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As One Britain One Nation Day Approaches Nearly Half Universal Credit Claimants Have Benefits Reduced.

Strong Britain, Great Nation

One Britain One Nation Day is due to be celebrated in schools on Friday through the singing of a patriotic song.

Almost half of Universal Credit claimants are having their monthly benefits reduced


Almost half of Brits on Universal Credit are not getting the full benefit payment every month because they are paying back debts to the DWP.

Some 45% of all claims in February – 2.2million – had a deduction, meaning the claimant did not get their full entitlement that month.

Many were people who took out an advance from their own future benefits – to bridge the five-week wait for their first UC payment.

Some 49% of all deductions, worth £86million in February alone, were to pay back an advance.

The DWP claim there is nothing wrong with this, because advances mean people are being paid the same amount of benefits over a longer time.

But campaigners say the five-week wait must be scrapped, because many skint Brits have no choice but to borrow against their own future benefits.

Update, now Trending:

Written by Andrew Coates

June 23, 2021 at 1:36 pm

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  1. The sinking Tory Welfare Reform Ship taking everyone down with it. The Captain Boris has the only life jacket so he thinks.

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    June 23, 2021 at 2:01 pm

  2. One Britain, One Nation, One Brexit Cheese, One Bullshit, One Corporate Manslaughter, One DWP, One Dictatorship, One Brainwashing Nation, One Boris Johnson, One Mind, One or Two Fuck Ups.

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    June 23, 2021 at 2:15 pm

  3. And anyway, what’s wrong with that trusty favourite, I’m Backing Britain ?

    I’m backing Britain
    Yes I’m backing Britain
    We’re all backing Britain today
    The feeling is growing
    So let’s keep it going
    The good times are blowing our way

    Bruce Forsyth – 1968

    Jeff Smith

    June 23, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    • Remember the ‘export drive’ ?


      June 23, 2021 at 2:31 pm

  4. Singalong….


    June 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm

  5. January 2014

    UK Benefits Inadequate




    June 23, 2021 at 2:35 pm

  6. 1977


    June 23, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    • White Riot is a Dominic Cummings song !! A Riot On My Own.

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      June 23, 2021 at 4:46 pm

  7. “Government encourages schools to host ‘One Britain’ events”



    June 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    • All the schools are telling Boris to piss off & get back to Covid.

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      June 23, 2021 at 4:47 pm

  8. It’s the Centenary of the partition of Ireland today, that went well didn’t it?


    June 23, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    • Or for those who prefer the Furey’s version…

      One Ireland, One Nation!


      June 23, 2021 at 4:38 pm

  9. It’s a shame it’s only for one day One Britain, One Nation. Do we need a Union Jack with a picture of Boris on it !!!

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    June 23, 2021 at 4:49 pm

  10. Next week the slogan will be “Putting Great Back Into Great Britain” but the Tories have been in power too long.

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    June 23, 2021 at 4:52 pm

  11. Brexit Hardcore Jungle
    Brexit Trance Music
    Brexit Reggae
    Brexit Heavy Metal
    Brexit Trash Music
    Brexit Opera
    Brexit Soul
    Brexit Northern Soul
    Brexit Rap
    Brexit Hip Hop
    Brexit Grime
    Brexit Drill
    Brexit Rhythm & Blues
    Brexit Jazz

    It’s hard keeping up with all these new genres of music let alone genres of Brexit Cheese.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 23, 2021 at 4:58 pm

  12. Universal Credit is perverse because if you take out a DWP loan – and only the poorest claimants do this – when you eventually get your entitlements for however long it takes you to pay back that loan you receive less money in the form of Universal Credit than the law says you need to keep body and soul together! (Because the claw back of the loan is made by deductions from you Universal Credit.) Repaying the DWP loan, or “advance” as the DWP prefer to call it, can go on for as much as TWO YEARS so in theory you could be forced to live on less money than the law says is necessary to support yourself for 24 months!


    June 23, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    • Mind you, even the Budgeting Loans on JSA can take quite some time to repay, as long as 18 months is not unheard of, and in the meantime you get about £8 per week less than full JSA.


      June 23, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      • i put in for a budgeting loan on the 13 of may and was told today via txt msg it will be paid in to my account next week.

        it has never taken this long b4 and well over a month now and all there excuse was there very busy at the moment.


        June 23, 2021 at 6:44 pm

  13. The antidote to One Britain One Nation Day…


    June 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm

  14. Your vacancies for Work Coaches not appear to mention any role in sanctioning claimants benefits?

    In DWP Work Coach adverts we do not explicitly refer to benefit conditionality as part of the
    recruitment process. At the interview stage, it would not be appropriate as we are looking to
    test candidates against a set of essential criteria and key skills for the role of the Work
    At the offer stage, again, we do not cover any aspect of benefit conditionality and this would
    be covered during a work coaches Learning and Development journey and consolidation for
    the role once they have joined the Department.
    Yours sincerely,


    Work Coach training materials for 13500 new staff as Covid response

    I can confirm that we hold the information requested.
    As per your request, please find attached list of DWP products which are delivered to work
    coaches through the 32 day learning. The list provides topic number, subject matter heading
    and the order of delivery.



    June 23, 2021 at 8:47 pm

  15. No one has said what we are meant do on Friday for “One Britain, One Nation, One Brexit Cheese” Day !!!

    Perhaps the Government lawyers can tell us !!!

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    June 24, 2021 at 11:38 am

  16. “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7


    Does anybody know what Iain Duncan Smith’s position is on the £20.00 UC uplift?


    June 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    • The official UC rates are still the same as ‘legacy’ benefit rates. This temporary UC ‘uplift’ came from the same factory as that stupid ‘eat out to help’ scheme. It was done solely to appease the middle-classes. It should never have been given in the first place. Its whole implementation was idiotic. For example people who have been claiming unemployment benefits for years, decades have received this ‘uplift’. Will they all die from starvation/lack of heat if this temporary ‘uplift’ is rolled back. As I have mentioned before, a fact that the media and other posters on here appear to be deaf to, this affects the PERSONAL allowance only – it does not affect payments for children, so ‘starving children’ do not come into it, that is purely emotive language. In an ideal DWP world I would have expected this to have applied to new claimants only i.e. claims made from March 2020, to root out paying this to the ‘old guard’, but maybe the DWP computer systems weren’t up to the job 😀



      June 24, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      • And if you read the above link you will note that two rates are given – one for April to September with the note “*Rates have been temporarily increased by the Universal Credit (Extension of Coronavirus Measures) Regulations 2021/313” and then another rate from October 2021 to March 2022 which is the same as the ‘legacy’ rates.


        June 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      • If you don’t find Baron David Freud, veritable architect of the Universal Credit system, criticising the system he helped to implement and develop, publicly, surprising I have to say that I do. Rarely do individuals like Freud put their heads above the parapet after leaving public life and the fact that Freud has chosen to, now, is exceptionally revealing in my view.

        There are a lot of Conservative MPs who would differ with you and if enough of them are prepared to rebel over it removing all of the UC uplift will be difficult if not impossible; in fact it was pressure from these quarter that got the uplift extended until the end of September 2021. Oddly after remorseless pillorying of benefit claimants during George Osborne’s time as Chancellor, apparently now the pendulum seems to have swung back the other way with support for keeping the UC uplift as well as for a more generous social security is widespread.

        Click to access Going-with-the-grain-Fabian-Society-lowres.pdf

        What goes around comes around and it will be interesting what happens as we get nearer to September, when the UC uplift is supposed to end, and over the coming years with a left-leaning Tory party dependent on the election of northern former “red wall” seats, now represented by Conservative MPs who will continually pressuring the government to do things everything necessary to ensure that they keep their jobs.


        June 24, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      • @ fred

        It should be given to everyone , reason being UK State Benefits have been underpaid by as much as 40% for years and are manifestly inadequate, according to the Council of Europe.


        June 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      • imo all these new jcp sites will be used for all the recent uc claims and for all the ppl when furlough ends in September as i have been told i will not be sent to the new site so there will be a jcp for the poor and a more lighter touch model for the middle class now on benefits.

        so the pay might be the same but i bet the conditionality will be different for both groups of claimants which is why they wont want us lot going to the new sites.


        June 24, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  17. EXCLUSIVE: Landlord wins battle with DWP over ‘failing’ UC payments system



    June 24, 2021 at 2:32 pm

  18. Will there be anything left in 2022?


    June 24, 2021 at 2:48 pm

  19. Temporary Leeds Jobcentre officially opened in Seacroft as thousands of Work Coaches recruited nationwide

    “Every customer benefits from a dedicated Work Coach. They know the local jobs market and work with local businesses to match jobseekers to the latest nearby opportunities.

    what with 32 days training lmfao!



    June 24, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    • I had a work search review yesterday. It lasted four minutes! I slid my journal under the glass screen. The coach put on a pair of disposable gloves before he would touch it, took a few notes and that was it.

      jj joop

      June 24, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    • you should start pushing there buttons like why are you asking me to sign on just to hand over a job search they have no way of checking anyway gdpr.

      also another trick they try is well we have had reply’s from employers you are not replying to them.

      1 why would a employer risk breaching the gdpr and a massive fine just to tell you that.

      2 why would the employer think i was on benefits in the first place.

      3 who are these employers then so i can make contact with them, o well cant say that because of data protection.

      4 well that works both ways then does it not and your full of shit! and have no power at all over my personnel data.


      June 24, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      • What you mention in 1 to 4, I’ve never experienced. And I haven’t actually signed on as it were since February last year! I haven’t even signed the updated CC they sent me in the post a couple of months ago. It might actually be because of my age – I’m nearly sixty. So I guess they figure it’s a waste of their time hassling me now.

        jj joop

        June 24, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      • over the years i have heard it all they just lie to make you think they have some control over you and will do as told or else.

        the reason the cc were sent out was it is from that date they can now sanction you from and as it is not a legal contract it does not need to be signed as we have all found out it means nothing and a contractual concept only.

        i take you you have another face to face next time then?


        June 24, 2021 at 7:26 pm

  20. They work with local businesses, who’s that then the local poverty pimps?


    June 24, 2021 at 5:42 pm

  21. The DWP can’t cope & they can’t admit it. The DWP workers can’t cope & the have admitted it.

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    June 24, 2021 at 6:45 pm

  22. Jodey Whiting: DWP tells high court her death was isolated case and not sign of systemic failure… despite years of evidence

    By John Pring DNS on 24th June 2021

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has told a court that the death of a disabled woman who took her own life after her benefits were removed was not part of a widespread “systemic” problem, despite years of evidence to the contrary.

    A DWP lawyer made the argument in the high court this week, despite nearly a decade of high-profile tragedies, legal cases, campaigns, research, protests, television exposés, parliamentary debates, and reports by MPs and other organisations into deaths linked to the department’s “fitness for work” regime.

    The court was being asked to order a second inquest into the death of Jodey Whiting in February 2017.

    DWP was told of the court case before Christmas last year, and it was told then of the substantial evidence of the “systemic issue”, but the court heard that it had made no effort to dispute that evidence until this week.

    Whiting, a mother-of-nine and grandmother from Stockton-on-Tees, took her own life in February 2017, 15 days after her employment and support allowance (ESA) was mistakenly stopped by DWP for missing a work capability assessment.

    But the original inquest into her death lasted just 37 minutes and did not investigate DWP’s role in her death.

    This week, the high court has been considering a request by Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, who attended this week’s hearing in London, for a second inquest into her daughter’s death.

    David Griffiths, DWP’s barrister, argued this week that Whiting’s death was the result of errors by individuals within DWP, but was not caused by flaws in the benefits system itself.

    He said her death should be placed in the “context” of the “scale and scope” of the millions of claimants who DWP deals with.

    But Mrs Justice Farbey, one of three high court judges hearing the case, replied: “There are a large number of claimants. It ought to be basic stuff.

    “This is largely stuff that the DWP does every day and it should have systems that work to surveil.”

    Griffiths said it was clear that, “on this occasion”, the systems that look out for the “well-being of the recipient” were “not adhered to”.

    He said: “People make mistakes. I can understand in this arena and with the tragic events that happened that those failures are highlighted, and rightly so.

    “The system has failed but it does not fail a great many times.”

    He claimed that if there was a systemic problem then “given the quantity the numbers of people who are dealt with one would see far greater problems within the DWP than apparently is the case”.

    Another of the judges, Lord Justice Warby, said DWP had provided no evidence about other such cases in which claimants had died.

    Griffiths said that if there was a “systemic problem”, it would be “known and public to a great extent” and he assured the judges that DWP would have told the court if there was any indication that this was a systemic problem.

    But Jesse Nicholls, representing Joy Dove, said there was a “very substantial amount of material available in the public domain” that indicated there was a “very serious problem” with the way DWP makes its decisions on benefits.

    He said deaths had been raised in parliament, some even at prime minister’s questions, while the Commons work and pensions committee had reported on the concerns, and last year the National Audit Office had investigated the information DWP held on the suicides of claimants.

    Nicholls said DWP had had six months to provide the evidence to the court “to rebut the suggestion that there is a systemic issue”.

    But, he said, “they didn’t”.

    Lord Justice Warby added: “They had plenty of opportunity… to put in evidence and they haven’t done it or suggested that they have evidence to put in.”

    Nicholls said: “The only inference… that can be drawn is that there is a systemic problem here. It cannot possibly be suggested that that is not the case.”

    Griffiths said DWP accepted that it did fail when the individuals concerned did not comply with their duties appropriately.

    He said: “It had tragic consequences. That is not to say there are not systems and procedures in place which if followed would have prevented this error.”

    But Lord Justice Warby told him: “An inference may be drawn that despite the appearance of working systems, there is a non-working system in the problem of culture and training and arguably so.”

    He said the court would reserve its decision to a future date, but he said that he and his two fellow judges knew that it was “an important case” and were “very conscious of the importance of the legal issues, but also the personal issues”.

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    June 24, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    • David Griffiths, DWP’s barrister

      David undertakes a wide range of commercial work. Before coming to the Bar in 2001 he initially worked in industry and commerce after which he progressed to work in the field of international arbitration and mediation.

      David has a broad practice at the Bar and accepts instructions on commercial disputes, personal injury and landlord and tenant matters. He is also a member of the Attorney General’s Civil Panel and as a consequence he is regularly instructed by Government Departments. As well as a litigation practice he also has a thriving commercial arbitral and mediation practice.

      He is regularly instructed to deal with contractual, property and landlord and tenant disputes and his services, given his background, are particularly sought by those involved in commercial disputes within the construction and engineering sectors. He also regularly represents financial institutions when they are trying to make recovery following mortgage default.

      He also has significant experience of representing the HMRC both in the specialised tribunal of the Tax Chamber and in the Civil Court on indirect taxation matters and on complex Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) civil fraud cases.

      David prides himself on being highly approachable and in offering well balanced and realistic advice in a clear and straightforward manner. He is always mindful of the stresses and pressures which are experienced by those dealing with disputes and strives to give every assistance to his Instructing Solicitors and their clients.

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      June 24, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      • David Griffiths, DWP’s barrister

        Sorry is not good enough & you only knew about the case 2 weeks ago David Griffiths, DWP’s barrister. Now go back to your chambers & do some research To save your reputation.

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        June 24, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      • David Griffiths also is a barrister for the construction and engineering sectors. So lots of work defending illegal cladding then.

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        June 24, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      • He also has significant experience of representing the HMRC. Lots of DWP Work then.

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        June 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm

  23. DPOs welcome Disability Rights UK’s decision to quit charities’ lobby group

    By John Pring DNS on 24th June 2021

    A leading national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has announced it is quitting a powerful lobby group of disability charities as part of a move to work mostly with other DPOs rather than non-user-led organisations.

    Disability Rights UK (DR UK) said the move to quit the Disability Charities Consortium (DCC) was part of a strategy review that was intended to ensure “greater amplification” of the voices of disabled people.

    The consortium is frequently consulted by the government, and these discussions are often used as proof that ministers are talking and listening to disabled people and their organisations, but it makes few if any public announcements and has no website.

    DR UK’s departure means the consortium will no longer have any member organisations that are run and controlled by disabled people.

    The other members are Mencap, the National Autistic Society, Mind, Leonard Cheshire, Scope, Action on Hearing Loss, RNIB, Sense and the Business Disability Forum.

    Kamran Mallick, DR UK’s chief executive, said in a statement that his organisation had been looking at how it could “work more deeply, with greater listening, and greater amplification of the voices of Disabled people”.

    He told Disability News Service (DNS) later: “As a leading national DPO we already work closely with a network of grassroots DPOs across the UK.

    “We want it to be crystal clear to disabled people that we are disabled people working with disabled people to ensure our voices are heard directly by government.

    “We want to create a stronger DPO voice based on the lived experience of disabled people, so that government listens more closely and takes action, and we want to be part of this.”

    He said there had been no particular decisions taken by DCC that had persuaded DR UK to leave the consortium.

    In the statement, he said it had become “clearer than it had ever been” at the start of the pandemic that disabled people’s voices were “in danger of becoming lost”.

    But he said the crisis had strengthened the resolve of disabled people “to gather together our voices, speak truth to power, loudly and clearly, and make sure that we are heard”.

    Mallick pointed to the new, 15-strong Our Voices group of DR UK member DPOs that has come together since the start of the pandemic, which meets regularly “to share what is working and what is not working in their local areas across the UK”, and which he hopes will expand.

    He said DR UK also wanted to “make full contribution and support” to the new DPO Forum England, which has been set up by DPOs to lobby government.

    He said that DR UK had “always been user-led” and was “committed to remaining user-led”, while its board, leadership team, membership and the “vast majority” of its staff are disabled people.

    He said the bulk of its work would now be with DPOs, which are led and run by disabled people, although it would continue to work with DCC organisations where their collective knowledge and experience “works stronger together”.

    Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, another influential DPO, which works with user-led organisations across the capital, said: “We welcome DR UK’s long-awaited decision to leave the DCC.

    “We cannot think of one example where the DCC has used its leverage, facetime with ministers or its own huge, combined resources to support DPOs or amplify our voices.

    “But we do know both the DCC and the government have benefited hugely from pretending they consult with DPOs via DR UK’s long-term membership of DCC.

    “It’s vital DPOs and our wider movement work together in solidarity to ensure the needs, issues, experiences and aspirations of disabled people and our organisations are heard and we look forward to working with DR UK to make this happen.”

    Ellen Clifford, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, also welcomed the DR UK decision.

    She said: “Over the years the government has consistently used engagement with disability charities as cover for cuts and changes that have devastated disabled people’s lives.

    “There have also been dubious claims about engaging with DDPOs [Deaf and disabled people’s organisations].

    “In leaving the DCC, DR UK is effectively taking away from the government the chance to justify highly regressive measures through engagement via DCC.

    “This is of especial significance given the upcoming examination of the UK under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the duty under that on governments to engage specifically with DDPOs as opposed to charities.”

    But Clifford was also critical of DR UK.

    She said: “In 2017, Mike Oliver criticised DR UK for its lack of political activism and included them in a ‘stinging rebuke’ levelled at disability charities who he described as ‘parasitic’.

    “Whether leaving DCC represents a solid new direction from DR UK remains to be seen but they are more than welcome to join the ranks of those of us who understand the importance of radical campaigning to resist the attacks on disabled people.”

    A spokesperson for the consortium said its members did not think DR UK’s decision would damage DCC’s credibility, and that they “support them to do what they feel is right for them at this time”.

    Asked if the consortium believed the government should now focus more on those organisations and networks that are DPOs or represent DPOs, she said: “The government needs to do much more to engage and work with DPOs and organisations that represent DPOs.

    “The DCC has consistently pushed government to engage meaningfully with these groups and will continue to do so.”

    Mark Hodgkinson and Diane Lightfoot, co-chairs of the consortium, said DCC had “always been an informal and flexible coalition of disability charities”.

    They said that its members “continue to urge the government to engage and work proactively with a wide range of organisations, including DPOs and disabled people, to inform strategy development and to identify barriers and solutions with and for disabled people”.

    They added: “As the current co-chairs of the consortium, we support Disability Rights UK’s decision to review how it operates, and seeks to maximise the impact it can have.

    “Disability Rights UK undertake a hugely important role leading the sector and campaigning for change. We are extremely grateful for all DR UK has done within the DCC.

    “We look forward to continuing to support them, and working with them to make sure the voices and experiences of Britain’s 14 million disabled people are heard.”

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    June 24, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    • Well done Justin Tomlinson working with disabled people & DPO’s, shows how useless you are as the Tory Disability Minister & need sacking as a threat to disabled people’s Human Rights.

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      June 24, 2021 at 7:40 pm

      • “””A spokesperson for the consortium said its members did not think DR UK’s decision would damage DCC’s credibility, and that they “support them to do what they feel is right for them at this time”.””””

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        June 24, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    • staff in the public sector should be held accountable for there actions and gross misconduct so if one member of staff pushed that end claim button then they should be sent to prison.

      i bet all the errors done on purpose will be gone if thats the price there going to pay for doing there masters dirty work for them so they can get promoted up the chain and a job for life.


      June 24, 2021 at 7:44 pm

  24. superted

    June 24, 2021 at 8:14 pm

  25. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    June 24, 2021 at 9:39 pm

  26. Matt ‘Hanky’ Hancock having a sleazy affair. Great the top political story today.

    One Britain, One Nation, One Sleazy Affair Day.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 10:14 am

    • Matt you really look like Tintin.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 25, 2021 at 10:16 am

      • No, he looks more like Billy Bass the singing fish.

        George M

        June 25, 2021 at 12:26 pm

  27. I wouldn’t insult Tintin Handycock looks like a right turd 💩


    June 25, 2021 at 10:45 am

  28. Matt Hancock’s secret affair with aide Gina Coladangelo is exposed after office snogs while covid raged on.



    June 25, 2021 at 11:02 am

    • The Queen is now not calling Matt “A Nice Bean” now & sorry for him. The Queen is now swearing in private. The Queen should not get involved in politics or have an opinion.

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      June 25, 2021 at 11:10 am

  29. More Politics.

    Tory Love Island is more important than Covid.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 11:11 am

  30. Welcome to clown world 🤡 😀


    June 25, 2021 at 11:35 am

  31. The Tories are slowly Privatising our NHS

    “Our NHS turns 73 this year.

    As part of this year’s NHS birthday, a coalition of NHS campaign groups – including We Own It – is organising a public meeting on stopping the private takeover of NHS GP surgeries.

    Can you join the online (ZOOM) public meeting at 6pm on Monday, 28th June?”

    Further details here:



    June 25, 2021 at 1:40 pm

  32. Matt ‘Hanky’ Hancock is unsackable.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    • It’s amazing Stepping, you can just about do whatever you like now, without any chance of getting sacked.
      What does it take to get sacked from government these days ?

      George M

      June 25, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      • 12 Million Covid deaths & they still will not be sacked.

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        June 25, 2021 at 4:06 pm

  33. John Pilger – the dirty war on the NHS, privatisation, profits, and the impact on patients.


    June 25, 2021 at 3:08 pm

  34. One by one, these politicians are being replaced by identical aliens.

    George M

    June 25, 2021 at 3:35 pm

  35. Universal Credit: What went wrong, and what we learned
    The architect of one of the biggest and most controversial government policies – and IT failures – of the past decade gives his inside view of the project, and how Computer Weekly was a thorn in their side



    June 25, 2021 at 4:17 pm

  36. Is that why they can’t get sacked ?

    Jeff Smith

    June 25, 2021 at 4:22 pm

  37. Well. I think we’ve picked the bones of this one Andrew, as old Harrison used to say on the Daily Chronicle.

    The Editor

    June 25, 2021 at 4:27 pm

  38. superted

    June 25, 2021 at 7:16 pm

  39. What the Tories are doing is using DWP tactics of one rule for us & one rule for them which the DWP has always been doing since Tory takeover in 2010. The DWP are very useful for useless Tories to hide behind. The big problem is even the Tory voters are not going to listen to a word they say. The Tories have lost their voters & any control over the public. Marshall Law is the only way out of it Tory Party to control the masses. The Tory Party will have to put the Marshall Law Contract out to tender with G4S the front runner to win the Tory Marshall Law Contract. There are not enough police or British Soldiers to police Marshall Law.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    • massive protest in London tomorrow tho 😉


      June 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    • Martial law, not “Marshall”, or maybe Martian?


      June 25, 2021 at 9:53 pm

      • So Boris is not the Marshall then !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 25, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      • Or even Marital Law !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 25, 2021 at 9:55 pm

  40. Gonorrhea & Clap for Matt Hancock. Well someone needs testing.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 9:50 pm

  41. Is there a Track & Trace for Tory Sleaze !! It would be more useful Matt !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 9:52 pm

  42. These Tories are out without an Election – Not Fit For Purpose & Endangering The Public.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm

  43. superted

    June 25, 2021 at 9:59 pm

  44. Business boomed at healthcare firm run by Matt Hancock’s kiss friend thanks to pandemic

    EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Coladangelo, understood to be the brother of Gina Coladangelo who was caught repotedly caught on CCTV kissing Health Secretary Matt Hancock, is director at Partnering Health Limited, which has won a string of NHS contracts in the pandemic

    The Mirror 25th June 2021

    Business has boomed at the healthcare company run by the brother of the Health Secretary’s close friend thanks to the pandemic, the Mirror can reveal.

    Roberto Coladangelo – who is understood to be the younger brother of Gina Coladangelo – has been a director at Partnering Health Limited, which has won a string of NHS contracts, since October 2019.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock appointed his aide Ms Coladangelo as a non-executive director at the Department of Health in September 2020.

    Accounts for the PHL group shows revenue has soared 37% to £18.4m, “mainly due to the Group’s response to the delivery of several Covid related services as part of the UK’s response to the disease”.

    The firm’s profit before tax doubled to £1.1m last year and it describes itself on its website as “an independent healthcare company providing services and quality solutions to the NHS and private healthcare partners”.

    It was reported today that Roberto and Gina Coladangelo are siblings and family records documents confirm they both have a mother with the same maiden name.

    A “Gina and Olly” – the name used by her businessman husband Oliver Tress – recently donated to a Justgiving charity fundraiser in Mr Coladangelo’s name.

    PHL said it has “rapidly designed and mobilised services which have contributed to every facet of the health sector’s response to the [ Coronavirus ] disease” expanding beyond Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to “support services covering a national footprint”.

    PHL’s website shows it is involved in Covid 19 testing in the community and among care home staff, as well as monitoring Covid patients at home and certifying deaths in a temporary mortuary.

    There is no suggestion that PHL Group or Mr Coladangelo had acted improperly in the awarding of government contracts.

    The Mirror asked the Department of Health to confirm if Ms Coladangelo had declared this relationship but did not receive a response.

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    June 25, 2021 at 10:11 pm

  45. The Tories are riding high at the moment but by the time of the next general election things will have changed. Conservative popularity is doomed to fail over time. Why? Because Boris Johnson has over-promised to do things like get millions of people into jobs which pay decent wages, reform social care, buck up the NHS, build enormous numbers of private and social housing, plough much more into the police and armed forces, plant millions of trees and turn the UK into a very much more eco-friendly country and so on and so forth none of which pledges are going to live up to expectations. Johnson is a shameless liar and bullshitter and WILL be held to account for his forthcoming failures eventually.

    (It would amuse me though if Boris sacked Hancock for sexual impropriety considering his own behaviour.)


    June 26, 2021 at 10:46 am

    • @ Aleister

      Who’s going to hold Boris to account though on all those things? Does anyone ever hold him to account? Starmer ought to do, but whether he will or not remains to be seen.


      June 26, 2021 at 11:48 am

      • @ trev

        Surely many of the people he breaks his word to and lets down will turn against him in time. There’s a lot of truth in the old saying the “parties lose elections rather than win them” and millions of temporary votes loaned to the Conservatives, based on their stance vis-a-vis Brexit, will eventually flow away from the Tories to other parties, not necessarily because the parties are better, or are offering more, but because they’re not the Conservatives led by Boris Johnson who broke so many promises and disappointed armies of people who lent the Tories their vote provisionally and then took them back in anger after being deceived and let down badly with the Covid pandemic and success of the vaccination programme in the past some years behind them.


        June 26, 2021 at 12:31 pm

  46. Just been looking at the London Protests Live. they all look like Tory Voters. They even have a DJ playing music from a lorry.
    The Tories want some one to get killed today which gives them good reason to ban all protests because it is unsafe.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 26, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    • What are they protesting against?


      June 26, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      • Well trev since they are Tory voters they are protesting against Furlough, We Can’t Cook, Being Made To Look Like Idiots As Tory Voters, Boris Is A Commie Bastard, It’s All The Disabled Fault, How Can We Live With A Work Coach – In fact the list is endless.

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        June 26, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      • Anything and everything by the looks of it, I just looked on beeb, Anti-lockdown, Nurses not Nukes, Climate Change, Tories Out, Kill the Bill, etc. There are protests in London every week about something or other


        June 26, 2021 at 1:36 pm

  47. What odds will you give me 3 people get killed today in the London Protest?
    Sorry sir that is a detrimental bet so we can’t help you.

    How about 10 people?
    As we said before sir that is a detrimental bet so we can’t help you.

    So I don’t gamble like the Tories.

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    June 26, 2021 at 1:18 pm

  48. If all the Protesters wore Yellow hi vis Jackets it would confuse the helicopter because they would not know who are the police & who are the protesters !!!

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    June 26, 2021 at 1:35 pm

  49. superted

    June 26, 2021 at 1:35 pm

  50. It’s all gonna end badly today – The Forces have zero tolerance today.

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    June 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

  51. Matt Hancock has gone.

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    June 26, 2021 at 6:24 pm

  52. superted

    June 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    • He’ll be replaced by another shit weasel no doubt


      June 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      • Sajid Javid I’ve just read


        June 27, 2021 at 9:36 am

      • Labour MP and Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth questions Sajid Javid’s appointment as health secretary as he takes up the post after Matt Hancock.

        “The NHS entered this crisis on the back of 10 years of underfunding, cutbacks, of losing beds, short of staff – and Sajid Javid was responsible for that.

        “He was a Treasury minister, he was… an architect of the austerity that has afflicted the NHS these last 10 years which has weakened it.”

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        June 27, 2021 at 10:46 am

  53. Matt Hancock needs sacking as an MP as well.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    • I wonder if there are any lampposts outside his house?


      June 27, 2021 at 11:54 am

  54. The shocking story Hancock wants to cover up.


    June 27, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    • “video unavailable”

      I suspect it’s his extra-marital activities he wishes he could have covered up 😍


      June 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      • Trev, watch the video on YouTube it’s only a couple of minutes long.


        June 27, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      • Watched it. More evidence of Tory corruption. Blame all those who voted Tory.


        June 27, 2021 at 3:03 pm

  55. superted

    June 27, 2021 at 2:26 pm

  56. Guess what folks, the Lambda Variant has arrived first identified in South America, and has now reached the UK. Any excuse to keep us locked down in Alkatraz (formerly known as the United Kingdom).


    June 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    • And those of you who haven’t been vaccinated will be at the greatest risk. As for continued lockdown measures, bad for business but otherwise doesn’t bother me personally and at least delays Jobcentre attendance.


      June 27, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      • Why most people who now die with Covid in England have been vaccinated.

        Don’t think of this as a bad sign, it’s exactly what’s expected from an effective but imperfect jab



        June 27, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      • Then we’re all fooked and this really is Armageddon.


        June 27, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      • trev

        June 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      • Dealing with current data 50 fully vaccinated deaths is way way lower than what would have been expected when collated with deaths prior to a vaccine. The same goes that the un vaccinated figure demonstrate a normal trend inline with covid pre vaccine.

        We know covid is more lethal to older people and ill people than younger and fit people. As i said ages ago in another post that covid currently appears to show the same trends as the H3N2 virus rather than the H1N1.

        Despite what some people may think or misinterpret, a vaccine isnt guaranteed immunity and has never been peddled as such even by this government. Experts are working with a broad spectrum of people of varying ages and or illnesses without acute specific knowledge of each and every case so naturally the vaccines response isnt tailored yet and understandably so.

        As i have proven before the majority of the planet regardless of measures taken or not have remained even if contracted to have survived this virus threat. Everyone can get infected but the individuals reaction as we see by the virus trend falls vaccinated or not to effect the predicted age group and health level.

        The vaccine currently and the data supports it is increasing life chances for the vulnerable categories mentioned. As for those not in the groups, we will have to see as more people of younger age groups get vaccinated how effective this is overall over time. Obviously a new variant could possibly change all this but we cant plan nor talk about something that hasnt happened yet.

        When deciding whether to get vaccinated this must be weighed up by the individual so as to make an informed choice not just for the possibility of improving life chances for the most vulnerable, improving chances of avoiding hospital admission but also possibly improving the tractability of transmission.


        June 28, 2021 at 10:01 am

    • @doug even the common cold is lethal to old people.


      June 28, 2021 at 10:04 am

      • Actually it can be just as lethal to the very young along with the usual other suspects.


        June 28, 2021 at 10:57 am

  57. Homeless renting crisis.


    June 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm

  58. 35,000 deaths later, the DWP still denies its problems are ‘systemic’



    June 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm

  59. Classified Ministry of Defence documents found at bus stop

    Classified Ministry of Defence documents containing details about HMS Defender and the British military have been found at a bus stop in Kent.

    One set of documents discusses the likely Russian reaction to the ship’s passage through Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday.

    Another details plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led Nato operation there ends.

    The government said an investigation had been launched.

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it is investigating “an incident in which sensitive defence papers were recovered by a member of the public”. The MoD employee concerned reported the loss at the time, it said.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 27, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    • When are they going to leave DWP Death documents at a bus stop or outside a graveyard !!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 27, 2021 at 3:38 pm

  60. superted

    June 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm

  61. well signed on and a fkn waste of time did not wear a mask as told them was exempt had foi to back this up but not needed 5 g4s goons in front entrance all moaning about only 1 cleaner for the hole building running round like a headless chicken wiping down everything in sight anyone touches lol.

    must have thought i was a easy target but that plan went out the window when they put a face to the name checked job search made new appointment and told to leave.

    only had 10 appointments on there sheet to see today but said will be ramping back up face to face appointments next month and restart wont be going until the end of the year as dont even have a location yet pmsl.

    so back to signing on every 2 weeks same as normal and no more phone interviews from no on even if they go on strike.


    June 28, 2021 at 9:34 am

  62. Outsourcing of Core Civil Service Work in DWP
    28 Jun 2021
    PCS has a long standing principled opposition to the outsourcing of DWP and all civil service work.

    The long history of outsourcing in the civil service in general, and in DWP in particular, contains a litany of failures; from Carillion to A4E, to the creation of the UC and CMG computer systems. We believe that it is clear that better value and better service for customers would be delivered by our members working in DWP and elsewhere in the civil service.

    The GEC will continue to argue for the in-housing work which has been contracted out and vigorously opposing further DWP work being passed out to the private sector. We are clear that the vital public services PCS members provide should not be used for private sector profit.

    UC Telephony
    PCS met with the DWP to discuss their plans for the continuation of the outsourced contract for telephony services in Universal Credit for a further three years. DWP believe that the pandemic, and the additional work that it created, justified their decision for the short term tactical use of the private sector. By the department’s own admission the contract is now being extended because this is a long term demand increase, with 2,000,000 more customers and the contract gives DWP flexibility to respond should unemployment levels change, where a permanent resource would not.

    DWP claim this is to ensure calls could be answered and that they would have otherwise been unable to handle the call volumes and keep on top of payments to claimants. The Department further claims that by taking this action DWP staff would be able to concentrate on case work.

    PCS disagrees with DWP’s position and believe that even were it true DWP cannot justify the long term privatisation of this work when it is clear that the work is, as they have said, genuinely long term.

    PCS were disappointed to learn the decision to outsource the Universal Credit Strategic Telephony was a tactical decision made by DWP Executive Team rather than a decision imposed on them by Government.

    Serco involvement
    Outsourcing giant Serco currently holds the UC telephony contract and the contract is currently out to tender for a further 3 years.

    Serco is involved in the delivery of the Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme and has been awarded contracts for the eye-wateringly costly Restart scheme that begins on Monday 28 June 2021. Serco is also a significant beneficiary of the Government’s privatised track and trace scheme.

    Serco has a long and controversial history of involvement in delivering Government contracts

    Serco faced claims in 2013 it overcharged the government for electronic tagging
    It was later fined £19.2million in a settlement with Serious Fraud Office in 2019
    Serco also faced allegations of abuse at its immigration centre
    In 2018, Serco sparked fury after it emerged it planned to evict hundreds of asylum seekers from private accommodation in Glasgow without court orders
    The Restart Scheme will begin on 28 June 2021, with referrals to providers starting from 12 July 2021.The Restart Scheme is part of the Government’s £3.7 billion pound Plan for Jobs which is supposed to address the massive problems that the labour market will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. £2.9b has been allocated to the Restart Programme which will be run by Serco and a host of other companies familiar to PCS members in DWP, such as Maximus, G4S and Ingeus.

    PCS believes that the staggering amounts of money that have been awarded to these contract holders cannot be justified. The history of similar schemes, such as the Work Programme, demonstrates failure to deliver results and a massive waste of taxpayer’s money. Whenever DWP staff have been given the chance they have delivered better outcomes for claimants and overwhelmingly better value for money for the public purse.

    PCS will continue to campaign politically to bring this work into the Civil Service where it belongs. We will also use ongoing consultation with DWP and political pressure to ensure that that these organisations are held to account.


    June 28, 2021 at 9:39 am

  63. Extension of EO FTA Appointments
    28 Jun 2021
    DWP has announced that it will be extending contacts for EO staff on fixed term contracts.

    DWP said that as “there is a continuing need for temporary resource to support critical delivery of Universal Credit and Service Excellence, we have secured approval from Capacity Board and the Minister to extend contracts for our EO Fixed Term Appointment colleagues. EO Work Coaches will be extended until 30 June 2022, all remaining EO Fixed Term Appointment contracts will be extended to 31 March 2022, to reflect business needs.

    “Employees will receive notification from SSCL that their current contract will be extended. People Capability and Place Resourcing Team will coordinate all the relevant extension action centrally.”

    PCS Response
    PCS welcome the announcement to extend the FTA contracts of those EO members as it will go some way to alleviating the uncertainty that these members face about their futures. However we will continue insist that all staff currently on fixed term appointments are made permanent.

    It cannot be right that the DWP are employing staff on fixed term contracts when those same staff will be absolutely critical in helping the economy recover from the ravages of the Covid pandemic for years to come. This seems particularly unfair when the Government has awarded 3 year contracts worth billions of pounds to private sector providers with a view to assisting the long term unemployed back to work as part of the


    June 28, 2021 at 9:40 am

  64. jj joo

    June 28, 2021 at 10:18 am

    • Missed the ‘p’

      jj joop

      June 28, 2021 at 10:19 am

    • Chapter 4: Early interventions

      4.18. You are required to ensure that the action plan is signed by both you and your Participant. You must issue your Participant with a copy of the action plan once it has been signed by both parties and record the date of issue. If your Participant cannot sign the action Plan, the reason(s) for this must be recorded along with retaining any evidence which may be available for example, an email from your Participant. You must retain the action plan throughout your Participant’s time on the Restart Scheme and for the duration of the contract for audit and compliance purposes.

      jj joop

      June 28, 2021 at 10:36 am

  65. Lanarkshire’s poorest people hit hard by reductions in benefits
    Benefits are being reduced by reduced by an average of £75-a-month because of the way Universal Credit payments are made.

    Thousands of Lanarkshire’s poorest people are being “needlessly punished” by benefits repayments

    Figures revealed by the Glasgow MP Chris Stephens show that almost half of all Scottish households on Universal Credit are now having sums deducted from their claim each month as the Department of Work and Pensions claws back cash.



    June 28, 2021 at 2:11 pm

  66. The DWP falling apart – G4S doing the cleaning work at the job centres & moaning about their job contract. Outsourcing at great expense ready for the Work Coaches & G4S to go on strike. Time to get robots in & sack all DWP staff to save money & 12 Million people coming off furlough to Universal Credit.

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    June 28, 2021 at 2:14 pm

  67. Universal Credit cut to storm ahead with no study of how it’ll hit child poverty
    DWP ministers have confirmed 6million Brits are due to see a £20-a-week cut in September – despite making no assessment of how many children it could pull below the poverty line



    June 28, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    • How many times do I need to repeat myself. The UC ‘uplift’ applies to the PERSONAL allowance element of UC. You receive this receive this regardless of whether you have children or not. A single person or couple
      with no children who have been claiming unemployment benefits for years, decades even would still receive this ‘uplift’. Just to be clear the child element is not affected. Conflating child poverty with the personal element is disingenuous. It just makes you look foolish. Your argument falls flat on its face. This ‘uplift’ has to end anyway otherwise we will be hearing this nonsense about ‘child poverty’ on a rolling six month basis.
      There can be no more extensions and if it does continue it would have to be made permanent; that way ‘legacy’ claimants would know for sure where they stand and the DWP can expect an avalanche of new claims for UC as the remaining ‘legacy’ rats jump ship. It is this lack of permanency that is causing ‘legacy’ claimants to hold fire. £1040 a year is a helluva chunk of change to lose. 104 packets of 20 fags 😀 or a big bag of weed, trev 😀


      June 28, 2021 at 4:44 pm

  68. 83k in legal fees to pay out 1k at the end lost the fkn plot lol


    June 28, 2021 at 7:20 pm

  69. superted

    June 28, 2021 at 7:51 pm

  70. Postal signing

    Eligibility criteria
    Claimants must be offered postal status if:
     they have caring responsibilities for a child and are unable to make
    arrangements for short-term childcare to cover their attendance. For
    example, during school holidays; or
     they live more than one hour, door to door, in either direction, from the
    nearest jobcentre by using public transport; or
     attendance would result in an absence from home in excess of four
    hours; or
     they have a mental or physical disability, which restricts their mobility.
    If no public transport is available, postal status is determined by whether or
    not the claimant can reasonably be expected to walk from home to the
    jobcentre in one hour. Claimants must not be asked to walk more than 3 miles.
    This will depend on things like:
     their age;
     their health; and
     the terrain over which they must walk.
    Rather than calculating the specific time span for each individual claimant,
    decisions should be taken locally on which areas are beyond the one
    hour/four hour limits.
    One hour travel
    The one hour travel criteria are calculated from door to door, home to office,
    or office to home, with each way classed as a separate journey. If either
    journey takes longer than one hour, the claimant qualifies for postal status.
    The criteria are also based on public transport, as the availability of personal
    transport may vary throughout the course of a claim.
     claimant leaves home at 9.00am;
     bus is due at nearest bus stop at 9.10am;
     bus is due to arrive at Any Town Bus Depot at 9.50am;
     claimant walks to jobcentre and arrives at 9.55am;
    outward travelling time = 55 minutes;
     walking time from jobcentre to bus depot is five minutes;
     next available bus is due to leave depot at 11.00am;
     bus is due at nearest bus stop to claimant’s home at 11.50am;
     walking time from bus stop to home is ten minutes;
    return travelling time = one hour five minutes;
    total time away from home = 3 hours.
    In this example, the claimant qualifies for postal status on the basis of the
    return journey.
    Four hours absence
    The four hours absence criteria are based on the time from leaving home to
    returning home.
     claimant leaves home at 8.00am;
     only bus available in the morning is due at nearest bus stop at 8.10am;
     bus is due to arrive at Any Town Bus Depot at 8.50am;
     claimant walks to the jobcentre and arrives at 8.55am;
    outward travelling time = 55 minutes;
     walking time from jobcentre to bus depot is five minutes;
     next available bus is due to leave at 12.00 noon;
     bus is due at nearest bus stop to claimant’s home at 12.40pm;
     walking time from bus stop to home is ten minutes;
     claimant due to arrive home at 12.50pm;
    return travelling time = 55 minutes;
    total time away from home = 4 hours 50 minutes.
    In this example, the claimant qualifies for postal status under the four hours
    absence criteria, as they would have to be absent from home for a total of four
    hours and 50 minutes, in order to attend the jobcentre.


    shit i should have told them i have a bus phobia 10 years ago 😉


    June 28, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    • I wonder how many claimants are actually aware of any of this. I wonder how many sadistic roaches have got claimants coming in for interviews / signings, etc. and haven’t told them they can sign on by post instead.

      jj joop

      June 29, 2021 at 11:42 am

  71. Universal Credit and your claimant commitment
    Updated 1 July 2020

    4. Not meeting your responsibilities
    Your commitments will clearly state what will happen if you fail to meet each of your responsibilities. You may receive a reduction in your benefit, known as a sanction, if you fail to meet one of your responsibilities and can’t give a good reason to explain why.

    How long sanctions last depends on what you failed to do and how many times you failed to meet your responsibilities, without good reason.


    well it now means they wont shut the hole claim down in 7 days if the cc was changed and have a good reason.

    3. Support from your work coach
    With Universal Credit, you will experience a different type of relationship with your work coach than you may have expected. They will focus on mentoring and coaching you, to help you meet the requirements recorded in your Claimant Commitment.

    Brainwashing, also called Coercive Persuasion, systematic effort to persuade nonbelievers to accept a certain allegiance, command, or doctrine. A colloquial term, it is more generally applied to any technique designed to manipulate human thought or action against the desire, will, or knowledge of the individual.


    June 28, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    • “3. Support from your work coach
      With Universal Credit, you will experience a different type of relationship with your work coach than you may have expected. They will focus on mentoring and coaching you, to help you meet the requirements recorded in your Claimant Commitment.”

      Stockholm syndrome?


      June 29, 2021 at 7:03 am

      • More like focusing on doing everything they can to put the boot into you!

        jj joop

        June 29, 2021 at 11:43 am

  72. ‘Cancel that cut to Universal Credit’ DWP faces pressure to extend £1,000 boost



    June 29, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    • Not another one of these bleedin’ articles. Sick of ’em. Why isn’t anyone asking when JSA claimants will be getting paid their long overdue arrears? And Holy Christ does Coffee look old for a 27-year-old!


      June 29, 2021 at 2:47 pm

  73. An update on Restart released 29 June 2021

    jj joop

    June 29, 2021 at 1:06 pm

  74. My Work Coach failed yet again, to ring me at the appointed time. So I wait 40mins, and then ring the JC direct. I get through to one of his colleagues. This guy checks my online record, it turns out the phone call has not been put on the record.( By the Work Coach ! ). My Work Coach is apparently, ”Logged off, I’m sorry Mr.Smith…we don’t know exactly where he is. But I’m sure he’s in the building,,I’ll try to find him, and get him to ring you back.” 10 minutes goes past, then my phone rings. It’s the Work Coach. He tries to justify what is the third time I’ve had to do this, by saying he was dealing with someone who had problems.
    Obviously, I understand that, there are many poor bastards on Universal Credit with considerable problems.
    So I keep it cool and understanding. He asks me how things are going. I say fine, plenty of applications, waiting on an agency etc. (Ha, Ha ) The usual flannel. Now I just want him to make the next appointment, and go away for another fortnight.
    But then to my consternation, he starts waxing lyrical about the current situation. That although there are difficulties, there is always a brighter side to things. And once we get through the current problems, the DWP will be there to help people back into work !! ( This little speech reminded me somehow of that old Beatles song, The Long and Winding Road ). I’m just hanging on here now, being polite but non-commital. It’s like being trapped in a train carriage with someone who won’t stop talking.
    Then, finally, it ends. I resist the temptation to ask him to make sure he puts the details of our next call into the system . But there seems to be no great concern on the part of the Jobcentre, that if a claimant missed the telephone appointment, they could get an FTA ‘Failure To Attend’ sanction. Just the same as if they had failed to attend a signing-on appointment in person. And we all know what happens then.

    Jeff Smith

    June 29, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    • How to complain about service from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
      If you’d like to complain about any aspect of the service you’ve received, let the office you have been dealing with know as soon as possible. We’ll do our best to put things right.

      You can contact us by phone, in person or in writing. When you contact us, please tell us:

      your National Insurance number – unless you are an employer
      your full name, address and contact numbers
      which benefit you are complaining about
      what happened, when it happened and how it affected you
      what you want to happen to put things right



      June 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    • @Jeff Smith : And also if the Jokeshop don’t put the details of the phone appointment into the system, how do they even know to call you ? You’d be relying on this Work Coach to remember about it and ring you up. You were right to get onto them there Jeff. All the risk here is on you. There is no automatic payment. You need to have it signed off every time, for the payment to go through. Unless they have made a special arrangement like a monthly phone appointment. But even then someone in the JC will have to sign it off.
      The default situation in a claim where an appointment / phone appointment is missed, is no payment made.
      In addition to the sanction for FTA as you mention.

      George M

      June 29, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    • Jeff

      Looks like your roach is out to ‘get’ you by claiming he’d tried to call you but you didn’t pick-up. Watch your back, mate! Next time this happens, make sure you record the call.

      jj joop

      June 29, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      • @jj joop – If he does it again I may have to raise a compliance doubt.

        Raising a compliance doubt

        2.62. Where you mandate a Work Coach to attend the telephone appointment and they failed to attend, you must notify the Department by raising a compliance doubt using form UCD603.

        Jeff Smith

        June 29, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    • Why don’t you just attend the jokeshop in person. Like before the nuclear storm and when the dark winter began. See the whites of their eyeballs like. It would be a lot lot Barney Rubble.


      June 29, 2021 at 2:53 pm

  75. Vaccine Damage Payments

    Since 2014, the VDPS has been the joint responsibility of the Department of Health and
    Social Care who are responsible for the Policy and Legislation, and the Department for Work
    and Pensions who administer the Scheme.
    To qualify for a Vaccine Damage Payment, two legal tests have to be met:
    establishing, on the balance of probabilities, that the disablement was caused by
    vaccination covered by the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS);
    the resulting disablement is severe disablement (60% or more)
    The majority of claims to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme are turned down on the
    basis of medical assessments that have concluded, vaccination did not cause the disability.
    145 claims have been received where vaccination against COVID-19 has been cited by the
    claimant as being responsible for the disabling condition. To date no payments have been
    Since 1 January 2000, 2347 claims have been made, excluding those citing COVID-19.
    Of those 2347 claims, 41 have resulted in an award.
    The figures provided are correct to 16 June 2021



    June 29, 2021 at 2:26 pm

  76. Universal Basic Income rejected by influential group after Tory MPs vote it down



    June 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm

  77. Indian farmers warning 3


    June 29, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    • Load of old bleedin’ cobblers. Like grabbing a load of pasta and tinned tomatoes from the supermarket shelves like a crazed chimpanzee is going to save your skin if the Government want to starve you to death 😀 I will believe it when I see it 😀


      June 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm

  78. The Tories need a new leader. time to get rid of Boris Johnson Tory Party. He has lost the Tory Voters.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm

  79. Assumed consent in Jobcentres
    29 Jun 2021
    Since the introduction of the Employee Deal in 2016, staff in most Jobcentres have found it difficult to invoke Assumed Consent, mainly due to the nature of the customer facing work that they do and the pressure put upon them from local management not to take it.

    This situation has got progressively worse as DWP moved to mandatory face-to-face appointments in Jobcentres. With Work Coaches being instructed to carry out up to15 face-to-face appointments every day, tremendous pressure has been put on them not to invoke Assumed Consent.

    PCS hag been raising the issue of Jobcentre staff not being able to take Assumed Consent for the past five years. DWP senior management have repeatedly told us that they don’t think that this is an issue and have asked PCS to provide examples of where Jobcentre staff cannot take Assumed Consent. A PCS survey of Jobcentre staff in 2019 showed that 51% of Work Coaches who responded stated that they had difficulty in invoking Assumed Consent. In many cases the Work Coaches were told by Jobcentre managers that it was wrong to cancel an appointment and that Assumed Consent was not available to Jobcentre staff.

    Jobcentre staff are entitled to take Assumed Consent
    The group executive committee (GEC) has been contacted by a number of members working in Jobcentres recently advising that they are finding it harder than ever to invoke Assumed Consent. Some Work Coaches have reported that managers have stated that Assumed Consent does not apply to Jobcentres as they are a 09:00-17:00 business and have to be available at all times to see customers.

    It is necessary to restate that Work Coaches are entitled to invoke Assumed Consent like any other DWP staff member. Additionally, DWP have confirmed that as they now offer a six-day service, Assumed Consent can be taken on a Saturday as it’s a normal working day. Staff across the department continue to enjoy the same access to Flexible Working and to Assumed Consent at the non-fixed end of the day The view of PCS is that staff do not need to ask permission to invoke Assumed Consent. Staff should let managers and colleagues know if they intend to use Assumed Consent, as a courtesy, and with as much notice as possible to assist in operational planning.


    June 29, 2021 at 7:13 pm

  80. DWP routinely refuses to implement their own guidance on working with representatives



    June 29, 2021 at 7:19 pm

  81. Me and the missus have just been having a chuckle at an article banging on about ‘the coming food shortages in the UK’, why is the shit hitting the fan always ‘just around the corner’ 😀 Apparently the UK is short of 100,000 HGV drivers, would you Adam & Eve it. I would bet my last packet of fags that none of you lazy shysters have been offered HGV training by the jokecentre’s Rapid Response Taskforce 😀 That tells me its a load of bleedin’ old bollocks. Anyway, me and the missus are off to check our pantry levels of pasta and tinned tomatoes 😀


    June 29, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    • McDonald’s to hire 20,000 staff and open 50 outlets


      Heavy goods vehicles in the UK – Statistics & Facts

      Heavy goods vehicles, encompassing all commercial vehicles over 3.5 metric tons, are an important segment of the vehicle manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom. Here, new commercial vehicle registrations rose by around two percent between 2018 and 2019. This rise came as legislations made the fitment of Smart Tachographs mandatory in the second part of the year, leading to an increase in registrations in the first sixth months of 2019. This put registration numbers slightly above 2003 figures, a recovery after the slump between 2016 and 2017, which had been a result of ongoing economic uncertainty in part linked to Brexit. The United Kingdom also had an overall young fleet, with heavy goods vehicles being on average just over seven years old in 2019. That same year, around 54,000 new vehicles were registered.

      Despite the general decline from 2017 onwards in commercial vehicle numbers, figures for licensed heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) continued to rise and reached over 525,000 in 2019. This growth was most strongly felt in England, which boasted some 80 percent of all the vehicles licensed in the country, especially in its South East region. Diesel was the leading fuel type for these licensed vehicles, taking up more than 99 percent of the market, but a slow rise in hybrid and electric vehicles in use is anticipated. Between 2018 and 2019, ultra-low emission heavy goods vehicles registered in the UK went up from 12 to 19.
      In 2020, tippers were one of the most common types of heavy goods vehicles, with some 40,200 licensed units. Between 2010 and 2018, the number of licensed dropside vehicles remained relatively steady and accumulated to 21,700 in 2019. Curtain-sided commercial vehicles on the other hand decreased in number, down to 34,600 units in 2019 compared to 35,300 in 2018.
      While the PSA Group was the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in the country, having manufactured some 55,000 units in 2019, DAF Trucks surpassed it in terms of new heavy goods vehicle sales, having sold close to 15,000 units across its various models that same year, and close to 7,000 in the first three quarters of 2020. The Fiat Ducato was the most popular medium and heavy commercial vehicle model as of the third quarter of 2020, with some 13,000 registered units reported.




      June 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    • McDonald’s to hire 20,000 staff and open 50 outlets 😀 Well, none of us will starve to bleedin’ death then 😀


      June 29, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      • i was in hospital in 2019 and was there 3 days and had to leave cos could not eat the food and would just starve to deaths so went home.

        cant even jump out the fkn windows as only open 3inc, and a fkn mile walk to get outside for a roll up.


        they dont even butter the bread for a sandwich ffs and the doctors live on take out lmfao.


        June 29, 2021 at 10:49 pm

  82. The missus has just told me that we still have pasta and tinned tomatoes from the last round of shit-hits-the-fan panic-buying 😀


    June 29, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    • Can’t you cook then fred !!!

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      June 30, 2021 at 6:57 am

      • The jokecentre must think so as they once sent me for a job as a Commie Chef would you Adam & Eve it 😀 Anyway, I can cook when I bleedin’ well have to. But don’t tell the missus as she does most of the cooking 😀 My signature dish is beans on toast 😀


        June 30, 2021 at 7:25 am

      • I thought Boris Johnson was the Commie Bastard.

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        June 30, 2021 at 7:29 am

  83. The Work Roaches think they are so special & have special needs with the DWP. Work Roaches are DWP Lab Rats.

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    June 30, 2021 at 7:00 am

  84. This is bleedin’ ridiculous. And this is from the same Government who say they cannot afford to pay a ‘windfall’ 😀 to ‘legacy’ claimants. In hindsight, ‘legacy’ claimants would have been better pocketing one of these ‘bounce-back loans’. 50 grand is a lot of weed and fags 😀 What do you think, trev? 😀

    Tens of billions have been lost to fraud and error in the UK Government’s Covid-19 support schemes, according to a hard-hitting Commons investigation into the distribution of cash during the pandemic.

    The powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee has warned that an estimated £27 billion was lost through the bounce back loan scheme available to businesses during last year’s lockdown.

    Another £5.5 billion in fraud and error was lost in Universal Credit payments between April 2020 and March 2021, an all-time high and up £3.8 blllion from the previous year.

    The government “significantly increased” taxpayers’ exposure by its twin decisions to drop basic fraud and error checks in paying out Covid-19 loans, and to support people and businesses that it had no prior relationship with.

    MPs found the checks and controls were set aside in schemes rolled out “at pace” as the economic crisis followed the health alert.

    The PAC chair Dame Meg Hillier MP said: “Fraud is never acceptable, and when so many were suffering as a result of Covid the Government needs to tackle the fraudsters robustly.”

    Under the bounce back loan scheme, the Government said that banks could lend up to £50,000 to businesses, and if companies did not pay back the taxpayer would cover the lender’s losses.

    It unleashed a huge amount of support, much of it lifesaving for small companies across the UK. But the Government now thinks that up to 60 per cent of the £46.5 billion banks lent under the scheme may never be repaid.

    The committee said that banks, who are responsible for chasing payments, simply did not have the incentives to go after borrowers because they know the Government will step in.


    June 30, 2021 at 7:12 am

    • Who did you vote for in the last General Election fred?

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      June 30, 2021 at 7:20 am

  85. They Work For You

    How Sajid Javid voted on Welfare and Benefits #

    Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed 0 votes for, 8 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2014.

    Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices 0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013.

    Almost always voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support 3 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2012.

    Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”) 15 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2012–2018.

    Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits 53 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2012–2016.

    Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability 0 votes for, 15 votes against, between 2011–2016.

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    June 30, 2021 at 7:42 am

  86. This says it all. So much for austerity and Bojo’s “levelling up” agenda.

    “‘Jaw-dropping’ fall in life expectancy in poor areas of England, report finds”


    Margaret Thatcher’s beloved Victorian values in action seems to be a return to Victorian England in reality.


    June 30, 2021 at 10:26 am

  87. It has got really really bad my Masklophobia DWP so I can’t comply to your rules.

    Masklophobia (sometimes referred to as maskaphobia), is a specific phobia used to classify a general and in some cases an irrational fear of masks, people in costumed clothing and mascots which is common among toddlers and young children. The common cause for masklophobia is not known. Coulrophobia can sometimes be associated with masklophobia.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 30, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    • There we go a Work Roach Mascot with a face mask.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 30, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      • When confronting fictional characters such as Mickey Mouse in human size.

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        June 30, 2021 at 1:03 pm

  88. Serco profits set to rise 50 per cent, bolstered by Covid contracts demand



    June 30, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    • Yeah making massive profits out of a health crisis, what absolute parasites!


      June 30, 2021 at 1:44 pm

  89. 250,000 sackings start tomorrow as furlough end begins.


    June 30, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    • Its inevitable the furlough scheme winding down will lead to some figure of job losses but a more insidious thing happened during covid that effectively expedited a business trend that was always going to come.
      That trend is to switch away from business fronts such as stores and offices to home working, warehouses and delivery.
      While some business sectors will remain the same (ie production, manufacture, emergency services, etc), many after being essentially forced to dip their feet early into the premise of a new practice of doing business coupled with a massive public acceptance of online purchasing have recognized a more cost effective way forward.

      While that may seem foreboding for some, the woman working the store now gets to choose an aspect of her profession rather than the traditional mix and match of selling, stocking and cleaning. That said though we still have to take into account the size of a business dictates choices available.. As i said as a consequence of brexit, warehousing as a result of online trading has gone through the roof with sites opening up all over the country. Local sales models have been swapped for regional and national trading. Delivery has gone through the roof as you cant move for toffee without delivery vans punting all sorts of goods.
      While doors are shutting, its fair to say new ones are opening up so its better to be optimistic than pessimistic at this current juncture as change always comes whether we want it or not.
      To add a little fuel to the fire of positivity at this current moment, many foreign workers are leaving or have left our shores and thus has caused staff shortages amide the growing demand for online purchasing.
      This inturn prompts competition for a workforce that inturn prompts businesses to consider more attractive wages along with perks of employment.

      If your a home worker dont forget the added bonus of claiming part of your house, equipment as business expenses.


      July 1, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  90. As I said from the start of the pandemic it is the fall of Capitalism. Capitalism has been dragging their feet & making it worse.

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    June 30, 2021 at 1:46 pm

  91. superted

    June 30, 2021 at 1:56 pm

  92. superted

    June 30, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    • As part of the “New Green Deal” petrol will be eradicated to be replaced by electric cars and autonomous vehicles, that’s where it’s all going folks.


      June 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    • Cant see this catching on as hes right, a lot of people wont have a hundred pounds in their debit bank account. With credit card transactions down, this seems even less likely.
      Upside though is at least the person working the kiosk wont be extinct just yet.


      July 1, 2021 at 12:54 pm

  93. Now the Tory Voters wished they didn’t get rid of Unions.

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    June 30, 2021 at 2:36 pm

  94. Jamie Stone hits out over ‘unacceptable’ delays for Universal Credit claimants

    Mr Stone challenged the work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey in the House of Commons over the issue.

    He said additional meetings ordered by the DWP since the start of the pandemic were causing delays to people in the north of Scotland seeking their benefits.

    Mr Stone called the situation unacceptable, with claimants having to take part in multiple meetings as opposed to a single face-to-face meeting to establish their entitlement as was the case pre-Covid. This had led to delays in constituents receiving their payments



    June 30, 2021 at 7:27 pm

  95. superted

    June 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    • “”””Eventually, roll-out of a fully digital system for Universal Credit was completed in December 2018, five years later than first planned and two years after Freud stood down from frontline politics, convinced he had done as much as he could and comfortable to leave the final details to others.””””

      The play on words – Universal credit has not had a full roll out or a full digital system because they are still legacy benefits that were meant to be rolled up into one benefit system called Universal Credit.

      The book seems a kiss & tell sleaze book about Iain Duncan Smith & Lord Fraud & how their relationship started so well but soon went their own ways after taking LSD with the idea of Universal Credit. Iain Duncan Smith is still having bad trips with Universal Credit because it is not completed, Lord Fraud believes it is completed.

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      June 30, 2021 at 9:17 pm

  96. Me and the missus had a good chuckle to ourselves reading this ‘leaked document’ 😀 Just in case anyone else wants a laugh 😀

    Neil Ferguson and Klaus Swabes plans for genocide 😀 You will all be dead soon 😀

    Click to access 9556d7b6-e243-495e-8b0f-53095aa428ec.pdf


    July 1, 2021 at 10:43 am

  97. Furlough scheme ending could push even more Scots into poverty, campaigners warn
    EXCLUSIVE: A Glasgow-based charity asked the UK Government what assessments it had carried out regarding the furlough scheme ending and whether it would push up poverty – only to be told no such study had been undertaken.



    July 1, 2021 at 12:31 pm

  98. Government tight-lipped on Kickstart 2022 extension

    The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to clarify whether or not the Kickstart scheme will be extended beyond December.



    July 1, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    • The DWP don’t know because the DWP might be on strike before then.

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      July 1, 2021 at 12:59 pm

  99. Universal Credit fast tracking the millions forced off furlough. Time for a culture shock.

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    July 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm

  100. new temporary jobcentre has opened up in Ipswich as part of government moves to cope with increased demand from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The jobcentre officially opened its doors at St Vincent House, in Cutler Street, on Wednesday, June 30.

    It is part of measures by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to increase capacity for face-to-face support in a Covid-secure environment.

    Among the jobcentre’s team of 31 are some who joined as part of a recruitment drive to hire 13,500 work coaches.

    MP Mims Davies, minister for employment, said: “We know this has been a challenging time for many people and that’s why we’re boosting our DWP jobcentre support in every corner of the UK, including here in Ipswich.

    “Every customer benefits from a dedicated work coach. They know the local jobs market and work with local businesses to match jobseekers to the latest nearby opportunities.

    “It’s brilliant to see our Plan for Jobs in action, from Kickstart to Sector Based Work Academy Programmes, our Work Coaches are there to help people to get thriving and be ready to progress.”

    Andrew Coates

    July 1, 2021 at 1:40 pm

  101. Well, this is the month when the legacy claimants should learn if they are going to get the £20 uplift or not.

    George M

    July 1, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    • @George M

      I am not holding my breath but hope springs eternal, eh!

      jj joop

      July 1, 2021 at 4:40 pm

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