cultists like you support ?

        bob1234232

        May 19, 2021 at 11:46 am

      • Bullshit Businesses went out of rip off business like Marketing Jargon. Turn that smile upside down.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 19, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    • Ya it looks like a fuqing pensioner.

      Cloverleaf

      May 19, 2021 at 11:38 am

      • She’s not even 50 yet! It’s probably the booze.

        trev

        May 19, 2021 at 11:45 am

      • Bring back Esther McVey.

        bob1234232

        May 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      • Fester McVile? I wouldn’t touch it with yours. Leave that to Philip Davies.

        trev

        May 19, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      • The Tory Pin Up Girl at the DWP Iain Duncan Smith’s totty.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      • Esther McVey went out with Iain Duncan Smith & David Cameron is Banksy.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 19, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    • It would be kind of funny if Therese Coffey were to take over from Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health, particularly if the government were to launch a programme to combat drinking, overeating and obesity for purposes of irony, comedy and farce.

      Tim

      May 19, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      • A tv show Co-hosted by Eric Pickles, and Farage with his fag & pint in his hand.

        trev

        May 19, 2021 at 5:57 pm

  2. That picture of five cheerful Tories with a plateful each, shows exactly what is wrong with their ideology.
    When they have made the £20 cut to Universal Credit, many people will be forced into foodbanks, or simply go without food.

    Jeff Smith

    May 19, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    • Unfortunately lockdown measures were necessary to prevent infections and protect the NHS. Economic recovery depends upon peoples’ confidence and spending power. Cutting State Benefits by £80 per month (or 4 weekly period) is not conducive to local economic recovery.

      trev

      May 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      • That was in reply to Nazi bob, don’t know why it appeared there.

        trev

        May 19, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      • If Coffey suggests that we tighten our belts I think I’ll lose my sh*t!

        Tim

        May 20, 2021 at 12:48 pm

      • You Never See A Fat Poor Person !!! Only people who can afford to get fat get fat so no excuses being a DWP skeleton where the tightening belt falls off.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 1:31 pm

  3. Extension of Jobcentre Safety Ballot
    19 May 2021
    Following the decision of the DWP to dramatically accelerate face to face activities in jobcentres, group officers met on 18 May and agreed to extend the period of the consultative ballot for Jobcentre members from 21 May until midday on 2 June.

    DWP’s significant escalation of face to face activity this week, announced last Thursday, and the drive to get staff back physically in to the workplace while removing Work Coach empowerment, has generated an increase in membership engagement with the union in recent days. This has created a surge in correspondence to the Group Office from members indicating that they are very angry with the department.

    Additionally NEC and GEC elections have been running concurrently with the consultative ballot. This has been distracting for members and created additional workloads for Civica who run our ballots making it difficult for some members to be included in the ballot.

    With many new members being initially denied the opportunity to take part in the ballot, the extension will allow us to include many of those previously omitted.

    Group Officers believe that the extension gives us an opportunity to maximise participation in the ballot and, therefore, to significantly strengthen our hand in negotiations.

    Members meetings
    Many branches will already have held members meetings by Zoom, and some have had meetings in Jobcentre car parks to discuss the grave safety concerns of members. It is essential that branches continue to have meetings with members throughout the remainder of the ballot period and prioritise this work.

    Meetings need to focus on how we can drive the best response to the ballot so that the strongest possible message can be sent to the DWP that members will not accept unsafe working conditions during a pandemic.

    Members have a vital role in assisting with the delivery of a great result in the ballot. They should be encouraged to speak to colleagues, use informal contact groups such as WhatsApp, and any other method to encourage everyone eligible to vote.

    GEC speakers can be provided on request to leeds@pcs.org.uk

    CallHub
    CallHub activity has an important role in delivering in our campaigns. There are over 20,000 members participating in the ballot and ideally we would like to reach every member included in the ballot to remind them to vote. The more people supporting the CallHub campaign the better chance we have of contacting members and getting them to vote.

    CallHub activity can be conducted from a smartphone but is probably better accessed with a laptop or tablet device. A script to follow is provided from the CallHub system to aid conversations with members.

    Many GEC, regional committee and BEC members will have already registered for this campaign or previous CallHub campaigns. If you are unsure about how to participate in this campaign please contact Martyn Cook on martyc@pcs.org.uk.

    PCS staff will also be supporting by contacting members through CallHub in support of the Jobcentre safety campaign

    superted

    May 19, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    • @superted

      Are they going to come out (on strike) or not? Answer: Not a hope in hell! They’ll just trudge back into work like the obedient little sheeple they are. We’ve seen this before.

      jj joop

      May 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm

  4. What chance now for the £20 uplift to the legacy claimants ?

    George M

    May 19, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    • I’m tempted to say not a cat in hell’s chance, but I don’t know, there is a valid legal aspect and principle involved so how can any judge rule against it? It should still be awarded and back-paid even if the present entitlement has expired or been withdrawn.

      trev

      May 19, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      • @trev- But the government do have some form here for altering the law, so that they don’t have to pay. And you can bet they’ll drag it out through the courts as long as possible.

        Paul H

        May 19, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      • True. And they might very well Appeal against it if they rule in our favour. They’ll try drag it on for ever in the hope it’ll go away. If we don’t win and get this money it will be a dark day for Justice.

        trev

        May 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm

  5. It’s because Universal Credit £50 Billion over budget. Perhaps Serco & Atos can cut their Government bonuses handed out by the Tories. Well done Serco here’s a £500 Million Tax Payers bonus. These contractors know the Tory Government is a soft touch to rip off.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 19, 2021 at 2:36 pm

  6. Why are the Tory Voters now complaining about Universal Credit – Know it effect them they care as selfish hypocrites & still moaning about the Tories who you voted for but are too embarrassed to admit it.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 19, 2021 at 2:39 pm

  7. People like us on legacy benefits could be used by the government to show people can survive without the extra twenty pound a week. Boris might praise us as a fine example of the bulldog spirit that made Britain great.
    I still want my twenty pound a week and backdated.

    Rob

    May 19, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    • Boris couldn’t survive on £74 a week, or Sunak, Coffey, any of them.

      trev

      May 19, 2021 at 2:50 pm

  8. Work For Your Benefits
    If You Can Press A Button You Can Work
    Work Cures All Medical Illness
    Work Cures Striking Work Coaches
    The DWP Works At Caxton House
    The DWP Ministers Works On Twitter Coffee Mornings
    DWP Expenses Works For Us, Pub Lunch Anyone !!
    It’s So Easy To Work At The DWP
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    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 19, 2021 at 2:44 pm

  9. Wealthy landowners to be paid thousands of Pounds to take early Retirement:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57149744

    trev

    May 19, 2021 at 2:47 pm

  10. Stripping £20.00 a week out of Universal Credit is going to hurt, particularly during a period where inflation looks certain to pick up. I can’t ever remember any government cutting so widespread a benefit by anything like that much in one fell swoop and can’t imagine how awful the consequences are going to turn out to be for the millions affected. The Tories of course will spin this as as an either/or choice between getting people into jobs or leaving them on benefits, as the two were mutually exclusive and the one can’t happen at the same time as the other. Even forgetting about UC altogether everybody on small fixed incomes is going to feel the squeeze soon as the world wakes up and essentials like energy, transport and raw materials start rising in price as competition for them internationally seriously hots up.

    Pandemic and recovery may turn out to be a case of frying pan into the fire by the look of things.

    Aleister

    May 19, 2021 at 4:16 pm

  11. Universal Credit all back to square one trying to put square pegs into a round roll out holes.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 19, 2021 at 7:48 pm

  12. ‘Citizens Advice is warning claimants to check their online journals weekly and answer Jobcentre calls to ensure their payments are not terminated.’ – Daily Mirror. A neighbour of mine was so worried when his Work Coach didn’t call on time, he rang up the local JC to speak to him. Rather than get sanctioned.
    So now UC claimants will face this extra pressure, as well as all the rest of it.

    Jeff Smith

    May 19, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    • I’m not on UC, thankfully, but my Jobcentre calls so far have been an hour or two earlier than what they were supposed to be. This morning I was awoken by the phone ringing and I ran to get it in case it was the Jobcentre, not that I was expecting a call from them, but it was an employment agency ringing about some job I’d applied for (of which I have no recollection) but the only work this agency has got is miles away from where I live and too far to get to by buses, at least a two hour journey if there were no traffic jams, no roadworks and if it wasn’t snowing. I explained that I don’t have any transport and they were ok about it, I asked them to please get in touch if they have anything nearer to where I live. I wasn’t expecting that call though and it totally threw me, not a good way to be woken up.

      trev

      May 19, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      • ‘ miles away from where I live and too far to get to by buses, at least a two hour journey if there were no traffic jams, no roadworks and if it wasn’t snowing.’

        It’s perfectly clear that this ‘man’ is a shirker of the highest order and doesn’t want a job of any sort. Conscription is the answer for the likes of him/her/ze/zu to benefit the National Community.

        bob1234232

        May 20, 2021 at 1:55 am

      • @trev- I know what you mean, it’s just like that sinking feeling you get when you see one of the DWP brown envelopes on the doormat. Then you find out it’s just a letter to say, that it’s a letter to say ? ,your benefits are unchanged . Pure bullshit. And as for the agency work, you are too right. There is a difference between a decent job that pays a decent wage. One that you can get to without an expensive ordeal every morning, and employment agency cheap labour. But the agencies mostly deal in cheap labour of course.

        Jeff Smith

        May 20, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    • this is because the cc is now in a digital format so if it is changed and not accepted in 7 days it is end of the hole claim.

      you will also not be able to log in to the journal anymore and all data will be removed in 1 month i think so if you need that data for a tribunal ect you best get a sar done fast to get the info from there system.

      they dont want paper trails to there fuckups done on purpose and no accountability for there actions so a digital claim is the best way for them to fuck you over from day 1 at the push of a button.

      superted

      May 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      • @superted: Good point Superted. Once everything is on line it is going to be your word against theirs. And with the DWP able to make a lot of things suddenly disappear.

        George M

        May 20, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      • There is no legal receipt on the internet for Universal Credit. That is why the DWP hate sending letters with bar coding & heading paper. Universal Credit does not have a digital receipt just open to fraud by the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      • I believe the journal stays open as this government webpage instructs you to sign back in if you claimed it before.

        https://www.universal-credit.service.gov.uk/postcode-checker

        As for evidence if one is to assume DWP would legal or otherwise remove data, simply either right click a page and select save page as or use the snipping tool that comes with windows. After that you can always print it or store it on a USB stick.

        Doug

        May 23, 2021 at 8:53 am

  13. Citizens Advice signed gagging clause in return for share of £51m from DWP

    By John Pring DNS on 15th August 2019

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    Citizens Advice signed gagging clause in return for share of £51m from DWP
    By John Pring on 15th August 2019
    Category: Benefits and Poverty

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    Two charities that will receive £51 million in government funding to provide advice and support to claimants of universal credit (UC) signed gagging clauses that prevent them bringing the Department for Work and Pensions “unfairly” into “disrepute”.

    Both Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) signed grant agreements with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – worth a total of £51 million – that include the same clause.

    By signing the documents, it means they cannot take “any actions which unfairly bring or are likely to unfairly bring [DWP’s] name or reputation and/or [DWP] into disrepute”.

    It comes a year after Disability News Service revealed how several disability charities had signed contracts under the government’s Work and Health Programme that included clauses promising not to bring DWP into disrepute.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 19, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    • Shameful, but it comes down to money in the end. Look at the old Mandatory Work Activity programme. People were shocked at how easily charities were persuaded to take people on. For what were compulsory placements, and co-operate with the DWP in supervising and sanctioning them.

      Jeff Smith

      May 20, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    • Under the Citizens Advice £51 Million Gagging Order the Citizens Advice can not say a bad word against the DWP & everything is perfect.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 20, 2021 at 1:27 pm

  14. One million Universal Credit claimants told to act now as DWP starts benefit crackdown

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/one-million-universal-credit-claimants-24142885

    xclausx

    May 20, 2021 at 2:52 am

    • One million yet the article says 6 million.
      Is DWP saying 83.3% of said claimants nolonger claim ?

      It also says DWP believe the vast majority of claims are genuine. If so on both these points then how did they come up with the figure of 8.4 Billion which equates over 6 million claimants to £1’400 each or £8’400 if we set the count at 1 million claimants prior to any full investigation of all the cases.

      You would think journalism would ask such a question/s.
      Has journalism been reduced to just reporting, being the mouth piece of government without first establishing what is fact so as to not report or infer anything by anyone that could be construed as liable.

      Wouldn’t it had been better to just report the government/DWP allege.

      Doug

      May 23, 2021 at 9:16 am

  15. Covid vaccine status feature on nhs app reveals plans for domestic use.

    Cloverleaf

    May 20, 2021 at 11:40 am

    • Not true because trev says so.

      Let this be a lesson trev WHY you dont selfishly support such notions because a government will always given an inch, take a mile.

      You would think you would have known better at the very least when they spun all that crap to the working class just so they could introduce welfare reform.

      Doug

      May 23, 2021 at 9:25 am

      • I don’t know anything about it Doug, I don’t have an NHS App and I don’t have a smartphone that is sufficiently up to date to download new Apps. I don’t go anywhere likely to request proof (of vaccination) maybe the Jobcentre(?) but I don’t go to pubs, restaurants, cinemas, airports, I have no social life whatsoever. But if you’re worried about it impinging on your freedoms you don’t have to download it, alternatively get vaccinated.

        trev

        May 23, 2021 at 10:29 am

      • Just chiming in to lend doug some support. “I don’t go anywhere likely to request proof (of vaccination) maybe the Jobcentre(?)” I would wager a full weeks JSA that if the DWP made an announcement that ‘proof of vaccination’ would be required your face would like up like a Christmas tree. Why do you so obviously support such a totalitarian system? And if it comes to that we really will be living in a totalitarian society. And totalitarian societies never were keen on the workless in any case. I really don’t understand you, trev, seriously. I just can’t get my head round your thought processes. On the one hand you are dissing Coffee (DWP) and lauding Hancock (Health). Would you be doing the same if there was a Cabinet re-shuffle and their roles were reversed? Why so much faith and trust in one Government department (Health) and so little in another (DWP).

        fred

        May 23, 2021 at 11:20 am

      • @ Fred

        As I have explained before, I believe that following official government advice, rules and regulations is the right thing to do during a National emergency such as a pandemic, regardless of whether it’s a Tory government or not. Then, when it is all safely over there should be a public inquiry into how the emergency was handled, whether the advice was correct, were people given the right information, were the right decisions made, was there any wrongdoing, any fraud, cronyism, etc. But in the meantime do as you are told. Why is that difficult to understand? I also am not opposed to vaccination and believe that people should be vaccinated when they have the chance.

        trev

        May 23, 2021 at 11:32 am

      • I have some news for you, trev 🙂 I won’t be doing as I am told and I won’t be taking this ‘vaccine’ until I have to. And I don’t think the society that we find ourselves in at that point will be one any us want to live in. As doug says, one thing leads to another, like cattle we are led down a familiar path – vaccines – potentially to our death. Things can easily morph and take us to unexpected and unpleasant places. ‘Rolling up your sleeve’ on demand is not a good way to go. We could easily end up being euthanised… or something worse. And before you say it, I am not a far-right, fascist, neo-Nazi, EDL-supporting, rabid Daily Heil reading anti-vaxxer conspiracy theory loon. I have already received various vaccines. But there appears to be more than a simple vaccine to all this; there seems to be a much wider agenda at play. At the moment I am more interested in how this plays out than ‘covid-19’. ‘Covid-19’ is an afterthought. And at the end of the day everything turns all a dollar and a dime. Follow the money..

        fred

        May 23, 2021 at 11:52 am

      • You say you don’t believe in conspiracy theories then go on to say “there appears to be more than a simple vaccine to all this; there seems to be a much wider agenda at play”. The only agenda I can see is one of public health.

        trev

        May 23, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      • No, I am not a ‘conspiracy theorist’; I don’t trust David Icke any more than I trust Matt Hancock. But I will say that it is shocking than on ‘public health matters’ there appears to be nothing or no-one you can trust. Are we supposed to believe proven liars, even your beloved BBC is a proven liar. Everyone and everything appears to have their own agenda, either that, or being bought and paid for. Mixing politics, lucrative government contracts, click-bait and youtube ‘hits’ into the ‘public health matters’ mix was never going to end well. We have to peel it all apart to get to any semblance of truth. Personally, I give more credence to what I can see with my own eyes than what I see on the TV screen. Not that I even watch TV, and certainly not the ‘news’. As for ‘vaccines’ if an individual wants to receive one after weighing up the potential risks and rewards that’s their call. But I stop short at any notion of ‘vaccine passports’ in any way, shape or form. In the meantime, I will be holding off on the ‘jab’ unless I feel there is a clear and present danger, which at the moment I don’t think there is, or until such times as I am required to provide ‘proof of vaccination’ to enter the jobcentre.

        fred

        May 23, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      • And I will also add that when I knew that these ‘vaccine passports’ were on the horizon, even as Gove and other Government ministers repeatedly lied about their intent, it only made me more determined to not have the ‘jab’. As I said above I am more interested in how this plays out and where it all leads to, if anywhere, then ‘covid-19’.

        fred

        May 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      • Trev

        It was a state of emergency during the depression to reduce department budgets and revamp a welfare system that still ten years on under benefits claimants while expecting them to essentially earn it by jumping through hoops. Surely you appreciate the majority known as the working class need the cash more than you dont you.
        They will milk this virus the same way and have done already so whats the good of a hearing when no one actually faces any punishment worthy of actually being called and seen as one.
        All your get if government lose is “whoops my bad, we will improve systems so it dont happen again” followed by ” now thats and end to the matter, move on”.

        H1N1 is still prevalent 103 years later, infected and killed way more than any virus after including covid did. Where was or is the passports trev ?
        Pandemic only means something spread over a large region/s like continents,countries, global. It does not mean deadly virus killing everyone in its path. Flu is a yearly pandemic, hell even the common cold is so stop using a word like it means something i assure it most certainly does not.

        Todate only 2.45% on the entire planet has been confirmed as infected while only todate 0.5% (so not even 1%) of the entire global population has died. 2x, 3x, 4x, hell even 5x it and still its a pinprick in the evolution of the species. Asymptomatic humans hugely out weigh those that would die from it so a storm in a tea cup it is.

        All that aside, government documents have like mentioned made no plans for paper versions of the passport not to mention its naive to think a concert, football match,etc would ever match the super spreading ability of retail, especially supermarkets so its safe to assume passports will be used when the penny drops in government.

        Its a common government and societal expectation that everyone has internet access and a phone so vaccine or not, your buggered while you aint got a modern phone and no, aint no one caring that you dont because your the minority just like legacy claimants which i believe you already know what that feels like as a second class citizen.
        I expect obviously they will make allowances as you have to eat but thats liable to appear in the form of you being given just like those not vaccinated a time and place to queue up away from and out of site of passport holders.
        We all know people driving by wont be thinking “i wonder which of them has been vaccinated, how horrible it is to be treated this way”. Instead they will look at you like a leper who they wish would just fall off the earth.

        Im really glad your supportive as i would be angry if i was treated that way for an undetermined period of time that like the depression could still be going on 10 years down the line and counting.

        Your already outcast because the public see you as a tax burden so its sad to see how acceptant you are of being pushed still further into the gutter they think you belong in.
        Better get that new phone trev, better accept your going to be tracked and that the data will be available to all government departments including DWP.

        Doug

        May 23, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      • @ Doug

        The Tory Welfare reforms were nothing to do with “the depression”, nothing to do with Recession or Austerity, and certainly not about saving money. The Welfare reforms were ideologically driven to destroy Social Security as a deliberate act of Class War. And the Coronavirus pandemic has nothing to do with the Flu !

        trev

        May 23, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      • Thing is that you DON’T have to be vaccinated: You DON’T have to own a smartphone: If you do own a smartphone you DON’T need to install any apps on it that you don’t want to so what’s with the paranoia? And the reason for the vaccination passport is NOT because the government, even a controlling Tory government, want you to have it but because many foreign countries abroad are demanding such passports before allowing people visiting them from the UK past their borders! Your choice all the way! Don’t get vaccinated, own a smartphone, install a government sponsored apps on it if you’ve got one, and have a “staycation” in Blighty or go to a country not demanding evidence of vaccination on holiday if you want to go abroad.

        You over suspicious guys are worrying about and/or raging over a storm in a teacup.

        Buck up!

        Aleister

        May 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      • Apparently if you die from complications arising from the ‘covid vaccine’ it is now put down to ‘a short illness’ as in the case of BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw who has died at the young age of only 44 from complications due to a blood clot only two after receiving her ‘jab’ RIP

        fred

        May 23, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      • All vaccines and medicines have some side effects. These side effects need to be continuously balanced against the expected benefits in preventing illness. and workers, and frontline health and social care workers. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was evaluated in clinical trials involving more than 44,000 participants. The most frequent adverse reactions in trials were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, myalgia (muscle pains), chills, arthralgia (joint pains), and fever; these were each reported in more than 1 in 10 people. These reactions were usually mild or moderate in intensity and resolved within a few days after vaccination. Adverse reactions were reported less frequently in older adults (over 55 years) than in younger people.

        As of 12 May 2021, for the UK, 58,065 Yellow Cards have been reported for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 175,057 have been reported for the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, 1,462 for the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna and 639 have been reported where the brand of the vaccine was not specified.

        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-adverse-reactions/coronavirus-vaccine-summary-of-yellow-card-reporting#conclusion-1

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

        Current World Population
        7,867,774,339

        https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

        superted

        May 23, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      • Living has risk associated with it 24/7 with every heartbeat. Cross the road and you risk being knocked down: Go to the bathroom and risk falling over and cracking your head open: Go shopping and you risk being mugged and murdered: Eat or drink something and you risk choking. Risk can be mitigated sensibly by making calculated choices and, statistically, the risk of side-effects from Covid vaccination are infinitesimally small compared to risks associated with contracting the virus itself. (Actual physical death primarily.) I’ve had the first jab of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and suffered absolutely NO side effects whatsoever, not even tenderness in my upper left arm where the needle went in, and looking forward to having the second booster jab as soon as possible to increase my resistance to the novel “Indian” variant now spreading exponentially. That’s my choice based on all statistical evidence and expert opinion available, which seems a better bet to me than putting faith in layman tripe written on blogs or old wive’s tales passed like Chinese whispers by word of mouth. The rest of you are free to make your own and quite possibly different choices. You can choose not to be vaccinated in the same way that Jehovah’s Witnesses can choose not to have blood transfusions.

        You pays your money and you takes your chance.

        Best of British luck to all of you!

        Aleister

        May 24, 2021 at 6:56 am

    • Trev

      The depression was the tories shiny horse what with it bringing untold unemployment and without certain wouldnt have made it possible for them to user in the welfare reform as they did with the tax paying public behind them as remember the lies they told about people such as yourself to garnish such.

      Flu is a virus just like covid, caused all the pandemics prior to covid and H1N1 still holds the crown by a wide margin for being the most serious in how indiscriminate it was and how many it killed.

      Doug

      May 25, 2021 at 6:18 am

      • Doug, mate, the viruses that cause the flu and Covid-19 belong to two completely different families. Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, belongs to the coronavirus family. And in that, there are greater similarities with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome, that originated in China in 2002) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome, which began in Saudi Arabia in 2012). You can’t and shouldn’t compare Covid to Influenza just because they are viral anymore than you can compare Rabies with Ebola which are also both viral.

        Lal

        May 25, 2021 at 8:05 am

      • Andrew Coates

        May 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

      • I’m still just working on the principle of stay indoors unless you have to, and wear a mask in public if you do need to go out. I haven’t a clue about the rest of the rules regarding sitting inside or outside pubs in groups of so many different households some of whom you can hug and others you wouldn’t want to, etc.

        trev

        May 25, 2021 at 9:22 am

      • Bloody hell you’re right, I just checked the local news and discovered that no one is allowed to travel in or out of Kirklees because of the surge in infection of the Indian variant. No official warnings or notification! Well I think I can forget about attending the Jobcentre for anytime soon.

        trev

        May 25, 2021 at 9:33 am

  16. Jobcentre Safety Dispute
    20 May 2021
    The ballot period has been extended to 2 June in view of members’ concerns. Attend your members’ meetings and vote Yes in the safety ballot.

    PCS started to receive many reports on 13 and 14 May that DWP had plans to bring Work Coaches back into Jobcentres to deliver up to 10 face to face interviews per day 5 days a week across a number of Jobcentre activities. At the same time and throughout this week there has been a big increase in the number of members contacting PCS with fears and concerns about being forced back to unsafe workplaces.

    PCS has been clear with the DWP that this rapid acceleration of face to face activity puts you, claimants and communities at unnecessary increased risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus and that it should be stopped and reversed in favour of a more cautious approach. We also continue to make clear our opposition to video calling without proper safeguards.

    Ballot period extended to maximise turnout
    The PCS consultative ballot was to close on Friday 21 May. It has now been extended to 12 noon on Wednesday 2 June because there has been a significant increase in anger amongst PCS members since the acceleration of face to face services. This will allow extra time for more of you to vote.

    As DWP has refused to listen to our reasonable arguments we now have to ensure that we get the best possible turnout and with a massive vote showing that members are prepared to take industrial action to defend their safety. This will not commit you to take action but should convince the DWP to negotiate your safety with PCS.

    How to take part in the electronic ballot
    If you haven’t had a ballot email you can get a replacement by e-mailing balloting@pcs.org.uk. The e-mail must contain either your membership or national insurance number and your personal e-mail address. Check your spam/junk e-mail before requesting a replacement.

    New members who have recently joined PCS by no later than 12 noon on Monday 24 May will be included in the ballot.

    Attend your union meetings
    Your local union reps have been asked to hold online meetings. Make sure you attend.

    superted

    May 20, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    • Will the country fall apart when the Work Coaches go out on strike !! No, only the DWP meltdown.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 20, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      • Stepping Razor = Starmer chat bot.

        bob1234232

        May 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      • Talking about yourself again Iain Duncan Smith. Such a proud Iain Duncan Smith !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    • Bluff, and the DWP know it. Never was there a more servile and pointless union than the PCS.

      Jeff Smith

      May 20, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      • Brexiteers moaning about Brexit. Haven’t the Work Coaches got a campaigning website they can go to instead of here !!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    • @superted

      We all of us may as well get used to the fact that sooner or later (probably sooner) we’ll be back to the old regime, i.e. face-to-face appointments. And lets face it, we’ve had a good run. I haven’t been in the Jobcentre since 3 March 2020; that’s over a year ago! It’s been great but all good things must come to an end. And as for any serious intervention by PCS members, it ain’t gonna happen.

      jj joop

      May 20, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      • do you really think it bothers me to go sign on and see a jumped up retard try to tell me what i have to do i find it amusing and put them right back in there box.

        and i get to go to burger king 😉

        superted

        May 20, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      • Back in the day the main DWP Office for the area used to have bullet proof glass in front of the DWP Staff & a barrier for the customers like a prison visit. The bullet proof glass was not for the protection of the DWP staff but for the protection of the customers. The customers knew which buttons to press to piss off the DWP staff, not even that. Are G4S doing the job of bullet proof glass better !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      • @jj joop : Job’s Comforter strikes again.

        George M

        May 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      • @superted

        Seeing a power-crazed numpty every fortnight doesn’t bother me either. But it sure scares the hell out of some people. I don’t know why. I just tell them what they want to hear and that’s it. As you have said on many occasions, it’s not like they can check up on you or anything!

        jj joop

        May 21, 2021 at 5:58 am

      • The min wage working 37 hours a week minus unpaid breaks is nolonger enough to sustain a single person let alone a family and savings.

        The life of a fulltime min wage worker once you take away credit is no different to being on welfare period stroke period.
        The only way forward as the min wage and tax allowance consistently fails to keep up with the cost of living is more hours. Its totally impracticable unless jobs return to becoming localized to region and people return to the days of a single trade to hold multiple jobs due to the financial loss between such meaning even more hours required.
        This will lead to effectively overworking the national workforce which in turn will break down and increase the burden on the healthcare system which inturn effects the job market as in what and what a person can and cannot do.

        With this being the case for the employed it does not take much imagination to deduce whats going to happen to unemployment welfare thats already way behind that.

        Doug

        May 23, 2021 at 9:47 am

      • @jj joop; Don’t you ever get tired of negativity ? Talk about Job’s Comforter, it’s you !! Why not try looking on the bright side for a change ?

        George M

        May 25, 2021 at 10:39 am

  17. bob1234232

    May 20, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    • Stepping has 17 subscribers. 14 of whom are the voices in his head.

      bob1234232

      May 20, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    • Thanks for posting that video of mine [I can’t post links they don’t work]

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 20, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      • You taking the bike piss – Go there Bike !! Yep !!! Exciting Cycling Insightment.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      • What next Jah Skaka Dances Live !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      • Watch My Side I.m Blatant !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      • bob1234232

        May 20, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      • Let’s hope you don’t want a track list !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm

  18. Agent Led Process for requests to switch from a Digital claim to a non digital claim

    Claimants who are no longer able to maintain their claim online
    There may be reasons why claimants with a digital claim are no longer able to manage their claim online. This could be short term, such as a brief
    admittance to hospital; or longer term, such as a new health condition.
    Where a claimant has an online claim but now needs support similar to a claimant with a phone claim, the following actions sh ould be taken:
     a profile note explaining the claimant’s circumstances should be added to the claimant history and ‘pinned’ to the claimant’s dashboard so agents are
    aware of their needs and any additional support required
     communication with the claimant will need to be through alternative methods, such as phone or post, rather than the journal
     any requirements placed on the claimant should consider their new circumstances
    These arrangements should be regularly reviewed with the claimant by both work coaches and case managers to ensure they remai n appropriate.
    Please visit the Complex Needs pages in Universal Learning for more information on how we can support non -digital claimants.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/agent_led_process_for_requests_t?nocache=incoming-1414563#incoming-1414563

    Hi,
    My client was supported by the HTC service to make a claim for UC. He has significant mental health issues and is very vulnerable. He told the advisor that he would be unable to use a computer and could not manage a claim on line. I also noted this in my referral to the HTC service and requested support to make a telehone claim. He was advised that claim had to be on line. He has an appointment next Friday to verify his ID and sign his claimant commitment. I have asked the DWP if the claim can be changed to a telehone claim and have been advised it is not possible once an on line claim has been made.
    I have looked at the regs and cant find anything specific to changing to a telehone claim from an on line claim but it is possible to ammend.
    Amendment of claim –
    30.—(1) A person who has made a claim for benefit may amend it at any time before a determination has been made on the claim by notice in writing received at an appropriate office, by telephone call to a telephone number specified by the Secretary of State or in such other manner as the Secretary of State may decide or accept.
    (2) Any claim amended in accordance with paragraph (1) may be treated as if it had been so amended in the first instance.

    superted

    May 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    • Telephone claims are open to fraud by the DWP. What is the Telephone signing process – Voice recognition !!
      Will you get a receipt with telephone claims unlike digital Universal Credit !!! The Claimant Commitment is not a receipt !!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 20, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      • Claimant Commitments can be changed at any time by the DWP without a new updated signing. Legal Grey Areas for the DWP.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 20, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      • if you have a non digital uc claim they cant change the cc unless you are in front of them like on jsa but the uc cc will still be online just they cant change it at will with a full digital claim and if not accepted in 7 days shut the hole claim down.

        superted

        May 20, 2021 at 3:29 pm

  19. @superted: So basically, if you have a digital claim for Universal Credit, the DWP can change The Claimant Commitment around as they like, and nothing you can do about it ?

    George M

    May 20, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    • yes they can change it but you must accept it in 7 days on line or put in a complaint if you think it is unreasonable what they have changed.

      imo what there doing it for is to change the cc online and you not check the journal for over 7 days and then end of hole claim.

      and then it is all your fault 😉

      superted

      May 20, 2021 at 3:48 pm

  20. Photographing in a public area….

    Dear Mr Logan,

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) internal review request received on 11
    January 2017. You asked:

    I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions’s
    handling of my FOI request ‘Photographing in a public area….’.

    I have been told that DWAP buildings are private buildings. It is my understanding that
    they are in fact government buildings, paid for by the tax payer. They themselves refer to
    ‘Public Areas’ in the buildings and have public access. They have not shown me any
    Law that gives a private security guard power over the public in a public area.

    A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at
    this address:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/photographing_in_a_public_area

    DWP Response

    In response to your request, I can confirm that the handling of your original request and
    response has now been appropriately reviewed by someone unconnected with the
    handling of your original request.

    As a result of this review

    I am satisfied that the original response was handled properly and that the outcome of
    your request was correct. The reasoning behind this decision is as follows.

    As part of the PRIME contract DWP leases its buildings and does not own any buildings
    as such the buildings are private property. The DWP invites members of the public into
    the buildings to carry out official DWP business and this business takes place in an area
    called a public area as opposed to a staff area.

    It is not a public area in the sense that anyone has open access to it, and this area is
    managed accordingly by Telereal Trillium and their Security Service Suppliers, G4S.

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

    so its not really a job center its a dwp data processing center and off limits to the public with no appointment.

    and they might call them work coaches but in reality there jobs are admin officer or a exceptive officer AO,EO.

    superted

    May 20, 2021 at 8:11 pm

  21. superted

    May 20, 2021 at 9:52 pm

  22. Do you think the photo of Therese and her cohort enjoying a large meal, remind you of the animated version of Animal Farm, the book written by George Orwell?

    spidersweb42

    May 21, 2021 at 7:55 am

    • Mmmmmm I knew that picture reminded me of something.

      Cloverleaf

      May 21, 2021 at 10:59 am

    • The butter has gone, into the fat coffey’s bags big beer belly lol 🍻.

      Cloverleaf

      May 21, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    • Must be Chelsea football fan & owner.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 21, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    • bob, or whatever your fucking name is (like anyone cares) it really is time you sought help with your antisocial personality disorder.

      trev

      May 21, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    • No, nothing like Orwell, more like the rich Governors of the Workhouse orphanage in Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

      trev

      May 21, 2021 at 8:50 pm

  23. Tomlinson sketches out reforms on sanctions, assessments and Access to Work

    By John Pring DNS on 20th May 2021

    The minister for disabled people has provided some of the first details of how the government plans to reform the social security system for disabled people through its long-delayed health and disability green paper.

    Justin Tomlinson told MPs on the work and pensions select committee yesterday (Wednesday) that the green paper would include changes to disability benefit assessments, the Access to Work system, and benefit sanctions.

    He also suggested that the green paper, and the delayed cross-government disability strategy, would “possibly, probably” be published together and before the summer recess in July.

    It is the first time that the minister has admitted that his disability strategy will not be published this spring, as planned.

    He said DWP was “very, very encouraged” by the introduction of telephone and video disability benefit assessments during the pandemic.

    He said: “We will keep video and telephone assessments and through the health and disability green paper we will explore to what extent and where they are best to be used.”

    He said this may allow the use of more specialist healthcare professionals to carry out assessments of claimants with some health conditions, as the assessor and claimant will not need to be in the same location for the assessment.

    Tomlinson (pictured) also said that the green paper would include measures to improve the availability of advocates to support benefit claimants who are currently “unable to engage” with the system, while another “key theme” would be “removing unnecessary assessments”.

    On benefit sanctions, he said DWP needed to be “absolutely on top of our game in identifying potentially vulnerable claimants” and then engaging an advocate – if appropriate – to support those claimants as part of “one last push to try to find a way to build a positive relationship” before the “last resort” of a sanction.

    He said: “I have seen, through my casework as a constituency MP, sometimes, some people are overwhelmed by the process [that leads to a sanction].”

    He said this would be a “key theme” of the health and disability green paper.

    Tomlinson also said that improvements to the work capability assessment system would be an important part of the green paper.

    Labour’s Steve McCabe asked Tomlinson about disabled people’s lack of trust in DWP and concerns about the department’s “lack of respect” for disabled people.

    Tomlinson said he viewed these issues “incredibly seriously” and that they would be addressed in the green paper and the disability strategy, and that it was important to ensure that people with “real life experience” are “engaged in the process of co-designing how we provide our information, our services, the support”.

    He said the green paper would also look at how more “supportive evidence” for a benefit claim could be gathered early in the process – as disabled activists have been calling for for the last decade – as a way to reduce the number of claims unfairly rejected before they reach the appeal stage.

    The evidence session was part of the committee’s inquiry into the disability employment gap, the difference between the rate of disabled people and non-disabled people in jobs.

    McCabe asked Tomlinson what was being done to improve the “utterly bureaucratic”, “really difficult to access” and “paper-based” Access to Work (AtW) scheme.

    Tomlinson said he accepted most of those criticisms, although record numbers – 44,000 disabled people – were receiving support through the scheme.

    He said: “It is fair to say it is an analogue system in a digital world… it is hard work.”

    But he said there was now funding to transform AtW into a digital scheme, and the results of the work already underway were “very, very exciting”.

    He also spoke of providing potential job applicants with more certainty about the support they would be able to receive through AtW – ahead of a recruitment interview – through an AtW “passport”, which he said DWP was “very, very excited” about.

    He said: “If they work, and I would be very surprised if they didn’t, this would then be rolled out and become the norm for Access to Work.”

    This appears to be similar to a pledge first made by the Tory-led coalition government in 2010, but which it later withdrew.

    Tomlinson refused to accept criticism from the National Audit Office, which said that the government’s current disability employment target – to get one million more disabled people into jobs between 2017 and 2027 – “cannot be used to measure the success of the government’s efforts”.

    He said the latest job figures showed what was probably a slight fall in disability employment but also a narrowing of the disability employment gap over the last 12 months, and that his “personal preference” was to focus on figures showing the absolute number of disabled people in jobs.

    Tomlinson accepted that part of the rise in disability employment in recent years, and the narrowing of the disability employment gap, was due to more people identifying as disabled people.

    But Stephen Timms, the committee’s chair, failed to point out that research had shown that the gap had not narrowed at all in recent years, once account was taken of the increasing number of people identifying as disabled.

    Tomlinson said the consultation to be carried out on the green paper would ask for views on the appropriate target for disability employment.

    Asked about the success of the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident employment scheme, and if employers who have signed up are employing more disabled people and treating their existing disabled employees more fairly, Tomlinson said a key part of the scheme was about “sharing the best practice”.

    But he said the green paper would look at “what more can be done” with Disability Confident, including whether more data could be gathered from its members.

    Tomlinson said DWP had carried out surveys of Disability Confident members which showed at least half had taken on at least one disabled staff member since joining the scheme.

    Disability News Service revealed in October 2019 how a freedom of information response from DWP showed that the 13,600 employers that had signed up to the scheme since it was launched in 2013 had pledged to provide just 8,763 paid jobs for disabled people between them.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 21, 2021 at 11:43 am

    • Reform of the social security system for the disabled is a disability hate crime just like you Justin Tomlinson.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 21, 2021 at 11:50 am

  24. DWP lied about duty to keep benefit claimants safe, document suggests

    By John Pring DNS on 20th May 2021

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lied when it claimed that it had no “duty of care” to protect disabled benefit claimants, new evidence suggests.

    Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has repeatedly told MPs that her department does not have a legal duty to “safeguard” its claimants, and that such tasks are instead the responsibility of local agencies such as social services departments and doctors’ surgeries.

    Her denials are important because they follow a decade of cases linking DWP’s policies and practices to the deaths of disabled people, particularly those who were being assessed for employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment and had experience of mental distress.

    DWP has continued to deny that it has a duty of care to these and other claimants, even when it was confronted with one of its own secret reviews – believed to have been written in 2014 or 2015 following the death of an incapacity benefit claimant – which recommended that the department should carry out a review of its “ongoing Duty of Care”.

    When Disability News Service (DNS) asked about this review through a freedom of information request, DWP stated that the recommendation “was not progressed as the Department does not have a legal safeguarding duty to review”.

    But DNS has now seen a second document, this time obtained by Leigh Day, solicitors for the family of Errol Graham, who starved to death in 2018, months after DWP cut off his employment and support allowance (ESA) when he failed to attend a work capability assessment.

    This document is a copy of pre-2016 internal guidance for DWP staff, written to assist them in dealing with claimants who need support in using its services.

    The guidance states: “Where the claimant has a known background of mental illness there are minimum requirements that Jobcentre Plus should be adopting to ensure that we are not found to be neglectful in our duty of care towards these claimants.”

    This means there are now at least two DWP internal documents, both dating from before 2016, that mention DWP’s ongoing duty of care to claimants.

    Meanwhile, Coffey and her department continue to insist that there is no such legal duty now and that one did not exist at the time the documents were written.

    Last September, Coffey told the Commons work and pensions committee: “I do not think it is the responsibility of DWP to have that statutory care duty.

    “We are not the local councils, the social services, the doctors and other people who have that.”

    In February, she repeated the claim, telling the same committee: “We don’t have a statutory duty specifically relating to safeguarding.”

    Her department has also made the same claim in a freedom of information response to campaigner Amanda Hart, claiming that the “legal position is that there is no legal duty of care on the Secretary of State or her officials in the execution of their statutory duties”.

    The new evidence was raised by Labour’s Debbie Abrahams yesterday (Wednesday), when Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, was giving evidence to the work and pensions select committee.

    DNS had shared the new evidence with Abrahams earlier in the week.

    Abrahams asked Tomlinson: “Can you confirm, do you or do you not have a duty of care to vulnerable claimants?”

    He declined to comment, and referred the question to John Paul Marks, DWP’s director general for work and health services, who also failed to answer the question and instead talked generally about the department’s “culture and behaviour”.

    After the evidence hearing, Abrahams told DNS: “If the government are committed to protect and safeguard vulnerable claimants, they need to set up an independent public inquiry into the scale of deaths and the drivers behind them.

    “The prevarication over whether the Department for Work and Pensions has a duty of care for claimants, when their own internal guidance says that they do, is quite breath-taking.”

    Alison Turner, the fiancée of Errol Graham’s son, said the failure of DWP to be transparent and honest about its duty of care was “really frustrating”.

    She said: “The system is supposed to be there for the most vulnerable in society.

    “They need a department they can trust. Nobody will be able to trust a word that comes out of their mouths anymore.

    “To have a fully-functional department, you need to have a fully-functional relationship with the people that the department serves.

    “You can’t have a fully-functional relationship with the people that the department serves, if you can’t even tell them the truth and stick to it.

    “If you can’t be open and honest and transparent… then that is highly concerning.”

    Errol Graham’s family (see separate story) are seeking permission to take their case to the court of appeal, after the high court ruled in March that DWP had not acted unlawfully in October 2017 by cutting off Errol’s ESA.

    Turner, who is disabled herself, said DWP needed to be “absolutely clear, once and for all” about its duty of care.

    She said that for Coffey to say there was no duty of care, “she may as well have stood in front of my face and said, ‘Do you know what, Errol died, so what, we don’t have a duty of care, so we have got to make no improvements.’”

    She added: “We all make mistakes, but you don’t repeat those mistakes over and over again and then sit there and say, to those families in absolute pieces… we are not bothered that you have lost a family member, we are not bothered that you are torn to pieces or your kids have got to grow up without their grandad.

    “That’s the attitude, as far as I’m concerned. The DWP sits behind a brick wall and isolates itself from the people it serves.

    “It will never work unless it works with the people it is supposed to provide a service to.”

    This week, DNS shared the internal guidance with DWP.

    Asked if DWP could finally confirm that it does have a duty of care towards claimants, and if it does not, when this changed, and why, a spokesperson said in a statement: “Our sincere condolences remain with Mr Graham’s family.

    “It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 21, 2021 at 11:45 am

    • Having No Care Of Duty for so long at the DWP results in more DWP Court Cases against the Government. The DWP are now looking for a new DWP Minister.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 21, 2021 at 11:49 am

  25. It’s high time the DWP stopped asking what claimants can do for them, and instead asked what more they can do for the claimants.

    Jeff Smith

    May 21, 2021 at 12:22 pm

  26. DWP lied about duty to keep benefit claimants safe, document suggests

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lied when it claimed that it had no “duty of care” to protect disabled benefit claimants, new evidence suggests.

    Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has repeatedly told MPs that her department does not have a legal duty to “safeguard” its claimants, and that such tasks are instead the responsibility of local agencies such as social services departments and doctors’ surgeries.

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-lied-about-duty-to-keep-benefit-claimants-safe-document-suggests/

    superted

    May 21, 2021 at 12:51 pm

  27. Since Dominic Cummings is not in the job as Boris Johnson’s adviser, Boris is looking for a new adviser that used to advise Dominic Cummings in red herrings, called a red herring adviser.

    What we need is Contactless Ration Books. That would save the DWP so much money. 1st to go on Contactless Ration Books is the people on furlough, next Universal Credit. Just try & getting disabled benefits onto Contactless Ration Books.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm

  28. The DWP are setting themselves up for a Public Inquiry for the easy way out because they know Public Inquiries will take 30 years like all other Public Inquiries. Is that what the DWP mean by Care Of Duty !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 21, 2021 at 2:14 pm

  29. One of Thérèse’ relatives.

    https://R4uQoQKSFpo

    Cloverleaf

    May 21, 2021 at 2:43 pm

  30. Witherspoons new app punishes old, lonely and vulnerable.

    Cloverleaf

    May 21, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    • Wetherspoons are one of the companies to boycott (Warburtons are another) because they donate to the Tories.

      trev

      May 24, 2021 at 11:05 am

  31. Can we talk about the new DWP Minister that the Tories will soon be employing. Should Iain Duncan Smith be the new DWP Minister for his rise to become Tory leader again but become Prime Minister without an election. The rise of IDS’s Universal Credit baby to the originator & back in safe hands after Boris’s fall out with Dominic Cummings.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 21, 2021 at 3:41 pm

  32. Had another face to face appointment, WC has nothing new to say only any change in circumstances, then I get my next appointment 😭

    Big bird

    May 21, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    • @ Big bird

      Their job role and very existence is utterly pointless. If anyone’s circumstances have changed they would have probably notified the jobcentre either by phone or email. Is it really necessary to be repeatedly asking people on a regular basis if their circumstances have changed? What’s the bloody point? If someone gets a job it will eventually show up on their Tax record and the Jobcentre will be informed by HMRC. If you’ve changed address or got married /divorced you’d obviously tell them. It’s insane. They spend Billions more than what they give us just on confirming that we are still eligible for the Benefits we’re claiming.

      trev

      May 22, 2021 at 6:53 pm

  33. Constantly posting offensive extremist Rightwing material on an unemployment blog is NOT normal behaviour. YOU are the Transgressor, the Deviant, deliberately attempting to be disruptive and offensive. YOU are the one behaving in an antisocial and abnormal manner.

    trev

    May 21, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    • @trev

      Just ignore him. Every time you respond with a comment, you just fan the flames, which is just what he wants. You are playing directly into his hands!

      jj joop

      May 22, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    • @trev- Very true, why he thinks we want to see his fascist pictures on here I don’t know.

      Jeff Smith

      May 22, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    • bob1234232

      May 22, 2021 at 11:03 pm

  34. Halifax Mosque launches community fridge

    https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/people/halifax-mosque-launches-community-fridge-2924972

    Halifax Community Fridge helps vulnerable during pandemic

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-leeds-56201351

    trev

    May 21, 2021 at 10:23 pm

  35. superted

    May 21, 2021 at 10:49 pm

  36. Coffey appears to have no significant other and nest to no personal life to speak of, bar, possibly, company from a “rescue dog” which she used to electrocute with a shock collar to stop it barking when it made too much noise as I remember it. Here follows the relevant entry from Wikipedia:

    Personal life

    Coffey is an avid football fan, supporting Liverpool. She signed an Early Day Motion in 2011 set down by Labour Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram requesting a knighthood for Kenny Dalglish. She enjoys gardening and music. Her sister Clare has worked in her parliamentary office as a secretary since 2015. Coffey is Catholic.”

    Not exactly the profile of somebody best qualified to be sympathetic towards or make compassionate decisions in respect to social security extended to the unemployed, underemployed, single-parents, sick, disabled or otherwise challenged people I would dare to say personally. A life so sparse as far as human relationship is concerned is not best placed to understand the plight of the poor and struggling but it does go some way to explain the woman’s aloofness and unapologetic abrogation of duty towards the underprivileged is concerned. From where I stand Coffey’s life looks like an arid barren desert in which no flower will ever bloom.

    No doubt, if she had her way, claimants would be fitted with shock collars to make them obedient too.

    Aleister

    May 22, 2021 at 8:56 am

    • She might be a secret Dominatrix with her own dungeon, she’ll have a shock collar on you if you’re not careful and not necessarily around your neck!

      trev

      May 22, 2021 at 10:19 pm

  37. It seems Boris Johnson & The Tory Party are too left wing for some people.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 22, 2021 at 9:11 am

  38. Andrew Coates

    May 22, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      May 22, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      • 27 Grand’s worth of takeaway fodder!? How can anyone possibly even eat so much food? Even if he shared it with a ‘friend’ that’s still 13 Grand. My total annual income is £3876, out of which I’m probably spending £1250 on food. He’s eating ten times more than me! No wonder the fat bastard goes running.

        trev

        May 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      • People were trying work that one out, but they paid £840-a-roll wallpaper for a roll of wallpaper for his gaff.

        These people are such crooks they have lost touch with what money means.

        Andrew Coates

        May 22, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    • But they already know all this, the child poverty, the hardship, and they are still going to do it anyway.

      Jeff Smith

      May 22, 2021 at 8:16 pm

  39. Meet the grieving families who’ve been denied £10,000 in bereavement benefits scandal
    EXCLUSIVE: Last year the DWP pledged to extend bereavement payments to couples who weren’t married. But despite the ravages of Covid, it still hasn’t happened. We meet some of the families caught up in the bureaucracy

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/meet-grieving-families-whove-been-24159244

    superted

    May 22, 2021 at 4:09 pm

  40. Rishi Sunak get your hand in your pocket and pay us our £1000(plus) backdated Covid “uplift”, because it’s the right thing to do, and because we’re worth it.

    trev

    May 22, 2021 at 10:14 pm

  41. The impact of covid vaccines on mortality, video.

    https://tapnewswire.com/2021/05/impact-of-covid-vaccinations-on-mortality/

    Cloverleaf

    May 23, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  42. trev

    May 23, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    • “A record year for Britain’s billionaires, revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List, has sparked calls for an overhaul of the way the super-rich are taxed.

      The annual rankings saw the wealth of each of the UK’s 250 richest people grow at an average rate of more than £1 million a day in a year when nearly 130,000 people have died in the pandemic, millions have been furloughed and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs.”

      trev

      May 23, 2021 at 5:07 pm

  43. I’ve been getting a lot of spam emails lately that look like fake job sites sending me Labouring vacancies, mostly in the Leeds area, and I’ve just received an email from someone who is looking for engineering labourers and mechanical engineers to move machinery over the coming months, and he says that he got my CV from Reed. So I logged on to my account on Reed and looked at the settings to find that my CV had been set to open view for employers to see it. Needless to say I set it back to private. The Labouring/Engineering jobs all required certificates I don’t have and in any case were only temporary jobs, not worth losing my JSA for.

    trev

    May 24, 2021 at 11:01 am

    • You need a good stint of corvee labour on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Take Jeff Smith with you, he needs to broaden his horizons.

      bob1234232

      May 24, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    • @trev- The DWP just don’t seem to take this issue into account. The loss of a limited but sustainable JSA, against the uncertainty of temporary work. The expense to you of undertaking the work. The reality of a 5 week wait afterwards for Universal Credit. Plus any further delays, while the DWP investigate and wait for confirmation, that you had to leave and did not resign.

      Jeff Smith

      May 24, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      • Exactly Jeff. As it happens I’m not qualified for this work anyway but I certainly couldn’t have considered sabotaging my JSA (and ending up on UC) for something so ‘hit & miss’ , not reliable permanent employment. This is what it says in the email;

        “If you have any availability over the next 3 – 4 weeks please drop me a line. We have a further project due to start in Leeds over the coming months so there is some potential for longer term work. As it stands today – I need 2 individuals to support this site from tomorrow onwards.”

        I don’t even know who this person is and I had no idea that my Reed CV had somehow been set to visible.

        trev

        May 24, 2021 at 3:32 pm

  44. Six out of 10 people would accept the use of vaccine passports to get in pubs, restaurants and other venues – and for overseas travel.
    A survey for the Sunday Mirror also found the country is determined to exit lockdown on June 21 for a summer of freedom.
    The poll showed 61% back the use of passports to get in pubs.
    And 62% would be prepared to carry a vaccine passport for all circumstances, while 24% would do it for international travel only.

    Jeff Smith

    May 24, 2021 at 11:31 am

  45. I received my yearly p60u today showing my taxable benefit for last year. It surprised me as it is the first time I can remember it coming in a white envelope. It’s usually in one of those scary brown envelopes.

    Rob

    May 24, 2021 at 1:01 pm

  46. bob1234232

    May 24, 2021 at 1:02 pm

  47. I think we’ve had the meat out of this one Andrew, as we used to say in Fleet Street. Time for some fresh copy perhaps ?

    The Editor

    May 24, 2021 at 2:51 pm

  48. Universal Credit system slammed by MP Ronnie Cowan

    INVERCLYDE’S MP has attacked the Universal Credit system as not fit for purpose.

    https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/19319452.universal-credit-system-not-fit-purpose-says-inverclydes-mp/

    superted

    May 24, 2021 at 2:58 pm


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